BEATS & PIECES
EMILIO PASQUEZ turns out to be the creator of that ‘Batman’-based ‘Sounds From The Pink Sand Box (Volume 3)‘ mystery “yellow label”, due now for full release on WEA credited to Emilio — but in reality (as ‘Beat Dis’ label copy readers might by now have guessed!) this is the pseudonym of Bomb The Bass producer and S-Express member, studio engineer Pascal Gabriel… Jon Williams is moving from Jive in three weeks to run the Club label at Phonogram — meanwhile, his limited edition white label Wee Papa Girl Rappers ‘Faith 1’ remix, incorporating George Michael, has been changing hands for £50 as if it was a bootleg, demand is so intense, although his latest white label remix will eventually get full release, the 0-112½-0bpm ‘Play It Again Sam‘ (Jive JP 1) being in fact Samantha Fox’s current Full Force produced ‘Naughty Girls Need Love Too’ US hit with her vocals stripped off and volume pumping samples added!… E.U. ‘Da’Butt’ has also been in great demand (catching importers on the hop) following Chris Hill’s success with it at Prestatyn, and isn’t out here until the end of May… MCA have acquired Rose Royce ‘Is It Love You’re After’ (S-Express’s inspiration) from the old Whitfield label to be the flip of ‘Car Wash’, merely re-EQed rather than remixed… Break Boys ‘And The Break Goes On’ is being rushed here next week on Hardcore, while Todd Terry Project ‘Bango (To The Batmobile)’ will finally be on Morgan Khan’s new US-licensed Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records logo — however, this latter may not be without problems, as previously reported, because the flip’s ‘Back To The Beat’ borrowed ‘The Sound’ and now London will be issuing Kevin (Reese) Saunderson’s tit-for-tat ‘The Sound (Power Remix)‘ and ‘Rock The Beat’!… Do It Properly?… Leigh Guest, sole remaining member of the Double Trouble remixing team, has signed exclusively to Serious Records as a megamixer, while ex-partners Damon Rochefort and Mike Morrison are starting their own GRC (General Recording Company) label along the lines of Serious with a ‘House Music Vol 1‘ compilation its first release… Taurus Boyz has apparently been totally revamped by Dancin’ Danny D… Tyree ‘Acid Over’, the only real “acid track” on ffrr’s ‘Acid Tracks’ compilation, is due at last as a remixed white label… Essex mixer Mark Ryder, as tipped months ago, has teamed with Rough Trade’s music expert Dave Lee and partner Mike Chill to create M-D-Emm ‘Get Busy (It’s Partytime)’, due fully on May 9, another volume pumping bass bomber but in three very different versions, the routine 0-118¾bpm Club Mix, cooler 120¼-0bpm Busy House Mix, and rare grooves jammed more ‘S-Express’-style 117¼bpm Body Action Mix (the one that’s biggest in London)… Limelight DJ Hamish MacDonald is masquerading as ZPL on the very S-Express-type bass bombing 0-112¼-0bpm ‘Disco’, promoed now but not due on Jive until June… Pebbles’ follow-up has already been promoed, ‘Mercedes Boy‘, a jittery lurching 114⅔bpm canterer that I still consider is Madonna-pitched pop… Georgio’s as yet unscheduled follow-up is the hi-hat hissed simple striding wriggly 116¾bpm ‘Bedrock‘, with scratchy brass… I got the spelling wrong in my warning, but in case you still don’t realise, the ponderously chugging juddery (0-)103⅚bpm Myk ‘Mr Heartache’ is in reality Kim Wilde with Junior… Annette Taylor ‘It Must Be Right’, new last week on import, is already promoed here on Cooltempo… The JAMs’ newie is now credited instead to The KLF, and called ‘Burn The Beat‘ (club side) with ‘Burn The Bastards‘ the Scottish accented ‘Dance To The Music’ side, both still 0-120½-0bpm… New York’s black radio DJ Hal Jackson (see the Robbie Vincent caption) was already a veteran star of WWRL when in 1964 I went to his testimonial all-dayer at Harlem’s Rockland Palace Ballroom where amongst others I met Dizzy Gillespie, Arthur Prysock, Tony Bennett, Babs Gonales, Eddie Jefferson, the Four Seasons… Brook Benton, the chocolate voiced soulster best remembered for his Fifties and Sixties hits, sadly died earlier this month… James Brown was probably generalising when he said he’d influenced the Beatles amongst other unlikely UK groups, but even so his egocentric appearance on Robbie Vincent’s excellent Radio 1 soul show from New York seems to have hurt his credibility, younger listeners, finding him out of touch… Tony Blackburn is sampled saying ‘OK gang, what do you think, is this a load of garbage?’ on the M|A|R|R|S/Bomb The Bass sending up 0-109⅔bpm Star Turn On 45 Pints ‘Pump Up The Bitter (Brutal Mix)‘ (Pacific DRINK 1)… Mick & Pat’s video features, in the background, Mike Stock on keyboards, Matt Aitken on bass and Pete Waterman – or is that A Linn? – on drums (however, I think another more fully produced alternative video may have replaced this by now)… Portsmouth label Domino Records have stickered last year’s weedy 121¾bpm remake of The Michael Zager Band ‘Let’s All Chant’ (DOM 6T) as the “original hit version” — which it isn’t, so be warned… WEA’s man of the year has sent jocks an import 12 inch of John White ‘Victim‘ (US Geffen Records 0-20798), on Alexander O’Neal-type jolting jogger still in its old 102¾bpm LP Version… Ray Keith, Dave Malone, Guy Palmer and Turbo get def/rare/soulful at Sudbury (Suffolk) Jades this Thursday (April 28)… Friday (29) finds Stu Banks and Max Rees bombing the house at Harston Village Hall in Cambridgeshire, and Gilles Peterson guesting with Steve Wren and Les Knott at Harlow Monroes’ weekly Toejammer… Mike Allin is joined at Milton Keynes’ The Point by Wee Papa Girl Rappers on Saturday (30), when Nicky Holloway’s threatened last “Doo” ever is at Streatham Ice Rink with Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson and the usual crew… Gt Yarmouth Tiffanys’ Sunday (May 1) 6-12pm Beach Ball stars Chris Hill, Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, Chrissie Jackson, Nicky Holloway, Eddie Gordon, Paul Dakeyne, Bob Jones, Danny Smith, Craig & Marcus… Bank Holiday Monday (2) then finds Chris Hill, Pete Tong, Jeff Young, Chris Brown, Kev Hill and Froggy at Portsmouth Ritzy’s all-dayer, Liverpool Mardi Gras Club having its fifth monthly No Sell Out up-front funk-up, Clinton Cambridge spinning compact disc soul at Uxbridge’s free admission The Villa Venue Bar and Tim Westwood, Graeme Park, Simon Goffe, Tony Dortie, Paul French at Gillingham The Avenue’s Soul Stew (publicity for which was sent me actually stuck around a can of Campbell’s Chicken Stew — delicious, if a bit runny!)… Tony Jenkins still needs a few more PAs (on 0895-73486) to help ram jam another Up West night at London’s Hippodrome next Wednesday (4)… Graeme Park wants to be known as a Nottingham DJ, which is where he lives, but as the only regular gig amidst his globe-trotting seems to be in Derby, a “Derby DJ” he’ll remain until he can prove otherwise!… GET OFF!
ROBBIE VINCENT, sitting in for Jeff Young this Friday (April 29) on Radio 1’s 7-10pm dance show (with Les Adams creating a special megamix), so impressed the locals during his own recent live broadcast from New York that Hal Jackson, the veteran black radio jock there and current owner of the Apollo, has invited him to do a show live at that world famous Harlem theatre!
TIMMY REGISFORD —returning to the faces behind the names on the labels — was born in Trinidad but has lived longer now in New York, where he’s had a Saturday night show on WBLS since 1983 while becoming famous internationally as a remixer of countless dance hits, and producer of such as Colonel Abrams (partnered initially by Boyd Jarvis, with whom he shared the short lived Fleetwood label). Having worked also for Atlantic, he currently heads MCA Records’ New York A&R department.
TEN CITY ‘Right Back To You’ (US Atlantic 0-86574)
The fastest selling import in a while (on the heels of the enduring ‘Devotion’, this Marshall Jefferson and Byron Stingily-created surging episodic bounder has Sylvester-style vocals in Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s 120bpm Extended Mix or is instrumental in Marshall Jefferson’s trumpet led excellent 119¾bpm NY Mix, while as an even longer and equally good coupling there’s the Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk mixed rollingly pattering jittery 104bpm ‘One Kiss Will Make It Better (House Mix)‘ – not that the latter soul track is “house” at all. With over 27 minutes of music on the import 12 inch, WEA’s problem here will be what to include on the UK pressing, limited by chart rules to just 20 minutes. You’ll get it all if you buy this now!
TRUE MATHEMATICS ‘K.A.O.S.S.’ (Champion CHAMP 12-76)
On UK promo for some time but pipped to the post in sales terms last week by the import pressing on Select (which ought to teach Champion, who always promo things too long!), this Hank Shocklee co-produced obviously Public Enemy-ish KC & The Sunshine Band ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’-cutting 104bpm busily juddering jittery rap is double AA-sided (instrumentals too) with the electronically compressed “telephone call”-like rapped lethargically jiggling 99bpm ‘For The Money‘, set to a James Brown sampling variation on the old ‘Bo Diddley’ beat.
PRINCE ‘Alphabet St. (Album Version)’ (Paisley Park Records W7900T)
Idiosyncratic as ever though funkier than usual, the purple prancer’s latest is a starkly percussive jerky rambling 104⅔bpm choppy jitterer, with a psychedelically expanded 0-104⅔bpm This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip dub.
