#109: Electro Funk Tapes 1982: Vol. 2

The second in a two-part mix of tracks that followed the release of
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force’s 12″ single ‘Planet Rock’, forty years ago, in April 1982. Planet Rock helped define a new genre, eventually known as ‘Electro Funk’ which brought together 808 and DMX drum machines, synthesizers and FX- heavy extended dub versions, as a backdrop to uptempo raps on space themes and the struggles of late 20th century city living.
The emergence of Electro Funk in 1982 introduced a generation of worldwide dancers and teenagers to the crafts of breakdancing, body popping, graffiti,
rap and turntable scratching.

Jive Rhythm Trax 122 BPM (Side B) by Willesden Dodgers
Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop) by Man Parrish
Don’t Make Me Wait (Dub Mix) by Peech Boys
Nunk (New Wave Funk) Instrumental by Warp 9
Magic’s Wand (Special Extended Mix) by Whodhini & Thomas Dolby
E.T. Boogie by Extra T’s
Fly Guy & the Unemployed by Ramsey 2C-3D
Cosmic Glide by Captain Rock
The Escapades Rap by Futura 2000
The Smurf by Tyrone Brunson
Funky Soul Makossa (Rap and Version) by Nairobi And The Awesome Foursome
One More Shot (instrumental) by C-Bank featuring Jenny Burton
I Dub U by Freeez
Rockin’it and instrumental by The Fearless Four
Une Sale Histoire Part 2 (Male Version) by Fab 5 Freddy
Une Sale Histoire (Female Version) Fab 5 Freddy & Beside
The Message (instrumental & Vocal) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Granmaster C.I.U.! Infinity and Grandmaster D.ST
The Roxy by Phase II
Smerphies Dance (Make Your Own Rap) by Spyder-D
Trouble Funk Express by Trouble Funk
I’m the Packman (Eat Everything I Can) by The Packman
Mt. Airy Groove by Pieces of a Dream
Buffalo Gals (Scratch) by Malcolm McLaren And The World’s Famous Supreme Team
Funkbox Party (Instrumental) by the Masterdon Committee

First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM + DAB, Brighton, UK, streaming on on 3rd May 2022


#108: Electro Funk Tapes 1982: Vol. 1

In this transmission, we’ll be heading back 40 years, to April 1982 and the release of a 12″ dance track that launched a new genre. The track was ‘Planet Rock’ by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force, and the genre was Electro Funk (known in the UK as ‘Electro’), which brought together uptempo rap, drum machines, synthesisers, FX heavy extended dub versions, turntable scratching in dancefloor orientated space-themed funk. Planet Rock would go on to sell 600,000 copies, making it one of the highest selling 12″ singles of the 1980s, and spawn years of imitators. 1982 was the year that turned the failing Roland 808 drum machine into a classic instrument, used to this day, and saw the first steps in introducing a generation of worldwide teenagers to breakdancing, graffiti, scratching and cutting, and rap. It gained notice through breakthrough pop hits such as Malcolm McClaren’s ‘Buffalo Gals’, and Melle Mel and Duke Bootee’s raps on ‘the Message’.
This mix starts with some of the tunes that preceded ‘Planet Rock’, that influenced its creation and were referenced in the final production, including disco and rap productions by Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa and Tommy Boy records, before playing excerpts from the Planet Rock sessions. The mix ends with a selection of electro singles that followed in 1982.

Tee’s Happy by Northend (1981)
Havin’ Fyn (instrumental) by Cotton Candy (1981)
Rap-O-Clap-O by Joe Bataan (1979)
Jazzy Sensation (Bronx Version) by Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5 (1981)
Are Friends Electric? by Tubeway Army (1979)
Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk (1977)
Theme from a Few Dollars More by Babe Ruth (1972)
Super Sporm by Captain Sky (1978)
Planet Rock (Instrumental) by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
Numbers by Kraftwerk (1981)
Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
Rock at your own risk by Planet Patrol
Scorpio by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Pak Man (Look Out for the OVC) by The Jonzun Crew
I Need a Freak by Sexual Harassment
Pleasure Boys (Dance Mix) by Visage
Computer Wars by Began Began
On A Journey (I Sing The Funk Electric) by Electrik Funk
Body Mechanic (instrumental) by Quadrant Six
Message II (Survival) by Melle Mel & Duke Bootee
Jive Rhythm Trax 122BPM, Side B by Willesden Dodgers
Cosmic Cars by Cybotron
Man Made by Man Parrish
Mirda Rock by Reggie Griffin & Technofunk
The Beat Goes On ( The Lunar Mix ) by Orbit
First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM + DAB, Brighton, UK, streaming on on 3rd April 2022


#107: Songs They Don’t Play on the Radio

Transmission 107

In this transmission you can expect to hear music that has been under-played and overlooked, from the rediscovered and the unjustly neglected to the brand spanking new: dream-folk from the former Yugoslavia, Canadian post-rock, Scottish drollery, Australian ambience, Turkish-German Electro-Noir, US New Wave, New Age, Spiritual Jazz and Beat Poetry, Japanese Soundtracks, French Art-Rock, Belgian synthwave, Russian Funk, UK Electronics, synth-pop and Alt-Rock, on cassette, vinyl and digital.

