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#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.

TRACKLIST
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: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com

Groove Electro Funk Chart from 27th July 1985
sourced: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com
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#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.

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#99: Electro Tapes 1985: Vol.3

A C60 mixtape of Electro Funk and Hip hop 12″ vinyl that appeared in the Groove Electro Charts from mid April – May 1985. The Groove Electro Charts, compiled by Groove Records in Soho, London were the basis of pirate radio shows around the country.

TRACKLISTING
Stick Up Kid by B-Boys
Private Lessons by Master OC and Krazy Eddie
King Heroin (Martian Mix) by Jazzy Jef
Yo My Little Sister (Roxanne’s Brothers) by Crush Groove
Non-Stop by Sweet Trio
Itchin for a scratch by Force MDs
I wanna be a B-boy by Newcleus
King Cut / Bonus Beats by Word of Mouth and DJ Cheese
Society Rap (instrumental remix) JSA
The Battle by Sparky D Vs The Playgirls
Facts of Life / Facts of Dub by Rock Squad
You Talk Too Much (Instrumental) by Run DMC
19 (Destruction mix) Paul Hardcastle
At the Marble Bar/Scratching Galaxies (Dub) by Death Comet Crew
R9 by Cybotron
Celebrate! (Everybody) (Vocal & Instrumental) by Globe & Pow Wow
We are the Future by The Future M.C.’S
D.E.F. Momentum by D.E.F. Featuring D.J. Three D
“Dub” (The Knights Fly To Mars And Venus, With Their Dog, Woodpecker, And Cat!) by The Knights of the Turntables
First broadcast on 4th July 2021 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM and DAB+, Brighton, UK, streaming on www.radioreverb.com.
The Groove Electro Charts referred to in this series can be found at the excellent website: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com

Electro Funk Chart from the end of May 1985.
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#98: Electro Tapes 1985: Vol.2

A C60 mixtape of Electro Funk and Hip hop 12″ vinyl that appeared in the Groove Electro Charts from March to mid April 1985. The Groove Electro Charts, compiled by Groove Records in Soho, London were the basis of pirate radio shows around the country, as well as Mike Allen’s Capital Radio Show.

TRACKLISTING
Dance (remix) Egyptian Lover
Future Model 500
No UFOs Model 500
808 Beats (Club Mix) The Unknown DJ
Fresh Mess (Jam…Your Radio) The Knights of the Turntables
The Principles off Scratch / Scratch My backing Track (EDIT)
Mutant Rockers
It ain’t tough Arabian Prince
Juice The World Class Wreckin’ Cru
Five Minutes of Funk Whodini
Rap-O-Matic Rap (Moron Mix Edit) Dumb Guys
Street Girl Spoonie Gee
Killers Ice T and Dave Storrs
Waiting for Your Love (instrumental) Sweet “G”
I need a Beat LL Cool J
Larry’s Dance Theme (Tribute To The Electric Boogiers) Grandmaster Flash
Classical Scratch Mutant Rockers
Roxanne Roxanne UTFO & Full Force
Life is a Ghetto (Vocal and instrumental) Dr Freshh
Sounds Of The Mic Gifted 4
Brooklyn Style Choice MC
Going Down Ronnie Hudson & The Street People
Pump Me Up Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
First broadcast on 6th June 2021 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM+DAB, Brighton, UK, streaming on www.radioreverb.com
The Groove Electro Charts referred to in this series can be found at the excellent website: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com

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#97: Electro Tapes 1985: Vol.1

All tracks in this mix featured in the Groove Electro Charts compiled by Groove Records, Soho, UK between January – March 1985. Mixed on Technics SL-1200Mk2 from original 12″s and Streetsounds Electro compilations.

