Shango - Shango Message

I must be one of the very few bloggers who’s done a good-quality recording of this track and made available on the net. Shango is member of Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force and ZuluNation. In 1984 he released a killer solo album. The front-cover alone convinced me to buy it.  Once I got home and played the record, I was floored to how original all the tracks were. I’m talking about five long tracks with electric beats, cosmo funk, rap & singing vocals, synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, deep basslines, laser beams and soul mania. You’re gonna love the synth hooks in Shango Message. Play this track nice and loud on beefy speakers.  Stand back, close your eyes and groove deep with it.

Shango – “Shango Message”…

Artist: Shango
Title: Shango Message
Year: 1984
Label: CellulOID
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Shango – “Shango Message” (mp3)

 

Pieces Of A Dream - Say La La 01

Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalThis is a very very RARE 12-inch gem indeed ….. New York Street Mix of “Say La La” by Pieces Of A Dream (1986). Good luck in finding this track anywhere on the net!  Not even on YouTube.  You may find the original-extended version of Say La La, but not this New York Street Mix, especially a good quality recording (high-resolution 320/kbs MP3). I just love the minimal approach to this remix which has a bassline to die for. Each bassline note sounds like staccato one-shot bass-stab thats deep. The drums are factory sounds that of an E-Mu SP12 drum-machine/sampler (picture & info further down below). Nice breakdown and build-up towards the middle and end with nice gradual fade-out. I’m gonna let the music do the talking. Have a listen. I hope you’ve got beefy speakers!

Pieces Of  A Dream – “Say La La” (New York Street Mix)…

Artist: Pieces Of A Dream
Title: Say La La (New York Street Mix)
Year: 1986
Label: Manhattan Records (via EM)
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Pieces Of A Dream – “Say La La” (New York Street Mix) (mp3)

 

Pieces Of  A Dream – “Say La La” (Extended Album Version)…

Artist: Pieces Of A Dream
Title: Say La La (Extended Album Version)
Year: 1986
Label: Manhattan Records (via EM)
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Pieces Of A Dream – “Say La La” (Extended Album Version) (mp3)

 

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Pieces Of A Dream

About Pieces Of A Dream…

Source of information (click here)

  • Formed 1975, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Pieces Of A Dream are:
  • Cedric Napoleon (bassist)
  • Curtis Harmon (drummer)
  • and James Lloyd (keyboardist)
  • Pieces of a Dream were founded in 1975 in Philadelphia when the principal members were all teenagers.
  • Originally somewhat jazz-oriented, Pieces of a Dream has mostly emphasized R & B although they usually include a few jazz numbers in their performances.
  • Grover Washington, Jr., produced their first three albums (all for Elektra during 1981-83), they have since recorded for Manhattan.
  • The group has also included Lance Webb (lead vocals), Randall Bowland (guitar), Vincent Davis (synths) and Norwood (vocals).
  • Saxophonist Ron Kerber became a member in the 1990′s.
  • Their albums included ‘Pieces Of A Dream’ (1981), including ‘Warm Weather’ featuring the vocals of Barbara Walker, ‘We Are One’ (1982) and ‘Imagine This’ (1983), including ‘Fo-Fi-Fo’, all were a fusion of R & B, jazz and soul.
  • They continued this formula following their switch to Manhattan (via EM]) with ‘Joyride’ (1986), ‘Makes You Wanna’ (1988), including ‘We Belong To Each Other’, and the Gene Griffin, co-produced ‘Bout Dat Time’ (1989).
  • Later releases concentrated more along the smooth jazz vein.

“Say La La” Performed by FAMU’s World Famous Marching 100 Band…

E-Mu SP12  Drum Machine/Sampler…

E-mu SP12

The E-mu SP-12 is the classic drum machine & sampler combo that paved the way for such greats as the E-mu SP-1200 and AKAI MPC series of sampling drum machines. Redesigned from E-mu’s original Drumulator drum machine, the SP-12 is a classic drum machine with built in sampling capability. There is a set of preset drum sounds including kick, snare, hihats, toms, cymbals, handclap and rimshot. These sounds can be mixed and edited using the sliders. Then you can add your own beats and drum sounds using the built-in 12-bit sampler. Sampling time is limited to only a few seconds and the quality is very lo-fi (a sound loved by lo-fi and trip hop). Store your patterns and link them into songs, there’s room for 100 of each! There are mono and individual outputs (no stereo). It’s been used by Madlib, Large Professor, Chicago, and DJ Premiere.

