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

Singles & EPs

GSR-009 Raze - Jack Up Work Your Body album art Raze Jack Up Work Your Body (Maxi) Grove St. GSR-009 US 1986 Sell This Version
GR-007 Raze - Let The Music Move U album art Raze Let The Music Move U (Single) Grove St. GR-007 US 1986 Sell This Version
BOY-06 Raze - Jump In Your Dance / Jack The Groove album art Raze Jump In Your Dance / Jack The Groove (Maxi, Single) Grove St. BOY-06 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
GSR-011 Raze - Have Mercy album art Raze Have Mercy(12") Grove St. GSR-011 US 1986 Sell This Version
12JTRAX -2 Raze - Jack Up Work Your Body / White Knight Jacks album art Raze / White Knight Raze / White Knight - Jack Up Work Your Body / White Knight Jacks Jack Trax 12JTRAX -2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
GSR-013 Raze - Caught U Cheatin' album art Raze Caught U Cheatin' (Single) Grove St. GSR-013 US 1987 Sell This Version
B.C. 24-2008-40, B.C. 24-2005-40 Raze - Jack The Groove / Let The Music Move U album art 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
ZYX 6035-8 Raze - The Party / Break For Love album art Kraze / Raze Kraze / Raze - The Party / Break For Love (Maxi) ZYX Records ZYX 6035-8 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
ZYX 5901, 5901 Raze - Break 4 Love album art Raze Break 4 Love (Maxi, Single) Grove St. ZYX 5901, 5901 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
GSR-021 Raze - It's A Party album art Raze Presents Two Cool Raze Presents Two Cool - It's A Party(12") Grove St. GSR-021 US 1989 Sell This Version
ZYX 6184-12 Raze - Let It Roll album art Raze Presents Doug Lazy Raze Presents Doug Lazy - Let It Roll (Maxi, Single) Grove St. ZYX 6184-12 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
CHAMP 227 Raze - Can You Feel It (Champion Megamix) / Can You Feel It (Raze Megamix) album art The Legend (2) / Raze The Legend (2) / Raze - Can You Feel It (Champion Megamix) / Can You Feel It (Raze Megamix)(7", Mixed) Champion CHAMP 227 UK 1990 Sell This Version
ZYX 6462-12 Raze - Let It Move U album art 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
DAS-3216 Raze - All 4 Love (Break 4 Love 1990) album art Raze Presents Lady J & The SEC* Raze Presents Lady J & The SEC* - All 4 Love (Break 4 Love 1990) (Maxi, Single) Champion, Champion DAS-3216 US 1989 Sell This Version
7 4-87642 Raze - Bass Power album art Raze Featuring Doug Lazy Raze Featuring Doug Lazy - Bass Power (Single, Maxi) Grove St. 7 4-87642 US 1991 Sell This Version
GSR-21218 Raze - Grove Street DJ Tool #3 album art Raze / Mistawrek Raze / Mistawrek - Grove Street DJ Tool #3(12") Grove St. GSR-21218 US Unknown Sell This Version
GSR-1919 Raze - Love Fever album art Raze Love Fever(12") Grove St. GSR-1919 US Unknown Sell This Version
GSR-21217 Raze - Grove Street DJ Tool #2 album art Raze / Mistawrek Raze / Mistawrek - Grove Street DJ Tool #2(12") Grove St. GSR-21217 US Unknown Sell This Version
0-10110 Raze - Stop Playin' album art Raze Stop Playin'(12") Grove St. 0-10110 US Unknown Sell This Version

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MJH1964

MJH1964

September 3, 2017
edited over 3 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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