Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Best Free Mixtapes of 2015 . . . So Far!!!

So, we're a quarter of the way through 2015 already. Fuck! How did that happen!? Well, the last 3 months have delivered an abundance of top quality mixtapes from some of the finest DJs out there in Funk and Filth land, and we've collated them all here in one place for you along with free download links! Aren't we nice!

We will of course do our annual Mix Of The Year competition for you to vote in towards the end of the year, but here is our pick of the best ones so far! Help yourself, they're all FREE TO DOWNLOAD!

First up, the brand new April Funk and Filth Mixtape from the unstoppable Doctor Hooka! Ahead of his big Easter party with the Ghetto Funk crew he has dropped this absolute treat of a mix. Some sumptuous liquid funk and some bassline bangers all in one!

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The devastating dream team of a duo, A.Skillz and Krafty Kuts, have let rip with one the most funk-fuelled mixes we've ever heard. You know this is gonna be good, so get it in your face NOW!!

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An insanely good mix from the one and only Deekline this month! Miami was the place to be for breaks and bass heads this month, and with mixes of this calibre being flung about it is clear why!

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If it is breaks and beats you're after, then the man they call Beat Breaker has just the thing for you!! His latest exclusive mix for Funk and Filth is crammed full of refixes that deliver the goods over and over again!

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Sleepy Tom delivers an utter onslaught of bass in his special birthday edition of his Pillowcast series. We cannot get enough of this mix!

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One of our favourite discoveries of 2014, Hotline Zero have thundered into 2015 with their funk cannons blazing, and this mixtape is pure Funk and Filth warfare!!

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The Qemists are arguably one of the best live bands we've ever seen (we shit you not!), with their genre-raping mix of drum n bass, rock, dubstep and pretty much everything else! But they can also throw out a bang tidy mixtape too, just like this . . .

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The first in a series of exclusive Funk and Filth Mixtapes that the mighty Retropolis will be unleashing over coming months is an absolute smasher!! His trademark mix of rave breaks and brutal basslines is so fucking irresistible!

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As a previous winner of our coveted Mix Of The Year title, Neon Steve's Pleasensations mixes are always hotly anticipated at Funk and Filth HQ, and this latest one is no exception to his consistently delicious blend of beats.

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Fancy a trip down breakbeat memory lane, including a lesson on some of the biggest monsters the genre has ever thrown out? Then this fine mix from Jay Cunning will fit the bill beautifully. This is literally anthem after anthem after anthem!

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Sounds Of The Mooqeeness, bizarelly, does exactly what it says on the tin! Not sure what Mooqeeness is? Well then my friend, you are in for a treat, download this now!

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When this mix came out, the people in the know (we kinda like to think we're included in that group) were all over it like a donkey on a waffle! Terry Hooligan certainly knows how to pick bangers and craft an epic mix.

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One of the rising talents on the UK scene, Dealo Brown is hot property at the moment. His guest mix on January's Croooked Audio Show showcased why you should be all over him right now!

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A.Skillz is arguably one of the funkiest men on the planet. Cut this guy and he bleeds funk! (Not literally, please don't cut him!). His Beats Working series has become the benchmark by which we measure all other mixes, so of course it was gonna be included here!

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Another firm favourite here at Funk and Filth HQ, Mafia Kiss is establishing himself as the don of the darker side of breaks. His blend of bassline genres makes the second instalment in his Night Selection mixtape series a must have for the discerning bass fiend!

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B-Side and Detta are like the Batman and Robin of Ghetto Funk. No, maybe more like the Starsky and Hutch! Han Solo and Chewey?? It matters not, what we're trying to say is they are fucking badass, and with a new monthly residency at Proud in Camden, Londoners now have a regular chance to catch them doing their thang!!

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Hope you enjoyed this selection of mixtapes. We certainly did! Let us know what you think with your comments below . . .

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Monday, 30 March 2015

REDEMPTION - Exclusive Free Mix from Beat Breaker

That naughty breaker of beats has been at it again! He's slammed together another exclusive Funk and Filth mix of monstrous proportions, and it's available right here as a FREE DOWNLOAD just for you lot!

With some of the beastliest beats around - from the likes of UFO Project, Aggresivnes, DJ Fixx, Alt-A and refixes from Beat Breaker himself - you need to get this in your life now! For more beats, breaks and bass check out his Soundcloud page.


Click here to download Redemption Mixtape for FREE!

