May 16, 1987: Donna Allen, The Whispers, Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Herb Alpert, Joyce Sims

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

INVICTA RADIO, having lost Pete Tong from the Sunday soul show, is still getting taped programmes from its other soul DJ, The Dude — sent from New York City, where he’s currently on WBLS following the expiry of his UK work permit! … Alexander O’Neal’s upcoming ‘Fake‘ single has some more of that Jam & Lewis gospel organ and a mellow ‘Love Bizarre’ purple funk groove driven by chugging Timmy Thomas-ish rhythm, excitingly insistent more than a song … Shep Pettibone has remixed Janet Jackson ‘The Pleasure Principle’ … Cooltempo snapped up the Rappin’ Reverend here, and Champion has Sweet Heat … Cultural Vibe ‘Power‘ will be amongst the imminent first releases on Morgan Khan’s new Westside label, while Dance Music turns out to be the actual name of the label that is about to continue the ‘Streetsounds’ LP series … Serious Records’ ‘Upfront 6‘ compilation includes current hits by Sybil, Eleanore Mills, Mel & Kim, Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason, Zushii, TC Curtis, Full House, On The House plus LP cuts by Millie Scott and Keni Stevens — hot or what? … Chris ‘CJ’ Mackintosh’s previously promoed ‘CJ Scratch’ mix of ‘Boops’ is now commercially available as B-side to the Sly & Robbie 12 inch (4th + B’way 12BRWX 61), while Les Adams’ ‘Throwdown Medley’ has cropped up again as a Kool & The Gang flip, this time to try and sell ‘Stone Love’ … Diana Ross’s percussively tapping breathy swaying ‘Dirty Looks‘ (108⅔bpm off acetate) may be too ramblingly disjointed a song for huge pop success but could help restore her soul credibility when it’s on EMI here soon … Miles Davis’s recent ‘Tutu’ LP’s Marcus Miller-created ‘Full Nelson‘ has been given a Herb Alpert-inspired snappily jolting 110¼bpm industrial funk remix, on US Warner Bros promo … Club Nouveau’s follow-up is merely a straight reissue of their ‘Rumors’-answering (0-)110bpm ‘Jealousy‘ (Warner Bros W8551T), too late surely to mean much now? … Pepsi & Shirlie haven’t figured much in this column before, but a more house-style 123bpm Dot & Daisy’s Club Remix of their ‘Heartache’ hit has been promoed ahead of it being B-side to the follow-up (well, if Mel & Kim can fit!) … Gloria Gaynor ‘Be Soft With Me Tonight‘ never meant much in its original mix and now is in a new more tightly compressed 88bpm Stock Aitken Waterman remix (still on Fanfare 12FAN 11, merely over-stickered) … Andy Carroll and ‘Rare Grooves Master’ Mike Knowler joke that although ‘Urban Guerrilla’ Steve Proctor may have left to join Polydor, they’re still holding the fort at Liverpool’s The State (where some of ‘Letter To Brezhnev’ was filmed) … Tony Jenkins souls Mondays at Covent Garden’s ultra-trendy Browns … Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will be producing Patti LaBelle on a song called ‘Just The Facts‘ from a new ‘Dragnet’ movie … Big Al Butler, the huge but gentle Washington DC-a go go security guy photographed two years ago dancin’ the Happy Feet with Steve Walsh, was recently killed while capturing a supermarket robber … Prince ‘Sign ‘O’ The Times’ topped US 12 Inch Sales and Kissing The Pink ‘Certain Things Are Likely’ topped Club Play in Billboard … Georgio, whose ‘Sex Appeal‘ failed to appeal here but is big in the US, was picked up by Motown from the independent Macola label … I spent the last bank holiday weekend in a North Wales houseparty with Matt Johnson of The The – the thing is, so did my father, and you could call it a culture clash! … I wonder which of today’s unplayed newies will be the rare grooves of tomorrow? … LAH DE DAH DE!