TRACKLISTING
Magic’s Message (Bonus Beat Mix) by Davey DMC & DJ Marly Marl and Mr Magic
Fresh is the Word by Mantronix
Step off by Furious Five Featuring Cowboy, Melle Mel & Scorpio
Backstabbin by Eddie “D”
Queen Of Rox (Shante’ Rox On) by Roxanne Shante
Dedication by Fearless Four
Drum Machine by MCA and Burzootie
Original Human Beatbox by Dougy Fresh
Def Jam by Jazzy Jay
Itchiban Scratch by Chris ‘The Glove’ Taylor
Beastie Groove by Beastie Boys
Drum beat / Zero One by Universal Funk
Dub it Up by Imperial Brothers
Jam On Revenge (The WikkiWikki Song New Version) – Dub Version 1 by Newcleus
Get Loose by Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess
Lone Rapper by D.J. Cut Fast & The Devastating M.C.’s
Lisa’s Coming Home by Latin Rascals
I wonder if I take you home (Shep Pettibone Re-Mix) by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Axel F (Latin Rascal Hammer Mix) by Det Reirruc & Latin Rascals
Dub of No Return by Expose
Can you rock it like this by Run DMC
World Destruction by Time Zone

First transmission on Radio Reverb 97.2FM + DAB, Brighton UK on 2nd May 2021

Groove Electro Chart from 30th March 1985
sourced at www.mikeallencapitalradio.com
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#96 Electro Tapes 1984: Vol 4

This selection is the fourth C60 mixtape of some of the freshest sounds that appeared in Groove Records Electro Chart during 1984. A time of B-Boys and B-Girls, Fresh MCs, Graffiti artists, DJs cutting and scratching on the wheels of steel, Streetsounds Electro compilations, 808 and DMX Drum machines, when Hip hop was the culture and Electro was the music.

1 hour of glorious, disposable music, shared on import 12-inch vinyl and cassette tape, that evaded chart exposure and could only be heard on the dance floor or through the sporadic emissions of pirate radio station tower block transmitters.

So, pause buttons at the ready, dust down your tracksuit, lay down some Lino, crank up the Boombox and let’s dance.

TRACKLISTING
Music by Syncbeat
Running by InSoc (Information Society)
Capt. Rock to the Future Shock by Captain Rock
Real Time by Zer-O
Rock The Box (Dub Box) by Sylvester
Dial A Freak by Uncle Jamms Army
Who You Stealin’ From by Guru (Arthur Baker & John Robie)
Jam The Box by Pretty Tony
Egypt, Egypt by the Egyptian Lover
Video Control by X-Ray Vision
Planet Earth (Instrumental) by Dark Star
Commando Rock (Vine Street Mix) by C-Jam & Kid Frost
The Party Has Begun by Freestyle
Lookout Weekend by Debbie Deb
Breakloose (Breakdancin) by The Younger Generation
Juicy Jazz Beats by Key-Matic
Son of Beat Street by Jazzy Jay
Mosquito by West Street Mob
One for the Treble by Davy DMX
B Boy Your Best (Dub) The Incredible Body Mechanix

All tracks have been edited for this mix.

First broadcast on Radio Reverb, 97.2FM and DAB, Brighton, UK on 4th April 2021.
LISTEN AGAIN COMING SOON
The Groove Electro Charts referred to in this series can be found at the excellent website: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com

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#95 Electro Tapes 1984 – Vol.3

This selection is the third C60 mixtape of some of the freshest sounds from the spring and summer of 1984. A time of B-Boys and B-Girls, Fresh MCs, Graffiti artists, Body Poppers, DJs cutting and scratching on the wheels of steel, Streetsounds Electro compilations, 808 and DMX Drum machines, when Hip hop was the culture and Electro was the music.

The music marketed as ‘Electro’ in the UK from 1983 was a blend of early rap, synth pop, funk, R’n’B instrumentals, and experiments with turntables, drum machines, sequencers and synthesisers. Electro was sold as the soundtrack for the Hip Hop activities of breakdancing, body popping, graffiti art, scratch dj-ing and MC-ing.

By 1986 most Electro producers had moved on to work in the growing rap, house, techno and pop industries, leaving behind a few years of space-themed funk tracks, B-boy throw downs, inner-city chronicles and electronic gimmicks; drenched in vocoder, rough raps and loud drum machines. Glorious, disposable music, shared on import 12-inch vinyl and cassette tape, that evaded chart exposure and could only be heard on the dance floor or through the sporadic emissions of pirate radio station tower block transmitters.

