September 24, 1988: D. Mob featuring Gary Haisman, The Brat Pack, Jungle Brothers, Blow, M-D-Emm

BEATS & PIECES

The first DJs have been busted for ecstasy, police swooping as they left an acid house gig loaded with the stuff … Johnnie Walker is now club promotions manager just for London/ffrr, his matey Chris Butler taking over Polydor/Urban (however, neither can pass “Go” or collect £200) … ‘Sure Beats 2’, free with next week’s rm, turns out to be the truly essential one, with a special stuttered and muttered synth frequency fluttered thumping bubbly 120½-0bpm remix of Coldcut featuring Sweet-Toothed Sonny ‘Acid Drops (Bomb The Mix)’, catchy hooting effect punctuated lurching remorseless clipped rapping (0-)92bpm Cold Crush Brothers ‘The Bronx’ and nervily jumping 0-119⅓-119¼bpm Fourth Floor All-Stars ‘(Fourth Floor) Goin’ Up’ megamix by DJ Mixmaster Tee of various Break Boys, Four Play, Masters At Work and O.N.I.T. (Oh No, It’s Them) tracks … I was so inundated with messenger delivered records right up to my deadline that there was no time to review the week’s two hottest rap albums, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock ‘It Takes Two’ (US Profile PRO-1267) – would you believe a ‘Joy And Pain’ rap?! – and Ice-T ‘Power’ (Sire 925 765-1), so check The Club Chart for BPMs as they’re sure to hit … FON Force’s now promoed (0-)111-0bpm remix of Eric B & Rakim ‘Put Your Hands Together’ overlays the jittery fast talker with resonant synth tones … Steven Danté’s new single is just called ‘Imagination’ after all but is in so many differently available mixes you need a guide: the previously reviewed promo (Cooltempo DANTEP 2) was the Clivilles & Cole mixed 113⅓-0bpm LP version (flipped by the otherwise unavailable 117-0 Acid Mix and 120⅓-120-0bpm Dub versions), the commercial 12 inch (DANTEX 2) having Clivilles & Cole’s rattling 116-0bpm remix, Dancin’ Danny D’s over busily jiggling murkily dense 0-115½bpm remix and the lurching husky 111⅓bpm ‘It Makes You Feel Good’, but also on another promo (DANTEC 2) are these two commercial remixes plus, on the wrongly labelled flip, Danny D’s throbbing instrumental (0-)116bpm Yardee Groove and tapping 116-0bpm Slam Acappella – while the seven inch is different again, with Bryan ‘Chuck’ New’s more percussively trotting 113bpm mix! … PWL’s recently obtained Workhouse Studio and accounts office in London’s Old Kent Road were totally destroyed in a fire last week (they’re nowhere near the main studios and headquarters in the Borough), the master tape of Rick Astley’s new album going up in flames – however, this mishap only set it back by a few days’ work as thanks to modern recording technology most of its ingredients were on separately stored digital computer discs … ITV’s ‘The Hit Man And Her’ was marginally less chaotic in its second show, but managed to mis-spell the Pete Waterman co-owned Lisson Records as “Listen” in a caption for Cocoon’s ‘Timerider’ (soon to be reissued as the show’s theme) … Robbie Vincent has hired a recorded announcement telephone line on 0836-404478 to give callers the details of his move to LBC, and plugged it continuously as “the Robbie Vincent information line” throughout his final show on Radio London! … Greg Edwards is “still talking” to GLR about a possible soul show … Ichiban Records appear also to be still only “talking” to the Manhattans, but the Three Degrees are definitely now signed to the label … Ralph Tee has signed the Cool Notes to his Risin’ label … Chillin Krew turn out to be animated cartoon or puppet characters from a presumably imminent TV series! … Chris Hill looks like starting a ‘Soul Train’-type TV show in Munich come the new year … Younger Generation ‘We Rap More Mellow’ will finally be out here, some time after its big revival buzz, on RePublic Records – who tracked down the master tape in South Africa … Les Adams’ remix of the Funky Worm ‘Hustle’, originally created just for the Disco Mix Club, will be its commercial A-side in the USA – Les incidentally celebrates his last night jocking at Norbury’s Sussex Tavern this Friday (23) before moving on to bigger and better things … Gilles Peterson and Baz Fe Jazz celebrate the BGP jazz label’s first anniversary with a beat bash at London’s 100 Club on Friday (23) too … Sundays at South Harrow Bogarts with Tim Westwood and Jon Jules laying down the rap tracks attract crowds for all over the South-East plus all the UK and US rap stars you can think of who happen to be in town … Bomb The Bass’s remix, to give its correct title, is ‘Megablast Rap (Version)’ featuring Merlin The New Rap Messiah! … The Pasadenas’ commercial 12 inch of ‘Riding On A Train’ includes an earlier much more gentle 0-106bpm Clapham Junction Demo Mix that’s more London than Philly in sound, plus the gospel introed jerky (0-)100bpm ‘A Little Love’ (very like a slowed down Olympics ‘Good Lovin’’) … Andy Sojka, who produced Projection’s new ‘What’s Your Problem’ with no thought of anything else in his mind, afterwards had it pointed out that of course it sounds like Rufus & Chaka Khan ‘Ain’t Nobody’, so no wonder it seemed naggingly familiar to me! … Shep Pettibone’s remix of the Thompson Twins ‘In The Name Of Love’ rhythmically owes most to Ten City ‘Right Back To You’ … Royal House ‘Yeah Buddy’ is based largely on Exodus ‘Together Forever’ and even on some of Atmosfear ‘Dancing In Outer Space’, amongst other bits … Freddie Jackson grew up only four blocks from Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, and hopes to be able to play there over this coming New Year’s Eve … Freddie could be recording a duet with Audrey Wheeler, who with Cyndi Mizelle stood out more strongly than fellow backing singer Sandra St Victor during their brief solo spot in Jackson’s London show … DJs, don’t forget you can FAX us your charts (by Wednesday afternoon) on 01-388 9576, as the mail may take a while to get back to normal … NANU NANU!


