FFS002: Austin Ato

FFS002: Austin Ato

Up next on our mix series is Austin Ato. Recorded live in one take and inspired by him making his debut for Hard Times at a recently postponed event, this one is packed with energy and tunes supplied by Doorly, Krywald & Farrer, Steve 'Silk' Hurley and more. House, disco, Chicago pump, a pinch of bassline, soulful rollers and lots more for an upbeat hour of escapism. Enjoy.

 

Tracklist:

Austin Ato - Heat
Austin Ato - ???????
Bayt - Funker
Paul Johnson - Hit It Up
Jamie 3:26 and Cratebug - Hit It ’n Quit It
Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley Feat Voices Of Life - The Word Is Love (Edit)
DJ Steef - Track 1
Craig Loftis - Yes I’m Right
J.M. Silk - I Can’t Turn Around (House Mix)
Cajmere - Percolator Junior Sanchez Bonus Mix)
Doorly and DJ Pierre - Gotta Get
Da Mongoloids - Spark Da Meth (Bangin Like a Benzi Mix)
RIP Productions - Bugsy’s Theme
Black Loops - G.T.A.C.
Krywald & Farrer - Bumstrasse
Terrence Parker - Love’s Got Me High

Follow Austin Ato:
https://soundcloud.com/austin-ato
https://www.instagram.com/austinato/
https://www.facebook.com/austinatouk/

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April 14, 2020
FFS001: BTK

FFS001: BTK

BTK delivers the first of mix of our Free From Sleep mix series. A long running friend of FFS, BTK is one of our favourite producers and DJs which flits between his BTK alias and his techno moniker of Vinicious Honorio. Having started out in the DnB scene almost a decade ago, BTK has a stacked collection of DnB through the ages including some of his own tracks which are included in the podcast. Enjoy. Tracklist below. Follow us to stay in the loop. 

Tracklist:

01. BTK - Raw Beats - Dispatch Recordings
02. Friske - Untitled Killa - Metalheadz
03. Levela & Particle - Reap What You Sow ft. Jakes - Critical Music
04. Command Strange - Back In Time - V Recordings
05. Survival & Script - Folder - Dispatch Dubplate
06. BTK - VSound - Dispatch Recordings
07. DJ Limited - You Got - Playaz Recordings
08. Current Value - Overturn - Blackout Music
09. Screamarts - Menace - Bad Taste Recordings
10. Mako - The Scenic Values - Metalheadz
11. Myth - No Limits - C.I.A
12. BTK - Andromeda - Dispatch Recordings
13. BTK - Guidance - Dispatch Recordings
14. Bou - Envy - V Recordings
15. Trex - Shut Down - Delta9 Recordings
16. TI - Oxymoron - Critical Music
17. Upgrade - Thunder - RAM Records
18. Task Horizon - Mekaneck - Evolution Chamber

April 06, 2020
17 Hours With Dance Music's Biggest Influences

17 Hours With Dance Music's Biggest Influences

We're looking back at some of dance music’s most influential artists seeking motivation through their various stories and wisdom. We bring to you hefty 17+ hours of handpicked interviews and lectures with wise words from Aphex Twin, Iggy Pop and DJ Storm to Mark Iration, Caterina Barbieri and more. We promise you’ll come out of them itching more than ever to see them on the dance floor once again...

DJ Storm on Life after Kemi, the UK Rave Scene & more

25 Years of V: Bryan Gee, Serum & Paul T

Aphex Twin Full 90's MTV Interview

Knowledge Arena: Fabio & Randall

Native Sessions: Rebekah & Paula Temple

Iggy Pop: John Peel Lecture

18 Years of Rinse: Geeneus

Waveshaper TV: Suzanne Ciani

Moodymann Talks Detroit & Being Independent

Goldie: Christopher Tubbs Interview

Laurent Garnier on House, The Haçienda & Radio

Origins: DVS1

BBC Radio Scotland: Delia Derbyshire interview

Native Sessions: P Money & A.G

Knowledge Arena: Khruangbin

Andrew Weatherall talks Primal Scream, Remixing & more

A performative presentation with Caterina Barbieri

Alix Perez Interview: Stop Doing Remixes

Iration Steppas: Radio Lomax Interview

Native Sessions: Jean-Michel Jarre

Between The Beats: Marie Davidson 

March 24, 2020
10 Rave And Music Documentaries You Need To Watch

10 Rave And Music Documentaries You Need To Watch

And if we can’t rave, we shall live vicariously through those who have. Bringing you our quarantine starter pack of specially curated Raving Documentaries to get you through those unfulfilled days and nights… and who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a dance move or two...

