BEATS & PIECES
PHIL HARDING’S 1988 remix of Brass Construction’s ‘Movin’’ is now promoed on Syncopate ahead of May 23 release — beefily evened out of a fractionally fluctuating 0-121½-0bpm, it’s flipped by a “whoa-oh, whoa-oh” punctuated 121⅔bpm Let’s All Chant Mix (nothing to do with Mick & Pat!)… Roxanne Shanté’s eagerly awaited Lyn Collins ‘Think’ (and thus ‘It Takes Two’) based 115⅔bpm ‘Go On Girl‘ has likewise been promoed by Breakout ahead of May 30 release, but is now available on the ‘Colors’ soundtrack LP (Warner Bros 925 713-1), full of sombre raps from which Salt-n-Pepa’s 0-97⅙bpm ‘Let The Rhythm Run‘ is the other liveliest newie… Jive have white labelled the Wee Papa Girl Rappers’ upcoming ‘Heat It Up‘, a jauntily jittering 0-115bpm chugger with a catchy “It’s like that, yeah, so heat it up” chorus… DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s excellent ‘He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper’ double LP is now out here, with a proper gatefold sleeve unlike in the States (Jive HIP 61), fully BPM-ed on import… ffrr’s version of ‘The Sound (Power Remix)’ will be credited to Reese & Santonio rather than Kevin Saunderson, and called ‘Back To The Beat’ (this line got left out last week) — meanwhile, the label has already serviced DJs with Kool Kat’s pressing of the Power Remix plus ‘The Groove That Won’t Stop’, flipped by the Exclusive Motor City Remix and Original Version of ‘The Sound’, just to add to the confusion!… DMC are offering three videos covering all the Technics mixing finals, UK (plus rapping) on Tape 1, World elimination heat on 2, and the Royal Albert Hall World final plus star-studded awards on 3 — details from 06286-67276… Steve Mason is updating the house and hip hop DJ mailing list at Club Preview UK, 6-9 Salisbury Promenade, Green Lanes, London N8 0RX (01-809 1460)… Ian Taylor’s new Eurobeat/Hi-NRG label is starting a DJ mailing list, Chartflow (UK), Mail Out Service, PO Box 29, London E2 9EX… Baad! Records owner DJ ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards has been promoting weekend PA’s by UK acts in Milan’s top clubs, which he finds to be very upfront with excellent scratch mix DJs — and in fact the best club there needs a UK mixing jock to work for six months (send Eddie a cassette of your live mixing for consideration, at 49 Drayton Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK2 3EL, or call 0908-647632 for further info)… Eddie, incidentally, has spotted that both the Jungle Brothers ‘Because I Got It like That‘ (picked up here by Ton Son Ton) and his own label’s Sindecut ‘Sindecuts Kickin Yeah!‘ (recorded last November) both use Sly & The Family Stone’s old ‘You Can Make It If You Try‘… Aldeoni E Dos Santos’ refreshingly different Brazilian house ‘How Many Sugars‘ has sadly been turned into a routine samples crammed 123¾-123⅔-122⅓bpm scratching jacker by Kevin Ford, due on May 23 as Dr K ‘T.D A. (How Many Sugars)‘ (still on IMW), remixed by Leigh Guest of Double Trouble with the ubiquitous Simon Goffe… ‘Tune In (Turn On The Acid House)‘ is yet another 0-128¾bpm UK acid effort that’s credited to Superman and promoed on DC Records Inc (oh yeah?) — but vinyl-etched references to the Greedy Beat Syndicate and Fon Force provide further clues! — with samples crammed 0-125bpm and muttering 0-126½bpm ‘Jack The Tab‘ B-side trax… Royal House’s new ‘Can You Party’ is of course basically a revamp of their earlier ‘Party People’… Mica Paris is already due this week for a Jolley Harris Jolley remix… Al B Sure! has followed ‘Nuit Et Jour’ by now recording a Spanish language version of ‘Nite And Day’, while Raze ‘Break 4 Love’ is for some strange reason also out here with Spanish, French and Italian language mixes (Champion CHAMP X12-67)!… Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson is making her recording debut on Cooltempo… Kool & The Gang’s lead singer on their big UK hits, James ‘JT’ Taylor is going solo… Alexander O’Neal’s US newie is a remixed ‘The Lovers’… Virgin have had promotional slipmats made plugging Well Red… “London’s top dance music store”, City Sounds about to be moving… Glenn Gunner from Camden Town’s Electric Ballroom (and Rayners Lane’s Record Centre) funks Brixton’s Fridge this Friday (May 6), when Hereward Radio soul presenter Steve Allen and Nick Graham start a weekly ‘credible’ dance night at Peterborough’s Millionaire Club… Derek B and Angie Winbush join Simon Goffe and Jasper next Wednesday (11) for a Fools Paradise special at Uxbridge Regals, filmed by BBC2’s new ‘Behind The Beat’ dance music series (which will have been featuring Mahesh Bajaj and Serious Records this coming Monday (9) at 7pm)… Netphase’s latest Caister Soul Weekender (the 21st under that name although with neither the same venue nor DJ team now) is next weekend, May 13/14/15, a few last minute places possibly being available on 01-367 9118 — so late on in the spring, this one could actually be quite summery!… Paul Williams and other South Wales ‘Taffia Mafia’ jocks put on a benefit night in Merthyr Tydfil’s Charbonnier’s this last Bank Holiday, to raise further money for the Christian Lewis Neuroblastoma Fund…
DANNY POKU — this week’s face behind the name on the label — is better known as Dancin’ Danny D, one of the UK’s major remixers. A big Leroy Burgess fan and one of the first to get into rare groove, Danny began jocking just over four years ago at Earls Court’s La Vie En Rose in London and often did nights at Gullivers too. As a remixer his best known label credits are for Loose Ends’ ‘Gonna Make You Mine’/’Slow Down’/’Nights Of Pleasure’, Gwen Guthrie’s ‘Rent’, Timex Social Club’s ‘Rumors’, Nitro Deluxe’s ‘This Brutal House’, Total Contrast’s ‘Jody’, Living In A Box’s ‘Bootleg Mix’/’Love Is The Art’, Kid’N Play’s ‘Do This My Way’ and Eric B & Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’, while as a producer he was behind DSM’s ‘Warrior Groove’ and the current Taurus Boyz. Having been its club plugger for a while, he’s now UK label manager of Cooltempo — nice work if you can get it!
