Though most of his productions have appeared on Chicago labels, producer/DJ Austin Bascom
is actually based in Toronto. Soaking up a variety of sounds in Canada's metropolitan hub, Bascom
was influenced by not only house and techno but electro, soul, acid jazz, and hip-hop. He began releasing his material in 1995, and created a reputation for lush underground house with club favorites (recorded as Abacus
) for two of Chicago's best-loved dance labels, Guidance and 83 West. In 1999, his first A:xus
production, the atmospheric samba-house cut "Baghdad Cafe (Callin' U)," became yet another prize for DJs and club fans alike. In early 2000, the full-length Soundtrack for Life
became the first single-artist full-length released by Guidance.