The Landlord Stab 1989 - 1993

updated 9 months ago

Attempting to compile as many of the hardcore, rave & techno tunes that contain the oh so, very unique Landlord - I Like It (Blow Out Dub) synth stab. As I'm a real sucker for that sound! Many call it a piano stab. Recent research on the subject has brought up surprising results. It sounds nothing like a typical piano sound to me, which I'm not a massive fan of...

Interesting discussion regarding the origin of this now cultish synth stab click here

Other styles included are: House - Breakbeat - Acid House - Jungle - Hip-House.

Not to be confused with the similar sounding Kevin Saunderson / Inner City keyboard - which itself was first sampled from Nitro Deluxe - Let's Get Brutal / This Brutal House on Cutting Records (U.S.) from way back in 1986.

Or the later Bizarre Inc. piano stab which was directly sampled from Fidelfatti And Ronnette - Just Wanna Touch Me (Hallelujah Remix) and is an actual piano sound, later processed by Bizarre Inc on their rave anthem Playing With Knives.

Extra thanks to nbg , jony BUNKERHEADZ SubSystem and scherben for their own contributions.

  1. Landlord (2) Featuring Dex Danclair - I Like It

    And here is the original & best appearance.

  2. SLII* - DJ's Take Control

    1 For Sale from $25.64

    DJ's Take Control

  3. Lisa Lee - When Can I Call You

    20 For Sale from $3.37

    When Can I Call You (Tommy Musto & Frankie Bones British Telecom Mix)

  4. Musto & Bones - The Future Is Ours

    All I Want Is To Get Away

    Don't Give Up On My Lovin'

  5. The Criminal Minds - A Vision Of Dread

    18 For Sale from $7.68

    Playing With Spoons

  6. Sound Corp - Security Overload / Regen-Time

    Security Overload is the one with the Landlord stabs.

    One of my favourite hardcore records of '92. Proper dark, underground business. Both sides equal in quality. Regen-Time a touch more industrial & brutal.

  7. Bass Construction - The E.P.

    Check How We Jam.

    Always preferred this from "Dance With Power". Maybe it's the Landlord stabs that swung it for me. Or is it the bassline drop ?

  8. Tech Man 1 - Changes

    23 For Sale from $1.69

    Changes Part 1 (Rave Mix).

    After that over the top (overkill) orchestral stab finishes, comes in a wicked Landlord stab which powers on this techno rave stomper.

  9. Razor Boy & Mirror Man - Cutter Mix / Beyond Control

    Cutter Mix.

    Both tracks absolute classics. Cutter Mix is the one with Landlord stabs.

  10. Cyclone - A Place Called Bliss

    (Last Thursday Mix)

  11. Hackney Hardcore - Dance Hall Dangerous!

    13 For Sale from $8.94

    (Version 1)

    Back in the day I think I probably preferred the other version. But over the years I've come to prefer this one. Comes kitted with Landlord stabs of course.

  12. Nebula II - Flatliners


    What a tune! Nuff said.

  13. Nebula II - The Flatliner Remix / C-O-D Rider Remix

    16 For Sale from $5.90

    The Flatliner Remix (Zero Yellow Zero (Mix))

  14. Various - XL-Recordings: The Third Chapter - Breakbeat House

    SL2 – DJs Take Control (DJ Seduction Mix)

  15. The Warrior - Babylon A Burn

    11 For Sale from $3.37

    Welcome To Violence

  16. QBass - Hardcore Will Never Die

    Hardcore Will Never Die (E Type Version)

    Telepathic Mix

  17. Set Up System - Fairy Dust

    Music And Noise