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FACT Mix 265: Pursuit Grooves

FACT Mix 265: Pursuit Grooves

Playing tracks by

Chancha Via Circuito, Sbtrkt, Cardopusher, Africa HiTech and Mo Kolours.

Pursuit Grooves is the long-running musical project of New York’s Vanese Smith: in it, she produces, raps and sings, and combines the three with live cutting and manipulating in her increasingly infamous live shows.

After several years of releasing records on her own label, she turned to Tectonic in 2010 to release Fox Trot Mannerisms, a staggering breakthrough EP that found her an entire new audience.

Pursuit Grooves followed that record with Frantically Hopeful, a more political record described as an album of “commendable originality and scope” by FACT’s James Waldron.

Grooves’ FACT mix takes the form of an on-the-fly live session, using her SP-505 sampler and several synths to add “additional layers of percussive effects, melodic chords, bass tones and philosophic words of wisdom”. There’s no tracklist supplied, as frankly, there’s too much material layered to list, but looped and mutated fragments of tracks from Urban Tribe, 2562, Mo Kolours, Sbtrkt and more feature.