Alpine Flight by Trans-Millenia Consort (Pauline Anna Strom ‎) from LP Spectre, 1984
Cool by Pylon from Cool / Dub 7″, 1979
Tamo Daleko (Far Away) by Branko Mataja from LP ‘Over Fields and Mountains’
Coming for your kids by BRiGHTBLACK, 2022
Under Belly by Blawan from Woke Up Right Handed EP, 2021
Maker Of Me by Carola Baer from Untitled Cassette/The Story Of Valerie, 1991
Running Out Of Time by Rexy from LP Running Out Of Time, 1981
Patriarcat by Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem from LP Vous et nous, 1977
Meshes of the Afternoon by Teiji Ito from soundtrack to the film ‘Meshes of the Afternoon’, 1959
Meshes by Sd Laika from LP That’s Harakiri,2014
Venise (Early Version) by Martin Rev from 12″ 3 Raw Takes recorded in 2006, released 2020
White Bird by June11 from Compilation, ‘11000 Dreams’, 2016
Overworld by A.r.t. Wilson ‎ from Overworld, 2014
Solo Dance by Michele Mercure from Compilation, ‘Pictures of Echoes’ 2020
Ay Çürüdü by Anadol ‎from LP ‘Uzun Havalar’, 2018
Yasmeen by Jeff Majors from LP, ‘For Us All (Yoka Boka)’, 1986
Sit Down by Ivor Cutler and Linda Hirst from LP, ‘Privilege’, 1983
Diminishing Shine by God Speed You Black Emperor! from Cassette, ‘All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling’, 1994
Poem to Ernie Henry by Gloria Tropp from compilation LP, ‘New Jazz Poets’, 1967
Where Flamingos Fly by Ran Blake and Jeanne Lee from LP, ‘The Newest Sound Around’, 1962
Don’t Challenge Me by Makers from 7″Single, 1972
Hot & Cold by The Same from LP, ‘Sync or Swim’, 1981

First Broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB+, Brighton, UK, streaming on on 6th March 2022


#106: Songs They Don’t Play on the Radio

In this transmission you can expect to hear music that has been under-played and overlooked, from the unjustly neglected to the brand spanking new, from UK, USA, Canada, Niger, Egypt, Hungary, Belgium, Iran, Jamaica, Tunisia, Finland, Holland, Korea and Ukraine, Electronics, New Age, Folk, Classical, Persian Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Post-Punk, Electro on cassette, vinyl and digital.

PO by Gosheven from Antipodal Polyphony (2021)
Path to the Cave of the Bear (excerpt) by Alice Damon from Windsong (1981)
Something Old by Linda Smith from Something New! (2001)
One by One by Connie Converse from Compilation LP How Sad, How Lovely (1954)
Listen to the Quiet voice by Dominique Lawalrée from Vis A Vis (1979)
Helelyos by Zia from Pomegranates – Persian Pop, Funk, Folk And Psych Of The 60s And 70s (circa 1970)
Music De Carneval by Magdy El Hussainy from Habibi Funk – An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World, Part 2 (1972)
Bodo by Mamman Sani Abdoulaye from Unreleased Tapes 1981 – 1984
Chinese Beauty by Lennie Hibbert from More Creation (1971)
De L’orient a Orion KR Nagati from Tunisia 7″ single (circa 1974)
Jo Alkaa Niitty Tyhjentyä by Tomutonttu from LP Hoshi (2021)
Portrait of Ezra Pound from Electric Party from Compilation ‘Play’ (1982)
Fairy by Glass Domain from Glass Domain 12″ (1991)
Form and F a d e by Slow Attack Ensemble from LP Music For Turntable, Guitars and Sampled Instruments (2020)
As Long As The Rivers Run by Tucker Zimmerman from LP Word Games (1983)
Love No More by the Durutti Column from LP Vini Reilly (1989)
Mountains by Okkyung Lee from LP Na-Reul (2021)
Insight by Valentina Goncharova from Recordings 1987 – 1991, Vol. 1, (1991)

First Broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB+, Brighton, UK, streaming on on 6th February 2022


#105: Songs They Don’t Play on the Radio

In this transmission you can expect to hear music that has been under-played and overlooked from UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain, France and Japan. Field Recordings, Electronics, ambience, Jazz, new wave, Hip hop, Poetry, 1930s Japanese Pop, on cassette, vinyl and digital.


