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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 THE MIX FOR FREE


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

Click here for tickets to Noisily 2015

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!


Click here to download this mix for free

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!!



Click here to download the exclusive Freefall Collective mix for free!


Click here to download System Check for free!


Looking for a festival outside the UK?
Check out our Dimensions and Outlook preview HERE, or click below for tickets.

Monday, 23 March 2015

New Sample Pack - Expertly demonstrated in new free track from Skeewiff!


The bass-flinging legends over at Free Breaks Blog have let rip with another of their damn fine sample packs - this time turning their attention to the wonderful world of Glitch Hop!

Everything the discerning glitch fiend could ever desire is right here, with over 500 samples of 24bit 44.1KHz WAV badness! What's more, they reigned in the mighty Skeewiff to put a lickle somethin somethin together for you to show what can be done with this pack. Fidget is available as a free download below. Good times.


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SAMPLE PACK


Click here for the free download


Here's the whole pack to check out, CLICK HERE to download it.


More details on the Free Breaks Blog - Glitch Hop Vol 1 Sample Pack . . .

Weighing in at just over half a gigabyte, this pack is a cutting edge collection of royalty free glitched out beats, breaks, bass and synths which includes 500 ready to use samples.

All samples are provided in the industry standard 24bit 44.1KHz WAV format which is compatible with all DAW's and DJ software including Ableton, Cubase, Logic and Reason etc and are all bpm labelled and key labelled where necessary.

A similar sized pack from other well known sample boutiques will look to cost you around £20 - £30 but we here at Free Breaks Blog are providing this sample pack at an insanely good value for money price of £12.00.

Glitch Hop has taken the electronic music scene by storm over the last few years and has become a worldwide phenomenon. This sample pack will help you become a part of the ever growing scene with enough loops, one shots and heavyweight samples for seasoned producers and newcomers alike.

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Deekline
'Sounds really well done, nice pack'

Aston, Freestylers
‘I’m sure this will be great inspiration for upcoming producers of all styles of electronic music’

JFB
'Never underestimate what you can do with a sample pack, and this is one of the good ones! I’m genuinely very impressed with it..’

Tim Healey
“Feel the noize, feel the phattness - this sample collection should provide more than a few sonic solutions and inspirational moments for any budding producer or studio pro. Crunchy, tough, tasteful. Nice one."

Featurecast
“Nice collection of usable sounds not just restricted to mid tempo. Liked the snare hits section....sounds fat!”

Funkanomics
“Really nice sounds in the sample pack from Free Breaks Blog , will definitely use a lot of them! Really bad ass Bass sounds, full support from the Funkanomics crew”

Spinforth (Scour Records & HKPP)
"Another tasty sounding sample pack from FBB. Will be keeping my ears out for the arrival of the tunes that get cooked up from it!"

Mafia Kiss
"Some quality samples to add to your collection. Even if you don't make glitch hop you won't go wrong with these adding to your library."

Skeewiff
“The Drum Kits are excellent, just what you’d expect to find, well labelled and plentiful. I had a great sounding kit up and running very quickly.

A good mixture of sounds and loops, In particular, I’m lovin’ the wobs and the sound effects. Properly handy.

Overall, a well produced and executed pack, which hits the preverbal nail on the head… hard.”

Terry Hooligan (Atomic Hooligan/Menu Music/Bass=Win)
‘I love the Free Breaks Blog sample packs. I have used a couple of the loops to get started on ideas and for structuring remixes. But I also use them in my DJ sets to layer up tracks for more impact. All the loops and hits are extremely high quality and ready to use. A producer, remixer and DJ’s best friend in my opinion’

Mooqee
"Another strong sample pack! Rammed full of useful percussion hits and bass noise!"

Beatslappaz
“While Glitch Hop isn’t exactly our thing, there’s some awesome bass hits and drum samples here that any producer would love. The provided instrumental loops offer some great inspiration for every genre, even if they’re firmly locked at 110bpm.

This is obviously perfect for the glitch hop producers out there, but also good for some go-to meaty basses and leads for your next up-front project of choice. Great stuff.”

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The 7 Best Free Tracks This Week (plus one that's not free!)

We're lucky that the internet is filled with so many talented people prepared to part with some of their work for free! Here's our choice of the best free tracks we've found this week, so go ahead and help yourself, then check out the artists' pages for more of the same!


