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NASA's Golden Voyager Record gets first vinyl release

Carl Sagan’s mixtape for aliens is finally available. NASA’s Golden Voyager Record will receive its first proper release after being crowdfunded by a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Conceived with the help Carl Sagan as a “bottle into the cosmic ocean”, the 1977 record contains songs and sounds documenting humanity should extra-terrestrials ever find it.

Singles Club: Stefflon Don and Skepta sample The Simpsons and turn up the heat on ‘Ding-A-Ling’

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, our writers rate and slate the biggest new tracks the last seven days. This week, Stefflon Don and Skepta get raunchy on ‘Ding-A-Ling’, while Diplo and MØ attempt to ‘Get It Right’ on their new collaboration. Elsewhere, Miguel is back with upbeat jam ‘Pineapple Skies’, DRAM and Playboi Carti

How Jai Paul and AK Paul enlisted Fabiana Palladino and Ruthven for their new label

The Paul Institute, a new label and creative house from Ivor Novello-winning producer AK Paul and his AWOL pop genius brother Jai, launched last week with the release two surprise singles. Accessible text message code on an encrypted website, it was far from your average single launch for two unknown artists. Fabiana Palladino and Ruthven

OWOW’s Wiggle Kit is a remote control for singers that turns gestures into vocal expression

The gesture-controlled device for vocalists is on Kickstarter now. The past few years have seen a boom in innovative MIDI controllers for making music, from modular, customisable systems to expressive “five-dimensional” keyboards that can register different directions pressure. For the most part these devices have been developed for the control stware synthesisers, but OWOW’s new Wiggle

London nightlife receives boost as Sadiq Khan announces 24-hour Overground plans

Just in time for party season. London Overground’s 24-hour service will launch for the first time on December 15. The 24-hour service will operate on Fridays and Saturdays between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction, before extending to Highbury & Islington next year, as the BBC reports. Mayor London Sadiq Khan said the service would “provide

Chromeo’s Californian studio is a synth wonderland

Masters funk.  Montreal duo Chromeo are electro funk legends, with a career that stretches back to 2002 and classics like ‘Fancy Footwork’ to their name. With a new single out and a fifth album on the way, we decided to pay a visit to their studio in Burbank, CA where they’ve been recording for the past

FACT mix 628: DEBONAIR

NTS regular DEBONAIR shows why she’s one London’s best DJs with a temperature-raising selection vintage techno, party-starting house and gritty industrial oddities. Debi Ghose, aka DEBONAIR, is one NTS Radio’s longest-standing residents. She helped to set the station’s anything-goes musical agenda when she joined back in 2011 and continues to hold down a bi-weekly show that

Doctor Who composer Delia Derbyshire receives posthumous honorary PHD

The electronic music pioneer was honored by her hometown university. Delia Derbyshire, composer the Doctor Who theme and a key member the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, has posthumously received an honorary doctorate from Conventry University today, The Guardian reports. Derbyshire was born in Conventry in 1937 and later attended Cambridge University for math and music with

MUTEK is officially headed to San Francisco next year

The festival is currently accepting artist proposals. The globe-trotting electronic music festival MUTEK has announced its first US edition will be held May 2018 in San Francisco. The festival will take place May 3-6 and is currently curating its lineup with co-directors Miroslav Wiesner and Gabrielle de Villoutreys. Wiesner, who is also the founder San

Dancehall scientists Equiknoxx on their new album Colón Man and the 20th Century Jamaicans who inspired them

Jamaican sounds have been the template for musical experimentation the world over for decades. From The Clash incorporating dub to the West Indian-inflected vocals early dubstep to Fade to Mind’s deconstructed dancehall, Jamaica has been the muse for countless artists seeking to bend the envelope. But with Kingston-based production crew Equiknoxx, we’re hearing Jamaican musicians

Morrissey wears his anarchy like a badge of honor on Low in High School

Low in High School, Morrissey’s 11th studio album, is just as outspoken as we’ve come to expect from the beloved, but beguiling former Smiths frontman. But even in a time political unrest, April Clare Welsh finds his candor teeters on snarling and cruel to the point apathy. Morrissey has returned after three years with “rage

Yamaneko's Spa Commissions and JV Lightwork's Inner Work challenge everything we know about ambient and New Age

Recent New Age-challenging releases from Yamaneko and Deadboy under the moniker JV Lightbody has FACT’s John Twells asking, If all music can be so easily tuned out in this multi-screen era, what purpose does music that’s actually intend to be “ambient” actually serve? How ten do you actually get to sit down and actively pay

What to buy bedroom producers for Christmas 2017: Gift ideas from $6 to $749

Whether you just need a fun stocking filler or a feature-packed drum machine, picking out the right present for a musician or producer can be difficult. In this list, FACT gives all the gift advice you’ll need to score a hit this holiday season. Coming up with gift ideas is never easy, but it can

The Paul Institute debuts songs from newcomers Fabina Palladino and Ruthven

Jai and A.K. Paul’s mysterious hit factory appears to be up and running. Jai Paul and his brother A.K. Paul have released new music from two artists involved in their elusive Paul Institute collective. They include ‘Mystery’ by Fabina Palladino, a London-based singer who has previously worked with Sampha and Jessie Ware, and ‘Evil’ by

Sounds of the Upside Down: 7 easy ways to recreate Stranger Things' eerie '80s synths at home

If you’ve already binged Stranger Things 2 and need another hit nostalgia, why not have a go at making some music inspired by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s score? Scott Wilson gives you seven tips to help you create your own ‘80s-style synth tracks. When Stranger Things premiered last year, it wasn’t just the story,