JAMES BROWN ‘Payback (The Final Mixdown)’ (Urban URBA 17)
Norman Cook and Streets Ahead’s brilliant totally new 0-110⅙-0bpm megamix is even more compulsively danceable, ironing out the rough spots as it smoothly integrates all that it uses to a continuous ‘Funky Drummer’ beat — without any boring ‘Sex Machine’, too! This is soul power! Norman’s older Funky Drummer Remix of ‘She’s The One’ also replaces ‘Stone To The Bone’ on the flip.
EMILIO PASQUEZ ‘Sounds From The Pink Sandbox (Batman)’ (WEA YZ180T)
Previously reviewed as a presumed bootleg, this ‘Bango (To The Batmobile)’-ish ‘Batman’ soundtrack quoting lively simple scratching 120-0bpm bass bombed chugger (acid instrumental ‘Do It Again Emilio‘ flip) turns out to be — as exclusively revealed last week — the secret work of Bomb The Bass and S-Express co-producer, Gabriel Pascal!
GUY ‘Groove Me’ (US Uptown Records MCA-23852)
Hot producer Teddy Riley’s own group debuts in superb Keith Sweat style, cutting the organ from ‘The Champ’ to a mellow 0-108bpm slinky soul vocal jiggler (in four mixes). The song is brand new, nothing to do with King Floyd (or Fern Kinney)!
WHODINI ‘You Brought It On Yourself’ (US Jive JDI-9711)
Bryan ‘Chuck’ New-remixed catchy sparse bouncy thudding 105⅔bpm rap scratching in a smidgeon of the theme from ‘I Dream Of Jeanie’ (or one of those old US TV comedies), and flipped far more fiercely for double value by the dynamite ‘Cold Sweat’-cutting Hank Shocklee-remixed jittery 99⅙bpm ‘I’m Def (Jump Back And Kiss Myself)‘ (both in three versions). Unfortunately their current UK single is the disappointing heavy metal guitared shouting 89bpm ‘Rock You Again (Again And Again)‘ (Jive JIVE T 144), flipped by Simon Harris’s 95bpm ‘Whodini Friends Mastermix‘ and Hamish McDonald & Jon Williams’ jumbled (0-)104⅓bpm ‘Whodini NYC‘ megamix.
L.A. MIX ‘Check This Out (Fierce Vocal)’ (Breakout USAT 629)
Looking like the next big “volume pumper”, Les Adams’ samples crammed densely textured exciting jittery 117⅓-0bpm driver really cuts through thanks to its catchily descending “oh oh oh oh” hookline adapted from Serious Intention’s ‘You Don’t Know’. A cynical view of the whole bass bombing business is never far from the surface, especially in the flip’s Sweaty Cuban Mix (featuring “additional heckling” by a certain MC Jammy Hammy — which, rather than biasing me in favour of the record, actually made me hyper-critical until I had seen how well it works on the floor!). The nagging morse code woven into the beat, incidentally, keeps bleeping “L-A-M-I-X”. Initial pressings include the originally Germany-only 114⅓-114½-0bpm ‘Don’t Stop (The Brutal Mix)’, soon to be replaced by a Jammy Hamappella! Get off!
ST. PAUL ‘Intimacy’ (MCA Records MCAT 1245)
Pleasant steadily rolling 105⅔bpm smacking little swayer by a breathily soulful pretty white boy from (and named for) Minneapolis’s twin city, a surprise fast riser now it’s no longer on import (Bonus Beats flip).
‘Power Cut 1’ (Power Cut Records PC-001)
The hottest bootleg of the moment scratches rare groove break beats around the old funky Vibrettes ‘Humpty Dump’ in an anonymous 107¼-104-106⅔-106⅓-104-103-107⅔-107¼-107⅔bpm megamix flipped by the basic repetitive wukka wukka-ing 111⅓bpm ‘African Beats‘, for Seventies freaks.
NU SHOOZ ‘Should I Say Yes? (Club Mix)’ (US Atlantic 0-86599)
The Valerie Day-led Oregon group return on a Mantronik remixed unhurried Loose Ends-ish 98bpm subdued tapping jogger, all sweet, calm and simple (on four mixes), with plenty of DJ support already. The unremixed 96⅔bpm original is out here on their album, ‘Told U So’ (Atlantic 781 804-1).
