I got this CD in 1990 or 1991. It’s a Japanese import … instrumental versions of selected Michael Jackson tracks. Since today/tonight is Halloween, I’ve decided to share the instrumental version of Thriller. So many other elements can he heard in this one, which otherwise weren’t as audible when buried under so many layers of vocals. There’s something new to get out of this instrumental than the vocal version. Listen to both and make comparisons.
And of course, why not watch the full-length 14-minute version of Thriller music video in HD. At this video’s 07:16 mark in the timeline … MJ & Zombie Crew start doing their dance moves to Thriller’s breakdown groove … gives me the goose bumps … I jizz in my pants. It is Halloweekend after all — and Thriller still remains to be one of the best music videos of all time, terrorizing your neighborhood. This is the Michael Jackson I once knew.
The following is a personal global message to a friend of mine:
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Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (Instrumental)…
Artist: Michael Jackson Title: Thriller (Instrumental) Year: 1983 Label: Epic Records Media Source: Extracted directly from Japanese import audio CD: Michael Jackson – Instrumental Version Collection.
Beatbox Is Rockin is an amazing fast-paced oldschool electro dance hiphop track on the cutting-edge back in 1986 — A MASTERPIECE. It has all the elements to be electronic and rap: Pounding, dance break-beats from a drum machine; vocoder (either Roland or Sennheiser, pictures below); multi-layered one-shot synth stabs; sampled human beatbox snippets triggered from a sampler; and multi-tracks of real human beatbox. The Fat Boys are fondly regarded as a seminal part of early rap music recording history (click here read Fat Boys wikipedia).
Fat Boys – “Beatbox Is Rockin”…
Artist: Fat Boys Title: Beatbox Is Rockin Year: 1986 Label: Sutra Records Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.
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.
This 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 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…
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.
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.
The first time I’ve ever heard of Roxanne Shante was in 1985 in 8th-grade at my boarding-school Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. At that time, I was listening to very few rap artists (such as Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five; Sugar Hill Gang, to name a few) and had only limited rap records/tapes in my personal music collection, considering that the Rap genre was practically unheard of in Canada where it also was very difficult to find any rap music at any Canadian record shop. Then one day, in early 1985, there was this Bahamian kid (who lived in the dorm-room next to mine) who played me his NYC underground rap mix-tape which he’d brought over from his trip to NYC …… and ….. OH MY GOD ….. the first track ….. blew my mind …..Roxanne Shante’s “Queen Of Rox” ….. harder-edge ….. drum machine beat/groove, scratches, one-shot stab hits and edgy rap vocals ….. slightly more hardcorish than any other rap I’ve ever heard before. When school was over for the Summer, I went back to England and ordered all of Shante’s 12-inch records from local record shop. Less two weeks later ….. I went to pick up my imported Shante records ….. the guy handed me the stuff with a nice surprise on top: Shante’s spanking-new latest release (UK release, mind you!) Bite This. The single so new …… that even Streetsounds (Electro-7 mix compilation) haven’t picked it up yet!
Here’s what I need you to do:
First, play this youtube video of Roxanne Shante’s “Queen Of Rox“
Roxanne Shante is known for improvising her rap lyrics on the spot …. recorded in one-takes.
Roxanne Shante – “Bite This” (Extended)…
Artist: Roxanne Shante Title: Bite This (Extended) Year: 1985 Label: 10 Records Beat Producer & Shante’s close friend:Marley Marl Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.
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
While the norm for most tracks go anywhere between 3:30 to 6:00 minutes in length, I prefer 15:00 minutes or longer, like the four seasons. Give me 4 long tracks to fill the hour, and I’ll be one very happy Iraqi. I love tracks that take me on long journeys through various movements. One of my all-time favorite synth-pop groups is PROPAGANDA from germany … who sound like twisted ABBA + Industrial + TechnoPop + Darkness. My favorite Proganda track is P:Machinery. I’ve taken two 12-inch vinyl versions of that track and conjoined them together as one … the way I want to listen to P:Machinery by:
Digitizing them into Protools; Spending two long months cleaning them up; Getting rid of every single scratch/pop/click; Restoring deteriorated sounds through various RE-SYNTHESIS processes and techniques; Splicing the tracks to separate clips; Re-arranging and layering clips to my taste; Throwing in my own synth-stabs, chops and other minor subtleties; Adding & automating series of chained top-notch effects throughout the mix, utilizing parameters some of you could not even pronounce ... thus resulting with more dynamic and reverberated DEPTH to the mix; Fattening the bottom-end; Widening overall stereo perception; and Mixing, engineering and mastering my version of P:Machinery the way I think it's supposed to be heard.
