Grandmaster Melle Mel
Looking for the Perfect Beat: 1980-1985
Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

Electronic » Techno » Electro

Blending '70s funk with the emerging hip-hop culture and synthesizer technology of the early '80s produced the style known alternately as Electro. But what seemed to be a brief fad for the public -- no more than two or three hits, including Afrikaa Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" and Grandmaster Flash's "The Message," neither of which made the pop Top 40 -- was in fact a fertile testing ground for innovators who later diverged into radically different territory, including Dr. Dre (who worked with the World Class Wreckin' Cru) and techno godfather Juan Atkins (with Cybotron). Electro also provided an intriguing new direction for one of the style's prime influences: Herbie Hancock, whose 1973 Headhunters album proved a large fusion hit, came storming back in 1983 with the electro single "Rockit." Despite its successes (documented in full on Rhino's four-disc Electric Funk set), the style was quickly eclipsed by the mid-'80s rise of hip-hop music built around samples (often from rock records) rather than musical synthesizers. Nevertheless, many techno and dance artists continued harking back to the sound, and a full-fledged electro revival emerged in Detroit and Britain during the mid-'90s.

Electro Artists Highlights

Grandmaster Melle Mel
Grandmaster Melle Mel
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
Grandmaster Flash & the ...
Grandmaster Flash
Grandmaster Flash
The Sugarhill Gang
The Sugarhill Gang
Joey Negro
Joey Negro
Arthur Baker
Arthur Baker

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Electro Album Highlights

Looking for the Perfect Beat: 1980-1985
Afrika Bambaataa
Looking for the Perfect ...
Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five
Grandmaster Flash / Melle ...
Message from Beat Street: ...
20 Years: 1985-2005
Juan Atkins
20 Years: 1985-2005
The Greatest Hits
Grandmaster Flash & the ...
The Greatest Hits
Adventures of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five: More of the Best
Grandmaster Flash / ...
Adventures of Grandmaster ...
Computer World
Kraftwerk
Computer World

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Electro Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Unity, Pt. 1: The Third Coming Afrika Bambaataa / James Brown
The Message Duke Bootee / Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five / Grandmaster Melle Mel / Melle Mel
No UFO's
Model 500
White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) Grandmaster Flash / Melle Mel
Pump Me Up Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five / Grandmaster Melle Mel / Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five / Melle Mel
Computer World, Pt. 2 Kraftwerk
Looking for the Perfect Beat Afrika Bambaataa / Soul Sonic Force
Rockit Herbie Hancock
Apache The Sugarhill Gang
Bassline Kurtis Mantronik

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