Episode 3: Sleep and Rave Culture

We’re all familiar with the idea that we should be getting an average of 8 hours of sleep a night. But we are not all as familiar as to why. And for some of us, the value we place on a good night sleep is trumped by the value we place on the underground music scenes that have thrived on staying up all night, nourishing us in a different way.

This month on Sound Science, we explore the science of sleep and pay tribute to rich underground night time music scenes past and new, asking whether we can enjoy dancing the night away, while maintaining good sleep health.



Adam Cooper


Aka Adam Cooper is a multi-disciplinary creative best known as a DJ, designer, and event producer. He has a monthly show on NTS Radio and is responsible for blessing LA with some of the best events it’s ever seen, including Junkyard Jouvert, Midnight (Made in L.A. afterparty) and RAIL UP. Find out more here.

Dr Russell Foster

Dr Russel Foster

Dr Russel Foster is Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and The Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at Oxford University. His research interests span both visual and circadian neurobiology with the main focus on the mechanisms whereby light regulates vertebrate circadian rhythms.


Track listing

Master C & J – Face It

Janet Jackson – Go Deep

Little Willie John – Sleep

Darkstar – Since There’s Only You

A Tribe Called Quest – Melatonin

Woo - A Little Long Way

Darkstar and Zomby – Quandry

Greg Henderson – Dreaming

Flying Lotus – Lullaby

Theo Parrish’s Space Cadet Mix

Skye - Ain’t No Need

Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It

The Coach House  Rhythm section – Time warp

Clips from the documentary Maestro, directed by Josell Ramos

Risco Connection – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

Aleem – Release Yourself

Celestral Choir – Stand On the Word (Larry Levan Mix)

Black Boy – Fire

Zebra Katz – Hello Hi

Foreigner – Y-3 F/W collection launch mix

Bigred Ft Melo & KC & Scout - No Behavior

Shango - Lord Nelson

High Mas - David Rudder

Listen to the episode playlist on Spotify

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