Prizes: All winners will be chosen by Red Light District & nominated sponsors. Winners will be asked to submit the FL Studio remix .zip project for verification that the remix was made with FL Studio and or mixer track stems for mastering.
Do you fancy winning a pair of tickets to The Electro-Swing Ball In The Park on August 31st? Hosted by and featuring two of Free Breaks Blog’s finest DJ’s; Bertie Dastard and DJR it will be a glamorous night of dancing and vintage beats all within a beautiful marquee set in the middle of Telford Town Park.
If you’d like to win all you need to do is e-mail us at email@example.com with swing in the header and the winners will be picked at random on Sunday 25th August. Please make sure that you can attend the event before entering.
Deekline has unleashed this wicked 2 step / breaks hybrid remix of Laidback Luke’s ‘Pogo’. Along with Majestic on the mic, Deekline turns out a bouncy, bass filled ride with his usual high class beats and breaks.
With six labels under the Hotcakes banner, world tours, DJ gigs and almost relentless music production, you would think Deekline is busy enough but soon he will be unveiling a brand new website/blog too. Keep up to date with all things Deekline over at his Facebook
We have an exclusive competition to win a stylish Hotcakes T-shirt and all you need to do to enter is send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with HOTCAKES in the header and a winner will be picked at random in two weeks. Closing date 4/7/13
One of the biggest and best parties the UK has to offer the breakbeat scene is due to set sail once again next month with Captain (Elite) Force at the helm. Every time the boat delivers a hefty amount of bass to the Thames it is completely sold out. Luckily for you lovely Free Breakers we have 3 x pairs of tickets to give away!
All you need to do to win is to send an e-mail to email@example.com with Elite Force in the header and winners will be picked by random on Thursday 12th July. Please make sure you can 100% go to the event before entering.
Check out the interview with Shack below (courtesy of Jurrasik and the Bass [sic] crew) and check out the event page HERE.
1. 2013 sees the Elite Force Boat Party return for a hugely impressive fourth year in a row. Every year it sells out and seems to be bigger and better than before. How did this party become such an institution, and what makes some events like this become fixtures in the calendar?
“It’s grown nice and organically, I think that’s been a key factor. We started small as an experiment and it’s just built up momentum. I think people love it because of the location and also the scarcity value – I only do one of these a year and have no real plan to do any more than that.”
2. What can we expect on board this year, and what have you got lined up for the afterparty?
“Well this year we are building a bespoke LED DJ Booth for starters, which is awesome – it kind of evolved out of The One Series party I hosted back in November last year where some friends built a similar thing and we decided to do something similar in the UK. I’m not sure how often we’ll get to use it right now, but certainly the Boat Party will be the first time we roll it out. I’ll once again be summonsing the Sun Gods – we’ve been very fortunate in each of the previous years that the clouds have parted and the sun’s shone bright.
The After-Party gets bigger and better each year, and this time around we are bringing breaks legend Colombo over from Spain for his first full length London set. I’m also doing the first proper back2back set with Meat Katie that we’ve ever done in the UK (as far as I can remember), and on top of that I’m doing a sunrise set under my Simon Shackleton project name, as well as adding Mike Hulme and Lowdown and Dirty into the mix, alongside the Supatronix crew. Meat Cassette will be video-mapping the main room this time around, so we’re looking at an all-round ramp up!!”
3.You took the Elite Force Boat Party concept to Hungary last year. How did that go, and are there any plans to continue expanding the concept?
“It was amazing actually. We had an enormous boat in Budapest, way bigger than I felt was wise to be honest, but then on the day well over 800 people showed up which made for a truly memorable night. I’m in the process of trying to arrange a similar thing on Lake Balaton in Hungary this summer, so fingers crossed that comes off. I’m constantly looking at other options for boat parties elsewhere and there are a couple of irons in the fire…”
4. You’re currently on tour in the US, with a diary that more closely resembles that of a rock band than a traditional DJ calendar. Is it strange rocking up to a club on a Monday and finding a gaggle of Elite Force fans hyped up and ready to party?
