April 14, 1990: Soul II Soul, Madonna, Richard Rogers, D-Shake, Da Posse & Underground Crew, 3rd Bass


BEATS INTERNATIONAL Snap, Innocence, Kicking Back, Candy Flip, Robert Owens, MC Wildski, Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe, Carlton, David Grant, Titiyo, En Vogue, Darryl Pandy, Light Of The World, Leila K, Buss The Move, possibly Redhead Kingpin, plus of course the Soul II Soul DJs and a full 90 minute live set by Lisa Stansfield (her first anywhere) make the impressive final line-up of attractions at this Easter weekend’s Prestatyn four-dayer, sold out long ago . . . 1990 World Mixing champion DJ David, for his debut BCM Records release, is collaborating with MC Eric (of ‘This Beat Is Technotronic’) on a megamix of current — indeed Technotronic type — European hits, based though largely around Twenty 4 Seven’s ‘I Can’t Stand It’ . . . Paul Oakenfold’s decision to switch the music policy at Land Of Oz (Mondays in Charing Cross’s Heaven) from house to the slower beats that once again prevail in London (hurrah!) has apparently upset some pastel clad ravers but he intends sticking to his guns, perhaps not least because his own current studio creations are at the slower tempo . . . eastwest have picked up Olimax & DJ Shapps’ remake of ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ . . . David Bowie ‘Fame 90’ turns out to be on commercial 12 inch just in the Arthur Baker and (as it proves) John Gass remixes reviewed off promo, so presumably the DJ Mark The 45 King remix featuring Queen Latifah must be due separately . . . Rhythmatic, despite both their 0742 Records telephone area code label name and their minimalist electro style suggesting a Sheffield origin, rather oddly appear to be from Birmingham, their ‘Take Me Back’ being due for full release on that city’s Network label . . . Janice Christie’s haunting slinkily cooed ‘Tell Me Who (Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed)’ (Movement Soul MSOUL 003, via 01-968 0228), very classy garage, is apparently in mixes by both New Jersey’s Tony Humphries and London’s Noel Watson, but the label only lists an uncredited 6.40 Club Mix (110¾bpm) and tightly following Epiphenomenal Mix (111-110¾bpm) — whatever that means! — on one side and a less smooth 9.00 Club Mix (111¼bpm) on t’other . . . The Cool House Dub of 2 Guys On Acid ‘House Music (All Night Long)’ is indeed the A track on the ‘Take Sting Away On Acid EP’ bootleg’s flip — any further suggestions about the second, girl group, track? . . . Donna Allen’s ‘Serious’ may be one source of inspiration for Jill Jones’s maddeningly familiar vocal phrasing in Ryuichi Sakamoto’s You Do Me’, but I’m not entirely convinced it’s the main one . . . Motor City Techno Mob, whose ‘Ready To Roll’ (reviewed last week) is not in fact out commercially until April 30, prove to consist of main man/producer David McMurray, a past P’funk associate of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins who has toured with Was (Not Was), plus jazz trumpeter Rayse Biggs and percussionist Asiha Hill . . . Prince himself penned Kid Creole And The Coconuts’ The Sex Of It’, now out here (CBS 655698 6) presumably in the already detailed three mixes that were teasingly credited on UK promo to KC & TC . . . Caister Soul Weekend DJs Tim Westwood, Colin Hudd, Bob ‘Hippy’ Jones, Gary Dennis, Dave Malone and Ray Keith, plus The Jazz Bags live, hold a Hardcore Jam this Wednesday (11) at Colchester’s Hippodrome, while some of the above are also at Colchester’s The Venue for an Easter Sunday Deep half-dayer (6pm-midnight), with Jay Strongman, Gary Dennis, Dave Malone, Ray Keith, Ju, Gilly, Turbo and The Jazz Bags again . . . Graham Gold this Thursday (12) starts a new Roccoco night at London’s Camden Palace . . . Jason Bushby’s Fridays are still firin’ at Saltburn-by-the-Sea’s Philmore, with regular PAs and guest DJs, this special Good Friday’s including DJ Liam, DJ Naz, Davy D & MC Junkie D, Mike Shaw and Nugroove, plus a PA by local hip hop collective Murder Inc…. Good Friday also sees the return to Torquay’s Monroes of the monthly Humdinger “scream and shout-free” real soul/jazz/funk night, with a PA by Innocence and guest DJ Simon Dunmore joining Chris Dinnis — whose Saturday 8-10pm soul show is still on Plymouth Sound 97FM in Devon/Cornwall, while his Dorset/Avon/Somerset aimed Orchard FM 102.6FM Saturday 6-8pm soul show actually reaches Exeter, South Wales, Bristol, Southampton and Bournemouth . . . Black Box, Guru Josh, Adamski, and Musto & Bones are amongst the live acts this Saturday (14) at an Energy party in Docklands’ London Arena . . . Passion 9T Part 1 is an Easter Sunday 2pm-midnight alldayer at Brixton’s The Fridge, with Unique 3, The Forgemasters and Shut Up And Dance among the live acts plus DJs Jumping Jack Frost, Fabio, Bones, ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards, Grooverider, Bryan Gee, Dave Foster, G-Force (Eureka) . . . Jeff Thomas’s black music Monday has moved from Port Talbot back to Swansea at ExI’s (sic), suitably called Martha’s Mondays as the club is in the same building as Martha’s Vineyard where it all began (he’s also on Wednesdays at Swansea’s Sloanes) . . . Andrew Holmes is among the Trash DJs hosting Let’s Get Horny Fridays at Manchester’s Precinct 13, combining upfront US house and hip hop with early Eighties West End/Prelude-type “114bpm (!)” classics, their next bi-monthly legal allniter being on Friday, April 27 . . . DJ Twitch and ‘mega’ DJ Brainstorm run UFO Friday nights (midnight-4am) at Edinburgh’s The Venue, spinning hard beat, hard house and technodub, with live sampling by Ege Bam Yasi . . . Belgian hard beat also dominates Future Zone Fridays and Saturdays at Burnley’s Angels with Paul Taylor and resident DJ/promotion manager David Croft, the latter back from two years of club and radio work in Norway and Switzerland . . . DJs Tim, Matt and Mark, saying there’s more to South Yorkshire than Sheffield (yeah, how about Tickhill?!), front a new fortnightly house club in Rotherham, The Bass-Ment in Masbrough’s Prince Of Wales Cellar Bar every second Friday — to judge from the date this info was sent, that could mean next week . . . Cleveland DJ Mark Watson, well known locally from the Mad Mark’s and T.F.M. Roadshows, needs a kidney transplant to lead a fully normal life but is surviving through use of a hospital’s kidney machine, advice about proven fund raising disco ideas to help finance a machine of his own being welcomed by fellow DJ Graham Murray on 0642-226270 . . . The Club Chart’s entry threshold was back up almost higher than ever last week, leaving several bubblers doorstepping just outside when a week earlier they’d have been in it: A Tribe Called Quest, Starpoint, Ecstasy, Pandella, Boneshakers (‘Reachin’ 1′ LP), The Motor City Techno Mob, 808 State, Cry Sisco! (Hard Spell Mix), The Man With No Name, BBG, amongst others . . . KICKIN’!

