Remember donk? The Bolton sound personified by The Blackout Crew who basically made the whole thing look like an elaborately tailored joke? Well, that’s just one of countless micro scenes that are lovingly incubated by the UK and in the Midlands and the North (though it originated in Sheffield), they have bassline - a sound that’s also been described and labelled as niche. Like a lot of things it evolved out of [speed] garage, and then dubstep, but it totes a unique footprint considering that it fuses all of that caterwauling LFO bass wobble with heavy 4 to the floor beats. T2 and H Two O may have bought the sound into the charts, bothering the higher echelons with tracks like ‘Heartbroken’, but there’s quite a sizeable underbelly beneath the movement – something BBC Radio 1xtra DJ, DJ Q, sheds a regular light on throughout his weekly UKG Show on the digital station.
Through his radio show Q’s made further inroads on the club circuit, first appearing here for a Butterz takeover back in June of last year, and he’s since released an 25 track long album called The Archive that collates his own production anthology; all the way from his early works to his more recent productions (the one above which was released on the Local Action label). He’s appearing in Room Three once again for the Local Action takeover on 17th August and in preparation we wanted to point you towards something to introduce you to Q, so here's a free mix that he posted alongside the release of The Archive. Titled Here Comes The Bassline, it serves as a great introduction to the gloopy sounds of that whole bassline scene and features a whole heap of Q related material that you’ll probably only hear if you venture to a club and hear him DJ out.
Download: DJ Q – Here Comes The Bassline (via Sendspace)
DJ Q plays Room Three for Local Action on 17th August.