May 28, 1988: James Brown, Roxanne Shanté, Rick James, Rose Royce, Brass Construction

BEATS & PIECES

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN himself says that Narada is pronounced to rhyme with “Florida”, which we always knew — and makes a nonsense of those “NAR-da” instructions that accompany his current hit!… Glen Goldsmith’s follow-up is the Jolley Harris Jolley-created fast 119½bpm nervily churning ‘What You See Is What You Get‘, already promoed… The Jets’ US smash coolly syncopated jaunty “purple” ‘Rocket 2 U‘ has taken its time to appear here on 12 inch, the seven inch being 121½-0bpm… Coldcut are soon releasing a twin 12 inch compilation “album” of their past productions, plus remixes and newies, comprising material released on their own label, called ‘Out To Lunch With Ahead Of Our Time‘ – which, however, has been preceded by a limited 200 copies ‘Hotplate 3‘ 12 inch with the ‘Set It Off’-ish “pshta pshta” hi-hatted (0-)116½bpm God And The Prophets ‘Work Me‘ and remixed meandering funky drummered 0-102½-0bpm Floormaster Squeeze ‘Kick Out The James (Again)‘, both with beats plus separate samples… WEA are jumping onto the brand new purpose built “rare groove” bandwagon with the Sheffield recorded ‘Funky Worm‘, nothing to do with the Ohio Players’ oldie, being a Manu Dibango plays ‘Spanish Hustle’-style Seventies jazz-funk type tune by a girl led group who also are called Funky Worm!… Island meanwhile are launching a new Mango Street logo aimed obviously at the same pirate radio DJs who seem to break all this “new” rare groove stuff, with Overlord X’s 0- 107⅔bpm ‘The Earth Is Moving‘, a London rap scratching jittery old Donald Byrd grooves… DJ Master Scratch has created what’s promised is the accurately titled T-Cut-F ‘House Reaction (The Final Mixdown)’ (10 Records TENR226), a good bounding 125-0bpm remix adding LL Cool J’s bit from House Gang’s ‘Cool J Trax’, Reese & Santonio’s ‘Bounce Your Body To The Box’, the “can you dig it?” from Larry Williams & Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson’s old Northern Soul hit ‘Too Late’, and more… Whitney Houston’s ‘Love Will Save The Day‘ has already had lots of radio play in anticipation of its singles release, but approval is still awaited for a new remix before it actually appears on 12 inch — which didn’t stop it somehow being included in Capital Radio’s supposedly sales based London Dance Chart lost week!… Chad Jackson and Sefton The Terminator are remixing Eric B & Rakim’s old ‘As The Rhyme Goes On’ to help enable Fourth & Broadway grab a bit of belated action…  Midlands house label Kool Kat has picked up the Terry Baldwin (Housemaster) featuring Bud Latour acid four-tracker, possibly to launch a new offshoot logo, there evidently now being new rap and deep house vocal remixes of ‘Delta House’ about… Marie Birch has licensed Smith & Mighty’s ‘Anyone’ to try and give it further mileage on her own Beatmaster Records… Ten City’s US seven inch versions are all new re-recordings as the 12 inch mixes keep developing so much that that they are virtually impossible to edit — as Fred Dove discovered, although edit them he has had to for UK 12 inch release, ‘One Kiss Will Make It Better’ being most drastically shortened, from 10:21 to just 4:37 … Tim Smith, after my recent comments, has managed to swing not only a soul show, but a daytime soul show onto Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Metro Radio, every Sunday afternoon 2-4pm, called ‘Essential Rhythm’… Louil Silas Jr and Timmy Regisford didn’t end up with time to do a London gig last week after all, but will be back in August when it’s promised that a four-handed mixing night will be properly planned!… Todd Terry Project’s ‘Back To The Beat’ is 120½bpm, last week’s review somehow omitted, Teddy Pendergrass ‘Joy’ is 103⅔bpm on UK 12 inch, the dub and instrumental being 103½bpm, while it’s Blaztzone (rather than Blaztone) who do ‘Blast The Walls Out’… ‘Tribute (Right On)‘ by the Pasadenas having been played so much on radio in its more vocal seven inch edit, I now realise that it’s not so much jazz-funk as Philly soul in (Archie Bell-ish) style… Soul II Soul’s female singer appears to be Rose Windross rather than Windrush as the promos spelt her… London group Sahara have changed their name to Intimate Connection for US releases… ‘Tune In (Turn On The Acid House)’ despite a colourful label crediting it to Superman on the DC Records Inc logo (highly unlikely!), turns out apparently to be by Psychic TV – more indie boys getting into acid (and confusing rm’s readers even further?)… Cooltempo emphasise that the Taurus Boyz consist of Dancin’ Danny D and (the Adventures’ producer) Gary Bell, while Kevin Henry is merely guest vocalist… Blow consists of trumpeter Gordon Mathewman and keyboardist/programmer Adam Routh… Nigel ‘Nick’ Halkes, a regular correspondent for seven years since he set up a mobile disco in Bristol as a 13-year-old, is a big boy now and muscling into the music business with strong New York contacts, his first deal being the US release on Easy Street of The Funky Ginger’s already reviewed ‘Slaughterhouse‘, a UK production that was only ever on obscure white label here last year… Joe Field, another correspondent from an early age, still busy around Milton Keynes/Hemel Hempstead/Watford, now also handles Thursdays at Soho’s Gullivers in Ganton Street — and has started a Voice Box service on 0442-216605 which supplies a number of famous voice impersonations for answering machine messages (WEA Promotions already have a “Ronald Reagan“)… Tony Hodges has set up a High Wycombe-based mobile catering company called Col. P’Funk Catering Corps (0494-449855), covering the area west of London, each van carrying its own SL1200s equipped disco unit and a DJ as driver, serving up food and funk!… Ray Keith joins Dave Malone, Guy Palmer and Turbo to funk/rare groove Sudbury’s Jades on the A134 this Thursday (26), then they’re all joined by Radio Orwell DJ Busta Brooker at Colchester’s LAristos on Monday (30)… Saturday (28) finds Simon Goffe, Steve Wolfe, Danny Smith and Jamie Trundle souling Gt Yarmouth’s Scruples, and Gwen McCrae appearing live with Martin Collins, Steve ‘Jammin’’ Jason and Chris ‘Charlie’ Brown at Peterborough’s Wirrina Centre… Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley is live in concert this Saturday (28) at the Sweat Box in Harlow’s HighWire, where on Bank Holiday Monday (30), Gwen McCrae then likewise appears at a noon-2am alldayer with Pete Tong, Jeff Young, Kev Hill, Gilles Peterson, Bob Jones, Nicky Holloway, Eddie Gordon, Les Knott and more, plus PAs by Will Downing, Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Soul II Soul and Mac Thornhill (all for £7!)… Sunday (29) sees Martin Collins, Chris ‘Charlie’ Brown, Stu Banks, Dave Malone, Rayon & Owen, and Ray Keith (some of these guys is busy!) at an undergraduate do in Cambridge’s Ronnelles… Bank Holiday Monday (30) also features the noon-1am Pres Jam alldayer at Gt Yarmouth’s Tiffanys with Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Jeff Young, Froggy, Ian Reading, Johnny Walker, plus PAs by the CCR Crew and Unit B3 and another doubtless more rare groove-ish non-midnight alldayer at Putney’s Micawbers with Jasper the Vinyl Junkie, Jazzy M, Ray Stevens, Nigel Wilton, Keith Diamond and Steve R… Simon Dunmore and Jon Jules are joined by Jay Strongman at Greenford’s Greenford Hotel on Tuesday (31) for their more or less fortnightly Soul City night, held the second and last Tuesday of each month (next on June 14)… Jon Jules, John Matthews, Phil Edgart and Mixer B funk the under-19s Bass Bin every Saturday lunchtime at South Harrow’s The Avenue… Nottingham DJ Graeme Park’s only regular weekly gig these days is actually in Sheffield, on Wednesdays at the Leadmill, now that Derby’s 20th Century has closed!… Andrew Holmes, the “original” Madhatter DJ, spins upfront stuff at Big Beat Sundays in Royton’s Scandals… Gordon ‘Fizz’ Phillips has swapped several of his Kent gigs to move to Ashford’s Dustys on Wed/Sat/Sundays… Mica Paris next month supports Will Downing at the Bottom Line club in New York before both fly back to London, Mica going on to Paris as support for Ray Charles at a jazz festival while Will plays July 2/3 at the Dominion with his own band (which includes Brian Jackson)… I still think James Brown says “get offa my chip” at the start of the US version of ‘I’m Real’, even if the current hip hop expression is “my own tip” (chip surely meaning microchip, alluding possibly to sampling?)… Mick Brahn, considering all the namechecks I’ve given Mick & Pat recently, might at least have waited until my two seconds’ appearance before “knobbing off” the LA Mix video on Night Network — but then, despite his Bass Weejuns collecting “Mr Supercool” image, he obviously had no real knowledge of ‘Check This Out’ and its send-up nature, as his denigrating comment about it being “yet another record that features ‘this is a journey into sound'” proved (yup, it had got that close to my cameo “heckle”!)… GET OFF!


