This week the Space Cowboys are pleased to welcome, Bertie Dastard (a.k.a. Mike Perks), the editor and chief of Free Breaks Blog, a fellow-Breakspoll finalist this year in the 'Best Website/Blog' category. Mike is one of the good Samaritans in the world of breakbeat and he has been a huge supporter of The RIPEcast over the years. He launched his blog, which is a veritable gold mine of free tracks and DJ mixes, in 2010 (the same time The RIPEcast came into existence). If you're a breakbeat fan, bookmark Free Breaks Blog and check the site regularly. You can also follow FBB on Facebook. Finally, congrats to Mike for recently becoming a new dad!
"The mix is a combination of the best free breaks tracks that have been featured on the site over the years or are exclusive forthcoming material. I really could have made a thousand different mixes with the amount of quality tracks on offer but wanted to try and showcase the producers and sounds that are really pushing breaks worldwide right now. Deekline, Stanton Warriors, Krafty Kuts, Future Funk Squad, Mafia Kiss, Jurassik and Se7en Deadly Breaks are all at the forefront of the UK breakbeat scene and it shows with the amount of amazing music and parties they are involved with. We have been lucky to work with most of this artists in the past and have another exclusive from Se7en Deadly Breaks coming very soon which is featured in the mix. Marten Hørger and Lunathics cover the European side of breakbeat in the mix with the usually high standard of edits and remixes they are known for. From the USA I have selected the king of breakbeat re-edits REL1 who has provided us with 9 exclusives for the blog launch including the wicked breakbeat /trap edit featured in this mix. Also we have legendary breaker DJ Icey and long time blog supporter Sychosis with two more killer tracks. The Austrailian breaks scene is alive and kicking and Philly Blunt and Micah Black provide the material to prove it with two reworks that are pure dancefloor fire." - Bertie Dastard
Bertie Dastard is the editor in chief of the biggest and best breakbeat blog on the internet, www.freebreaksblog.com. In its three year existence they have gone from a passionate "fan site", to being internationally recognised as the leading blog for all things breakbeat related and nominated in the worldwide, 2013 Breakspoll awards for best website. They regularly run exclusive features and competitions from the best artists in the scene including Stanton Warriors, Krafty Kuts, Sub Slayers, Aquasky, ILS, Fort Knox Five, Mafia Kiss, D-Funk, Hexadecimal, Unstable Label, Ground Level Records, REL1, Toronto Is Broken, Jinx In Dub and many more whilst always supporting the up and coming artists and "bedroom producers". In the words of Bertie himself "We aim to be the number one site for all things breaks, beats, glitch, funk and bass related."
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