1980s mixes

A collection of soul, hip hop and electro mixes from the eighties. Most of these were broadcast on London’s pirate radio stations and recorded onto cassettes. Don’t have a hissy fit – embrace the FM noise and analogue quality.


1986 in the mix – leggit home from school, set the tuner to 92.5fm LWR and pop in a cassette for some serious pause button pushin – it’s Tim Westwood’s hip hop show. We spread the word, told our friends and kept it locked. This raw dubplate pressure is a splice of two mixes. First is Scratchmatic – Sound of the Street from 1984, then at 2’10” you hear Mix-Trix – In Vibe released in 1983. Plus a cheeky snatch of 2 Live Crew at the start.

Bonus Beats: you get the full vinyl versions of both bootiful bootlegs – use the player’s forward and back buttons. Strictly illegal here on nine two five!

Sound of the Street tracklist: Joystick – Dazz Band, Planet Rock (Instrumental) – Afrika Bambaataa, Beat Box – Art of Noise, Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes, Numbers – Kraftwerk, Planet Rock – Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force, Thriller – Michael Jackson, Miss Me Blind – Culture Club, Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper, Jam on It – Newcleus, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life – Indeep, Dial-A-Freak – Uncle Jamm’s Army feat. Egyptian Lover, Clear – Cybotron, She’s Strange – Cameo, Buffalo Gals – Malcolm McLaren, Bedrok – Glass, Electric Kingdom – Twilight 22, One for the Treble (Fresh) – Davy DMX, It’s a Shame – Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, (1982), Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) – Hashim, Change the Beat (Female Version) – Beside, Jam Master Jay – Run-DMC .

In Vibe tracklist: Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes, Tour De France – Kraftwerk, Body Talk – The Deele, Hard Times – Run-DMC, One for the Treble (Fresh) – Davy DMX, No Parking (On the Dance Floor) – Midnight Star, Sucker M.C.’s – Run-DMC, Spoonin’ Rap – Spoonie Gee, Freak-A-Zoid – Midnight Star, Jam Master Jay – Run-DMC.



TDK MA90 metal cassette tapeYou think you know House? You don’t know Jack! Is it Jack Music? House? Garage or Chicago Groove? It’s 1987 and we finally decided on a name for the genre – House it is. Many years later we still dance to House, and all its wonderful mutations. Here’s the original, a real crackerjack mix by Paul Dakeyne, lifted from the Disco Mix Club February 1987 LP.

Tracklist: Mel & Kim – Showing Out,  Nitro Deluxe – Let’s Get Brutal, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – Jack Your Body, The Force – It’s Ok, It’s Ok, Home Wreckers – Jackin’, Jesse’s Gang – Real Love, Raze  – Jack The Groove, Wired – To The Beat Of The Drum, The House Master Boyz & The Rude Boy Of House  – House Nation,  J.M. Silk – I Can’t Turn Around, MTR – The Walk, Adonis – No Way Back, Denise Motto – I.M.N.X.T.C.


Here representing Britain in the 1986 Disco Mix Club championship is DMC regular Chad Jackson. Featuring the Set It Off break that was huge in this year, plus other instrumental biggies like Mr Magic Man by Rochelle, Axel F Harold Faltermayer, Alice Full Force plus more. Standard choice of samples to scratch, one or two needle skips which seemed to be forgiveable in 1986. Chad came a well-deserved second place behind DJ Cheese. This recording is from Robbie Vincent’s show on Radio London.


Late one 1986 Monday evening in the box room of a three-bed semi, an FM tuner is locked into 94.9 BBC Radio London. Dave Pearce broadcasts his ‘Fresh Start to the Week’ show. Tonight, a treat for the pause-button pushers – an electro / hip hop competion mix. ID all the tunes, call 01 486-7744 and win… something. Play and Record and Pause are down… release the pause, cassette whirrs… Now, 32 years later, this super happy b-boy mix has been re-discovered, digitised and shared. Shout out and respect to Dangerous Dave Pearce.

Unable to credit the mixer – no namecheck on the tape. If you know who created this, please share your wisdom.

Tracklist: Doug e Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew – The Show, Afrika Bambaataa – Funk You, Krush Groove All Stars – Krush Groovin’, Man Parrish – Hey There Home Boys, Art of Noise – Close to the Edit, Ronald Reagan, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force – Looking for the Perfect Beat, Sanny X & P-Rez – Splashdown (The Hip Hop), Club Rapper’s (and Harold Faltermeyer) – Axel F (New York Rap Mix), Kraftwerk – We Are The Robots, Man Parrish – Hip Hop Don’t Stop. Do I win a prize…?