AL B. SURE! ‘In Effect Mode’ (Warner Bros WX 173)
A superb mellow slinky slightly Marvin Gaye-ish debut album by the lightly squeaky talented 18 year-old, Nite! Time being the rite time with his hit 0-91½bpm ‘Nite And Day‘, sensuous 0-91⅔bpm ‘Oooh This Love Is So’, 39/78bpm ‘Naturally Mine‘ and Roberta Flack’s lovely gentle 31¼/62½-0bpm ‘Killing Me Softly‘, while the hardly “faster” Day! Time side has the Keith Sweat-ish 101bpm ‘Rescue Me‘, walking bass jiggled 0-104-0bpm ‘Just A Taste Of Lovin’‘, good natured rolling 103¾bpm ‘If I’m Not Your Lover‘ and jiggly weaving 95⅔-0bpm ‘Off On Your Own (Girl)‘. In full effect.
CYMANDE ‘The Message’ (Tuf TUF 12002)
Helen Shapiro’s producer John Schroeder it was who perhaps surprisingly had US black chart success in 1973 with this afro jazz street funk group, whose material from that era has graduated from break beat to rare groove status, this brassily jiggling 88-88⅔-88⅓-88bpm chant now also being given an unsympathetic drily bumping electronically backed 93⅔-0bpm Tuf Mix with scratching and JB-type samples (and a stark 93⅔bpm DDJ Mix dub), although the original vintage burblingly slinky 95-98- 97½bpm ‘Friends‘ is included too.
FINESSE & SYNQUIS ‘Soul Sisters’ (US MCA Records MCA-23849)
“Pump that bass” cuts into the jerkily thudding intro of this slippery scratched insistently rolling jittery 102-0bpm female rap and chant, borrowing its chorus line from LaBelle’s ‘Lady Marmalade’, coupled with the JB-cutting different but also 102bpm joltingly juddering ‘Soft But Deadly‘ (instrumentals too).
GARY TAYLOR ‘Compassion’ (US Virgin 1-90902)
A thoroughly classy return to LP by melancholy G.T., like a black Michael MacDonald in some ways, his basically downtempo soul being designed for repeated smoochy listening, with the gorgeous lazy (0-)65bpm ‘Don’t Ask My Neighbor’, superb 39-0bpm ‘I Won’t Stop‘, swirling 102bpm ‘Lonely Heart‘, meandering 100bpm ‘Love You To The Limit‘, jerkily jogging 110⅔bpm ‘Easier Said Than Done‘, drifting 83/41½bpm ‘I’ll Always Be‘, gentle 61⅓bpm ‘Tease Me‘, steadily swaying (0-)109½bpm title track.
STEVIE WONDER & MICHAEL JACKSON ‘Get It’ (Motown ZT 41884)
Uptempo churning nervy (0-)117¾-0bpm chugger, largely unremarkable other than for its chanting duettists, a total stiff when on Wonder’s album but now remixed with sampled Temptations and stark breaks (inst flip).
JAZZ MEN T ‘Play That House’ (lntouch HSE001)
Pshta pshta, plonk plonk, chug chug 118⅔bpm UK house naggingly worried by Christine Willis between dialogue samples from The Blues Brothers’ soundtrack (0-118bpm On A Mission and 0-118⅓bpm Vocal Mix flip).
PARK AVE. featuring Tony Jenkins ‘Don’t Turn Your Love’ (US Movin’ Records MR002)
Doubtless thought of as house here, this 120bpm mournfully sung New York disco canterer comes in Blaze’s two soulful Serious Intention-ish flute tootled and piano plonked pattering mixes, and Tee Scott’s more jerkily skittering pair (the second of each being instrumental).
NARADA ‘Divine Emotion’ (Warner Bros WX 172)
Perfectly produced but patchy for soul fans (not unlike a Whitney Houston album, in that respect!) Michael Walden’s comeback LP has the sassily strutting jiggly 107bpm ‘Jam The Night’, old style swaying and swinging 93⅙bpm ‘Wild Thing‘, subdued lightly ticking 130¼bpm ‘That’s The Way That I Feel About Cha‘, briskly cantering 126¼-0bpm ‘Can’t Get You Outta My Head‘, tranquil 54-0bpm ‘How Can I Make You Stay’, terrific hit 117bpm ‘Divine Emotions’, rockily cranking 113¼-0bpm ‘But What Up Doh?’ and dull rolling 102-0bpm ‘Explosions’, plus the Martin Luther King-introed brassy instrumental half-stepping (0-)95⅙-0bpm ‘We Still Have A Dream‘ finale (many arrangements being brassy, in fact).
THE WINANS ‘Give Me You (12” Remix)’ (US Qwest 0-20911)
Detroit’s family gospel stars seem tricky to put across here but are getting renewed attention with this bassily bubbling soulfully surging and soaring Luther Vandross-ish gentle 0-112bpm canterer (112bpm Alternate Groove Mix and 7” Remix too), coupled with the hushed lovely inspirational 0-28/56-0bpm ‘What Can I Say?’
MAC BAND featuring THE McCAMPBELL BROTHERS ‘Roses Are Red’ (US MCA Records MCA-23791)
You know violets are going to be blue, even when it isn’t Bobby Vinton’s oldie, in this “Nick Martinelli”-type Coke bottle-tapping squiggly backed 108½bpm soul wriggler, the sort that used to rule in the era before house (inst flip).
C.J.’S UPTOWN CREW ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ (US Gotta Go-Go Records CS-3939)
Benefiting from reawakened interest in go go following EU’s success, this meandering 102⅓bpm jiggler begins in routine brassy percussive Chuck Brown style before reaching soulful female singing and a jazzy flute break that set it apart nicely (inst/edit flip).
