Classic Mix: Larry Levan Final Night @ Paradise Garage (Disco, Soul, Early House) + SPIRIT OF HOUSE PICNIC DETAILS


So it looks like we will be teaming up with our good friends at OUR HOUSE & doing another Spirit of House event in JUNE to pay tribute to that REAL HOUSE SOUND.

This time we have a great indoor/outdoor innercity warehouse space with a courtyard and BBQ.

An afternoon of 30 Years of House music and its DISCO FUNK ROOTS.. with music by OUR HOUSE / SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’S & Friends.

Look out for details coming soon or email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com for info.

LARRY LEVAN LIVE @ PARADISE GARAGE CLOSING NIGHT

Tracklist:
1) Jocelyn BrownSomebody Else’s GuyLive PA
2) T.C. Curtis – You Should Have Known Better (Dub Mix)
3) NYC Peech BoysCome On, Come On (Don’t Say Maybe)
4) Cheyne – Call Me Mr. Telephone
5) Man Friday – Love Honey, Love Heartache
6) Serious Intention – You Don’t Know (Paul Simpson Limited Edition Special Remix)
7) Tony Paris – Electric Automan
8) Black Mamba ‘Vicious’ (A Cappella)
9) Man Friday – Jump (Garage Version) / Gunshots
10) Aretha FranklinJump To It

MIX: Magda Bytnerowicz – Nobody gets to meet the Duke – May2012


May 2012 promo mix
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Old E 800 (Omar-S remix) – Big Strick
Shadow Figures – Grey People ft Lee Crowe
Fort Green House – N.Y. House’n Authority
Liquid (Original Mix) – Dream 2 Science
Spray Paint – Gene Hunt
Anthony Shake Shakir Meets BBC
Glorious World – Johnwaynes
B1 – Appointment 004
Impressions of a Rainstorm – Levon Vincent
Braiden – The Alps
Soundscape (Intricate mix) – Kosmic Messenger
Meeting da Duke – DJ Duke
Rubick’s CubeDrexciya
A Fish Scene – DJ Du Jour
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“Nobody gets to meet the Duke – May2012” by Magda Bytnerowicz is licensed under a Creative Commons License

HIP HOP DOCUMENTARY: J Dilla


J Dilla aka Jay Dee R.I.P

On Saturday Febuary 13th, 2010 Stussy celebrated the life of brilliant hip hop producer and rapper James “J Dilla” Yancey, by releasing a limited edition tee shirt produced in conjunction with Stones Throw and the Dilla Estate. http://www.stussy.com for more details.

Part #1

Part one of a three part documentary on J Dilla

Part #2

Part two of a three part documentary focusing on J Dilla’s life in Los Angeles.

Part #3

Part three of a three part documentary focusing on J Dilla’s life in Los Angeles.

Documentary: Gil Scott Heron : The Godfather of Rap? BBC Interviews Mos Def, Chuck D on what he meant to them and Rap music.


De ware Wax Poet is dood: Gil Scott-Heron

Image by Marco Raaphorst via Flickr

The poet, author and musician is credited with being one of the unsung founding fathers of rap. How much do you know about Gil Scott-Heron?
Back in the 1970’s Gil Scott-Heron pioneered hip hop with lyrics on drug abuse, politics and apartheid. He still influences artists like Kanye, Common and The Game.1Xtra’s MistaJam takes us through the highs and lows of Gil’s extraordinary life from classic songs like “The Revolution will not be Televised” and “The Bottle” to the time he spent in jail.

Mos Def, Chuck D and Ty tell us why his music and message is still relevant today and Bashy hears Gil’s music for the first time.

Rare Show: Gil Scott-Heron Live in Europe 2010 – A Soul of Sydney Tribute (RIP GIL SCOTT HERON)


Check this Rare Performance of Gil Scott-Heron in Europe late 2010. It is one of the final live concerts of legendary poet, author and political commentator Gil Scott- Heron took part in.

Gil Scott Heron smiles while on stage in front...

Image via Wikipedia

This is our tribute to him so his fans can remember the legacy he left us with his musical collaborations. Check out more live shows and our other tributes on our blog here or find us on facebook for more good music.

