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The Ragga Twins are a prestigious duo with a career going back to 1982 from Reggae sound systems to the summer of love through to the 90’s rave explosion and still going strong taking in so many sub genres, its hard to keep track. This retrospective LP celebrates 25 years of Flinty & Deman’s influence on the ever evolving rave scene and the strong bond built with Aquasky going back to the halcyon days of the Moving Shadow era. If it’s breaks you’re after then tracks like ‘Coffee’ featuring remixes from Deekline and Atomic Hooligan’s remix of ‘All In Check’ will satisfy that itch. If its rave breaks/garage/fidget then 601 colab ‘Soundbwoy Killa’ complete with a VIP, ‘Give It Up (Old Skool Style) and ‘Rule Dancehall’ with Rico Tubbs and remixed by none other than Manix are just a few thermonuclear heaters on this double LP. There’s DnB too, remixes from Genetix & Oslo on ‘Rule Dancehall’ and Liondub’s refix of ‘Dirty Entertainers. All this is just scratching the surface, there’s a rich history here. While many can claim Hip Hop owes them money, there’s no doubt the rave scene owes the Ragga Twins a debt money simply can’t pay. Grab both parts on iTunes

Stream an exclusive track from the LP here, Aquasky Feat. Ragga Twins, Rafik, PFel, DJ Woody and Eprom

Public Playlist of LP Tracks on Passenger Soundcloud


Kumarachi Interview



How did you get into music production? What were the initial steps as you have a very disitinct sound which is a pleasure to the ears

Thanks a lot!! I’m really happy you enjoy it!

I’ve always had an interest in playing music and recording, I started off learning to play piano, which lead to playing guitar and drums as well. And after a while trying to record stuff on an old cassette player we had at home when i was about 14/15 years old. I then learned to sequence a bit with an Atari and an ancient version of Cubase.

It was about 2002/3 that I was introduced to working with audio on a PC and Cubase VST. I was living with Pete 1st Blood (Nottingham hip hop producer) at the time and he showed me how to use Cubase VST and record / edit audio and introduced me to sampling.

When I eventually got myself my own computer that could handle audio I must have made hundreds of beats of different styles and tempos, just trying things out really. Some based on samples some totally made from the ground up by myself, I’ve always really enjoyed starting with nothing and building to a finished tune.

Since then I’ve just kept trying to get tracks sounding how I want them to, and build up a catalogue of tunes that I’ve liked really, and have been lucky enough that they’ve to be picked up by labels like Audio Addict, Sleep Less, Deep In The Jungle and Slap Funk, as well as by Dj’s which has all been quite a humbling experience.

Was there a moment or a tune or a DJ set that made you decide you were going to produce and was it always going to be DnB/Jungle?

I think maybe watching that classic Roni Size BBC set was definitely one of those moments. I remember trying to emulate those sounds and the Good Looking “Logical Progression” kind of sounds with an old GM sound box and the Atari I had.

DJ sets wise, around 2000 to 2004/5 at The Bomb in Nottingham from the likes of Roni Size, High Contrast to Ray Keith, Andy C had a big influence on me, actually experiencing the nights and sets in there is something that definitely influencing me into wanting to make DnB.

Yeah its always been DnB with me, over the years I’ve played in bands and produced other styles but have always been listening to and making DnB/Jungle alongside anything else Ive been doing musically, even if the tunes weren’t being put out I was just making tunes and playing to friends.

Which DJs and Producers do you look up to?

Definitely the likes of LTJ Bukem, Goldie, Roni Size, they’ve got tunes from 15 plus years ago that sill hold up today, which is unbelievable considering how much production software and values have supposedly “come on” since then.

I’d also definitely have to say the likes of Noisia, Break, Ulterior Motive, DJ Hybrid, Jaybee, Jam Thieves, Agro, Edit, Ray Keith, Dillinja, Hazard, Scartip, Dawn Wall, Calibre, its an endless list really as I enjoy all sides of Drum & Bass.

Tell us your top 5 current tunes, any genre

Lenzman – My Tearz (Ulterior Motive Remix)
Dawn Wall – Angel Field
Noisia – Dead Limit
Break / Xtra – Regulate
Gold Dubs – Nocturnal Confusion (DJ Hybrid Remix)

Now you have this amazing new EP ‘Hold It Down’ out now on Audio Addict Recs, talk us through the track ‘Don’t Go’ we love that one, what was the thought process behind it?

