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Every week, FACT brings you mixes from the hottest DJs and artists in the world.

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FACT mix 694: Morgiana Hz

Born in Poland, Karolina Karnacewicz has long used music as a tool to make sense of the wider world. As a teenager, Karnacewicz started a punk band – Post-Spirit – before moving to Poznań and shifting hir focus to dance music. Before long, ze was performing fast, bass-heavy electronics, using the sounds and community to help shine highlight rampant industry inequality. But after years of therapy and soul-searching, Karnacewicz realized something was missing. Using the moniker Morgiana Hz, a reference to Juraj Hertz’s movie of the same name, ze found a way to fold together all hir influences: bass, rhythm, noise, vocal experimentation, field recording and more. Since then, Karnacewicz has been working in both music and activism, exploring the connections between hir interests and working to achieve more visibility and equality. “I want to act for the sake of woman because people take me as one,” ze explained to Subtermag last year. “But since I can remember I had problems with...

58 MIN2019 MAR 7
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FACT mix 694: Morgiana Hz

FACT mix 692: Cera Khin

Cera Khin grew up in Tunisia surrounded by music. Her dad was a record collector and introduced her to a wide variety of sounds, from French classics to Egyptian and African jams, and when she got a little older, Khin explored on her own, using the internet to dig for sounds that took her deeper into into the unknown. In 2016, she started her own radio show on Bristol’sNoods Radio, a place where her interest in grimy rave and euphoric ambience would finally have a proper home and she’s been contributing monthly shows – with guests such as Fis, Parris and Machine Woman – ever since. Her connection with Bristol doesn’t stop there either; a chance meeting with Young Echo’s Ossia at OHM was the start of an ongoing collaboration. The duo collaborated on the Coil-esqueGuided Meditation, the first release on Cera Khin’s ownLazyTapesimprint. Since then, she has released a collaboration with DHR’s Christoph De Babalon, a solo 12″ from Peder Mannerfelt and a second collaboration with...

73 MIN2019 FEB 21
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FACT mix 692: Cera Khin

FACT mix 648: Laraaji

s the 1970s drew to a close, composer Edward Larry Gordon had a revelation. He’d spent the early part of his life studiously immersing himself in music, studying composition and piano at the prestigious Howard University in Washington D.C., but he was feeling limited by the structures imposed on his art. He was in New York City pursuing acting and comedy when he became obsessed with the Autoharp. A traditional folk instrument primarily associated with bluegrass, the quirky instrument fascinated Gordon, who swapped his Yamaha 6-string acoustic guitar for one at a pawn shop and never looked back. Using a Japanese clay modeling stick he’d found in Tokyo, he approached the instrument in a completely unique way, using open tunings and electrifying the output with a guitar amplifier. This revelation coincided with an interest Gordon had developed in meditation as searched for answers that were not emerging from his brushes with fame and New York society. As the meditative practices and ...

91 MIN2018 APR 17
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FACT mix 648: Laraaji

FACT mix 570: The Maghreban

It’s not easy to pin down Ayman Rostom, aka The Maghreban. Rostom’s been producing music for years, but until 2014 the sounds were a long way from The Maghreban’s crumbling house. He cut his teeth as part of Surrey-based hip-hop crew Diversion Tactics, where he produced under the Dr. Zygote moniker. After a handful of solo releases, he embarked on a stylistic shift, reconnecting with the dance music of his youth and emerging with a slew of house 12″s in 2014 under the shadowy moniker The Maghreban. As an outsider, Rostom has been able to fold in his influences without feeling beholden to any of dance music’s rules. He grew up listening to his older brother’s hardcore tapes and that ragged influence is still on show in his productions. This “anything goes” outlook, along with the influence of classic hip-hop, is what anchors Rostom’s productions and what sets him apart from his peers. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that his debut FACT mix is delightfully eclectic. Rostom m...

