Balance is a record company located down under in Australia. They have been releasing amazing compilations and tracks for years now. Some of their latest releases have been from top international artists like Sasha and Hernan Cattaneo. One of the best things to come out of Balance is their SoundCloud mix series called Balance Selections. I always come pack regularly to check on this podcast. The music on display here is enlighting and uplifting and is worth the listen. Check out this weeks mix – Balance Selections 034 from Just Be.
Balance Selections 034: Just Be
This week’s mix of the week is from an artist “currently known” as Just Be. The mix has a retro sound to it. Something akin to the rave scene in the early 90s while maintaining deep, modern, pulsating beats and basslines. I have more info on Just Be and his other pseudonyms below, taken from SoundCloud. There is also a cool interview with the artist on the Balance website.
More on Just Be
Just Be aka Bushwacka aka Matthew Benjamin’s story arose from deep within the UK’s underground warehouse and illegal rave scene. Beginning in the 80s and 90s, he found a space where he had an unparalleled creative freedom to explore and develop as an artist. Just Be’s past has now seeped into the present. As the years have gone by, we’ve seen him push boundaries of house, breakbeat, techno, downtempo and ambiance alike. A collection of styles that have since lead him down a path to become the highly sort after DJ/producer that he is today.
Officially, Just Be’s career kicked off with a 14-year residency in London’s legendary The End. The abandoned train tunnel turned nightclub was a leg up in the dance world and propelled him into the international circuit. Since then, his time as a touring artist has seen him headline some of the world’s leading clubs such as Cocoon, DC10 and the now defunct Space in Ibiza. Clubs aside, Just Be is also no stranger to festival life. He’s featured on the dusty plains of the Black Rock Desert for a sunrise set at Burning Man’s Robot Heart stage, The BPM Festival and much more. Fast forward to the present and Just Be now has 6 artist albums with another one on its way, 120 remixes and 160 tracks. To top it off he also has another EP soon to be released on Get Physical Music.
What’s in This Weeks Mix?…
In terms of compiling this bumping house mix for Balance Selections. Just Be waited until the last minute so he could pick his favorite and most recent tracks from his collection. A mix where he’s managed to squeeze 18 tracks into his one-hour set. When asked about his podcast he told Balance ‘I haven’t actually put my own music on this mix. I meant to, but there is so much good music I had to pass on, and I just went with what felt right’ – and as usual, his feeling was spot on.