GARY TAYLOR, the suave Californian soulster in somewhat Michael McDonald style, recently had his classy new largely downtempo listening LP reviewed in full on import, and now it’s out here — ‘Compassion’ (10 Records DIX 77) — together with a jarringly inappropriate juddering 0-108¾-108⅙-0bpm Club Remix of the rolling title track, ‘Compassion’ (10 Records TEN X 232), more techno-flash than song like this (in three mixes, plus the dead slow ‘Follow’, not on LP).


HINDSIGHT recently visited the US to promote their debut single there, and while being interviewed on Stevie Wonder’s radio station KJLH were overheard by TV presenter Don Cornelius saying that their biggest ambition was to appear on his show, ‘Soul Train’ (a weekly black music dance party with a few lip-synched PAs). “Find those guys!”, legend (and the press release) would have us believe Cornelius shouted, and the upshot was that they did indeed appear on the May 21st edition, coast to coast across the States. Henri Defoe and Camelle Hinds ore here seen looking happy with Don Cornelius to prove it!


MIKE ‘HITMAN’ WILSON, resuming our faces behind the names on the labels section, is the often credited Chicago house master who most recently, together with buddy Mr Lee, has been behind the House Gang on his own International House Records label — their ‘Hittrax II’ four-tracker, incidentally, will soon be out here on Kool Kat while its hottest track, the LL Cool J-scratching ‘Cool J Trax‘, will also be on the upcoming GRC double LP ‘House Music Vol 1’.

 


HOT VINYL

JAMES BROWN ‘I’m Real (F.F. Hyped Up Mix)’ (Scotti Bros JSBX 1)
For some reason his Full Force-produced jerky funk jitterer is only here in this impetus losing 105⅚-0bpm joltingly abrupt US B-side version, which may sound more “modern” but then that is hardly the point considering everyone wants Mr Brown to sound like his classic oldies again – which indeed he does on the UK-only flip’s far more traditional excellent 108-0bpm ‘Keep Keepin’‘, featuring Maceo Parker on sax and in a comedy finale, the side that’s been selling it on pre-release.

ROXANNE SHANTÉ ‘Go On Girl’ (Breakout USAT 633)
So impatiently awaited that it was by a huge margin the biggest seller on pre-release in last week’s Club Chart, this Marley Marl-produced distinctively pitched frenetic 115⅔bpm jiggler (Dub too) is extremely like Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock as both make the same use of Lyn Collins’s ‘Think (About It)’, the sparser bumping and scratching Sparse Instrumental and Rapid Radio Vocal being 115bpm.

RICK JAMES ‘Loosey’s Rap’ (Warner Bros W7885T)
Much plugged by the likes of Robbie Vincent but not out fully until June 6, this mesmeric chunkily rolling jogger is a salacious lips licking song of praise to a young lovin’ machine, who then answers in the distinctively rapping shape of Roxanne Shanté, at 100⅓bpm in Rix Mix and its Instrumental, with a denser 99⅓bpm Marley Marl Mix and Big Daddy Kane/Roxanne-rapped version, plus a drily thundering 0-119½bpm stuttery Loosey’s House Of Trix Mix, terrific!