Tracklist for Redemption Mixtape by Beat Breaker:

01.. Noisestorm: Sentinel
02.. Kuplay ft. Play Moore vs. Perfect Kombo: Never Say No [Beat-Breaker RFX]
03.. Kuplay ft. Mutantbreakz: Hip Hip Hip
04.. Access Denied: Epic Warriors
05.. Wes Smith ft. Low End Hustler: Put Ya Hips In It [DJ Fixx RMX]
06.. DJ Fixx & Keith MacKenzie vs. Wes Smith ft. Low End Hustler: Soulstice Hips [Beat-Breaker RFX]
07.. Bartdon: Back To Night
08.. UFO Project: Back To The Old Skool
09.. The Gulf Gate Project: Sound Chip
10.. Outer Kid: Back To Mine [Sketi RMX]
11.. Outer Kid vs. Defkline: Back To Mine [Sketi RMX] / Bass Shaker
12.. Defkline: Bass Shaker
13.. Perfect Kombo: Intercooler
14.. Aggresivnes: Tooby
15.. The Gulf Gate Project vs. DJ Fixx & Keith MacKenzie: Ginger Montana [Beat-Breaker RFX]
16.. Kuplay ft. Drummaker & Marcus T: F.U.N.K.
17.. Access Denied vs. Deekline & Wizard vs. Krafty Kuts: Back Up For All [Beat-Breaker RFX]
18.. Beat Assassins vs. Left/Right & Digital Pizza: Gunclip Everybody [Beat-Breaker RFX]
19.. Ashford & Simpson: California Soul [Alt-A RFX]
20.. Refracture: Lift Me Up

Friday, 27 March 2015

Getting Hyped for Noisily Festival 2015 - Exclusive Interview & Free Mix from Tim Healey

We're starting to get ridiculously hyped for the 2015 festival season! There's nothing better than throwing down in a field of like-minded maniacs, listening to some of the finest music to grace your ear-drums, then waking up in your slovenly-pitched tent, drinking an inhuman quantity of rum and doing it all over again! We caught up with the organisers of the most hedonistic dance music festial in the UK, Noisily, and grabbed an exclusive free mix from one of their headline artists!! We spoil you lot!

Read on for our interview with Noisily organisers James and Chris, and Lachie Gordon the man responsible for starting the whole thing, and the exclusive free mix from the mighty Tim Healey!

Noisily festival is looking like the one to watch on the UK festival scene this year, with some of our favourite funky, filthy talent taking to the stage to sling beats and make memories! Specimen A, Krossbow, Tim Healey, Freefall Collective, Atomic Drop, James D'Ley, Vent, Odjbox, these are just a few of the names playing at Noisily this year, you can check the full line-up here.

1. So Lachie, you're the man responsible for creating this awesome festival. What were the origins of Noisily? And what was the original idea behind the event?

Noisily was always about just having an ideal party for us and our friends. There were four of us who started it and we all really love loud dance music, lasers and partying in beautiful places. So when we were given the opportunity to start this party in the woods 4 years ago, we jumped at the chance. Every year, as more people come, it allows us to do more and more stuff that we have always dreamed of, more decor, more lights and more fun!

Tim Healey - Noisily Virgin Mix (FREE GIVEAWAY MIX) by Ontherisemusic on Mixcloud

Click here to download Tim Healey's Noisily 2015 Mix for FREE!

"I'm amped about playing at Noisily - I have only heard good things and the guys have given me a killer slot on Saturday night. When I made this mix I was thinking about how so much music these days sound so similar - and also about all these great tracks I have in my collection that need another airing - because they are so damn good. So I decided to mash up 'classics' from my collection and current faves and the 'Backwards/Forwards mix' was born. Enjoy." [Tim Healey].

2. What sets the event apart from other festivals in the UK in 2015?

The main things that sets us apart is the personal touch and dedication to the production levels. We put our all into the festival and you can find us on site every spare moment, raking, cutting back thorns and building structures for the crowd to play in come July. This really shows in the vibe of the festival, it’s a really intimate party, even as we grow

3. The event saw an increase in size and numbers in 2014, what drove this increase, and how did it change the vibe of the event.

The has event has grown organically since its inception 2012. We have slowly but surely added stages, and increased the production levels across the event. We started with only around 500 attendees in 2012, but are now expecting 2.5K people for our 2015 edition, and with that comes a whole load of changes from a back end event management perspective. From security to liaison with the local community through to campsite management, things never stand still and we are constantly fine tuning. We saw 2015 as a year where we consolidate all the good things we have been doing up to now, so you won't see any additional stages, but what you will see will be taken to the next level.

Check out the official video from Noisily 2014

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4. Noisily is a high production event, how do you intend on taking this to the next level in 2015?

We spend all year dreaming of what we’ll be building for next years Noisily, and given that we work in events year round, we come up with some pretty spectacular things. This year the Noisily Stage is going to be shimmering pyramid of lights, projections and lasers. It’s a constant battle to make sure we can make the most of our lighting design skills while making the stage visually stunning in the day, this year we think we’ve nailed it. The liquid stage plans are coming along exceptionally well, with an extraordinary LED screen design from Video Illusions, hold tight to see renderings of that very soon!

