Ex-graffiti writer J. Antoni began working with his partner Krooks on the Betamax project in 1998 with the intention of designing dancefloor-friendly house tracks in the vein of their Chicago and Detroit heroes of the early house and techno movements. The first 12" singles were released as limited editions on Antoni's own Stockholm-based Urban Electro Squad imprint in 1999. The best of these releases were compiled by deep house/garage label I! Records in 2002, as well as being showcased on various I! Records DJ mixes and compilations.