Exclusive FREE BREAKS BLOG mix from stateside breaker Justin Johnson.
Check out the latest release on his label, Barely Legal Records. Wardian gives Justins house track, Sustainability, a wicked Breaks remix. Retaining some of the original elements whilst giving this a nod to proper Electro. It’s funky, Electro, with a foot firmly in the classic breaks sound.
This years Noisily Festival is now less than 60 days away (get your tickets) and the countdown to mayhem has officially started. Today we have an exclusive Noisily Promo mix from one of the main players in the UK Glitch Hop scenes, Mike Wallis whose new project Krymes will be playing on the Noisily stage this year.
Check the new directors cut of the 2014 promo vid, read our interview and check out the mix at the bottom of the page.
1. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. For those that don’t know, who are you and what do you do?
I’m called Mike Wallis and I run Colony Productions with Sam Ashwell. I Dj under the name Krymes with Ben Parker.
2. So you’re playing at this years Noisily Festival right? What are you most looking forward too?
I’m really looking forward to opening the Noisily stage on friday alongside the rest of the UK Glitch Hop family, the funktion one system and seeing Joe Ford and Skope play myself and just having the chance to spend a bit of time listening to wicked tunes in such a beautiful setting. I’m counting down the days..
3. Noisily is a fairly new festival to the scene, whats so appealing to the UK’s underground DJ’s and musicians and festival goers alike?
I think that the festival scene has changed quite a bit over the years, it’s not just a way of seeing bands play like it was when I was a kid and electronic music has really got a stronghold now but there are some really big festivals and some very commercial dance acts playing them. Noisily is fresh, the people running it are passionate about what they are doing and they seem to have seen a gap in the market with the situation with Glade Festival. We played on The Meteor stage at Glade in 2012 and it was one of the best gigs I’ve played to date, I believe that weekend was a turning point for what has now become widely know as Glitch Hop or mid tempo in the Uk and massive props to Andy Ellis and Lowri for curating that and getting us involved. I’d also like to thank James at Liquid/Noisily for getting us involved at Noisily this year!!
4. Mike you have been a part of the Glitch Hop scene from the start really. How have you seen things progress since the early days?
It’s come a long long way. Dave (Tipper) and I were writing beats at this tempo back in 2000 and so were a lot of other artists. Danny Breaks, Harmonic 33, Tipper, Luke Vibert, Push Button Objects, the list is extensive if you go back to where I believe it all came from. Others would say it started with the Glitch Mob, Opiuo, Bassnectar abroad but I think it is widely acknowledged that the Uk has always had a thriving bass and breaks scene. I came in to production back in the days of Hardcore and early drum and bass along side a whole heap of electronica and found sounds often referred to as Trip Hop, all the Mo Wax stuff, Ninja Tune. For me it is a combination of all of that and the more abstract sounds that Warp artists like Autechre, Plaid, Boards of Canada, Prefuse 73 were producing, I also have to big up Aphex Twin just purely on the basis he’s a living legend in my mind. There are no real rules in glitch hop and that is what makes for good music in my opinion, the freedom to do what you want.
5. And out of the new breed of artists that are emerging, who are your favourites?
There are a lot.. my favourites at the moment are Mouldy Soul and Skope if I had to pick two out of a hat but there is a real feeling that a lot of producers are pushing into this genre, certainly that mid tempo 95-115bpm window.
6. You run the long standing Glitch label Colony, alongside Vent, whats coming up?
I wouldn’t say we were necessarily a Glitch Hop label exclusively. We like to think of ourselves as artist based rather than genre based. Saying that however we have released a lot of music in that vein from Vent, Opiuo, Schema, Bran Richards, Mouldy Soul, Krossbow, Earegular, Tryptich, Dephicit, Crunch, Crush (one half of DC Breaks) but we’ve also put out stuff from Bit_Meddler, Kelpe, Point B, Sevenark, Cane aka Funckarma, Funkstorung, Loden, Lone Drum both remixes and original material along the way. Coming up this year we have some really good music we are very proud to be releasing from Nimbus, Kursa & Duskky, Skope, a new Earegular EP, a long awaited Mouldy Soul album, the next Vent EP, a sweet release from a chap called R2EQ and two wicked tracks from Fybe:One. I put out a cheeky free d/l as Psi Spy last year and we just had a Kursa & Shamanic Technology track come out as a free d/l as a warm up to their tour of Canada which kicks off in June. We are always on the lookout for what we like to hear and always hoping we can get it signed up to the label. Sam and I work on the basis that if either of us would want to play it out we’d also like to release it whether it be mid tempo, down tempo or even straight up drum and bass or techno.
