August 6, 1988: Eric B & Rakim, Phase II, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Inner City, Swan Lake

BEATS & PIECES

BOBBY BROWN has been given The Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers treatment by MCA Records, import copies of ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ being sold here now at UK 12 inch price (as MCAT 1268) … Disco Mix Club founder Tony Prince blagged his way into New York’s MK club by telling the receptionist he was one of the directors — she mentioned this to someone who knew better, and six burly bouncers tracked down Tony just as he was giving an impromptu flamenco display on stage! … Betty Wright reportedly was the sensation of the New Music Seminar in New York, preaching as if in church to ecstatic crowd response in a 40 minute diatribe during the ‘Soul Souled Out’ seminar session, describing how she got her record deal for ‘No Pain, No Gain‘ (which proved to be a big black hit) — after being turned down by 36 different record companies, she did a reverse payola and borrowed the money from a disc-jockey to put it out herself! … Paul Kindred is starting a club mailing list at CityBeat, 17-19 Alma Road, London SW18 1AA, while both Froggy and Sean French seem to be handling the mailing list at Circle City Records, PO Box 244, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN4 0EW … Ensign picked up EPMD ‘Strictly Business’ for a remixed UK 12 inch … T-Coy are the latest remixers of the Funky Worm … Supreme have still not released the Project Club ‘Dance With The Devil‘, presumably in the hope that accumulated advance orders will give it a high chart entry — the trouble is that, although I have indeed been mentioning it a bit within the Balearic context recently, it really isn’t THAT outstanding, so don’t get too frustrated at not being able to get it! … Serious are unbelievably compiling all ten of their previous house music albums into a box set called ‘Serious…The House Story So Far‘, but no price is mentioned! … M|A|R|R|S managed to hit the US in a big way but now the word from there is that “volume pumping” samplers are dead, thus dashing the hopes of such as S’Xpress, LA Mix, Simon Harris and Bomb The Bass … Jazz & The Brothers Grimm ‘(Let’s All Go Back) Disco Nights’ is rumoured not to have had Radio 1 play because the title contains that dreaded word “disco” —which didn’t stop Steve Wright from digging out the original GQ ‘Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)’! … Florida’s B.V.S.M.P. already have a follow-up out in the States, ‘Be Gentle‘ … Chris Hill, original “godfather” of the old jazz-funk “mafia” jocks, would indeed have attended Steve Walsh’s funeral had he not been in Texas at the time … N. Dorsett (Letters page last week) has a mistaken idea about the small amount of money that’s paid to most soul presenters on local radio (they have to make their living from the gigs that result), and about the cost of a council flat — we also purposefully didn’t mention the expense of maintaining a dual lifestyle, leaving that to the tabloids … Channel 4 of the end of this month start what should be a fascinating four part series, ‘Brown Sugar’, tracing on film the careers of great black female entertainers from the early 1900’s to the present, featuring such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Adelaide Hall, Josephine Baker, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Eartha Kitt, Dorothy Dandridge, the Shirelles, Crystals, Ronettes, Marvelettes, Martha & The Vandellas, Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, Pointer Sisters, Donna Summer, Tina Turner and more, beginning on Saturday, August 27 … ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head‘ will be Narada’s follow-up … Morgan Khan these days sports a full head of wavy hair instead of his customary skinhead cut, making him look so much older that at first I didn’t realise it really was him! … Jeff Young wrenches himself away from his new Banstead home to join Jeff Thomas next Monday (8) at Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard, upon which so many record companies’ dance music pluggers also look like descending that — if the weather’s good — I may well end up there too … Plymouth Sound presenter Chris Dinnis hosts Humdinger 2 at Exeter Quay’s Boxes next Wednesday (10), planned as a three-monthly upfront event, advance bookings on 0392-39477 after 6pm (ask him to play Kanu Sukalagwun’s rare groove!) … Lyndon T and Chris Johns boogie down at Paddington’s Starlight Club every Fri/Saturday … Barry & District News dance music columnist Steve Wiggins now jocks and VJs at Barry Island’s brand new Warehouse, with over 30 video monitors at his disposal … Les Adams got so fed up with my Japanese car having more nifty “extras” than his cherished Audi that he’s just bought an “F” reg Toyota Supra, with air conditioning and the works (but he still doesn’t have an illuminated keyhole, na na na-naa na!) … I’m afraid a flying visit to sun-drenched Jersey (and day trip to France) last week kept me from reviewing the Hot Vinyl in as great a depth as I’d have liked, so check The Club Chart for extra BPMs as usual (everyone else takes several weeks’ holiday, so don’t complain) … NANU NANU!