ROSE ROYCE ‘Car Wash’ (MCA Records MCAT 1253)
The classic hi-hat hissed lurching and accelerating chugger from 1976 is apparently on 12 inch for the first time in this now re-equalised full length 108(intro)-113-114-116-114½-115⅔-118-119-122(break)-120-123bpm soundtrack LP version, flipped in full effect by 1979’s more purposeful melodic 116-118-120-121⅔-121-116-120-121bpm ‘Is It Love You’re After‘, with the brassy stabs that influenced S-Express.

BRASS CONSTRUCTION ‘Movin’ 1988 (The Brass Construction Reconstruction)’ (Syncopate 12SYX 11)
With Phil Harding’s mix only just out, this is not a remix as such, it is in fact a Les Adams-created straightforwardly mixed neat 114(intro)-118⅓-117½-120-119-120-119½-118¼-120½-121½bpm medley of ‘Ha Cha Cha/Movin’ 1988/Partyline/Walkin’ The Line/lnternational/Shakit/We Can Work It Out/Partyline’, flipped by the acid synth twittered brassily driving 0-115(intro)-117½-119½-121¼-120⅔-123-121⅓-121½-120⅔-123¼bpm Original Version from 1976. Frankly, I’ll be glad when the Seventies go away and we can get back to nothing but electronic rhythms!

MATT BIANCO ‘Wap-Bam-Boogie’ (WEA YZ188T)
Phil Harding co-produced brightly surging 119½-0bpm jittery pulser with house piano, Latin flute, Rose Royce/S-Express touches and infectiously gibberish scatting, technically the flip to the Emilio Estefan-produced more authentically Latin deceptively double-beating 0- 100½/201bpm ‘Don’t Blame It On That Girl‘, in their typical old style, but the Boogie beatin’ rhythm is already sizzling — and should mix with the following two reviews into a perfect party threesome.

ARROW ‘Groove Master (12” Remix)’ (Mango 12IS 369)
Typical jauntily flying 0- 119½bpm chant-along soca leaper, slightly spoilt by a tricky dull intro, with trendy references to “pump up the volume” (and would you believe a stripped down percussive 0-119¾bpm Acid Soca House Dub flip?)! Not his best, but good in a mix between Matt Bianco and the next one.

SPLIT CANE ‘Samba Sandinista’ (Big Life BLR 3T)
Flute tootled cool then frenetically busy (0-)121½bpm happy Latin leaper with phonetic-type talking, chanting title line, pattering congas and a continuously tinkling pulse (emptier tight Victory Mix flip), not a “volume pumper” but also likely to get similar reaction.

DR. K. ‘T.D.A. (How Many Sugars)’ (Islington Music Workshop IMW 1204)
Technics UK mixing semi-finalist Kevin Ford takes and drives away (“TDA”, in police parlance) ‘How Many Sugars’, once a refreshingly different Brazilian house track by Aldeoni E Dos Santos, now used merely for its bare bones as the basis of a clever if cluttered exciting samples crammed 124¼bpm scratch mix, remixed on the actual A-side by Leigh Guest and Simon Goffe into a more blandly integrated 123¾-123⅔-122⅓bpm routine jacker. Do still try to find the original, about which you may remember I raved.

TEN CITY ‘Right Back To You (“Extended” Mix)’ (Atlantic A9088T)
As detailed in Bits & Pieces, this Sylvester-ish surging 120bpm house bounder has had to be edited to comply with the 20 minute length limit of UK singles, the trumpet led 120bpm NY Mix instrumental getting more of a chop while the rollingly pattered jittery 104⅙bpm ‘One Kiss Will Make It Better‘ is shortest of all, despite building a big following in its own right. As previously recommended, reluctantly as I don’t want to hurt its UK chart chances, get the full length import instead.

BY ALL MEANS By All Means’ (US Island 90898-1)
A superb soul LP by huskily expressive Jimmy Varner, with some support from Lynn Roderick and Billy Shepherd (as suspected, of the Skool Boyz), it being very hard to choose between the beefily cantering Colonel Abrams-ish 118½bpm ‘Somebody Save Me’ (don’t ignore this track!), the jogging 0- 93bpm ‘Does It Feel Good To You‘ and 99bpm ‘Let’s Get Started Now‘, swaying 97bpm ‘You Decided To Go‘ and 76bpm ‘I Want To Thank You‘, snappily jiggling 111⅓-0bpm ‘We’re Into This Groove‘ and 110¼bpm ‘I’m The One Who Loves You‘, smoochy 0-57⅓bpm ‘Slow Jam (Can I Have This Dance With You)’, 0-28¾/57½-0bpm ‘I Believe In You’ and (0-)89⅔bpm ‘I Surrender To Your Love’. This latter lazily weaving slinky slowie is also due out here on 12 inch, BY ALL MEANS ‘I Surrender To Your Love‘ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 102), flipped by ‘We’re Into This Groove’ and the here 0-57¼bpm ‘Slow Jam’ — but on import the LP has been proving a better buy.

BRAND NEW HEAVIES ‘Got To Give’ (Cooltempo COOLX 167)
A massive seller on pre-release in London, this purpose built “instant rare groove” is a girl sung gently meandering sneakily hypnotic 90⅔-91⅓-91⅔bpm specialist wriggly groin grinder, the flip’s possibly preferable less polished 88-87-86⅓bpm Original Jam having originally surfaced as a white labelled seven inch scam.

TAANA GARDNER ‘You Can’t Keep Coming In And Out Of My Life’ (US Next Plateau NP50078)
Terrific somewhat Jocelyn Brown-ish grittily rasping and wailing jittery go-go soul judderer with chunky piano and spurting booming beats on the 105⅔bpm Club Mix, schlurping hi-hats in the 104⅚bpm Fly Guy Version, Early Morning Mix and Instrumental, all different.

