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Actress remixes Wileys From The Outside for white label 12
Jan 29, 2015 7:01am | Fact Magazine

Darren Cunningham takes his power tools to the evergreen grime icon.

Actress has remixed a track from Wiley’s latest album Snakes & Ladders for a new white label 12″ being released via Big Dada.

‘From The Outside – Actress’s Generation 4 Constellation Mix’ is a spooky, sci-fi-tinged one, with snatches of vocals interrupting the trembling electronics and creaking bass that are Cunningham’s signature look. There’s a certain Radiophonic flavour to it as well, which obviously we’re all in favour of.

Listen to the track at The Wire and pre-order the one-sided, limited edition 12″ through Big Dada’s website now.

In other vital Wiley news, there’s a petition going round to name a new university building in east London after him. He also played a great gig at London’s Scala this week check out FACT’s photos from the night.



Download Salvas club-ready remixes of Drake, Future, Rae Sremmurd and more
Jan 29, 2015 7:00am | Fact Magazine

The L.A. producer shares his secret stash.

Late last year, Salva bolstered his rap bona fides with Peacemaker, a free album that saw the producer link up with Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, Schoolboy Q and a whole raft of West Coast legends.

Now, the producer whose remix of ‘Mercy’ is one of the only tracks that survived the-other-kind-of-trap surge has shared $$$ SECRET STASH $$$. The 10-track collection includes Salva’s sinister, dancefloor-informed takes on hits by Drake, Future, Rae Sremmurd, OG Maco, Que and more. Download it below.



Powell and Samuel Kerridge to play Golden Cabinets tiny venue in West Yorkshire
Jan 29, 2015 6:43am | Fact Magazine

Bringing filthy techno where it’s needed most.

It’s not easy being a fan of weird electronic music if you live outside of the big cities, so Yorkshire’s Golden Cabinet collective deserves a huge hand for bringing the uncompromising likes of Perc and Vatican Shadow to the sleepy town (so we gather) of Shipley in recent months.

Tickets have already been snapped up for February 7, when Objekt, M.E.S.H. and Marlene Ribeiro of Gnod will shake up The Kirkgate Centre, an old Victorian school with a capacity of just 100, but Golden Cabinet have just announced the next pair of shows at the tiny venue.

On March 28, Samuel Kerridge will jet in from Berlin for  and we may as well quote GC, here “a jaw-breaking left hook of doom rumbling techno with massive blasts of low end frequencies to further initiate aural confusion.” Oh yes. North-east noise rock troupe Drunk In Hell will support, with another act still to be announced. Tickets go on sale soon, so keep an eye on the event page.

Then on May 2, Diagonal boss and expert selector of electronic grot Powell (pictured) will bring his bag of thumping EBM, no wave, post-punk and weird techno to Shipley, with support from Gum Takes Tooth and Conor Thomas. Tickets for that one are als...


Inside album leaks: how do they happen, how do we stop them, and do they even matter?
Jan 29, 2015 6:40am | Fact Magazine

Digital album leaks have been happening for more than 20 years, but it’s been a long time since they were this prominent in the news.

Two of 2015′s biggest records Björk’s Vulnicura and Madonna’s Rebel Heart  leaked several months before their planned release dates, with different consequences: Björk’s label have stated that they will not take legal action, while Adi Lederman, the man who leaked demo versions of Rebel Heart‘s tracks, was tracked down and arrested in Israel. But if leaks are nothing new (and in fact, people being arrested over leaks and artists rush-releasing albums to counter leaks is nothing new either), why are they currently being debated so furiously and not just in terms of the processes and morals behind them, but related issues such as whether music publications should acknowledge them?

To find out more about leaks in 2015 how they happen, how to counter them, whether they affect sales and whether they will ever disappear I spoke to a series of label managers, A&Rs and artist managers at both independent and major labels, including LuckyMe’s Dominic Flannigan, Tri Angle’s Robin Carolan (who was heavily involved in the making of Vulnicura) and Peter Quicke of Ninja Tune, the label involved in a the very public fall-out of a leak in 2011


Spike Jonze directs Kanye Wests Only One video featuring baby North
Jan 29, 2015 5:51am | Fact Magazine

Home movie style clip for the slushy song.

