The French bastion of underground house celebrates 20 years of parties with a label 'best of' compilation mix
It’s been twenty years since D’Julz started his Bass Culture party at Paris’s most famous underground club, Rex, and to celebrate, the French selector has crafted a mix of some of his label’s best tracks. In 2009, just over a decade into the party’s life, Bass Culture sprouted legs in the form of a label and an onslaught of dependably dubby house bangers began. The label’s vibe has always been about club friendly house music nestling between the more classic strains of the genre more often than not with an eye on those late night, peak time moments and this mix sticks resolutely to that ethos.
It’s testament to D’Julz’s skills as an A&R that the tracks on display rarely disappoint. As a demonstration of his skills as a DJ however, it’s by no means the definitive document. Restricting any DJ to just the tracks from a label is always going to hinder the magic slightly. D’Julz is at his best expertly weaving between house, disco and techno so as a musical journey, don’t expect it to summarise his talents as a storyteller by any means. As a recap on the label’s finest moments, it’s an enjoyable romp nonetheless.
Ibiza Voice score 7/10
To whet your appetite, check out this D'Julz mix on Rinse FM: