Posted by: Matt
I can’t for the life of me remember exactly how I came across this mix. It’s by a local DJ who I have never actually seen or met, and Google has no record of this file that I am able to locate. My computer tells me it was downloaded in July of 2005, so that is the best date I can offer as far as carbon dating goes.
I do however recall the impact it had on my taste in electronic music. At the time I was moving away from glitchy, plonky IDM (of which there are traces at the beginning here) and towards…..something. My next focal point was waiting to be defined, and then I found Bass Lab pt. 1. I loved the gritty, front-and-center basslines and the unabashed use of speed garage tempo and beats, and for a brief time, Tube Jerk, Audion, and others dominated my crate. Most of the tracks here owe a lot to UK garage but they are lacking the pitched up divas and general cheesiness that style loved so much. I’ve never quite pinned down the origin of that sound. Was there a subset of Garage producers who were pushing the envelope? Had another region picked up on the sound and made it their own? Maybe someone out there can answer that for me….
In any case, I believe this was supposed to be part one of a pair of mixes; At 44:20, the odds are pretty good that this was one side of a cassette tape. You can hear it switch gears right at the end (to introduce some perfectly timed funkiness) and then it just gets hacked off mercilessly. I tend to feel that it adds to the charm though, and leaves you wanting more.
What’s Miss La Fey (if that IS her real name??) up to these days? Well, Dubstep, according to her myspace page. I suppose that makes sense, given her gravitation towards heavy bass sounds. So if you are in the Bay and see her on a flyer, feel free to drop in and request something from Bass Lab. Maybe you’ll get lucky.