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Mood II Swing receive career-spanning compilation on Strictly Rhythm
Nov 30, 2015 7:28am | Fact Magazine

Strictly Mood II Swing collects 33 of the duo’s originals and remixes.

Influential US house duo Mood II Swing are to be the subject of an exhaustive compilation to be released on Strictly Rhythm in January 2016.

As RA reports, Strictly Mood II Swing collects 33 of the pair’s best-known originals and remixes and spreads them across three CDs, including seminal tracks like ‘Closer’ and ‘All Night Long’, and remixes of Ultra Naté, BT and Everything But The Girl.

Comprised of Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone, the duo had a string of underground hits in the early 1990s and became a key part the UK garage movement thanks to their “busier and more intricate” drum programming.

Strictly Mood II Swing is released on January 15, 2016 – you can check the tracklist below and listen to ‘Closer’ below.



01. Mood II Swing – Do It Your Way
02. Fonda Rae – Living In Ecstasy (Mood II Swing NY Mix)
03. Mood II Swing feat. Carol Sylvan – Closer (King Street Moody Club Mix)
04. Lucy Pearl – Don&rsquo...

Berlins OAKE and live techno duo Chrononautz head to Shipleys Golden Cabinet
Nov 30, 2015 6:45am | Fact Magazine

Dark clouds are gathering over Kirkgate.

Yorkshires Golden Cabinet team continue to bring the techno battering ram to the underserved corners of the North this weekend, capping a year that’s seen the likes of Objekt, Powell and Samuel Kerridge wreaking noisy havoc at the tiny Kirkgate Centre in Shipley.

Heading to the intimate venue on Saturday, December 5, are Downwards duo OAKE, flying over from Berlin for their second ever UK gig to showcase their gloomy post-industrial wares. Support comes from Leeds’ Chrononautz, who’ll be peddling their visceral live hardware set following the release of their Noments EP earlier this year find out more about that in our interview.

Support on the night comes from SMUT, the improvised noise project of multi-instrumentalist Lucy Johnson, and Norman Records expert DJ Cataclyst.

Also: Trainer Trouble will be hosting another late-night after-party at Merchant Quays featuring FLAMEGRILLER and DJs from Golden Cabinet, No Hands, Deep Sounds, Vybist and more keeping the action going until 4am.

Grab tickets from Golden Cabinet’s web store and keep an eye out for updates on Facebook. Golden Cabinet’s 2016 onslaught begins on February 6.

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Britpop's forgotten gems Jake Shillingford and My Life Story
Nov 30, 2015 6:35am | Drowned In Sound
Britpop has been a dirty word since the turn of the century and rightly so. After all, for every Pulp or Blur came a Cast or Heavy Stereo and a generation of lumpen lad rock was born. However, not everything associated with the scene that taste forgot is that black and white.

Take My Life Story for instance, a band so out of time and place both then and now. Formed in the early 1990s by Jake Shillingford, arguably the most flamboyant frontman to emerge from the homegrown pop scene in decades. Their seminal mixture of orchestral chamber pop, traditional music hall theatre and 1980s new romanticism made them one of the most instantly recognisable bands of the era. Along with the first incarnation of the Manic Street Preachers, they became favourites on the fanzine circuit. Indeed the phrase "cult heroes" could have been crafted in their honour. Consisting of anything up to twelve members during their creative peak, debut album Mornington Crescent bears all the hallmarks of a timeless classic. Released on independent label Mother Tongue in 1994, Mornington Crescent depicted both the world around them ('Angel') through the eyes of characters Shillingford no doubt encountered on numerous soirees around the capital ('Girl A, Girl B, Boy C', '(You Don't) Sparkle'), it ranks alongside Soft Cell's Non Stop Erotic Cabaret

FACT mix 526: Hodge
Nov 30, 2015 6:01am | Fact Magazine

Bristol and beyond from one of the city’s best young producers.

There’s no strategy or campaign to Hodge’s rise, no fully-realised aesthetic. Instead, the producer (whose solo status has overtaken that of his group, Outboxx) is simply evidence that if you release enough good music, on enough good labels, then people will take notice. Since 2011 he’s released close to 15 singles, on a diverse-but-focused selection of labels that includes Punch Drunk, Berceuse Heroique, Hotline and Tempa.

Speaking loosely, Hodge’s music fits into that middle-ground between dubstep’s weight and techno’s fluidity that Bristol producers have a knack for doing so well (it’s no surprise that Kowton and Peverelist have tapped him for remixes and collaborations on their Livity Sound/Dnuos Ytivil mini-empire) with an ability to shock dancefloors while still keeping things moving that a lot of producers lack at the moment.

Hodge’s latest EP, Forms of Life, is out now through Berceuse Heroique.

Creta Kano – False Water [Bruce’s Hifi Mix] (forthcoming Happy Skull)
Joy Orbison – A213 (Rush Hour)
Peverelist – Undulate (Livity Sound)
Gramrcy – 18 Drums (forthcoming FTD)
Trevino – Playtime [Mosca’s One In The Chamber version] (Birdie)
Endian – ...

