10 Great Songs Built Around the 808

Charanjit Singh — “Raga Bhairav”

You could really choose any of the tracks off the Indian composer’s remarkable and much-heralded Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, a 1982 album that did strange and wonderful things with the sound of the 808 (and also its cousin, the bass synth TB-303, later to be much beloved of acid house producers). Largely ignored on its release, this album was rediscovered in the 2000s and greeted with astonishment — Singh had created the sound of acid house, at least five years before anyone in the West started playing with the weird sounds you could get out of these boxes.