SOUL II SOUL ‘Fairplay’ (10 Records TEN X 228)
Due fully on May 9, this Rose Windrush wailed rather inconclusive rambling jiggly (0-)100⅚bpm jogger (in three mixes) has a rare groove feel that’s brought it massive pirate radio support in London, although I doubt if it’ll mean so much elsewhere as there’s no real song.
ROYAL HOUSE ‘Can You Party’ (US Idlers WAR-021)
Likely to have more universal appeal, this Todd Terry created exciting 0-123½-0bpm house leaper amalgamates obvious elements from such as Marshall Jefferson ‘Move Your Body’, Original Concept ‘Can You Feel It’, 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican ‘Do It Properly’, Soul Sonic Force ‘Planet Rock’ and more (in three mixes).
BLOW ‘Go’ (10 Records TEN X 219)
Pigbag meets M|A|R|R|S in a densely throbbing 114-0bpm instrumental chugger led by Herb Alpert-type trumpet with scratch breaks (in two versions, plus the tugging slow 0-87bpm ‘Wait A Minute’), not blatantly like ‘Pump Up The Volume’ although you get the impression they’ve probably heard it!
STETSASONIC ‘Sally’ (US Tommy Boy TB 912)
James Brown-cutting joltingly jiggling 102bpm Original Concept-ish scratch ‘n rap quoting from Sir Mack Rice’s ‘Ride Sally Ride’, coupled even more strongly though by the Maceo And The Macks ‘Cross The Track’-based 104¾bpm ‘DBC Let The Music Play‘ (instrumental too, and acappellas).
52nd STREET ‘Say You Will‘ (10 Records TEN X 215)
Manchester’s girl-led answer to Loose Ends return with a relatively disappointing wriggly 109⅓bpm strider, flipped however by the far more satisfying mellow swaying 107⅓bpm ‘I Will Wait’, sax-backed classy modern soul (radio edits too).
REBEL C + L.A. ‘Rugged’ (Bass Records Inc BA-001)
West Indian accented 102bpm straight remake from Bethnal Green of ‘Rebel Without A Pause’, scratching in Public Enemy’s actual “brothers and sisters”, and flipped by the rare groove based chatting 0-100⅓bpm ‘Funky Music Is My Style’ (dubs too). The suspicion voiced last week in my Ingram Inc review was correct, this is obviously a UK label despite its import-style pretensions.
CHICAGO CONNEXTION ‘You Beat Dis (Spring 88)’ (Beat 4 Beat BB005)
TV soundtracks plundering 0-111⅙bpm bass bombed scratch mix using Public Enemy, Cookie Crew, Petula Clark, Detroit Spinners and more, with a brighter very ‘Beat Dis’-style 0-121½-0bpm Part II, transformer scratching Taja Sevelle amongst others. To judge by the postmark, this 33⅓rpm white label comes from Wolverhampton.
CYBERTRON ‘Turntables Do It’ (Warriors Dance WDT 101, via 01-968 9506)
Three Wize Men’s DJ Fil Chill mixes up a beefily cantering bubbly 119¼bpm volume pumper lull of scratches, based on Funky Four Plus One ‘The Mexican’, Rockers Revenge ‘Walking On Sunshine’ and more (dense bass burbled 119¼bpm ‘Right On Time’ flip).
D. MOET & X-CALIBUR ‘Everything I Own’ (US EMF Records EMF 803)
Mesmerically fascinating 94⅔-0bpm bouncy bayon tempoed rap and reggae treatment of the David Gates-penned old Ken Boothe smash, a likely crossover hit if released here, coupled with a strong rapping 104⅓-0bpm scratch mix of James Brown’s ‘Goodfoot‘, and the fast talking wordy 94⅔bpm ‘Dance To Excalibur‘ (dub too).
TURNTABLE ORCH. ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ (US Music Village Records MV-0036)
Hippie and Paul Scott-created excellent hopefully not over subtle piano nagged unhurriedly jittering 115½bpm burbling “garage” groove with mournfully droning male vocal and a midway telephone chat with a Spanish girlfriend (in three mixes, plus the Tellapella ‘phonecall).
MAGIC LADY ‘Magic Lady’ (US Motown 6252ML)
Emotions/Jones Girls-ish shrill squeaky Linda Stokes and Jackie Ball wail through not only their currently 12-inched (here slower) 109¼bpm slightly Sister Sledge-ish ‘Betcha Can’t Lose (With My Love)’ but also, on a consistent LP, the soulfully swaying 103⅙bpm ‘I Will Be His Fool‘, relaxed romantic 0-76⅓bpm ‘Misty-Eyed‘, jerky Janet-ish pop 120¼bpm ‘Love Overdrive‘, old fashioned breezily lurching 120¼bpm ‘Cupid‘ (not Sam Cooke’s), snappily smacking 111¼bpm ‘Hit And Run‘ (not Loleatta Holloway’s), attractive drifting 97⅙bpm ‘Yes I’m Ready‘ (not Barbara Mason’s), Aretha-ish sweetly sultry 73¾bpm ‘Wait A Minute’ (not Tim Tam & The Turn-Ons’), nicely jogging 90½bpm ‘Paradise’ (not Sammy Turner’s), and pleasantly rolling 101⅓bpm ‘Summer Love’ (not Joni James’s). I confess to looking up the last two, but I knew all the others, which is how I spotted what could have been an amusing title concept if carried through the whole album! In fact, the whole set is co-penned by producer (and Linda’s hubby) Michael Stokes.
