In his Hyperspecific column for The Quietus, Rory Gibb outlines how techno is colliding with bass music more than ever, viewed through the lens of recent releases from producers like Szare, Kowton and Elgato.
Going back to square one I guess... Some of the old DMZ releases fit well in a techno set, and who said techno had to have a 4x4? Just check out some mid 90's Dave Angel tracks to see what I mean (or check out some Jeff Mills from the "Every Dog Has it's Day" releases or "See The Light") I agree that the term "Bass Music" is slightly meaningless nowadays, especially with the term "Global Bass". But I can see where it's coming from some sort of a Sound System context/tradition as opposed to a strictly club/disco environment. It's got to do with the dynamics in the mixing: slow transitions, repetition and filter tweeking vs bassdrops and rewinds, Stop/Start.