TRISTAN BOLITHO now mixes it up at Bristol’s brand new Parkside Club, in Bath Road’s Amos Court, and also has a little featurette on BBC Radio Bristol’s ‘Close Up’ programme, relaying the area’s club news. For this, he’d like to hear about any mixing and scratching-type gigs, which he’ll plug (write to him at ‘Close Up’, BBC Radio Bristol, PO Box 194, Bristol). The station is also running a West Of England mixing and rapping contest on June 11, details to follow.


HOT VINYL

DONNA ALLEN ‘Perfect Timing’ LP (Portrait 450888 1)
My original faith in (the obviously included 110⅕bpm) ‘Serious‘ seems at least to have been justified, powerfully wailing Donna being even more soulful on the impassioned cool rolling 116⅕bpm ‘Satisfied’ (now on import 12 inch too), bubbling (0-)113⅕bpm ‘Sweet Somebody‘, Howard Johnson-duetted drifting 94bpm ‘Perfect Timing‘, tortuous 70bpm ‘Daydreams‘, trotting 122bpm ‘Another Affair‘, jerky 108⅕bpm ‘Bit By Bit’, murky 109½bpm ‘Wild Nights’, and her jolting 116⅕bpm ‘Bad Love’ B-side.

THE WHISPERS ‘Rock Steady’ (MCA Records MCAT 1152)
Excellent typical catchily trotting 116⅓bpm singalong swayer with clipped choruses in vintage style (instrumental flip, plus 1984’s lovely Philly-style 66¼bpm ‘Are You Going My Way‘). A smash!

JAZZY JEFF & FRESH PRINCE ‘A Touch Of Jazz’ (Champion CHAMP 12-47)
As well as their LP’s original jazz-funk scratch medley, there are three dynamite much re-scratched and extended remixes, at 103⅓bpm here apart from the 103⅙ Collapsed In The Street Mix, which is the most altered of all with added rap. The shape of things to come?

HERB ALPERT ‘Diamonds (Dance Mix)’ (Breakout USAT 605)
Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith actually supply a full lead vocal to another very Janet-styled Jam & Lewis-created jittery driving 111¼-0bpm emphatically lurching jolter, OK but a bit formularised and pedestrian, sharply remixed by Steve Hodge (inst too, plus a more open 111¾-0bpm Edit, and the RAH Band-ish drifting 100bpm ‘Rocket To The Moon‘). A hit, regardless.

JOYCE SIMS ‘Lifetime Love’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX-24)
Already promoed by London in the four (here differently subtitled) main mixes but not due commercially until June 1, this Mantronik-produced plaintively small voiced haunting strange 107½bpm monotonous ticking jitterer has six mixes Stateside — divided as ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ whereas here they’re reversed as ‘Def and ‘Jazzy’ —the overall concept probably being too subtle for massive crossover penetration, although our mob will love it.

FREEEZ ‘Southern Freeez 87’ (Total Control Records 12TOCO 14)
As detailed last week, this slower steady 120-0bpm remake by all the original members apart from John Rocca of their 1981 smash slinky bounder, cool girl-sung and now usefully similar to Sybil, is flipped (edit too) by an Avenger Mix in which label owner Steve Walsh echoingly prompts some “freeze” pauses in his inimitable Soul Night Out style —although the handling of this good idea seems clumsy and surprisingly lacks impact.

HOTLINE ‘Rock This House’ (Rhythm King LEFT 10T)
Created by two guys from Huddersfield although sounding so like DSM’s ‘Warrior Groove’ that I had to check with Dancin’ Danny D to confirm he had no involvement, this bassily resonant hypnotic 114½bpm burbling groove (strongest in its instrumental flip) is another fascinating fusion of ‘Twilight’ and ‘Set It Off’.

DAVID SANBORN ‘Chicago Song’ (US Warner Bros 0-20676)
The saxist’s bluesily jogging catchy instrumental has been remixed in a tighter 104bpm format by its writer/producer, Marcus Miller, making powerful sneakily nagging jazz-funk that could even cross over here.