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS ‘By All Means Necessary’ (US Jive 1097-1-J)
Murdered DJ Scott La Rock’s surviving rapper KRS-One handles solo a sombre wordy set, on which the big club hit so far is the sometimes reggae accented 0-91bpm ‘Stop The Violence’. Full review to follow, as unfortunately I ran out of time to BPM this and a few other imports.
RAZE ‘Break 4 Love’ (Champion CHAMP 12-67)
Possibly haunting sombre spacious thudding 119-0bpm chugger with a mournfully weaving male vocal line and background female sobbing and panting, not so much house as synth-pop although in the Jamie Principle mould (sensuously muttering 118⅔-0bpm Caught In The Act Mix, too), due commercially next week.
SYKE DYKE ‘Street Freak’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 95)
Richie Rich scratching like crazy to an otherwise dull 99⅓-99⅔-00bpm jerky go go backing by Trouble Funk’s Robert Reed (in three versions).
HIJACK ‘Style Wars’ (Music Of Life NOTE 16)
Simon Harris-produced (of course, on his own label) 101bpm droning angry rap in Public Enemy style (and four mixes).
M.C. DUKE ‘I Don’t Care Anymore’ (Music Of Life NOTE 15)
Simon Harris co-produced monotonously nagging 94½bpm downbeat rap (another that’s set to an intriguingly slow variation of the ‘Bo Diddley’ beat!), coupled with the grooves and newscasts-based anti-apartheid 97bpm ‘Free‘.
B.B. & Q. BAND ‘On The Beat (88 Bronx Mix)’ (German Streetheat STH S29 MIX)
Jerkily tricksier 120-119⅓-0bpm new remix, hard on the heels of the recently reviewed and perhaps still preferable 87 Bronx Mix, but flipped by a Peter Vriends-created 103⅙-105⅓-108½-112-113¼-115-116⅓-117-117¾bpm ‘88 Break Out Mega Mix‘ of their past material (using running mixes, not scratches, in traditional style).
SHERRICK ‘Baby I’m For Real’ (Warner Bros W7942T)
Faithful enough wailing heartfelt 55bpm revival of the Originals’ Marvin Gaye-created 1969 sweet soul classic, likely to be helped a bit by its classy video, flipped with the jiggly rolling 106bpm ‘Send For Me’ and jittery strutting 115bpm ‘This Must Be Love’, all from his now rather old debut album.
THE TEMPTATIONS ‘I Wonder Who She’s Seeing Now’ (Motown ZT41548)
Dennis Edwards rips his larynx out souling this gorgeous lushly harmonised 88⅔bpm slow swayer, with some Stevie Wonder harmonica (edit, and frantic 151-0bpm ‘Girls (They Like It)’ flip).
BARRINGTON LEVY ‘She’s Mine’ (Time 1 Records ATR022, via Jet Star)
Nice jauntily lurching 84⅔-0bpm bouncy reggae, with tonsil twisting melismatic vocal twiddles (dub flip).
ULTIMATUM ‘The Real Beat’ (G Records ULT 001)
Clint Eastwood “do I feel lucky”-started sombre talking 97½bpm narrative rap with an AIDS warning, not maybe a floor-filler but very subtly layered by DJ Rob B with Sly ‘s ‘Family Affair’ sneaking in amongst others (Inst/Dope Beat flip).
COOL C ‘C Is Cool’ (CityBeat CBE 1221)
Sparse stark jolting 97bpm rap with bits of groove beats cut into it, coupled with the similar even drier 95⅚bpm ‘Down To The Grissle’ (instrumentals too).
T.W.C. ‘Who Gizza (4X) (Lethal Club Mix)’ (Jaxx JAXX 2, via PRT)
Snippets-filled burbling 112⅘-0bpm bass bomber (in three mixes) created by Cardiff’s “bedroom mixing” Noise Boyz, Steve Teear and Ian Gallivan, very slick but nothing really stands out (this is not the white labelled ‘Don’t Touch That Dial!’).
TODD 1 & JOHNNY D ‘All The Ladies In The House’ (US Cut Up! TBO Sound CIR-156092)
Hurriedly messy 109-0bpm dated crowd response rap ‘n scratch, another (although actually out a while) using the Average White Band’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’, with a better instrumental version (and a live jam).
