Vocation:Vocoder - The Ultimate Vocoder List

By funk_wid_it funk_wid_it
updated 13 days ago

Welcome to my Ultimate Vocoder List - Vocation:Vocoder

A comprehensive and exhaustive list I am, with the help of a few buddies, trying to make this the most definitive vocoder list of all time. When I set out to compile this list never ever did I expect to get to a total of 3,140 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. All auto-tune related stuff will definitely NOT be added.

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 (large) list!

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

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, peinti (Christian), peeano, theelectronicfriend,Tommy Koi and wulfgang (boggietroid).

Many thanks for all your help, additional input and recommendations.

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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. Rodney Stepp - Break-Out

    3 For Sale from $65.00

    Possibly my favourite vocoder jam of all time!

  2. Mr. P (7) And The Star Skate Crew - Roller Skate Rap

    1 For Sale from $1,000.00

    Fantastic Electro Rap w/ vocoder.

    The instrumental version is pure vocoder!

  3. IOU - Chill Out

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

  4. Osé - Computer Funk

    1 For Sale from $19.49

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

    Early and rare DXJ classic!

  5. Crazy Eddie (3) & Jazaq - Come On Party People (Lets Ge Down)

    9 For Sale from $9.00

    B1.All Systems Go

    Awesome vocoder Electro jam that features a fantastic TB303 bassline!

  6. H.C. Smooth - Let's Rock-Non-Stop

    6 For Sale from $18.90

    Excellent westcoast vocoder must-have!

  7. Zapp - Computer Love

    5 For Sale from $15.66

    Ultimate downtempo Larry and Roger Troutman classic!

  8. Tyrone Matherson / 10:30 Musical Organisation - Feel Free To Dance / Goodbye Baby (Love Has Gone Away)

    A1.Tyrone Matherson - Feel Free To Dance

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

  9. Steve Masters - Turntable Aktion

    1 For Sale from $175.00

    Truly dope 1989 vocoder bomb!

  10. Kim Lamour / Johnny Shaka - Love Maker / Shake Your Pants

    1 For Sale from $75.00

    B1.Jonny Shaka - Shake Your Pants

  11. Jefferson Ink.* - Girl You Turn Me On

    1 For Sale from $307.69

    Dope vocoder Funk at its very best.

    Killer jam!

  12. Tone-Lōc* - I Got It Goin' On

    39 For Sale from $1.07

    B3.The Fine Line Between Hyper And Stupid

    Produced by Hashim!

  13. Fredi Grace & Rhinstone* - Love Thang

    7 For Sale from $24.99

    Fantastic female vocal / vocoder duet.

    Big tip!

  14. Vaughan Mason & Krush (5) - Breakers Anthem / Electric Body

    6 For Sale from $5.96

    B1.Electric Body

    One of my all-time faves!

  15. Tutt Band - Tutt Band

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

    This LP is ultra rare.

  16. John Davis - Check It Out / Breaking Out

    B1.Breaking Out

    Another John Davis classic!

  17. Oscar T* - My Knees Get Weak

    4 For Sale from $65.00

    Rare and sought after vocoder Funk bomb!

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

  18. The Troids - Boogie Troids (From Mars)

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

  19. Projeckt III - M-O-N-E-WHY? (Am I Broke)

    8 For Sale from $30.00

    B1.The Future

    Vocoder bomb!

  20. Modern Age - Freak In Heat

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

  21. Nise* - Dancin' On Air

    Obscure and very rare 7" only release.

  22. Warp 9 - Nunk

    32 For Sale from $2.41

    B1.Nunk (Instrumental)

    It's all about the dope vocoder instrumental version.

    Uber classic from 1982!

  23. Professor Funk (2) - Professor Funk

    4 For Sale from $60.00

    Yet another rare and hard to find Frank Cornelius production!