A driving Ghetto Funk monster from the Phibes brothers! We've come to expect strong stuff from these guys, and this is up there with their best!

Click here to download this track for free


Deep house? Deep house anyone?? Yes it's everywhere at the moment, and some of it is utter toilet, but this is the good stuff! Fist bump to Hide & Seek on the remix.

Click here to download this track for free


Fresh from his Breakspoll victory - where he scooped Best Free Track and Best Breakthrough Artist - Father Funk has dished out another lovely, funky, bassline cuddle in the shape of this new freebie!

Click here to download this track for free


Literally the best thing that's happened to us at Funk and Filth HQ this week (OK, we have sad lives during the week!), this remix of one of the ultimate anthems adds a new flavour that is seriously fucking delicious. We are all over this! Cheers to DRKWTR and Dosage.

Click here to download this track for free


When it comes to main room electro house bangers, there are few who do it better than Mord Fustang. Take this hot shit for example . . .

Click here to download this track for free


Taking a vaguely-acceptable pop chart ditty and transforming it into something inexplicably pleasing is a rare talent, and Solo Suspex have demonstrated it beautifully with this Ellie Goulding garage-ification (yes, a new word we just made, deal with it.)

Click here to download this track for free


Unfortunately no free download on this one *sad face*, but it's so damn tasty it had to be included here. WHAT. arrived on the scene with a BANG and the output has been immense, every track is beautifully brutal!

Click here to download this on Beatport


Admittedly we don't know much about new find Lusion*, but with quality work like this we hope to hear a lot more from him!

Click here to download this track for free
* We know he's called Dave and comes from New Zealand. That's about it at the moment.


Check out our Dimensions and Outlook preview HERE, or click below for tickets.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Retropolis - Much Breaks Vol. 1 - EXCLUSIVE FREE MIX


A tasty last minute addition to last week's Breakspoll line-up, and delivering arguably the best set of the night in conjunxion with Sanxion, the man known as Retropolis is one of our top breaks DJs and producers! As you'd expect, we are pretty fucking stoked to have a series of massive FREE mixes from the man, available only right here at Funk and Filth!

Much Breaks Volume 1 has just landed, which you can download below, and keep your eyes peeled for further instalments to come! Full of the beautiful, rave-inducing breaks that Retropolis is known for, you can expect some proper tear-out moments and bass lines to redefine your understanding of the genre, bringing retro vibes bang up to date with some naughty, naughty beats! Click download now!

[Tracklist available further down this post]



Want more from Retropolis?

There are plenty more beats to be found on his Soundcloud, Juno, Beatport and Facebook pages, and here's his latest little nugget . . .



Tracklist for Much Breaks Vol 1 by Retropolis:
1. BADASS & DANDY - SETH (VOLTAGE MIX)
2. SANXION - MY HEART IS HOOKED
3. THORPY & HEATHY - GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE (JAKAZID REMIX)
4. DUAL BASE - FUNK IT
5. STRANGE ROLLERS - DANCE WITH ME
6. AQUASKY - HERE TO ETERNITY
7. RETROPOLIS - YOU ARE THE ONE
8. ALT-A - MUST BE THE MUSIC (THE FLASHBACK PROJECT REMIX)
9. DIVINE INSPIRATION - THE WAY (RETROPOLIS VIP REMIX)
10. E LAB RAT - ELEVATION (RETROPOLIS REMIX)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

6 UK Festivals You Should Get To In 2015 - [Includes Free Music Downloads]

There are so many great festivals in the UK and all around the world, it can be pretty much impossible to choose which ones to head to. Here's just a few that are (in our humble opinion!) well worth flinging yourself into head first! Got any other festival recommendations? Leave them in the comments at the bottom. Enjoy . . .


1. Sunrise Celebration Festival - 21st - 24th May 2015, Piercefield Park, Chepstow
Line Up Highlights: Kosheen Unplugged, Krafty Kuts, Far Too Loud, Lazy Habits, Deekline, Ed Solo, Leuce Rhythms
Website/tickets - - - - - Facebook event

This 4 day extravaganza on the Welsh border hills brings some of the funkiest live acts and best DJs together for a weekend of awesome. Krafty Kuts is the stand-out name among the impressive DJ talent, and also a chance to see the highly rated Leuce Rhythms! On the live stage we see the party thumpers Lazy Habits and an opportunity to see Kosheen live!


