Odds ‘N Bods
Atmosfear’s newie, ‘Motivation’ / ‘Extracts’, will be on Elite 12in and not MCA in three weeks’ time . . . Light Of The World is due in a fortnight, the 128-129bpm ‘The Boys In Blue’ seguing halfway on 12in into the more jazzily flowing 124bpm ‘This Is This’ instrumental (which most acetate-serviced mafiosi prefer) . . . Real Thing’s jogging 109-108bpm ‘Saint Or Sinner?’ is due then too . . . France Joli is now on 3-track 12in containing both long and short ‘Come To Me’ plus ‘Let Go’ (Ariola/Dreyfus AROD 204) . . . Funkadelic is now set for 12in, to be followed later in February by UK 12in release of Modern Sound Corporation ‘Safari’, Jocko ‘Rhythm Talk’ . . . The Mexicano’s next will be a very different totally electronic Telex-type treatment of ‘The Israelites’, while the gorgeous ‘Lady’ is already set as the Whispers’ follow-up . . . EMI’s LRD division is being disbanded, disco labels like Motown, Source and Fantasy (they’ve just lost Salsoul, incidentally) moving into the UA/Liberty offices in Mortimer Street, with most of the pop labels going to EMI in Manchester Square . . . Positive Force and Shalamar were fleeting visitors last week for club PA’s around London . . . RCA’s “Rowdy” Yeats hopes to arrange a UK tour for the Solar Roadshow, starring Whispers, Shalamar, Dynasty & Lakeside . . . Mr Q’s real name probably is not Dave Crawford, as of course the latter wrote Jackie Moore’s ‘Time’ on which, together with ‘Second Time Around’, Mr Q based his ‘Love & Time’ import . . . DJF stalwart and Polydor plugger Theo Loyla reportedly survived a car smash (though the car didn’t) . . . Cliff Wilding still has some useful year planner wall charts for the cost of an SAE to his disco shop, Early Riser, 50 Beulah Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9LE . . . Honey Bee Benson has now joined such as DLT, Simon Bates & Mike Read for agency and management representation by MPC (01-434 1861) . . . Emperor Rosko, writing from Van Nuys in California says “Hi” and “Remember the Alamo and 208” – see you in LA next month, Rosko! . . . Chris Hill returns on both Fridays and Saturdays to his original funking ground, Canvey Island’s Goldmine, starting this week . . . Steve Martell jazz-funks Preston Clouds every Friday/Saturday, Chris Golland joins Paul Clark on Fridays at Brighton Papillon and solos there Saturdays, Martin Starr jazz-funks Jasper’s Jazz Club in Bristol’s Park Street every Wednesday, and busy Chris Dinnis expands his horizons from South and East to West Devon and even further afield . . . Tom Myles of Wirral’s City Discos (051-677 7500) would like to hear again from the Manchester (or Preston?) DJF jock who rang recently, and also confirms the Wirral/Merseyside lack of import shops . . . Soho’s Groove Records shop have extended their Latin-American/Salsa section . . . New Year over, the disco chart has finally fleshed out again, the bottom end getting much stronger support and many titles increasing support but dropping places – and by the way, despite prophets of gloom and New Mod activity, hasn’t disco done well in the sales chart recently?!
THE WHISPERS: ‘And The Beat Goes On’ (Solar SO12-11) (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
In this exceptional week for strong UK releases all the first seven reviews deserve to lead off the list! This happens to be the hottest due to its amazing chart performance after just a few days of release, the smacking and thwhacking 115-116bpm “rock” whacker being hot off the presses and into the chart almost before the import version had hit our decks. Try it with Prince if you haven’t already!
BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Shakit’ (UA 12UP 615)
Terrific bumping and jumping 121-122-123-120-124-120-124-120-124-123bpm ‘Moving’-type driver with catchy counting and butch chanting, now on 12in but strangely as flip to the good though less immediate 116-117bpm ‘Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing’ “rock” churner with gimmicky synthesizer effects. Their best in years, the parent LP (reviewed in depth on import) is also out (UAG 30285), but these are the best two tracks back-to-back.
ROY AYERS: ‘Don’t Stop The Feeling’ (Polydor STEPX 9) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
Maddeningly nagging insistent repetitive simple chant over a great funkily thudding basic beat, the 7in being 113-114bpm, LP version 114-115bpm and US promo 12in 115-116bpm – so who knows what the overdue UK 12in will be?! The two bar wailing intro goes nicely out of Edgar Winter’s outro, or can be skipped for a chop out of Slave. Continue reading “January 26, 1980: The Whispers, Brass Construction, Roy Ayers, Merry Clayton, La Pregunta”