2 Live Crew – The Revelation

Fresh Beat Records (US) [FBR-001] 1984 Treach DJ Mr. Mixx and Fresh Kid Ice originally rapped together as the Rock On Crew before joining forces with Amazing Vee and renaming the group the 2 Live Crew. This is their debut release and features much more socially conscious lyrics than their later sexually explicit releases which they are famous for. There […]

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2 Live Crew – What I Like

Fresh Beat Records (US) [FBR-002] 1985 This is the second release from original 2 Live Crew members and the final release for short-lived Fresh Beat Records. The scratch version featuring the beatbox solo by MC Jammin C was made famous here in the UK by the likes of Mike Allen. Amazing Vee left the group following this release. There is […]

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Automation – Dancing In Outer Space

Jungle Rhythm (UK) [SWE-T 2] 1984 One of only two releases by Automation. This is a great electro funk cover version of the classic 1979 UK jazz funk track by Atmosfear produced by Garry Hughes and Peter Hinds. The group was really a session group consisting of some of the original members of Atmosfear plus other lesser known musicians. The flip features […]

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Busy Bee – School Days

Master Five (US) [01000] 1981   By the time David Parker aka Busy Bee released his debut solo release he was already a veteran of the hip hop scene having worked with many of hip hop’s founding fathers such as Afrika Bambaataa, Disco King Mario, Kool Herc, DJ Breakout, the L Brothers, Casanova Gang, etc. He began as Star Ski […]

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CD III – Get Tough

Prelude Records (US) [PRL D672] 1983 Debut release for CD III on classic disco label Prelude. The group, consisting of Carlos Savory, George “Dash” Watford & Howard Thompson only released 3 tracks as CD III, two of them on Prelude. I can’t seem to find anything else that George Watford was involved in but Carlos Savory went on to produce […]

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CD III – Summer Jam b/w And You Know That

Vanity Records (US) [AL-689/AL-690] 1984 Third and final release from CD III sees a departure from Prelude. This seems to be the only record released on Vanity although the catalogue number may suggest differently. This time around they opted for two different vocal tracks and no instrumentals. The different catalogue number on each side may possibly have indicated an intention […]

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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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Grand Wizard Theodore & The Fantastic Romantic Five – Can I Get A Soul Clapp

Soul Wax Inc. (US) [2002/860-0097] 1982 Theodore (Teddy) Livingston is widely accepted to have been the inventor of the scratch and the needle drop. He began his career as part of the L Brothers (Livingston Brothers), with his brothers Mean Gene & Cordie-O and went on to appear in the cult movie “Wildstyle” with the Fantastic Freaks aka Fantastic Five […]

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Hardrock Soul Movement – Do It Any Way You Wanna

Elite (UK) [DAZZ-43] 1985 Originally part of the UK’s legendary Mastermind Roadshow, Max L.X. & Dave V.J. parted from the DJ collective sometime around 1984. They had completed several remixes with Mastermind for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Scritti Politti, Loose Ends, etc and also helped mix the classic Street Sounds Electro series of albums but went the solo route […]

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