HOT VINYL

ERIC B. & RAKIM ‘Follow The Leader’ (MCA Records MCG 6031)
Possibly nothing on this eagerly awaited album stands out as startlingly as did its revolutionary 109⅔-0bpm title track hit on first hearing, in similar swirling style being the slippery scratching 117¼bpm ‘No Competition’, slow piano preambled then scrubbing (0-)111⅓bpm ‘Put Your Hands Together‘, funky drummered 106-0bpm ‘Lyrics Of Fury‘ and rumbling 111½-0bpm ‘Musical Massacre‘, plus there are the jazz-funky 99½bpm ‘The R‘, freakily throbbing and scratching 0-103½bpm ‘Eric B. Never Scared‘, moodily meandering 93½bpm ‘To The Listeners‘, jinglebells backed chatting then jolting 94bpm ‘Microphone Fiend‘, jogging instrumental 97bpm ‘Beats For The Listeners‘ and even more makeweight 0-114bpm ‘Just A Beat‘. Like it or not, they’ll need a Coldcut-type remix to go Top 20 here again with anything else off this.

PHASE II ‘Reachin’ (Brotherhood Mix)’ (US Movin’ Records MR003)
Blaze-produced typically excellent soulfully sung and piano plonked creamily thumping smooth 0-120½-0bpm hustling churner building powerful nagging tension (in four mixes), full of timeless joy and hope, well worth checking. This may not be the most hyped newie of the week, but it sure is the best!

THE BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS ‘We Got To Come Together’ (US Minimal Records 4)
Arthur Baker created excitingly driving 0-123bpm instrumental, funkily drummed through chattering beats, anxious title line shouts and “alldayer” whistle blasts (in five mixes), hot for the likes of CJ Mackintosh but apparently not that widely distributed on import, although it’s now also on a StreetSounds album here. Check it, in some form!

INNER-CITY featuring Kevin Saunderson ‘Big Fun’ (10 Records TEN X 240)
Inevitably now on 12 inch (though possibly not fully commercial yet), the only outstanding track from that ‘Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit’ double album, this Reese-produced, Paris (a girl) wailed and nagged cantering 120bpm house churner has sinuous synth lines and a spurting backbeat, plus an at times backwards running more acidic 121bpm Juan’s Magic Remix flip, already big on many floors.

SWAN LAKE ‘In The Name Of Love (Club Mix)’ (US Bad Boy Records BAD 703)
Todd Terry created skittery jittery 0-123bpm house wriggler with falling bomb effects and “here we go again” shouts (as well as a repeated title line), plus a more acidically synthed and stuttered 0-122⅓-0bpm Rubber Dub, double A-sided by the similar though more percussively pattering cymbal schlurped 0-124¼-0bpm ‘The Dream (1018 Mix)‘ and its 54 Dub Mix. These BPMs are in fact taken from the UK pressing that’s due commercially on August 25 and is already promoed (Champion CHAMP 12-86).

LAURENT X ‘Machines (Apocalypse Mix)’ (US House Nation Records HN 88012)
Surging and twittering acid synch nagged 0-124¼-123½bpm bounding fierce flier, number one in Mike Pickering’s chart at the Hacienda and hot for several other Northern jocks before I could locate a copy, on four-track 12 inch with the “jetstream”-washed stuttery percussive 126bpm ‘Watcha Tryin’ T’ Do T’ Me‘, and buzzing synth washed chattery 122bpm ‘12 A M.‘ seguing straight on into the also 122bpm more jauntily thrumming (though “help!” shouting) ‘Drowning In A Sea Of House‘.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS ‘2 A.M.’ (US Elektra 0-66748)
This huskily romantic smoocher always was the best track from Teddy Bear’s recent ‘Joy’ LP and now is 12-inched in new 31-62bpm 4 A.M., 0-62/31bpm 6 A.M. and All Night and 62bpm Instrumental Mixes, real groin grinding slinky stuff!

JAMES BROWN ‘Static (F.F. Remix)’ (Scotti Bros JSBX 2)
As half anticipated in last week’s import review, the UK pressing does indeed manage to cock this up. Here, to begin with we’ll just get the not much altered (0-)108⅔bpm F.F. Remix and (0-)108¾bpm Album Version of the crackling surface noise overlaid infectious jiggly funk jitterer, flipped by the Full Force scatted and chanted disjointedly jolting 0-98¼bpm ‘Godfather Runnin’ The Joint‘ and — to make up for Polydor’s previous error — the superior import 12 inch A-side 0-105⅓bpm US Remix of the old ‘I’m Real‘ (the crucial version that was replaced by the inferior dub on UK A-sides last time). However, this time it is indeed the brand new dub that’s the hot version, and in a few weeks we’ll get this creatively marketed (0-)108¾bpm ‘No Static (The 8 Minute Full Force Def Mix)‘ (Scotti Bros JSBR 2) as the new A-side to the aforementioned ‘Godfather/I’m Real’ flip. If you stick with the import pressings all along you get all the tracks you need, when you want them, for less total money — you know it makes sense! (The import incidentally manages to keep all three versions of ‘Static’ to (0-)109bpm.)

