Tom Middleton – “Bass Music Roots & Inspiration 86-92” (DJ Mix)

History lesson.


From Tom Middleton’s Soundcloud page:

This mix marks the release of TOM MIDDLETON’s debut sample loop pack for LOOPMASTERS ARTIST SERIES AS101 : DEEP BASS HOUSE which is available now at

Bass House, Liquatech, Post-Dubstep, Future Jungle… Complextro… it seems there’s a new dance music genre every season.
So where does modern Bass Music come from?

You could rewind back to late 60’s-70’s Jamaica, Sound System and Dancehall culture, 18″ Sub Woofers, King Tubby’s pioneering Dub experiments etc, but I’m picking up the story just after the mid 80’s in both Miami and Chicago.

This is the story of Bass, Bleeps and Breaks between 1986 and 1992.
The evolution of a post Disco-Electro-HipHop-Industrial home-produced sound that fused analogue drum machines, synthesisers, sampling, sped-up funk breakbeats, MCs toasting on the mic and snippets of Reggae and Dancehall anthems.

And in particular I wanted to find the first record that used a Roland TR808 Kick drum melodically to play full Bass parts as I do in some of my Liquatech productions and remixes.

I reckon the Miami Bass classic by Dynamix II – Just Give The DJ A Break is one of the earliest uses of melodic 808 Kick Bass. (Feel free to contribute other suggestions!)

The rest of the music selection should speak for itself.
Space and Bass dot joinery!

It’s mostly chronological with two exceptions.
Future Sound Of London sampled the Sub Bass part in Meat Beat Manifesto’s ‘Radio Babylon’ in their own anthem ‘Papua New Guinea’ – just made sense to have them in that order.

Similarly, LTJ Bukem’s ‘Demon’s Theme’ uses the snare from A Guy Called Geralds ’28 Gun Badboy’ (amongst other absolute classic samples…)

These are all stone cold Bass Anthems by true Electronic Music Pioneers.
I salute and thank all of the Artists for such inspirational music.


Click below to stream and/or download the history and lesson.


Space and Bass dot joinery indeed.