“I just went nuts, running around in the tent singing at the top of my voice. I was like a kid possessed. Rarely do you get the chance to let loose with a killer system, so I took full advantage!” – Jane Fitz
In a secret spot just an hour from London, Field Maneuvers have been seeing out British summers with a small but perfectly formed festival since 2013. Built on the ethos of free parties and community vibrations, a consistent part of their programming is the residents aspect, which welcomes returning guests year on year to form the backbone of their diverse yet consistent programming. This year, the residents lineup is their biggest yet and includes Ryan Elliott, Ben Sims, Jane Fits, Mark Archer, Jade Seatle, Auntie Flo, Mark E Brackles and Elgato. To celebrate these FM regulars, we’ve spoken to them about their favourite musical moments from previous editions.
Ryan Elliott: DJ Qu – ‘Runwitit’
For me, DJ Qu on Underground Quality has provided memorable moments at Field Maneuvers both this past summer, and also the summer of 2014. It’s steady freight train rhythm build until the machine gun cymbals and spooky melody finally release the crowd into a frenzy. Both years this song has been one of the cornerstones of my FM sets.
Ben Sims (reggae set): DEB Players – ‘Shaka The Warrior’
A Jah Shaka exclusive and anthem for many years until finally being released in the late 90s, this one-time dubplate-only version of Dennis Browns ‘Slave Driver’ dub is a more percussive version of the original and deinitely up there with my favourite roots cuts. It was an absolute pleasure to drop it in my first ever public reggae set at Field Maneuvers 2015. I had so much fun spinning classic 45s and dub plates whilst getting carried away with the space echo and dub siren! I’m already thinking about what cuts from the vaults to drop this year and it’s only feb ffs!
Ben Sims (techno set): Randomer – ‘Stupid Things I Do (New Shool Mix)’
This is the only track that made it into both my 2014 and 2015 FM sets. Tough and fierce but essentially a fun party track and wicked DJ tool that has a ravey edge and doesn’t take itself too seriously (so perfect for FM!). It goes off big time and works with both the new generation and older heads (which again, is perfect for FM). These days I make a point of refreshing my set and avoid carrying the same material for too long but this winner from Randomer always seems to avoid the cull. I’ll try hard not to play it this year…..no promises tho 😉
Jane Fitz: Sharon Redd – ‘Never Give You Up’
This track reminds me of the first year we hosted the Field Moves tent. It was Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining, and our friend Timma was playing back to back with Miss Soxee. And then Timma dropped Sharon Redd’s ‘Never Give You Up’, one of my all-time favourite boogie tracks that I hadn’t heard out loud in about 20 years. I couldn’t help myself, i just went nuts, running around in the tent singing at the top of my voice. I was like a kid possessed. Rarely do you get the chance to properly let loose in loads of space in front of a killer system, so I took full advantage of the moment. Thanks Tim!
Mark Archer: Newcleus – ‘Jam on It’
Last year I played an 80’s electro set (dressed in head-to-toe Adidas, dookie chain and gold Gazelles – [additional edit from FM directors]) so I included some ultimate classics from the era and this is right up there with the best. It actually started a dance-off and some fresh body-popping moves were thrown down!
Jade Seatle: Myron – ‘We Can Get Down (Groove Chronicles Remix)’
Field Maneuvers 2014 was the first year the guys asked Jane and I to programme the Field Moves tent. I programmed myself in to play Sunday 8pm-10pm, the last set in our tent. I figured (hoped) some uplifting UK Garage would go down well at this late stage in the game, as well as providing some nostalgic indulgence. I think this was the last or penultimate track I played. That sub bass bit that comes in every few bars can rattle your chest on a good system and it did in that tent.
Definitely one of the best UKG producers around at that time, mostly every track they produced was a winner: soulful, dancy, and nicely arranged.
Mark E: 3 Chairs – ‘All Over’
This was a particularly memorable and fine moment from the main stage at FM 2015, dropping this before Marcellus Pittman played. It always works, this one! So much so I had to take a vid, soz!
Auntie Flo: Boney M – ‘Sunny’
This was last song of my set last year and felt fitting as I was originally meant to be indoors in the main tent, but due to the amazing Sunday sunshine they moved it to the outside stage. A wise decision! I play this at our annual Sun Ritual and have great memories of folk dancing in the sunshine to this at FM.
Brackles: Ray Hurley – ‘Just Yourself’
It was great to see this one go off as it’s not a well-known garage track, but the crowd were still really into it. I can just remember loads of smiling faces when the second drop came in.