August 16, 1986: Human League, Maze, DJ Hollywood, Michael Jonzun, Chip E


Daryl Pandy and Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk will be in person at a London Records “house” party night this Thursday (14) at the Limelight – where the smart thing to say to one’s companion is, “It isn’t as good as the New York club”, which indeed it isn’t, being a domed square shape instead of new York’s prettily illuminated proper church with floodlit trees showing through the windows (and as for the music, Dr And The Medics???) … Gwen Guthrie is now in a Dancin’ Danny Poku UK remix with Mark Berry’s mixes as flip … Froggy & Simon Harris’s label Music Of Life is finally rushing the original Eighties Ladies ‘Turned On To You’ with a remixed A-side, and Cooltempo is readying Timex Social Club … Cameo is out here next week commercially, UK pressings being 115¾bpm, while George Benson’s 12-inch turns out to be 88½bpm … Michael McDonald ‘Sweet Freedom’, although pressed already, amazingly isn’t out here until September 8 (in two and a half instead of four full mixes, with A and B sides swapped) … Shep Pettibone has given Five Star two much harder 0-118¼ and 118½bpm remixes, without the rocky guitar – and, Madonna fans note, he’s also been remixing ‘True Blue’ … Modern Talking’s slinkily chugging (0-)109bpm ‘Brother Louie’ (RCA PT 40876) is the Eurodisco hit returning holidaymakers are asking for, but it may be rapidly eclipsed by M.C. Miker ‘G’ & DeeJay Sven’s gimmicky 115¼bpm ‘Holiday Rap’ (Debut DEBTX 3008), which sets Dutch-accented raps and pop-hip hoppery to a perfect recreation of Madonna’s ‘Holiday’ backing track, with some amusingly adapted bursts of ‘Summer Holiday’ too … Tina Charles’ original producer Biddu has returned to a much changed disco scene here after several years with his family back home in India writing music for the movies there … (You Cannot Be) Serious Records’ ‘Upfront 2’ compilation double album is moving in for the kill with Princess, Willie Colon, Mondo Kané, Main Ingredient, Willie Collins, Nova Casper, Debby Blackwell, Fatback, Pieces Of A Dream, Cultural Vibe, Real Roxanne, Eric B, MC Boob/Steady B, and Salt-n-Pepa – talk about hot! – while their soul Crossover and hiphop Murder Beat labels (under Ian Dewhirst’s guidance) are releasing as singles Cultural Vibe, Midnight Sunrise ‘On The House’, R T & The Rockmen Unlimited, Salt-n-Pepa, MC Boob/Steady B, DJ Hollywood, and more … Morgan, look out! … Millie Scott visits Bedford Sweetings Friday (15), when Graeme Park of Nottingham’s Garage brings coach parties to support him in London at Projects in Streatham Ziggy’s … Red Nose is much funnier, but Preston’s radio station is of course Red Rose! … Billy Crystal appears to be filming at the same time as the Barry weekender, so no South Wales visit for him! … Billy Ocean topped US Black LPs, Bananarama Club Play too now, in Billboard … Little Richard’s 1957 classic ‘Lucille’ is being 12-inched on US Specialty … Ricky Nelson, killed last Christmas, appears among the backing voices on Lionel Richie’s album … Arthur Baker, ironically considering the Criminal Records name of his label, recently spent the night in jail following a misunderstanding over a traffic violation – over which all charges were subsequently dropped … Colin Hudd at Dartford Flicks synchs Pieces Of A Dream ‘Say La La’ perfectly with the new Alexander O’Neal (who, incidentally, plays Hammersmith Odeon November 20/21) … US copyright experts seem agreed that digital “sampling” of elements from other peoples’ records is as illegal as other older types of copyright theft …  SORRY, WRONG BEAT!

