Goin’ Old School: Howard Jones, Yellow Magic Orchestra & Nik Kershaw

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

Probably Mr. Howard Jones’s most well known hit, 1983’s ‘What Is Love?’

From 1979, because it was reMixed this week and it’s in my head, Yellow Magic Orchestra’s ‘Techopolis’

Nik Kershaw’s ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’, really good video for the time, still looks fantastic, if dated. From 1984.

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Yellow Magic Orchestra edit from Chrome Canyon

Yellow Magic Orchestra

Here’s a bit of a treat from Brooklyn funkster Chrome Canyon, who’s  On The Fruit Records released ‘Body Music EP from earlier this year still gets some heavy rotation. It’s his edit of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s classic ‘Techopolis’ (possibly my fourth favourite YMO track!).

If you’ve ever thought to yourself ‘I love ‘Technopolis’, but I’d really like a more modern version with a pumping contemporary beat so I could work it into one of my sets’ then you are in so much luck. The essence of YMO’s track is all here, with pretty minimal chopping up, the riff and basslines are all where you remember leaving them. There are a couple of cuts here and there but the majority of additions come in the form of some lovely filtering and modulation and bringing a rhythm fit for dancefloors in 2012. It’s giving the original such a new lease of life. I’ll definitely be playing this out.

Yellow Magic Orchestra – Technopolis (Chrome Canyon Rework)

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Goin’ Old School: Yellow Magic Orchestra – Rydeen

Yellow Magic Orchestra have been making boundary pushing electronic music and ElectroPop since before you know what a synthesizer was. Show some respect! ‘Rydeen’ is from 1980, by which time they were already comfortable making big Electro jams while much of the rest of the world was on Tomorrow’s World complaining that synthesizer music wasn’t somehow real.

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