Featurecast Jumps Aboard The Boat Party

With just under a month to go ’til the annual Elite Force Boat Party sets sail, the mystery special guest has now been announced!

Mash-up maestro Featurecast will be warming up the main room on the boat, spinning his unique blend of funky beats, bass and party anthems that’s sure to keep the boat rocking for the duration of our journey down the Thames.

To give you a flavour of what to expect, here’s a recent promo mix from the man himself, rammed to the gills with Featurecast‘s own inimitable mash-ups and edits…

Tickets for the Elite Force Boat Party are still available but they’re selling fast! Get your tickets HERE!

That’s it for now. We hope you enjoy the funk!

The Bass[sic] team

Big Ups Party Peeps!

Hi gang. We’d just like to give a massive big ups to all of you who came down to Bells Of Shoreditch on Friday night to party with us, we hope you enjoyed it. Also special big ups to our excellent guest DJs Evil Nine, Purge and Jung who absolutely smashed it.

We’d also like to give a special thanks to our very talented VJs Psychomonkey and Mr Faff for providing quality visuals once again and to the lovely Candice and Angela for once again helping out on the door. We really appreciate all your hard work lads and ladies. And of course big ups to the venue for having us.

Finally, we’ve updated our photo gallery with pics from the night – you can check out the party gallery directly HERE. Special thanks to James Evans of Entoptika for taking the pics and letting us use them on our site.

Alrighty, that’s about it for now. Don’t forget you can next catch the Bass[sic] crew on board the Elite Force Boat Party on Saturday 13th July. Tickets are still available but they’re selling fast so you’d best get onto it pronto! Get your tickets HERE!

Cheers!

The Bass[sic] team

All Set For The Bass[sic] All-Nighter?

Party time!

Ok gang, are you all set for the big party this Friday night? We’re getting very excited!

In case you’ve missed the news, Bass[sic] is returning to Bells Of Shoreditch, East London, this Friday 14th June for a massive bass music all nighter, with extra special guest DJs Evil Nine making an all-too rare London appearance, supported by hot new talents Purge and Jung and the ever-reliable resident DJs – Hubie, Rejectbeats and Big Nick D –  giving you a whopping eight hours of bass music bliss!

The party kicks off at 10pm and it’s only £5 on the door (£8 after midnight), so at those cheap prices you’d better make sure you get down nice and early to reserve your spot on the dancefloor. It’s gonna be smashing!

All the event info can be found HERE!

You can also check out the party info on Facebook!

Free Music & Fun Stuff!

As ever with Bass[sic], we like to go that extra mile and offer you some tasty music, podcasts and other free stuff to keep you in the party spirit! Here’s what we have for you this time round…

First up, to give you a flavour of what to expect from our headline DJs Evil Nine, we’ve got a cracking new podcast from the fiendish ones recorded for Frenchkulture crew MaisonHate. This mixset is chock full of dark, bassy grooves and late night filth. Check it out here…

We also have a FREE track from the Evils, a brand new attempt at re-creating their classic breaks sound. We love it and we’re sure you will too! You can grab it completely gratis right here…

Next up, we have a garagey-housey-bass-fest from another of our guest DJs, Purge. This is his latest promo mix and it’s a belter! Check it out here…

Of course we also have the official warm up for the party, The Bass[sic] Session, provided by resident DJ Hubie on his Hubie Sounds show on NSB Radio. This time around Hubie was joined in the studio by fellow-Bass[sic] team-member Big Nick D who laid down a set of his typically excellent tech-housey business. You can check out the show right HERE!

And finally… don’t forget to check out our Mixcloud where you can find loads of exclusive mixes and live sets to stream and download, of course all for free.

Right, that’s yer lot! We hope we see you down the front at Bells Of Shoreditch this Friday night! Make sure you come and say hello!

Cheers!

The Bass[sic] team

 

 

Hubie’s Fearsome Five!

Here’s a new feature on the site dedicated to telling you, our lovely followers, what tunes are currently floating our boats, firing our lasers and filling our collective pants with excitey-goo. Too much info? Ok, maybe we should move on…

To kick off, our loveable resident DJ and pet-kiwi Hubie has given us a list of the five releases that are rocking his CD wallet at the moment. Here they are, in no particular order…

1. Little Roy – Battle For Seattle [Ark] – “I do like a good spot of dub and reggae and, as a true child of the 80s and 90s, I’m also a massive fan of grunge and Nirvana in particular. This album combines the two perfectly with a set of surprisingly excellent Nirvana covers in a rubba-dub-stylee, which never takes itself too seriously.”

