I picked up Aux 88's great Bass Magnetic the day of this
show. It sounds like a significant missing link, a connection between
Detroit electro and Miami Bass. Released in 1994 and re-released in
2017, I only just noticed it's been available on Beatport since last
year. It's amazing. A proper classic. Go get it, or at least go listen
There are a couple of cute mixes in this hour that were done to
illustrate sample sources. The first is the Just Give The DJ A Break
to Technoid mix. Technoid either samples or covers the bassline
of that Dynamix II track, and the two sound pretty good together.
The second is of course Hydraulix's mix of Clarity to Clear
by Cybotron. It's a pretty obvious link, and works OK (though Clarity
is running at -8% to make it happen). After that I couldn't resist fading
the Old School Players cover of Clear into the original, even though
it's a trick I've used before.
The last thing I'd like to mention is the new(ish) Eggfooyoung track
Bass 2 Large. It was originally released as part of a promotional
compilation called Magic City, and has been recently re-released
on MonoTrax Volume 1 by Monotone Music. It sounds to me like
a combination of the Michna albums and Breakdance & Motivate.
It's super good, so go buy it from Monotone or download it at the
soundcloud link above.
This mix is pretty loose, but overall OK. I've been waiting to do the
Clarity-Clear thing for a while, and am glad to have gotten to it now.
More Detroit electro, Florida electro, and Miami Bass next week.
This hour's selection is odd. A combination of Detroit electro and Miami
Bass (and more modern Florida electro). More Florida than Detroit -
Aux 88, Electric Street Orchestra, Model 500,
and Underground Resistance represent the latter. Expect a similar
approach for the remaining shows this month. (I'll probably get into some
UK electrobass as well, but not for a week or so.)
Everything here is good. These are all hits, as far as I'm concerned.
The Natives, Dope Fiend, the Techmaster P.E.B. track,
and the Bass Master A.C.E track are the only somewhat obscure
pieces. The Natives is the same record as Reconstruct (the A-side),
which I played a few months ago. Dope Fiend is the slower
version of the classic Musik Is The Drug. And the Techmaster
and Bass Master tunes are both proper car audio bass, music for flexing
The bass will flow again next week, though at a higher tempo. Apologies
for the late tracklist (It says 2019-08-02 as the post date, but this is
in reality being published four days later than that). Thanks as always
to everyone out there listening.
This is possibly the tenth year in a row that I've played bass music in August
at Ground Kontrol. It started as "Detroit versus Miami", when
DJ Popcorn (representing Detroit) asked me to play play electro & bass
music (to represent Miami). A few years after that DJ Megaphysics
stepped in and we've run it as a Miami Bass night since. There's some
uncertainty regarding exactly when this all started; regardless, it's been a
This set has a few bits of MTT075 and MTT027 in it, but was
otherwise improvised. Was a fine set, lots of Bass 305, lots of Aux 88 (kind
of a return to Detroit vs. Miami). The Cosmic Bridge pieces at the end
were just to play around, hear those songs on a big system.
Megaphysics played a great set of late '80s / early '90s bass, hip-hop, and
electro at the beginning of the night, 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM. Come to think of
it, it was a good night all around.
A close look will reveal that this isn't exclusively artists from Florida. Both
Dynamik Bass System and Supreme.ja are German. My excuse is: the
tracks by them featured in this mix were all released on Florida labels
(Monotone and BFP). Not to take away from either artist, those
tracks are excellent.
I feel that this mix is OK, but very close to being great. Swap out a track or
two, add a track or two, mix a few slightly faster and it'd be much improved.
Most of these are tracks I don't regularly play; I'm glad I gave them a shot
August is bass month, and here's our first installment. Similar to
MTT023 this is mostly miami bass & car audio stuff between 120 and
130 beats per minute, though I do sidestep into more recognizable pop music
with Salt-N-Pepa and Quad City DJ's. Where Miami Bass surfaces
and joins '90s mainstream pop, I suppose. Quad City DJ's are really good
at what they do...
Iceman Ja's Dance Transformers stands out among the traditional
miami bass - the pad, the little (FM?) synth melody, the rap, the scratches,
it's exceptional. Amazingly Iceman Ja just put out a new album called
The Transformer a couple of months ago. It's available at
On-Fire Electronic Records, Iceman's label. It sounds pretty dang
good, too; might have to pick it up to play later this month.
I'm happy with this one, despite a few obvious flubs. I danced around like
a fool, missed a few cues, didn't quite match tempo a few times. It's all