July 23, 1988: Chris Paul, Deluxe, Mr Lee, Alexander O’Neal, Al B. Sure!

BEATS & PIECES

Steve Walsh’s funeral was attended by so many – all the “names” in the business you can think of (apart from noticeably, the old jazz-funk “mafia”) – that most were outside the chapel in the sun listening to the service on loudspeakers, over which at the end was played ‘I Found Lovin’’, which initially gave one a start (but not as much as the unfortunate way in which the smoke from his cremation then blew down onto the departing mourners) … Paul Hardcastle was one of the very last people Steve spoke to on the telephone just before his fateful operation, asking “I’ll be alright, won’t I?” … Gary Smith and Peter Ferrant were due to have Steve with them at Romford’s Hollywood two weeks ago, so turned it into a tribute night and raised £2,900 towards his family’s trust fund (they also got 1,800 rowdy clubgoers giving him a minute’s silence!) … Thursday, August 18 is the date for the Hammersmith Le Palais benefit night for Steve’s family, which the Disco Mix Club are organising – one can see why they would leap in, but they’ve caused resentment amongst some of Steve’s longer standing colleagues … Bomb The Bass’s long awaited follow-up is a double A-side, the Merlin-featuring ‘Megablast (Hip Hop On Precinct 13)’ being another ‘Beat Dis’-type 0-114⅓-0bpm jerky shuffler full of rather tired samples, and the Lorraine-featuring ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ a reedy shrill 0-119¾-0bpm Latin hip hop jitterer, both a bit disappointing … Public Enemy’s import LP is now out here (Def Jam 452415 1) … Full Force’s remix of James Brown ‘Static’ is due here early August … Ben Liebrand has remixed the Four Seasons ‘Oh What A Night (December 1963)’, out in Europe already but unfortunately I can’t tell you what it’s like as it was only sent me on CD! – speaking of which, amongst their many other compact disc dance music releases, Germany’s BCM Records have kicked off a four-track ‘Classic Dance Tracks On CD’ series, Volume 1 (BC 50-2150-44) featuring Fred Wesley ‘House Party’, Stone ‘Time (Tic Toc Remix)’, Rod ‘Shake It Up (Do The Boogaloo)’ and Michael Zager Band ‘Let’s All Chant’ (the recent remake) … Raul featuring J Bonell ‘Guitarra’ (Spanish Blanco Y Negro), now a Euro smash, could be a Balearic Beat worth checking, probably compatible with the big instrumental remixes of both the Thrashing Doves ‘Jesus On The Payroll’ (US A&M) and Mandy Smith ‘I Just Can’t Wait’ (PWL Records), all having been reviewed at different stages in the past … Supreme Records still haven’t released the Project Club ‘Dance With The Devil’ commercially yet – originally scheduled for June, it’s finally out on July 25, by which time it’ll be far from “the first” Balearic Beat single! – the finished copy’s Balearic Mix being very slightly altered and coupled now with the also 120¼bpm but very different raucously sung house-ish ‘Amnesia (Up All Night Mix)’ alternative treatment of the same rhythm, minus any chimes … Balearic, as feared, is already being used by record companies as a tag with which to try and foist any old rubbish onto the public … Jon Jules, Glen Gunner, Jagger, Rocky and Diesel, plus Adrenalin MOD member Richie Fermié playing acid live, have turned every other Tuesday (that’s fortnightly, next one July 26) at Greenford’s Barbarellas into “the hottest Balearic night outside Spectrum” – they actually get many Spectrum and Trip regulars coming for a sweat with them! … Graham Gold’s re-edit is in fact “the more brightly remixed B-side” of the Hudson Giants, reviewed last week from inaccurate label copy, Pascal Gabriel’s remix being therefore the frankly less good A-side – Jeff Young, incidentally, played Graham’s Public Enemy megamix on Radio 1 last Friday … Cornish mixing DJ Tristan Bolinho now precedes the relayed Radio 1 chart on BBC Radio Bristol every Sunday afternoon with a well positioned soul show, which I managed to hear while driving all the way from Somerset to Bournemouth, plus he hosts what I presume also to be a soul show for two hours every weekday evening on the same station – nice work, if you can get it! … Roger Squire’s Light & Sound showroom in Manchester has combined with the local Piccadilly Sound & Light and moved as the Piccadilly Squire Megastore to new premises at 130 Broadway in Salford’s Metroplex Enterprise Zone, near the end of the M602, opening this Thursday (21) … Marie Birch is moving her Sound Promotions mailing list yet again, to 31 Norfolk Place, London W21 (01-258 0035) … Benny Wilson has graduated from DJ to manager to owner of Stoke Newington’s The Cotton Club, at 20 Stamford Hill (01-806 3765), and is looking for good mixing DJs to play acid house, rap and Seventies disco on the GL1 mixer – will his phone be hot or what?! … Johnny Kemp ‘Just Got Paid’ has actually been withdrawn prior to a full relaunch the first week in August, when Johnny will be over doing PAs, to try and boost it into equalling its US success … Shirley Lewis reckons that Bros fans have been buying her single on account of her long standing relationship with Luke Goss … Syn-Dee, whose ‘It’s Best To Be A Girl’ will be out on August 1, is young and English, and previously rapped with Boy George … Love Street, revivers of ‘Galaxy’, turn out to be Stephen Mallinder, Dave Ball and Ruthjoy from Krush … Smith & Mighty’s members and confederates, Rob Smith, Ray Mighty, Jackie Jackson, Krissy Kriss, MC Kelz and DJ Linx, are all from Bristol … Sabrina ends the rap in ‘Boys’ with the line “Every boy that’s got a c**k”, according to Vincent O’Brien of Tollcross, Glasgow, who reckons Auntie Beeb’s censorship standards have slipped in this instance! … I’ve been so swamped by the last minute arrival of overdue mail that there’s no time to review albums this week by such as Burrell (already BPM-ed in The Club Chart last week), Masters Of Ceremony, James ‘D-Train’ Williams on import, and many more out here … Burrell are twins called Ronnie and Rheji, which (spelling apart) might sound familiar! … I actually began my DJ-ing career in a club, Esmerelda’s Barn, owned by the more infamous twins, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, and as a matter of coincidence bought my mobile disco equipment exactly 20 years ago this month, and am still using it – the very first purpose built mobile unit ever made, it was built to last by Pepe Rush, who in the Sixties was the pioneer of club sound installation, the console he sold me actually being a prototype which needed to be adapted for little things like tape input/output! … NANU NANU!


