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Free From Sleep Mix Competition - The Final 10

By Atif Mahmood

Free From Sleep Mix Competition - The Final 10

We experienced a crazy turn out for this competition, almost triple what we were aiming for. After countless hours listening to them and annoying the neighbours (they well and truly know the Workforce Remix of 'The Edge of Time'), I've managed to whittle it down to the Top 10 who the judges will be judging. I've given a little bit of info, why they made it into the Top 10 which was incredibly hard to decide. About 30 mixes could've got in there, the quality was that high which is only a good thing. I also tried to make sure that the sub-genres were as fairly reflected as possible as we had so many different styles which was awesome to see. Check them out here:

1. k.o

I've listened to this mix more than once, if you like a more down tempo intro, building up in pace, this is for you. Flawless mixing and an interesting track selection meant that this was too hard to not put into the Final 10.

Including Tracks by -  Skeptical, dbridge & Friske

2. Rhythm 中條梨杜夢

Really well crafted mix, thought about the track selection and how they complimented each other. 

Including Tracks By -  Breakage, Vicious Circle, Bungle

3. PavZ DnB

If you like full throttle and quick mixes then give this a listen, its a belter of a mix. 

Including Tracks by Dutta, Bou and Disrupta

4. Brown.E

A gnarly set of absolute tunes, when I heard this and it came early on in the entry process I thought it would be in the best mixes and alas it is. If you like this and want somewhere to find more tracks similar, there is a Facebook Group called Diggin In The Crates, well worth checking out!

Includes Tracks by - Dillinja, Photek and Calibre

5. DJ Mix r

If you want a mix that can compare the style of Andy C and A.M.C then this is for you. Crazy level off skill to mix this quickly so props to that and almost every mix is faultless. 

Including Tracks by - Pendulum, Bad Company and The Prototypes

6. Solsan

Solsan · Free From Sleep Mix Comp 2020 - Solsan

This mix was almost impossible to ignore due to the fact that Solsan has included a fair amount of his own tracks. Check them out and give him some feedback!

Including Tracks by - Bredren, Philth and Enei.

 7. Dan Eagleton

Surprisingly there were very few liquid mixes in the competition. This one though, just sit back in the sun and chill out to. 

Including Tracks by - Whiney, LSB and Technimatic.

8. Rift

If you like Artists from Critical, 1985 and Flexout get this on and play it loud. Some of the switch ups are impeccable and makes me miss clubs and large sound systems even more! Solid mix.

Including Tracks by Amoss, Mefjus and Alix Perez.

9. Broken Faders

Sometimes its not about mixing and chopping as quickly as possible to be the best at mixing, sometimes its about digging and finding the best tunes. Listen to this mix and let it get to 12 mins in, pure madness. Love the fact there is a Djrum tune in there as well. 

Including Tracks by Om Unit, Monty, Red Eyes.

10. Ghost Hardware

Its pretty hard to fault this mix, fast paced and would be happy if I heard Ghost Hardware play at an event I was at. Again if you like the 1985, Flexout sound you will enjoy this. We had so many mixes in this sub-genre it was tough to decide but this one nailed it. 

Tracks by - QZB, Particle and Wingz

These are my Top 10, now its over to the judges! Good luck.

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FFS Records – We're accepting Demos!

By Atif Mahmood

FFS Records – We're accepting Demos!
We’ve created Free From Sleep Records to start pushing forward music that represents our events and we’re accepting demos! If you think you would suit our brand, submit your music here: ffsrdemos@gmail.com – We look forward to hearing what you’ve got! x

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FFS007: Melody's Enemy

By Atif Mahmood

FFS007: Melody's Enemy

Lined up for the 7th instalment of our Free From Sleep podcast, we have DnB turned Techno duo Melody’s Enemy. A project formed by Andy Haeffele and Morgan Jones, designed to channel their shared taste for rugged and golden-age DnB sounds into a more modern techno structure.

Through their multitude of influences, they have provided a mix blending a wide spectrum of cutting-edge soundscapes from today’s upfront Techno scene. Alongside some of their old favourites and new unreleased exclusives thrown in for good measure.

Look out for the first track titled ‘Fire’ which they managed to finish just last week, so it doesn’t get any fresher than that! 

