Why XL's Smerz ditched classical training for field recordings and footwork

Norway’s Smerz have been generating attention for their genre-melding, enigmatic sound. Steph Kretowicz talked to the duo about their unique inspirations and singular sources for field recordings, as well as their upcoming EP, Have Fun. Smerz give a good first impression. Their footwork, R&B and techno inspired work is presented with effortless style, but has… Read More »

7 must-hear mixes from October 2017

It’s almost impossible to keep on top everything that SoundCloud, Mixcloud and online radio has to fer. In our new monthly column, FACT guides you through the must-hear mixes the last 30 days, whether you want a club session to warm you up for the weekend, ambient soothers or a set vinyl-only obscurities. We’re living… Read More »

Karen Gwyer and more turned Braga into an audio-visual utopia for Semibreve

The seventh edition Portugal’s Semibreve festival saw performances from Gas, Karen Gwyer, Rabih Beaini, Lawrence English and more. April Clare Welsh headed down to Braga for a relaxed experimental music festival with a radical streak; a festival that asks its audience for complete focus. “What is ambient music?” David Toop asks at the beginning Ocean… Read More »