Raze (house-music group)

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Raze was an American electronic dance music group, assembled by the multi-instrumentalist and producer Vaughan Mason, who had previously released the hit single "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" on Brunswick Records in 1979.[1] Raze also included the vocalists Keith Thompson and Erique Dial who created the sexual samples (moans and groans).

Early releases included "Jack the Groove" and "Let the Music Move U", both in 1986. "Jack the Groove" was one of the first house music hits in the UK, entering the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart in January 1987.[2] Along with Steve "Silk" Hurley's "Jack Your Body", a UK #1 the same month, it presaged the popularity of the genre in the UK in the late 1980s.

Raze hit #1 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1988 with "Break 4 Love" which also crossed over to urban radio stations, where it became a moderate hit. "Break 4 Love" hit #1 on the US dance chart again in 2001, when it was covered by Peter Rauhofer and the Pet Shop Boys, under the name The Collaboration.

In October 2004, "Break 4 Love" appeared in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on the house music radio station SF-UR.

Singles discography[edit]

  • "Jack the Groove" (1986) - UK #20 (originally released in the U.S. by Grove St. Records)
  • "Let the Music Move U" (1987) - UK #57
  • "Break 4 Love" (1988) - US Hot Dance Club Play;[3] UK #28 (originally released on Grove St. Records (US) and licensed to Champion Records (UK), later released on Columbia Records in US)
  • "Let It Roll"† (1989) - UK #27 (originally released on Grove St. Records in the US and licensed to Atlantic Records and to Jalapeno Records (UK) in 2002)
  • "All 4 Love (Break 4 Love 1990)"‡ (1990) - UK #30 (originally released on Champion Records UK)
  • "Can You Feel It"/"Can You Feel It"¶ (1990) - UK #62 (originally released in the US by WarLoc Records)
  • "Break 4 Love" (Remix) (1994) - UK #44 (originally on Grove St. Records US and licensed to Champion Records UK)
  • "Break 4 Love" (Second Remix) (2003) - UK #64[2] (originally released in the US on Grove St. Records, licensed to Champion Records UK)
  • "Let It Move U"^ (1990) (originally released on Grove St. Records (US) & in 1991 on ZYX Records Germany, also appears on the compilation Famous Rap Hits)

† - Raze presents Doug Lazy
‡ - Raze featuring Lady J and Secretary of Entertainment
¶ - Raze/The Legend (montage of six Raze tracks, Champion Records UK)
^ - Raze presents ESTB

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic.com - Song
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Allmusic.com - Billboard Singles