LENNY D & TOMMY MUSTO ‘Everything Bamboo’ (Magnetic Dance MAGDT 2)
Oddly retitled for Britain, this is that enigmatic happily galloping 119⅔-119⅓-0bpm import house hit most commonly known as “Bam Boo”, one of the good ones (dub flip).

FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK & THE SHY BOYZ ‘U Ain’t Really House’ (US House Records HU 25)
Instrumental in the B-side’s two more truly house mixes or (acappella too) sung as a proper song with quite endearingly discordant harmonies, this easily loping 119⅗bpm adaptation of Status Four’s ‘You Ain’t Really Down’ is catchily tuneful with a simple nagging xylophone riff.

ALEX CHARLES ‘Come On Over’ (New York Records ACT 1, via Jet Star)
The Ladies Choice leader still sounds to be in a singalong staccato group setting as he anxiously pleads over an intriguingly different very densely bumping jerky 85½bpm bass synth beat that’s bouncily go go-ish despite its deceptively slow BPM (brighter 112¾bpm ‘The World‘ flip). Rather good.

T.C. CURTIS ‘Love Got Me On A Merry-Go-Round’ (Hot Melt 12TCO11)
With some ‘Single Life’ spaghetti whistles and role-playing Greg Edwards’ soothingly spoken advice, TC’s typical nervily pent-up vocal jumps and worries away through repetitive chants and a jittery 0- 103⅔bpm go go beat (dub and smoother striding 115½bpm ‘Reunited‘ flip).

LA LA ‘(If You) Love Me Just A Little’ (US Arista AD 1-9569)
La La (La Forrest) Cope, apparently a child prodigy playing piano at Carnegie Hall aged only nine, has more recently been known as a writer/producer/backing singer associated with Hush Productions yet she makes her solo debut produced and accompanied by Full Force on this jerkily chugging spiky fast 119¾-0bpm Janet Jackson-ish lurcher (in four mixes).

LANIER & CO. ‘Dancing In The Night’ (US Waylo 12-3011)
Produced by Memphis veteran Willie Mitchell, the soulful crooner is not quite so obviously Jerry Butler-toned on this delightful bubbly skipping 114⅔bpm timeless mellow canterer (dub flip). From the same source though out here and consistently ticking over for the last two months now, I never did get around to reviewing the truly Jerry Butler-like lovely mournfully swaying 105⅓-101⅔-102-101⅓-101⅔-101-101⅔-99⅔bpm ‘I Don’t Know (What To Do About You)’ (Threeway Records WAY102T), mainly because from its rapidly decelerating Jr Walker-ish intro I knew it would take too long to BPM!

HARVEY SCALES ‘I Can Do Bad By Myself’ (US TTED TDE-3026)
[Ed: artist is actually Jesse James]
Sixties veteran Harvey Scales is the main producer/arranger/writer so I’ve credited him as artiste too, as in fact confusingly none is listed, on this superb rolling 80½bpm dated gruff soul slowie from Washington DC (vocal dub/inst flip), rather like Betty Wright’s ‘Pain’. One thing the label does get right is the slogan, “Look out … soul is back!”

VESTA WILLIAMS ‘Suddenly It’s Magic’ (Breakout USAT 603)
Sure to have heavy appeal for female demographics, this inspirational 0-36½-73bpm strong slow radio ballad from the ‘Soul Man’ soundtrack is coupled for the soul crowd with the gently rolling Chaka-ish 104⅓bpm ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and percussively disjointed old 111½bpm ‘Don’t Blow A Good Thing (Remix)’

BOBBY BROWN ‘Girl Next Door’ (MCA Records MCAT 1153)
Larry Blackmon-produced Cameo-ish lurching 102⅔bpm jittery soul wriggler, remixed by Dave O Ogrin in four versions.

