ODDS ‘N’ BODS
DISCO AID may only have raised £50,000 from its co-ordinated national charity night last November, but now a Disco Aid Trust is being set up as the disco industry’s charitable organisation to run further events, hopefully with even greater success and public awareness … Somerset Sound & Light are promoting the Disco West 87 equipment exhibition this Sunday (26), 11am-6pm, at Glastonbury’s Tor Sport & Leisure Centre on the A39 … Phyllis Hyman’s new 96bpm US remix of the Loose Ends-penned, Julie Roberts-originated sultry ‘Ain’t You Had Enough Love’ has been white labelled here and will be twin-packed with her ‘Screaming At The Moon‘ 12 inch (to which the LP version is flip. anyway), this new mix being even more exaggeratedly typical of Nick Martinelli’s production style … Prince’s follow-up will be the sexily muttered sinuous squeaky 96bpm ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend‘, which in my rush I missed from his LP review (presumably the end will be faded as it’s too hot for radio!) … Debut picked up The Movement ‘Magic’, and are putting out a ‘Jack Mix II‘ remake (rather than remix) of Mirage ‘Jack Mix’ … Keni Stevens’ LP appears to be selling most strongly to the slow slinky “heartbeat” tempo loving black market as there’s nothing fast enough on it for white dancers … Five Star’s house tempoed newie, although it hit nationally quite high, is proving to be too “hard” for the kids and the wrong group for DJs to buy … Paul Lekakis’ suggestively worded frantic Hi-NRG 129¾bpm ‘Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room)‘ (Champion CHAMP 12-43), a long established Euro smash now climbing fast in the US, could well be the next ‘Male Stripper’ if you’re into that type of thing … Sheffield vintage soul purist Mike Ward and industry veteran Alan Bellman have set up the Timeless Records label dedicated to hard core soul, launched with brand new albums by Ike Noble, Barrett Strong, The Controllers, Frederick Knight, Tyrone Davis, plus Anita Ward, C L Blast, Tommy Tate, Lynn White to follow … Nick Ratcliffe’s Dance Show has been discontinued in County Sound Radio’s spring schedules, but he’ll be hosting another new show in the future … BBC Radio Merseyside soul DJ Kenni James and Hott Waxx Records shop owner Kev Edwards joined Alan Gaskell in St Helens recently for a soul night to raise money for Mark Eccleston, hospitalised with spinal injuries that’ll leave him paralysed for life — that seems a far more worthy exercise than any number of Sun-glorifying charity singles … Tricky Dick Scanes runs his own gay discos around London and has no connection with Bolts, other than in his knee, currently held together by bolts and a plate following a skiing prang … Ben Liebrand’s sister Rita is a mixer too, jocking in Germany at Essen’s Librium, and has been asked by CBS there to create a continuously mixed album … Friday (24) Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince (if they bother to turn up) should be with Pete Tong and “Beastie Boyz” Tony Wilson, Trevor Fung and Paul Oakenfold at the Project Club in Streatham’s Zigis, where next Friday (1) its Jeff Young’s turn … Saturday (25) Chris Hill heads a Prestatyn reunion (what else?) with Kev Hill and Maggot at Harlow Whispers’ weekly Sweat Box (the club’s half million pound refit isn’t now due until mid-summer), the next few weeks’ guests being Bob Jones (2), Froggy (9), Jeff Young (16) … Monday (27) Desa starts a weekly upfront night at Liverpool Atmosphere’s with Damon Rochefort and Sharon Dee Clarke as special guests … Belfast’s burgeoning Soul In The City Saturday club in Robinson’s Top Floor Bar is running a mystery tour on Sunday May 3, taking 200 soul fans to an undisclosed special nightclub booked for their exclusive use, buffet and transport included for the £8.50 non-members’ price — call Belfast 661761 after 6pm to see if any tickets are left … Northern Ireland’s Traks in Portrush sponsors the International North-West 200 motorcycle race on Saturday, May 9, which every year draws 180,000 people from around the world — and, to DJ Brian Moore’s delight, the track is right on Traks’ doorstep … Gary Hickson funks Tuesdays at Blackpool’s newly refurbished Adam & Eve, using the sound and light system that he was contracted to install as well … Steve Wren and Big Al Parker house ‘n’ funk Dagenham’s Beacon Leisure Soul Club in Raynham Road South on Friday evenings, buffet included, and Steve also has a Sunday house party at Walthamstow’s Racers Chingford Road … Scottish PA circuit organiser Tony Cochrane is now manager of Dundee’s brand new Tokyo Joe’s, with Ian Robertson as DJ … Andy Baker (Rhyl Downtown/Octagon) finds with a bit of vari-speed that Living In A Box synchs forever with ‘Set It Off’ … Steve Ogley (Oulton Broad Chequers) wonders whether, in JMO ‘Jack Is The Message’, the constant dog bark featured throughout is by a “Jack” Russell! … LAH DE DAH DE!
SIMON HARRIS has launched a new hip hop compilation LP series on his label with ‘Def Beats 1‘ (Music Of Life Records MODEF 1, via Pinnacle), continuously edited rather than mega-mixed — although, in his alter ego of NOMIS SIRRAH, he climaxes it with a 0-93-0bpm ‘Powerplay Megamix‘. London’s Derek Boland contributes a viable UK answer to Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince in the James Brown break-cutting 99bpm DEREK B ‘Rock The Beat‘, and also previously unreleased anywhere are the beat-cutting female rap 91bpm SPARKY D ‘Sparky’s In The Place‘, fast-talking youthful 93⅓bpm FATHER MC ‘My Beat‘, rock-guitared 0-83½-0bpm BEWARE AFFAIR ‘Def Beat‘, MC-popping 95bpm BLUZ BROS ‘Bluz Bros‘, while already known are the story song 0-91 bpm DANA DANE ‘Delancey Street’, scratching 86½bpm SPYDER D ‘My Whole Life Flashed’, US original 102½bpm VICIOUS RUMOR CLUB ‘Whole Lotta Love’, 90⅔bpm THE MICROPHONE PRINCE ‘Who’s The Captain’.
2 PUERTO RICANS, A BLACKMAN AND A DOMINICAN ‘Do It Properly!’ (US Fierce Records FR 1000)
Really, that’s the name on the label! Their speedily snicking 124¼bpm jack track kicks off with terrifying rippling and romping piano, the same player then pumping an organ before “jack your body” gets sampled and things keep getting crazier — very exciting (the same track repeats as flip).
ULTRA MAGNETIC MC’s ‘Traveling At The Speed Of Thought’ (US Next Plateau NP5008)
Excellent singsong chanting and scratching 111bpm jaunty sparse rap which keeps cutting the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’ into its ‘Honky Tonk Woman’-type tempo, great fun and sure to be big (dub too, plus the disjointed jittery 0- 104⅓-0bpm ‘MC’s Ultra (Part II)‘ and break beat-cutting short 106⅓bpm ‘B-Boy Bonus Break’).
WHISPERS ‘Rock Steady’ (US Solar V-71153)
A much used title over the years, although here a new song, this jauntily trotting 116⅓bpm singalong swayer is vintage Whispers, with clipped choruses and a lean arrangement so immediately recognisable as their timeless style that, cleaner recording apart, it sounds little different from their revived oldies (inst flip, and 1984’s lovely Philly-ish 66¼bpm ‘Are You Going My Way’). Continue reading “April 25, 1987: 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, Ultra Magnetic MC’s, Whispers, Kinkina, Eleanore Mills”