“I know, it’s been kind of weird, extremely exhausting but really exhilarating at times. When you get sleep deprived and exhausted, nothing much makes sense anymore and flight delays and suchlike bend you right out of shape, but bar a couple of ropey nights it’s been a great trip so far. What’s interesting is that there are some towns like Portland, where Monday through to Wednesday are the biggest electronic music nights of the week – I played there last week and the after-party was still raging at 8am the following morning.”
5. The Burning Man festival in the US has obviously informed the way you make music hugely. Can you tell us a little bit about its creative impact and explain why the festival has made such a difference to your outlook and attitude?
“Wow. Where to start really. Musically speaking it’s certainly been a complete Gamechanger for me – it’s an opportunity to completely re-evaluate music, a bit like pressing a massive RESET button, creatively. It’s such a blank canvas out there, I love the fact that all the differing times of day, night, weather conditions, crowd sizes, afford you the opportunity to experiment with almost any style you choose, as long as it strikes the right chord. I’ve tried to take a healthy dose of that expanded range into my production work and the longer DJ sets I’ve been doing recently have been born out of what I’ve learnt from Burning Man. I played for 7 hours in Berlin the other night. I love the scope of that!”
Run Riot has been making waves on the festival circuit for some time now with his unique blend of breaks, electro house and dubstep. Carving up dancefloors and gaining support from all corners of the music press and online media Run Riot, aka Tom Young, shows no signs of slowing down. Now signed to the legendary Skint Records he is releasing some of the best material of his career and his live shows becoming bigger and better. His recent “Kill Them All” EP featuring the vocal talents of Doll, Benji Webbe, Coppa & Derek Meins has shown just how musically diverse he can be, blending the modern punk/rap rock vocals of Doll and Benji Webbe with gnarled out dubstep basslines and clattering beats on “Upon Your Enemy” and “Kill Them”, the dirty bass and grime sensibilities of “Real “Talk” with Coppa, the Nu Metal melodic soundclash of “Do Anything” and the heavy breaks workout “Damage”.
After releasing his latest EP I caught up with Tom to find out a little more about all things Run Riot, read through to the end of the interview for your chance to win all his Skint Records releases so far and to grab your exclusive free download of his Charge EP.
1. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, for those that don’t know, who are you, what do you do and what style(s) of music do you play?
No worries! I’m a London-based Big Beat, Breaks and Dubstep producer. I perform my tracks live and I am signed to Skint Records. I also run my own label We Are Live and I am about to kick off my own club night in London under the same name.
2. Tell us a bit about what you’re working on now, releases on the horizon?
I have a new 5 track EP called Kill Them coming out on Skint Records on the 22nd of this month, which features vocalists Doll, Benji Webbe, Coppa and Derek Meins. I’m looking forward to getting this out there and for people to check out the music videos. More recently I’ve been working on some new material and getting ready for my club night, which launches next week at the Lockside Lounge, Camden.
3. What other artists have you been feeling recently?
I’m always excited to hear the latest from Karton, Kid Kenobi, Davip, Deenk and ETC!ETC!. I put together bimonthly minimix’s of all the tracks that I’m digging at the time. Labels like Klub Kids, Bonerizing, Ram, Rottun and Sub Slayers feature a lot.
4. What are your best/worst performance experiences?
I always get a kick out of seeing people in the crowd react to a tune that they know. Whether it be one person or five thousand, you know they will be into the next 5 minutes. My best experience though was probably the first festival I ever played at. It was called Workhouse festival in Wales and I was last on in a tent of around five hundred. Most of the people in there wouldn’t have known who I was but by the end of my set the whole place was jumping. I couldn’t get out of the tent for people asking me to play on so I jumped back on and we did it again.