HOT VINYL

CHRIS PAUL ‘Turn The Music Up (Extended Version)’ (Syncopate 12SY 13)
The West London DJ/remixer/instrumentalist’s thudding jittery scurrying 119-0bpm Players Association revival takes a while to become recognisable but then there’s no disguising the distinctive jiggly guitar and braying brass that he’s wisely retained amidst (for once!) his own breathy vocals, while the flip is a screams greeted good jittery bounding 0-118¾-0bpm ‘House On The Move’ jazzy keyboards and guitar instrumental with occasional vocoder and girls choruses, almost better than the plug side.

DELUXE ‘(I’ve Got A) Feeling’ (The Dance Yard Recording Corporation/Unyque Artists UNQ 3T, via Spartan)
Delores ‘Deluxe’ Springer follows up ‘Your Loving Drives Me Crazy’ with another sultrily crooned sparse sinuous 84½bpm bumpily jogging “street soul” swayer that was recorded in Master ‘The Beatcreator’ Tee’s bedroom studio, flipped by the equally sparse 108bpm ‘My Mama And Papa Always Told Me (Club Remix)’ and gently jiggling (0-)105bpm ‘Passionately’, with some male rap and ragged harmony, all of them enough off-key in lovers rock vocal style to give them that nagging charm.

MR LEE ‘Pump Up London (Club Mix)’ (London USAT 639)
Possibly anthemic enough to be the first real acid house crossover hit, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Scotland and various UK clubs being namechecked as well as London during the bursts of staccato chanting in this Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson-mixed acid synth sizzled 125¾-126bpm thumper, flipped by a brand new 125½bpm Acid Dub and the import’s 125¾-0bpm Acid Mix of ‘Pump Up Chicago’.

ALEXANDER O’NEAL ‘(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me’ (Tabu 452852 6)
His last album’s most soulful floorfiller, a multi-tracked swirling and strutting joyous 115-0bpm chunky lurcher, is finally released almost as an afterthought with little promotion, and doesn’t even rate a remix on three-track 12 inch along with the older 0-100½bpm ‘A Broken Heart Can Mend’ and 0-101½bpm ‘You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl) (Extended Dance Mix)’, as if they didn’t want to sell it.

AL B. SURE! ‘Off On Your Own (Girl) (Remix)’ (Warner Bros/Uptown W7870T)
Rather than the import’s main Street Mix, we get just the teasing trickily introed 97⅔-97½-97⅓-97⅙bpm Remix (almost more dub than song) of this squeakily whined and muttered repetitive nagging bouncy soul half-stepper, plus its tighter jittering (0-)98-97½bpm Radio Edit and the 0-91½bpm ‘Noche Y Dia’ Spanish translation of ‘Nite And Day’.

HARDCORE ‘Take It From The Top’ (US NuBeat Records VL 9759)
Hank Shocklee-mixed terrific jumpy 100½bpm rap ‘n’ scratch based on James Brown’s ‘I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Love To Dance)’ rhythm, coupled by the “bust that groove”-scratching ‘Tramp’-based 0-99½bpm ‘A Different Groove’ and bumpily surging 101bpm ‘High Time’ (plus instrumentals).

JUNGLE BROTHERS ‘I’ll House You’ (US Idlers WAR-022)
Todd Terry at least gets a label credit as arranger of this 0-121½bpm “house” rap dubbed over Royal House’s ‘Party People/Can You Party’ (‘Housepella’ and less vocal ‘(A House Is Not A Hut) I’ll Show You’ versions too), flipped by their current LP’s throbbing groove based 111¾bpm ‘On The Run’ (also in three versions).

OCEAN ‘You Are (To Be Mine)’ (Ocean 001-008, via Jet Star)
Betty Anne Semper-led North Londoners debuting in dated rare groove style on a soulful 0-91⅔-94⅔-96⅙-97¼bpm wriggly jogging swayer with an obviously non-mechanical backing and mushy lush male harmonies, pleasantly old fashioned.