Three minutes of pure Washington DC Go Go. Good quality recording from around 1986, taped from Capital Radio, may have even been on the Pat and Mick show. Blimey. I’m 75% sure that DJ Froggy / Simon Harris did it so get in touch if you can confirm this.

Update! – Legendary DJ, producer and recording artist Simon Harris emailed this: “Yes the Go Go Mix was one of mine -thanks! I now have your mp3 for my archive of my old mixes. Cheers, Simon” . Remember those black and red Music of Life 12″ sleeves? That’s Simon’s label. See more about Simon at his site.

Tracklist: Little Benny and the Masters – Who Comes to Boogie, Trouble Funk – Drop the Bomb, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers – We Need Money, Kurtis Blow – Party Time.


Mix by Mr Magic. Played on and recorded from London pirate radio station Kiss FM in 1985. Spun by Richie Rich on his 94FM Non-Stop Hip Hop show. Dirty distorted low-quality audio on this one. The addition of spoken samples from Richard Pryor make this a well-produced, rare gem.

Tracklist: Fat Back Band – I found Lovin’, Unity – James Brown & Afrika Bambaataa, Fatback – Girls on my Mind, Dyke & the Blazers – Let a Woman Be a Woman Let a Man Be a Man, The Moments and The Whatnauts – Girls, Whodini – Mr Magics Wand, and other girly related tunes which you’re welcome to ID.


Recorded from the early days of Kiss 94fm on Paul Oakenfold’s show. He credits himself and engineer Woody Wood. This one has the Conway Brothers Turn it Up as it’s foundation break. Features great choice of tunes, some pop and rock (One Night in Bangkok, Easy Lover) which gave it a distinct feel, a little different to most other mixes of its time. This recording is actually a join of two broadcasts, the original recording suffered interference so there’s a ‘live pause button edit’ at 1’15” when the mix was broadcast again a week later. Good deep 94fm voice overs in this one

Update April 2018: Since 2009 WallabyFC has maintained an archive of Oakenfold mixes at oakenfoldmixes.com . Plenty of great listening there. Respect to Wallaby for providing a tracklist: Conway Brothers – Turn It Up (Instrumental), Cybotron – Clear (Remix By Jose “Animal” Diaz), Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (B1, CR-200), Alexander Robotnick – Problèmes D’Amour (Original), Kool & The Gang – Fresh (Remix), ID?, George Kranz – Din Daa Daa (Dub Version), ID?, DeBarge – Rhythm Of The Night (Long Version), ID?, ID?, ID?, ID?, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Pump Me Up (Original Mix), Boney M. – Kalimba De Luna, Animotion – Obsession, ID?, Cymande – Bra (Danny Krivit Re-edit), Rock Master Scott And The Dynamic Three – The Roof Is On Fire (Club DJ), Diana Ross – Swept Away (Extended Mix), C.O.D. – In The Bottle (Vocal), Martin Circus – Disco Circus, Phil Collins – Sussudio (Extended Remix), Aleem Featuring Leroy Burgess – Release Yourself (Dub), Cosmetic With Jamaaladeen Tacuma – So Tranquilizin’ (Special Dub Mix), Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – Easy Lover, Jeff Lorber – Step By Step, Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok, Wish Featuring Fonda Rae – Touch Me (All Night Long). If you can help ID the unknowns please get in touch, and copy in WallabyFC too. Cheers!


TDK SA-X 90 cassette tapeUPDATE: Two three versions are now available.

London’s Kiss FM began broadcasting illegally on 94fm in October 1985 and soon Colin Faver played this mind-blowing scratch-mix late evening on 10th October.  Heaps of raw roughness in this beautiful beast. Thanks to Colin Faver for playing the request and the Aero shout out – you are sadly missed…

Use the player’s forward and back buttons to hear and download all three versions.

Tracklist: Malcolm McLaren – Do you like scratching? Grand Master Flash – Adventures on the Wheels of Steel, La Pregunta – Shangri La, Herbie Hancock – Rockit, Chic – Good Times, G-Force feat. Ronnie G & Captain Cee – Feel the Force, Lovebug Starski – You’ve Gotta Believe, Kurtis Blow – Party Time, Incredible Bongo Band – Apache, West Street Mob – Break Dance Electric Boogie, Freeze – AEIOU, Man Parrish – Hip Hop Don’t Stop, Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Girls, plus some other samples.

