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Elektrofant ‘Monica’ Premiere Stream

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We would like to say a very special thanks to Beatservice for letting us host the exclusive first play stream of ‘Monica’ from Elektrofant’s ‘1992’ LP. We previously reviewed this excellent LP here suffice to say that it perfectly captures the spirit of one of the best years of dance music ever.

‘Monica’ is a prime example of what’s to love about this album. Prepare to be taken back to the era of groups and artists like Altern 8, SL2 & Inner City, Take in the rolling soundtrack of Detroit Techno synths and raw UK style breakbeats interspersed with Todd Terry circa 92′ 4×4 kicks and 303 acid stabs. Be sure to check out the rest of the LP too, get it from Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes & Spotify

 

Gorilla Complex Exclusive Interview & New SIngle Premiere Stream

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We are very pleased to share an exclusive interview with Gorilla Complex and a premiere stream of his awesome new track ‘Welcome To The Bass Jungle’, read on to learn more about his animalistic style of bass music…. 

Tell me a little about Gorilla Complex?

Gorilla Complex is a well thought out project. The dance floor has always seemed like an animalistic place to me, and as I wanted to create heavy bass music, a gorilla seemed to fit with the big, strong nature of the sound.

All my tracks contain elements based around this animalistic theme. The slightly dark and evil tone is consistent throughout and the animal theme is also represented in the artwork and track names. I call it ‘Animalistic Bass Music’.

How would you describe your production style?

I barely use synths now. Over the years, I have built up a big sample library. I mess with audio FX and automate pretty much every parameter until it sounds interesting. I also record all my own vocals and re-pitch them with Melodyne. After every tune,

I add the new sounds to my sample library to re-use in the future. So it’s an ever-growing palette to work from. I’ve played guitar for years, which helps with the melodies and chord structures as well.

Who were your major influences in terms of music production?

Noisia are probably the artist that I aspire to the most. The Prodigy are up there as well. These guys are legends, innovators and unique in many ways. You don’t get many artists with their credibility and longevity.

What does the future hold for you?

I don’t want to conform to a genre, but the next 3 or 4 releases are all Bass House. I am also working on a few Trap and Drum & Bass tunes with some great vocalists as well.

I want to create some crazy animal themed live shows as well at some point. Imagine a nightclub with everyone dressed up as animals. Could get some inflatable bananas to throw out into the crowd as well!

If you could work on a track with anyone from now or way back when, who would it be?

Loads of people come to mind. Maybe Sampha or Yukimi Nagano, the singer from Little Dragon. These two have such interesting voices and so much character. I think we could make something really unique. Or Foreign Beggars because those guys always deliver.

And if you could remix any tune of your choice, which one would you choose and why?

Jungle book or Lion King – I would do it but it wouldn’t stay on Soundcloud for long with their tight copyright laws, unfortunately.

Are there any unfulfilled goals or aspirations of yours musically?

I’m also hoping to release on Black Butter or MTA records in the future and I’m hoping to get some support from UKF. I’m a big fan of theirs so hopefully, I can make this happen.

Could you offer a bit of advice for an up and coming producer?

Define your style, your purpose and find a way to be unique. And also make sure you can summarise yourself in one sentence. Easier said than done, but if you can do this, you are on the right track.

Any final words?

Welcome to the bass jungle!

Listen to the premiere stream of ‘Welcome To The Bass Jungle’ below and download the track for free Here

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Future Wildstyle Interview + ‘Make Them Bounce’ Premiere

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Here at the blog, we would like to say a massive thanks to Future Wildstyle and Bass=Win for giving us an exclusive interview with the lads and a premiere stream of ‘Make Them Bounce’ from their new EP ‘Hyper Vibes’ which you can buy here

Tell us a bit about yourself

We are two DJs and producers based in Sheffield .We met on the DJ circuit as we are both primerally DJs. We have both produced tracks in the past but we decided to try something new and join forces for this project. It has been a great way to work as we both bring so many different influences and styles to the table.

How would you describe your production style?

All our tracks come back to some kind of breakbeat or broken beat with a proper bass line. The last few releases have covered quite a range in tempo and that’s how we mean to carry on.

What your first experience of underground music and how did you get into the sound?

I loved the music long before I was old enough to go into the clubs so it was pirate radio and tape packs that supplied my music fix. In the early days a one hour set could include a whole range of beat patterns and influences from hip hop to reggae to soul plus loads more. The contrast today is some DJs play an hour set of about 9-10 records all sounding virtually the same. That’s a trap I never want us to fall into.

What is it about the current wave of dance music that appeals to you?