7. And UK Glitch Hop is your baby too? Tell us about that. It’s a label but you’ve also got a radio show and recently held the uk glitch hop awards?
It’s not a label as such more of a collective although we did put out a free compilation at the end of last year and intend on putting out more. I am certainly a part of it and do consider it like another child if we are talking in terms of babies but props need to go to the one and only Morbidly Obese Midget aka Chris who really was the founder of UK Glitch Hop. Chris pulled myself, William Breakspear who runs Skanky Panky Records, Your Niece aka Rhys in early on alongside Mouldy Soul aka Rich and Harley Davies who runs Beta Test Records and Beta Birmingham and together we’ve been pushing the scene along as much as we can alongside the many other people who are making it what it is and is becoming and we’ve had a heap of support and mixes and guest dj’s from people like Wonkay Records, Omni Temple, Automaton, Krossbow just to namecheck a few. Koan Sound have really helped bring the scene in to a wider audience in the UK too as an example so we consider ourselves a part of something bigger really and are just pleased to be a part of it.
The idea behind UK Glitch Hop was to create an open platform to showcase the sound by way of a regular weekly show on Glitch.fm and via our soundcloud archive and with the help of the facebook page a way for people to hear about new releases and events going on. Since the conception we have ended up all pooling our contacts and have hooked each other up to the point where we now really are beginning to play as a collective and have been lucky enough to host rooms at Carousel Festival a couple of times with the next one on 13th June, at Liberated Empire where we played alongside Griz who played in the main room last Friday whilst we hosted the other room, at Sub Audio Festival later this month you can catch me and ben playing as Krymes alongside William Breakspear, Noisily Festival is a big one for us though!! We’ve roped Vent into playing with us too for that one. Really looking forward to it.
We are hoping to get a regular UK Glitch Hop residency sorted out later this year too but we need to find the right venue and we’d rather wait and get it right than to just do it for the sake of doing it. We’ve been doing the awards for 2 years now and we do a little tour to celebrate that anyway but a regular night will be wicked when we get there. The awards are our way of letting the people who actually listen to Glitch Hop give back a bit of a thank you for all the effort the promoters, producers and labels are making themselves really. Come check us out here.. https://www.facebook.com/UKGlitchHop and you can listen to some of the shows archived here.. https://soundcloud.com/ukglitchhop
8. So the UK scene is really thriving? Why do you think that is?
The UK is a funny place for music, we have some of the best music on the planet originating here. Drum and Bass, Breaks the list is long (I’ve seen a flow chart online a few times) all the way back to the heyday of the Beatles, the Stones, the Happy Mondays, the Cure and all the music that has come in between that and now. It’s just something we seem to do well. Truth is though we make great music but we don’t party like they do abroad really, there is a different vibe partying somewhere that isn’t cold and wet most of the year and there are less people chin stroking and contemplating production methods but right from when I used to go to Speed on a thursday to see Bukem and Fabio to now there is nowhere else like the UK. I like to think that in 50 or a 100 years time people are going to look back and see what we’ve done for music and sub culture in the UK but what we are also good at is taking sounds and scenes from all over the world and making them ours, or our own take on them and I think we’ll always see fresh ideas coming from this little island we call home.
9. Who else from overseas is doing it right in the Glitch Hop scene?
Opiuo is wicked, Gramatik although he’s his own monster, Stickybuds who played at our awards this year, I’m partial to a bit of JPod and some Gruff, far too many to mention them all really but Mr Bill needs a big ups, his Collaborative Endeavors was something else with my favourite track on there being Rmyth.. Go and d/l this right now if you haven’t got it, you need this in your life!!
