The week’s best mixes: DJ Earl, sci-fi classics and outsider folk

Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.

This week, NTS Radio’s Nitetrax and Videeo spotlight some of the the most killer filler all time with a two-hour mix of album skits, The Bug serves up some great sci-fi movie music new and old, while Teklife’s DJ Earl shows off his experimental footwork powers once more. Dig in below.

Nitetrax & Videeo
Life On Planet X: Phase 8 – Shortwave Transmissions (NTS Radio, September 27)

Hosted by Nitetrax and Videeo, Life On Planet X is one of NTS Radio’s most interesting new shows, specialising in ‘alien sounds to the Xth degree.” This week the pair devoted the show to interludes, skits, and minute-long tracks, creating in a collage of what they believe are some of the most characterful yet overlooked moments of the album format. 808 State, Mykki Blanco, DJ Krush and Frank Ocean are some of the names featured, but we suggest you go in blind.

The Bug
Killing Sound: Chapter 2 – Inner Space (RBMA Radio)

Kevin Martin doesn’t just do soundsystem music – he knows his sci-fi soundtracks as well. On the second episode of his Killing Sound show for RBMA Radio, he delves into some of the best themes the genre has to offer, going from the haunting Japanese synth of Kenji Kawai’s Ghost In The Shell score to Brad Fiedel’s pulse-raising music for The Terminator.

RA Podcast: 539

Berlin Community Radio resident rRoxymore’s Connecting The Dots show gives her a chance to show off the more esoteric side of her collection, but her RA mix offers a taste of her lively DJ sets. Combining abstract, contemporary club sounds from Ploy, Randomer and Dynamo Dresvn with vintage tracks from Rickster and B12, it’s another reason to take that weekend trip to Berlin you’ve been putting off.

DJ Earl
Mixology mix

Having just released the excellent, Oneohtrix Point Never-featuring Open Your Eyes album, Teklife’s DJ Earl cooks up a mix for Mixology that showcases why he’s one of footwork’s most interesting voices. Treading the line between traditional footwork rhythms and slightly more experimental sounds, this mix is nonetheless a relentless feast of breakneck kicks, samples and snares. Stick around for the killer rework of Kelela’s ‘The High’.

Steve Gunn
VF Mix 66: Outsider Folk

Brooklyn musician and one-time Kurt Vile collaborator Gunn recorded this mix in “a room with some wine and a cat” – and it sounds like it. The wistful sophistication comes thick and fast as Gunn serves up tracks by Pharaoh Sanders (‘Japan’), Jimmy Lee Williams (‘Hoot Your Belly’), Ronnie Lane (‘The Poacher’) and many more. The tracks all share the a common message according to The Vinyl Factory, about “letting yourself get lost” once in a while. There’s plenty to lose yourself in here.



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