May 21, 1988: “Detroit’s own brand of acid house is more correctly called techno”

BEATS & PIECES

Ben Liebrand’s beat augmenting ‘Love Is Contagious’ remix, created originally just for Disco Mix Club release, has proved so popular (as reflected in The Club Chart) that it will soon be added to Taja Sevelle’s current ‘Wouldn’t You Love To Love Me?’ B-side… James Brown’s UK release of ‘I’m Real’ next week will oddly feature just the import’s 105⅚-0bpm ‘Real (F.F. Hyped-Up Mix)’ B-side as the main A-side here, flipped however by the Maceo Parker-saxed strong 108-0bpm ‘Keep Keepin’’… Tony Blackburn, in impending drastic changes at BBC Radio London, is actually quitting to move to arch rival Capital Radio, presenting the new Saturday/Sunday 7-10am breakfast show on Medium Wave for the split frequency Capital Gold oldies service when it starts on July 2 – this may seem like a climb down from his five days a week mid-morning soul show but reputedly will earn him three times as much (it’ll be interesting if his programme is followed by Roger Scott, as they’ve always professed to be the best of enemies!)… ILR stations permitted to run concurrent split frequency programming on FM and AM do seem to be using medium wave for golden oldies… Peter Waterman, Peter Stringfellow and Music Week editor David Dalton are amongst the guest speakers at the Dance Aid Trust’s gala luncheon next Thursday (May 26) at London’s Metropole Hotel (£45 ticket details on 01-607 8311)… GEE st Records have promoed a few white labels of the James Brown/Bobby Byrd/Public Enemy-type samples crammed new unpretentiously chugging 111½-0bpm Richie Rich ‘Turn It Up’, a likely crossover hit which in fact will be out commercially in early June on Club… Brand New Heavies ‘Got To Give’ is a deliberately rare groove-styled girl sung meandering specialist 90½bpm wriggler building to a predictable buzz on Cooltempo white label, while the original cold-cutting Steinski & Mass Media returns soon on Fourth & Broadway with the rumbling jittery strange 0-110-0bpm ‘Let’s Play It Cool’… Pedro, who turns out to be the barman at Soho’s Gossips, was inspired by my review of the ultra rare Beat Freaks 12 inch to track down a copy and then he did indeed recreate its bootlegged James Brown B-side’s Sly & Robbie backing track, with the ska group Maroon Town, to make his own ‘Goodfootin’’ – which is now out commercially on Beware (UM 001)… I had no time to BPM the excellent import soul LP from By All Means, the oddly named group consisting of Jimmy Varner with Lynn Roderick and Billy Shephard, so check The Club Chart… George Pettus is currently supporting Whitney Houston’s concerts, so his old ‘My Night For Love’ has been re-issued here, as has Angela Winbush’s ‘Angel’… Charly have picked up from MCA Records the nine year old rare groove album by Jeffree (Charly R&B 1178), reviewed a year or two back when it came around again on revived import… Visions’ album is due here next week on Urban (URBLP12)… GRC’s first ‘House Music Vol 1’ double album compilation, out next week, will include one side of various house rhythms which buyers can use as the basis for their own house creations in a competition… Cooltempo’s latest predictable ‘Fierce II’ compilation (CTLP 5) includes the unreleased relentlessly jittering dull instrumental 115½bpm No Smoke featuring The Addis Possi ‘Abele’s Dance’, and Dancin’ Danny D’s gospel girl nagged house-ified 115½-0bpm remix of Fun Boy 3 ‘Faith, Hope And Charity’… Champion have picked up Royal House ‘Can You Party’ (123bpm here, with 121½bpm Original Mix) and Orange Lemon ‘The Texican’ (117bpm), although the latter’s A-side here will be ‘Dreams Of Santa Anna’ (115⅔-115⅓-0), both doubtless destined to be on white label promo for months in Champion’s usual style… Club’s white label pressing of Click ‘Freq Jam’ mistakenly features the secondary 122½-0bpm Varda The Drums Girl mix twice instead of the main Straight To The Phreek mix!… Sade’s album has had ‘Paradise’/’Turn My Back On You’/’Keep Looking’/’Give It Up’ coupled on a club promo-only 12 inch… Joyce Sims’ remake of Barbara Acklin’s classic ‘Love Makes A Woman’, her current US single, seems likely to be re-recorded before it’s released here – possibly by PWL… Kylie Minogue’s original Australian version of ‘The Locomotion’ is apparently not considered good enough for her upcoming UK LP, and will be remade by Stock Aitken Waterman… Timmy Regisford and Louil Silas Jr are in London this week, and could well be doing a special invitation-only night behind the turntables at a central club!… Glen Goldsmith joins Warren Aylward at Southsea’s 5th Avenue Wednesday (18), and Jammin’ Steve Jason at Cambridge’s Ronelles Friday (20)… Hazell Dean return to Luton Bolts on Sunday (22)… Tim Westwood and Jules start hip hopping South Harrow Bogarts weekly from this Sunday… Detroit’s own brand of “acid” house is more correctly called “techno”, and – just as with house itself in Chicago, go-go in Washington DC, and even reggae in Jamaica – it’s another world force in music that has a hard time getting radio recognition in its own home town!… ‘Hittrax II’ by House Gang, reviewed last month, is proving hard to find on import although the LL Cool J-cutting ‘Cool J Trax’ acid hip hop mix is huge for those few who have it… Fourplay’s label (on their import reviewed this issue) bears the warning “Unauthorized reproduction will result in injury by the Original Gangsters Of Freestyle”!… ITV’s Tuesday evening series ‘King & Castle’ is largely filmed (the debt collectors’ office location) just a couple of corners from where I live, not necessarily a recommendation for the backwaters between Harlesden and Willesden although the neighbourhood is getting yuppified!… GET OFF!


