After quite a long letter, “Q” should be a very short letter. Q-BAM is a rather wonderful and sadly under-rated American house/techno artist, who released material on Astralworks. He is still an active DJ today. His “Feng Shui” album from 1998 is a bit of a lost home-listening classic.

Q-Burns Abstract Message is the alter ego of Orlando, Florida DJ/producer/remixer Michael Donaldson. A member of the city’s Eighth Dimension collective, Donaldson’s eclecticism has graced several compilations, EP and single releases for various labels, and remixes for artists including Faith No More and Us3. After nabbing the opening slot on the Chemical Brothers’ U.S. tour, Donaldson was signed to the Astralwerks label in 1997. His debut single, “Touchin’ on Something,” was released late in the year, and the singles collection Oeuvre followed in 1998. Invisible Airline appeared three years later. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

As for more recently, his own biog says: “Though his “endless summer schedule”, more than 100 DJ dates annually, and ongoing production projects would seemingly exhaust a mere mortal, Q-BAM rather enjoys this 120-bpm soundtrack. Accordingly, Donaldson and fellow Orlando producer/DJ Atnarko recently launched the vinyl-only label EIGHT-TRACKS, dedicated to releasing “strange sounds that you can dance to” says Q-BAM himself. Additionally, house imprint Agave Records has tapped Donaldson to throw down a mix CD titled Agave Nectar Vol. 1, now available in fine records shops worldwide..”
Two tracks each from “Feng Shui” and “Invisible Airline” respectively. The first two tracks are particularly fine:

Q-Burns Abstract Message – He’s A Skull

Q-Burns Abstract Message – Solar Car

Q-Burns Abstract Message – Shame (Q-Burns Abstract Message Funk Dub)

Bonus tracks:

Q-Burns Abstract Message – Feng Shui (Groove Armada’s Lost In Space Remix)

Gus Gus – VIP (Q Burns Abstract Message Remix)

And, do explore his soundcloud page for mixes and downloads, especially this.


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~ by acidted on November 4, 2009.


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