10 years ago DJ Flack and I began a series of weekly events called Beat Research in order to showcase what we liked to call “experimental party music.” While building a DJ set for our recent 10th anniversary party I thought about what I’d been playing at Beat Research events ten years prior, and it occurred to me that it was largely an amalgamation of things I’d been listening to over the 10 years prior to that.
I’d moved to Boston to attend Massachusettes College of Art & Design in 1993 and by the following year was frequenting the dance music record shops like Boston Beat and Beat Non Stop, which is where I first encountered all kinds of new sounds, including jungle.
This breed of sped-up hip hop breaks woven into extended, jazz-like patterns, combined with half-time dub baselines made from 808 kick drums, with dacnehall vocal samples layered on top, completely blew my mind.
By the time Beat Research began 10 years later, jungle had morphed into drum and bass, and I felt something had been lost in that translation. I started the Mashit label in 2003 as an attempt to showcase fresh styles that were rooted in that frenetic sound of 10 years previous.
So for the anniversary set I dug back 20 years into that explosive jungle sound which propelled me to what I was doing 10 years later at the genesis of Beat Research. I combined those tracks with some classics of the early Beat Research era, and blended all that together with some contemporary global bass tunes.
My DJ sets have always been hyper-ecclectic, but there are a few stylistic threads that tend to tie them together, including reggae, hip hop, and jungle. Here’s the mix I put together for the anniversary party which ties 20 years of those threads together:
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