Afrika & The Zulu Kings – The Beach

Posse Records (US) [POS-1222] 1986 This was the more uptempo follow-up to “Cars”, an idea put together by Vansilk using replayed elements from Eric Clapton’s “Layla”. The track was once again produced by the artists and was mixed by Afrika Islam and Grandmaster Caz. There are a couple of Japanese reissues of this track complete with additional dance remixes plus […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & The Cosmic Force – Cosmic Punk Jam

Tommy Boy (Unofficial) (Japan) [TB001] 1981 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 out […]

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Disco 3 – Fat Boys

Sutra Records (US) [SUD 024] 1984 Second and final release from the Disco 3 and this was the track that really got them noticed. The track poked fun at themselves and was a massive hit at the time, prompting them to rename themselves the Fat Boys and continue in a similar style for their future releases. It was also the […]

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DJ Afrika Bambaataa – Death Mix – Live!!

Paul Winley Records (US) [12X33-10] 1983 Kevin Donovan aka Afrika Bambaataa was a former member of the Bronx street gang, The Black Spades. He earned a trip to Africa as a result of winning an essay competition and was extremely impressed with the sense of community in the towns he visited. He was also a huge fan of the film Zulu […]

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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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Fearless Four – Rockin’ It

Enjoy Records (US) [ER-6028] 1982 Fearless Four’s follow-up to ‘It’s Magic’, this time based on the tune from Kraftwerk’s ‘Man Machine’. There are a few label variations for this release. Early pressings with catalogue number ER-6028 include one that credits Pumpkin & Friends and one that doesn’t. There is also a later repress with the same track listing and a […]

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Little Starsky – Gangster Rock

Golden Flamingo Records (US) [10000 / 11000] 1979   Little Starsky aka Lovebug Starski, real name Kevin Smith, grew up in the Bronx and became the in-house DJ at the Disco Fever and also deejayed at the Harlem World. This classic Peter Brown production with the instrumental by the Land Of Hits Orchestra on the flip was his debut release […]

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Man Parrish – Six Simple Synthesizers

Rams Horn Records (Netherlands) [RHR 3338] 1984 An unofficial European only release this time featuring the legendary Klaus Nomi, once again on Rams Horn Records including a Ben Liebrand remix of the title track. The track was incorrectly titled “Six Little Synthesizers” on the label and sleeve. For further info please check out Man Parrish’s website at www.manparrish.com and for his latest […]

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The Radio Crew – Breaking And Entering

Rainbow Television Workshop Inc. (US) [No Catalogue #] 1983 The Radio Club opened in 1980 and was a legendary west coast hip hop spot run by Super A.J. It closed for a while in 1983 but reopened as the Radiotron and appeared as the focal point in the hit movie Breakin’ aka Breakdance. It was closed down in 1985 due […]

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