ODDS ‘N’ BODS
ATLANTIC STARR’S ‘Circles’ is finally now on 116bpm UK 12in (A&M AMSP 8218) . . . Shakatak’s Crusaders ‘Street Life’-inspired ‘Streetwalkin’ and (on London) Change’s ‘The Very Best In You’ are due here in a fortnight . . . Fat Larry’s ‘Be My Lady’ has cropped up on Canadian 12in . . . Motown need more resident club DJs (especially with video facilities), so even if you’ve already applied, send up-dated details to Club Promotion List, Motown, c/o RCA Records, 1 Bedford Avenue, London WC1 . . . Soho’s celebrated Le Beat Route club has launched its own label and is conducting a national search for new acts to record and feature at its Thursday live nights — demo tapes to Le Beat Route Records, 2 Princes Street, London W1 . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn meet for their annual equipment jumble sale at noon this Sunday (23) in Iver’s Tower Arms, Thorney Lane South, and then next Sunday (30) have a riverboat shuffle aboard the Beta from Kingston-upon-Thames between 7.30 – 11.30pm — £5 tickets and further details on Ashford (Mx) 54714 or 42587 (lost CB-ers can home in on Channel 39 AM/FM on the respective days) . . . Chris Cole (Godalming Cobwebs) says that West Surrey & Hants DJA’s ‘Disco’ magazine is promoting the association so effectively by winning respect and interest from dealers and potential new members alike that he wonders why the DJF can’t do something similar for the nation’s “professionals” . . . Peter Powell may be torn up by the syrupy tones of his Radio 1 soul show’s New York contributor Yvonne Mobely, but in the States EVERY female on radio sounds exactly like her, and the accumulated result is cloying in the extreme — I’d rather hear less voice projection and more personality . . . US radio must be in a mess if the likes of Ray Parker Jr and Herbie Hancock have to go rock to get airplay — but then their new singles are getting hammered by UK radio too . . . St Tropez’s French-spoken ‘Femmes Fatales’ has hit the US soul chart — as have Queen’s ‘Body Language’ and the Thompson Twins ‘In The Name Of Love’ . . . Edgbaston’s Faces will be fighting to retain their Discotheque Of The Year award in their heat this Saturday (22) — mucho sweat from Steve Dennis, no doubt! . . . Bournemouth Soul Centre record shop promotes a jazz-funk alldayer on Whit Sunday (30) at Club Enfer with Mr Magic, Jaffa, Keith and more, having started a weekly night at Jensen’s that Thursday (27) — should you be planning a long weekend by the sea . . . Alan Shaler misinformed me: the Thursday jazz-funk gig he does with Invicta’s Andy Jackson is at Shuffles in the Lancaster Gate Hotel, Bayswater . . . John Sachs officially opens his Backstage club in Mayfair’s Green Street next Wednesday (26) . . . Mayfair’s Gullivers in Down Street now has specialist Afro nights on Sundays, and an additional African menu through the week, while Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Oscars) after a recent visit says his fiancee reckons Graham Gold “should be on radio with that incredible voice”! . . . Streetwave’s Morgan Khan was wheeling The Band AKA’s JJ Jarrett around London’s clubs last weekend, and has now put Patrick Boothe in a picture sleeve — what next, a picture disc, or free holidays in the Bahamas for every copy ordered?! . . . Third World’s LP is on picture disc now too . . . Wishy, funking Fridays at Bristol’s Princess Court club, is on no mailing lists and buys all his music from Julie at Soundsville in Bristol’s Gloucester Road, who stock all the latest imports . . . Steve Charles, ex-Port Talbot Troubador, has split for Spain with fellow Welsh DJ Mark Pearce to work respectively in Benidorm’s Beachcomber and Champions disco pubs, where the Dukes are number one, using Swindon’s Flashback Records to send out the newies weekly . . . Phil Blizzard (Stoke North Staffs Poly) reports from a working holiday in Ibiza the biggies there are Human League, Haircut 100 and Depeche Mode . . . Gene Latter is in the middle of recording a potential Eurodisco smash in the Ottawan vein . . . John Murray, doing the roller disco at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink — yes, that’s roller skating at the ice rink — finds the new Friday late night session so popular it’s been extended to 1am . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) has a great roller skating record he picked up in the States for Mark Clark, when Mark gets back from Holland . . . Martin Platts (Blackburn El Khasi) raised £3000 for the blind in the London Marathon, and has totalled over £25,000 in eight months from sponsored runs — some going, huh? . . . Soho’s Record Shack are presumably enjoying the sweet “smell” of success . . . Derek Pierce (Bath Moles), who enjoyed my “Buzzz haven’t” remark, says the group were actually excellent at a recent live appearance . . . Nick Davies warns that a wow at his Watford New Penny futurist Sundays is Wham ‘Wham Rapp’, given to him by the band on white label but possibly due via CBS . . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms) — oh, THAT bottle of scotch (I’d have preferred a cardboard pina colada)! . . . Dr Soul writes a personal letter not for publication only to see it appear in print two months later —thanks a lot, guys! . . . I must say moving to a coloured part of town has advantages, like hearing great music playing in all the local shops instead of Claire Rayner talking interminably to Michael Aspel on Capital . . . Vincent and Leroy Thomas arrive early Saturdays to decorate, which means I actually hear Robbie’s show now too . . . Kilburn’s fast food Potato Junction mixes its own fresh ice cream ingredients to order, and while avocado is interesting, the killer combinations are apple/walnut/cinnamon, peanut butter/salted peanuts, and milk chocolate/peppermint/hundreds & thousands — yum yum, bloat bloat! . . . Brother To Brother of Stanmore’s Chevaliers live in Carpenders Park — very ‘Tropic Of Ruislip’? . . . Kandidate found new vocalist Viscount Oliver on the London Underground, working as a guard . . . Roni Griffith could be the next Bananarama, try it between Giorgio’s ‘Chase’ and Sparks ‘Beat The Clock’ . . . Wow, look at Patrice go! . . . DISCO IS BACK!
UK NEWIES / IMPORTS
Note: there was no separate “Imports” section this week, but some imports were reviewed under the “UK Newies” banner.
BLUE FEATHER: ‘Let’s Funk Tonight’ (Canadian Siamese SIA 011).
Originally in the shop I only heard the very un-funky lightweight vocal start of this sinuously weaving 118bpm 12in loper, pleasant enough, but then — THEN! — it suddenly toughens up immeasurably to run through a series of dynamite jazzy instrumental solos with guitar and keyboards doin’ it to it over a terrific percussion underlay. Talk about hot! (DJs note: you don’t have to play the vocal start — that’s what headphones and PFL are for).
CANDELA: ‘Love You Madly’ (US Arista CP 715).
‘Boogie Wonderland’-introed sensationally strong vocal interplay driven lurching 117bpm 12in thudder with wailing chix, soulful guys, and an exciting stereo synth break — all wrapped up to make a compulsive dancer of classic proportions.
DENNIS BROWN: ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ LP (US A&M SP-4886).
At home I just cannot stop playing this truly beautiful reggae set — and normally I never play records just for relaxing — back to the start the stylus goes, every time. All the tracks are great, but total murderation is the simply glorious 98-99-101bpm soulful title track, which deserves UK 12in release and mega-smash success. Hear it, you’ll love it! (Interestingly, Dennis, like Third World, has revived a Chuck Jackson oldie, the 91-90-91bpm ‘Any Day Now‘ in this case). Continue reading “May 22, 1982: Blue Feather, Candela, Dennis Brown, Valentine Brothers, Oliver Sain”