MIKE FRANCIS ‘Features Of Love’ (Club JABX 52)
This Italian’s huskily romantic jogging gentle swayer first showed up briefly last year flipped by the hotter and still hard to find ‘Lovely Day‘. Here however the A-side’s orchestrally sandwiched (0-) 100½(-0)bpm preferable lush album version is flipped by the more tightly ticking 100bpm Club Mix (and the slushy 40/80bpm ‘Upside Down‘, reminiscent of ‘Friends’ —which he wrote for Amii Stewart).

LACHANDRA ‘Shy Girl’ (Syncopate 12SY2)
18-year-old dance-trained model Lachandra Aarons is produced by Lola and Bob Blank just as idiosyncratically as ‘Wax The Van’ on a rambling sassy girlish jittery 100½bpm go go roller, full of influences (in three mixes).

AL JARREAU ‘Tell Me What I Gotta Do’ (WEA U8523TX)
Prior to ‘Moonlighting’, this John Luongo-remixed rambling 90⅚bpm jiggly jogger with typical scat was marketed as a twin-pack, but now reissued (still with the roaring brassily building old 97⅔-99-98⅔-99-100⅔-101 bpm ‘Roof Garden‘) it’s selling solely for the flip’s added brand new Les Adams Megamix of ‘Mornin’ (92⅙)TeII Me What I Gotta Do (92⅔)/Pleasure (99)/Easy (114)/Step By Step (112⅔bpm)’.

RUBY TURNER ‘I’m In Love’ (Jive RTS T 2)
Reissued classy (0-)97½bpm soul swayer, familiar already though possibly too classy for her pop fans (inst, and steadily weaving lightly jittery 103¾bpm ‘The Story Of A Man And A Woman‘ flip).

KREEM ‘Triangle Of Love’ (US KMS 007)
Primarily of interest to beat freaks, this apparently Missouri-recorded 124½bpm jack track rhythm frantically rambles through scraps of female vocal and abruptly disjointed breaks (in three mixes), quirkily exciting.

DENISE MOTTO ‘Tell Jack (Jack The House)’ (US Play House Records PHR-416)
Possibly even more Hi-NRG than ‘IMNXTC’, this emptily frantic 124½bpm lack track skitterer (in four mixes) has some knowingly muttered double entendres and a digitally stuttered “jack” subtitle.

PAUL JOHNSON ‘Half A World Away’ (CBS PJOHN T2)
Sweetly souled soaring sincere dead slow 0-27½/55-0bpm smoocher, nice but more for radio than floors (in two versions, plus the gently attractive 46½/93-0bpm ‘Where Can You Be?‘).

TWO NATIONS ‘That’s The Way It Feels’ (10 Records TENT 168)
Pete Wingfield-produced pleasantly haunting 84⅓bpm blue-eyed soul slowie, not that spectacular although proving a bit of a grower following repeated Radio London plays.

TUCCEDO ‘To Touch You’ (Chart Sounds CSTUC/01, Jet Star)
Presumably pronounced “Tuxedo”, the Tubbs co-produced Jean Paul Whyte-led London trio’s semi-falsetto yearning tender 79bpm drifting slow swayer has an Alexander O’Neal atmosphere (inst flip). A good try, more than toe-curling.

THREE WISE MEN ‘Refresh Yourself’ (Rhythm King LEFT 7T)
South London accented jumpy jiggly 101⅔bpm go go-Ish sparse rap ‘n’ cut climaxing with Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” (freakier flipside dubs), much better than their last effort.

BECKIE BELL ‘Let Me Know’ (Carrere CART 410)
Jacques Morali-produced vigorously striding simple 115¾ breezy chugger with a Euro lilt but a beefy beat (inst flip).

STARPOINT ‘He Wants My Body’ (Elektra EKR55T)
Pop-pitched shrill girl squawked jerkily disjointed (0-)116⅖-116⅕-116⅖-116⅕bpm jittery lurcher with Madonna-ish muttering and a rock guitar break, flipped here by the far classier soulfully warbled shuffling 116⅔bpm ‘Satisfy Me Lover‘ and easily swinging 114¾bpm ‘It’s All Yours’, from 1984.