HOT VINYL

D. MOB (FEATURING GARY HAISMAN) ‘We Call It Acleed (The Matey Mix)’ (ffrr FFRX 13)
Due commercially on October 3, unquestionably THE acid house anthem is this now slightly wrigglier Danny D produced “acieed!” chanting frantically churning 124¼bpm twittery jittery jumbled jumpy joyous cavorting craziness (‘matey’ instrumental and beats flip), the original version of which exploded initially on limited promo before becoming the only real standout on ‘The House Sound Of London, Vol IV’ LP.

THE BRAT PACK ‘So Many Ways (Do it Properly Part II)’ (US Vendetta Records VE-7008)
Robert Clivilles and David Cole (of 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, who of course created the original ‘Do It Properly’) now make another even more dementedly frantic jack track, its (0-)122¼-122bpm Worldwide DJ Anthem mix having a shouting “Oh you bastard, come here by my side, listen honey, listen baby, don’t be so f***in’ serious!” intro that’s obviously not for air play but could become a real disco motto, while there are also scratching 123½-0bpm TT’s Bitten Again Dub and fiercely percussive 122¼-122-0bpm Pump It One More Time Mix, 122⅓-122¼bpm World Wide B-Boy Killer Anthem and 122¼bpm Percussion Of Death Mix versions. I think this is going to be hot.

JUNGLE BROTHERS ‘I’ll House You (Richie Rich Version)’ (Gee St Records GEE 12003)
Due fully on October 10, this is the (0-)123bpm slightly more open sounding UK remake by Richie Rich and group member Michael ‘Afrika’ Small of the hot import rap treatment of Royal House’s ‘Can You Party’, now no longer using Todd Terry’s production as its backing track (to which Marshall Jefferson could well object in turn!) coupled here with its 122⅔-0bpm Instrumental and Houseappella, plus their album’s title (and best) track, the weavingly rapped bassily grooving ‘The Message’-cutting 99⅚bpm ‘Straight Out The Jungle’.

BLOW ‘Change (Makes You Want To Hustle) – 12” Mix’ (10 Records TENX 245 DJ)
Not really meant to have snuck out in this form but too exciting to hold back, this Kevin Saunderson produced girl growled and wailed frantic 119⅔-0bpm acid treatment of trumpeter Donald Byrd’s old jazz-funk disco classic is due for a tighter re-edit before more promos are officially circulated (not that it’s needed), the flip’s three variations all being 119⅔bpm. A Les Adams remix will be out eventually, too.

