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Special Feature – BC#9 – Album Review and Track Details


BC#9 – Aquasonica @JasonBakes1 (Album Review)

Now i am sure your all aware of our association with american producer BC#9 by now but if not let me give you a quick introduction to the production mastermind that is the creative genius of Jason Bakes. Jason started off his career as a guitarist for the band Thin White Line and worked with many inspirational and legendary rock/punk artists and bands before making the progression onto drum and bass and electronica production.

This album is a landmark in his production career as it marks great success both on a PERSONAL level for Jason and on a professional level as his fan bass continues to gain followers and grow with every coming day. One thing i would like to note about Jason is he is a very emotion based producer. In the short time i have known him i am yet to hear him create a piece of music that has been made for the sake of it, by that i mean every track although the majority have no vocals, tell a story and a struggle with a form of emotion unique to that piece of production.

A Perfect example of this is the title track “Going On” which was produced at a very powerful and life defining moment in the history of Jason’s career. After a 2 year period of RECOVERING from a brain aneurysm that left Jason without the use of both his arms, this track was created with the release of emotion and stress he had overcome in the previous months and years. The first thing you notice about this track is the beautiful, atmospheric and almost self motivating synths that induce a trance like state that really make you go on a personal journey whilst listening. This is perfectly complimented by the rolling drum beat that drops in around 25 seconds into the track also with the addition of a transfixing almost haunting vocal chant of the word “going on”. This is a track to put on at maximum volume as you kick back after a long week at work to express the feeling that im sure most of you feel each week that you are just “going on” continuing with your day to day duties and routines.

Another notable compliment of this album is that Jason has not tried to make music in similar style to any of his influences. I review a lot of albums for the website and 8 out of every 10 albums i receive sound like cloned copies of the artists that influenced the music. Jason however gracefully breaks free of this bracket and brings a fresh OUTLOOK on the art of production. This is apparent as i listen to the track “Plat Numb Night Crawler” with the track starting off with soft, waving synths and a nice subtle liquid drum and bass percussion line. The track also has almost gospel sounding synth chords in the breaks between drum patterns and samples that takes me back to the early days and careers of SPY, Danny Byrd, High Contrast and the rising of the UK’s liquid drum and bass scene. Yet again this track would be perfect for maximum relaxation, just press play and sit back with a beer whilst the music takes you on a sonic audio journey through the mind of Jason Bakes.

iTunes – Plat Numb Night Crawler

A haunting and dramatic change for the album comes into play as the track “Night Stalker” drops in with its curiosity inducing intro and attention grabbing percussion. Night Stalker almost sounds like the perfect theme tune to a mystery based thriller in which no one is safe but clues will eventually lead to a realization of the culprit. I can almost positively guarantee the little riff in this track will stick in your head for hours after you have listened to it and not in a bad way what so ever.

Liquid Blue is a more uptempo, head bobbing track that instantly makes you want to get up and dance around the room. I challenge anyone to listening to this song and not smile as its foot tapping drum pattern starts to make your limbs and body become automatically influenced by the song and its emotion. With some thoughtful and suggestion synths in place but leaving the drum pattern as the main element, this track is one of my PERSONAL favorites from the album.

This brings me to the shining star of the album, the Mona Lisa of BC#9’s production career thus far. A brilliantly constructed and almost industrial sounding track by the name of “Aquasonica”. During its 3 minutes and 52 second of climatic audio pleasure it twists and turns along many different infrastructures of the liquid drum and bass genre. One minute its rolling nice a fluent taking you upon the waves of thoughtful atmospherics and then without warning the drum pattern begins to become a bit more Jungle influenced and almost South American carnival themed. If i had to liken this track to any other artist i would compare it to the styles of DJ Marky and his southern american influenced liquid drum and bass.

iTunes – Aquasonica Another defining moment on the album is the final track “Dirty Talk” featuring Jason’s wife on vocal duties. This tune is another smooth roller with a very sassy and seductive feel to it but still with enough clout to get you up on your feet and dancing. A nice stomping sample is present as the track plays through taking you on yet another audio journey throughout the mind of this world class producer.

