Monday, December 14, 2009

Week 29: Bassline House

This week's mixtape features a genre that has consistently been one of my favorites over the past couple of years: Bassline House.
It's British, it's mostly from the North, and it's essentially a second wave of '90s Speed Garage (which itself was a style of uptempo, bass-heavy house music drawing from 2-Step, Jungle, and R&B). Much like Dubstep, Bassline is a new reinterpretation of these influences. It sounds pretty much like the name: fast, garridgey house tunes with HUGE basslines.
In keeping with the rest of those scenes, the demographics in Bassline tend to be pretty working class: black youts of west indian descent and chavvy white guys in track suits, along with your standard mix of art school hipsters and post-jungle/breakcore rave burnouts. I ADORE THIS COMBO.
Sadly, Bassline seems to be on the wane. In London & the rest of the south it's been completely supplanted by UK Funky; I imagine it's still got a strong fanbase Up Norf, but I couldn't say for sure.
Anywho, here's a little retrospective of what I've been listening to in the past couple of years. By no means a definitive look at the "classics" of the genre—just what I think is good.

Chrissy Murderbot's Year of Mixtapes Week 29: Bassline House.
  1. Piddy Py feat. MNT; Get Loco
  2. Mr. Virgo; Hypnotiq
  3. The Wideboys feat. Sarah Saville; What You're Thinking (Up Norf Dutty Mix)
  4. Jagged Edge; Walked Outta Heaven (Burgaboy Remix)
  5. Wittyboy; Curry House
  6. Dexplicit; Karma (Dex Mix)
  7. A1 Bassline feat. Safi; Girl Thing
  8. Jinder; Youth Blood (Squire of Gothos Remix)
  9. Brett Maverick feat. NE1; Chop Of Them
  10. DS1; Lock Off
  11. DJ Murkz; Datz Me
  12. N.B. Funky; Nutz (Bassline Remix)
  13. Ace Of Base; All That She Wants (Dexplicit Remix)
  14. Blackstar; Time & Time Again
  15. Dizzee Rascal; Sirens (Big Ang Remix)
  16. Mr. V; Motherfuckers
  17. Luniz; I Got 5 On It (B.U.N. Remix)
  18. Mask; Gangster
  19. DJ Q; Gangsters
  20. Subzero; Bring It Back
  21. Perempay & Dee feat. Katie Pearl; In The Air (Rekless Mix)
  22. The Wideboys; Project Bassline
  23. Rubi Dan & The Heatwave / DJ Q; Walk & Wine (Dutty Wine)
  24. DJ Q; Love Like This
  25. Diamond feat. Terri Walker; I Think I'm In Love (Burgaboy Remix)
  26. Piddy Py; Leekers
  27. Natasha Bedingfield; Single (Delinquent Remix)
  28. WunnaDemWuns; I Feel (Wittyboy Remix)
NEXT WEEK: The Year in Rave—1993.

5 comments:

  1. i really like(d) it too, sadly everybody moved to uk funky

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  2. Bassline was never big in London. It's still massive up here (Northern England) and the Midlands.

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  3. Big up, can't beat some good bassline

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  4. Feel like I'm enjoying some kind of extremely guilty pleasure whenever I listen to stuff like this...love it soo much!

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