WRECKS-N-EFFECT ‘Go For What U Know’ (US Atlantic 0-86564)
Raucously shouting jerkily lurching 107⅔bpm jittery go-go rap and chant, with an enthusiastic live flavour much of the time (instrumental flip), big – as was E.U. – at the recent Caister weekender.

BROOMFIELD ‘Don’t Cover Up Your Feelings (Extended Remix)’ (CBS 651629)
From Eugene and Dec Dee Wilde’s brother Al’s import LP, now also apparently out here — ‘Broomfield’ (CBS 461164) — (Broomfield being in fact the family surname), this delightful gently jiggling, jingling and tinkling huskily soulful lush unhurried 104½bpm shuffling jogger always was the set’s standout (inst, and dead slow 0-51½-0bpm ‘Through All The Years’ flip).

RAY PARKER JR ‘You Shoulda Kept A Spare’ (Geffen Records GEF36T)
Pleasantly croaked and sax scraped attractive 82⅓bpm slow jogger lifted from his last LP, flipped by the remixed jauntily 116¼-0bpm ‘I Love Your Daughter‘ (inst too), with amusing dialogue between Ray and his lady love’s mother!

ROYAL HOUSE ‘Can You Party’ (Champion CHAMP 12-79)
Todd Terry created ‘Party People’-revamping exciting 0-123-0bpm house amalgamation of obvious elements from such as Marshall Jefferson’s ‘Move Your Body’, Original Concept’s ‘Can You Feel It’, 2 Puerto Ricans’ ‘Do It Properly’ and Soul Sonic Force’s ‘Planet Rock’ (Instrumental Dub and 0-121½-0bpm Original Mix too).

DOUG E. FRESH AND THE GET FRESH CREW ‘The World’s Greatest Entertainer’ (US Reality Records F-9658)
Rather good varied set by the rapper, with the JB-based 106⅔bpm ‘On The Strength’, Michael Jackson quoting and scratching slow sweetly weaving 95bpm ‘Everybody Loves A Star‘, chanting slow go-go 0-91-92⅓-93⅓-94⅓-94bpm ‘I’m Gettin’ Ready‘, go-go-ish (featuring great “human beat box with harmonica”) 103-102⅔-102⅓bpm ‘Greatest Entertainer‘, scratching jittery 0-109⅓-0bpm ‘Every Body Got 2 Get Some‘, lazily lurching 0-84⅔bpm ‘D.E.F. = Doug E. Fresh‘, slippery subtle 96⅔bpm ‘Cut That Zero‘, jaunty (0-)99⅔-0bpm ‘Crazy ‘Bout Cars’, slow whispering ‘I Need Love’-ish 69⅔bpm ‘The Plane (So High)’, ethnic drums and dialect started 104⅙bpm ‘Africa (Goin’ Back Home)‘, busily jiggling 0-114⅓bpm ‘Guess? Who?‘ and Keni Burke-based (0-)95⅔bpm ‘Keep Risin’ To The Top‘ (these last two being of course on his current import single).

SHELTON-D ‘Shelton-D Is Outstanding’ (US Zakia Records PAL-7204)
Braggingly rapped and Clark Kent-scratched 98bpm revival of the Gap Band’s ever enduring ‘Outstanding’, flipped by the live atmosphere brassily grooving 0-96⅓-0bpm ‘We Can Do This‘ (instrumentals too).

RUN-DMC ‘Tougher Than Leather’ (US Profile PRO-1265)
Is it just me, or doesn’t this style of shouting rap sound stale and boring now? Regardless, it’ll sell on name appeal although there aren’t many surefire floor fillers amongst the spurtingly shuffling 115¼bpm ‘Mary, Mary’ (very different from Partner In Crime’s treatment), Led Zep guitar-based lurching 0-99-0pm ‘Soul To Rock And Roll‘, scratching 99⅔bpm ‘They Call Us Run-DMC‘, wordily jogging 0-96¼-0bpm ‘How’d Ya Do It Dee‘, 12 inch issued 0-99⅓-0bpm ‘Run’s House’ and 103⅓bpm ‘Beats To The Rhyme’, segued fast talking 107bpm ‘Radio Station’, jittery 117¾bpm ‘I’m Not Going Out Like That’, heavy metal rock 0-88⅔bpm title track, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’-cutting jerky 125bpm ‘Papa Crazy,’ Beasties-type pop rock 125-0bpn ‘Miss Elaine’, oddball slow nicely worded 0-80bpm ‘Ragtime’.

BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS ‘My Philosophy’ (Jive JIVE R 170)
KRS-One’s nervily jittering ‘Sister Sanctified’ sax-scratching wordy rap turns up here now in its (0-)93⅚-0bpm LP Version and Extended Remix, newly coupled with the album’s bass boomed ominous rolling sometimes reggae accented 0-90⅚bpm ‘Stop The Violence‘, the set’s hottest track.

PAUL SIMPSON ‘Musical Freedom’ (Cooltempo COOLXR 165)
Jerkily chugging 114½bpm episodic New York disco groove overlaid by stutters and samples from Martin Luther King’s famous “free at last” sermon, plus some Trammps ‘Disco Inferno’, flipped by a looser more Philly-style 114bpm dub washed by additional samples (like the Serious Intention/LA Mix “oh oh oh” hook!) and reggae accented 114¼bpm ‘Jam Up De Music’.

THE KEYNOTES ‘Let’s Let’s Let’s Dance’ (Kool Kat KOOL T16)
Kevin (Reese) Saunderson-created bubblingly percolating stuttery minimal acid house using, if you can bear it, the same synth beat as ‘The Sound’! – in new bassier 123bpm Alton Miller and 123¼bpm Darryl Wynn Mixes, plus the import’s original 121bpm Midnite and After Hour Mixes (wrongly credited on the UK label as being the Party and Midnight Mixes, in that order), which means the US A-side isn’t out here.

TYREE ‘Acid Over (The Remixes)’ (ffrr FFRXD 6)
The only truly “acid” track on the label’s recent ‘The House Sound Of Chicago Vol III — Acid Tracks’ compilation is on pre-release white label in a stuttering then acid synth weazled monotonous thudding 0-125¾-125½bpm Tyree Mix, and less specialist 125½-0bpm livelier vocodered and chanted Heavenly, similar rapping Spectrum, and attractive piano nagged Piano ‘Matey’ Mixes.

