AFTER FIVE YEARS, JOIN THE FUTURE IS HERE!

December 2nd 2019 is a day that I thought would never arrive. Five years ago, I set out to research and write a book about Bleep techno and the role it played in kick starting what would become British bass music. Today that book, Join The Future: Bleep Techno & The Birth of British Bass […]

THE MENTOR: THE DJ MARTIN STORY

Last week saw the publication of an article I’ve been waiting to share for some time. It concerns someone whose contributions to a number of pioneering early UK “bleep and bass” techno records has largely gone undocumented: Martin Williams AKA DJ Martin. The feature is called “The Mentor: The Untold Story of DJ Martin” and you […]

REVISITED: CROOKED MAN

In the first of a new series reappraising the careers of electronic artists, Matt Anniss dives deep into the world of Sheffield miserablist RichardBarratt AKA Crooked Man

BASS IN YOUR FACE: JOIN THE FUTURE MIX 01

Last week, my Join The Future mix of sub-bass propelled early UK techno and electro was named as one of the mixes of the month by Fact magazine, which was a pleasant surprise. Since then, it has also been named Mix of the Week by German blog Das Filter. While my German is a little […]

ROB GORDON STEPS OUT OF THE SHADOWS

To mangle the words of LFO’s clanking bleep-era anthem “We Are Back”, there are many imitators, but very few true creators. When it comes to British dance music, Robert Gordon is undoubtedly a “true creator”. Gordon’s story is seldom told, a by-product of not only the overlooked nature of the turn of the ‘90s “bleep […]

THE INSIDE STORY OF LFO’S “LFO”

Take a peek inside this month’s issue of DJ Magazine and you’ll find my first ever feature for the magazine, an in-depth “Game Changers” article on what I believe to be one of the most influential and timeless British dance records ever made, LFO’s 1990 debut single “LFO”. Arguably the critical, commercial and artistic high […]

MORE “INSTRUMENTAL INSTRUMENTS”

Last week, Red Bull Music Academy Daily re-booted their Instrumental Instruments series of features, which concentrates on key pieces of music-making hardware and software. Amongst the flurry of features were two written by yours truly. Some may remember that I previously wrote articles for the series focusing on two pieces of kit with vastly different […]

THE RETURN OF ABILITY II

Bleep connoisseurs have long spoken in hushed tones about Ability II’s “Pressure Dub”, the B-side of the producer’s one and only release on iconic (if short-lived) Leeds label BASSIC. There’s no denying that it’s a thrillingly good track – a 10-minute journey into heavyweight sub-bass and futurist Detroit electronics that remains one of the style’s […]

THE TR-909 STORY

Earlier this year, I approached Red Bull Music Academy Daily with the idea of writing a feature focused on Roland’s SH-101 mono-synth. They loved the idea, and decided to use it as an excuse to launch a new series of articles on iconic and important pieces of musical hardware. They decided that they wanted to […]

FOR MY BLEEPS: A VERY PERSONAL ODYSSEY

I’ve always been a little obsessed with the short-lived musical revolution that was “bleep and bass”. It’s for this reason that I was delighted to be given the chance to write about it for Resident Advisor, a project that took over my life for several months.