10 Speed – Tour De France New

Label: Quality RecordsReleased: 1983Format: 12″Country of Origin: CanadaStyle: Electro Excellent cover version of the Kraftwerk classic. After searching for information about this it seems that apparently Kraftwerk didn’t want their version in the film or on the soundtrack so the label got a session group to cover it. I’m not sure how true that is as it seems a bit unlikely so I […]

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19th Fleet – Star Raid

Label: Midnight Sun RecordsReleased: 1985Format: 12″Country of Origin: USStyle: Electro 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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Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5 / Kryptic Krew – Jazzy Sensation

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 812] 1981 MC Sundance, Master Bee and Charlie Choo began as MC’s for the legendary Disco King Mario before leaving with Mario’s DJ, DJ Jazzy Jay, to join Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation. They were later joined by Master Ice and formed part of the Soul Sonic Force, however, due to the large size of […]

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Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Cosmic Force – Zulu Nation Throw Down #1

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×33-8] 1980 The original Zulu Nation Throwdown over a laidback disco beat performed by the Harlem Underground Band. This version features The Cosmic Force. The group didn’t really have set members, it was whoever Bambaataa wanted to rap at the time. This Cosmic Force featured Chubby Chubb, Ice Ice, Ikey C & Lisa Lee. There are […]

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Alien Starr – World Of Ecstasy / Music-A-Lizer

Label: Starr Jamm RecordsReleased: 1985Format: 12″Country of Origin: USStyle: Electro This is the only release by Alien Starr aka George Williams and was released on his own Starr Jamm Records out of Ohio. Forgot the soul ballad and disco funk tracks and go straight to the vocoder electro funk of ‘Music-A-Lizer’. George was not only the main vocalist but also wrote, produced and […]

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Awesome Foursome – Awesome Foursome EP

Roots Forward (Canada) [RF12-02] 2018 As is often the case when groups make music, there are often a lot of tracks which never see the light of day. Many are unreleased because the label doesn’t see any commercial viability. Other times the record labels close leaving behind unreleased material and demos which are very often lost forever. Fast forward to […]

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Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Soul Sonic Force – Zulu Nation Throw Down #2

Label: Paul Winley RecordsReleased: 1980Format: 12″Country of Origin: USStyle: Disco Rap Classic laidback disco rap track arranged by Afrika Bambaataa and the Harlem Underground Band with raps by Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow & G.L.O.B.E. aka Soul Sonic Force. There are a few of label variations for this release. Originally issued in 1980 as Zulu Nation Throwdown, it was reissued in 1982 as just […]

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The Beat Boys – Be Bop Rock

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-423] 1983 The Beat Boys were Franky D (Frank Robinson) and Mr. Slick (Steven Randolph). The simple story here is that the group submitted a rap using ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’ by Man Parrish as the music and Sugarscoop liked it so much that they decided to release it. The group also recorded as MC Connection for […]

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Boogie Boys – Rappin’ Aint No Thing

Mike & Dave Records (US) [MD 2000] 1981 This was the debut release by the original Boogie Boys, a duo consisting of William Stroman (RIP) aka Kid Delight aka Boogie Knight and Keith Short aka Kool Ski. The record was mixed live by DJ Darryl C of the Crash Crew using breakbeats from “Those shoes” by The Eagles, “Johnny The […]

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Boogie Boys – Zodiac

Capitol Records (US) [V-8578] 1984 Following the success of ‘Rappin’ Aint No Thing’, the Boogie Boys became hot property on the Manhattan club scene and they eventually landed a deal with Capitol Records. The group’s first release on a major label was Zodiac/Breakdancer produced by Ted Currier and led to an album deal. Unfortunately, following the single, Kool Ski left […]

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