I’m fascinated by the late 70s, early 80s music. It was the moment when disco and punk were suddenly morphing into brand new styles : new-wave, new romantics, electro, dance, rap music…
I. LOVE. THIS. ERA.
Of all the new emerging styles, rap/hip-hop was the most surprising one. Using turntables as a new kind of musical instrument, recycling music, turning break beats into something totally new, adding voices and lyrical parts, the break dancers (b-boys), the DJs and MCs culture —— I mean COME ON ! This was incredible and it was happening at the speed of light (oh, and if you haven’t seen it, go watch Hip-Hop Evolution (produced by HBO), it is, I think, the most researched and the most complete document on the subject).
I was around 10 when all this was happening, becoming aware of it through movies like Flashdance and Breakin’. These new sounds had a huge impact on me. I’m still in awe of these rhythms, so I decided to made a playlist of my favorite tunes of the era.
Party people, can y’all get funky ?