The Radio Crew – Breaking And Entering

Rainbow Television Workshop Inc. (US) [No Catalogue #] 1983 The Radio Club opened in 1980 and was a legendary west coast hip hop spot run by Super A.J. It closed for a while in 1983 but reopened as the Radiotron and appeared as the focal point in the hit movie Breakin’ aka Breakdance. It was closed down in 1985 due […]

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The Future – Nuclear Holocaust

Mirage (US) [0-96938] 1984 Written and produced by group members Michael Johnson aka Michael Jonzun of the Jonzun Crew and Rodney Ford, this seems to be the only release by The Future and was based around the threat of nuclear war. There are no label variations that I know of. The only difference, as with most Atlantic distributed releases, is that […]

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The B Boys – Rock The House

Vintertainment (US) [VTI-002] 1983 This was the follow-up to “Two, Three, Break” and was the second release for Vintertainment. While “Cuttin’ Herbie” followed the same style as their previous release and focused on Chuck’s DJ skills, “Rock The House” also featured Donald D who’s lyrics were later sampled by the likes of the Beastie Boys, DJ Spinna and more famously […]

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The B Boys – Two, Three, Break

Vintertainment (US) [VTI-001] 1983 This is the debut release from Bronx natives, the B-Boys, and the first release for Vincent Davis’ Vintertainment label. The original group for this track and ‘Rock The House’ consisted of DJ Chuck Chillout and Donald D and Brother B was added for a later release. The vinyl had the same track on both sides and there […]

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Key-Matic – Jazz Up & Hip Hop

Next Plateau Records (US) [NP 50025] 1984 The follow up to the classic “Breakin In Space” and another great track in much the same style as their previous release. Once again vocals are from Charles Casseus and Najee makes another appearance on the saxophone, however, there’s no mention of Wizard K-Jee. There are a couple of label variations for this […]

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Key-Matic – Breakin’ In Space

Radar Records (US) [RDR-12014] 1984 Following on from R&B/disco hits such as Toney Lee’s “Reach Up”, Status IV’s “You Ain’t Really Down” and Richie Scotti’s “The Break”, this is the debut release from Key-Matic and was a huge electro/hip hop crossover. It featured vocals from Charles Casseus and early appearances from saxophonist Najee and Bomb Squad member, Keith Shocklee aka […]

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The Russell Brothers – Party Scene

Portrait (US) [4R9-04086] 1983 Bronx natives, The Russell Brothers were members of the Zulu Nation and were introduced to Larry Joseph by their brother-in-law. Soon after, Larry managed to get them a single deal with Portrait and went on to write, produce and play all the instruments on their only general release, although they did release a special promo only […]

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Warp 9 – Beat Wave

Prism (US) [PDS 485] 1983 This is the third release from Warp 9 and once again there are two different promo copies. One is the same as the general release with a dub mix but the other contains two different length radio versions and has a slightly different catalogue number. Promo Only Release [PDS 40085] 1983 Side A Beat Wave […]

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Warp 9 – Light Years Away

Prism (US) [PDS 460] 1983 Following the success of “Nunk”, Golden and Scher recruited Ada Dyer as a female vocalist for this second release. Milton ‘Boe’ Brown, Chuck Wansley and Ada were now the face of the electro funk group Warp 9 and in my opinion, this was their finest moment. There are a couple of label variations for the […]

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