If, after all these years, you have any info at all on this mix, please get in touch.


Tim Westwood broadcast this on his LWR hip hop show in early 1985. It’s a live scratch mix taking Hip Hop Beat by UK group Rapologists as it’s main break. DJ Undercover gives shout outs at the start, as Westwood drops the fader on “the whack motherfathers who stole my records from The Wag”. Undercover flicks on the mic a few times to add some shoutouts, and Westwood can’t help but giggle at the end when ‘You’re Wondering Now’ gets scratched in. With its casual attitude and innovative Ska / Two-Tone sampling, this mix will delight you. Scruffy was a huffy, chuffy tugboat. The sea was wild and rough and dark and stormy!

Tracklist: The Rapologists – Hip Hop Beat, Prince Buster – Dance Cleopatra, Bad Manners – Scruffy the Tugboat, The Specials – You’re Wondering Now. Please get in touch if you can ID the other samples.


A classic mastermix by Les Adams in May 1985. Compare this with Hip Hop What’s Up Doc and you’ll see a continuity of style and quality. This happy soul one was taped from pirate Solar Radio not long before it closed down forever. Actually it wasn’t forever, Solar Radio is successfully broadcasting today, and has been since its 1998 re-launch. Tune in at solarradio.com

Tracklist: Jenny Burton – Bad Habits, Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Chaka Khan – Eye To Eye, Mass Extension – Happy Feet, Kurtis Blow – The Breaks, Kurtis Blow – Partytime, G.L.O.B.E. & The Whizz Kid – Play That Beat, Mr DJ, Trouble Funk – Pump Me Up, Claire Hicks – In The Bush, Steve Arrington – Feel So Real, Samson & Delilah – I Can Feel Your Love Slipping Away, Haywood – Roses (sorry no Roses here, the tape ran out).


Mixed by Les Adams – the Mix Doctor. Featured on Disco Mix Club April 1985 album. Played to death in 1985. Excellent quality recording, direct from vinyl.

Les Adams is truly Mr Mastermix. He recorded mastermixes of the highest quality back in the day, including ‘Madonna Goes to the Doctors’, ‘The 31 Track Megamix’, ‘Doctors Orders’ and dozens more. Under the name LA Mix he released original tracks and two albums on A&M and had 5 national chart hits including “Check this Out”. In 2005, Les contacted Mastermix Dot Org to say what he was doing: “I still DJ 5 nights a week in clubs. I lecture DJ skills at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey www.acm.ac.uk I have two radio shows, “Dancefloor Classics”, a 70’s / 80’s classic jazz funk and soul show on on Saturday night 8-10pm on Solar Radio Channel 879 on Sky digital and at www.solarradio.com and another pop mix show called “The Party” on the now legal Radio Jackie 107.8 in SW London10-12pm Saturday night www.radiojackie.com “. Wow, busy man.

Tracklist: Eddie and Soul Band – Shaft, T Connection – Let Yourself Go, Van Twist – Shaft, Paul Hardcastle & Universal Funk – Ready Ready Go, Man Parrish – Hip Hop Be Bop, Rockers Revenge – Rocking on Sunshine, Midnight Star – Operator.


A cassette recording broadcast on the Tim Westwood show, pirate radio station LWR in 1985. Old school live show recording of DJ Hollywood and Brucie B at the Rooftop Club in New York. Features the old mellow breakbeat Ike’s Mood by Isaac Hayes, and Tears for Fears’ Shout. Enjoy Tim Westwood’s early radio style – he says some genuinely nice comments over it. Then next on this playlist is his Capital Radio broadcast of the same tape (use the player’s FWD and REV buttons to hear both versions). Fame and fortune at the discotheque!

Thanks to Russ aka MP3Genius for supplying the Capital recording which was broadcast in 1987. Nice and legal, and pumped up a few more FM watts. Worries tonight!

Tracklist: Ike’s Mood – Isaac Hayes, Tears for Fears – Shout.


This ancient ferric cassette tape was discovered deep down in the crate, way beyond the range of metal detectors. It’s a real early mix from 1985 someone sent into to Tim Westwood’s LWR show. This is the oldest radio broadcast on this site. If you happen to know who the DJ was – please, please leave a comment or email studio@mastermix.org

Tracklist: New Order – Confusion, Captain Rock, The Horne Selection – Shine On, Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat.