Strafe ‎– Set It Off

Jus Born Records ‎– JB 001
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single


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Original US pressing with multi-color Jus Born logo and only one telephone number on centerlabel.
Generic white color outer jacket.

Mixed with LOVE by WALTER GIBBONS for JUS BORN Productions
℗ © 1984 Jus Born Productions/ASCAP

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  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A etched): JB-001-A I MPT-1 ↔
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped): EDP STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B etched): JB-001-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped): EDP STERLING

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FTR-009 Strafe Presents... Bryan Cox Strafe Presents... Bryan Cox - Set It Off 2004(12") FunkTeck Recordings FTR-009 US 2004 Sell This Version
JB 006 Strafe Set It Off (Remix)(12", Yel) Jus Born Records JB 006 US 1986 Sell This Version
FMG-1 Strafe Set It Off(7") Hard Soul Recordings FMG-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
SPGS 46 Strafe Set It Off(CD, Maxi) SPG Music SPGS 46 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
JB006 Strafe Set It Off (Remix)(12", Gre) Jus Born Records JB006 US 1986 Sell This Version


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March 16, 2018
I have a red label version with the EDP and Sterling stamp...same font as yellow labels but has small inner hole. Does not look anything like the bootleg. What's up with that?


March 7, 2018
Sounds like the knight rider tv program theme music l


March 24, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
... The Harlequin Four's version was the one getting played in the UK, which was good enough to be an instant hit in it's own right, despite being released on Champion records as an edited version & without the full dub treatment/instrumental from the late Walter Gibbons. I was surprised a few years later to hear the Strafe version (to be correct, the original version) in a friends set, a friend who had been to and from the USA & knew the scene over there well. That was pretty much the last time I played the UK release of the Harlequin Four's version, in spite of taking a further few years to find a copy of Strafe. Listening now, both US OG versions are equally brilliant, offering a different take & the most notable difference being the 4/4 pattern & snarling robo- disco hats of the H4's, something Gibbons no doubt couldn't resist. Harlequin Four's version here:


July 17, 2016
Mesmirisingly great record. In England strangely it was the one that came out as by the Harlequin 4s in early 1986 that was the big version that you heard everywhere and was also remixed around the Acid House time in 1988.


August 9, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
You can call it Breakbeat, Electro or just 'influential' - the fact is that "Set It Off" was a trend-setter dance music; believe it or not, its funky-sophisticated Breakbeat line was made with the same Roland TR-808 that Ben 'Cozmo D' Cenac from Newcleus used to produce the all-time Electro classics "Jam On It", "Jam On Revenge", "Computer Age" and "Automan".
Cozmo D and Strafe and were big friends back then, and not long after "Jam On It" became a hit, Strafe decided to borrow Cozmo D's Roland TR-808 to make his own electronic production - "Set It Off" itself).
"Set It Off" was included later on several compilations such as "The Perfect Beats Volume 2" and "Disco Box Vol. 6 - Work It Out", standing the test of time; its lyrics were later copied by other artists on their club hits - specially the beginning which has the well-known quote "Yo want this party started right? Yo want this party startin' quickly... right?" whose first part was adapted years later on the House hit 'Kraze - The Party'.
The mixing part belongs to the multi-skilled DJ Walter Gibbons, an early Disco DJ who was resident at the Galaxy 21 Club on the seventies) and it is considered one of his best works ever.


July 28, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
This song was one of the best examples of New York Underground Music circa 1984. A small label from Brooklyn finds itself with a unique electro-funk cut that has every DJ in New York playing it in heavy rotation. This was in an era where The Paradise Garage & The Fun House clubs in Manhattan were running two different scenes. First being Larry Levan spinning to a more mature and sophisticated gay crowd and Jellybean who was spinning to the kids of The Bronx, Brooklyn & Queens (Later known as Bridge & Tunnel and included New Jersey). This song found huge success within both camps and with heavy radio support, it became the classic it is right up until today. Walter Gibbons provided the mix and was welcomed back to the scene after a long hiatus. This would be his last before his passing. The dub mix was long and had weird dub effects which made it an excellent mixing tool.


April 13, 2004

It was a New York disco-era deejay, Walter Gibbons, who pioneered many of the techniques of disco mixing that would become the lifeblood of house deejays-turned-producers in the `80's.
After years out of the spotlight, Gibbons resurfaced in 1984 with a mix of a 12-inch single called 'Set It Off' that would define the New York dance underground. It created a sensation at the Garage, where it was championed by Levan, and spawned countless remakes by the likes of C. Sharp and Masquerade and at least one answer single, Number 1's 'Set It Off (Party Rock)'.
Perhaps the definitive version of 'Set It Off' was Strafe's, with its mesmerizing vocal hook woven into a spare but hauntingly atmospheric rhythm bed.