Mr. Magic, the pioneering New York hip hop jock whose ‘Rap Attack’ radio show on WBLS was immortalised six years ago by Whodini in ‘Magic’s Wand’, is the presenter of a special promo-only cassette package that’s currently number one in every b boy’s wants list, ‘The Cold Chillin’ Power Hour‘. Housed with biographies and photos in a customised little folder, this features the Cold Chillin’ label’s artistes Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté, Kool G Rapp, Big Daddy Kane, MC Shan and Marley Marl in a radio style presentation on one side, and neatly segued on the other. Strictly promotional, from the States!


PERRY DANIELS, the South London DJ responsible for Natalie Cole’s Motorway Mixes, has now similarly remixed Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King using records rather than master tapes (see REMIXES). He and producer partner King Enri do have full studio facilities, but — plug plug! — are available for further budget jobs on 01-690 6875. Perry can be caught mixing live at Westerham’s Grasshopper on Fridays and Sidcup’s Danielles on Saturdays … and if he still has the same female helper from his Technics UK Mixing appearance, it should be quite a show!


HOT VINYL

BRASS CONSTRUCTION ‘Movin’ 1988 (Extended Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SY 11)
Brilliantly remixed by Phil Harding, Randy Muller’s 12-year-oid classic demo disco groove is still jaggedly pushing but beefier and now as near as possible to steadily tempoed, at a fractionally fluctuating 0-121½-0bpm, flipped by a “whoa-oh whoa-oh” overdubbed 121⅔bpm Let’s All Chant Mix (nothing to do with Mick & Pat!). Sizzlin’.

THE TODD TERRY PROJECT ‘Bango (To The Batmobile)’ (Sleeping Bag Records HAKT 16, via Westside Records Ltd)
Huge on import, the Dinosaur L ‘Go Bang’-based girls chanted and giggled nervily skittering here 122⅔-0bpm house-ish racer (122⅓-0bpm Bonus Bang) is flipped by the controversial similar but easier ‘Back To The Beat‘, which samples and scratches all sorts of stuff through the washing machine beat of Reese & Santonio’s ‘The Sound’.

REESE & SANTONIO ‘Back To The Beat (with ‘The Sound’)’ (ffrr FFRX 7)
Setting the scene for another confusing sales split, in 2 Puerto Ricans ‘Do It Properly’ style, this Detroit techno team reply to the Todd Terry Project’s use of their ‘The Sound’ through ‘Back To The Beat’ by now recreating ‘Back To The Beat’ through Kevin (Reese) Saunderson’s ‘The Sound (Power Remix)’, a nervily bubbling 122¼-125-122¾bpm acid jitterer full of the same samples (flipped by Derrick May’s recent 123¼bpm ‘The Sound (Acid Remix)‘, from their ‘Bounce Your Body To The Box’ import B-side, and the brand new 0-122bpm ‘Rock To The Beat‘, like an effete Kraftwerk). Confused?

LOOSE ENDS ‘Mr Bachelor (Extended Remix Version)’ (Virgin VST 1080)
I may not have raved as much as others over Jane, Steve and Carl’s stuff in the past, but at last here’s something I really like! Nick Martinelli has snapped out of their overly mannered archetypal old style to produce a densely chugging 99⅔bpm slinky thudder with the guys catchily chanting a maddeningly familiar chorus (Dub Version and more typical wriggly 97⅓bpm ‘Too Much‘, too), a surefire smash when it’s out fully on May 23. That’s a roadblock of a release date, overloaded with heavyweight vinyl, so don’t forget it then!

THE BREAK BOYS ‘And The Break Goes On (The Original Freestyle Groove)’ (Hardcore HAKT 15)
Tommy Musto & Frankie Mitchell created frantically exciting percussive ‘Set It Off’-ish throbber borrowing lines from George Kranz’s ‘Din Daa Daa’ and others, here in just the 119bpm Hip House (Hip Hop) Mix, 118⅓bpm Freestyle Club Mix, and 118½bpm And The Dub Goes On, huge on import already.

CLIVE GRIFFIN ‘The Way We Touch (Extended Version)’ (Mercury STEP 112)
Doodling sax backed intensely building US style wriggly throbbing ‘Plane Love’-ish (0-)105½bpm swayer by a sultry soulster from Reigate – and if that seems unlikely, he’s also a lot better than an association with the ‘Don’t Miss Wax’ TV show might suggest too!

99.9% ‘Do It Again (Part 1)’ (Debut DEBTX 3048)
Master “soundalike” creator Nigel Wright now starts what presumably is a new Mirage ‘Jack Mix’-type series, this time though with a harder (0-)113bpm medley remaking such trendy Seventies funk oldies as ‘Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me/Shack Up/Wicky Wacky/Funky Stuff/Yum Yum (Gimme Some)/Bus Stop/It’s Too Funky In Here/ Hollywood Swinging’, accurately enough to be useful even for rare groovers (jittery go-go hip hop (0-)104bpm ‘I Still Don’t Believe It’ flip).

