Four Tet’s Releases New Material on his FACT Mix

Here’s another post that really should’ve been written up at least a couple months ago, Four Tet’s recent mix he did for FACT magazine. Oh well, better late than never. By the way, although I’m only going to talk about Four Tet’s mix, there are a ton of other great artists that have done FACT Mixes, and I would highly recommend checking them out.

You should by all means judge for yourself, but in my opinion Four Tet put together a pretty spectacular mix; and as a result, it’s been a mainstay on my playlist since first hearing it. Not to mention that he’s been playing a few of the songs from the FACT mix in his recent live sets, so if you see him live, you may (as I did) feel the urge to re-listen to some of the songs again, and again, and (well you get the picture). But seriously, his little synth riff on “Nothing to See” was stuck in my head for at least a week.

I can definitively say from memory that Four Tet played his “Matthew and Toby” remix and his new song “Nothing to See” (which starts about 31 minutes into the mix fyi) at the Treasure Island music festival (which is where I took that picture above) and that those two songs were without a doubt some of the better highlights of TI for me (and are also coincidentally my two favorite songs on the mix).

Anyways, less talk more action. Check out the download link and tracklist below. Enjoy.

[Edit: FACT finally removed the link to the mix but I have since reposted a new link below]

Download Four Tet’s FACT Mix

1. Rocketnumbernine – Matthew and Toby (Four Tet remix) [Text Records]
2. Pheeroan Ak Laff – 3 in 1 [Passin’ Thru]
3. Soul Capsule – Seekers (Ricardo Villalobos remix) [Trelik]
4. Mount Kimbie – Blind Night Errand [Hot Flush]
5. Grevious Angel – Move Down Low VIP [Soul Jazz]
6. Ro 70 meets Move D – Untitled [Source Records]
7. Floating Points – J+W beat [Planet Mu]
8. Ramadanman – Glut [Hemlock]
9. JD Robb – Canon in Percussive Sound [Folkways]
10. Index – Starlight (break) [Record Shack Records]
11. Four Tet – Nothing to see [Soul Jazz]
12. Falty DL – St Marks (Cosmin TRG remix) [Rush Hour]
13. Luke Abbott – Holkham Drones [Border Community]
14. Oni Ayhun – OAR004A [Oni Ayhun Records]
15. Bob Holroyd – African drug (Four Tet remix) [Phonica]
16. Lata Mangeshkar – Too Mere Saath Rahega Munne [EMI]

Phaseone’s Mad Weight

Alright, I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Phaseone is a St. Louis based hip hop producer who has made a name for himself by remixing some notable indie talents, putting out a few quality mix tapes (which we talked about before here), and releasing a solid debut album (most of which he gives away as free downloads at his website here).

A while back when I was scraping the internet for more of his tunes I found his 2008 self-released album Mad Weight, a 48 track collection of beats much in the style of similar J Dilla and Madlib releases (instrumental beats, lots of songs, all short in length).

On Mad Weight, Phaseone samples a few notable movies (including a personal favorite in “Donnie Darko”) and also shows the origins for some samples he would later go on to use in his album Thanks But No Thanks. But regardless of all this, the beats are great and I’ve had this on heavy repeat every since discovering it. Give it a spin to see for yourself and definitely go out and support this guy if you ever have the chance. In my mind, he’s definitely one of the more underrated producers out there now. Check out the download link below.

Download Phaseone’s Mad Weight

My DJ Techtools Article “DJ Booths Are Getting Crazy!”

Sorry for being so m.i.a. to this blog lately (and no, i’m not referencing her) but times have been pretty busy having just recently moved to San Francisco while keeping hard at work with the personal and professional projects I’ve got going right now (which will hopefully amount to some cool stuff to talk about here later).

Along those lines, I wrote an article recently for DJ Techtools showcasing some of the more interesting DJ booths being used in live setting these days from an entertainment aspect. It showcases the likes of DJ Shadow and his ridiculous Shadow Sphere,  Deadmau5, Etienne De Crecy, and Vitalic’s V-Mirror show.

And seriously, if any of these guys come through your town, go support them, whoever made their crazy light devices, and above all else,  just have yourself a good time. By the way, I recently found an even better video of the Shadowsphere in action that actually has somewhat decent audio (unlike most others) so check that out for a short glimpse into his epic current live show.

Check out my recent DJ Techtools article “DJ Booths Are Getting Crazy!” here