TONGUE ‘N’ CHEEK ‘Why (You Could Have Had It All)’ (Criminal Records BUST 11)
Quite good girls sung naggingly 108⅓bpm UK soul jitterer with some nice spiky piano and “brass’ weaving through the electro beats (on single sided promo).

SOUND ASSASSINS ‘Get Out Of My House! (Mutant Version)’ (Cooltempo COOLX 173)
Acidic synth snarled, cooing girls chanted and bass snapped jagged jerky 117¾bpm densely textured house jitterer with some thrumming piano and funky drumming (in three mixes, due fully on August 18), laid down at the in-house studio by Phil Hope before he left Chrysalis Publishing to join Anxious Music.

VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Acid Trax Volume 2‘ (Serious DRUG 2)
The only track not swallowed up by this double LP off the just one week earlier equivalent import single “album” (US Trax Records TX5004) was the acidically synthed loping 122¾bpm JACK FROST ‘Clap Me’, the UK compilation having the import’s 119¾-0bpm DR DERELICT ‘That Shit’s Wild‘, 0-125-125⅓bpm MAURICE JOSHUA ‘I Got A Big Dick‘, 131-131½bpm DJ PIERRE ‘Box Energy‘, 127¾-128bpm MR LEE ‘Art Of Acid‘, 124¼bpm LIDELL TOWNSELL ‘I’ll Make You Dance‘, 125¼bpm HULA ‘70th And King Drive‘ and beat-switching 123-123⅓bpm ‘Hot Hands‘, plus the UK-only 124½bpm MIKE ‘HITMAN’ WILSON ‘Bango Acid‘, James Brown-sampling 128-128¼bpm MR LEE ‘Feels Good‘ and 126¼-0bpm ‘Never Gonna Change‘, 125¾-126pm PHUTURE ‘Slam!‘ and 129¼bpm ‘Spank-Spank‘, 124¼bpm THE SIX BROWN BROTHERS ‘City Hall‘, 124-124⅓bpm LIDELL TOWNSELL ‘Jackin’ Tall‘, 119¾-120bpm V.L. & THE PORCH MONKEYS ‘Hello Lover‘, 124¾bpm MAURICE JOSHUA ‘Feel The Mood‘. Whaddya mean, you want descriptions too? This stuff is acid, nuff said?

LNR ‘Work it To The Bone’ (US House Records HJA 8803)
Thompson & Lenoir-created (presumably Lenoir equals LNR?) repetitive title chanting simple throbbing 0-122½-123-0bpm acidic burbler, with a “pipe”-clonking 124¼-125-0bpm instrumental, flipped by the more frantically galloping skittery 127½bpm ‘It’s A Mystery To Me (The You And Me Both Mix)‘.

VANESSA WILLIAMS ‘The Right Stuff (Extended Version)’ (Polydor/Wing Records WINGX 3)
The lovely gray eyed disgraced ex-Miss America’s Janet/Pebbles-style snappily jiggling 0-112¼-112⅔bpm jaunty jerker (in four mixes) has been edited and over-dubbed by Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler and Bill Stephney from Public Enemy, cutting in Bobby Byrd and a cornily Parisian lover who gets shot, amongst other bits — the edits throwing the beat slightly, so that the BPMs never come out the same twice, and I really can’t be bothered to do them bit by bit over and over again. It’s close enough for pop!

SALT-n-PEPA featuring Spinderella ‘A Salt With A Deadly Pepa’ (ffrr FFRLP 3)
Its clever name is almost the most exciting thing about this somewhat disappointing album by the rapping girls, which includes their 127½bpm ‘Push It’ pop hit and the similar story song (0-)136bpm ‘I like It Like That’ plus a Fat Boys inspired 145½bpm treatment of the Top Notes/Isley Brothers/Beatles’ classic ‘Twist And Shout‘, along with the forcefully chugging largely instrumental 110⅓bpm title track, jauntily jogging (0-)102⅙bpm ‘Everybody Get Up‘, rare groove-ish 0-97⅔-0bpm ‘Let The Rhythm Run (Remix)‘ from the ‘Colors’ film, Bobby Byrd cutting murky 93⅓bpm ‘Solo Power (Syncopated Soul)‘, jerkily scratching 0-103⅚pm ‘Hyped On The Mic‘, jolting 0-99¼bpm ‘Solo Power (Let’s Get Paid)‘, rock guitared 0-100⅓bpm ‘I Gotcha‘, ‘Ants In My Pants’-cutting 0-111¼bpm ‘Spinderella’s Not A Fella (But A Girl DJ)‘ and E.U. featuring 103⅙bpm ‘Shake Your Thang‘, their Isley Brothers adapting new go go-ish single.


