The first release on Optimo Music founder JD Twitch’s new compilation-focused label Cease and Desist is a collection of pioneering turn-of-the-90s British Bleep and Bass techno tracks curated by author and music journalist Matt Anniss.
Join The Future: UK Bleep and Bass 1988-91 is a partner product to Anniss’s critically acclaimed book on the foundations of British dance music’s ongoing love affair with sub-bass, Join The Future: Bleep Techno and the Birth of British Bass Music. The book, which was published by Velocity Press in December and features a foreword by JD Twitch, documents in vivid detail the previously untold story of the Yorkshire-pioneered style and the impact it had on the development of UK dance music.
The compilation is the first to focus on Bleep and Bass since the sound’s heyday in the late 1980s and early ’90s. It features a mix of historic cuts, period classics, overlooked gems and unreleased material. It was 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.
A1. Unique 3 and The Mad Musician - Only The Beginning
A2. Original Clique - Come To Papa
B1. Demonik - Labyrinthe
B2. Nexus 21 - Self Hypnosis (Mr Whippy Remix)
C1. Cabaret Voltaire - Easy Life (Jive Turkey Mix)
C2. Alfanso - Dub Feels Nice (Version 4)
C3. Ital Rockers - Dreams
D1. Man Machine - Animal (DJ Martin & DJ Holmes Primordial Jungle Mix)
D2. Nightmares On Wax - 21st Kong
D3. Tuff Little Unit - Join The Future (Original Instrumental Mix)