Various ‎– Street Sounds UK Electro

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Street Sounds ‎– ELCST 1984
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A1 Zer-O Real Time (Retrospective Dub)
Producer – Bellini (3)
A2 Syncbeat Music
Producer – Pete RamonRemix – Greg Wilson
A3 Broken Glass Style Of The Street
Producer – Justin '84Remix – Greg Wilson
A4 Forevereaction U People
Producer – Eric Freeman (2)
B1 Zer-O Real Time
Producer – Bellini (3)
B2 Rapologists Hip Hop Beat (Street Mix)
Producer – Mastermind (7)Scratches – Whiz Kid
B3 Forevereaction B.E.D. '34
Producer – Eric Freeman (2)

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All tracks licensed from Streetwave Records
except B2 licensed from Billy Boy Records

Pack: Red Ranch 4 Carver's

NB. Although each track has individual producer and artist credits, everything except B2 is actually the work of Manchester Elecro-Funk DJ Greg Wilson and associates (including Kermit, who would later go on to join Ruthless Rap Assassins and Black Grape).

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
540090 Various Street Sounds UK Electro(LP, Comp, Mixed) Streetwave 540090 France 1984 Sell This Version
SWLP 33560 Various Street Sounds UK Electro(LP, Comp, Mixed) Street Sounds, Panarecord SWLP 33560 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
ZYX-20037 Various Street Sounds U.K. Electro(LP, Comp, Mixed) ZYX Records ZYX-20037 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
ZCELC 1984 Various Street Sounds U.K. Electro(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Blu) Street Sounds ZCELC 1984 UK 1984 Sell This Version
ZCELC 1984 Various Street Sounds U.K. Electro(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Red) Street Sounds ZCELC 1984 UK 1984 Sell This Version

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Fizza

Fizza

July 19, 2019

I'm writing this review as a semi-response to another commentator who summed their review up with the recommendation to pretend this LP doesn't exist. Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion and that goes without saying (though I said it nevertheless), but I will put my conclusion in the preface by saying pretending this LP doesn't exist is something that no-one who is interested in the hip hop/electro of this era should do!

I also had this at the time of release and it is true that the vibe on this LP is different from that of the others, which is easily explained by the fact that this is all UK based Hip Hop/Electro (UK Electro!). I don't see this as a bad thing at all though, all the tracks are well produced and paint a very good picture of where hip hop was at that time in our part of the world. The fact that most of the tracks on UK Electro were produced by the legend Greg Wilson has no relevance to its quality either, just as having Marley Marl producing four or five tracks of another Electro compilation has any bearing to its quality.

It has been said on more than a few occasions that the UK embraced hip hop wholeheartedly and saw it largely as more of a United States phenomenon rather than a Five Boroughs thing. This meant that for us most US-based inter-borough/city/state politics were not factors as to whether we thought a record was hot or not, and may have helped form the ideas of how to make Electro/Hip Hop which are expressed through this LP.

Personally speaking, every track on UK Electro is a winner with my most(est) favourite of the time being Hip Hop Beat, produced by the Mastermind with scratching by the spectacular Whiz Kid no less, it's similar to Jazzy Jay's Def Jam but with added groove. Syncbeat's Music is another favourite, in fact the A Side starts off strong and ends just as strong.

For the collectors, every track is worth hunting down on 12", with the exception of Zer-O - Real Time, only due to the fact it was never released on 12" - a large oversight in my opinion and I still have a hope that one day it will find a separate release on 12" - the reel to reels must still exist somewhere, right Greg/Morgan?

As a final note I will also agree with another reviewer who suggested a link between the UK Electro style and the later House explosion that followed pretty soon thereafter, as to the why of this, I think that is a multifaceted and broader topic beyond the scope of this review.
exiledmancunian

exiledmancunian

November 11, 2016
edited over 3 years ago

Hard to believe that this one hasn't had any comments yet - especially as I've noticed quite a few comments elsewhere, which imply that this is considered one of the best in the "Electro" series. It's definitely one of my favourites, and may even have been my first purchase in the series - all I can remember is that by 1986, I owned them all.

Having heard the late, great and much missed John Peel play "B.E.D. '34" on his show (I had taped it, fortunately!) I knew I would have to find the album as soon as I could afford it - I was still at school at the time, so I couldn't just rush out and buy everything that I liked - but soon enough, a copy was mine :)

Listening to it now, I would say it has a quite a different feel to the remaining "Electro"s - it wouldn't have been obvious at the time of course, but it feels like it's mixed by a house DJ, and a lot of the hi-hats/percussion sound quite "housey" as well. Now, we know that there was some overlap/influence between Electro and House, but it's not always quite as obvious as here.

This isn't a criticism, by the way - I quickly moved onto house music as soon as I heard of it, a year or two later - but I think it demonstrates just how ahead of its time some of this music was back then, as records which we would now call "house music" were virtually non-existent at the time, if at all.

Needless to say, this album has stood the test of time for me - it still sounds as good it did when I first heard it.