NEW ORDER ‘Blue Monday 1988’ (Factory FAC-73R), Quincy Jones-remixed though not really radically different 130½bpm treatment of their frantic 12in classic, with added Jew’s harp-type noises and other surface textures, plus another more frenetic DJ Only Mix as flip;
DETROIT SPINNERS ‘Working My Way Back To You’ (Atlantic A90712T), Chris Paul’s zingily bounding 121¾-121⅔bpm remix of their old Four Seasons remake is not due commercially until May 16, but is sure to have hit dancefloors as a promo before then;
SUBURBAN BOYS ‘Commumix’ (Extra 12XTRA 8, via EMI), useful bright 141¼-139½-0bpm medley of remade Communards and Bronski Beat hits, much better than their disappointing Pet Shop Boys medley;
HARRY ENFIELD ‘Loadsamoney (Doin’ Up The House) (The Turbo Nutter Mix)’ (Mercury DOSH 112), this over-cluttered scratching and sampled densely chugging 0-115⅓bpm bass bomber may not be what the public are expecting but, considering the instant popularity of his new character’s catchphrase, it’ll obviously hit, despite not being funny at all;
DEBBIE GIBSON ‘Out Of The Blue (Club Mix)’ (Atlantic A9091T), digital stuttering started 126¼-0bpm nervily jittering adolescent churner, in a tweeter sizzling sibilant cut;
HABIT ‘Lucy (TFZ Mix)’ (Virgin VST 1063), Climie Fisher ‘Rise To The Occasion’-type (0-)86-0bpm jiggler using the “Phil Harding” go go hip hop walking bass rhythm;
BILLY OCEAN ‘Calypso Crazy’ (Jive BOS T2), synth chorded insistently chanted rumbling strange slow 88⅚bpm jittery judderer, possibly too ponderously downtempo for his pop fans despite a “Phil Harding”-ish tempo (more soulfully jerky 105⅔bpm ‘Let’s Get Back Together’ flip);
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES ‘Everything Your Heart Desires (If You Want The World Extended Remix)’ (Arista 609 869), ponderously starting and generally over-long (on 12 inch) though typically sung (0-)100-99⅔-0bpm rolling jogger;
ALF ‘Stuck On Earth (House Mix)’ (RCA PT 41804), eventually reaching some rap and soundtrack overlays by TV’s alien life form, this 0-110¼-0bpm chugging Ben Liebrand creation actually scratches in Public Enemy’s “brothers and sisters”, and has been huge in Holland;
GABY LANG ‘Shame’ (Rise Records RISE T14), simple ploddingly smacked and digitally stuttered 118½bpm modern remake of Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King’s exactly 10 years old classic (which, together with Sid Haywoode’s ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’, suggests disturbingly that the Seventies disco revival is being taken at a mundanely literal level by some record makers), flipped by the Minnie Riperton/Taja Sevelle copying tortuous squeakily swooping 62bpm slow ‘How Am I’;
BOX TROUBLE ‘Box Trouble’ (Rise Records RISE T12), likewise, while such as S-Express revive the Seventies with flair, this trumpet tootled jittery 115bpm groove is just dated “disco” despite some scratching trim (in two mixes);
SMOKEY ROBINSON ‘Love Don’t Give No Reason (Dance Mix)’ (Motown ZT 41784), cowbell clonked hi-hat hissed bubbly bass burbled 0-117½bpm lightly leaping loper.
PENTHOUSE 4 ‘Bust This House Down (The Turnaround Mix)‘ (Syncopate 12SYX 10), totally revamped much improved beefily bounding 119¾bpm Les Adams remake, retaining only the original vocals and bass, with recreated elements from ‘Jingo’ and ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ (the reason Les needed that Roland TR909!);
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS ‘Lovin’ On Next To Nothin’ (Dance Remix)’ (MCA Records MCAX 1237), totally altered and improved by Dancin’ Danny D, with new lurching 0-109⅔-0bpm beats, more space and stabbing organ;
S-EXPRESS ‘Theme From S-Express (Herbal Tea Casualty Mix)‘ (Rhythm King LEFT R21T), more percussive very sibilant 116¾-0bpm new re-balance, without so much Rose Royce brass;
GENE & JIM ARE INTO SHAKES ‘Shake! (House Mix)’ (Rough Trade RTT 216R), preferable spaciously opened out and less busy 0-121½bpm drumkit and bass driven treatment;
ROB BASE & DJ E-Z ROCK ‘It Takes Two (Tuff Audio Mix)’ (CityBeat CBX 1224), stripped down bass drum boomed and transformer scratched Derek B remixes, in 111¾bpm Take 1 and 112bpm Take 2 variations, different if not necessarily better;
BAM BAM ‘Give It To Me (Acid Revenge Remix)’ (Serious OUSXX10), not that different but mutteringly vocal 125½bpm alternative with cymbal smashes and nagging fruity synth.
