Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.
This week Legowelt takes us on a supernatural trip through his ambient side-projects, Finn and UNiiQU3 give us a burst of adrenaline, NTS Radio’s Black Impulse explores songs of civil unrest and we get a dose of disco at the altar.
Finn & UNiiQU3
Finn B2B UNiiQU3
Local Action affiliate Finn is one of the best young DJs around – massively knowledgeable and (more importantly) bags of unpretentious fun. He’s just launched a mix series on his own SoundCloud with the simple premise of going B2B with his favourite DJs: “No practice runs, just straight record for record”. He kicks off with a kindred spirit, New Jersey’s UNiiQU3, and a loose session of raw club heat and R&B refixes (Ne-Yo, Fugees, Whitney).
Songs of Civil Unrest, NTS Radio, July 9
The latest Black Impulse show for NTS “goes out to every American, every Black Lives Matter protester, to the millions of black people that fear for their safety, to the millions who have lost their lives due to racist circumstance and to those endlessly correcting and educating those around them.” A poignant mix of anti-establishment music, from Judy Collins’ ‘Master of the War’ to The Authorities’ ‘I Hate Cops’ and Ice T’s ‘Body Count’, it’s a musical call-to-action that can’t be ignored.
Dekmantel Podcast 078
OK, we know: you already have dozens of Legowelt mixes squirrelled away on your hard drive – but this one is different. Inspired by his recent ambient album as Occult Oriented Crime on Dekmantel, this mix for the Amsterdam label’s podcast series explores the beatless corners of the Legowelt universe, from supernatural side-projects to weed-soaked dub. Pretty much the only ambient mix you need this month (apart from this one).
Reckonwrong’s Magical Journey
Whities artist and FACT one-to-watch Reckonwrong is the latest to contribute to Nicolas Jaar’s “serial label” Other People with his “Magical Journey” mix. Blending music from footwork producer Jlin, new beat pioneer Frank De Wulf, noisy synthesist Carlos Giffoni and Nina Kraviz among others, it’s a short 30 minutes, but comes loaded with more drama than your average hour-long techno mix.
VF Mix 55: Gospel Disco
Gospel soul guru Greg Belson flags up his new Divine Disco compilation with a belting session of vintage hits made for Saturday night dancefloors and Sunday morning church halls alike. Among the swaying choirs, big piano riffs and smooth disco strings you’ll hear tracks by Big Nick & the Gospel Heavyweights, Mighty Clouds of Joy and the Southern Baptist Combined Choirs’ epic cover of Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’.