CLAUDJA BARRY ‘Can’t You Feel My Heart Beat’ (Epic 650445 6)
The Germany-based warbling beauty’s gradually unfurling episodic long jiggly 104⅓-0bpm plodding chugger has been slowly catching on as people realise that it slyly quotes from other people’s recent hits (in three mixes).

CINDY VALENTINE ‘In Your Midnight Hour’ (Urban URBX 3)
Surprisingly un-hip for the new label, this whispered then plaintively chanted jittery percussive 102⅓bpm chugger is like a fusion of Gwen Guthrie (or now Living In A Box) rhythm with Madonna vocal (in three mixes, plus the even more Madonna-ish 116¾bpm ‘Work It Out‘).


UK DISCO TOP 100 – May 16, 1987

01 01 LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB/PARADISE MIXES) Sybil, Champion 12in
02 02 BACK AND FORTH (EXTENDED REMIX/DUB VERSION) Cameo, Club 12in
03 04 LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX)/(THE PENTHOUSE MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
04 03 BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
05 06 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
06 07 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
07 05 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
08 15 CROSS THE TRACK (EXTENDED VERSION)/PARRTY – PART 1/SOUL POWER 74 Maceo & The Macks, Urban 12in
09 23 DOUBLE-X-POSURE (CHRIS PAUL REMIX)/POUR IT ON Mason, Elektra 12in
10 14 SERIOUS/BAD LOVE Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
11 19 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
12 17 NEW GENERATION The Classical Two, US Rooftop Records 12in
13 08 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
14 12 AFTER DARK/GREEKS IN THE HOUSE True Mathematics and the Invisible Empire, Champion 12in
15 26 ROCK STEADY The Whispers, US Solar 12in
16 59 I’M IN LOVE (LONGER LOVE MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
17 33 DO IT PROPERLY! 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, US Fierce Records 12in
18 10 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
19 11 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
20 21 I’M IN LOVE/DOWNTOWN/PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN/WANNA MAKE LOVE (ALL NIGHT LONG) Lillo Thomas, Capitol LP
21 18 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT/THE JACK THAT HOUSE DUBBED Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
22 32 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B and Rakim, US 4th + B’way 12in
23 16 WATCH OUT (EXTENDED REMIX) Patrice Rushen, Arista 12in
24 30 LET THE SUN IN/ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE/ALWAYS/DON’T TAKE ME FOR GRANTED/ONE LOVER AT A TIME Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros LP
25 29 THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)/(ALTERNATIVE REMIX) Five Star, Tent 12in
26 20 IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT/HOUSEQUAKE/IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND/THE BALLAD OF DOROTHY PARKER/HOT THING Prince, Paisley Park LP
27 31 WAX THE VAN (JUNIOR’S AWESOME EDIT/MAJOR DUB) Lola, Syncopate 12in
28 50 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (JB IN HEAT/AT THE ORGAN/JB TRAXX II) Duane & Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
29 22 MR RIGHT (CLUB MIX/THE RIGHT MIX) Eleanore Mills, Debut 12in
30 09 SEE ME (EXTENDED REMIX)/A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
31 34 NO WAY BACK Adonis/CAN YOU FEEL IT Mr Fingers/7 WAYS TO JACK Hercules, London 12in promo
32 44 BUMP & ROLL (GIVE UP THE FUNK) Jim Bennett & His Bumpin Crew, Bluebird 12in
33 55 MIRACLE WORKER (EXTENDED MIX) First Circle, EMI America 12in
34 13 LEAN ON ME (REMIX) Club Nouveau, Warner Brothers/King Jay Records 12in
35 58 YOU BETTER QUIT (REMIX) One Way, MCA Records 12in
36 46 THIS IS THE NIGHT (PROGRESSIVE MIX) Sweet Heat, US 5 Newark 12in/Champion promo
37 25 SCREAMING AT THE MOON (REMIX)/AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in
38 28 I WANT YOUR GUY (CLUB MIX) The Soul Club, Cooltempo 12in
39 49 LESSONS IN LOVE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)/TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42, Polydor 12in
40 48 MAGIC The Movement featuring Lee Genesis, US Underworld 12in
41 42 A TOUCH OF JAZZ (COLLAPSED IN THE STREET/EXTENDED RE-TOUCH) Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, US Jive 12in/Champion promo
42 27 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown, Warner Bros 12in
43 — LIFETIME LOVE Joyce Sims, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in/London promo
44 36 IF YOU LET ME STAY (REMIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
45 38 HEAVEN’S JUST A BREATH AWAY (THE BLISS MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
