Dynamic Duo – Knights Of The Turntables

25 West Records (US) [TFW 1016] 1985 This was the debut release from Tommy Musto & Tommy Sozzi aka The Dynamic Duo and featured Sha-Quan (Shaquan) on vocals with legendary NYC techno/house DJ, Lenny Dee on the turntables. The concept of hip hop/electro meets the days of old was an idea from Matt Noble of 19th Fleet who went on […]

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E.D. Math – Behind The Bars

Cheryl Records (US) [C-4001] 1985 This is the only release by E.D. Math aka Everett D. Martin and was mixed and arranged by the legendary Harold McGuire aka Whiz Kid (R.I.P.) with scratches by DJ Pete Rock (Not to be confused with Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth). Sadly no video as yet. Side A Behind The Bars (Radio Mix) [4:49] […]

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Facade – The Groove

Techno Hop Records (US) [THR-4] 1985 Following the death of Louis King, Andre ‘Unknown DJ’ Manuel and Darryll ‘Lyrrad’ Davis formed the group Facade and released this electro funk instrumental. There are a few label variations which are pictured below. Side A The Groove [4:52] Bonus Groove – Drumapella [4:52] Side B The Groove (Drive To Hollywood Version) [7:02]

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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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Heartbeat Bro’s – Growing Up

Elite Records (US) [RO-101] 1985 The Heartbeat Brothers were MC (Lord) Kool Gee aka Gregory Whitley, MC Ronnie Ron aka Ronnie Fladger and DJ Al Ski the Great aka Samad Ali. They grew up together in Mott Haven projects in the South Bronx and began the group while attending Elijah D. Clark Jr. High School. They would borrow equipment from […]

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High Fidelity Three – Satisfaction

Cutting Records (US) [CR205] 1985 Great follow up featuring 70’s/80’s soul, funk singer Sarah Dash. A lot slower than their previous release but still just as heavy. The chorus is based around the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction”. There is the usual black and white label promo and the red label standard release, however, there are two different red label issues. They […]

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The Honeyrappers – Honeybear Rap

Rainbow Bridge Records (US) [RB1985] 1985 The Honeyrappers were Cheryl Burton, Kim Armstrong and Trina Green. They were cheerleaders for the Chicago Bears called the Chicago Honey Bear Cheerleaders and recorded this record for fun as a demo to share with their friends. It was a rallying cry for the Bears and was based around the bassline of Harold Faltermeyer’s […]

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Ice T – Killers b/w Body Rock

Electrobeat Records (US) [EB002] 1985   Second release on Electrobeat Records, this time by West Coast hip hop pioneer Ice T. The track is produced by and features The Alien Wizard aka David Storrs on the chorus. There are a couple of label colour variations plus a mid 2000’s repress. As you can see from the images, the repress is […]

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Imperial Brothers – Live It Up

Cutting Records (US) [CR-204] 1985 This was the follow-up to the hugely successful ‘We Come To Rock’ and was the final release on Cutting for the group. It was produced by Hashim with percussion from Soul Supreme Mean Gene and chorus vocals courtesy of Joyce Simpson. Joyce also lent her vocal and writing skills to two further Hashim produced tracks […]

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