Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.
This week’s selection includes a crate-digging mix courtesy of Caribou, Lukid showing us his love of reflective piano compositions and J.G Biberkopf exploring the new club frontier, and of course, there’s an ambient mix.
Solid Steel mix
Ninja Tune’s long-running Solid Steel series had a bit of a makeover this week, launching a new website with which to host its vast archive. It relaunched with a selection of mixes, the pick of which is this set from Dan Snaith, offering a nice change of pace from last year’s Essential Mix. Rather than going for a collection of contemporary club tunes he’s dug deep into his record collection for a trip through obscure prog, vintage soul and disco, bangers from Marcus Mixx, K Hand and Aaron Carl and plenty more. Plastic People may be gone, but you can hear its influence on Snaith throughout every twist and turn of this mix.
Unthinkable on NTS Radio
Berlin producer J.G. Biberkopf has the honour of inaugurating Kuedo’s Knives label with Ecologies next month, an EP that combines frenetic club music with a pastoral influence. We’ve had it on heavy rotation since it was announced last month, and we’ve been equally impressed with his monthly NTS residency that started in February. This month’s show offers a chance to get up to speed on his quickfire mixing and off-the-wall track selection, in which he combines R&B, kuduro, mechanical club rhythms and even 3 Of A Kind’s UKG classic ‘Babycakes’.
Blowing Up The Workshop 42
Part of the delight of Blowing Up The Workshop’s series of podcasts is that it highlights great names most of us have never heard of. When a mix emerges from someone higher profile however, the results are equally as unexpected, as this mix from Werkdiscs staple Lukid shows. Instead of exploring the murky, abstract electronics we’d usually associate with the producer, he’s opted to sequence a collection of vintage piano favourites from the realms of classical music and beyond, picking music from artists including Ravel, Debussy, Messaien, Gonzales, Duke Ellington and John Cage.
Michael Mayer & Roman Flügel
Michael Mayer B2B Roman Flügel at DGTL Festival, Netherlands
Sometimes you should just put yourself in the hands of the real experts and let them get on with it. Kompakt bossman Michael Mayer and the ever-original Roman Flügel went back-to-back at Amsterdam’s DGTL Festival earlier this month and played a blinder, so this recording suggests, sprinkling juicy stuff from Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey and KiNK (in throwback breakbeat mode) in between some justifiably big-big-big-room bangers by the likes of Hackman and Paul Kalkbrenner.
Atavuasca mix for Ad Hoc
The ambient train is pulling out of the station and it seems like half of our favourite producers are bundling onto it, whether they hail from the realms of techno, grime, garage or, in this case, anarchic millennial glitch-punk. Kid 606’s new Recollected Ambient Works Vol 1: Bored of Excitement is apparently a beatless, piano-led response to his “bedridden state”, so the California-dwelling producer has made a mix that combines some greatest hits (Laraaji, Steve Roach) with more idiosyncratic picks like mould-breaking string section Kronos Quartet and Todd Terje’s ‘Snooze 4 Love (Version)’.
Primordial Landscape mix
Optimo Music’s hypno-psycho dance-punk outfit Golden Teacher reach for the wax on this gloriously all-over-the-shop vinyl mix which they’ve billed as “a rolling journey through time and space”. Features sexy reissues like Patrick Cowley’s porn themes on Dark Entries and the wildly eccentric Leven Signs on Digitalis, plus some new bits and bobs including a track of their own featuring Brit reggae legend Dennis Bovell.