Wednesday, November 25, 2009


B.V.S.M.P. blew up in 1988 on the strength of their hit single "I Need You". It's a great song. So is "Be Gentle". Both tracks make me think of a hypothetical scenario whereby New Edition move to Fort Lauderdale, start wearing fly track suits and oversized jewelry, get into the emerging Miami Bass sound and start working on their rap skills. I suppose the members that formed Bel Biv Devoe did turn into a rap group of sorts. And Bobby Brown must have rapped a bit. But I digress. . .

In the same New Edition meets Miami rap culture circa 88 scenario, then, here is "Can We Go On". Know what I'm saying? Word.

Can We Go On

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Right around the mid-80's Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were heating up as a production team. Their agent put them in touch with Janet Jackson and they ended up producing a few albums for her in the middle of the decade. No big deal. Their productions from this era popularized the sounds of the Roland 808 drum machine. Here is a lesser known song from The S.O.S. Band's must have 1986 album Sands of Time. This is synth stab funk aka Nothing But The Best.

Nothing But The Best

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Musique was the brainchild of disco producer Patrick Adams. It was a studio only project and there were two incarnations of the group. This is the first one. The four lead vocalists were Jocelyn Brown, Angela Howell, Gina Tharps and Christine Wiltshire. Not sure why there are only three women on the cover...

Keep On Jumpin' was a number one hit on Billboards Dance Club Charts back in the day. It's not hard to see why. With its propulsive bass line, killer string arrangements and punchy horn playing this song is a dancefloor gem. Apparently, Adams wrote these parts on the spot as the various musicians waited to record their parts. Crazy.

Keep On Jumpin'

Sunday, November 15, 2009


This hook has been making me feel good all weekend. Can't Keep Running Away sees Melle Mel and company trying on a boogie guise which I quite like. I don't think their arrangement quite works. So I did a quick edit of it today.

Can't Keep Running Away

Can't Keep Running Away (Sloppy Edit)

Friday, November 6, 2009


Carl Craig is one of my favorite techno producers. He impressed Derrick May enough that he was able to work with him in different studio and live settings in order to hone his craft in the late 80's and early 90's. By the mid 90's he was putting out very interesting music under a variety of different aliases. More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art came out in 1997. The album is noteworthy in terms of the musical landscape it covers from song to song as well as the haunting melodies which underpin them. This song is a standout with its inventive drum programming, warm synth chords, and that killer bass line which creeps in and out of the tune.

Televised Green Smoke

Monday, November 2, 2009


Whodini formed in the early 80's and made some banging rap tracks before sampling really took hold of the music. They were touring with the likes of The Fat Boys and Run DMC back in the day; yet they never seemed to reach their contemporaries level of success. In hindsight, their synth driven production gives their music a rather distinctive character. I absolutely love the synth arpeggio and drum production on this track courtesy of producer de jour Mr. Larry Smith. Truly an innovator.

One Love