back to old school (the real old school,
This review is from: Best Of Electro Volume 1 (Audio CD)
back in the early 1980s i was buying the original tape versions of all the electro/hip hop tapes and was always seen going to and from college with my twin deck stereo. i still have all of the streetsounds tapes although they are pretty much kept just for the antique value and not played much.
that said, i was happy to see that some of my altime favourate tracks have been re-released on this the only true electro cd out there. (there are others but, without the legendary yellow strip and black letters it just isnt the same. i was glad to see that the tracks were electro and not hip hop re-labeled as electro as this confuses the issue some what, as i always saw rap music more hip hop and the vocoder synthy sounds of say al naafysh as true electro. Yes i know newcleus raps on their jam on it classic but what i realy mean is artists like public enemy and the like are hip hop and not electro (not in any stretch of the imagination). all the tracks on this album will have the old school fans wishing that they could go out there with their various blasters and re-live the moment. for the late 30 somethings and 40 somethings this album is pure music nostalgia without a doubt.
the combination of classic 80s sounds and melodies with strange sci-fi voices largely created by the vocoder make this genre special. the stories told in the lyrics of dancing in space or just simply breaking to the beat seem to have largely gone now a days and have been replaced by more aggressive subjects. the innocence of the music and the promise of that kraftwerk based sound seemed to promise the listener with something cool to take out onto the street. now i guess the best we can do in an age of ipods is simply quietly listen to it at home. (this music was never meant to be kept in the bedroom or living room).
to the new kids out there, if you want to see or hear how it all started and get a tast of real old school then buy this cd. you will hear sounds that still influence today's sounds. so put the disc on and turn up the volume and brrrrrreaaak dance.
one last thing to all those who said in th mid to late 80s that electro was dead and laughed at you for not moving on to gangster rap and house, whose laughing now??? long live electro.