To my taste, P:Machinery sounds better than 'sick' ... more like master piece of shit which blasts sonically across the stereo-field ... not one element standing still but constantly moving all over the place.
Although he produced only a handful of tracks of renown and disappeared into obscurity almost as quickly as he had emerged from it, Manny ( Man ) Parrish is nonetheless one of the most important and influential figures in American electronic dance music. Helping to lay the foundation of electro, hip-hop, freestyle, and techno, as well as the dozens of subgenres to splinter off from those, Parrish introduced the aesthetic of European electronic pop to the American club scene by combining the plugged-in disco-funk of Giorgio Moroder and the man-machine music of Kraftwerk with the beefed-up rhythms and cut’n'mix approach of nascent hip-hop. As a result, tracks like “Hip-Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)” and “Boogie Down Bronx” were period-defining works that provided the basic genetic material for everyone from Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys to Autechre and Andrea Parker — and they remain undisputed classics of early hip-hop and electro to this day.
Man Parrish Boogie Down Bronx (dub version) PLAY TRACK
What made Trevor Horn’s productions stand out was his unique and genius production techniques and the heavy use of state-of-the-art pro-audio gear, which made him become the torch-bearer for the kind of technology-led pop music which was hip and incredibly disciplined. Trevor Horn’s 12-inch remixes were uniquely long (anywhere from 8 to 13 minutes in duration) and told stories which took the listeners through long instrumental journeys at the begenning of tracks until the climax is reached (around the 5/6 or 7 minute mark). After the climax, the original or alternate full vocal version of the track takes over from that point on to the end, lasting additional 3.5 to 5 minutes in length.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax (12 inch Sex Mix) PLAY TRACK
Trevor Horn is the guy who produced and performed “Video Killed The Radio Star” world-wide smash-hit track. I did some major digging and discovered some fascinating, forgotten facts and hidden gem tracks from The Buggles. In 1980, the Buggles’ duo Geoffrey Downes (keyboards) and Trevor Horn (vocals) — who were coming off an international success with their new-wave album The Age of Plastic – to help out on a new YES album. Downes suddenly left Buggles when Trevor learned that YES’ keyboardist Rick Wakeman was leaving the band, and therefore snatched him as well as lead-vocalist Jon Anderson to work on the next Buggles album Adventures In Modern Recording. The Buggle’s second album was completed in 1981 but was never released or charted. The album was a gem masterpiece.
