Technotronic is a Belgian studio-based music project formed by Jo Bogaert (A pseudonym of Thomas DeQuincey, born 1954, Aalst, Belgium) in 1988, who had already made his musical mark in the beginning of the 1980s as a part of a cover band and as a solo artist under various New beat projects, including The Acts of Madmen and Nux Nemo. Together with the actual vocalist Ya Kid K, he produced the hit single "Pump Up the Jam" which was originally an instrumental. An image for the act was later put together utilizing Congolese-born fashion model Felly Kilingi as its album/single cover art and supposed singer in the music video.
"Pump Up The Jam"
The track that became "Pump Up The Jam" began life as "Technotronic" (which in turn became the project's official name), an original instrumental Bogaert released under the name "The Pro 24s". Based on Farley Jackmaster Funk's "The Acid Life", this instrumental initially included vocal samples from Eddie Murphy's "Delirious" live set and was months later replaced by newer music, along with lyrics and vocals from Ya Kid K. prior to the song's international release in September 1989.
It became an unexpected international success, eventually reaching #2 on the American Hot 100 and the Official UK charts in late 1989/early 1990, becoming the first ever house record to go commercial. It not only introduced a new sound based on "New Beat", a dance genre developed around the Belgian music scene, but it was also one of the first songs to pioneer...