Rammellzee & K-Rob – Beat Bop – Get On Down

Can’t quite remember if I first heard this on The Old Grey Whistle Test or via the Electro 2 compilation from 1983. Either way Beat Bop is a masterclass. Its very uniqueness stands tall from the usual cliqued, lyrical wrath which often (in retrospect) informed similar music from the time. A strange otherworldly sense of sound colours its arrangement, drenched in reverb, punching above the parapet with cutting rhythms talking up surreal New York street life, more than simplistic fantasied girls and materialism. A supremely funky record with an assortment of ‘live’ instruments creating a distinctive escapade, rich in soul, it clocks in at over ten minutes as it glides across the stereo generated by the city in that year. Plus, with the cover Art created by Jean-Michel Basquiat it now gets a timely vinyl re-release from Get On Down. So wired and brilliantly wonderful that you will need to instantly hit Replay.

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