Family Quest – Sleepwalking

Streetwave (UK) [MKHAN 74] 1986 Established in 1983, Family Quest were one of the earliest UK rap groups but had only ever featured on 1984’s “Outer Space ’84 Rap” by Automation. The group Dirty Harry, E=Mix, Cheeko MC aka Daddy Hip Hop & Mystery were regular hosts alongside Tim Westwood & DJ Fingers at Spats club in London’s Oxford Street […]

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Hardrock Soul Movement – Do It Any Way You Wanna

Elite (UK) [DAZZ-43] 1985 Originally part of the UK’s legendary Mastermind Roadshow, Max L.X. & Dave V.J. parted from the DJ collective sometime around 1984. They had completed several remixes with Mastermind for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Scritti Politti, Loose Ends, etc and also helped mix the classic Street Sounds Electro series of albums but went the solo route […]

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Willesden Dodgers – Breakin’ Out

Jive (UK) [JIVE T 66] 1984 Pete Q. Harris, Nigel Green and Richard Jon Smith made up the production group Willesden Dodgers. Richard was already a successful R&B singer in South Africa with many albums to his name although he was probably best known for his 1983 self titled album with Jive that spawned some fairly successful singles. Nigel and […]

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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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