Warp 9 – Nunk

Prism (US) [PDS 450] 1982 Warp 9 began as the production duo of Lotti Golden and Richard Scher and evolved into a group after Prism became interested in their experimental electro funk instrumental, “Nunk”, a blend of New wave and fUNK. The duo recruited Milton ‘Boe’ Brown, former drummer for disco group The Strikers on Prelude Records and Chuck Wansley […]

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Sha-Quan – Don’t Fess

Midnight Sun Records (US) [MSR 1001] 1985 Prior to 19th Fleet’s “Star Raid”, the duo of Matt Noble and Kevin Calhoun produced this, the debut solo track from Dave Perkins aka Sha-Quan. It featured DJ Louie Lou, who later appeared with T La Rock, and DJ Charlie C. Side A Don’t Fess (Vocal) [5:06] Side B Don’t Fess (Dub Version) […]

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Dynamic Duo – Knights Of The Turntables

25 West Records (US) [TFW 1016] 1985 This was the debut release from Tommy Musto & Tommy Sozzi aka The Dynamic Duo and featured Sha-Quan (Shaquan) on vocals with legendary NYC techno/house DJ, Lenny Dee on the turntables. The concept of hip hop/electro meets the days of old was an idea from Matt Noble of 19th Fleet who went on […]

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19th Fleet – Star Raid

Midnight Sun Records (US) [MSR 1002] 1985 19th Fleet were actually the production duo of Kevin Calhoun (R.I.P.) and Matt Noble and this track was a result of their¬†experimentation with sampling, synthesizers and drum machines. Not bad for a bit of ‘messing about’. The duo worked on a lot of hits of the time, helping to birth the Latin freestyle […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Super Rappin’ No.2

Enjoy Records (US) [ER-6011] 1980 This is the second release from Flash and the group and is just a shorter re-vocalled version of Superappin’ with slightly cleaner and more polished music. The original pressing had a red label but there are also 3 silver label reissues with the same catalogue number but different text layouts, one of which also has […]

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Marvelous Three & The Younger Generation – Rappin All Over

Brass Records (US) [BRDS 2508] 1980 Debut release from the Marvelous Three aka Chief Rock Busy Bee, DJ Small and Kool DJ A.J. It seems that the Younger Generation was actually just an alias for Terry Lewis or possibly the group that played the music. The record was bootlegged/unofficially reissued in the 2000s but is easily recognisable as pictured below. […]

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Daniel Sofer – One Hundred Speakers

Saturn Records (US) [SAT-2008] 1984 Daniel Sofer was a producer and keyboard player from the West Coast. He worked for Oberheim Electronics where he wrote the manual and recorded the drum samples for the DMX drum machine and in 1982 also released an experimental 7″. Around the same time he had a meeting with Cletus Anderson from Saturn Records resulting […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Superappin’

Enjoy Records (US) [6001] 1979 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five were formed in the Bronx. Flash honed his skills alongside the L Brothers before recruiting Cowboy, Melle Mel & Kidd Creole as emcee’s. They were originally known as the Three MC’s but were joined shortly after by Rahiem, formerly of the Funky Four, and Mr. Ness aka Scorpio at […]

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