POP DANCE

LA COMPAGNIE CRÉOLE ‘La Machine A Danser (Club Remix)’ (Ton Son Ton SONL 5), French sung and chanted terrifically jolly guitar jiggled 124⅓bpm leaping modern adaptation (with a hint of Dollar, or vice versa?) of one of my big “secret weapon” knees-up records at mobile gigs for many years, 1974’s ‘New York City‘ from the Decca LP ‘8th Sacrement’ by African jou-jou band Tabou Combo de Petion Ville, still afro-like though much cleaned up without being acid-ized or anything;

The D.T.I. ‘Listen To This!’ (Premiere UK ERET 503), Chantal Curtis ‘Get Another Love’-based blatantly unoriginal but rather good (0-)125bpm slick breezy “jazz-funk” canterer with manipulated ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ trumpet, ‘Ma Baker’ dialogue, ‘Le Freak’, ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’ and other samples (including the “I think we got a hit record” DJ patter from the ‘Cruisin’’ album that LA Mix also used);

RSW ‘Biting My Nails’ (Mute MUTE 12 82), interesting densely textured funkily drummed 0-120½bpm percussion pumper quoting from such as ‘Shaft’ and ‘Knock On Wood’ without sounding like an actual sampler;

A.R.K. ‘Listen Up! (Quasar Mix)’ (Rough Trade RTT 229), the A.R. Kane duo from M|A|R|R|S go it alone on a vigorously thudding chugging and scratching 121⅔bpm volume pumper washed by ethereal muttering and wailing with dialogue samples and tootling sax (instrumental 124¾bpm Pulsar Mix flip);

FAT BOYS ‘Coming Back Hard Again’ (Tin Pan Apple/ Polydor/Urban URBLP 13), hardcore b boys seem likely to ignore the latest album by the buffoons of rap, whose next pop single here will be its 121⅔bpm adaptation of 1963’s US garage band anthem, the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’ (without any guest stars this time);

CLIMIE FISHER ‘I Won’t Bleed For You (High Velocity Mix)’ (EMI 12EM 66), Clivilles & Cole mixed hoarsely crooned 106½-0bpm go go hip hop jiggler borrowing (not sampling) the reedy organ riff from ‘The Champ’ and some “Toot toot — beep beep” from Donna Summer, with a harder more abrupt instrumental Dub Mix (12EMY 66) separately promoed for some reason on single sided white label;

TERRAJACKS ‘Houseplan’ (WEA YZ304T), at 33⅓rpm despite saying 45rpm, this frenetic samples studded choppily jumping jangly 0-122¾-123-0bpm volume pumper was white labelled for ages around Merseyside and possibly now has rather missed the boat (123½bpm Basement Beats, and “build the house” girls chanted plodding 120bpm ‘Listen To The House’ too);

TALKING HEADS ‘Blind (Extended Remix)’ (EMI 12EM 68), Arthur Baker mixed funkily drummed, piano and brass nagged 117½-118¾-119-118⅔-119-118¾-119bpm jerky jitterer building intensity around more familiarly typical vocals;

ALASKA ‘Bailando (Balearic Matey Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SY 17), inevitably opportunistic 125¼bpm blend of acid house and Spanish chanting (instrumental 124¾bpm Acido Espanol Mix flip), given this UK treatment by the sadly now decreasingly credible Democratic 3 (not due commercially until August 29);

J.J. FAD ‘Supersonic (Remix)’ (Dream Team Records A9328T, via WEA), girls rapped, chanted and human beat-boxed speedy sparse 0-132-129¾-0bpm West Coast electro flier (in three mixes) which, like the similar ‘Push It’, has been a big US seller without getting enough radio playlistings to hit Billboard’s chart as high as it should have;

TONY! TONI! TONÉ! ‘Little Walter’ (Polydor/Wing Records WINGX 2), US black chart-topper which meant little here on import, a Club Nouveau-ish chunkily lurching anti-drugs message (in three 0-108⅓bpm mixes) with echoes of ‘Wade In The Water’, sung by three guys none of whom are actually called any variation on Tony;

HOT HOUSE ‘Crazy’ (de/Construction Records PT 42114), Willie Nelson’s classic Patsy Cline sob song soulfully revived by Heather Small in old fashioned 54-0bpm resonant ‘Love Letters’ style;

SELENA ‘Shotgun’ (Dutch EMI K 060-12 7454 6), nasally plaintive girl intoned (0-)123¾-0bpm jiggly canterer with long “disco” breaks that make it more Miami than Euro (it’s not the Jr Walker tune);

R.J. KING (featuring HEATWAVE) ‘Hot Shot’ (Soul City SITY T5, via PRT), Seventies-style dated ponderously thudding (0-)108⅔bpm soul chugger, not smart enough to be trendy;

HOUSE ENGINEERS ‘Hit The House (Royal Beatbox Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SY 14), tediously clichéd 0-121½bpm rattlingly percussive volume pumper with tired dialogue samples and “house” lyrics;

NICK KAMEN ‘Bring Me Your Love (Extended Mix)’ (WEA YZ202T), plinking and tinkling 119bpm breathy jolter, the commercially available mix of the song that was turned more interestingly into the promo-only ‘Illegle 2’ white label.


