March 2, 1991: Innocence, Dick, Lisa M, Massive Attack, Clive Griffin


GEE STREET has been saved as a label in its own right after being signed to a six year worldwide licensing deal with Island by the latter’s legendary founder, Chris Blackwell, guaranteeing financial backing to further develop its acts like the Outlaw Posse, Queen Latifah, Richie Rich, PM Dawn, plus of course the Stereo MC’s, who are already signed to Island’s 4th & B’way logo (incidentally, the commercial release of their ‘Lost In Music’ is stickered, not with the usual ‘Parental Guidance Advised, Explicit Lyrics’ warning, but with ‘Spiritual Guidance Advised, Explicit Concepts‘ — like it!) . . . Frances Nero’s ‘Footsteps Following Me‘, the Ian Levine produced Sister Sledge-style underground soul ‘sleeper’, huge for months, has been picked up from Ian’s own Motorcity label for reissue on Debut as a harder more contemporary remix by Massivo member Steve McCutcheon . . . ‘What Is This Thing Called Love?‘, the standout from his ‘All True Man’ album, will be Alexander O’Neal’s new single . . . Jazz FM’s actual founder and guiding light, David Lee has now left his job as the station’s musical director (but remains a shareholder and company director) in a revamp of its programming style . . . Kiss 100 fm in London is following its New York inspiration, WKRS (Kiss FM), by recruiting top British dance music remixers-producers to create exclusive ‘master mixes’ of established dance classics for airplay on the station (and, no doubt, possible future commercial release?) — remixers/producers interested in getting involved should contact Lindsay Wesker on 071-700 6100 . . . Mark Kavanagh has launched a sponsorship financed, free news sheet for Irish DJs and dance fans, Remix, billed as “Ireland’s only independent dance update“, distributed by record shops in Dublin and Belfast or by mail, in return for a large (A4 size) stamped self addressed envelope, direct from Mark at 50 Granitefield, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin — with its second edition due this Friday, the first issue datelined February 9 was only a four page folded single sheet, but it was certainly up to (if not well ahead of!) date and future ones are sure to grow . . . MC Jammy Hammy returns to vinyl with a guest appearance, recorded via telephone answering machine, on the next Nexus 21 single, another “instantly massive UK techno rave stomper, in two mixes!” . . . Faith Sundays (9pm to midnight) have started at Bristol’s The Tube in Frogmore Street, with drum and bass selectors Daddy G. Tin Tin, Nick Warren, Deli G, Paul Morrissey, Dr Jam and Steve Aspey spinning funk-soul-house-rap . . . Tricky Disco’s long awaited follow-up, out in April, will be called ‘House Fly‘ — shades of ‘The Bee’? . . . AS IT GROOVES!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Tim Jeffery

BLACK BOX ‘Strike It Up’ (DJ Lelewel Mix/Sensitive Mix/Original Remix/Hard Core Remix)
JAM JAM ‘Everybody (Watcha Gonna Do)
TERRACE In-Motion EP: ‘In-Motion’ / ‘Seventh City’ / ‘Bewitched’ / ‘Gratiot
WILL DOWNING ‘The World Is A Ghetto’ (Universal Mix/Red Zone Mix/Ghetto Club Mix/Harlem Club Mix/Dreamy Mix)
KENNY LARKIN ‘Integration’ / ‘Colony’ / ‘Metropolis’ / ‘Colonize
THE BINGO BOYS ‘How To Dance’ (Extended Radio Version/Ambient NY Mix)
GARY CLAIL ‘Human Nature’ / ‘Rumours Of War
CANDI & THE BACKBEAT ‘The World Just Keeps On Turning
THE MUNCH BUNCH ‘Chocolate City’

INNOCENCE ‘Remember The Day’ (Cooltempo COOLX 226)
Originally scheduled for mid-February release, but only just promoed, so probably not out fully for a little while yet, this moody slow organ, sax and vibrant electric piano notes-started then funkily jiggling subdued cool sweet Gee Morris-cooed jogger is perhaps even more attractive and atmospheric than usual, in Final (106bpm), percussively clopping bassy Dub (105¼bpm), and rhythmlessly drifting languid Ambient Mixes. Could it be the one to finally give them the crossover hit that their massive dancefloor popularity suggests is now long overdue?

DICK ‘Weekend’ (125½bpm) (Low Spirit/yo-bro 12 YOBR 17, via Total/BMG)
WestBam’s real life brother DJ Dick bursts onto the scene with an excitingly frantic, rampaging and rattling raver punctuated by self publicising shouts and bursts of phonetic rap, in a Club Mix followed continuously by its Beats, flipped by fractionally slower Instrumental and, linked through an electro lull, Zombie Mix versions, guaranteed to leave dancers breathless!

LISA M ‘Love’s Heartbreak’ (104¾bpm) (Polydor PZ 125)
Out this week but promoed with just one track, possibly flipped commercially by the seven incher’s electric piano bubbled catchily loping ‘Love Bug’ (120½bpm), this excellent continuously scratching slithery CJ Mackintosh remixed, Phil Chill produced rapping Brixton girl’s simple strong jiggly chugger has a nice telephone effect halfway and some counterpointing conversational male rap, plus a naggingly repeated jaunty little horn riff that’s instantly familiar (except I can’t place it!). The promo label, incidentally, says it’s 112bpm — shurely shome mishtake? Continue reading “March 2, 1991: Innocence, Dick, Lisa M, Massive Attack, Clive Griffin”

February 23, 1991: Herb Alpert, Friends Of Matthew, L.A. Mix, Asmo, The Born EP


NETWORK RECORDS, following last week’s lead story, have initially promoed True Faith featuring Final Cut’s ‘Take Me Away’ (NWKT 20) as a single sider in just their own more jerkily spurting remake of the bootleg Pin Up Girl Remix, original singer Bridgett Grace echoingly wailing through its by turns jangling, pounding, bubbling and shuffling amalgamation with Kaos’s ‘Definition Of Love’ piano (123-122bpm), this pressing being a bit of a collectors’ item as the mix on it will not be out commercially . . . Jay Mondi, no longer on Ten Records, is another to add to the growing list of those who have actually covered rather than bootlegged ‘Take Me Away’, her Chris Paul produced piano and organ pounded bounding treatment in Raw, Smooth, and Acappella Mixes (121½bpm) being already out on Raw Bass (12 R BASS 010) . . . Yvonne Elliman’s 1976 UK and US smash slinkily jogging ‘Love Me‘ (75¼-75bpm) has obviously now become a rare groove as its original seven-inch version is bootlegged —credited to Evon Elemen! — on a currently fast selling 12-inch (Midnight Music WCC 116), flipped perhaps more unexpectedly by Rupert Holmes’s lurching 1979 US Christmas number one ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’ (70bpm) — spelt, this side with no artist credit, as ‘Pinacolladar’! . . . Jazzy Jason is launching a “real hardcore dance music” Pure Bhoomie label alongside the more hip hop orientated Blapps! Records, and is building a DJ mailing list for it on 0860 797652 (only apply if you and your crowd are truthfully tuff!) . . . Sony Music Entertainment UK (formerly CBS) has completely stopped manufacturing vinyl records in this country, all its vinyl coming from its Dutch pressing plant. Already in the US it’s almost impossible to find anything new other than dance releases (thankfully) on vinyl . . . Ten Records have packaged Inner City’s ‘Till We Meet Again’ in a limited edition gatefold sleeve, its two pockets however holding only one record (TENG 337), with Kevin ‘Master Reese’ Saunderson’s muted trumpet introed resonant bass bumped but strange very disjointedly surging Reese In Rio Mix (103¼bpm), better bassily loping trumpet rasped instrumental Places And Spaces Mix (102bpm) and self descriptive Almost Acappella Mix, the second pocket being to encourage purchase of the now also due separate stronger Remix (TENR 337), with Kevin’s sitar plinked solid jiggly chugging Reese In London Mix, sparser Reese In Detroit Mix and original far from compulsively danceable Reese In Rio Mix (all 103¼bpm) — the song is whinneyingly duetted by Paris Grey with fellow Chicagoan Byron Stingily from Ten City, except she recorded in Detroit and he recorded in New York two months later, and never the twain did meet! . . . Optimism Records/Arista have reissued Xpansions’ ‘Elevation’, yet another revived club hit from last year with sales then that didn’t reflect its floor support, now retitled as ‘Move Your Body (Elevation)‘ (613 683) . . . The Redmen’s ‘You’re My Way’, reviewed on import last week, is out here on Rumour Records in three weeks . . . DJ Atomico Herbie’s jerkily pounding D.J. H. featuring Stefy ‘Think About… (12″ Mix)‘ (119¾bpm) is here coupled by just its totally different wukka wukked then reedy organ jittered rattling sparse instrumental Crazy Mix (120bpm) . . . Flav-A-Flav-A-Flav presents Son Of Bazerk Featuring No Self Control And The Band (to give them their full name!) “change the style” of ‘Change The Style‘ from its basic James Brown groove (114bpm) with abrupt slow reggae (80bpm), sweet soul (38¼bpm), and heavy metal outro (117bpm) interruptions — these could come as a surprise, so do be warned! . . . March 1/2/3 in fact finds three weekenders at different Butlins camps, The Main Event at PwIlheli’s Starcoast World, the gay CAMP camp at Skegness’s Funcoast World, and the Scottish/North Of England Unity at Ayr’s Wonderwest World, this being apparently the first full scale weekender ever in Scotland, with DJs Carl Cox, Sasha, Fabio, Groove Rider, Nightmares On Wax (yes, dee-jaying), Jackie Morrison, Joe Deacon, Scot Gibson, Zamo and Harri, plus appearances by Caveman, N-Joi, Sindecut, Xpansions, K-Klass and more (£50 booking details on 0382 644003) . . . DJ Tat, DJ Clifton and Martin C have just started free admission weekly Chill Out Tuesdays 7-11pm in Chesterfield’s The Spires (next to the Regal), promising a musical cross section (but no visible Y-fronts!) . . . New York’s Shag club opens in London this Thursday (21) and then weekly at Wall Street in Mayfair’s Bruton Place, with Pulse DJs, Humanoid and Mental Cube supplying split level sounds . . . Ubiquity takes place at the Horizon Club on Kilburn High Road in London this Friday (22) featuring DJs Tim Simenon, Streets Ahead and Morgan with a PA by Chapter & The Verse . . . AS IT GROOVES!

