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StreetSounds Electro-5  (Side A)…

Title: Electro-4 (Side A)
Mixed by: Bunny Rock Inc. Featuring DJ Maurice and DJ Noel
Year: 1984
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

StreetSounds Electro-5  (Side A) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • A1: Great Peso & Mr. Nasty – “It’s Time To Rock”
    Produced by Aldo Marin & O. Rodriguez
  • A2: Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – “Fast Life”
    Produced by Kurtis Blow
  • A3: Knights Of The Turntables – “Techno Scratch”
    Produced by Jim Callon
  • A4: Egyptian Lover – “Egypt Egypt”
    Produced by Egyptian Lover
  • A5: Arthor Baker – “Breakers Revenge”
    Produced by Arthur Baker

StreetSounds Electro-5  (Side B)…

Title: Electro-5 (Side B)
Mixed by: Bunny Rock Inc. Featuring DJ Maurice and DJ Noel
Year: 1984
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

StreetSounds Electro-5  (Side B) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • B2: Captain Rock - “Captain Rock To The Future Shock”
    Produced by Tunde-Ra Aleem & Taharqa Aleem
  • B2: Aleem – “Release Yourself”
    Produced Tunde-Ra Aleem & Taharqa Aleem
  • B3: Fantasy Three – “The Buck Stops Here”
    Produced by Aldo Marin
  • B4: High Fidelity Three – “B Boy Breakdance”
    Produced by Jerry Calliste Jr. & Aldo Marin

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Side-B of this record is bad-ass!

StreetSounds Electro-4  (Side A)…

Title: Electro-4 (Side A)
Mixed by: DJ Morris
Year: 1984
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

StreetSounds Electro-4  (Side A) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • A1: Steps Ahead – “Radio Active” (6:45)
    Produced by Mike Mainieri & Craig Peyton
  • A2: Pumpkin & The Profile All-Stars – “Here Comes The Beat” (6:50)
    Produced by Pumpkin
  • A3: Herbie Hancock – “Megamix” (Includes: Rockit, Autodrive, Future Shock, TFS, Rough & Chameleon ’84) (6:18)
    Produced by Grandmaster D. St.

StreetSounds Electro-4  (Side B)…

Title: Electro-4 (Side B)
Mixed by: DJ Morris
Year: 1984
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

StreetSounds Electro-4  (Side B) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • B1Run DMC – “Sucker M.C.’s” (3:15)
    Produced by Russell Simmons & Larry Smith
  • B2: Key-Matic - “Breakin’ In Space” (6:16)
    Produced by Charles Casseus
  • B3: The VHB – “Beethoven’s Fifth (Street) Symphony” (7:03)
    Produced by Vincent Davis
  • B4: Cybotron – “Techno City” (6:55)
    Produced by Cybotron & Ben Grosse

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StreetSounds Electro-3  (Side A)…

Title: Electro-3 (Side A)
Mixed by: Herbie (Mastermind) Laidley
Year: 1984
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

StreetSounds Electro-3  (Side A) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • A1: Divine Sounds – “Dollar Bill”
    Produced by Clark Jay & Jerry Bloodrock
  • A2: Imperial Brothers – “We Come To Rock”
    Produced by Aldo Marin & Jerry Calliste Jr.
  • A3: Newcleus – “Jam On It”
    Produced by Joe Webb & Frank Fair

StreetSounds Electro-3  (Side B)…

Title: Electro-3 (Side B)
Mixed by: Herbie (Mastermind) Laidley
Year: 1984
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

StreetSounds Electro-3  (Side B) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • B1Boogie Boys – “Zodiac”
    Produced by Ted Currier & David Spradley
  • B2: Pumpkin - “King Of The Beat”
    Produced by Pumpkin
  • B3: Davy DMX – “One For The Treble (Fresh)”
    Produced by David Reeves Jr.
  • B4: Fresh 3 MC’s – “Fresh”
    Produced by Dave Ogrin & Bill Moore

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StreetSounds Electro-2  (Side A) & (Side B)…

Title: Electro-2  (Side A) & (Side B)
Mixed by: Herbie (Mastermind) Laidley
Year: 1983
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Extracted from Audio-CD.