The SP-12 was quickly superceded by the SP-1200 in 1987 which was continuously reissued through 1997. The SP-1200 is undoubtedly the more popular of the two since it has added features and emphasized sampling by eliminating the preset drum sounds.

Source of information (click here)

Fox The Fox 03

Here’s a killer GEM from my vault. The first time I’ve heard this track (the dub remix version) was in May 1985 in my brother’s Jeep. He came back (to Toronto) for the summer after completing his sophomore year at Boston University. One day he came to pick me up after my school was done, and he had this killer dance mix-tape blasting off his Jeep’s system; Precious Little Diamond was the next track; and thank GOD all the track-listing was hand-written on the tape’s cover. I just had to know what and who the track was. Then my brother rushed me to Starsound record store on Young Street ….. went inside … asked Sepe (the owner) to help me find Fox The Fox …. he pulled the last 12-inch out from somewhere. I was just in time, because Precious Little Diamond had been out for quite some time, and almost all existing copies were sold-out everywhere. This remix was produced by Shep Pettibone. Listen to the dub-version first …. oh my god …. gotta LOVE the bassline which starts the track right in your fucking face …. Shep’s signature. I believe it’s a processed bassline preset from one of the Yamaha DX synth series (either DX-1, DX-5, or DX-7) …. which you’ll hear in a lot of Shep’s other remixes between 1984 through 1988, such as George Michael’s Hard Day remix (1987).

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix Dub)…

Artist: Fox The Fox
Title: Precious Little Diamond (Remix Dub)
Year: 1984
Label: Epic
Remix Prodicer: Shep Pettibone
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix Dub) (mp3)

 

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix)…

Artist: Fox The Fox
Title: Precious Little Diamond (Remix Dub)
Year: 1984
Label: Epic
Remix Prodicer: Shep Pettibone
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix) (mp3)

 

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Fox The Fox 01

T.C. Curtis – “Let’s Make Love”

TC Curtis - Lets Make Love

Ah yes. This one is one hell-of-a-gem.  I bought this 12-inch in December 1986 at HMV record store in Piccadilly, London. What a huge record store it was. They had a whole wing of nothing but 12-inch singles. Christmas-time in England is very lively and bright with night-lights everywhere. You can walk everywhere and window-shop, and that’s exactly what I was doing …. shopping for records. I was just browsing all the singles … just looking at the covers …. seeing which one would grab my attention. I remember seeing this record and had this inner buzz go off. I had no idea who TC Curtis is (other than he’s a British artist), but I had this inner feeling that his track would get me hooked with its bassline.

T.C. Curtis – “Let’s Make Love” (Extended)…

Artist: T.C. Curtis
Title: Let’s Make Love (Extended)
Year: 1986
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.
Label: Hot Melt Records

T.C. Curtis – Let’s Make Love (Extended) (mp3)

 

T.C. Curtis – “Let’s Make Love” (Dub)…

Artist: T.C. Curtis
Title: Let’s Make Love (Extended)
Year: 1986
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

T.C. Curtis – Let’s Make Love (Dub) (mp3)

 

hopscotch cover

Just listen to this track NOW!! and then read all this while it’s still playing. HopScotch is one serious bad ass long, epic track that has ever been produced. Just look at the studio line-up: music production Sly & Robbie the dub legends … vocals Gwen Guthrie … and engineering/mixing/remixing Larry Levan. Groovy track ….. instantly grabs you by its hooks and deeply connects within you.  Such an incredible bassline, synth chord stabs, four-to -the-floor kicks, and countless of other musical dub elements floating in and out. Beautifully engineered and mixed-down. Class-A production through and through. This track is TRUTH.