Italian newcomer Mind Enterprises gets remixed by Hyperdubs Ikonika
Nov 30, 2015 5:13am | Fact Magazine

Ikonika adds a splash of old-school heat to Because Music’s newest signing.

Italian newcomer Mind Enterprises, aka Andrea Tirone, has recruited Hyperdub’s pristine synth-funk specialist to remix his new single, ‘Chapita’.

Originally from Turin and now based in East London, Tirone has just signed to Because Music, home to the likes of Django Django and Little Dragon, for the release of his debut album Idealist. The record was inspired in part by his discovery of Afro-funk from Nigeria and Ghana, which he came across through a recommendation by none other than Liquid Liquid singer Salvatore Principato.

“After that my way of composing changed drastically,” Tirone says. “One thing I was thinking while recording the album was that its dance music, but on my terms. This is what I would want to hear if I was going out to a gig. Songs, yes. But songs you can dance to. Thats the ultimate goal of this record.”

Ikonika has applied some signature Miami sunshine and trunk-rattling bass to the laidback shuffle of ‘Chapita’  stream her remix below and hear the original in the video underneath. Idealist is out on February 5, 2016.

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An album is being released on Nintendo Famicom cartridge
Nov 30, 2015 5:06am | Fact Magazine

8 BIT MUSIC POWER is the first commercially released title for the format in over two decades.

If vinyl has lost its lustre and tapes just aren’t underground enough, the next frontier of niche formats has been reached, with an album released on a cartridge you need a 30-year-old video games console to play.

As the Wall Street Journal reports, 8 BIT MUSIC POWER is an album released exclusively for the Nintendo Famicom – the Japanese equivalent of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It features 12 original tracks including contributions from noted Famicom composers Yuriko Keino (XeviousDig Dug) and Takeaki Kunimoto (Star Soldier).

As you’d expect from an album that comes on cartridge, it comes with a wealth of visuals, but you’ll need a Famicom to play it – the NES uses a different cartridge format so most Western enthusiasts will need an adaptor to play it.

Columbus Circle, the Japanese company responsible for the cartridge, says that 8 BIT MUSIC POWER is the first title to be released on the format in 21 years, though it doesn’t come with the Nintendo Seal of Quality. If you want to get your hands on one it’s released on January 31 and is available through Amazon – if it proves popular Col...

Stream John Talabots second remix of Jamie xxs Loud Places
Nov 30, 2015 4:50am | Fact Magazine

Barcelona’s John Talabot has dropped a second remix of ‘Loud Places’, from Jamie xx’s Mercury-pipped album In Colour. 

We’ve already heard Talabot’s Loud Synths Reconstruction, and now it’s time for the Higher Dub – so expect slow-building pads and gospel-ly vocals all over the shop. Ascend!

Talabot’s mixes are available through Young Turks. Stream the Higher Dub below.

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Stream John Talabots second remix of Jamie xxs Loud Places
Nov 30, 2015 4:50am | Fact Magazine

Barcelona’s John Talabot has dropped a second remix of ‘Loud Places’, from Jamie xx’s Mercury-pipped album In Colour. 

We’ve already heard Talabot’s Loud Synths Reconstruction, and now it’s time for the Higher Dub – so expect slow-building pads and gospel-ly vocals all over the shop. Ascend!

Talabot’s mixes are available through Young Turks. Stream the Higher Dub below.

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Florence and the Machine and Kendrick Lamar to play Londons Hyde Park
Nov 30, 2015 4:23am | Fact Magazine

Kendrick Lamar will support Florence And The Machine at a British Summer Time show in Hyde Park next year.

Jamie xx and Blood Orange are also confirmed for the all-day gig on July 2, 2016, which is part of a series that sees Mumford And Sons and Take That headlining the following weekend.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am this Friday (December 4).

Kendrick swapped beats with J.Cole over Thanksgiving weekend to come up with two tracks titled ‘Black Friday’.

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Post War Glamour Girls - Feeling Strange
Nov 30, 2015 1:46am | Drowned In Sound
Having been in the music writing game for a few years now I can testify that a lot of the time its full of disappointments: inboxes full of bands struggling to live up to the hype of their press releases. Every now and then, however, a band pops up and makes it all seem worthwhile. The arrival of Post War Glamour Girls debut EP Tragic Loss; He Had Such a Lovely House through my letterbox in 2012 provided one such moment. That last years debut full-length Pink Fur was such a triumph was the icing on the cake: the confirmation that this was a band set to live up to the enormous amount of potential they had shown on their earliest releases.