M-D-EMM ‘Playin’ With Fire’ (RePublic Records LICT 003, via Rough Trade)
The title is of the overall record, which in EP style has three individual tracks, the A-side’s 122¼-0bpm ‘Don’t Stop, We’re So Hot (Body Sizzling Mix)’ being an old fashioned strings, syndrums and “whoa-oh whoa-oh” prodded friskily leaping jitterer that looks like being overtaken by the flip’s twittering and skittering Todd Terry influenced thumping 119⅓-0bpm ‘1666 – Ooh Baby I’m So Hot (Pyro-Maniac Mix)’ – history scholars will get the date’s significance (oh, all right, the Great Fire Of London!) – while the Montana Sextet/El Coco influenced 117¾-117⅓bpm ‘Burn It Down (With The Philly Sound)’ is in a style that seems to have been revived rather a lot of late.

PIECES OF A DREAM ‘Rising To The Top (UK Remix)’ (EMI-Manhattan 12MT 54)
Jolley Harris Jolley remixed jiggling 101⅚bpm pleasant languidly soulful swaying revival of Keni Burke’s enduringly popular and influential soul anthem, flipped (Radio Version too) by the jerky bass synth snapped staccato tense go go hip hop-ish 0-99⅔bpm ‘Ain’t My Love Enough (12” Version)’, previously on import.

KARYN WHITE ‘Karyn White’ (US Warner Bros 1-25637)
Jeff Lorber’s ‘Facts Of Love’ singer soulfully solos on  a largely L.A. and BabyFace produced debut set with the previously seven-inched strong jiggly rolling catchy 105bpm ‘The Way You Love Me’, jolting 111⅔bpm ‘Secret Rendezvous’ (new song), BabyFace duetted tenderly doodling 93/46½bpm ‘Love Saw It’, snappy “purple” 116½bpm ‘Family Man’, jerky 114⅓-0bpm ‘Don’t Mess With Me’, slushily domestic 0-69¼bpm ‘Superwoman’, Steve Harvey produced swaying 82bpm ‘Slow Down’, Jeff Lorber co-produced meandering 84bpm ‘Tell Me Tomorrow’ and 87⅓bpm ‘One Wish’. Somehow, now it’s also on 12 inch, the previously rock steady

‘The Way You Love Me’ (US Warner Bros 0-21025)
in its Janet Jackson-ish jerkily remixed form goes imperceptibly all over the place, it taking me nearly an hour to calculate for all you hopefully grateful people the 106½-106⅓-105⅔-105⅚-106⅙-106⅔-107bpm 12” Hype Remix, 107-105⅚-106⅙-107bpm 12” Club Mix, 106⅔-105⅚-106⅙bpm Love Dub #1, 105⅚-106⅙bpm Love Dub #2, 105⅔-106⅔bpm Instrumental, and 106-106⅙bpm 12” Hype Remix Edit versions, which rather overly aggressive re-editing may have thrown off.

FREDDIE JACKSON ‘Crazy (For Me) (The Done Properly Mix)’ (EMI-Manhattan 12CL 510)
Clivilles & Cole remixed twitteringly started and “pshta pshta”-ed, then bass lurched sparse 0-115bpm jittery strider with a stuttery break, all rather harsh and hard for sweet natured Freddie but doubtless what is needed to make some people pay attention (dub/edit flip).

MARLEY MARL ‘In Control, Volume 1’ (Cold Chillin’ 925 783-1)
In what is becoming a fast growing trend, ace rap producer and mixer Marley Marl does his stuff behind a selection of guest rappers, the set’s instant standout being the Salt-n-Pepa and J.J. Fad “diss”-ing 132½bpm ‘Wack Itt’ featuring ROXANNE SHANTÉ, while the rest are PERCY/TRAGEDY’s 98bpm ‘The Rebel’ and 94bpm ‘Live Motivator’, MASTER ACE and ACTION’s 0-104⅔bpm ‘Keep Your Eyes On The Prize’ and 0-113⅓bpm ‘Simon Says’, Heavy D. and BIZ MARKIE’s 90⅓bpm ‘We Write The Songs’, M.C. SHAN’s 95⅓bpm ‘Freedom’, CRAIG G’s 96⅚bpm ‘Droppin’ Science’ and 0-102bpm ‘Duck Alert’, and MASTER ACE, CRAIG G., KOOL G. RAP and BIG DADDY KANE’s 0-94⅔-0bpm ‘The Symphony’, most being pretty good of their type.

VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Rhyme Syndicate Comin’ Through’ (Warner Bros 925 774-1)
Although definitely a various artists album, the Rhyme Syndicate Productions rap set is largely produced by Ice-T and Afrika Islam, containing last week’s back-to-back, 12 inched 108bpm SPINMASTERS ‘Bustin’ Loose’ and 104½bpm EVERLAST ‘Syndication’ plus the 101⅔-0bpm DONALD DEE FEATURING BRONX STYLE BOB ‘Name Of The Game’, 0-106⅙bpm BANGO WITH MIXMASTER QUICK ‘Ghettoish’, 101⅓bpm NAT THE CAT ‘While You’ve Been Waiting’, 100⅓bpm TODDY TEE ‘I Need A Rolex’, 102-0bpm T.D.F. ‘T.D.F. Connection’, 97½-0bpm LOW PROFILE ‘Think You Can Hang’, 105⅔-0bpm DOMINATION ‘You Haven’t Heard Nothing’, and 0-104⅔bpm ICE-T title track, again most being pretty good of their type.

YOUNG M.C. ‘Know How’ (US Delicious Vinyl DV1001)
The Wild Cherry ‘Play That Funky Music’-based lurching 101⅓bpm ‘Let ‘Em Know’ A-side rap was first out around March, but now a newer re-pressing is flipped by this Isaac Hayes ‘Shaft’-based 117bpm fast talker and its fiercely scratched instrumental, these latter getting attention from some jocks while others actually put the A-side into The Club Chart for the first time last week (it nearly made it the first time around), possibly because the word was out that something by the guy was happening and not many DJs bothered to get the re-pressing too.

SUPER LOVER CEE & CASANOVA RUD ‘Girls I Got ‘Em Locked’ (DNA International/Elektra 960 807-1)
A good solid if specialist rap set that’s been selling for several weeks now, first on import, with the James Brown-cutting 99bpm ‘I Gotta Good Thing’, their 96½bpm title track and 106bpm ‘Super-Casanova’ singles, 102bpm ‘Girls Act Stupid-aly’, 91bpm ‘All You MC’s’, 101⅔bpm ‘I’m Back’, 101⅔bpm ‘Gets No Deeper’, 107bpm ‘Come And Get Some’, 99bpm ‘Do The James…’ and Salt-n-Pepa answering 140⅓bpm ‘Pump It Back’.

CHÉYANNE ‘I’ve Waited Too Long (For Your Love)’ (US Capitol V-15384)
Kyle West produced chunky synth introed good girl wailed sinuously shuffling jiggly 109⅔bpm “street soul” jogger (in six mixes), getting most attention at the moment from only the traditional black audience although in the past it would have had much wider impact. ChéyAnne is the way she looks when not in capital letters.

LaTOYA JACKSON ‘You’re Gonna Get Rocked (Extended Version)’ (RCA PT49528)
Full Force created deceptively slow but bouncily juddering rhythm filled 0-94⅚bpm jerky jitterer full of their usual funky tricks, Michael’s sparky sister sweetly injecting between the staccato scratchy beats and Queen ‘We Will Rock You’-like chants (sparse 95-0bpm F.F. Hard-Core Mix too, and the Steve Harvey produced friskily leaping (0-)118½bpm ‘Does It Really Matter’).

BILLY ALWAYS ‘Back On Track (Club Version)’ (US Epic 49 07880)
Charlie Singleton co-produced, Clivilles & Cole remixed, pleasantly dated wriggly thudding 97½-0bpm soul swayer with a Curtis Mayfield-ish feel more than sound (in five mixes), presumably either getting reaction around Manchester or else due for a PWL remix as Pete Waterman played it two weeks running in Warrington on ‘The Hit Man And Her’!

CASTLE BEAT ‘I Shot The Sheriff/Deputy Of Love (Medley)’ (US Select FMS62322)
Larry Joseph produced girls wailed 117⅓-117¼bpm New York “garage”-type medley remake of the Don Armando’s Second Avenue Rhumba Band oldies – yes, the main song is Bob Marley’s – with George Kranz-style “din daa daa” bassy muttering punctuating it all (in four mixes).

