Singles Club: Björk's first single from her "Tinder album" is one to swipe right on

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, our writers rate and slate the biggest new tracks the last seven days. This week, we enter Björk’s hallucinogenic Utopia with the first single from her eagerly-awaited ninth album, while Burial returns from the shadows with another surprise new track, ‘Rodent’. Elsewhere, Four Tet gives us another glimpse at incoming new album New Energy, NAO’s ‘Nostalgia’ is actually fairly […]

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Ariel Pink is beguiled by another outsider figure on the sobering Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

FACT reviews are back! Stay tuned every weekend for our writers’ takes on recent releases deserving dissection, and head to our all-new reviews section to keep track. Ariel Pink returns this week with his follow-up to 2014’s bombastic Pom Pom, on which his weirdo-pop wildness hit thrilling new levels excess. Where does he go next? And who exactly is Bobby Jameson, the inspiration behind this eleventh album? […]

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The Necessaries' Event Horizon is Arthur Russell's forgotten power-pop album, and it's fucking great

FACT reviews are back! Stay tuned every weekend for our writers’ takes on recent releases deserving dissection, and head to our all-new reviews section to keep track. Arthur Russell is best known for his experiments in folk and minimal avant-garde, but in 1982 he took a more conventional pitstop. Contributing keyboard, cello and vocals to New York quartet The Necessaries, the late musician helped create a power-pop gem that’s been wrongly […]

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Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart has reportedly died aged 56

Hart formed the influential Minnesota punk band in 1979. Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart has reportedly died aged 56 after losing his battle with cancer. The influential US punk band shared a photo Hart on their Facebook page this morning (September 14) with no caption. Variety later reported news Hart’s passing a source, although his death has yet to be […]

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L7 to release first new music in 18 years

The band’s last release was 1999’s Slap-Happy. L7 have announced their first new music in 18 years. As Pitchfork reports, the feminist rock trailblazers will release two new singles this autumn, with the first track coming on September 29 reliable punk imprint Don Giovanni. The LA-based band formed in 1985, releasing their debut self-titled album in 1988. This was followed by 1990’s Smell […]

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Singles Club: St. Vincent doesn't hold back on her scathing salute to LA

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection our writers work their way through the new music the past seven days. This week, there’s a scathing new single from St. Vincent’s upcoming MASSEDUCTION album and hardcore punk-infused trance from Lorenzo Senni, while Nile Rodgers assists George Michael on ‘Fantasy’, the first posthumous single from the late pop icon. Elsewhere, the lights are […]

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Psych-punk band LA Witch cast a '60s girl group spell on their assured self-titled debut

FACT reviews are back! Stay tuned every weekend for our writers’ takes on recent releases deserving dissection, and head to our all-new reviews section to keep track. SoCal trio LA Witch’s self-titled debut is a tough-as-nails, gritty exploration psych, punk and rockabilly tinged with ’60s girl-group nostalgia. Claire Lobenfeld peeks into the stale cigarette smoke-and-cheap beer-scented world they’ve conjured and finds it’s just as sun-dazed […]

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Lorenzo Senni announces The Shape Of Trance To Come 12"

Warp’s Italian trance master Lorenzo Senni is back. Back in 1959, jazz futurist Ornette Coleman released The Shape Of Jazz To Come, reframing the genre for the next generation listeners, critics and performers. Since then, Refused have released The Shape Of Punk To Come and Norwegian noise supremo Lasse Marhaug released The Shape Of Rock To Come back in 2004. […]

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Anastasia Kristensen is the ballet enthusiast turned DJ who loves obscure ‘90s techno bangers

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Scott Wilson meets Anastasia Kristensen, the Copenhagen-based DJ whose appreciation for obscure ‘90s techno can be traced back to her early love ballet. When Anastasia Kristensen played to a busy Tresor club at Berlin’s Atonal festival last month, one track stood out: a jungle […]

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