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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

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Big Nick D’s Summertime Six

Having seen Hubie’s Fearsome Five back in June, Bass[sic] resident Big Nick D wanted to get in on the top tunes action. In fact he didn’t just want to match Hubie‘s sublime selection, he wanted to go one better! So here it is – Big Nick D’s Summertime Six

1. Zodiac Cartel – How U Feel? [U&A] – “A big chunky funker that I just can’t get enough of. Despite the letter “U” instead of the word “you”, this tune is almost perfection. The often attempted, but rarely achieved trinity of soul, tech and pure whomp is in full effect here. Future classic?”

2. Justin Martin – Ghettos & Gardens (Claude VonStroke Beverly Hills Coyote Mix) [Dirtybird] – “Two of my all time favourite producers, Martin and Vonstroke. This track just builds and builds and builds and builds and I can’t stop playing it… a permanent resident in my CD wallet.”

3. Pleasurekraft – The Main Ingredient (Richard Dinsdale Remix) [Deepalma] – “I drop a lot of Pleasurekraft when I’m playing out and I’d been playing the original of this for a while, but it’s this Dinsdale remix that excites me most. Low slung techy funk that keeps rolling, but packs a punch when pitched up a little. Sweeeet!”

4. Lee Burridge & Andy Page – Do You Smoke Pot? [Almost Anonymous] – “An oldie but a goodie that I rediscovered recently when moving some vinyl about the flat. Deep rolling tech with what sounds like a Woody Harrelson sample on it. What’s not to like? It’s a lovely record that chugs along for nearly ten minutes. Sadly I can’t find a clip on Soundcloud, but it is included in my DJ mix below.”

5. Drums Of Death – Bang The Dub [Civil Music] – “Enough with the beard stroking, chugging rollers I hear you cry. Okay, how about this bad bwoy? Hard, bouncy and devoid of sexyness, this is a real treble head masher with old skool hats and snares going off all over the place. A proper leftfield banger from DOD. I’m feeling this guy’s stuff big time lately. Bang The Dub is the second waveform in the clip.”

6. Rejectbeats – Watto (Hedstate Remix) [Big Square] – “How could I not include this summertime reworking of Rejectbeats from my own label? Yeah, it’s a cheeky plug, but it’s an ace tune, so deal with it. Hedstate keep an eye on both the head-nodders and the dancefloor for this tasty sunshine groover.”

Big ups Mr Nick! As he mentioned above, Big Nick D‘s got a brand spanking new promo mix doing the rounds at the moment, that’s chock full of the kind of tuna listed above, and you can check it out on Mixcloud RIGHT HERE!

Watch this space for more charts and fun features from our resident DJs and special guests.

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

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

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

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

Two New Residents Mixes

Afternoon gang!

The next party is less than a fortnight away and we’re getting excited! To help get you in the mood for it, our lovely residents Rejectbeats have knocked up not one, but two cracking promo mixes for your lovely ears.

Put together in a two-part stylee and cunningly titled Everybody’s Dead Dave, Part 1 is an early doors warm up set that includes tuna by the likes of Cut La Roc and the Beastie Boys. Part 2 is a balls-to-the-wall peak time extravaganza featuring banging beats by the likes of Fatboy Slim, Plump DJs and loads more!

You can stream these mixes from our Mixcloud – also make sure you follow us so you don’t miss all the latest updates!

Alternatively, you can stream and download the mixes right here…

Everybody’s Dead Dave Part 1 – Early Doors

Tracklist:

Damn Horns vs. Harry J Allstars – Liquid Heat
Death In Vegas – GHB
Gramatik – So Much For Love
Beastie Boys – Body Moving (Fatboy Slim remix)
DJ Axe – Move Dat Ass
DJ Love ft. The Elze – Love Is Live (QDUP Foundation remix)
Cut La Roc ft. Coppa – Normal Level
Hardknox – Fire Like This
Bentley Rhythm Ace – T-Spot
Oh Snap! & ED Orable – Everyone’s A DJ
Simian Mobile Disco – Simple
Maral Salmassi – Lobster Cappuccino
Silencer – Rollin N Controllin
The Wiseguys – Cowboy ’78
Cut La Roc – Post Punk Progression

Everybody’s Dead Dave Part 2 – Peak Time

Tracklist:

Baymont Brothers ft. MC Alaska – Have Some Fun
Basement Freaks – The Art Of Afro (DJ Hero remix)
Wes Smith – Back To Back (DJ Fixx mix)
Zedd – Stars Come Out (DJ Hero re-rub)
Kill The Noise – Deal With It (Cut La Roc breaks mix)
Freakhouse – My Brain Is Bigger Than Yours (Lazy Rich remix – Adsorb breaks edit)
Fatboy Slim – Ya Mama [Push The Tempo] (Moguai remix)
Bonsai Kat – Bla Bla
Plump DJs – Gobbstopper
Tommy Trash – Future Folk
Cut La Roc – Freeze (Hoi! remix)
Quadrat Beat – The Day Before (Chevy One remix)
Lunar Shift – Rain Drops (Chevy One remix)
rejectbeats – Start Transmission

We hope you enjoy the mixes. Feel free to drop us some feedback if you like!

Cheers y’all!

The Bass[sic] team