NEO-SOUL,SOUL,HIP HOP- ‘Wake Up’! The John Legend Aus Tour Mixtape By DJ Trey | Soul of Sydney Block Party Radio


https://soundcloud.com/soulofsydney/soul-of-sydney-block-party-9

Hello folks .. This is Dj Trey here .. Just giving you a little bit of insight to my latest John LegendWake Up Everybody Mixtape! … It’s nothing too fancy, just a good mix of some of my favorite JL tracks and some of his best features and also some good remixes and live performances – all just to get you geared up for his upcoming tour. I think any hardcore JL fan will appreciate this mixtape. Even if you aren’t a major fan of his work I guarantee – if you love you some good, wholesome soul and a lil’ bit of Hip-Hop .. this will definitely get your head boppin’.

I’ve started the mix off with JL’s acapella version on ‘Rollin’ In The Deep’. The track itself is amazing and what he brings to it (on an ACAPELLA level) is just immaculate. Not only does he sound crisp and intense – there’s also a gentleness which is ironically fitting to the song. It’s a good introduction to people are unfamiliar with him and .. it’s a great rendition for people who are familiar with the original.

The mixtape goes on exploring a lot of his earlier work and a lot of album filler/B-side tracks. There is way too many Kanye features on the tape but I think that these two compliment each other too much to ignore. Especially on their latest track together – ‘Blame Game’ (I would’ve included Chris Rock‘s monologue – but it would’ve killed the vibe.. even though it’s HELL funny!) … Also on the mixtape their is some of their very first work together – the track that I first heard John Legend on – ‘Selfish’ by Slum Village. I love this track! Classic cut! I remember watching this video clip over and over and for AGES had no idea who the singer was… for that fact I never had any idea who Fonzworth Bently was (dancing around in the clip the whole damn time!) .. Only when the single ‘Used To Love U‘ dropped did I finally find out who the singer with the receding hair line was! Jkz!

Here’s the clip for you to check out:

Slum Village – Selfish Ft. Kanye West & John Legend:

There’s a lot of good features on the tape .. Common, Consequence, Mary J, Estelle, Pete Rock & CL Smooth .. I tried to get enough good features on there and still allow every song to run it’s necessary coarse. The mixtape ends with what I believe is one of his ultimate .. all time tracks .. ‘Ordinary People‘. It’s the only slow jam on the mixtape (even though he has a undeniable collection of them) .. I didn’t want there to be too many slow jams .. I wanted this to be a feel good mixtape, to really get people looking forward to his concert. I actually wanted to end the mix off with George Benson & Al Jarreau’s cover of the song .. Just because it is such a smoooooth version of the song .. and really this is one of those songs where everybody already knows the words – this version allows the music to speak for itself.

If you haven’t heard it before, it’s definitely worth a listen:

George Benson & Al Jarreau – Ordinary People:

BUT! after hearing this Live version with The Roots .. I couldn’t let this not be on the Mix .. especially because this mix is promo for the upcoming concert – this is exactly the kind of performance we can expect from the man when he arrives !! but you GOTSTA be patient for the track :p

I remember going to see John Legend live at The Metro in Sydney for just about $25 .. that was in 2004 or 2005 .. the show was AMAZING.. I barley knew any tracks (because his album hadn’t even dropped yet) .. but it was one of the BEST concerts I’ve ever been too – EVER! .. I also remember after one of his tours here .. there was an after party at Mylk (now known as Nevermind) .. I went up to him and shook his hand! Such a humble guy he was happy to talk to anyone – I really hope he’s still that guy .. we’ll have to wait till the weekend to find out!

Hope you enjoy the mix .. and if this is going to be your first time seeing John Legend live .. I hope you have same amazing experience I had way back when..

