Bam Bam – Sister Nancy [1982]
December 21, 2011

Totally a day for Sister Nancy, bringing a slab of sunshine this miserable winter day. Its one of the seminal dancehall tracks and deservedly so since its simplicity is what makes it such a classic. The bassline is pure genius, the lyrics are pitch perfect thanks to Nancy’s superb vocal talent. I defy anyone not to bob their head to this classic.

The Clash – Rock The Casbah (Mustapha Mix) [1982]
August 11, 2010

BONGO’S! I love Rock the Casbah, its a timeless classic that im yet to find someone that doesnt like it. However, on the B-Side of the original 12″ was the Mustapha Mix, a tweaked instrumental, heavy on the Bongo’s and samples, light on the vocal work but for me its all about the bassline. Absolute corker of a bassline this, recognised by all, bettered by few. Enjoy!

Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody [1983]
June 22, 2010

Chaka Khan, yet another criminally overlooked vocalist who never received the exposure she truly deserved. Her voice is pure as all hell, riding the area between the growlers (Tina Turner) and the warblers (Whitney, when she could sing). This track, unbelievably released in 1982 hasnt dated as badly as some of her catalogue, in fact I think Aint Nobody was far ahead of its time, heavy electronic work, lots of synths it smacked of Freestyle some 4 years before the Freestyle sound became mainstream across the world. Its a seriously moody piece, showcasing the most important part, Khan’s vocal talent but that moog that runs behind the whole track just kills it for me.

Frankie Knuckles did some incredible remixes of this track, preserving the majority of the arrangement and pushing it harder, more atmospheric and more club friendly. You’ll find the LP Mix featured on many a Greg Wilson set and for good reason, its fucking amazing.
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody (Frankie Knuckles LP Mix)
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody (Frankie Knuckles Hallucinogenic Mix)

Sinnamon – Thanks To You [1982]
March 17, 2010

Electro Funk at its finest, catchy as all hell synth hook, quality vocals, catchy as hell.

From Discogs

In order for a song to have an impact on a listener for the first time, there has to be something in it from the very beginning that blows the listener away. In the early 80’s, there were many dance trax that did just that, but they were underground songs, mainly designed for dj’s to surprise people with at discos, so the mainstream public never knew about them. Most of these songs never made the charts (think of Toney Lee’s “Reach Up” and Brenda Taylor’s “You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too”) But if there was one song that broke this despicable rule, it was “Thanks To You” by Sinnamon, a female vocal trio of Connecticut natives Barbara Fowler, Marsha Carter and New Yorker Melissa Bell. When it was released on May 22, 1982, it hit #44 on the black singles charts for eleven weeks. As the song begins, you are hypnotized by the keyboards and the arcade-like rhythm, while lead singer Fowler takes you on warm journey too start off the summer. Soul music really is #1 in my book. There is no other genre that delivers such joy and intensity. When a song stays with you for days on end and keeps you satisfied, you know it’s the best there is in the world. And the reason this song was big was because it was popular and high in demand, especially in the New York area. Radio stations like WRKS(98.7 KISS-FM)and WBLS(107.5 FM) were the big supporters who played it constantly. At about that time, DJ Shep Pettibone was hired at KISS-FM for his mastermix parties, and Prelude Records sought to cash in on his success and popularity by releasing KISS-FM Presents Shep Pettibone’s Mastermixes, which did well in the New England area. Sinnamon would also keep things going that same year with “He’s Gonna Take You Home(To His House)”, which has a seductive nightime mood.

Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life [1982]
December 2, 2009

Forget the pretenders, this is the original and the very best. Yes, another massively overplayed track but its the vocal you sick of 🙂 Ive always loved the original, that nice rolling bassline keeps the track interesting in the absence of heavy funk breaks but its all about the vocal.

I wonder if Mike Cleveland had any idea how iconic the track would become…

Best line?
“There’s not a problem that I can’t fix, cause I can do it in the mix.”