FUNK DELUXE ‘I Surrender’ (US Plaza PL-00011-SG)
Girl wailed rambling 113⅓bpm funky jittering chugger (in five mixes), created by Brass Construction’s Randy Muller for his new label, which some DJs here are speeding up at +6 to sound more like house – and when it’s released here, Randy tells me, it will be faster!

MIDRANGE ‘I Got Talent’ (Mango Street 12IS 384)
Overlord X produced fast chatting though sombrely rolling 0-100bpm bragging Hackney rap, more Smiley Culture-ish on the scratching and human beatboxing brighter good 107⅓bpm ‘Gimme Some Beat’ flip.

THE MOODY BOYS featuring RHYME & REASON ‘Acid Rappin’’ (CityBeat CBE 1230)
Synth twittered jumbled bubbly 122½-0bpm acid churner with Wee Papa Girl Rappers-like girls answering what sounds like just one Moody Boy between sometimes transformer scratched “olé olé” chants from ‘Hot Hot Hot’, with a much sparser “sizzling” Coky’s Mix dub and more smoothly frantic burbling (0-)126¼-0bpm ‘Acid Heaven’ flip, due commercially on October 3.

COLM III ‘Christmas Tree’ (Ruby Red Records LTD 555)
Oddly enough a jerkily spurting 120½bpm machine washed acid house bounder with girls intoning “I like you, you like me, put me on your Christmas tree” (it’s been about since probably July!), flipped by the more percussive sometimes chanting 120¾bpm ‘Echoes Of Love’.

STEVIE WONDER ‘My Eyes Don’t Cry (Extended Version)’ (US Motown MOT-4616)
Chantalong jittery rolling 0-115¾bpm smacker, remixed – from last year’s less than memorable ‘Characters’ LP – by Timmy Regisford with overdubs by Teddy Riley and Gene Griffin (dub/edit flip), so it’ll be interesting to see if their street credibility rubs off on him.

THE OSMONDS ‘One Bad Apple (Illegal Mix)’ (Polydor DONNY 1)
On strictly limited white label promo but a surefire pop smash should it ever be released commercially, this gimmicky 103⅓-102½-102-103-0bpm modern scratch mix style total revamp of their Jackson 5 influenced debut 1971 US smash is punctuated by the “beep beep – toot toot” from Donna Summer’s ‘Bad Girls’ while Matt Bianco’s ‘Wap Bam Boogie’ chant, an hilariously speeded up Little Jimmy Osmond ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ and Gap Band ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’ synched finale are just some of the many added ingredients – you can see why it’s “illegal”! (Actually, it appears that the Osmonds’ contract stipulates that their material must not be mucked about, too.) Never a hit here (so, thanks to its Jackson 5 similarity, latterly a rare groove!), the jittery 103-100⅔-101bpm original untouched version is included, plus 1972’s gruffly hollered noisily rocky 119-120½bpm ‘Crazy Horses’.


POP DANCE

Graham Gold’s “ON THE CASE” ‘Shikisha (Club Mix)’ (Supreme SUPET 135), Phil Harding and Ian Curnow co-produced very European sounding 117-116¾-0bpm jiggly leaper with bubbly Mel & Kim-ish backing beats, “session singer” disco girls and “phonetic”-type male rap (beefier instrumental 0-116¾-116½-0bpm Alternative Mix with jangly keyboards and facile scratching, strictly pop if not even quite Hi-NRG;

WESTBAM ‘Monkey Say Monkey Do’ (German Low Spirit 04255-02), created by Germany’s Technics Disco Mixing champ WestBam, and due out here soon via Dance Trax, this jerkily wriggling 0-121¼-0bpm jumper is full of demented “I wanna do monkey say monkey do” shouts, whistle blasts and stabbing samples, more Balearic than acid (interestingly, the A-side’s more Teutonically chugging 0-121½-0bpm ‘Disco Deutschland (Bomb The House Mix)‘ credits on the sleeve every vocal sample, Hitler included, and has a wry sense of humour all things considered);

DURAN DURAN ‘I Don’t Want Your Love’ (Big Mix)’ (EMI 12YOUR 1), Shep Pettibone mixed tightly claustrophobic (0-)109bpm tapping’ jerky stuttery judderer, in George Michael’s ‘Monkey’ style being more production technique than song (and full of notes sampled from other people, I’ll wager);

