Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Classic 12"s Week - Fascinating Rhythms


Bass-O-Matic were the brainchild of William Orbit, and his second group effort after the demise of his '80s band Torch Song. Their debut LP was Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Bass (a witty tribute to the Pink Floyd album "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun"), and it was a collection of typically tight and synthetic Orbit grooves mixed with pyschedelic spaced out-ness and a touch of funk. It was both house and techno inspired, and also contained some funky tunes in the style of their peers at the time, Soul II Soul. 1990's Fascinating Rhythm (Soul Odyssey Mix) was the big hit single from the album, and was William's first top ten hit. This version is a remix by William himself and the song rides the great breakbeat Soul II Soul made famous on their debut album. IMO this remix is all about the Soul II Soul sound - the beats, the bass, the rolling piano riffs, even the use of the word soul in the remix title. Very tasty.

4 comments:

Le DJ Royale said...

Sorry about my english but this is my first visit and I am very surprised about your excellent selection of 12".I got some old 12" of Bassomatic and Gary Clail(Escape) and never imagine to find the blog I like to do. Thank you for your time. I enjoyed.

LondonLee said...

You bugger, I was going to post this soon. Oh well, saved me the bother of cleaning up my crackly 12" recording.

Michael said...

Sorry Lee! ;-)

I'm pretty confident that you'll come up with something else that's just as good...

LondonLee said...

Actually I was planning on posting a different version (the more funky a-side) so I still might.