Double Dee & Steinski – Lessons

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 867] 1985 In 1983 Tommy Boy launched a competition officially titled ‘Hey Mr. DJ Play That Beat Down By Law Switch The Licks Mastermix Contest’ to find new remixes of G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid’s “Play That Beat” which would hopefully boost sales. The prize was the complete Tommy Boy catalogue of releases to date, a t-shirt, $100 and […]

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Imperial Brothers – We Come To Rock

Cutting Records (US) [CR-201] 1984 South Bronx natives, The Imperial Brothers, began in the early 80’s performing at shows and park parties with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Whiz Kid, Kool Herc, etc. Originally known as the Imperial 5, the members were Mark Ski and Mr. Ice, who were friends from their early teens, Soul Supreme Mean […]

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Micronawts – Smurph Across The Surf

Label: Tuff City RecordsReleased: 1982Format: 12″Country of Origin: USStyle: Electro Following his debut release as Teletron in 1981 and his production for Maximus III ‘Rock It Out’ in 1982, Barry Michael Cooper joined forces with Aaron Fuchs to produce Tuff City’s debut release ‘Beach Boy’ by Verticle Lines. I haven’t included it here as it’s not really hip hop/electro. His friendship with Aaron […]

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Shango – Shango Message

Celluloid (US) [CEL 164] 1983 This is the follow-up to “Zulu Groove”. There are a couple of label variations for this release, one of which was released in a picture sleeve with upper case plain text and the other which was released in a company sleeve and had graffiti style text with a Zulu Nation symbol at the bottom of side […]

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Shango – Zulu Groove

Celluloid (US) [CEL 163] 1983 Shango was a group formed by Afrika Bambaataa and included Bambaataa, Bill Laswell, Amad Henderson, Bernard Fowler and Wilfred Fowler. It was one of a number of groups that Bambaataa was invloved in which also included Time Zone. They released 3 singles and an album for Celluloid and this was their debut single. Side A […]

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