Playlist / March 2017 | Be-at-TV x D’Julz selects: Bass Culture London

March 31, 2017

Source: Be-at-TV

D’Julz selects: Bass Culture London

It’s hard to imagine the Parisian techno scene without D’Julz. Even though the French artist, whose real name is Julien Veniel, stepped in the spotlight in the early ‘90s, his influence is still present to this day.
After cutting his teeth in the burgeoning Parisian scene in the early ‘90s, Julien moved to New York for a year to further forge his own sound.
Thus his reputation as a gifted selector transcended the boundaries of the French capital, paving the way for gigs at clubs like Rex Club, D-EDGE, Fuse, Watergate, Tresor, Berghain, Trouw, DC10, Amnesia, Space Ibiza, fabric and Village Underground, and festivals like Movement Croatia, Weather Festival, Nuits Sonores Lyon, ADE and The BPM Festival.
Though he’s known to many as a DJ’s DJ, D’Julz has also proven his production mastery with a series of outstanding releases on labels like Circus Company, Robsoul, Ovum, Rekids, 20:20 Vision over the years.
However, he’s also an influential label owner having launched his own label Bass Culture Records in 2009. Now in its ninth year, the imprint’s going strong, boasting an impressive roster, featuring Steve Rachmad, Mr G, Lady Blacktronika, Ben Sims, Art Alfie, Cassy and many more.
Now his legendary Bass Culture residency at Rex Club, which has played an indispensable role in the development of the city’s burgeoning scene over the years, is celebrating its 20th birthday, making it the longest standing club night in history.
To mark the anniversary, the Bass Culture head honcho is throwing six special parties at the famed Rex Club, and Derrick May, Lil Louis, Seth Troxler, D’Julz’  and more all playing.
Meanwhile, the French DJ is heading to London on March 11, throwing a Bass Culture takeover, alongside Delano Smith and Daniel Bell, in collaboration with London promoter Unleash.
Wondering whether the sound of London has had influence on the French artist’s aesthetics, we reached out to D’Julz to ask him which are his favourite London tracks.

KCL Project – All Ways

A not so known project from Cisco Ferreira, and I loved it. All the tracks on this record have been played at Bass Culture parties.

Tan Ru – Challenging/Assembly 

Baby Ford’s ‘Trelik’ imprint is definitely one of my all time favorite UK labels, and his Tan Ru releases were played at Rex by myself the most.


The Wise Caucasian – Sac Magique 

On this other legendary UK label, Steve O’Sullivan showed the French how filtered disco should have been done!

Hot Lizard – Big Air

What a lovely and underrated record produced by Charles Webster. All the mixes were played at Bass Culture’s first season.

Kenny Hawkes – Ashley’s War Part 2 (Kenny’s Space War Mix)

The late Kenny Hawkes was a friend, and one of my favourite DJs. He played countless times for me. This more “Detroit” sounding track was released on the excellent Paper Recordings label.

Chris Simmonds – No More Talkin’

Almost all of Chris Simmonds productions and the releases on his label Cross Section were played at my Bass Culture night at Rex. I liked this one so much that I decided to reissue it three years ago on my Bass Culture Records imprint.

Themis – Your Round

I always loved Nail, first for his deeper house productions on DIY and Classic, but also under his more techno aliases, Jorge Felluca or in this particular case as Themis. An epic tune played late at night.

Gideon Jackson – Come On 

Bass culture was the first party in Paris to invite Terry Francis, as well as most of the Wiggle DJs, and what an impact they made on myself, and on the people who were there!

This powerful track from Gideon (which came out on one of Terry’s labels) perfectly captures the underground London sound of that time.

Cloud City -T.H.C.

This secret weapon was huge at Bass Culture many many years before a legendary Chilean DJ started playing it, which made its price sky rocket on Discogs.

Mr. G – Life (One Dark Late Saturday)

I can’t think of another artist who has been part of Bass Culture’s history from the beginning to the present. All his early records were played at the party, he became one of the first artists signed on the Bass Culture record label, and more recently he’s been doing his incredible live performances. The hard part is to choose only one track of his…

 



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