The Buggles I Am A Camera (12 inch version) PLAY TRACK
It’s here! Our 10th annual roundup of the year’s best music, with the most-discussed artists and videos of 2016, and every longread we’ve Stacked each week. To start, we’ve compiled a few of the stories we’ve followed in Stack throughout the year, with artists, labels, and genres that have gained prominence in 2016. You can […]
For the first time since it’s release in 2011, Hype Machine for iOS is available for free in the App Store! Here’s what’s new in this release: We’ve added an easier way to read blog posts when playing a track: just swipe up on the artwork to see the list. There are a few other changes: we’ve removed […]
Users of Hype Machine’s Android and iOS apps will notice that display ads have started running in their apps. We are grateful to everybody who’s purchased the apps since we began releasing them in 2011. These sales allowed us to maintain them and develop new features, and we thank you for your support. We know […]
We started working on Spotify integration earlier this year, and many of you have already linked your accounts. Now you can sync your favorites and play your Hype Machine finds in Spotify! Connect here and enable Favorites Sync to begin importing your favorites to a private Spotify playlist. New favorites will be synced automatically. Also […]
This past Friday, December 2, 2016, we enabled ads in our Android app. We released Hype Machine for Android in October 2014 as a $3.99 premium app. The revenue from these sales allowed us to publish many updates, including a full rewrite, maintaining the app as the Android platform underwent rapid changes. Unfortunately, we were not able to […]
You love your favorites—you’ve spent hours here sifting through new music, and these are your gems. We know you prize them, and want to keep them with you wherever you go. Beginning today, you can sync them to a private playlist on SoundCloud! We’ve been working with SoundCloud for many years to help you discover […]
On June 13, 2016, Hype Machine on Sonos will only be available to SoundCloud Go premium subscribers in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. To keep using Hype Machine on your Sonos device, there are three steps: Sign up for SoundCloud Go. Connect your Hype Machine account to your SoundCloud account. After you […]
Hype Machine returns to Brighton, England this month to present a showcase at The Great Escape Festival on Saturday May 21. With over 400 artists performing, The Great Escape is considered Europe’s leading festival for new music—a bit like the UK’s version of SXSW. London trio Kero Kero Bonito headline the bill. They’re joined by […]
HINDS and Bleached at the DIY showcase on March 15 (Photo: Jesse DeFlorio/Hype Hotel) This was Hype Machine’s fifth year of bringing blogger-curated showcases to the SXSW music festival, and from what we’re hearing, it might have been our best. Petite Noir at the Pigeons & Planes showcase on March 16 (Photo: Jesse DeFlorio/Hype Hotel) Mazda […]
Mazda + Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel is coming back to Austin for our 5th year of bringing the most interesting new music offline. Day and night shows have been curated by DIY, Stadiums & Shrines, yvynyl, Pigeons & Planes, Tiny Mix Tapes, ISO50, Gorilla Vs. Bear, Disco Naïveté, Blah Blah Blah Science, Cruel Rhythm, and Crack in the Road, along with the […]
We've covered a lot of post-disco electro funk material here at Beat Electric, here's a little throwback with a more traditional straight ahead disco sound. This beautiful Canadian cut was included in a Trocadero Transfer mix we posted a while back. A friend of mine gave me this 12" around December and its haunting infectious sound has found […]
Happy New Year Beat Electricians! This is one of those highly unknown, un-googleable tracks that blows minds on the dance floor. I really did try locating some info on this boogie beast but it is mysterious! All I can say is that it was made in 1986 somewhere in the U.K. Anyway, I really like the lyrics to this track plus I have listened to the song a millio […]
Nothing to cure the Funkmosphere hangover blues like a new post. Firstly, just want to give one more shout out to Dam Funk and all of the Funkmosphere residents (Billy Goods,Laroj,Matt Respect, Ron aka Randy Watson, and Eddy Funkster) for keeping the funk strong in Los Angeles. I really says something to the quality of the night when they can stay strong for […]
This "torrential" downpour in Southern California has provided a great setting for trying to dig up some deets on Nathan McKinney and Desert Bone Records. Apparently, the info for this artist is pretty scarce, most of my search results are Youtube videos with "hynas" on cars and comments full of homies proclaiming how this is a "fir […]
Which mobster flicks have stood the examination of time? Opportunities are that you have actually most likely seen them or listened to lines from those flicks. Keep reading to discover which motion pictures make my listing of the supreme mobster motion pictures. The Godfather collection: Mario Puzo and also Francis Ford Coppella signed up with […]
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Positioned at an elevation of 6300 feet over sea degree, this area has sweeping sights of the valley as well as the gorgeous city of Gangtok. I was privileged to see a great component of the valley in spite of the hefty cloud cover. This is the Schitz Popinov Cosmo Baker ft Jeanette remix. Share […]
Just wanted to second a couple of other comments on your site and say that yours is by far one of the best music resources I've found. A similar but now sadly defunct site called Retro Wonderland came a close second! Keep up the good work. All the best."
And all the best to you too, Elliot, for your lovely feedback you've emailed me :)
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