Sly & Robbie – Bass & Trouble

4th & Broadway (US) [BWAY-416] 1985 Known more for their reggae and dub releases, this track by Jamaican production duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare was written and produced with the help of Bill Laswell and Manu Dibango. It was made famous by Capital Radio’s Mike Allen (R.I.P.) on the Capital Rap Show as a talk-over. The promo release […]

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Death Comet Crew – At The Marble Bar

Beggars Banquet (UK) [BEG 130T] 1985 Death Comet Crew are Michael Diekmann aka B Lan 3, Shinichi Shimokawa & Stuart Argabright. This was their debut single release and featured two tracks with Rammellzee, who was an occasional member of the group. The EP was remixed in 2005 and released on a CD in Japan entitled “This Is (Re)Phop”. It then […]

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Cazal Boys – Snatchin’ Cazals

Tempre Records (US) [T1837] 1985 This is the one and only release by the Cazal Boys and features an uncredited DJ Jazzy Jeff in his vinyl debut. Jeff actually used some of the lyrics for ‘The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff’ – ‘So check out Jazzy Jeff on the cold cut scratch’. The track was reissued in 2016 on Dusty Donuts as […]

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Spin Masters – Brothers

Electrobeat Records (US) [EB 004] 1985 The Spin Masters were brothers Henry Garcia aka Hen-Gee and Eric Garcia aka Evil-E. This was their debut release and was written by the duo with Ice-T and features music by David Storrs. They became members of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate and Evil-E became Ice’s DJ, featuring on many of his classic tracks. They appeared […]

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Death City Boyz – Bopsey Twins

Snowflake (US) [SNO 600] 1985 The Death City Boyz from Hell’s Kitchen, NY, were Andrew Welsh, Fareed Abdallah and John Lindsay with their DJ, Professor Paul. This was their only release and was edited by legendary producer, remixer and “edit king” Omar Santana. It also appears to be the first track to feature input from legendary techno and house DJ, Frankie Bones. […]

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Heartbeat Bro’s – Growing Up

Elite Records (US) [RO-101] 1985 The Heartbeat Brothers were MC (Lord) Kool Gee aka Gregory Whitley, MC Ronnie Ron aka Ronnie Fladger and DJ Al Ski the Great aka Samad Ali. They grew up together in Mott Haven projects in the South Bronx and began the group while attending Elijah D. Clark Jr. High School. They would borrow equipment from […]

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3-D – Tommy Boy Megamix

Tommy Boy (US) [TBLP 1005] 1985 Following Tommy Boy’s 1983 competition entitled ‘Hey Mr. DJ Play That Beat Down By Law Switch The Licks Mastermix Contest’ which resulted in the classic cut-n-paste remix of G.L.O.B.E. and Whiz Kid’s ‘Play That Beat’, Tom Silverman decided to launch another similar competition, this time titled ‘Tommy Boy Renegades Of Funk Big Beat Bust […]

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Grandmaster Richie Rich – Don’t Be Flash

Spin Offs (UK) [12 OFF 2] 1985 This was the follow-up to ‘Check It Out’ once again produced by label owner Greg James, David J. Lilly and Richie Rich and was the final release for Spin Offs. Side A Don’t Be Flash (Vocal) [4:50] Flash Bonus Beats (Instrumental) [1:14] Side B Flash Scratch (Instrumental) [4:50] Don’t Be Flash (Radio) [3:31]

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