Our very own Matt Anniss explores the techno sound of northern England, while much-missed D&B mag Knowledge gets a 25th anniversary tribute
December will see the official launch of a new book publishers called Velocity Press. Helmed by former Knowledge magazine editor/publisher Colin Steven, Velocity will concentrate on music titles, with two books already lined up for the launch.
Firstly, there's Join The Future. Subtitled Bleep Techno And The Birth Of British Bass Music, the book is penned by iDJ's very own Matt Anniss, who's spent the past five years digging deep into the history of bleep techno, the sound that rocked warehouses in Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield in the late 80s, and gave birth to the mighty Warp Records.
Already well aware – being a Sheffield native himself – of the importance of bleep in shaping the sound of UK dance music, Matt's been busy interviewing everyone and anyone connected to the scene since first writing about the subject for a Resident Advisor article in 2014, and is now ready to bring you what will undoubtedly be the definitive book on this important but oft-overlooked period in electronic music history.
The other book in Velocity's starting line-up is a more personal project for Steven, as Knowledge magazine gets reincarnated for a special one-off 25th Anniversary edition in the form of a 10x10-inch hardback book with a cloth cover and 150 full-colour pages. The book will retail for £25, and inside you'll find new long-form interviews with some of the leading lights of the jungle/D&B scene from past to present, as well as classic Knowledge interviews and articles from days gone by.