The Noisily Festival is coming up on the 8th-12th July in Leicestershire, so we caught up with Specimen A, who is playing at the festival, to find out his essentials for surviving a summer festival.
1. Get yourself a good tent ! The first time I went to Glastonbury I borrowed my friends tent and he failed to tell me it wasn’t a tent, it was a fishing hut ! Make sure its a nice comfortable tent that you can have some relaxing time in, the bigger the better and preferably one that has a proper roof.
2. Money, lets face it, without money you can’t enjoy the festival in the way you want, so don’t turn up empty handed.
3. Drugs (The Prescription kind). Whether you need to take care of that headache or get off your tits, at some time or another you may want some drugs, so think ahead.
4. Wellington boots are a must. No one wants them outside of the festival but in a mud pit, the wellington boot wearers are loving it.
4. Umbrella. To accompany those boots, I would suggest this too.
5. Sun Glasses. On a brighter side of the weather debate, I also think you should pack some sun glasses.
6. Sun Block. To go with the sunglasses, you have to have sun block. Who’s the Squinty eyed Lobster ? Oh its you because you forgot your sunglasses and sun cream. Don’t be that person, protect yourself!
7. Booze. Booze is a good idea to take too unless you like waiting at the beer stand, also they don’t serve cider in 3 litre containers.
Also I think you should take a torch and a sleeping bag so you can find your way back to your tent and sleep it off. All that packed in your bag and I think you are set!.
Grab yourself a free download from Specimen A here
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With its first release in 6 years, the UK’s infamous Breaks imprint ‘Cyberfunk Music’ is back!
As the label was constantly pushing talent all through the first decade of the century such as The Breakfastaz, Deep Impact and Odissi, it quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with within the scene.
Being in the game since 2000, the man behind the label, DJ Quest kicks off the imprints comeback with the smashing new release ‘Long Time / Special Forces’.
The lead track ‘Long Time’ is a strong bassroller, while ‘Special Forces’ comes with a heavy bassline, sharp snares and and an oldskool Hip Hop vocal.
Cyberfunk Music & DJ Quest are now ready to take the breaks scene by storm once again!
Passenger Records continue their recent high pressure release schedule with a remix package of last years highly acclaimed Rico Tubbs & The Ragga Twins collaboration ‘Rule Dancehall’
The original release rode high in both store charts & DJ’s crates.
First up on remix duties, Genetix & OSLO are called to the mount to smash a massive D&B refix out the park! Genetix return to their Drum & Bass roots, ably aided by OSLO for this wobble bass & jungle drums workout. Next up, bastion of bass, Jay Robinson drops a Bassline Garage roller to cool things down a little, before the man himself, Rico Tubbs ends out the proceedings with a melodic Warehouse remix that invokes the spirit of 88.
All the remixes here also come in instrumental form for your ease of play.
This release also signals the forthcoming Genetix & OSLO collaboration single on Passenger in the coming months.
Over the past twelve months, Howson’s Groove have been pulling all the punches with their UK focussed hybrid sound, merging the rough and smooth of House and Garage, with the grit and guileof Grime and Hardcore.
These new contenders based in South London are currently being championed by the likes of Rob Da Bank, Skream and DJ EZ. They’ve been going from strength to strength ever since scoring an official remix for the one and only, Todd Terry on Southern Fried Records.
Their no holds barred Can’t Explain EP, released at the end of 2014 on Love & Other Records, has served as their most recent highlight. Premiered by both DJ Mag and Eton Messy, it earned a very rare 10/10 from Mixmag, plus a huge thumbs up from The Magician. We are now duly ready to beat the drum for their next knock out release, the soaring old skool strokes of Stand Up and the rugged house swing of Turn Me.
I think it’s fair to say this promising and exciting duo will not be throwing in the towel, anytime soon. Fat! Records presents the Stand Up EP by Howson’s Groove, out digitally on April 27th.
Ahead of DJ Alpha’s performance at this years Innovation In The Sun we caught up with him to get a few words on some of his most memorable moments as pervious events…
“My best experience at Inno in the sun was last year playing at the pool party and jumping in the water when my last tune dropper and watching 1000s going absolutely crazy!! It’s such an up for it crowd there and I can;t wait to go back and create new memories”
Alpha went on to tell us “My second best experience is a girl asking for my autograph and I did it on a bit of paper. The day after the same girl came up to me and showed me and autograph that she’d tattooed on her bum :p hahaha”
You can catch Dj Alpha along side the likes of Andy C, HYpe, The Prototypes and many many more at this years event is sunny Barcelona.
Like many of us, Dextone’s aspiration started at an early age. Whilst growing up on the outskirts of Guildford; Dextone was playing the guitar by the age of 10, which led fluidly to playing in local bands in his late teens. It wasn’t until this stage that the Drum & Bass bug caught him. Inspired by this new found sound, turntables were brought to master the art of DJing. The natural progression led him to Ableton, and mastering the studio to create the explosive music he’s known for today.
It’s only early days for this rising star yet he’s already worked with some of the scenes finest; DJ Phantasy, Harry Shotta and Hardcore legend DJ Breeze. With releases on Viper Recordings, AATW (Universal), Easy Records, DCUK plus future releases in the pipeline plus he’s currently co-producing the ‘Harry Shotta Show’ album with DJ Phantasy which is a showcase of all different styles.
From Birmingham to London and through the Rabbit Hole, 90’s underground icon Cheshire Cat, known for his work with Leftfield and Bally Sagoo, appeared floating in a tree outside the studio. The control room was immediately transported by the power of Jah Ionizer to Wonderland. Aries & Jacky put the headphones out the window, held the mic, and recorded Cheshire Cat’s fantastic allegorical fables of life, love, women and weed.
Five riveting tales of adventure start with classic lover’s music meets bubbling jungle on ‘I’m Sure’, a romantic conversation from the man who’s normally happy with ‘Just the Herbs’. Cheshire explains just how much lyric can come from results of exposure to the healing of the nation. Of course no conversation about the trees can be complete without the appearance of a ‘Police Officer’, and the sage advice given by Mr. Cat would be well overstood and heeded by overzealous constabulary, globally. Moving forward, ‘Troddin On’ reveals an irrepressibly positive point of view and the reason that Cheshire Cat is always smiling when he throws his corn. Since the 90’s he was known in the dance as ‘Bounty Hunter’, and to complete the musical selection for this EP we dug deep into our soundclash collection for some authentic cassette flavour!