Popular or mainstream dance music has been through so many styles now from Electro to Hip Hop to House to Breakbeat to Jungle to DnB to Dubstep and Garage and now it seems to have come a full circle and gone back to House.

It feels like artists can now go in any direction musically and draw influences from anywhere along the musical journey. I know there never really was a rule book but if there ever was it really is irrelevant right now. The variety of new music coming out right now is more than ever.

Tell us a few of your all time and current fave producers?

I love people like DJ Premier, Pete Rock and all those guys but I equally love Remarc and 4hero. Those are the stand out producers for me who have a real groove to their music.

Where have you DJ’ed?

We have just started out Djing out as Future Wildstyle it has been really fun as we have both been DJs for years and joining forces means we can add more to our sets. We are currently using the Serato Sp1 to re-create some of the tracks live as part of the DJ set. For most of our tracks we now have a stripped back version that can have the vocals and key elements played from the SP1 over the top. It means DJ sets are even more fun as we can both be hands on throughout rather than taking it in turn to mix in tracks.

We recently warmed up for the first Boiler room in Sheffield. I was really glad we had spent time developing the more live part of our set as Boiler Room is such an intimate space and the camera is right in your face!

Describe to us your approach to a DJ set, do you like to gently warm up the crowd or go for the bangers or more of a journey approach?

Its all about the crowd for us. Every set has to be tailored for the people stood in front of us. I love the challenge of warming up a crowd just as much as playing a peak time set.

Of all the tunes you’ve made, which is your favourite?

Wow that’s a hard one. I think the Ultrafunkula track was exciting to test out on the dance floors as it just worked straight away in the clubs. There really is something special about seeing a thousand people dancing to a track and hearing it on a big club sound system at the height of a night and remembering back to us producing it on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.

How did you link up with Bass=Win?

Easy we just only hit up labels that we were already into and already buying music from.

As a producer, you keep an open mind and an open palette producing in various styles, who do you draw influences from?

Between us we cover years of buying and playing out music so plenty of basses are covered. I really made my DJ career back in the day as Hip Hop DJ but equally I got hooked on music by early Jungle stuff so I think those two styles find their way into the music from my side

What are the vital elements to making a tune that come into play when you’re in the studio?

Its normally a sample or concept that comes first. We start out thinking we are making one type of track and it normally takes a whole new direction and ends up somewhere completely different.

But that’s the fun of producing really.

So before we hit play on this new forthcoming release of yours on Hyper Vibes EP, can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind it?

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We didn’t just want to make an EP of straight up club bangers (although that is always a massive temptation) there are a few samples in here I have been waiting to use for a while and they just fit in perfectly making the tracks more than just dance floor tools.

Free Breaks Blog Premiere Of ‘Make Them Bounce’

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Any final words and shout outs?

Bass=Win has been a great home for the last few releases and have been invaluable in us getting our music out to a wider audience. Not forgetting for Liam at Kitchen Artist for getting on board with the project. Also we have to big up all the DJs playing our stuff and promoters adding us to their line ups we have been overwhelmed by the response and support form the scene. Can’t wait to see what the rest of 2016 has in store for us!

Bennie D-Imperial March 2016 Reboot Premiere

Bennie D- IMperial March 2016 Reboot

 

Back in the early noughties, there was a revival of the breakbeat hardcore sound. Spearheaded by the likes of Dave Skywalker, Stu & Nee, Vinyl Junkie and Bennie D among others this sound became known as Hardcore Breaks and preceded the Future Jungle sound of 2010-2015.

The good news is Bennie D is back with a fresh new reboot of Hardcore Breaks classic ‘Imperial March’, a fresh dose of old skool style sounds with a new twist. It’s up for a free DL, hit the download button in the soundcloud link and enjoy streaming the premiere below

 

Energy Lab- Turn The Sky [Premiere]

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Along with making awesome house music for labels such as New Politics Records and Groove It! Energy Lab has just made their first DnB track, close your eyes and you could be listening to a Liquicity or Hospital Records release, warm sounds, a sublime and euphoric melody and nice thumping beats with a great vocal that repeats ‘Turn The Sky’ absolutely stunning and it’s free to download, play it in your sets, give it a like and repost, share on your socials because it’s a Liquid DnB track right up there with the best!!!!

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ill.Gates interview and premiere

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Here at Free Breaks Blog we would like to ILL.GATES for a very insightful interview and for sharing the premiere stream of Mr Bills’ 2 step garage/breaks refix of his new single ‘More tea’, listen below and read on!!!!

