Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalSunday morning, November 14, 2010:   I was walking on Baker Street in Nelson, British Columbia.  All the retail shops were closed except for this particular one which was not supposed’ve been open till 11-am: Urban Legends. I walked in.  Ok, so this store supposedly has over 10,000 new-&-used records.  As I was going through the bin of limited number of 12″ singles, I just happened to find (to my utter surprise and disbelief) this amazing record — unopened and brand spanking new (still wrapped) 12″ single of Dead Or Alive‘s 1985 worldwide hit track You Spin Me Round (Murder Mix). I have been looking for this record since 1987.  I regretted not buying it on 12″ in 1985 when the track was in the charts and stores.  And since then, I’ve searched high and low for it in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe …but no avail.  However, twenty-three years later –of all the places and time in this world & era– there it was in my hands — from a small record store in a small town:  Nelson, British Columbia!  It was meant to happen.  I was supposed to have left Nelson the previous day (Saturday) and driven back home to Vancouver.  I had no reason to stay an extra day in Nelson; I didn’t know why.  When I woke up that Sunday morning, I was craving bacon and eggs.  So I had a good morning brunch at the Hume Hotel. After brunch and full-stomach, I decided to walk-off the heavy meal by window-shopping on Baker Street.  Next thing I know was that I was standing in front of Urban Legends store which was open.  I walked in… less than five minutes later this 12″ was in my hand.  Talk about good KARMA!

Once I got back home to Vancouver the following Monday, I ran to my studio to play this record.  Oh man… THE BASSLINES.  This is one of Stock, Aitken & Waterman most successful international hits of all time.  There’s a good reason why this track still stands the test of time.  Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix) receives my Stabbing Bassline Stamp-Of-Approval.

Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)…

Artist: Dead Or Alive
Title: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)
Year: 1985
Label: Epic Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record) (Murder Mix) (mp3)

 

Music Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record)…

Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalSunday morning, November 14, 2010:   I was walking on Baker Street in Nelson, British Columbia.  All the retail shops were closed except for this particular one which was not supposed’ve been open till 11-am: Urban Legends. I walked in.  Ok, so this store supposedly has over 10,000 new-&-used records.  Went through the S and T pile.  I lost my patience and asked the the cute girl who works there where the 12″ singles were? She pointed them out to me.  I went through all the 12″ bins and found this record.  It looked good.  I had no idea who the artist was, but I sure liked the track titles, especially the one with the “Electric Light Version” mix.  I just knew it was good.  I bought other amazing records from Urban Legends including an unopened, brand spanking new (and still wrapped) 12″ single of Dead Or Alive‘s 1985 worldwide hit track You Spin Me Round (Murder Mix). When I drove back to West Vancouver the next day, I played The Mogs record and was blown away by its style and sound.

Therefore… Kelly Blame (Electric Light Version) receives my Stabbing Bassline Stamp-Of-Approval.

The Mogs – “Kelly Blame” (Electric Light version)…

Artist: The Mogs
Title: Kelly Blame (Electric Light Version)
Year: 2005
Label: Kitsuné Music
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

The Mogs – “Kelly Blame” (Electric Light version) (mp3)

 

Photo Gallery of Urban Legends in on Baker Street, Nelson, BC…

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Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalYou want rolling basslines?  Then this old but AMAZING synth-house track is for you.  Sixteenth-notes of multi-tap-delayed bassline sequences.  Shakers.  Roland TR-909 kicks and hi-hats.  Other synth pads that are gated in 16th-note steps.  I get the goosebumps every time I listen to this track.  Play this track in your car and drive somewhere with nice visual surrounding.  Or play it at home by standing dead-center between two beefy speakers …close your eyes …and allow your mind and ears to be driven.

