This week’s Mix Of The Week is a David & Goliath style affair as G-Town Records head honcho Shampain goes toe-to-toe with Neighbourhood label boss Tasha for a two-hour mix on Rinse France. The pair roll through two hours of jolting techno cuts, shifting through classic percussive UK techno right through to perky 90’s inspired Neapolitan style grooves.
Both Tasha & Shampain lie on the fringes of the techno & bass worlds. Neither DJ defines their sound through a cyclical affix that determines what is to be expected from their output, but rather root around the margins in a fearlessly unrestrained manner. Both DJs find commonality in their devotion to club orientated music, specifically bass heavy sounds.
Both selectors fall into the DJs, DJ category as they effortlessly tread through various moods, flavours, speeds and genres with absolute ease. Wether you find Tasha blasting out breakneck rhythms at peak-time with DJ Pete or Shampain serving up chic house grooves to breakfast-time ravers in RSO, the pair are about as resilient as DJs come.
The London & Galway cross over recording showcases the pair diving into uncharted waters with no plan, direction or perceived idea as what to play, but both with a sense sheer comfort within the vulnerable domain of the unknown. The pair’s shared love for gnarly bass heavy techno see’s the B2B hit the sweet spot within minutes, as each mix scrambles in contrasting directions both selector are found reaching for their next weapon.
The mix ranges from cult classics such as ‘Tessela – With Patsy’ right down to modern UK heads down style techno from Blasha & Allat. The formidable pairing route through grimey bassbins & techno basements with absolute proficiency.