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A Bass[sic] Free Music Bonanza!

Hi everyone. Since our last post on here, we here at Bass[sic] HQ have been quite busy with our various projects, gigs, summer holidays, getting married, having babies and so on and so forth, as you do! Anyway, as a result of our various endeavours this month, we’ve got a bumper crop of free music for your lovely ears. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin…

We’ve Gone Promo Mix Crazy!

It must be the sunny weather here in the UK that’s been inspiring us, because all three Bass[sic] residents have serendipitously knocked together respective promo mixes for you to stream and download to your heart’s content…

  • To kick off, here is Big Nick D‘s latest monthly promo mix – Big Nick D. August Mix 2013 – crammed full of summertime tech house and techno, including choice cuts by the likes of Basement Jaxx, Tiefschwarz and Green Velvet, to name but a few! Make sure you check out the rest of Big Nick D‘s Mixcloud too!
  • Next up is a banging mix from newly-married duo Rejectbeats – featuring electro, breaks and house bangers by the likes of Plump DJs, Evil Nine, Foamo and loads more! For more from the Rejects, check out rejectbeats.co.uk!
  • Lastly, we have a summer-themed mix from HubieTake California – Mixed By Hubie – including house of the dirty and techy variety by the likes of Claude VonStroke, Julio Bashmore, Fatboy Slim and many more! Don’t forget to check out the rest of Hubie‘s Mixcloud too!

Bass[sic] @ The Elite Force Boat Party 2013

Finally we’ve got each of our resident DJs’ sets recorded live in the Bass[sic] room on board this year’s sweltering Elite Force Boat Party. These mixes were broadcast in their entirety as part of the Hubie Sounds show on NSB Radio and can be streamed and downloaded via the Hubie Sounds Mixcloud…

  • Hubie Sounds 070 – Featuring Rejectbeats‘ boat party set, plus fresh beats and classic tunes by the likes of Stanton Warriors, New Order and Coldcut
  • Hubie Sounds 071 – Featuring Hubie‘s boat party set, plus classic club bangers and anthems by the likes of Beastie Boys, DeeJay Punk-Roc and The Chemical BrothersTom Rowlands
  • Hubie Sounds 072 – Featuring Big Nick D‘s boat party set, plus a laid back selection of tunes by the likes of Lemon Jelly, Flight Of The Conchords and General Levy
  • And last but certainly not least, we thought we’d include a link to the main man himself – Elite Force‘s set recorded live at this year’s boat party, which you can stream and download via his Soundcloud

Alrighty, that should keep your ears and asses busy for the remaining summer days!

That’s about it from us for now. Watch this space for updates regarding our next party, coming soon, all being well.

The Bass[sic] team

Big Ups Boaters!

Elite Force Boat party 2013

Ahoy there!

We just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who joined us on board Saturday’s Elite Force Boat Party, with extra special big ups to all of you who ventured up into the Bass[sic] room to have a sweaty boogie with us. We really enjoyed ourselves and, judging by the many smiley, happy faces we saw, we’re guessing you all did too!

Extra nice ups to Shack, Ben Jurassik and the Dutch Master crew for having us and also to our special guest DJ Seffi B for smashing things right from the off! We reckon it’s fair to say the party was another rawring success, so plenty of back slaps and reacharounds for everybody!

There were photos taken on the night so as soon as they emerge we’ll let ya know and hopefully add some of them to our gallery. As ever, watch this space for updates!

Cheers!

The Bass[sic] team

Ahoy Shipmates!

One more sleep ’til we set sail!

For all of you who are joining us on board the Good Ship Elite Force, here’s a quick reminder of all the important info…

  • Make sure you’re at Tower Millennium Pier well before the 6:30pm boarding time. The boat won’t wait for you if you’re late!
  • The nearest tube is Tower Hill.
  • There are no physical tickets – make sure you bring your ticket receipt with you and a form of ID. You will be ticked off a list prior to boarding.
  • Don’t forget to stream or download the unofficial warm up to the boat party:- The Hubie Sounds Elite Force Boat Party Special!
  • Finally and most importantly, go nuts, have fun and make sure you come up to the Bass[sic] room and have a boogie with us!

That’s it! See ya on the boat!

The Bass[sic] team

 

Boat Party Tickets: Going, Going… Gone!

Ahoy there!

Tickets for next week’s Elite Force Boat Party have now sold out! For those of you who missed out, we’ll hopefully see you at the after party at Jamm. For those of you who do have your tickets, we’ll see you on board!

A quick reminder:- the boat leaves Tower Millennium Pier on Saturday 13th July at 7pm sharp, so make sure you’re there nice and early to allow for a swift departure. The boat won’t wait for you if you’re late!

That’s about all you need to know. If there are any changes to proceedings between now and cast off, we’ll let you know. We recommend you keep an eye on this website and our twitter account for any updates.

Cheers!

The Bass[sic] team

Elite Force Boat Party Update

Ahoy shipmates!

Here’s a quick boat party update… with only 2 weeks to go ’til party time and less than 60 tickets remaining, the Elite Force Boat Party is very close to selling out, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet we strongly suggest you buy yours NOW to avoid disappointment!

Buy your Boat Party tickets!

If you missed the announcement last week, the room one special guest has been announced as the funktastic Featurecast, supporting the main man with his uniquely eclectic set of party bangers and mashups! This boat is gonna be rocking from start to finish!

Finally, here’s an update about our room on the boat… to give you a flavour of what to expect from our special guest DJ Seffi B, he has recently posted up a cracking promo mix chock full of classic breakbeat booties and mashups, which you can grab absolutely FREE right here…

Right, that’s it for now. Make sure you grab your boat party tickets while you still can RIGHT HERE!

The Bass[sic] team

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

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