DEEPAK AND KHAN ‘Holle, Holle (Indian Acid Trip)’ (Circa Records YRT 14)
New York DJ Mark Kamins is planning a ‘United House Nations’ album, from which, following his Arabic excursion as Sheik Fawaz, now comes this percussively cantering 121¾-0bpm trip up the Ganges, with twanging sitar and Indian-type chanting, plus a piano chorded bounding instrumental 121½-0bpm Alright In Raj’s House flip that’s not Indian at all (in fact both are more Balearic than Bhangra).

CODE 61 ‘Drop The Deal’ (German BCM Records BC 12-2062-60)
One of the most frequently mentioned original Balearic Beats from last year, apparently due out here soon although still on import if you’re desperate, this percussively tapping 0-99⅚-0bpm chugger weaves through an Arabic melody and samples of the Pope, movie dialogue and calypso (instrumental flip), an ethno-flavoured – as in Ofra Haza – bass bomber that was perhaps ahead of its time.

MC EZ & TROUP ‘Just Rhymin’’ (US Fresh Records FRE-80121)
James Brown brass cutting, stuttery scratching, and steadily chatting 112bpm drums bumped rap, flipped by the even more lethargically chatted 90½bpm ‘Get Retarded’, big in Bristol (both with dubs).

T-COY ‘Night Train’ (deConstruction Records M 6262)
Manchester’s housemasters return with a jiggling bubbly 116bpm Latin-flavoured wriggler featuring some jangling piano and mournful male vocal (it’s a new tune, not the oldie, and not in fact very “house” either), flipped on this advance promo by the even more Latin and jangly stark (0-)116bpm ‘Keep On Drivin’’ dub version.

LAZY & LISA + We Rock Hard ‘Bad Young Sisters’ (Ahead Of Our Time CCUT 3, via Big Life)
Coldcut created 0-100⅙-0bpm quite amusingly vicious “dis” – if not downright attack – on Derek B by some young girl rappers who don’t care if his mother gets vexed, flipped by a more positive alternative ‘Dedications’ treatment that says “yo!” to the home boys.

RUN-D.M.C. ‘Mary Mary’ (London LONX 191)
Raucously shouting and scratching 115¼bpm rap treatment of a jerkily spurting old Monkees song (instrumental too), the only track from their latest LP to mean much, flipped by the old ponderously rocky 0-84½bpm ‘Raising Hell’.

LONDON BEAT ‘There’s A Beat Going On (There’s A House Going On)’ (AnXious ANXH 004, via RCA)
Veteran singers Jimmy Chambers, George Chandler and Jimmy Helms, plus producer Willy M, holler datedly in Edwin Starr style to a newly remixed jittery 119¾bpm house rhythm that’s quite exciting, if not the most convincing of concoctions.

NUMARX ‘S.P.E.N. (The Confusion)’ (BlueBird BT 5)
Excitingly shouting and scratching 0-102⅓bpm rap cutting up KC & The Sunshine Band (“uh-huh”) and more while the self-identifying crew sing the praises of their DJ, nothing new though done with verve (only on single-sided white label so far).

CAROL CAYNE ‘What My Love Can Bring (Fon Force Remix)’ (Syncopate 12SY 12)
Squalling and wailing German soul jitterer given a 115½-0bpm juddery remix in Sheffield, with rototom percussion and stuttery edits detracting a little from its natural momentum (more sinuously lurching 114¾-0bpm Summer mix and melodic 115¼bpm Dub too, which many prefer).

BLUE MODERNE ‘Do That Again (Club Version)’ (US Atlantic 0-86541)
Sandy Barber’s stand-out track from her Ish-produced recent LP, the sultrily soulful attractive roller now gets a far harder and slightly faster 0-100⅚-0bpm solidly thudding remix (dub too) that perhaps rambles on a bit inconclusively and loses the original’s more ethereal feel, although it is selling.

SUPER LOVER CEE & CASANOVA RUD ‘Girls I Got ‘Em Locked (LP Version)’ (US DNA International 0-66752)
Remorselessly fast talking rolling 97⅙bpm jogger with Joe Tex’s ‘I Gotcha’ scratched in the pauses for breath (inst/acappella flip).

4-PLAY ‘Got To Be Free (Club Mix)’ (Dance Wax Records DWR 101)
Rather toppy and thin “drumkit” driven simple speedy (0-)124bpm jack track with a monotonously intoned and stuttered repetitive title line, plus acid synthed thumping Backroom Mix, Front Room Mix and instrumental Drumz versions which may be preferable, as much more acidic (on a £5 import-style private UK pressing).

BONESBREAKS ‘Hard, Raw & Raunchy Beats For DJs – Volume 1’ (US Under World AP 134)
Frankie ‘Bones’ Mitchell-created basic, and basically instrumental, house rhythm tracks primarily for mixing DJs, with the jittering ‘Planet Rock’-ish 126½bpm ‘Bass Rock Beats’, jerkily wriggling piano plonked 121½-0bpm ‘Freestyle Got Trax’, nervy drumkit jittered 121½bpm ‘Break Goes On & On’, jacking synth chorded 120½bpm ‘Do You Know My House’ and lazily drummed 98½bpm ‘Jammin’ Breakdown’.