The week’s new club promos and remixes reviewed by James Hamilton and Paul Gotel

TOM TOM ‘Replay
SPACETRAX (VOL. ONE) ‘Where Are You Now
CLUBLAND ‘Pump That Sound (Like A Megablast) (Blow Your Mind Mix)
DIGITALIS ‘Accepting
BASS BUMPERS ‘Can’t Stop Dancing

HERB ALPERT ‘North On South St.’ (US A&M 75021 2356 1)
The delicately tootling trumpeter’s hottest dance hit for years, on a massive seven track 12-inch (if you’re gonna use vinyl you might as well use it!), this starts out as a mumbling and giggling accompanied wriggly little jiggler in its LP Version (117¼bpm), before being remixed in Bobby Konders’s ambient effects backed whompingly striding lean Massive Sound 12″, Massive Sound 7″, and more sparsely smacking Late Night Massive Sound Remix treatments (all 117½bpm), flipped by Greg Smith’s 117.2bpm “c’mon let’s work” punctuated different funkily burbling Hip Housed Out 12″, Black Riot-type organ prodded pshta pshta-ing Deep Dub Version and similarly cantering Deep House Main Mix 12″ treatments (all 117¼bpm), the whole lot adding up to nearly 38 minutes. We’ll be lucky to get just three of these mixes on one piece of vinyl if it comes out here, thanks to UK chart rules.

FRIENDS OF MATTHEW ‘Out There’ (MCN 001, via Slammer)
A huge seller at Vinyl Zone already, this white labelled creation by three well known but, for the time being, anonymous club DJs from south of London is an ethereal choirboy-like “see me, feel me, hear me, love me, touch me” cooed and “is anybody out there” vocoder interspersed through a primarily instrumental thrumming frisky attractive electro shuffler, with some Kraftwerk ‘Autobahn’-type effects but no real bleeps, in Raw (125½bpm), “let’s go back to your childhood” introed Techno (125½bpm) and Garage (124bpm) Mixes, coupled also by the beefier leaping frequency oscillations and ‘TSOP’ brass combining ‘Obey‘ (126bpm), worth finding.

MC BUZZ B ‘Never Change
JOHNNY PARKER ‘Love It Forever
49ERS ‘How Long
DEEP BLUE ‘Deep Blue

L.A. MIX ‘Coming Back For More’ (A&M/PM 397 089-1)
Not quite as good an album for dancers as their variety-packed ‘On The Side’ debut set from 1989, Les & Emma Adams’ second LP is, however, more mature and designed to flow for consistent home listening, its two infectious floor-filling standouts being the already much mentioned Whispers’ ‘It’s A Love Thing’ title line adapting D. Marcus C. rapped jumpily chugging ‘Love Thang’ (109¼bpm), and the maddeningly catchy Pink Floyd meet Soul II Soul-type jittery swaying Angel C. chorussed ‘Live For Love’ (99bpm), not to be missed, while there are also of course the fruity sax farted and Leslie George souled slinkily rolling ‘Coming Back For More‘ (101¼bpm), Beverley Brown wailed and D. Marcus C. rapped current lovely ‘Mysteries Of Love‘ (101¼bpm), Juliet Roberts cooed pleasant shuffling ‘One Love One Touch‘ (104¼bpm), Juliet & Leslie duetted sinuously attractive (but what silly lyrics!) ‘We Shouldn’t Hold Hands In The Dark‘ (95¼bpm), Mike Stevens saxed jiggly instrumental ‘Slap‘ (105¼bpm), annoying acappella chant started Juliet sung (with a naturally held long note) gospel-ish undulating ‘Miss My Love‘ (103¼bpm), Juliet chanted jazz-funkily bounding deliberately dated ‘All Mine‘ (120¼bpm), and Zee (a strident girl) wailed repetitive slinky pop ‘Discover Reality‘ (111¼bpm). Continue reading “February 23, 1991: Herb Alpert, Friends Of Matthew, L.A. Mix, Asmo, The Born EP”

February 16, 1991: Deee-Lite, Dream Warriors, MC Hammer, Caveman, George Michael

James Hamilton’s BEATS & PIECES
The column that DJs read

NETWORK RECORDS are rush releasing here the suddenly much talked about True Faith featuring Final Cut’s ‘Take Me Away’ (in three versions, its original 1989 mix from Detroit’s Paragon Records plus not only a remake of the current bootleg remix that incorporates Kaos’s ‘Definition Of Love’, to which Network conveniently has the rights as well, but also a brand new remix by Nexus 21), this logical looking successor to The Source featuring Candi Staton being the track that amongst other treatments was remade by The Mix Master (an alter ego of DJ Lelewel) as the Italian flip to ‘Grand Piano’, his adaptation being then bootlegged a year ago as part of the ‘Take Sting Away On Acid EP’ and now remixed on the Pin Up Girls label, while a cover version by Sweet Mercy featuring Natasha has already been about on Blip and another by the Awesome 3 is due soon on A&M:PM! . . . The DJ Mixing Championships UK Final is being held at Chippenham’s Golddiggers on Wednesday, March 6, while the World Final will presumably again take place as part of the International DJ Convention, due to run through the first weekend in April (venues and precise dates unspecified so far) . . . Ashley Waring has been joined at Island doing club and radio promotion for 4th + B’way by musical “know it all” Gavin Wright, previously at Balham’s Record Corner shop — 4+B incidentally have picked up the CFM Band’s enduring import hit ‘Jazz It Up’ for UK release in a fortnight, and are re-releasing Wally Badarou’s ultra influential old ‘Chief Inspector’ from 1985 (source of countless riffs and rhythm tracks since!) in a brand new remix by Nomad Soul . . . Under Cover Movement’s ‘Moonstompin” is being fully distributed via Pinnacle from the end of this week, its creator Mark Ryder (re the review two issues ago) clarifying that he started out by always etching messages into the vinyl of his Strictly Underground logo’s releases (which last summer, of course, included an otherwise totally label-less black pressing of TTO) and it was actually he who gave to his old mate and near neighbour André Jacobs this and other of the ideas used now also by the latter for D-Zone Records! . . . Mark meanwhile is launching another logo strictly for techno releases, Dance Movement Records, which will include “the ultimate bleep record” called just ‘The Bleep‘ plus ‘Crazy Techno‘, both by as yet un-named spin-offs of Under Cover Movement . . . York’s Ziggys this Thursday (14) again becomes The Sweat Box, with DJs Bri G, Rockee and Chris Sweet’s fast stuff downstairs plus Soul Pete and Bry Walker’s soothing soul upstairs . . . One World’s Beano this Saturday (16) at Belfast Art College has hypnotizin’ Hibrid playing live plus DJs Keith Connolly, Alan Ferris, Dee O’Grady & Paul McCourt . . . Euphoria ’91 Thursdays in Southampton currently see Gary G spinning sweet soul and swingbeat in the Moscow Bar 8.30-11 pm (£2 admission but cheap vodka and Fosters), with free entry from there before 10.30pm into the neighbouring Escape Club for Mark’O, DJ Sweet, DJ Ramos & Simon A’s hardcore house, rap ‘n’ ragga until 2am . . . Phil Jay’s Fridays at The Villagers in Blackheath, hidden in the woods south east of Guildford between Wonersh and Albury, are now into their fifth successful year and he has hopes of his restarted Tuesdays there being just as hot too . . . Howard Platt, the popular owner of Gt. Yarmouth’s Tiffanys, had a heart attack and died two weekends ago . . . The Main Event weekender’s guest acts at Pwllheli Starcoast World over March 1/2/3 now include Main Source, Gang Starr, Dream Warriors, Outlaw Posse, Daddy Freddy, Nomad, Nexus 21, Rhythmatic, LFO, Dream Frequency, Light Of The World, Brand New Heavies, James Taylor Quartet, Galliano, The Tyrrel Corporation and Donna Gardier, with more to be added — booking details from LiveWire on 081-364 1212 . . . Kaos 4 over the weekend of April 19/20/21, this the latest in a sellout series being now at Camber Sands Pontins, will feature DJs Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway, Andy Weatherall, Terry Farley, Phil Perry, Fat Tony, Fabio, Groove Rider, Jazzy M, Glen Gunner, Johnny Walker, Carl Cox, Rocky & Diesel, Nancy Noise, DJ Face, Steve Lee, Ray Keith, Darren Emerson, Marvin Connor plus appropriate live acts and PAs — booking details from LiveWire on 081-364 1666 or general enquiries from The Incredible Organization on 081-392 2922 . . . Capital FM DJs Pat & Mick’s fourth Stock Aitken Waterman produced annual Help A London Child charity single will be a revival of Jimmy Bo Home’s ‘Gimme Some’ . . . Tracy Ackerman, having impersonated Minnie Riperton for Massivo’s revival of ‘Loving You’, also supplied the Kylie style choruses for Rico’s ‘Mix Back In Time’ . . . Inner City have used for their video of ‘Till We Meet Again’ the choreographer Madonna used for her vid of ‘Vogue’, which may or may not be a coincidence as they reckon ‘Vogue’ borrowed a bit from their old hit, ‘Ain’t Nobody Better’! . . . AS IT GROOVES!

The week’s new club promos and remixes reviewed by James Hamilton and Graeme Park

GRACE FEATURING LORRAINE SCOTT ‘Ecstasy’ (Garage Mix/Hypnotech Mix/Crypt Mix/Original Mix)
CARMEL ‘And I Take It For Granted’ (Brian Eno 12 inch remix)
INNER CITY ‘Till We Meet Again’ (Reese In Rio Mix/Places And Spaces Mix)
ZZONE INC ‘Cosmic Dance
EVILROY ‘Ecstasy (I Need Your Body)
FIRE ‘My Love Is’ (DJ Pierre’s House Instrumental UK Edit/DJ Pierre’s In De House Mix) [Fire was a pseudonym for Donny Osmond]
LAND OF FUN FEATURING CAROL HALL ‘In The Basement’ (Deep Joy Remix/Original)
SLAM SLAM ‘Move (Dance All Night)’ (Slammin’/Red Zone Mixes/Original)
DREAMHOUSE FEATURING CAESAR ‘Jump And Prance’ (Club Mix/Dream Mix)

DEEE-LITE ‘How Do You Say . . . Love?’ (Elektra EKR118T)
Apparently rush released right now although only just promoed, this breezy sometimes bleeping but specialist strider has been serviced to DJs in merely its simple sparse drum tapped and jazzily chording keyboards driven bounding A Delicious Pal Joey Dub (121¾bpm), with Lady Miss Kier’s whispered repetition of its title line its only lyric (making a groove rather than a song, surely out in a more commercial mix too?), flipped by a Bootsy Collins conversational comments augmented ‘Groove Is In The Heart (Bootsified to the Nth Degree)‘ (121½bpm) remix of their earlier hit.