ORANGE LEMON ‘The Texican’ (US Idlers WAR-018)
Todd Terry seems to be everywhere at the moment, here taking the English trick of combining house and hip hop but in a totally American way, scratching and hinting at lots of electro oldies through a jittery 117¼-0bpm beat that’s not an instant grabber but is proving to be a nagger (dub too), flipped by the similar though more melodically flowing, synched and roto-tommed, long 115⅔-0bpm ‘Dreams Of Santa Anna‘.
REESE & SANTONIO ‘Bounce Your Body To The Box’ (US KMS Records KMS 012)
Chattering jittery 125½bpm beats and title line shouts eventually case out into an acid jiggler in Mike ‘Hit-Man’ Wilson’s Power Hit Mix while Master Reese’s Smooth Groove Mix is a more smoothly burbling 127bpm instrumental, flipped by the actually stronger smoothly pounding instrumental 126½bpm ‘Force Field‘ and yet another 124¼bpm remix by Mayday of ‘The Sound’.
THE ANSWER ‘The Party Line’ (US Rockin’ House RH006)
Frantic 127¾-0bpm acid house with an orgasmically groaning girl and muttering male (in five mixes), this sort of tossed off stuff being dangerously close to disco dross even if it does come from Chicago.
JESSE JOHNSON ‘Love Struck (Dance Mix)’ (Breakout USAT 628)
Jam & Lewis-type dated snappily strutting 114⅔-114⅓bpm US-aimed funk featuring Jeff Lorber’s keyboards and Sue Ann’s vocal support (dub, and frantic 142½bpm ‘Do Yourself A Favor‘ too).
DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand (LP Version)’ (Jive JIVE T 169)
Quite amusingly worded (amongst other teenage reminiscences, about Mum’s untrendily dated tastes in clothes for her kids, although now they’d be back fashion here!), rhythmically dull jolting jittery slow 88bpm rap chugger (edit too), flipped by the distortedly recorded shouting and scratching 0-122½-127-126bpm ‘Live At Union Square, November 1986‘. Get the double album instead, it’s far better value.
CLICKING THE MOUSE ‘I Must Be Dreaming (House Mouse Mix)’ (Bonus Beat Records BUB 1)
Routine volume pumping-ish (0-)119¾-0bpm dull UK house by producer Martyn Phillips and two ex-Amazulus (inst flip).
EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING ‘Flirt (Pump It Up Mix)’ (EMI-Manhattan 12MT 37)
Leon Sylvers III-produced sombre heavily juddering 0-98bpm slinky jiggler, full of gimmicky edits and techno-flash rather than joy (in three mixes).
VISIONS ‘Hypnotized’ (US Polydor 867 4794)
Remixed jittery thudding strutter, far from the best choice from the girl-led group’s good LP, on a jagged sharp 116¼bpm Hyp Mix, bass bubbled 116⅓bpm Club Remix (and edit/inst/acappella).
THE BROTHERS JOHNSON ‘Kick It To The Curb’ (US A&M SP-12262)
Out of touch jerky 0-116½bpm staccato jitterer (in two versions), getting more attention for the flip’s good flute tootled 119¼bpm ‘PO Box 2000‘ jazz-funk instrumental.
CLEOPATRA JONES ‘Hot Pants (Stone Groove)’ (Hedd Records HEDD 212)
Dreadful frantic 125¾bpm “Seventies revival” Hi-NRG disco cash-in like Well Red well wrong (‘White Lines’ bass starts it), the sort of disco dross we have to guard against now that tempos are fast again and easy to create on the sampling conveyor belt — unfortunately, the simple minded may well like this sort of thing (nobody’s yet proved the public has taste!). Even the session singer’s name is taken from a Seventies blaxploitation movie.
AFTER TONITE ‘Thin Line (Nigh-Time Mix)’ (Beat Goes Public BGPT 003, via Ace)
Atmospheric humming and reggae drums pulsed ‘Ghost Town’-ish mournful 121¾bpm patterer from Coventry, soulful although inventively outside the mainstream (inst too).
ALEXANDER O ‘Will It Always Be (Like This)’ (Intown Records 12INTX1)
PhonecaII started jerky sparse pleasant (if sometimes off-key) 111⅓bpm jiggler (in three mixes), not by Mr O’Neal.
THE TRIAD SOCIETY ‘Which Way (Klub Version)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 96)
Thinly percussive 119½bpm dull rambling house rattler with plonking piano and Dominatrix-type muttering girls (in three versions, plus the smoother 120bpm ‘Simply Heard’).
FATBACK ‘All-Nite Party’ (Soul On Start STSX 2)
Very dated dull 109bpm jitterer re-mixed — in fact, remade — by Les Adams from a truly dreadful original tape, limited still by the fact he had to use the boring vocals and tune.
ROSE ROYCE ‘Just My Imagination’ (Carrere CART 423)
Nick Martinelli-produced pleasant but pointless 0-47½/95bpm Temptations remake, flipped by the soul drenched crawling 57bpm ‘You’re My Peace Of Mind’, both from their last — is it three years old? — LP.
BARRY WHITE ‘The Right Night (Remix)’ (Breakout USAT 626)
Mournfully groaned muddy slow 83½bpm bumpy roller (dub, and snoozing 36½bpm ‘There’s A Place (Where Love Never Ends)’, too).