46 61 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS 1 & 2) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
47 — OUTLAW (LES ADAMS UK REMIX) Strafe, US A&M 12in
48 54 JUNGLE FEVER (MEGAMIX)/SKRATCH FEVER Kinkina, Champion 12in promo
49 45 TENDER MOMENTS/TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME/LOVE’S JUST A MYSTERY Peggi Blu, US Capitol LP
50 37 “BAM BOO” Lenny D & Tommy Musto, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
51 43 CAN’T SAY ‘BYE Stone Free featuring Tony Stone, Ensign 12in
52 24 SO FINE Feedback, Production House 12in
53 68 WHY SHOULD I CRY? Nona Hendryx, EMI America 12in
54 78 SURPRISE, SURPRISE (ROCHEFORT & SELLARS REMIX) Zushii, Debut 12in
55 52 AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH LOVE (REMIX) Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in
56 83 CAN’T BE YOUR PART-TIME LOVER Nanette Frank, Total Control Records 12in
57 41 AND THE BEAT GOES ON/IT’S A LOVE THING The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
58 56 SPEND THE NIGHT/CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE/SHINE Keni Stevens, Jam Today LP
59 re LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
60 51 NO LIES (REMIX)/12” DUB SOS Band, Tabu 12in
61 39 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/MIRACLE WORKER Full Circle, EMI America LP
62 47 LET’S WAIT AWHILE (REMIX)/NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIXES) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
63 60 LET’S BEGIN/STEPHEN’S OVERTURE Turntable Terror Trax Vol 2, US Basement 12in
64 40 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
65 70 I FOUND A FRIEND (CLUB VERSION) CT Satin, Nine O Nine 12in
66 67 HONEY (8.08 MIX) Double-U-R (Well Red), Virgin 12in
67 95 TAKE SOME TIME OUT Arnold Jarvis, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
68 64 SPECIAL FX/JUST GETS BETTER WITH TIME The Whispers, US Solar LP
69 63 TWILIGHT WORLD (SUPERB SUPERB MIX) Swing Out Sister, Mercury 12in
70 35 DOUBLE-X-POSURE/LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE/BREATHLESS Mason, Elektra LP
71 77 WET MY WHISTLE Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
72 73 FASCINATED (CLUB MIX) Company B, Bluebird Records 12in
73 76 IT FEELS SO GOOD (TO BE BACK HOME) Bobby McClure, Debut 12in
74 71 YOU CAN’T HIDE (CLUBHOUSE REMIX) Frankie Knuckles, Portrait 12in
75 97 IF YOU ONLY KNEW/IN THE BEGINNING/COME TO ME Robert Brookins, MCA Records 12in promo
76 62 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, London 12in
77 57 COME BACK TO ME/TENDER LOVIN’/BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES Patrice Rushen, Arista LP
78 66 SHOULD HAVE BEEN US TOGETHER/I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU Norwood, US Magnolia Sound LP
79 — HEY LOVE King Sun-D Moet, Flame Records 12in
80 — LOW RIDER (SIMON HARRIS REMIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION)/(ARTHUR BAKER REMIX)/SLIPPIN’ INTO DARKNESS War, LAX 12in
81 — FUNKY NASSAU Black Britain, 10 Records 12in pre
82 98 WORK YOUR BODY RAP Professor Funk & The House Brothers, US Underground 12in
83 90 ROCK THE HOUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Hot Line, Rhythm King 12in white label
84 69 SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES Prince, Paisley Park 12in
85 81 BIG LOVE (ARTHUR BAKER HOUSE MIX) Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
86 53 GONNA PUT UP A FIGHT (ALBUM FIGHT VERSION) Barbara Roy, RCA 12in
87 93 READ MY MIND (US REMIX)/GOT THE RIGHT ATTITUDE Tashan, US Def Jam 12in
88 84 TRAVELLING AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT Ultra Magnetic MC’s, US Next Plateau 12in
89 — NAUGHTY DANCER/(FEEL THE) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Fatback Band, US Vista Sounds International 12in
90 88 RHYTHM METHOD (RJ’S REVENGE) RJ’s Latest Arrival, US Manhattan 12in
91 — DIAMONDS (DANCE MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in pre
92 — BOOPS (CJ SCRATCH REMIX) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
93 re ROCK THE BEAT Derek B, Music Of Life Records LP (‘Def Beats 1’)/12in promo
94 — I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS BUT IT SURE IS FUNKY Ripple, US GRC 7in
95 — LET YOURSELF GO (CHAMPION MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
96 — DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY (REMIX) The O’Jays, US Philadelphia International Records 12in
97 — IT’S TIME TO GET UP Leslie Drayton & Fun, US Esoteric Records LP
98 91 DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE/HOUSE OF RHYTHM The System, Atlantic LP
99 94 POWER Cultural Vibe featuring Glenn ‘Sweety G’ Toby, US Easy Street 12in
100 96 I AIN’T INTO THAT The Rappin’ Reverend (C Dexter Wise III), US Fantasy 12in


