808 i love you

Today, an early electro track from one of its original tireless practitioners, Andre Manuel (aka The Unknown DJ, not to be confused with Derrick Carter or countless others). This is some serious stuff, on the same par as "Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)" or early Egyptian Lover tracks.

The version of "808 Beats" I'm giving you today is actually a shortened version that appeared on a few compilations in the late 1980s, when The Unknown DJ had moved onto being a member of Compton's Most Wanted, a gangsta rap group whose tracks sound a bit like a more electro influenced N.W.A. The programming on the track is excellent and sounds incredibly pure-- combine the drum patterns with the synched bass-line, lush backing synths and Egyptian Lover-style vocal boasts, and you have gold. Roll down your windows and blast this shit.

The Unknown DJ- 808 Beats

Tomorrow, the gays come out to play, with a Ron Hardy remix of Sylvester.

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