KYLIE MINOGUE ‘Got To Be Certain’ (PWL Records PWLT 12), Stock Aitken Waterman-created twee little unhurried 117bpm chugger with nagging words and the ‘Let’s All Chant’ handclaps (which’ll keep it in the family!);
XS-5 ‘I Need More’ (VCN Records 12VCN 5, via Backs/The Cartel), Phil Harding-produced rollicking 127bpm Divine-type galloper rather tunelessly shouted by a raucous fellah, limiting its appeal (although it’s taken off like a rocket in gay clubs ahead of May 16 release);
CRYSTAL IN THE PINK ‘Back To You (Manhattan Remix)’ (Reflection FLE-4, via Pinnacle), girls cooed though somewhat Pet Shop Boys-ish spacious episodic thinly flying 131bpm light throbber;
BRENDA HOLLOWAY ‘Give Me A Little Inspiration’ (Nightmare MARE 53), real instruments lavished on a “dip dip dip”-backed soaring attractive light 118-0bpm soul skipper by the Tamla veteran, whose ‘Every Little Bit Hurts‘ was one of the major spine-tinglers of 1964;
GLORIA BROOKE ‘When Push Comes To Shove’ (Blue Moon BLUM 4, via EMI), Ian Levine & Ralph Tee-created expressively sung breezy 123½-0bpm galloper with stabbing keyboards in Ian’s busy Miami Mix and bounding bass in Ralphi’s sparse House Mix;
DESIRELESS ‘Voyage Voyage (Britmix)’ (CBS DESIT 2), the French-singing androgynous girl’s enduring Eurobeat smash in a rhythmically re-vamped bompity bompity bompity 0-123½bpm remix by the Petes Hammond and Waterman, no less;
SYLVESTER with Patrick Cowley ‘Do You Wanna Funk (Housey Housey Mix)’ (Domino Records DOM 4T, via Charly), whinneying old galloper, recently revived without much success by the Zone Bros, now in a 131bpm remix that’s still Hi-NRG despite the title (enduring 133½bpm Original Mix flip, plus early AIDS victim Cowley’s classic 0-128½bpm ‘Menergy’);
MANDY ‘Boys And Girls’ (PWL Records PWLT 11), Daize Washbourn-created though Stock Aitken Waterman-style cheerful 124½bpm jittery galloper by lovely young Miss Smith;
SHOOTING PARTY ‘Safe In The Arms Of Love’ (Lisson Records DOLEQ 9, via PWL), Phil Harding & Ian Curnow produced pulsing, jittering and echoing 117bpm Eurobeat throbber by a PSB-ish male duo;
CLAUDJA BARRY ‘(I Don’t Know If You’re) Dead Or Alive’ (Blue Moon BLUM 1), lurching and thudding 121¾bpm Boney M-ish jittery skitterer by the lusty beauty, in its import version or flipped by Ian Levine’s tinnily percussive 123½bpm Crescendo Mix;
LINDA JO RIZZO ‘Perfect Love (Exorbitant Mix)’ (Reflection FLE-3), chattering beats jittered 125-0bpm jerkily thudding canterer with ringing telephone punctuations;
SHARON DEE CLARKE ‘Awesome’ (Nightmare MARE 44), frantic 130-0bpm galloper with one of Levine & Trench’s typically tinny almost Chinese toplines;
JIMMY RUFFIN ‘Wake Me Up When It’s Over’ (Nightmare MARE 59), pleasantly treated but irritatingly familiar, Levine & Trench-created timeless shuffling 115½-0bpm soul swayer;
DISCO 2000 ‘One Love Nation’ (KLF Communications D 2002, via Rough Trade), morse code bleeped beefily churning 122⅓-0bpm Bananarama-ish thrash from The JAMs, with different amounts of female vocal depending on which of the three versions is used;
SHEZWAE POWELL ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (Nightmare MARE 52), the Diana Ross impersonator from those brilliant DHL commercials finally recreates the 0-50¾-101½-101⅓-0bpm Ashford & Simpson-penned classic that they use, but sadly minus all the hilarious spoken bits;
JUDY CHEEKS ‘I Still Love You (12″ Remix)’ (Polydor POSPX 914), Nigel Wright-remixed soulfully sung nervy 134¼bpm bounder with rock guitar in its spacious dated backing;
MARSHA RAVEN ‘That Jealous Sensation’ (Nightmare MARE 41), tinkly rattling 124¼-0bpm routine simple empty Northern Soul galloper;
CUTBACK ‘Downtown’ (Legacy LGYT 63, via PRT), hoarse girl squawked jerkily leaping 0-121¾-122bpm wriggler with scratching and jangly piano, produced by Nottingham Ritzy DJ Phil France;
MERRY CLAYTON ‘Yes (Extended Dance Version)’ (RCA PT 49564), Jellybean-remixed characterless frantic 178bpm ‘Neutron Dance’-type movie music from ‘Dirty Dancing’, coupled however with the glorious mushily rolling 72-70-0-70bpm doo wop classic from 1956, FRED PARRIS & THE FIVE SATINS ‘(I Remember) In The Still Of The Nite‘, still one of New York’s “national anthems”;
MOONSTONE ‘Spring Summer Autumn Winter’ (Nightmare MARE 43), husky girl sung extraordinarily dull 116bpm loper from an ill starred venture produced by Ian Levine & Damon Rochefort.