I haven’t had too many bad experiences but playing live does mean that things can go wrong. I use a lot of gear and it isn’t uncommon for a piece of kit to not want to play ball. My other favourites include laptop’s dying from smoke machines and confetti, festival generators cutting out, and people trying to talk to me when I’m playing.
Aquasky are back with a brand new, bass heavy compilation album entitled “Bring The Ruckus”. Showcasing the very best in breaks, future jungle and bass they have gathered together veterans of the scene the Ragga Twins, Spyda, Rennie Pilgrem, Timmy Schumacher and the Autobots alongside fresh faced artists 601, RadioKillaz, Sporty-O, RTC, HeavyFeet, MadRush, Toronto Is Broken, Dead Audio, Black & Blunt, Funtcase and Genetix to bring us 19 tracks of the finest bassline pressure anyone here at the blog has heard in a long time.
As always the trio cover all aspects of the bass genre with their own tracks “Make It Rain”, “Wanted Man”, “Heatwave” and “Here To Eternity” taking in sounds of party starting, booty breaks, electro, ragga breaks and classic tearout. The on point sounds of future jungle are covered expertly by Rennie Pilgrem on “One By One” along with a killer remix from Toronto Is Broken, 601 with the awesome “Blackout”, “Strobelight” and “Ready For Battle” and The Autobots come back with a bang with the sounds of “Release The Beast” and “Bring Back The Sound”. (God damn they have been missed!)
Timmy Schumacher drops two slamming cuts “Smooth Operator” and “Rock Out” alongside fellow Aussies Black & Blunt who contribute the big, bastard breaks of “Move Your Feet” and the tearing “Get Together”. Heavyfeet ft Madrush provide some wicked sounds on what I think are their first breaks releases “Get Ya V’s Up” and “Bawl Out” which would fit perfectly in a Deekline style booty set.
I grabbed Brent for a quick round of questions… read through to the end for your chance to win a stack of Aquasky goodies.
1. We last spoke just before the release of Raise The Devil, what have Aquasky been up to since then?
Yeah, time flies by. I cant believe that was in 2011! We have all had a bit of time out, doing our own thing during 2012. A few remixes here and there as Aquasky (and as Black Noise). Lots of gigs, releasing lots of sample packs on our Monster Sounds label. There was the Tarantino trailer for Django as well…
I think since the release of RTD I have kind of got my love of breaks back… not all breaks mind! Its like my hip hop. I love hip hop. Have done since I was 12. But i don’t like all sub genres of it. Breaks – as long as its heavy, tuneful, some awesome bass and some great melodies then I am loving it. Doesnt even need to be 140 now either! I have got my love back for the slower groove too! But I am still just as fussy about vocals!!! Anyone who has had a reaction sheet back from me knows this is my bugbear!
I’m very pleased to be able to bring you an exclusive competition to win a copy of the brand new and much anticipated album from breakbeat legend Ils. I don’t think there are many artists from the breaks scene that I would’ve like to see return more than Ils. His early work on Fuel Records gave a whole generation inspiration for a new sound and way of thinking and his first releases on Adam Freeland’s Marine Parade label ( ‘Next Level’, ‘Music’ and ‘No Soul’ from the Soul Trader album) secured his place as one of the most respected artists in the scene. Now recording as a three piece including DJ Rich and singer Jewels Lindt who have been part of the Ils live show for years, Ils are back with the fifth studio album, 33rpm.
Opening track, Changes sets the scene for 33rpm perfectly with Ils taking on dubstep and completely rewriting the rule book. Organic, jungle influenced drums scatter the half time beats to give Changes 100 times more energy than your standard plodfest, dubstep affair. Delicate harmonies, pads and synthwork blend effortlessly with Jewels sultry vocals and combine with the brooding bassline to make this one of the standouts from the album.
Come Together sees the dubstep flowing once again but this time on a much more minimal tip, with echoey vocals layered over electronic bass rasps and dubby beats.