DREAM WARRIORS ‘Ludi’ (4th + B’way 12 BRW 206)
More straightforward without any speeded up double tempo this time (specially so King Lou Robinson’s mother, to whom it’s dedicated, can dance to it!), the Toronto rappers’ pleasant recreation of the cool harmony backed rolling ‘Rudi’ style of rock steady that preceded reggae during the late Sixties is in a Double Trouble Club Mix (92¼bpm) or penny whistle tones piped Original and Drop Out Mixes (91½bpm), coupled also with the staccato wordy ‘Very Easy To Assemble But Hard To Take Apart (Generation Gap Mix)‘ (108bpm) featuring rap and piano by Slim ‘Jazz Legend’ Gaillard (as they call the enigmatic 1930s veteran).

MC HAMMER ‘Here Comes The Hammer’ (124½bpm) (Capitol 12CL 610)
Driven at a lickety spit by blatantly exciting samples from James Brown’s ‘Super Bad’, a beat that cooler rappers haven’t considered hip to the hop for years, this therefore unsubtle but obviously very commercial frantic jerky leaper revolves around the title line slogan from Hammer’s TV commercial for Pepsi, promoed in 12-inch Remix and more percussive jittery frenetic Uh-Oh Here Comes The Hammer versions, apparently an instrumental version being due too on the released 12-inch along possibly with the old ‘U Can’t Touch This (LP Version)’ (133bpm) that alone couples the 7-inch Edit. Continue reading “February 16, 1991: Deee-Lite, Dream Warriors, MC Hammer, Caveman, George Michael”

February 9, 1991: Ultra Naté, Carlton, The Source/Candi Staton, FPI Project, The Ragga Twins


MANCHESTER’S HACIENDA club, despite now having resolved the renewal of its licence, in a shock move reluctantly closed last Wednesday in order “to protect employees and members”, its management being “quite simply sick and tired of dealing with instances of personal violence”, the hope being that it will be able to re-open “in a better climate” (see News Plus for more details). That same city’s Precinct 13 re-opens from March 21, incidentally, still with a bleep-free black music policy . . . Backstreet Promotions (081 459 5545) are looking for another 800 DJs for their mailing list — most dance records these days don’t even sell that many! . . . Betty Boo, Lindy Layton and LA Mix are among the chart acts who have fared less well than usually expected with their most recent singles after releasing classy ‘sophisticated’ material — obviously, the kids don’t want class! . . . LA Mix however are persevering with the release of their Chimes-style remixed ‘We Shouldn’t Hold Hands In The Dark‘ ballad in order to build a more mature audience base for their imminent album, which for the time being it’ll be necessary to buy for the previously mentioned Whispers adapting dynamite rap, ‘Love Thang‘! . . . Frank “K” featuring Wiston Office’s elusive “everybody, let somebody love” hook line originated in Joe Church’s ‘I Can’t Wait (Too Long)‘ on US Sleeping Bag Records, according to the ever dependable Dave Lee — who ought to know, as he included the Church track on his own RePublic label’s first ‘The Garage Sound Of Deepest New York’ LP! . . . Ben Liebrand’s Re-Mix of Hall & Oates’ I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’ has indeed proved so much more popular than the duo’s new tracks that Arista has now made a Single Edit the double A-side on 7-inch, which it previously wasn’t on at all . . . New Life’s ‘Keep Your Love’ on commercial 12-inch is in only its Cherry Pie (now nearer 119½bpm) and Donut Mixes, its promoed Maraschino Mix being replaced by a vigorously stirred Cappuccino Mix of their old ‘Got 2 Be Free’ (122¾bpm) . . . The Mixmasters’ ‘The Night Fever Megamix’ is being revamped with a more easily mixable extended ‘Disco Inferno’ outro . . . Cameroon’s crowd pleasing soccer side plays England at Wembley this Wednesday, and to celebrate, on Saturday (Feb 9), the Hackney Empire presents the current Cameroonian king of modern Makossa, Moni-Bilé, supported by the Sierra Leonean Abdul Tee-Jay’s Rokoto — there’ll be high life in Hackney that night, for sure! — while Cameroon’s here better known Manu Dibango teams up with Working Week at Kentish Town’s Town & Country Club on the same night, also likely to be a big blow! . . . Andrew ‘DJ Madhatter’ Holmes this Thursday (Feb 7) hosts the first of a monthly soul/funk/oldies night at Manchester’s Richfields, with a large hired sound system . . . DJs Kevin Bird and Russell People —known simply as Bird & People — are building an upfront house/Euro/techno/garage Saturday at Bournemouth’s Madisons . . . Kiss 100 fm’s regular London club nights, which include Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson’s Saturday 2nd Base at Camden Lock’s Dingwalls with a guest jock every week (Colin Faver this week), are joined by the return of the Upfront Club this Thursday (Feb 7) to the Borderline (off Charing Cross Road next to Foyles) with Gordon Mac and Trevor Madhatters spinning classics and upfront newies, and the return of Richie Rich and his Rap Review this Saturday (9) to Dingwalls with Max LX & Dave VJ . . . Active 3 next Monday (11) present Frenzy at St Albans’ Kiss Nitespot (no connection) with DJs K.C. & M.D., DJ Stumpy from the Boneshakers, Jazzie Q from Soul II Soul, and in fact Trevor Madhatters from Kiss 100 fm . . . Tony Dunne has just started an 8.30-11.30pm Ambidance pre-club venue every Thursday, as a meeting place where you can dance although the music’s mainly for listening, at Beshoff in London’s Trocadero Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue . . . BBC1-tv’s Tuesday 7.05pm ‘Holiday 91’ programme last week annoyingly postponed a feature about Butlin’s Starcoast World at Pwllheli, which hopefully will be rescheduled soon before The Main Event weekender takes place there on March 1/2/3 (details 081-364 1212) — the same date and number for details, coincidentally, as “the first ever UK gay weekender”, CAMP camp at Skegness in Butlin’s Funcoast World with live stars like Eartha Kitt, Dr Evadne Hinge and the Bay City Rollers! . . . Pwllheli’s live acts meanwhile, with more to be added, look like including Main Source, Gang Starr, Outlaw Posse, LFO, Nexus 21, Rhythmatic, Brand New Heavies and others . . . AS IT GROOVES!

Reviewed by Chris Mellor and James Hamilton

SWEET MERCY featuring Natasha ‘Take Me Away
DATA BASS ‘A Piano In The Night’ / ‘A Trip In The Night
A.S.H.A. ‘JJ Tribute’ (Space/?/ Primitive versions)
UMOSIA ‘We Are Unity
THE COVER GIRLS ‘Funk Boutique’ (12-inch Remix/Dub Version)
THE CREATIONS featuring Debbie Sharpe ‘Pay The Price

ULTRA NATÉ ‘Is It Love?’ (111¾bpm) (Eternal YZ509T, via WEA)
The anguishedly pitched Baltimore, Maryland, soulstress sounds rather like Carla Thomas as she repeatedly asks the title line question through this apparently Danny Madden produced, piano started then beefily churning jumpy jiggler, another that has an LA Mix ‘Coming Back For More’/Marva Whitney ‘Unwind Yourself’-style sax breezily farting at times in its Club and instrumental Hump Mixes, coupled by the already separately promoed sparsely bounding jaunty garage ‘Scandal (Club Mix)‘ (119¼bpm), with a realistically ringing telephone to cause confusion!

CARLTON ‘Love And Pain’ (Three Stripe Productions Ltd/ffrr SNMXR 4)
Produced and co-written by Smith & Mighty, this stratospherically wailing semi-falsetto strange slow lurcher sounds as if it’s probably intended to take on Seal in the pop stakes, with swirling strings and an Andy Williams ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’ flavour in its Boilerhouse remixed 7 Inch Version (93¾bpm) or a spasmodically rumbling and tapping Drum & Bass Mix (94bpm), while the interestingly different although more routinely danceable flip was initially promoed alone on white label as a single-sider, the rave siren started whinneyingly moaned and chanted, jauntily churning and stomping Bristol house-style ‘Please Leave’ (117bpm), in Steve Jervier’s Good Groove Mix with a stuttery breakdown towards the end and more jokingly chugging Jerv’s Dub. The kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol, they all do the Bristol Stomp!

THE SOURCE featuring CANDI STATON ‘You Got The Love’ (TRuelove TLOVE 1, via Total/BMG)
As warned it would be when the initially circulated D.J. L.T.D. promo pressing was reviewed, this the commercial version is very different, having only the blander although admittedly neater, Jamie Principle groans lacking more ponderously thumping less brightly plinky plunking Jolly James Remix (112½bpm, now no longer with its speaking clock intro) of the original Erens Bootleg Mix, which it does not really resemble despite being labelled as that still, freshly flipped by Olimax’s totally different quietly starting then increasingly beefily chugging Morning Time Mix (110bpm) with washing squeaky synth and an overdubbed Martin Luther King “it’s morning time” climax. Continue reading “February 9, 1991: Ultra Naté, Carlton, The Source/Candi Staton, FPI Project, The Ragga Twins”

February 2, 1991: Black Box, Oval Emotion, Alexander O’Neal, Johnny Gill, Lalah Hathaway