2. Kry Wolf & Claude VonStroke – Turbosteppa [Dirtybird] – “This has been around for a while now and no doubt a lot of you will know it well. But at the moment this is the archetypal Tune That Never Leaves My CD Wallet. A guaranteed dancefloor filler with a bassline that makes me want to have its babies.”

3. Phil Kieran – Ghetto Face Place Space [Twin Turbo] – “Another dark, electro-tinged, techy banger, that just screams ‘get your stomp on’! I don’t know where Phil’s been in recent years but if he keeps popping out tunes like this then I will happily buy them on sight.”

4. Tom Rowlands – Nothing But Pleasure [Phantasy] – “Taking a break from writing tunes as part of one of the greatest dance acts of all time, the Chemical Brothers‘ Tom has put out a banging two-track EP on Erol Alkan‘s Phantasy label, the highlight of which, for me, is the epic techno-tastic Nothing But Pleasure. This track builds and builds until you can take no more and, just when you think you’re about to melt into a puddle of anxious techno-goo, it drops causing all who hear it to go full retard in the best possible way. Lovely stuff.”

5. Birdee – We Don’t Fool Around [Moveltraxx] – “This one just oozes summery vibes. And with the sun finally deciding to come out and dance here in the UK, there isn’t a more perfect tune to throw on whilst frolicking outside in your underwear. And as an added bonus, you can grab this tune absolutely gratis via the soundcloud below…”

That’s it from Hubie for now. You can catch him DJing along with the rest of the Bass[sic] residents, as well as some fellas called Evil Nine, Purge and Jung, at Bells Of Shoreditch next week, on Friday 14th June. For more info about this mega party, go HERE!

In the meantime, we intend to continue this feature on a regular basis, as long as we remember to do it (!), with further charts and stuff from our other resident DJs, as well as our guest DJs. Watch this space!

See ya at Bells Of Shoreditch next week!

The Bass[sic] team

Bass[sic] Is Back At The Bells

Hi gang! We’re pleased to announce the details of our next big party taking place on Friday 14th June, once again at the Bells Of Shoreditch in East London.

This time around we’ve got a late 6am licence and some proper legends headlining in the form of macabre beatsmiths Evil Nine, making a rare London appearance with their unique combination of electro, beats and bass. Also on the decks we have one of the biggest talents bubbling under in London clubland at the moment, Purge. And completing the lineup we have a proper party starter in Jung, as well as our ever reliable residents Hubie, Rejectbeats and Big Nick D.

We’re also pleased to welcome back the VJ stylings of Psychomonkey and Mr Faff.

Here’s all the party info…

Bass[sic] – Friday 14th June 2013 @ the Bells Of Shoreditch, East London

* Bass Music * Dirty House * Tech House * Breaks *

Featuring the amazing DJing talents of…

EVIL NINE [For Lovers] – Brighton-based duo Evil Nine (or Pat Pardy and Tom Beaufoy to their respective mums) have been producing dark, twisted beats for 14 years now. Their early days signed to Adam Freeland’s trail blazing Marine Parade stable saw them produce one of the great debut dance music albums in You Can Be Special Too – a truly unique collection of macabre beats and basslines, tied together with some of the most talented rhymers the underground hip hop scene had to offer. This record, as well as a raft of excellent singles and remixes, led to the duo becoming one of the hottest properties in underground dance music. They have since produced a second album, the zombie-themed They Live and they are currently working on a third long-player, due to hit later this year on their own label, For Lovers.

for-lovers.co.uk

PURGE [Nasty FM] – Also sharing this exciting lineup is one of the hottest up-and-coming talents of London’s underground bass music scene, Purge. Having rubbed shoulders with the superstars of the infamous Fabric nightclub, Purge has gone on to become a special talent in his own right, spinning an up front selection of the finest bass music, garage and house to packed dancefloors all over the UK and Europe. Purge is no stranger to the world of underground radio too, hosting his own show on Marcus Nasty’s Nasty FM. He’s also been busy in the studio, working on his debut EP Sandstorm, due to hit this summer on Berlin’s ITAKA.

