3-D – Tommy Boy Megamix

Tommy Boy (US) [TBLP 1005] 1985 Following Tommy Boy’s 1983 competition entitled ‘Hey Mr. DJ Play That Beat Down By Law Switch The Licks Mastermix Contest’ which resulted in the classic cut-n-paste remix of G.L.O.B.E. and Whiz Kid’s ‘Play That Beat’, Tom Silverman decided to launch another similar competition, this time titled ‘Tommy Boy Renegades Of Funk Big Beat Bust […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Kick Out The Jams (Promo)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 880] 1986 Third and final single from Bambaataa’s second album but this was a promotional only issue and was never officially released. The title track is a cover version of infamous 1969 track by MC5 (Motor City Five) with Bam on vocals and goes to showcase his very diverse taste in music. “Funk Jam Party” is […]

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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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G-Force – Feel The Force

SMI (US) [SM-12-4061] 1983 Great release from G-Force and one that helped kick start the whole Street Sounds Electro series of albums. The track was produced by and featured Ronnie Gee of Raptivity fame and 70’s disco producer Will Crittendon aka Captain Cee who had his own Willpower Records as a subsiduary of S.M.I. There are a two variations for […]

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G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid – Play That Beat

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 836] 1983 One of the all-time classic hip hop/electro jams featuring MC G.L.O.B.E. from Soul Sonic Force on vocals and Whiz Kid (R.I.P.) on the cut. The track was also the focus of a competition run by Tommy Boy at the time where people had to remix the track and it lead to another all-time classic cut-n-paste […]

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Gary Byrd & The G.B. Experience – The Crown

WonDirection Records (US) [4507WG] 1983 Gary Byrd was born in 1954 in Buffalo NY and began his DJ career there at the age of 15 at WUFO. From there he was hired on soul station WWRL-AM and launched his show, The GBE: The Gary Byrd Experience, which went on to become the longest running black radio show in NYC. He […]

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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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K-9 Corp – Dog Talk

Label: Capitol RecordsReleased: 1983Format: 12″Country of Origin: US Classic slice of electro rap as featured on Street Sounds Electro 1 and featuring Pretty C. The track samples was produced by George Clinton & Archie Ivy and was actually recorded in the same studio and on the same day as Clinton’s ‘Nubian Nut’. It also sampled ‘Atomic Dog’ and is backed with his […]

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Key-Matic – Breakin’ In Space

Radar Records (US) [RDR-12014] 1984 Following on from R&B/disco hits such as Toney Lee’s “Reach Up”, Status IV’s “You Ain’t Really Down” and Richie Scotti’s “The Break”, this is the debut release from Key-Matic and was a huge electro/hip hop crossover. It featured vocals from Charles Casseus and early appearances from saxophonist Najee and Bomb Squad member, Keith Shocklee aka […]

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