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Kutmah digs deeps for a mix of Steve Spacek classics, collaborations and unheard gems
Jan 30, 2015 5:39am | Fact Magazine

The latest Solid Steel mix celebrates the release of Beat Spacek’s Modern Streets, the new solo album from storied UK producer Steve Spacek.

At the controls is one of the finest selectors we know, Low End Theory affiliate and now London-based DJ and producer Kutmah, who’s gone deep into Spacek’s back catalogue to dig out highlights from his collaborations with the likes of Mark Pritchard, Theo Parrish and J Dilla as well as his vast array of solo productions.

The IZWID boss is a huge fan of Spacek apparently, so he’s been able to shine a light on some lesser known Spacek cuts and even an unreleased gem in the shape of a track from his shelved album collaboration with Raphael Saadiq.

Stream it below and see the tracklist underneath, and don’t miss FACT’s in-depth conversation with Spacek from earlier this month, where he talks about his roots in London’s sound system culture and why he made Modern Streets with iPhone apps.

Next, grab Kutmah’s beat tape Wintah Hu$tle, which he released at the end of 2014.


Tracklist:

Theo Parrish feat. Steve Spacek – Chemistry (Sound Signature)
Beat Spacek I Wanna Know (Seven Davis Jr Remix) (Ninja Tune)
Mark Pritchard & Steve Spacek Turn It ...



Brian Wilson cuts Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey from new album No Pier Pressure
Jan 30, 2015 5:35am | Fact Magazine

Brian Wilson has revealed details of his 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure.

As rumoured, the Beach Boy’s latest record features contributions from She & Him, aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, country singer Kacey Musgraves and fun. frontman Nate Ruess, along with Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks.

Conspicuous by their absence are Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey, who worked with Wilson on two of the album’s songs ‘Our Special Love’ and ‘The Last Song’, respectively but have been cut from the final versions, according to the tracklist below.

The album was produced by Joe Thomas, who reprises his role after overseening the Beach Boys’ 2012 record That’s Why God Made the Radio, and also features session players Don Was, Jim Keltner, Dean Parks, and Kenny Aronoff. Bonus songs ‘Don’t Worry’, ‘Somewhere Quiet’, and ‘I’m Feeling Sad’ will feature on a deluxe edition and 2xLP vinyl release. [via Pitchfork; NME]

Tracklist:

01 This Beautiful Day
02 Runaway Dancer [ft. Sebu Simonian]
03 What Ever Happened [ft. Al Jardine and David Marks]
04 On The Island [ft. S...



Pond - Man, It Feels Like Space Again
Jan 30, 2015 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Perth's psychedelic stars churn out another LP that has its moments, but lacks enough focus to hold your interest the whole way through.

Shackleton remixes cult Japanese band Nisennenmondai for new 12
Jan 30, 2015 5:22am | Fact Magazine

Berlin-based dark lord Shackleton has remixed Nisennenmondai for a white label.

The 12″ is being distributed by Hardwax and sees the Skull Disco boss tackle two as-yet-unreleased tracks by the Japanese dance-punk trio.

The remixes are coming out just in time for the band’s gig at CTM in Berlin this week, but have been in the works for some time. According to Sam Shackleton, the band sent him only “very minimal” parts to the tracks, so he converted them into a basic MIDI skeleton “and worked from there” to create a pair of spartan yet club-friendly tracks.

The 12″ is out now, and you can hear some tasty clips of his frosty handiwork over at Hardwax. The remixes will also be available on CD as part of Nisennenmondai’s new six-track EP, N’ (or N-dash), due in March.

Last year Shackleton kicked off the Deliverance Series on his Woe To The Septic Heart label and released a stunning three-track, Freezing, Opening, Thawing.


Disco trailblazer Daniele Baldelli readies Cosmic Drag LP on Endless Flight
Jan 30, 2015 4:52am | Fact Magazine

Cosmic slow-disco pioneer Daniele Baldelli has announced a new album on Mule Musiq’s Endless Flight offshoot.

The aptly titled Cosmic Drag follows a taster EP of the same name released at the tail-end of 2014, and sees the veteran Italian DJ and producer blending “careless funky ’70s vibes, offish ’80s coolness and the freedom of the ’90s rave culture,” as RA reports, with influences drawn from his collection of over 65,000 records.

All four tracks from the EP reappear on the album, including the title track hear clips over at Phonica. Cosmic Drag is out on Endless Flight on April 6.

Mule Musiq has also announced a new album from ambient producer Kuniyuki, AKA Koss. Silence is a downtempo exploration of jazz-inspired piano, hardware synths and software, and is due on April 27.

Meanwhile, let Baldelli take you to school with his epic list of 50 favourite records from the original cosmic disco scene.

Tracklist:

01 Ballbearing
02 Chop And Roll
03 Cosmic Biker
04 Mooneyes
05 Cosmic Drag
06 Oleopneumatico
07 Cosmic Glide
08 Pinging
09 Cosmic Particles
10 Space Dumper
11 Desmodromico
12 Lowride


Pusha T runs a second Instagram account specifically for dressing up his dog
Jan 30, 2015 4:39am | Fact Magazine

Pusha T: coke-rap trendsetter, Re-Up Gang head honcho, G.O.O.D. Music lynchpin… and a guy who dresses his dog up in elf outfits.

Turns out that King Push has been running an impossibly adorable Instagram account for his dog, CJ Thornton, since 2012. Not content with dressing his dog up in sunglasses [above], Push also decks CJ out in Pyrex hoodies, King Push merch and elf outfits, and even seems to organise play-dates with other dogs. Maybe Pusha’s infamous “ugh” adlib was really an “awww” all along? Check some of the best photos below, via The Fader (and excuse the screenshots – Instagram and WordPress aren’t playing nicely together this morning).