Talkin' Headz - The Metalheadz Documentary (1998)

Highlighting some of the legends of the ’90s drum and bass era, this doc depicts the origins of the Metalheadz label and the foundations it laid for the Drum n' Bass culture. Featuring Dillinja, Doc Scott, Ed Rush, Goldie, Grooverider, J. Majik, Matrix, Optical, Randall and Source Direct to name a few, as well as Liam and Noel Gallagher added for good measure. The documentary, originally released in ’98, is an important document of the history of UK dance music.

Analogue Foundation pres. SOUNDSYSTEM CULTURE: Channel One (2020)

Analogue Foundation brought together Classic Album Sunday's Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and Channel One Sound System - one of UK's most influential and respected reggae sound systems. In this enriching interview hosted by Colleen, selector Mikey Dread and MC Ras Kayleb talk about many aspects of their work including; Channel One’s hand-built sound system, the warm feeling of analogue sound and the dedication and passion behind the sound system lifestyle.

The Summer of Rave 1989 (2016)

Originally broadcast by the BBC, this documentary leans on the development of rave culture in the United Kingdom during the summer of 1989. It takes you through the end of the 1980s, a music scene that was at the time very post-punk and new wave, but where club culture was starting to emerge. The movie captures all the crucial historical events and the effects this had on the evolution of rave cultures. With snapshots of the end of the communist era, the Margaret Thatcher phenomenon, the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy, The Hacienda and “Hot”, an acid house night hosted by Pickering and Jon DaSilva in July 1988.

Tower Block Dreams: Ghetto On Sea (2004)

Tower Block Dreams was a British mockumentary series that broadcast on BBC Three during January 2004, Widely acknowledged as the inspiration for Kurupt FM the show investigates the underground music scene on council estates in London and Southend in the United Kingdom. This edition features emcees Killer and Gambit who both live in council estates in Southend, which follows both of their stories as they pursue their passions for music within the sphere of ‘pirate radio’.

The Chemical Generation - Acid House Documentary (2000)

This documentary covers the acid house, rave and club culture revolution in the UK and of course the chemical MDMA or ecstasy, an era which formed the club culture that we all choose to indulge to this day. The 2000 Channel 4 documentary, presented by Boy George, looked at the history and legacy of the UK acid house scene since the 1980s.
The program goes into detail on the way UK society and attitudes changed after the dawn of acid house culture and, perhaps, more importantly the introduction of chemical of choice, ecstasy to the party diet of the young people of Britain. Featuring Tony Wilson, Irvine Welsh, Danny Rampling, & more; as well as the kids who were there at the time from dealers to clubbers.

Everybody In The Place - An Incomplete History of Britain 1984 -1992 (2019)

Originally aired on BBC Four in 2019 The Documentary Joins an A-level politics class as they discover the stories that shaped British club culture for the first time, viewing the story of acid house from the perspective of a generation for whom it is already ancient history. We see how rave culture owes as much to the Battle of Orgreave and the underground gay clubs of Chicago. As it shifts through musical styles: not merely a cultural gesture, but the fulcrum for a generational shift in British identity, linking industrial histories and radical action to the wider expanses of a post-industrial future.

Dazed & Confused - Jungle Fever (2014)


Dazed & Confused presented “Jungle Fever”, a 23 minute documentary on the history of jungle and drum & bass. Directed by Ollie Evans, the film featured interviews with legends such as Fabio & Grooverider, DJ Brockie, the Ragga Twins and more. It highlights the early days and origins of Jungle and how it helped to shape and influence many other genres beyond itself.

