This is number 39 in my occasional series of 12″ records from the 80s that had an effect on my life.
One of the first House Classics in my opinion. Mantronix just crept onto the list, as it was released in December 1989.
Written by Mantronix members Bryce Wilson and Kurtis Mantronik, alongside Johnny D. Rodriguez. Mantronik stated that “When I did ‘Got to Have Your Love’, I did it for a reason. I did it because I wanted to get a song on the radio.
The simplicity of the bass line is what makes this a great track for me, the groove that comes from the (presumably) 303 just drives it, with soulful vocals. An almost Soul II Soul vibe runs through the entire track.
Miranda Sawyer from Smash Hits called it “perfection”.
Making number 4 on the UK charts, it failed to make an impact in the band’s native America, but Europe was their spiritual home.
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Inspired by all the lists you see on FaceBook saying “Post your favourite albums, but don’t say anything about them…” I thought, hell I’m gonna say a bit about them and why they’re special. As a general rule I have chosen particular extended vinyl versions of the tracks for various reasons, amongst them they extend the length I can listen to them, and they often add extra ambience to the Radio Friendly 7″ version.
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Legendary US record producer Tom Moulton was probably one of the prime movers in developing 12-inch releases, he had discovered that the 12-inch had vastly superior sound quality, producing grooves perfect for the discotheque. It was music for hedonistic dancers – for metronomic beats, fewer vocals, stripped back instrumentation, slow-fading echo effects, sustains, slow builds in pace and intensity to maximum peaks.
Number 41 in an occasional series of reviews of my favourite 80s […]