The first release I'd like to highlight is Autobot-1000 &
DJ Di'jital's Bass Programmer EP, first released on
Twilight 76 in 2002, and available now from Di'jital's bandcamp
page. I picked this up recently and it's terrific. Bass Programmer is
a legit technobass anthem; the original mix, played here, is smooth,
where Di'jital's mix is rougher and tougher. The other two tracks both
sound Kraftwerk-y to me, and are very strong. (Atomic
belongs on Radioactivity, Input/Output belongs on Computer World).
This is a really great EP, so go check it out.
All of these tracks are good, of course, but I've delayed writing this
long enough and feel the need to stop here. I'll be back next week at
the same time and place with ~70 BPM bass music, mostly dubstep. It
feels right to halve the tempo to close out the month.
This is one of my favorite records. I have a hard time thinking of
an electro EP of the 2000s that I like more. I got into the style
around the turn of the millennium by digging through used bins;
this was one of the first new records I picked up that I really
I don't have too much to say about the three ambient pieces here.
The crunchy, menacing, noisy Lake Oceola is my favorite. They're a
nice addition to the EP.
The beat-driven tracks are where the action is. All four are carried
by a combination of bass, snappy drums, and sound FX
(zaps, wind chimes, scratching, distant vocals, other playful bits).
There's a noticeable lack of obvious melody or chord progression in
the first three. The fourth, Bass Bin, has a nice synth pad that
smooths it out.
I end up mostly paying attention to the drum program, to the changes
in beat and texture.
It's a similar listening experience to a particularly spare electro
instrumental mix, the kind you'd find on the B-side of a 12" single.
Music for boomboxes, for dancing with brooms.
The Breakdance And Motivate EP is available as a
digital download over at Touchin' Bass's bandcamp page, so go
check it out. Like the State Logik & Jacob record
I wrote about last month this EP was in my bag for most summer shows
at Ground Kontrol, making it another arcade classic.
Tough loud electro and electro bass up around 135 BPM. Most of it from
Florida. I might be working out some aggression here. Features tracks
by Dynamix II, Code Rising, Ohverclock, Phonotronix, a few DJ Wreck
(AKA Salim Rafiq AKA Gucci Bass) remixes, and more.
Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download
the mix. This mix is also available at mixcloud.
I feel like there's a whole modern electrobass scene here, one that
isn't talked about much on the outlets and discussion forums I follow.
I've got a bunch of this style from the 2000s period -
Debonaire Records, Exceleration, Frajile,
Monotone. Then 2008-2015 gave us Bass Frequency Productions,
Black Magic US, and CHP Recordings (that I'm aware of).
I'm not sure what's going on right now; I know Monotone and
Frajile Recordings are active, but that's it. I'm excited
to see where the Florida electrobass sound goes this decade.
I'm hoping for a return to a more minimal, spare, synth-y sound,
more like the early 2000s.
And now I've talked too much. I love playing this stuff but it only
ever feels appropriate in the summer months, August in particular.
I had a track cued up to play after Pledge Your Allegiance but
the timing didn't quite work with the vocal outro, unfortunately.
I'll be back next week, same time and place, with something faster.
Most of these are tracks played before on this radio show, and tracks
I've been playing for years in general. Longtime favorites of mine.
These selections aren't all strictly from Florida, so this is more of
a mood, a bass attitude.
I do want to draw attention to one record, though, and that's
Miami Bass Classics 5 on Wicked Mix, where the special mixes
of tracks 18 and 20 come from. It's a remix service record that I
picked up at Platinum Records some time in the early 2000s.
As it says on the label: "DJ USE ONLY, NOT FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY OR
COMMERCIAL USE". The mixes all work to make the tracks sound much
more west-coast to me, breaks and electro by way of California. (Even
the Unknown DJ track sounds somehow more west-coast). I like
it; I like these versions more now than when I first bought
I'll be back next week with more bass and some of my favorite 2000s Florida
electro records. Faster and tougher than the music in this hour. Will
try to be less lethargic on the mic, and will also try to leave myself
enough time to read the tracklist in full.
The usual time and place, live on aNONradio Thursday night PDT (Friday
I featured Legowelt near the beginning of the show again this week,
with a track from his new album Pancakes With Mist. The release
of Pancakes somehow slipped by me, or I'd have played
Shadows In The Street Life weeks ago. It's very good (I like
it anyway) and currently listed as name-your-price, so go check it out.
The Duran Duran remix at the end of this hour is of course from
MASK 500. The copy I have, the copy that's played here, is the
2009 bootleg. I've both played and written about it before,
and I'm sure I will again. Might be worth writing up a post dedicated
I didn't leave myself enough time to read the tracklist out loud at
the end of this show, unfortunately. Sorry to the folks who got left
out. I don't have too much more to say about this one; it was fine.
The last 20 minutes are particularly good, I think.
Thanks to everybody out there listening. I'll be back next week
to continue my tradition of playing bass music in August, so
prepare yourself for at least two weeks of Miami Bass.
A note on the discogs page for this 12" states that the A-side
track titles are the reverse of what the center label says. That
makes some sense, A1 sounds more like an "electro boogie" than A2
does. The tracklist above reflects that note.
The State Logik tracks are the reason I picked up this record. Both
are warm, smooth, minimalist electro jams. Sampled drums, a snare
that snaps, a bass synth, pads, short vocoded lyrics, sound FX.
These aren't the flashiest songs, I can see how a listener could
find them underwhelming, but they're easy to mix and I love 'em to bits.
I've played both of these tracks on the radio before, so you can
hear a few minutes of All You Need in MTT177 and a few
minutes of Electro Boogie in MTT015.
The B-side is more complicated. It's dirtier, harder, more distorted.
Scene 1 is a Tusken Raiders Sexy Sandpeople style jam, tough
drum machine beats.
Scene 2 seems to be in 3/4 (6/8?) and has a jazzy sound to it with
its drum samples and nice swirling pad.
Scene 3 is a chunky swamp beat, one for the bog creatures.
I can't work out the meter of Scene 4, one part is maybe running in
4/4 and the rest is doing something else. In any case it's another
strong breakbeat sketch, like the rest of these Scenes. Scene 3
can be heard back in MTT074; I have yet to play the
others for any recorded mixes.
There's a chunk of Narcotix Inc available at beatport
and at junodownload, but I couldn't find this release.
Which is a shame, as the price for a used copy over at discogs
looks a bit unreasonable right now. So my recommendation is, if
you're ever out digging and spot this for a few bucks, pick it up.