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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Broken Glass – Style Of The Street

Streetwave (UK) [MKHAN 17] 1984 Hailing from Manchester, Broken Glass were one of the UK’s best known breakdance crews in 1984 and appeared on several TV shows such as The Tube and CBTV. They danced at Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub where they would regularly take to the stage while DJ Greg Wilson played the latest electro tunes. Two of the crews […]

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Death Comet Crew – At The Marble Bar

Beggars Banquet (UK) [BEG 130T] 1985 Death Comet Crew are Michael Diekmann aka B Lan 3, Shinichi Shimokawa & Stuart Argabright. This was their debut single release and featured two tracks with Rammellzee, who was an occasional member of the group. The EP was remixed in 2005 and released on a CD in Japan entitled “This Is (Re)Phop”. It then […]

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Dizzy Heights – Christmas Rapping

Polydor (UK) [WRAPX 1] 1982 Former member of DJ Newtrament’s band The Krew, this is Dizzy’s debut release and is one of the earliest UK hip hop releases. It was very similar to the disco rap style of Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rapping” and was issued in a couple of different sleeves. One was plain with details printed on the top right […]

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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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Forevereaction – B.E.D. ’34

Streetwave (UK) [MKHAN 19] 1984 Third track from Broken Glass, this time under the alias Forevereaction and the third release taken from the Street Sounds UK Electro album. Side A B.E.D. ’34 (Original Mix) U People (Original Mix) Side B B.E.D. ’34 (Dance Mix) U People (Dance Mix)

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Grandmaster Richie Rich – Check It Out

Spin Offs (UK) [12 OFF 1] 1984 This is the debut release by one of the UK’s finest DJ’s off the time, Richard Morgan aka Grandmaster Richie Rich and one of only two on the short-lived Spin Offs label which was the natural addition to the hugely successful retailer, ‘Spin Offs – The one stop DJ shop’, in Hammersmith started […]

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Grandmaster Richie Rich – Don’t Be Flash

Spin Offs (UK) [12 OFF 2] 1985 This was the follow-up to ‘Check It Out’ once again produced by label owner Greg James, David J. Lilly and Richie Rich and was the final release for Spin Offs. Side A Don’t Be Flash (Vocal) [4:50] Flash Bonus Beats (Instrumental) [1:14] Side B Flash Scratch (Instrumental) [4:50] Don’t Be Flash (Radio) [3:31]

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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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