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NexGen Music Competition

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NexGen are doing an awesome competition where people submit their music and to win $250 and a release on the label. We caught with Dan, owner of NexGen for a chat about the label, read on for details of how you can enter the competition and what you can win…………

Hey Dan, can you tell us a little about how NexGen music started and how its progressed?

Well, like most aspiring DJ/producers it all started in my bedroom studio back in ’95. My underground musical influences started in early Dance, Rave, Hardcore, Breakbeat, and later Jungle/Drum & Bass, which when I started producing.

I first started dabbling with music management when I set up a mini-audio production company on a local college campus in London, where I went on to be quite successful at producing TV commercial/advertising jingles for a few recognized British brands. One jingle I produced in 1997 ending up being used by the #1 washing detergent company in the UK at that time, which ended up running for nearly 8 years!!

In the late 90’s I really started getting into the new sounds of Downtempo and Deep/Chill-House which essentially inspired me to expand the audio production company into a record label that would eventually include the wide array of style and genres that NexGen Music represents today. In 2001, I re-branded the audio production company to NexGen Music, and in 2003 I moved the company across the pond to Brooklyn, NY where I officially incorporated as a record label in 2004.

It’s now been 13 years since that happened, and I have to say today the label is stronger than ever musically. We have 3 labels under NexGen: NexGen Records, Migration Recordings, and Affectionate Grooves – which all have and serve very different and distinct sounds in underground music. We are still very much doing projects closer to our roots in film, TV, and interactive, however our focus today is very much on evolving our artists, brand, and blend of sound.
Who are the core artists on the label that people should look out for?

I would say our “core” artists today are Earth Leakage Trip, Rob Sparx, Kachina, Neveready, Wigz, and myself — representing all three of our imprints.
You have released some massive EP’s in the last 6 months from the likes of Digital, Rob Sparx & Kachina across the label group. There is obviously a strong focus on quality. What are you looking for in the competition entries?

I’m REALLY looking for music that pushes the boundaries of sound… And, I’m not talking in a “who can make the gnarliest bass” type of way. Today, underground music genres are so intricately divided — yet still very connected — that for me the platform of these genre are really just defined by the tempo. What I hear all day long in most new music is producers that are simply following the ‘blueprint’ of the genre in terms of its typical sounds, samples and arrangement. I’m looking for producers that are striving to create NEW blueprints. So, in other words we are seeking music that is out-of-the-box, non-formulaic, envelope pushing, but yet still groovy and melodic.
How do people enter the competition?

It’s super simple. We are looking for 3 to 4 original tracks in one of the following genres: Drum & Bass, UK Garage, Bass Music, and Downtempo. All we are asking from entrants is a follow on our Soundcloud.

What can the entrants win?

The lucky winners will have their release backed by a strong PR and social media campaign, and also receive $250 in cash! On top of this, the submission that we are feeling the MOST out the four winners will receive an extra $250 cash. The total package is worth a couple of of thousand dollars per entrant as well as place on our growing roster!

Finally, what does the next 12 months look like for NexGen Music?

Its an understatement to say that we have got so much good music lined up its ridiculous. I mean it really is. Even though we’ve been around for a while now our sound never stops evolving. We’re always challenging each other to push those boundaries that I was referring to earlier, so we still consider ourselves in “build” mode right now and through to around this time 2017. By the summer of 2017 we will be looking to take the labels on the road making some festival appearances and getting some tours going by locally in the US & UK, and internationally.

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Plump DJ’s Interview / Hotcakes Xmas Party Competition


London’s longest-running and most celebrated breakbeat party, Hot Cakes is back at Jamm, where the bass meets the rhythm.

Joining founder Jurassik will be the mighty Plump DJs, legends of forward-thinking electronica and sometime breaks heroes, along with the always astounding A-Skillz, king of roughhouse midtempo funk beats and killer b-line attitude.

Support comes from Final Conflict, who’ll be bringing plenty of bass, with many more acts yet to be announced.

The last Xmas Supatronix was an absolute roadblock with hundreds of people locked outside on the night as we moved to one in one out, so advance ticket purchase is fully advised.




11.30-1 Jurassik
1-2.30 A-Skillz

2.30-4 Plump DJs
4-5 Rev D Wayne (Alabama 3 DJ set)
5-6 Final Conflict



I caught up with headliner Lee Rous aka one half of the Pump DJs to find out a little more before the night. Keep up to date with everything Plump related via their Facebook and Soundcloud pages.


Who are you, what do you do, and what style of music do you play?