LES ADAMS, the ‘Mix Doctor’ who teaches other DJs how to do it, did it himself in ultra slick style along with fellow guest mixers Chad Jackson and Paul Dakeyne at London’s Limelight last week, when the Disco Mix Club launched their new commercial DMC Records label. With PAs too by the likes of Lulu, Sinitta and the Cool Notes, there was hardly a dull moment in an action-packed and intensely social night. The thinking behind DMC Records is that it should be devoted to productions by disco DJs, each release being simultaneously not one but two separately available 12 inchers (at 33⅓rpm), the second one containing additional different mixes to help DJs create their own versions if they want to. Distributed via Arista, the label has kicked off with Sanny X’s surprisingly good total revamp of TINA CHARLES ‘I Love To Love (12” Teenage Mix)’ (DMC Records DECK 121 and DECKS 121), the decade-old chart-topper still getting middle-aged groovers onto the floor but now with a completely re-produced sleek new backing track (at about 100bpm).


HUMAN LEAGUE ‘Human’ (Virgin VS 880-12)
This’ll cause problems for purists, and be a smash! Sounding just like an 101⅙-0bpm Alexander O’Neal track, it’s prod/penned in their own typical style by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, with no concessions to the Sheffield group – of three versions there is an instrumental, but go for the vocal!

MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly ‘I Wanna Be With You’ (Capitol 12CL 421)
Now much extended (with LP and instrumental versions as flip), this joyfully wriggling 113⅔bpm shuffler should leap into the charts in the current soulful climate, even if it still isn’t exactly a real crossover hit.

D.J. HOLLYWOOD ‘To Whoever It May Concern’ (US Spring SPR12-422)
Extremely jolly 101⅙bpm rap, using something like the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ bass line, with ultra-catchy singalong chants to such gibberish as “um tang um tang” and “yummy yum yum” (inst/edit flip), great fun!

MICHAEL JONZUN ‘Burnin’ Up’ (A&M AMY 340)
Infectious brightly bounding 114bpm smooth soul bubbler full of catchy emulator hooks, with a hot piano dub and instrumental too, plus here the rocky 124bpm ‘Money Isn’t Everything’.

CHIP E (above) is the creator behind HOUSE PEOPLE ‘Godfather Of House’ (US Underground UN-104), consisting of four pure “house” 121½bpm jack trax mixing minimalist loosely bouncing rhythm, vocals and effects in different combinations for each version – the result is oddly compulsive, specialist maybe, but real sweaty workout stuff.

The week’s other “house” newies include R T & THE ROCKMEN UNLIMITED ‘(I Want To Go To) Chicago’ (US Criminal Records CRIM 00002), Arthur Baker’s New York-recorded would-be archetypal 122¼bpm Chicago anthem modelled closely on ‘Dub Can’t Turn Around’, with vocalists Will Downing and Craig Derry (in five versions);

MASTER C & J ‘When You Hold Me’ (US Trax Records TX118), the track that Mantronik was pictured playing two weeks ago, a New York Kids-produced jittery 121¼-0bpm skitterer with whispered muttering and monotonous simple synth tones (which alone start the dub flip), mainly for mixers;

THE RUDE BOY FARLEY KEITH ‘Give Yourself To Me’ (US Trax Records TX116), credited also to ‘The Rude Boy himself Farley Farley Farley’, on other words Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk yet again with a cowbell-clonking basic 117½bpm canterer, instrumental with a vocal flip, strictly for completists.

RJ’s LATEST ARRIVAL ‘Heaven In Your Arms’ (US Manhattan V-56025)
Quality listening, maybe more than a floor rammer, this slow starting girl souled 46⅔-93⅓bpm swayer is in the Jones Girls class for aficionados (in three versions).

ROSALINE JOYCE ‘Friends Not Lovers’ (Elite DAZZ 57)
Slinky little minimalist 122½bpm chugger with some sneakily sampled snippets from ‘Alice’, coolly cooed vocal, and bursts of rap by Kew T (inst flip), all rather effective in a low-key sort of way.

LORETTA SINCLAIR ‘Every Time We Touch’ (CityBeat CBE 1204)
The Bristol-born ex-reggae singer’s solo debut is a classily handled burbling jiggly 111½bpm swayer (inst flip), a grower, like a less shrill Cool Notes with a subtly surging arrangement.

