- 6 years ago
Playing tracks by
Raymond scott, Arvo part, Prurient & Kevin Drumm, Alva Noto, Brian Eno and more.
FACT mix 308 is by Benjamin John Power aka Blanck Mass.
Power is probably best known as one half of Fuck Buttons, but it’s with his Blanck Mass solo project that he’s most enchanted us. BM’s self-titled album, released on Mogwai’s Rock Action label, is an electronic odyssey partly inspired by the spiritually attuned cosmology of Carl Sagan. It’s tempting to describe the record as ambient, but that doesn’t really do justice to its impact or scale: Power paints on a huge canvas, and his towering, high-fidelity soundscapes might be sensuous, and beatless, but they’re designed to blow your mind rather than soothe it.
Having honoured the album in FACT’s 50 Best Albums of 2011, we asked Power to record a FACT mix, and he’s obliged, turning in what feels like a map of his influences as well as an engrossing listen in its own right.
It’s a mix that invites and rewards deep immersion, and is highly recommended.