Bass Gang asset J. Cloud’s delivers ‘smooth operator’ sets that meld r&b, 1980s soul and funk, Afro and breakbeat—he might drop the likes of Ciara and James Brown alongside Motor City Drum Ensemble and Jimmy Edgar—and his taste is equally marked by new jack swing, UK funky, popping, groove, and 2-step. A. In any case, positive vibes and grooving energy are two steadfast components central to any J.Cloud-guided dancefloor.
Bass Gang was started in Berlin in 2012 by DJ peers Gofi and Minoto (the two grew up together in Berlin’s Friedrichshain neighborhood and were in the same dance troupe). In an effort to distance themselves from Berlin’s legendary techno scene, the collective began to host parties (Nachtbarschaftsbass) and play music they felt better represented their own experiences in the Hauptstadt. Bass Gang’s five crew members (Minoto, Gofi, Ostblokkk, J.Cloud and Tuan:Anh), have unique styles but are united by a love of early 00s hip hop and r&b. Their sets fuse underground sounds from UK funky, garage, grime, and jersey club to kuduro, zouk and ghetto house. On Saturday, February 4th, Bass Gang will take over YAAM’s third floor and represent the recent and ongoing diversification of the city’s club sounds.