Lost but not least! Slick – Space Bass (WMOT/Fantasy)
My, my, my! What a(nother) blast from the past we have here. Although sounding quite way ahead of its time, ‘Space Bass’ saw the light back in 1979. I still hardly can believe this as a matter of fact. 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, Chic, Ashford & Simpson or Sylvester to name a few!
‘Space Bass’ nevertheless remains one of the most brilliant Disco gems ever released at the end. 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 as well in the meantime. If not of T-Connection with its insane percussion…
All in all, one can hardly think of a better construction/progression. 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 production work.
Missed it? Feel free to give it a listen (or even a few), and let us know how you feel…
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 then turned into Slick, recording in their own right on WMOT then Fantasy.
They released 2 albums, successively in 1979 and 1980. ‘Slick’ which marked their debut featured the singles ‘Space Bass’ and ‘Sexy Cream’. With the latter getting banned from radio airing in the UK. And 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 from then.