KISS 100 FM, London’s black and dance music incremental station, can already boast a weekly audience figure of 1,078,000 listeners six months ahead of its anticipated target date, according to research conducted during October-December 1990 by RSGB on behalf of JICRAR, this figure representing a weekly reach of 27 per cent of London’s 15-24 year olds and 10 per cent of 25-34 year olds, two thirds of the total being male . . . Gulf War caused oil shortages, should they occur, could put up the price of vinyl so much that record companies would accelerate their shift to just CD and cassette formats virtually overnight – where would that leave DJs? . . . The S*n last Wednesday exposed (shock! horror!) the creative marketing practice of record companies rewarding certain shops with free product to sell it at an audience attracting cheap price in return for help in logging sales on chart computers – who would have believed such wicked things could go on? . . . Big Wave Records is the latest label to shut down, faced with rising costs . . . Cleveland Anderson has left Production House Records and set up his own The Tom Tom Club label, on 081-992 5792 . . . Chad Jackson and Jon Jules this weekend start a series of Antipodean gigs together, DJing around Australia in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne before heading north across the Pacific to Guam and then Hong Kong . . . Simon Dunmore’s eagerly awaited remix (not due commercially for another six weeks) of Monie Love’s ‘Ring My Bell’, only connected by its title line with Anita Ward’s oldie, replaces original duettist Ultra Naté with Adeva and uses the Madonna ‘Vogue’ rhythm . . . The Grid’s dub remix of Jesus Loves You’s upcoming ‘Bow Down Mister’, chunkily chugging along with some Indian wailing like the soundtrack for a hip tandoori restaurant, appears now not to be due for release – making the few cassettes circulated by Richard Norris into instant collector’s items? . . . The Beatmasters’ self composed new but naggingly familiar seeming rare groove style ‘Dunno What It Is (About You)’ (Rhythm King LEFT 44), an excellent urgently lurching jiggly dated pastiche strongly performed by soulfully wailing girls, has been promoed in two X and Y side mixes ahead of February 11 release, gradually winding up through Seventies strings in the wriggly surging X side’s mix featuring Elaine Vassell (102-101¾bpm) – the ‘Yes We Can Can’ Pointer Sisters soul side, if you like – while Simon Law’s The Funky Ginger Mix (100¾-100½bpm) on the Y side strips down to rumbling less cluttered percussion, making it more the Sister Sledge disco side . . . Ben Liebrand’s vibes tinkled although otherwise not noticeably drastic Re-Mix (110½bpm) of Hall & Oates’ distinctively plopping ‘Billie Jean’-ish classic ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’ (Arista 613 980) was actually only promoed as a single sider and is exclusive just to the 12-inch commercial pressing as flip to Daryl & John’s pop aimed new gloomily lurching ‘Everywhere I Look’ (93bpm) and gentler acoustic ‘Sometimes A Mind Changes’ (98¾/49¼bpm), but is by far the hottest track for which they’re selling anyway . . . Hans Valentin’s throbbingly jogging remake of Stephanie Mills’ oldie, Technomania featuring Emma Haywoode’s ‘(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Embrace The Bass Mix)’ (105½bpm) (Rumour Records RUMAT 28) features Sharon Haywoode’s strainingly wailing sister with a couple of brief rap breaks by South London’s 2 Brains Inc. and some nice tinkling vibes, coupled with its appropriately bassier ‘Embrace The Bass (Original Version)’ (106pm) basic instrumental rhythm track . . . Bomb The Bass’s (or should that be Tim Simenon’s –see page 27) slinkily swaying Soul II Soul-ish street soul ‘Love So True’ (90bpm) (Rhythm King DOOD 4T), sweetly breathed by nasally crooning Loretta Heywood, was labelled in the wrong order on promo but is flipped by the samples woven 1988-style jittery flurrying ‘You See Me In 3D’ (119½bpm) and raw funky drum jiggled gruff guy rapped ‘Understand This’ (111½bpm) . . . Richard Rogers’ steadily snicking urgent wriggly ‘Spread A Little Love (Club Version)’ (119¾bpm) (BCM Records BCM 489) is huskily soulful like a less exaggeratedly swooping Darryl Pandy, flipped by its similar Spread Your Love Dub plus the unconnected funkily bumping slow ‘RR Beats’ (88bpm) with “annihilating rhythm” repetition . . . Ray Lock (081-641 5340), every Saturday at Purley’s Temptations wine bar, had his cherished seven-years-old GLI PMX 9000 mixer (plus a pair of Technics SL 1210 turntables) stolen at a Christmas Eve gig in Croydon, and is offering a £200 reward for information leading to its recovery . . . DJs Phil C, Prone, Jazz T, C.J. and Bucks, having had a success with their first “intelligent” rap/ragga/swing night, present Intelligence (Part 2) this Friday (Feb 1) at Farnborough Recreation Centre (off the A325, two roundabouts south of Farnborough station), on Meudon Road then right on Westmead . . . Kiss 100 fm breakfast show co-presenter, Graham Gold spins house/rap/swingbeat/soul/classics this and every Friday through February at Grays’ Pzaz in the Queensgate Centre, and likewise this and every Sunday at Chalfont St Peter’s Chalfont Heights Country Club (formerly Winkers Farm) in Denham Lane, at the end of Joiners Lane off the A413 . . . Mr Clubman next Wednesday (Feb 6) presents a free admission/no dress restriction Damn Fine night, at Peterborough’s Shanghai Sam’s, with hot local act Shades Of Rhythm as star DJs amongst other guests – if this one’s a success, the next night in March will add Detroit’s States Of Mind to the DJ line-up . . . Frances Nero’s ‘Footsteps Following Me’ (Motorcity) is still number one for Uxbridge’s Dean Thatcher at all his trendy gigs, if proof be needed of the enduring underground appeal of this ‘Thinking Of You’-ish soul monster . . . AS IT GROOVES!

Reviewed by Norman Cook and James Hamilton

YOUNG DISCIPLES ‘Apparently Nothin’
SOHO ‘Hippychick (Rhythm Stick Remix)
REACH ‘That’s The Way Life Is’
BLVD MOSSE ‘U Can’t Escape The Hypeness
GANG STARR ‘Take A Rest’ (Work, Rest And Play Mix/Take Five Mix)
PAUL HAIG ‘Flight X (School Mix)
PROPAGANDA ‘Your Wildlife (Wet ‘N’ Wildlife Mix)
FRAZIER CHORUS ‘Walking On Air (Youth Mix)
2 MAD ‘Thinkin’ About Your Body (Chocolate Mix)’ / ‘Boogaloo’ / ‘Bonus Beats’

BLACK BOX ‘Bright On Time’ (123½bpm) (Italian Groove Groove Melody GGM 9018)
Yes, you read that right, it’s ‘Bright’ – a brand new blazing revamp of ‘Ride On Time’ that sets its ‘Love Sensation’ vocal to a breezily bounding blues riff in ‘Crosscut Saw’ style, like a 1967 Stax treatment of the ‘Tramp’ rhythm, unfortunately flipped for poor value here by Graeme Park’s UK hit ‘The Total Mix’ (118½-102¼bpm) of ‘I Don’t Know Anybody Else/Everybody Everybody/Ride On Time/Fantasy’. That apart, dy-no-mite!

OVAL EMOTION ‘Go Go’ (Canadian Hi-Bias Records HB-002)
The second hot release from “the DJ’s label”, this girl crooned and piano chorded Nick Anthony Fiorucci/Cissy Goodridge/Kenny Moran creation is in simple breezy disco Killer Club Mix (123bpm), terrific late Seventies style Classic Airwaves Mix (123¼bpm), chunkier instrumental Groovey MO-Mix (121bpm), and jerkily scratched Deep Destruction Dub (123bpm) treatments, coupled with the attractive vocally RAH Band-ish jazzily doodling ‘Lies’ (105bpm) in synthetic strings swamped gently burbling Classic Club Mix, acappella introed more sinewy Jammin D.J. Dub, and largely beat-less Deadly Intro Pianopella Boom Mix versions.

ALEXANDER O’NEAL ‘All True Man (Classic Club Mix)’ (104½bpm) (Tabu 656571 8)
Now selling even faster than the original, this superb tight-harmonies introed and underpinned, stark bass bomped cool chunkily jiggling Frankie Knuckles remix is flipped with terrific value by Frankie’s alternative even sparser, organ prodded languidly ticking Big House Mix and piano plinked attractive Big House Instrumental, essential for all who have an ear for class. Continue reading “February 2, 1991: Black Box, Oval Emotion, Alexander O’Neal, Johnny Gill, Lalah Hathaway”

January 26, 1991: 2 In A Room, Deskee, The Source/Candi Staton, Lindy Layton, 808 State