WELL RED featuring DJ Desire & Rev Marquis Birch ‘M.F.S.B. (Resolve Mix)’ (Virgin VSR 1079), scrubbingly scratched fierce dense 118-0bpm revamp with reduced vocal and musical peaks (transformered wild brakes-squealing Dub Scratch flip);
WAS (NOT WAS) ‘(Stuck Inside Of Detroit With The) Out Come The Freaks (Again) (The Mighty Mook Mix)’ (Fontana WASR 412), (far better) bassily booming (and much more flowing) 116¾-117bpm ‘harder’ Bruce Forest-created club version, flipped by the now policeman narrated 116¼-116½bpm (Bobby Maggot Mix) of the basic pop version;
GLEN GOLDSMITH ‘Dreaming (Glen G For President Mix)‘ (RCA PT41712X), drily thudding jittery dubwise 103bpm treatment for creative marketing purposes, though not bad;
RODNEY SAULSBERRY ‘Who Do You Love — Bassapella Mix‘ (Big Wave BWR 3TR), tortuous jittery 106⅓bpm alternative purely for creative marketing’s sake, and inessential.
THE CLUB CHART – May 7, 1988
01 01 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
02 03 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise Records 12in
03 02 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 04 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
05 06 WALK AWAY (12” CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE/HOUSE MIX) Joyce Sims, London 12in
06 05 THE PAYBACK MIX (COLDCUT MEETS THE GODFATHER) James Brown, Urban 12in
07 07 I WANT YOU BACK (PHIL HARDING ’88 REMIX/ORIGINAL) Jackson 5, Motown 12in
08 08 NITE AND DAY/NUIT ET JOUR Al B Sure!, US Warner Bros 12in
09 13 CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL/SWEATY CUBAN MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in pre-release
10 09 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
11 16 WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (TOWNHOUSE CUTS)/(SIZZLE HOUSE CANADIAN CLUB MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in
12 12 KEEP RISIN’ TO THE TOP/GUESS? WHO? Doug E & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality 12in
13 22 M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red featuring DJ Desire & Rev Marquis Birch, Virgin 12in
14 32 BETCHA CAN’T LOSE (WITH MY LOVE) (LONG VERSION REMIX) Magic Lady, Motown 12in
15 36 BAD YOUNG BROTHER (BILLY BEAT REMIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
16 24 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
17 20 INTIMACY (EXTENDED VERSION) St. Paul, MCA Records 12in
18 33 RUN’S HOUSE/BEATS TO THE RHYME Run-DMC, London 12in
19 19 YOU ARE THE ONE (ESSENTIAL CLUB MIX) Taurus Boyz featuring Kevin Henry, Cooltempo 12in
20 11 DREAMING (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
21 23 AND THE BREAK GOES ON The Break Boys, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
22 59 PAYBACK (NORMAN COOK & STREETS AHEAD’S THE FINAL MIXDOWN) James Brown, Urban 12in
23 51 MY ONE TEMPTATION (DANCE VERSION) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
24 10 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) (BOMB THE HOUSE MIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
25 14 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
26 17 CAN’T LOVE YOU TONIGHT (EXTENDED REMIX) Gwen Guthrie, Warner Bros 12in
27 18 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh 12in
28 31 PUSH THE BEAT (BAUHAUS) Cappella, Fast Globe 12in
29 26 LET’S PICK UP THE PIECES (AND MAKE SOME MUSIC) Twin-Beat, Big One 12in
30 27 A LOVE SUPREME/IN MY DREAMS/DO YOU?/FREE Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
31 28 GIRLFRIEND (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
32 69 A LOVE SUPREME (CHASIN’ THE TRANE MIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
33 43 HOT BUTTERFLY Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie, Urban 12in
34 47 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
35 34 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED/NY MIXES)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
36 48 ALL THIS LOVE THAT I’M GIVING/UK RE-EDIT Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in
37 52 SLOW STARTER (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Randy Hall, US MCA Records 12in
38 86 IT MUST BE RIGHT Annette Taylor, Cooltempo 12in
39 39 A DAY IN THE LIFE/WARLOCK Black Riot, Champion 12in
40 re LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE NO MORE (ZANZ MIX) The Basement Boys, Champion 12in
41 77 BREAK 4 LOVE Raze, Champion 12in promo
42 37 DO THIS MY WAY/NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
43 21 WAM BAM (12” REMIX) NT Gang, Cooltempo 12in
44 38 HOUSE REACTION (UNION JACK/TOTAL MAYHEM MIXES) T-Cut-F, 10 Records 12in
45 60 GET BUSY (IT’S PARTYTIME!) (BODY ACTION/CLUB/BUSY HOUSE MIXES) M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in promo
46 25 GOOD TIMES (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REMIX) Chic, Atlantic 12in
47 68 BUST THIS HOUSE DOWN (LES ADAMS’ TURNAROUND MIX) Penthouse 4, Syncopate 12in
48 80 SOUNDS FROM THE PINK SAND BOX (BATMAN) Emilio Pasquez, WEA 12in promo
49 30 JEALOUSY & LIES/ALTERNATIVE DANCE MIX Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in
50 44 YOU GOTS TO CHILL (CLUB VERSION) EPMD, US Fresh Records 12in
51 53 DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY/SALLY Stetsasonic, US Tommy Boy 12in
52 29 I NEED SOMEBODY (FLY GUY MIX/MARSHALL’S CHICAGO MIX) Kechia Jenkins, CityBeat 12in
53 35 PRIVATE PARTY (LES ADAMS’ REMIXES) Wally Jump Jr & the Criminal Element, Breakout 12in
54 — RESCUE ME/KILLING ME SOFTLY/JUST A TASTE OF LOVIN’/OOOH THIS LOVE IS SO/IF I’M NOT YOUR LOVER/OFF ON YOUR OWN (GIRL)/NATURALLY MINE Al B Sure!, Warner Bros LP
55 — ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, US MCA Records 12in
