The landscape of UK dance music culture is ever-shifting, but when many were jumping ship for greener pastures around 2012/2013, Brackles was one of the few to remain steadfast in his commitment to championing soundsystem culture. A bass chameleon, he has released on labels as disparate as innovating British imprint Planet Mu and Rinse FM’s in-house label, Rinse Recordings. Funky, dubstep, UK garage, jungle; you name it, he’s probably played or produced it – one of the more recent Brackles releases delivered broken, bass-heavy techno in the tradition of Hessle Audio and Hemlock. Last year’s special Field Maneuvers mix for Thump came packed full of funky and afrobeats, and ahead of reprising his role as one of the festival’s residents, the Londoner demonstrates his versatility further here.
Field Maneuvers takes place in a secret location from 31st August–2nd September – find out more and book tickets here.
The first track that springs to mind when you think ‘dirty little rave’?
This track just keeps going and puts me in a complete trance. I’d love to hear it in the middle of a Field Maneuvers set.
The record that defines your formative raving years?
A guilty pleasure. When I was 15 I didn’t think, music could get better than this.
The record that never leaves your bag?
I’m still trying to figure this record out – it’s totally weird and just loving seeing what it does to a crowd.
The last record you bought?
I bought this album for the two tracks which Andy Bey vocalled. I’m a big fan of his Experience and Judgement album and try to pick up anything with him on.
The record you’ve been playing that begs for a rewind?
I love anything by Alias. Their tracks are too hard, so you have to pull them up to calm everyone down. Plus, they’re quick intros, so you don’t lose too much energy.
Go-to record to save a dancefloor?
I bought this one when I was 16 and it always works. My copy is pretty worn after all these years, so I try not to play it too much now.
Best/most annoying request you’ve received from a punter?
Most annoying request was FWD at Plastic People. Someone came up, gave me a CD and asked me to start my set with it. I’d never even heard the track!
You’re booked to close a large festival stage to a crowd of 5000. What do you finish on?
I’ve never heard this one a huge rig. It’s such an emotive track and seems like a fitting track for the night being over.
Same question, but to a crowd of 250.
It starts quite blissed out with the Nina Simone vocals, then heads into a tear out. The perfect track for an intimate crowd!