We are Plump DJs and we play electro, bass, breakbeat, techno, and house and garage.


What’s happening in the life of Plump DJs at the moment?

We’ve just finished our new single called You Belong To Us and also sorted out a video. And we’ve been working hard on music for next year, touring Canada, and getting lots of studio work done, lots of fun really.

How would you describe the current Plump DJs sound?

Bass-led dance music. We’re playing at around 120bpm which is slower than we’re used to, but we’re bringing a lot of our older records into the end of the sets having recently remastered some tunes from the last 15-years. It’s pleased a lot of the older fans that we’re playing some of the older stuff.


You’re playing the Albama 3vs Hotckaes Christmas Party this weekend. Are you looking forward to it? The Hotcakes crew always throw a great party right?

We’ve done a couple of their events up and down the country. We did their boat after-party with Elite Force on the Thames, which was great fun, and we’ve played up in Manchester for them as well. They know how to out on a good show and the sound system is always good. We’re really looking forward to it. We’ve played Jamm before and had a really good set there. And it’s the A3 album launch after party so there’s going to be a real upbeat atmosphere.

Any other artists on the night that you’re looking forward to hearing?

They’re all of a great standard, the only problem for us is that we’ve got a gig down in Chichester so we won’t be up till three in the morning so we won’t be hearing anyone. We’re just going to get in and hopefully raise the roof.


What can people expect from your set on the night?

We’re playing for 90mins. It’ll be a progressive set in tempo, plenty of bass and inventive music in the early part and then later on we’ll be playing some well-known hits from yesteryear. So there should be something in there for everyone.


You’ve played a few classic disco/funk sets recently. What is bringing you back to that sound and is it something that we can expect more of?

We’ve been asked to play some disco parties next year already actually. I think it’s allowed us a bit of variation. We’ve been Djing most weekends for a long time so I think it’s important just for your own sanity, and it’s music from our teenage years so it’s good for the soul. In a way it helps you to keep your vibe alive a little bit because it tends to shape your ideas whilst you’re in the studio. It’s really nice to hark back to those early roots and remind yourself why you started DJing in the first place.

What can we expect from you guys over the next year?

We’re thinking about releasing some of our old tracks. We haven’t remastered all of them but the temptation is there. We’ve got a lot of new music loaded in the Plump gun and ready to be fired out over the next year. And we’ve started a new video project for those releases as well. So look out for some lively rhythms coming to you very soon.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the event just enter our competition using the widget below. Remember to enter with all options for more chances to win.

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Win 2 x Tickets To Slamboree Live + Caravan Palace DJ Set

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We have an exclusive competition for two lucky people to win tickets to a new live showcase from Slamboree and DJ set from Caravan Palace. Electric Brixton is the venue with support from leg-ends Featurecast, Father Funk, Chris Tofu, Dr Malaka and Pony Montana.

Check out the Facebook event page HERE

Its gonna be an absolutely EPIC night so don’t miss out, enter via the widget below. Remember to enter via all methods for more chances to win. Winners will be announced Wednesday 12th November. Good luck!

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GoMad Events, DeepBrass Lab, Continental Drifts and Boom Atists are coming back to the Electric Brixton after the Summer break for a brand new showcase with 2 big headliners and
one massive party!

Get ready for the show of your life. The next chapter in the Slamboree saga is upon us and their uber-troupe of musicians, dancers and performers are coming to London to show you why they are the leaders in hyper-immersive, circus themed, bass fueled, off-the-scale mayhem.

Slamboree with their brand new live showcase will be joined by the force of platinum selling French pioneers of Electro-Swing: Caravan Palace DJ SET for an epic night of pure mayhem!


Caravan Palace’s strength lies in their common passion for electronic music. But Charles, Arnaud and Hughes, the founding members of the ensemble, also love Swing, Jazz, Django and playing those traditional instruments with flourish–guitar, double bass and violin. It is this mash-up of the new electronic and the old traditional sounds that ironically gives Caravan Palace Dj sets such a fresh sound…this is music that swings!

Supporters for the night will see the sound of Featurecast (a man on a mission to funk his way across the globe, bringing his unique brand of mid-tempo Breaks, Hip Hop, Funk and Bass to venues and festivals all over the World; Pony Montana (a DJ/Producer who has thrown away the map, said no thanks to mainstream playlists and has been steering his own course through more off-road soundscapes for nearly 15 years now); Dr Malaka (Balkan Beats London pioneer djs), Rumpsteppers (high energy dj duo:electro swing – balkan beats – drum&bass – mashup); Father Funk and Dj Chris Tofu the ElectroSwing/Vintage Remix London master).