Preparations III by Del Lumanta from Preparations (2019)
Tower Bridge North Bascule Chamber by The London Sound Survey from ‘Thames’ (2013)
#14 by Nite Jewel from No Sun (2021)
Forest Run by Joseph Shabson from Anne (2018)
Petals Have Fallen by Coby Sey (2017)
Bluest by Tomaga from Extended Play 1 (2019)
Echolotion by Pamela Z from Echolocation (1988)
Il Pavone by Maria Monti from Il Bestiario (1974)
Bluest by Tomaga from Extended Play 1 (2019)
Hybla by Finis Africae from Finis Africae (1985)
Tarde De Núpcias by José Mauro from Obnóxius (1970)
Asama Smoke by Akasaka Koume from cassette compilation: Longing For The Shadow: Ryūkōka Recordings, 1921​-​1939
Record of a Living Being by Fumio Hayasaka from Record Of A Living Being Soundtrack (1955)
God Bless the Child by QOW Trio from QOW Trio (2021)
Woodsah by Dean Blunt from Black Metal 2 (2021)
Black Woman by Linda & Sonny Sharrock from Black Woman (1969)
William Shakespeare Sonnet 33 and 55 / Friendship Dance by Willie Dunn from The Pacific (1980)
Home: “Ruitor” by Richard Pinhas from East West (1980)
Hollywood Dream Trip by Syrinx from Tumblers from the Vault (1970)
A Kind of Promise by Claire Rousay from a softer focus (2021)
Over and Over by Beach House from Once Twice Melody (2022)

First Broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB+, Brighton, UK, streaming on on 2nd January 2022


#104: Electro Tapes 1985 – Vol.7

In this mixtape, you’ll hear electro and hip hop tracks that first hit the UK import charts in November and December 1985. 1985 was a year that saw a gradual move away from the early Electro Funk style of uptempo 808 drum machines, layered synth basslines, lush chords, vocoders and space party themes established in Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force’s 1982 blueprint ‘Planet Rock’.
The new sound used harder, sparser Hip hop beats topped with brag raps chronicling the challenges of life in the city. With the international success and rock crossover stylings of Run DMC’s ‘Raising Hell’ LP with its lead single, ‘Walk this way’ and the Beastie Boys major label debut, ‘Licensed to Ill’, 1986 saw the establishment of a new money-making Rap music industry, leaving many original electro producers either retired or seeking new dancefloors with the emerging sounds of House, Acid and Techno.
1985 saw the last Street Sounds Electro compilation before the series was renamed Hip hop Electro to refelct the change in sound. By 1987 the word Electro had been dropped altogether. In a similar vein, in February 1986 the Groove Electro Funk Chart was renamed the Hip Hop chart.

All of these Electro Tape mixes have been greatly helped by the website: – home to Groove charts from 1984 to 1988.


Two, Three, Break (Part II – The Sequel) by DJ Born Supreme Allah
Warrior Groove by DSM
Yellow Panties (Instrumental) by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
Don’t stop the rock (Vocal & Dub) by Freestyle
The Dream Team is in the House! (instrumental) by L.A. Dream Team
What’s Your Sign (Of The Zodiac Baby Doll) (Vocal & Instrumental) by Uncle Jamm’s Army
Star Raid (Club Version) by 19th Fleet
Slow and Low by Beastie Boys
Together Forever (Krush-Groove 4) (Live At Hollis Park ’84) by Run DMC
Transformer ( Vocal Mix & Def Mix ) by M.C. Craig “G”
I can’t live without my radio by LL Cool J
Freshest Rhymes In The World (Vocal & instrumental) by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
Fat boy’s Scratch by Fat Boys
A Christmas Rhyme by Audio Two
We’re Treacherous by Symbolic Three featuring D.J. Dr. Shock
Bust this Rhyme (Dub Version) by MC Chill Featuring D.J. Kid Finesse & Beatmaster T
Veronica by Bad Boys Featuring K Love
If I ruled the world (instrumental) by Kurtis Blow
We Just Want To Have Fun (Gangster Boogie Dub) by MC Jazzy Jeff
P.S.K.What Does It Mean? by Schoolly D
Inspector Gadget by The Kartoon Krew
Bassline by Mantronix
Mission by Bad Boys Featuring K Love

First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB+, Brighton, UK and streaming on on 5th December 2021


#103: Electro Tapes 1985 – Vol.6

AJ Meets Davy DMX by Kurtis Blow
Bugging Out OGC
Rap is Here to Stay (instrumental) by Spyder D
“Funk You!” (ALL THE WAY LIVE & ZULU CHANTS) by Afrika Bambaataa & Family
Girl Friends Boy Friends by Doctor Rocx And Co
Busy Bee’s groove by Busy Bee
Heartbreakers by Cold Crush Brothers
N.Y.C. (Vocal/Instrumental) by Power Jam
Terminator (Vocal Mix) by Kid Frost
Triple Threat by Z-3MCs
Maneuvers by Keith Le Blanc
Don’t Stop the Rock by Freestyle
It’s Nasty by Hashim