Havana‘s Disorder has gotten my Stabbing Bassline Stamp-Of-Approval since 1994 …and I still haven’t revoked it yet :)

Havana – “Disorder” (Original Version)…

Artist: Havana
Title: Disorder (Original Version)
Year: 1994/1997
Label: Hook Recordings
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Havana – “Disorder” (Original Version) (mp3)

 

Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalOver The Shoulder is one incredible track (by Ministry) that was way ahead of its time.  Rolling, pounding synth bassline — sequenced with 16TH-notes across the 4/4 bar/measure timescale.  Industrial clinging & clanging sounds.  It was this track which first exposed me to industrial music after watching the music video.  I was like What the ‘F’ …and… What kind of music is that?

To me, I loved those industrial hard-edged sounds over a dance groove.  I was glad to be introduced to the industrial genre not only because it was new and harder core with metal/guitar elements but also because it had electronic drum machines, synthesizers, stuttering voice/word samples, machine grinds, and overly-precessed vocals.

Therefore… Over The Shoulder gets my Stabbing Basslines stamp of approval.

Ministry – “Over The Shoulder” (12″ Version)…

Artist: Ministry
Title: Over The Shoulder (12″ Version)
Year: 1985
Label: Sire Records Company

Ministry – “Over The Shoulder” (12″ Version) (mp3)

 

Music Video: Ministry – “Over The Shoulder”…

LATEST BLOG UPDATE…

A new music sub-category was added to this blog today…
Stabbing Basslines is now listed in the Categories navigation-menu on the right-sidebar.  All tracks in this category will have STABBING BASSLINE stamp-of-approval image next to their titles.  I just LOVE any kind of track that has stabbing and rolling bassline(s) coming from synthesizers and any other kind of bass instrument. Such basslines DRIVE the music tracks along their spinal-chords, punching and grooving their way through the sound-wave paths of polyrhythms.  So it is in this section where carefully-selected tracks with stabbing-basslines will be categorized under.

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Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalSpring 1985 Toronto ….. at Starsounds record store ….. I saw this record up on the wall.  I had no idea who these guy were, but I trusted its record label Fresh Records. Had several Fresh Records vinyls in my arsenal at that time. Bought this record, took it home and loved it. Electro freestyle, afro-latin electric R&B sound and production of Kurtis Mantronik (Mantronix). He did all the solid programming of tight 909 drums, staccato bassline (Roland Sh101), processed orchestra hit-stabs, synth chord shops and all other elements. It was really this record that got me into the new electro (hiphop’ish) freestyle sound from Mantronix before I got to hear or know about any of Mantronix own stuff to come out shortly later (such as Needle To The Groove). Hungry For Your Love style-&-sound foreshadows similar-sounding (afro-latin electro freestyle) releases yet to come from Joyce Sims such as All In All and other tracks also produced by Mantronix.

Other than that, I don’t know much about Hanson & Davis. According to wikidpedia:

Hanson and Davis was a Latin freestyle group that was composed of two African American session singers named Aaron Hanson and Edward J. Davis. The duo was known for its 1986 single “Hungry for Your Love,” which was produced by Kurtis Mantronik. The duo’s only album, Can’t Stop, was considered a one-hit wonder, which resulted in the group disbanding.

Perhaps it’s possible that Hungry For Your Love was Mantronix‘ first test-track shortly before unleashing his monstrous creativity and polished subsequent releases!

Hanson & Davis – “Hungry For Your Love” (Club Version)…

Artist: Hanson & Davis
Title: Hungry For Your Love (Club Version)
Year: 1985
Label: Fresh Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Hanson & Davis – “Hungry For Your Love” (Club Version) (mp3)

 

Hanson & Davis – “Hungry For Your Love” (Dub Version)…

Artist: Hanson & Davis
Title: Hungry For Your Love (Dub Version)
Year: 1985
Label: Fresh Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Hanson & Davis – “Hungry For Your Love” (Dub Version) (mp3)

 

Mantronix – “Needle To The Groove”…

Mantronix (Need To The Groove, 12-inch sleeve cover) and Kurt Mantronik (right)

Joyce Sims – “All In All”…

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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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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…

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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.

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