EUROBEAT

01 02 FASCINATED Company B, Bluebird 12in
02 04 LESS THAN LOVERS, MORE THAN FRIENDS Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
03 01 I GOT YOU COVERED Earlene Bentley, Nightmare 12in
04 03 I NEED A MAN Man To Man featuring Paul Zone & Man Parrish, US Recca 12in
05 06 LOVE CHILD Jamie Dean, Uptown Records 12in
06 05 I FEEL LOVE COMING Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
07 — ARMED ROBBERY Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
08 08 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, Canadian Sizzle 12in
09 11 RAINSTORM Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
10 07 STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS (REMIX) Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
11 21 ELECTRICA SALSA Off, Sonet 12in
12 — PUT MY LOVE ON THE LINE Darryl Pandy, Nightmare 12in
13 12 GIPSY QUEEN Gipsy & Queen, Canadian Power 12in
14 14 UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF John Kydd (The Supreme Event Of The Year), US Altair 12in
15 — PANINARO (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Italian Columbia 12in
16 22 I’M A MAN Damian Just, Passion 12in
17 16 I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU’RE AFTER Roshelle Fleming, US Gold Cleft Records 12in
18 10 BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
19 15 LOVE FLIGHT 109 Sonia Grier, US RCA Victor 12in
20 13 FALLING FROM A GREAT HEIGHT Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
21 23 DO YOU WANNA FUNK Lian Ross, German Chic 12in
22 20 LATIN FIRE/FANCY MEDLEY Fancy, German Metronome 12in
23 — HEARTBEAT Vivien Vee, Italian X-Energy 12in
24 09 GOLD DIGGER Lime, US TSR 12in
25 19 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Steve Allen, WEA 12in
26 — DR LOVE Latin Lover, Italian Italoheat 12in
27 — GET READY (EXTENDED REMIX) Carol Hitchcock, A&M 12in
28 17 BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis, Champion 12in
29 27 LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
30 — THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING Jessica Williams and Man 2 Man, Mexican Maxi/Mastered 12in

2 thoughts on “May 16, 1987: Donna Allen, The Whispers, Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Herb Alpert, Joyce Sims”

  1. There are quite a lot of “smoochers” reviewed this week, and romantic downtempo songs are still regularly charting, in the lower regions at least – all of which begs the question: when did dancefloor smoochers stop being a thing? Did 1988 kill them off?

