The Original Concept

The Original Concept members were Doctor Dré (the guy from MTV), T-MoneyRapper GEasy G and Wildman Steve. This 12-inch from 1986 is one of the few singles not produced by Rick Rubin who produced pretty much every other track during the early days of Def Jam Recordings. Let me tell you how kick-ass this track is. It starts off with a backward turntable-scratch effect which then quickly scratches forward towards rev-up solo guitar riff which is then interrupted by a spoken word sample, drenched in dark-room reverb, “PUMP THAT BASS.” That sample should trigger your memory. Yes! You’ve heard it before on millions of other records, but it originated here — this track by The Original Concept (I think)! The vocal sample finishes it measure very quickly and then proceeded by the main beat, starting with a monster 808 kick and snare that sounds like a trash-can (probably sampled into an E-mu SP12 drum sampler). Very original track indeed. Absolutely killer scratching and freestyle MC’ing. Play the track now!

The Original Concept – “Pimp That Bass”…

Artist: The Original Concept
Title: Pump That Bass
Year: 1986
Label: Def Jam Recordings
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

The Original Concept – “Pump That Bass” (mp3)

 

Tommy Musto - Wired - Beat Drum

I remember this track being different from all the rest. Tommy Musto raised the bar when it came to hard, punchy, rolling melodic bassline in this track which blends 4/4 House-beat and Freestyle elements. Although the date printed on the 12-inch says 1987, this track was originally released in 1986. The record you see in the picture above is a 1987 re-issue.

Tommy Musto :: Wired – “To The Beat Of The Drum” (Crash Version)…

Artist: Wired [Tommy Musto]
Title: To The Beat Of The Drum
Year: 1987 (really 1986)
Label: Underworld; Creole
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Wired [Tommy Musto] – “To The Beat Of The Drum” (Crash Version) (mp3)

 

Tommy Musto :: Movement – “The Movement”

Tommy Musto - Movement - The Movement

In 1986, this track by Tommy Musto set the standards high in electronic dance music. It stands on its own plateau. Hard, punchy and melodic synth bassline grooves the track raw and core. Electric, chorused piano chops add serious emotional value. Blend of 4/4 house beat and freestyle.

Tommy Musto :: Movement – “The Movement” (Original Version)…

Artist: Movement [Tommy Musto]
Title: The Movement (Original Version)
Year: 1986
Label: Underworld
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Movement [Tommy Musto] – “The Movement” (Original Version) (mp3)

 

Tommy Musto :: Movement – “The Movement” (House Version)…

Artist: Movement [Tommy Musto]
Title: The Movement (House Version)
Year: 1986
Label: Underworld
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Movement [Tommy Musto] – “The Movement” (House Version) (mp3)

 

Fat Boys

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.

Fat Boys – “Beatbox Is Rockin” (mp3)

 

Roland vocoder

Roland SVC-350 vocoder

Sennheiser vocoder

Sennheisser vocoder -- one of the best ever made!

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)

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)

 

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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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