Kanye West has previewed a video for ‘Only One’, his collaboration with Paul McCartney written for his kid North, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The ultra-low-budget, lo-fi vid is directed by Spike Jonze and features dad and baby doing absolutely nothing on a foggy track. It’s cute.

He also chatted to Ellen about marriage and fatherhood, saying: “I think I’m a better human being because of her [Kim Kardashian] and because of my daughter, and I have always someone to think about going home to: something for me to not only to be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family, because there’s things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people, or for culture, in a way. So now, I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family that I have to protect, too.”

He also talked about his new sound, as heard on ‘Only One’ and the newer collaboration with Macca and Rihanna, ‘Fourfiveseconds’: “The definition of crazy is trying to do the same thing and expecting different results – so I tried something different over the past couple years, and I actually got some good results from it too”.

The new album is still without a...


The Notwist - Messier Objects
Jan 29, 2015 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The German electro-tinged indie-rock outfit's latest is an assembly of instrumental recordings from the past eight years, each ranging from the blissfully atmospheric to the dismally melodic.

Kanye West Only One (Feat. Paul McCartney) Video (Dir. Spike Jonze)
Jan 29, 2015 5:25am | StereoGum

UPDATE: The full “Only One” video is now up, in non-embeddable form, on Kanye’s website.

Kanye West debuted his videos for “Bound 2” and “Love Lockdown” on Ellen, and he seems to love showing up on her show every time he’s got some major new aesthetic shift going on. He’s on today’s episode of the show, and he used the appearance to preview his video for “Only One,” the ridiculously lovely Paul McCartney collab he released as the year turned over. Spike Jonze, Kanye’s old “Flashing Lights” collaborator, directed the video, and it’s as simple as that one was, albeit in very different ways. The whole video, or at least the minute-long clip of it that Kanye has shared, is Kanye and his daughter North West spending time together in a rainy field in what looks like Scotland. It looks like a home movie, and that’s clearly the idea.

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Preview Kanye Wests Spike Jonze-Directed Only One Video
Jan 29, 2015 5:25am | StereoGum

Kanye West debuted his videos for “Bound 2” and “Love Lockdown” on Ellen, and he seems to love showing up on her show every time he’s got some major new aesthetic shift going on. He’s on today’s episode of the show, and he used the appearance to preview his video for “Only One,” the ridiculously lovely Paul McCartney collab he released as the year turned over. Spike Jonze, Kanye’s old “Flashing Lights” collaborator, directed the video, and it’s as simple as that one was, albeit in very different ways. The whole video, or at least the minute-long clip of it that Kanye has shared, is Kanye and his daughter North West spending time together in a rainy field in what looks like Scotland. It looks like a home movie, and that’s clearly the idea.

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Jeff Bridges has made a spoken word ambient album to help you fall asleep
Jan 29, 2015 4:56am | Fact Magazine

Get some shut-eye with a little help from The Dude.

Jeff Bridges has recorded an album sure to appeal to insomniacs and fans of weird ambient drone music alike. The star of The Big Lebowski and True Grit, among so many other great films, has lent his gravelly voice to Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes, a double album pairing his spoken word with drifting piano, soft drones and field recordings.

Bridges recorded the album with composer Keefus Ciancia, who has written music for True Detective and Nashville, and mastering engineer Doug Sax, and he’s launched it through a new website, DreamingwithJeff.com, in partnership with Squarespace.

“While working on the Sleeping Tapes album we put in some long hours,” Bridges said. “Listening back to our day’s work, Id often drift off. Id wake up and smile saying, This stuff works.”

The album which sounds brilliant, but seems far too exciting to actually help you drift off quickly  is available as a pay-what-you-want download and will also be released on cassette and vinyl in a limited run. All proceeds are going to Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry campaign, a charity that Bridges has been supporting for several years.

Amazingly, the tapes will get a plug during the Super Bowl this weekend, when Squarespace runs an ad featuring Bridges during the first half of the game.<...