GWEN GUTHRIE ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’ (LP ‘Good To Go Lover’ US Polydor 422 829 532-1 Y-1)
When she’s good she’s good, as on this sinuously jogging (0-)96⅔(-0)bpm Carpenters revival, the wriggly 109bpm ‘Stop Holding Back’, bounding 125bpm ‘I Still Want You’, Shannonesque 0-114¾bpm ‘Outside In The Rain’, hit 107⅓bpm ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On’, and the 74bpm ‘Passion Eyes’, 0-26½-0bpm ‘You Touched My Life’ and 0-193bpm title track aren’t bad either.

KENNY G ‘What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)’ (Arista ARIST 12-672)
Saxist Kenny Gorelick mildly updates Jr Walker’s 1969 classic with Ellis Hall as guest vocalist here in just two ponderous juddery 103bpm treatments, the song remaining the standout track on his import LP ‘Duotones’ (US Arista AL8-8427) which, apart from the Lenny Williams-soothed 85bpm ‘Don’t Make Me Wait For Love’ and Claytoven Richardson’s 93bpm ‘You Make Me Believe’, is an instrumental fusion set, slightly bland, including the sinuously bumping 109½bpm ‘Midnight Motion’, chorused 111½bpm ‘Slip Of The Tongue’, attractive 103⅚bpm ‘Sade’, jogging 105⅓bpm ‘Champagne’, crawling 67bpm ‘Three Of A Kind’ and 34bpm ‘Songbird’ (the latter also on his UK 12-inch).

KRYSTOL ‘Passion From A Woman’ (Epic TA 7203)
Although it did little on import, the chanting girls’ lively rolling 0-112-0bpm electro chugger is a catchy nagger, here with its dub and the Emotions-ish (0-)121bpm ‘Baby, Make Your Mind Up’.

PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION ‘Boys & Girls’ (Paisley Park W8586T)
Genuinely jaunty lighthearted strange 116½bpm loper with some sexy French chat by Marie France, coupled with the older Sheila E-duetted infectious friskily leaping 124-123⅓-124-0bpm ‘Erotic City’ (provocatively pronouncing the word ‘funk’), and atmospheric odd 59-0bpm ‘Under The Cherry Moon’.

WORD OF MOUTH featuring DJ CHEESE ‘Coast To Coast’ (Champion CHAMP 12-17)
Belated UK release for champion scratcher Cheese and his rap group’s chunkily jittering 98bpm go go hip hop chanter, in strong Full Force style (and three mixes).

THE JUNKYARD BAND ‘The Word’ (Def Jam TA 7294)
The chanting and rapping young dustbin bashers from Washington DC drop the go go bomb at 0-97⅔-97-98-98⅔-99⅓-98⅓bpm, and at 99-100-100⅔-101-101⅔-101-101⅓-102⅓-104½bpm on the funkier ‘Sardines’ flip, both a bit raw.

A CLASSIC PRODUCTION ‘Feelin’ James’ (US TD Records Inc TD 802)
When spotted in New York’s Music Factory record shop there was no knowing this wasn’t as old as the other “interesting” items on display, a Steinski-type 109-110½-102⅔-104⅓-105⅔-105⅓-105⅔-106bpm megamix mainly of James Brown riffs (‘Sex Machine’ included) with other break beats thrown in too, and as flip three different useful breaks for mixers.

T LA ROCK ‘Breaking Bells’ (US Fresh Records FRE-006)
Mantronik-produced murkily dragging 101⅙bpm electro jitterer by the bragging dull rapper, who actually dregs up that tired old “throw your hands in the air/somebody say Oh Yeah” couplet on the even denser 98¼bpm ‘Bass Machine’ flip (both in two versions).

LIONEL RICHIE ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’ LP (Motown ZL72412)
Mainly pop as anticipated, this does have about three crumbs for soul fans, the lovely swaying (0-)98bpm ‘Love Will Conquer All’, John Barnes-synched Marvin Gaye-ish (0-)100½bpm ‘Don’t Stop’, and pseudo profound reggae (0-)65½bpm ‘Se La’, the 0-125bpm ‘Tonight Will Be Alright’ being AoR, and (the latter pure Country) 0-25/50-0bpm ‘Ballerina Girl’ and 0-34/68-0bpm ‘Deep River Woman’ its new slushy smoochers.