68 MIN2016 SEP 27
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FACT mix 570: The Maghreban

FACT mix 569 - S U R V I V E

Netflix’sStranger Thingsis a phenomenon. The third most-watched original show on the network, the sci-fi series has captured hearts and minds with its nostalgic premise, lovable cast and, most importantly, the eerie, synth-driven soundtrack from Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of Austin-based bandS U R V I V E. The duo were snapped up to score the show after creators the Duffer Brothers had used a S U R V I V E track in their pitch to Netflix. Their demo cues were even used in the casting process, so it’s hardly surprising how important their Tangerine Dream-influenced sound was to the show’s pacing and atmosphere. S U R V I V E’s fourth album of moody instrumental synthscapes,RR7349is set to drop on Relapse and their own Holodeck label at the end of the month and is jam-packed full of the band’s unmistakable tropes. Fans ofStranger Thingswon’t be disappointed – while the album offers a more upbeat take on their sound, the wobbling monosynth leads and clipped analog percussion s...

105 MIN2016 SEP 20
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FACT mix 569 - S U R V I V E

FACT mix 568: Mike Patton

Artists don’t come much more legendary than Californian vocalistMike Patton. Known for his distinctive vocal style, Patton rose to notoriety with avant-garde rock troupe Mr. Bungle before, in 1988, replacing Chuck Mosley as frontman of rock band Faith No More. From there, things escalated fast – Faith No More’s popularity in the US and beyond positioned countless new eyes on Patton’s more divisive projects – such as Mr. Bungle, who were signed to Warner Bros. as a result of Patton’s popularity – and he suddenly had a springboard for his diverse musical interests. In 1999, Patton established the Ipecac imprint. The influential label would go on to release curiosities from a diverse run of talented weirdos, from mainstays Melvins and Patton’s own Tomahawk, Peeping Tom and of course Fantômas to avant rap troupe Dälek, Mouse on Mars and kid606. Ipecac even managed to snag a release from soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone that still stands as the composer’s most gripping body...

33 MIN2016 SEP 13
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FACT mix 568: Mike Patton

FACT mix 567: Riz La Teef

Riz La Teef is hard to miss – you can spot him lugging a bag of whitelabels and dubplates to the dance when everyone else is wandering in with USB stick and a pair of headphones. Along with a few other London selectors (Spooky and Parris, for example), Riz La Teef is a wax holdout. If something’s not released on vinyl – no problem, he can head down to Music House and cut an acetate. It’s an expensive passion, sure, but whoever said love was free? The fact is, Riz La Teef is keeping the soul of dance music alive at a time when perfection – and the dreaded sync button – threatens to flush it all out the emergency exit. On his debut FACT mix, he blends a wide range of grime and garage-influenced sounds, ranging from Wiley’s OG sounds (‘Igloo’ makes an appearance) and a classic Horsepower Productions rework of DJ Zinc’s ‘Flim’ to more recent bangers from Strict Face (including his ace rework of Rihanna’s ‘Sex With Me’), Murlo and Fallow.

54 MIN2016 SEP 6
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FACT mix 567: Riz La Teef

FACT mix 566: Equiknoxx

Earlier this year, Equiknoxx, the Jamaican duo of Gavin “Gavsborg” Blair and Jordan “Time Cow” Chung with collaborators Bobby Blackbird and Kofi Knoxx, released Bird Sound Power on Demdike Stare’s exceptional DDS imprint. The album sums up Equiknoxx’s output perfectly, shining a spotlight on their ingenious fusion of fractured dancehall riddims and spacious experimental sounds – in many ways it serves as a primer for anyone unfamiliar with a sound they’ve been developing over the last near-decade. Bird Sound Power is a compilation release put together by Demdike Stare and Jon K, collecting up a number of vintage productions (the oldest dates from 2009) and placing them alongside completely new tracks giving a line into the Equiknoxx crew’s sprawling discography. They’ve been releasing records since 2008, dropping 7″s (and more recently, MP3s) on their own Equiknoxx Musiq imprint and fostering a stable of friends and collaborators to flesh out their unique take on dancehal...

