Dynamix II – Just Give The DJ A Break
If we want to talk kings of the electro bass sound, there is only one duo we can give that title to…the cats that Dave Clarke described as “the biggest fucking bass you are ever going to experience”, Miami bass rockers Dynamix II. Founded in 1986, they have been around since the birth of the bass music sound, and are still producing slamming beats and rocking packed out crowds to this day.
The original lineup consisted of David Noller and Lon “Ace In The Place” Alonzo, and this was the pair who brought us this all time classic Miami bass jam: Just Give The DJ A Break. This record has been boomed from subwoofers out of drop top Caddies, Jeeps and anything with 4 wheels and a huge set of subs ever since it was released — not to mention it is one record that is absolutely guaranteed to get any bboy looking lively on the floor the second that hardcore bass line kicks in. The track is made up of a series of fat break samples and vocal snippets, including James Brown, Visage, Hashim and even Ronald Reagan, interspersed with dope vocoder raps. Pure party rocking shit! The record went gold, with over 600,000 copies sold in the US alone. The pair only released one more single, Techno Bass / Feel The Bass before splitting up.
Lon Alonzo leaves Dynamix II
The pair split up after their second record, but Noller kept the Dynamix II name whilst Lon Alonzo went on and released the deadly Vicious Love 12″. Lon also teamed up with Aaron Ray to form Catch 22 releasing a 12″ and a couple of tracks appearing on compilations Teamed up with Jock D to form Cha-os releasing a 12″ titled This is Too Much Bass, a classic miami bass jam. Lon & Jock D have a new release out on the revived Cut It Up Def v.2 label now run by Chris Walton (Jock D) and word is there’s a new LP on the way.
Meanwhile, on the Dynamix II Front
Meanwhile, Noller released the next record, Arrival of Bass as a solo effort, some more hardcore subwoofer tracks, with the epic jam Purple Bass on the flip. He was soon joined by Claudio Barrella (of fellow Miami bass crew Maggotron), and they released several 12″s together between 1990 and 1991 including Don’t Touch That Dial and Bass Generator before Scott Weiser joined Noller in 1991, deciding to build a studio together and combine their collections of analogue synthesizers, drum machines and samplers, and it is this lineup that has held out as Dynamix II until today.
As well as being sampled by cats like The Chemical Brothers and The Cotton Club, the boys have still been releasing records together right up until 2009, and are still tearing up clubs and stadiums as a killer live act. “It’s odd,” Dynamix II explain, “many of the club kids at the parties we play weren’t even born when Just Give the Dj a Break came out in 1986, so many of them have never heard of us and think that we are new.”
At Cold Crush, we can tell you one thing: this is one speaker shaking, booty rocking, poppin’ and lockin’ jam.
PS, check out the official Dynamix II homepage here