1. *Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing* The seminal motor city track was the first major hit that most people heard the Roland 808 , the recognisable kick drum, echo laymen calves and handclaps can be heard carrying the rhythm section of the track bring the perfect vocal to the surface and making it one of Marvin Gaye’s most recognisable tracks.
2. *Afrika Bambaataa and The Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock* Rolling Stone magazine deemed this song “the song of the future”, the combination of the kick (programmed in the distinctive ass-shaking pattern) and the insisent hi-hats and the sample of Kraftwerks’s “Trans-Europe Express” – created a track that would inform the development of both hip hop and techno.
3. *Cybertron – Clear* This track and the many that followed it were forged by one of techno’s most defining artist Juan Atkins incidental inventor of the genre (you can see in the club in June 4th at Bulletdodge Record 2nd Birthday), he brought the 808 to the forefront of Clear* giving it that futuristic soulful electro over tones that makes it the timeless classic it is.
4. *Egyptian Lover – Egypt Egypt* Egyptian Lovers drum pattern in this track have been sampled and reproduced ever since, he’s a spokesman and career long advocated of the humble japanese rhythm composer,*Egypt, Egypt* track was released in 1984 and is another pivotal merging of electro and hip-hop.
5. *Charanjit Singh – Raga Bhairav* The remarkable track from the even more remarkable album”ten Ragas to a disco beat” you could really have any track from that album on here, the sounds that comes out of the 808 and its cousin the Roland TB 303 really pushes the envelope of the machines ability for warped sounds would later make acid house take off in the late 80’s and 90’s.
6. *Yellow Magic Orchestra – 1000 Knives* This may well be the very first track produced with the TR-808, its an incredible piece of music that inspired bands like Kraftwerk and opened up the possibilities for the budding rhythm machine.
7. *Kraftwerk – Musique Non Stop* What can you really say Kraftwerk are the kings of electronic music, they were rumoured to have a prototype TR-808 in the studio before the machines release in 1980, this track was released in 1986 so mastery of they machine couldn’t have come quick, this track reached no.1 in the US dance charts and no.13 in the German charts.
8. *Plastic Man – Spastic* Richie Hawtin brought the TR-808 back to techno in the 90’s when the new generation of Detroits minimal artists came to the scene. The piercing snare patterns thunder through the track and shows the new generation of the potential of the 808 that is echoed through the 00’s.
9. *Adonis – No Way Back* The flowing grove laymen snare hits over the downbeat make this track still a favoured weapon by DJs all over, its mix of electro and housesy vibes make it a valued weapon the record bag.
10. *Charlie – Spacer Woman This track is as much celebrated for its amazing triply videos it is for being as its formidable dance floor filler. It has a distinct italo disco flavour, it’s arpeggiated baseline carries the track and brings that un mistakable snappy snare sound of the 808.