57 MIN2016 SEP 2
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FACT mix 566: Equiknoxx

FACT mix 565: Dixon Avenue Basement Jams

They launched their label Dixon Avenue Basement Jams in 2012 off the back of a decade of digging and DJing as residents at Monox, the two-room haven for house, techno and electro described by Jackmaster as nothing less than “Glasgow’s Berghain”. Named in honour of the legendary afterparties held at their flat on Dixon Avenue, the label’s penchant for rugged, raw and subtly freaky tracks quickly elevated them into the league of “buy on sight” via early releases from Marquis Hawkes and Jared Wilson, who’ve become regulars on the imprint. More recently they’ve flagged up the considerable talents of newcomer Denis Sulta and dropped their third “Allstars” EP featuring Casio Royale and O.D.D. Dan and Kenny’s FACT mix is proof that there’s no need to arse around building a “journey” if you’ve got enough absolute bangers at your fingertips, and with forthcoming DABJ material from Big Miz and Hammer placed next to winning trax from 2 Live Crew and Parris Mitchell, it’s a read...

71 MIN2016 SEP 2
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FACT mix 565: Dixon Avenue Basement Jams

FACT Classic Mix: Jackmaster

Last month he reminded us of his undying love for proper techno via a DJ Kicks mix packed with heavy-duty belters sourced from Berlin, Detroit and Glasgow, a selection harking back to his formative years at his first party, Seismic. The aim of the mix, he told us, was to remind anyone who’d encountered his festival-friendly Tweak-A-Holic sets that he’s no “one-trick pony” party-starter, and quash the lingering falsehood that he’s some kind of dubstep DJ. “Never in my life have I ever played a set purely of one genre, let alone dubstep,” he pointed out, and we’re delighted to present Exhibit A in his defence: Jackmaster’s 2008 FACT mix. One of the very earliest FACT mixes, it’s boisterous and eclectic but tightly controlled, darting from Mr. Oizo to L-Vis 1990 and from Zomby to Lil Wayne remixes. Like he told us last month, “I don’t really believe in DJing to tick boxes. I think that’s probably why I’ve always been all over the place in terms of genres.” The mix is so ...

64 MIN2016 SEP 2
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FACT Classic Mix: Jackmaster

Latest Episodes

FACT mix 694: Morgiana Hz

Born in Poland, Karolina Karnacewicz has long used music as a tool to make sense of the wider world. As a teenager, Karnacewicz started a punk band – Post-Spirit – before moving to Poznań and shifting hir focus to dance music. Before long, ze was performing fast, bass-heavy electronics, using the sounds and community to help shine highlight rampant industry inequality. But after years of therapy and soul-searching, Karnacewicz realized something was missing. Using the moniker Morgiana Hz, a reference to Juraj Hertz’s movie of the same name, ze found a way to fold together all hir influences: bass, rhythm, noise, vocal experimentation, field recording and more. Since then, Karnacewicz has been working in both music and activism, exploring the connections between hir interests and working to achieve more visibility and equality. “I want to act for the sake of woman because people take me as one,” ze explained to Subtermag last year. “But since I can remember I had problems with...

58 MIN2019 MAR 7
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FACT mix 694: Morgiana Hz

FACT mix 692: Cera Khin

Cera Khin grew up in Tunisia surrounded by music. Her dad was a record collector and introduced her to a wide variety of sounds, from French classics to Egyptian and African jams, and when she got a little older, Khin explored on her own, using the internet to dig for sounds that took her deeper into into the unknown. In 2016, she started her own radio show on Bristol’sNoods Radio, a place where her interest in grimy rave and euphoric ambience would finally have a proper home and she’s been contributing monthly shows – with guests such as Fis, Parris and Machine Woman – ever since. Her connection with Bristol doesn’t stop there either; a chance meeting with Young Echo’s Ossia at OHM was the start of an ongoing collaboration. The duo collaborated on the Coil-esqueGuided Meditation, the first release on Cera Khin’s ownLazyTapesimprint. Since then, she has released a collaboration with DHR’s Christoph De Babalon, a solo 12″ from Peder Mannerfelt and a second collaboration with...