soundcloud.com/purgeuk

JUNG [Bass Ache] – We’re also proud to announce a third special guest, the very talented Jung. Also known as Stacey McDonald, he has played for Chew The Fat at the legendary End nightclub, warming up for the likes of The Rogue Element, and will bring his unique blend of fresh bass music and classic breaks and jungle to the decks for a rare and exciting London appearance.

bassache.net

Plus residents…

Hubie [NSB Radio]
Rejectbeats [NSB Radio]
Big Nick D [Big Square Records]

And special guest VJs…

Psychomonkey [Rejectbeats]
Mr Faff [Looking Sound]

The Bells Of Shoreditch
48 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8AA

This party is bound to be a sell out, so given that tickets are door-sale only, you’d better make sure you get down there early to avoid disappointment!

Keep an eye on this website for further announcements plus more fun features, interviews and music in the lead up to the big event.

The Bass[sic] team

 

Q&A With Elite Force

Hi gang. Ahead of this summer’s annual Elite Force Boat Party – which sets sail on the 13th of July on the River Thames, here in London – we caught up with the main man himself, Elite Force (aka Shack), to chat about the boat party, gamechangers and his plans for world domination…

Bass[sic]: 2013 sees the Elite Force Boat Party return for a hugely impressive fourth year in a row. Every year it sells out and seems to be bigger and 
better than before. How did this party become such an institution, and what makes some events like this become fixtures in the calendar?

Shack:It’s grown nice and organically, I think that’s been a key factor. We started small as an experiment and it’s just built up momentum. I think people love it because of the location and also the scarcity value – I only do one of these a year and have no real plan to do any more than that.”

Bass[sic]: What can we expect on board this year, and what have you got lined up for the afterparty?

Shack:Well this year we are building a bespoke LED DJ Booth for starters, which is awesome – it kind of evolved out of The One Series party I hosted back in November last year where some friends built a similar thing and we decided to do something similar in the UK. I’m not sure how often we’ll get to use it right now, but certainly the Boat Party will be the first time we roll it out. I’ll once again be summonsing the Sun Gods – we’ve been very fortunate in each of the previous years that the clouds have parted and the sun’s shone bright.

The After-Party gets bigger and better each year, and this time around we are bringing breaks legend Colombo over from Spain for his first full length London set. I’m also doing the first proper back2back set with Meat Katie that we’ve ever done in the UK (as far as I can remember), and on top of that I’m doing a sunrise set under my Simon Shackleton project name, as well as adding Mike Hulme and Lowdown and Dirty into the mix, alongside the Supatronix crew. Meat Cassette will be video-mapping the main room this time around, so we’re looking at an all-round ramp up!!”

Bass[sic]: You took the Elite Force Boat Party concept to Hungary last year. How did that go, and are there any plans to continue expanding the concept?

Shack:It was amazing actually. We had an enormous boat in Budapest, way bigger than I felt was wise to be honest, but then on the day well over 800 people showed up which made for a truly memorable night. I’m in the process of trying to arrange a similar thing on Lake Balaton in Hungary this summer, so fingers crossed that comes off. I’m constantly looking at other options for boat parties elsewhere and there are a couple of irons in the fire…”

Bass[sic]: You’re currently on tour in the US, with a diary that more closely resembles that of a rock band than a traditional DJ calendar. Is it strange rocking up to a club on a Monday and finding a gaggle of Elite Force fans hyped up and ready to party?

Shack:I know, it’s been kind of weird, extremely exhausting but really exhilarating at times. When you get sleep deprived and exhausted, nothing much makes sense anymore and flight delays and suchlike bend you right out of shape, but bar a couple of ropey nights it’s been a great trip so far. What’s interesting is that there are some towns like Portland, where Monday through to Wednesday are the biggest electronic music nights of the week – I played there last week and the after-party was still raging at 8am the following morning.”

Bass[sic]: The Burning Man festival in the US has obviously informed the way you make music hugely. Can you tell us a little bit about its creative impact and explain why the festival has made such a difference to your outlook and attitude?

