Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 823] 1982 Although electronic music was nothing new, this is the track that really kick-started the whole electro sound. The music is by labelmates Planet Patrol who re-used it for their own release “Play At Your Own Risk” and uses elements of Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” and “Trans Europe Express”. It features Bambaataa and Jazzy Jay plus the […]

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Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Cosmic Force – Zulu Nation Throw Down #1

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×33-8] 1980 The original Zulu Nation Throwdown over a laidback disco beat performed by the Harlem Underground Band. This version features The Cosmic Force. The group didn’t really have set members, it was whoever Bambaataa wanted to rap at the time. This Cosmic Force featured Chubby Chubb, Ice Ice, Ikey C & Lisa Lee. There are […]

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Alfonso – Time Bomb

Prism (US) [PS 2006] 1986 Alfonso Ribeiro first gained recognition when he played the lead roll in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. He also appeared as a dancer in Pepsi’s 1984 commercial featuring Michael Jackson and then landed a role in the TV series Silver Spoons. In 1985 he wrote a dance instruction book called Breakin’ And Poppin’ […]

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Alien Starr – World Of Ecstasy / Music-A-Lizer

Label: Starr Jamm RecordsReleased: 1985Format: 12″Country of Origin: USStyle: Electro This is the only release by Alien Starr aka George Williams and was released on his own Starr Jamm Records out of Ohio. Forgot the soul ballad and disco funk tracks and go straight to the vocoder electro funk of ‘Music-A-Lizer’. George was not only the main vocalist but also wrote, produced and […]

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Arthur Baker – Breaker’s Revenge

Label: Atlantic RecordsReleased: 1984Format: 12″Country of Origin: US The ultimate b-boy anthem from one of the most iconic moment in hip hop movie history when New York City Breakers battled Rock Steady Crew at the Roxy in the cult movie Beat Street. Produced by the legendary Arthur Baker and edited by fellow legends, The Latin Rascals with vocals courtesy of Gavin Christopher (R.I.P.), […]

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Automation – Dancing In Outer Space

Jungle Rhythm (UK) [SWE-T 2] 1984 One of only two releases by Automation. This is a great electro funk cover version of the classic 1979 UK jazz funk track by Atmosfear produced by Garry Hughes and Peter Hinds. The group was really a session group consisting of some of the original members of Atmosfear plus other lesser known musicians. The flip features […]

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Autumn – Kold Krush

Compleat Records (US) [CPD-208] 1985 Great instrumental track from the film Krush Groove produced by Geo Cooper. It was originally titled “Prisoner Of Love” but the title was changed when it was accepted for the movie. Although it was heard in various parts of the film it wasn’t actually included on the soundtrack so remains a 12″ single release only. […]

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Awesome Foursome – Awesome Foursome EP

Label: Roots Forward Records Released: 2018 Format: 12″/EP Country of Origin: Canada As is often the case when groups make music, there are often a lot of tracks which never see the light of day. Many are unreleased because the label doesn’t see any commercial viability. Other times the record labels close leaving behind unreleased material and demos which are very often lost […]

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Awesome Foursome – Funky Breakdown

Partytime Records (US) [PT 107] 1984 The Awesome Foursome are DJ Gizmo, Mike Master, Milk Dee and Sugar K. After appearing on the Streetwise release, Funky Soul Makossa, in 1982 with Nairobi, this is the groups second release and was again produced by Arthur Baker and engineered by Chris Lord-Alge. It also appeared, although misspelt, in 1993 as a Canadian double […]

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The B Boys – Two, Three, Break

Label: Vintertainment Records Released: 1983 Format: 12″ Country of Origin: US This is the debut release from Bronx natives Donald D & DJ Chuck Chillout aka The B-Boys, and the first release for Vincent Davis’ Vintertainment label. The vinyl has the same track on both sides and there are a few label variations for this release as pictured below. The first pressing […]

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