So, pause buttons at the ready, dust down your tracksuit, lay down some Lino, crank up the Boombox and let’s dance.

TRACKLISTING
Electro Tapes Theme by Shax Down Crew
Techno City by Cybotron
Mechanism by Jonzun Crew
Hard Rock by Herbie Hancock
Request Line (vocal) by Rock Master Scott And The Dynamic Three
See The Light / Feel The Heat (Dub Version) by Air Force 1
Three People (Nude Below The Waist) (Super Scratch Mix) by Tyrants In Therapy
Get It Off (Dub) by Trans Lux
Come On, Come On (Don’t Say Maybe) by NYC Peech Boys
Lipservice by Beatmaster
Sensoria by Cabaret Voltaire
Slack (Funhouse Mix) by Slack
When Love Surges (Dub) by Jules Shear
Radio Activity Syndrome (Club Version) by Arcade Gang Feat. Rich Cason
We Come To Rock (We Dub To Scratch Mix) by Imperial Brothers
Future Beat by DJ Flash, Future MCs
Jam on it by Newcleus
Release Yourself (Dub) by Aleem ft. Leroy Burgess
Don’t want you to be by Rama
I Cry (Night After Night) by The Egyptian Lover

All tracks have been edited for this mix.

First broadcast on Radio Reverb, 97.2FM and DAB, Brighton, UK on 7th March 2021.
LISTEN AGAIN COMING SOON
The Groove Electro Charts referred to in this series can be found at the excellent website: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com

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#94 Electro Tapes 1984 – Vol.2

This selection is the second C60 mixtape of the freshest sounds that featured in the Groove Electro chart during the Autumn of 1984. A time of B-Boys and B-Girls, Fresh MCs, Graffiti artists, Body Poppers, DJs cutting and scratching on the wheels of steel, Streetsounds Electro compilations, 808 Drum machines, when Hip hop was the culture and Electro was the music, a mix of rap, synth-pop, turntable cut ups and electronic dance music. So, pause buttons at the ready, dust down your tracksuit, lay down some Lino, crank up the Boombox and let’s dance.

Tracklisting

Electro Tapes Theme by Shax Down Crew
Soundchaser by Paul Hardcastle
Breakdown New York Style (Incredible Dub mix) by Rusty P & The Sure Shot
Cut Loose (My Fellow American) by Democratic Three
Once Upon Dub (edit) by John Rocca
Operator (edit) by Midnight Star
Tebitan Jam (edit) by Ice T, The Glove & Dave Storrs
Time is Running Out (Last Minute Mix) by Jonzun Crew
Techno Scratch by Knights of the Turntables
Tour De France (Francois K Remix) by Kraftwerk
My House On The Nile (edit) by Egyptian Lover
Taste So Good (edit) by File 13
Freaks Come Out at Night (edit) by Whodini
Disco 3 (edit) by Fat Boys
The Pure by Captain Rock
Cosmic Blast (12″ & Electro 6 Edit) by Captain Rock
Fresh, Wild, Fly & Bold (Dub and Radio Edit) by Cold Crush Brothers
Metal Beat (Extended Version) by Herbie Hancock
Itchin’ For A Scratch [Instrumental] by Force MD’s
What Are We Gonna Do? (edit) by Ultimate 3 MC’s
Rough Cut (Dance Mix) by Kid Frost T.M.S.
Break Out (edit) by Tom Browne from Tommy Gun LP
B-Boys Breakdance (Instrumental) by High Fidelity Three

First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM and DAB, Brighton, UK on 7th February 2021.
The Groove Electro Charts referred to in this series can be found at the excellent website: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com

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#93: Electro Tapes 1984 Vol. 1

South London. It’s a Saturday night in the Autumn of 1984, A teenager sits by the radio, spinning the dial, in search of new sounds, like the ones he has heard rocking the charts from time to time. And then, there it is, the new sound, on 102.8 FM, pirate station JFM, DJ Paul Dodd presents the Electro Funk Chart: top selling import 12″s from Groove Records in Soho.

