A Love Letter To The 808

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    In celebration of 808 day (the 8th of August) I have put together a non-stop mix of songs that feature the Roland TR-808 drum machine. This mix isn't solely Electro music and it highlights the flexibility of the machine within the context of Hip Hop, R&B, Electro, Shoegaze, Industrial, House, Soul, Rap, Techno and more.

    The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer is a drum machine introduced by the Roland Corporation in 1980. It was one of the earliest drum machines that allowed users to program their own rhythms instead of using preset patterns. Unlike its nearest competitor at the time, the 808 generates sounds using analog synthesis rather than playing samples.

    The 808 was used on more hit records than any other drum machine in history. Its popularity within Hip Hop, in particular, has made it one of the most influential inventions ever in popular music.
    This mix was published for the @DarkScienceElectro program which is an Electro music podcast/blog that publishes daily on Facebook and Soundcloud. The artwork that represents the mix is by www.redbubble.com/people/kellygilleran

    Debonaire - TR-DEB
    Sir-Mix-A-Lot - Posse On Broadway
    Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
    Mantronix - Needle To The Groove
    Cocteau Twins - Wax And Wane
    Nine Inch Nails - Closer
    Eazy-E - Boyz In The Hood
    Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey
    Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
    Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop)
    Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock
    The 2 Live Crew - Throw The D
    Cybotron - Clear
    Egyptian Lover - Egypt Egypt
    Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock
    Professor X - Saga
    Ghostown DJs - My Boo
    Drexciya - Andreaen Sand Dunes
    Dynamik Bass System - Side By Side
    LL Cool J - Going Back To Cali
    New Kids On The Block - Please Don't Go, Girl
    Too $hort - Freaky Tales
    Rodney O & Joe Cooley - Everlasting Bass
    NWA - Gangsta, Gangsta
    T La Rock - It's Yours
    Hashim - Al-Naafyish
    Model 500 - Night Drive
    Adonis - No Way Back
    Underground Resistance - Final Frontier

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