Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalThis track was released in 1989 — the year when CD singles exploded into the market. Being a fan of Man 2 Man’s 1986 Male Stripper track, Action simply succeeded Male Stripper in some ways. The bassline alone is New York’s best, kicking you hard in the chest with a heavy thud. It pounds you in repeated-steps. Watch out, baby!

Man 2 Man were two brothers: Paul Zone and Miki Zone. After Miki’s death, Paul changed the name of Man To Man. The following information is taken from Paul Zone’s MySpace page…

Brothers Paul Zone, Miki Zone & Armand Zone formed The Fast in the mid 70s somewhere between glam & punk and soon became an integral part of the Max’s/CBGB scene along side Blondie & The Ramones with their blend of power pop & garage punk. As Man 2 Man, Paul & Miki went on to composed, produced & perform songs that would come to define an era in 80s Euro dance/pop and their club sensation “Male Stripper” became a 1 pop hit throughout Europe, Austalia, South America & Mexico.

In 1983 they recorded a few tracks with the first Fast producer Bobby Orlando (one being an early version of Male Stripper) and got bookings in bigger dance clubs like The Fun House, Limelight & The Saint in New York City and at Heaven in London. At this time they started calling themselves Man 2 Man, recorded self produced 12inch dance singles and would have popular chart topping club hits world wide by 1985. They continued as a live act, touring alongside Sylvester & Divine in clubs and venues holding up to 5000 people in the UK, South America & Mexico. A self produced, re-recording of Male Stripper was released as a b-side in 1986 and DJ’s around the world fliped the record over and it shot to number 1 on the dance charts. In March of 1987 Male Stripper went on to become a break out, cross over number 1 pop hit and landed them on the most important music TV show in Europe, “Top Of The Pops” in England. Man 2 Man singles “Male Stripper”, “I Need A Man”, “Energy Is Eurobeat”, “Who Knows What Evil?” & “These Boots Are Made For Walkin” all hit the pop charts in the UK and “At The Gym” became a hit in France with help from Village People producer Jaques Morali. Man 2 Man toured the World for the remainder of the 80s and retired in 1990 and haven’t released new recordings or performed live since.

Man 2 Man – “Action” (Dance Floor Action)…

Artist: Man 2 Man
Title: Action (Dance Floor Action)
Year: 1989
Label: ZYX Records

Man 2 Man – “Action” (Dance Floor Action) (mp3)

 

Lil’ Louis – “French Kiss”

Important note:
All the French Kiss versions below are the first and original mixes and remixes circa 1989.
It is amazing how French Kiss stood the test of time.  Exactly 21 years ago, around October/November, or let’s just say Fall of 1989, Lil’ Louis came out with this gem.  To my ears, French Kiss was really the first serious progressive/house track (through its rolling, hypnotic bassline) to come out at that time, thus making most other house tracks in the dance and mainstream charts to sound like kindergarten music.  French Kiss took the world by storm with its no-nonsense attitude.  Its incredible breakdown in the middle, as the track slowed down gradually to a complete pause (accompanied by a sustained high-note and a female’s erotic moans, groans and heavy breathing) …. with few seconds of no beats …. and then the beat started to pulse at the lowest BPM, increasing its speed slowly and gradually back to the track’s original fast-paced tempo.  All of that was ground-breaking musically and technologically (as it was really a-first-of-its-kind to be programmed/midi-sequenced at that time when it was hard to do so with midi gear).

  • For those of you interested, the sound of that bassline was a preset called “Solid Bass” from a Yamaha DX-100 synth (pictured above).
  • If you use Native Instruments FM8 software synth, then you can download and unzip the following sys-ex patches of the Yamaha DX-100/27/21.  These synths had identical engines, although each one was different in size. However, they also shared the same exact factory patch/program presets.
  • Download a-z.zip —–and—– DX21.zip
  • Upload the patches to FM8.
  • Look for “Solid Bass” or “Solid Bass 2” patches for that French Kiss bassline sound.

When I first heard the track at Medusa’s club in Chicago, I stopped doing what I was doing ….. stood still in the middle of the dancefloor where the sweetspot was in the stereo-field …… and just listened.  The DJ played the entire 10-minute track.  The only words that came out of my mouth were, “HOLY SHIT!” I said those words three time …. once in the beginning of the track, once in middle/breakdown and then once three-quarters towards the end.

