Afrika Bambaataa & The Cosmic Force – Cosmic Punk Jam

Label: Tommy Boy Records (Unofficial Promo)Released: 1981Format: 12″Country of Origin: Japan 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 […]

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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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Doug E. Fresh – The Original Human Beat Box

Label: Vintertainment RecordsReleased: 1984Format: 12″Country of Origin: USStyle: Electro This was the second release for Doug E. Fresh (Spelt Dougy Fresh on the label) and was produced by label owner, Vincent Davis. There are a few label variations for this release, all of which have the same track listing but are easily identified by the label address around the bottom. The original promo […]

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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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Rammellzee vs K. Rob – Beat Bop

Tartown Record Co. (US) [TT001] 1983 Born in 1960 in Queens, New York, Rammellzee (R.I.P.) was an artist who began bombing the subway trains with the likes of legendary graffiti artist, Dondi (R.I.P.). He was well known for his artwork and futuristic masks and costumes which he would regularly wear. Imagine the hip hop equivalent of Sun-Ra and you have […]

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