Win 2 Tickets to Heducation with Krafty Kuts + DJ Switch


Heducation is synonymous with Birmingham nightlife and everything Hip Hop and Breaks alike.  We have teamed up with the Hedz team to offer two tickets to their next event with Krafty Kuts and DJ Switch headlining. Its gonna be an absolutely storming night so make sure you’re in with a chance for those free tickets by entering using the competition widget further down the page. The winner will also receive a Heducation T-shirt on the night too.

Check out the sounds of Krafty and Switch in the mix and the details of the night below!



Heducation has come home to its original haunt at the Custard Factory… Alfie Birds has risen like a phoenix from the flames to take the space which was once the Medicine Bar to new heights.

Sporting a fresh new look that would easily squeeze into a Manhattan bar guide, oozing super-cool decor and a thumping new sound system that would make your sneakers tie themselves, Alfie Birds is definitely the perfect place to welcome you all to a truly inspiring night of everything that makes a Heducation party rock!

Built from a fibrous and eclectic mix of party Hip-Hop, fat Funk and block rocking Breaks, Heducation has played host to a vast array of musical talent during a reign of more than a decade. Thousands of party people will testify, if you love the dance floor slammers that ricochet from Jurassic 5 to A Skillz, then bounce feverishly between Roots Manuva and Prodigy, Heducation’s very special breed of no-attitude good vibes has you well and truly covered.”


In The Oobleck Warehouse

Krafty Kuts (3 x Breakspoll ‘Best DJ’)
Mr Switch (3 x DMC World DJ Champ)
Dantanna – Live! (11 Piece Hip Hop / Funk Band)
DJ Mylz (Heducation)
Ben Dunn (Jam Hott)
DJ Cro (Crate Escape Records)

In The Bar:
DJ Spinx 
DJ Cro
7 Inch Rod

9 – 4am @ Alfie Birds, Custard Factory, Gibb St, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA

Prize giveaways including: 
THTC tees and hoodies
DJ Tech Direct – DJ headphones

Drinks promos: Selected beers, alcopops, spirit & mixer £2.50

Tickets: £6 Early Bird / £8 Standard 
Door: £10 / £12 before 11pm; £12 / £15 after 11pm. Concessions: NUS, Hedz members

Enter via our competition widget below! Remember to enter with all options for more chances to win!

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Exclusive Future Funk Squad Competition



With the release of Future Funk Squad‘s unbelievably good Darker Nights this week, we have teamed up with the man himself to offer all our readers a chance to win an exclusive prize.

Just so you know what we’re talking about (as if you haven’t already heard) check out the previews below.

The full 17 track album is only available from the Future Funk Squad Bandcamp page. 

We have on offer a one off, one of a kind, super exclusive customised Future Funk Squad USB stick. This super rare prize is stacked with high quality wav versions of the full release versions of Darker Days & Darker Nights and will also feature some never before heard, unreleased material. (Top secret material)

This is something you will not be able to buy, ever. This will not ever be repeated! The only way to win is to enter via our competition widget below! Remember to enter with all options for more chances to win!
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Hot Cakes Boat Party Comp / Deekline Interview

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This weekend sees the Hot Cakes crew teaming up with Instant Vibes and taking over the Thames with their summer boat party. The main players of both labels Deekline and Krafty Kuts are headlining with a plethora of the best bass and breaks DJ’s supporting.

The after party at Brixton Jamm is again stacked full of the baddest breaks and bass with our fellow bloggers Funk and Filth hosting room two. Grab yourselves a ticket HERE. You can also read through to the bottom of the page for your chance to win 2 x tickets to the after party.

I caught up with Deekline ahead of the party to find out a little more.

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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 Deekline, a London-based producer and DJ. I’ve been doing my thing since the late 90s and I like to think I cover a number of different styles of dance music pretty well.

2. What’s currently happening in the world of Deekline?

A the moment I’ve got my EP coming out called the Heartbreak EP that’s been doing really well and getting some very positive feedback. Annie Mac played it on Radio One, so I’m very happy about that. The track had a lot of time and heart put into it so I’m pleased it’s doing well.

3. The Hot Cakes vs Instant Vibes Boat Party is this weekend. What is it that makes the boat parties so special?

In part it’s that the party is on the Thames going through the centre of London. It’s one of the most cultured places in the world and you pass some of the most historic places in the capital while listening to some of your favourite music. It’s definitely the best way to see the city, and the crowd is always great. They seem very easygoing and real partygoers who don’t have any chip on their shoulders.