73 MIN2019 FEB 21
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FACT mix 692: Cera Khin

FACT mix 648: Laraaji

s the 1970s drew to a close, composer Edward Larry Gordon had a revelation. He’d spent the early part of his life studiously immersing himself in music, studying composition and piano at the prestigious Howard University in Washington D.C., but he was feeling limited by the structures imposed on his art. He was in New York City pursuing acting and comedy when he became obsessed with the Autoharp. A traditional folk instrument primarily associated with bluegrass, the quirky instrument fascinated Gordon, who swapped his Yamaha 6-string acoustic guitar for one at a pawn shop and never looked back. Using a Japanese clay modeling stick he’d found in Tokyo, he approached the instrument in a completely unique way, using open tunings and electrifying the output with a guitar amplifier. This revelation coincided with an interest Gordon had developed in meditation as searched for answers that were not emerging from his brushes with fame and New York society. As the meditative practices and ...

91 MIN2018 APR 17
Comments
FACT mix 648: Laraaji

FACT mix 570: The Maghreban

It’s not easy to pin down Ayman Rostom, aka The Maghreban. Rostom’s been producing music for years, but until 2014 the sounds were a long way from The Maghreban’s crumbling house. He cut his teeth as part of Surrey-based hip-hop crew Diversion Tactics, where he produced under the Dr. Zygote moniker. After a handful of solo releases, he embarked on a stylistic shift, reconnecting with the dance music of his youth and emerging with a slew of house 12″s in 2014 under the shadowy moniker The Maghreban. As an outsider, Rostom has been able to fold in his influences without feeling beholden to any of dance music’s rules. He grew up listening to his older brother’s hardcore tapes and that ragged influence is still on show in his productions. This “anything goes” outlook, along with the influence of classic hip-hop, is what anchors Rostom’s productions and what sets him apart from his peers. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that his debut FACT mix is delightfully eclectic. Rostom m...

68 MIN2016 SEP 27
Comments
FACT mix 570: The Maghreban

FACT mix 569 - S U R V I V E

Netflix’sStranger Thingsis a phenomenon. The third most-watched original show on the network, the sci-fi series has captured hearts and minds with its nostalgic premise, lovable cast and, most importantly, the eerie, synth-driven soundtrack from Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of Austin-based bandS U R V I V E. The duo were snapped up to score the show after creators the Duffer Brothers had used a S U R V I V E track in their pitch to Netflix. Their demo cues were even used in the casting process, so it’s hardly surprising how important their Tangerine Dream-influenced sound was to the show’s pacing and atmosphere. S U R V I V E’s fourth album of moody instrumental synthscapes,RR7349is set to drop on Relapse and their own Holodeck label at the end of the month and is jam-packed full of the band’s unmistakable tropes. Fans ofStranger Thingswon’t be disappointed – while the album offers a more upbeat take on their sound, the wobbling monosynth leads and clipped analog percussion s...

105 MIN2016 SEP 20
Comments
FACT mix 569 - S U R V I V E

FACT mix 568: Mike Patton

Artists don’t come much more legendary than Californian vocalistMike Patton. Known for his distinctive vocal style, Patton rose to notoriety with avant-garde rock troupe Mr. Bungle before, in 1988, replacing Chuck Mosley as frontman of rock band Faith No More. From there, things escalated fast – Faith No More’s popularity in the US and beyond positioned countless new eyes on Patton’s more divisive projects – such as Mr. Bungle, who were signed to Warner Bros. as a result of Patton’s popularity – and he suddenly had a springboard for his diverse musical interests. In 1999, Patton established the Ipecac imprint. The influential label would go on to release curiosities from a diverse run of talented weirdos, from mainstays Melvins and Patton’s own Tomahawk, Peeping Tom and of course Fantômas to avant rap troupe Dälek, Mouse on Mars and kid606. Ipecac even managed to snag a release from soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone that still stands as the composer’s most gripping body...