THE IT featuring Harry Dennis ‘Gallimaufry Gallery (Club Mix)’ (AnXious Records/Black Market Records BLMK 001, via PRT)
Larry ‘Mr Fingers’ Heard-created strange lazily muttered and urgently panted, “strings”-backed pitter pattering 111¾bpm weaving swayer from Chicago, not your usual concept of “house”, more like Prince if anything (dub/edit too).

C.A.S.H. ‘(…for the love of) Money (The Mango-Backo-Mix)’ (German BCM Records BC 12-2108-40)
Pink Floyd inspired chugging (0-)114½bpm volume pumper with sampled and stuttered dialogue lines concerning money, not bad although by now nothing new (dub flip).

BLOCK ‘Block’ (Vinyl Solution STORM 1, via 01-229 8010)
Wag DJ Jonathon Kane copies colleague Tim Simenon with a bass bombing 0-107⅓-0bpm rumbler that chugs tiredly along from ‘Set It Off’ to banjo hoedown without anything of any great note standing out (added rap on the flip).

GRAND GROOVE ‘Let’s Dance’ (Rham Records RS 8802, via Red Rhino/The Cartel)
Movie dialogue overdubbed and samples crammed scratching routine (0-)111½ bass bomber created in Manchester (and three mixes) by Gary Morris.

THE BIGHOUSE featuring Shampel “C” with DJ Mack ‘Get Off That Wall’ (German BCM Records BC 12-2117-40)
Minneapolis-recorded nervily jumping 119⅔bpm jitterer (in three mixes) with a volume pumping momentum plus muttering girls, sped up raps, stutters, scratches and samples (including “brothers and sisters…pump that bass”, one more time – get off!)

FLAIR ‘Chasin’ The Rain’ (Champion CHAMP 12-80)
Husky girl cooed and crooned swaying (0-)102½bpm jogger, reminiscent of Barbara Mason but not that special (dub flip).

LAVINE HUDSON ‘Flesh Of My Flesh (Extended Remix)’ (Virgin VST 1096)
Squeakily wailed worthy but dull 0-78-80½-81-80⅔-0bpm slowie, remixed by Loose Ends’ Steve & Carl, like Whitney Houston singing gospel.


POP DANCE

GIPSY KINGS ‘Bamboléo’ (A1 Records 12A1 305, via PRT), described in Europe (where it’s one of the year’s hottest hits) as “Flamengo Wave”, rather than strict flamenco, these gipsies from Southern France strum and hoarsely shout a nosily infectious 117¾-0bpm jittery jumper that’s sure to be a wow especially at parties;

A RAUL ORELLANA MIX ‘Bolero Mix 3’ (Spanish Blanco Y Negro MX-LP-107), exciting bright 0-122-121⅓-121-0-113¼-111¾-107¾-0bpm megamix medley incorporating many more UK volume pumpers and Eurobeat Hi-NRG hits than the label lists, slowing for a finale based perhaps disconcertingly on Star Turn On 45 Pints ‘Pump Up The Bitter’ plus Code 61 ‘Drop The Deal’ and the ‘Full Metal Jacket’ soldiers’ chant, the gatefold sleeve containing a pop-up macho muscleman despite the appeal being much wider than that may suggest;

BROTHER BEYOND ‘The Harder I Try (Extended)’ (Parlophone 12R 6134), Stock Aitken Waterman-created breezily swinging 129¾bpm old Motown-style fingersnappin’ pulser, full of swimming harmonies and bright tinkles, and a sampled drum roll from the Isley Brothers ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ (Pete lives up to his word by crediting drummer Benny Benjamin) while the label dedicates the whole thing to everyone at Motown “for the enjoyment and love they brought to us all”;

YELLO ‘The Race’ (Mercury YELLO 112), drums throbbed brassily brayed episodic 0-121½-0bpm jiggler with roaring stereo cars, jittery double beats, and bursts of fast gruff muttering reminiscent of Quantum Jump’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ (disjointed more melodic ‘Another Race’ flip), only on pre-release promo here although getting Hi-NRG attention on import for a while;

BLOW MONKEYS ‘This Is Your Life (Long)’ (RCA PT 42150), resonantly throbbing and jangling (0-)119¾bpm jiggly bounder eventually reaching some background moaning and finally a proper lead vocal by Dr Robert;

CYNDI LAUPER ‘What’s Going On (Club Version)’ (Epic CYNQT 3), Shep Pettibone-remixed tapping and thudding though still gently swaying 99⅔-0bpm treatment of Marvin Gaye’s classic, first out in 1986 but “discovered” in Ibiza last year by the Balearic boys and reissued now as flip to her new frantic Meat Loaf-like 168bpm ‘Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)’;

RACHELLE CAPELLI ‘I Feel Good (House Mix)’ (Sire RC 1), James Brown’s currently reissued Sixties classic somewhat surprisingly given a girl squeaked thudding and bounding 117¾bpm Latin hip hop-come-house treatment that’s really quite effective, on promo test pressing only at the moment;

FIVE STAR ‘Rock My World (Extraterrestrial Mix)’ (Tent PT 42146), Leon Sylvers III-created juddery plaintively squeaked 111½bpm jitterer of no great note;

