Goin’ Old School: Chic, EMF & Break Machine

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

The funky as hell Hangin’ (falsely titled Hangin’ Out here) from the legendary Chic in 1982.

In 1989 EMF mashed up Pop, Indie, House, ElectroPop and Hip Hop with their breakthrough Unbelievable. Derry was an inspiration to keyboard players everywhere.

Almost completely copying their first hit Street Dance, Here’s Break Machine’s hilarious follow up, Break Dance Party, from 1984.

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Ruben & Ra taken on ‘Street Dance’

I thought the title of London Disco duo Ruben & Ra’s new track was evocative of something very familiar, and I was right.

This new tune is their take on Break Machine’s classic ‘Street Dance’ (a bit of a favourite of mine!). Lifting the call-to-dance vocals and that instantly recognisable whistling lead line Ruben & Ra mix it up with a little Nu-Disco, a ‘90’s house organ bass and create a modern anthem.

Ruben & Ra – Street Machine

Ruben & Ra have just released a new Retrospective four tack EP.

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Goin’ Old School: Break Machine – Street Dance

It’s 1983, you’re Break Machine. How can you cash in on kids with rolls of lino and boomboxes? Why, of course! You release ‘Street Dance’, one of the funkiest slices of Electro Soul ever created.

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