That’s My Jam is a weekly feature where one person from the Selective Hearing staff goes to wax poetic about music that is pivotal to their musical tastes. Whether that would be an album, a song, or anything in-between. We all had to start somewhere.

This Beat Is Technotronic

Release Date:  1990

Track Listing

7” Single

  1. This Beat Is Technotronic (Single Version)
  2. This Beat Is Technotronic (Rap To Beats)

12” Maxi

  1. This Beat Is Technotronic (My Favorite Club Mix)
  2. This Beat Is Technotronic (Instrumental)
  3. This Beat is Technotronic (Alaska Dub)
  4. This Beat is Technotronic (Rap To Beats)

12” Maxi

  1. This Beat Is Technotronic (Get On It Club Mix)
  2. This Beat Is Technotronic (Radio Edit)
  3. This Beat Is Technotronic (7” Mix)
  4. This Beat Is Technotronic (This Dub Is Technotronic)
  5. Pump Up The Jam (Punami Mix)
  6. Tough

CD Maxi

  1. This Beat Is Technotronic (Single Version)
  2. This Beat Is Technotronic (My Favorite Club  Mix)
  3. This Beat Is Technotronic (Alaska Dub)
  4. This Beat Is Technotronic (Rap to Beats)
  5. This Beat Is Technotronic (Beats &  Bass)

Cassette

  1. This Beat Is Technotronic (7” Mix)
  2. This Beat Is Technotronic (Get On It 7” Mix)
  3. Pump Up The Jam (Punami Mix)

12” Maxi/CD Maxi Remixes

  1. This Beat Is Technotronic (Get On It Club Mix)
  2. This Beat Is Technotronic (Get On It Single Mix)
  3. This Beat is Technotronic (Radio Edit)
  4. This Dub Is Technotronic

Review

Technotronic is a Belgian studio project formed in 1988 by Jo Bogaert.  The collective is probably best known for the songs Pump Up The Jam , Get Up (Before The Night Is Over) and Move This featuring vocalist Ya Kid K.

Lost in the shuffle of their more popular and commercial songs is the project’s third single This Beat Is Technotronic featuring the vocals of MC Eric.  When you break the song down technically it is actually a combination of Hip-House and Acid House.  While derivative of Techno, it really should not be classified as so regardless of what the name of the group who created this track is.

This was one of the many songs to feature an actual MC spitting verses on a non Hip-Hop beat. Other examples you can compare this song to within the same year (give or take one or two) are Snap’s The Power and BG The Price Of Rap’s This Beat Is Hot.

The latter is probably a fairer comparison than the former to be honest.

Songs like This Beat Is Technotronic introduced me to the world of dance music back in my teenage years.  Of course I was unaware until many years later that this casual listening would become the foundation of my interest mixing/producing dance music.  It’s kind of strange how things work out huh?

Anyway, this is definitely one lesser-appreciated songs by the mainstream, but no less listen worthy than the more hyped songs in Technotronic’s catalog.

Pump Up The Jam

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