album cover of 'Dave Clarke presents X-Mix: Electro Boogie'
electronic music DJ mix
On this installation of Studio!K7's X-Mix series, British techno DJ Dave Clarke reveals his naughty little secret: he's a massive fan of electro, the early-'80s hybrid of hip-hop and European electronic music that predated (and strongly influenced) Detroit techno.
On Electro Boogie he offers a short course in this music's history, mixing up the old, the new, and everything in between.
Definitive classics like Model 500's "Future" and Channel One's "Technicolor" bump up against modern interpretations of the genre, such as Underground Resistance's "Electronic Warfare" and I-F's "I Do Because I Couldn't Care Less."
In true hip-hop fashion, the mix is fast and furious, with enough jump cuts and scratching to keep the sounds fresh throughout.
In addition to being an excellent introduction to the past, present, and future of electro, Electro Boogie is also the only place to find material from uncompromising underground artists such as Dopplereffekt and AUX 88 in CD form.
This is essential listening for anyone looking to bridge the gap between hip-hop's urban sensibilities and techno's synthetic futurism.
June 9, 1998
description by Matthew Corwine | album released by Studio!K7