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While composing the songs on his band’s latest record, frontman Stephin Merritt felt most inspired with a cocktail in one hand and a pen in the other.
FACT mix 280 takes the form of a rare session from elusive Swedish duo Air France.
Rare, in fact, is an understatement when it comes to these two: transmissions from Joel Karlsson and Henrik Markstedt have been notably thin on the ground since their 2006 debut, On Trade Winds. The pair have only released two physical records to date, following said debut EP with 2008′s six-track No Way Down (both were originally released through Swedish label Sincerely Yours, but later were packaged together and reissued by Rough Trade). Sample-based records that lingered like the faded afterthoughts of Balearic summers, they represent two of the most distinctive EPs of the last decade, predicting the waves of chillwave and hypnagogic pop music that would follow them while never being bettered.
Since then, there’s been two digital singles, 2009′s ‘GBG Belongs to Us’ and ‘It Feels Good to Be Around You’, a stunning drum machine-driven ballad released last month. Air France’s debut album, beyond long-awaited at this point, is roughly scheduled for a release this year, but whether it’ll actually materalise or not is anybody’s guess. That’s half the fun with these guys.
What we do know is that we’ve persuaded them to contribute a mix to our series. In the words of the group, “it’s September soon, and it may be audiable in the mix. It’s a beautiful month, but also a month of changes, both good and bad, you know?”. Clams Casino, Holy Other and at least one unheard Air France track feature in a mix that picks out the perfect middle ground between dance music and pop.
This Monday’s FACT mix takes the form of a haunting, late night garage session from a certain Jamie Smith.
You’re presumably already familiar with Smith by now: percussionist and producer in Mercury Prize-winning three-piece the xx and a solo producer in his own right, this year remixing Gil Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here over the course of a full album and releasing one of 2011′s most debated singles in ‘Far Nearer’, released on Numbers. He also remixed Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ to arresting effect.
This, technically, isn’t the first time he’s contributed a FACT mix: in 2009, the xx as a group were behind one of our all-time most popular sessions, and FACT mix 239 was a Boiler Room-assisted recording of Jamie and Oneman’s back-to-back set from our joint party at XOYO with Young Turks. But this mix marks his first solo appearance in our series.
On Thursday, September 22, Jamie xx will team up with veteran visual artist Quayola to perform Structures, a collaborative audio-visual show at Shoreditch Car Club, using Quayola’s custom-built Partitura to bring Jamie’s music – including material from a new solo EP, apparently – to life. The show was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed due to the London riots; to win tickets, visit our competition, and to watch a 90-second teaser video of what’s in store, head over to Rizlab, who have organised the show.
Alternatively, just download Jamie’s FACT mix, a dusk-lit garage and house session featuring Elgato, Dark Sky and a bunch of stuff we’ve never heard before, though alternate versions of a couple of well-known Jamie xx remixes appear to be present. Naturally, there’s no tracklist supplied.