RADIO STATIONS have pruned their playlists and oldies to ensure that no records that might cause distress during the Gulf War are played: oldies you won’t be hearing include Adamski’s ‘Killer’ (even though the song’s title isn’t mentioned in the record), and Edwin Starr’s ‘War’ and Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes (Go To War)’. Meanwhile, The KLF’s ‘3am Eternal’ has been requested by radio stations as an edit without its gunfire intro, and A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Can I Kick It?’ is being avoided in its Boilerhouse Mix because of the normally innocuous “This is the sound of an invasion, a musical invasion of America” intro (as for Iron Maiden’s ‘Bring Your Daughter…To The Slaughter’, forget it!) . . .  Bomb The Bass might not be the best name to have just now, as a consequence . . .  LA Mix’s upcoming album (out early February) has a dynamite adaptation of the Whispers’ ‘It’s A Love Thing’, the D. Marcus C. rapped ‘Love Thang‘, which A&M in the States have freaked over and which will be a sure fire crossover hit when out here — the trouble is, we look like getting instead the pleasant enough Leslie George and Juliet Roberts duetted lovey dovey radio ballad ‘We Shouldn’t Hold Hands In The Dark‘ as the immediate follow-up to ‘Mysteries Of Love’, a much greater gamble for the chart and hardly the guaranteed dancefloor smash that the rap would be . . . Sheyla Aslan moved this week from Tam Tam Records to replace the now radio plugging Bob Masters as dance promotions manager at A&M, but DJs need not reapply as she has taken her mailing list with her . . .  Belfast’s largest stockist of imports, white labels and dance material in general, The Gramophone Shop now re-opens after closing to the public every Tuesday evening between 6-8.30pm as a membership card controlled preview club for DJs and vinyl junkies, with the birdman Mark ‘Mk1’ Smyth and Dave spinning all the latest newies nice and loud — record companies interested in supplying upfront promos can contact them on 0232 321172 for details . . . Mark Archer’s previously mentioned percussionist father plays live bongos on Nexus 21’s just completed new ‘Nexus‘ and ‘No Statues‘, while ‘Why’, another techno bleeper completed by them in Stafford last week, is a collaboration with Jay Denham from Fade To Black — incidentally, despite all the tongue in cheek hype about ‘Techno City UK’, Mark’s C&M Connection partner Chris Peat advises that nothing much actually happens in Stafford (no, surely?), so don’t all flock there expecting too much! . . .  Gracie Fields’ real surname was Stansfield, but apparently she was no relation of Rochdale’s other more recently famous lassie from Lancashire, Lisa . . .  Love Inc. is the collective name for several of the separate signings to Dave Dorrell’s own Love Records, their ‘Love Is The Message‘ (EVOLX 1, via Polydor, out this week) featuring rapper MC Noise and vocalists Sylvia Mason James and Roman, an Italo-type frenetic jitterer created by Phil (United Funk Industries) Mills & Bruce Smith and remixed by — their first ever outside commission — Black Box’s Daniele ‘DJ Lelewel’ Davoli, Mirko Limoni & Valerio Semptici (hence the Italo sound!), in wheezy dry synth chords scrubbed Love Love Love and possibly preferable less cluttered fluttery synth driven Philadelphia Mixes (121½bpm), plus a piano backed thumping short Baby Love Mix (121¾bpm) . . . Kenny Thomas’s ‘Outstanding’ was produced by Adrenalin M.O.D. member Richie Fermié and DJ Glen Gunner, and remixed by DJ/Cooltempo dance music supremo Simon Dunmore, details missing from the white label promos previously seen . . . Frank “K” featuring Wiston Office’s ‘Everybody Let’s Somebody Love’ turns out here to be A-sided by its Chic ‘I Want Your Love’ strings swirled To Michael Mix, with the Club and Frank “K” Mixes as flip (all fractionally closer to 120bpm than before), but minus the import’s Bonus Conga break beat . . . Dee Dee Brave’s ‘My My Lover’ (US Movin’ Records MR010) was produced by the elsewhere Teulé assisting Kerri ‘Kaoz 6.23’ Chandler, a cooing and wailing stridently pitched girl’s title repeating but otherwise largely lyricless brisk garage strider in his episodically surging Kaoz Again Mix and more tightly bounding Original Mix (120¼bpm), or much better on the B-side (120bpm) in Glen ‘Paradise’ Pickney’s pipes tootled then sturdily whomping Just Like Paradise (with less of the title and more Madonna-ish muttering) and David Camacho’s vigorous 1986 style house instrumental Camacho Pumping Mix . . . Shep Pettibone has remixed ‘Rescue Me‘ as Madonna’s next single . . . VoiDOid this Wednesday (Jan 23) at the Octagon in Bangor, North Wales, start going weekly with their previously less regular Chaos rave (a name they’ve been using since before it became so clichéd — but, they say, it doesn’t matter much in Bangor, where flares are just catching on from the last time they were in!) . . . ‘Country Boy’ Lloyd and the band Visualize make their live debut also this Wednesday at London’s City University students’ union rave . . . Kid Smurf kicks off a Hive night next Monday (Jan 28) at London’s Borderline, due then to be the last Monday of each month, with himself and his sister Niki Da Silva (no relation to Jon!) spinning garage, soul and rap . . . Dave Wheeler and Charlie plus weekly guest jocks run a free admission house/soul Liquid Lunch every Saturday afternoon 1-5pm in Richmond’s Caines pub, on Lower Richmond Road (A316) . . . Jason Black has taken over from Craig Williams as resident jock at Flicks Nightclub in Brechin, near Montrose, Tayside . . . BBC2-tv on Mondays during its 6.30pm ‘Def II’ slot is now showing the US sitcom in which Monie Love is apparently due to become a cast member, ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’, sort of ‘The Cosby Show’ (or, more particularly, its spinoff ‘A Different World’) meets ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ (and isn’t that a good one, too?) starring DJ Jazzy Jeff’s partner Will ‘The Fresh Prince’ Smith as a Philadelphia rapper staying with his very upwardly mobile and respectable aunt and uncle’s family where the rich folks live in Los Angeles. Benny Medina, vice president of dance music at US Warner Bros Records, co-conceived and co-produces the series, while ‘Fame’ TV star Debbie Allen directed at least the first episode . . . AS IT GROOVES!

Reviewed by DJ Streets Ahead and James Hamilton

TECHNOMANIA FEATURING EMMA HAYWOODE ‘(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Embrace The Bass Mix)’
CAUSE ‘N’ EFFECT ‘Hype’ / ‘That’s What It Is’
KING SUN ‘Be Black
RICHARD ROGERS ‘Spread A Little Love’ / ‘R R Beats
CUTTY RANKS ‘The Stopper (Main Attraction Remix)
CHAPTER & THE VERSE ‘Black Whip’ / ‘Travelling Man’ (Part 1/Part 2)
BOMB THE BASS ‘Love So True’ / ‘Understand This’ / ‘You See Me In 3-D

2 IN A ROOM ‘Wiggle It’ (SBK 12SBK 19)
A big US pop crossover since it was first on import back in August, selling fast now it’s finally out here, this George Morel produced jauntily bounding hip house galloper has a particularly catchy chantalong rap (originally credited to a guy called Dose Material although Rafael Vargas and Rog Nice are the names who currently front it), leaping here through just its original pressing’s short Club Edit (122¾bpm), instrumental Dub Mix (122½bpm), and a newer long episodic Def Wiggle Mix (123bpm) with a bleeping acid finale. Radio likes it, so it could be huge.

DESKEE ‘Kid Get Hyped’ (123bpm) (Big One VVBIG 27, via Rough Trade)
Excitingly produced by WestBam, this frantically leaping jaunty Euro hip house rap has the catchy (if inane!) refrain, “jump, stomp, kid get hyped, it’s just that type”, in hollow bass whomped chugging Vocal, Raydio, bubblier percolating Raw and Dub Mixes, instantly huge on promo and sure to explode now that it’s out, this week.

THE SOURCE featuring CANDI STATON ‘You Got The Love’ (Truelove TLOVE 1 DJ, via React)
Due by now with Olimax’s as yet unheard new Morning Time Mix on the commercial pressing, this previously bootlegged and much ballyhooed ‘Love/Rock’ combination of Candi’s 1986 vocal over Jamie Principle’s ‘Your Love’ has been initially promoed on a D.J. L.T.D. white label, coupling (on the B side if you examine the etched matrix number) the original plinky plunking Eren’s Bootleg Mix (114¾-115½bpm) with a new “12 o’clock precisely” speaking clock introed more ponderously thumping Jolly James Remix (112bpm). Continue reading “January 26, 1991: 2 In A Room, Deskee, The Source/Candi Staton, Lindy Layton, 808 State”

January 19, 1991: Nomad/MC Mikee Freedom/Sharon Dee Clarke, Frank “K”/Wiston Office, Teulé, Quartz/Dina Carroll, Tara Kemp


Soul II Soul’s mainman, Jazzie B, has founded a new Funki Dred Records label in conjunction with Motown, who have exclusive rights to its product in North America and Europe while Jazzie B retains rights for Japan and Australasia . . . DJs Jazzy M and Jasper VJ, owners of London’s New Kings Road Vinyl Zone record shop, in addition to their Oh’Zone Records electro house logo are launching a new label called Delphinius Delphis (the Latin for dolphin), especially for danceable “real music” – using “real” instruments – like soul, salsa, Philly, funk and jazz . . . ‘Delphis’ for some reason looks like becoming a trendy word, as an act called the Impossibles release a single of that name next month, too . . . CBS, as previously warned, since January 1 no longer exists as a name, the overall record company operation having become Sony Music Entertainment Limited UK, the words Sony Music replacing CBS in all its former applications apart from the actual CBS label, which now as in the US is called Columbia, while the dance music department is called just The Dance Division . . . Gee Street, still continuing in management and music publishing, have shut down their previously successful dance label following distribution problems and shrinkage of its market share last year . . . Manchester’s police have given The Hacienda club an additional six months reprieve, until July, in which to prove further its claim to have stamped out drug abuse on its premises and thus avoid the revocation of its licence . . . 2 In A Room’s jaunty hip house ‘Wiggle It’, reviewed on import five months ago before it became a US pop hit, is due here on SBK this week, while D-Shake’s ‘My Heart, The Beat’ is out next week . . . Monie Love’s next single, in March, will be her album’s Adeva duetted adaptation of Anita Ward’s ‘Ring My Bell’ . . . Deskee’s album, out here at the end of the month, unlike its import version will feature the full 12 inch mixes of all his past singles, produced by WestBam, Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh, and Longsy D . . . Dave Lee & Mark Ryder’s complete UK revamp of Simphonia’s ‘Can’t Get Over Your Love’, only available on RePublic Records’ ‘Rewind’ album of remixes (reviewed w/e December 1), has become so hot in New York that it’s soon to be 12-inched there on Easy Street . . . The Scientist has been to Russia to appear on a TV show reputedly seen by more than 150,000,000 people, and has been invited back for more TV in February and a 40 date tour of the USSR in June/July! . . . Kevin Scott, once of Bournemouth’s Kevin’s House fame, has returned to the Dorset coast and teamed up with Martyn The Hat, Derren Lee, Kenny from the Blackburn Ravers plus various other jocks and live acts to run a rave every Saturday in Weymouth’s Maximes, where a three day ‘The Bleepmouth 91 Weekender No 1’ (culminating in a Sunday night homeward bound party at Bournemouth’s Valentino’s) over February 22/23/24 is scheduled to feature the likes of LFO, Rhythmatic, Nightmares On Wax and more – details of the £25 weekender tickets, £65 including two nights’ accommodation and Bournemouth return coaches, from Kicking Back Leisure Ltd on 0202 298350 . . . Gt. Yarmouth’s Rosies becomes Cell Block H every Saturday with convict DJs Richie, Richard, Curt Johnston, Mike Bolton and more, including fortnightly top guest jocks like Colin Faver, Carl Cox, Trevor Fung, Fabio and Groove Rider . . . Capital FM, in the face of increased radio competition within the London area from such as Kiss 100 fm, Jazz FM, Melody FM, Choice FM, Spectrum and other even more local new incremental stations, nevertheless has declared record audience figures for the last six months – which must mean that the arrival of these newcomers, and all the attendant publicity, has boosted radio listenership in general . . . Pete Tong, having replaced Jeff Young in BBC Radio 1’s Friday 7.30-10pm dance music slot, has himself been replaced on Capital FM by Tim Smith from Tyneside’s Metro Radio FM, who as well as taking over the Saturday 5-8pm dance show from this week, will also be behind Friday night’s ‘The Beat Goes On’, 10pm-midnight . . . Channel 4’s documentary last Tuesday about the making in 1948 of the classic Ealing comedy ‘Whisky Galore!’ merely mentioned in passing the translated title, ‘Whisky a Go Go!’, under which the film became so popular in France that during the Fifties a great many French nightclubs and then early discotheques were named after it, this name becoming a cliché that spread along with the disco fashion from France in the Sixties first to Britain (London’s Whisky a Go-Go was, for over 20 years, a Continental disco where The Wag is now situated) and then the US, the result being that “go-go” became equated with “disco” for a while, especially in the States, bringing about the expression “go-go dancing” . . . Washington DC’s go go music, rather later, was also of course named after the same source, not that any go go acts I met there realised it – they all seemed to think the name originated directly from the Miracles’ 1966 hit, ‘Going To A Go-Go’! . . . Angelo Badalamenti’s moody music remains the best thing about ‘Twin Peaks’, making his soundtrack album (Warner Bros 7599-26316-1), with useful cast list photos on the sleeve, essential home and in-car listening . . . DAMN FINE!

