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Whaia Te Maramatanga

Written by: 29 October 2015 2 Comments

I’m pretty stoked that Palmy North local Rob Thorne kicks off this mix, he’s a really nice bloke and makes really interesting music, he “re-imagines and reconstructs traditional Maori instrumental music for the 21st century”. For me its the entire reason to check out this mix…


You know its going to be a good listen when a mix is headed thus: Welcome to one of the year’s weirdest FACT mixes.

With his early releases on Samurai and Exit, it was once easiest to tie New Zealand’s Fis to drum and bass – albeit drum and bass at its absolute weirdest. Although its lines were distorted and chewed up by the time tracks were committed to record, there was at least some semblance of a 160bpm grid still present. On his recent releases, however, it feels like that grid was never there in the first place: the freeform experiments of this summer’s debut album The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now have more in common with Oneohtrix Point Never or The Sprawl, building layers of weirdness to ecstatic climaxes.

Fis’s FACT mix is, well, pretty fucked up. There’s haunting woodwind, cascades of screeching synths, steelworks collapsing and moments of beautiful calm. At one point, everything falls away but a typewriter, only for its keys to be engulfed by voices as angelic as they are satanic. Listen alone, in the dark.

FACT mix 518 – Fis (Oct '15) by Fact on Mixcloud



  • Benny said:

    I was going to post this one :/

    For me, FIS is probably my favourite NZ musician to emerge in the last few years. Awesomely munted sounds.

  • Bob Daktari said:

    aha so they are a kiwi – I wasn’t sure
    grabbed a bunch of his mixes on the strength of this and have been rewarded aptly

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