This mix is some of the freshest sounds from the Autumn of 1984. A time of B-Boys and B-Girls, Fresh MCs, Graffiti artists, Body Poppers, DJs cutting and scratching on the wheels of steel, Streetsounds Electro compilations, 808 Drum machines, when Hip hop was the culture and Electro was the music, a mix of rap, synth-pop, turntable cut ups and electronic dance music. So, pause buttons at the ready, dust down your tracksuit, lay down some Lino, crank up the Boombox and let’s dance.

 

TRACKLIST
Electro Tapes Jingle by the ShaxDown Crew
Dynamic (Total Control – Club Mix & Dub Edit) by Dynamic Breakers
Rockin’ it (Main Mix & Dub Edit) by M.C. Flex & the FBI Crew
Renegades of Funk (Edit) by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
Breakdancer (Radio Mix & Club Mix Edit) by The Boogie Boys
Boogie Down (Bronx & Dub Edit) by Man Parrish
Masters of the Scratch by Master O.C and Krazy Eddie
Megamix II. Why is it Fresh (Short & Long version Edit) by D.ST
Automan (Dub Edit) by Newcleus
Mean Machine (Dub Edit) by D.ST & Jalal
5 Minutes (B-b-b Bombing Mix Edit) by Bonzo Goes To Washington
Check us out (Edit) by Junior Gee & The Capital Boys
We’re Rocking the Planet (side 1 & 2 Edit) by Hashim
Scratchin’ 100 Speakers (Edit) by Daniel Sofer and Dr. Dre
Beat Freak by (Electro 6 & Album Version Edit) Bobby Broom
Breaker’s Revenge (Beat Street & Long Version Edit) by Arthur Baker
Reckless (Club Mix Edit) by Chris “The Glove” Taylor, David Storrs and Ice T

First broadcast on 3rd January 2021 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM and DAB, Brighton , UK, streaming on www.radioreverb.com

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Transmission #92 – Artists in Lockdown

Transmission #92

Currently Off Air brings you Artists in Lockdown: music, poetry, streamed bathtub theatre and immersive gameplay stories, readings from a new novel, nonsense and reflections on a strange year from artists with links to Brighton: Yael Karavan, Tim Harbridge, Silvia Mercuriali, BRiGHTBLACK, Dave Stephens,  Sentimental Punk, mumdadandthekids and Xelís De Toro.

Tracklisting:
Intro
Rogue Molecule 1 by Dave Stephens
About Endings and Beginnings by Yael Karavan
Coming Back to Life by Tim Harbridge
Rogue Molecule 2 by Dave Stephens
Swimming Home (excerpt) by Silvia Mercuriali
Excerpts from Feral River (translated by John Rutherford) by Xelís De Toro
readings by Beka, Eddie, Jamie, Nina, Polly, Paul, Suzanne, Tessa and Janina.
Rogue Molecule 3 by Dave Stephens
Lost in the Fog by Sentimental Punk
Bashana Habaa by Yael Karavan
Rogue Molecule 4 by Dave Stephens
There’s a Killer Here by BRiGHTBLACK
Les Allumettes (Jacques Prevert) read by Yael Karavan
Birthday Song by Yael Karavan
Rogue Molecule 5 by Dave Stephens
Xmas Song (live at the Bleeding Hearts Club) by Mumdadandthekids
Rogue Molecule 6 by Dave Stephens
Inside the Granfather Clock (4 tape looks for walkman) by Graph Paper Shirts

Additional music used:
‘Between the night and the new day’, ‘Walk into twilight’, and, ‘In the winter we thought of light’ by Porcelain

ARTIST LINKS
Yael Karavan
Tim Harbridge
Silvia Mercuriali, Tickets for Swimming home here
Xelís De Toro – Feral River available at www.smallstations.com
Dave Stephens – Older work : website:
Newest work: Dave Stephens (@davestephensart) • Instagram
Sentimental Punk
BRiGHTBLACK

First broadcast on 6th December 2020 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM and DAB, Brighton , UK, streaming on www.radioreverb.com in these timeslots:
Sun 6th December 2020 at 11pm
Tues 8th December 2020 at 1pm
Thursday 17th December 2020 at 11pm
Sunday 20th December 2020 at 11pm
Friday 1st January 2021 at 2pm