Occupy starts of with haunting strings reminiscent of the sound of Soul Trader alongside snappy drums and deep bass. The main section of the track is a heavy hitting attack of jungle rhythms, flute melodies and aggressive basslines matched with samples from the occupy Wall Street movement.
Still Crazy brings in those all encompassing pads again at the start before dropping into some classic breakbeats and melodies. Definitely going to be a huge club track.
Jewel’s vocals are at the forefront once again on Dark Sky which takes on a indie/dance crossover approach with soaring guitars, skanking synths and those massive breakbeats Ils are famous for.
Boom & Bust takes the tempo down a touch with a nod towards the early breaks work of “Music”. The grungy bassline and nuskool feel should please fans of the “golden era” of breakbeat and newcomers to the scene alike.
Burn It Down teases you in with steppy, half time beats until a huge (and I mean huge) hook line drops. Pair that with fearsome drums and bouncing basslines and you get another standout track from the album.
Firefay takes things a little deeper with rolling basslines, jazzy melodies and those sultry vocals courtesy of Jewel once again.
Invisible War gives the listener a quick respite from the high energy feel of the album with dubby basslines, hip hop beats and Jewel on the mic.
Kingdom By The Sea starts of with classic folk style guitars but soon gets things back into dance floor territory with hoover synths, eerie pads and slamming beats.
No Regrets sees Ils flexing the dubstep skills once again but with a cinematic feel alongside soaring strings and melancholy atmosphere.
Tick Tock closes the album with sparse and deep rhythms intertwined with Jewels vocals in the
first half whilst the second half takes the listener on energetic drum and bass tip.
So after listening to that you want to own a copy right? Of course you do and all you need to do to win the album on CD is send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with Ils in the header and I will pick a winner from random next Friday 22/02/13. For all of you that can’t wait that long then 33rpm is released 18/02/13 and is available HERE on digital download.
Win a DJ set warming up for Krafty Kuts at his legendary club night ‘An Evening With…’ on Feb 2nd at Hi-Fi, Liverpool!
Think you’ve got what it takes to cut it with some of the worlds most legendary DJs? Then now could be your chance!
‘An Evening With Krafty Kuts’ has been absolutely smashing it as one of the UK’s biggest club nights from its home at Cable London, featuring some of the freshest and most impressive DJs and producers on the international scene. On Feb 2nd the night has been let loose to cause havoc outside of London at Hi-Fi Nightclub Liverpool and you could be lining up alongside the man himself Krafty Kuts plus Utah Saints, A.Skillz, DJ Rasp and a special guest confirmed to play. When it comes to the best in bass driven music and party vibes to keep you bouncing until dawn, Krafty Kuts knows how to bring it so the winner can expect a full on party!!
To be in with a chance of winning a slot on this awesome line-up you just need to upload a maximum 10 minute mix (192kbs MP3) to email@example.com by 6pm on 28 January 2013. It would be great if you could include a short bio in the audio files and upload message.
As part of the prize, like any superstar DJ we will also give you 4 additional guest list places plus a rider (drinks package) to share with your friends.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR…GET INVOLVED!
Terms and Conditions:
All the info and link to enter is over at the SubSound Facebook page where there is a dedicated DJ Competition event page http://t.co/N9O3Tv3L
Upload a maximum 10 minute mix (192kbs MP3) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm on 27January 2013. Add your email address to the mix title Include a short bio in the message space (optional)
Krafty Kuts himself will be the head judge on the panel and the winner will be announced on 31 January 2013
Note: This event takes place on 02 February 2013 in Liverpool, so please ensure that you are available to play live and can make your own way to the venue.
Not a DJ but still want to join the party? Tickets are selling fast for this night, buy yours now at http://skdl.it/VsGKW5
For more info about the main event, go to facebook.com/thesubsound
We’re back with the first competition of 2013 giving two of you lucky readers the oportunity to win VIP tickets to the hottest breakbeat gig in the UK, We Fear Silence pres Stanton Sessions. This months line up is about as big as they get with the best in breaks and bass Dj’s from around the planet.
All you need to do is send an e-mail to email@example.com with Stanton Warriors in the header and I will pick a winner from random on the 18th January.
Please do not enter unless you can definitely attend.
Open to UK residents only.
Full details below.
Saturday 19th January 2013 / Cable, London / 22.00-06.00
Room 1: Stanton Warriors, Sigma, Elite Force, High Rankin, Marten Hørger, Lady Waks, Jimi Needles
Room 2 Hosted by Supatronix: Jurassik, Se7en Deadly Breaks, Reveal, Final Conflict
Internationally renowned, and globally exported, Stanton Warriors legacy upon the break beat scene can be traced through the imprint it’s left on a number of musicians over the last 20 years. Instating themselves as one of the world’s finest DJ duos, their unique fusion of 2step, electro and broken beat has become a multi-national venture, as the duo find themselves collaborating all over the world.
Exclusive to Cable, Stanton Session’s is the duo’s chance to profile some of the best artists they come into contact with. Having seen the likes of Doorly, Hostage, MJ Cole and the duo themselves all grace the Cable decks, their latest offering is much of the same specially selected talent. On Saturday 19th January, get yourself down to the arches for a banging line-up to set you into the New Year.
This time we’ve got drum and bass super-icons Sigma lighting the fire ahead of Stanton’s headline set. Making their grade through the UKF drum and bass ranks, the duo boast that they’re ‘intent on leaving their indelible mark etched permanently on the scene’. With bigger audiences, bigger sets, and bigger tunes, Sigma are bigger than ever, and their intensions are already being felt all over the drum and bass scene.
Joining Sigma and Stanton Warriors, we’ve got the ever forward-moving Elite Force. Voted Breakspoll’s Best Producer at their 2011 awards show, Force’s career has risen ever since. Hold tight and expect big things from the man who boasts a soundtrack credit for over 40 different movies. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got Dubstep heart-throb High Rankin, Germany’s very own Martin Hørger, and the specially flown in Lady Waks – who’s dedication to her home city, St. Petersburg has seen her risen to superstar acclaim.
And as ever, hold tight for Room 2 hosted by Supatronix where Jurassik, Se7en Deadly Breaks, Final Conflict and more will be taking the decks.
£11 Student Members, £14 Cable Members, £14 Cable Members, £11 Early Bird, £13 Advance, MOTD & £23 Queue Jump
Tickets available from: www.cable-london.com/event/we-fear-silence-present-stanton-sessions-with-sigma-more
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Five years ago Ground Level Records was born with the vinyl release of Serious Wobble by Stylus Rex. 60 months down the line the Ground Level has evolved into a label covering a whole range of music with a broken beat and an underground feel. Rather than do the usual ‘best of’ style compilation to celebrate the occasion Ground Level presenting a package of 13 brand new tracks and remixes…… Ground Level Presents the Playground Album.
In the current economic climate, breakbeat apprently being “dead” and with the digital music movement cutting sales in vast amounts, it’s a huge acheivement that the Ground Level label has acheived five years of proper underground breaks and bass releases.
Over the last five years label owner Andy Mcallister has taken the label from strength to strength with tracks from a wide range of artists including label stalwarts Rebel Sketchy, Stylus Rex and Break The Box. He has reached overseas for new talent bringing in Joe C, Dane O, Datadex, DJ Hero, Black & Blunt and Fisso & Spark into the family with cutting edge tracks and album releases. Pimpsoul (Darft Phunk) released some of his earliest tracks on Ground Level, Basement Freaks, Leuce Rhythms, Lo IQ, B-Phreak, Tony Faline, Refracture, Access Denied, Dustin Hulton and many more have all appeared on remix duties really making it a who’s who of the breaks world.
