Classics: Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock (Tommy Boy)
Like everything on earth, there’s always a first time, meaning by that one or a few pioneers… With this being what ‘Planet Rock’ and Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force happened to be about. Not to mention Arthur Baker who produced the whole back in 1982.
As a matter of fact, ‘Planet Rock’ did nothing less than changin’ the foundations of Dance Music… Pretty much establishing Electro/Breakbeat as a concept. But also moulding Hip-Hop into some new forms. Then eventually prefiguring what Hip-House would be about a few years later. With DJ Fast Eddie sort of interpolating ‘Planet Rock’ on the firing ‘Yo Yo Get Funky’ in 1988.
As for ‘Planet Rock’, it’s a pivotal blend of synthesizer and vocoder sounds with breakbeats on a Roland TR-808 drum machine. With the latter givin’ it that so special sound. Meanwhile, its melody interpolates Kraftwerk‘s ‘Trans Europe Express’ in addition to fragments of other sources. The whole along with a synth hook takin’ on where Ennio Morricone left with the theme from the ‘For A Few Dollars More’ OST.