10 Speed – Tour De France New

Label: Quality RecordsReleased: 1983Format: 12″Country of Origin: CanadaStyle: Electro Excellent cover version of the Kraftwerk classic. After searching for information about this it seems that apparently Kraftwerk didn’t want their version in the film or on the soundtrack so the label got a session group to cover it. I’m not sure how true that is as it seems a bit unlikely so I […]

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19th Fleet – Star Raid

Label: Midnight Sun RecordsReleased: 1985Format: 12″Country of Origin: USStyle: Electro 19th Fleet were actually the production duo of Kevin Calhoun (R.I.P.) and Matt Noble and this track was a result of their experimentation with sampling, synthesizers and drum machines. Not bad for a bit of ‘messing about’. The duo worked on a lot of hits of the time, helping to birth the Latin freestyle […]

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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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Bobby Broom – Beat Freak

Arista (US) [AD-1-9260] 1984 Bobby Broom is one of the world’s premiere jazz guitarists and has performed with the likes of Art Blakey, Stanley Turrentine and Miles Davis, to name a few. He recorded a handful of albums but only released a couple of singles, “Beat Freak”, taken from his second album “Livin’ For The Beat”, being his last one. […]

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Captain Rock – Capt. Rock To The Future Shock

NIA Records (US) [NI 1240] 1984 This was the follow-up to the classic ‘Return Of Capt. Rock’ and featured production from the Aleems once again. The lyrics were written by Alonzo Brown aka Mr. Hyde and the track was mixed by Marley Marl and Mr. Magic aka John Rivas. The track was featured on the Street Sounds Electro 5 compilation. […]

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Daniel Sofer – One Hundred Speakers

Saturn Records (US) [SAT-2008] 1984 Daniel Sofer was a producer and keyboard player from the West Coast. He worked for Oberheim Electronics where he wrote the manual and recorded the drum samples for the DMX drum machine and in 1982 also released an experimental 7″. Around the same time he had a meeting with Cletus Anderson from Saturn Records resulting […]

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Divine – Divine Madness

Memo Records (US) [MEMO 8] 1984   Great release by drag queen Divine (R.I.P.) produced by Danny Weiss of disco group, The Players Association, and Bobby Orlando. The track was aimed at the hip hop/electro market and used vocal samples from his previous releases instead of being a stand alone song. There are no label variations that I know of. Side […]

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Divine Sounds – What People Do For Money

Specific Records (US) [SR-243] 1984 Divine Sounds were a rap group from Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Sty), Brooklyn, New York. The group originally consisted of brothers Disco Ritchie (Richard Dowling) and DJ Mike Music (Michael Dowling – RIP). After writing this track the brothers decided that it would be a good idea for Disco Ritchie to have a rhyming partner. It was at […]

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DJ Magic Ray & The Undefeated Three – Unity Rap

Apexton Records (US) [AP-114] 1982 Prior to recording as a group, The Undefeated Three were Funkmaster Wizard Wiz, T La Rock & female MC, Vicious T. Former b-boy Wiz was the only member that was motivated to maintain studio dates, etc so he recruited Gerald Stevens aka Easy G and Joe McDonald aka Supreme as replacements for the others and along […]

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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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