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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2 Live Crew – The Revelation

Fresh Beat Records (US) [FBR-001] 1984 Treach DJ Mr. Mixx and Fresh Kid Ice originally rapped together as the Rock On Crew before joining forces with Amazing Vee and renaming the group the 2 Live Crew. This is their debut release and features much more socially conscious lyrics than their later sexually explicit releases which they are famous for. There […]

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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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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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4 Killer MC’s – Killer Rap

Bee Pee Records (US) [BP 251] 1984 This is the only release by 4 Killer MC’s and features Lil Monsky. It is produced by Bernard Thomas and Lewis West. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are both pictured. One version just has the telephone number but no address on the label and has the featured […]

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Afrika & The Zulu Kings – Cars

Posse Records (US) [POS-1221] 1986 Afrika Islam learnt the art of mixing and producing under the guidance of Afrika Bambaataa. He was a DJ and MC for the legendary Rock Steady Crew and was also a brief member of the World Famous Supreme Team before moving to Los Angeles where he became good friends with Ice T. They teamed up […]

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Afrika & The Zulu Kings – The Beach

Posse Records (US) [POS-1222] 1986 This was the more uptempo follow-up to “Cars”, an idea put together by Vansilk using replayed elements from Eric Clapton’s “Layla”. The track was once again produced by the artists and was mixed by Afrika Islam and Grandmaster Caz. There are a couple of Japanese reissues of this track complete with additional dance remixes plus […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Bambaataa’s Theme (Assault On Precinct 13)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 879] 1986 Second release from “Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)” and another musical masterpiece from Bambaataa with a little help from legendary house music producer “Little Louie” Vega from Masters At Work, Gail “Sky” King, Joey Gardner, Craig Bevan from Kartoon Krew, etc. The B side is a more downtempo electro soul track and features backing […]

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