MICHAEL GRANT ‘Don’t Turn Your Back’ (Legacy Records 12LM 14), Nottingham-based Rick Astley clone with a confusingly started rattling and thudding (0-)118¾-118½bpm disjointed canterer;

AZTEC CAMERA ‘Working In A Goldmine’ (WEA YZ199T), mournfully swaying then surging jittery slow 86bpm smoocher with a wistfully soulful Sax Version instrumental flip;

BAPPI LAHIRI ‘Habiba’ (Hi-Hat Records HYT 3), and so the Asian onslaught continues, this being more Ofra Haza than Bhangra as an Indian fellah (evidently something of a star) wails away over a bashing jittery 0-113-0bpm electro beat, unlikely to mean much other than to Indian kids;

JOHNNY HATES JAZZ ‘Don’t Say It’s Love (12” Extended Remix)’ (Virgin VST 1081), bashing ponderous 115½bpm lurcher hindered rather than helped by its blue-eyed soul pretensions, it being held back by the formula;

LEGEAR ‘One Bad Apple’ (Saturday SDY 4), the Osmonds’ “rare groove” (?) in a straightforward bland 103⅔-0bpm pop treatment by a husky then squeaky chap, competent without improving on the original;

JACQUI BERNE ‘(No Doubt About It) Celebrate’ (Hi-Hat Records HYT 4), dull plodding (0-)113½bpm jiggly thudder eventually reaching some sweet wailing by this 18 year-old Mauritian girl, far from the “Balearic Beat” it’s being passed off as.


HI-NRG

KYLIE MINOGUE ‘The Loco-Motion (The Kohaku Mix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 14), Stock Aitken Waterman’s remake of her Australian chart-topper has been rattlingly remixed in Hi-NRG style to sound much less like Little Eva’s classic original than does the perhaps better and beefier LP version (which hopefully will be the seven inch?), with the sweetly swaying 98bpm ‘I’ll Still Be Loving You’ as a good value flip;

MONICA REED ‘Out Of Control’ (Nightmare MARE 58), good soulfully gurgled 127½-0bpm breezy galloper with a long midway instrumental breakdown and wailingly driving climax;

CHER ‘Skin Deep (Extended Dance Mix)’ (US Geffen Records 0-20937), wriggly surging 126¾bpm canterer mixed by John Luongo with typical instrumental spaces, chainmail-clad Cher hollering as huskily as ever;

LISA CARTER ‘Doctor’s Orders’ (Parlophone 12NHS 1), yet another cantering 121½bpm Hi-NRG remake of Sunny’s 1974 hit, mixed by Pete Hammond but rather limp and flat in comparison with last week’s by Silk & Steele, although it’s getting some Scottish support.


REMIXES

S’EXPRESS ‘Superfly Guy (Fluffy Bagel Mix)’ (Rhythm King LEFT R28T), totally different faster acid synth sizzled and punched (0-)124¾-0bpm mix by the Marks Bros (that’s the Marks Moore and McGuire), flipped by Baby Ford’s sparsely burbling acidic 121⅔-0bpm The Visitor Mix, only on test pressing so far;

MORY KANTÉ ‘Yé Ké Yé Ké (Mory’s House Remix)’ (London LONXR 171), in a way rather mislabelled as being “aciduously” remixed by Martyn Young of M|A|R|R|S, this percussively bounding 125bpm mix being less acid and more afro than his last one;

JACK ‘N’ CHILL ‘Beatin’ The Heat (The Remix)’ (10 Records TENR 234), four superior new versions, the more acidic 119½bpm ‘Heatin’ The Beat’, more Arabic and rather clever 0-122¾-0bpm ‘Beatin’ The Heat (Come Into My House)’, more Indian 0-122bpm ‘Dub The Dune’, and tighter 0-122-0bpm Radio Version;

BEATS WORKIN’ ‘Sure Beats Workin’ (El Sonido Casa Balearico)’ (ffrr FFRXR 8), jittery 115¼bpm Phil Harding & Ian Curnow remix with Ian overdubbing a swirling synth noise that swamps the first part before the ‘Stone Fox Chase’ harmonica finally begins;

LOVE STREET ‘Galaxy (New Heavy/Duty/Stellar/Funk)’ (Parlophone 12R 6183), piano chorded and R2D2 bleeped clonkingly leaping 119½bpm instrumental mix, the word “galaxy” also being stuttered into the flip’s totally separate jumpily churning 119½-0bpm ‘Come On Down To Love Street (Mix That Mutha)’;

SALT-n-PEPA ‘Push It (Noise Boyz Re-Mix)’ (Champion CHAMPX 12-51), still (0-)128-0bpm with added Kinks guitar, and a percussively pattering Alan Coulthard Re-Mix flip;

JOHNNY KEMP ‘Just Got Paid (The Counterfeit Mix)’ (CBS XPR 1366), less fluidly lurching (0-)114⅓bpm mix messed about by the Democratic 3 with some Keith Sweat, Project Club chimes and more (cleaner Count The Foot Mix flip too);

WILL DOWNING ‘In My Dreams (The Rapid Eye Mix)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRX 104), Arthur Baker adds an incongruously dominant see-sawing new 0–110¾-0bpm rhythm emphasis which doesn’t really help, with a juddery 105⅓bpm B-Boy Remix of ‘Sending Out An SOS’ on the flip;

SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD ‘Ain’t No Sunshine (Little Bro Rap)’ (Circa Records YRTX 12), still ponderous swaying jiggly 90-0bpm Bill Withers revival with some unnecessarily added outbursts of juvenile rap by Zula.


