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Da Posse Featuring MartellSearchin' Hard

Label:Dance Mania – DM-022
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:House, Acid House


A1Searchin' Hard (Vocals Mix)
Mixed ByDre. I., Hula
A2Searchin' Hard (Acid Mix)
Mixed ByDre. I., Hula
B1Searchin' Hard (Krazee Mix)
Mixed ByK. Fingers, Mike Dunn
B2Searchin' Hard (Mike Dunn's A.C. Mix)
Mixed ByK. Fingers, Mike Dunn
B3Hula's Dance
Mixed ByK. Fingers, Mike Dunn

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℗ 1989 Hula's Music BMI

Hula's Dance samples Bruce Johnston - Pipeline

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etchings): DM-022-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etchings): DM-022-B

Other Versions (5)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Searching Hard (Remix) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)Dance ManiaDM 022 RXUS1989
Searchin' Hard (New U.S. Remixes) (12", 45 RPM, EP)Republic Records (2)LICT 032UK1989
Searching Hard (Remix) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Test Pressing)Dance ManiaDM 022 RXUS1989
Searchin' Hard (New U.S. Remixes) (12", 45 RPM, EP, Promo)Republic Records (2)LICT 032UK1989
New Submission
Searchin' Hard (New U.S. Remixes) (12", 45 RPM, EP, White Label)Republic Records (2)LICT 032UKUnknown


vinylot's avatar
The Krazee Mix is the shit for me. I've always LOVED this.
I remember checking out the other mixes periodically over the years, and I certainly have nothing against (great) vocals ...
But ... none of the others ever did it for me the way this one does.
The bass line totally killer. I'd love to hear a real electric bassist rock that riff!
Too bad about the mediocre sound quality... I'd love to hear these tracks properly re-mastered and made available in the standard formats, IE vinyl, red-book CD, and digital files of one's preference, cost-wise and resolution-wise.
If the producers and remixers screwed things up royally when they did this, a note-for-note re-recording would be fine with me,
as long as some of that "murky" quality is left alone, while fixing the dynamic range and getting rid of unnecessary noise.
I have no illusions this will happen of course - we're coming on 2022 and sadly, for most, it's near-impossible to make a living wage creating music.
8892sales's avatar
Is it just me who thinks the twinkling piano riffs on the Mike Dunn mix (in particular), have always reminded them of something by the early 1980s jazz-funk/disco/jazz pop group Shakatak? Please don't be tempted to answer that semi rhetorical question. I know it is just me. This record was in desperate need of an instrumental. Not all of us are male vocal loving heads in house music. The best mix for me is probably the Krazee Mix because of that, but the Acid Mix should've been more stripped down, more instrumental in my opinion. More acid and less vocal samples please! They're undeniable classics though.
theboomboomroom's avatar
Hula's Dance is the one that still stands out for me 31 years after I bought it, even though Searchin' Hard was played in every warehouse party I went to back in the day.
sunshine-recorder's avatar
Edited 5 years ago
I recently stumbled upon a great copy at a record fair and had to grab it. I first came across this record in a roundabout way through this seriously dope mix by Hashman Deejay, LNS & DJ D.Dee out of Vancouver, Canada.

This record is classic DM - raw and rugged. Not a dud to be heard on this 12" - there's an acidic undercurrent to the cuts here. Martell passionately delivers a lamentation about looking for a special kind of love on the Vocals Mix while the Acid Mix does what it says on the tin. Here that 303 really sings, working in tandem with some dope drum programming.

Flip the record over and there's a sequence of three seriously hot tracks. Craig Simpkins AKA K. Fingers and Mike Dunn come together to mix the two versions of Searchin' Hard. The Krazee Mix strips away the vocals and lets loose K. Fingers on a seriously dope jazzy workout not dissimilar to those you might hear on a classic Kerri Chandler jam, for example. Mike Dunn's A.C. Mix is the cut I hear many people raving about - and for good reason. It's a real cool meeting of the vocal mixes and the Krazee Mix where the vocal is cut up and teased for the latter part of the track. Watch out for that crazy vibe switch about 1m50s which will do damage on the dancefloor. Rounding off the record is Hula's Dance, a energetic 126bpm heater. An essential record for any Chicago heads.
enabler's avatar
100% agree with suvz, the Mike Dunn AC mix is crazy. So nasty... when it comes back in after the rewind I get goosebumps
radioactivegoat's avatar
Heard it on centreforce and took me a while to track down the Dance mania copy but was well worth it.....
do you remember the days of record hunting were hard before the internet....
suvz's avatar
Mike dunns mix is simply the choise from this 12 ...I can play this track non-stop an the hairs on my neck stand to attention....MAGIC