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Are you there God? It’s me, Kanye: The religious self-scrutiny of The Life Of Pablo

by Festival February 18, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteSince his 2004 debut, there has been no one else more concerned with the public perception of Kanye West than Kanye West. His interest is not as shallow as this sounds. He has…

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Inside the Secret Facility: A conversation with Andrew Weatherall and Nina Walsh

by Festival February 18, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteAndrew Weatherall should need no introduction (if you require a refresher, here’s why he is the greatest remixer of all time). His long-term collaborator Nina Walsh may not be as high-profile, but her…

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Shura – Touch (Four Tet Remix)

by Festival February 18, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteSelf-taught British singer/songwriter/producer Shura has received a remix from Four Tet in the lead up to the release of her debut album. Known for her RnB inspired dance tracks, Four Tet gives Shura’s…

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Photos: Julia Holter at Oval Space, London

by Festival February 17, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteOn Monday, LA-based producer and singer Julia Holter filled Hackney’s Oval Space, with support from DM Stith.  Animated and full of energy, swaying to the music, Holter captivated the audience with every note. FACT’s…

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Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo could be a turning point for troubled Tidal

by Festival February 16, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteAfter a disappointing first year, Tidal is finally bringing out its big guns. But is exclusive music from Kanye, Rihanna and more enough to save the struggling streaming service? As critics, fans, and…

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The Witch composer on making the most nightmarish horror score you’ll hear this year

by Festival February 16, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteThe Witch already has a reputation. Last year the film won newcomer Robert Eggers a best director award at the Sundance Film festival, and word of mouth buzz about the 17th century New England…

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“Like a piano man with a vague memory of trip-hop”: James Blake, Beyoncé and more reviewed in FACT Singles Club

by Festival February 15, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteEach week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by. With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea…

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FACT mix 536: Not Waving

by Festival February 15, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteAlessio Natalizia unleashes the pustulent club material for your sick disco. The Italian artist has been on our radar for what seems like forever, operating under a variety of guises: the dreamy, distorted…

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The Week’s Best Videos: Pulp Fiction meets GTA, and Beyoncé

by Festival February 14, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteWelcome to FACT’s weekly video round-up. As we note at the end of every year, music videos have never been better. But too often, music videos — along with documentaries, live sets and…

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Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo: Exploring the songs behind its samples

by Festival February 14, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteWhen it comes to samples, Kanye West is a master architect. Dissect many of the songs on new album The Life Of Pablo and you’re reminded once again that, beneath his many layers of neurosis,…

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Stablemates: France’s hottest production squad Club cheval introduce Discipline

by Festival February 13, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteFrench producer supergroup Club cheval brings together four unique and talented producers: Canblaster, Sam Tiba, Panteros666, and Myd. Though bonded by shared ideals about music, each member adds a different perspective and skillset…

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The week’s best vinyl releases: Computer acid, dreamy house and Balearic classics

by Festival February 13, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteFew people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store. Phonica’s end of year lists are always a treasure trove for undersung gems, so we realised we ought to just…

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London time-traveller Shape Worship unearths the politics of everyday life

by Festival February 12, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteTechno and anthropology aren’t obvious bedfellows. It’s no surprise, really – a typically wordless form of contemporary dance music doesn’t necessarily seem the best vehicle for socio-cultural and historical introspection. But perhaps that’s…

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The month in Bandcamp: Indonesian tape music, dreamy techno and the birth of Hardvapour

by Festival February 11, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteEvery month Miles Bowe rounds up the best of Bandcamp, unearthing the finest, freshest and weirdest releases the burgeoning DIY platform has to offer. This edition of Name Your Price marks a year…

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Five reasons why SoundCloud might be doomed

by Festival February 11, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, SoundCloud published a financial report that laid bare the company’s recent earnings, and it wasn’t pretty. Despite earnings of $15.37m, SoundCloud lost a total of $44.19m in 2014. Some of that was…

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A Tale of Two Comptons: Will the real Dr. Dre please stand up?

by Festival December 08, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteThe first time we see Andre Young in Straight Outta Compton, he’s lying on the floor of his room, surrounded by familiar names on 12” sleeves: Galaxy, Zapp, Marvin Gaye. Roy Ayers’ ‘Everybody…

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Craig David: Confessions

by Festival December 08, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteThe Booty Man tells all. In Confessions, we ask artists the questions that we really want to know for the answers where we really get to know them: their hidden talents, weirdest dreams, wildest drug experiences…

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The 20 Best Bandcamp Releases of 2015

by Festival December 07, 2015

This post was originally published on this site Every month, FACT’s Miles Bowe examines the Best of Bandcamp, unearthing the finest, freshest and no doubt weirdest releases the burgeoning DIY platform has to offer. If you needed any other sign…

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AAA: Episode 1 – Vince Staples

by Festival December 07, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteIn FACT TV’s new series AAA, we capture artists at the intimate moment right before they take the stage. First up, Vince Staples. From Long Beach, California, Staples is barely into his 20s, but the success…

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“Like an acid casualty crashing a children’s birthday party”: Animal Collective and more reviewed in the FACT Singles Club

by Festival December 07, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteEach week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by. With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea…

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FACT mix 527: Jóhann Jóhannsson

by Festival December 07, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteOne of the world’s best soundtrack composers offers up a FACT mix for the winter months. Since 2002, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been wowing listeners with his unique blend of subtle electronics…

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The 20 best music videos of 2015

by Festival December 06, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteRumors of the music video’s decline have been greatly exaggerated. Week after week, musicians release videos that aren’t just promotional pieces — they’re artistic statements of the highest quality that increasingly resemble short…

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Still Sprung: Ten years of T-Pain’s Rappa Ternt Sanga

by Festival December 06, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteIt’s been exactly a decade since the release of T-Pain’s Rappa Ternt Sanga. Not only are we still living in that post-T-Pain world, but 2015 in particular has served as one long reminder…

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For Club Use Only: November’s best under-the-radar dance tracks

by Festival December 05, 2015

This post was originally published on this siteNext week, we’ll have our favorite club tracks of the year for you. First, though, we have 10 dancefloor burners from an absolutely stacked November, ranging from DJ Haram’s spoken word-meets-Jersey club to…

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