StreetSounds Electro-2  (Side A) & (SideB) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • A1: The B-Boys – “Two, Three, Break” (5:01)
    Produced by Vincent Davis
  • A2: The B-Boys – “Cuttin’ Herbie” (4:36)
    Produced by Vincent Davis
  • A3: Xens – “On The Upside” (5:53)
    Produced by Mark Liggett & chris Barbosa
  • A4: Hashim - “Al-Naafiysh” (6:06)
    Produced by Jerry Calliste Jr.
  • B1: Rammellzee Vs. K-Rob – “Beat Bop” (10:10)
    Produced by Jean Michel Bassouiat
  • B2: Two Sisters – “B-Boys Beware” (Club Mix) (5:50)
    Featuring Emcee Popper G.L.O.B.E
    Produced by Raul A. Rodriquez
  • B3: Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - “White Lines” (Don’t Don’t Do It) (7:33)
    Produced by Sylvia Robinson, Melle Mel & Joey Robinson Jr.

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StreetSounds Electro-1  (Side A)…

Title: Electro-1 (Side A)
Mixed by: Herbie (Mastermind) Laidley
Year: 1983
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

StreetSounds Electro-1  (Side A) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • A1: The Packman – “I’m The Packman” (6:35)
    Produced by Bobby Robinson
  • A2: Newcleus – “Jam On Revenge” (The Wikki-Wikki Song) (7:49)
    Produced by Joe Webb
  • A3: West Street Mob – “Break Dancin’ – Electric Boogie” (5:02)
    Produced by Joey Robinson Jr. & Lealand Robinson
  • A4: C-Bank - “Get Wet” (7:52)
    Produced by John Robie

StreetSounds Electro-1  (Side B)…

Title: Electro-1 (Side B)
Mixed by: Herbie (Mastermind) Laidley
Year: 1983
Label: StreetSounds
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

StreetSounds Electro-1  (Side B) (mp3)

 

Tracklisting

  • B1K-9 Corp – “Dog Talk” (9:35)
    Featuring Pretty C.  Produced by Archie Ivy
  • B2: G-Force – “Feel The Force” (7:24)
    Featuring Ronnie Gee & Captain Cee.  Produced by Will Crittendon
  • B3: Project Future – “Ray-Gun-Omics” (6:40)
    Produced by Rahni P. Harris Jr. & David Spradley
  • B4: Captain Rock – “The Return Of Captain Rock” (8:23)
    Produced by The Fantastic Aleems

Street Sounds Electro

I have decided to record digitally my entire StreetSounds Electro compilation series.

I will record every single StreetSounds vinyl of mine into Protools, with as much digital restorations as possible and widened stereo-field.  I do believe that I make the best vinyl-rips than most music collectors and bloggers out there. My 30+ years experience in pro-audio says so!

As I’ve stated in my previous StreetSounds article over a year ago, Electro since the early 80′s was electric funk and hip-hop music, mainly for break-dancing, bee-bopping, and body-popping. In my opinion, the word electro today has been hijacked in the form of 4/4 dance music and not anywhere near its true roots.

THEREFORE, STAY TUNED FOR DAILY POSTING OF EACH ELECTRO MIX.

Streetsounds History…

Morgan Khan

Streetsounds was part of the UK Streetwave stable of labels created by Morgan Khan. A Hong Kong-born Indian who grew up in London, Khan had worked in the UK record industry since the mid 1970′s, working for such names as PRT Distribution (a division of Pye Records) and R&B Records, for whom at the time Imagination were the up and coming stars of the day.

