The Unknown DJ

Real Name:
Andre Pierre Manuel
Profile:
Most don't know but this DJ/Producer of BOSSANGELES fame hails from Detroit's east side. Along with a few others in the early 80's he helped to define what has come to be known as West Coast Electro. Robotic and funky, Kraftwerk meets Rich Cason, the sound was and still is very much loved in the States and throughout Europe. Big Beat Productions, Unknown's production unit, went on to produce and record many well known artist both on his indie Techno Hop Records label and for several majors. There are a couple of gold and platinum albums in his body of work with Big Beat Productions' Comptons Most Wanted. His work continues on the Techno Hop Records label where he has returned to his roots of Electro influenced beats to stretch the envelope of modern day dance music.
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Singles & EPs

3643, ARS. 3643 The Unknown DJ - 808 Beats (Eight Hundred And Eight Beats) album art The Unknown D.J.* 808 Beats (Eight Hundred And Eight Beats) (Maxi) Techno Hop Records 3643, ARS. 3643 Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
THR-1 The Unknown DJ - Beatronic album art Unknown* And Three D* Unknown* And Three D* - Beatronic Techno Hop Records THR-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
THR-3 The Unknown DJ - Let's Jam album art The Unknown DJ Let's Jam Techno Hop Records THR-3 US 1985 Sell This Version
TK-1204 The Unknown DJ - Revenge Of The X-Men album art Unknown D.J.* And D.J. Slip* / The X-Men* Unknown D.J.* And D.J. Slip* / The X-Men* - Revenge Of The X-Men(12") Techno Kut Records, Macola Record Co. TK-1204 US 1988 Sell This Version
RHR 3715 The Unknown DJ - Break-Down ("Dance Your Pants Off !") album art The Unknown D.J.* Break-Down ("Dance Your Pants Off !") Techno Kut Records, Macola Record Co. RHR 3715 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
TK 1207 The Unknown DJ - Basstronic album art Unknown D.J.* Basstronic Techno Kut Records TK 1207 US 1988 Sell This Version
STH 535 REMIX The Unknown DJ - Supersonic Remix / Another Hoe / Breakdown (Dance Your Ass Off) album art J.J. Fad / The Unknown DJ J.J. Fad / The Unknown DJ - Supersonic Remix / Another Hoe / Breakdown (Dance Your Ass Off) (EP) Streetheat STH 535 REMIX Germany 1988 Sell This Version
TK 1202 The Unknown DJ - X-Men album art The Unknown D.J.* And D.J. Slip* The Unknown D.J.* And D.J. Slip* - X-Men Techno Kut Records TK 1202 US 1988 Sell This Version
EE 1048 The Unknown DJ - West Coast Pop Lock / Scratchin' 100 Speakers album art Ronnie Hudson & The Street People / Dr. Dre + The Unknown DJ Ronnie Hudson & The Street People / Dr. Dre + The Unknown DJ - West Coast Pop Lock / Scratchin' 100 Speakers(12", RP) Electro Eternal EE 1048 US 2005 Sell This Version
THR-23 The Unknown DJ - This Is Electro / Mini Mois album art The Unknown DJ This Is Electro / Mini Mois(12") Techno Hop Records THR-23 2008 Sell This Version

Compilations

TKC-4001 The Unknown DJ - Unknown's House album art Unknown DJ* Unknown's House (Comp) Techno Kut Records TKC-4001 US 1990 Sell This Version

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OF-THE-WORLD

OF-THE-WORLD

June 2, 2019
Essential Instro-hip-hop-electro-turntablist sample based vibes that were known to deep cut dj's.. under the radar to pedestrian tourists. Always sparkles in the mix when you add some unknown DJ. Had to travel to Detroit to find these back in the day. Stands the test of time.
Electro-Kid

Electro-Kid

May 22, 2019
Nar ya all no da boss not unknown no more
thunderlippps

thunderlippps

November 3, 2014
edited over 7 years ago


Totally under-rated.
The early "east coast style" Unknown productions on Techno-hop like the first King T's and Dezo Daz were vastly beyond what Dr Dre was capable of at the time (the cabbage patch), and still hold up today IMO.

Unknown also being one of the earliest connections between Detroit and rap music other then Cybotron and The Motor City Crew that I'm aware of until Breed and Kid Rock.

Would love to hear what he's been working on all these years.
(You know he's still doing something.)

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