John Legend Australian Tour Mixtape By DJ Trey

1. Rollin’ In The Deep (Adele Cover) – John Legend

2. Used To Love U – John Legend

3. Let’s Get Lifted – John Legend

4. Blame Game – Kanye West Ft. John Legend & Chris Rock

5. King & Queen – Mary J Blige Ft. John Legend

6. She Don’t Have To Know – John Legend

7. Number One – John Legend Ft. Kanye West

8. Everybody Knows – John Legend

9. Little Ghetto Boy (J.Period Remix) – John Legend & The Roots Ft. Q-Tip

10. They Say – Common Ft. Kanye West & John Legend

11. Wake Up Everybody – John Legend & The Roots Ft. Melanie Fiona & Common

12. Selfish – Slum Village Ft. Kanye West & John Legend

13. Feel This Way – Consequence Ft. John Legend

14. Heaven – John Legend

15. Out Of Sight – John Legend

16. Stereo – John Legend

17. Our Generation (The Hope Of The World – J.Period Remix) – John Legend & The Roots Ft. Pete Rock & CL Smooth

18. Hard Times – John Legend & The Roots

19. It’s Over – John Legend Ft. Kanye West

20. You Are – Estelle Ft. John Legend

21. P.D.A (We Just Don’t Care) – John Legend

22. *Bonus :: Ordinary People (AMEX Unstagged Live) – John Legend & The Roots

https://soundcloud.com/soulofsydney/soul-of-sydney-block-party-9

And if people want to find out where they can catch me playing.. I’m at:

* Marble Bar – Every Friday (Come between 7pm – 10pm for the GOOD SH*T!) ..
* You can also find me at: Sapphire (Thursdays), Greenwood (Thursdays), Trademark (Fridays), Red Room @ Hotel Chambers (Saturdays) and The Bank (Saturdays) .. Gigs and Times will vary .. BUT! .. if you ‘LIKE’ Me on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/djtrey and follow me on Twitter @djtrey_ash .. then you’ll stay up to date with where you can catch me playing.

And .. Here’s all of my links to everything ..

Website: www.djtrey.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/djtrey
Twitter:www.twitter.com/djtrey_ash

 

NEO-SOUL,SOUL,HIP HOP- ‘Wake Up’! The John Legend Aus Tour Mixtape By DJ Trey (facebook.com/djtrey)


John Legend Australian Tour Mixtape By DJ Trey

Hello folks .. This is Dj Trey here .. Just giving you a little bit of insight to my latest John Legend – Wake Up Everybody Mixtape! … It’s nothing too fancy, just a good mix of some of my favorite JL tracks and some of his best features and also some good remixes and live performances – all just to get you geared up for his upcoming tour. I think any hardcore JL fan will appreciate this mixtape. Even if you aren’t a major fan of his work I guarantee – if you love you some good, wholesome soul and a lil’ bit of Hip-Hop .. this will definitely get your head boppin’.

I’ve started the mix off with JL’s acapella version on ‘Rollin’ In The Deep’. The track itself is amazing and what he brings to it (on an ACAPELLA level) is just immaculate. Not only does he sound crisp and intense – there’s also a gentleness which is ironically fitting to the song. It’s a good introduction to people are unfamiliar with him and .. it’s a great rendition for people who are familiar with the original.

The mixtape goes on exploring a lot of his earlier work and a lot of album filler/B-side tracks. There is way too many Kanye features on the tape but I think that these two compliment each other too much to ignore. Especially on their latest track together – ‘Blame Game’ (I would’ve included Chris Rock‘s monologue – but it would’ve killed the vibe.. even though it’s HELL funny!) … Also on the mixtape their is some of their very first work together – the track that I first heard John Legend on – ‘Selfish’ by Slum Village. I love this track! Classic cut! I remember watching this video clip over and over and for AGES had no idea who the singer was… for that fact I never had any idea who Fonzworth Bently was (dancing around in the clip the whole damn time!) .. Only when the single ‘Used To Love U‘ dropped did I finally find out who the singer with the receding hair line was! Jkz!

Here’s the clip for you to check out:

Slum Village – Selfish Ft. Kanye West & John Legend:

There’s a lot of good features on the tape .. Common, Consequence, Mary J, Estelle, Pete Rock & CL Smooth .. I tried to get enough good features on there and still allow every song to run it’s necessary coarse. The mixtape ends with what I believe is one of his ultimate .. all time tracks .. ‘Ordinary People‘. It’s the only slow jam on the mixtape (even though he has a undeniable collection of them) .. I didn’t want there to be too many slow jams .. I wanted this to be a feel good mixtape, to really get people looking forward to his concert. I actually wanted to end the mix off with George Benson & Al Jarreau’s cover of the song .. Just because it is such a smoooooth version of the song .. and really this is one of those songs where everybody already knows the words – this version allows the music to speak for itself.