Shack:Wow. Where to start really. Musically speaking it’s certainly been a complete Gamechanger for me – it’s an opportunity to completely re-evaluate music, a bit like pressing a massive RESET button, creatively. It’s such a blank canvas out there, I love the fact that all the differing times of day, night, weather conditions, crowd sizes, afford you the opportunity to experiment with almost any style you choose, as long as it strikes the right chord. I’ve tried to take a healthy dose of that expanded range into my production work and the longer DJ sets I’ve been doing recently have been born out of what I’ve learnt from Burning Man. I played for 7 hours in Berlin the other night. I love the scope of that!”

Bass[sic]: You’ve recently added the Simon Shackleton moniker to your burgeoning array of musical personas, joining Elite Force and Zodiac Cartel. What was the thinking behind this? Is there a difference to the beats you make under this new name? And how on earth do you find time to produce enough music to please three fan bases?

Shack:Haha – well I’m not altogether sure that I *do* keep everyone happy. When I dropped Gamechanger a couple of weeks back, the first comment that came back was a suggestion that I make more breaks. I gave away 18 of my biggest breaks tracks last year for free, but you clearly can’t please everyone… not least the purists!

The thinking behind the Simon Shackleton stuff was really just that I found myself making a good deal of deeper, techier and perhaps more melodic music, and I wanted to be able to do that without carrying the baggage of expectation that comes with known names. It’s been really fun and as it’s grown in confidence as a project, I’ve been stepping up behind the microphone again, as well as playing some guitar, which has been really enjoyable.”

Bass[sic]: Speaking of which, you’re known as something of a workaholic. Can you describe an average day in the life of Elite Force for us?

Shack:Well, I’m usually up at 5.30am. Hit the gym for half an hour then sort out getting the family up & running and my daughter to school. I usually hit the studio / office from 9 – 6pm, grab a couple of hours of family time and then put in two or three hours usually on business stuff in the evening.”

Bass[sic]: Finally, give us three tracks that will almost certainly be in your set on board the good ship Shack on Saturday, July 13…

Shack:Elite Force – ‘Gamechanger’; Adam Port, Lana Del Ray, Beltram, UNKLE, EF – ‘Black Video Noise Game’; Lucky Force Invader Squad – ‘Towards The Sun’.”

Thanks Shack! Tickets for the Elite Force Boat Party are selling fast so get yours now! BUY TICKETS

For all the info about this summer’s boat party, check out our web post and make sure you visit the official Facebook Event Page.

Elite ForceGamechanger is out now! Check it out here…

Also, for a taster of what to expect at the boat party, check out Elite Force‘s latest DJ set, recorded live whilst on tour in the US…

That’s it! Thanks for reading peeps! See you on the boat!

The Bass[sic] team

Join Us Onboard The Elite Force Boat Party 2013

Hi everyone!

We’re very proud to announce that for the second year in a row we are involved with the hugely excellent Elite Force Boat Party, hosting the second room on board The Dutch Master Thames River Cruiser, on Saturday 13th July.

We know it’s a whole three months away, but there’s been a lot of interest in the party already and an exclusive run of early-bird tickets sold out in record time last week via Elite Force‘s website! General tickets are now on sale so we recommend you get yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Get your tickets HERE!

If you need a reminder of the sheer epicness of last year’s boat party, then check out this wicked video…

Here’s all the boat party and after-party details…

Supatronix And U&A Present… The Elite Force Boat Party 2013

Saturday 13th July, on board The Dutch Master River Cruiser, London

  • ROOM ONE: Elite Force + Special Guests
  • ROOM TWO: Hosted by Bass[sic] – Ft. Rejectbeats, Hubie, Big Nick D and Seffi B

Followed by… The Elite Force Boat Party After-Party @ Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd, London, SW9 6LH, 10pm-6am

  • ROOM ONE: Elite Force Vs. Meat Katie, Colombo, Jurassik, SE7en Deadly Breaks, The Scritch
  • ROOM TWO: Simon Shackleton, Mike Hulme, Resistance, Miss Monument, B-Roll

Ticket details…

  • STANDARD: Boat Party Only = £25 (+ Booking Fee)
  • DELUXE: Boat Party + After-Party + Coach Transfer = £30 (+ Booking Fee)

Get your tickets HERE!