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Original Mix)…

Artist: Lil’ Louis
Title: French Kiss (Original Mix)
Year: 1989
Label: FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recording)

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Original Mix) (mp3)

 

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Hitting Virgin Territory Instrumental Mix)…

Artist: Lil’ Louis
Title: French Kiss (Hitting Virgin Territory Instrumental Mix)
Year: 1989
Label: FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recording)

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Hitting Virgin Territory Instrumental Mix) (mp3)

 

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Innocent Until Proven Guilty Vocal Remix)…

Artist: Lil’ Louis
Title: French Kiss (Innocent Until Proven Guilty Vocal Remix)
Year: 1989
Label: FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recording)

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Innocent Until Proven Guilty Vocal Remix) (mp3)

 

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Backup Your Conversation)…

Artist: Lil’ Louis
Title: French Kiss (Backup Your Conversation)
Year: 1989
Label: FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recording)

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Backup Your Conversation) (mp3)

 

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Passion Radio Mix)…

Artist: Lil’ Louis
Title: French Kiss (Passion Radio Mix)
Year: 1989
Label: FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recording)

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Passion Radio Mix) (mp3)

 

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Album Version)…

Artist: Lil’ Louis
Title: French Kiss (Album Version)
Year: 1989
Label: FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recording)

Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Album Version) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul Keep On Moving

Soul II Soul — my all-time favorite (and dearest to my heart) British electric soul music group in my life. I was in senior year high-school (ACS Hillingdon, UK) when Soul-II-Soul’s Keep On Movin’ 12-inch and maxi-CD singles were released in the first quarter of 1989 — the year when I bought everything released by them: 7-inch and 12-inch records; maxi-single cassettes and CD’s; and LP vinyl, cassette and CD of Soul-II-Soul first album release Club Classics Vol-1. In 1999, I’ve purchased Soul-II-Soul re-release of the first album which was re-mastered as Club Classics Vol-1, 10th Anniversary Edition and included extra/bonus tracks. The very beautiful Caron Wheeler was featured to do the main vocals on this track. Her soulful voice was so electrifyingly smooth which won her a Grammy.

Keep On Movin’ was my high-school track  ….. it meant a lot to me …… still means a lot to me twenty years later ….. moves me in almost every way ….. and forever remains to be my favorite track in my life.

To all my high-school friends (Gudnyn A, Noel D, Lisa C, Tom K, Tamer, Alex, Fadi, Giselle T, and everybody else), students I’ve known, students I didn’t know, teachers (shout-out to you Rich Hein), staff, headmaster (Mr. Duncan) … including all names I didn’t mention …… I dedicate this post + Soul II Soul tracks to you all :)

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Club Mix)…

Artist: Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler)
Title: Keep On Movin’ (Club Mix)
Year: 1989
Label: Virgin
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Club Mix) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Full LP Version)…

Artist: Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler)
Title: Keep On Movin’ (Full LP Version)
Year: 1989
Label: Virgin
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio LP CD.

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Full LP Version) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Big Beat Acappella)…

Artist: Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler)
Title: Keep On Movin’ (Big Beat Acappella)
Year: 1989
Label: Virgin
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Big Beat Acappella) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Teddy Riley’s Rubba Dub Mix)…

Artist: Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler)
Title: Keep On Movin’ (Teddy Riley’s Rubba Dub Mix)
Year: 1989
Label: Virgin
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Teddy Riley’s Rubba Dub Mix) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Teddy Riley’s Bonus Beats)…

Artist: Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler)
Title: Keep On Movin’ (Teddy Riley’s Bonus Beats)
Year: 1989
Label: Virgin
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Teddy Riley’s Bonus Beats) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (The First Movement Mix)…

Artist: Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler)
Title: Keep On Movin’ (The First Movement Mix)
Year: 1989
Label: Virgin
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (The First Movement Mix) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (M Beat Bonus Mix)…

Artist: Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler)
Title: Keep On Movin’ (M Beat Bonus Mix)
Year: 1989
Label: Virgin
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (M Beat Bonus Mix) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Nellee Hooper 7 inch Mix)…

Artist: Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler)
Title: Keep On Movin’ (Nellee Hooper 7 inch Mix)
Year: 1989
Label: Virgin
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin” (Nelle Hooper 7 inch Mix) (mp3)

 

Soul II Soul Links…

Jazzie B (the main man) on the cover of Soul II Soul’s first album “Club Classics Vol. 1″

Music video of Keep On Movin’

I’m trying out a new format:

  1. First, I’ll pick two rare records from my vinyl collection.
  2. Second, I’ll record my voice through the vocoder, “Presented by Hashmoder.”
  3. Third, I’ll record the two records straight to MP3. Simple, quick and fierce. This way I can post blogs on Schitz more quickly and to the point.

From the private stash of my awesome vinyl collection, I present to you Chubb Rock and Fats Comet, below:

Chubb Rock…

Title: Ya Bad Chubbs (Cribs Mix)
Remixed by: Howie Tee
Year: 1989
Genre: House

Chubb Rock – “Ya Bad Chubbs” (Crib Mix) (mp3)

 

Doug Wimbish (featuring Fats Comet)…

Title: Don’t Forget That Beat
Year: 1985
Genre: Electronic Funk Drumbeat Industrial
Comment: Doug Wimbish is one bad-ass bassist. He collaborated with Fats Comet on this track. Both are from the UK. Their sound is like Art Of Noise meets Africa Bambaattaa meets Ministry (of 1985 sound).

Doug Wimbish [featuring Fats Comet] – Don’t Forget That Beat (mp3)

 

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