All in all this album is an AUDIBLE masterpiece that can take you on an emotionally pleasing journey from your desk office at work straight into the sunny skyline of the Bahamas. As well as beign pleasing to the lsitener this release is also a personal landmark for us and Jason as we have been closely involved in the albums making from providing pre release promotion to having our producers So Real Sounds help with the mastering of the tracks. We wish nothing but good luck upon Jason and his crew of merry music makers along the journey that this album is sure to bring and we stand alongside to help in every which way that we can.


Jungle Music
Jungle Music

Jungle Music – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jungle-music-single/id906014397

Plat Numb Night Crawler
Plat Numb Night Crawler

Plat numb Night Crawler – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/plat-numb-night-crawler-single/id886003042

Bc#9 - AquaSonica
Bc#9 – AquaSonica

Aquasonica Album – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aquasonica-ep/id894715614 1-976-

Talk Dirty – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1-976-talk-dirty/id894715614?i=894715658

Liquid Blue EP – http://www.beatport.com/release/liquid-blue/1352472


Killah – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/killah-feat.-medieval-guillotine/id885959986

Going On
Going On

Going On on Spring Tube’s compilation – it will be available everywhere September 17.

Going On – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/going-on-single/id718312080

All songs mastered by Martin Grant of London, England https://www.facebook.com/marvmanproductions. Contact Martin directly for your own mastering needs !!


Review Focus – Vestax – VCM600 USB MIDI DJ Controller

Vestax - VCM600 USB MIDI DJ Controller
Vestax – VCM600 USB MIDI DJ Controller

Designed after consultation with top digital DJs, the VCM 600 is a controller specialized for mixing, which offers excellent performance to DJs who mix with digital music media and computer based systems. This really is the digital DJ s dream and will afford the digital DJ some much needed physical hands on control of their favourite software. The VCM 600 shares the same quality control parts used on Vestax mixers, high quality input faders and pitch faders are also applied to the VCM 600 for advanced operability as well as 2 led panels which are placed on each side of the controller to illuminate the top panel for clear operability and vision in clubs.

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Review Focus – Vestax – VCI400 MIDI & Audio Controller + FREE Decksaver Cover

Vestax - VCI400 MIDI & Audio Controller + FREE Decksaver Cover
Vestax – VCI400 MIDI & Audio Controller + FREE Decksaver Cover

The Vestax VCI 400 works with any DJ software that has a MIDI learn function. Having more than 200 assignable parameters (knobs, faders and buttons), you will have plenty of room to fit in all necessary controls of the software you use. Although, Vestax understand creating a MIDI map from scratch can be time consuming. Thata s why Vestax will have basic MIDI maps for a variety of DJ software available on www.vestax.com If it s the first time for you to buy a DJ controller or if you re seeking for other DJ software, the VCI 400 comes with bundles of Serato DJ Intro and Virtual DJ LE 4 Decks, both designed for immediate plug&play DJ experience.

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Review Focus – Vestax – VCI380 DJ Controller

Vestax - VCI380 DJ Controller
Vestax – VCI380 DJ Controller

The VCI 380 is a 2 channel DJ controller with a built in Digital DJ mixer, powerful and creative, opening the door to limitless possibilities of controllerism. Mix, scratch, cue, effect, sample, trigger, loop and slice. Every feature of the VCI 380 is optimized to enhance the DJs performance and take a new approach in manipulating music. Designed hand in hand with Serato, the VCI 380 is bundled with ITCH, providing an arsenal of musical craft tools with perfect integrity, straight out of the box.

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Review Focus – Denon – SC2000 USB DJ MIDI Controller

Denon - SC2000 USB DJ MIDI Controller
Denon – SC2000 USB DJ MIDI Controller

Denon DJ unveil DN SC2000 DJ controller. The unit is an affordable, compact, professional grade, solid steel MIDI controller designed for the home DJ or party laptop DJ on the go. Used together with the DJ s favorite mixer and PC software of choice, the DN SC2000 offers party and bedroom DJs a compact, portable, user friendly control solution. A two layer system, the unit can control two decks at once (with visible deck color change), or be paired with another DN SC2000 unit to control four decks.

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