Reviewed by Dave Dorrell and James Hamilton


FOREMOST POETS ‘Reasons To Be Dismal’ (Dave Dorrell)

THE CHIMES ‘Stronger Together’ (Dave Dorrell) Continue reading “April 14, 1990: Soul II Soul, Madonna, Richard Rogers, D-Shake, Da Posse & Underground Crew, 3rd Bass”

April 7, 1990: Miki Howard, Technotronic, Jamie Principle, The Motor City Techno Mob, Fallout


CHILL ROB G’s funkily chugging ‘Let The Words Flow‘ (109bpm) was, as flip to the Afro flavoured ‘The Court Is Now In Session‘ (100bpm) (US Wild Pitch Records WP 1011), in The Club Chart right through February and March last year and is now attracting renewed attention as the inspiration for Snap’s ‘The Power’ — of which, our own Alan Jones was first to realise, the female “you got the power” title line copies Jocelyn Brown’s ‘Love Is Gonna Get You’ acappella . . . Arista’s UK pressing of ‘The Power’, it must be emphasised, is an also Germany issued re-recording without the contentious samples of the very first import version — meanwhile, out here also is the brand new Snap introducing Turbo B. ‘The Power (Remix)’ (Arista 613 134), revamped by Sven Väth of Off into a now ‘Greyskull’ soundtrack introed more sparsely chugging Transformer Mix and alternative very different disjointedly jiggling Generator Mix (both still around 108¾bpm) . . . I wasted several hours while writing last week’s Mellow Man Ace review trying to identify the naggingly familiar riff that prods most mixes of ‘Welcome To My Groove’, only to remember too late (and in an instant!) that of course it’s from the Nite-Liters’ ‘K-Jee’, a 1971 US hit probably better known here as by MFSB (their revival being on the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ movie soundtrack) . . . ‘House Music All Night Long’ was of course by Two Guys On Acid, and it seems that the track I identified from the use of their refrain on the flip of the ‘Take Sting Away On Acid EP’ is merely that whole tune, unrestructured — while, as several readers have similarly pointed out, the Bo Diddley-ish guitar in Soho’s ‘No Hippy Chick’ seems to be from The Smiths’ ‘How Soon Is Now’ . . . The 1990 UK Asian DJ Mixing Championship finals are this Friday afternoon (April 6), noon to 7pm, at Brixton’s The Fridge, where not only the eight Asian DJ finalists but also Micky D, DJ Terry, DJ Pogo and DJ Indy will be spinning sounds . . . Radio Luxembourg 208 (1440 kHz) has just launched an “all-dance” Saturday schedule with new recruit Chris Forbes sandwiched at I0pm-midnight between Mike Hollis and Tony Murrell . . . AK will be the name of Andrew ‘Komix’ Komis’s UK label, as opposed to New Jersey Sounds which appears only to be for use in America . . . Roxanne Shanté’s two separate commercial 12-inchers split up her previously reviewed promo twinpack’s tracks (without including all of them) to couple CJ Mackintosh’s Hip Hop Mix and Hip Hop Instrumental (now both 120bpm) of ‘Go On Girl’ with his Hip Hop Mix (115bpm) of ‘Live On Stage’ (Breakout USAT 689), or CJ’s House and Yarr Gyee Mixes (also now 120bpm) of ‘Go On Girl’ with Mackintosh & Dorrell’s House Mix (about 115¼bpm) of ‘Live On Stage’ (USAF 689) . . . Frankie’s Favourite Garage Mix on the promo B-side of Tongue ‘N’ Cheek ‘Tomorrow’ will be out commercially as a separate ‘remix’, to follow Frankie Knuckles’ Warehouse Mix (which was the promo A-side) . . . Jeff Redd’s previously reviewed import album ‘A Quiet Storm’ is out here now on MCA Records (MCG 6086), while Professor Griff And The Last Asiatic Disciples’ ‘Pawns In The Game’ is distributed here by Greyhound . . . Public Enemy’s long awaited and often announced ‘Fear Of The Black Planet’ album really is due for UK release on April 17 . . . Diana Brown having long since left her Brothers, her upcoming excellent ‘Masterplan‘ will be credited to Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe . . . Gee Street are gearing up to rush release Queen Latifah’s currently US issued ‘Come Into My House‘ even though its import sales are negligible in comparison with her ‘Mamma Gave Birth To The Soul Children’ UK hit . . . Archway’s Pure Groove Records shop staff head across town from the Holloway Road to Westbourne Green’s Woody’s in Woodfield Road this Wednesday (April 4) to host a one-off night featuring Ziad & Roots and guests, plus a “unique” live set by Lovejoy . . . Ann Peebles and David Hudson with the Memphis Horns are the live soul stars of the four day Caister weekender over the May 4-7 bank holiday, Guru Josh, DJ Tim Westwood, and an on-site fairground complete with dodgems being further attractions (£59 ticket info on 01-367 9118) . . . Jay Caulfield’s Saturday night residency at Newtownards’ Mingles has been going six years now and is “still the place for people who take their dance music seriously!” . . . Kym Daniels “plays it harder than hard” Fri/Saturdays at Swanley’s Hickorys . . . John ‘Nick’ Osborne has moved after five years from Purley’s Cinderellas Rockerfellas (where he’s replaced by Terry Adams) to Mecca’s new smart dress Ritzy in Kingston upon Thames . . . Jamie Tee is desperate for his gigs to be namechecked, Wed/Thur/Fridays at Barnet’s The Dandy Lion and Saturdays at Milton Keynes’ ZaZoo . . . Elephant & Castle’s free admission Archduke Charles pub (in Heygate Street of the Walworth Road) has Mike Howard Thursdays, Terry James Fri/Saturdays, Noel H Sundays . . . Rick Robinson and Scott Ellis plus guests like Leigh Taylor, Scott Warren and Paul Doherty house it up at Hullabaloo! every Thursday in Steamer’s Nightclub aboard the floating Tattershall Castle pub, moored off London’s Victoria Embankment (from personal experience, I doubt if they enjoy lugging gear ashore when the tide is out, and the gangplank virtually vertical!) . . . KICKIN!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Streets Ahead

MIKI HOWARD ‘Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) (Brixton Bass Mix)’ (97½bpm) (Atlantic A7935T, via EastWest Records)
Aretha Franklin’s lovely “I’m gonna rap on your door, tap on your window pane” Stevie Wonder penned 1974 classic, the hottest cut on Miki’s old import album (included also in its mellow 95½bpm LP Version), has been remixed here by Blacksmith with a much sharper episodic jiggle, and an added edge to the brief opening burst of now Miss C performed and MC Mello written rap, promoed well ahead of April 30 release and sure to be big by then.

JUNGLE BROTHERS ‘Because I Got It Like That (Ultimatum Vocal Mix)’ (Streets Ahead)

CARLTON ‘Do You Dream’ (Streets Ahead) Continue reading “April 7, 1990: Miki Howard, Technotronic, Jamie Principle, The Motor City Techno Mob, Fallout”

March 31, 1990: The Family Stand, Jody Watley, Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, Soho, Bizz Nizz