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4. As always a wicked line up but who would be Djing your perfect party? Past and present?

My ideal party would have to packed full with people who have inspired me. You would definitely have to have DJ Hype, because he got me into dance music in the very early days. From the breaks scene I would have Stanton Warriors and Lady Waks. From the house side of things I would have someone from the Chicago scene like Fast Eddie, who would MC and scratch.

5. I see you have a Hot Cakes festival coming soon in Spain. Tell us a bit more

It’s in a beautiful part of the country, Andalucia, where they are very passionate about their breakbeats. I’ve been going there for 15 years now, and they keep asking me back. I’d highly recommend anyone who wants to travel and see a great breaks show to book a plane ticket and head out there! (Facebook event page HERE)

6. Your own music and the labels you run are a mix of all bass flavours. Do you have a favourite and why?

At the moment I like some broken beat stuff that crosses boundaries, so that people who are into house might play it, and people who are into breaks might as well. I like the Dirtybird label and Chris Lorenzo right now.

7. You have been a staunch supporter of breaks when many others have moved on or dabbled in other sounds. What is it about the breaks that keeps you producing?

I think to be honest I do love house and I come from a garage background but I always found the broken beat more interesting and more funky than a straight four to the floor rhythm. As George Clinton said, if you’re having sex with your partner why wouldn’t you do it in more than one position? You would get bored, wouldn’t you?

8. Any newcomers you have your sights on as “ones to watch”?

I quite like Tony Quattro at the moment. He is doing some great stuff on Trouble and Bass and other labels, and we are getting him over from New York for a little Hot Cakes tour in the Autumn – so watch this space.

9. What else have you got coming up?

I’m going to do the Kazantip festival in Russia again this year, which is always fantastic. As I mentioned, we are doing a Hot Cakes tour in October and November which will be bringing the brand to a whole load of UK cities. Apart from that I’m just pushing to get more radio support for my new music and trying to keep it fresh and interesting in the studio. It’s a good time right now.


We have 2 x tickets to the after party at Brixton Jamm on offer. To enter just follow the instructions on the widget below. Enter with all methods for more chances to win.

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2 Bad Mice Interview + Competition

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Shut That Sh*t Down presents Stepback Sessions

Randall, 4 Hero, Foul Play, Doc Scott, Krust, Tango & Madcap, 2 Bad Mice + Many More

When: Friday 1st August
Music: Drum & Bass, Bass Music, Jungle
10pm – 6am
£10 Advance Over 18s only, ID required


The Line up:
Room 1

4 Hero
Foul Play
Doc Scott
Tango & Madcap
Cool Hand Flex
MC Moose

Room 2

2 Bad Mice
Madd Ice
Neil Trix

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Anyone with a decent record collection from the early 90s will treasure a fair few releases from the producers on this line up. The likes of 4Hero, Foul Play, 2 Bad Mice and Nookie don’t really need any hype to those familiar with the beginnings of drum n’ bass and jungle. Each of them can boast an incredibly impressive back catalogue of influential and often game-changing tracks that were played and played again by the likes of Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Doc Scott, Jumpin’ Jack Frost, Ray Keith, and all of the original DJs who led the scene back in the day. Still to this day, those of us who were there will tell you that the vibe of that era can’t be beaten… and that’s a fact largely due to the innovation of these producers. Often working on studio set-ups that would confound and totally frustrate a modern producer, the sheer number of hours they put into completing each track made the whole effort a labour of love, which is very evident in the tunes themselves. The mastery and precision of these guys’ breakbeat manipulation remains, in many ways, unsurpassed to this day.

This is a bit of a special line-up. And it’s truly a very rare chance to hear these guys together on the same bill. Don’t miss it.


Our resident old skool/hardcore nutter Tariq, caught up with Si from 2 Bad Mice to delve a little deeper…

How did you guys get into raving and the scene in general?

I basically got into it through Sean – I was a Hip Hop kid and he introduced me to a whole different sound….

And when did you start producing?

It was 91-92

Who were your early influences when it came to production?

Joey Beltram, Break the Limits, Frank de Wulf, Shut Up and Dance, Blapps Posse to name a few…

Tell us a bit about the iconic ‘Bombscare’ track, how did it come together?

Bombscare is Seans baby and it was masterminded by him. If you break it down to the raw components though – it is a very simple and effective track….Try doing it. I think that there is about 10 samples in it if that.

How did you meet Rob Playford and what led to you getting signed to Moving Shadow?