56 — GROOVE ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Guy, US Uptown Records 12in
57 72 JOY (EXTENDED REMIX) Teddy Pendergrass, US Asylum 12in
58 56 YES IT’S YOU Sweet Charles/THINK (ABOUT IT) Lyn Collins, Urban 12in
59 — GO Blow, 10 Records 12in promo
60 — GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, US Warner Bros LP (‘Colors’)/Breakout 12in promo
61 40 FLY GIRL (EXTENDED VERSION) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, US Elektra 12in
62 45 ANYONE…/(REMIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
63 41 GET LUCKY (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, Siren 12in
64 46 GIVE IT TO ME (RADIO MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam Bam, Serious Records 12in
65 81 I’LL MEET YOU ALONG THE WAY Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in
66 61 WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO LOVE ME? (JELLYBEAN 12” VOCAL REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park 12in
67 67 I GAVE IT UP (WHEN I FELL IN LOVE)/LUTHER IN LOVE (LES ADAMS MEGAMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
68 42 FOR THE MONEY/K.A.O.S.S. True Mathematics, US Select 12in/Champion promo
69 87 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER (MANTRONIK MIX) The Kane Gang, Kitchenware Records 12in
70 55 STOP THE VIOLENCE Boogie Down Productions, US Jive LP
71 50 HERE WE GO AGAIN/BRAND NEW FUNK/TIME TO CHILL/PARENTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, US Jive LP
72 — ON A LOVE GROOVE (SPACE CADET GLOW MIX) Orchestra JB, Metro Music International 12in mailing list promo
73 63 DA’BUTT (EXTENDED SOUNDTRACK VERSION/RADIO MIX) E.U., US EMI-Manhattan 12in
74 — I SURRENDER TO YOUR LOVE/WE’RE INTO THIS GROOVE By All Means, US Island 12in
75 71 I’LL BE THERE, I’LL BE THERE/IF YOU WANT TO FOOL AROUND Demetrius, US Vision Records 12in
76 89 M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red (DJ D Zire), Virgin 12in promo
77 — MOVIN’ 1988 (PHIL HARDING EXTENDED MIX/THE LET’S ALL CHANT MIX) Brass Construction, Syncopate 12in promo
78 49 GIVE IT TO ME (DOUBLE TROUBLE EXTENDED REMIX) Bam Bam, Serious 12in
79 62 STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., Hardcore/B Boy Records 12in
80 74 MOHAMED’S HOUSE (SALAAM ALEIKUM/LIVE AT THE HAREM) Sheik Fawaz, Circa Records 12in
81 54 PUSH IT (FULL LENGTH REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
82 90 BEDROCK (CLUB MIX/DUB A DUB A BOO MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in promo
83 — INTERVENTION (EXTENDED MIX) Lavine Hudson, Virgin 12in pre-release
84 100 FROM DA GIDDY-UP/ONCE MORE YOU HEAR THE DOPE STUFF 3-D, CityBeat 12in
85 84 OUT ON A MISSION (CUTMASTER MIX) Lost In Bass, Beatmaster Records 12in
86 64 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
87 83 PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell, Breakout 12in
88 — PLAY THAT HOUSE (CLUB MIX) Jazz Men T, Intouch 12in mailing list promo
89 — POWER CUT 1, Power Cut Records 12in
90 — DREAMING (GLEN G FOR PRESIDENT MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
91 78 15 MINUTES Ca Sa, Diamond Duel 12in white label
92 — I’M DEF (JUMP BACK AND KISS MYSELF)/YOU BROUGHT IT ON YOURSELF (EXTENDED REMIXES) Whodini, US Jive 12in
93 — ALPHABET ST. (ALBUM VERSION) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
94 — STREET FREAK (SCRATCH MIX BY RICHIE RICH) Syke Dyke, Fourth & Broadway 12in
95 — SATISFACTION GUARANTEED CJ’s Uptown Crew, US Gotta Go-Go Records 12in
96 — DON’T ASK MY NEIGHBOR/I WON’T STOP/LONELY HEART/LOVE YOU TO THE LIMIT/EASIER SAID THAN DONE/COMPASSION Gary Taylor, US Virgin LP
97 — WHICH WAY (KLUB VERSION) The Triad Society, Fourth & Broadway 12in
98 — FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windrush, 10 Records mailing list promo
99 — I WANT YOU BACK (DAKEYNE REMIX) Jackson 5/LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Disco Mix Club LP subscription service
100= 98 SHOULD I SAY YES? (MANTRONIX CLUB MIX) Nu Shooz, Atlantic LP/US 12in
100= 82 GIVE ME YOU (12” REMIX/ALTERNATE GROOVE MIX) The Winans, US Qwest 12in
100= 85 SAY YOU WILL/I WILL WAIT 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
01 01 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
02 02 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
03 07 PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
04 03 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
05 09 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise 12in
06 06 LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher, EMI 12in
07 04 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
08 05 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
09 08 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 13 THE PAYBACK MIX James Brown, Urban 12in
11 18 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
12 10 I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
13 15 WALK AWAY Joyce Sims, ffrr 12in
14 17 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
15 16 I WANT YOU BACK (PHIL HARDING ’88 REMIX) Jackson Five, Motown 12in
16 — NITE AND DAY Al B Sure!, Uptown/Warner Brothers 12in
17 12 DREAMING Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
18 — BLUE MONDAY 1988 New Order, Factory 12in
19 14 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron/Rhythm King 12in
20 11 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
01 03 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
02 01 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
03 02 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
04 07 ELECTRICA SALSA (BABA BABA) (PWL MIX) Off, Ton Son 12in
