Raze

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Spearheaded by New York multi-instrumentalist Vaughan Mason of Vaughan Mason and Crew, Raze was formed in 1986 as a studio/concept group where the idea was to have a different lead singer on each song. Mason hooked up with soul singer Keith Thompson in the studio for "Break 4 Love", considered by many to be one of the best house songs ever recorded. It was the group's only song that made it to urban radio, debuting on October 22, 1988 at #24 for 16 weeks.

Other collaborators that Vaughan worked with as Raze include Ben Epps of Vaughan Mason and Crew, Doug Lazy, and Eric Scott.

Mason would move to D.C., setting up his Grove Street Records studio which is now located in Baltimore.
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Albums

GSR-020 Album 88 — Raze Raze Album 88(LP, Album) Grove St. GSR-020 US 1988 Sell This Version
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PD 75273 All 4 Love — Raze Raze All 4 Love(CD, Album) RCA, BMG France PD 75273 France 1992 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

GR-007 Let The Music Move U — Raze Raze Let The Music Move U (Single) Grove St. GR-007 US 1986 Sell This Version
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GSR-009 Jack Up Work Your Body — Raze Raze Jack Up Work Your Body (Maxi) Grove St. GSR-009 US 1986 Sell This Version
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BOY-06 Jump In Your Dance / Jack The Groove — Raze Raze Jump In Your Dance / Jack The Groove (Maxi, Single) Grove St. BOY-06 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
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GSR-011 Have Mercy — Raze Raze Have Mercy(12") Grove St. GSR-011 US 1986 Sell This Version
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12JTRAX -2 Jack Up Work Your Body / White Knight Jacks — Raze Raze / White Knight Raze / White Knight - Jack Up Work Your Body / White Knight Jacks Jack Trax 12JTRAX -2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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GSR-013 Caught U Cheatin' — Raze Raze Caught U Cheatin' (Single) Grove St. GSR-013 US 1987 Sell This Version
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B.C. 24-2008-40, B.C. 24-2005-40 Jack The Groove / Let The Music Move U — Raze Raze Jack The Groove / Let The Music Move U(2x12", Maxi) BCM Records, BCM Records B.C. 24-2008-40, B.C. 24-2005-40 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
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ZYX 6035-8 The Party / Break For Love — Raze Kraze / Raze Kraze / Raze - The Party / Break For Love (Maxi) ZYX Records ZYX 6035-8 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
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ZYX 5901, 5901 Break 4 Love — Raze Raze Break 4 Love (Maxi, Single) Grove St. ZYX 5901, 5901 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
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GSR-021 It's A Party — Raze Raze Presents Two Cool Raze Presents Two Cool - It's A Party(12") Grove St. GSR-021 US 1989 Sell This Version
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ZYX 6184-12 Let It Roll — Raze Raze Presents Doug Lazy Raze Presents Doug Lazy - Let It Roll (Maxi, Single) Grove St. ZYX 6184-12 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
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ZYX 6462-12 Let It Move U — Raze Raze Presents E.S.T.B. Raze Presents E.S.T.B. - Let It Move U Grove St. ZYX 6462-12 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
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DAS-3216 All 4 Love (Break 4 Love 1990) — Raze Raze Presents Lady J & The SEC* Raze Presents Lady J & The SEC* - All 4 Love (Break 4 Love 1990) (Single, Maxi) Champion, Champion DAS-3216 US 1989 Sell This Version
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7 4-87642 Bass Power — Raze Raze Featuring Doug Lazy Raze Featuring Doug Lazy - Bass Power (Single, Maxi) Grove St. 7 4-87642 US 1991 Sell This Version
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GSR-21218 Grove Street DJ Tool #3 — Raze Raze / Mistawrek Raze / Mistawrek - Grove Street DJ Tool #3(12") Grove St. GSR-21218 US Unknown Sell This Version
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GSR-1919 Love Fever — Raze Raze Love Fever(12") Grove St. GSR-1919 US Unknown Sell This Version
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GSR-21217 Grove Street DJ Tool #2 — Raze Raze / Mistawrek Raze / Mistawrek - Grove Street DJ Tool #2(12") Grove St. GSR-21217 US Unknown Sell This Version
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0-10110 Stop Playin' — Raze Raze Stop Playin'(12") Grove St. 0-10110 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

CHAMPDL 888X Bass 4 Love  — Raze Raze Bass 4 Love (4xFile, WAV, RM) Champion CHAMPDL 888X UK 2020

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MJH1964

MJH1964

September 3, 2017
edited over 5 years ago
Astonishing, sparse, emotional music (e.g. 'Jack Up Work Your Body', 'For Tony H's Piano Love', 'Let The Music Move You', 'Jack The Groove', 'Break 4 Love', 'Control Me' ...) I think the fact you can buy most of the 12"s for c. $1 ea. has somehow got in the way of how extraordinary Raze's contribution is/was. Someone should make an in-depth Raze retrospective compilation.
keiththompson

keiththompson

January 5, 2003
Break 4 Love is one of the all time best House songs and its distinct style went on to influence a generation of productions. Keith Thompson's sultry delivery illustrating that you don't have to belt it out to be soulful. The group may not be around anymore but thankfully, atleast Thompson still is.
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