SADE ‘Paradise (Extended Remix)’ (Epic SADE T2)
Resonant bass filled drily jittering 99½bpm purposeful deliberate unhurried jazz-funk-ish jogger, a good groove, but building up more unrelieved tension than actual song (inst/beats flip).

IMAGINATION ‘Hold Me In Your Arms (Extra Beat Boys Remix)’ (RCA PT 4428)
Blandly innocuous lush squeaky gently jiggling 99⅙bpm swayer in a beat-switching remix by the Extra Beat Boys (maybe the meaning of their name?), hastily repressed — on promo anyway — to feature as flip their US hit Arthur Baker & Paul Gurvitz-created nagging bass burbled calmly striding 115¼bpm ‘Instinctual (The Def Vocal Mix)‘.

TYKA NELSON ‘Royal Blue’ (Cooltempo CHR 1643)
Prince’s sister, no less, proves to be a lightly breathy and sometimes squeaky singer on a debut LP whose standouts for my money are the attractively swaying 84bpm ‘My Friend’ and 91⅔bpm title track (‘Royal Blue’ perhaps being to show she’s more soulful than Princely purple?). Others are the cantering 118bpm ‘Try My Passion‘, Sheila E-ish 114bpm ‘L.O.V.E.‘, jittery lurching Pebbles-ish 109bpm ‘Be Good To Me‘, uncertainly pitched Taja-ish 86bpm ‘Paris‘, plaintively weaving 95½-0bpm ‘No Promises’, swirling radio-aimed 85⅓bpm ‘Marc Anthony’s Tune’ and schmaltzily doodling 0-47½/95-0bpm ‘This Girl Is Gonna Fall In Love’. However, while all are perfectly pleasant, nothing has stuck in my mind despite driving around listening to the cassette last week.

PRINCE ‘LoveSexy’ (Paisley Park Records WX 164)
Provocatively packaged typically sensual idiosyncratic album with lyrics about “’butterfly kisses” and other sexy practices, primarily for informal grooving at home rather than disco play, although the power chorded jauntily chugging 121-0bpm title track and freakily skittering 0-125-0bpm ‘Dance On’ will probably work while the brightly jolting (0-)112½-0-111½-0-111¼-0bpm ‘O No’, hit 104⅓bpm ‘Alphabet St.’, “Indian period” Beatles-ish 118½-0bpm ‘Glam Slam’, intimately doodling 0-99½-101-0bpm ‘Anna Stesia’, sweetly meandering 0-63bpm ‘When 2 R In Love’, rolling 105⅔-0bpm ‘I Wish U Heaven’ and muttering 0-105½-0bpm ‘Positivity’ won’t keep the fireside carpet unbusy!

CULTURE SHOCK ‘House Bhangra (The Bombay Mix)’ (Hardcore HAKT 13)
Unlikely maybe, the first 0-128-0bpm Punjabi jack track, Steve Dass and Annil Chandel combining the popular Indian music style with house and hip hop influences, frantically cramming in samples and effects! Is this Morgan Khan giving something back to the Asian community? And will they want it?!

TROOP ‘Mamacita’ (US Atlantic 0-86565)
Levert-created pent-up agonisedly sung 97⅚-0bpm ‘Casanova’-ish spikily percussive syncopated slow jiggly lurcher (dub flip), very like their own style.

T LA ROCK ‘Love Blind’ (US Fresh Records FRE-80119)
Downtempo sparse 84bpm ‘I Need Love’-like slinky slow talking rap, coupled with the here far hotter though more routine ‘Funky Drummer’-based 103⅓-0bpm ‘Runaway’ (instrumentals/acappella too).

THE BROTHERS JOHNSON ‘Kick It To The Curb’ (Breakout USAT 631)
Dated dull jerky staccato jitterer in 0-116¼bpm 12” and 116½bpm Original Versions, coupled here by 1978’s “yeah uh-huh” chanting thunder thumbed brassy 110⅔-112¾-114½-116bpm ‘Ain’t We Funkin’ Now’ (doubtless destined to become a rare groove now that it’s about again!).

HERBIE HANCOCK ‘Vibe Alive’ (CBS 651432 8)
Surprisingly out of touch re-run of his now dated old ‘Rockit’ formula, jerkily scratching and cramming a jauntily burbling 0-117¼bpm vocal strutter with even bits of ‘Pump Up The Volume’, as if in an amateur British mix.

THE DAZZ BAND ‘Anticipation (Club Mix)’ (RCA PT 49550)
Dan Hartman-penned/Eumir Deodato-produced at first jerkily jolting than amazingly Kool & The Gang ‘Ladies Night’-like dated 108⅓bpm jiggly chugger (bonus beats and lurching 0-90½bpm ‘If It’s Love’ flip), from a disappointingly routine and dated album.

JONATHAN BUTLER ‘Overflowing (Extended Version)’ (Jive JIVE T 172)
Snapping bass jogged 0-113½bpm pleasant plaintive if unremarkable soul swayer, flipped by his old jauntily jolting 92⅓bpm ‘Lies’ hit and delicately picked gently swaying instrumental 89⅓bpm ‘Going Home’.

SHIRLEY LEWIS ‘Romantic (Some Like It Hot Mix)’ (Breakout USAT 635)
Jolley Harris Jolley-created mildly jiggling familiar seeming choppily sung 0-110¾bpm rolling swayer by Linda and Dee’s session singing sister, with a totally different juddery chugging 110¾bpm Romancing The Street Mix and Terrific Dub flip.

THE WILD BUNCH ‘Friends And Countrymen’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 98)
Bristol’s crew rap at the right if torpid 0-84⅓bpm tempo when played at 33⅓rpm, although the actual backing sounds a brighter 113¾bpm at 45rpm, very odd, the flip’s jiggly shuffling 101⅔bpm ‘Machine Gun (Down By Law)’ and previously imported sweet girl sung 87½bpm ‘The Look Of Love’ (Dusty’s oldie) both being better, anyway.

