How to build a modular synth: The ultimate Eurorack buyer's guide

It’s Modular Synth Day on FACT! We’re marking the first birthday our Make Music section with a celebration modular synths, the artists that patch with them and they music they make. Find it all here. The rising popularity modular synthesis means that barriers to entry for those interested in diving into the world Eurorack have never been lower. However, with increasing numbers manufacturers producing […]

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Golin's futuristic, robotic pop has a human heart

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Samantha Coggin speaks to pianist and producer Rin Suemistu, who on her debut EP as Golin makes futuristic pop inspired by memories her childhood in Japan before emigrating to the United States. As a child, Golin – aka Rin Suemistu – […]

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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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DJ Python's reggaeton-inspired deep house turns '90s dembow samples into after-hours dancefloor gold

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, DJ Python – aka Luis, aka DJ Wey – tells Oli Warwick how his fusion reggaeton and house and techno came to be, and explains what’s so liberating about switching names and personas. It’s not ten contemporary house and techno producers […]

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