OH MY GOD were the first words to come out of my mouth immediately when this track started. And that was back in 1983. Combination Mix of Get The Balance Right starts right off the bat with a punchy & crunchy bassline, stabbing your face repeatedly with hot & fat analog synth bassline in 16th-note sequencer-steps. This track is nice and long with minimal (almost dub-instrusmental) passages, balanced in every way: Bassline intro, music build-up, lyrical verses, vocal choruses, instrumental/dub passages, and a driving energy that grooves all the way to the outro/ending. After all these years, this track still remains not being stupid but forever SERIOUS!
Get The Balance Right is ultimate for listening-purposes and dancing your way back to the early New Wave synth-energized 80′s underground dance scene at some geezer’s bass’ment by time-traveling inside a Ford Cortina Mark 5.
Depeche Mode – “Get The Balance Right” (Combination Mix)…
Artist: Depeche Mode Title: Get The Balance Right (Combination Mix) Year: 1983 Label: Mute Records
In my 30+ years of collecting music, I completely forgot that I had this track in my arsenal of 12″ records. I do not even remember buying this record at all. A few days ago I was going through my record collection, looking for another track …but along the way I came upon this Jeopardy 12″. Thus I reacted with such enthusiasm as if I’d just discovered/heard the track for the very first time. Perhaps my elder brother was the one who bought it in 1983, no? I do not know for sure; I do not recall. Nonetheless, I love the song. It has been YEARS since I’ve listened to Jeopardy. The record was very dirty. I cleaned it up as much as possible, recorded it straight into Protools and did as much mastering to it as I could. I utilized Waves’ R-EQ4 equalizers, Waves R-Compressors, Lexicon Vintage Plate Reverb and Waves L3 ultra-maximizer software/digital plugins …in order to enhance the sonics and widen the stereo-field of Jeopardy (both sides/versions of the record). Great, timeless track from 1983 when it was first released. It reached only #2 spot, just under Michael Jackson’s Thriller single being #1 in the top-10 music charts at that time.
Greg Kihn Band – “Jeopardy” (Dance Mix)…
Artist: Greg Kihn Band
Title: Jeopardy (Dance Mix)
Label: Beserkley Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.
Artist: Freeez Title: I.O.U. (I Dub You) Year: 1983 Genre: Classic Electro Synth Dance Comment: Produced and remixed by Arthur Baker (see picture below) Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.
Sunday 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.
Sunday 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.
You 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.
Over 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
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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Schitz Popinov’s express evaluation of the European ballet scene is mounted by her very early years invested in the Royal Dancing firms as well as colleges, the 1970s with the very early 1990s-a duration noted by respected imagination and also solid carrying out personalities-as well as by her developmental as well as lengthy functioning organization […]
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 :)
From: Yaron Sarel
"...just discovered your site, and I wanted to tell you that you make me one happy Israeli guy. I work as a sound engineer, living in Tel Aviv, and I love the 80's. In fact, two good friends of mine and myself formed an oriented-80's synth band. After years of playing rock, for some reason I have never imagined I would be playing this kind of music. I used to listen to as a kid (before I discovered the electric guitar). Your work brings back to life this music i miss and love so much. Thank you sir!"
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