NYC Party/Label Trouble & Bass Calls It Quits

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Parting is such sweet sorrow. After almost nine years juggling a busy schedule of events, label releases and other shenanigans, Brooklyn-based bass merchants Trouble & Bass are calling it a day. The champions of bass music are going out with a bang by releasing a final compilation on March 31 called All Time Trouble & Bass featuring 25 tracks from the label’s storied history, including jams by Jack Beats, Samo Soundboy, Boogaloo Crew (Dark Sky), Little Jinder and Doctor Jeep.

Obligatory press release gush from T&B’s Luca Venezia (a.k.a. Drop The Lime and Curses): “It’s been such a fantastic run with friends I will forever consider family. We may have all taken new paths as individuals, but the endless love I will have for the fans and artists will be timeless and continue to inspire me.”

Obligatory press release gush from T&B’s Vivian Host (a.k.a. Star Eyes): “Ten years ago I moved to New York with the dream of finding a crowd who would appreciate the diverse bass music that I loved (UK garage, grime, Bmore club, jungle, etc) and maybe starting a party. Not only did I end up with a dope party – one that has traveled around the world with the best crowds ever – but also crew of best friends who are a constant inspiration. We had a lot of firsts with T&B: first people to bring Skepta, Jammer, Skream, Rusko, Night Slugs and many more to NYC; first people to introduce genres like bassline and grime to the city; NYC winners of the RBMA Culture Clash! I really feel like we put bass music on the map. Nothing is supposed to last forever, and there’s much more to come from all of us. Thanks to the fans, our artists, and T&B Crew for all the wild times and amazing vibes.”

A final Trouble & Bass party will take place at Brooklyn’s Verboten club on April 18. No word yet on the lineup.

Here’s a promo video T&B cut for us back in 2008, introducing their Big Shot Guest Mix. We’ll miss you, Trouble & Bass!

Update, March 17, 2015: The Final Party will feature Plastician, DJ EZ, Star Eyes, Drop the Lime, AC Slater, Doctor Jeep, Tony Quattro and special guests.

The Reinvention of AC Slater

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After making a name for himself on the happy hardcore scene, AC Slater—the DJ, not the character from Saved By the Bell—decided he had had enough of playing and producing frenetic tracks spiced with chipmunk vocals and piano riffs. He quit the genre and reinvented himself in bassline house.

Conventional wisdom says that it’s difficult for a DJ or producer to make a lateral career move in dance music. Make your name in one genre and it’s difficult to find acceptance in another. Aaron Clevenger, who is better known as AC Slater, is the exception to the norm. While the past two years have consisted of a flood of high profile remixes for Moby, Robin S., the Freestylers, Stanton Warriors, and Schwayze, as well as other of floor-rockin’ productions and DJ gigs all over the world, few know that before this phoenix rose from a loft space with a low ceiling in Bushwick, he was a major player on the happy hardcore scene.

“I had a moment where I was playing a big rave in Brooklyn at Club Exit; the club was packed, and everyone was 16, and I’m 27 at the time,” says Clevenger over a cup of green tea at an eatery in Williamsburg. “I didn’t want to be there, and I was getting sick of the music. I felt weird, out of place, and creepy. I needed something new.”

In what now seems like a former life, Clevenger started DJing at parties when he was 18 or 19. He grew up in a small college town in West Virginia, about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh’s then-happening party scene. The city was known for throwing huge rave parties and was also the home to popular weeklies like Steel City Jungle. Clevenger was so enamored with the energy and sound of dance music that he decided to pursue a career as a happy hardcore DJ; he  later launched Pitched Up Records, one of the few domestic labels championing the sound.

Though his career was holding steady, he had an epiphany two years ago that changed his life. “I had a moment where I was playing a big rave in Brooklyn at Club Exit; the club was packed, and everyone was 16, and I’m 27 at the time,” says Clevenger over a cup of green tea at an eatery in Williamsburg. “I didn’t want to be there, and I was getting sick of the music. I felt weird, out of place, and creepy. I needed something new.”

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BSTV: AC Slater

Brooklyn, NY based DJ/producer AC Slater is blowing up on the bassline house scene and beyond. In Issue 25, Moby cited his “Turn Up the Music” as his third favorite thing about 2008. Now part of Brooklyn’s Trouble & Bass crew, AC Slater talks about his new digital label, Party Like Us Records, and forthcoming remixes and debut artist album. Look for a full feature in Issue 26.

Free MP3: Drop The Lime / “I Love NY” (Baobinga’s Fucked Up Like Woah Remix)

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Manchester meets New York City on Trouble & Bass’ latest offering. The artist in question is the one and only Drop The Lime. The remixer? Acid crunk producer called Baobinga, whose “State of Ghetto Jackin'” appears on Freq Nasty’s brand new Fabric compilation. Baobinga brings his funky, Mancunian freshness to DTL’s summer anthem and flips it up in a big way. Here it is for your downloading pleasure.

Big Shot Guest Mix: Trouble & Bass

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Last week Big Shot spent some time in East Williamsburg with New York City’s Trouble & Bass crew and learned about their plans for global dance floor domination. Want to know what Star Eyes, The Captain, Drop The Lime and Math Head had to say? Well, you’ll just have to wait to read the feature that appears in Issue 23. In the meantime, the crew whipped up an awesome, bass-laden mix that’s bound to knock your socks off exclusively for Big Shot.

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Big Shot Guest Mix: Trouble & Bass

1. Intro
2. Star Eyes / “Disappear” (Original Mix)
3. B.U.N / “British Airways”
4. Drop The Lime / “I Want 2 Know”
5. Sam Sparro / “The Count & Sinden” (Sidewinder Remix)
6. Little Jinder / “Like It Casual” (AC Slater Remix)
7. Blackfinger / “Fearless”
8. Oliver $ / “Hotflash Vol. 3”
9. Sawtooth Sucka / “Letting Go”
10. Machines Don’t Care / “Afro Jacker”
11. Blackfinger / “Up Middle Finger” (HeavyFeet Remix)
12. AC Slater / “Jack Got Jacked” (Jack Beats Remix)
13. Alias / “Enough” (Bombaman’s Talking Shit remix)
14. Rusko / “Cockney Thug” (Drop The Lime Remix)
15. DZ / “Down”
16. Leon Jean-Marie / “Bring It On” (Rusko Remix)
17. Armand Van Helden / “NY Express” (The Unreleased Mix)
18. The Electroliners / “Loose Caboose” (Bassbin Twins Remix)
19. Rico Tubbs / “Gangsters”
20. Dubchild / “Filthy Dirty”
21. Kanji Kinetic / “Disco Vibrator”
22. Math Head / “Get Hype”
23. AC Slater feat. Fagget Fairys / “Kuku”
24. Math Head / “Poltergeist”