Looking for the Perfect Beat

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"Looking for the Perfect Beat"
Single by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force
from the album Planet Rock: The Album
Released January 1983
Format 12" single
Recorded 1981
Genre Electro, hip hop
Length 6:51
Label Tommy Boy, Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Arthur Baker, John Robie, Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force
Producer(s) Arthur Baker
Afrika Bambaataa singles chronology
"Planet Rock"
"Looking for the Perfect Beat"
"Renegades of Funk"
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"Looking for the Perfect Beat" is an electro and hip-hop song by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force. It was the second single from their album Planet Rock: The Album. Released in January 1983, it served as the followup to the group's highly influential song "Planet Rock".[1]

Over the years, the single has attracted critical acclaim as an essential track in the history of early hip-hop music. Critic John Bush of Allmusic has remarked that the group had a "near-perfect homage to digital-era technology", with its performers "freestyling over quintessentially electro ingredients like pin-point machine beats, electric drumpads, and arpeggiated sequencers."[1] It has also been revamped and sampled numerous times. "Looking for the Perfect Beat" was the basis for the British Hip hop and House crossover performer Bomb the Bass' "Beat Dis" as well as Simon Harris' similar hit, "Here comes that Sound", which came out in 1988. U96's "Energie[disambiguation needed]" also took inspiration. Samples of the track helped create LL Cool J's song "Control Myself" and DJ Khaled's song "Holla at Me".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Looking for the Perfect Beat" was created by the same team that made "Planet Rock," Video Mix Productions. At the request of label president Tom Silverman, Danny Cornyetz, and Jessica Jason shot Bambaataa and the entire Soulsonic Force in a 22nd Street studio miming the track. Editing was done at VCA Teletronics New York and included Quantel video effects and footage of famous hip-hop dancer Mr Freeze.


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