The History Of Detroit Dance Part One:1981 - 1991

By funk_wid_it funk_wid_it
updated 2 months ago

Surely no need for an introduction ? It is what it is (or should that be was?) .

All records are listed in chronological order.

Records in list at time of edit:285

Part two:1992 - 2002 to come ASAP (I've actually just got around to starting this a few days ago!).

Note: All Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Carl Craig miscellaneous mixes and remixes will appear in separate lists.

Peace and respect to all the 313 headz (you know who you are).

Leon (aka 'justice808' & 'funk_wid_it' )

  1. Richard Davis (3) - Methane Sea

    A1.Methane Sea-Prelude
    B1.Methane Sea-Aftermath

    The very first Richard Davis solo record before going on to form Cybotron with Juan Atkins. Very rare and sought after.

    FYI: its just been repressed in 2016.

  2. Parliament - Flash Light

    6 For Sale from $13.77

    A1.Flash Light

    Hell yeah!

  3. Parliament - Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)

    53 For Sale from $1.11

    A1.Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)

  4. A Number Of Names - Sharevari

    2 For Sale from $445.00

    It's winter 1981. Could this be the very first Detroit techno release or should that honour go to Cybotron's 'Alleys Of Your Mind' instead? Whatever, let's stop nit-picking; both came out the same year; both of these tracks made (Detroit) dance music history; both received local Detroit radio support via the likes of cult and influential Detroit radio jock Electrifying Mojo; and both gave birth to a new dance music genre - Detroit techno.

    As for my personal opinion? I would actually put them both in joint first LOL. Sounds more than fair and justified, at least until someone can prove 100% one way or the other. But that isn't going to happen.

  5. Cybotron - Alleys Of Your Mind

    A1.Alleys Of Your Mind
    B1.Cosmic Raindance

    Here we have the very first Cybotron (aka Juan Atkins and Richard Davis / 3070) release, possible candiate for the very first Detroit techno track and is still one of my all-time favourites.This track, along with A Number Of Names - 'Sharivari', is where it all starts.

    'Cosmic Raindance' is also excellent.

  6. Spacer (4) - Stereo Radio

    3 For Sale from $68.00

    Obscure and little known Detroit electro p. funk track from 1981. Some nice talkbox also included!

    Co-written by a certain Mr. Bernie Worrel :) ;)

    Believe me when I tell you that this is one very cool 7", albeit an ultra rare one.

  7. Juan Atkins - 20 Years 1985 - 2005

    9 For Sale from $14.43

    2-2.Cybotron - Dreamaker

    Written and produced:1982
    Released:2005

  8. A Number Of Names - Skitso / Sharevari

    1 For Sale from $94.44

    A1.Skitso (You're My Friend) (Short Vocal Version)
    A2.Sharevari (Vocal Version)
    B1.Skitso (Long Vocal Version
    B2.Sharevari (Instrumental Version)

  9. Jerry (J.G.) Green "The Voice Master"* - I Finally Found The Love I Need

    1 For Sale from $292.21

    Obscure and unknown Detroit electro funk soul.

  10. Cybotron - Cosmic Cars

    7 For Sale from $12.00

    A1.Cosmic Car
    B1.The Line

    Juan and Richard's second classic release.

    Note: 'The Line' was co-written with new member "Jon-5".

  11. Keno (16) - I Dont Know

    Ultra rare Detroit electro funk!
    Been in my "wants" list for ages.

  12. Superlife - Go Bananas

    Produced by one of Detroit's most mysterious and unknown first wave producers Danan Potts (R.I.P.). Who?! I hear you cry! Thought you may ask that, read on...

    This one is a sick, sick ultra minimal Detroit electro / techno track! Certainly ahead of its time and on another level. And to think this track was released the same year as Cybotron's 'Cosmic Cars' yet still remain(ed)s pretty much unknown. Quite interesting I'm sure you'll agree?

    Now fast forward some 19 years later and something totally unexpected happened. 2011 saw a much needed and appreciated repress thanks to the great PPU Records label. So massive respect to Washington's Andrew Morgan (he really knows his sh*t) for allowing this cool and sought after track to (finally) be available for everyone.

    It even came with additional bonus mixes from new school heroes Steve Summers and Legowelt! As to be expected, both turn in very cool versions.

    For even more info on Danan Potts, here's the original PPU Records press blurb:-

    R.I.P. Danan Potts.

  13. P-Funk All Stars - Hydraulic Pump

    21 For Sale from $4.20

    A1.Hydraulic Pump (Part I)
    A2.Hydraulic Pump (Part II)
    B1.Hydraulic Pump (Part III)

    3 cool versions.

    Pump tha p-funk!

  14. P. Funk All-Stars* - Generator Pop / Hydraulic Pump

    11 For Sale from $3.00

    A1.Generator Pop
    B1.Hydraulic Pump

    Ultimate Detroit funk bombs (natch) !!
    Both tracks sampled many times over.

  15. P. Funk All-Stars* - Pumpin' It Up

    9 For Sale from $3.33

    A1.Pumpin' It Up (Special Club Mix)
    B1.Pumpin' It Up

  16. Slang (4) - Shake It To Me Baby / Turn Me On

    A1.Shake It To Me Baby
    B1.Turn Me On

    Ultra rare Detroit boogie / electro funk!

    If Mike Banks had been making tracks back in 1983, this is how it would sound! Definitely in my Detroit electro all-time top 10 list.

    BTW, also came out on 7".

  17. The Motor City Crew - Scratch Break

    41 For Sale from $1.22

    A1.Scratch Break (Glove Style)
    B1.Let's Break (Vocal)
    B2.Let's Break (Instrumental)

    Cool Detroit electro track. Contains vocoder in one of the mixes.

  18. Cybotron - Clear

    14 For Sale from $5.00

    A1.Clear
    B1.Industrial Lies

    Everyone knows this classic slice of Detroit electro history!

  19. Westwood (7) / Cash* - Psycho For Your Love

    A1.Psycho For Your Love
    B1.Work Those Joints

    This 12" also features the more up tempo 'Work Those Joints' on the flip.

    From the same guy that brought us the equally rare 'Go Bananas' track (Danan Potts), this original Southern Sun pressing is once again very rare and hard to find.

    BTW, also repressed in 2011 on PPU (thanks, Andrew!).

  20. Otis Clay - Love Bandit

    2 For Sale from $25.97

    B1.Love Bandit Vocoder

    Check out the cool vocoder only version on the flip!

    Produced by: Don Davis

    Came out on both 7" and 12". Same label as the Slang release (see number 18).

  21. Cybotron - Enter

    9 For Sale from $28.99

    A1.Enter
    A2.Alleys Of Your Mind
    A3.Industrial Lies
    A4.The Line
    B1.Cosmic Cars
    B2.Cosmic Raindance
    B3.El Salvador
    B4.Clear

    Classic first Cybotron album, and the only Cybotron album to feature Juan Atkins' input. Juan left the group a few months after this was released.