Friday, May 26, 2017

Slick – Space Bass (WMOT/Fantasy)

Lost but not least! Slick – Space Bass (WMOT/Fantasy)

My, my, my! What a(nother) blast from the past. Although sounding way ahead of its time, ‘Space Bass’ saw the light back in 1979. I hardly can’t believe this. First, as I said, because of the way it sounds. Most likely havin’ a contemporary feel. And second because it brings me back to the days when I promoted it in the clubs during the Summer of that year in France!

Opening Slick‘s eponymous debut-album, it sadly got somehow overshadowed. The main reason being that it got out at a period which most likely marked the peaktime of Disco. Therefore competing with countless releases by the likes of Michael Jackson, Ashford & Simpson or Sylvester to name a few!

‘Space Bass’ nevertheless remains one of the most brilliant Disco gems ever released. At the crossroad between Chantal Curtis‘ ‘Get Another Love’ and David Joseph‘s ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love’. With something of The Erotic Drum Band in the meantime. If not of T-Connection with its insane percussion…
One can hardly think of a better construction/progression at the end. Conceived like so to say an opera in various acts, filled with trumpets and laser beams around whirlwinding wondrous, swelling strings. This enhancing its undeniable hypnotic side. With thanks to Fat Larry’s Band head Larry James in charge of the mixing and producgtion work.

Missed it? Feel free to give it a listen (or even a few), and let us know how you feel…

Overview
The late Brandi Wells formed Breeze along with Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson, Evette Benton and Doris James back in 1973. Together, they backed for acts such as Billy Paul, Fat Larry’s Band and Philly Cream (in other words, Ingram). They turned into Slick, recording in their own right on WMOT then Fantasy.

They released 2 album, successively in 1979 and 1980. ‘Slick’ which marked their debut featured the singles ‘Space Bass’ and ‘Sexy Cream’ which got banned from radio airing in the UK. Both Ingram and FLB shared the production duties on this.
Its follow-up – ‘Go For It’ – had unfortunately nothing of a comparable level in comparison apart from the mellow ‘Sunrise’. The group disappearing from the radar soon after, with Brandi Wells going solo on WMOT Records.

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