Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.
Mr. Mitch brings us an emotional grime mix this week, while LuckyMe let us in on their next moves with a mix full of exclusives and upcoming releases. There’s also UK garage selections fit for summer, Night Slugs heat and carnival vibes from Hipsters Don’t Dance.
A new mix from Boxed resident and Planet Mu artist Mr. Mitch is always a cause for celebration, but Devotion is his best yet. An emotional 30 minutes of grime, ambient and R&B with exclusives from Murlo, Finn, Yamaneko and Gundam, it also features Blink-182 as you’ve never heard them before. Something to tide us over until the follow-up to Parallel Memories lands.
Packed to the gills with exclusives from the family, LuckyMe celebrate being crowned RA‘s label of the month (finally) with a mix that highlights the Scottish label’s idiosyncratic blend of oddball club trax, glittering pop sheen, neon-lit rave and heady ambient clouds. Look out for producers like former FACT mixer Claude Speeed, former FACT mixer Lunice, former FACT mixer Suicideyear, former FACT mixer Machinedrum, recent FACT mixer Bwana… yep, we like this label a lot.
Riz La Teef
Way Back Part II
Radar Radio regular Riz La Teef has wormed his way into our faves over the past year with his ear for fresh blends and classic tunes, and the London DJ also deserves props for being one of the last mandem standing at the lathe, pushing out dubplates when the craft has been all but sidelined in the SoundCloud era. Anyway, here he is with a set of “BUMPY 4×4 UKG, ALL VINYL”, which as he points out is “ideal for when you’re driving from Croydon to Peckham on a summer evening.” What more do you want from life, really?
Rinse FM, July 24
Manara is already a resident on Radar Radio as part of BBC AZN Network, but she found time to helm this week’s Night Slugs show on Rinse FM. Blending everything from Bollywood sounds to under-the-radar R&B with grime and bassline, it is, in her words, “two hours of bumper cars at the mela.” Probably the first time you’ll hear ‘Dola Re Dola’ mixed into Wiley’s ‘Igloo’.
Hipsters Don’t Dance
Truancy Volume 152
Radar Radio residents Hipsters Don’t Dance are one of London’s best-kept DJ secrets, but they won’t stay that way for long. Their Truants mix is the perfect introduction to their blend of Afropop, soca and dancehall, with tracks from Popcaan, Endgame, Orlando Volcano and Spooky setting an early carnival mood. If you’re a fan of Manchester’s Swing Ting, this will be right up your street.