THE CLUB CHART – July 23, 1988

01 01 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, MCA Records 12in
02 06 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) (PREDORA MIX/FREE-STYLE SAX MIX) The Funky Worm, FON 12in
03 03 TRIBUTE RIGHT ON (THE Q STREET MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
04 09 TURN IT UP Richie Rich, Club 12in
05 02 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED MIX)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
06 11 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE/PROPHETS OF RAGE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
07 05 FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
08 07 (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Ensign 12in
09 12 NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS/COLD LAMPIN WITH FLAVOR/TERMINATOR X TO THE EDGE OF PANIC/CAUGHT, CAN WE GET A WITNESS? Public Enemy, US Def Jam LP
10 13 WAP-BAM-BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
11 22 I’M TOO SCARED (R&B MIX) Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
12 04 CAR WASH/IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce, MCA Records 12in
13 26 JIBARO (ENGLISH/SPANISH VERSION) Electra, ffrr 12in pre-release
14 29 SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
15 38 SURE BEATS WORKIN’ (IT’S A TRIP MIX) Beats Workin’, ffrr 12in
16 37 PUSH IT Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
17 10 IN MY DREAMS (CLUB REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway
18 35 OFF ON YOUR OWN (GIRL) (STREET MIX) Al B. Sure!, US Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
19 16 ACID OVER (TYREE/PIANO ‘MATEY’ MIXES) Tyree, ffrr 12in
20 36 DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY/SALLY Stetsasonic, Breakout 12in
21 51 SHAKE YOUR THANG/SPINDERELLA’S NOT A FELLA (BUT A GIRL DJ) Salt-n-Pepa featuring E.U., US Next Plateau Records Inc 12in/ffrr promo
22 75 HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT (CLIVILLES & COLE REMIX) Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Manhattan 12in
23 20 PUMP UP LONDON (CLUB MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in pre-release
24 27 TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ/FLOAT ON Stetsasonic, Breakout LP
25 08 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
26 44 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
27 25 GOOD LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
28 86 HEAT IT UP Wee Papa Girl Rappers featuring 2 Men And A Drum Machine, Jive 12in
29 15 FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross, 10 Records 12in
30 90 PUSH IT (FULL LENGTH REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
31 33 I’LL WAIT FOR YOU (TAKE YOUR TIME) (DANCE MIX) Burrell, 10 Records 12in
32 24 STATIC (PART 1 & 2)/TIME TO GET BUSY/KEEP KEEPIN’/SHE LOOKS ALL TYPES A’ GOOD James Brown, Scotti Bros LP
33 19 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, US MCA Records 12in
34 77 GENERATE LOVE (CLUB MIX) Gwen McCrae, The Dance Yard 12in promo
35 40 ABC The Mafia, BBH Records 12in white label
36 83 REACH OUT, I’LL BE THERE (PHIL HARDING & IAN CURNOW ’88 MIX) Four Tops, Motown 12in
37 17 JOY (EXTENDED REMIX) Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra 12in
38 30 LOOSEY’S RAP (RIX MIX/LOOSEY’S HOUSE OF TRIX MIX/MARLEY MARL MIX) Rick James featuring Roxanne Shanté, Warner Bros 12in
39 49 HEAT IT UP (KEVIN SAUNDERSON REMIX) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
40 82 HUNGRY/REMOTE CONTROL/THE REAL CHUCKEEBOO/WATCHING YOU Loose Ends, Virgin LP
41 53 BIG FUN Inner-City (featuring Kevin Saunderson) (‘Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit’), 10 Records LP
42 — TO THE LETTER Millie Scott, Fourth & Broadway 12in mailing list promo
43 78 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (THE AFRO ACID REMIX) Mory Kante, London 12in
44 63 DANCE WITH THE DEVIL (BALEARIC/CULT MIXES) The Project Club, Supreme 12in promo
45 42 SLAM!/WE ARE PHUTURE Phuture, US Trax Records 12in
46 41 MUSICAL FREEDOM (FREE AT LAST) (DANCIN’ DANNY & PABLOVIA RABAN REMIX) Paul Simpson, Cooltempo 12in
47 43 MR BACHELOR (EXTENDED REMIX VERSION) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
48 — EVERYBODY (GET LOOSE) (BAM BAM MIX) Phoenix, Urban 12in promo
49 18 WE’VE GOT THE JUICE (FRESH SQUEEZED MIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
50 — OVER LIKE A FAT RAT El Bee & Tee, Zoo Experience Records 12in mailing list promo
51 31 HITTRAX II (COOL J TRAX/WORK MY BODY REMIX) House Gang, Kool Kat 12in
52 34 HARD TO THE CORE London Rhyme Syndicate, Rhyme ‘N’ Reason 12in
53 94 SHARE MY JOY Jo Ann Jones, Champion 12in mailing list promo
54 89 STAY AWAY Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
55 66 SET IT OFF/ON THE BUGGED TIP Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ LP
56 74 RELEASE YOUR BODY (MAYDAY MIX/RELEASE THE ACID MIX) Bang The Party, Warriors Dance 12in
57 99 IT’S BEST TO BE A GIRL Syn-Dee, Virgin 12in mailing list promo
58 23 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park Records 12in
59 21 BACK TO THE BEAT (WITH ‘THE SOUND’) Reese & Santonio, ffrr 12in