JAMES (D TRAIN) WILLIAMS ‘You Are Everything’ (US Columbia 44-05941)
In an apparent label switch with the sleeve actually announcing it as being by just D Train, this skittery 117½bpm leaper (in three mixes) may sound disappointingly weak at first but improves on acquaintance.

JONNIE BABY ‘Special Things’ (US Elektra 7-69531)
Muttering started Alexander O’Neal-style 87¾bpm rhythmic swayer (inst flip) causing a stir on seven inch.

DEON ESTUS ‘Spell’ (Geffen Records GEF 5T)
Pleasant sometimes dramatically jolting Seventies-style 0-76¼bpm groin grinding swayer, musically nothing to do with Wham! (for whom he was bassist).

UK DISCO TOP 100 – August 16, 1986

01 01 AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT (LARRY LEVAN MIXES), Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
02 04 SOWETO (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX)/DUB, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
03 02 DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND/LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy, London 12in
04 03 HEADLINES, Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
05 05 SET FIRE TO ME/INFERNO DUB, Willie Colon, A&M 12in
06 06 FOOL’S PARADISE (PARADISE MIX), Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
07 07 NEW YORK AFTERNOON, Mondo Kané/Georgie Fame, Lisson Records 12in
08 09 I CAN PROVE IT, Phil Fearon, Ensign 12in
09 14 WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
10 20 DO YOU GET ENOUGH LOVE, Shirley Jones, Philadelphia International 12in
11 17 EVERYONE A WINNER/DUB, Zuice, Club 12in
12 08 TELL ME TOMORROW (WEEKEND MIX CLUB VERSION), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
13 18 DO ME RIGHT, The Main Ingredient, Cooltempo 12in
15 11 AUTOMATIC, Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in white label
16 19 I WANNA BE WITH YOU, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, US Capitol 7in
17 33 FIND THE TIME (MIDNIGHT MIX)/DUB, Five Star, Tent 12in
18 13 SAY LA LA, Pieces Of A Dream, Manhattan 12in
19 35 RUMORS/VICIOUS RUMORS, Timex Social Club, US Jay 12in
20 10 BANG ZOOM (LET’S GO-GO), The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee, Cooltempo 12in
21 21 MY ADIDAS/PETER PIPER, Run-DMC, London 12in
22 31 ROSES (BERT BEVANS REMIX), Haywoode, CBS 12in
23 12 BURNIN’ LOVE, Con Funk Shun, Club 12in
24 47 BREAKING AWAY, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
25 25 MA FOOM BEY, Cultural Vibe, US Easy Street 12in
26 64 YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO), Davis/Pinckney Project featuring Lorenzo Queen, US Studio Records 12in
27 27 CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (JEDI MIX), Real Thing, PRT 12in
28 32 ONCE YOU GOT ME GOING, Debby Blackwell, 10 Records 12in
29 42 WE WORK HARD/KANGOL & DOC, U.T.F.O., Cooltempo 12in
30 41 BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, Incredible Mr. Freeze, US Pow Wow 12in
31 68 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
32 49 BURNIN’ UP/PIANO DUB, Michael Jonzun, US A&M 12in
33 15 I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, Atlantic 12in
34 29 ERIC B. IS PRESIDENT, Eric B. featuring Rakim, US Zakia Records 12in
35 59 NO NEWS IS NEWS – REMIX, Kreamcicle, Bluebird/10 12in
36 43 LOVE ZONE (REMIX), Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
37 72 WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE), Kenny G, US Arista 12in
38 58 ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
39 40 EXPANSIONS ’86 (FEARON BROTHERS REMIX), Chris Paul, Fourth & Broadway 12in
40 39 BYE-BYE, Janice, US 4th + B’way 12in
41 23 I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback, Important Records 12in
42 26 GONNA MAKE YOU MINE (WESTSIDE MIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
43 74 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
