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#128: Electro-Funk March 1984

Heading back 40 years to March 1984 with a mixtape of Electro-Funk, Hip Hop and Freestyle 12″ singles that were breaking into the Groove Electro Funk chart that month.

Tracklisting
A Game of Life (Instrumental) by Lavaba & E. Mallison
On the Radio by Crash Crew
Survivin’ in the 80’s by André Cymone
Run Jesse Run by F.A.C.E 2000
La Danse Des Mots (Maxi Version) by Mon Dino
Rap Machine by Whodini
Blowin’ Your Mind (vocal and instrumental) by The Jazzie Ladies
The Runaway (Mix 1) by Jonny Bankcheck
Gimmick (Instrumental & Bonus Beats) by Duces Wild
Rotation by Sine
Breakdancer by Boogie Boys
The Runaway (Mix 2) by Jonny Bankcheck
The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Beat Me) by The Dominatrix
Funky Breakdown/Bonus Breakdown by Awesome Foursome
B Boys Beware (Club Mix) by Two Sisters
Give Me My Money! The Beat Box Boys
Jam On it (Vocal and Dub) by Newcleus
Slack (Funhouse Mix & Slack Attack Dub) by Slack
When Love Surges (instrumental) by Jules Shear
We Come to Rock (Club Mix + Dub + We Dub to Ccratch Mix) by The Imperial Brothers
Rock Steady (Dub) by Jenny Burton
Give Me Tonight (Dub) by Shannon
Englishman in New York by John Rocca
Project 5 (Instrumental Dub) by Synergy
I Want it to be Real by John Rocca
First broadcast on 7th April 2024 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, UK,
streaming on radioreverb.com

FORTY YEARS AGO: Electro Funk Chart from 31st March 1984 from Echoes Newspaper. Street Sounds Electro 3 was released on 23rd March 1984, including 4 tracks from the Top 10 of this chart (demonstrating just how Fresh! these compilations were). The album would chart the following week. New entries for three John Robie productions (Slack and Jenny Burton), a re-entry for the Russell Brothers, and the sole release by photographer and music video director, Jean-Baptiste Mondino (who would win MTV video of the year for directing ‘Boys of Summer’ later that year). March also saw new entries from The Boogie Boys with drum-machine pounder, ‘Breakdancer’, Whodini’s ‘Electro 5 Track E.P‘ -rehashing tracks from 82 & 83, The Imperial Brothers’ ‘We Come to Rock‘ (featuring a pair of the best dub versions of the era) with the old school disco-rap stylings of ‘A Game of Life‘ scraping in at no.29. The UK release of ‘Renegades of Funk‘ returns to the top. ‘Jam On it’ takes the top spot from ‘Renegades of Funk’. Crucial Electro takes up along-term spot in the charts. The UK release of ‘1983’s Two Sisters’ LP arrives. ‘Let the Music Play’ is still in the charts after 5 months.

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