ODDS ‘N’ BODS
NEXT YEAR’S DJ Convention in London is confirmed as a three-dayer, March 6/7/8, with a welcoming party at the Hippodrome Sunday, actual forums at the Astoria Monday, and star studded Technics World DJ Mixing Championship finals at the Royal Albert Hall Tuesday… Joyce Sims ‘Come Into My Life’ is in fact not scheduled (at the moment) for commercial release here until after Christmas, when it’ll be flipped by a Simon Harris-created ‘Lifetime Love/All And All’ megamix… Mirage’s current ‘Jack Mix’, following my suggestion some months back in Music Week, looks like being kept permanently in the pop chart by the regular updating of the hit material it includes!… I wasn’t re-serviced with Nina Simone’s exactly 30 years old ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ this time around, but every soul DJ worth their salt has been playing the classic shuffling sophisticated swinger for years anyway, though pop jocks may need to note that in its superior original version (on seven-inch, Charly CYZ7 112) its 118½-119-120½-120-119½-120-0bpm… John Anderson’s terrific twisting 192-194bpm ‘Glen Miller Medley’, essential for mobile and party DJs, is out again as flip to the brassy TV themes-medleying ‘Non-Stop Cops’ (Modern Records POLICE 1, via Priority), (0-)132½bpm on the better seven inch or (0-)133-132¼-132½ on the needlessly extended 12 inch… Huddersfield’s Hotline have a frantic jittery 119⅓bpm London Town Remix of their Gil Scott-Heron-ish jazzy ‘Hell House’ (Rhythm King LEFT R17T), flipped at last by their Montana Sextet-copying 113¼-113bpm Heavy Vibes Mix (done long before LA Mix came out!)… Zuzan ‘Girls Can Jak Too’ is now in a jerky 123bpm US Remix by Jay Burnett (Supreme Records ZANTX 1), and Bobby Womack ‘Living In A Box’ in an untidily synchronised sparsely percussive slower 115⅓bpm Hacienda Mix (MCA Records MCAX 1210)… Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew ‘That Greedy Beat’ and Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze ‘Beats + Pieces (Mo’ Bass Remix)’ are about to be back-to-back on the same 12 inch single!… Coldcut, incidentally, look forward to meeting and possibly working with Israeli superstar Ofra Haza, whose wailing version of the Yemenite song ‘Im Nin’alu‘ (just reissued on GlobeStyle Records NST 117) they used on ‘Paid In Full’… Stock Aitken Waterman’s remix of Dance Aid will be followed by a Les Adams remix, too… Stevie Wonder’s new LP, ‘Characters’ (Motown ZL72001), is especially disappointing in its vinyl version, a tired rehash of dated old formulae with only his brightly chugging 118bpm ‘Get It‘ duet with Michael Jackson likely to get much disco play, whereas its two best tracks are — madly —only available on CD and cassette versions, the typically bounding 0-118bpm ‘My Eyes Don’t Cry‘ and spikily leaping brassy 137½bpm ‘Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down‘, with BB King on guitar (BPMs for these two are approximate. being off cassette)… Was (Not Was)’s follow-up doesn’t sound like a floor-filler, the trickily introed emptily jittering Level 42-ish 109¾-109½-0bpm ‘The Boy’s Gone Crazy (Walk In The Black Forest Mix)‘ (Fontana SFP912), while Ray Parker Jr’s follow-up will be his slow ‘Over You’ duet with Natalie Cole… Mission’s import LP is now out here, ‘Search’ (CBS 460265 1)… Profile have yet to establish a London office, so London snapped up Run-DMC’s ‘Christmas In Hollis‘ single and the hot ‘Christmas Rap‘ LP for UK release, and are after the terrific ‘Cold Sweat’-based Sweet Tee ‘I Got Da Feelin’‘ — irritatingly unavailable at time of writing yet plugged to death on radio by Pete Tong off acetate (in fact, Pete’s currently being called “PAT” by his colleagues at London, Pete “Acetate” Tong, ‘cos he hardly ever plays anything old enough to be on vinyl!)