Click here to download this mix for free



2. Glastonbury - 24th - 28th June 2015, Worthy Farm, Pilton
Line Up Highlights: TBA (but allegedly Stanton Warriors are already on the line-up for the dance village).
Website/tickets - - - - - Facebook event

One of the few festivals where the line-up genuinely doesn't matter. If you've been before you'll know it's like no place on earth and can leave you destroyed and elated at the same time. In our opinion there are festivals, and then there's Glastonbury on another level, we probably don't need to say much more!


Click here to download this mix for free



3. Bass World - 4th - 5th July 2015, Brighton
Line Up Highlights: High Rankin, Specimen A, Pyramid, James D'Ley, Shimon, Rain City Riot, Tigerlight
Website/tickets - - - - - Facebook event

A brand new one day 5k capacity festival taking place near Brighton this summer! Bringing together some of the finest people in bass music (you could probably guess that from the name!), it's the sort of line-up that has us salivating into our mugs of rum here at Funk and Filth HQ!


Click here to download this mix for free


Looking for a party outside the UK?
Check out our Dimensions and Outlook preview HERE, or click below for tickets.




4. Boardmasters - 5th - 9th August 2015, Cornwall
Line Up Highlights: Rudimental, Clean Bandit, DJ EZ, Doorly (more TBA)
Website/tickets - - - - - Facebook event

Consistently one of our favourite festivals every year, Boardmasters fuses together a good mix of big headliners with an array of up-and-coming talent and throws them together for a giant party on the clifftops! Sun, sand, sea and surfing on the beach during the day, then a proper rinse-out on the cliffs at night. Perfect. It was also the place where we first encountered the awesome Snatch The Wax DJs, who have been dishing out some of our favourite mixes ever since!


Click here to download this mix for free



5. Boomtown - 13th - 16th August 2015, Hampshire
Line Up Highlights: Shy FX, Spor, Noisia, LTJ Bukem, Dub Pistols, Slamboree, Dr Meaker, Matt Jam Lamont, Odjbox, Too Many Ts, Captain Flatcap, Stickybuds, Featurecast, Mafia Kiss, Nicky Blackmarket
Website/tickets - - - - - Facebook event

It looks as thought the Boomtown organisers are trying to give us a heartattack! A line-up this sick is basically attempted mass murder on discerning bass heads everywhere! Picking out our highlights from the massive line-up was hard enough, and when you add in the unique atmosphere that they've created and one of best festival crowds possible, as well as this week's Breakspoll award for Best Large event, then Boomtown is a winner for sure.


Click here to download this mix for free





6. South West Four - 29th & 30th August 2015, Clapham Common, London
Line Up Highlights: Andy C, DJ EZ, Sigma, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Gorgon City, Faithless
Website/tickets - - - - - Facebook event

A shit load of the biggest names in DnB, dubstep and other basstacular genres come to London to lay down some monstrous sets in what is arguably the jewel in the crown of the UK's 'non-camping' festivals! The Sunday line-up is looking much tastier than the Saturday to us at Funk and Filth, but both days will be banging!


Click here to download this mix for free

Which festival are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments . . .




Monday, 9 March 2015

Breakspoll 2015 Award Winners - Includes Free Downloads

If there are two things we learnt from this weekend's pilgrimage northwards it's 1. Don't bother buying a pint of lager in Manchester, they all taste like milk! and 2. Don't bother wearing clothes on a Virgin train, as those things are hotter than the sun! And if there's a third thing we learnt from this weekend, it's that Manchester knows how to party!! Sound Control did the International Breakbeat Awards proud with a truly epic night!

As always it was awesome to throw down with all the amazing breaks and bass heads, to catch up with some friendly faces and see/listen to some of the finest DJ talent in the world at the moment! There are far too many names to mention them all, but special shout out to Breaksjunky and Kwerk who opened the proceedings downstairs and set the level for the rest of the night! JFB, A.Skillz and Elite Force understandably destroyed it in the upstairs room, but the real treat of the night had to come in the form of the surprise closing set from one of our favourite DJs - Retropolis - who was thrown into the line-up last minute in a back-to-back set with fellow filth-flinger Sanxion.