5. You brought the Liquid Stage into the event in 2014. What were your thoughts with creating a home for this much loved Glade Festival Stage at #NOISILY2014?

Liquid Records has always been about representing diverse psychedelic music, and that is what Noisily stands for too, so marrying the two together was always something which was going to work in an harmonic way. After the sad demise of the much loved Glade Festival there had been no real home for outdoor psychedelic based music stages at festivals in the UK, and it was our determination to change this while not losing the heritage of a scene which was born just over 20 years ago in melee of mid 90's dance culture. We are really pleased with the result, and the very experienced team behind Liquid have brought a new edge to the festival.

6. As Virtual Festivals said after 2014, 'The future looks bright for this festival, and as word spreads that it’s the perfect party for those in search of a good time' - What can we expect from this years event to take it to the next level?

This years event is going to be more of the same brilliant decor and production, just bigger and more of it! We believe that once you’re onto a good thing, the only thing to do is to make it better!

7. Noisily represents many of the underground electronic music genres in the UK. What makes all these different sounds intergrate under one roof at your event?

Its all a big melting pot in 2015. All 'scenes' as we are brought up to call them have taken on different elements of electronic music styles over the years. You now hear techno being played in the trance scene, house being played in the bass music scenes and generally electronic music styles fusing across the board. For instance, if you go on Beatport you can literally find every style of music in every categorised section if you look hard enough. Here at Noisily we think that is a good thing, and is very much part of the ethos of our event. We want people to come for the weekend and to be able to absorb as much as possible and maybe discover some new music which they'd never heard before.

8. Can you tell us about some of the musical highlights from years past?

The biggest coup has to be Irish techno act 'Matador' back in 2012. Very quickly after his appearance at Noisily Festival he catapulted into the higher echelons of the international dance music scene, and is now considered to be one of the biggest in electronic dance music with an international touring appearance taking him to every part of the world. Another act of note who kinda blew up between us booking him and the actual festival in 2014 was Joe Ford. With his new take on D&B it was pleasant to see we had the foresight as a festival to book an act like this. We can expect many more in the future, my pick from this years event are 'Whyt Noyz', more about them below!

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9. Who should we be looking out for at this years festival? Any UK premiers?

We have a whole host of UK premiers at this years event. An exclusive first appearance by the Brazilian techno giant Victor Ruiz, and a rare UK festival appearance by Birmingham techno act, Whyt Noyz who have been making waves in the European techno scene and have recently been picked up Richie Hawtins label, Minus. We also have a whole host of 'first times' on the Liquid Stage with debut UK appearances from Grouch (NZ), Parasense (Russia) and The Outsiders (Israel).

10. We like to think we’re pretty sharp at recognizing upcoming talent in the bass music industry, and you must have recognized a few too. Is there anyone (DJ, musician, vocalist, producer . . . ) who you think we should keep our eyes on?

This year at Noisily we have a great bass music line up on the Treehouse Stage from Gltich & NeuroHop, Mid Tempo to Bassline House and Electro through to Drum and Bass. Artists to look out for are Culprate, Odjbox, Kursa, Dephicit & Summer Bright and Specimen A, MC Xander, Itchy & Skratchy DJ's, Duskky and of course Noisily residents Atomic Drop ! All playing this year alongside a whole host of quality artists pushing this UK bass music sound.

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11. Who is going to blow up in 2015? (Any general musical predictions for the rest of the year?) James, your also part of the genre bending outfit ‘Atomic Drop’ Can you tell us your favourite bit of kit at the moment? Any new tech/software/gadgets in the studio or that you use during your sets?

Odjbox is definately one to watch out for this year ! As for our favourite bit of kit at the moment we recently got hold of a Vertexion CBL5 reel to reel tape recorder - its a 1969 military grade (then used by BBC) 2 channel tape recorder - and each channel has 7 vintage valves so its an awesome pre amp for boosting signals and adding great analogue warmth to our production. This put through our Oram summing mixer works a treat. Another tasty vintage bit of kit we use is a Roland 201 Space echo from the 70's - a classic dub tape delay with a built in spring reverb that can skarkle things up very nicely indeed. As for live performance and studio tweaking we recently got a Maschine and this is definately getting alot of use!

12. We definitely suffer from a footwear fetish at Funk and Filth, so we’ve got to ask (we ask everyone!). Some people have entire rooms devoted to their shoe collection, and others just love basic plimsoles. What’s your favourite pair at the moment, what’s the coolest thing in your footlocker?

At the moment my favourite ones are the Nike SB Zoom Air Paul Rodriguez Limited Editions. Love em !

Cheers guys! See you at Noisily 2015!!

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