From: The West Coast
Album: Radio Activity Rapp 12″ (Rappers Rapp Disco Co. – 1984)
Genres: Old School, West Coast, Hip Hop, Vocoder, Electro
Recommended if you like: World Class Wreckin Cru, Sugar Hill Gang, Magic Mike
Another record that dropped this week. This one from producer Paul White, who I’ve featured here before. This time around, Paul breaks out of his usual instrumental format and enlists some raps from artists such as Danny Brown, Guilty Simpson and others. This one is a little less rappy, and more sing-songy than the others (oh, and it has vocoder in it as well).
I posted another track from this same record toward the end of last year, but this record is just too good to only post one track. “Ground Control” has a much different vibe than the anthematic “We Are the Jonzun Crew,” although it still has the Jonzun Crew‘s signature vocoded vocals. If you can find this record, buy it.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted some Roger Troutman. This one is a cover of The Clique‘s 1969 track “Superman,” which was later made famous by REM. Roger’s version adds some of his classic vocoder and more bounce, flipping it into a completely new song.
Italo disco classic from 1982 about what it’s like to be a vocoder. Even the reissues of this 12″ are hard to find. According to this Facebook page that has recently popped up, there might be more great Gay Cat Park songs released from the vaults eventually. For now, this will have to do.
Tony Banks is best known for his role as keyboardist for popular prog-rock-turned-soft-pop band Genesis, but few know about this gem of a record called The Fugitive that he released back in 1983. This is the only solo Tony Banks album where he sings all his own songs. He also incorporates the vocoder and the LinnDrum on a few songs, which gets it some extra bonus points from me.
Classic track from Ohio legends Zapp & Roger. Roger Troutman was so synonymous with the vocoder that his nephew Rufus Troutman III did a vocoder rendition of “Amazing Grace” at Roger’s funeral in 1999. Oh, and he sang the chorus on 2pac & Dr. Dre‘s “California Love.” Nuff said.