Afrika Bambaataa & The Cosmic Force – Cosmic Punk Jam

Label: Tommy Boy Records (Unofficial Promo)Released: 1981Format: 12″Country of Origin: Japan As explained in the Zulu Nation Throwdown post, The Cosmic Force weren’t exactly a set group. For this track they were Sabu, Baby Biggs (RIP) & Lisa Lee. The track was recorded in 1981 and was a hybrid of disco rap and early electro, pre-dating the more polished sound of Planet Rock. Coming […]

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Dynamite Two – Can’t Stop (Till I Reach The Top)

Silver Screen Records (US) [SSR112] 1983 Debut release from Henry G & Ernie D aka the Dynamite Two featuring Jazzy Jay on the cut. There are no label variations that I know of but there is a rare 12″ single sided acetate of the title track. Normal Release Side A Can’t Stop (Till I Reach The Top) [5:28] Party Rap […]

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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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West Street Mob – Break Dance-Electric Boogie

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-460] 1983 West Street Mob began as a boogie, funk & soul group featuring Bill McGee, Sabrina Gillison & Warren Moore plus producers (and Sylvia Robinson’s sons), Joey Robinson Jr. & Leland Robinson. Their first album in 1981 included a nice cover version of the classic breakbeat “Get Up And Dance” by Freedom and they also […]

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Willesden Dodgers – Gunsmoke Breakout

Jive (UK/US) [JIVE T 67/JED 1-9228] 1984 “Gunsmoke Breakout” was the groups second single and, in my opinion, an instrumental masterpiece and also featured as one of the main anthems for the classic live jam “Hip Hop at the Hippodrome” aka “Electro Rock”. To be honest, I always thought this was their first single but catalogue numbers seem to suggest […]

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