This album marks a massive milestone with some of the best music released on the label so far packaged into a great looking 13 track CD. It’s really not very often breakbeat music comes on a physical format anymore, so it really does feel (and sound) like something special.
Check out the full previews of the tracks below. The album is available to buy HERE.
We have three copies of the album on CD to give away and all you need to do is send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with GROUND LEVEL in the header and I will pick a winner at random next Sunday 16/12/12. UK residents only.
Check out the mini documentary featuring some of the great artists on the album…
And grab the promo mix from Andy Mcallister featuring tracks from the labels last five years along side some exclusive forthcoming music.
1. Rebel Sketchy – Square Dance (Lo IQ? Remix) – GL036 2. Break the Box & Andy McAllister – If You Want It! – GL013 3. Joe C – Sound Off – GL053 4. Rebel Sketchy – Up & Down (DJ Hero Remix) – GL053 5. Andy McAllister feat MC Coppa – Celebration – GL022 6. Dane O – Just Add Lazers – GL025 7. The Analogeeks – Free Wheeling Machine – GL034 8. Beatsmack – Ruff EM Up – GL032 9. Domino – Dirty Mind (Rebel Sketchy Remix) – GL033 10. Zap! Pow! Die! – Pussy – GL053 11. Black & Blunt feat MC Coppa & Sam Perry – Wandering Strangers (Fisso & Spark Remix) – Forthcoming January 2013 12. Stylus Rex – Serious Wobble (Maelstrom Remix) – GL001
For your chance to win a copy of Reform / Restore send an e-mail to email@example.com with HEXADECIMAL in the header and I will pick a winner at random after 03/12/12. UK residents only.
Hexadecimal (Scott Reeder to his friends) returns to Distinctive for his second album titled ‘Reform / Restore.’ Every breakbeat fan should know of him but if you’re just discovering Hexadecimal then you might like to know he made his name in 2002 after remixing Sound Alliance for James Zabiela’s debut mix compilation. He then topped the DJ Magazine chart with ‘Brain Machine’ and produced the opening track for the Plump DJ’s much acclaimed Fabric Live Mix CD whilst delivering a stack of singles and remixes that were hammered by all the breaks top players.
Reform / Restore is the second Hexadecimal album and a concept based around some pretty insane life experiences includng a near fatal car accident and surviving the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. These kind of life changing events may have stopped some people in their tracks but have only spurred Scott on to produce more and he has come up with some of the best material of his career. In his own words “Reform / Restore is dedicated to anyone who has faced a near impossible situation and with the odds stacked against them has used positivity to help turn their life around.”
On this album he takes more of 4/4 approach then earlier work but still with the breakbeat and bass sensibilities that we know him for.
Album opener ‘Sweat Tears Of Blood’ is a rumbling slice of dubbed out house with hard hitting kick drums and warping bass that sets off things nicely.
Second track and the first single to be released, ‘Cracks’, gives us a classy female vocal over techy beats and bass with a definite Hybrid feel to it, which is certainly no bad thing.
Tracks like ‘Ain’t No Disco’ and ‘Boom & Bust’ are proper head down, dancefloor chuggers with huge drums that will find a spot in a wide range of Dj’s sets with the slick breaks/house crossover approach.
‘Grow & Change’ is one of the standouts for me with its fusion of acid, breakbeat and Dubstep that really steps things up a notch.
‘Open Your Eyes’ employs the vocal talents of Melbourne-based artist Dub FX over spaced out dubstep licks and echoey bass drops.
‘Emotive’ is another dubstep vocal track with Kurnel Mc spitting over the half time beats this time.
‘Trauma’ gives us a twisted mixture of synth bass, dub skanks and rocky guitar licks.
The album then ends with the melodic and somewhat soothing sounds of the breakbeat laced ‘Which Way’, featuring Ingrid Hakanson on vocals.
Check out the mini mix below featuring some of the tracks from the album and single ‘Cracks’ which is out now and can be bought HERE.