Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force – Looking For The Perfect Beat

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 831] 1983 Follow up to the classic “Planet Rock” and another classic that hit even harder produced once again by Arthur Baker & John Robie with an instantly recognizable intro. Parts of the track have been sampled artists such as DJ Khaled “Holla at me”, Black Eyed Peas “Weekends”, Bomb The Bass “Beat Dis”, LL Cool […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5 / Kryptic Krew – Jazzy Sensation

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 812] 1981 MC Sundance, Master Bee and Charlie Choo began as MC’s for the legendary Disco King Mario before leaving with Mario’s DJ, DJ Jazzy Jay, to join Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation. They were later joined by Master Ice and formed part of the Soul Sonic Force, however, due to the large size of […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 823] 1982 Although electronic music was nothing new, this is the track that really kick-started the whole electro sound. The music is by labelmates Planet Patrol who re-used it for their own release “Play At Your Own Risk” and uses elements of Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” and “Trans Europe Express”. It features Bambaataa and Jazzy Jay plus the […]

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Awesome Foursome – Awesome Foursome EP

Roots Forward (Canada) [RF12-02] 2018 As is often the case when groups make music, there are often a lot of tracks which never see the light of day. Many are unreleased because the label doesn’t see any commercial viability. Other times the record labels close leaving behind unreleased material and demos which are very often lost forever. Fast forward to […]

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Awesome Foursome – Funky Breakdown

Partytime Records (US) [PT 107] 1984 The Awesome Foursome are DJ Gizmo, Mike Master, Milk Dee and Sugar K. After appearing on the Streetwise release, Funky Soul Makossa, in 1982 with Nairobi, this is the groups second release and was again produced by Arthur Baker and engineered by Chris Lord-Alge. It also appeared, although misspelt, in 1993 as a Canadian double […]

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Drum Machine – Drum Machine

Jayco Records (US) [JC-001] 1982 Jay Burnett aka Burzootie aka Drum Machine recorded this track for his very own label, Jayco Records in 1982. It was the only release on the label. He’d previously worked with Arthur Baker as an engineer on Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” and it’s his vocals you hear saying “Rock, rock the planet rock, don’t stop”. This […]

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Joe Bataan – Rap-O Clap-O

Salsoul Records (US) [SG 315] 1979 Bataan Nitollano aka Joe Bataan grew up in East Harlem where he became the leader of a local street gang. After serving time for theft he focused his attention on music. He signed to the legendary Latin music label Fania Records where he went on to release several albums. After disagreements over money he […]

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Mike Gee – Rappers Revenge

Streetwise (US) [SWRL 2226] 1984 This is the debut release from Mike Gee, real name Michael Goodhope, and was produced by Gregory Marius aka Greg G (R.I.P.) of the Disco Four and the legendary Leroy Burgess. Side A Rappers Revenge (Vocal) [5:45] Side B Rappers Revenge (Instrumental) [5:45] Rappers Revenge (Bonus Beats) [5:00]

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Nairobi and the Awesome Foursome – Funky Soul Makossa

Streetwise (US) [SWRL-2205] 1982   This is the first and only release by Nairobi and is a cover version of the classic Manu Dibango track from 1972. It was produced by Arthur Baker and John Robie and features the Awesome Foursome on the rap mix. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are pictured below. The […]

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T La Rock & Jazzy Jay – It’s Yours

Partytime Records / Def Jam Recordings (US) [PT 104] 1984 Clarence “Terry” Keaton aka T La Rock is the brother of Special K from The Treacherous Three and Tony Tone aka T.O.N.E.-z from Style [“Assassinator (1990)”]. Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Recordings, already had a couple of punk releases to his name by Hose for which he played guitar but […]

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