BEATS & PIECES
Take this how you like, but it’s worth bearing in mind that the frantically empty disco music of the late Seventies was created (not that we in Britain necessarily realised it at the time) specifically to keep drugged gay New Yorkers dancing on a high, and now the frantically empty acid house of the late Eighties is likewise being created specifically to keep ecstasy motivated trendy Londoners dancing on a high (a fast beat and surface excitement being so common to both styles that many acid DJs are now mixing in Seventies disco oldies without anyone noticing the difference!) – my point being that if the music is appreciated primarily by people speeding on drugs, who are in the minority, why isn’t more being done at the moment to cater for the tastes of the majority, who don’t need artificial stimulants to appreciate a good tune? … Gee St Records have picked up the Jungle Brothers here, ‘I’ll House You’ possibly being due a for UK remix but definitely out on 12 inch and added to UK pressings of their album before they visit for gigs here next month … Maze were mooted but now, as well as fireworks, November the 5th at the Prestatyn weekender will see the first ever exclusive UK concert by Keith Sweat instead … Gullivers DJ Graham Gold is the latest jock to become a recording artiste, co-producing himself with Phil Harding and Ian Curnow on ‘Shikisha’, described as “more Yazz than LA Mix with a touch of Todd Terry” … “They really like acid here”, Kevin ‘Reese’ Saunderson remarked drily, in the understatement of the night, when DJing at Nicky Holloway’s most recent “doo at Kew” (actually the venue’s in Brentford, across the river, but that doesn’t sound so good!) … Nicky Holloway, amongst an armoury of slick acidic tracks, plays the start of Tyree ‘Acid Over’ at 33⅓rpm before jacking up to the correct 45rpm precisely as the main impetus kicks in, and also dramatically shifts the vari-speed during different phases of Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ (the Eighties remix version), to ecstatic reaction … I haven’t time this week to BPM the slew of strong acid house albums that are out, including two rival double LP sets, ffrr’s ‘The House Sound Of London Vol IV – The Jackin’ Zone’ and Breakout’s ‘House Hallucinates – Pump Up London, Volume One’, plus two hot import compilations, Hot Mix 5 Inc Records’ ‘Acid’ and the Junior Vasquez remixed mainly Arthur Baker productions on Minimal Records’ ‘Rough House Vol 1’ … Westside Records are countering Serious’s 10 album boxed house set with a 14 album, 120 track, limited edition ‘House Of Hits’ box set! … Ace Records have just released a whole slew of old Stax albums in their original late Sixties/early Seventies sleeves, including Isaac Hayes ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ … Westside Records have signed New York’s Bassment Records for the UK … Andrew Beer is building a DJ mailing list at Warrior Records, PO Box 798, London W14 9NT (01-801 0254) … Bill Medley’s new version reminds me, which now exalted national radio executive, when a producer on local radio, asked the record library for copies of “those two old Hollies hits, ‘He Ain’t Heavy’, and ‘He’s My Brother’?! … Island have signed the Leslie Drayton Orchestra … Chrysalis picked up City Heat’s ‘City Heat’, real “yuppy soul” considering the song is set in a city cocktail bar after work … Raheem the rapping vigilante’s ‘Dance Floor’, reviewed as an import last week (when the fact it’s based on Eddie Kendricks ‘Keep On Truckin’’ was left out), is already on 96⅔-0bpm UK 12 inch (Breakout USAT 642) and getting perhaps more pop than hardcore attention … Kool G Rap & DJ Polo ‘Poison’ (US Prism) only ever hit The Club Chart for one week at number 90 at the end of May, but has been selling steadily for the last 14 weeks – and while we’re talking longevity, Shy Rose ‘I Cry For You’ (US JDC) has been bubbling around the Hi-NRG chart since late last October, without ever getting higher than number seven, so will it last for a whole year? … Nicky Holloway and ecstatic Johnny Walker “Balearic” The Devil May Trip this Tuesday (23) at Uxbridge Regals … Sunday (28) sees Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Chris Hill, Chrisse Jackson, Colin Hudd, Eddie Gordon, Danny Smith and more at Great Yarmouth Tiffany’s 6pm “alldayer”, and Stu Allen, Rob Manley and Steve Woolfe at Manchester Legend’s allniter … Bank Holiday Monday (29) has DJs Huge, The Klass, David T and more at No Sell Out 9 in Liverpool’s Mardi Gras, also Steve Allen, Nick Graham and more plus Chapter + The Verse at Peterborough’s Millionaire Club, a noon-midnight alldayer at Putney’s Micawbers with Jazzy M, Jasper, Nigel Wilton, Steve Roberts and more, and Chad Jackson cutting up Preston’s The Place … Neil Fincham, awarded a gold disc on his departure from Styx, has moved across Edinburgh to continue his funk, soul, jazz policy on Thurs/Fri/Saturdays at the new Morrisons in Morrison Street … Bloxwich’s Flix has become the refurbished Starlight Club, with DJs Ray Young Tues/Fri, Shaun Sullivan Thurs, Scott Brazil Sat … Gary Steel souls Chesham Stages every Thursday … Phil Simmons, recently at the Empire in London’s Leicester Square, has now moved actually to Leicester to jock Thur/Fri/Sat at The Studio … East Midlands club jock Glen Ross writes a weekly music column in Leicester’s The Times … Mark Hughes is excited at the prospect of being the club jock involved in a live link up between Worthing’s Sterns Nightclub and Southern Sound radio on Saturday, September 3 … RSW, creators of the already reviewed funkily drummed ‘Biting My Nails’ on Mute, turns out to be Renegade Sound Wave (with a dreadful vocal version as commercial A-side!) … NANU NANU!
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS ‘Stop The Violence (Extended Mix)’ (US Jive 1121-1-JD)
Brand new tougher (0-)91⅙bpm “hard” remix of KRS-One’s reggae-ish bass thrummed sombre anti-drugs and violence message rap (only ever out here in its LP version), with some plinky plunky African kalimba, and a dubwise style false finish (instrumental/edit too), flipped by the amusing 0-102bpm ‘Jimmy’, a thinly disguised warning to wear a condom! Meanwhile, KRS-One’s new UK release is the bass jolted wordy unremixed 91bpm ‘I’m Still No. 1’ (Jive JIVE T 179), also flipped by the here 0-101⅔bpm ‘Jimmy’ plus the previously oddly disjointed 76½bpm ‘Essays On BDP-ism’ with Scott La Rock.
M.C. SYN-DEE ‘Best 2 B A Girl’ (Virgin VST 1111)
Promoed for ages to great acclaim and finally out properly (still at 33⅓rpm despite the label saying 45), this is the correct nomenclature for the now subtly remixed and more smoothly rounded jiggly bass throbbed go-go-ish 108⅓bpm infectious female rap, sure to be big (scratching 108⅔bpm Instrumental and funky JB drummer sampled 100bpm ‘Low Down Bonus Beats’ flip).
STETSASONIC ‘Talkin’ All That Jazz’ (Breakout USAT 640)
Due fully on September 5, their excellent unhurriedly talking justification for sampling James Brown and others’ oldies is burbled by Lonnie Liston Smith’s ‘Expansions’ bassline in the 0-107⅚bpm main A-side mix and its 0-107½bpm Instrumental and by Donald Byrd’s ‘Dominoes’ bassline in the flip’s 107⅚bpm Dominoes Mix and its 107⅔bpm Instrumental. Already big on LP, it’s a hot one! Continue reading “August 27, 1988: “The frantically empty acid house of the late Eighties is being created specifically to keep ecstasy motivated trendy Londoners dancing on a high””