JULIO IGLESIAS ‘Ae, Ao (The Summer Mix)'(Dutch CBS SAMP 1242), advance warning from a Dutch promo that the singing soccer star’s follow-up is an old fashioned Seventies style 125½-126bpm MoR disco rattler produced by Miami Sound Machine’s Emilio Estefan with flurrying Latin percussion, the African backing vocals coming out more on the Dub, like an uptempo ‘All Night long (All Night)’;

DEE LEWIS ‘Stuck On Love (Phil Harding Mix)’ (Mercury DEE 412), anxiously surging old fashioned rolling bright 0-109bpm pop-soul loper (I think previously out in a less punchy mix?);

RUBY TURNER ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (Extended Mix)’ (Jive RTST 4), pedestrian brassy bashing 112-0bpm straightforward chanting treatment of Stevie Wonder’s tired oldie;

BELOVED ‘Loving Feeling (Feeling Lovely Mix)’ (WEA YZ311T), breathy guy and girl crooned cymbal shushed 114¼bpm sub-Eurythmics-ish pop canterer, flipped by just the “it feels like ecstacy” muttered and synth twittered thumping 120¾bpm Love & Ecstasy Mix of ‘Acid Love’, rather than one of the promo’s smoother Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson mixes (they all cash in with little musical merit on the drugs connection, which is to be condemned).


HI-NRG

BLUE ZONE ‘Jackie (Wake Up Mix)’ (Arista/Rockin’ Horse Records 611 548), despite being produced in this version by Ric Wake, the lyrics of this import Hi-NRG hit ultra frantic (0-)136¼-0bpm galloper are actually about waking up, the flip’s more European sounding 136bpm Shotgun Scream Mix being produced by Paul Stavely O’Duffy;

BRENDA COCHRANE ‘Automatically Yours’ Dazzle Records 12DAZ 004, via PRT), beefily pumping tuneful tinkling and twinkling 129½bpm Scottish galloper zingily produced by Matt Bianco’s Mark Fisher, with a sort of acid instrumental flip;

KIM WILDE ‘Never Trust A Stranger (Extended Version)’ (MCA Records KIMT 9), late Seventies-style synth pulsed lispingly sung soaring and echoing 0-128bpm Eurobeat-type canterer;

ROMI & JAZZ ‘People In The House’ (Chrysalis CHS 123304), more tabla pattering Punjabi Pop from the girls who have been huge in the Hi-NRG chart for months with their version of ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’, this newie being a rather thinly sung simple “say yeah” chanting 117⅔bpm commercial disco canterer.


REMIXES

KIKKIT ‘Love Fixation (Blaze Fix Mix)‘ (RePublic Records LICT 002R, via Rough Trade) July’s previously somewhat volume pumping M-D-Emm production cools down in a 117¾-117-116¾bpm Blaze remix with sinuously booming bass, nagging piano and wordless “whoo, whoo, whoo”‘s (which kick off the intriguingly titled Anal Exploration Dub) giving it New York-style “deep house” class now, flipped by the sparse acidically twittering 122½-123bpm ‘Kick It Baby! (Electric Washing Line Mix)’;

SOUND ASSASSINS ‘Get Out Of My House! (Remix)‘ (Cooltempo COOLXR 173), much more deliberately acidic synth twittered 0-118bpm treatment with a similar but spacier 0-118bpm Psycho Mix and the earlier funkily drummed 0-117¾bpm Spectrum Edit;

TOM TOM CLUB ‘Don’t Say No’ (Pumpin’ Acid Mix)‘ (Fontana TCBXR 1), Marshall Jefferson remixed this and the similarly twittering and stuttering bubbly acidic also 124¾bpm Say Yes To Love Mix, plus the loping 117¼bpm Short Cool Mix, the latter being more like Tina (Talking Heads) Weymouth’s flatly lisped (0- )117¼bpm original 12 Inches Of Love (Fontana TCBX 112), which initial mix seemed too dull to warrant review;

FRANCE GALL ‘Ella Elle L’A (Pete Waterman Remix)‘ (WEA YZ316T), Pete’s involvement may now have Sabrina-like effect in helping this completely French sung (0-)102bpm Euro smash swayer (dedicated to, without sounding like, Ella Fitzgerald) finally hit here too;

