DJ Smurf, The Mix Tape

Jon Caramanica

By Jon Caramanica

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Though it got less recognition, Atlanta in the '80s and '90s had a bass scene almost as innovative as Miami's. And DJ Smurf — who would later rename himself Mr. Collipark and bring his "intimate club music" sound to the Ying Yang Twins '"Wait (TheWhisperSong)" — was one of its leading practitioners, with a high-speed, lightweight approach to the genre. Miami's sound throbs, while Atlanta's pummels. Not everything on this collection of early work is a bass record, but the ones that are are spectacularly loose. "Girls" is a raucous revision of Shai's "If I Ever Fall In Love, and "2 Tha Walls," Smurf has said, is the template for Lil Jon 's "GetLow".