REMIXES

RICHIE RICH ‘Turn It Up (Remix)‘ (Club JABXR 68), still ‘Get On The Good Foot’-based though otherwise much altered 0-112¼bpm new recording with different samples and a “Royal House” siren which many may prefer;

STEVEN DANTÉ ‘I’m Too Scared (Acid House Vocal Mix)‘ (Cooltempo DANTER 1), Dancin’ Danny D’s striding jittery 116⅓-0bpm remix isn’t what most would call “acid house”, being possibly even more soulful than the original before finally bending some fruity synth frequencies;

KIM WILDE ‘You Came (Shep Pettibone Mix)‘ (MCA Records KIMX 8), still rather cumbersomely started clod-hopping 0-120-119¾bpm remix of what basically is a frothy Kylie Minogue-like chanter, deserving a lighter touch (though some may find the thudding breaks useful).


THE CLUB CHART – August 6, 1988

01 02 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) (PREDORA/FREE-STYLE SAX MIXES) The Funky Worm, FON 12in
02 01 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, MCA Records 12in
03 08 PUMP UP LONDON (CLUB MIX)/PUMP UP CHICAGO (ACID MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
04 05 TURN IT UP Richie Rich, Club 12in
05 03 TRIBUTE RIGHT ON (THE Q STREET MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
06 06 I’M TOO SCARED (R&B MIX) Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
07 09 SHAKE YOUR THANG/SPINDERELLA’S NOT A FELLA (BUT A GIRL DJ) Salt-n-Pepa featuring E.U., ffrr 12in pre-release
08 07 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED MIX)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
09 17 SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
10 10 JIBARO (ENGLISH/SPANISH VERSIONS)/THE FUTURE EDITION 1 Electra, ffrr 12in
11 16 HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT (CLIVILLES & COLE REMIX) Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, EMI-Manhattan 12in
12 15 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
13 13 NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS/COLD LAMPIN WITH FLAVOR/TERMINATOR X TO THE EDGE OF PANIC/PARTY FOR YOUR RIGHT TO FIGHT/CAUGHT, CAN WE GET A WITNESS?/BLACK STEEL IN THE HOUR OF CHAOS Public Enemy, Def Jam LP
14 24 BIG FUN/(JUAN’S MAGIC REMIX) Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson, US KMS 12in/10 Records promo
15 12 WAP-BAM-BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
16 04 FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
17 18 PUSH IT Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
18 61 STATIC (ALBUM VERSION/THE 8 MINUTE FULL FORCE DEF MIX/F.F. REMIX) James Brown, US Scotti Bros 12in
19 11 (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Ensign 12in
20 28 PUSH IT (FULL LENGTH REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
21 37 I’LL WAIT FOR YOU (TAKE YOUR TIME) (DANCE MIX) Burrell, 10 Records 12in
22 22 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
23 — IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX/RUBBER DUB/THE DREAM (1018 MIX/54 DUB MIX) Swan Lake, US Bad Boy Records 12in/Champion promo
24 26 OVER LIKE A FAT RAT El Bee & Tee, Zoo Experience Records 12in
25 19 SURE BEATS WORKIN’ (IT’S A TRIP MIX) Beats Workin’, ffrr 12in
26 32 LIKE DREAMERS DO (THE FREEWAY MIX) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
27 — PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER/THE R/NO COMPETITION/LYRICS OF FURY/TO THE LISTENERS/MUSICAL MASSACRE/ERIC B. NEVER SCARED Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records LP
28 36 OFF ON YOUR OWN (GIRL) (STREET MIX/REMIX) Al B. Sure!, US Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
29 75 I’LL HOUSE YOU Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
30 20 TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ/MIAMI BASS/FREEDOM OR DEATH/FLOAT ON Stetsasonic, Breakout LP
31 59 WE CALL IT ACIEED D Mob/COME TOGETHER The House Addicts, ffrr 12in promo