IN THE currently fast moving world of radio, events can overtake each other, and, since last week’s column was printed, at the conveniently timed annual general meeting of Manchester’s Sunset 102FM the shareholders demanded reinstatement of the station’s founder Mike Shaft, who is now back in charge, the only major change being temporary closure of the news room’s full service . . . London’s latest 24 hour incremental station, Choice FM starts up on 96.9FM at 10am this Saturday, promising category defying “good” music (though it has a line-up of soul, dance and reggae DJs) through the mornings before broadcasting specialist ethnic services after lunch . . . Viceroy will be marketing Andrew ‘Komix’ Komis’s own New Jersey Sounds label here, debuting as in the US with Pandella ‘Don’t Stop (Your Love)‘ . . . 808 State’s ‘The Extended Pleasure Of Dance’ EP, with its main two tracks already promoed, adds only the Jimi Hendrix wah-wah started abrasive spacey ‘Dr Who’-ish synth tones jolted ‘Cubik‘ (124bpm) to the jerkily churning twittery ‘Cobra Bora (Call The Cops Mix)’ (119¾bpm) and rambling slow jittery ‘Ancodia (Taters Deep Nit Funky Beat Mix)’ (106¼bpm) . . . Tongue ‘N’ Cheek’s commercial 12-inch of ‘Tomorrow’ (due next week) will couple Frankie Knuckles’ promoed Warehouse Mix with the new (unless it’s his Favourite Garage Mix retitled) Def Piano Dub, an Acappella, and ‘Encore (Recall Rap Mix)’ . . . Dee’ Moe ‘One Step At A Time’ is out commercially next week with a new slithery brass accented Horny Mix (98½bpm) as flip to the Nomad Mix (remixer Nomad Soul turns out to be no relation of Damon ‘Nomad’ Rochefort, but is Soul II Soul’s engineer Howie Bernstein) . . . Selly Oak’s Loading Bay Records Hi-NRG label (contact Duncan Finlayson on 021-472 2463, afternoons) is handling its own distribution now, along with Greyhound, and currently has on release the girls cooed Giorgio Moroder penned thumping Obsession ‘Never Ending Story‘ (121¾bpm) (LBAY-9), ‘West Side Story’ NRG-ising US hit Vicki Shepard ‘Somewhere (There’s A Place For Us)‘ (128bpm) (LBAY-8), Italian galloping Jayne & Jill ‘Lay, Lay, Baby, Lay‘ (129¾bpm) (LBAY-7), double-sided frisky Italian Dandy ‘Cassanova‘ (129¾bpm)/Maria Gomez ‘Hungry For Fame (I Am A Star)‘ (129¼bpm) (LBAY-6), also double-sided Italian Van Halen NRG-ising Eskimo ‘Jump‘ (129¾bpm)/Mark Farina ‘To My Heart‘ (119bpm) (LBAY-5), plus by now the unheard Ankie Bagger ‘Where Were You Last Night‘ (LBAY-10) . . . ‘Keep It Together‘, Madonna’s first ‘street cred’ club hit in yonks, will only be the UK B-side to ‘Vogue‘, the latter not from her LP (and hopefully nothing to do with that non-starter of a hyped dance craze) . . . Kicking Back with Taxman PA this Thursday (29) at Ladbroke Grove’s Sub Club (off the Portobello Road in Subterrania) . . . UK rappers dominate at Brixton’s The Fridge this weekend, with Stevie V PA-ing on Saturday, while Silver Bullet and Merlin guest at Sunday’s noon-11pm Chillin alldayer with DJs Cutmaster Jay, DJ Face, Grooverider, Fabio, Valentine, DJ Biznizz and DJ Bones — and the following Sunday (April 8) the normal evening session there has Ultramagnetic MC’s and Blade with DJ Pogo . . . DJs like Andy Weatherall, Paul Gotel, Spence, Chad Jackson and DJ Charles jock on two levels every Friday at Flesh in Bournemouth’s Madisons . . . Marie Birch’s new Impact Record Promotions will now be located at Concorde House, 1 Barb Mews, Brook Green, London W6 7PA (081-602 8822) . . . Diamond Time, makers of the excellent continuously segued DiscEyes video compilations, have moved to 16/26 Rosemont Road, London NW3 6NE (071-433 3355) . . . Denmark’s Kenneth Baker excuses the messy edits in his Dr Baker ‘Kaos’ by pointing out that the HIP-Side was created without any form of sequencing, all drums and samples being played by hand — Guru Josh, incidentally, is remixing it for UK release on Desire . . . Brian Carter was wearing a silly grin following the 1990 Technics World DJ Mixing Championship Final, as he’d only just recently signed to BCM Records the brilliant young German winner, Cologne’s DJ David! . . . KICKIN’!


THE FAMILY STAND ‘Ghetto Heaven (The Remix)’ (104bpm) (Atlantic A7997T)
Already sizzling just on single-sided promo, this inevitably Soul II Soul-ish New York trio’s Sandra St. Victor agonised, V. Jeffrey Smith and producer Peter Lord crooned haunting slinky jogger is in fact mixed by Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper with James Brown grunts punctuated typical jiggling beats, smoothing out the group’s own actually similar though much rawer efforts as revealed now in the joltingly jittering Original Version and Dub (104¼bpm) on the commercial flip.

JODY WATLEY ‘Precious Love (Tongue In Groove Mix)’ (88¼bpm) (US MCA Records MCA-24010)
Breaking with her more usual style, this Dynamic Duo & Brian ‘Chuck’ New remixed sultry slow tugging jogger has delicately picked Spanish guitar and a useful Soul II Soul feel (Dub Instrumental flip, no other mixes), worth checking.

CHERRELLE with Alexander O’Neal ‘Saturday Love (Feelin’ Luv Extended Mix)’ (122½bpm) (Tabu 655800 6)
At last out legally after months on initially limited white label, when credited to its creators Olimax & Dj Shapps, this brilliantly synchs the original acappella vocals to a tubular bells plinky-plonked breezily bounding brand new backing (with, coincidentally, Pigbag ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’ and Spandau Ballet ‘Chant No. I’ percussion breaks!), madly infectious, flipped by 1985’s now stodgy seeming Original Extended Mix (116¼-116bpm) plus Cherrelle’s solo jiggly jogging ‘Foolin’ Around’ (101 bpm). Continue reading “March 31, 1990: The Family Stand, Jody Watley, Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, Soho, Bizz Nizz”

March 24, 1990: Alisha Warren, Rebel MC, Solid Gold Easy Amex, Today, Tribal House


