The Future – Nuclear Holocaust

Mirage (US) [0-96938] 1984 Written and produced by group members Michael Johnson aka Michael Jonzun of the Jonzun Crew and Rodney Ford, this seems to be the only release by The Future and was based around the threat of nuclear war. There are no label variations that I know of. The only difference, as with most Atlantic distributed releases, is that […]

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Key-Matic – Breakin’ In Space

Radar Records (US) [RDR-12014] 1984 Following on from R&B/disco hits such as Toney Lee’s “Reach Up”, Status IV’s “You Ain’t Really Down” and Richie Scotti’s “The Break”, this is the debut release from Key-Matic and was a huge electro/hip hop crossover. It featured vocals from Charles Casseus and early appearances from saxophonist Najee and Bomb Squad member, Keith Shocklee aka […]

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Key-Matic – Jazz Up & Hip Hop

Next Plateau Records (US) [NP 50025] 1984 The follow up to the classic “Breakin In Space” and another great track in much the same style as their previous release. Once again vocals are from Charles Casseus and Najee makes another appearance on the saxophone, however, there’s no mention of Wizard K-Jee. There are a couple of label variations for this […]

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The Russell Brothers – Party Scene

Portrait (US) [4R9-04086] 1983 Bronx natives, The Russell Brothers were members of the Zulu Nation and were introduced to Larry Joseph by their brother-in-law. Soon after, Larry managed to get them a single deal with Portrait and went on to write, produce and play all the instruments on their only general release, although they did release a special promo only […]

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Warp 9 – Beat Wave

Prism (US) [PDS 485] 1983 This is the third release from Warp 9 and once again there are two different promo copies. One is the same as the general release with a dub mix but the other contains two different length radio versions and has a slightly different catalogue number. Promo Only Release [PDS 40085] 1983 Side A Beat Wave […]

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Warp 9 – Light Years Away

Prism (US) [PDS 460] 1983 Following the success of “Nunk”, Golden and Scher recruited Ada Dyer as a female vocalist for this second release. Milton ‘Boe’ Brown, Chuck Wansley and Ada were now the face of the electro funk group Warp 9 and in my opinion, this was their finest moment. There are a couple of label variations for the […]

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