VANESSA WILLIAMS ‘The Right Stuff’ (US Wing Records 887 386-1)
Lovely gray eyed Vanessa (who had to resign as Miss America after a Penthouse spread) is in the Janet/Pebbles tradition on a snappily jiggling 0-112¾bpm jaunty jerker (in four mixes) that’s had some very funny overdubs added by — of all people! — Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler and Bill Stephney from Public Enemy’s crew (using basically Bobby Byrd, and a corny Parisian lover who gets shot in mid sentence!). Worth checking.

PARTNER IN CRIME featuring Easy El Gee ‘Do You Know What I’m Saying’ (US Criminal Records CR 12-024)
Kenya Miller set the currently over-used coversational hip hop saying to 100⅙bpm music — in fact, to Maceo & The Macks’ fiercely scratched ‘Cross The Track’, one more time (Arthur Baker makes sure that James Brown gets composer credit), with juddery edits by Gail ‘Sky’ King — flipped by the Mike Nesmith-credited Monkees-scratching 0-125bpm ‘Mary, Mary‘ (both with dub beats too).

JAMES BROWN ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ (A&M AMY 444)
1965’s brassily spurting and rolling 144-146-144-0bpm US smash follow-up to ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ remains one of Mr Brown’s biggest and best from that era, flipped now by another 1965 oldie also featured in the ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ movie, the ‘Dancing In The Streets’-following 127½-130-129-128½bpm MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS ‘Nowhere To Run‘. Old gold!

ENGLAND FOOTBALL TEAM featuring the ‘SOUND’ OF STOCK, AITKEN & WATERMAN ‘All The Way (Extra Time Mix)’ (MCA Records GOALT 1)
SAW-created typical Rick Astley-ish jaunty 119¾bpm bounder, closely (and tunefully!) harmonised by the soccer players (dub/inst flip), the right way to do it if there have to be football records in the charts. Incidentally, Derek B produced the initially def 0-98bpm LIVERPOOL F.C. ‘Anfield Rap (Red Machine In Full Effect)‘ (Virgin LFC 1), but then unfortunately all the team members do their individual thing!

EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING ‘Flirt’ (EMI/Manhattan MTL 1022)
Unbelievably better than its 99⅙bpm title track single, this mature LP has the superb intensely swirling and gurgling 95⅔bpm ‘Whenever You Touch Me’, sultrily swaying 95⅔bpm ‘When Your Heart Says Yes‘, dancing bass driven pumping 119bpm ‘Stop It‘, friskily jittering 112bpm ‘Hold On To What You’ve Got‘, soulfully wriggling 111⅙bpm ‘You Can Turn Me On‘, lush pretty 78⅔bpm ‘Kisses Don’t Lie’, frantic 120⅓bpm ‘Before The Date’.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS ‘Joy (Extended Remix)’ (Elektra EKR75T)
The Calloway Bros-created chunkily thudding pleasant gentle jiggly swaying jogger is here 103⅔bpm Dub and Instrumental plus the crawling old 29¾/59½bpm ‘Let Me Be Closer’, while even bigger news now is the album TEDDY PENDERGRASS ‘Joy’ (Elektra 960 775-1), a welcome return to his old romantic form. As well as the 103⅙-103⅓bpm title track, Teddy turns out the lights for the superbly smoochy 62⅙bpm ‘2 A.M.‘ while mesmerically counterpointing girls create sweet tension on the tranquil swaying 69⅙bpm ‘Love Is The Power‘ and soul drenched 63¾-64½bpm ‘This Is The Last Time‘, these standing out from the lurching 92-92⅓bpm ‘Good To You‘, jerkily dated 0-113½bpm ‘I’m Ready‘, slushier 0-59⅓-0bpm ‘Through The Falling Rain (Love Story)’ and 74¾-74⅔bpm ‘Can We Be Lovers’, although the whole set is good listening.

SADE ‘Stronger Than Pride’ (Epic 460497)
Sophistcated Sade’s band get really quite jazz-funky in a monotonous sort of way, setting up grooves which don’t always necessarily develop on another slick LP that has the solidly jogging 99⅔bpm ‘Paradise’, wriggly swaying 103⅔bpm ‘Nothing Can Come Between Us‘, gently jiggling 93⅔bpm ‘Keep Looking‘, languidly pleasant 97½-0bpm ‘Clean Heart‘, jogging instrumental 91⅓bpm ‘Siempre Hay Esperanza‘, bass bumped rolling 99⅓bpm ‘Turn My Back On You‘, pattering 108⅙bpm ‘Give It Up‘, trickily breathy 44/22-0bpm ‘Love Is Stronger Than Pride‘.

KENI STEVENS ‘You’ (Debut DBLP 502)
Britain’s Keni is to be commended for playing America’s soul balladeers at their own game and yet again not raising even the slightest sweat on another LP that pointedly does not contain a single uptempo “dance” track. What it does have, for listening lovers, is amorphous gentle class, with the stunningly soulful 59½bpm title track and 74⅔bpm ‘I Bleed For You‘, 0-25⅚/51¼bpm ‘Didn’t Mean To Hurt You‘, 104⅜bpm ‘Who’s Been Loving You‘, 81⅓bpm ’24-7-365’, 76½-0bpm ‘You Don’t Know’, 69½bpm ‘Hurt This Way’, 65½bpm ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.

DELUXE ‘Your Loving Drives Me Crazy’ (Unique Records UNQ 2)
Attractive lazily pitter pattering 96½bpm old style Loose End-ish bouncy swayer duetted by London’s Delores Springer with Thomas Esterine, plus some rap by MC1B, but the singing is a bit uncertain and for my money Delores’s solo similar tightly ticking 107⅔bpm ‘My Mama & Papa (Always Told Me)‘ is more positive (99⅚bpm ‘Forever in Love‘ too).