60 — LOVE FIXATION (CLUB MIX) Kikkit, Republic Records 12in promo
61 50 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, CBS 12in
62 re ARE YOU LONELY?/TRYING TO HOLD ON Randy Brown, Threeway Records 12in
63 58 MAKES ME WANNA/RISING TO THE TOP/WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER Pieces Of A Dream, US EMI-Manhattan LP
64 70 K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (THE HEAT OF PASSION MIX) Siedah Garrett, Qwest 12in
65 — (I’VE GOT A) FEELING Deluxe, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
66 — BEATIN’ THE HEAT (122 BPM IN THE SHADE) Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
67 64 THIS IS HOUSE MUSIC/HERE WE GO AGAIN Full Effect, Bass Records 12in
68 57 LET’S GET STARTED NOW/SOMEBODY SAVE ME/I’M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU By All Means, US Island LP
69 98 CALLING/DOMINATE ME Burrell, US Virgin LP
70 — WE CALL IT ACIEED D Mob/COME TOGETHER The House Addicts, ffrr 12in promo
71 re NICE ‘N’ SLOW (EXTENDED VERSION) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
72 61 ALL IN VAIN (LONDON MIX) JM Silk, Jack Trax 12in
73 39 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
74 72 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (12” VERSION) Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
75 65 SLAUGHTERHOUSE (STRAITJACKET REMIX) The Funky Ginger, B/Ware! Records 12in
76 91 INTRODUCTION Goldtop, GEE st Records 12in
77 87 OFF THE HOOK (WITH YOUR LOVE)/WHAT BECOMES OF A BROKEN HEART/I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU R.J.’s Latest Arrival, US EMI-Manhattan LP
78 — HIJACK (TENSION EXTENSION) The Bass Invaders, 10 Records 12in
79 69 THAT GIRL WANTS TO DANCE WITH ME/GLORIA MY LOVE/I’M GONNA GET TO YOU/YOU NEED SOMEBODY Gregory Hines, US Epic LP
80 84 THE BEST OF MY LOVE (FULL DANCE MIX) Dee Lewis, Mercury 12in
81 52 EVERLASTING (12” MIX)/THIS WILL BE/WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in promo
82 — AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW (PARTY FOR THE WORLD) Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in mailing list promo
83 — LOVE MAKES A WOMAN (LP VERSION)/(HARDING & CURNOW EXTENDED MIX) Joyce Sims featuring Jimmy Castor, London 12in promo
84 76 TEDDY’S JAM/DON’T CLAP…JUST DANCE Guy, US Uptown/MCA Records LP
85 — LIVING IN A WORLD OF FANTASY The J&M Connection/SALSA HOUSE Richie Rich, ffrr 12in promo
86 79 THE ONLY WAY IS UP (SPENG) Yazz and the Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
87 re NAJEE’S NASTY GROOVE/PERSONALITY Najee, EMI-Manhattan LP
88 23 PUMP UP CHICAGO/PUMP UP LONDON Mr Lee, US Trax Records 12in
89 95 DELTA HOUSE/DO YOU WANNA DANCE? Terry Baldwin (Housemaster) featuring Bud Latour, US Future Sound Records 12in
90 — 24-7-365 (REMIX) Keni Stevens, Debut 12in mailing list promo
91 re STRAIGHT OUT OF THE JUNGLE/WHAT’S GOING ON Jungle Brothers, US Warlock LP
92 — S.P.E.N. (THE CONFUSION) Numarx, BlueBird 12in white label
93 85 GO ON GIRL (STREETS AHEAD’S ROCKIN’ THE PARK MIX) Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
94 60 FREE NELSON MANDELA (THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING MIX) The Special AKA, 2-Tone 12in
95 — H.O.U.S.E. (CLUB VERSION/ACID HOUSE REMIX) Adonis featuring MC Kodak, Black Market Records/AnXious Records 12in
96 67 DON’T COVER UP YOUR FEELINGS (EXTENDED REMIX) Broomfield, CBS 12in
97 — MASTER MOVE/ONE TO THE KNOT/REDDER POSSE/ROCK WITH THE MASTER/SEXY/DYNAMITE/KEEP ON MOVING/CRACKED OUT/ROCK STEADY Masters Of Ceremony, US 4th + B’way LP
98 — YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (MORY’S HOUSE REMIX) Mory Kante, London 12in
99 — SHUFFLE BUMP (DIG THIS) The Explosions, Greedy Beat Records 12in
100 re MR BACHELOR (VEX MIX)/JOHNNY BROADHEAD (PART 2 REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros, CBS 12in
02 02 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
03 03 PUSH IT (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr/Champion 12in
04 05 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA 12in
05 13 NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glenn Medeiros, London 12in
06 06 THE TWIST (YO, TWIST) Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, Urban 12in
07 19 CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
08 — DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
09 — THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
10 10 MAYBE (WE CAN CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
11 07 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) Pasadenas, CBS 12in
12 09 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
13 08 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
14 16 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
15 15 WAP BAM BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
16 — SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
17 12 WILD WORLD Maxi Priest, Ten 12in
18 — MONKEY George Michael, Epic 12in
19 — HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) The Funky Worm, FON/WEA 12in
20 14 DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS Timelords, KLF 12in


