80′s pop music experienced a revolution driven more by technology and consumerism than any resounding political message. As of Mar-10-2011, a total of 465 tracks are compiled for the jukebox below, all of which are 12-inch versions, extended mixes and/or remixes.
Disclaimer:All music recordings (in this blog and the ones streaming from the jukebox in this page) were captured/extracted from Hashmoder’s (Omar Hash) own music collection (records, cassettes, CD’s), all of which were legally purchased from around the world in a span over 30 years. Music/MP3′s on this site are for sampling and promotional purposes only and will only. Most of the mp3 tracks on this blog/site are remixes, extended and limited versions which are deleted, no longer available for purchase and would not be heard otherwise. However, please support these artists. If you are one of these artists and would like your music removed from this site, then pleasenotify meand I will endeavor to remove them as soon as possible.
While the norm for most tracks go anywhere between 3:30 to 6:00 minutes in length, I prefer 15:00 minutes or longer, like the four seasons. Give me 4 long tracks to fill the hour, and I’ll be one very happy Iraqi. I love tracks that take me on long journeys through various movements. One of my all-time favorite synth-pop groups is PROPAGANDA from germany … who sound like twisted ABBA + Industrial + TechnoPop + Darkness. My favorite Proganda track is P:Machinery. I’ve taken two 12-inch vinyl versions of that track and conjoined them together as one … the way I want to listen to P:Machinery by:
Digitizing them into Protools; Spending two long months cleaning them up; Getting rid of every single scratch/pop/click; Restoring deteriorated sounds through various RE-SYNTHESIS processes and techniques; Splicing the tracks to separate clips; Re-arranging and layering clips to my taste; Throwing in my own synth-stabs, chops and other minor subtleties; Adding & automating series of chained top-notch effects throughout the mix, utilizing parameters some of you could not even pronounce ... thus resulting with more dynamic and reverberated DEPTH to the mix; Fattening the bottom-end; Widening overall stereo perception; and Mixing, engineering and mastering my version of P:Machinery the way I think it's supposed to be heard.
To my taste, P:Machinery sounds better than 'sick' ... more like master piece of shit which blasts sonically across the stereo-field ... not one element standing still but constantly moving all over the place.
Although he produced only a handful of tracks of renown and disappeared into obscurity almost as quickly as he had emerged from it, Manny ( Man ) Parrish is nonetheless one of the most important and influential figures in American electronic dance music. Helping to lay the foundation of electro, hip-hop, freestyle, and techno, as well as the dozens of subgenres to splinter off from those, Parrish introduced the aesthetic of European electronic pop to the American club scene by combining the plugged-in disco-funk of Giorgio Moroder and the man-machine music of Kraftwerk with the beefed-up rhythms and cut’n'mix approach of nascent hip-hop. As a result, tracks like “Hip-Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)” and “Boogie Down Bronx” were period-defining works that provided the basic genetic material for everyone from Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys to Autechre and Andrea Parker — and they remain undisputed classics of early hip-hop and electro to this day.
Man Parrish Boogie Down Bronx (dub version) PLAY TRACK
What made Trevor Horn’s productions stand out was his unique and genius production techniques and the heavy use of state-of-the-art pro-audio gear, which made him become the torch-bearer for the kind of technology-led pop music which was hip and incredibly disciplined. Trevor Horn’s 12-inch remixes were uniquely long (anywhere from 8 to 13 minutes in duration) and told stories which took the listeners through long instrumental journeys at the begenning of tracks until the climax is reached (around the 5/6 or 7 minute mark). After the climax, the original or alternate full vocal version of the track takes over from that point on to the end, lasting additional 3.5 to 5 minutes in length.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax (12 inch Sex Mix) PLAY TRACK
Trevor Horn is the guy who produced and performed “Video Killed The Radio Star” world-wide smash-hit track. I did some major digging and discovered some fascinating, forgotten facts and hidden gem tracks from The Buggles. In 1980, the Buggles’ duo Geoffrey Downes (keyboards) and Trevor Horn (vocals) — who were coming off an international success with their new-wave album The Age of Plastic – to help out on a new YES album. Downes suddenly left Buggles when Trevor learned that YES’ keyboardist Rick Wakeman was leaving the band, and therefore snatched him as well as lead-vocalist Jon Anderson to work on the next Buggles album Adventures In Modern Recording. The Buggle’s second album was completed in 1981 but was never released or charted. The album was a gem masterpiece.
