The 305’s Sub Monuments
In Miami, bass is king. In fact, there are so many record labels, stores, clubs, radio stations and studios that it’s hard to keep track of everything sub-related in Liberty City. That’s why we asked writer Dave Tompkins and illustrator Brad Beatson to team up for a general survey of the bass landscape in Miami. Click on the names below the map to find out more information about their contribution to Miami Bass history.
- NORTH MIAMI
Bass Station // Pandisc // Vision
- MIAMI GARDENS & GOLDEN GLADES
Studio 183 // Peaches
- BROWNSVILLE & LITTLE HAITI
NW 15th Ave // Superstars Roller Tech // Pac Jam // Music Specialist International // Pac Jam (54th Street Location)
- VIRGINIA KEY BEACH
Hot Productions // Joey Boy Records // WEDR // Circle House
- WEST PALM BEACH
Cut It Up Def
- FT. LAUDERDALE
119th Street near 19th Avenue
Located in a retired bowling alley down from Bob Perry’s Blue Note record store, Bass Station was a co-branding of label and club backed by ex-Marine dope entrepreneur Norberto Morales and the Triple M DJs (Miami Money Makers). Members included P Man Sam Ferguson (originally of Space Funk) and the absurdly talented DJ Eric Griffin. All three are now deceased, but P Man’s electro-boogie classic “Rock It Baby” is a 12-inch memorial that respectfully dismantles “Saturday Love.” By the late ’80s, Griffin had his own label (Never Stop) while effortlessly clowning the rules of sampling and programming. The first Bass Station release, Dynamix II’s “Just Give the DJ A Break,” is one of those tracks that even the Miami Bass scoffers respect, mainly because of the production work of Griffin and Dynamix’s Dave Noller and Lon Alonzo. Bottom gets tuned, vocoder says “Toilet Bowl” and English synth pop act Visage goes electro-funk, despite themselves.