Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Kraftwerk: Hip Hop's Brothers from Another Mother

...I've been listening to a lot of Kraftwerk lately while working at home and I'm loving every minute of it...formed in the late 60s, Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter got together while attending music classes in Dusseldorf and formed their band which means "power station" in German...these cats started dropping electronic bombs way back in the 70s and had a tangential hand at forming the early hip-hop shite that Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force would start pumping out of the Boogie Down Bronx during the embryonic stages of hip hop on cuts like "Planet Rock"...if you listen to enough of Kraftwerk's early stuff you'll hear a grip of material that got lifted by industrious turntablists over here in the states which is why I call them the "Brothers from another Mother"-- it goes both ways on the "lets keep it real" tip, in my opinion, and credit should always be given when it's due, yo...

...if you can remember that track called "Egypt, Egypt" or "My Beat Goes Boom" or "Computer Love" ( !!! ) which were all hitting hard back in the 80s and cut by Greg "The Egyptian Lover" Broussard...take a listen to the beginning of Kraftwerk's "Tour De France" single (listen to the tag button above) which was originally released as a single back in 1983 in preparation for a full-length Kraftwerk album that never materialized; it was re-released two decades later on 2003's LP of the same name- once you check that syncopated loop of heavy breathing, you'll hear precisely what I'm getting at...if none of this rings a bell, check the videos for tunes like "Aéro Dynamik" from the Tour de France LP mentioned above...continued


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