How long have you been making beats and how did you get into it?
I’ve been making electronic music ever since my parents bought me a Casio Concertmate 800 when I was 7. I was supposed to use it for the built in piano lessons, but I quickly figured out that it had a sampler in it and spent far more time sampling pots and pans than playing the piano. Once I figured out that I could sample my own farts and play them back at my friends with the push of a button I was hooked. I have been happily sampling farts ever since and have since sold actual farts to Microsoft as part of a “Comedy Ringtone” package I did for the Windows Phone OS. That gig was a big part of what got me my work visa to move to the USA actually. Dream big people! Fart samples 4 life!

What’s behind the name ill.Gates?
I love Hip Hop and I am a big nerd. I was originally calling this alias “Tao Jones” but the pun was lost on most people because nobody reads books. I then made a list of several hundred names and ill.GATES was the one that stuck.
Fun fact: the period in the middle of my name stands for ‘Motherfucking’, as in “ILL Motherfucking Gates”.

Where do you draw inspiration from when producing new tunes?
I think inspiration is for amateurs. I just try to show up every day and do my best. Much of the time I will start a session feeling like I’m a terrible musician and everything I make is garbage, but after a few hours the momentum starts to build and then something magical will happen. If you wait to feel inspired before you start working you’ll just procrastinate forever.

And when you’re not making beats what do you like to do?

Sex and drugs are always a good time, but I also like to cook, read, meditate and drink tea. I also spend a LOT of time at airports, so I listen to audiobooks and podcasts constantly. I am really into the Tim Ferriss Podcast and Noisia Radio, and then for fiction I listen to The Drabblecast, Selected Shorts and tons of sci-fi at Escape Pod, Light Speed and Clarkesworld. I also love bowling and eating Japanese Food. Travel is way up there too. I recently sub-letted my place and lived in 8 different countries for 4 months. It was life changing.

The main thing I’ve come to realize is artists are input/output systems. If you spend your time watching TV or reading whatever comes up on your facebook feed you are much less likely to have interesting and original ideas in the studio. If you focus on your immediate “competitors” and try to emulate or outdo them you are just going to blend in with everyone else. Forget about the guy next to you, go listen to some Chopin or Jimi Hendrix or the Buena Vista Social Club instead.

Immersing yourself in truly great art, ideas and experiences is what fuels growth.

Tell us about this new release

This release ‘More Tea’ is a departure that feels like home. It’s new and different compared to much of my recent output, but really it is a lot closer to what originally inspired me to create the ill.GATES alias. I think this is reflected in the choice of remixers as well.

It all started when my friend Nathan mailed me some tea from Taiwan. I didn’t know him then, but he was a fan, and he ran this operation where he would travel around the world meeting tea farmers and mailing tea back to his online supporters. I wrote him back and he invited me to do a tour of Taiwan. I couldn’t turn that down so the next thing you know my girl and I are riding unlicensed scooters and eating squid on a stick.

Years later Nathan got access to all of these really cool DAT tapes made by a Taiwanese producer named Alex Peng. He had gone around China recording villagers singing and playing various Chinese instruments and allowed Nathan to use them for his “Urban Teahouse Remix Project” because he felt it was promoting Chinese culture and tea drinking and that the original musicians from 25 years ago would be in support of that.

So Nathan flew my girl and I to Austin last year, fed us tea until we were bouncing off of the walls, and I wrote More Tea in one long session. It came out really easily. Some songs are agony to finish… a game of inches. More Tea is definitely not one of those tunes. It just sort of effortlessly happened. I love it when sessions are like that. You can hear it in the track too, nothing sounds forced or stressed out or like it’s ‘trying’ to be anything. It felt like the song always existed and I was just putting it down.

Once the track was finished I reached out to some of my favourite producers and they turned in a really fantastic batch of remixes. Liquid Stranger made a big festival dub remix that goes over great on dancefloors. Mr Bill made a really cool Two Step Garagey Breaks kind of thing with really amazing percussion, and then David Starfire did a West Coast remix that is perfect for Burning Man or a cool loft party or whatever.

These remixes are amazing for sure, but we really felt that the EP would not be complete without some asian remixers on the job. Nathan hooked us up with a really amazing producer from Taiwan called Sonia Calico. She makes really dope Trip Hoppy Trap kind of beats and made 3 or 4 different remixes before she handed in the final. She is fantastically talented and really has her own sound. Very cool.

You may also remember a video that went viral where the producer is performing on a spherical MIDI controller? 
Anyway, the fellow in that video is Jason Hou, who also happened to be a fan of my workshop series ‘The ill.Methodology’. He had reached out to me to thank me for the workshops and when I checked out his soundcloud I was really impressed. He definitely has his own creative aesthetic and it is really impressive. He blends traditional Chinese music with Industrial, Classical and Dubstep influences to create a truly unique sound. His remix is all in 6/4 time signature but still works on a dancefloor. Very advanced.