32 31 HEAT IT UP Wee Papa Girl Rappers featuring 2 Men And A Drum Machine, Jive 12in
33 98 TURN THE MUSIC UP (EXTENDED VERSION) Chris Paul, Syncopate 12in
34 14 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE/PROPHETS OF RAGE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
35 70 TO THE LETTER Millie Scott, Fourth & Broadway 12in mailing list promo
36 48 IT’S BEST TO BE A GIRL Syn-Dee, Virgin 12in mailing list promo
37 33 EVERYBODY (GET LOOSE) (BAM BAM MIX) Phoenix, Urban 12in
38 63 IN MY DREAMS (THE RAPID EYE MIX)/SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. (B-BOY REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
39 29 REACH OUT, I’LL BE THERE (PHIL HARDING & IAN CURNOW ’88 MIX) Four Tops, Motown 12in
40 27 DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY/SALLY Stetsasonic, Breakout 12in
41 39 (I’VE GOT A) FEELING/MY MAMA AND PAPA ALWAYS TOLD ME (CLUB REMIX) Deluxe, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
42 53 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (THE AFRO ACID REMIX) Mory Kante, London 12in
43 — COMING BACK FOR MORE (PART 1) Jellybean featuring Richard Darbyshire, Chrysalis 12in
44 — A SALT WITH A DEADLY PEPA Salt-n-Pepa featuring Spinderella, ffrr LP
45 74 (WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
46 — I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU (TEE SCOTT MIX)/(ACID HOUSE REMIX) Eddie Stockley, Mango Street 12in
47 94 MEGABLAST (HIP HOP ON PRECINCT 13) Bomb The Bass featuring Merlin, Mister-Ron Records 12in promo
48 25 ACID OVER (TYREE/HEAVENLY/PIANO ‘MATEY’ MIXES) Tyree, ffrr 12in
49 42 HEAT IT UP (KEVIN SAUNDERSON REMIX) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
50 — EIGHTIES LADY/GENERATE LOVE (WISE MOVE MIX) Gwen McCrae, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
51 79 I NEED YOU (EXTENDED VOCAL VERSION) B.V.S.M.P., Debut 12in
52 30 FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross, 10 Records 12in
53 40 DO THAT AGAIN (CLUB VERSION) Blue Moderne, US Atlantic 12in
54 — SUPERFLY GUY (FLUFFY BAGEL MIX) S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
55 — HOLLE, HOLLE (ALRIGHT IN RAJ’S HOUSE/INDIAN ACID TRIP) Deepak & Khan, Circa Records 12in
56 — JUST GOT PAID (THE COUNTERFEIT MIX/THE COUNT THE FEET MIX) Johnny Kemp, CBS 12in
57 57 DELTA HOUSE/DO YOU WANNA DANCE?/I HAVE A DREAM Terry Baldwin (Housemaster) featuring Bud Latour, US Future Sound Records 12in/Kool Kat promo
58 77 THAT SHIT’S WILD Dr Derelict/BANGO ACID Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson/FEELS GOOD Mr Lee/I GOT A BIG DICK Maurice Joshua/HOT HANDS Hula/ (‘Acid Tracks Volume 2’), Serious LP
59 — GET OUT OF MY HOUSE! (SPECTRUM EDIT/MUTANT VERSION) Sound Assassins, Cooltempo 12in pre-release
60 47 SET IT OFF/ON THE BUGGED TIP/LONG LIVE THE KANE/RAW (REMIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ LP
61 — REACHIN’ (THE BROTHERHOOD MIX) Phase II, US Movin’ Records 12in
62 82 BEATIN’ THE HEAT (122 BPM IN THE SHADE) Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
63 86 GET BUSY/LOVE Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in white label
64 — LET THE MUSIC (USE YOU) (CLUB MIX) The Night Writers, Jack Trax 12in
65 23 IN MY DREAMS (CLUB REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
66 — DON’T LET LOVE SLIP AWAY/SPECIAL LADY/CRAZY (FOR ME)/HEY LOVER/IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW/YOU AND I GOT A THANG/NICE ‘N’ SLOW/IT’S GONNA TAKE A LONG, LONG TIME/ONE HEART TOO MANY/YES, I NEED YOU Freddie Jackson, Capitol LP
67 60 NICE ‘N’ SLOW (EXTENDED VERSION) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
68 66 GENERATE LOVE (CLUB/WISE MOVE MIXES) Gwen McCrae, The Dance Yard Corporation 12in promo
69 49 SLAM!/WE ARE PHUTURE/SPANK-SPANK Phuture, US Trax Records 12in
70 45 DANCE WITH THE DEVIL (BALEARIC/CULT MIXES) The Project Club, Supreme 12in promo
