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  • Electro is a genre of electronic dance music directly influenced by the use of TR-808 drum machines, and funk sampling. Records in the genre typically feature drum machines and heavy electronic sounds, usually without vocals, although if vocals are present they are delivered in a deadpan manner, often through electronic distortion such as vocoding and talkboxing. This is the main distinction between electro and previously prominent genres such as disco, in which the electronic sound was only part of the instrumentation. Following the decline of disco music in the United States in the late 1970s, electro emerged as a fusion of funk and disco combined with German and Japanese electropop, with Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra being key influences. In 1982, producer Afrika Bambaataa released a track that used music from one of Kraftwerk's songs. In 1983, Hashim created an influential electro funk sound and Herbie Hancock had the hit single "Rockit". The early 1980s were electro's mainstream peak. By the late 1980s, the genre moved away from its funk influences. Electro became popular again the late 1990s with artists such as Anthony Rother and DJs such as Dave Clarke.

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