808: How the ROLAND TR-800 drum machine changed music forever

808: THE MOVIE is a feature length documentary that chronicles the incredible story of how the ROLAND TR-800 drum machine revolutionised electronic music and changed the beat forever.

Narrated by Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, the film features commentary and contributions from superstars like Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, The Beastie Boys, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), as well as pioneering producers including Rick Rubin, Jellybean Benitez, Hank Shocklee, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The filmmakers’ three-year-journey concludes in the 808’s birthplace of Japan, where Roland founder Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi finally reveals the untold reason for the machine’s mysterious early discontinuation, just as it was at the height of its success.

808: The Movie and accompanying soundtrack are available now.

808: The Music

  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock
  • Beastie Boys – Paul Revere
  • Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush the Show
  •  Man Parrish – Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)
  • Planet Patrol – Play At Your Own Risk
  • Shannon – Let The Music Play
  • Strafe – Set It Off
  • T La Rock / Jazzy J – It’s Yours
  • 808 State – Flow Coma
  • Felix da Housecat – Kickdrum
  • Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz- What U Gon’ Do (feat. Lil Scrappy)
  • Flux Pavilion – Vibrate
  • Jamie xx – Gosh
  • Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth – Nothing But Trouble

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