ELLIS, BEGGS & HOWARD ‘Big Bubbles, No Troubles (Bubble Mix)’ (MCA EBH-1)
Talking blues-ish Gil Scott Heron-style croakingly muttered and chanted 97½-0bpm steadily rolling sardonic message song, by a trio from the Terence Trent D’Arby stable so already getting pop radio play (98⅓-0bpm Trouble Mix flip).

THE GYRLZ ‘Wishing You Were Here (Gyrls Meet Boyz 12” Mix)’ (US Capitol V-15311)
Teddy Riley-produced jerkily jiggling 106⅔bpm go-go hop hop-type jaunty jolter sung by sometimes uncertainly pitched junior misses (in five mixes), with possible kids appeal — especially if there should be a good video.

ROCHELLE ‘Who Do You Love’ (Club Sandwich Mix)’ (US Atlantic/23 West Records 0-816590)
Digitally stuttered then urgently gurgled 120bpm thudding jittery chugger, still somewhat Shannon-esque in its pop-aimed inspiration but with soulful singing and gritty sax (in five amusingly titled menu derived different mixes, the House Salad Version being loosest).

NICOLE ‘Jam Packed (At The Wall)’ (US Epic 49 07803)
Robert Clivilles & David Cole mixed loping nervy 112bpm jitterer that builds up to be even more Michael than Janet Jackson-like, with stuttery edits before a brief “c’mon, party people” rap by DJ Rock (in four mixes).

ANGELA WINBUSH ‘C’est Toi (12” Remix)’ (US Mercury 870 305-1)
Her last album’s best dancer used to be a Chic-ish song but now judders and jitters to a lurching 108⅙bpm sharp new beat (in five mixes), that’s maybe a bit too hi-tech and dominant.

ANTIOINETTE ‘Unfinished Business’ (US Sound Check Records/Next Plateau NPS50075)
Hurby Luv Bug-produced juddering 99⅓bpm brassy groove-based snarlingly bragging female rap, flipped by the (here already released as Salt-n-Pepa’s coupling) rumbling drumbeats bassed 99bpm ‘Hit Em With This’ (both with instrumentals too).

FOURPLAY ‘Make ‘Em Rock (Our Way)’ (US Fourth Floor Records FF-1091)
Frankie ‘Bones’ Mitchell, Tommy Musto & Lenny D-created samples slotted funky drummered 115-0bpm jitterer (in three mixes), basically an American “volume pumper” but without the bass bombing bounce of Britain’s better equivalents. Radio DJs, beware the spoken outro of the Freestyle Hip Hop Mix!

ANTHONY & THE CAMP ‘Open Up (Your Heart)’ (US Warner Bros/Jellybean 0-20817)
Anthony (Malloy) and Blaze-produced friskily burbling Russ Brown-ish cymbal-schlurped New York groove in a fluidly vocal 0-120bpm Intense Mix and more chunkily thudding 120-0bpm Sinister Mix, coupled with the at first odd and too slow seeming then muttered and crooned 79-0bpm ‘Suspense’ (in two mixes).

MD III ‘Face The Nation’ (US Underground UN 111)
Mike Dunn, whose great ‘Magic Feet’ had to struggle to hit The Club Chart despite being massive for those few acid jocks spinning it, returns on sulphuric four-tracker with the Tyree scatted 130bpm lead track and muttered 127¾bpm ‘Personal Problem’, plus his own 127¾bpm ‘Set Me Free’ and nervily instrumental 127¼bpm ‘Going Nowhere’, all with weazling washing machine synth.

BABY FORD ‘Oochy Koochy (F.U. Baby Yeah Yeah)’ (Rhythm King FORD 1)
Washing machine synth chirruped hi-hat hustled jerkily bounding 120bpm homegrown acid instrumental, only on single-sided white label so far (but that has a Marvel Comic hologram glued to it!).

TONY! TONI! TONÉ! ‘Who?’ (US Wing Records 83S 549- 1)
This confusingly named male trio turn out rather unsportingly to be called in fact Raphael Ray Wiggins, Dwayne Wiggins, and Timothy Christin – not a Tony (whatever the spelling) amongst ‘em! – youthfully soulful if derivative on the ‘Wade In The Water’-like acappella introed and intoned chunkily jogging 0-107⅙bpm ‘Little Walter’, their fast rising US black smash (nothing to do with the ‘My Babe’ blues harmonica star of the same name), while the rest of the set has the ‘Casanova’-ish (0-)106⅙bpm ‘Baby Doll‘, jiggly jolting 0-95⅓bpm ‘For The Love Of You‘, jiggly swaying 101⅚bpm ‘261.5‘ (a courtroom drama about under-age love), lightly jogging 0-98⅔bpm ‘Who’s Lovin’ You‘, ruefully drifting 78⅔bpm ‘Pain’, snappily chugging Timex Social Club-ish 109bpm ‘Love Struck’, jerky Stevie Wonder-ish 0-108¾-0bpm ‘Born Not To Know’, gloomy slow 0-64¾bpm ‘Not Gonna Cry For You’.

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA AND FAMILY ‘Sho Nuff Funky’ (EMI 12 EM 57)
Enthusiastic but messily rambling c.109¾-112¾bpm brassy scratching go-go jiggler featuring Washington DC’s Sluggo and some exhortations from co-producer James Brown – but it really isn’t very good.

