Strut Records Presents Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story 1979 - 1980 [Preview Track]

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In a few weeks, the folks at Strut Records will release Change The Beat: Celluloid Records Story, a 2-disc retrospective of the eponymous French/American dance label highly influential in the electro/boogie/disco scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Gearing up for the release, a track off the project from French duo Mathematique Modernes - "Disco Rough" - has been unleashed to the internet, and it is a full five minutes of sheer pre-Breakin' era disco synth-funk. After its original 1980 release, label founder Jean Karakos would later go on to bring his French disco sound to collaborate with early hip hop influencers such as Herbie Hancock on the heavily-sampled hit "Rockit," among others (Grandmixer D.ST, Fab Five Freddy, and The Last Poets to name but a few). Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story traces the label's biggest successes from 1980 - 1987, marking a seminal time period in both hip hop and dance music histories. Bust out your sweatpant cut-offs, check out "Disco Rough" below, and keep an eye out for Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story on Strut Records on March 5th.