Return of the Old School

Super Breaks

Return of the Old School

The music captured on those early records – by the Sugarhill Gang and the Fatback Band among others – was the result of a street level culture that had grown up in the wasteland of 1970s Bronx that had spread throughout New York’s black communities. While MCs created the vocal hooks based on increasingly complicated rhymes, the musical beat was created by pioneering DJs cutting up old and new funk and soul records in ways that allowed them to play the bits of the records that the crowd responded and went wildest to. “Super Breaks Back To The Old School” gathers together some of the hottest tracks from those original block parties.

The compilation is inspired by the likes of DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaatta, Grandmaster Flash and Charlie Chase and is a homage to the early breaks compilations such as Paul Winley’s “Super Disco Breaks” and “Original Breaks and Beats”. They spread the message of the top DJs to a wider world of house parties and bedroom DJs by gathering up the most sought-after breaks and making them easily available. The clandestine nature of these releases gave them a glitter that added to the new music’s aura, and Super Breaks hopes to reflect this.

1. Blow Your Head – Fred Wesley & The JBs
2. It’s Just Begun – Jimmy Castor
3. Scratchin’ – Magic Disco Machine
4. Africano – Earth Wind And Fire
5. Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn

1. Apache – The Incredible Bongo Band
2. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed – Thin Lizzy
3. Let A Woman Be A Woman – Let A Man Be A Man – Dyke & The Blazers
4. Gotta Get A Knutt – The New Birth

1. Give It Up And Turnit A Loose (Live) – James Brown
2. The Clapping Song – Shirley Ellis
3. Mary Mary – The Monkees
4. Get Up And Dance – Freedom
5. Get Ya Some – Melvin Sparks

1. Super Sporm – Captain Sky
2. Who Is He And What Is He To You – Creative Source
3. Funky President (People It’s Bad) – James Brown
4. Shifting Gears – Johnny Hammond