10. Krymes is the new project? What can we expect?
Ben and I are in the studio and we put up a free track a little while ago but we’re slow, lots started and just left as we move on to the next thing, it’s a learning curve and we are really focusing on getting out sets right at the moment primarily but we plan on getting a single out later this year. Ben is working on another project with a friend of ours Q called Shake N Herb which is coming together really nicely and Sam and me have been back in the studio writing together as Basik and just had a track out on a 12″ that Beta Test Records pressed up earlier this year. As far as what to expect from Krymes though, a rocking party set of solid mid tempo, glitchy goodness with some unreleased edits from us and anyone else we are digging at that point in time too and a single later this year and a follow up EP and a couple of remixes we’re working on somewhere in between. Links below..
11. Any possibility of some new collaboration material with Tipper?
Haha.. Well we’ve been talking about it for the past two years on and off but I don’t want to be in a situation where we are sending each other stems whilst he’s in Hawaii and I’m over here so when I get round to going there or when I can get him in to a room here and lock the door and hide the key you may just see something else emerge from us. We put our whole discography up for free d/l over a year ago and it has had quite a few d/l’s and fundamentally we are both still very much into what we were back then and in a similar headspace still so let’s see. Luckily his surgery went well last year so we’ve got time on our sides I hope. I’ve been listening to his latest work a lot recently as he just released Forward Escape and it’s next level as always.. Again if you haven’t got that in your life get over to addictech.com now and purchase it immediately!! You won’t regret it, I guarantee you that or I’ll personally refund your money!! If you’ve never heard any of the Crunch material you can check us out here too.. https://soundcloud.com/crunchdiscography
12. Anything else you’d like to add?
Yeah, thank you for giving me the opportunity to spout off about what I love most, glitchy goodness. Hope you like the Noisily promo mix and look forward to seeing some of you at Sub Audio Festival, Carousel Festival or Noisily Festival over the next couple of months!! Gonna be a good summer..
So big thanks to Mike for his answers and now onto the mix. A pumping, fast paced riotous mix of all things Glitchy, taking in Funk, Swing, Ghetto, House and many other influences all Glitched up and whomped out! This needs to be played at high volume!
Don’t forget you can still grab your Noisily Tickets HERE.
1) Kursa & Duskky – Crypsis – Colony Productions
2) Steely Dan – Peg – Dj Twister Edit
3) TC – Burning Starlight – Stickybuds Remix
4) Hit it Maestro – Listen to Jpod
5) Skope – Roll Em – Caliber
6) Love & Light – Monster
7) Vent – Monkey Chew – Hardcore Beats
8) Dephicit & Don Johnston – Babushka Remix
9) Vent – Jump – Skope Remix – Colony Productions
10) Tipper – Off Kilter VIP – Tipper Music
11) Kill Paris – Catch You – Owsla
12) Slynk – Fried Chicken Remix – Rufus Thomas
13) Slynk & Crazy Daylight – She’s Got That
14) Cheshire – One More Dance – Adapted Recs
15) Tipper – Bubble Control VIP – Tipper Music
16) Romor – Kicking Auld Styles
17) My Love – WBBL Remix
18) Tryptich – Eucalyptus – Colony Productions
19) Basik – End of Days – Beta Test Records
20) Krymes – La Dubiously
21) Sammy Senior – Goin’ Crazy
Time for some truly classic breakbeats from the man known to many as the godfather of breaks, Rennie Pilgrem.
This mix was originally released on CD only, way back in 1998 and is one of the first Nu Skool tagged breaks mixes. Featuring some well known names and many not so well known, Rennie crafts a distinctive mix full of the energy of a burgeoning genre with some absolute monster tracks alongside some more subtle flavours.
I have the seal of approval from Rennie himself to provide this mix to you in full digital 320 kbps goodness for the first time ever.
Uptown Connection – LA
D.A.T. – Last Great Frontier
Desert Trip – Kwicksand
Tipper – Get Up Off Your Feet
Silicon Valley Def Stars – Lizard
Tsunami One – Number 43 With Steamed Rice Please
Dark Globe – Sprintrian Posture
Danny Rose – Living In A Box
Vandalism – Folded
Alienage – Have Your Love
Thursday Club – Pray
Bushwacka! – My First Big Fish
Taking a small sabbatical from music, Rennie has now turned his talented hand to art. Check out all his work HERE
We are back once again with another fresh and exclusive mix from the deadliest duo in breaks, 7DB aka Se7en Deadly Breaks. After a nod to the past with their last mix, A Tribute To Hybrid, they have set their sites clearly on the future with this forward thinking mix of all things breaks and bass. Along with a bass heavy set of the latest sounds they have signed up the talents of MC crew Nu Jam, consisting of Mc Midas & Jay MC. After first hearing MC Midas & Jay MC along with the rest of NU J.A.M on the breakbeat/garage track “Countdown” by Deekline and Ed solo, the 7DB guys loved the vibes and wanted to incorporate that style into a dj mix. Elle,a newer member of the Nu Jam family, also lends her formidable vocal talents to the mix set.