BEATS INTERNATIONAL is only the commercial tip of the iceberg, all the signs are pointing (certainly in London, no doubt influenced by Bristol) towards an upsurge of interest in real reggae riddims, a logical progression for the Soul II Soul groove — and that indeed appears to be their own next direction! . . . Big Boss Groove, abbreviated for convenience to BBG, are releasing their white labelled ‘Sn/appiness‘ commercially soon via Polydor . . . Tim Raidl has set up the Chill Records label specifically for ‘raw underground’ UK house productions, and is looking for a few acts to complete his roster at Mix Connection & BritMix UK, 68 Sunningdale, Round Green, Luton LU2 7TE (0582 412460) . . . Paul Gotel’s new additions to Power Promotions’ existing DJ mailing list service are Power Press, handling dance music press promotion, and The Power Pool, a DJs’ record pool to be run by Frank Perkins, while other expansions to come include a full radio promotion service, a national shop strike force, and international promotion in Europe — where next, the World?! . . . Lisa Horan has replaced Paul Kindred as club plugger at Breakout/A&M . . . Linda Rogers has left BCM Records, leaving Ruth Rothwell and Record Mirror contributor Muff Fitzgerald as a caretaker UK staff . . . Edinburgh’s Dance Department promotion service (031-551 2477) intends to prove that there is more to Scottish dance taste than PWL and Hi-NRG! . . . Capital FM jocks Mick & Pat’s third annual Easter Help A London Child charity record will be a revival of Odyssey’s ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out‘, produced as usual by Stock Aitken Waterman . . . London’s KISS-fm seems likely to be gaining the services of a certain superstar reggae DJ when it comes on air in August . . . Mike Shaft sadly has left Sunset Radio, the black music Manchester incremental station that was his personal dream come true, resigning after a boardroom battle because apparently his otherwise successful programming policy had failed to attract enough national advertisers — it’s hard and cruel in the real world of radio, where idealism and love of music have to give way to commercial pressure . . . Jerry Hipkiss, sticking to his soul guns like Robbie Vincent in the face of the acid and now indie onslaught, has lost his Saturday Dancetrax show on Severn Sound (where he’s still music librarian), but continues jocking Mondays at Hereford’s Lovejoys . . . Peter Young has moved already from afternoons to 9am-noon weekday mornings on London’s new Jazz-FM (“102.2, the hottest number in town”), where an intended ‘touch screen’ control system was aborted just before the station went on air because, as he says, “The screen kept reverting to a normal TV picture, and every time I touched Peter Sissons’ nose a Muddy Waters record started”! . . . Sharon Redd, following her guest vocal for Larry Joseph & Science, has also been recording solo in London with Alan Cross & China Burton of What It Is! Productions . . . Benjamin Zephaniah is the correctly spelt name of the poet starting ‘The Poem’ by Bobby Konders’ House Rhythms . . . CJ Mackintosh has also remixed Janet Jackson’s ‘Escapade’ . . . ffrr’s pressing of the previously limited edition, shuffling acidic instrumental Orbital ‘Chime’ (Oh’Zone Records FX 135) is a faster 120½bpm, the flip’s hypnotist overlaid gently twittering ambient ‘Deeper’ being 120¾bpm now . . . ‘Where’s Your Head (12″ Mix)’ is on Shabazz’s commercial B-side, here 104¾bpm . . . Oleta Adams’ B-side ‘Don’t Look Too Closely’ is a slowly intensifying 37/74-76bpm . . . Ben Liebrand’s chunkily clonking though dated (due to the song) Extended Remix of Bill Withers’ hoarsely rasped ‘Harlem ’89’ is 112½-114½-114bpm, his alternative Street Mix 113-114¼bpm and 1971’s original Bobbie Gentry-ish ‘Harlem’ 112-114½bpm . . . Sweet Exorcist ‘Testone’ has been remixed (WARP/Outer Rhythm WAP 3R) as the still jerkily bleeping (and 125½bpm) ‘Testfour‘, ‘Testfive‘, and a short empty ‘Testsix‘! . . . Tongue ‘N’ Cheek appear this Wednesday (21) at Soho’s Jacqueline’s with DJ David RB and MC AW1 from the Trax Production Posse (this previously announced night having been postponed) . . . The Shamen PA next Monday (26) at the returned weekly Land Of Oz in Charing Cross’s Heaven, with DJs Paul Oakenfold, Alfredo, Fat Tony, Tony Wilson, Nancy Noise, The Orb and live rapper Ricky Light — jocks from a similar though expanded team are for the next three months taking the Land Of Oz concept on a one-niter tour of 25 UK clubs, featuring PAs by such as Adamski, Electra, Izit, Guru Josh, Jesus Loves You, E-Zee Posse, Cry Sisco, KLF and other popsters . . . DJ Jay joins Mike McGowan for the Friday raves at Torquay’s Claires Club, while his own Big Beat Sunday was so successful on Sunday it’s now moved to Saturday at Teignmouth’s Bugsy B’s . . . David C.L. Young (very formal!), newly appointed nightclub promotions manager for Stakis Leisure in Scotland, is with guest DJs updating Monday at Paisley’s Toledo Junction under the name Monsoon (“Where The Music Reigns“) . . . Whitstable’s Bob Le-Roi, retaining his roadshow, has given up club work to freelance for East Kent’s Invicta Radio . . . Bizz Nizz ‘Don’t Miss The Party‘, biggest initially in the North, has already been described by Hugh Bryder of Liverpool’s Mardi Gras Club as “the acid ted anthem of the year so far”! . . . David A. Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer’s hit has a perfectly danceable seven inch, so why did the 12 inch mixes have to be mucked up with that tempoless ambient break? . . . Diana Brown & The Brothers’ ‘Masterplan‘, due next month, sounded so strong on first radio hearing that I couldn’t leave my car until Tim Westwood had back-announced what it was — not many newies are that good! . . . KICKIN’!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Norman Cook

ALISHA WARREN ‘Discover Me’ (100bpm) (RCA PT 43492)
Combining the feel of Lisa Stansfield and Soul II Soul, this superb sultrily soulful swaying jogger is obviously right on the button for today’s tastes and is likely to be huge, flipped by its starkly percussive Acappella and the fluidly bounding ‘Touch Me (The Amore Mix)‘ (122bpm). Now, what’s all this about the 49ers?!

NATION 12 ‘Listen To The Drummer’ (Norman Cook)

KEY III ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (Norman Cook) Continue reading “March 24, 1990: Alisha Warren, Rebel MC, Solid Gold Easy Amex, Today, Tribal House”

March 17, 1990: Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Cash Crew, Janet Jackson, Black Box, Salt-n-Pepa


NIGEL WILTON is definitely, as recently rumoured, leaving Island’s club plugging team at the end of the month to join Steve Ripley’s dance music marketing department at CBS/Epic – but their club promotion will still for the time being be handled independently … Simon Walsh is updating the club DJ mailing list at Music Enterprises Ltd, The Courtyard, 42 Colwith Road, London W6 9EY (01-741 5515), who coincidentally handle a certain amount of work for CBS/Epic … Paul Gotel, previously Andrew Woods’ assistant, has taken over Power Promotions (Unit 302, The Metrostore, 5/10 Eastman Road, London W3 7QS, 01-746 1210), who likewise handle much CBS/Epic product … Adamski has remixed The House Crew ‘All We Wanna Do Is Dance’, appropriately as it’s the anthem of the Freedom To Party (in muddy fields!) campaign … U.F.I. stands for the Universal Funk Industry, their recently reviewed ‘Understand This Groove’ being due also as a Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh remix … Olimpia is spelt that way because ‘You Want My Love’ was created by Italy’s Oli, Spinmaster MP, and DJ 1A … Cooltempo next week release the Belgian Bizz Nizz ‘Don’t Miss The Party Line’ … Tim Garbutt, about to make his vinyl debut as half of Trak 1, has successfully launched his own Hoof  house and hip hop night, with guest DJs and PAs, every second Monday (March 19 included) at Harrogate’s Legends, and every Thursday from this week (15) at Bradford’s Rio … Justin Robertson and Greg Fenton’s Euro-based Spice night has moved in Manchester to Richfields every Sunday … DJ Tegwen has started a specialist electronic beat/new beat/hard beat Sex Beat Wednesday at Brighton’s Savannah … Steve Stuart, switching after eight years from the kids downstairs to the over-25s upstairs at Boston’s Elizabethan Club, is also about to hit the road with his own Outside Broadcast Unit, complete with generator, radio mic and backup crew … Mr Slick is keeping rollerdisco alive at Forest Gate’s Uppercut Rollerdisco Club, Friday being the crucial night … D Mob and Blacksmith’s already reviewed newies aren’t out commercially for another fortnight yet … Kate B’s ‘Free’, reviewed last week, should have been 123½bpm (quoted in The Club Chart though), while MC B. featuring Daisy Dee’s ‘This Beat Is Technotronic’ is in fact a cheeky cover version of an actual Technotronic album track! … Boney M have covered Izit’s ‘Stories’ … Ruby Red Records, claimed to be Wolverhampton’s only dance music shop (in Cleveland Street), needs more independent labels to supply it with releases that upfront DJ customers are otherwise missing (contact Mick or Malcolm on 0902 771186) … The Club Chart’s entry threshold keeps getting higher, as do the number of dance music releases trying to scrape in at even 100=, leaving a real log lam of well supported ‘bubblers’ from which last week’s next 10 were Stacy Lattisaw. Bizz Nizz, Paradise 10, Silver Bullet (Norman Cook Remix), Goodbye F.B.I., Dee’ Moe, Ryo Kawasaki & “Satellites”, Snap (Arista), Liquid Oxygen, Equation … Ram Jam, Jam Jam, Jam Tronik, Jam Machine — does everything these days have to have jam on it? … KICKIN’!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Jon Dasilva (Hacienda)

TONGUE ‘N’ CHEEK ‘Tomorrow (Warehouse Mix)’ (120bpm) (Syncopate 12SY 14)
Frankie Knuckles remixed excellent smoothly thrumming timeless strider with a lovely soulful female lead, lush harmonies, cool male narration and slick orchestral noises, flipped by a sparser less vocal Frankie’s Favourite Garage Mix.

CASH CREW ‘One Decade’ (115bpm) (Vinyl Solution STORM 12, via SRD, 01-889 6555)
Fast talking Trim, Champain and DJ Loose from Ladbroke Grove are about to explode with this excellent jittery tumbling rap, the real thing, flipped by the bass, percussion, panting and giggling girls driven nervy instrumental ‘Amo‘ (123bpm), each refreshingly in only one mix.

FORCE LEGATO ‘System (Remix)’ (Jon Dasilva) Continue reading “March 17, 1990: Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Cash Crew, Janet Jackson, Black Box, Salt-n-Pepa”

March 10, 1990: “The “Soul II Soul effect” is bringing dance tempos back down”


It’s interesting to note that the “Soul II Soul effect” is bringing dance tempos back down to such an extent that in The Club Chart’s Top 20 last week there were 12 hits all slower than 115bpm, most of them (and all the biggest ones) a lot slower . . . Paul Oakenfold has done a legal remix of the old Red Box ‘Enjoy’ for East West release, coupled by the currently bootlegged original B-side which has been so much in demand . . . Jonathan Richardson and Terry Farley of Boys’ Own have formed P.O.P. Promotions (standing for ‘Pieces Of Plastic’ — like it!), and are topping up their DJ mailing list at 249/251 Kensal Road, London W10 5DG (01-968 8459) . . . Andrew Wood has just sold his successful independent Power Promotions (operating one of the more effective mailing lists) to assume a corporate role instead, taking over from Nigel Webb running club promotions for BMG (which includes RCA, Arista and Motown) . . . Edinburgh’s Bill Grainger points out that, while he may be busy with Big Fun, he is still running his own First Class promotion service for Scottish and Northern Ireland DJs, currently mailing PWL Records product amongst others . . . Andrew ‘Komix’ Komis is managed only outside North America by Best Beat Music . . . Stockport’s new (though off air for six years, previously pirate) incremental radio station KFM 104.9FM as part of its recent launch celebrations relayed live a normal night’s jollifications from Offerton’s Hamiltons, whose DJ Tim Howard now co-hosts the station’s Saturday 3-6pm dance show . . . Mike Pickering makes his third trip to Cork this Thursday (8), guesting at Greg D’s regular Sweat night in Sir Henry’s . . . Nigel Thomas’s monthly modern Sounds Of Soul night should be at Nantwich’s Cheshire Cat this Thursday, too . . . Ubiquity II at Brighton’s Zap Club next Wednesday (14) offers individualists both Push and Choice Exact playing live funk, a PA by local hero Norman Cook’s Beats International, DJs Shem ‘Streets Ahead’ — guess where half Record Mirror’s staff are likely to be that night! . . . Gee St Records have started a weekly Saturday club night at the City Of London’s Turnmills, conveniently just down the Clerkenwell Road from their HQ in Gee Street (which really exists!) . . . Blackburn’s DJ IMC (Ian McIntyre) has been jocking in Europe but is back in the groove at Rochdale’s Fatsoe’s Fridays and Middleton’s Hippo’s Saturdays . . . DJ Miller (The Killer) — real name Kevin —has split from Ipswich’s Hoofers to start an upfront and underground Saturday at Woodbridge’s The Slam (possibly undergoing a name change), with jazz and rare groove Sundays . . . Rusty Egan’s latest invitation club night is Gold on Fridays at Kensington’s The Park, with DJs Noel Watson and Carl Cox plus guests . . . Chris Hill thought he had retired from DJing (he’s busy enough as a partner in the Ensign label on which Sinead O’Connor is currently so hot) but, following his successful return (about every third Saturday) to his legendary Canvey Goldmine haunt of the Seventies, soon starts also on Tuesdays at Dartford’s Zen (as Flicks has become) and on Thursdays at Ealing’s Broadway Boulevard, playing left field soul ancient and modern . . . New York’s Dave Piccioni plus other jocks like Kid Batchelor, DJ Tee and Keith Franklin, along with further guests and MCs, create Confusion:Bass 9T Sundays at London Shaftesbury Avenue’s Shaftesbury’s . . . Tony Christian, assistant head DJ, wants to get the message through to the locals that Croydon’s previously middle of the road Cinatra’s (sic) has woken up to the dance groove of the Nineties! . . . Dr. Baker ‘Kaos’ (Danish Coma Records COMA 127 001), Kenneth Baker’s 1988-style cut-up reviewed last week, is indeed in six sometimes messily edited mixes, confusingly only differentiated by (mostly quite accurate) timing-like numbers, the HIP-Side having 5:36 (126¾-127bpm), 4:18 and (actually a much shorter 3:26!) 5:12 (127-126¾bpm), the HOT-Side having 5:02 (118¼-118½bpm), 5:46 and its own (accurate!) 5:12 (128bpm) . . . Casa Nero’s commercial pressing will be flipped by a more tightly remixed ‘Ain’t No Acid in This House’ . . . Habit ‘Fly Like An Eagle’, recently reviewed off white label, turns out to be remixed by Bruce Forest & Robin Hancock . . . DJ Kid Smurf tips that Depth Charge ‘Bounty Killers’ played at 45rpm and vari-speeded down on an SL 1200 to run at between -1 and -3 becomes an “excellent hardcore hiphouse techno track” . . . KICKIN’!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Paul Oakenfold

JUNGLE BROTHERS ‘What “U” Waitin’ “4”? (Jungle Fever Mix)’ (109bpm) (Eternal W9865T, via WEA)
Waiting to explode when out fully next week, this jauntily chugging rap is now driven in CJ Mackintosh’s killer remix by a beefy combination of People’s Choice ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna’ beat and Salsoul Orchestra ‘Ooh I Love It’ strings and brass, while his all new more, percussively shuffling C. Jungle, C. Jungle (108¾bpm) — a wordplay on his initials — ends with some Maceo Parker ‘Soul Power’ sax, and Tony Humphries’ hollow booming Love Ride And Orchestra Mix (109¾bpm) joins the JBs’ own bumpily tapping ‘J. Beez Comin’ Through (Remix)‘ (102½bpm) on the flip.

MC B. featuring DAISY DEE ‘This Beat Is Technotronic (Uptown Mix)’ (124½bpm) (Big One VVBIG 20)
Just what the world was waiting for, a German carbon copy of the Technotronic sound! At least they have the honesty to admit, repeatedly, that that’s what it is in the title line of this Holland based (and apparently Paris Grey discovered) 19 years old American/Brazilian girl’s Ya Kid K-type word spitting simple galloper, flipped by its Rebel MC punctuated High Level Mix and the Portuguese accented but this time Italian house copying magpie type ‘Musquash‘ (124bpm).

