A new year’s resolution of sorts at FACT: every Saturday, we’ll post a run-down of the music – old and new – we’ve most been enjoying in our UK and US offices that week.
No emphasis on the boxfresh or the under-the-radar: just an honest account of what’s spent most time on the respective office stereos, with (where possible) links to the music.
Sudanim – The Link
Jam City’s Classical Curves is quietly – ironic, given how banging this EP is – becoming one of underground dance music’s most influential records, and its shadow looms large over Sudanim’s The Link. To shoehorn this as simply a Club Constructions tribute act is to sell it majorly short though, and the Her Records gang of Sudanim, Miss Modular et al is fast becoming one of 2014’s most impressive stables.
Peanut Butter Wolf – FACT mix 425
500+ love songs played across 24 hours – and in alphabetical order to boot. One of the most ambitious – not to mention troublesome – FACT mixes we’ve ever hosted, and definitely one of the best.
Rome Fortune – Beautiful Pimp 2
The sequel to one of our favorite albums of 2013, Beautiful Pimp 2 is a bizarre and brilliant reminder that something wonderful is still happening on Atlanta’s fringe.
Golden Retriever – Seer
Terry Riley-influenced long form synth and sax studies shouldn’t rightly sound this engulfing and gorgeous, but Golden Retriever have managed it without even a hint of the expected stuffiness.
Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan Vol.1 (No DJ)
We’ve been going weak at the knees for Sicko Mobb’s bop Bible since it dropped at the end of December, and the No DJ version’s a new reason to start playing it all over again. Re-mixed and freshly mastered, there are some jarring production differences between this and the original tape, but hearing ‘Remember Me’ at high fidelity makes it worthy of a download on its own.
Royal-T & Flava D – ‘On My Mind’
There are three versions of ‘On My Mind’ on Royal-T & Flava D’s forthcoming Butterz 12″, and they’re all great. We should have expected it – these two both are due an exceptional year.
Perc – The Power & The Glory
Needle-sharp industrial techno from Perc Trax’s nasty papa.
Woo – When The Past Arrives
Exceptional proto-folktronica duo Woo return with their first album in over two decades, and – surprise, surprise – it’s seven shades of lovely.
P. Morris — Debut
The Night Slugs / Fade to Mind associate’s forward-leaning approach to rap and R&B beatcraft takes a turn for the orchestral and widescreen on his rapturous 30-minute Debut.
Shlohmo & Jeremih – ‘No More’
The unlikeliest pairing in R&B drops another zeitgeist-approved jam, and a surprisingly pneumatic and industrial one, at that.