All tracks have been edited.
First Broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM and DAB, Brighton, UK on 7th November 2021


#102: Electro Tapes 1985 – Vol. 5

Talkup (Instrumental) by The Rock Ranger With The Invisibles & Sweet Talking J
Space is the Place by Newcleus
Dum Dum (Reprise) by Fresh
Computer Power by Jamie Jupitor
Dance (and Dub) by Egyptian Lover
New York Breakdown by CSL and the Boys Next door
Will We Ever Learn by Pretty Tony
You Ain’t Fresh (Morning Dew Mix) by Boogie Boys
She’s Wild by Hiko featuring the Great Peso
It’s the Beat by Hollis Crew
Cold Rock Stuff (Vocal and Dub) by Hassan and 7-11
The Downbeat by The Sugarhill Gang
Shout (Rap & Def Mix) MC Craig
Jamming On The Groove & Needle to the Groove by Mantronix
A Fly Girl by Boogie Boys
Brothers (Club, Dub and Radio Dance Mixes) by The Spin Masters
B-Boys Style (Vocal and Dub) by Lil’ Jazzy Jay & Cool Supreme
Don’t fess (Vocal and Dub) by Sha-Quan
Yvette by Grandmaster Caz
Yes, Yes, Ya’ll by Fat Boys
The Show by Doug E Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew
The Home of Hip Hop (Vocal and Dub) by D.St
A Wack Girl (Tony G’s Mix) by Jazzy D
AJ Meets Davy DMX by Kurtis Blow
All tracks have been edited.
First Broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM and DAB, Brighton, UK on 3rd October 2021


#101: Electro Tapes 1985: Vol. 4

By the summer of 1985 many Hip Hop producers had moved on from the Electro Funk synthesizers used in earlier releases by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force, Cybotron, Hashim, Newcleus and the Jonzun Crew, and turned to the stripped down, drum machine, scratching, MC sound of artists such as T La Rock, Marley Marl, The B-Boys, and the ever-growing stream of contributors to the Roxanne answer record saga. In this mixtape I’ll be concentrating on Electro tracks that first hit the Groove Electro UK import charts in June and July 1985. The music of graffiti artists, breakdancers, MCs and scratch DJs, so dust down your tracksuits, get out the lino, pump up the boom box and let’s dance.

Bonus Beat / Rap Mix / The DMX will Rock by Davy DMX
Splashdown (the Hip hop) by Sanny-X & P-Rez
Space Invadas by P.C. Crew
Bad Boys by Bad Boys Featuring K Love
Wrong Girls to Play With (Dub & Vocal) Pappa Austin and Great Peso
Marley Marl Scratch (Vocal & Dub) by Marley Marl Featuring MC Shan
Girls (Vocal and instrumental) by The B-Boys
NYC Cutter by DJ Cutting (Marley Marl)
Runaway by Roxanne Shante 
He’s Incredible by T LA Rock
Romeo (Part 1) by The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee
No More Roxanne (Roxanne No More) Zelee Featuring Osé
Roxy (Roxanne’s Sister) (Instrumental) DW and the Party Crew
Oh Girl (I Wanna Dub Your World) The Great Peso
When Bad Things Happen IRT (Interboro Rhythm Team)
World Class by World Class Wreckin’ Cru
Leader of the Pack by UTFO
Girls Love the Way He Spins by Grandmaster Flash
Eight Arms To Hold You (Vocal, Dub & Bonus Beats) by Good Squad
The Roof Is On Fire (Break Dancers & US Hitmix) Rock Master Scott And The Dynamic Three
Crime Of Passion Soft Touch (Hashim)
Let’s Jam (Vocal and Instrumental) by The Unknown DJ

First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, UK on 5th September 2021
The Groove Electro Charts referred to in this series can be found at the excellent website:

Groove Electro Funk Chart from 27th July 1985

#100 COA100

To mark the 100th transmission for Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, this is a simultaneous playback and mix of transmissions 51 – 99 from start to finish. Five years of broadcasts compressed into a single hour. This transmission includes the voices of: Circa69, Tim Boat, Tim Saul, Bobby Wellins, Suzanne Almond, Nick Hider, Steve Sleaze Steele, Buta, Blane Chooley, Yael Karavan, Tim Harbridge, BRiGHTBLACK, Xelís de Toro, Silvia Mercuriali, Dave Stephens.
and music from:
Charla’s Brainstorm, Soundless Mind Eraser, T H I S I S N O T H I N G, Jonny Schlackman, Naini Pari, blacksunburstdaydream, Woodgoblins, Moist, Dikdut, oMo, Graph Paper Shirts and Double Doris.
First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, UK on 1st August 2021.