1982. Hip-hop was still truly in its fledgling years, and in the UK the now familiar path of under-recognition for a generation of artists was still to fully come to pass. Indeed the UK scene had hardly even begun. But at the time there was emerging a distinct flavour to the UK sound that gave every reason to be optimistic for the scene. And chief amongst indicators of this strong UK aesthetic are the unforgettable “Streetsounds” compilations emanating from Streetwave Records, still golden documents for a generation of British B-boys.
The Streetsounds Electro series are records of almost mythic status, thankfully reborn by the internet, and from 1982 to the early 1990s were the records that truly brought electro and hip-hop to the UK shores, thus influencing a generation of artists. Featuring the hottest cuts from the US, the series also gave voice to young UK artists, and as such lit a torch under a scene and a generation which has itself probably gone onto influence every undergoing club scene from Acid House to Jungle, 2-Step to Dubstep.
The story of Streetsounds is one we will tell properly one day on A Story To Tell, but for now let’s go to the mid-decade with 1987;s “Get Buzy” from gone but never forgotten duo Faze 1. US in sound, UK in attitude, an old school classic.