This Sunday (11th April 2021) sees Join The Future return to the airwaves for the start of a bi-monthly residency on Noods Radio. Like the extended takeover of the station we did last month, our bi-monthly shows will feature a mixture of audio documentary style narrative storytelling with DJ mixes, interviews old and new, and comment and analysis. As the series progresses, we hope to widen its scope, discussing different types of music old and new and telling different stories.

This Sunday’s episode is a “Leeds Special”. It tells the story of Bleep & Bass in Leeds and some of those who laid the foundations of the style within the inner-city neighbourhoods of Hyde Park, Harehills and, most significantly, Chapeltown. Hosted by yours truly (Matt Anniss), it is effectively a two-hour documentary featuring clips of interviews with Mark Millington (Ital Rockers/Iration Steppas), Homer Harriott (AKA DJ Homes) and Martin Williams (AKA DJ Martin – LFO, BASSIC Records), plus an extended excerpt of a rare recording of original Nightmares on Wax member Kevin ‘Boy Wonder’ Harper playing at Sonny’s Blues, Chapeltown, in September 1990.

There’s also a chance to hear one of Ital Rockers’ early, unreleased dubplates – a 1987 cover version of Hercules’ ‘Seven Ways to Jack’. Titled ‘Seven Ways to Kill Unique 3’, it was created by Homer Harriott and Mark Millington especially for the now legendary Ital Rockers v Unique 3 sound-clash that took place in Bradford in the autumn of ’87.

The show also features a well of original Bleep & Bass cuts made in Leeds, including tracks by LFO, Nightmares on Wax, Juno, Ability II and more.

Join The Future: Leeds Special will be broadcast on Noods Radio on Sunday 11th April 2021 at 8pm BST. It will be available to listen to on demand from Monday 12th April via the Noods website and Mixcloud channel. You can find all five episodes of March’s Join The Future takeover here, and on our audio page.

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