Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mark E Quark - Bassix, 1994

This is my Bassix cassette mix from way back in 1994 for your listening & download pleasure. This was my obligatory 'breakbeat house' mix and has early material from Le Funk Mob, Chemical Brothers (when they were still known as the Dust Brothers), plus DJ Spun's first record, Central Fire, which is all over this mix. In fact, side 2 is completely structured around this record! I not only thought it was the greatest record ever made at the time, but it was an excellent mixing tool that I could pretty much layer with anything and mix for ages and that I did. :-) I lived for records like this!

At the same time I was putting this 'tape" together, 'trip hop' and 'ambient dub' were brand new genres coming up that were also explored in this mix. I also incorporated some of my favorite house records at the time like David Morales & The Bad Yard Club "Gimme Luv" & Coup d'Etat - that mysterious house white label sampling Janis Joplin's "Ball & Chain".

Special thanks to Craig & Kelli Moreno for lending me the tape for this project! These mixes are both downloadable and were encoded at 320 kbps. I hope you enjoy this blast from the past.

Bassix 1994 by Mark E Quark

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mark E Quark - Live @ Etch & Sketch, Nov 1992

This set was recorded live at an underground weekly after-show called Etch A Sketch (San Diego's answer to LA's Sketch Pad) which started sometime in late 92 by Scott Leitzke & James Heth. The weekly was held in a vacant basement of a building in the Gaslamp area of downtown San Diego. Despite the silly name and the fact it started in the wee hours of the morning, this was a very fun, but short lived night which offered music and a "free breakfast cereal bar" which was a pretty unique idea at the time. The djs on this particular night, if my memory serves me correctly, were DJ Xstatic aka Daeman, Joey Jimenez & myself. This was the era I was constantly being billed as the "sunrise" dj and you can hear why on this mix. Lots of deep / early morning house classics here plus a few other surprises. This mix has never seen the light of day until now. I hope you get a kick out of hearing this mix which is just a few months past 19 years in age. A big thanks goes to Nathalie Schroeder for lending me her copy of this cassette tape since I had lost mine years ago in a move.

Mark E Quark - Recorded Live November 1992 by Mark E Quark