Khan founded the independent Streetwave record label during 1981 to specialise in releasing Electro and Hi-NRG releases. Within a year of creation, Streetwave began the StreetSounds series of albums; compilations created from some of the hottest 12″ imports of the day. These releases made available a selection of the most contemporary dance floor hits within the financial reach of those wanting to hear the freshest sounds. In the early 80′s a 12″ single was priced around £2 and you would pay over £4 for an import 12″. The Streetsounds series offered usually 8 to 12 full-length 12″ mixes for under a fiver. Understandably, the Streetsounds series was met with considerable enthusiasm and, some might say, mighty relief.

This series would run for over 6 years and contain over 50 albums. By far the most coveted of the Streetsounds releases were the Electro series. These albums introduced the UK to the developing hip-hop scene from America – a stroke of genius that brought electro and early hip hop from the underground to the UK high street and, one could argue, helped in the creation of the UK’s hip hop scene.

The Electro series ran for a total of 27 albums (and one box set) from 1982 to 1988. The albums were initially labeled StreetSounds Electro with the title morphing into StreetSounds Hip Hop after release 12 in 1986.

All of the albums were competently mixed by a series of the best remixers of the day – predominately from the UK.  A large proportion of the mixes on the early releases were completed by a London-based hip-hop sound system from the early 80s. Headed by “Herbie The Mastermind” (aka Herbie Laidley) the team also featured Kiss FM radio DJ’s Dave VJ and Max LX who were also members of UK electro outfit Hard Rock Soul Movement, responsible for the massive “Double Def Fresh” release.

My digital recording process & audio quality of vinyl records are top-notch …



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Old video: recording session ripping vinyls Electro-6, 7, and 9…

I bought this record in December 1985 at an obscure, shoddy used books-and-records store in Toronto. All the used records were inside dusty banker-file boxes. All the genre-labels were written in magic-marker ink on torn pieces of cardboard which were taped onto the front sides of the boxes. Going through the “12 Inch Singles” boxes, I found this gem. Of course I had no idea on who the artist was, but judging from the record’s graphic design, typography and contextual print on the label, it was pretty obvious to me that I had an electro-beat rap record in my hand. At that time, rap records were RARE and EXTREMELY HARD to find in record stores anywhere in Canada. Being only 14 years-old in 1985, the only way for me to get them was by traveling (with my parents of course) to London or New York. So finding this record was really like a gift from God, since I had been eager to get my hands on any rap music, whether on cassette tape, vinyl LP or 12-inch single. Once I got home and played this track, I was very impressed with it. Good drum-machine programming, synth hooks and rolling bassline. Great delivery on the rap vocals. Breakloose leans more towards the lighter side of pop breakdance sound, shies away from getting all too serious, plays it safe within the production methods and keeps its groove tight.

And there’s something abstract and hidden about Breakloose ……. it has some kind of good-spirited ability to connect with on a deep, personal level, which is probably the why I still play this track today.

—– UPDATE – February 17, 2010 —–

I had just received a personal email from Chris Larock who is the writer and performer of Breakloose. It is also an honor to have him post a comment on this very blog/article (read below in the comments section):

Hay dude i am so touch by you for keeping my name alive. yes I am C- waLarock from the younger generation 1984 its been almost 30 something years breakloose was number two on billboard overseas, we didnt made a penny. group broke up and went our own ways. i am back now and ready check out my web site www.c-larockrecords.com keep my name alive lov u man peace

Younger Generation – “Breakloose” (Breakdancin’ Mix)…

Artist: Younger Generation
Title: Breakloose (Breakdancin’ Mix)
Year: 1984
Label: Master Mix Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Younger Generation – “Breakloose” (Breakdancin’ Mix) (mp3)

 

Younger Generation – “Breakloose” (Dub)…

Artist: Younger Generation
Title: Breakloose (Dub)
Year: 1984
Label: Master Mix Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Younger Generation – “Breakloose” (Dub) (mp3)

 

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