Real Name:
Toyin Agbetu
Profile:
As the owner of four independent dance labels, (Unyque Artists , IIntrigue Records, Mutant Records and EP Records) Toyin Agbetu has produced several soul / dance classics since 1985.

Originally signed as a member of the group KEW-T (Keith Sealy and Eddie With T), he was elevated to the position of producer / writer for the small but then successful Elite independent dance label. There he produced and mixed the first ever "street soul" classics for Artists Rosaline Joyce (who had a hit with "No questions, No answers" , and her landmark debut "Rosaline Joyce - Lovers Soul LP), and Birmingham based Projection (whose "Projection - Lovestruck" single which he mixed remained a club hit for many years).

It wasn't until he severed links with ELITE and left to form his own label (UNYQUE ARTISTS), that his profile started to increase. As member producer of the group DELUXE, he masterminded the release of the biggest ever streetsoul record of it's time "Deluxe (2) - Your Loving Drives Me Crazy", which remained in the national charts for almost 50 weeks (topped only by Soul II Soul's"Keep On Moving"). The follow up singles ("I've Got A Feeling", and the timeless "Just A Little More") became instant hits and paved the way for DELUXE's top selling debut LP.

Hit after hit followed for the now undisputed "king of Streetsoul" with tracks being produced for artists, RICK CLARKE, SOUL CONNECTION, THOMAS ESTERINE and THE PROJECT.
A brief excursion into soul flavoured HipHop, helped by a young "Starpoint FM" DJ named (Mixmaster) MAC resulted in his first ever HipHop record "Together, Forever" released on the DTI label. Later on, again with rapper MC IB (Iain Burton), the debut 2TUFF track "90% Funk" was created, and when unleashed was an instant hit.

It was through his acquaintance with a then up and coming young producer named Dave Lee (aka JOEY NEGRO), he was introduced to the world of garage and house music, and with a big dose of encouragement from a female DJ friend COLETTE) he decided to form the now cult INTRIGUE label where Toyin (under the guise of NEMESIS) released the legendary house cut "After the Storm" inspired by Detroit's DERRICK MAY.

INTRIGUE grew from release to release into an international success story, licensing its tracks all over the world and building the NEMESIS name Into a cult figure.

Toyin produced many successful spin offs from the NEMESIS name such as SHADES OF BLACK (who signed to POLYDOR) , The DARK KNIGHTS (another pseudonym for Toyin), and the infamous ANDROMEDA (who had a massive rave hits with "Control" and "Gazza").

It was the success of ANDROMEDA's "Gazza" that convinced him that he needed yet another musical identity for his work, hence together with ace engineer Sean "RUDEBOY" Fraser he formed rave label MUTANT records and based the labels most successful premiere artist on the name of one of his favourite comics THE X-MEN.

MUTANT released tracks by the WITCHDOCTOR, MATRIX (Marvin Beaver) RISE, and The AFRICAN, and as with INTRIGUE every release became a classic. The only drawback was that Toyin now missed writing songs, and his strong desire to go back to working with quality vocals encouraged him to create his last and final label, EP RECORDS.

The first RAPHEL release did well. The second ATTITUDE release was a number 1 club hit in New York.

Time for a change.

While messing in the studio with Delores "DELUXE" Springer, the 2TUFF single "Jazz Thang" was created, the last 2TUFF single "Slow Down" was so popular it had been picked up by Warner Bros, "JAZZ THANG" was an overnight smash.

The list of hits continue with productions for artists such as MARY PEARCE, ZUSHII, JENNY BELLE, and rappers U DON'T KNOW ME. His music is also present in Nintendo video games (World Cup Striker, Dr Franken, etc.), and on TV programmes such as Dance NRG and GAMESMASTER.

He is now a Pan African human rights activist-artist and founder of the Ligali Organisation. He is an educator and published author, with books and thousands of articles to his name.