BOBBY KONDERS’ HOUSE RHYTHMS ‘The Poem’ (120bpm) (US Nugroove NG 038)
Continuing the current New York trend for EP-type multi-track 12-inchers (this one having actual toons, though), Bobby Konders’ Peter Daou keyboarded instrumental six-tracker is hottest for this Benjamin Zephaniah black poetry introed then jazzily trilling loper, but has also the electronically fluttering ambient African chanting ‘Massai Women‘ and its more twittery ‘Dub Massai Style (Mark’s Mix)‘ (119¾bpm), the title line repeating urgent ‘Let There Be House‘ (124bpm), bassily striding ‘Version‘ (120bpm), and twittery twizzling ‘Nervous Acid‘ (119½bpm). Continue reading “March 10, 1990: “The “Soul II Soul effect” is bringing dance tempos back down””

March 3, 1990: Queen Latifah & De La Soul, A’me Lorain, Seduction, J.T. And The Big Family, Beat System


OLIMAX & DJ SHAPPS’ excellent but still hard to find remix of ‘Saturday Love’ is suddenly about to go “overground” in a big way, having been picked up for full release in a fortnight by Tabu (655 800) — who will, however, be crediting it as being by Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal (which seems reasonable enough in the circumstances!), as a prelude to the relaunch of Cherrelle’s old album . . . Steve Ripley, remembered by older DJs as the award winning one-time club plugger at CBS, is once again assembling a fully fledged in-house dance music marketing department for all the CBS/Epic labels . . . Greater London’s first ‘incremental’ local radio station, JAZZ-fm comes on air formally at 6am this Sunday, March 4, but is already running a continuous test transmission on 102.2FM . . . Jon Williams, mixing really upfront Eurobeat at Mayfair’s Wall Street on Dilly Daily Thursdays and Red Square Saturdays, tips that Dave Pearce will be among the KISS-fm presenters come August . . . Chad Jackson, never busier, is remixing ‘The 900 Number’ — after all this time — to make it a virtually new track although still under The 45 King’s name . . . Soul II Soul’s ‘A Dream’s A Dream‘ is due as their sixth single in March, featuring ‘Glamazon’ Victoria Wilson-James (the first signing to their own new record company) . . . ffrr have now signed the previously limited edition, 800 pressings only, Orbital ‘Chime‘ for wider release . . . Mercury have for some reason only just fully released Adventures of Stevie V ‘Dirty Cash (Money Talks)‘, promoed since late October and in The Club Chart clear through November/December . . . K.Tronics Ensemble ‘House Of Calypso‘ is due for reissue as a remix to cater for continued demand around Manchester . . . Shep Pettibone’s chunkily shuffling Soul II Soul-ish 12-inch Remix, Dub, Instrumental, and more typically pop accented swingbeat-ish 12-inch Extended Mix of Madonna ‘Keep It Together’ (US Sire 0-21427), reviewed without BPMs last week by Norman, are all fractionally around 104¾bpm, while DJ Mark The 45 King and co-producer Stephen Bray’s different drily drummed rolling 12-inch Mix and Bonus Beats are fractionally around 103¼bpm . . . A Tribe Called Quest ‘I Left My Wallet In El Segundo’ (US Jive 1300-1-JD), the often raggamuffin accented mildly amusing story telling slow rap also recently reviewed by Norman, is in different lethargic Feature Length (89½bpm), and drums rumbled Talkie (97¾bpm) and Silent (99bpm) treatments, flipped on translucent green vinyl by the really funny ‘Pubic Enemy‘ (not a misprint!) in ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ bassed Saturday Night Virus Discomix (108bpm), and “scratch it” punctuated Talkie and Silent (109bpm) treatments — and treatment is what the fellah needs! . . . Chris Checkley and Louise Chantrell at CT Records (01-229 7329) reckon they’ve built such a good mailing list of 100 top DJs as a result of publicity in Record Mirror that they’re prepared to do independent club promotion for other labels! . . . Shoeburyness’s enterprising Ian Bunker (0702-297876) has become the UK and European representative for Chicago’s House Nation Records, Subculture, Hillbilly House, Hot Mix 5 Inc, StreetSide Records and other associated labels . . . Big Beat label producer Andrew ‘Komix’ Komis is now managed internationally by Neil Rushton’s Birmingham based Best Beat Music, alongside the likes of Kevin Saunderson, ‘Magic Juan’ Atkins and Derrick ‘Mayday’ May . . . Matthew Roberts, with Gary Jones and guests on Eclipse Wednesdays at Chester’s Rendezvous or alone on Xtra Large Mondays at Wrexham’s Cotton Club, is offering good money for top class PAs, live acts and guest DJs (0978-751499 after 5pm) . . . KISS-fm’s latest, 7th Record Fair is once again at Highgate’s Jacksons Lane Community Centre this Sunday (4) between 10am-4pm, rare groove collecting fanatics being advised to get there early before the goodies are gone . . . Epsom’s Diamond Duel record shop manager and renowned 6T’s pioneering DJ, Tony Rounce, is taking over from Nick Gordon Brown running the Impulse Promotions DJ mailing list . . . Breakout are promoting the re-release of ‘Love Together’ by circulating pairs of L.A. Mix emblazoned white cotton sports socks! . . . IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Jay Strongman

QUEEN LATIFAH & DE LA SOUL ‘Mama Gave Birth 2 The Soul Children (Extended Vocal)’ (107½bpm) (Gee Street GEE T26)
Due commercially next week but not surprisingly huge already on white label, the Princess Of The Posse’s hottest album track is now excitingly remixed by CJ Mackintosh & John Waddell to become much more beefily chugging in the guesting De La Soul’s style than it was on LP, flipped by alternative The Secondary and instrumental The Primary Mixes (107¾bpm), a surefire smash.

A’ME LORAIN ‘Whole Wide World (Wingate 12″ House Remix)’ (104½bpm) (RCA PT 49294)
This remorseless bass thumped and piano jangled jiggly ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’-ish lurcher and its less vocal Wingate House Dub Remix are not surprisingly the treatments that eventually attracted UK attention to last autumn’s US ‘True Love’ movie tune, rather than its Paula Abdul-ish squeakily juddering Elliot Wolff 12-inch (105bpm) pop version, rightly relegated to the flip now it’s out here.

SEDUCTION ‘Free Your Body (It’s Time To Get Hip House)’ (120½bpm) (Breakout USAF679)
Less to do with Seduction as a girl group and more to do with them as an outlet for producers Clivilles & Cole, this guys rapped and samples studded hip house import coupling of ‘Heartbeat’ has proved so hot in its own right that it’s been added to the UK re-release of the girls’ US smash ‘Two To Make It Right’, the latter now just in catchily chanted vigorously jittering Latin hip hop The Club Mix (115-115¼bpm) and alternative bassily rumbling instrumental The House Dub (121bpm) treatments. Continue reading “March 3, 1990: Queen Latifah & De La Soul, A’me Lorain, Seduction, J.T. And The Big Family, Beat System”

February 24, 1990: Mantronix, Sweet Exorcist, Fine Young Cannibals, Vandal, Quartz featuring Steps