 

Tracklist:

1. Melody's Enemy - Fire
2. Anja Schneider - Prosperity
3. A Sagittariun - Lifeline
4. Ugur Project - Elastik
5. Melody's Enemy - Silhouette 20
6. Radioslave - Feel The Same
7. Granary 12 - High 1987
8. Melody's Enemy - Right Now
9. M.I.T.A - Someone Told Me To Jungle And I Did
10. Juliana Yamasaki - Burning Fire
11. Dubesque - Vision
12. Dense & Pika - Delta System
13. Melody's Enemy - Kaleidoscope
14. Eric Sneo - High Voltage (2020 Remaster)
15. Ejeca - Another Love (TWR72 Remix)
16. Melody's Enemy - Consciousness
17. Martin Books - Time
18. D Unity & Metodi Hristov - Paralyzed Injection (Harvey McKay Remix)
19. Melody's Enemy - Close Your Eyes
20. Drunken Kong - Pulse
21. M.I.T.A - A Dragon Called Sirio
22. Melody's Enemy - Clash

Melody's Enemy:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melodysenemy/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melodysenemy/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelodysEnemy/

Free From Sleep:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freefromsleep/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freefromsleep/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/freefromsleep/

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FFS006: Paul T & Edward Oberon

By Atif Mahmood

FFS006: Paul T & Edward Oberon

Stepping up for the 6th instalment of our Free From Sleep podcast are V Recordings affiliates Paul T & Edward Oberon. Bringing their sophisticated blend of soulful yet dirty Drum & Bass, the duo provide a refreshing mix of melodic breaks, pace-driven drums and classic Jungle soundscapes.

Showcasing some of their favourite tunes of the moment alongside a host of exclusives as they near the completion of their debut album. This is surely not one to be missed and we leave you to enjoy with some word from the artists themselves:

“Some of us are dealing with the realities of partial lockdown, social distancing, rioting, and protesting... This is the world right now for lots of us, if not all of us. Let the music play loudly. Listen to this and remember why we love drum and bass music, why we love the dance and why we have the scene we have. This is for and about every one of us and for the well-being of arts and music in general - we all contribute to the things we love. Black Lives Matter and be ready to smash any system which oppresses humanity and stands in the way of equal rights. Together we soldier through to the future stomping racism, bigotry and financial oppression with every step we take. Educate those around you, Fight the good fight, Stay safe and Enjoy.”

Tracklist:

??? - ???
Lupo & Alchemist - Shadow Boxing
Teej - Connect
Sublow Hz - Shake It
Voltage - Cold Air
Dunk - The Creator
Voltage - Space Station
Serum & Dutta - Wash Away
Disrupta - Bad Guy
Dunk - Black Brown
Dunk - The Bells
Critical Dub & L Side - Original Don
Bou & Trigger - Veteran Vip
Furniss - Without You
Kumarachi - Old School Style
Critical Impact & Jakes - Hijack
L Side - Da Style
L Side - What's it all about
Lupo - Rude Boy
Jappa & Alchemist - One Spliff A Day VIP
Dj Andy - Anything Test
??? - ???
Furniss - Head Nod
Serum - The Finger VIP
Myth - Sabotage
Furniss - Whispers
Alchemist - Think
Teej - Erasure
Paul T & Edward Oberon - Moon In Your Eyes Refix
Paul T & Edward Oberon - Burning
Sublow Hz - Scorpion Styles
Jappa - Can't Run Away VIP
Alchemist - Reflections
Voltage - Resistance
??? - ???
Serum & Voltage - Cyber Funkin

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FFS — D&B/JUNGLE DJ MIX COMPETITION

By Atif Mahmood

FFS — D&B/JUNGLE DJ MIX COMPETITION

Think you've got what it takes to play at one of our up and coming shows alongside some of the most exciting drum & bass and jungle artists?

 

Get involved in our DJ Mix Competition for a chance to WIN:
• A set at one of Free From Sleep's upcoming shows.
• 5 x tickets for your friends to come and see you play.
• A Free From Sleep T-shirt.

HOW TO ENTER:
• Record a 30 min long mix.
• Upload your mix to SoundCloud.
• Name the track “Free From Sleep Mix Comp 2020 - Your Name”
• Tag @FreeFromSleep in the description.
• Add track list in the description.
• Follow @FreeFromSleep on Soundcloud.
• Must use the official comp artwork. Download from here.