Toyin is also an independent film director and has made several films and documentaries.
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12 ROS 2 Toyin Agbetu - Falling In Love Again album art Rosaline Joyce Rosaline Joyce - Falling In Love Again(12") Jam Today 12 ROS 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
UNQ 109T Toyin Agbetu - 2 Hot 2 Handle album art Deluxe (2) Am I Leading You On (Remix) (as Master (The Beatcreator) Tee) Deluxe (2) - 2 Hot 2 Handle(12") Unyque Artists UNQ 109T UK 1989 Sell This Version
EZY 1208 Toyin Agbetu - There Ain't Enough Love '94 Remix / Surprise Surprise album art ZUSHii Surprise Surprise (Remix) (as Tee 'The Dark Knight' Agbetu) ZUSHii - There Ain't Enough Love '94 Remix / Surprise Surprise(12") E-Zee EZY 1208 UK 1994 Sell This Version
LEAP003 Toyin Agbetu - Rock Me Down album art Sharon Benson Rock Me Down (The Dark Knight Bass Head Remix) (as Dark Knights) Sharon Benson - Rock Me Down(12") Leap Of Faith Records LEAP003 UK 1995 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Toyin Agbetu - Friends Not Lovers album art Rosaline Joyce Rosaline Joyce - Friends Not Lovers Elite UK 1986 Sell This Version
ZCSTS 872, ZCSTS 87 2 Toyin Agbetu - Street Sounds 87-2 album art Various No Questions, No Answers (as T. Agbetu) Various - Street Sounds 87-2(Cass, Comp) Street Sounds, Street Sounds ZCSTS 872, ZCSTS 87 2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ROSLP 1 Toyin Agbetu - Lovers Soul album art Rosaline Joyce I Will Never Be Your Lover (as T. Agbetu) and 5 more… Rosaline Joyce - Lovers Soul(LP, Album) Jam Today ROSLP 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Toyin Agbetu - Is This Hard Enuf? album art Too Tuff* Why Am I Waiting? (as T. Agbetu) and 2 more… Too Tuff* - Is This Hard Enuf? (Single) Unyque Artists, Rap Sonic UK 1988 Sell This Version
ELCST 20, DJPROMO 2 Toyin Agbetu - Street Sounds Hip Hop 20 (Test Pressing) album art Various Bass (as T. Agbetu) Various - Street Sounds Hip Hop 20 (Test Pressing)(LP, Comp, Promo, Smplr, TP) Street Sounds, Street Sounds ELCST 20, DJPROMO 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
12 ROS 2 Toyin Agbetu - Falling In Love Again album art Rosaline Joyce Rosaline Joyce - Falling In Love Again(12") Jam Today 12 ROS 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CHIL LP 4 Toyin Agbetu - Moonlight album art Marcia Johnson Wanna Make Love To You (as T. Agbetu) and 1 more… Marcia Johnson - Moonlight(LP) Jam Today CHIL LP 4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Toyin Agbetu - Hello / Do You Still Really Love Me album art Thomas Esterine Thomas Esterine - Hello / Do You Still Really Love Me Angel Town Productions UK 1988 Sell This Version
UNQ 2 Toyin Agbetu - Your Loving Drives Me Crazy album art Deluxe (2) Deluxe (2) - Your Loving Drives Me Crazy(12") Unyque Artists UNQ 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
IGE 3 T Toyin Agbetu - This Time (I Feel Love) / Try album art Rosaline Joyce Rosaline Joyce - This Time (I Feel Love) / Try(12") Intrigue Records IGE 3 T UK 1988 Sell This Version
12 CHIL 6 Toyin Agbetu - Kickin' It / Cuts Like A Knife album art Payback (6) V Atmosfear / Atmosfear V Payback (6) Kickin' It (Alkaline Mix) (as Agbetu) and 1 more… Payback (6) V Atmosfear / Atmosfear V Payback (6) - Kickin' It / Cuts Like A Knife(12") Jam Today 12 CHIL 6 UK 1988 Sell This Version
UNQ 109T Toyin Agbetu - 2 Hot 2 Handle album art Deluxe (2) Deluxe (2) - 2 Hot 2 Handle(12") Unyque Artists UNQ 109T UK 1989 Sell This Version
Toyin Agbetu - Just A Little More album art Deluxe (2) Taking Away and 8 more… Deluxe (2) - Just A Little More (Album) Unyque Artists, Unyque Artists UK 1989 Sell This Version
UNQ 5T Toyin Agbetu - Just A Little More album art Deluxe (2) Just A Little More (as T. Agbetu) Deluxe (2) - Just A Little More(12") Unyque Artists UNQ 5T UK 1989 Sell This Version
UNQ 107T Toyin Agbetu - Rapswing EP album art Mykrophone Rapswing (Bonus Beats) (as T. Agbetu) and 3 more… Mykrophone - Rapswing EP(12") Unyque Artists UNQ 107T UK 1989 Sell This Version
TCD 2364 Toyin Agbetu - Deep Heat 3 - The Third Degree album art Various (I've Got A) Feeling (as T Agbetu) Various - Deep Heat 3 - The Third Degree(2xCD, Comp) Telstar TCD 2364 UK & Ireland 1989 Sell This Version
UNQ 108T Toyin Agbetu - U Can Be album art Rosaline Joyce Featuring Mykrophone Rosaline Joyce Featuring Mykrophone - U Can Be(12", Promo) Unyque Artists UNQ 108T UK 1989 Sell This Version
Toyin Agbetu - Don't Be So Cruel / Understanding album art The Project (6) Featuring Jasmin (33) The Project (6) Featuring Jasmin (33) - Don't Be So Cruel / Understanding Unyque Artists UK 1990 Sell This Version
YZ 542 Toyin Agbetu - Slow Down album art 2 Tuff Elevate Your Mind (as T. Agbetu) and 1 more… 2 Tuff - Slow Down(7") EastWest YZ 542 UK 1990 Sell This Version
Toyin Agbetu - Deep Heat 9 (Ninth Life - Kiss The Bliss) album art Various Slow Down (as T Agbetu) Various - Deep Heat 9 (Ninth Life - Kiss The Bliss) (Comp) Telstar UK & Ireland 1990 Sell This Version
Toyin Agbetu - Waiting So Long album art Rosaline Joyce Rosaline Joyce - Waiting So Long Unyque Artists UK 1991 Sell This Version

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