It really gives another dimension to the set with Nu Jam complimenting the music and laying down their slick flows amongst the bass and beats. Never taking over but really merging with the sounds.
This is the cutting edge in breakbeat sounds at the moment with many of these tracks crossing over into the realms of bass music, house and garage. Just as the music was meant to be from the start. A melting pot of influences and ideas all laced with that one special ingredient. BREAKBEATS!
1. Deekline – Deepa.
2. Lady Chann feat Adiyam – Darkness (RackNRuin Remix.)
3. Mobin Master vs Tate Strauss vs Fantomen – You & I (Stanton Warriors Remix.)
4. TC – Get down low (ShockOne Remix.)
5. Jackal – Shakedown (Je Boogie Edit.)
6. Rebel Sketchy feat Bukue One & Agnie Motie – So it goes.
7. Apexape – Elephant man.
8. Benny Kane feat Eva Lazarus – Keep your soul up.
9. Wilkinson – Take you higher (Foamo Remix.)
10. Justin Jay/Ms Dynamite – What you static about (Wonka-Vision Mash up.)
11. Screwface – Code red.
12. Foamo – Without you (Benny Kane’s DBL99 mix.)
13. JTRP & Artifact – Pretty vacant.
14. Freestylers feat Laura Steel – Falling (Stanton Warriors Remix.)
15. Pirate Jams – Happy days.
16. Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo – Way to do it.
17. Jack the Hustler – Critical.
18. Groove Chronicles – Stone cold.
Everyone that has been exposed to the sounds of breakbeat will have undoubtedly rocked out to the classical, progressive and bass heavy wizardy of Mike Truman and Chris Healings, aka Hybrid. They were some of my own first experiences of breaks with their remix of Carl Cox a very welcoming surprise B-side which eventually got loads more play than the A. Breakspoll 2013 winners of Best New DJ’s, Se7en Deadly Breaks, were also exposed to them early on in their journey to becoming full bore breaks addicts and have compiled and mixed this hour long tribute to the progressive breakbeat pioneers.
Here’s what the guys has to say;
“Basically we wanted to do a tribute mix to Hybrid because we’re such big fans and they are where we first heard the breakbeat sound with their remix of F.S.O.L. – Papua New Guinea. Then from there seeing them at Fabric and other clubs and festivals alongside other breaks artists opened up that whole exciting scene to us.
Hybrid- True to form.
Hybrid- Can you hear me (Hybrid kill city sounds dub 02.)
Hybrid- Higher than a skyscraper (Hybrid twitch & sweat mix.)
Hybrid- Dreaming your dreams.
Hybrid- Celebrity science.
Hybrid- If I survive.
Hybrid- Original sin (Instrumental.)
Hybrid- Just for today.
Hybrid- This is what it means.
Hybrid- Finished symphony.
Very pleased to bring you a fresh, new and exclusive mix from Jon Kennedy (Grand Central/Tru Thoughts). After we reviewed the simply awesome Corporeal Remixed album earlier this year we wanted to get Jon to lay down some of the sounds he wows crowds with at his gigs.
You can find him touring the globe as a DJ and Live Band outfit, he visits most major city’s on the planet every weekend and has reached audiences as far away as New York, St Petersburg, Reykjavik, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manilla & Hanoi. Recent tours include Japan, Europe and USA where Jon will be returning this year to connect via his music.
He has launched his own label, The Jon Kennedy Federation, to look after and release music by some of the scenes leading lights and most promising up and comers. Check out all the info, roster and back catalogue HERE.
The mix is an wicked blend of chilled out beats, hip hop inspired grooves and sublime soundscapes. Plenty of Jon’s original music in there so get on it!
