U.T.F.O. – Hanging Out / Roxanne, Roxanne

Select Records (US) [FMS 62254] 1984 This is the second release from UTFO and is in a similar style to Beats and Rhymes with fast raps and a singing chorus but was very much overshadowed by the B side. ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ was based on a recreation of Billy Squier’s ‘The Big Beat’ and was about dissing a fictitious girl called […]

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U.T.F.O. – Beats And Rhymes

Select Records (US) [FMS 62241/FMS 62253] 1984 U.T.F.O. (UnTouchable Force Organisation) consisted of Kangol Kid (Shiller Shaun Fequiere), Doctor Ice (Fred Reeves), Educated Rapper aka E.M.D. (Jeffrey Campbell – R.I.P.) and Mixmaster Ice aka DJ Ice (Maurice Bailey). Kangol Kid and Doctor Ice were originally a dance duet called The Keystone Dancers and DJ Ice and the Educated Rapper began […]

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Unknown & Three D – Beatronic

Techno Hop Records (US) [THR-1] 1984 “Beatronic” was the product of a collaboration between West Coast hip hop pioneers The Unknown DJ aka Andre Manuel, Louis King aka DJ Three D (R.I.P.) and Daniel ‘Perfect Tommy’ Sofer and was the debut release for Techno Hop Records. I contracted Daniel who was at the time a local studio musician and Oberheim […]

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Unknown DJ – 808 Beats

Techno Hop Records (US) [THR-2] 1984 Second release for Unknown’s Techno Hop label and this is the track that really blew up worldwide and stamped Unknown’s arrival on the electro scene. It was produced by Unknown and another West Coast legend, Darryll ‘Lyrrad’ Davis aka DJ Illrad who, following on from drawing up flyers and t-shirts for the likes of […]

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