THE CLUB CHART – April 30, 1988
01 01 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
02 02 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX/DUB) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
03 03 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise Records 12in
04 04 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
05 06 THE PAYBACK MIX (COLDCUT MEETS THE GODFATHER) James Brown, Urban 12in
06 08 WALK AWAY (12in CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE) Joyce Sims, London 12in
07 07 I WANT YOU BACK (PHIL HARDING ’88 REMIX/ORIGINAL) Jackson 5, Motown 12in
08 15 NITE AND DAY/NUIT ET JOUR Al B Sure!, US Warner Bros 12in
09 10 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
10 05 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) (BOMB THE HOUSE MIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
11 13 DREAMING (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
12 11 KEEP RISIN’ TO THE TOP/GUESS? WHO? Doug E & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality 12in
13 61 CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL/SWEATY CUBAN MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in pre-release
14 09 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
15 12 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
16 25 WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (TOWNHOUSE CUTS)/(SIZZLE HOUSE CANADIAN CLUB MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in
17 24 CAN’T LOVE YOU TONIGHT (EXTENDED REMIX)/THE SURGEON GENERAL’S FUNKY 4/4 BEAT Gwen Guthrie, Warner Bros 12in
18 31 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh 12in
19 26 YOU ARE THE ONE (ESSENTIAL CLUB MIX) Taurus Boyz featuring Kevin Henry, Cooltempo 12in
20 50 INTIMACY (EXTENDED VERSION) St. Paul, MCA Records 12in
21 14 WAM BAM (12” REMIX) NT Gang, Cooltempo 12in
22 — M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red featuring DJ Desire & Rev Marquis Birch, Virgin 12in
23 22 AND THE BREAK GOES ON The Break Boys, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
24 38 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
25 19 GOOD TIMES (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REMIX) Chic, Atlantic 12in
26 23 LET’S PICK UP THE PIECES (AND MAKE SOME MUSIC) Twin-Beat, Big One 12in mailing list promo
27 16 IN MY DREAMS/DO YOU?/A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
28 28 GIRLFRIEND (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
29 37 I NEED SOMEBODY (FLY GUY MIX/MARSHALL’S CHICAGO MIX) Kechia Jenkins, CityBeat 12in
30 17 JEALOUSY & LIES/ALTERNATIVE DANCE MIX Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in
31 33 PUSH THE BEAT (BAUHAUS) Cappella, Fast Globe 12in
32 53 BETCHA CAN’T LOSE (WITH MY LOVE) (LONG VERSION REMIX) Magic Lady, Motown 12in
33 46 BEATS TO THE RHYME/RUN’S HOUSE Run-DMC, London 12in
34 42 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED/NY MIXES)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
35 27 PRIVATE PARTY (LES ADAMS’ REMIXES) Wally Jump Jr & the Criminal Element, Breakout 12in
36 43 BAD YOUNG BROTHER (BILLY BEAT REMIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
37 18 DO THIS MY WAY/NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
38 30 HOUSE REACTION (UNION JACK/TOTAL MAYHEM MIXES) T-Cut-F, 10 Records 12in
39 64 A DAY IN THE LIFE/WARLOCK Black Riot, Champion 12in
40 40 FLY GIRL (EXTENDED VERSION) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, US Elektra 12in
41 58 GET LUCKY (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, Siren 12in
42 39 K.A.O.S.S./FOR THE MONEY True Mathematics, US Select 12in/Champion promo
43 29 HOT BUTTERFLY Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie, Urban 12in
44 49 YOU GOTS TO CHILL (CLUB VERSION) EPMD, US Fresh Records 12in
45 32 ANYONE…/(REMIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
46 44 GIVE IT TO ME (RADIO MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam Bam, Serious Records 12in
47 51 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
48 45 ALL THIS LOVE THAT I’M GIVING/UK RE-EDIT Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in
49 21 GIVE IT TO ME (DOUBLE TROUBLE EXTENDED REMIX) Bam Bam, Serious 12in
50 47 HERE WE GO AGAIN/BRAND NEW FUNK/TIME TO CHILL/PARENTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, US Jive LP
51 75 MY ONE TEMPTATION (DANCE VERSION) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in pre-release
52 85 SLOW STARTER (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Randy Hall, MCA Records 12in white label
53 — DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY/SALLY Stetsasonic, US Tommy Boy 12in
54 65 PUSH IT (FULL LENGTH REMIX)/I AM DOWN (CLUB MIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
55 63 STOP THE VIOLENCE Boogie Down Productions, US Jive LP
56 20 YES IT’S YOU Sweet Charles/THINK (ABOUT IT) Lyn Collins, Urban 12in
57 59 BOUNCY HOUSE (UNDERGROUND MIX) Adrenalin MOD, MCA Records 12in
58 71 GOOD LOVIN’ Dave Collins, GTI Records 12in mailing list promo
59 — PAYBACK (NORMAN COOK & STREETS AHEAD’S THE FINAL MIXDOWN) James Brown, Urban 12in
60 — GET BUSY (IT’S PARTYTIME!) (BODY ACTION/CLUB/BUSY HOUSE MIXES) M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in promo