KEN HEAVEN ‘You Make Me Feel’ (Savage Records 12SAV 1, via Supertracks/EMI)
Competent if clichéd breezily cantering (0-)119¾bpm UK house treatment of Sylvester’s disco oldie, another of the record business’s unimaginatively literal stabs at the Seventies revival (dub flip).

CLARENCE CARTER ‘Strokin’’ (Ichiban Records STROKE 1)
Typical good natured gruffly talking 114½bpm down home soul loper with mildly sexual innuendos, so naturally Tony Blackburn has tediously been plugging it as a replacement for the nudge nudge wink wink ‘There Ain’t Nothin’ Like Shaggin’’ – which doesn’t make it a dance hit (in fact the Full Length version is an appallingly clumsy re-edit).

RAW DOPE POSSE ‘Listen To My Turbo’ (US Show Jazz Records Inc SJR 202)
Tinny shrill sounding raw and brash jittery 0-98bpm rap ‘n scratch (inst flip), nothing new although it’s selling.

BLAZTONE ‘Blast The Walls Out’ (Big Blop Records 12BLIP 38, via Supertracks/EMI)
Yet another routine jerkily lurching 0-119¼bpm bass bomber (in two mixes).

LEE PRENTISS ‘This Contagious House’ (Sigh JB-2)
George Hargreaves-produced samples-studded pop-aimed Sinitta-type messy (0-)124¼bpm UK house, far too frantic and uncool for real house fans (dub flip).

JACK UP THE CAR ‘Jack Up The Car’ (Sigh JB-1)
Jerkily percussive 124¾bpm UK house produced by George Hargreaves, harder than Lee Prentiss but still rather corny with the inevitable car-revving effects (in three mixes).

THE MIXMASTERS ‘Hit Me, Hit Me’ (Townbound Records BVB-1T, via Spartan)
Yet another hackneyed ‘Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved’-based 0-110⅓-0bpm bass bomber, full of James Brown and Bobby Byrd vocal samples in the most witless fashion (and three mixes).

MIRROR IMAGE ‘Jack It Up (In The House)’ (Bolts BOLTS 14/12)
Limp 120bpm UK house medley cantering through remade bursts of such as ‘Jingo/Criticize/House Arrest/Rok Da House/Always On My Mind’ in two Jingo and Bomb The Bass mixes, though it’s hardly a bass bomber (with the corny basic ‘Jack It Up’ as flip).

MAYBE BABY ‘Hit The Floor (Extra Texture Mix)’ (Free Booze Records PINT 1519X)
Particularly inept volume pumping-type 0-120¼-0bpm UK house.

THE WEATHER GIRLS ‘Land Of The Believer’ (CBS 651372 8)
Full Force-created slippery lurching (0-)119bpm purple-tinged funk, with sharply edited beats and bumps making an unhappily forced backing for the large ladies’ gospel intensity (sparser Beats Mix flip).

CLUB NOUVEAU ‘It’s A Cold, Cold World! (12” Remix)’ (US Warner Bros/King Jay Records 0-20843)
Jesse Saunders remixed plodding dreary 0-105⅙bpm message song with some narration by newscaster Lee Bailey (in three mixes), unlikely to mean much here.


HI-NRG UPDATE

E.G. DAILY ‘Mind Over Matter (Remix)’ (A&M AMY 436) Two enduring massive old Hi-NRG import hits finally out here back-to-back, this Stock Aitken Waterman-produced thudding 125½bpm galloper and the Harold Faltermeyer-created typical Germanically synthed surging (0-)130¾-131¼bpm ‘Love In The Shadows (Special Remixed Version)‘;

SABRINA ‘Multimegamix’ (Spanish Blanco Y Negro MX-200), ultra cheerful 0-122⅓-121¼-0bpm megamix of the busty Italian brunette’s ‘Boys/Hot Girl/Sexy Girl/Kiss Me’, with quotes from ‘Double Dutch Bus’ and others too;

BIANCA ‘Watching Me’ (Spanish Kongo Music CX 003), piano jangled and synth chorded girl sung jingly attractive 0-119¼-0bpm backbeating Euro chugger;

MANUELLA ‘Just For You’ (Belgian Hi-Tension HIT 3312), chording synth started then rattling 0-133bpm breezy tuneful galloper with plaintively straining vocals and punchy breaks;

ANDY GRANT ‘Strike Out’ (Bolts BOLTS 12/12), quite effective simple urgently bounding 123-0bpm fierce galloper with just some vocodered vocal bursts;

KELLY ‘Nothing But Promises’ (Bolts BOLTS 15/12), symphonic synth and rock guitar chords backed 127½bpm routine canterer with badly produced Bonnie Tyler-type vocals.