LISA STANSFIELD, in full live concert for the very first time anywhere, is confirmed as the star attraction at Livewire Promotions’ four day (April 13-16) Easter weekender at Prestatyn, where (with more names to be confirmed) other attractions will include an appearance by David Peaston, the Soul II Soul DJ crew including Jazzie B, Jazzie Q and Aitch B, two guest KISS-fm jocks, and the addition of Simon Dunmore to the legendary regular DJ team in order to strengthen the soul front, which will be re-emphasised with probably a room of its own (bookings/enquiries on 01-364 1212) . . . March 30-April 1, however, boasts two earlier weekenders, Upnorth Promotions’ sixth musically orientated ‘Blackpool’ event being actually at Southport this time with deep soul star attractions David Sea, Garland Green and Jesse James plus probable rap and jazz acts along with DJs like Tim Westwood, Colin Curtis, Richard Searling, Bob Masters, Simon Dunmore, Bob Jones, Norman Jay, Hutchy, Sylvester, Billy Davison, Ian Clark and many more (bookings/enquiries on 091-389 0317), while KAOS Weekends’ latest rave at Great Yarmouth features DJs Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway, Graeme Park, Mike Pickering, Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Jazzy M, Andy Weatherall, Johnny Walker, Fat Tony, Fabio, Phil Perry, Alfredo and Steve Bicknell (credit card bookings on 01-364 1666, enquiries on 01-392 2922) . . . Arthur Baker And The Backbeat Disciples’ Silly Games’, in its Bonesbreak and Hacienda Club Mixes (reviewed last week), turns out on commercial pressings to be only the B-side coupling for the John Warren sung pop radio-aimed ‘Last Thing On My Mind‘ . . . Kath Canoville is currently updating the club and pirate DJ mailing lists at Nation Records, 19 All Saints Road, London W11 1HE (01-792 8167), with several “World Dance Fusion” releases in the pipeline . . . Edinburgh’s Ian Robertson and Alan Gibson hope to follow in the footsteps of Bill Grainger (now busy managing Big Fun) by setting up a new promotional mailing list (product sources unspecified at the moment) just for DJs in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Dance Department, PO Box 700, NWDO, Edinburgh EH4 4UL (031-551 2477/3025 or Fax 031-555 1010) . . . Northern Ireland’s Charlie Dickson does a rundown of Record Mirror’s Club Chart during his Saturday 3.30-7pm show on Radio WABC 101.7fm (“the only station in Ireland playing the chart that matters!”), right after which he jocks live at Portstewart’s The Anchor Club . . . Tongue ‘N’ Cheek appear with DJ David RB and MC A.W.I. from the Trax Production Posse (TPP) next Wednesday (28) at Soho’s Jacqueline’s in Wardour Street . . . “Up here in Manchester you have the choice of either Hard House or Hip Hop, fair enough but there is more to life!” — so says Greg Fenton, who with Justin Robertson and guest DJs hosts the Euro/Balearic Sunday night members only Spice at Manchester Piccadilly’s The Cavern . . . Torquay’s DJ Jay has started a specialist “dance music” evening on Sundays at Teignmouth’s newly refitted Bugsy B’s . . . Earth, Wind & Fire have teamed up with The Boys and — yup — gone swingbeat for the upcoming ‘Heritage‘ (103½bpm) . . . Falkirk’s Brian (DJ Baz) Sneddon (looking for gigs on Larbert 557437) rightly reckons that Fourth & Broadway should remix in 1990 house style, or at the very least just re-release, the still influential Wally Badarou ‘Chief Inspector‘ . . . Alan Coulthard’s latest remix for the Music Factory subscription service is an Olimax & DJ Shapps rivalling new version of Indeep’s ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’, speeded up to 120bpm although the vocals retain their original pitch . . . IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Norman Cook

MADONNA ‘Keep It Together’ (Norman Cook)

MANTRONIX ‘This Should Move Ya’ (Capitol EST 2117)
Featuring his new (sometimes foul mouthed) rapper Bryce Luvah, Curtis Mantronik’s latest eagerly awaited album has the JB beats jiggled sinuous ‘(I’m) Just Adjustin’ My Mic’ (99¾bpm), chatting also JB funked ‘This Should Move Ya‘ (108½bpm), Sixties piano prodded smutty ‘Stone Cold Roach‘ (105bpm), jittery new jack swing ‘I Like The Way (You Do It!)‘ (109¾bpm), Ian Dury’s now rap adapted ‘Sex-N-Drugs And Rock-N-Roll‘ (109¾bpm), P’funkily rolling ‘I Get Lifted‘ (97¾bpm), sombrely scratching ‘Get Stupid Part IV (Get On Up ’90)‘ (98¾bpm), Todd Terry-ish churning hip house ‘Don’t You Want More‘ (118bpm), Isleys scream punctuated chugging ‘Tonight Is Right‘ (118¾bpm), and Wondress wailed smash ‘Got To Have Your Love‘ (105¾bpm).

FOSTER McELROY ‘Around The World In Eighty Beats’ (Norman Cook) Continue reading “February 24, 1990: Mantronix, Sweet Exorcist, Fine Young Cannibals, Vandal, Quartz featuring Steps”

February 17, 1990: Milli Vanilli, Innocence, M.C. Wildski, Gil Scott-Heron, Kicking Back with Taxman


Ever been had? ‘So What’, the Italo house hit previously credited as by (E’-AlorrA), supposedly on an Italian Dischi Dovero label, in an outrageously cunning and successful scam masterminded by Cooltempo for Chrysalis distributed Dover Records turns out to be an instrumental version of the new single by none other than Gilbert O’Sullivan (I suppose the matrix number GOSSX should have been a hint)! … Princess Ivori ‘Wanted’, now sizzling on scarce single-sided UK promo, was in fact imported on Popular way back around a year ago, but “came and went” at the time, according to helpful Terry Davis at Balham’s Record Corner … Olimax & DJ Shapps’ brilliant ‘Saturday Love’ mix, hard to find on white label since the autumn, has finally had a wider release titled as ‘Feelin’ Love’ (still 122½bpm) on T.D. Records, Inc (TD 108) … Kariya’s ‘Let Me Love You For Tonight’ is of course where the vocal quotes are from in Olimpia ‘You Want My Love’, reviewed last week … Rich Nice ‘The Rhythm, The Feeling’, my lead review last week, is 109¼bpm – missed out by an oversight after all that! … Silver Bullet ‘Bring Forth The Guillotine’ (Tam Tam Records TTT 013) has been reissued in its old Ben Chapman remixes (120bpm), but with a brand new Norman Cook remix soon to follow … Rumour Records have signed up Masters Of The Universe and will be rapidly reissuing the current ‘Space Talk’, coupled with ‘Check It Out’ now … The House Crew ‘All We Wanna Do Is Dance’ (reviewed last week and fully distributed from next week by Pacific) has been adopted as the anthem of the Freedom To Party campaign – which points out that Government moves to crack down on so-called “acid house” and warehouse parties (largely on account of the media hyped supposedly associated drug problem), if allowed to pass into law unopposed, could well knock on to prevent the playing of any type of music outside licence controlled premises and hours (and that includes at an innocent birthday party in your front room) … 94 of the UK’s top club jocks, in acknowledgement of his indirect influence on their careers, have between them gathered over 5,000 signatures so far for a petition to bring back Robbie Vincent’s soul show on Radio 1 … Capital Radio’s greatest asset, Peter Young has left to join the likes of Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson at London’s new JAZZ-fm, on air March 4, doing a weekday 3-6pm jazz tinged soul/R&B show! … Diamond Time are extending their excellent continuously mixed monthly DiscEyes video compilations to three hours with specially edited movie trailer clips added to the end at no extra cost (subscription details, for professional use only, from Graham Gold on 01-483 4149) … Marie Birch, who wants those who might not otherwise recognise her to know she’s a fully recovered svelte brunette now following 14 months of serious illness, is back in the race running her new Impact Record Productions Ltd and previous PA’s Unlimited, building new mailing lists of club and radio DJs, specialist shops, and (those interested in booking personal appearances) entertainment managers at 363-365 Harrow Road, London W9 3NA (01-861 3953) … Beats International’s vocalist on ‘Dub Be Good To Me’, Lindy Layton not only used to be in TV’s “Grange Hill” but also is the girl from that Heinz spaghetti commercial, the one in which she’s just slurping her kid sister’s supper when her boyfriend is shown in by Mum … Mark Pogley and The Bean start a weekly upfront rave night this Friday (16) at Derby’s Zippy’s Lodge … Bob Masters anchors the new Freedom Fridays at Ladbroke Grove’s Subterrania, joined by two guests from a rolling rota of Jay Strongman, Bob Jones, Jeff Young, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and Simon Dunmore to spin an eclectic range of upfront cuts … Saturdays at Brixton’s Fridge currently star the Coldcut boys, Jonathan More & Matt Black, along with Ian B, Vicki Edwards and Jay Strongman – also quite a line-up! … Baby Ford will be headlining live with DJs Mike Pickering, ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards and Andrew Weatherall in four Saturdays’ time, March 10, at the monthly Decadence night in Kentish Town’s Town And Country Club, to be filmed by Thames TV (for screening in September, when it’s sure to seem up to date!) … Guru Josh, rather sooner, this Wednesday (14) is with Gary Oldis at Sunderland’s Chambers and on Sunday (18) visits Tony Cochrane’s latest regularly rammed Sweatbox rave alldayer at Dundee’s Destihls … Pete Haigh and Bob Jeffries are “Legal + Massive” at Glasgow’s Sub Club this Saturday (17) … Mike Knowler brings the rave sound of Liverpool’s legendary The State to Bootle’s Quadrant Park on Thursdays … Ket Shah reports from Tenerife that anyone taking winter hols there will find he, the Stewart Brothers, Steve and Alfie, and JB guarantee upfront music from around the world at the bars currently “doin’ the business”, Roxy’s, Bobby’s, Paradise Lost and Tramps … Syntonic Research (distributed at the time by Atlantic) was the best of several US labels which back in the early Seventies released series of albums with the whole of each side devoted to just one naturally recorded stereo effect (like dawn in a wood, dusk in a swamp, wind in high trees, gentle rain in a pine forest, blazing logs in a grate, thunder in the city), nearly all of which I collected should any budding ambient producers be interested! … ‘Sonic Seasonings’, a similar vintage double album on CBS by synthesiser pioneering Walter Carlos, however, contains the ultimate thunderstorm, midway through the side called ‘Spring’, great for clearing gigs that have gone on too long as it’s guaranteed to make all who hear it feel shivery and uncomfortable! … IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Norman Cook