Sly & Robbie, Gwen Guthrie – “HopScotch” (Larry Levan Remix Instrumental)…

Artists: Sly & Robbie, Gwen Guthrie, Larry Levan
Title: HopScotch (Larry Levan Remix Instrumental)
Year: 1983
Source: Track provided by BeatElectric.Blogspot.com

Sly & Robbie, Gwen Guthrie – “HopScotch” (Larry Levan Remix Instrumental) (mp3)

 

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Larry Levan (R. I. P. 1954 - 1992)

Gwen Guthrie

Gwen Guthrie (R.I.P. 1950 - 1999)

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Sly & Robbie

Deep Forest – “Sweet Lullaby” (Extended)

DeepForest_SweetLullaby

Sweet Lullaby is my favorite ethnic-electronic epic track by Deep Forest. I was lucky to even find a maxi-CD single of this track back in 1994 (more than two year after its release). I just can’t get enough listening to the extended mix of Sweet Lullaby; I used to play it over and over again back in the day … sometimes for months straight. Nowadays I play this track once every month or two. And over the years I must’ve played it track well over a thousand times in total. I’ve lost count.  So, what I love about the extended mix is that the it starts off with a long instrumental passage building-up towards the ethnic vocals which kick-in almost half way through. The vocals then embrace the entire track (with beautiful under/middle/upper harmonic layers) and carry it to the finale. The melodic, punchy bassline is the vertebral column and base-station platform which drives the entire length of the track, keeping all its layers together tightly and protecting them from getting buried in any kind of mud. The melodic synth-chord pads are creamy, rich and significantly deep ….. playing elegantly along with the bassline …… complementing the main bass-melody ….. and taking you to a higher dimension.

Sweet Lullaby is one hell of an original, beautiful and emotional french masterpiece. Timeless!

Deep Forest – “Sweet Lullaby” (Extended)…

Artist: Deep Forrest
Title: Sweet Lullaby (Extended)
Year: 1992
Media Source: Maxi-CD single

Deep Forrest – “Sweet Lullaby” (Extended) (mp3)

 

Deep Forrest Guys

Michel Sanchez and Eric Mouquet

Wikipedia…

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Forest

Deep Forest is a musical group consisting of two French musicians, Michel Sanchez and Eric Mouquet. They compose a new kind of world music, sometimes called ethnic electronica, mixing ethnic with electronic sounds and dance beats or chillout beats. Their sound has been described as an “ethno-introspective ambient world music.” They were nominated for a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best World Music Album[2], and in 1996 they won the Award for the album Boheme. The group also became World Music Awards Winner – French group with the highest 1995 world sales. Their albums have sold over 10 million copies.

Interview with Deep Forent…

Source: http://www.deepforestmusic.com/dfpress_98-03-22Clear-Cutting.htm

Transcription: DEEP FOREST:  Clear Cutting
Aired on the radio program Echoes on March 22, 1998, Sunday evening.

Host: John Diliberto
Reporter: Kimberly Haas

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(Tres Maria begins playing)

John Diliberto: Your hearing Echoes and this is John Diliberto. When Michel Sanchez and Eric Mouquet cleared a digital path of a forest of central Africa seven years ago, they opened up a world of music and controversy. Although they had never met a Pygmy, or let alone been to Africa, they adapted the chants of the Pygmy tribes there to their own dance beats and electronic orchestrations. Seven years later their debut album, Deep Forest, with its Sweet Lullaby song, remained popular and influencial. Now Deep Forest has a new album called Comparsa, that takes them to Latin America. Kimberly Haas does some “clear cutting” with Deep Forest.

(Sweet Lullaby is now playing)

Kimberly Haas: Deep Forest rode out of the jungle on the backs of Pygmies when their 1992 debut became a world-wide hit. Ironically, the best known song on the album, Sweet Lullaby, had little to do with Pygmies.

Eric Mouquet: The lead melody is coming from Solomon Islands which is not in Africa, it is in the north… in small islands north of Austalia. In the backround you have these water drums with the Pygmy youdles – and we always said that from the beginning but people are focused on the Pygmy (laughs).

Kimberly Haas: That’s Eric Mouquet, one half of the Deep Forest team that brought central African pygmies and Solomon island singers to the world. Their Deep Forest debut was a craftfully conceived and slyly constructed album that traded on dance beats, new age atmospheres, and world music exotica. And they’ve continued the trend on their latest album Comparsa. (Noonday Sun is playing in the backround.) Despite coming from one of the richest cultural trends in the world, Michel Sanchez says that they are more inspired looking outside of France.

Michel Sanchez: It’s true that we need to listen to some things which sound exotic for us, so if other people ask us to do something with French traditions, it’s really interesting but we know all of those things about French tradition so it’s not sufficiantly amazing for us.

Kimberly Haas: The music of Deep Forest is a jiggsaw puzzle, only the pieces come out of different boxes.

