• FACT mix 259: Royal-T MP3

    It’s no secret that in the last twelve months, instrumental grime has been in ruder health than it has been for a while. Swindle, Darq E Freaker, Slackk, Logos and Spooky appear to have hit rich veins of form, while newcomers Deset, Doshy, Faze Miyake and Preditah are making some of the freshest music around. Hell, we’ve even had a return from two of the genre’s legends: Alias and J Sweet, who ...

    24.06.2011

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  • FACT mix 257: Ossie MP3

    This Friday’s FACT mix comes from one of the brightest talents in UK house music, East London’s Ossie. If you’ve listened to underground house favourite DJ Petchy at any point in the last eighteen months, there’s a good chance you’ll have heard Ossie’s ‘Tarantula’. A beauty of a track, built on gloriously natural percussion and slide rule synths, with the suppo...

    17.06.2011

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    17.06.2011

  • FACT mix 256: Nick Höppner MP3

    Often, FACT mixes are timed with an occasion, such as an artist’s new record. In the case of Nick Höppner, there’s no occasion needed. Manager of one of Berlin’s most infamous record labels, Ostgut-Ton, Höppner may not always receive the same lavish praise as Ostgut artists like Ben Klock, Shed and Marcel Dettmann, but there’s an argument to be had that he’s the best of the ...

    13.06.2011

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  • FACT mix 255: Silkie MP3

    This Friday’s FACT mix is a light-footed dubstep session from Silkie, one of the genre’s finest modern operators. A member of West London’s Anti-Social Entertainment collective, Silkie’s debut album City Limits Vol. 1 remains one of dubstep’s best full-lengths, staying close to the genre’s half-step traditions but elevating them with golden synth and brass melodies. On this...

    10.06.2011

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  • FACT mix 254: The Very Best MP3

    Who remembers Summer 2008? Things seemed simpler then, a feeling in no short part down to it being soundtracked by The Very Best. A collaboration between London duo Radioclit and Esau Mwamwaya, a vocalist and drummer from Malawai, Africa (as the story goes, Radioclit’s Etienne Tron bought a bicycle from the second-hand furniture shop Esau worked at, and sparks flew from there), their first mixtape as The Ver...

    06.06.2011

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  • FACT mix 253: Current 93 MP3

    Strange things happen. And the strangest thing that’s happened to us in a long time is Current 93‘s FACT mix. Yes, that’s right, FACT mix 253 is by David Tibet, founder and sole constant member of neo-folk institution C93. For those of you unfamiliar with the group and their work, allow us to attempt a futile summary. The band – if that’s the right word  -was born out of the indu...

    03.06.2011

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  • FACT mix 251: Dylan Ettinger MP3

    FACT mix 251 is a selection by Dylan Ettinger. When the Indiana-based artist first agreed to put together a mix for us, he made clear his intention to celebrate the type of  “really romantic new wave tracks” that have inspired his forthcoming album (working title: Lifetime of Romance). It’s all a far cry from the elegiac drift-psychedelia of his 2010 breakthrough on Not Not Fun, New Age Outlaw...

    27.05.2011

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  • Listen to new Telepathe MP3

    Telepathe are giving away a new song, ‘Throw Away This’. It’s a more “up”, poppy affair than anything on their arrestingly desolate debut album, Dance Mother, with vocal harmonies pushed to the front of a sparse but punchy arrangement of synths, jabbing drum machines and pacey, pointillistic guitar licks. The band have been hard at work on a new album in LA; whether ‘Throw Away ...

    23.05.2011

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  • FACT mix 250: 2 Bad Mice MP3

    FACT mix 250 is a time machine. It’s destination? 1991, ’92, ’93, ’94. This time machine has been built for us by 2 Bad Mice, the original nutters whose early productions – produced in collaboration with Rob Playford – constitute some of early rave’s finest musical moments, and midwifed jungle into life. Founded in 1991 by Sean O’Keefe and Simon Colebooke, and,...

    23.05.2011

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    23.05.2011

  • FACT mix 249: Ford & Lopatin MP3

    FACT mix 249 is by Ford & Lopatin. The duo formerly known as Games release their debut album next month, on their own Software imprint via Mexican Summer (Washed Out, Best Coast, Tamaryn etc). Lopatin, best known for his work as Oneohtrix Point Never, has been mates with Ford AKA Tigercity since they were nippers, and they bonded in sixth grade over a shared love of Mahavishnu Orchestra, or so the legend goes....

