Synth Bass with Slap Bass

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  1. AndyVanBass

    AndyVanBass

    Jan 11, 2011
    Nashville, TN
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  2. AndyVanBass

    AndyVanBass

    Jan 11, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    - Lots of gospel songs on my list. Fred Hammond (solo & with Commissioned) & Tommy Sims have done this a lot.

    - A can’t copy/paste the list, so here’s artists/players: Fred Hammond, Commissioned, Cece Winans, Cedric/Victor Caldwell, Bruno Mars, Tommy Simms, Darwin Hobbs, Israel Houghton, Andrae Crouch, Andrew Gouché, Abe Laboriel, Koinonia, Sheila E, Prince

    - I’m not counting when key bass reinforces & hides behind the bass guitar. I’m counting when the key bass is distinctly different than the slap bass sound.

    — P.Y.T. by Michel Jackson is all synth bass w/ slap in the bridge.

    — Prince: I expected to find more examples than I did.
     
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  3. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome (track)
    Not sure if that's what you're looking for, but it's staccato synthy and has a slap section.
    Two Tribes may also be worth a listen. Same album.
     
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  4. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Do these count?

    "Holy Ghost" - Bar-Kays:


    "Fantastic Voyage" - Lakeside:
     
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  5. AndyVanBass

    AndyVanBass

    Jan 11, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    @RyanOh - Pleasuredome track for sure! I need to listen closer to Two Tribes

    @FilterFunk - YES! I know both those tracks, but didn't think of them! I know there are more great disco-funk songs I'm missing.
     
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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    A great deal of the Dazz Band’s hit were synth plus slap:

     
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  7. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
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    Here's one off my all-time favorite jazz record. To my knowledge, no streaming service offers this album as it was a sound track to a documentary. A modern (for its time) cover on the Moacir Santos tune, Nana.
     
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  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Marcus Miller with David Sanborn and Luther Vandross featured lots of slap bass and synth tracks.



     
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  9. Yosbank

    Yosbank

    Feb 6, 2019
    +1
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  10. AndyVanBass

    AndyVanBass

    Jan 11, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    @Dr. Cheese - Thanks! I knew there were some good '80s jazz/soul tracks I was missing!
     
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  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I’m glad I helped!
     
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  12. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Pretty sure the Scritti Politti album Cupid & Psyche 85 has some tracks with both, though I can't off the top of my head remember which tracks. Marcus Miller supplied the slap bass on that album too.
     
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  13. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
     
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  14. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
     
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  15. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999


    ...especially around 4:30-ish
     
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  16. cxcxcx

    cxcxcx

    Mar 8, 2019
    Almost everything Level 42 did post-1984 is a mix of synth and slap - sort of a signature sound for them.

     
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  17. AndyVanBass

    AndyVanBass

    Jan 11, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Thanks, y'all! Added all these tracks to my playlist.

    @JimK - great picks. I love Hewett, but haven't heard much Shalamar. I bet Chaka has more tracks, I'll have to listen. Take Your Time (Do It Right) by SOS also has slap w/ some synth bass over it.

    @Bob_Ross - Don't Work That Hard is the only track I heard on that Scritti Politi album w/ bass. Sounds like Miller is doubling the synth line, nice approach.

    @cxcxcx - Always heard of Mark King in Bass Player mag, but never listened. Great stuff!
     
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  18. Wasnex

    Wasnex

    Dec 25, 2011
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  19. cxcxcx

    cxcxcx

    Mar 8, 2019
    Here’s some others, apologies if they’re reposts. These both feature Anthony Jackson on electric bass, backed up by synth. Due to the quality of Anthony’s parts, that’s sort of like putting frosting on a cake that already has a ton of frosting, but it works!



     
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  20. AndyVanBass

    AndyVanBass

    Jan 11, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    @cxcxcx - Thanks! I'm not hearing any slap or even fingerstyle on Borderline. I hear fingerstyle on Watcha (run at 3:11), lotsa guitar popping, but no slap bass. What am I missing? Are they literally doubling the synth verbatim? or is it Jackson's bass signal + synth FX?

    EDIT: Wikipedia: "a catchy synth melody provided by Fred Zarr.[7] Bass player Anthony Jackson doubled Dean Gant's synth bass to provide a solid and more complex texture.[7]" Seems so odd to verbatim double the bassline just for added texture w/o any slaps/pops coming thru the mix. But it was '83 & probably not as easy to tweak a signal as it is now. Hmph...

    @Wasnex - Good stuff, thanks!
     
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