Reviewed by Graeme Park and James Hamilton
[the first page of Graeme Park’s reviews is missing]

THE STEP ‘Yeah You
TUFF LITTLE UNIT ‘Join The Future’ / ‘Masterplan
PRAISE ‘Only You
DECLARATION ‘Declaration’

NOMAD featuring MC Mikee Freedom & Sharon Dee Clarke ‘(I Wanna Give You) Devotion (The Remixes)’ (Rumour Records RUMAZ 25, via Pinnacle)
Released in November – when I said it screamed out “smash hit!” every time I heard it, something I still believe – but then almost immediately deleted temporarily to prevent it from being buried by the pre-Christmas crush, this Damon (nomaD) Rochefort produced terrifically catchy sax honked hip house bouncer, tongue twistingly ragga rapped by a young Bristol MC over Sharon’s deadly catchy repetition of the old Ten City title line, is again separately available in the superior original mix described above (RUMAT 25) (116bpm), which did not need improvement but has had to be remixed four different ways for renewed marketing purposes, in a piano chorded and Sharon sung striding jazzy Soul Mix (119½bpm), Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson’s rave sirens overdubbed and rap updated Trouble’s Club Mix (115¾bpm), flipped by Dave Lee’s percussively clacking cooled out The Joey Negro Mix (116½bpm) and sparsely thrumming The Rock Shock Mix (117bpm).

FRANK “K” featuring WISTON OFFICE ‘Everybody Let’s Somebody Love’ (119¾bpm) (Urban URBX 66, via PolyGram)
Out here this week in the same format as promoed on import, the already huge pop-aimed breezy Italian hip house rap (by Parma based DJ Francesco Pini, featuring MC Killiam, Sharon Blythe and Roberto Fontolan as the oddly named ‘Wiston Office’) is in piano jangled Club, swirling Chic ‘I Want Your Love’ strings spliced To Michael and more gently cantering Frank “K” Mixes, with a sparsely tapping Bonus Conga (120bpm) beat too, while out next week is Danny Rampling’s more immediately if only briefly Chic-ish (Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards get co-composer credit) then repetitively throbbing less vocal Pure Sexy Remix (119bpm) (Urban URBXR 66) and its jiggly clomping chantalong Pure Dub.

TEULÉ ‘Drink On Me (Club Version)’ (124½bpm) (Profile PROFT 321, via Pinnacle)
Pronounced “Tay-U-Lay”, mournfully moaning fellahs Teulé Brown and Kerri Chandler’s attractive James Bratton piano vamped smooth bubbly bounder has some oddly appealing vocal harmony discords, with one-sided chat-up lines giving way to a bleepy break two thirds through this A-sided version, or a different bleepily chugging After The Rave Mix, lisping fully vocal Radio Version, and fractionally faster brightly percussive Original Version (125bpm). Continue reading “January 19, 1991: Nomad/MC Mikee Freedom/Sharon Dee Clarke, Frank “K”/Wiston Office, Teulé, Quartz/Dina Carroll, Tara Kemp”

January 12, 1991: Kenny Thomas, C&C Music Factory, A Tribe Called Quest, v.i.m., Mariah Carey


THE MAIN EVENT is the new North Wales weekender that completely replaces LiveWire’s already discontinued Prestatyn series, now only seven weeks away on March 1/2/3 (instead of over Easter as before), with a change of location a further 70 or so miles through scenic Snowdonia to Pwllheli’s far superior Starcoast World where the funfair rides, boomerang roller coaster and sub-tropical Water World are all included in the £55, £60 or £65 ticket cost (according to different accommodation grades, booking details on 081-364 1212), four separately themed music venues each having their own live concerts (acts yet to be confirmed), PAs, and DJ teams, with Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Graeme Park, Dave Dorrell, Nicky Holloway, Dean Thatcher, Orde Mickle, Stuart McMillan and Marvin Connor jocking in the Red Zone, Chris Hill, Bob Jones, Bob Masters, Simon Dunmore, Chris Brown and Gary Dennis in The Soul Mine, Tim Westwood, Soul II Soul DJs, Martin Collins, Madhatter Trevor, CJ Mackintosh, Stu Allan, Froggy, Ian Reading, Jeff Thomas, Eddie Gordon, Kev Hill and Chris Forbes in The Fun House, and Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge, Sylvester, Norman Jay, Kevin Beadle, Brother Marco, Tin Tin and Craig & Marcus in the talkin Loud Jazz Club . . . Allied Breweries are promoting their Hobec bier by sponsoring a Hobec Hot Wax recording competition and club tour (during which entrants’ tapes will be played for preliminary judging), the competition being open to over-18s not already signed to a record company — the prize is a contract with RCA — who should submit their own fully original dance music creations (on non-returnable tapes labelled with name and address) no later than February 15 to Brooks Senior, 142-144 New Cavendish Street, London W1M 7FG, the tour starting at Saltcoats’s Metropolis this Saturday (Jan 12), then visiting Newcastle upon Tyne’s Walkers (Friday, Jan 18), Manchester’s Man Alive (Wednesday, Jan 23), Sheffield’s The Palais (Wednesday, Jan 30), Nottingham’s Venus (Tuesday, Feb 5), Birmingham’s Coast To Coast (Friday, Feb 15), with the final at London’s Subterania (Friday, Feb 22), where judges should include the likes of Norman Jay, Derek B, Dave Dorrell and Barrie K. Sharpe . . . Subterania DJ Danny Gee (Griffiths) calls himself G Double E on ‘Fire When Ready‘ (129½bpm), ragga rapped frantic funky hip house flipped by the moodier deep house ‘Why Does It Hurt‘ (122½bpm) and Deee-Lite influenced thundering breakbeat ‘Gee Theme‘ (127½bpm), out commercially in a fortnight (Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ 12TOT 10, via Pinnacle Recuts) . . . Bologna based but Guadeloupe born Jean Claude ‘MC’ Killiam, Rimini based but London born Sharon Blythe and Turin based native Italian Roberto Fontolan make up the oddly named Wiston Office, who accompany Parma based Italian club DJ Francesco Pini as Frank “K” featuring Wiston Office on the hot ‘Everybody Let’s Somebody Love‘, already reviewed (and promoed here) as an Italian Unknown pressing ahead of UK release next week on Urban (URBX 66) . . . Izit’s again ‘Stories’-like old fashioned daintily but funkily half-steppin’ ‘Make Way For The Originals‘ (96½bpm), with a mellower instrumental ‘Make Way For The Solos‘ (95¼bpm) flip, was warm before Christmas on Pig & Trumpet Records (PT 002) but apparently is due on Optimism Records . . . Ralph Tresvant’s self-titled album, recently reviewed on import, is now out here (MCA Records MCG 6120), and his ‘Sensitivity‘ import single is due too . . . CJ Mackintosh’s Extended Club Mix (98bpm) of Three Times Dope (3xD)’s ‘Mr Sandman’ (CityBeat CBE 1258), out next week, is introed and interspersed by a snatch of the Four Aces’ 1954 version of the Chordettes’ similar vintage ‘Mr Sandman’ smash, not heard though in his other three remixes . . . D-Shake’s droning industrial raver ‘My Heart, The Beat‘ (122¾bpm) — not quite as remorselessly brutal as ‘Yaaaaaaaaaahl — is flipped (both at 123bpm) by its 7″ Edit and a much lighter jerkily bounding house-type ‘Dance The Night Away‘ variation (Cooltempo COOLX 228) . . . Adonte’s languid rollingly lurching ‘Feel It’ (RePublic Records LICT 041) is in soulful Carlotta wailed K.M.A.P.H. Mix and husky Akeef rapped Jazz-Dub Stylee versions (105¾bpm), coupled by the funkily drummed wrigglier ‘Good Times (Obzokey Mix)’ (118½bpm) . . . Pitstop has moved with his DJ mailing list from London to Manchester, where his address is now Pitstop Promotions, c/o Jellystreet, Grosvenor House, 94-96 Grosvenor Street, All Saints, Manchester M1 7HL (telephone 061-273 6522/6592) . . . DJ Tat, following up some successful Bassment Beats underground nights, presents dec-a-dan-ce (dress how ya like, but no visible Y-fronts!) every second Wednesday (this week, January 9, included) in Chesterfield’s La Mont Martre nightclub, with a cross section of old and new house, hip hop, ragga and soul to get away from the continuous bleep sessions that apparently pass for entertainment elsewhere in his area . . . Andrew ‘Madhatter’ Holmes has ‘bleep free’ non-stop garage and classic Eighties dance Keep The Fire Burning Mondays at Manchester’s Precinct 13, where he’s joined by hip hop DJs Kwartz for Intimate Connection Fridays and First Priority Sound for Wild Pitch Saturdays . . . DJs Phil C, CJ, Jazz T, Prone and Bucks launch the rap, swing and ragga Intelligence — motto ‘Intelligent Music, Intelligent DJs, Intelligent People’ — this Friday at Farnborough Recreation Centre (off the A325, two roundabouts south of Farnborough Station, on Meudon Road then right on Westmead) . . . Alyson Williams meanwhile appears this Friday (11) at Brixton’s The Fridge . . . DAMN RIGHT!


KENNY THOMAS ‘Outstanding (The More Beef Mix)’ (102¾bpm) (Cooltempo COOLXR 215)
An ‘I Found Lovin”-like enduring ‘sleeper’ for first its originators the Gap Band during the early Eighties and more recently (since way back last June) London-based Kenny, neither act’s versions ever having made much pop chart impact despite their repeatedly proven dancefloor popularity, this naggingly grooving groin grinder still can’t quite rival the Gaps’ original for sheer power but is now much improved by this appropriately beefier bassily jogging remix, flipped by an also new, acappella and bass introed, sparsely jiggling Bust A Cone Mix (105½bpm).