    20.05.2011

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    20.05.2011

  • Video premiere: Swindle – ‘Moodswings’ MP3

    Are grime fans as obsessed with the illuminati as hip-hop fans? We’re not sure, but we’re probably about to find out, because the new video for Butterz funk commander Swindle’s ‘Moodswings’ has all the triangles and eyes you could ever hope for. But it doesn’t bother us – we’re more concerned with what we’re gonna wear to that lunch meeting with Gaga and...

    19.05.2011

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  • FACT mix 248: Machinedrum MP3

    FACT mix 248 is a furious work-out tape of jungle, footwork and more by New York underground hero Machinedrum. Real name Travis Stewart, Machinedrum has been a staple in New York’s underground since the early part of the last decade, when his debut album Now You Know (2001) was released on Miami’s Merck Records. In the years since, which have seen him release another eight full-lengths as well as myri...

    16.05.2011

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  • FACT mix 247: Jay Weed MP3

    Earlier this year, Jay Weed contributed a short mix to FACT’s Producers to Watch in 2011 feature. Today, we welcome him back for a full FACT mix. Hailing from France, Jay Weed made his introduction to many late last year with the excellent ‘Prism’ single on Oneman’s 502 label. A dark, Eastern stepper with cavernous atmospherics and the swampiest of sub-basslines, it fitted in perfectly wi...

    13.05.2011

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  • FACT mix 246: Anstam MP3

    We don’t know a lot about Anstam. No one does. That’s part of the appeal. Here’s what we do know, or at least think we know: Anstam is a duo (one member of which might be German artist Lars Stoewe). They’re responsible for a now legendary trilogy of 12″ releases in 2007-9 – ‘Brom’, ‘Aeto’ and ‘Cree’ – that assimilated the hardest...

    09.05.2011

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  • FACT mix 245: DJ Champion MP3

    This Friday’s FACT mix is a session of bottom-heavy UK Funky by DJ Champion. You can expect to hear a lot from DJ Champion this year. In 2009, the year that saw the breakthrough UK Funky acts from the previous Summer find a wider audience and broaden their own horizons, Champion filled up the space left in the underground with a series of anthems, ‘Lighter’, ‘Tribal Affair’ and â...

    06.05.2011

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  • FACT mix 244: Aardvarck MP3

    “Free will be. You like Harco Pront unreleased tunes?” So said the Aardvarck to the FACT, when we told the celebrated Dutch producer, with over 10 years of release on labels like Delsin, Rush Hour, Eat Concrete, his own Bloom and more, that he could approach a mix for us whichever way he wanted. We always give people 100% freedom on the content of their mixes (within reason, obviously), but with someone...

    02.05.2011

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  • FACT mix 243: J Sweet & Alias MP3

    It’s the day of the Royal Wedding, so we thought it would be an appropriate time to upload this FACT mix – a much-anticipated union of a very different kind. There’s few – if any – forms of dance music as raw, uncompromising and brilliant in its simplicity than classic instrumental grime, and J Sweet and Pele (the production side of the Alias team) represent two of the genreâ€...

    29.04.2011

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    29.04.2011

  • FACT mix 241: Kryptic Minds MP3

    It’s a Bank Holiday, the sun’s out,  the air is sweet (sort of). So what better time for one of the dankest, fiercest FACT mixes that you or we have ever encountered? Dankness and fierceness aside, Kryptic Minds’ FACT mix 241 is every bit as nuanced as their own productions, with a strong, confident narrative and a spacious sound design that conspire together give it a near-cinematic quality....

    22.04.2011

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    22.04.2011

  • FACT mix 240: Jon Convex MP3

    Do Instra:mental understand the concept of “taking it easy”? Having just released their debut album, Resolution653, the duo of Damon Kirkham and Alex Green just can’t stop working. The hectic DJ schedule has been a constant for years, but it’s more hectic now than ever before, while their Nonplus label has never seen so much action from  – with recent and upcoming drops from Lol...

    18.04.2011

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  • FACT mix 239: Jamie xx & Oneman MP3

    Normally FACT mixes go up every Monday and Friday. This week, however, we’re making an exception. Trust us, it’s worth it. FACT mix 239 is a recording of the headline set at last Friday’s FACT and Young Turks party, a back-to-back session between Jamie Smith, percussionist in the xx and renowned producer in his own right, and South London’s Oneman, one of the city’s most reliably ...

    13.04.2011

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