Click here to download Breaksjunky's Breakspoll 2015 set for FREE

Epic night all round. Congrats to all who won and to those who were nominated, and congrats to Jimmy and the Sound Control guys for one hell of a night! Now enjoy some beats from all the winners . . .

Track of the Year
A-Skillz feat. Kymberley Kennedy – Dead Ringer


Remix of the Year
Stanton Warriors feat. Eboi – Jerk That (Mafia Kiss Remix)


Best Free Track
The Mighty Boosh – Do Ya Love Me? (Father Funk & Slamboree Remix)


Best Album
Future Funk Squad – Darker Days (Audio Science Productions)


Best DJ
Lady Waks



Best Producer
Colombo


Best Label
Punks


Breakthrough Artist
Father Funk


Best Large Event
Boomtown Fair


Best Breaks Club Night
Sideshow Kuts


Best Radio Show
Breakout Breeze – Beatman & Ludmilla (Petofi Radio)


Best Recorded Mix Set
Stickybuds – Fractal Forest Mix – Shambhala 2014




Check out our Dimensions and Outlook preview HERE, or click below for tickets.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Elite Force ReVamps (Unreleased) Vol. 1 - [FREE DOWNLOAD ALBUM]

It's the end of an elite era, as the man who has dished out some of the filthiest beats and smashed some of the finest parties is set to drape a heavy velvet curtain over the entity known as Elite Force!

We will be at Sound Control in Manchester tomorrow night for what may be the final ever(?) Elite Force set, as Shack reveals he's putting the lid on this particular alter ego in his recent post.


It will be sad to push the Elite Force boat off the end of the jetty and watch it float off into the mists, as we've come to mark the Elite Force Boat Parties as a sort of annual pilgrimage, and the standard by which all other nights are measured! He's also been an ever-present force inside the top 10 of our annual Funk and Filth Hall of Fame countdown of the best beat-flingers of the year.

But it is not all sad news!! We've already mentioned that we have one more chance to throw down to an Elite Force set at Breakspoll in Manchester this week. Then there is his release this week of the mighty Revamps Unreleased Vol 1 - a collection of some of the most explosive tracks you could dream of, and he's offering them all up for FREE DOWNLOAD!



Lastly, but most importantly, it is not the end of the road for Shack! Whilst the Elite Force garb is being hung up on a hook at the back of the shed, he plans to continue down the musical highway dressed undeniably as Simon Shackleton. If there's one thing that Shack can excel at above all others, it's his diversity as an artist(s), proven over many years by his consistently divergent (and awesome) output as Elite Force, Zodiac Cartel, Lunatic Calm and of course Simon Shackleton.

Help yourself to the free (and stupidly good!) Elite Force Revamps Unreleased Vol 1 below (or by clicking the big image at the top of this post) and prepare yourself for the next onslaught of beats and bass from Simon Shackleton.

Click here to download Elite Force ReVamps (Unreleased) Vol. 1 for FREE


Words from Shack:

"The first in a collection of unreleased Elite Force Revamps from the archives. There will be a number of these collections released over the course of the next few months as part of the global 'Throwback Thursday' movement.

For the uninitiated, the Revamp concept was based around bootlegs, but taking the idea further than simply slapping a vocal on top of an existing track, as was the way back in the early days of house, garage and jungle.

Many Revamps over the years have been full blown production projects, using samples and chunks from as many as 8 different tracks to form a new piece of music. The first Revamped album was far & away the biggest selling collection of (mainly) breaks music on Beatport in 2010 and resulted in multiple Breakpoll Awards for Elite Force as well as a Beatport Award for highest selling track in that calendar year.

I hope you enjoy having these in your collections :)
Simon"


released 05 March 2015

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A.Skillz - Beats Working Vol. 4 Mixtape - FREE DOWNLOAD


The baby-faced funk assassin has done it again! Volume 4 in A.Skillz's epic Beats Working mixtape series is potentially his finest to date - what do you reckon? Have a listen below and grab the free download and tell us what you think!

As you'd expect this mix is fan-funking-tastic and makes us even more hyped for his set at this weekend's Breakspoll party in Manchester! That Ghetto Supastar remix at 20 minutes in is enough on its own to get bounce mode activated!


Click here to download Beats Working Vol 4 for FREE!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

5 Reasons Why Breaks Is The Big Thing for 2015 [includes FREE DOWNLOADS]

Here are the main reasons why you should be all over breakbeats right now, and forever more, with lots of tracks and mixes for you to download for FREE!


