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Image: 1607667 Z Records are back in the funk hot-seat, but this time Joey Negro presents a snapshot of the edgier, robotic sounds of the emerging early 80s Electro scene

Record One
A1 Hashim – Al Naafiysh (The Soul)
A2 Aleem – Release Yourself (Dub)
B1 Kosmic Light Force – Mysterious Waves
B2 Paul Hardcastle – Rain Forest

Record Two
C1 The Russell Brothers – The Party Scene
C2 Dwayne Omarr – This Party's Jam Packed
D1 G-Force – Feel The Force
D2 Tyrone Brunson – The Smurf

2016 was another strong year for ZR as it continued its commitment to high quality compilation releases with Joey
Negro’s hugely successful Remixed With Love Vol.2 album topping charts everywhere and receiving across the
board DJ and Radio support. There was also the 5th instalment of the ever-popular Under The Influence series which
saw long time ZR album co-compiler Sean P select some of his long held secret weapons.
For 2017 Z Records will be back in the funk hot-seat, but this time Joey Negro presents a snapshot of the edgier,
robotic sounds of the emerging early 80s Electro scene. From stone-cold classics such as Hashim’s ‘Al Naafiysh (The
Soul)’, Tyrone Brunson’s ‘The Smurf’ and Key-Matic’s ‘Breakin' In Space’ to revered party anthem’s such as
Aleem’s ‘Release Yourself (Dub)’, Two Sisters ‘High Noon (Part 2)’ and Dwayne Omarr’s ‘This Party's Jam Packed’ to
electro oddities like Paul Hardcastle’s ‘Rain Forest’ and The Packman’s ‘I’m The Packman’ we get a genuine labour of
love and a timely reminder of the raw drum machine sounds that were soon to define the beginning of the house
and techno scenes we have today.
The album features extensive sleeves notes written by early electro pioneer and DJ Greg Wilson who remembers the
time as, “during the early-mid ‘80s electro-funk became the dominant force on the UK’s black music scene. With the
previous era’s jazz-funk movement running out of steam the way was clear for this new technological direction to
sweep out the old and announce a new wave of dance music with a distinctive futuristic edge.”
People maybe associate Dave Lee (Joey Negro) with disco, funk and boogie more than electro but the truth is, he is
a music fan first and foremost. Back in 82/83/84 Dave was fanatical about this futuristic new style of dance music
called electro. Although at the time this new sound remained very divisive within the soul and jazz-funk scenes, he
liked both Lonnie Liston Smith and Man Parrish.
As Dave recalls in his own album sleeve notes: “I can see why the soul boys hated electro as it lacked the soaring
vocals, intricate orchestration and polished organic production of jazz funk. Unfortunately for the purists by the mid
80s all dance music had become more electronic with the likes of Roland introducing powerful drum machines and
affordable synthesizers, not to mention the onset of early samplers. Many straight up soul boogie records got electrofied, complete with rapped sections and scratching - not to say it was an improvement, just stating a fact.”
Anyway this isn't THE definitive electro album, it's some of Joey Negro’s favourites, plus a few lesser-known and
collectable cuts. However that being said we do think it's one of the best electro comps ever released! Available from 17.02.2017
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