2 Live Crew – What I Like

Fresh Beat Records (US) [FBR-002] 1985 This is the second release from original 2 Live Crew members and the final release for short-lived Fresh Beat Records. The scratch version featuring the beatbox solo by MC Jammin C was made famous here in the UK by the likes of Mike Allen. Amazing Vee left the group following this release. There is […]

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D.E.F. featuring DJ Three D – D.E.F. Momentum

Rapsur Records (US) [RP-10010] 1985 Classic track from 1985 and the only release from the Digital Electronic Funk Band. The track features Chill C & Jazzy J.R. Jackson with a little help from Daniel Sofer. It was released on Russ Parr’s label and appears to have no other label variations. Side A D.E.F. Momentum (Hip Hop Mix) [5:50] Side B D.E.F. […]

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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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Information Society – Running

Wide Angle Records (US) [WAR 317] 1984 After releasing 8 albums, this still has to be the most well known track from electronic synth pop band Information Society, mainly thanks to Tommy Boy and an essential instrumental mix produced by one half of Masters At Work, “Little Louie” Vega and some editing by veterans of the game, The Latin Rascals. […]

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Man Parrish – Hey There, Homeboys

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-433] 1985 Although this is by far the last track from Man Parrish it’s the last hip hop/electro track of the period covered. It features a vocoder intro then the vocal talents of the same two receptionists, Theresa and Tracey, that appeared on the Two Sisters releases and worked at Sugarscoop. Manny & Raul wrote the lyrics and […]

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The Russell Brothers – Party Scene

Portrait (US) [4R9-04086] 1983 Bronx natives, The Russell Brothers were members of the Zulu Nation and were introduced to Larry Joseph by their brother-in-law. Soon after, Larry managed to get them a single deal with Portrait and went on to write, produce and play all the instruments on their only general release, although they did release a special promo only […]

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Sly & Robbie – Bass & Trouble

4th & Broadway (US) [BWAY-416] 1985 Known more for their reggae and dub releases, this track by Jamaican production duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare was written and produced with the help of Bill Laswell and Manu Dibango. It was made famous by Capital Radio’s Mike Allen (R.I.P.) on the Capital Rap Show as a talk-over. The promo release […]

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Wanda Dee – Blue Eyes

Critique Records (US) [CR 8524] 1986 Must thank my man Ron Soul for reminding me of this tune, I’d forgotten all about it. Debut release from Lawanda McFarland aka Wanda Dee and one of only a couple of hip hop releases before she ventured into dance music. This one is produced by Kenny Beck for non other than Pete Waterman and […]

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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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