Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.
This week we go longform with four hours of back-to-back business from two of America’s finest young deejaymen: ambient moonlighter Huerco S. and recent TTT signing Anthony Naples.
We’ve also picked weird brilliance from brilliant weirdo Via App, “plastic punk” from Finders Keepers, an hour of Awful Records and more.
Huerco S. and Anthony Naples
Live at the Pickle Factory, London
Huerco S. has just this week cemented his status as an ambient maestro with the launch of tape label Quiet Time, while Anthony Naples has been slowing it down on his new 12″ for The Trilogy Tapes so this blend – a B2B set recorded at London’s Pickle Factory for Proibito – is a highly listenable reminder that they both also do beats. Cue: Chicago-inspired bangers and hypnotic deep house selections.
London welcomed ATL’s DIY rap gods last week when the Awful crew touched down for a clutch of shows, promo activities and the rest. Lord Narf, Father and KeithCharles Spacebar dropped by Radar Radio (or at least recorded some drops for Radar Radio) and the result is this one-hour taster menu of the crew’s finest moments. Sidenote: Grab that new Archibald Slim & Ethereal tape if you haven’t yet – it’s the Timbaland cloud rap album the world never knew it needed.
Berlin Community Radio
Brooklyn maverick Via App is on a steady incline right now, with a debut album just around the corner (ALLEGEDLY. Please arrive soon!) following essential material on 1080p (and a FACT mix). This week she brought her squelchy, slippery rhythms and tactile approach to Berlin Community Radio for nearly two hours of unhinged technonsense.
Fair Play Guest Mix
Mya Gomez’s brilliantly eclectic mix is one of the eeriest we’ve heard for a while. It’s a blend that scales the underbelly of ghostly, mystical ambient with the likes of Brood Ma collaborator Ondine, breaks into slow-mo hip-hop a la Mexican anti-heroes Cartel de Santa and eventually springs to life with floor-shaking dancehall riddims. Gomez even splices in a sample of the Twin Peaks theme, fed through a warped vocal whisper, and re-routes the sleep-easy new age jazz of Barbara Brown and Patricia Spero into something quite, quite unsettling.
VF Mix 69
For fans of freaky electroclash, mutant post-punk or kind of DIY synth-pop that sounds best in a sleazy basement club, this ‘Plastic Dance’ mix from Finders Keepers’ co-founder Doug Shipton will slip on as easily as ‘Warm Leatherette’ at a Nag Nag Nag night. A cheap-perfumed love letter to the sticky floored club nights of yore, the mix features tracks from analogue synth innovator Patrick Mimran/Axxess, Serbian new wave pioneers Kozmetica and oddball Germans Die Radierer, among many more perfectly nocturnal selections.