44 22 MIDAS TOUCH/DEAD END, Midnight Star, MCA Records LP
45 37 TURNED ON TO YOU, Nova Casper, Bluebird/10 12in
46 24 DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN, Archie Bell & The Drells, Portrait 12in
47 83 NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIX PART 1), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
48 48 GOOD TO GO, Trouble Funk, 4th + B’way/TTED 12in
49 79 JUMMP-BACK, Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records 12in
50 80 THE WORD/SARDINES, The Junkyard Band, Def Jam 12in
51 — WORD UP/INSTRUMENTAL, Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in/Club promo
52 76 SWEET FREEDOM, Michael McDonald, US MCA Records 12in
53 53 100% PURE PAIN, O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
54 45 BORROWED LOVE (REMIX), The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
55 50 SHARE MY LOVE/THE SUN DON’T SHINE, Betty Wright, US First String Records LP
56 91 POINT OF NO RETURN (SPECIAL MIX), Nu Shooz, Atlantic 12in
58 — KISSES IN THE MOONLIGHT, George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
59 62 NO WAY BACK/INSTRUMENTAL, Adonis, US Trax Records 12in
60 55 HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE/I’LL TAKE YOU ON, Hanson & Davis, US Fresh Records 12in
61 90 WAKE UP TO MY LOVE, Astra, Elite 12in
64 — SPELL, Deon Estus, Geffen Records 12in
65 84 THE BEAT IS MINE/DOUBLE DEF FRESH (GET STUPID FRESH REMIX), Hardrock Soul Movement, Elite 12in
66 61 TAKE IT TO THE TOP, Skibone, US TTED Record Inc 12in
67 96 HEAVEN IN YOUR ARMS, R.J.’s Latest Arrival, US Manhattan 12in
68 73 YOUR LOVE, Innerlife, US Personal Records 12in
69 92 LEAVE IT TO THE DRUMS/I’VE GOT IT GOOD, Tricky Tee, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
70 52 PEE-WEE’S DANCE, Joeski Love, Cooltempo 12in
71 75 IS IT LIVE/HIT IT RUN, Run-D.M.C., London LP
72 — ALWAYS, James Ingram, Qwest 12in
73 — WHO ME?, The Freshmen, US Select Records 12in/Cooltempo promo
74 — FRIENDS NOT LOVERS, Rosaline Joyce, Elite 12in promo
75 93 GO-GO SWING, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US Future 12in
76 98 OH, PEOPLE, Patti LaBelle, MCA Records 12in
77 97 YOU ARE EVERYTHING, James (D Train) Williams, US Columbia 12in
78 95 OVER AND OVER (REMIXES), Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records 12in
80 63 SET IT OFF/MASTERMIND REMIX, Harlequin Four’s, Champion 12in
81 77 YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY (NOT MY GIRL) (REMIXES), Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 12in
83 82 GO BANG! #5, Dinosaur L, CityBeat 12in
84 54 CELEBRATE – PT. I/PT. II, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
85 89 FEELIN’ JAMES, US TD Records Inc 12in
87 69 NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE, Barbara Mitchell, Dutch Mercury LP
88 70 I’LL TAKE YOUR MAN, Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
89 86 GIRLS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, Jazz Jeff & Fresh Prince, US Word Records 12in
90 re PASSION FROM A WOMAN, Krystol, Epic 12in
91 — AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU (REMIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
92 85 HARDCORE JAZZ (J.B. TRAXX), Duane And Co., US Dance Mania Records 12in
93 re DON’T FAKE MY LOVE, Projection, Elite 12in
94 56 (SOLUTION TO) THE PROBLEM, Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
95 66 PAY ME BACK MY LOVE, Colors, Prelude 12in
96 — DEALIN’ WITH LIFE/FLY GIRL, Boogie Boys, Capitol 12in promo
97 — YOU DON’T KNOW/DUB MIX, Tambi, US Electric Ice 12in
98 71 BREAKING BELLS/BASS MACHINE, T La Rock, US Fresh Records 12in
99 — THE RAIN (REMIX), Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, US Def Jam 12in
100= — TEN WAYS OF LOVING YOU, Lenny Williams, US Knobhill 7in
100= re YOU AND ME, Simphonia, US Cotillion 12in


