A.C. Au Funkster

Florida Funk Bass, Bass, Bass & Mo Bass

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The title Florida Funk: Bass Bass Bass and Mo Bass accurately describes the contents of this CD, which was among the numerous independently released bass recordings that came from Florida in the 1990s. Florida Funk isn't about showcasing a lot of rappers--this largely instrumental effort serves as a vehicle for the mixing and turntable wizardry of A.C. AuFunkster, who isn't in a class with D.J. Magic Mike but is fairly creative nonetheless. This album is instantly recognizable as a southern bass recording--like 2 Live Crew, 95 South, Afro-Rican and Tag Team, AuFunkster can be fast, hyper and danceable. But he isn't afraid to slow down the tempo when it's appropriate, and he doesn't exclude New York or L.A. influences--in fact, one hears traces of the Egyptian Lover on "Florida Funk Bass Melee" and "Breathing Bass," both of which recall the type of heavily electronic, "Planet Rock"-influenced recordings that L.A. hip-hoppers were making before Ice-T and N.W.A popularized gangsta rap in the late 1980s. Florida Funk isn't for the casual bass fan, but if you're heavily into bass, it's worth picking up.

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