Funkmasters – Have You Got The Time [1984]
January 12, 2013

Saturday Electrofunk time and this is a classic slice of UK Funk with an incredible vocal section. Gone are the overly twangy guitars, instead you have a bloody fantastic synthesizer explosion and synthetic guitars (or could that actually be a keytar?). Who cares, I defy anyone not to be nodding their head with a massive grin on its face. While the track may have dated for 1984, for the time, it was way ahead of the pack.

Sister Sledge – Lost In Music (Bernard Edwards & Nile Rogers Remix) [1984]
January 12, 2012

Now thats a swing for the books. Echo and the Bunnymen to Sister Sledge! That said, looking at it objectively, its not that great a leap, both tracks are almost perfect representations of their genre.

The original Lost In Music was released in 1979 and I think my 1 year old mind heard this and latched on from that point since this is easily one of my top ten tracks of all time. I LOVE Lost In Music. The Edwards and Rogers remix done in 1984 encompasses what made the original so great and then beefed it up to make it DJ friendly. This is why you not only get an extra 40% of Sledge time thanks to the extended edit but you also get better build-ups and bridge sections to make it easier to mix in and out of. The end result is a master-stroke of re-editing.

There is not much that hasn’t already been said about Lost in Music, it was the Sisters biggest track by a long way, appealing to people that would have usually looked the other way at a “disco” track. I’ve heard this played everywhere from a club to Dave Lee Travis dropping it on a Sunday afternoon on Radio One back in the 80’s. A track that genuinely has mass appeal and for good reason, it reminds us all about those hedonistic times we have all had, wrapped up in a beat, a melody, a bassline, completely oblivious to whatever is going on leaving just you, the dance floor and the music. Simply amazing.

Jam Jam – Don’t Look Any Further [1990]
June 28, 2011

So I fired up Greg Wilson’s Glastonbury mix today and what does he open with? A remix, of a remix of Denise Edwards’ “Dont Look Any Further”. The first time i’d heard this track was on the very first “Megabass” compilation from Telstar, as part of the “Get Down To The Funky Beat” mix. Then I heard the original, also a cracker in its own right, before hearing today, the following remix. Amazing how a track can remain almost entirely unchanged for 27 years and still find its way into the largest music festival the UK has. Likely due in no small part to the truly fabulous bassline that dominates the track.


The original 12″ from Denise Edwards,


The opener to Greg Wilson’s Glastonbury set.

Experimental Products – Glowing in the Dark [1984]
November 4, 2010

If your going to do a synth-pop record you could do a lot worse than referring to this absolute classic from Experimental Products. Successfully blending the New Wave sound with the brutal electronica emerging from Europe, EP just nail this atmospheric synth classic. All your favourites are in here, the Prophet, Oberheim, moody vocals and lots of drum machine work. Definately one of the better synth pop offerings before they saturated the charts. Fabulous!

From Discogs
Unsure why this electro/wave classic hasn’t been reviewed before now. Obviously the choice cut on here is Glowing in The Dark, however this is a fantastic record with two other tracks that should not be under-estimated.
Mannequin is symbolic of the melodramatic synth visionaires; typically moody E.P, yet sprinkled with energetic, haunting vibes throughout. I think Love Changes is the unsung hero here. Again, the moody melodrama, with tantelising sweet melodies, synth stabs a-go-go and a sing-along- chorus.

Grandmaster Flash – Message II (Survival) (1984)
January 24, 2010

Taken from the same LP. Rockin! Its called…..

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (1984)
January 24, 2010

Taken from 1984 LP “Greatest Messages” on SugarHill Records.

Picked up this LP compilation of early 12 inch releases on wax today at a record fair for £2, bargin!

The Lyrics just speak for themselves! Awesome hip hop.

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