  • The boat leaves from Tower Millennium Pier at 6:30pm sharp! Nearest tube: Tower Hill
  • Please note all deluxe tickets for boat and after-party now include free coach transfer worth £4. If you wish to purchase deluxe tickets without coach transfer, please contact Jurassik@supatronix.org
  • Check out the Facebook Event Page

Right that’s it! We’ll keep you updated about ticket availability and various other details between now and party time. See you onboard!

The Bass[sic] team

Bass[sic] Party Pics

Hi gang!

We’re more or less recovered from what was a banging Easter weekend, so we’d like to say thanks very much to those of you who came down to Bells Of Shoreditch on Friday night and helped make our party go off with a bang! Big ups to our guest DJs Meat Katie and Peo de Pitte who absolutely smashed it! Extra big ups to our guest VJs Psychomonkey and Mr Faff for providing some truly mind bending visuals and also to Amanda for her picky-wick-taking skillz and to the lovely Angela and Candice for helping us out on the door.

Speaking of picky-wicks, we’ve just updated the Gallery Page with photos from the party, so do check them out and see if you’ve been snapped! You can check out the party photo album directly HERE!

Righto, that’s all for now. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for news about the next party, coming soon. And finally thanks again for your continued support, we love your balls 🙂

The Bass[sic] team

See You On Friday At The Bells Of Shoreditch!

Alright peeps!

It’s nearly time for our big Easter party at Bells Of Shoreditch! Just in case you’ve somehow missed the exciting news, this Friday, 29th March, the Bass[sic] crew return to Shoreditch, East London, for our biggest party yet! We’ve got tech-funk maestro Meat Katie and electro-funkster Peo de Pitte chomping at the bit, ready to drop some seriously heavy bass music bombs for your lovely ears! And our resident DJs – Rejectbeats, Hubie and Big Nick D – are primed and ready to keep the dancefloor bouncing ’til we unleash our guests on your lovely ears!

The party kicks off at 9pm and it’s only £5 on the door (£7 after 11pm), so at those cheap prices you’d better make sure you get down nice and early to reserve your spot on the dancefloor cos it’s gonna be a roadblock!

All the event info can be found HERE!

Also check out our various listings…

Free Music, Guestlist & Fun Stuff!

As ever with Bass[sic], we like to go that extra mile and offer you some tasty music, podcasts and other free stuff to keep you in the party spirit! Here’s what we have for you this time round…

First up, if you’d like to win free guestlist to the party on Friday, our friends over at Free Breaks Blog are giving away tickets to the party! Check out all the details HERE! Be quick, the competition closes soon!

Check out our super special Easter Podcast, chock full of bass music badness (bad meaning good, of course!) and exclusives, compiled and mixed by our resident DJs Rejectbeats, Hubie and Big Nick D. Expect loads of tech house, dirty house and breaks by the likes of Julio Bashmore, NAPT, Stanton Warriors, Claude VonStroke and loads more! You can stream and download the podcast for free HERE!

Also on a free music tip, we have a pair of banging promo mixes from our guest DJs to help warm you up for the party! Check out Meat Katie‘s promo mix HERE and Peo de Pitte‘s promo mix HERE and get ready to dance hard!

Our headliner Meat Katie also has a cheeky Re-Rub that he’s giving away for free! Grab your copy HERE!

We managed to sit down and have a chat with our two special guest DJs ahead of the party on Good Friday. Check out our interview with Meat Katie HERE and our interview with Peo de Pitte HERE!

Our resident DJ Hubie presented the Bass[sic] Session on his Hubie Sounds show on NSB Radio this week, featuring brand new bass music bangers by the likes of The Chemical Brothers, DJ Zinc, Justin Martin & Eats Everything plus loads more! The show will be available to stream and download for free HERE!

And finally… don’t forget to check out the rest of our Mixcloud where you can find loads of exclusive mixes and live sets to stream and download, of course all for free.

Right, that’s yer lot! We hope we see you down the front at Bells Of Shoreditch this Friday night! Make sure you come and say hello!

Cheers!

The Bass[sic] team

Bass[sic] Chats With Meat Katie

Morning everyone! There’s just over a week to go ’til party time (full details HERE!), so we thought it was a good time to publish the second of our interviews with our special guest DJs.

