Lately I have been able to sit down and listen to records a lot more and in the last week quite a bit of Miami Bass and early Electro have been on rotation. One thing I noticed while listening to these records are that some of the Miami records have House and Acid House versions or remixes on the 12 inch release which is not so surprising as these two particular records were released in the 80's.
As far as I am aware this may have been a effort to appeal to the hip house and acid house that DJ's were playing in clubs at the time.. Usually most of the other 12 inch releases (that I have come across anyway) stick to the traditional format of a radio mix, original and instrumental.
After listening to the two tracks below and a bit of digging online and was not really able to find much info related to these remixes except for a youtube video of the Eerk and Jerk track. Don't get me wrong I love the originals but I also find these versions particularly interesting as they are a slightly different take on the acid and hip house of the early 80's..
The first track is from Gucci Crew II - 5 Dollar High (House mix) on their own Gucci records label. The original vocals are accented with a vocal chanting Acid House throughout the track which sounds familiar but I can pick which release it is sampled from.. Additional production and mix is credited to the House Boys but I can't find much info about them online..
Gucci Crew II was one of the most prolific and crucial Miami Bass groups during the '80s and early '90s. The group originally consisted of MC V (Victor May) and TFS aka 240 Shorty (Clevelan Bell), and Rick Taylor (Disco Rick) as their DJ. Disco Rick left in the mid 80s to go solo as a producer. The group debuted with a self-titled album in 1983 and followed it with So Def, So Fresh, So Stupid in 1987, Everybody Wants Some in 1989, G4 in 1991, and The Best Of Gucci Crew II in 1994. Their hits during that time included: Sally (That Girl), Truz N Vogues, The Dating Game, The Cabbage Patch, Pushin and the classic Booty Shake. The group stayed true to Miami Bass Music legacy of booming 808 drums and party themes. MC V passed away in 2007.
Download - Gucci Crew II - Five Dollar High (House Mix)
The second track is from Eerk & Jerk - Eerk & Jerk (House Mix) which has more of a hip house vibe utilizing the rap of the original version whhich I was able to find uploaded too youtube below.
Does anyone out there have any other examples they could share? feel free to message me or post in the comments section below.