C&C MUSIC FACTORY (featuring Freedom Williams) ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (Cole 1991 Hip House Club Mix)’ (122bpm) (CBS 656454 5)
Now making the pace in the sales race, this less Snap-like much thinned out and sometimes siren punctuated remix has an odd booming heartbeat outro, flipped by jiggly stark episodic The 1991 House Dub/Music Beats (122bpm) and punchily leaping The 1991 Radio Remix (121½bpm) versions, also new to Britain.

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST ‘Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix)’ (96½bpm) (Jive JIVE T 265)
Already reviewed as a single sided promo, the Boilerhouse boys’ Ed Rudy commentary (about The Beatles’ first US visit) introed remix of this ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ bassed lethargically rolling muttered rap is now slightly faster and out commercially coupled by the import’s LP Version (96¼bpm) and totally different Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band ‘Fried Okra’ backed Phase 5 Mix (101bpm), plus the Afrika Baby Bam guesting slinky jazz organ backed wordily drawled ‘If The Papes Come (Remix)‘ (95¼bpm) — except now also there is yet another, strictly limited, single sided promo containing a real “do-re-mi-x”, a ‘The Sound Of Music’ dialogue interspersed ‘Can I Kick It? (The Von Trapp Mix)‘ (96½bpm) (Jive QUEST 1), very clever and witty, and not likely to be on commercial release! Continue reading “January 12, 1991: Kenny Thomas, C&C Music Factory, A Tribe Called Quest, v.i.m., Mariah Carey”

January 5, 1991: Ice Cube, 2nd Avenew, Rising High Collective, Eve Gallagher, Trilogy, 1990 Year End Chart


DISCO MIX CLUB has agreed to pay the PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) a dubbing licence royalty of 17½ per cent, as demanded, on the full retail price of everything the club’s members purchase through their subscriptions, including not only the club’s megamixes (its original reason for existence) but also its magazines, a backdated amount to cover the latter being payable in instalments over the next few years (magazine-only sales, and promotions like the DJ Mixing Championships, are not involved) . . . Jive Bunny’s current ‘The Crazy Conga Mix’, incidentally, uses many of the same oldies and in the same order as a classic Disco Mix Club megamix, the Les Adams created ‘Laugh It Off’ from around five years ago (when it was set to the schlurping “pshta pshta” rhythm of the oddly spelt Harleqiun Fours’s ‘Set It Off’) . . . Phonogram Records have appointed Paul Martin as the new overall head of dance, co-ordinating all promotion of dance product on labels like Mercury, fontana, talkin’ Loud and Global Village, while Wendy K (recently at Sleeping Bag Records) has become the actual club promotions manager and is updating the DJ mailing list (especially for upfront, indie and soul playing jocks outside London) on 081-741 1212, extension 5476 . . . Mariah Carey’s ‘Someday’ appears to be out here too now (CBS 656583 6), although in how many of the import’s Shep Pettibone mixes (110bpm) is unclear . . . DJ’s Rule ‘Serious EP Vol-1’ (Canadian Hi-Bias Records HB-001), the four-tracker created by Nick Anthony Fiorucci (of former Bigshot Records fame) and Michael Ova on their Hamilton, Ontario, based new logo — which announces itself as “The DJ’s Label” — features the repetitive girls chanted jauntily skipping ‘Get Into The Music‘ (122bpm), jumpy Detroit techno style ‘That’s It‘ (122bpm), “you make my body hot” repeating girl moaned though passion lacking ‘Makes Me Feel Sexy‘ (120bpm), and ambient rippling water introed/outroed cantering ‘In Deep‘ (122bpm) . . . Mimmo Mix’s ‘My Way‘ (118bpm), the girl wailed and piano plonked cantering cheeky Italian rewrite of Phase II’s ‘Reachin”, has been creating quite a stir — but will any label dare to pick it up here? . . . Sweet Exorcist’s ‘Clonk‘ had a belated sudden sales surge just before Christmas, following the temporary hiatus caused while its Sheffield based W.A.R.P. label ended a fruitful association with Rhythm King’s logo Outer Rhythm and signed instead now to Pinnacle for independent distribution . . . Birmingham’s Network label has been given the rights to an exclusive Nugroove compilation of underground New York tracks, due soon along with a Retro-Techno series of remixed Detroit classics and other techno rarities . . . Stafford’s last claim to pop chart fame may have been the Climax Blues Band, back in 1976, but during an earlier even more primitive technological era in Techno City UK, as it is now fast becoming known, bleeping Nexus 21 member Mark Archer’s percussionist father played bongos and sang with the Bob Gough Sound! . . . Norman Wisdom isn’t Pete Waterman’s dad by any chance, they look awfully alike? . . . Nexus 21’s next release, by the way, will be called ‘Two Men, A Drum Machine & A Cornet’ — that’s cornet as in soft ice cream cone, Mr Whippy style! . . . DJ EZJ mixes up bleeps, house, hip hop, pop and lots of indie on freaky Dancin’ Fridays at Madchester’s 42nd Street . . . James Brown once sang (more or less, with one word changed to suit the season!), “It’s a brand new year so let a man come in and do the Funky Popcorn” . . . DAMN RIGHT!

Funny what little gems you discover when rummaging through Record Mirror’s long and illustrious history. Take this corker of a pic of DMC’s boss Tony Prince in his lesser known role as editor of the Osmonds magazine and ‘big cheese’ in the Osmonds fan club, caught here scouring Record Mirror for useful titbits. Judging by the similarity of their haircuts, Tony was obviously a big fan of Donnie himself. Those were the days eh? — Donnie, David Bowie and Nazareth all in the magazine at the same time. And just to show there’s no malice involved here, Record Mirror would like to sincerely congratulate DMC for extricating themselves from their dispute with PPL and wish them a prosperous year ahead. Coming soon: more embarrassing pics of DJs from our photo library.

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Paul Gotel

ICE CUBE ‘Kill At Will’ (US Priority Records EVL7230)
AmeriKKKa’s most wanted, the angry N.W.A. rapper’s latest instantly big selling solo album is only a six (‘n’ a bit) tracker this time (so presumably a mini-LP?), with the “Los Angeles, gang capital of the nation” documentary quote introed, violently churning Chuck D guesting ‘Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside) (Remix)’ (108bpm), similarly churning ‘The Product‘ (110½bpm), street confrontation introed then sampled breaks weaving ‘Jackin’ For Beats‘ (104¼bpm), languidly but chillingly narrated ‘Dead Homiez‘ (84¼bpm), jolting romantic ‘Get Off My Dick And Tell Yo Bitch To Come Here (Remix)‘ (97¼bpm), and respects due namechecking ‘I Gotta Say What Up!!!‘ (88¼bpm). Radio jocks will need to be good tape reversing splicers before they can air any of it, as usual!

2ND AVENEW ‘It’s The New’ (US Alleviated Records ML-2211)
Yet another exceptionally classy Larry Heard creation, this gruffly drawling rap duo’s cooing Kriss Coleman supported friskily leaping but gentle joyous jazzy skipper is in vocal Club Mix and Short Versions (120bpm), and Mr Fingers’ breezily keyboarded Dub (120¼bpm), deserving to be big by now. Don’t miss it!

RISING HIGH COLLECTIVE ‘Magic Roundabout’ (128bpm) (Tam Tam Records TTT 038)
The Hippie from A Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dredd goes it alone to produce this slow organ and ragga comments punctuated but mainly “come on” shouts exhorted, frantic thrumming and bleeping low frequency oscillated bounder, selling fast just before Christmas, flipped by the similarly tempoed but different drums throbbed bassily booming ‘Guess Who’s Back Jack‘ (125bpm), punctuated by some title answering “Jack The Ripper” stutters. Continue reading “January 5, 1991: Ice Cube, 2nd Avenew, Rising High Collective, Eve Gallagher, Trilogy, 1990 Year End Chart”

December 22, 1990: The KLF, Mad Jocks/Jockmaster B.A., Arthur Miles, Psychotropic, A Tribe Called Quest


CAPITAL FM in London as usual on New Year’s Eve (10pm-2am) will be broadcasting a continuously megamixed ‘Capital Houseparty’ tape, created once again by Les ‘LA. Mix’ Adams and Record Mirror‘s own James ‘MC Jammy Hammy’ Hamilton, the crucial party period immediately following midnight (which many DJs relay live) being a promised “Jive Bunny-free zone” (nothing wrong with them, there are just better alternatives this year!), featuring instead Mad Jocks ‘Auld Lang Syne’, Bombalurina ‘ltsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’, Mad Jocks ‘Jock Party Mix’, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John ‘The Grease Megamix’, Blues Brothers ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’, Status Quo ‘The Anniversary Waltz (Parts 1 & 2)’, Jackie Wilson ‘Reet Petite’, Bobby Vinton ‘Blue Velvet’, Righteous Brothers ‘Unchained Melody’ and ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, before easing back into a groove via DNA featuring Suzanne Vega . . .