If you haven’t heard it before, it’s definitely worth a listen:

George Benson & Al Jarreau – Ordinary People:

BUT! after hearing this Live version with The Roots .. I couldn’t let this not be on the Mix .. especially because this mix is promo for the upcoming concert – this is exactly the kind of performance we can expect from the man when he arrives !! but you GOTSTA be patient for the track :p

I remember going to see John Legend live at The Metro in Sydney for just about $25 .. that was in 2004 or 2005 .. the show was AMAZING.. I barley knew any tracks (because his album hadn’t even dropped yet) .. but it was one of the BEST concerts I’ve ever been too – EVER! .. I also remember after one of his tours here .. there was an after party at Mylk (now known as Nevermind) .. I went up to him and shook his hand! Such a humble guy he was happy to talk to anyone – I really hope he’s still that guy .. we’ll have to wait till the weekend to find out!

Hope you enjoy the mix .. and if this is going to be your first time seeing John Legend live .. I hope you have same amazing experience I had way back when..

John Legend Australian Tour Mixtape By DJ Trey

1. Rollin’ In The Deep (Adele Cover) – John Legend

2. Used To Love U – John Legend

3. Let’s Get Lifted – John Legend

4. Blame Game – Kanye West Ft. John Legend & Chris Rock

5. King & Queen – Mary J Blige Ft. John Legend

6. She Don’t Have To Know – John Legend

7. Number One – John Legend Ft. Kanye West

8. Everybody Knows – John Legend

9. Little Ghetto Boy (J.Period Remix) – John Legend & The Roots Ft. Q-Tip

10. They Say – Common Ft. Kanye West & John Legend

11. Wake Up Everybody – John Legend & The Roots Ft. Melanie Fiona & Common

12. Selfish – Slum Village Ft. Kanye West & John Legend

13. Feel This Way – Consequence Ft. John Legend

14. Heaven – John Legend

15. Out Of Sight – John Legend

16. Stereo – John Legend

17. Our Generation (The Hope Of The World – J.Period Remix) – John Legend & The Roots Ft. Pete Rock & CL Smooth

18. Hard Times – John Legend & The Roots

19. It’s Over – John Legend Ft. Kanye West

20. You Are – Estelle Ft. John Legend

21. P.D.A (We Just Don’t Care) – John Legend

22. *Bonus :: Ordinary People (AMEX Unstagged Live) – John Legend & The Roots

And if people want to find out where they can catch me playing.. I’m at:

* Marble Bar – Every Friday (Come between 7pm – 10pm for the GOOD SH*T!) ..
* You can also find me at: Sapphire (Thursdays), Greenwood (Thursdays), Trademark (Fridays), Red Room @ Hotel Chambers (Saturdays) and The Bank (Saturdays) .. Gigs and Times will vary .. BUT! .. if you ‘LIKE’ Me on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/djtrey and follow me on Twitter @djtrey_ash .. then you’ll stay up to date with where you can catch me playing.

And .. Here’s all of my links to everything ..

Website: www.djtrey.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/djtrey
Twitter:www.twitter.com/djtrey_ash

 

Good Vibrations Festival Mix Feat. Nas, Damien Marley, Erylah Badu, Faithless, Kelis, Ludacris, Aloe Blacc,The Roots, Fat Freddys Drop,Koolism,Ol’ Dirty Bastard,Jazzanova


Just a festival warm up/warm down mixtape featuring some of our favorite artists performing @ Good Vibrations 2011.

Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

Download

Tracklist:

  1. ERYKAH BADU & STEPHEN MARLEY – IM IN LOVE WITH  YOU
  2. DAMIEN MARLEY – WELCOME TO JAM ROCK
  3. ALOE BLOCC – MISFORTUNE
  4. ERYKAH BADU – HONEY (DUB REMIX)
  5. NAS – THUGS MANSION
  6. ERYKAH BADU – APPLE TREE
  7. NAS – IF I RULE THE WORLD
  8. DAMIEN MARLEY & BLACK THOUGHT (THE ROOTS) – PARADISE
  9. ALOE BLACC – I NEED A DOLLAR
  10. NAS – SURVIVING THE TIMES
  11. NAS – GET DOWN
  12. ALOE BLACK – HEY THERE BROTHER
  13. FAITHLESS – SOUND CHECK JAM
  14. NAS – MADE YOU LOOK
  15. FAITHLESS – ALI
  16. NAS AND KELIS – HEY NAS
  17. FAT FREDDYS DROP – ROADY (NEXTMEN REMIX)
  18. FAITHLESS – BASEBALL CAP
  19. OLD DIRTY BASTARD + KELIS – I GOT YOUR MONEY
  20. LUDACRIS – AREA CODE
  21. KELIS – TRICK ME
  22. KELIS – 80’S JOINT
  23. FAT FREDDYS DROP – FLASH BACK (JAZZANOVA MIX)
  24. FAT FREDDYS DROP – WANDERING EYE
Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

Download

Festival Set Times, Tix & Info Here

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Good Vibrations Festival Mix Feat. Nas, Damien Marley, Erylah Badu, Faithless, Kelis, Ludacris, Aloe Blacc,The Roots, Fat Freddys Drop,Koolism,Ol' Dirty Bastard,Jazzanova


Just a festival warm up/warm down mixtape featuring some of our favorite artists performing @ Good Vibrations 2011.

Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

Download

Tracklist:

  1. ERYKAH BADU & STEPHEN MARLEY – IM IN LOVE WITH  YOU
  2. DAMIEN MARLEY – WELCOME TO JAM ROCK
  3. ALOE BLOCC – MISFORTUNE
  4. ERYKAH BADU – HONEY (DUB REMIX)
  5. NAS – THUGS MANSION
  6. ERYKAH BADU – APPLE TREE
  7. NAS – IF I RULE THE WORLD
  8. DAMIEN MARLEY & BLACK THOUGHT (THE ROOTS) – PARADISE
  9. ALOE BLACC – I NEED A DOLLAR
  10. NAS – SURVIVING THE TIMES
  11. NAS – GET DOWN
  12. ALOE BLACK – HEY THERE BROTHER
  13. FAITHLESS – SOUND CHECK JAM
  14. NAS – MADE YOU LOOK
  15. FAITHLESS – ALI
  16. NAS AND KELIS – HEY NAS
  17. FAT FREDDYS DROP – ROADY (NEXTMEN REMIX)
  18. FAITHLESS – BASEBALL CAP
  19. OLD DIRTY BASTARD + KELIS – I GOT YOUR MONEY
  20. LUDACRIS – AREA CODE
  21. KELIS – TRICK ME
  22. KELIS – 80’S JOINT
  23. FAT FREDDYS DROP – FLASH BACK (JAZZANOVA MIX)
  24. FAT FREDDYS DROP – WANDERING EYE
Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

Download

Festival Set Times, Tix & Info Here

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NY Times: ‘The Heritage of Kraftwerk on Funk & Techno, Dec 4 09


By MIKE RUBIN
Published: December 4, 2009

IT was at a party in 1970 that Ralf Hütter first glimpsed the potential power of the Man Machine. Kraftwerk, the avant-garde musical group he had founded that year with Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf, Germany, was playing a concert at the opening of an art gallery, a typical gig at the time. Trying to channel the energy of the Detroit bands it admired, like the Stooges and MC5, the duo had augmented its usual arsenal of Mr. Schneider’s flute and Mr. Hütter’s electric organ with a tape recorder and a little drum machine, and they were whipping the crowd into a frenzy with loops of feedback and a flurry of synthetic beats.

As the show climaxed, Mr. Hütter recalled: “I pressed some keys down on my keyboard, putting some weight down on the keys, and we left the stage. The audience at the party was so wild, they kept dancing to the machine.”

Thus began a careerlong obsession with the fusion of man and technology. It would take four more years (and three largely instrumental records of electro-acoustic improvisation) before Kraftwerk heralded the coming of electronic pop on its landmark 1974 album “Autobahn,” and another four years before the members proclaimed themselves automatons on “The Robots,” the band’s de facto theme song from 1978’s “The Man-Machine” album. But even in 1970 the hum of what Mr. Hütter calls electrodynamics was buzzing in his veins.

