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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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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.

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix Dub) (mp3)

 

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix)…

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.

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix) (mp3)

 

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