    Such is James’s disdain for Madonna, that he’s even stopped reviewing her releases; “La Isla Bonita” is currently a big pop hit, and it remains a floor filler to this day, but there’s been no mention of it here.

    “I wonder which of today’s unplayed newies will be the rare grooves of tomorrow?” is a good question – so I did a bit of Discogs digging, and have come up with some current candidates, none of which I’d heard of before (although the first release from The Wild Bunch, featuring future members of Massive Attack, is a logical inclusion in these lists).

    Funk & Soul:
    Billy J. Webster ‎– It’s Your Love (7″)
    Franklyn – Future Love (12″)
    Geno Austin ‎– Good-bye My Love (LP)
    Sir-Prize – Never Can Find The Words (12″)
    The Cotton Show Band ‎– Diggin’ On You (LP)
    Ultimate Touch ‎– On The Spot (12″)
    Isaac “Cool Cat” Mofokeng ‎– Let Your Love Shine / Candy (7″)
    Tim Burton ‎– The Pain Of Yesterday / Ten More Wishes (7″)
    Junei ‎– You Must Go On / Let’s Ride (7″)
    Pause ‎– It’s Just Amazing (12″)

    Hip Hop:
    M.C. Fritz & The P-Rockers ‎– Moonrock (12″)
    M.C. Cool Rock & M.C. Chaszy Chess ‎– Clay D. Get Funky (12″)
    MC Desire And The Ville Posse! ‎– Heir To The Throne (LP)
    Low Profile ‎– Hip Hop I Crave (12″)
    Smoove Dee ‎– I’m Ready (12″)
    The Wild Bunch ‎– Tearin Down The Avenue (12″)
    Bally Boys ‎– Go For What You Know (12″)
    Bipo ‎– Crack Is Wack (12″)
    The Third Degree Featuring D.X.J. ‎– Bass It Baby (’87 Remix) (12″)
    BMW ‎– Chillin (12″)

    House:
    Various (mixed by Mickey Oliver) ‎– Aerobic Hot Mix (12″)
    Project Democracy Featuring China ‎– ¿ Es Un Sueño Tu Amor? / Is This Dream For Real? (12″)
    Le Melange’ Inc. Featuring China ‎– Tortured Journey (12″)
    Unfinished Business ‎– Out Of My Hands (Love’s Taken Over) (12″)
    Melodious Myles ‎– Notions (12″)
    Eric Bell ‎– Your Love (12″)
    Risqué III ‎– Essence Of A Dream (12″)
    Risque III ‎– Don’t You Know / Tropic Zone (12″)
    Harvey Harris ‎– Shake The House (LP)
    Rhythm Controll ‎– My House (12″)

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  2. It’s all a bit of a blur but the question about smoochers is interesting – in the jazz-funky underground dance clubs they never really had slowie slots (aside from Chris Hill doing one of his raps the djs didn’t speak on the mike in those kinds of clubs too in my era (1982 onwards) at least) but from all my nights in mainstream clubs which I suppose I still spent some time in if I was with my non-raver friends I last visited regularly at the start of the 1990s they still had the two slow spots then (about 12 ish and then about quarter to two to round things off). But they tended to go for the tried and tested Lionel Richie/Commodores/Heatwave or those horrible Hollywood type soul duets with rhodes tinkling all over them and not these underground smoochers he’s on about although obviously other people in other clubs might remember differently.

    I think 1988 might have done for them like you say because non-speaking DJ’s spread into a lot (but not all) mainstream clubs an a lot of them (even if they weren’t anything like one) liked to think they were part of this new acid house party scene which was suddenly everywhere in the media in the summer of 1988. With the non-speaking maybe many clubs lost the slow dance slots too.

    The years from mid 1980s to mid 90s are a complete blur for me though so its only now you realise how suddenly things had changed back then.

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