Stanton Warriors - Stanton Sessions Sydney Garden Party

Redbull recently posted a popular post titled 'Breaks: How Dance’s Uncoolest Genre Bounced Back', it was a good read and was accompanied by some fine beats to listen to.

There was just one thing we disagreed with in this piece. Breaks never went away for those people who have always been involved. It may have declined in popularity, but certainly not in quality, as this post hopes to demonstrate. So, here are the 5 reasons why 2015 is the best year to get back into breaks . . .


1. The Diversity of Breaks

Some of the purists will be very definite about what 'breakbeat' is, but in general we like to think of 'breaks' as an all-encompassing term that can be applied (in varying degrees, of course) to some of the finest bass music in the world. We're not genre nazis here at Funk and Filth. Yes there's the very definite 'breaks' sound, but it also has influence on Drum n Bass, mid tempo funk, garage, deep house and loads more. More often than not when listening to a 'breaks' set you'll hear the DJ (if he/she's good!) spanning these genres and many more . . and it works!




2. The Big Players

Try telling people like Krafty Kuts, Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs, Deekline, Freestylers, A.Skillz et al that breaks disappeared. You'll look like a right twat. These guys have been breaking boundaries and carving out a very nice living, touring the world and playing to thousands upon thousands of discerning ravers - thanks in no small part to the beauty of breaks and their dedication to the beats.


Click here to download this mix for FREE


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By popular demand among the comments on this article we've added in some DJ Icey!
This collab with Krafty is one of our favourite breaks tracks ever, and Icey's recent Automatic Static mix (in the Breaks Selection playlist further up this post) is a beast!

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3. The Up-And-Comers

Music can't rely upon the established artists to keep it pumping. They need the young whippersnappers keeping them on their toes, pushing them to excel and (eventually) joining them amongst the ranks of the elite. Breaks, like almost any other musical subcommunity, is exactly the same. Trawl through the Funk and Filth blog archive (you'll find it in the right-hand column of this page), or past posts by other great bass music blogs like Life Support Machine, Free Breaks Blog, Rhythm & Breaks, Breakzlinkz and plenty more, and you'll find an abundance of banging talent that we bloggers love to stumble across. The 'Best Breakthrough Act' at this years Breakspoll International Breakbeat awards is testament to the calibre of the breaks talent forcing their way through. Kwerk, Kurse and Alt-A (to name but a few) are moving at a pace that can only be admired, and there are loads more like them too!


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4. The Cost (it's FREE! if you know where to look)

Breaks knows that it's lost popularity in recent years. It doesn't really care, but it knows. Human nature dictates that what is 'mainstream' can never truly be synonymous with being 'cool', so I'd guess most people involved in the breaks scene are at least partially pleased it's retained its underground status . . . although that doesn't normally translate into the financial rewards that being 'mainstream' normally brings. Still, what we get is a community of talented producers and DJs who are often very happy to give away some tracks, remixes and mixtapes for free in order to spread the good word of breaks. Thanks fellas (and fellettes)! Here are a few of our favourite recent freebies...


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5. The People

Breaks nights and events just seem to not attract the trouble that you get at other nights. It's almost as if someone back at the dawn of breaks wrote a rulebook with Rule 1 being 'No dickheads allowed' - and everyone sticks to it.

The people involved directly in the scene (from our experience) tend to range from nice to awesome, with DJs, promoters, labels etc. all getting on nicely to produce tasty beats and throw awesome parties. And as mentioned, the crowd that attend these sorts of party are always in good spirit, uniting in their love of breaks. Take the Breakspoll awards party for example. Yes it's got a little smaller in size over the years, but the quality of the partygoers only increases. We go every year and, fair enough we may not remember all the names, but there's always a collection of familiar faces of amiable ravers tearing it out on the dancefloor and eager to shake hands and stomp some floor together!


Funk and Filth & Hot Cakes at Brixton Jamm 2014 - featuring Deekline, Freestylers, Kwerk and many more

So next time you're scouring the local listings for a night out, or you don't fancy joining the other bellends at the festival who are in the next field self-harming to Coldplay or whatever other "headliner" the media are shoving into your ears, take a punt on the breaks night at the local club, or wander round the smaller tents in search of the sound of broken beats and good times. Breaks is proper.