Vocation: Vocoder - The Ultimate Vocoder List

By funk_wid_it
updated 6 months ago

Welcome to my ultimate vocoder list - Vocation: Vocoder

A comprehensive and exhaustive list I am, with the help of a few friends, trying to make this the most definitive vocoder resource list of all time. When I set out to compile this list never ever did I expect to get to a total of 3,148 records and counting. So for those of you that view this list, it's a very handy resource to discover all those vocoder related tunes that you might not have heard or discovered yet. But be sure to give yourself a good few hours to spare - it's highly addictive!

Here you'll find all old school & new school 7" / 12" / EP / LP / CD vocoder tunes in all the following dance music genres: Italo-Disco, Electro, Electro Funk, Electro Rap, Detroit Techno, Boogie, Latin Freestyle, Disco, Funk, New Beat, House, Miami Bass, Rap, Synth-Pop, HI-NRG, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pop, Soundtracks, Ambient, Electronica and - dare I say it - even Heavy Metal !!! The years covered are 1977 - 2021.

And yes, before anyone begins to wonder, I'll also let the talkbox in. The same goes for pitch-shift vocals, Speak 'n' Spell speech and all other kinds of robot voices/effects. Auto-tune related stuff will definitely NOT be added, however.

Now answer the following questions to see if you qualify as a vocoder freak: Do you love the vocoder? Do you have an unhealthy affinity towards robots? Do you have a big blow-up poster of the famous Roland TR 808 hanging on your wall? Do you think space is the place? Love all things Sci-Fi? Do you know all things vocoder related - even vocoder featured in '80s cartoons, computer games and TV adverts? Have you read Dave Tompkins' How To Wreck A Nice Beach? Have mad love for the year 1984? If you can answer "yes" to most of these questions, then you'll almost certainly be a vocoder freak, and you'll definitely be in vocoder heaven reading this (rather large) list!

I'll keep on adding to the list as and when I / my friends happen to think of them. Notice a record that is not currently on the list that you think should belong there? Be sure to let me know and I'll add it ASAP. I usually update the list at least a few times a month, so I would recommend checking back to check for regular updates. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated, please feel free to get in touch.

Respect to all vocoder freaks.

Leon (aka 'justice808' & 'funk_wid_it')

Finally, a big shout out to all of the following: Bakema-NL, blowie (Colin), Bokkiebeh (Miquel), broose, dmp, EJ808 (Seb), encarnita (Fab), FunkCollector, heiniholzbein, Kai-Q, kme-213, MC ZROCK (Ingo), mixer167, moogacid, point (Christian), piano, theelectronicfriend, Tommy Koi and wulfgang (boggietroid). Many thanks for all your help, additional input and recommendations.

Records not yet listed on Discogs:-

1.Dallas Street Band - 'Party Rock' (?) 198?
2.The Egyptian Lover - 'Instrumentals and Demos Vol 1 & 2' () 2017
3. The Fabulous Diamonds - You're Everything To Me (LINIC Records 7") 198?
4.'Galaxy High Cartoon Theme' (?) 1984 :) ;) :D

Hopefully, someone will be able to add any / all of these to the database asap.

  1. 4 For Sale from $48.00

    Possibly my favourite vocoder jam of all time!

  2. Fantastic Electro Rap w/ vocoder.

    The instrumental version is pure vocoder!

  3. Ultra rare vocoder Electro from Disco kings Patrick Adams and Peter Brown!

  4. 3 For Sale from $36.97

    A1.Computer Funk
    B1.Computer Funk(Part 2)

    Early and rare DXJ classic!

  5. 7 For Sale from $9.00

    B1.All Systems Go

    Awesome vocoder Electro jam that features a fantastic TB303 bassline!

  6. 7 For Sale from $7.00

    Excellent westcoast vocoder must-have!

  7. 11 For Sale from $8.00

    Ultimate downtempo Larry and Roger Troutman classic!

  8. A1.Tyrone Matherson - Feel Free To Dance

    Like most on this label, this one is ultra rare.

  9. 3 For Sale from $81.00

    Truly dope 1989 vocoder bomb!

  10. Dope vocoder Funk at its very best.

    Killer jam!

  11. 51 For Sale from $2.01

    B3.The Fine Line Between Hyper And Stupid

    Produced by Hashim!

  12. 9 For Sale from $24.99

    Fantastic female vocal / vocoder duet.

    Big tip!

  13. 5 For Sale from $26.88

    B1.Electric Body

    One of my all-time faves!

  14. 2 For Sale from $295.00

    A1.She's Got It Going
    A5.Get It On

    This LP is ultra rare.

  15. B1.Breaking Out

    Another John Davis classic!

  16. 1 For Sale from $91.40

    Rare and sought after vocoder Funk bomb!

    Very brief sub label of Macola - think this was the only release.

  17. Different (not to mention better) version to the regular pressing!

  18. 9 For Sale from $22.99

    B1.The Future

    Vocoder bomb!

  19. Freakin' rare Miami vocoder Electro Funk heat!
    Produced by the great Rick Finch.

  20. Obscure and very rare 7" only release.

  21. 50 For Sale from $3.00

    B1.Nunk (Instrumental)

    It's all about the dope vocoder instrumental version.

    Uber classic from 1982!

  22. 1 For Sale from $181.72

    Yet another rare and hard to find Frank Cornelius production!