71 76 THE ONLY WAY IS UP/(SPENG) Yazz and the Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
72 65 WATCHING YOU/WHAT GOES AROUND/HUNGRY/EASIER SAID THAN DONE Loose Ends, Virgin LP
73 41 RELEASE YOUR BODY (MAYDAY MIX/RELEASE THE ACID MIX) Bang The Party, Warriors Dance 12in
74 51 LOVE FIXATION (CLUB MIX) Kikkit, Republic Records 12in
75 56 KING OF THE BEATS Mantronix, US Capitol 12in
76 — SUMMERTIME Vertical Hold, Fourth & Broadway 12in
77 81 ACID MAN (ORIGINAL/HAPPY MIXES) Jolly Roger, 10 Records 12in
78 — CAUGHT UP (REMIX)/INSTRUMENTAL/BONUS/ORIGINAL Chubb Rock, US Select 12in
79 58 OFF ON YOUR OWN GIRL (REMIX) Al B. Sure!, Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
80 re ANYONE (ORIGINAL/RAP MIXES) Smith & Mighty, Beatmaster Records 12in
81 re AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW (PARTY FOR THE WORLD) Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
82 84 NIGHT TRAIN/KEEP ON DRIVIN’ T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in promo
83 43 SHARE MY JOY Jo Ann Jones, Champion 12in mailing list promo
84 38 ABC The Mafia, BBH Records 12in white label
85 — AMNESIA (UP ALL NIGHT MIX)/DANCE WITH THE DEVIL (BALEARIC MIX) The Project Club, Supreme Records 12in
86 — TO THE RHYTHM Longsy D. + Cut Master MC, Big One 12in mailing list promo
87 97 MACHINES (APOCALYPSE MIX)/WHATCHA TRYIN’ T’ DO T’ ME Laurent X, US House Nation Records 12in
88 50 HARD TO THE CORE London Rhyme Syndicate, Rhyme ‘N’ Reason 12in
89 99 RISING TO THE TOP/MAKES YOU WANNA Pieces Of A Dream, US EMI-Manhattan LP
90 71 MY PART OF TOWN (RUTGER ‘RUTTI’ KROESE REMIX) Tuff Crew, Dutch Rhythm Records 12in
91 83 STAY AWAY Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
92 — MOVE ON UP (FULL LENGTH VERSION) Curtis Mayfield, Curtom 12in
93 re CALLING/DOMINATE ME Burrell, US Virgin LP
94 — HIT THE HOUSE (ROYAL BEATBOX MIX) House Engineers, Syncopate 12in mailing list promo
95 67 INTRODUCTION Goldtop, GEE st Records 12in
96 — TURN IT UP (REMIX) Richie Rich, Club 12in
97 re OFF THE HOOK (WITH YOUR LOVE)/WHAT BECOMES OF A BROKEN HEART/I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU RJ’s Latest Arrival, US EMI-Manhattan LP
98 — THE ONLY WAY IS UP (THE BAM BAM REMIX)/(THE UP UP UP MIX)/BAD HOUSE MUSIC Yazz and the Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
99 — TAJ MA HOUSE (SAND ON THE TURNTABLE) Joi Bangla Sound B.P.M. 12in mailing list promo
100 — SURE BEATS WORKIN’ (EL SONIDO CASA BALEARICO) Beats Workin’, ffrr 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 PUSH IT (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr/Champion 12in
02 05 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
03 07 SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
04 02 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA 12in
05 13 I NEED YOU B.V.S.M.P., Debut 12in
06 — THE LOCO-MOTION Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
07 03 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
08 06 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
09 04 I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros, CBS 12in
10 12 MONKEY George Michael, Epic 12in
11 — YOU CAME Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
12 09 CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
13 14 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) The Funky Worm, FON/WEA 12in
14 10 MAYBE (WE CAN CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
15 11 THE TWIST (YO, TWIST) Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, Urban 12in
16 20 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
17 16 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) Pasadenas, CBS 12in
18 18 (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Ensign 12in
19 08 NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glenn Medeiros, London 12in
20 15 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in