05 04 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
06 04 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
07 05 I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
08 10 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
09 08 I LOVE YOU Yello, Mercury 12in
10 — DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise 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 04 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
04 08 SHOW ME San, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
05 03 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
06 06 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
07 05 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
08 07 SLAVE (FOR YOUR DESIRE) Tracy Ackerman, Passion 12in
09 13 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
10 09 LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX)/ON THE NIGHT Mick & Pat, PWL 12in
11 11 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
12 15 HONEY BEE Charlotte McKinnon, US Funhouse 12in
13 18 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE (IAN LEVINE MIAMI MIX) Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
14 23 AWESOME Sharon Dee Clarke, Nightmare 12in
15 12 SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
16 16 PROVE YOUR LOVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
17 27 I NEED MORE XS-5, VCN 12in white label
18 19 YOUR LOVE Mandingo, US Funhouse 12in
19 24 BACK TO YOU (MANHATTAN REMIX) Crystal In The Pink, Reflection 12in
20 22 GIVE ME A LITTLE INSPIRATION Brenda Holloway, Nightmare 12in
21 21 THAT JEALOUS SENSATION Marsha Raven, Nightmare 12in
22 14 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
23 29 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, Blue Moon 12in
24 28 FOR YOU Sisley Ferre, Dutch Hotsound 12in
25 20 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
26 17 SUSPICIOUS MINDS Bobby O, US O Records 12in
27 43 BIG BROTHER Aleph, Italian Time 12in
28 48 DAYDREAM The Buckbeats, Extra Records 12in
29 10 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
30 30 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
31 35 ELECTRICA SALSA (BABA BABA) (PWL MIX) Off, Ton Son Ton 12in
32 25 LOVE MEMORIES Left Lane, US Bent Records 12in
33 39 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, Nightmare 12in
34 42 LOVE Gypsy & Queen, Italian Time 12in
35 26 I’M NOT SCARED (DISCO MIX) Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
36 47 THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE (GARY HART MASTERMIX) English Boy On The Loveranch, New Rose 12in
37 36 PERFECT LOVE (EXORBITANT REMIX) Linda Jo Rizzo, Reflection 12in
38 31 DID YOU SEE THAT GIRL/CUTIE PIE Lime, US TSR 12in
39 34 SPEED OF LIGHT Reimy, US A&M 12in
40 41 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
41 38 WAKE ME UP WHEN IT’S OVER Jimmy Ruffin, Nightmare 12in
42 45 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
43 44 S.T.O.P Samantha Gilles, Belgian Hi Tension/Italian Time 12in
44 — JUMP TO THE MUSIC Lilac, Italian Flea 12in
45 33 CONTACT (MEDLEY) Disc Drive, US Sizzle 12in
46 50 HYPNOTIZE Taste-T-Lips, US Mercury 12in
47 32 STOP FOR A MINUTE Sandra, German Virgin 12in
48 — BLACKJACK Tom Cat, Italian Macho 12in
49 40 YOU ONLY YOU Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
50 46 YOUR EYES Diebold & Co, US Nightwave 12in
One thought on “May 7, 1988: James Brown, Emilio Pasquez, Guy, Whodini, L.A. Mix featuring MC Jammy Hammy”
James Hamilton, top ten recording artist!
Although MC Jammy Hammy’s heckles don’t appear on the A-side of LA Mix’s “Check This Out” 12 inch, they do appear – credited on both sleeve and label – on the A-side of the 7 inch, which is of course the version that was played on the radio. James also appears, albeit very briefly, on the video (at 1:53 and 2:16, to be precise), which was featured on the May 26th episode of Top Of The Pops. A week later, “Check This Out” peaked at #6 on the pop chart, making James an actual bona fide pop star, of sorts! (And if you’ve been wondering why he’s been signing off the Beats & Pieces column with “GET OFF!” for the past few weeks, here’s your answer.)
This isn’t the first chart single that James has been involved with. In 1976, he composed “Jimmy’s Theme”, the B-side of Sound 9418’s “In The Mood”, which peaked at #46. Then in 1983, he provided the B-side remix of C.O.D.’s “In The Bottle”, which peaked at #54. And he would go on to enjoy further chart success as a “vocalist”: on LA Mix’s “Get Loose” (#25 in 1989), and on Altern 8’s “Infiltrate 202” (#28 in 1991).
Meanwhile, the length of the “DJ Directory” section continues to grow: this week, the word count (including the dance charts) passes 6000 words for the first time, with a whopping 122 tunes being BPM-ed.
In other notes… The act behind Superman’s “Tune In (Turn On The Acid House)” would soon be revealed as Psychic TV, in an early example of the indie-dance crossover wave that would reach full fruition in a couple of years’ time… Cymande’s revived “The Message” would later be sampled by the Ruthless Rap Assassins (“And It Wasn’t A Dream”, 1990) and MC Solaar (“Bouge De La”, 1991)… As the terms “swingbeat” and “new jack swing” have yet to be coined, it’s curious to see James labelling The Mac Band’s “Roses Are Red” as music of “the sort that used to rule in the era before house” (if house was disco’s revenge, maybe new jack swing was R&B’s new escape route?)… And finally, the review of Cleopatra’s “Hot Pants (Stone Groove)” is so damning, that it makes me want to hear it for myself, but sadly YouTube can’t oblige!