Michel Sanchez: Now we like to mix different cultures in the same song, but we have to find common points, and this is really the biggest part of the work because for Madagascar for example, we had 25 different cassettes and each time we want to do another song we have to listen to everything to find something which could fit with another culture.

(Forest Power is now playing)

Kimberly Haas: Orders can become blurred in the Deep Forest stew, and casual listeners will be forgiven if they hear Pygmies on tracks like Green & Blue.

Eric Mouquet: No…it’s not pygmies, it’s voices from Madagascar, and there’s children singing with youdles. This is one of the common points we can find in a different country. In Switzerland, for example, they are doing that, in the rain forest of the Pygmy and in Madagascar and sometimes in the Cranberries (laughs).

Michel Sanchez: We find some common points between Cuba and Madagascar too. That’s why we decided to focus on these chain of countries, and it’s very interesting to see that very opposite countries could have the same kind of cultures, you know.

Kimberly Haas: On the original Deep Forest album all of the voices were sampled from records and CDs. With Comparsa Michel Sanchez and Eric Mouquet have actually traveled throughout Latin America recording singers. But this is just the beginning for Deep Forest who cut and slice the songs to their own musical ends. For them the meaning of a language isn’t important, just the musical quality of its sound.

Eric Mouquet: For us, it’s so easy to not take care in a way to the meaning of the lyrics because we consider it more like a musical sense, like melody only, not words. And that means that it would be more heart felt host, because in French we know exactly what the words mean, and we know that you cannot put this word after this one, so it’s kind of a bizzare thing but with another language it’s so easy to do if you consider that it’s only music.

(Tres Maria is now playing)

Kimberly Haas: Deep Forest has some powerful musicians joining them on Comparsa, including mexican shemanic performer Jorge Reyes and jazz keyboardist Joe Zawinul. Long time fans of Zawinul’s group Weather Report, Deep Forest say they met him after they heard him use one of their recordings to open his own concert.

Eric Mouquet: At the beginning of the show, when the lights go down, it played Bulgarian Melody from Boheme, the Deep Forest album. I was very surprised, and he came on stage and played synthesizer at the end of the song just to link the song with it at the beginning of the show. So I was very impressed and at the end I said we should go back stage to say “Hello” and “Thank you for doing that, it was very nice of you”. And he said something very strange, he said “You know you inspired me for my last album and my people”, and we said “No Joe, it’s just the opposite. You’ve inspired us for a long time!” (laughs).

(Deep Weather is playing)

Kimberly Haas: Deep Forest have been criticized for pillaging music of the world. But Eric Mouquet says they are following a tradition that goes back at least to Brahms.

Eric Mouquet: Brahms, for example, he was not inviting Gypsies to play, he was just picking melodies and putting it in his composition. So, it was sampling of course, but it isn’t like this. I really think that the sampler is a new tool, that it didn’t exist before, but now it exist so we like to use it.

(Media Luna is playing)

Kimberly Haas: You can hear Deep Forest’s latest global aquisitons on their new album Comparsa from 550 music. For Echoes, I’m Kimberly Haas.

(Media Luna ends)

John Diliberto: From their album Comparsa here’s Deep Forest with an interlude called La lune se bat avec les etoiles …

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I don’t know much about the artist of this track; there’s hardly any information about C. M. Dance out there. I’ve had this 12-inch record since 1986. I remember walking into Starsound record store in Toronto and seeing Sepe (one of the two Persian owners of the store) opening a new box of records.  He pulled out this record (the very one I bought, the very one you see in the picture), gave it to me and asked me to play it on the store’s turntable system. I decided to play the dub version first. The track kick-started bang on the money: orchestra stabs, delayed/echoed claps which pan left/right, killer kicks thumps, bitch-slapping snare hits, and bassline-pad with thick bottom lava and slight flare-buzz on top.

C. M. Dance – “Off The Hook” (Dub)…

Artist: C. M. Dance
Title: Off The Hook (Dub)
Year: 1986
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to digital.

C. M. Dance – “Off The Hook” (Dub) (mp3)

 

C. M. Dance – “Off The Hook” (Vocal)…

Artist: C. M. Dance
Title: Off The Hook (Vocal)
Year: 1986
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to digital.

C. M. Dance – “Off The Hook” (Vocal) (mp3)

 

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