Awesome Foursome – Funky Breakdown

Partytime Records (US) [PT 107] 1984 The Awesome Foursome are DJ Gizmo, Mike Master, Milk Dee and Sugar K. After appearing on the Streetwise release, Funky Soul Makossa, in 1982 with Nairobi, this is the groups second release and was again produced by Arthur Baker and engineered by Chris Lord-Alge. It also appeared, although misspelt, in 1993 as a Canadian double […]

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C.O.D. – Uphill (Peace Of Mind)

Emergency Records (US) [EMDS 6545] 1984 This is the second cover version from C.O.D. and was their final release as this group. The track was originally written by Frederick Knight and recorded by The Gospel Truth followed by Knight himself but was made famous by the Kid Dynamite version that appears on the legendary Ultimate Breaks And Beats series. Side […]

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C.O.D. – In The Bottle

Emergency Records (US) [EMDS 6535] 1983 Although pictured as a trio on some European sleeves, C.O.D. was actually the production duo of Man Parrish and Raul Rodriguez (R.I.P.)…again! (Two Sisters, Rama, etc). Tired of being ripped off by record labels they created C.O.D. (Cash On Delivery) with the idea to be paid once a track was finished instead of waiting for […]

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Nairobi and the Awesome Foursome – Funky Soul Makossa

Streetwise (US) [SWRL-2205] 1982   This is the first and only release by Nairobi and is a cover version of the classic Manu Dibango track from 1972. It was produced by Arthur Baker and John Robie and features the Awesome Foursome on the rap mix. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are pictured below. The […]

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Knights Of The Turntables – Techno Scratch

JDC Records (US) [JDC0034] 1984 The Knights Of The Turntables were a DJ collective based around Gerard ‘Lil’ Rockin G’ Burton, Curtis ‘C-Brez’ Harvey Jr. and Mad Mixer RMG. They never intended to release their own tracks but C-Brez worked for JDC at the time and Jim Callon, the label owner, was interested in making hip hop. C-Brez suggested The […]

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Knights Of The Turntables – Fresh Mess

JDC Records (US) [JDC0041] 1984 Following Techno Scratch the Knights were joined by Cooley D & Snowman for their follow-up, “Fresh Mess”. This included their own vocal release, “We are the Knights”, which featured Chilly G on vocoder rap. There are a few variations for this release, although like a lot of JDC releases this seems to have been continually […]

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Facade – The Groove

Techno Hop Records (US) [THR-4] 1985 Following the death of Louis King, Andre ‘Unknown DJ’ Manuel and Darryll ‘Lyrrad’ Davis formed the group Facade and released this electro funk instrumental. There are a few label variations which are pictured below. Side A The Groove [4:52] Bonus Groove – Drumapella [4:52] Side B The Groove (Drive To Hollywood Version) [7:02]

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Doug E. Fresh – Just Having Fun

Enjoy Records (US) [EN-0035] 1984 Following his release as part of the Boo-Dah Bliss Crew and a movie appearance with the Treacherous Three performing “Santa’s Rap” in the movie Beat Street, this is the debut release by Doug E. Fresh (Dougé Fresh) as a solo artist and features DJ’s Chill Will and Barry Bee prior to them being called the Get Fresh […]

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