Mrrrrrrrrr Kennedy INTRO
3rd Eye – Troopers Reprezent (feat. Nine & Lord Finesse)
Shafiq Husayn – Cheeba feat Bilal
Aloe Black – You Make Me Smile
Nowy – Escalation
Southside Crew – Time To Rock The Party
Covershocks – Ceasefire Radio
Dopedemand – Red Fox
Exhibitor – Boring Day
Jon Kennedy – Live Test
Jon Kennedy – A Portrait Of Autumn
Sat-San To – Awarkuli
Jon Kennedy – Demons (Nursery Of Naughtiness Remix)
Jon Kennedy – Black Sea
Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard – Checkin’ Out The Avenue (Ghetto Remix)
Special Branch – Balsamic Jihad
Jon Kennedy – Some Strange Folk (Philip TBC Remix)
The funktastic, boom-banging sounds of the Radical Mixtape / Relative Dimensions family have gone from up ‘n’ coming labels to fully fledged dance floor supremos in just over a year. The output from these labels has been consistently on point with tracks and remixes constantly gracing the top of the charts and appearing in the very best DJ’s sets. To celebrate their first birthday you can grab a bumper compilation featuring tunes from all the artists on the label.
So they’re celebrating along with us and have kindly donated two gifts for our exclusive party. First off label co-owner Doctor Hooka has put together a supa-fresh DJ set containing stacks of forthcoming material and unreleased gems alongside some of the labels finest moments. Those that know, know that Hooka is a beast behind the decks and this set is a tribute to that. Just take a look at the tracklist…
Dead Prez-It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop (Yum-Cha Re-Funk)
Cockney Nutjob-Hit It (Hypnotise VIP)
Dusty Tonez-Reach Your Peak
Dave Remix-Look The Same
Crashgroove-Grinding Dust (Leygo Remix) EXCLUSIVE
DELimentary vs Lebrosk-Flex This
Shaka-Got The Feelin’
Kenny Beeper-As Live As It Gets (Leygo Remix) EXCLUSIVE
Incredible Bongo Band-Apache (Shaka VIP Remix) EXCLUSIVE
Chrispop-Got To Get Some (Coming soon to Relative Dimensions)
Ewan Hoozami-Drinking Song (Danny Massure Remix) Coming soon to Pig Balls Records
Dead Prez-Turn Off That Bull@#! (Psychotropic Remix)
PulpFusion-Plug And Pray
Next up we have the downloads of the Psychotropic Frequencies Remix of Kenny Beeper’s “As Live As It Gets”. Kenny’s boomin’ original was released last year and this remix from PF ups the whomp factor to 10 whilst keeping the funk rolling and beats kicking. Psychotropic Frequencies has been really flexing his production muscles of late and you can expect some fresh material coming real soon as well as a constant flow of free tunes. Make sure you hit up his Facebook for all details.
One of the fastest rising talents in breaks and bass driven music Refracture aka Paul Dobson is renowned for powerful and energetic dancefloor material. His unique sound and energy has earned him countless top 10′s on Beatport, Soundcloud and the hype machine as well as support from the likes of: Elite Force, Paul Oakenfold, BT, The Crystal Method, Far Too Loud, Matt Darey, Beatman & Ludmilla, Kyau & Albert, Ronski Speed, Mixmag and on going support from the BBC and Ministry Of Sound.
His sound takes in many styles and genres with prominent amounts of breaks, electro and general filthy bass. With a ever growing fan base and support from some of dance musics highest flyers we are very lucky to get not only a stomping DJ mix and exclusive Noisia/Skrillex breaks re-edit but we caught up with the man to delve a little deeper into the world of Refracture.
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?
My pleasure! My name is Paul Dobson, better known as breaks and bass music producer/dj ‘Refracture’. I play anything I like the sound of really. It can vary from breaks to electro to dubstep and beyond. If it sounds good to me and it fits, then it goes in the set.
2. Tell us a bit about what you’re working on now, any releases on the horizon?
Currently I have a few projects on the go. I have collabs with Kid Panel and Deenk to finish, an up coming collab with The Crystal Method and a couple of solo originals to do. I also have a release with Run Riot coming out on Skint in the not too distant future.
3. What other artists have you been feeling recently, who are you currently championing in your DJ sets?
My ‘go to’ tracks in sets always tend to be Elite Force’s revamps. They always work well no matter where I drop them it seems! Apart from that, people such as Kill Paris, Lucky Date and Beatman & Ludmilla are doing it for me at the moment.