UNIT B.3 ‘Turn Your Radio On (Give Me A Beat Boy)’ (Circle City Records CCY5)
Froggy co-produced juddery swaying 0-95½bpm rap with a dial-tuning intro and surprising melodic spurts quoting from Dobie Gray’s ‘Drift Away’ (inst flip).

CHILLI AND THE GROOVE GANGSTERS ‘Jump To The Beat’ (Groove Gangsters THGG 12/1)
Pop-aimed routine 114bpm bass bomber with “session singer” girls and electronic dialogue (in three edits).


POP DANCE

FIVE STAR ‘Another Weekend (Friday Night Mix)’ (Tent PT 42082), Leon Sylvers III-created nervily introed ultra-jittery spicily pent-up Michael Jackson-style 113½bpm rolling smacker (stuttery dub flip and, their customary homegrown instrumental, jittering 112bpm ‘The Mews’);

WAYNE HERNANDEZ ‘Bad News (Bulletin Mix)’ (Epic WAYNE T4), bad news indeed for this good self-prod/penned effort, as it too is a Michael Jackson-ish pent-up spikily rolling jittery (0-)108⅙bpm black pop chugger, less frenetic in comparison with Five Star (edit flip and similarly pent-up rolling jittery 113bpm ‘The Good You Got’);

ASWAD ‘Give A Little Love (Extended Version)’ (Mango 12IS 358), attractive lightweight 79bpm pop song from the same Diane Warren & Albert Hammond writing team as their chart-topper, with a tricky bubblingly pulsed half-stepping tempo which may confuse dancers;

MAXI PRIEST ‘Wild World (Long & Saxy)’ (10 Records TEN X 221), straightforwardly pleasant 0-84bpm pop reggae revival of a classic Cat Stevens oldie that sounds now as if It was always written for Maxi;

BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE ‘Just Play Music (Extended Mix)’ (CBS BAAD T4), quietly infectious wriggly (0/)114-0bpm bubbler with pulsing beats, braying brass, ragged unison vocals and some talk back from the producer — all of which may help identify it for those DJs serviced only with a deliberately teasing credits-lacking white label promo;

PAUL HARDCASTLE ’40 Years (Extended Mix)’ (Chrysalis PAULX 5), ‘Two Tribes’ meets ’19’ for a tedious slow 0-98-0bpm juddery anti-nuclear message, flipped far more appealingly by the pleasant lightly tinkling and tootling 111bpm ‘Movin’ Sound‘ instrumental throbber in his typical good old, pre-social conscience style;

THE STYLE COUNCIL ‘Spank! (Live At A Top People’s Health Club)’ (Polydor TSCX 15), brassily spurting Seventies-ish perky percussive (0-)128-0bpm leaper, nothing (much) to do with Jimmy Bo Home’s oldie;

SCRITTI POLITTI ‘Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry For Loverboy)’ (Virgin VST 1006), lushly atmospheric hushed gentle 0-91⅓/45⅔-0bpm jogging swayer climaxed by some crystal clear Miles Davis trumpet, but too irritatingly disjointed to be another 10cc ‘I’m Not In Love’ (its apparent role model).