Britain's Illegal Rave Renaissance: LOCKED OFF (2016)


Rave Culture is one of Britain’s great cultural exports, but after its first wave in the late eighties and early nineties, it was soon forced into the underground by stringent new laws and superclubs. But forward 25 years into in the midst of a nationwide purge on the nation’s nightlife, where nearly half of all British clubs have shut down in the last decade, and a new kind of scene has emerged. Clive Martin investigates this 21st century version of Rave, where young people break into disused spaces with the help of bolt-cutters and complicated squatting laws, to suck on balloons and go hard into the early morning. But with the police using increasingly extreme tactics to clamp down on these parties, and more than one fatality causing nationwide media panic, can the scene survive? 

20 Years Of Jungle Mania (2013)


Tracing back to their early beginnings up until 2013, this documentary looks at the history of one of Jungle’s most prominent brands Jungle Mania. This documentary takes you down a rabbit hole of endless jungle raves, i.e. back to heart of the ’90s. We’d say it’s the perfect introduction to a genre that is here to stay for good. featuring interviews with the likes of The Ragga Twins, Kenny Ken, Jumping Jack Forst, MC GQ & more.

Sub Berlin: History Of Tresor (2008)


The original Tresor was in many ways the quintessential Berlin club and a figurehead in Techno’s history: located in an un-renovated vault beneath a bombed out department store, it opened its doors amidst the general confusion and ecstasy that swept across the city when the wall fell. Its low ceilings, industrial decor and generally unhinged atmosphere created an unprecedented platform not only for techno in Berlin, but also for the scene taking shape across the Atlantic in Detroit. It quickly became a second home for artists like Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills and Blake Baxter, as well as countless German DJs. Directed by Tilmann Künzel, SubBerlin traces the club's history from its beginning in the early '90s to the closure of its original location in 2005.

March 20, 2020
FREE FROM SLEEP — VALENTINE'S SPECIAL

FREE FROM SLEEP — VALENTINE'S SPECIAL

It's this time of the year! Love it or hate it, Valentine's is here so whether you're a single pringle or off the market, we're giving away 2 for 1 tickets to a selection of our upcoming shows until Monday* to mark the occasion. Don't miss out ❤

22.02 Answer Code Request, Regal & More @ Egg LDN
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1355973

22.02 Metalheadz w/ Goldie, SpectraSoul & More @ Ministry of Sound
http://bit.ly/MHZFriends

28.02 Reinier Zonneveld & More @ The Steel Yard
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1353461

06.03 Shogun Audio w/ Technimatic & More @ The Steel Yard
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1355362

14.03 Channel One x Iration Steppas @ The Steel Yard
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1381880

28.03 Symmetry w/ Break, Skeptical & More @ The Steel Yard
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1364399

28.03 AnD, Cera Khin & More @ The Cause
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1381993

03.04 Spencer Brown @ Colours Hoxton
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1378286

11.04 Hard Times Rooftop Party @ Prince of Wales
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1386859

12.04 Channel One Sunday Session @ Village Underground
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1385460

19.04 Hot Wuk @ The Steel Yard
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1390399

02.05 Alix Perez @ Studio 9294
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1385230

*This limited offer will expire at 5 pm on Monday, 17th Feb.

February 13, 2020
The Exclusive FFS Boxing Day Sale is now ON.

The Exclusive FFS Boxing Day Sale is now ON.

Ho-Ho-Ho Merry Xmas!! To celebrate the festive season, we're giving you a chance to grab a discounted ticket to some of our biggest shows in the first quarter of 2020. We've got a blend of dnb, reggae, house and techno events lined-up to kickstart the new year throughout London - something for everyone.


🏝 Friday, 3rd January - Jungle Splash @ Egg LDN — Click here for £5.00 Tickets
🔊 Friday, 31st January - Mungo's Hi Fi @ The Steel Yard — Click here for £5.00 Tickets
☣️ Saturday, 1st February - Virus @ The Steel Yard — Click here for £10.00 Tickets
🌊 Friday, 7th February - Anjunadeep 11 @ The Steel Yard — Click here for £12.00 Tickets
👾 Saturday, 22nd February - Answer Code Request & More @ Egg LDN — Click here for £5.00 Tickets
🤖 Friday, 28th February - Reinier Zonneveld @ The Steel Yard — Click here for £10.00 Tickets
⚡️ Friday, 6th March - Shogun Audio @ The Steel Yard — Click here for £10.00 Tickets