“This rhythm, industrial rhythm, that’s what inspires me,” Mr. Hütter, 63, said. “It’s in the nature of the machines. Machines are funky.”

Few bands have done more to promote that once incongruous concept than Kraftwerk. Though its image shifted over the years from conservatory longhairs to Weimar-era dandies to stylized mannequin machines, it consistently provided a blueprint for the circuitry of modern pop music. David Bowie, an early adapter, channeled the band’s chilly vibes for his late ’70s “Berlin Trilogy,” and in the early 1980s synth pop groups like Human League and Depeche Mode followed suit.

Kraftwerk also became the unlikely godfather of American hip-hop and black electronic dance music, inspiring pioneers in the South Bronx and Detroit. Today Kraftwerk’s resonance can be heard in works as varied as Radiohead and the Auto-Tuned hip-hop of Kanye West and T-Pain.

“Kraftwerk were a huge influence on the early hip-hop scene, and they basically invented electro, which has had a huge influence on contemporary R&B and pop,” the techno artist Moby said. “Kraftwerk are to contemporary electronic music what the Beatles and the Rolling Stones are to contemporary rock music.”

Yet 35 years after “Autobahn” Kraftwerk remains relatively anonymous, thanks largely to a carefully crafted cloak of secrecy, one that an hourlong phone conversation last month with Mr. Hütter from Kraftwerk’s Kling Klang Studio outside Düsseldorf failed to penetrate significantly. On topics ranging from the band’s creative hibernation of the last quarter-century (only two albums of new material since 1981’s “Computer World”) to Mr. Schneider’s departure from the group late last year, Mr. Hütter was pleasant but revealed little. “It’s important for me that the music speak for itself,” he said.

This month the music should do just that with the release of “The Catalogue” (Astralwerks/EMI), a boxed set of newly remastered versions of the band’s last eight albums, beginning with “Autobahn” and including all of the records with the so-called classic Kraftwerk lineup: Mr. Hütter, Mr. Schneider and the electronic percussionists Wolfgang Flur and Karl Bartos. (Five of the remastered albums are also available individually.) Like Mr. Hütter’s infrequent interviews, “The Catalogue” doesn’t divulge much that fans don’t already know. There are no liner notes, no unreleased tracks, no digital mini-documentaries, just some additional photos and revised album graphics.

The music, however, is much more generous. The remasters render Kraftwerk’s glistening, icy textures even more shimmering and crystalline, the repetition more entrancing. “Autobahn,” for example, welds a bouncy Beach Boys harmony to the hypnotic 4/4 motorik beat pioneered by the German band Neu! (whose Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother were part of an early Kraftwerk lineup) to create a 22-minute synthesizer symphony evoking a pleasant highway drive. (A three-minute edit of the song reached No. 25 on Billboard’s singles chart in 1975, the group’s only hit in the United States.)

“For the first time, I think the music sounds the way we always heard it and produced it in our Kling Klang Studio,” Mr. Hütter said.

After “Autobahn,” albums like “Radio-Activity” (1976) and “Trans-Europe Express” (1977) further refined the group’s experimental pop sensibility. Borrowing from the German tradition of sprechgesang, or spoken singing, Mr. Hütter’s flat, affectless voice — sometimes treated with a vocoder to further dehumanize it — is an odd match for the band’s lilting music-box melodies. “What I try to do on the synthesizers,” Mr. Hütter said, “is sing with my fingers.”

But for some critics the group’s synthetic songs just didn’t compute. “Fun plus dinky doesn’t make funky no matter who’s dancing to what program,” Robert Christgau wrote of “Computer World” in The Village Voice. “Funk has blood in it.”

Such distinctions didn’t seem to matter to club crowds: New York’s downtown scene embraced the group. François Kevorkian, a D.J. at underground clubs in the late ’70s and early ’80s, would use Kraftwerk to blend tracks by Fela Kuti and Babatunde Olatunji into his sets. “What was really remarkable was that their music was getting played just as much at Paradise Garage as it was getting played at the Mudd Club, and there were very, very few records that had that ability to cross over between all the different scenes,” said Mr. Kevorkian, who would later work with the band on its “Electric Cafe” album. “Kraftwerk was, like, universal.”

