SNAP - World Power (1990) for Anvilscepe
Michael Münzing & Luca Anzilotti. Performers: Durron Butler, Penny Ford, Thea Austin.
Electronic, Hip Hop
Pop Rap, Euro House
01 The Power
02 Ooops Up
03 Cult Of Snap
04 Believe The Hype
05 I'm Gonna Get You (To Whom It May Concern)
06 Witness The Strength
07 Mary Had A Little Boy
08 Blasé Blasé
09 Only Human
10 Power (jungle fever Mix)
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SNAP! have become a true ‘hit machine’ and amassed countless awards in the process. After The Power, Anzilotti and Muenzing released further mega-sellers such as Ooops Up, Cult of SNAP! and Mary Had a Little Boy on their label Logic Records, all of which soared to the top places in the European charts. Music for the dancefloor is normally regarded as an ephemeral, transient commodity: here today, gone tomorrow. Something that the Frankfurt-based producer team Matthias Muenzing and Luca Anzilotti, better known as Snap!, have now been disproving for over 13 years.
The debut album World Power (originally released in 1990) counts as one of the most successful dance albums worldwide with well over seven million LPs sold. The mega hit, The Power, has long become one of the most played music tracks in the world and has made musical history.
"Snap brought a new sound on the dancefloors at the end of the 80's. "The Power" introduced Turbo B. as a rapper and a frontman of this project, the music was made by Anzilotti & Muenzing - the producers that signed their work as Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III and mostly stood in the background, out of the public's attention, producing in their studio. "The Power" was build around the tiny drum-loop taken from Mantronix's "King Of The Beats" and then Turbo B and Penny Ford's vocals were added. Turbo B with his ferocious style and powerful voice established himself as a dominant force in Snap's albums and live acts. "The Power" track had everything to become a dancefloor hit: a funky beat, Turbo B's raps, Penny Ford's strong voice and a great melody. Their next single "Ooops Up" is also a very interesting track formed on a vocal hook "Say Ooops Upside Your Head" taken from the funky-disco classic by The GAP Band, but what really got me into it is the beat - hard kick drums and the hi-hats taken from Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid In Full" - as well as Turbo B's story based on the mistakes. "Cult Of Snap" has 4-to-the-floor beat and dominating brass adding the oriental touch while "Mary Has A Little Boy" is a more subtle piano-(Hip)-house track. "Believe The Hype" refers to "Don't Believe The Hype" by Public Enemy and has a dark bassline which fits perfectly to the chunky beat and cowbells similar to the ones in "The Power". "I'm Gonna Get You (To Whom It May Concern)" is a nice pop-ballad, while "Witness The Strength" and "Blase Blase" step into the Old Skool Rap arena, the latter even containing famous James Brown "Funky President" break, then very much used in the Rap music, combined with 808 sound. "Only Human" means Only Human BeatBox, Turbo B's making beats and the "Planet Rock"/"Trans Europe Express" melody eventually breaks in - this is the stuff that Turbo B become known by in the 80's, he was doing beatbox performances for the Fat Boys. "The Power (Jungle Fever Mix)" is a nice eerie remix, where Turbo B's busting the additional verse that's not included in the original. The style Snap presented on this album, a style that is very similar to C+C Music Factory, was very much accepted by the artists like BG The Prince Of Rap and Black Man's Wagon - it was Euro-Dance but based on hip-hop beats (breakbeats), had longer rap verses and strong female vocals in hooks, and powerful melodies. The style became massive in early 90's with Hip-House and Piano-House until around 1992 when it all became Euro-Dance, with influences from Trance and Techno/rave music."
About Snap :
Snap! are an electronic music project created by German producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti. However, due to the general public's preconceived notions of German music, they decided to credit their work as Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III, and, as Frank Farian had done with Boney M and Milli Vanilli, hired different singers to front the group's live appearances.
Snap!'s first hit, "The Power" (#1 UK, #2 Ger, #2 US), became instantly popular in both Europe and North America, thanks in part to the combination of house and hip hop elements, but a great deal in part to the unauthorized sampling of a track "Let the Words Flow" by US rapper Chill Rob G. None of the vocals were recorded specifically for the track. On their first album, World Power (#10 Ger), their vocalists were rapper Turbo B., the model Jackie Harris and the real singer Penny Ford. In 1990 some more hits followed: "Ooops up" (# 5 UK, #2 Ger, # 36 US), "Cult of Snap" (#8 UK, #3 Ger), "Mary had a little boy" (#8 UK, #4 Ger) and in 1991 "Snap - Megamix" (#10 UK, #15 Ger). Snap! returned to the charts in 1992 with The Madman's Return (#3 Ger), which featured four more hit singles in Europe, "The Colour of Love" (#9 Ger), "Rhythm is a Dancer" (#1 UK, #1 Ger, #5 US), "Exterminate" (#2 UK, #3 Ger) and the German Top 20 Hit "Do You See The Light?" (#10 UK, #13 Ger). However, by this stage, some friction had developed between the producers and the vocalists and eventually they would all leave the band. Thea Austin had already replaced Jackie and Penny, but she too had left by the time the third album came along.
Niki Haris, who had sung "Exterminate" and "Do You See The Light?", was retained, alongside newcomer Summer, for Welcome To Tomorrow (#6 UK, #4 Ger) which peaked at number 1 in France in 1994. But by now, the songs had evolved into a more European progressive house sound, and without the stage presence and raps of Turbo B., Snap! continued receiving airplay, but the project's popularity was decreasing. "The First, The Last, Eternity" (#15 UK, #7 Ger) ,although a Top 10 hit in Germany, never enjoyed the same level of recognition as "The Power". Snap! were officially disbanded after the release of the 1996 best-of album, Attack! (#14 Ger). A significant portion of their decline had to do with an informal black-listing of the band in the club scene due to an unfortunate remark from a band member that was perceived to be anti-gay. This issue haunted them up till 2003 when an apology was issued and the club scene welcomed them back aboard. This opened the door for their best of/remix album which was promoted in Germany on several Christopher-street-prides and together with the in Berlin famous drag queen Krylon Superstar who also appeared on Television for Snap!.
Münzing and Anzilotti tried a comeback in 2000, with Turbo B.'s return and a new vocalist, but the proposed album, One Day on Earth, was never released, due to various problems during production. Fortunately for Snap!, a few producers, such as Tom Novy from Germany and Motivo Productions from Italy, started remixing some of their old hits, which lead to the release of a remix/cover album, The Cult of Snap!, in 2003. The album included another remix hit in Europe: "The power of Bhangra" (at least Top 20 in Germany)(the video was filmed in Sri Lanka).
Throughout their career, they scored nine Top 10 singles, including two Number Ones in the United Kingdom ("The Power" and "Rhythm Is A Dancer"). The C.J. Stone remix of "Rhythm is a Dancer" reached number 7 in Germany, 17 in the UK in 2003. The track is still commonly played at nightclubs in the UK and Ireland, often as the last track in a set, and has become somewhat of a dance anthem.
The act returned in 2006 with a brand new single called "Beauty Queen", but the single has never been released outside the clubs.
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