MILLI VANILLI ‘All Or Nothing (US Megamix)’ (101½-100½bpm) (Cooltempo COOLX 199)
It’s back to jiggly half-steppin’ swingbeat (and sampled inserts from their and others’ oldies) for this consequently very typical jumpily syncopated jitterer, so much so that one can mentally picture their shinily shod twitchy feet in video close-up already, flipped by its more restrained US Remix (101½bpm) plus the moodily muttered and crooned slow ‘Dreams To Remember’ (106/53bpm).

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST ‘I Left My Wallet In El Segundo’ (Norman Cook)

BIG BOSS GROOVE ‘Sn—appiness’ (Norman Cook) Continue reading “February 17, 1990: Milli Vanilli, Innocence, M.C. Wildski, Gil Scott-Heron, Kicking Back with Taxman”

February 10, 1990: Rich Nice, Olimpia, Lisa Lee, L.A. Mix, Titiyo


BEATS PER MINUTE are not easy to calculate accurately without spending time on them, which is why Record Mirror’s DJ readers have over the last 11 years grown to depend upon the consistent reliability of those featured in this column, to preserve the continuity of which from now on only the reviews by JH will incorporate the BPM, records reviewed by our guest reviewers (whose own individual calculations using different methods have proved rather inconsistent) being fully BPM-ed in The Club Chart if and when they hit it — so keep checking that, as ever! . . . Black Box ‘I Don’t Know Anybody Else’, reviewed last week on import, is rushed out here (de/Construction Records PT 43480) with its Melody Mix retitled as Sample Free Mix and House Club as Free Sample Mix (both still 121bpm) . . . Digital Underground ‘The Humpty Dance’ (103½bpm) is also out here (BCM Records BCM 364 X) . . . London’s biggest selling pre-release last week, the now Pink Floyd ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ melody overdubbed Innocence (featuring Gee Morris) ‘Natural Thing‘ (102¾bpm) made only a brief two week Club Chart appearance in its original mix on Collision last autumn . . . Princess lvori’s hot ‘Wanted‘, promoed here just in its original Jurgen Korduletsch mix, also exists in a rare Mantronix remix that only Tim Westwood seems to have obtained, so far — meanwhile, the original mix, plus the similarly promoed Out Of The Ordinary ‘Play It Again (The Los Ninos Remix)’, and seven other tracks of varying previous availability by Royal Delite, Cry Sisco, Logg, The Alliance, Technofusion, Catch 22, and Audio One have been compiled on a Supreme Records album tagged “the very best in upfront dance”, ‘Club It 90, Volume One‘ (CLUBLP 1) . . . Culture Beat ‘Der Erdbeermund’ here for some reason has its completely instrumental import B-side as UK A-side, relegating Jo Van Nelsen’s hauntingly atmospheric German muttering to the flip — however, he’s heard on Ben Liebrand’s brand new Spanish guitar picked and Bobby Byrd punctuated more rhythmically shuffling Magic Intro Mix (Epic 655633 8) and its slow intro lacking Magic Remix (117¾bpm), which latter UK B-side is again the A-side in Germany . . . Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K ‘Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)’ has also been selling well in various David Morales remixes on two separate import pressings, an Italian one (New Music NMX 250) having his less urgent episodic Def Mix (123¾v bpm) plus the thumping, pumping Dance Action, Muted, Acappella and Instrumental Mixes (124bpm), while a better value US one (SBK V-19704) has his Def Mix and a Far East Mix (123¾bpm), the Album Version and 7-inch Edit (124bpm), plus his Techno Mix of ‘Pump Up The Jam’ (124¾bpm) . . . Eddie Gordon and Sue Jeoffroy (sic) will be looking after club promotion for the Atlantic, Ruthless, and Atco labels at the new East West division of WEA, while Fred Dove will continue servicing Warner Bros, Cold Chillin’ and Paisley Park product at the old parent company . . . DJs Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling and Paul Oakenfold, a heavyweight quartet of ‘Balearic’ founding fathers, declare now they’re going Back To Basics every Thursday at the Borderline, off London’s Charing Cross Road by Foyles . . . John Palmer has started upfront Sundays at Leicester’s Harveys . . . Breakers just below The Club Chart last week included Lonnie Gordon ‘Happenin’ All Over Again’, MC’s Logik ‘Peace & Unity (Remix)’, The House Crew ‘All We Wanna Do Is Dance’, Ben Mays ‘X-Rated’, 49ers ‘Touch Me (Hard-Core Remix)’, Princess Ivori ‘Wanted’, Louie Vega ‘Te Quiero’, Addis Posse ‘Let The Warriors Dance Retrip’, Fine Young Cannibals ‘I’m Not Satisfied’, Soft House Company ‘What You Need…’/’…A Little Piano’, Gwen Dickey ‘Wishing On A Star’, J.T Company ‘Don’t Deal With Us’ . . . Michael Jackson has bought a house in Santa Barbara, California, right next door to one just built and moved into by some friends of mine’s father — who, not unnaturally, is now worried about not only Wacko Jacko’s fans but also his menagerie! . . . IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!

Reviewed by James Hamilton, Simon Harris and Norman Cook

TODD 1’S BREAK BEATS ‘Volume 1’ (Norman Cook)

VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Jam Breaks’ (Norman Cook)

DR MOUTHQUAKE ‘Love On Love’ (Simon Harris)

ICE T ‘You Played Yourself’ (Simon Harris)

PISCES ‘Take Me Higher’ (Simon Harris) Continue reading “February 10, 1990: Rich Nice, Olimpia, Lisa Lee, L.A. Mix, Titiyo”