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Essential Mix: Classic Edition

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Before hip-hop, urban dance floors moved without prejudice to a range of sounds — disco, funk, electro, soul. Turntable pioneer Flash re-creates that stellar era on this mix of tracks that ignores borders, bridging James Brown’s frenetic funk breaks and Cymande’s elastic bass lines and reverberating chants to Blondie’s effervescent new wave and Nu Shooz’s synth bursts.