THE CLUB CHART – May 28, 1988

01 01 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise Records 12in
02 05 CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL/SWEATY CUBAN MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
03 02 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
04 03 WALK AWAY (12” CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE/HOUSE MIX) Joyce Sims, London 12in
05 11 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED MIX/NY MIX)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
06 07 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
07 06 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
08 13 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
09 12 MY ONE TEMPTATION (DANCE VERSION) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 08 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
11 04 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
12 24 I’M REAL James Brown, US Scotti Bros 12in
13 19 FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross, 10 Records 12in
14 09 I WANT YOU BACK (PHIL HARDING ’88 REMIX/ORIGINAL) Jackson 5, Motown 12in
15 57 TRIBUTE RIGHT ON (THE Q STREET MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
16 14 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
17 35 JOY (EXTENDED REMIX) Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra 12in
18 38 GET BUSY (IT’S PARTYTIME!) (BODY ACTION/CLUB/BUSY HOUSE MIXES) M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in
19 10 THE PAYBACK MIX (COLDCUT MEETS THE GODFATHER) James Brown, Urban 12in
20 18 BETCHA CAN’T LOSE (WITH MY LOVE) (LONG VERSION REMIX) Magic Lady, Motown 12in
21 22 INTIMACY (EXTENDED VERSION) St. Paul, MCA Records 12in
22 15 NITE AND DAY/NUIT ET JOUR Al B Sure!, US Warner Bros 12in
23 16 AND THE BREAK GOES ON The Break Boys, Hardcore 12in
24 29 BACK TO THE BEAT (WITH ‘THE SOUND’) Reese & Santonio, ffrr 12in pre-release
25 re MOVIN’ 1988 (PHIL HARDING EXTENDED MIX/THE LET’S ALL CHANT MIX) Brass Construction, Syncopate 12in
26 31 GO  Blow, 10 Records 12in
27 81 CAR WASH/IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce, MCA Records 12in promo
28 32 A DAY IN THE LIFE/WARLOCK Black Riot, Champion 12in
29 20 RUN’S HOUSE/BEATS TO THE RHYME Run-DMC, London 12in
30 27 PAYBACK (NORMAN COOK & STREETS AHEAD’S THE FINAL MIXDOWN) James Brown, Urban 12in
31 re MERCEDES BOY (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
32 49 YOU ARE THE ONE (THE REMIX) Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in
33 23 BAD YOUNG BROTHER (BILLY BEAT REMIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
34 43 ALPHABET ST. (ALBUM VERSION) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
35 21 WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (TOWNHOUSE CUTS)/(SIZZLE HOUSE CANADIAN CLUB MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in
36 34 INTERVENTION (EXTENDED MIX) Lavine Hudson, Virgin 12in
37 — WE’VE GOT THE JUICE/POWER MOVE/SUCCESS/HUMAN TIME BOMB/BULLET FROM A GUN/ALRIGHT NOW/ALL CITY Derek B, Tuff Audio LP
38 33 A LOVE SUPREME/IN MY DREAMS/DO YOU?/SENDING OUT AN SOS Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
39 26 BUST THIS HOUSE DOWN (LES ADAMS’ TURNAROUND MIX) Penthouse 4, Syncopate 12in
40 65 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
41 51 GROOVE ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Guy, US Uptown Records 12in
42 45 WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO LOVE ME? (JELLYBEAN REMIX/JOE BLANEY REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park 12in
43 25 KEEP KEEPIN’/I’M REAL (F.F. HYPED UP MIX) James Brown, Scotti Bros 12in
44 52 T.D.A. (HOW MANY SUGARS) (DOUBLE TROUBLE REMIX) Dr K, I-M-W 12in mailing list promo
45 60 MY ONE TEMPTATION (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REPRODUCTION REMIX) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
46 56 K.A.O.S.S./FOR THE MONEY True Mathematics, Champion 12in
47 67 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, US MCA Records 12in
48 — ACID OVER (TYREE MIX)/HEAVENLY/SPECTRUM/PIANO ‘MATEY’ MIXES Tyree, ffrr 12in pre-release
49 83 POWER CUT 1, Power Cut Records 12in
50 42 SLOW STARTER (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Randy Hall, US MCA Records 12in
51 30 KEEP RISIN’ TO THE TOP/GUESS? WHO? Doug E & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality 12in
52 41 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
53 28 IT MUST BE RIGHT Annette Taylor, Cooltempo 12in
54 — GO FOR WHAT YOU KNOW (EXTENDED REMIX) Wrecks-N-Effect, US Atlantic 12in
55 48 SOMEBODY SAVE ME/DOES IT FEEL GOOD TO YOU/LET’S GET STARTED NOW/SLOW JAM (CAN I HAVE THIS DANCE WITH YOU)/I SURRENDER TO YOUR LOVE By All Means, US Island LP
56 37 ALL THIS LOVE THAT I’M GIVING/UK RE-EDIT Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in
57 17 M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red featuring DJ Desire & Rev Marquis Birch, Virgin 12in
58 40 FLY GIRL (EXTENDED VERSION) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, US Elektra 12in
59 69 I SURRENDER TO YOUR LOVE/WE’RE INTO THIS GROOVE By All Means, US Island 12in/Fourth & Broadway promo
60 74 SOUNDS FROM THE PINK SAND BOX (BATMAN) Emilio Pasquez, WEA 12in mailing list promo
61 95 BAD YOUNG BROTHER (THE HYPED TO F*** MIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
62 53 RESCUE ME/KILLING ME SOFTLY/NATURALLY MINE Al B Sure!, Warner Bros LP
63 71 GOT TO GIVE (ORIGINAL JAM) Brand New Heavies, Cooltempo 12in white label
64 59 THE RIGHT STUFF Vanessa Williams, US Wing Records 12in
65 84 BREAK 4 LOVE Raze, Champion 12in
66 88 MARY, MARY/SOUL TO ROCK AND ROLL Run-DMC, US Profile LP
67 72 HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT/WHENEVER YOU TOUCH ME/WHEN YOUR HEART SAYS YES Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Manhattan LP
68 50 ANYONE…/(REMIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
69 100= SLAP HOUSE The CCR Crew, Circle City Records 12in
70 55 I’LL MEET YOU ALONG THE WAY Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in
71 — MUSICAL FREEDOM/DUB/JAM UP DE MUSIC Paul Simpson, Cooltempo 12in white label
72 — TURN IT UP Richie Rich, Gee St Records/Club 12in white label
73 — DON’T TURN YOUR LOVE (DANGEROUS MIX) Park Ave. featuring Tony Jenkins, US Movin’ Records 12in
74 39 GIVE ME YOU (12” REMIX/ALTERNATE GROOVE MIX) The Winans, US Qwest 12in
75 46 SHOUT/TWO THE MAX Jack Frost And The Circle Jerks (‘Acid Tracks’), Serious LP
76 — MR BACHELOR (EXTENDED REMIX VERSION) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in mailing list promo
77 61 ON A LOVE GROOVE (SPACE CADET GLOW MIX) Orchestra JB, Metro Music International 12in
78 re THE SOUND (POWER REMIX)/THE GROOVE THAT WON’T STOP Reese & Santonio (Kevin Saunderson), Kool Kat 12in white label
79 44 A LOVE SUPREME (CHASIN’ THE TRANE MIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
80 75 SUMMER LOVE/MISTY-EYED/PARADISE Magic Lady, US Motown LP
81 82 STOP THE VIOLENCE Boogie Down Productions, US Jive LP
82 — GET BUSY (GIVE A LITTLE MORE BODY ACTION)/(GET ACIDIC) M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in
83 85 DA’BUTT (EXTENDED SOUNDTRACK VERSION/RADIO MIX) E.U., US EMI-Manhattan 12in
84 86 DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY/SALLY Stetsasonic, US Tommy Boy 12in
85 64 2 A.M./LOVE IS THE POWER/THIS IS THE LAST TIME Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
86 re GOOD LIVIN’ Dave Collins, GTI Records 12in
87 99 LOVE STRUCK (DANCE MIX) Jesse Johnson, Breakout 12in
88 — SLAM!/WE ARE PHUTURE/SPANK-SPANK Phuture, US Trax 12in
89 — GET PEPPED/I WANNA BE LIKE (EXTENDED REMIX) Skinny Boys, US Jive 12in
90 — YOUR LOVING DRIVES ME CRAZY/MY MAMA & PAPA (ALWAYS TOLD ME) Deluxe, Unique Records 12in
91 — SLAUGHTERHOUSE (PSYCHIATRIC MIX) The Funky Ginger, US Easy Street 12in
92 93 ON THE STRENGTH/EV’RY BODY LOVES A STAR/D.E.F. = DOUG E. FRESH/CRAZY ‘BOUT CARS Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality Records LP
93 58 HERE WE GO AGAIN/BRAND NEW FUNK Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Jive LP
94 — SAMBA SANDINISTA Split Cane, Big Life 12in mailing list promo
95 70  DO IT AGAIN (PART 1) 99.9%, Debut 12in mailing list promo
96 — BLAST THE WALLS OUT Blaztzone, Blip Blop Records 12in mailing list promo
97 — DREAMS OF SANTA ANNA/THE TEXICAN Orange Lemon, Champion 12in promo
98 re BEDROCK (CLUB MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in promo
99 — WISHING YOU WERE HERE (GYRLZ MEET BOYZ 12” MIX) The Gyrlz, US Capitol 12in
100= — PUMP UP CHICAGO/(ACID MIX)/PUMP UP LONDON/PUMP UP NEW YORK Mr Lee, US Trax Records 12in
100= — WHO DO YOU LOVE (CLUB SANDWICH MIX/HOUSE SALAD VERSION) Rochelle, US Atlantic/23 West Records 12in mailing list promo