Pusha T has an Instagram account where he dresses his dog up in elf outfits, Pyrex hoodies and more
Jan 30, 2015 4:39am | Fact Magazine

Pusha T: coke-rap trendsetter, Re-Up Gang figurehead, G.O.O.D. Music lynchpin… and a guy who dresses his dog up in elf outfits.

Turns out that King Push has been running an impossibly adorable Instagram account for his dog, CJ Thornton, since 2012. Not content with dressing his dog up in sunglasses [above], Push also decks CJ out in Pyrex hoodies, King Push merch and elf outfits, and even seems to organise play-dates with other dogs. Maybe Pusha’s infamous “ugh” adlib was really an “awww” all along? Check some of the best photos below, via The Fader.

A photo posted by CJ Thornton (@reupgangcj) on Oct 30, 2014 at 12:35pm PDT


Listen: Oscuro - Cant Stop Now [Premiere]
Jan 30, 2015 4:11am | The Line Of Best Fit
Almost nothing is known about Oscuro, a burgeoning producer with post-rock and electronica tendencies, but we do know that he's incredibly talented.>

Chance the Rappers album features Andre 3000 and Frank Ocean, and hes not moving in with James Blake anymore
Jan 30, 2015 4:05am | Fact Magazine

In a new interview with GQ, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper reveals that Andre 3000, Frank Ocean and J. Cole will all appear on his upcoming debut album.

The follow-up to acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap, it’s not the only record Chance is working on: he’s also busy with Surf, as part of his group The Social Experiment. For an insight into Surf, it’s worth checking out The Fader‘s new cover feature on The Social Experiment, where Chance also reveals that his much talked-about “compound” with James Blake fizzled out at the last minute, for reasons that Chance isn’t exactly sure about.

Revisit Maya Kalev’s review of Acid Rap.


Jay Z buys up Norwegian streaming service Wimp
Jan 30, 2015 4:00am | Fact Magazine

Jay Z has bought the Norwegian streaming service Wimp and its audiophile offering Tidal Hifi.

His company Project Panther Bidco put in a bid of 464 million kroner (around $60 million) for the company Aspiro, whose principal interest is Wimp. The sale puts Jay in direct competition with Dr Dre’s Beats service, which was bought by Apple last year for $3 billion.

The announcement was made by Norwegian media company Schibsted, which owns Aspiro via yet another company, Streaming Media.

“Schibsted believes there is great potential for further growth for the company. Aspiro needs substantial capital to expand and a strong and dedicated owner to compete in the global market for music streaming,” the company’s executive vice president Trond Berger Schibsted said in a press release.

Wimp, which is currently only available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland, is in the process of launching Tidal Hifi, its high-quality streaming service in the US that charges $20 a month for a subscriptions. The monthly fee is far higher than its competitors, but Wimp is hoping to target audiophiles (and, judging by its promotional material, men who wear expensive watches men like Jay Z, in fact).

The concept was launched in Norway last autumn under the name WiMP, and the companys Peter Tonstad said the service has seen high demand despit...


Polaroids with The Vaccines
Jan 30, 2015 4:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
As The Vaccines make a live return to London, we catch up with them for a chat and some candid Polaroids backstage.>

Björk - Vulnicura
Jan 30, 2015 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Icelandic singer, compose, trendsetter, genre-definer and all-around icon teamed with Arca and The Haxan Cloak in the creation of a stunningly lavish arrangement of strings, synths and voice that is, quite frankly, her best work in over a decade.

Suge Knight wanted by police after fatal hit-and-run
Jan 30, 2015 3:00am | Fact Magazine

The former Death Row boss is wanted by US police after a fatal hit-and-run car accident in Compton.

The incident occurred as Suge Knight appeared at the set of a promotional shoot for the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic involving Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and The Game.

According to TMZ, once Knight arrived at the shoot, he got into an altercation with two crew members before getting into his car to leave. As he was leaving the set he reversed over a bystander, reported as Terry Carter, a friend of the former mogul who arrived with him at the scene. The man later died in hospital.

Actor Cle “Bone” Sloane who featured in Training Day and End of Watch was also injured in the incident.

The Sheriff’s Department has advised all Southern California law enforcement to be “on the lookout” for Knight, who is wanted for questioning for murder, warning that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

“So far we have not confirmed it was him, driving the truck. So we’re not saying Suge Knight was driving the truck at this time,” said Lt John Corina, from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. ”Although we want to talk to him, since the truck supposedly belongs to him.”

As BBC News reports, a...


Suge Knight arrested on murder charge after fatal hit-and-run
Jan 30, 2015 3:00am | Fact Magazine

Update: Police have formally arrested Suge Knight on murder charges, and his bail has been set at $2 million.

Knight is now being interviewed by police, TMZ reports. At a press conference earlier, police said two fights took place, the seconding resulting in the fatality. The first fight happened on movie set and the second was at a nearby burger joint. Police added that witnesses claim the car backed up and ran over the victim twice before fleeing.

The former Death Row boss is wanted by US police after a fatal hit-and-run car accident in Compton.

The incident occurred as Suge Knight appeared at the set of a promotional shoot for the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic involving Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and The Game.

According to TMZ, once Knight arrived at the shoot, he got into an altercation with two crew members before getting into his car to leave. As he was leaving the set he reversed over a bystander, reported as Terry Carter, a friend of the former mogul who arrived with him at the scene. The man later died in hospital.

Actor Cle “Bone” Sloane who featured in Training Day and End of Watch was also injured in the incident.

The Sheriff’s Department has advised all Southern California law enforcement to be “on the lookout...


Menace Beach Backstage with Best Fit
Jan 30, 2015 3:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Leeds shoe-pop outfit behind the scenes in London by Sara Amroussi-Gilissen.>
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