ODDS ‘N’ BODS
THIS COULD be a long hot sweaty summer if the faster ‘garage’ grooves like Dinosaur L succeed in forcing black dance tempos back up to the 130bpm region . . . StreetSounds have finally launched their Picture Box dance music video series, 12 clip compilations at about £12.50, released bi-monthly in alternation with a Hip Hop video series too, the same label has also started their new Artists Showcase LP series with a good retrospective of The Jones Girls (MUSIC 4), while jazz jock Gilles Peterson has compiled not only ‘Jazz Juice 2‘ (StreetSounds SOUND 4), including Dianne Schuur ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing‘, but also the even more specialist ‘Blue Bossa‘ (Blue Note BNSLP 1, via EMI) . . . The Temptations ‘My Girl’ heads a four-track oldies 12-incher to celebrate their 25th anniversary (Motown ZT 40744) . . . I had no time to mention Loose Ends’ flip, the emphatically wriggling 105¾bpm ‘Gonna Make You Mine‘, now proving hotter for many . . . Froggy & Simon Harris have remixed William Bell ‘Passion’ (and are choked they didn’t get to do the second even bigger Real Thing hit remix!) . . . Theo Loyla’s DJ mailing list Superjocks Hit Squad has amicably divorced itself from the Disco Mix Club so as not to compromise the latter’s impartial dealings with other, rival record promotion companies (Theo, by the way, Level 42 are an excellent pop-rock band, but hardly funk nowadays) . . . US firm Finial Technology later this year launch a $2,500 record playing turntable using a laser beam instead of a stylus (similar to, but incompatible with, the CD system), an instant start/cue professional model for disco and radio use following in 1987 . . . Janet Jackson ‘Nasty’ topped US Black 45s, but Patti LaBelle finally replaced her as top Black LP, while The SOS Band ‘The Finest’ topped 12-inch Sales and Dhar Braxton Club Play, in Billboard . . . US “urban” radio stations appear to be getting much blacker in an effort to show there’s more to R&B than dance music . . . Motown have closed their New York A&R office, presumably putting Sergio Munzibai out of a job (amazingly, the actual office was right above one I used to work in years ago!) . . . Asian immigrants were amongst the earliest audience for electro here, but in the States they’ve been identified (by Dance Music Report’s Hi-NRG correspondent Casey Jones) as chief buyers of Eurobeat, which they call “New Wave”! . . . Fresh Fest III 1986 Mardi Gras Tour, the hip hop package currently touring the US, includes such as Kurtis Blow, Full Force, UTFO, Joeski Love, Whistle, Fat Boys, LA Dream Team, Shabba-Doo, Boogaloo Shrimp and the Jets . . . Aerosmith it is, or rather members Steve Tyler and Joe Perry, who contribute the AoR element to Run-DMC’s ‘Walk This Way‘ . . . July 19 could be chaos at Wembley, what with the UK Fresh ’86 rap fest at the Arena and Frank Bruno fighting in the Stadium — Frank’s “You know what I mean?” comments incidentally turn out to be inserted (very badly) into The Contenders’ dreadful Hi-NRG 130bpm ‘Where’s Harry?‘ (Columbia 12DB 9136) . . . Dave Gregory, in addition to the Essex Radio Soul Night Specials, is setting up his own touring show around the South East with regular gigs at such as West Malling Greenways, Braintree Essex Barn, Basildon Festival Hall, featuring guest jocks and PAs: artists interested in the latter, contact TAC Promotions on 0702-347237 . . . Friday (20) Rapattack join ‘underground’ groover Rob Day and upstairs soulster Bob Jones at their weekly New Cross Harp Club Big TV night . . . Disco Gary & Steve Goddard’s Friday Funk-Shun at Maidstone Harveys skips July 4 but is otherwise regular now . . . Mad Max & Perry Daniels start funking Catford Panthers this Saturday (21) with guest Greg Edwards . . . Monday (23) Neil Fincham celebrates Edinburgh Styx’s first birthday with a 12 hour 9pm-9am (licensed) formal black tie party for all the club’s regulars . . . Andy Baker is cock-a-hoop that his venue at Rhyl’s The Downtown is the first on the North Wales coast to get a 2am licence (he also got married!) . . . Swansea soul supporter James Lewis adds commercial Mondays at Harry’s Dance Bar, and Wednesdays at Cwmbran’s Ripples (the only club in town) . . . I’m afraid the weather’s too warm for Hit Numbers . . . SORRY, WRONG BEAT!
CHRIS PAUL’s ‘Expansions ’86 (Expand Your Mind)’ has been much expanded by the Brothers Fearon in a more percussive 0-113¾-113½-113¾-0bpm remix, which is not necessarily an improvement. Shrink-wrapped as a white label with the original 12-inch over this last weekend, it’s now out in its own right with the original tracks as flip (Fourth & Broadway 12BRWX 48). Incidentally, is this the first pic to be published of Chris? I had to take it myself!
SLEEQUE: ‘One For The Money’ (Malaco Dance Records MAL 12-33)
The Jon Williams-renamed and designed label kicks off with my current fave, an infectiously skittering breezy (0-)114-0bpm spacious wriggler with lovely piano and a catchy lilt (in three Paul Simpson mixes). Go man go!
FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK & JESSIE SAUNDERS: ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ (US House Records FU-10)
More “jack trax” from another of Chicago’s “house” masters, this dynamically spurting express train tempoed 122bpm “garage” groove (in three mixes) is so terrifically exciting it deserves to spread this new true disco style’s following to more than just the trendier clubs. Oddly, the really raving ‘Dub Can’t Turn Around’ is much more vocal than the labelled Club Mix. Try it!
JANICE: ‘Bye-Bye’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 49)
Nu Shooz look out, here comes the next emulator hook-filled maddeningly catchy gimmick hit. Surprisingly only supported on import by the UK’s leading soul jocks, this is greasy kids stuff personified, a silly 113½bpm electro leaper with crazy breaks and Kate Bush-type vocal bursts (here edited in four versions). Continue reading “June 21, 1986: Sleeque, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders, Janice, Dinosaur L, The Latin Rascals”