61 92 WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO LOVE ME? (JELLYBEAN 12” VOCAL REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park 12in
62 48 STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., Hardcore/B Boy Records 12in
63 — DA’BUTT (EXTENDED SOUNDTRACK VERSION/RADIO MIX) E.U., US EMI-Manhattan 12in
64 54 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
65 66 SHOUT/TWO THE MAX Jack Frost and the Circle Jerks/GET THE HOLE Townsell/DOWNFALL Armando/GOT THE BUG Phuture Pfantasy Club (‘Acid Tracks’), Serious LP
66 — THEME FROM S-EXPRESS (HERBAL TEA CASUALTY MIX) S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
67 — LUTHER IN LOVE (LES ADAMS MEGAMIX)/I GAVE IT UP (WHEN I FELL IN LOVE) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
68 86 BUST THIS HOUSE DOWN (LES ADAMS’ TURNAROUND MIX) Penthouse 4, Syncopate 12in
69 — A LOVE SUPREME (CHASIN’ THE TRANE MIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
70 57 FAITH (JON WILLIAMS REMIX) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in white label
71 96 I’LL BE THERE, I’LL BE THERE/IF YOU WANT TO FOOL AROUND Demetrius, US Vision Records 12in
72 99 JOY (EXTENDED REMIX) Teddy Pendergrass, US Asylum 12in
73 — I WILL BE HIS FOOL/SUMMER LOVE/HIT AND RUN/PARADISE/WAIT A MINUTE/CUPID Magic Lady, US Motown LP
74 77 MOHAMED’S HOUSE (SALAAM ALEIKUM/LIVE AT THE HAREM) Sheik Fawaz, Circa Records 12in
75 — IT TAKES TWO (DEREK B TUFF AUDIO MIXES) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
76 70 BIG THING (EXTENDED) Blue Zone, Arista/Rockin’Horse Records 12in
77 — BREAK 4 LOVE Raze, Champion 12in promo
78 re 15 MINUTES Ca Sa, Diamond Duel 12in white label
79 52 I FEEL IT (CONSTRUCTION MIX/MAKUMBA MIX) Suzie and the Cubans, Champion 12in
80 62 SOUNDS FROM THE PINK SAND BOX (VOLUME 3) (BATMAN) Emilio Pasquez, Pink 12in promo
81 68 I’LL MEET YOU ALONG THE WAY Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in
82 — GIVE ME YOU (12” REMIX/ALTERNATE GROOVE MIX) The Winans, US Qwest 12in
83 55 PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell, Breakout 12in
84 78 OUT ON A MISSION Lost In Bass, Beatmaster Records 12in
85 83 SAY YOU WILL/I WILL WAIT 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
86 72 IT MUST BE RIGHT Annette Taylor, US Select 12in/Cooltempo promo
87 79 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER (MANTRONIK MIX) The Kane Gang, Kitchenware Records 12in
88 — I’LL BET SHE’S GOT A BOYFRIEND (MIAMI MIX) Shanice Wilson, Breakout 12in
89 35 M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red (DJ D Zire), Virgin 12in promo
90 — BEDROCK (CLUB MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in promo
91 84 LOVE CALLS/IT’S A CHOICE/HYPNOTIZED/PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Visions, US Polydor LP
92 93 THE GROOVE THAT WON’T STOP/THE SOUND (POWER REMIX) Kevin Saunderson, US KMS Records 12in
93 — JUMP START/PINK CADILLAC (PERRY DANIELS’ MOTORWAY MIXES) M4/M1 Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in white label
94 — THE MESSAGE/(+ TUF MIX)/(D.D.J. MIX)/FRIENDS Cymande, Tuf 12in pre-release
95 98 I AIN’T WID DAT Funkmaster Wizard Wiz, US Tuff City 12in
96 73 GOODFOOTIN’ Pedro, B.U.M. 12in
97 69 PRIVATE PARTY (ACID FINGERS MIX) Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, Breakout 12in
98 — SHOULD I SAY YES? Nu Shooz, Atlantic LP/US 12in
99 re NUDE PHOTO ’88 (ULTIMATE MIX/SINISTER/WIGGIN) Mayday, Kool Kat 12in
100 re ONCE MORE YOU HEAR THE DOPE STUFF/FROM DA GIDDY-UP 3-D, CityBeat 12in
01 07 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
02 01 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
03 02 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
04 05 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
05 03 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
06 15 LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher, EMI 12in
07 06 PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
08 08 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
09 — DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise 12in
10 04 I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
11 09 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
12 17 DREAMING Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
13 — THE PAYBACK MIX James Brown, Urban 12in
14 10 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron/Rhythm King 12in
15 14 WALK AWAY Joyce Sims, ffrr 12in
16 16 I WANT YOU BACK (’88 REMIX) Jackson Five, Motown 12in
17 11 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
18 — IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
19 12 DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad, Mango 12in
20 18 I WANT HER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment/Elektra 12in
01 01 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
02 03 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
03 07 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
04 05 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
05 02 I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
06 04 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
07 — ELECTRICA SALSA (BABA BABA) (PWL MIX) Off, Ton Son 12in
08 re I LOVE YOU Yello, Mercury 12in
09 09 PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
10 — A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
