The first thing I did was to find some real drummer loops to put on this track before laying down the bass. I have been using Drumcore to avoid that programmed drum sound. I choose a series of loops recorded by Lonnie Wilson. You can see Lonnie recording grooves for Drumcore on YouTube. I then added the bass sound using my trusty MusicMan Stingray Bass direct into my Presonus Firebox interface. I will tweak the tone of the bass later.
Once the drum track was in the tune you can really hear the push pull of the tempo. Next step will be to modify the keyboard track to synch up more with the groove.