… Suburban Knight, not White Knight, is one of the Detroit house acts that Neil Rushton is UK licensing agent for (see last week), along with Derrick May’s brand new ‘Nude Photo 88‘ remix of Rythim Is Rythim… I regret the publicity agents who advised us of the venues for the JM Silk-headed current house tour proved to be rather unreliable, the Uxbridge date being at Regals rather than Brunel University, for instance — our apologies… Matt Black + Jonathon More of Coldcut fame are building a DJ mailing list for Ahead Of Our Time, c/o Big Life, 4 New Burlington Place, London W1X 1FB — applicants (this is a subtle touch!) must state why they want to be on such a list… Kool Kat Records are expanding their list for genuinely upfront DJs, Dave Barker being the contact there at Studio House, 10 Bishopsgate Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 1ET… Sandra Browne is updating the list for Passion (covering Debut and SMP as well as other independently promoted product) at South Bank House, Black Prince Road, London SE1 7SJ … Bill Grainger’s previously Scottish DJs-only mailing list is expanding to include some Sassenachs too, at First Class Radio & Club Promotion, Fire Island, 127 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland… Alan Jones and I would actually prefer to receive charts from DJs who buy most of the records they play, instead of listing all the stuff they’ve received for free, but we’ve learnt to live with the imbalance that often occurs in our various disco charts when heavily promoted records do disproportionately better than the ones that are genuinely selling, knowing as we do that not everyone in the real world (ie: the general public!) wants to buy for home listening something that’s a terrific floor-filler: however, WEA’s disco plugger Fred Dove keeps causing us a real problem by repeatedly servicing his mailing list DJs with imports months after they did little or nothing when new, even though (as in the case of the August-released but only just charted Mason ‘Pour It On’ remixes) the records may be genuinely good — a couple he’s mailed out that I never bothered to review when new are Ce Ce Rogers ‘Someday‘ (US Atlantic 0-86687), a Marshall Jefferson-created piano plonked moaning smooth 119⅓-0bpm hustler, and Curtis Hairston’s double-sider with the spurting sparsely percussive (0-)113½bpm ‘Let’s Make Love Tonight‘ and better more urgently wriggling 118-0bpm ‘Take Charge‘ remixes (US Atlantic 0-86682)… I guess some of our Black Dance chart terminology needs clarification at this point: “white label” means a literally white labelled or otherwise unfinished advance pressing that is available for sale in possibly only specialist shops, “promo” means a promotional pressing that is not generally available even at that level yet, and “mailing list promo” means something that is either totally unavailable except to mailing list DJs or else (and here its open to interpretation!) generally available and in our chart despite a total lack of recently monitored sales!… Total Contrast at this point had better hope their sales improve… Tuesday, tonight (November 24), Nicky Holloway guests with Les Fisher and Simon Dunmore at Ealing’s’ Luckys wine bar… Roberto and Toni Forzoni funk the Italian Connection’s eat as much as you can Pizza Party on Saturday (28) at the city of London’s Spatz in Shoe Lane (two passport size photos needed to join on the night)… Andy Henderson souls Brighton’s West Beach Club every Monday, with Carl Cox as guest next week, while Dave Ralph and Chris Lynes spin solid funk at Rhyl’s Mirrors every Tuesday, and Ian ‘Muppet’ Stewart is well crucial every Wednesday at Chelmsford’s free admission BJ’s in Townfield Street… Robbie Dee now has no nights off at all — as well as his Tues-Sat residency at Southend-on-Sea’s Rain, he also handles Sundays at Walthamstow’s Charlie Chan’s and Mondays at Harlow’s HighWire… Chris