PINS hint at new album in June with tantalising teaser video [Premiere]
Jan 29, 2015 4:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Manchester's PINS drop a big hint about a new album dropping in June with an exciting teaser video.>

Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
Jan 29, 2015 4:11am | Drowned In Sound

I am fully prepared to accept that my disappointment at the release of Syro last year places me in opposition to the popular consensus. Whilst Richard D James returning to Aphex Twin just a year after Tomorrows Harvest had dropped out of the ether was scarcely believable, it was not, to my mind at least, quite as much of a cause for celebration as that records sudden appearance. Given that Drukqs has always seemed to me like the logical conclusion of the Aphex Twin project, fulfilling a role that The Campfire Headphase never did for Boards of Canada, I find it hard to see Syro as much more than an unnecessary addendum, let alone a vital and significant extension of the Aphex Twin legacy.

What Syro detractors like myself feel the album lacked is not so much moments of brilliance and ingenuity which are present, throughout but instead a feeling of progression. Syro was the last thing many an Aphex Twin fan must have expected: an Aphex Twin record seemingly designed purely to satisfy fans of Jamess early brand of ambient techno. For an artist whose career has largely been defined by a stubborn refusal to conform to convention, it was a release that seemed almost alarmingly straightforward and by the book.

It was also pretty much the last thing anyone expected from Aphex Twins return, which must have prompted James to break into a wide Cornish grin. In contrast, Computer Controlle...


Hanni El Khatib - Moonlight
Jan 29, 2015 4:00am | Drowned In Sound

San Francisco fashion designer-turned-garage rock guru Hanni El Khatib spoke of having few expectations to live up to when coming to write and record his third album Moonlight. Last set, 2013s Head in the Dirt certainly grabbed attention thanks to the guiding hands of Black Keys musical auteur Dan Auerbach; but it threw up no hits. Add to this a predominantly European following yet decidedly Californian sound, and you can start to see why he felt the pressure was off. Embarking on a 30-day stint of isolation in L.As The Lair to record Moonlight seemingly offered the chance to get introspective, exert more control over his music than ever before and, consequently, put together his most idiosyncratic effort yet.



Never one to shy away from a good quote, Hanni said in a recent interview that one question-come-mantra came to shape his whole approach to the new album: 'What would it sound like if RZA got in the studio with Iggy Pop and Tom Waits?' Its an exciting proposition, and while Moonlight doesnt really come close to providing a fulfilling answer, it does explain the added scope and depth behind the record. The stereotypical garage rock and vintage Americana influences are all still there, and comparisons can be drawn predictably to Allah-Las (also on Hannis Innovative Leisure label) and Black Keys (whose presence seems ubiquitous in the genre); but what makes this effort more intriguing is a genuinely e...


Lil B teams up with vegan mayonnaise makers for emoji app
Jan 29, 2015 4:00am | Fact Magazine

The softie rapper has got even more emojis for you.

Lil B has teamed up with the makers of Vegenaise (that’s vegan mayonnaise) to release an emoji app full of animal-loving Lil B-isms like “Plant Based 4 Life” and “Real cool people are kind to animals”.

The Follow Your Heart food company say Lil B’s first brand partnership “couldn’t be a better fit”, pointing out that they built their grassroots following in the same way that Lil B has attracted fans over the years.

“Lil B stands for love, positivity, and being true to yourself, and he also stands behind our principles of quality, compassion, and sustainability,” the company’s director of accounting Matt Dunaj told FADER. “We’re so excited to be spreading positivity with Lil B! Follow Your Heart and keep it (plant) based!”

Download the vegEMOJI app for free and check out some of the sample icons below. This is of course Lil B’s second emoji app. On the music side, he’s recently been spotted in the studio with Frank Ocean.

Other famous hip-hop vegans including Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, who recently appeared in ad campaign for animal rights campaigners PETA, Common, Dead Prez, and the late, great MCA of Beastie Boys.


Listen: TL x How To Dress Well - The One [TLs version]
Jan 29, 2015 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Rising producer/artist TL and electronic crooner How To Dress Well join forces on colossal new song, "The One".>

Crushed Beaks - Scatter
Jan 29, 2015 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
London based trio provide a hyperactive collection of slasher-movie style melodies cloaked in a heavy parka coat of shoegaze.
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