Rob lived in the same village as me and we knew his girlfriend. We hassled her to hassle Rob to let us in the studio and the rest is history.

Of all the events you have played at down the years doing P.As and DJ sets, is there a favourite moment and can you tell us a bit about it?

Too many to mention but playing Glasto 2013 is my moment. Loved it. Recently Sean and Paul did Dourfest and that was pretty amazing.

We’d love to hear your take on the debate about what the greatest year of the rave scene was?

For us 1992.

Moving forward to the present, what do you think of the ‘NuSkool’ scene I.e 140/Future Jungle, Hardcore/Rave Breaks etc. Any artists and labels you rate in the present era?

I follow it and love it. So many decent producers out there like Radiokillaz, Pressa, Breakz, Vinyl Junkie and the Sub Slayers mob…

Can you tell us 3 tunes that are currently a mainstay of your sets?

Wow!! Difficult one. Rocking down the House remix, Johnny Osborne – In your Eyes and anything by Radiokillaz!!

Now, you’re going to be DJ’ing at ‘Stepback Sessions’ @Jamm, Brixton on the 1st August, along with a whole load of old skool legends, that’s going to be a pretty special night, what can we expect from 2 Bad Mice on the night?

Mainly heavy drinking from one member – the other is the designated driver and the more sensible one (me)

Lastly, any shout outs?

So many – everyone knows they mean the world to me and have contributed so much to the 2BM tale. Special mention to Randall who was such a massive influence and friend to me back in the day. So glad he has asked us to play…..

So massive big ups to Si for answering our Q’s. Make sure you’re heading down to Jamm for this one, it’s gonna be massive!

Cold Fusion Interview & Renegade Hardware Competition


We caught up with the owner of legendary DnB imprint, Renegade Hardware, Cold Fusion to chat about the label’s continued success, the upcoming ‘Multiverse EP’ plus a chance to win 2 copies  of the EP on vinyl for readers of this blog….

1.When setting up Renegade Hardware all the way back in 1995, what ethos did you have in mind and who/what influenced you to set up the label?

I began working for Hardware around 2007 so the early years were before my time, however I know from speaking with Mark & Clayton (the guys who started the label originally) Hardware came to fruition as an outlet for a more experimental/aggressive sound that was being produced by some of the in house artists at the time for their first label: Trouble On Vinyl. Some of the music they were creating didn’t fit with the sound of the label, and as a result Hardware was born. It was names such as as Future Forces, Genotype and Kane who were the original label artists so it was their music that started the ball rolling.


2.Did you ever imagine Renegade Hardware would be such an influential imprint, a home for the likes of global acts like Pendulum?

I don’t think that was ever the intention when it first began, it just worked out that way. I think being one of the early labels to become established in a relatively young music movement allowed us the oppertunity to develop and work with a host of influential artists who were just starting out in their careers and were hungry to experiment and create new sounds. A label is only as good as the artists which is represents and we have been lucky enough to work with some very talented artists. In that sense it was an organic development, as I mentioned the label was created as an outlet for a sound that didn’t fit within the scope of Trouble On Vinyl and from there I guess the sound shaped the ethos of the label.

3.Tell us a few highlights from the almost 2 decades of the label.

It’s always the first time experiences for me that I remember well. On a personal level for example, would be picking up my first RH vinyl: the Loxy & Ink Quasimodo EP back in the day. That was my first encounter with the label and changed my perception considerably on what d&b could be about. Then there’s things like the first time I went to Hardware at The End. Or the first time I played there were special highlights for me personally.

Winning the Knowledge Mag Best Label and Best Event awards during the same year would definitely be a highlight in terms of the labels achievements, alongside the underground success of tracks like Messiah to the commercial success of Twist Em Out.

4.And what can we expect from Renegade Hardware in 2014 and beyond?

We will continue to focus on what we do best; discovering and developing the next generation of artists. Release wise look out for Mazteks debut album which will be a highlight release for us this year as well as new material from the roster including Trilo, Minor Rain, Subtension and Klax who have all got some great music in the pipeline.

As for beyond that, 2015 will see us enter our 20th year so expect some big events around the world to coincide with that milestone. It’s going to be a year to remember, believe me!

The next release on Renegade Hardware is out on the 9th June, 2014, ‘The Multiverse EP’ featuring tracks by Optiv & BTK & Cold Fusion, Maztek & Cern, Dose & Cern &  Subtension, Minor Rain & Trilo and we have two vinyl copies to give away in our exclusive competition. Enter by following the instructions on the widget below and don’t forget to enter by all methods for more chances to win.

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