Ahead of a very rare London appearance, we’ve managed to get superstar DJ, and headliner at Bass[sic] on the 29th of March, to take five minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few important questions. He’s a tour de force, a runaway tech-funk train, an unstoppable bass behemoth, a dance music legend:- he is of course Meat Katie, aka Mark Pember, and we’re very excited to have him gracing the decks at this month’s Bass[sic]. Best known for his tough techy dancefloor destroyers, Pember has worked with and remixed some of dance music’s biggest household names, from James Zabiela and Deep Dish to Boy George and UNKLE. As well as having three Meat Katie albums under his belt he also supplies the world with some of the finest techno, tech-funk and breaks via his LOT49 imprint. He’s warmed up for The Chemical Brothers, played tunes on the Valve Soundsystem and now you can find out how he likes his eggs…

Bass[sic]: To kick off… You and Peo de Pitte make up one of the biggest lineups we’ve had at Bass[sic], but did you know that you’re probably the baldest lineup too? Of the two of you, who do you think has the LEAST body hair overall?
Meat Katie: Probably me, as I go for the full body wax.

Bass[sic]: For those people who are unfamiliar with you, how would you sum up the Meat Katie sound in only 3 words?
MK: Breakbeat without breaks.

Bass[sic]: Moving onto the dancefloor, which tune are you most looking forward to dropping at Bass[sic] on the 29th of March?
MK: This! What a cheap plug!

Bass[sic]: Of all of the massive tunes that have been released over the years, what is the one tune that you wish you’d written or signed to your label?
MK: The Loops of Fury – Flick A Switch.

Bass[sic]: Now onto the serious questions that everyone’s been dying to know the answers to… How do you prefer your eggs to be cooked?
MK: Poached of course.

Bass[sic]: What’s the last album you bought on CD?
MK: Yesterday I bought The Jim Jones Revue – The Savage Heart

Bass[sic]: Who would win in a jelly wrestling contest:- you or Peo de Pitte?
MK: Me! Peo is a pussy.

Bass[sic]: Which do you prefer:- cats or dogs?
MK: Erm… that’s a tough one… pass!

Bass[sic]: Star Wars or Star Trek?
MK: It used to be Star Wars, now it’s Star Trek.

Bass[sic]: How much horse is there in a standard serving of Meat Katie?
MK: You will have to discover that for yourself.

Bass[sic]: Would you rather be trapped in a room with 1 horse-sized chicken? Or 10 chicken-sized breakbeat purists?
MK: Probably the big chicken horse thing.

Bass[sic]: Do you have a musical guilty pleasure?
MK: Stanton Warriors.

Bass[sic]: What was the last movie you went to see at the cinema?
MK: I’ve not been for a while to tell the truth. Maybe The Hunger Games.

Bass[sic]: Do you have any hidden talents?
MK: All my talents are hidden, in fact I don’t even know what they are!

Bass[sic]: And finally, what are you up to for the rest of this year? Releases, gigs, tours, etc?
MK: I have a residency at Tresor in Berlin at Dangerous Drums. I’m just releasing our latest Take Miami compilation on LOT49. I’ve just signed Electric Soulside & The Rogue Element to LOT49, which I am a bit excited about. I have a Facebook page where I moan a lot about stuff that is not really music related. I have a Gigatools account where I am supposed to have my gig dates, although ironically I always forget to update it. I’m touring the States and Mexico in April and at the end of May/June, also Australia and New Zealand in December. I have also been building a website for the last 15 years… I’m pretty close to getting that finished (as someone else is helping now). I’m thinking of buying another corn snake for my daughter (but a different colour). My friend Andy is getting married in April, I’m definitely going to that. It’s in Colchester. It’s my birthday in September. I can’t think of anything else I have to do at the moment!

Thanks for chatting with us Mark! You can catch him dropping all of his favourite tech-funk bangers at Bass[sic] at the Bells of Shoreditch, East London, on Good Friday, 29th March! Full event details can be found HERE!

To help get you in the mood for the party, check out Meat Katie‘s latest promo mix…

And don’t forget to download Meat Katie‘s latest Re-Rub, absolutely gratis…

And finally, make sure you have a listen to our Easter Podcast, chock full of banging beats and filthy bass!

Right, that’s it! See you down the front at Bells Of Shoreditch next week! We’ll post an event reminder in a few day’s time to make sure you’re kept up to speed!

The Bass[sic] team