The Buggles I Am A Camera (12 inch version) PLAY TRACK
Last Friday Living Spaces #2 took place in Baltimore, and it was special. We’re thrilled to have helped the Portals crew bring such a good mix of music, art, and people together under one roof. Much thanks goes out to all the artists involved (that’s Soft Cat pictured above) and to the nice folks at […]
Recently we teamed up with BBC Radio 6 Music to once again present a special half-year Music Blog Zeitgeist, looking at the most-blogged artists of 2014 thus far. Listen to BBC’s Tom Robinson countdown the top 20 here. In addition to the overall list, we refreshed our Ones To Watch feature for the second half […]
We’ve always been fans of the Portals community—what they do both on and offline. This led to supporting a rather adventurous balloon-filled night last October (that’s Emily Reo pictured above). And now we’re happy to help them continue their traveling showcase series called Living Spaces. The first event happened earlier this month in Brooklyn, […]
Stack is our latest experiment in delivering the most interesting music on the web directly to you. It’s a short newsletter highlighting some tracks that are getting attention on the site, compiled weekly by the Hype Machine team. If you liked listening to Hype Machine Radio for a quick rundown of new music, you’ll like […]
As you’ve discovered more and more music on Hype Machine, you’ve probably wished there was a way to categorize your finds. A way to revisit the dancey things while planning a party mix, just hear the slower tracks, or find that spoken-word piece again. Now you finally can! When favoriting a track, you can add it to […]
It’s hard to believe it has been 9 years since people started using Hype Machine. In this time, they’ve been able to graduate high school and college, complete their dissertations, start families, sell companies, and so much more. And along the way, over a million and a half of them have found new music. I […]
We’re back! For the third year in a row, Hype Hotel, presented by Taco Bell’s Feed The Beat program, will be bringing blogger-curated music showcases to Austin. Hype Machine tracks music that bloggers all around the world are talking about and presents it all in one place for easy discovery. That’s also what we do […]
A few weeks back we shared our annual Zeitgeist. One of its features is Top 50 Artists, which counts down the most-blogged acts of the year. The list is always telling of our times, both as a music blog community and an industry at large. What becomes popular on blogs no doubt informs and […]
It’s here! Since 2007, the Hype Machine Music Blog Zeitgeist is our annual roundup of the year’s most exciting music. Here’s what we have for you this time: Top 50 Artists: We analyzed all posts in 2013 to find the 50 most-discussed artists, and asked Séamus Gallagher to illustrate. Listen to a track from each […]
Our Sonos app is LIVE! In this release, we’ve added the ability to listen to every blog in our Blog Directory, and your Feed. You can favorite tracks right from the app, and your listening is recorded in your Listening History on the site as well. Connect via Preferences > Services > The Hype Machine. […]
We've covered Bay-Area-transplant-by-way-of-Ghana Rim Kwaku Obeng before on Beat Electric. His self-released recorded output produced two highly sweated LPs, Rim Arrives and Too Tough. As far as I know there is just one other Rim record other than the mediocre International Funk 12" also mentioned in Black Shag's post, fortunately it's […]
Word was put out that a big Italo collection had been put out at the Rasputin chain of record stores in the Bay Area, but of course given my busy lifestyle by the time I finally got around to taking a look the vultures had already picked it over, bragging about their scores on my facebook page, whilst I was left with their scraps, fumbling around the Rasput […]
Intro was the name of a short lived project fronted by underground(ish) new wavey electro singer Jacqui Brookes. For this post I was going to use a picture of an old boom box with a guy dressed as a robot octopus breakdancing around it, as is standard around here, but I looked Jacqui up on google and found this press shot of her and decided it was way better […]
Meshay’s Out Of Control was released by Dion Entertainment out of Los Angeles CA in the later years of Boogie in 1985. Although her release ‘Sex Toy’ on Jam -Kru Records will stack your bank account a little higher, I feel like this cut is a little bit more of an accurate representation of the Beat Electric sound, and aesthetic. There’s also a interesting s […]
New heater from Vancouver local boy Pat Lok. He gives the remix treatment to Trigger, a song by vocalist Sirma out of New York. Everything is right with it so give it a download at no cost. ___________________________________ Get @ … Continue reading →
This is nice. Treat yourself to a lazy, end-of-summer tune entitled Sunset City from Gold Coast Syndicate out of Chicago. Cop it for cheap off bandcamp. ___________________________________ Get @ Nick Bike Twitz! √ Follow Schitz you Twi†Z!! √ Hear† Us … Continue reading →
New remix from the homies Thugli out of Toronto. A tuff flip of A$AP Mob / Hella Hoes – cop the free download √ ___________________________________ Get @ Nick Bike Twitz! √ Follow Schitz you Twi†Z!! √ Hear† Us on HYPE!! … Continue reading →
Super dope remix of Australian group Back Back Forward Punch. This one coming from my dude Pat Lok. A different flavour than usual from him. Very 90s r&b with slick vocals and keys. Peep and grab for free! ___________________________________ Get … Continue reading →
Just wanted to second a couple of other comments on your site and say that yours is by far one of the best music resources I've found. A similar but now sadly defunct site called Retro Wonderland came a close second! Keep up the good work. All the best."
And all the best to you too, Elliot, for your lovely feedback you've emailed me :)
From: Yaron Sarel
"...just discovered your site, and I wanted to tell you that you make me one happy Israeli guy. I work as a sound engineer, living in Tel Aviv, and I love the 80's. In fact, two good friends of mine and myself formed an oriented-80's synth band. After years of playing rock, for some reason I have never imagined I would be playing this kind of music. I used to listen to as a kid (before I discovered the electric guitar). Your work brings back to life this music i miss and love so much. Thank you sir!"
And thank you, Yaron, for your lovely feedback.
Mp3's on this site are for sampling and promotional purposes only and will only. Most of the mp3 tracks on this blog/site are remixes, extended and limited versions which are deleted, no longer available for purchase and would not be heard otherwise. However, please support these artists. If you are one of these artists and would like your music removed from this site, please notify me, and I will endeavor to remove them as soon as possible.