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Pump up the jam on Neon Nights with our back to the 90’s TECHNOTRONIC Megamix.

Technotronic was a Belgian electronic music project formed in 1988 by Jo Bogaert & together with vocalist Ya Kid K (Manuela Kamosi), he produced the hit single “Pump Up the Jam”, which was originally an instrumental. An image (i.e fake) for the act was later put together, utilizing Congolese-born fashion model Felly Kilingi as its album/single cover art, and supposed singer in the music video. The song became a worldwide success, eventually reaching No. 2 on both the US Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart late 1989 to early 1990. It became the first house song to reach the top ten of the US Hot 100 chart. It was also one of the first songs outside Chicago to pioneer the hip-house genre, a fusion of house music with elements of hip-hop.

The success of the project’s first single led to the release of Pump Up the Jam: The Album, which featured tracks by Ya Kid K and MC Eric. Their star was shining so brightly that they became an opening act for Madonna and had appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. It was at this time that Ya Kid K became Technotronic’s actual featured vocalist after it was revealed that Felly was merely lip-synching the vocals in the video for “Pump Up The Jam”.

Three follow-up singles, “Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)”, “This Beat Is Technotronic” (featuring MC Eric) & “Rockin’ Over The Beat” also reached the Top 10 in many countries, and the album eventually climbed into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 in the US and reached No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart.

Tracklist for “The TECHNOTRONIC Megamix”

This Beat Is Technotronic
Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)
Rockin’ Over the Beat
Pump Up the Jam

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About the author: John

 

John von Ahlen is a Producer / Director based in Melbourne, Australia.

His current project is Parralox, an electronic act that has toured internationally (live shows with Erasure + Little Boots), and achieved chart success in USA, UK and Europe (Billboard / CMJ / German Web Charts / UK Commercial Club Charts).

John has remixed artists such as Erasure, Marcella Detroit, Delta Goodrem, Gina G, Doctor & The Medics, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and many more.

His work for TV / Film includes The Wog Boy, Rove Live, Before The Game, Who's On The Menu (Theme Tune) and music for Neighbors / Home & Away / Queer as Folk (USA).

He also Directs and Animates, check out some of his work here :

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