Here you’ll find links to essential audio documents related to the Join The Future project, as well as others exploring similar sonic territory or in some way touching on the story told in Join The Future: Bleep Techno and the Birth of British Bass Music. Scroll further down the page for links to DJ mixes and talks/discussions.
Join The Future on Noods Radio
Join The Future has been a fixture on Noods Radio since the spring of 2021. After broadcasting a six-hour “takeover” on a Sunday afternoon in 2020, we were given a bi-monthly residency in spring of 2021 onwards. From series two (2022) onwards, the show has been broadcast monthly. Each show has a specific focus or theme, with audio documentaries, extended interviews and label showcases a speciality. Below you’ll find a list of shows (plus the takeover), arranged by newest to oldest. Click on the links to be taken to a post about each show with embedded ‘listen back’ links and more info. Click on a series link header to access a playlist of shows from that season on Soundcloud.
Series 3 (2023)
Episode 3: Break The Limits – Early Breakbeat Hardcore Revisited (originally transmitted 26th April 2023)
Episode 2: A Certain Ratio – Martin Moscrop in conversation (originally transmitted 22nd March 2023)
Episode 1: Mark Archer and Neil Rushton in conversation – recorded live at Cafe Artum, Birmingham, February 4th 2023 (originally transmitted 22nd February 2023)
Series 2 (2022, 10 x 1-hour episodes)
Episode 10: Aftermath – The Persistence of Myths and Misleading Narratives in Dance Music History (and What We Can Do About Them) (originally transmitted 25th November 2022)
Episode 9: Kerri Chandler in conversation (originally transmitted September 29th 2022)
Episode 8: Out of Space – UK rave culture past, present and future with Jim Ottewill (originally transmitted 24th August 2022)
Episode 7: French Connections with Martin James in conversation (originally transmitted 24th July 2022)
Episode 6: Ron Trent in Conversation (originally transmitted June 22nd 2022)
Episode 5: The Story of DiY Soundsystem with Harry Harrison (originally transmitted May 25th 2022)
Episode 4: ‘Serious Dances, Serious Dancers’ with Winston Hazel – recorded live at We Out Here 2021 (originally transmitted April 27th 2022)
Episode 3: A History of Bassline – Part 2: 2005-2022 (originally transmitted March 23rd 2022)
Episode 2: A History of Bassline – Part 1: 1996-2004 (originally transmitted February 23rd 2022)
Episode 1: Jordan GCZ in Conversation (originally transmitted January 25th 2022)
Series 1 (2021, 4 x 2-hour episodes)
December 2021 (Round-up of the year + selections from the Network Records catalogue)
October 2021 (Words & Music panel discussion; music books round-up; Richard H Kirk tribute)
June 2021: Versatile Records Special (celebrating 25 years of the label with founder Gilb’r, plus bonus web-only episode featuring a deeper dive into the label catalogue)
April 2021: Leeds Special (the story of Bleep in Leeds, featuring DJ Martin, Mark Iration, Homer Harriott and many more)
Join The Future – Noods Radio Takeover
A six-hour special, first broadcast on Noods Radio on Sunday 7th March 2020 and repeated on NYD 2022. Loosely based on Join The Future: Bleep Techno and the Birth of British Bass Music, the takeover’s five episodes (3 x 60 mins, 2 x 90 mins) discuss the roots, origins, development and legacy of Bleep & Bass, and how the style fits into the UK bass continuum, via a mixture of scripted history/analysis, new interviews with artists including Peter Duggal (Demonik/Doggy) and Haider (Breaker Breaker), and DJ mixes from JD Twitch, Titia, West Norwood Cassette Library, CP Smith and Porter Brook. All five episodes are available to stream via our story dedicated to the event.
Other Radio Shows & Podcasts
Threads Radio: Velocity Press Takeover
On November 20, 2020, Velocity Press, publisher of Join The Future: Bleep Techno and the Birth of British Bass Music, hosted a takeover of London-based, community-focussed radio station Threads. Authors of four different books were asked to record their own shows, focusing on the music and stories told in their titles. You can listen to Matt Anniss’ Join The Future show, via the Threads Mixcloud channel.
Dare To Believe: Join The Future Special
On 12th December 2019, just a few weeks after the book was published, Matt Anniss guested on the Dare To Believe show on Noods Radio. He joined host Nicko Smith in the Noods studio for a chat before mixing up some vintage Bleep cuts, unreleased tracks and his own fresh re-edits. Listen via Mixcloud.
Vibes From The TR13E: Join The Future Bleep & Bass Special
In September 2019 Matt Anniss dedicated an edition oft the Vibes From The TR13E show he hosts (and sometimes co-hosts) to Bleep & Bass. The show is a non-stop two-hour mix telling the story of Bleep from start to finish, overlaid with samples from interviews conducted during the book research process, and occasional mic chat from Matt. You can listen to it via the Noods Radio Mixcloud account.
Bleep Mix #257: Matt Anniss
The Join The Future founder got in the mix to promote the 2023 expanded and updated edition of the book, joining the dots between bleep tracks old and new, early breakbeat hardcore, and other sub-heavy tracks made between the 90s and 2022. Listen via Soundcloud.
Join The Future: Mix 01
In the summer of 2018 Matt Anniss announced the Join The Future project with a mix that was later named one of FACT magazine’s September 2018 mixes of the month. It features mostly lesser-celebrated bleep and bass cuts, plus a swathe of his own special ‘Join The Future’ re-edits. You can find it on both Mixcloud and Soundcloud.
Join The Future: Mix 02
Originally recorded as an hour-long mix for George-Oscar Winstanley’s morning show on Bristol-based online station 1020 Radio, this sequel to the above mix contains both classic Bleep tracks and more recent tracks that share similar sonic traits. Like its’ predecessor, Join The Future: Mix 02 includes a number of Matt’s unreleased re-edits of Bleep cuts. Listen to it via Mixcloud
Talks & Discussions
Matt Anniss in conversation with Colin Steven
This podcast is a recording of the London launch of Join The Future, which took place at Rye Wax in Peckham back in November 2019. In it Anniss answers questions about the book and the story told in it, before playing clips of key bleep tunes and then answering queries from the audience. It’s available to stream on the Velocity Press Mixcloud page.
Storm From The East: The Roots and Rise of Rave Culture in East Anglia
Matt Anniss’s 2019 contribution to the Assembly House Trust in Norwich’s excellent Of & By Series of online talks, workshops and panel discussions. Hosted by Jonathan P. Watts, it features Matt chronicling the roots and rise of acid house and rave in East Anglia, with a particular focus on Norfolk and Suffolk, plus his theory on the key ingredients needed for dance music scenes to develop. Watch via the Assembly Online channel on YouTube.