REMIXES

TAURUS BOYZ ‘You Are The One (The Remix)’ (Cooltempo COOLXR 159), much needed totally different far fiercer freaky 118½bpm remix by Dancin’ Danny D with tumbling beats, jazzy insert and fruity synth instead of so much vocal;

EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING ‘Flirt (Perry Daniels Remix)’ (Manhattan 12MTS 37), much livelier syncopated 101⅙-101⅓-0bpm revamp with overdubbed go-go quotes and scratching, all done live without master tapes, and only on strictly limited white label promo;

MICA PARIS ‘My One Temptation (Reproduction Remix)‘ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRX 85), Jolley Harris Jolley add new busily jiggling 110bpm beats and Mike Stevens’ sax, augmenting the original trumpet toots, not necessarily an improvement;

KIM WILDE ‘Hey Mr Heartache (Kilo Watt Mix)‘ (MCA Records KIMX 7), beefily thudding 0-104⅓bpm improvement, actually ‘harder’ than the club-mailed original mix that was moodily white-labelled as being by Myk;

DEREK B ‘Bad Young Brother (The Hyped To F*** Mix)‘ (Tuff Audio DRKBX 112), alternative 0-99⅚-0bpm scratch mix primarily for creative marketing purposes (but then, aren’t they all?);

LOST IN BASS ‘Out On A Mission (Dr Zachary Smith Mix)’ (Beatmaster Records BEATMR 112), less vocal burbling 112bpm remix with space dialogue effects;

PENTHOUSE 4 ‘Bust This House Down (Acid House Remix)’ (Syncopate 12SYXR 10), washing machine bubbled nervy 120¼bpm monotonous mix unlikely to undermine Les Adams’ far superior Turnaround Mix (which did turn it around!)


