Shannon – Let The Music Play [1983]

An absolute milestone in the history of dance music. One of the best vocal tracks of all time for me, i’d not listened to it in ages and up it popped on the iPod this morning – cue lots of singing in the car and hammering on the steering wheel. Why? Perfectly executed synth work, incredible proto-acid 303 business and those bassdrums, pure, unadulterated punch as only the 808 could make.

From Discogs
An undisputed classic as well as a critical record in the evolution of dance music, Shannon’s groundbreaking ‘Let The Music Play’ was, in some ways, a throwback to the diva-dominated days of 70s disco. For 1983, this cut made use of some truley cutting edge production techniques. Up until that point, electro was very much a masculine thing. When ‘Let The Music’ was released, not only did it elevate electronic music to a new high, it was also the first time we heard a robust female vocal backed by wholly synthetic music – something that has since dominated mass appeal dance music. Additionally, it also did the impossibly difficult task of transporting dance music back over to the masses (a feat for the mid 80s), something absent since disco itself.

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