Ahead of their set for 51st State Festival this August, we’ve brought together a few of our favourite tracks from the house music collective to show you what they’re all about.

With almost a hundred years of experience collectively under their belts, Teddy Douglas, DJ Spen & Karizma are true legends in the House fraternity. The seminal production team first got together in Jay Steinhour’s Baltimore basement in 1986. All of them respected DJs in their own right in Baltimore, D.C., and Virginia, the trio of Steinhour, Teddy Douglas, and Thommy Davis joined forces to work creatively as a group. Three years later Davis left to pursue other ventures and DJ Spen joined.

Synonymous with deep, soulful House, the Basement Boys are responsible for producing a plethora of underground classics in the late eighties, before moving into the mainstream with productions such as ‘Gypsy Woman’ for Crystal Waters and remixes for the likes of Paula Abdul, Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu and Ultra Naté. In 1994, the Basement Boys formed their own record label under the same name, recording under a variety of aliases, such as Those Guys.

Here are our top tracks from the legendary Basement Boys.

Those Guys – Love Love Love

Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) (Basement boy ”Strip To The Bone ” Mix) 

The Basement Boys – Love Don’t Live Here No More (The Basement Boys Subliminal Sub-Pump Mix)

Basement Boys – Spen’s House (Vocal Mix) 

Ultra Nate – It’s Over Now (Basement Boys Mix)

Jasper Street Co. – Joy (The Basement Boys Original Mix) 

Byron Stingily – It’s Over (The Basement Boys 12″ Mix) 

Jasper Street Co. – A Feeling (Basement Boys Mix)