01 01 LANDSLIDE, Croisette, Passion 12in
02 03 NO MAN’S LAND, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
03 04 LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (REMIX), E.G. Daily, US A&M 12in
04 02 MUSIC THAT YOU CAN DANCE TO, Sparks, US Curb 12in
05 05 DOWN DOWN ROMEO/ACTIVATE MY HEART, Meccano, German Ariola 12in
06 06 RUN TO ME, Tracy Spencer, Italian CBS 12in
07 07 DOWN AND COUNTING, Claudja Barry, US Epic 12in
08 11 I WON’T GIVE IT AWAY, Olga, US Top Hits 12in
09 09 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND/DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy, London 12in
10 17 TIME AFTER TIME, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
11 12 YOU EXCITE ME, David Karam, Canadian Astro 12in
12 15 AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in
13 10 TWILIGHT ZONE, Venus, Passion 12in
14 08 HOW MANY HEARTS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
15 13 I FEAR THE NIGHT, Tyree, US Underground 12in
16 14 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
17 16 MORE THAN PHYSICAL, Bananarama, London 12in
18 19 PLAY IT COOL, Model 500, US Metroplex 12in
19 18 CAN’T LIVE, Suzy Q, Belgian ARS 12in
20 21 I AM ALIVE, Saphir, German EMI 12in
21 22 DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, The Communards, London 12in
22 24 VERY HIGH FREQUENCY, VHF, Record Shack 12in white label
23 25 I NEED A LOVER TONIGHT, Caren Cole, Canadian Power 12in
24 26 FOR TONIGHT, Nancy Martinez, Canadian Mahogany 12in
25 23 MALE STRIPPER (UK REMIX)/ORIGINAL, Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish, Bolts Records 12in
26 29 MAN SIZE LOVE, Klymaxx, US MCA Records 12in
27 27 TIGER BAY, Francine Kirsch, Canadian Tamar 12in
28 re LIGHT A LIGHT (REMIX), Peppermint, US RGM 12in
29 28 AGAIN (REMIX), Do Piano, Record Shack 12in
30 — WHITE SNOW IN THE JUNGLE, Sandy Marton, German CBS 12in

3 thoughts on “August 16, 1986: Human League, Maze, DJ Hollywood, Michael Jonzun, Chip E”

  1. Danny Krivit’s “Feelin’ James” bootleg mix – which, after an initial burst of “Sex Machine”, is comprised mainly of breakbeat loops – feels significant (and maybe influential?) in that it marks our first encounter with the soon-to-be-ubiquitous “Funky Drummer” breakbeat (plus the breakbeat from Funkadelic’s “You’ll Like It Too”, used at the start of Eric B & Rakim’s “I Know You Got Soul”). No sign of Lyn Collins’ “Think” yet, though…


    1. The first part of Feelin’ James (0:18 to 1:06) has been lifted directly from 1984’s “Lesson Two” James Brown mix by Double Dee & Steinski.


  2. It seems that that Legends house night that no one remembers in Manchester has a rival claimaint for being the first house night in the country. as Trevor Fungs (and another DJ who I’ve forgotten)”s Project night in Streatham, south London is still struggling on although seemingly now called Projects ,and well known enough to have a coach party coming down to it with Graeme Park from Nottingham. I’ve read about this night before being not just the first house night in Britain but also having a. sort of rave vibe about it (although quite how that could be without ecstasy I don’t know) and that it soon failed. I’m sure I’ve seem it given a time of existing as ridiculously early as 1985 when there’s have been virtually no house record to play but now from this column we know it was spring/summer 1986 which is obviously more sensible.

    It’s amazing how this column is showing the truth about things developed and happenings that have always been wrapped in myth and subject to the inaccuracies of semi-remembered recollections in all the histories of the earliest days of house in Britain that I’ve read.


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