FACT mix 281, is a slamming live session by John Heckle, a Liverpool artist who’s fast-becoming the new great white hope for those who like their house and techno music heady, psychedelic and raw.
We’re yet to run a review of Heckle’s new album, The Second Son , but trust us when we say it’s a beauty. Released on Jamal ‘Hieroglyphic Being’ Moss’s Mathematics label, The Second Son is a glorious trip through rugged house, demented acid, tweaked ambient and at one point (the unforgettable ‘The Voyager’, which also features on this mix) peak-time disco. It’s heavily indebted to classic Chicago, of course, but more than that it plays out like an unstoppable stream of self-discovery from a musician immersed in various aspects of the past.
Heckle’s gone all out for his FACT mix, so we’ll let the man himself explain. “I’ve done a special live studio performance for you, using a [Roland TR-]707 in tap mode, a Roland Juno G, a Juno 106, an Alesis Microverb 4, a Roland SP-404 and a Mackie Profx12. Every track is sequenced live and includes live keys, and tracks are bridged live with short 707 drum solos [one thing you’ll notice about Heckle, he’s got a Hell of a way with those 707 toms]. Tracks performed include ‘What Once Was’, ‘Voyager’, ‘Life on Titan’, ‘Lunik (The Dream)’, ‘4th Dimension’, ‘Ahead of Time’ and ‘R136’, as well as some tracks yet to be released and a couple of untitled jams.”
Sounds pretty special, right? Wait ‘til you hear it. Trust us on this one, whether you’ve heard of John Heckle or not, give this mix a try. Fans of Kassem Mosse, Omar-S, Hieroglyphic Being or Phuture might well find a new hero.
1. John Heckle - The 4th Dimension
2. John Heckle - Life On Titan
3. John Heckle - Ahead Of Time
4. John Heckle - The Voyager (Voyeur)
5. John Heckle - What Once Was
6. John Heckle - Lunik (The Dream)
8. John Heckle - r136
(Available for three weeks)