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Bass Odyssey

Bass Odyssey

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There are at least three groups with the title Bass Odyssey:

1) A nineties dub trance artist, Jamie Meakes. His only album, Clipping The Wings Of The Imagination, was popular in the dance chillout scene at the time.

2) A Jamaican Reggae sound system.

Bass Odyssey is best known outside Jamaica for their clashes. Selectors on Bass Odyssey are Mark, Worm, Squingy, Dameion, Dwayne, Charly Blacks, Lexxy, Keithy, Harry D and Shootah. The sound system features a large amount of Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Luciano and Garnett Silk dubplates. Besides playing in Jamaica and the United States, the sound has performed in Europe on several occasions, including David Rodigans birthday bash in 2003 and the Riddim Clash 2006, a yearly sound clash sponsored by the German reggae magazine Riddim. Bass Odyssey have played and won the UK Cup Clash in 2006 and 2007 also the 2008 title making it three consecutive years. The sound has also been nominated for the category Best Sound System at IRWMA two years in a row.

3) An Irish breakbeats/drum and bass group.

Bass Odyssey were a Cork (Ireland) band formed in 1996 by Graham Finn and Alan O’Keeffe, deciding that they had a shared interest in breakbeats, drum and bass, and various other leftfield musical forms. What started off as an ambitious DJ project, quickly turned into a proper band of merit. Because of Graham’s earlier achievements with Emperor Of Ice Cream, a passion to write and perform their own music soon became apparent.

Two years of hard work paid off and the groups first single, Twilight went on to win an award for best Irish track at the inaugural Irish Dance Music Awards in April 1998. After over a year of intensive touring and DJing everywhere from Cork to Texas, the band settled down to record their second EP Remote Control Soul in Cork with new member Chris O'Driscoll. Their second record, which was released in 1999, turned out to be more of a vocal affair and proved to be an even bigger success than it’s predecessor.

Whilst recording music for the film ‘Deep Blue Sea’ in New York, LL Cool J happened to hear ‘Remote Control Soul’ through a mutual acquaintance and invited the band to re-record the track for inclusion in the movie. Whilst recording in NYC, Graham was asked to do some remix work for LL as well as write some tunes with him. Again the band toured the record intensely for a long eighteen months. In 2003 Bass Odyssey split up, Chris O'Driscoll went on to sing with Arm The Elderly while Graham Finn and Alan O’Keeffe played with rock band Sylvia Saint.

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