Thanks a lot!

Well I had to have an amen tune on there! I wanted to reference those old beeping synths and pad sounds, so I tried to make a hook out of them as well as the vocal stab. I always loved the comb-filtered / resampled beats on tunes from way back so went for that on the intro as well, and the drop is quite simple all in all.

I really wanted it to feel kind of old skool but up to date at the same time. Thats kind of the feel of the EP as a whole, trying to reference classic DnB/jungle sounds, just done how I felt they could go together.

Finally, any last words and shout outs?

I’d like to send shouts to DJ Hybrid and all involved with Audio Addict Records / Deep In The Jungle Records, MC SAS and the Sleep Less Records crew, Scartip, Pete 1st Blood, Liam Bailey.

I’d also like to shout the likes of Logan D, DJ Vapour, Ray Keith, Kenny Ken, Jaybee, AshAttack, Liondub, Random Movement, Dazee, Agro, Section, Jo Deviant, Jungle Citizens, Yasser and all the other DJs who’ve been supporting its much appreciated and humbling.

Finally, a massive shout out to yourself, Tariq and Free Breaks Blog. Thank you for supporting so much this past year.

The ‘Hold It Down EP is out now on Audio Addict Records, buy here and stream clips below:

Conspire- Top 5 Mixes



In conjunction with Technique Recordings new compilation which is out now and can be purchased from iTunes & Beatport and reviewed here, Conspire whose ‘Foundations’ track features on the LP has compiled 5 of their best mixes, all of which can be streamed below for your listening pleasure!!!


DJ Justin Johnson Interview


When did you first get into DJ’ing and producing?

I first started out on my high school radio station in San Rafael, CA (20 miles north of San Francisco) back in 1985. My shows were eclectic and consisted of Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, and of course lots of Kraftwerk. I didn’t start producing until the early 90s and was really just kind of messing around with a friend’s rig on MOTU’s Performer. Later in the 90s I started getting some of my own gear and tried to work with as many people as possible so I could learn. John Selway is a good example – we made an Acid Breaks track together called “Supernatural” for Gruv 42’s label called Don’t Panic. (more…)

Electro Swing Roundup – June ’15

DJR electro swing roundup

Happy summer!!

The suns out and the music is sounding great. We’re back with another selection of the finest beats from within the vintage and swing worlds. Lots of free music to dive into, and some big new releases including the new Parov Stelar album. Dive on in!

Free Music

Here’s some of the electro luminaries on a tasty remix of the Mary Poppins classic:

Tasty slice of house with a bluesy house courtesy of Neon Steve.

Bass heavy remix of Caro Emerald:

Rather like this. Remember how good the Fugees were before they all fell out and Lauryn Hill went a bit, ahem, crazy…? Well this is them over a swing tune:

Dutty Moonshine putting a bass heavy bounce to Satchmo’s trumpet and vocals:

Jenova Collective getting back to electro swing:

Shall we play yet more new genre naming games? Well, Balkan electro is how the Rumpsteppers describe this.

This is rather good. One to watch perhaps?

Glitchy and bluesy downtempo beats from Forrest Funk:


Mistatrick has been adding the d&b to these two favourites:

Sound Nomaden messing around with the perennial Star Wars favourite:

The ghetto funk heavyweights getting funky with some glitch n swing:

Retouch on the Glen Miller standard:

Valdragz mixing a deep techno beat with some old style bluesy vocal samples:

James Brown getting the glitchy bass treatment:

Deep, groovy with a classic french style lounge break:


The Pre Valentines Massacre – Krossbow


After the success of their first event with Titan Sound, Doctor Hooka aptly supported by the Relative Dimensions crew of Leygo, F-Block, Crash Groove and Psychotropic Frequencies have pulled out all the stops for the second. Drafting in glitch – funk – ghetto – bass wizards Krossbow as headliners you can expect some serious bassquakes and severe roadblocks in Frome on the 13th Feb.