DEADLINE:
• All mixes to be submitted no later than Tuesday, 23rd June.

JUDGES:
• Ant TC1 (Director, Metalheadz & Dispatch Recordings)
• Amy Jayne (Label Manager, Shogun Audio, Elevate Records)
• Loxy (Label Manager, Cylon Recordings)
• Tom Bassi
(Label Manager, Flexout Audio)
• BTK (Label Manager, Dutty Audio)
• Marina Michael (Promotions Manager, Free From Sleep)

No territory restrictions. Send your mixes through wherever you are in the world! 

Promote your mix online and gain as many likes, comments, shares and plays as you can. The mix with the most plays on Soundcloud as of 10.00 am on 1st July, 2020 will receive a pair of tickets to all Free From Sleep shows during the first 6 months of the government’s lifted restrictions.

10 mixes will be picked up by Free From Sleep's Music Director Alex Donald and qualify for the finals. The board of judges will listen to and rate all finalists' mixes. The participant with the highest score of all will be declared the winner in the competition.

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FFS005: Loxy

By Atif Mahmood

FFS005: Loxy

One of dnb's most influential artists over the last two decades, Loxy is stepping up with a mix for this week's installment of the Free From Sleep series. A journey through new selected stuff from close friends, new material from the man himself and some forthcoming Metalheadz flavours, this is a selection that showcases the depth of an artist who has played such a pivotal role in the evolution of the drum and bass genre over the years. Enjoy.

No tracklist this week :-)

Follow Loxy:
IG: www.instagram.com/loxycylon/
TW: twitter.com/loxycylon
FB: www.facebook.com/LoxyUK/

Follow Free From Sleep:
IG: www.instagram.com/freefromsleep/
TW: twitter.com/freefromsleep
FB: www.facebook.com/freefromsleep/

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FFS PLAYLISTS: THE BEST OF GARAGE & BASS

By Atif Mahmood

FFS PLAYLISTS: THE BEST OF GARAGE & BASS

As we edge closer into the summer months, we’ve added some bumping 2-step flavour to our collection of playlists, with a selection of our favourite current Garage & Bass dubs.

Featuring a wide range of artists from the likes of SHOSH, Roska, Scratch DVA and many more. We’ve made sure to cover all the basses for you to skank to at home, so make sure to add us to your favourites and follow the playlist for future additions as the months press on. Enjoy.

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FFS004: Energy (Overview Label Special)

By Atif Mahmood

FFS004: Energy (Overview Label Special)

Stepping up next with a Free From Sleep podcast is Overview Music head honcho Energy. Established in 2018, Overview is one of the most exciting young labels to come out of the UK in recent years.

Showcasing some of his label's finest releases to date alongside exclusive forthcoming music and tunes he's into at the moment, Energy's mix is one you won't want to miss. Enjoy!

 


Tracklist:
gyrofield - Mel's Teapot feat. xia [Overview]
Nami - Unspoken [Data One]
Klinical - Exhale [Overview]
Wingz - Lost Moments [Overview]
Ewol - Blood Diamond [Overview]
Nausika - True [Overview]
Waeys - Ropple [Overview]
Dubshun - Silent Kill [Overview]
Wingz - Detractor [Overview]
Halogenix - Dragonforce [Critical]
Waeys - Objection [Overview]
Klinical - Overstated [Flexout]
Sustance - Temperance [Overview]
Nami & Rizzle - Mistress (Rizzle VIP) [Overview]
Temam - Steam Engine [Overview]
Lavance - Obscure [Overview]
EastColors & Noel - Subway Station Exterior [Overview]
Wingz - Rebound [Overview]
Ewol - Blue Circle (Rizzle Remix) [Overview]
Operate & Rizzle - Think Of U [Overview]
Wingz - Sorrow [Overview]
Waeys & Wingz - Exiter [Overview]
Sustance - Bristol Gang [Overview]
Talkre - Sentry [Overview]
gyrofield - Tech Flex [Overview]
ID - ID
Waeys - Ultimatum [Overview]
ID - ID
ID - ID
Degs - Sleepless feat. Pola & Bryson [Hospital]
gyrofield - Fallen In Deep [Overview]

Links:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/overviewuk/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/overviewuk/
TW: https://twitter.com/overviewuk/

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