The vision of A Bass Odyssey is to unite various crews, labels and individual artists from Berlin, Germany and beyond! Each group was chosen for their long-standing involvement in and dedication to their particular scenes.
Serendubity is an eclectic collective of sound nomads based in Berlin, Germany. Since the first “Rhythm & Space” festival in 2013, they have become one of Berlin’s (and Germany’s) most active crews in all things dub-related.
On June 9th Serendubity will be hosting the “Soundsystem Education” floor, with a special guest out of the UK – the son of the mighty Jah Shaka, for the very first time in Berlin – Young Warrior!! Support will come from Umberto Echo & Jah Schulz, 2 of southern Germany’s foremost authorities in live-dubbing, plus Acid Dub Foundation, Catitah, Ital-P & Dubfish from the Serendubity Crew, as well as live visuals by Flimmerkiste!
Expect a long night of dub in all of its facets – from the very beginning of the era to the latest in steppas and modern soundsystem scorchers!
The idea of the Lion’s Den was set into place by Ras Lion a few years ago and has been developing ever since! With a focus on connecting different people, different influences and inspirations while merging creative energies.
The record label Lion’s Den has the aim to promote proper Dub, Steppaz, Reggae, and other music in the same terrain on vinyl and digitally, including videos, art installations, merchandise, etc. Lion’s Den is working with various vocalists, musicians and producers from all over the world to deliver the finest in conscious music and spread positive vibez – always on a musical mission…
As a sound system force they come in with a heavy weight selection… musical ambassador Ras Lion (selektah / engineer), mostly joined on lyrical duties by the multilingual MCs/singers Kali Green and konTa or guests.
On Saturday night, Lion’s Den will be teaming up with the mighty Moonshine Recordings, bringing you an extra-heavy line up – from Poland, Hungary, France, Germany and the UK – to keep you stepping until the sun comes up!
With over 50 releases from internationally acclaimed artists such as Radikal Guru, Truth, 6blocc, Babylon System, RSD, DJ Madd & Bukkha to name but a few, the esteemed Polish label has carved out a unique niche – continuously floating between dub, steppas and dubstep – simultaneously uplifting and deeply meditative.
On June 10th they will team up with the Lion’s Den to bring some of the labels top b(r)ass to Berlin! Radikal Guru & Violinbwoy (live) will be joined by label manager Mack out of Poland! They will be accompanied by the powerful vocals of Echo Ranks out of the UK, known for his anthems such as “Warning!” (produced by Radikal Guru for Moonshine) and “Don’t Kill Your Brother” (produced by Violinbwoy for Lion’s Den)! And as if that weren’t enough, the one and only DJ Madd will be flying in from the US for a few exclusive shows in the Europe, with the highly talented Mysterious Kid providing some amazing visuals for the night!
With regular events in venues such as about:blank (and more recently Burg Schnabel) as well as their monthly radio show on BLN.fm, Impulse Berlin has steadily built themselves a solid reputation as the go-to crew for all things dubstep and bass music in Berlin since their founding in 2010.
As a collective comprised of 5 different Berliner crews, they represent a large spectrum of bass music which is ever growing. However, at the forefront has always been dubstep – from dubby and deep to dark and dangerous!
On Friday, June 9th, the Impulse residents Infra, Saiman, El Ninho & Hi Enz will be joined on the “Bassweight Meditation” floor by a very special guest from Croydon, UK – the birthplace of Dubstep – who has been around since day one – DJ Hatcha!
From the first events in the dark caverns of Subland in the summer of 2011, to more recent events featuring international heavyweights of the bass music scene such as Gorgon Sound, Mungos Hifi & Egoless to name a few, the Dub Der Guten Hoffnung crew has come to be one of the primary sources for dub-influenced bass music in Berlin, always putting a large emphasis on quality, vibes and sound!
In the past 5 years they have tirelessly dedicated themselves to sound system culture in Germany and Austria, with 2 full crews and sound systems currently operating out of Berlin and Graz. Their work with US dubstep pioneer Roommate of Babylon System saw them go on tour in March 2012 and resulted in the release of the “Dub Der Guten Hoffnung EP” on Roommate’s Avocaudio imprint. Their annual sound system sessions at the “Friedvolle Walpurgisnacht” in Mauerpark have since become one of the highlights leading up to the summer festival season.
In this fashion, Dub der guten Hoffnung will be providing the sound for the open air on Saturday, with the original Berliner crew coming together for the first time in several years for this special occasion!
Higher Ground Recordings is a brand new, Berlin-based record label dedicated to high-quality Jungle / Drum & Bass music, in a heavyweight 12″ vinyl format.
Coincidentally (or perhaps not?), their first release will fall on June 12th, making A Bass Odyssey the perfect setting for a record release party! Label manager Jimi Handtrix will be joined by his partner in crime Tommy Lexxus, hosting 3 heavyweights of the modern jungle scene from the UK & Germany.
Recently voted as the world’s “Best Jungle DJ” at the We Love Jungle awards ceremony, Aries is easily one of the most active and down to earth people in the scene! Joined by long-time UK veteran Navigator, the dynamic duo are sure to set the dance on fire! The line up will be rounded off by one of Germany’s top deep and rolling jungle producers and deejays – Brian Brainstorm – who has lately been gaining international exposure with his top-notch productions!
The BUNS Soundsystem are a fairly new outfit hailing from the UK, now based in Berlin! They will be powering the second floor (Impulse & Higher Ground) with their impressive, home made Soundsystem!
Peace Time Sound is the joint effort of 2 old school dub heads from Berlin, Germany. From numerous events in Berlin since who knows when – including the official United Nations of Dub launch parties – to their work with artists such as King Shiloh Soundsystem, Vibronics, Madu Messenger & King Earthquake to name a few, Peace Time can safely be referred to as one of the veteran sounds in Berlin!
On Friday they will be joined by friends and family, including the illustrious Goldfinga and Bauminista, as well as Boogoo Yagga Dub Disco, Dubfish & Benjammin! Expect a night of heavy roots-rock-reggae, ska and other early Soundsystem music!