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / (Part 4 missing) / Part 5 / Part 6

London’s Kiss 100 fm, who 24 hours earlier (December 30, 11pm-1am) will have run down the best selling dance records of 1990, is launching an in-store The Westside Basement radio station at Piccadilly Circus’s Trocadero, manned 10am-8pm seven days a week by Tee Harris and a rota of the main station’s DJs . . . Greg Edwards has left Manchester’s Sunset Radio to take over in a couple of weeks as programme controller at North London’s incremental station WNK 103.3fm . . . Chep Nunez, the Dominican from 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman & A Dominican of 1987’s ‘Do It Properly’ fame, better known now as one of New York’s top remix tape editors, died two weekends ago in an apartment block fire, reportedly started out of malice by someone who had been evicted from the building Chep happened to be in . . . CBS will be called Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited as of January 1, 1991, when its dance department (covering all associated labels, like CBS, Epic, Def Jam, Ruthless, OBR, Solar, ral) becomes the CBS Dance Division, rather like AVL at Virgin . . . ffrr, responding to continued shop demand, have re-serviced the Steve Anderson Remix of Fatman featuring Stella Mae’s ‘Release Me’ (118bpm) (Cue Records FXR 140), the calmly rapped and wailed soulful hip house-ish jiggler that was first out during the summer, following its original Judge Jules & Roy The Roach mixes from back in the spring . . . Soho’s ‘Hippychick‘, recently huge in the US, is being reissued here in the new year . . . Jomanda’s ‘Share’, fully reviewed on import some time ago, appears now to be out here on the new Giant Records (YZ547T, via Warner Music UK) . . . Alexander O’Neal’s plaintively growled pleasant loping ‘All True Man‘ (circa 107bpm off cassette), flipped by the mumbling tender ‘Hang On‘ (76/38bpm ditto), is being released on Christmas Eve! . . . Paul Rutherford And Pressure Zone’s scatting Tammy Payne supported lovely breathily crooned jogging jazz-funky ‘That Moon‘ (Beat Farm Recordings BFR 001T, via 071-386 8934) is in Club, Radio, and Jazz Instrumental Mixes (101bpm), plus a different jerkily jolting dubwise ‘Swingin’ On (That Moon)‘ (101¼bpm), recorded at the group’s own Beat Farm studios in Soho . . . A Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dredd’s frantic hip house ‘Freedom‘ (Tam Tam Records TIT 039), out this week, was white labelled in four unspecified mixes, 126½bpm including the instrumental flip’s techno alternative but not its second, funk riffs punctuated vigorously thrashing breakbeat treatment (some of the “free” repetition sounds like an edited “freeze” from Boney M’s ‘Ma Baker’!) . . . Mariah Carey’s Whitneyesque ‘Someday’ (US Columbia 44 73560), not perhaps the strongest of songs, is however remixed by Shep Pettibone in piano plonked striding New 12″ House, wriggling jiggly New 12″ Jackswing, early Eighties style New 7″ Straight, and (percapella!) self descriptive Pianoapercaloopapella versions (110bpm), coupled also by the smoochy ‘Alone In Love’ (69bpm) . . . The 28th St. Crew have joined fellow Clivilles & Cole created act C&C Music Factory on CBS too . . . Don White is building a DJ mailing list at Contagious Records, The Village Recorders, 4 The Midas Business Centre, Wantz Road, Dagenham, Essex RM10 8PS, first to be plugged being new act State Of The Rhythm . . . Andy Lysandrou (0831-277 376) and Danny Poli (0831-390 120) are building a DJ mailing list for their new Boogie Beat Records dance label, and want to hear especially from radio jocks . . . London’s Shaftesbury’s in Shaftesbury Avenue starts a weekly Colours night this Wednesday (19) with DJs Risky Business, Lenny Grooves, Kid Andy plus regular future guests DJ Spiker, Underground Technician, Hi Frequency, 2 Times, possibly Fabio and more . . . Nemesis 90 this Saturday (22), noon to midnight, at Leicester’s Granby Halls Leisure Centre promises Cyclone, 4 Hero, Ital Rockers, Juno and mix champ DJ Reckless live on stage, plus Fabio, The Grooverider, Carl Cox, DJ SS, Doc Scott, Keith Suckling, DJ Sy, MJP and more (£12.50 ticket details on 0533-627475) . . . Fabio will also be at Brighton’s Zap Club next Sunday (30), with Harvey, DJ Lix and Anton Yule for the first of a monthly in2dance night, following the Colin Hudd headlined one-off there just three nights earlier (Thursday 27) . . . DJs Ian Dark and Nick Warren spin 98 Proof funky soul grooves at Bristol’s Moon Club this (December 20) and alternate Thursdays . . . Mélange Sundays at Soho’s Gullivers in Gaston Street have upfront and ozone friendly dance DJs Steve Solo, KCC, Chris Bass and L.T.J. Bukem, this Sunday (23) with special guest jock from Detroit, Richie ‘Rich’ Hawtin . . . Belfast’s One World DJs Keith, Alan, David & Paul, hosting House/Euro/Balearic Sha-Boom! Fridays at Delaney’s in Lombard Street, are also at Belfast Art College on Boxing Day (Wednesday 26) . . . William Orbit’s sporadic new Ouch! club night will on New Year’s Eve be holding an outdoor beach party — at Hardrin, all the way in trendy Thailand (guest passes, but sadly no free airline tickets, on the Ouch! vibeline, 081-960 5236, quoting ref: “Ouch! Ouch! Aargh!”)! . . . The Big Bang on New Year’s Eve, 9pm-6am, is slightly nearer home, in Holland (at Breda’s Turfschip, £25 ticket details on 071-221 9943, likewise find your own way), with PAs by Fierce Ruling Diva, Liaison D, LFO and Xpansions among the many attractions, including — you guessed? — DJs Fabio and The Grooverider . . . The Video Pool (170a Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UH; ‘phone 071-602 5935, fax 071-602 4338) is now selling Karaoke programmes in VHS format for just £57.50, instantly useable on any video/TV link-up without the need to rent or buy one of the rival very expensive (though faster cueing) laser disc systems, each hour long video tape containing 15 professionally produced tracks (preceded by a countdown clock for cueing) with “bouncing ball”-type progressively colourized lyrics and a guide vocal which can be controlled by the DJ: the starter programme combines classic and current material including ‘Blue Velvet’, `Unchained Melody’, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’, ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)’, ‘Groove Is In The Heart’, ‘U Can’t Touch This’, ‘Tom’s Diner’, ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ and ‘Birthday’, while programme two in the rapidly expanding series includes ‘Let’s Twist Again’, ‘It’s My Party’, ‘Hot Legs’, ‘Happy Talk’, ‘Nutbush City Limits’, ‘Fattie Bum Bum’, ‘The Smurf Song’, ‘I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down’, ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ and ‘Bad’ — wheee, what fun! . . . DJs doing Christmas parties might find the following Beats Per Minute of use: Righteous Brothers ‘Unchained Melody’ (66bpm)/’You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’ (92½-97½bpm); Bobby Vinton ‘Blue Velvet’ (80¼bpm); Elton John ‘Sacrifice’ (55½bpm); Jimmy Somerville ‘To Love Somebody’ (76¾bpm)/Boilerhouse Remix (86½bpm); Rod Stewart & Tina Turner ‘It Takes Two’ (141¼bpm)/Extended Remix (127¾bpm); Belinda Carlisle ‘(We Want) The Same Thing (Extended Summer Remix)’ (131bpm)/’Summer Rain (Full Length/Justin Strauss Mixes)’ (128½bpm); E.M.F. ‘Unbelievable (Cin City Sex/7″ Mixes)’ (103¾bpm); The Proclaimers ‘King Of The Road’ (117-124bpm); Bombalurina featuring Timmy Mallett ‘Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat) (12″ Remix/7″ Version)’ (132¾bpm); Pet Shop Boys ‘Being Boring (Extended Mix)’ (119¾bpm)/’So Hard (The KLF versus Pet Shop Boys)’ (118¾bpm); U2 ‘Night & Day (Twilight/Steel String Remixes)’ (118bpm); The Metal Gurus ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ (137½-140½bpm) . . . KOOL YULE, Y’ALL!

Reviewed by James Hamilton and Chris Mellor

TPE (THAT PETROL EMOTION) ‘Tingle’ (Hard Bop Instrumental/Christmas In Kreuzberg Mix)
E CULTURE ‘Tribal Confusion’ / ‘Unification
TONY RANSOM ‘In The Name Of Love’ (Club Mix/Hip Hop Mix)
TKEYLOW AND THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT ORCHESTRA ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ (House Version/Jah Love Mix)
DJS RULE ‘Serious EP Vol 1’ (‘Get Into The Music’ / ‘In Deep’ / ‘That’s It’ / ‘Makes Me Feel Sexy’)
ADMINISTRATORS ‘I’m In The Mood For Love
MECHANIX ENTERPRISE ‘Let’s Get Down’ (Black Mother Mix/Power Mix)
DR UMBARDI ‘One Day We’ll All Be Free

THE KLF ‘3 A.M. Eternal’ (KLF Communications KLF 005X)
Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty’s oldie from last year, like ‘What Time Is Love’ before it, has been completely revamped for January 7 reissue, now featuring rapper Ricardo and mournful title wailing Maxine Harvey in the new disjointedly introed then jiggly dense, droning, spurting and chugging Live At The S.S.L. (117¼bpm), with a sustained applause outro, and much brighter breezily striding Guns Of Mu Mu (120½bpm) remakes, the latter with a fuller vocal by Maxine and continuous “Ancients Of Mu Mu” chant, while a sort of firebell effect that rings through both mixes is more evident too.

MAD JOCKS featuring JOCKMASTER B.A. ‘Jock Party Mix’ (SMP SKMX 21, via Pinnacle)
Inarguably the 1990 festive season’s most useful party megamix, produced by Nigel Wright with on both sides the same tempo and “ah yeah” type clichés that he used also for Bombalurina’s ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’, this progressively accelerating medley of ‘The Conga’ (125¼)/’Knees Up Mother Brown’ (133)/’The Hokey Cokey’ (140-167bpm) has a 16 bar break between songs so that DJs can give voiced-over instructions to their dancers, while the flip’s Big Ben midnight chimes started (through a “wooh yeah” breakbeat) then bagpipes played ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ (126½bpm) is so good chat Les Adams and I have used it instead of a traditional version for Capital FM’s Houseparty on New Year’s Eve. It’ll date faster than ‘The Grease Megamix’, but for this year it’s essential!

ARTHUR MILES ‘Helping Hand (Incisive Remix)’ (106bpm) (ffrr FX 148)
Jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery’s nephew, now domiciled in Italy, has deservedly caused an instant stir with this Pippo Landro produced superb mid-Seventies style tensely building jittery attractive swayer, mushily mumbled, throatily rasped and powerfully roared in nostalgic “soul” style, the gospel type chantalong chorus breaking into applause at the end, while on the flip is a slow Sam Cooke-ish then gloriously cantering cover version of A Way Of Life’s ‘Trippin’ On Your Love (Club Remix)‘ (119¾bpm). Will Downing, eat your heart out!

PSYCHOTROPIC ‘Hypnosis’ (118¼bpm) (O2 Records O2 002, via 081-690 7505)
An instantly massive seller, this catchily repeated organ-type synth chords underpinned percolating plinky bleeper shifts its emphasis from time to time as it builds an hypnotically nagging groove, flipped by the title squawking girl and air raid sirens punctuated more routinely techno ‘Get Your Thing Together‘ (122bpm), and “Bobby Lynett and his orchestra” announcement repeating more frenetically churning ‘Bobby Lynett‘ (123¾bpm). Continue reading “December 22, 1990: The KLF, Mad Jocks/Jockmaster B.A., Arthur Miles, Psychotropic, A Tribe Called Quest”