19th Fleet – Star Raid

Midnight Sun Records (US) [MSR 1002] 1985 19th Fleet were actually the production duo of Kevin Calhoun (R.I.P.) and Matt Noble and this track was a result of their experimentation with sampling, synthesizers and drum machines. Not bad for a bit of ‘messing about’. The duo worked on a lot of hits of the time, helping to birth the Latin freestyle […]

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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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4 Killer MC’s – Killer Rap

Bee Pee Records (US) [BP 251] 1984 This is the only release by 4 Killer MC’s and features Lil Monsky. It is produced by Bernard Thomas and Lewis West. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are both pictured. One version just has the telephone number but no address on the label and has the featured […]

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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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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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Arthur Baker – Breaker’s Revenge

Atlantic (US) [0-86931] 1984 The ultimate b-boy anthem from one of the most iconic moment in hip hop movie history when New York City Breakers battled Rock Steady Crew at the Roxy in the cult movie Beat Street. Produced by the legendary Arthur Baker and edited by fellow legends, The Latin Rascals with vocals courtesy of Gavin Christopher (R.I.P.), brother […]

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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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The B Boys – Rock The House

Vintertainment (US) [VTI-002] 1983 This was the follow-up to “Two, Three, Break” and was the second release for Vintertainment. While “Cuttin’ Herbie” followed the same style as their previous release and focused on Chuck’s DJ skills, “Rock The House” also featured Donald D who’s lyrics were later sampled by the likes of the Beastie Boys, DJ Spinna and more famously […]

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The B Boys – Two, Three, Break

Vintertainment (US) [VTI-001] 1983 This is the debut release from Bronx natives, the B-Boys, and the first release for Vincent Davis’ Vintertainment label. The original group for this track and ‘Rock The House’ consisted of DJ Chuck Chillout and Donald D and Brother B was added for a later release. The vinyl had the same track on both sides and there […]

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Bobby & Demo – Do It Right (Rap)

Scorpio (Canada) [DK 46] 1980 Debut release by the Canadian duo of Bob Boyer and Demo Cates aka Demetrius Cates. Demo Cates was originally in the soul funk group The Fabulous Counts aka The Counts and released the classic funk, soul album Jan Jan in 1969 and also released a few rap singles previously as Barry & Demo. This was […]

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