THE CLUB CHART – May 21, 1988

01 02 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise Records 12in
02 01 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
03 03 WALK AWAY (12” CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE/HOUSE MIX) Joyce Sims, London 12in
04 04 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
05 07 CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL/SWEATY CUBAN MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
06 35 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in pre-release
07 09 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
08 05 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
09 06 I WANT YOU BACK (PHIL HARDING ’88 REMIX/ORIGINAL) Jackson 5, Motown 12in
10 08 THE PAYBACK MIX (COLDCUT MEETS THE GODFATHER) James Brown, Urban 12in
11 23 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED/NY MIXES)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
12 13 MY ONE TEMPTATION (DANCE VERSION) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
13 15 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
14 11 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
15 10 NITE AND DAY/NUIT ET JOUR Al B Sure!, US Warner Bros 12in
16 24 AND THE BREAK GOES ON The Break Boys, Hardcore 12in
17 19 M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red featuring DJ Desire & Rev Marquis Birch, Virgin 12in
18 21 BETCHA CAN’T LOSE (WITH MY LOVE) (LONG VERSION REMIX) Magic Lady, Motown 12in
19 82 FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windrush, 10 Records 12in
20 26 RUN’S HOUSE/BEATS TO THE RHYME Run-DMC, London 12in
21 14 WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (TOWNHOUSE CUTS)/(SIZZLE HOUSE CANADIAN CLUB MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in
22 17 INTIMACY (EXTENDED VERSION) St. Paul, MCA Records 12in
23 16 BAD YOUNG BROTHER (BILLY BEAT REMIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
24 30 I’M REAL/REAL (F.F. HYPED-UP MIX) James Brown, US Scotti Bros 12in
25 — KEEP KEEPIN’/I’M REAL (F.F. HYPED UP MIX) James Brown, Scotti Bros 12in pre-release
26 40 BUST THIS HOUSE DOWN (LES ADAMS’ TURNAROUND MIX) Penthouse 4, Syncopate 12in
27 12 PAYBACK (NORMAN COOK & STREETS AHEAD’S THE FINAL MIXDOWN) James Brown, Urban 12in
28 32 IT MUST BE RIGHT Annette Taylor, Cooltempo 12in
29 — BACK TO THE BEAT (WITH ‘THE SOUND’) Reese & Santonio, ffrr 12in pre-release
30 22 KEEP RISIN’ TO THE TOP/GUESS? WHO? Doug E & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality 12in
31 39 GO  Blow, 10 Records 12in
32 37 A DAY IN THE LIFE/WARLOCK Black Riot, Champion 12in
33 29 A LOVE SUPREME/IN MY DREAMS/DO YOU?/FREE/SENDING OUT AN SOS/SECURITY Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
34 46 INTERVENTION (EXTENDED MIX) Lavine Hudson, Virgin 12in
35 51 JOY (EXTENDED REMIX) Teddy Pendergrass, US Asylum 12in
36 18 DREAMING (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
37 45 ALL THIS LOVE THAT I’M GIVING/UK RE-EDIT Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in
38 42 GET BUSY (IT’S PARTYTIME!) (BODY ACTION/CLUB/BUSY HOUSE MIXES) M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in promo
39 74 GIVE ME YOU (12” REMIX/ALTERNATE GROOVE MIX) The Winans, US Qwest 12in
40 47 FLY GIRL (EXTENDED VERSION) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, US Elektra 12in
41 36 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
42 31 SLOW STARTER (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Randy Hall, US MCA Records 12in
43 59 ALPHABET ST. (ALBUM VERSION) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
44 25 A LOVE SUPREME (CHASIN’ THE TRANE MIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
45 41 WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO LOVE ME? (JELLYBEAN 12” VOCAL REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park 12in
46 re SHOUT/TWO THE MAX Jack Frost And The Circle Jerks/GET THE HOLE Townsell (‘Acid Tracks’), Serious LP
47 20 YOU ARE THE ONE (ESSENTIAL CLUB MIX) Taurus Boyz featuring Kevin Henry, Cooltempo 12in
48 — SOMEBODY SAVE ME/DOES IT FEEL GOOD TO YOU/LET’S GET STARTED NOW/I WANT TO THANK YOU/SLOW JAM/YOU DECIDED TO GO/I SURRENDER TO YOUR LOVE/WE’RE INTO THIS GROOVE/I’M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU/I BELIEVE IN YOU By All Means, US Island LP
49 — YOU ARE THE ONE (THE REMIX) Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in white label
50 58 ANYONE…/(REMIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
51 49 GROOVE ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Guy, US Uptown Records 12in
52 — T.D.A. (HOW MANY SUGARS) (DOUBLE TROUBLE REMIX) Dr K, I-M-W 12in mailing list promo
53 48 RESCUE ME/KILLING ME SOFTLY/JUST A TASTE OF LOVIN’/IF I’M NOT YOUR LOVER/NATURALLY MINE Al B Sure!, Warner Bros LP
54 34 LET’S PICK UP THE PIECES (AND MAKE SOME MUSIC) Twin-Beat, Big One 12in
55 63 I’LL MEET YOU ALONG THE WAY Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in
56 43 K.A.O.S.S./FOR THE MONEY True Mathematics, Champion 12in
57 96 TRIBUTE RIGHT ON (THE Q STREET MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in mailing list promo
58 61 HERE WE GO AGAIN/BRAND NEW FUNK/TIME TO CHILL Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, US Jive LP
59 — THE RIGHT STUFF Vanessa Williams, US Wing Records 12in
60 — MY ONE TEMPTATION (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REPRODUCTION REMIX) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
61 57 ON A LOVE GROOVE (SPACE CADET GLOW MIX) Orchestra JB, Metro Music International 12in
62 89 PARADISE Sade, Epic LP/12in mailing list promo
63 38 PUSH THE BEAT (BAUHAUS) Cappella, Fast Globe 12in
64 99= 2 A.M./LOVE IS THE POWER/THIS IS THE LAST TIME Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
65 — CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in white label
66 72 WHENEVER YOU TOUCH ME/WHEN YOUR HEART SAYS YES/HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT/STOP IT/YOU CAN TURN ME ON Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Manhattan LP
67 66 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, US MCA Records 12in
68 — I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD) James Brown/NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas, A&M 12in
69 62 I SURRENDER TO YOUR LOVE By All Means, US Island 12in/Fourth & Broadway promo
70 — DO IT AGAIN (PART 1) 99.9%, Debut 12in mailing list promo
71 — GOT TO GIVE/(ORIGINAL JAM) Brand New Heavies, Cooltempo 12in white label
72 28 GIRLFRIEND (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
73 78 LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE NO MORE (ZANZ MIX) The Basement Boys, Champion 12in
74 52 SOUNDS FROM THE PINK SAND BOX (BATMAN) Emilio Pasquez, WEA 12in
75 75 SUMMER LOVE/I WILL BE HIS FOOL/MISTY-EYED Magic Lady, US Motown LP
76 73 JEALOUSY & LIES/ALTERNATIVE DANCE MIX Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in
77 — YOU SHOULDA KEPT A SPARE/I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER (REMIX) Ray Parker Jr, Geffen Records 12in
78 64 GOODFOOTIN’ Pedro, B.U.M. 12in
79 79 FLIRT (PUMP IT UP MIX) Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, EMI-Manhattan 12in
80 55 DO YOU WANNA DANCE?/DELTA HOUSE/NOTHING OVER/I HAVE A DREAM Terry Baldwin (Housemaster) featuring Bud Latour, US Future Sound Records 12in
81 — IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/CAR WASH Rose Royce, MCA Records 12in promo
82 81 STOP THE VIOLENCE Boogie Down Productions, US Jive LP
83 54 POWER CUT 1, Power Cut Records 12in
84 50 BREAK 4 LOVE Raze, Champion 12in
85 68 DA’BUTT (EXTENDED SOUNDTRACK VERSION/RADIO MIX) E.U., US EMI-Manhattan 12in
86 53 DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY/SALLY Stetsasonic, US Tommy Boy 12in
87 — YOU CAN’T KEEP COMING IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE (CLUB MIX)/(FLY GUY VERSION/EARLY MORNING MIXES) Taana Gardner, UK Next Plateau 12in
88 — SOUL TO ROCK AND ROLL/HOW’D YA DO IT DEE/THEY CALL US RUN-DMC/MARY, MARY/BEATS TO THE RHYME-RADIO STATION/I’M NOT GOING OUT LIKE THAT/TOUGHER THAN LEATHER/PAPA CRAZY/MISS ELAINE/RAGTIME Run-DMC, US Profile LP
89 44 HOT BUTTERFLY Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie, Urban 12in
90 — SHELTON-D IS OUTSTANDING/WE CAN DO THIS Shelton-D, US Zakia Records 12in
91 — BREAK 4 LOVE (SPANISH/FRENCH/ITALIAN REMIXES) Raze, Champion 12in
92 77 FEEL THE HORNS Cold Crush Brothers, US B Boy Records 12in
93 — ON THE STRENGTH/EV’RY BODY LOVES A STAR/I’M GETTING’ READY/GREATEST ENTERTAINER/EVERY BODY GOT 2 GET SOME/CUT THAT ZERO/D.E.F. = DOUG E. FRESH/CRAZY ‘BOUT CARS/AFRICA (GOIN’ BACK HOME) Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality Records LP
94 — BOUNCE YOUR BODY TO THE BOX/FORCE FIELD Reese & Santonio, UK KMS Records 12in
95 — BAD YOUNG BROTHER (THE HYPED TO F*** MIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
96 — UNFINISHED BUSINESS Antoinette, US Sound Check Records 12in
97 — DO YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYING Partner In Crime, US Criminal Records 12in
98 — HEAT IT UP Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in mailing list promo
99 76 LOVE STRUCK (DANCE MIX) Jesse Johnson, Breakout 12in
100= — MAMACITA (EXTENDED MIX) Troop, US Atlantic 12in
100= — PARENTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Jive 12in
100= re HITTRAX II (COOL J TRAX) House Gang, US International House Records 12in
100= — SLAP HOUSE The CCR Crew, Circle City Records 12in


[As scans of this week’s Pop Dance and Hi-NRG charts are missing, positions have been calculated from the following week’s charts.]