STETSASONIC ‘Talkin’ All That Jazz (Brooklyn Vocal Mix)’ (Breakout USAF 640), conversation introed jerkily started and instrumentally much fragmented less urgent 0-105⅓bpm revamp of the original ‘Expansions’ mix (included, along with the ‘Dominoes’ one), different but not necessarily better, although the harder 0-105¾-105½bpm Brooklyn Dub Mix could prove useful;

COLDCUT featuring JUNIOR REID & The Ahead Of Our Time Orchestra with ROOTS & SUGAR-FREE ‘Stop This Crazy Thing (Version Excursion # 2)‘ (Ahead Of Our Time CCUT 4R), still go go flavoured but much more reggae accented rather jumbled 0-107⅔-0bpm remix;

SOUL II SOUL featuring DO’REEN ‘Feel Free (Unlimited Remix)’ (10 Records TENR 239), gratingly strident Do’reen quavers through the added 82⅔bpm strings of the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, for marketing purposes (aren’t they all?);

BRASS CONSTRUCTION ‘Ha Cha Cha (Bam Bam Acieed! Remix)’ (Syncopate 12SYR 15), all trace of the original structure is smothered under a 121bpm mess of twittering synth and honking sax, the “acid remix” concept taken to its most ludicrously inappropriate farthest limit, the flip’s piano tinkled beefier Aciiiiiid! version being in fact slightly better.


THE CLUB CHART – September 24, 1988

01 01 BIG FUN/(JUAN’S MAGIC REMIX) Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
02 03 GITTIN’ FUNKY (UK REMIX) Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
03 02 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX)/THE DREAM (1018 MIX/54 DUB MIX) Swan Lake, Champion 12in
04 04 TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ (EXPANSIONS/DOMINOES MIXES) Stetsasonic, Breakout 12in
05 05 WE CALL IT ACIEED D Mob featuring Gary Haisman, ffrr 12in promo/LP
06 11 I’LL HOUSE YOU Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
07 16 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
08 22 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD MIX) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in
09 06 IT BEGAN IN AFRICA The Urban All Stars, Urban 12in
10 07 SHAKE YOUR THANG/SPINDERELLA’S NOT A FELLA (BUT A GIRL DJ) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
11 08 STOP THIS CRAZY THING Coldcut featuring Junior Reid, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
12 19 RIDING ON A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
13 — JUST WANNA DANCE/WEEKEND The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh Records 12in
14 14 TEARDROPS (EXTENDED REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
15 23 THE PARTY (CLUB MIX) Kraze, US Big Beat 12in/MCA Records promo
16 12 ACID MAN (ORIGINAL/HAPPY MIXES) Jolly Roger, 10 Records 12in
17 27 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. mob (featuring Gary Haisman), ffrr 12in promo
18 21 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
19 36 LOVELY DAY (BEN LIEBRAND SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers, CBS 12in
20 66 1666 – OOH BABY I’M SO HOT (PYRO-MANIAC MIX)/DON’T STOP, WE’RE SO HOT (BODY SIZZLING MIX)/BURN IT DOWN (WITH THE PHILLY SOUND) (‘Playin’ With Fire’) M-D-Emm, RePublic Records 12in promo
21 10 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
22 18 STALEMATE Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA Records 12in
23 97 KNOW HOW/(INSTRUMENTAL)/I LET ‘EM KNOW Young MC, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
24 26 FAIRPLAY/FEEL FREE (LIBERATED MIX) Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross/Do’reen, 10 Records 12in
25 — GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR/JOY AND PAIN/CHECK THIS OUT/MAKE IT HOT/TIMES ARE GETTIN’ ILL/DON’T SLEEP ON IT/KEEP IT GOING NOW/IT TAKES TWO/CREATIVITY/CRUSH Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile LP
26 33 YEAH BUDDY/THE CHASE/DIRTY BEATS/A BETTER WAY/THE JOURNEY Royal House, US Idlers LP
27 40 EVERY SHADE OF LOVE (KEITH COHEN REMIX) Jesse Johnson, Breakout 12in
28 20 STRICTLY BUSINESS (12” VOCAL) EPMD, Cooltempo/Ensign 12in
29 17 JIBARO (ENGLISH/SPANISH VERSIONS) Electra, ffrr 12in
30 32 DO THAT AGAIN (CLUB VERSION) