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Various Artists
Join The Future LP & Book Bundle
Cease and Desist / Velocity Press
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April 3, 2020
  • 2xLP Black + Book:

    • Matt Anniss Join The Future: Bleep Techno & the Birth of British Bass Music Book

    • Join The Future - UK Bleep & Bass 1988-91 Vinyl, 2×LP Black vinyl

    • + WAV / FLAC
    • Insert with extensive liner notes by Matt Anniss

    Available: April 9, 2020

Various Artists - Join The Future - UK Bleep & Bass 1988-91

  • Insert with extensive liner notes by Matt Anniss
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The debut release from the Cease And Desist label, a new venture helmed by Optimo Music label boss JD Twitch, this compilation revisits the British ‘bleep & bass’ techno scene of the late 80s and early 90s. Hugely exciting at the time, bleep techno still exerts a great influence over the UK clubsphere, with labels like Central Processing Unit and FireScope still flying the flag for the scene.

This compilation returns to bleep’s roots, offering up crucial tracks from the sound’s heyday along with rare cuts and new material. Tracks have been selected by Matt Anniss, writer of the book Join The Future: Bleep Techno And The Birth Of British Bass Music that is being released in tandem with this compilation. Some of the names here are instantly recognisable - Nightmares on Wax for instance, who got his start in bleep & bass, or Cabaret Voltaire, the Legendary Sheffield industrial group who enthusiastically threw themselves into bleep as labels such as Warp grew the sound in the Steel City.

The other names are no less crucial in the bleep & bass story - Ital Rockers, who contributes the subby ‘Dreams’, would later become well-known for his work in Iration Steppas, while Leeds duo and BASSIC records founders DJ Martin and DJ Homes turn in a trippy flip of Man Machine’s ‘Animal’. Most excitingly of all, Join The Future - UK Bleep & Bass 1988-91 treats us to a couple of previously-unheard gems. Ravers may have been pulling shapes to Alfanso’s ‘Dub Feels Nice’ for decades now, but its inclusion here represents the track’s first official release. The compilation also closes out with a hitherto-unreleased instrumental mix of Tuff Little Unit’s 1991 Warp joint ‘Join The Future’. Mastered for release by Warp Records co-founder and Forgemasters member Rob Gordon, a producer, remixer and studio engineer who arguably did more than anyone else to define the sub-heavy sound of the style.

Gordon also contributed a previously unheard version of Alfanso’s “Dub Feels Nice”, a near mythical track he produced in 1991 that has never received a proper commercial release. The cut has been a secret weapon for a handful of Sheffield DJs for almost 30 years, most notably Gordon’s fellow Forgemasters member Winston Hazel.

Matt Aniss and JD Twitch come together for Join The Future - UK Bleep & Bass 1988-91, a vital chronicle of the UK’s vibrant ‘bleep & bass’ club sound.


Matt Anniss - Join The Future: Bleep Techno & the Birth of British Bass Music
A mixture of social, cultural, musical and oral history, Join The Future reveals the untold stories of bleep’s Yorkshire pioneers and those that came in their wake, moving from electro all-dayers and dub soundsystem clashes of the mid-1980s to the birth of hardcore and jungle in London and the South East. Along the way, you’ll find first-hand accounts of key clubs and raves, biographies of forgotten and overlooked production pioneers, stories of bleep outposts in Canada and the United States, and the inside story of the early years of one of electronic music’s most iconic labels, Warp Records.

Includes quotes drawn from hundreds of interviews with DJs, dancers, producers and record label owners, including Cabaret Voltaire, Nightmares On Wax, LFO, Altern8, 808 State, Fabio & Grooverider, 4 Hero and many more.

Matt Anniss is a journalist and author specializing in electronic music, DJing and club culture. He began his career on internet magazines in the late 1990s before joining the staff of IDJ Magazine as Music Editor in 2000, later becoming Editor. Since leaving the magazine in 2008, he’s become a regular contributor toResident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy Daily and DJ Magazine, specializing in historical aspects of dance music culture.

“This was a vital creative era in British electronic music that deserved deeper exploration, so Matt Anniss’ history of ‘bleep and bass’, which sets the sound in the socio-political environment of its time, is a significant addition to the literature of dance culture.” Matthew Collin, author of ‘Altered State’ and ‘Rave On’.

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