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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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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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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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Funk You!

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 870] 1985 First release taken from Bambaataa’s second album “Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)” with production from Fats Comet and featuring vocals from Double Cross MC’s, Dynamic Force, Shango, Soul Sonic Force and more. There is a standard release with 5 tracks which includes a hidden track on side A and also a hard to find […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Who Do You Think You’re Funking With? (Test Pressing)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 865] 1985 Unreleased track from the “Planet Rock” album produced by Fats Comet and featuring Melle Mel with the addition of Busy Bee & Ikey C on the B side. This only ever made it to the test pressing stage and was never released. Side A Who Do You Think You’re Funking With? (featuring Melle Mel) […]

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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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Autumn – Kold Krush

Compleat Records (US) [CPD-208] 1985 Great instrumental track from the film Krush Groove produced by Geo Cooper. It was originally titled “Prisoner Of Love” but the title was changed when it was accepted for the movie. Although it was heard in various parts of the film it wasn’t actually included on the soundtrack so remains a 12″ single release only. […]

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Cazal Boys – Snatchin’ Cazals

Tempre Records (US) [T1837] 1985 This is the one and only release by the Cazal Boys and features an uncredited DJ Jazzy Jeff in his vinyl debut. Jeff actually used some of the lyrics for ‘The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff’ – ‘So check out Jazzy Jeff on the cold cut scratch’. The track was reissued in 2016 on Dusty Donuts as […]

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