Williams is being forced to retire from jocking by an operation on his eardrum — currently at Tokyo Joe’s, his other London residencies over the last eight years have included the Birdsnest, Venue, and Roof Gardens… Paul Allen is giving up jocking after years along the East Anglian coast, to don a dickie bow as assistant manager at Peterborough’s Shanghai Sam’s… Dave Joyce’s funkiest night is Monday at Portsmouth’s busy Central Park and Ritzy, where he’s entertainments manager as well as DJ… Jeff Thomas ended up being unable to do better than James Lewis in maintaining the now discontinued Tuesday soul night at Bridgend’s Astons, but is having success with hip hop on Thursdays at Port Talbot’s Pharoah’s… Phil English attracts funksters from across the Fens and further to his Saturdays at The Jenyns Arms, an isolated riverside pub near Downham Market at the romantically named Denver Sluice, Sunday venue also for Jamie Trundle (who jacks Tuesdays at Kings Lynn’s Frontline, amongst others)… Steve Stuart emphasises that the new management at Boston’s Elizabethan Club now bar the underage kids who previously scared off the bigger-spending older crowd who from a commercial viewpoint may be deemed more desirable… LiveWire’s recent experimental Radio 1 weekender at Prestatyn was such a success that it’ll be repeated next Year… Steve Day’s soul shows on Milton Keynes Radio have been extended, now Sunday 5.30-7.30pm and Monday 9pm-midnight… Jay Strongman has been gigging in Berlin and Vienna, where hip hop and rare groove (especially Ripple ‘I Don’t Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky‘) went down well, and in Florence, where the Italians couldn’t handle hip hop but were into house and Latin… Foster Sylvers ‘Misdemeanour‘ (US MGM/Pride) seems to be one of the most sought old grooves of the moment… Steve Hills (Leytonstone The Cube) points out the bassline similarity between Rick Astley ‘Whenever You Need Somebody‘ and Steve Arrington ‘Dancing In The Key Of Life‘… Chris Paul learnt the sax as a kid by playing along to the theme from ‘Z Cars’… I was dead right, Steve Walsh’s follow-up does go “whoah-oh”!… DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!
‘House Arrest‘ and ‘House Reaction‘ are two of the hottest homegrown house tracks of the moment, both being by Nottingham-based house groups, both of which include Mark Gamble in their line-up. Mark (on the left in both photos) is joined in KRUSH by Cassius Campbell (DJ Cassroc) and guest vocalist Ruth Joy, while his co-members in T-CUT-F are Delroy Joseph, DJ Franklyn McDonald and (unpictured) Leroy Crawford.
KOOL MOE DEE ‘How Ya Like Me Now’ (Jive/ Rooftop Records JIVE T 156)
‘Night Train’-introed great ultra-jittery (0-)104⅓bpm toughly worded rap cutting in James Brown beats (edit too), flipped here by the old (0-)88⅓-0bpm ‘Do You Know What Time It Is‘, the hot track from his last album.
TEN CITY ‘Devotion (Club Mix)’ (Atlantic A9153T)
Marshall Jefferson-produced cymbals schlurped soaringly whinneying Sylvester-style 120-0bpm hustling disco bounder borrowing the bassline from Azymuth’s ‘Jazz Carnival‘, a proper song with the potential to be a pop smash (more dubwise 120¼-0bpm Bam Bam’s House Mix and Bonus Beats flip).
WALLY JUMP JR & THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT ‘Tighten Up <I Just Can’t Stop Dancin’>’ (Breakout USAT 621)
Terrific drums thrashed combination of two Archie Bell & the Drells classics (given Janet Jackson’s similarly tempoed ‘When I Think Of You’ bassline now), still better in its 0-116bpm original LP version than the A-side’s disjointed 0-116-0bpm remix although both are likely to be swamped by Jazzy Joyce’s fiercely transformed 0-116-0bpm ‘Lighten Up <I Just Can’t Stop Scratchin’>’ dub mix! Continue reading “November 28, 1987: Kool Moe Dee, Ten City, Wally Jump Jr, Public Enemy, Keith Sweat”