POP DANCE

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


DEEJAYS CHART

This week’s chart is from Jamie Trundle, Jenyn’s Club, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

1 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
2 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
3 CAN YOU PARTY Royal House, Champion 12in
4 IT MUST BE RIGHT Annette Taylor, Cooltempo 12in
5 CAR WASH Rose Royce, MCA 12in
6 GO Blow, Virgin 12in
7 KICK IT TO THE CURB Brothers Johnson, US A&M 12in
8 GROOVE ME Guy, MCA 12in
9 SAMBA SANDINISTA Split Cane, Big Life 12in
10 HIT ME HIT ME The Mixmasters, Townbound 12in


HI-NRG

01 03 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
02 01 WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
03 02 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
04 04 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
05 05 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
06 08 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
07 06 SHOW ME San, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
08 44 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
09 12 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
10 07 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
11 11 ELECTRICA SALSA (BABA BABA) (PWL MIX) Off, Ton Son Ton 12in
12 09 FOR YOU Sisley Ferre, Dutch Hotsound 12in
13 10 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, Blue Moon 12in
14 16 HOT STUFF Boys From Brazil, German Ariola 12in
15 14 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
16 32 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
17 18 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
18 34 BECAUSE OF YOU The Cover Girls, Ton Son Ton 12in
19 15 AWESOME Sharon Dee Clarke, Nightmare 12in
20 13 HONEY BEE Charlotte McKinnon, US Funhouse 12in
21 — BLUE MONDAY 1988 New Order, Factory 12in
22 20 THAT JEALOUS SENSATION Marsha Raven, Nightmare 12in
23 22 LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX)/ON THE NIGHT Mick & Pat, PWL 12in
24 24 GIVE ME A LITTLE INSPIRATION Brenda Holloway, Nightmare 12in
25 19 BACK TO YOU (MANHATTAN REMIX) Crystal In The Pink, Reflection 12in
26 21 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE (IAN LEVINE MIAMI MIX) Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
27 25 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
28 — MIND OVER MATTER (REMIX)/LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (JELLYBEAN REMIX) E.G.Daily, A&M 12in
29 — SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
30 30 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
31 29 LOVE MEMORIES Left Lane, US Bent Records 12in
32 — NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Nine O Nine 12in
33 17 PROVE YOUR LOVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
34 47 I NEED MORE XS-5, VCN 12in white label
35 35 PERFECT LOVE (EXORBITANT MIX) Linda Jo Rizzo, Reflection 12in
36 33 ONE TRACK MIND Backstreet Raiders, Blue Moon 12in
37 26 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
38 23 SLAVE (FOR YOUR DESIRE) Tracy Ackerman, Passion 12in
39 37 YOU’RE THE ONE Tapps, Canadian Boulevard 12in
40 50 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) (PETE HAMMOND & PETE WATERMAN REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
41 40 BLACKOUT Aleph, Italian Time 12in
42 49 SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
43 43 WAKE ME UP WHEN IT’S OVER Jimmy Ruffin, Nightmare 12in
44 42 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
45 41 YOUR LOVE Mandingo, US Funhouse 12in
46 39 COMING FOR YOUR LOVE Mitch & Melanie, US Oak Lawn 12in
47 36 DID YOU SEE THAT GIRL/CUTIE PIE Lime, US TSR 12in
48 — YOUR EYES Diebold & Co, US Nightwave 12in
49 28 BLACKJACK Tom Cat, Italian Macho 12in
50 48 CRAZY FOR YOU Tina, Italian Five 12in

3 thoughts on “May 28, 1988: James Brown, Roxanne Shanté, Rick James, Rose Royce, Brass Construction”

  1. A week after techno gets its first mention, deep house makes its debut – but curiously, only in passing, buried in the middle of Beats & Pieces.

    This early version of Paul Simpson’s ‘Musical Freedom’ is not the much better known vocal version featuring Adeva, which would become a pop hit in March 1989.

    It’s another record-breaking week for the size of the “DJ Directory”: 6800 words, including 4600 words of news and reviews, with 140 tunes BPM-ed. Did James ever sleep?!

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  2. And there at No 48 we have the first irrefutable proof in this column that acid house has arrived as a phenomenon in London.
    Tyree has a ‘Spectrum’ remix named after what was (if you exclude Shoom which with its elitist door etc was never really for the general clubber) the world’s first acid house club the ‘Heavenly’ mug after Heaven where it took place best if the lit the ‘matey ‘ mix after the famous “right on one matey” slang of that summer.
    The first undeniable mention of ecstasy – The context of the scene in this column too.

    And we even have Mr Lee’s ‘Pump Up London’ appearing too.

    I was part of this gut another 2 or 3 months and it really makes me wish I had been in these first few weeks when it was completely new to everyone. Someone in my local pub had been to Spectrum at least this early although he didn’t even know what it was called after that first trip there but he did describe it as completely wild but it didn’t mean much to me when he told me about it and he didn’t even realise it’d been Spectrum till later. after it’s fame spread (it was probably Land of Oz by then anyway) and he piecesd it together from it being on a Monday erc

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  3. That garbled post was meant to say words to the effect “I wasn’t part of this for another 2 or 3 months.”. The rest is full of typos too but I think you can decipher the rest.

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