This whole process has really opened me up to a lot more electronic music coming out of Asia. Apparently all the Chinese kids are smoking weed and fucking with Ableton now so we can expect a whole lot more Asian electronic music in the immediate future. I’m really excited about it. Electronic music has been such a little rich white boy club for way too long.

It’s tough out there in the music industry, any words of advice for new artists?

Take The Plunge

Nobody likes a tourist. If you are just getting your toes wet to see if ‘this whole music thing is going to pan out’ it’s a huge turn off for anyone in the business. The music industry was built on passion and boldness. Having a day job lets everyone in the music industry know that music is not your #1 priority in life. Yuck. Whether you make a living from music or not you need to make sure that music is the first thing people think about when your name comes up.

Let’s say you are a magic music industry fairy and you have an amazing opportunity to give to someone who ‘deserves it’. Who deserves it more, the hobbyist who works at the bank or the girl who sleeps under her studio desk five nights a week? There are so many people in the way that it is really difficult to get ahead in this business. You have to really, really, REALLY want it to be successful. You have to want it more than financial security, more than a nice car, more than kids, more than sleep, more than your friends, more than sex and ESPECIALLY more than partying. If I am going to hand someone an opportunity I need to make sure it counts and nothing says ‘I waste opportunities’ like squandering your precious moments on earth working some shitty job you hate.

Grow a pair and take the plunge, you won’t regret it.

Pay It Forward

OK: so you’re committed, you’re in it to win it, you’ve made some great music but you’re all alone in the business and nobody gives a shit about your music. If only you could get on the radar of someone who can help you make connections… How? Giving everyone in the music industry copies of your album? Hell no! Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that! Paying your way in via music lessons or consulting? Fuck no! That’s A) insulting, B) lame and C) we don’t need your money. So what DO you have that someone established in the music industry might want… hmmm….. ?

Time.

If you are a successful person chances are you are busier than a rabbit in mating season and would LOVE to offload some of the boring stupid shit that is in your way. This is why whenever you watch music business documentaries you will often hear of famous producers and bands getting their start running errands at the recording studios that they eventually ended up buying. You don’t have to just fetch coffee or whatever though, you can help people in other ways. For me it was teaching people about Ableton and making music tools. I built a sound library for Bassnectar, I shared my templates with Pretty Lights, Beats Antique, Dj Vadim and all kinds of other people. Now whenever I need a favour I can just email those dudes and t hey will hook me up hours later.

Now while we are on the subject of calling in favours: studies have shown that asking people for a small favour will actually INCREASE your worth in their esteem. Paying it forward is a great policy, but you also need to make sure you’re not being a doormat or a sycophant. Find your balance and watch the doors swing open!

Don’t Be A Dick

I really do wish that I didn’t have to belabour this point but it’s a sad fact that I have seen musician after musician destroy their careers by being dicks. Yes: you’re special. Yes: you’re talented. Yes: your art has the power to transform lives, BUT; the magic vanishes as soon as you get all cunty about it, it really does. How many times have you heard ‘I used to like ARTIST X but then I met them at a show and they were all cunty to me and now I can’t enjoy their music anymore’? It happens ALL THE TIME.

Here’s the thing: when a fan (or another musician) comes up to give you praise, chances are that they have made a ‘big friction’ deal’ of it in their mind and have a raging case of the butterflies. Studies have shown that emotions are all basically forms of excitation. The only difference between is in the interpretation of that excitation. This means that you need to be very aware that you are playing with fire when you touch people inside. The line between super fan and deranged hater is both fine and blurry, be aware of that and know when the best ‘presence’ is a palpable absence. If you aren’t going to give fan interaction your all, then just let the music do the talking and try to maintain a sense of mystery. It’s also a good idea to remember than you meet the same people on the way down that you do on the way up.

Hopefully these tips will help you on your way to the top. Stay strong, stay passionate and above all: don’t be boring.

Much love!

ill.GATES

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Harri Georgio- Gsteppin’ [Premiere]

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Harri Georgio has very kindly shared this exclusive premiere stream of his new track ‘Gsteppin’, demonstrating his love for mixing up styles and smashing pigeonholes ‘Gsteppin’ is a bass weighty, funky blend of Grime & Dubstep or ‘Grimestep’, grimey chords meet bumping 808s, halfstep beats and a touch of Ragga with deep subs and call and response inducing vox, we think you will agree that is a awesome track, a party starter, a party hyper and a sick instrumental that the MCs will be lining up to spit bars to, oh yes!!!! We’re lovin’ ‘Gsteppin’ FREE DOWNLOAD

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