Much like its predecessor, which began with the colossal Sestra, Feeling Strange doesnt hang around. Opener Felonious Punk clatters out of the starting blocks, dominated by fuzz and vocalist James Smiths typically confrontational vocals. Clocking in at under three minutes it also includes one of the bands finest and most accessible choruses to date as well as lashings of the classically off-kilter, dark post-punk atmosphere which the band have been able to summon effortlessly since the start of their career. Following it up is Wax Orphans, on one level the closest thing the band have ever written to a straightforward pop song and on another a delightfully ambitious and distinct...

The Good Life - Everybody's Coming Down
Nov 30, 2015 1:45am | Drowned In Sound
In explaining Everybodys Coming Down to Paste Magazine, The Good Life bandleader Tim Kasher discusses how difficult it is to really live life in the present, acknowledging a certain limbo between what was and whats going to be. He concludes by calling the album part of an ongoing wallowing on ageing and death.

He is not wrong, a fact that that plays directly into the records strengths and shortcomings. Strengths because Kashers eye for detail and melody remains as singular as ever, and shortcomings because at this point he has explored these themes - of solipsism and self-doubt; mortality, sexuality, artistic merit and existential crisis - on numerous occasions already.

The Good Life are much more than just Kashers acoustic side-project from Cursive, mind, and that has never been quite as evident as it is on Everybodys Coming Down, the bands fifth album, and first in eight years. Ryan Foxs guitar lines are dissonant, often blistering things, as on the albums lead single and first song proper, Everybody, which brings to mind the burly squall of Superchunk and Pinkerton-era Weezer, while Flotsam Locked into a Groove channels pre-Good News for People Who Love Bad News Modest Mouse in rickety, repetitious spirit. Stefanie Drootin-Senseneys bass playing is fluid and melodic throughout...

What's going on Monday? (Glen Hansard/Richard Thompson, Emily Yacina, Okay-Kaya, 'Night Train' & more)
Nov 29, 2015 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Glen Hansard @ Housing Works in September (more by Sachyn Mital)
Glen Hansard

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Glen Hansard, Richard Thompson @ Kings Theatre
Glen Hansard released new solo album, Didn't He Ramble, earlier this fall which was produced by frequent collaborator Doveman, but expect songs from throughout his career (The Frames, The Swell Season, and Once). Tonight's show has a killer opener: folk and guitar legend Richard Thompson.

Field Trip, Dreamcrusher, Emily Yacina, The Shacks @ Baby's All Right
Alex G collaborator Emily Yacina is set to release her Soft Stuff EP in December. She recently revealed the gentle pop of lead single "Loser."

Okay-Kaya, Aerial East, Kelsey Lu @ Mercury Lounge
Terrible Records associate Okay-Kaya makes folky, airy, bare-bones songs that should sound nice on a brisk fall night.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
All aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy cavalcade, this week featuring funny guests D.C. Benny, Nore Davis, Joel Kim Booster, Emma Willmann, Donwill (DJ set), and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Watch Eleanor Friedberger Play Auld Lang Syne On Wine Glasses For Segura Viudas
Nov 29, 2015 8:27pm | StereoGum
Watch Eleanor Friedberger Play Singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger, one half of the sadly-on-hiatus Fiery Furnaces along with her brother Matthew, announced her new album New View and shared its first single "He Didn't Mention His Mother" last month. Now, somewhat unexpectedly, she's shown up in a seasonal commercial for sparkling wine company Segura Viudas in which she plays "Auld … More »

BBC Sound of 2016 longlist includes J Hus and Section Boyz
Nov 29, 2015 8:16pm | Fact Magazine

The BBCs wide-reaching annual poll has reported its first findings.

Each year, the BBC surveys over 140 music writers, radio presenters, industry bigwigs and assorted interested parties to plot which artists are expected to break through in the next year. The placing-to-success correlation is normally fairly reliable, with Adele and Sam Smith scoring the top spot in recent years. London electro-pop cherubs Years & Years were last years winners, beating out Stormzy and Novelist.

The fifteen-name longlist for this year’s poll has been released. There aren’t too many FACT-friendly names on this years list (recent nominees have included Kelela, FKA Twigs and Chance the Rapper) but readers will be pleased to see the inclusion of J Hus and Section Boyz. The Stratford rapper (interviewed by FACT earlier this year) and South London collective have both had a huge 2015, spearheading a new wave of young British rap acts.

Other nominees include multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa, Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, Stockport band Blossoms and London hip-hop act Loyle Carner. See the full longlist below.



Sinead O'Connor 'safe and sound' after Facebook suicide note
Nov 29, 2015 7:44pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery NYC in 2013 (more by Dana 'Distortion' Yavin)

If you've been following Sinead O'Connor on Facebook recently, you'll be relieved to know that:

Gardaí at Pearse St station have confirmed that singer Sinead O'Connor has been located "safe and sound" and is receiving medical assistance.
Sinead has been posting a series of frantic messages about her family to Facebook over the past week, leaving fans feeling helpless. Earlier today she wrote that she had "taken an overdose", so it is of course great news that she is safe and no longer alone.

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