It’s been a minute since CASSIMM last released on Toolroom, as part of the ‘Toolroom Amsterdam 2019’ album with ‘Not Worth Enough’ featuring Marck Jamz. Now a couple of years later, he’s back on the Trax imprint label with the Disco House heater – ‘House Ain’t Givin’ Up’, bringing that feel-good, summertime vibe we’ve been waiting for.
His debut release on Toolroom Trax has has been making waves throughout the scene since its release, featuring a funk driven style and unique take on House Grooves that CASSIMM is known for. Off the back of this, we thought we should delve into who the artist really is and find out what influences him. So we asked CASSIMM to give us his top 10, all-time favourite Bass lines in Disco & House Music.
CASSIMM – ‘House Ain’t Givin’ Up‘
10. Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan Remix)
I’m so in love with this record, it reminds me of when I first got into DJing. I was 17 at the time and I was a member of a cover band as a bass guitar player. This record has always been the perfect crossover for me, you can play this with a band or spinning the record as a DJ and getting the same vibes. I’ve recently done a cover of this one and it will be out soon, so keep your eyes peeled.
9. Man With Guitar – Man With Guitar (Original Mix)
Even if is a really simple baseline riff, it is still one of my favourite ones and will never get old. I still remember when I heard this record for the first time and I will never forget the DJ mixing Chuck Robert – ‘My house Capella‘ over the break and the result was something just magic.
8. Lil’ Louis – ‘Club Lonely (J. Cub Mix)’
I used to play this record at every after-party I was playing, This bass line is just so warm & sexy that people were screaming whenever it was kicking in! I love it because it’s a really simple riff, but it works so well with the vocal and the beat that it makes everything about it just perfect.
7. Les Rythmes Digitales – ‘Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat) (Club Mix)’
I remember the first time I found this record on vinyl, I was 17 and listening to piles of vinyl every weekend and as soon I heard this bass line I couldn’t stop dancing! Whenever I went home I would grab my bass guitar play the riff over and over while listening to the record, trying to slap the strings and make it sounds the same. Years later this record it’s still giving me goosebumps.
6. Shakedown – At Night (Kid Creme Remix)
If you read what I wrote about the previous tracks, you probably get where I’m coming from… I am a bass player, and just like every musician, you end up just falling in love with music that gives you emotions. This record for me is one of those. I mean listen to the bass line! It’s great and it sounds so real.
5. Michael Gray – ‘The Weekend‘
This track wouldn’t be what it is without that bass line! Don’t get me wrong, I love the chords, love the synths, but when it’s just drums, bass line and vocal, this track releases so much energy. I’ve always had a lot of fun playing it back in the day and for that it deserves to be in this top 10 I believe.
4. Dan Hartman – ‘Relight my fire‘
There’s no Disco party without playing this record, fact. This bass line might not be so important to a normal listener (as it has so many other good elements going on) but for me, it is so important. I wish Dan was still alive, going around the world performing this song, I would absolutely attend one of his shows just to hear this song live.
3. Steve ‘Silk‘ Hurley ft. Sharon Pass – ‘The Word Is Love (Silk’s Anthem of Life)’
So simple, so perfect. On this record we aren’t talking about this bass line per se, but the entire groove that it makes. There are tons of tracks with a similar bass line, even nowadays many artists are still getting inspiration and use the same riff for the track, but if I have to pick one… this is it.
2. Paul Johnson – ‘Get Get Down‘
I’ve got to be honest one this one, it’s a great track and has made history in the House Music scene, but the reason why I like it is because its taken from one of my favourite Disco artists ever, Hamilton Bohannon. This famous bass line (and part of the piano) comes from a track called ‘Me and the gang’ which I bet you didn’t know!
1. Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – ‘Jack Your Body‘
Probably one of the most sampled bass lines ever. There are at least two other tracks in my mind with the same bass line and that’s all thanks to this record. The other one is a Club Remix of ‘I Am Every Woman‘ by Witney Houston, I think it’s called. Anyway it’s the same bass line, and when other people get inspired (or literally steal your bass line haha) means only one thing… you nailed it.