A beautifully timed pre valentine night, bring your loved one along for a heavy night of upfront tunes from some of the freshest selectors around. At only £7 a ticket, you’d be mad to miss out , cheap night for the missus too ;) Tickets are available NOW direct from the venue, Kushi & Raves From The Grave or hit up Doctor Hooka direct.

To celebrate the upcoming event we have some seriously good freebies to wet your appetite. First off a thumping ghetto funkin’ rework of the Beastie Boys classic “Sure Shot” from Leygo. That flute loop is sooo good and now matched up with some Leygo basslines and crunchy beats you have a serious dancefloor smasher.


And secondly one of the busiest DJ’s on the circuit Doctor Hooka, lays down a pre party set featuring tracks and remixes from all of the artists playing on the night.

Crashgroove-Rip Hop (Groove Hookaz Re-Edit)
Beck-Loser (Leygo Remix)
Leygo ft. G-Get Yourself Killed (Coming soon to Relative Dimensions)
Doctor Hooka & Leygo-The Harder They Come
Doctor Hooka ft. D-Mic & Daysta-Clappaz (Leygo Unreleased Remix)
Psychotropic Frequencies-Fudge Pudge
Wilkinson-Take You Higher (F-Block Remix)
Crashgroove-Rotten Dancer
Psychotropic Frequencies-Pump Your Fist
Melonie Gillet-Snap Shot (F-Block Remix)
Olux & Teknizm-Modern Stalking (Krossbow Remix)
Opiuo-Robo Booty (Krossbow Remix)
Leygo-Organ Donor
B-Side vs SKETI-Superstylin’ (F-Block Mash)

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So make sure if you are anywhere near the area to get your asses down. In fact even if you’re nowhere near, make the effort, it’s gonna be a sick night!

Check out all the artists playing at the links below.

DJR @ Boomtown Festival 2014

DJR @ Boomtown Festival 2014
I had the privilege of rocking the Ballroom from 3.00 until 4am at the end of a glorious Saturday night lineup at this years Boomtown Fair. I had the closing set and so I took the opportunity to rock out harder and heavier than normal, less swing and more ghetto funk, soul & funk remixes, and drum & bass was the order of the day. Big shout out to Bass6 for incredible beatboxing & introduction and to Mike from Dutty Moonshine for serious crowd hype at the end. Much fun!


DJR @ Boomtown 2014

DJR @ Boomtown 2014

DJR @ Boomtown 2014








Jukebox Champions – Celebrate
Sammy Senior – Goin’ Crazy
Father Funk & Howla – Got Swing
Dutty Moonshine – InTuYa
Illectrix – IDYMLN
McMash Clan – Swing Break (Opiuo Remix)
Toots & Maytals – Hard To Handle (Stickybuds Remix)
Sam & Dave – Hold On I’m Coming (Phat Tony Ghetto Funk Remix)
Etta James – Tell Mama (Copycat’s Remix)
James Brown – Get Up Off That Thing (Featurecast Edit)
Francis Red – Le Mozeltov (The Motherland Funk)
Swing Bot feat MSP – Saz Me Up (Johnny Lectro Remix)
Dutty Moonshine – Rum Runners
Slamboree – Zorba The Greek
Skeewiff Vs Wilson Picket – Land Of 1000 Dances (I Got Soul Re-wiff)
DJ Dunya – Rock a Beat
Slamboree – Prokofiev
Slamboree – Big Bada Boomtown (loop)

Justin Johnson – Free Breaks Mix 2014

Justin Johnson


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.

Grab it here —

Track listing:
1. Flatmate “Restless”
2. Wardian “Calavera”
3. Conte Crux “Freak Money”
4. Andy Mcallister “Boooshka!”
5. DJ Self “Pump That”
6. Stanton Warriors “Jerk That(Feat. Eboi) (Original Mix)”
7. Kyla, Kemtrails “Up in Here (BreaksMafia Remix)”
8. Wardian “OK Low”
9. EAC DJ’s “High Volume”
10. B-Phreak “armand van helden vs kill the noise vs torro torro_monster world_ b-phreak mashup”
11. Conte Crux “That’s the Way”
12. DJ Justin Johnson “Slow Ride”
13. 3PO “Rock That”
14. DJ Fen “Across the moon (The Weekenders Remix)”
15. DJ Justin Johnson “Sustainability (Wardian Remix)”


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