33 MIN2016 SEP 13
Comments
FACT mix 568: Mike Patton

FACT mix 567: Riz La Teef

Riz La Teef is hard to miss – you can spot him lugging a bag of whitelabels and dubplates to the dance when everyone else is wandering in with USB stick and a pair of headphones. Along with a few other London selectors (Spooky and Parris, for example), Riz La Teef is a wax holdout. If something’s not released on vinyl – no problem, he can head down to Music House and cut an acetate. It’s an expensive passion, sure, but whoever said love was free? The fact is, Riz La Teef is keeping the soul of dance music alive at a time when perfection – and the dreaded sync button – threatens to flush it all out the emergency exit. On his debut FACT mix, he blends a wide range of grime and garage-influenced sounds, ranging from Wiley’s OG sounds (‘Igloo’ makes an appearance) and a classic Horsepower Productions rework of DJ Zinc’s ‘Flim’ to more recent bangers from Strict Face (including his ace rework of Rihanna’s ‘Sex With Me’), Murlo and Fallow.

54 MIN2016 SEP 6
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FACT mix 567: Riz La Teef

FACT mix 566: Equiknoxx

Earlier this year, Equiknoxx, the Jamaican duo of Gavin “Gavsborg” Blair and Jordan “Time Cow” Chung with collaborators Bobby Blackbird and Kofi Knoxx, released Bird Sound Power on Demdike Stare’s exceptional DDS imprint. The album sums up Equiknoxx’s output perfectly, shining a spotlight on their ingenious fusion of fractured dancehall riddims and spacious experimental sounds – in many ways it serves as a primer for anyone unfamiliar with a sound they’ve been developing over the last near-decade. Bird Sound Power is a compilation release put together by Demdike Stare and Jon K, collecting up a number of vintage productions (the oldest dates from 2009) and placing them alongside completely new tracks giving a line into the Equiknoxx crew’s sprawling discography. They’ve been releasing records since 2008, dropping 7″s (and more recently, MP3s) on their own Equiknoxx Musiq imprint and fostering a stable of friends and collaborators to flesh out their unique take on dancehal...

57 MIN2016 SEP 2
Comments
FACT mix 566: Equiknoxx

FACT mix 565: Dixon Avenue Basement Jams

They launched their label Dixon Avenue Basement Jams in 2012 off the back of a decade of digging and DJing as residents at Monox, the two-room haven for house, techno and electro described by Jackmaster as nothing less than “Glasgow’s Berghain”. Named in honour of the legendary afterparties held at their flat on Dixon Avenue, the label’s penchant for rugged, raw and subtly freaky tracks quickly elevated them into the league of “buy on sight” via early releases from Marquis Hawkes and Jared Wilson, who’ve become regulars on the imprint. More recently they’ve flagged up the considerable talents of newcomer Denis Sulta and dropped their third “Allstars” EP featuring Casio Royale and O.D.D. Dan and Kenny’s FACT mix is proof that there’s no need to arse around building a “journey” if you’ve got enough absolute bangers at your fingertips, and with forthcoming DABJ material from Big Miz and Hammer placed next to winning trax from 2 Live Crew and Parris Mitchell, it’s a read...

71 MIN2016 SEP 2
Comments
FACT mix 565: Dixon Avenue Basement Jams

FACT Classic Mix: Jackmaster

Last month he reminded us of his undying love for proper techno via a DJ Kicks mix packed with heavy-duty belters sourced from Berlin, Detroit and Glasgow, a selection harking back to his formative years at his first party, Seismic. The aim of the mix, he told us, was to remind anyone who’d encountered his festival-friendly Tweak-A-Holic sets that he’s no “one-trick pony” party-starter, and quash the lingering falsehood that he’s some kind of dubstep DJ. “Never in my life have I ever played a set purely of one genre, let alone dubstep,” he pointed out, and we’re delighted to present Exhibit A in his defence: Jackmaster’s 2008 FACT mix. One of the very earliest FACT mixes, it’s boisterous and eclectic but tightly controlled, darting from Mr. Oizo to L-Vis 1990 and from Zomby to Lil Wayne remixes. Like he told us last month, “I don’t really believe in DJing to tick boxes. I think that’s probably why I’ve always been all over the place in terms of genres.” The mix is so ...

64 MIN2016 SEP 2
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FACT Classic Mix: Jackmaster
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