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Transmission #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.

TRACKLISTING

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 www.radioreverb.com on 2nd January 2022

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#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: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com – home to Groove charts from 1984 to 1988.

Tracklisting

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 www.radioreverb.com on 5th December 2021

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#103: Electro Tapes 1985 – Vol.6

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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

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#102: Electro Tapes 1985 – Vol. 5


TRACKLISTING
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

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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.
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The Groove Electro Charts referred to in this series can be found at the excellent website: www.mikeallencapitalradio.com