Afrika & The Zulu Kings – The Beach

Posse Records (US) [POS-1222] 1986 This was the more uptempo follow-up to “Cars”, an idea put together by Vansilk using replayed elements from Eric Clapton’s “Layla”. The track was once again produced by the artists and was mixed by Afrika Islam and Grandmaster Caz. There are a couple of Japanese reissues of this track complete with additional dance remixes plus […]

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Afrika & The Zulu Kings – Cars

Posse Records (US) [POS-1221] 1986 Afrika Islam learnt the art of mixing and producing under the guidance of Afrika Bambaataa. He was a DJ and MC for the legendary Rock Steady Crew and was also a brief member of the World Famous Supreme Team before moving to Los Angeles where he became good friends with Ice T. They teamed up […]

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L.A. Dream Team – The Dream Team Is In The House!

Dream Team Records (US) [DTR-631] 1985 This was the final release as a group on their own label before getting a major label deal with MCA. Once again there are a few label variations. The original release had a full picture sleeve with a red label and had the artist name L.A. Dream Team on the label but The Dream […]

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Family Quest – Sleepwalking

Streetwave (UK) [MKHAN 74] 1986 Established in 1983, Family Quest were one of the earliest UK rap groups but had only ever featured on 1984’s “Outer Space ’84 Rap” by Automation. The group Dirty Harry, E=Mix, Cheeko MC aka Daddy Hip Hop & Mystery were regular hosts alongside Tim Westwood & DJ Fingers at Spats club in London’s Oxford Street […]

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Hardrock Soul Movement – The Beat Is Mine

Elite (UK) [DAZZ 56] 1986 This is the third and final release for Elite and sees the group turn rappers for once. The usual 808 sound is still prevalent plus a small sample from Cerrone’s “Rocket In The Pocket” and some added catchy female vocals on the chorus. The flip is a subtle remix of their classic track “Double Def […]

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Fresh Gordon – Fresh Commandments

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 882] 1986 Nice vocoder hip hop from Fresh Gordon featuring assistant producers The Jazz and Mark Morales aka Prince Markie Dee of the Fat Boys. “My Fila”, featuring The Jazz, was a response to Run DMC’s “My Adidas”. This was to be his penultimate release. He also released “Feelin’ James” in 1987 before settling into his […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Bambaataa’s Theme (Assault On Precinct 13)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 879] 1986 Second release from “Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)” and another musical masterpiece from Bambaataa with a little help from legendary house music producer “Little Louie” Vega from Masters At Work, Gail “Sky” King, Joey Gardner, Craig Bevan from Kartoon Krew, etc. The B side is a more downtempo electro soul track and features backing […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Kick Out The Jams (Promo)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 880] 1986 Third and final single from Bambaataa’s second album but this was a promotional only issue and was never officially released. The title track is a cover version of infamous 1969 track by MC5 (Motor City Five) with Bam on vocals and goes to showcase his very diverse taste in music. “Funk Jam Party” is […]

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