POP DANCE

01 01 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
02 03 BLUE MONDAY 1988 New Order, Factory 12in
03 02 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
04 05 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise 12in
05 04 PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
06 06 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
07 17 LOADSAMONEY (DOIN’ UP THE HOUSE) Harry Enfield, Mercury 12in
08 15 LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX) Pat & Mick, PWL 12in
09 07 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
10 20 PERFECT Fairground Attraction, RCA 12in
11 08 THE PAYBACK MIX James Brown, Urban 12in
12 — GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
13 — CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix, Breakout 12in
14 09 WALK AWAY Joyce Sims, ffrr 12in
15 13 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
16 unknown
17 14 NITE AND DAY Al B Sure!, Uptown/Warner Brothers 12in
18 unknown
19 — BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
20 unknown


HI-NRG

01 02 WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
02 03 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
03 01 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
04 05 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
05 06 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
06 07 SHOW ME San, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
07 08 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
08 04 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
09 13 FOR YOU Sisley Ferre, Dutch Hotsound 12in
10 14 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, Blue Moon 12in
11 12 ELECTRICA SALSA (BABA BABA) (PWL MIX) Off, Ton Son Ton 12in
12 19 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
13 18 HONEY BEE Charlotte McKinnon, US Funhouse 12in
14 24 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
15 15 AWESOME Sharon Dee Clarke, Nightmare 12in
16 — HOT STUFF Boys From Brazil, German Ariola 12in
17 17 PROVE YOUR LOVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
18 10 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
19 28 BACK TO YOU (MANHATTAN REMIX) Crystal In The Pink, Reflection 12in
20 22 THAT JEALOUS SENSATION Marsha Raven, Nightmare 12in
21 25 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE (IAN LEVINE MIAMI MIX) Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
22 09 LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX)/ON THE NIGHT Mick & Pat, PWL 12in
23 11 SLAVE (FOR YOUR DESIRE) Tracy Ackerman, Passion 12in
24 33 GIVE ME A LITTLE INSPIRATION Brenda Holloway, Nightmare 12in
25 — OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
26 — FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
27 unknown
28 — BLACKJACK Tom Cat, Italian Macho 12in
29 27 LOVE MEMORIES Left Lane, US Bent Records 12in
30 30 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
31 unknown
32 16 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
33 — ONE TRACK MIND Backstreet Raiders, Blue Moon 12in
34 23 BECAUSE OF YOU The Cover Girls, Ton Son Ton 12in
35 — PERFECT LOVE (EXORBITANT MIX) Linda Jo Rizzo, Reflection 12in
36 20 DID YOU SEE THAT GIRL/CUTIE PIE Lime, US TSR 12in
37 37 YOU’RE THE ONE Tapps, Canadian Boulevard 12in
38 unknown
39 — COMING FOR YOUR LOVE Mitch & Melanie, US Oak Lawn 12in
40 — BLACKOUT Aleph, Italian Time 12in
41 36 YOUR LOVE Mandingo, US Funhouse 12in
42 re AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
43 — WAKE ME UP WHEN IT’S OVER Jimmy Ruffin, Nightmare 12in
44 50 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
45 unknown
46 unknown
47 39 I NEED MORE XS-5, VCN 12in white label
48 — CRAZY FOR YOU Tina, Italian Five 12in
49 45 SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
50 — VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) (PETE HAMMOND & PETE WATERMAN REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in

3 thoughts on “May 21, 1988: “Detroit’s own brand of acid house is more correctly called techno””

  1. Techno gets its first mention this week, but to my ears at least, it has yet to evolve into a distinctively separate musical form, feeling more like a Detroit-specific synonym for “house”. Acid jazz is on the way, too, with the first Brand New Heavies single coming out shortly before the term was coined.

    The “Cold Chillin’ Power Hour” cassette is now a prized collectors’ item, with a median selling price on Discogs of £72.

    The consensus around the new Sade album within KISS-fm circles was “she’s boring, but the band is smoking hot”. Eventually, the band would record an album without her (as Sweetback), but not for another eight years.

    The Mike Dunn/MD III “Face The Nation” EP is new to me, but it sounds like superior stuff, at a time when the acid house market was starting to be flooded with markedly less essential releases.

    Baby Ford’s fantastic “Oochy Koochy” drew added interest when reports emerged that its booming bassline was blowing sound systems in clubs. It didn’t blow mine – indeed, it filled the floor – but the bass was toned down for its later release on LP.

    Tony! Toni! Toné! is a wonderfully camp name for a thoroughly butch act, who made some excellent records – but “261.5”, a lighthearted look at underage sex, is definitely best left in obscurity.

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  2. I don’t know how many were already going by now obviously Spectrum and Shoom were and Future and The Trip round about now but soon other nights like Rage and Weekend World and really underground places like Clink Street would be up and running too. These places didn’t feel the need to advertise in JH’s pages but JH spending his life hanging out with other DJs and in the London dance record shops must have realised something really big was happening by now in London.

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