Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.
This week Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart provided his own imaginary soundtrack to Twin Peaks, while Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric gave us a peak-time techno mix from their Floorplan project. There’s also Japanese footwork, three hours of drone and a jazzy house mix to get stuck into.
VF Mix 60: Twin Peaks by Xiu Xiu
Xiu Xiu’s haunting interpretation of the Twin Peaks score certainly did the show justice, but this mix confirms that the Californian band have Angelo Badalamenti’s essence coursing through their veins. As the band’s Jamie Stewart told The Vinyl Factory, these are not tracks directly associated with the show, but rather songs that “in an imaginary way could fit in that world, within the lives of those characters and in that dream.” Cue Charlemagne Palestine, the erotic-noir of Bauhaus’ ‘Passion of Lovers’ and terrifying white noise from Prurient.
Japanese footwork representative DJ Fulltono takes the Chicago sound in a fresh direction on his mix for Unsound, ahead of a festival appearance with Traxman this year. The subtly detailed tracks and smooth mixing add an almost microscopic clarity to footwork’s cut-and-shut grooves; an IDM-ish slant that hints at the endless possibilities of 160 bpm. We like!
Éliane Radigue Special on NTS Radio
Composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki pays tribute to French composer Eliane Radigue with a three-hour mix for NTS Radio. The intense, meditative selection sees Feshareki prove her mettle by manipulating “art-music and avant-techno” pieces from Daphne Oram, Pauline Oliveros, M.E.S.H, Haroon Mirza and James Tenney together with excursions from Radigue, all using vinyl and turntables. See you in the flotation tank.
Mixmag: In Session
Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric have made one of the finest techno albums of the year in Victorious, and for Mixmag’s latest cover mix they chug through 20 tracks of relentless Detroit brilliance, blending album tracks with unreleased material we’re dying to get our hands on. You can’t download it but you can go and buy the magazine, if you remember those.
Chaos in the CBD
Coastal Mix 3
New Zealand brothers Chaos in the CBD can be found swilling around in the musical hotbed that is South London’s Peckham, having released on local label YAM Records and, just the other week, playing this corker of a set up the road at Corsica Studios. Expect house for half-closed eyes with flashes of jazz and disco – suitable for afternoons in the garden also, we reckon. Not that we have a garden.
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