DEEJAYS CHART

01 PUSH IT Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
02 I’M TOO SCARED Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
03 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
04 REACH OUT, I’LL BE THERE (REMIX) Four Tops, Motown 12in
05 SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
06 THE LOCO-MOTION Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
07 BEATIN’ THE HEAT Jack ‘n’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
08 LOVE IS THE GUN (STREET LATIN WOLFF 3) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
09 LIKE DREAMERS DO Mica Paris/Courtney Pine, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in

Supplied by Lee James Ramsden of Easy Street in Preston


HI-NRG

01 08 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
02 02 THE LOVE I LOST Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
03 04 MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
04 01 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
05 07 REACH OUT Romi & Jazz, Arishma 12in
06 03 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
07 17 THE LOCO-MOTION (THE KOHAKU MIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
08 09 EVERLASTING LOVE (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sandra, Siren 12in
09 32 DOCTOR’S ORDERS Lisa Carter, Parlophone 12in
10 05 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
11 06 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
12 11 IT’S NATURE’S WAY (NO PROBLEM) Dollar, London 12in
13 10 THE HARDER I TRY (THE HARDEST MIX) Brother Beyond, EMI 12in
14 16 CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
15 18 LOVE IS THE GUN (STREET LATIN WOLFF 3) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
16 13 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) (PETE HAMMOND & PETE WATERMAN REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
17 15 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
18 — SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
19 27 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
20 31 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE Quantize, Passion 12in
21 37 HOT STUFF Boys From Brazil, German Ariola 12in
22 24 NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Nine O Nine 12in
23 20 SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE (THE SYMPTOMATIC DANCE MIX) Tracie Spencer, Capitol 12in
24 14 YOU’RE A TIME WASTER Croisette, Nightmare 12in
25 29 CHAINS OF LOVE (TRULY IN LOVE WITH THE MARX BROS. MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
26 21 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
27 23 OUT OF CONTROL Monica Reed, Nightmare 12in
28 28 OVER YOU (DJ MIX) Wendy, Chartflow-UK 12in
29 26 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Jon Otis, Splash 12in
30 22 MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
31 19 HOT FOR YOU Lorraine Scott, Canadian Slak 12in
32 25 DON’T TALK ABOUT IT Hot & Cold, Italian Lomardoni 12in
33 33 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
34 12 MULTIMEGAMIX (BOYS/HOT GIRL/SEXY GIRL/KISS ME) Sabrina, Spanish Blanco Y Negro 12in
35 — THERE SHE GOES (EXTENDED MIX) Step By Step, Splash 12in
36 36 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
37 34 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
38 40 THE RACE Yello, Fontana 12in promo
39 re A LITTLE LOVE (WHAT’S GOING ON) Ceejay, US Next Plateau 12in
40 39 ROCK ME BABY Lysa Lynn, US Emergency 12in

4 thoughts on “August 6, 1988: Eric B & Rakim, Phase II, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Inner City, Swan Lake”

  1. James makes a good call on Phase II’s superb ‘Reachin’, a tune I’ve heard several times in the last year via lockdown DJ sets. Along with tunes like ‘Big Fun’ and ‘Right Back To You’ this more vocally led and melodic style of house was the flavour that was starting to grab me the most.

    Despite containing the masterful ‘Follow The Leader’, the Eric B & Rakim album significantly under-performed, while – ‘Shake Your Thang’ aside – my love for Salt-n-Pepa was on the wane, as they successfully pivoted towards pop (I’ve never liked ‘Push It’, and barely played it at the time).

    As I recall, Swan Lake ‘In The Name Of Love’ synched seamlessly with one of Todd Terry’s other big tunes, Royal House ‘Can You Party’, and Todd Terry was on the verge of a brief but significant period of success.

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  2. To be honest I don’t play much from the acid house days of 1988-89 these days – sort of heard most of the others I used to love too many times but three of the very few I still do play are arriving or soon to come in the next 4 months or so .
    Bam Bam’s ‘Where’s your Child?’ Which I used to find a genuinely eerie experience if I was in the house late at night by myself and put it on. Cry Sisco ‘Afro Duzzi Act’ ( just great memories of the London/M25 dats and so original it never gets stale. And thirdly probably the best of the lot (and probably one of the most influential tunes in any popular musuc genre ever the Blow Out Dub mix of Landlord’s ‘I Like It’ – how many hardcore, trance/hard trance and hard house records thus tune must have been influenced by must be absolutely massive. And another omnipresent London tune in early 1989.

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  3. Obviously above “how many trance etc tunes were influenced BY Landlord not them influencing Landotd” as my typo makes it read. The original post being nonsensical considering Landlord was out at least 3 or 4 years before the rest!

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  4. U think their column carries the first mentiom of the supposedly so important Hacienda in an acid house context.

    Living in the south east at the time mr and my friends were always very suspicious of the place and the hype that began to appear in more mainstream publications in the next year or two.

    Ironically I moved to the north west myself in 1997 where I’ve ever since and made friends and acquaintances from
    The area albeit mostly from East Lancs (Rawtenstall (where I lived) , Blackburn and Darwen (where I worked) and Accrington who rather than change my attitude made me even more cynical about the Hacienda .

    The friend tended. to be full on proper ravers from The Sett End derived. Blackburn centres raves that started occurring all over their area.
    I was very surprised at how as north westerners themselves they themselves were so cynical about the Hacienda either having been about once and not having a good time or in sone cases never even having visited it. They stated that the Blackburn Raves were the true big deal in the north nest being utterly devoid of all the hype of the Hacienfs much of which stemmed from its connections with rock/indie bands who had vague connnections with the place but no real link with the rave scene. as they knew it. but getting it boosted in the more mainstream media.
    Some people I got to knew from Manchester itself and East Lancastrians who had had good nights used to say the Thunderdomr was the place for the real travers as was sone other early bug Manchester club who’s name I’ve forgotten.

    One if the few things that my Blackburn rave. acquaintances had to say about the Haciends was that eventually bouncers whi ran the doors (from Salford I think) started trying to move in on the Blackburn raves and subsequently brought about their end with their heavy tactics by the further police interest they brought with them and an end to the wonderful atmosphere of the Blackburn scene and eventually the raves themselves,

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