Tickets are exclusively available on a first comes first-served basis so don't wait around!
See you in 2020! 🔥
x FFS
December 26, 2019
Alix Perez - Guest Mix for Radio 6 Music

Alix Perez - Guest Mix for Radio 6 Music

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Ahead of last weeks 1985 show at The Steel Yard, Alix Perez dropped this mix for Radio 6 music. Check it out!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008qyq

October 03, 2019
MNNR Night Bass Mix

MNNR Night Bass Mix

MNNR releases a mix to get everyone in the mood for Night Bass at The STeel Yard on the 4th October.

https://soundcloud.com/nightbassrecords/mnnr-night-bass-london-warm-up-mix?fbclid=IwAR1VbKLg0ZDesVHcHbLutPd9x50iVMINZGsvxYJZ-h8qJmq33ZSo6Gp01fc

September 26, 2019
S.A.M - Village Underground Warm Up Mix

S.A.M - Village Underground Warm Up Mix

Sunday 6th October marks the return of PiV to London. For this special occasion we asked S.A.M to record an exclusive mix ahead of headlining the event. Listen here: 

https://soundcloud.com/pivrecords/sam-piv-x-village-underground-06102019-promomix

September 26, 2019
Bushbaby Night Bass London Warm Up Mix

Bushbaby Night Bass London Warm Up Mix

Bushbaby throws down a big mix to warm things up ahead of the Night Bass event at The Steel Yard. Listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/nightbassrecords/bushbaby-night-bass-london-warm-up-mix

September 23, 2019
Free From Sleep Announce Huge Line-ups Across Multiple Venues

Free From Sleep Announce Huge Line-ups Across Multiple Venues

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Acclaimed and adventurous events collective Free From Sleep are back with another fantastic series of parties with high profile names like Alix Perez, AC Slater, Mike Skinner, David Rodigan, Goldie celebrating 20 years of his legendary Metalheadz in what will be a historic party, and many more all playing leading London venues including Printworks, The Steel Yard, Village Underground, Electric Brixton and The Cause throughout this autumn. 


Free From Sleep is unique in that they link with the best labels and brands in electronic music to put on complete clubbing experiences. Rather than focussing on one sound, they deal with the cutting edge DJs and live acts from the worlds of drum & bass, house, techno, disco and jungle and roam around the finest venues in the country from Bristol to Brighton, Dublin to London. 


The Free From Sleep repertoire includes the scene-leading likes of Metalheadz, Channel One, MOTZ and PiV Records, and is run by a team with more than 30+ years of experience of promoting in the UK. Now firmly having mastered the art of building brands, the team have gone to work with some of London's leading clubs including Printworks, Egg LDN and fabric. They have the know how to make any event truly memorable and this latest series is further proof of that.  


The team kick off their next run on September 27th at cultured space The Steel Yard with classy drum & bass crew 1985 Music featuring Alix Perez, SpectraSoul, Monty and many more. The same venue hosts Night Bass with AC Slater, Mike Skinner and Jack Beats on October 4th, while November 1st is Grum plus Special Guests, then on the 8th legendary live dub outfit Channel One Soundsystem take part in a big meet with King Shiloh, and on the 15th its premier neurofunk drum & bass crew Eatbrain. 

 

 

On October 5th, there is a monumental and historic night in store as the iconic and pioneering Metalheadz label celebrates 25 years. This is set to be one of the biggest and most comprehensive event sin the leading label's long and rich history and it is headlined by boss man, d&b great, actor, film star, yoga master and all round character Goldie going back to back with Doc Scott. That will be a very special set with reggae grandmaster David Rodigan and grime crew My Nu Leng amongst many others also playing. 


6th October finds Amsterdam's leading house label PiV take over at Village Underground with S.A.M, Charlie Banks and more, then the same venue on 15th November is Hot Wuk with The Heatwave and others, and the 22nd is Spearhead Records with Special Guests to be announced. 


Electric Brixton features with Hybrid Minds present Outline on October 11th, High Focus rolls into Concorde2 in Brighton on October 19th, and Motz The Birthday plays out at much loved space The Cause with Stranger, Jasmine Azarian and more. 


This is another bold series from Free From Sleep that offers some of the best parties to be found in the UK this autumn.

September 06, 2019