01 01 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
02 02 WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
03 05 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
04 04 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
05 03 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
06 10 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
07 14 SLAVE (FOR YOUR DESIRE) Tracy Ackerman, Passion 12in
08 07 SHOW ME San, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
09 12 LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX)/ON THE NIGHT Mick & Pat, PWL 12in
10 06 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
11 35 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
12 08 SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
13 — THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
14 re IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
15 16 HONEY BEE Charlotte McKinnon, US Funhouse 12in
16 13 PROVE YOUR LOVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
17 11 SUSPICIOUS MINDS Bobby O, US O Records 12in
18 18 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE (IAN LEVINE MIAMI MIX) Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
19 17 YOUR LOVE Mandingo, US Funhouse 12in
20 15 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
21 23 THAT JEALOUS SENSATION Marsha Raven, Nightmare 12in
22 20 GIVE ME A LITTLE INSPIRATION Brenda Holloway, Nightmare 12in
23 19 AWESOME Sharon Dee Clarke, Nightmare 12in
24 22 BACK TO YOU (MANHATTAN REMIX) Crystal In The Pink, Reflection 12in
25 25 LOVE MEMORIES Left Lane, US Bent Records 12in
26 09 I’M NOT SCARED (DISCO MIX) Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
27 — I NEED MORE XS-5, VCN 12in white label
28 47 FOR YOU Sisley Ferre, Dutch Hotsound 12in
29 34 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, Blue Moon 12in
30 29 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
31 30 DID YOU SEE THAT GIRL/CUTIE PIE Lime, US TSR 12in
32 36 STOP FOR A MINUTE Sandra, German Virgin 12in
33 31 CONTACT (MEDLEY) Disc Drive, US Sizzle 12in
34 — SPEED OF LIGHT Reimy, US A&M 12in
35 — ELECTRICA SALSA (BABA BABA) (PWL MIX) Off, Ton Son Ton 12in
36 38 PERFECT LOVE (EXORBITANT REMIX) Linda Jo Rizzo, Reflection 12in
37 33 THE LOCOMOTION Kylie Minogue, Australian Mushroom 12in
38 49 WAKE ME UP WHEN IT’S OVER Jimmy Ruffin, Nightmare 12in
39 26 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, Nightmare 12in
40 48 YOU ONLY YOU Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
41 — BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
42 32 LOVE Gypsy & Queen, Italian Time 12in
43 27 BIG BROTHER Aleph, Italian Time 12in
44 24 S.T.O.P Samantha Gilles, Belgian Hi Tension/Italian Time 12in
45 44 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
46 re YOUR EYES Diebold & Co, US Nightwave 12in
47 45 THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE (GARY HART MASTERMIX) English Boy On The Loveranch, New Rose 12in
48 re DAYDREAM The Buckbeats, Extra Records 12in
49 40 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS/I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (US REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
50 37 HYPNOTIZE Taste-T-Lips, US Mercury 12in
3 thoughts on “April 30, 1988: Ten City, True Mathematics, Prince, Soul II Soul, Royal House”
This is a really strong week, with a lot of my favourite tracks of the year showing up. Ten City’s ‘Devotion’ had originally underwhelmed me, but I absolutely adored ‘Right Back To You’, and it was a similar story for Royal House’s ‘Can You Party’, which reworked the ideas in ‘Party People’ far more effectively. Prince’s ‘Alphabet St’ was, for me, his biggest floor filler of all, with the end of Cat’s rap mixing very nicely into Shirley & Co’s old ‘Shame Shame Shame’, a particularly popular revival with my dancers. Turntable Orch’s ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ was another early garage house cornerstone, and despite lukewarm reviews from James, Raze’s ‘Break 4 Love’ and Soul II Soul’s ‘Fairplay’ slowly became hugely popular. (NB That’s not a typo: promo copies listed Rose Windrush, not Windross.)
Elsewhere, and markedly less auspiciously, William Orbit makes his debut this week – as the co-writer on Harry Enfield’s ‘Loadsamoney (Doin’ Up The House)’, no less!
Yes acid house (as in the movement if not always the music) has definitely arrived now with Raze, Royal House., a mention for ‘Acid Rain’, a remix of ‘Give It To Me’, Mac Thornhill (a big London sound that summer) all here. Plus Soul is Soul obviously not acid or acid house but undeniably a big part of it when you think of acid house in London Town in 1988/89.
I’ve noticed Julian Jonah is also in the charts – he was half of 187 Lockdown who made some big speed garage tunes in the late 1990s amongst other stuff .
Ray Keith (famous hardcore and jungle DJ.) was playing in Sudbury and Stu Banks mentioned DJing in Cambridge put on the big Eclipse raves in the hardcore era.
Yes in a few short months everything’s definitely changed.
Prince’s ‘This is not music, this is trip’ was famously sampled on Acen’s “Trip II the Moon”. Prince was certainly unique I’ve heard it said that he was the only true genius there’s been in the last 60 years of pop music. Maybe he was.