Kraftwerk had long been a staple of the D.J. sets of Afrika Bambaataa in the South Bronx, and in 1982 he and the producer Arthur Baker decided to combine the melody from “Trans-Europe Express” (which Mr. Baker had noticed kids playing on boom boxes in a Long Island City, Queens, park) and the rhythm pattern of “Numbers” (which Mr. Baker had seen wow customers at a Brooklyn record store). The result was the pioneering 12-inch single “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force.

“I’m trying to remember a record that created that much mayhem on the dance floor when it first came out, and I can’t,” Mr. Kevorkian said of the reaction to “Planet Rock.” Most early hip-hop songs were slow, “from 90 beats per minute to 110,” Mr. Bambaataa said. “We went to 130 beats per minute, and from that came Latin freestyle, Miami bass and all that.”

“All that” encompassed an entirely new genre, electro, which paved an alternate route for hip-hop. It’s hard to imagine the productions of Timbaland or the Neptunes without the innovations of “Planet Rock,” and its repercussions can still be heard the world over, from Bay Area hyphy to Brazilian baile funk.

The roots of techno wind their way back to Düsseldorf too. In Detroit the radio D.J. Charles Johnson — better known as the Electrifying Mojo — built a fervent following on the urban contemporary station WGPR-FM in the late ’70s and early ’80s by ignoring the rigid formatting of other local stations. He had fished a copy of “Autobahn” out of the discard bin at a previous station and soon acquired a copy of “Trans-Europe Express.” “It was the most hypnotic, funkiest, electronic fusion energy I’d ever heard,” Mr. Johnson said. Kraftwerk became a staple of Mojo’s show “The Midnight Funk Association.” When “Computer World” came out, Mr. Johnson played almost every song on the album each night, making a lasting impression on a generation of musicians.

“Before I heard ‘The Robots’ I wasn’t really using sequencers and I was playing everything by hand, so it sounded really organic, really flowing, really loose,” the Detroit D.J. and producer Juan Atkins said. “That really made me research getting into sequencing, to give everything that real tight robotic feel.”

Over the next several years Mr. Atkins, along with his high school friends Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, would become the pioneers of techno, which Mr. May once famously described as being “like George Clinton and Kraftwerk caught in an elevator with only a sequencer to keep them company.”

Techno would eventually explode internationally in 1988, with raves in London and trance in Goa, India. Back in Detroit, “Computer World” would assume the status of a sacred text. Kraftwerk was “considered like gods,” said Carl Craig, a Detroit techno producer. “Black people could relate to it because it was like James Brown. It was just this kind of relentless groove.” Mad Mike Banks, founder of the Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance, said he considered the song “Numbers,” from “Computer World,” the “secret code of electronic funk.”

“That track hit home in Detroit so hard,” Mr. Banks said. “They had just created the perfect urban music because it was controlled chaos, and that’s exactly what we live in.”

For Kraftwerk it’s a civic connection that has come full circle. In the last decade Mr. Hütter has developed relationships with some Detroit artists he inspired, including Mr. Banks. It seems to be a kind of “brotherhood, like Düsseldorf and Detroit,” Mr. Hütter said, saying he’s fascinated “that this music from two industrial centers of the world, with different cultures and different history, suddenly there’s an inspiration and a flow going back and forth. It’s fantastic.

“All this positive energy, this feedback coming back to me, is charging our battery, and now we’re full of energy. It keeps my Ralf robot going.”

Indeed, compared with Kraftwerk’s near invisibility throughout most of the ’80s and ’90s, the last few years have seen a relative flurry of Kraftwerk activity. Laptops have allowed the group to take its Kling Klang Studio on the road, so it has been touring regularly, adding 3-D graphics to the live show this year. Now that “The Catalogue” is completed, Mr. Hütter has promised a new Kraftwerk album soon, which would mark the band’s first recording without Mr. Schneider. If Mr. Hütter has any reservations about working without his musical partner of four decades, he kept them to himself; perhaps robots are incapable of showing emotion?

“There’s so much to do,” Mr. Hütter said. “I feel like we are just starting.”