DEEJAYS CHART

01 FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim, MCA 12in
02 WE GOT TO COME TOGETHER Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Minimal 12in
03 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
04 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
05 IN FULL GEAR Stetsasonic, Breakout LP
06 ACID OVER Tyree, ffrr 12in
07 WE ARE PHUTURE Phuture, Trax 12in
08 LONG LIVE THE KANE Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ LP
09 I’M REAL James Brown, Urban LP
10 MY PART OF TOWN Tuff Crew, Dutch Rhythm 12in

Compiled by CJ Mackintosh, Love at the Wag Club


HI-NRG

01 01 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
02 05 THE LOVE I LOST Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
03 02 MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
04 06 REACH OUT Romi & Jazz, Arishma 12in
05 04 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
06 12 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
07 08 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
08 07 EVERLASTING LOVE (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sandra, Siren 12in
09 10 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) (PETE HAMMOND & PETE WATERMAN REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
10 18 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
11 31 CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
12 22 YOU’RE A TIME WASTER Croisette, Nightmare 12in
13 03 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
14 19 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE Quantize, Passion 12in
15 36 HOT FOR YOU Lorraine Scott, Canadian Slak 12in
16 17 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
17 16 NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Nine O Nine 12in
18 20 CHAINS OF LOVE (TRULY IN LOVE WITH THE MARX BROS. MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
19 23 HOT STUFF Boys From Brazil, German Ariola 12in
20 30 MULTIMEGAMIX (BOYS/HOT GIRL/SEXY GIRL/KISS ME) Sabrina, Spanish Blanco Y Negro 12in
21 27 IT’S NATURE’S WAY (NO PROBLEM) Dollar, London 12in
22 14 OVER YOU (DJ MIX) Wendy, Chartflow-UK 12in
23 — OUT OF CONTROL Monica Reed, Nightmare 12in
24 — DOCTOR’S ORDERS Lisa Carter, Parlophone 12in
25 39 DON’T TALK ABOUT IT Hot & Cold, Italian Lomardoni 12in
26 — THE HARDER I TRY Brother Beyond, EMI 12in
27 21 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
28 25 LOVE IS THE GUN (STREET LATIN WOLFF 3) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
29 37 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Jon Otis, Splash 12in
30 29 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
31 26 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
32 11 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
33 33 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
34 — HOT GIRL (PWL MIX) Sabrina, German Chic 12in
35 — SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE (THE SYMPTOMATIC DANCE MIX) Tracie Spencer, Capitol 12in
36 — MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
37 24 FOR YOU Sisley Ferre, Dutch Hotsound 12in
38 13 GOT TO BE CERTAIN (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
39= — I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
39= — ROCK ME BABY Lysa Lynn, US Emergency 12in

5 thoughts on “July 23, 1988: Chris Paul, Deluxe, Mr Lee, Alexander O’Neal, Al B. Sure!”

  1. Although Bomb The Bass’s ‘Megablast’ is treated here, and in subsequent weeks, as the lead track, ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ – Tim Simenon’s excursion into latin freestyle – was a much bigger track at my nights, while ‘Megablast’ already felt a bit dated – we were getting towards the end of the “bass bombing volume pumper” era.

    That Deluxe three-tracker is a really nice little find, but as has already been said, this style of street soul was now struggling to compete for attention.

    The Jungle Brothers’ ‘I’ll House You’ perhaps marks the true starting point for what would become known as hip house.

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  2. Another of those cultural & technological milestones this week- the mention of CDs- Hammy gets one and is unable to listen to it! The world was in transition from vinyl to CD at this point- many rushed to sell off their vinyl collections (only to regret it many years later!) 30 yrs earlier it was the introduction of Stereo and of course 30 years later it’s now streaming. Easy to forget just how massive Alexander O’Neill was back in the day- kids today have no idea who he is! I had a chuckle a couple of weeks ago when Hammy had to explain how to pronounce Balearic… Little nuggets like these are one reason why I love this blog- a terrific time capsule of UK dance music culture/history. Sorry it’s gonna end soon.

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  3. The more you hear about JH the more fascinating his life seems – if he’d lived he could have written THE definitive history of British club culture write from 1962/63 when he and I suppose it started all the way through to wherever he wrote it and mixed in with autobiographical stuff too it would have been an amazing read. All the stuff such as being there at the start of mobile DJing in the mid 60s club DJing just before with the modd and then the skinheads and then the gradual emergence of the mass jazz funk explosion in the 70s – the teal detailed story would have been unputdownable . And he was still clued into the cutting edge when I heard him in a discussion on Kiss FM I’m about 94/95 already having outlasted hardcore and the start of jungle.

    ‘Jibaro’ which is now doing well in the club charts is a slightly strange one in that despite being straight from the heart of acid house/Balearic was played by those DJs in our pub who were still clinging onto Latin jazz and hiphop – maybe because their colleagues out in the DJing world most who were now acid house friendly thought its Latin vibe may be a way of getting them into the acid bandwagon.

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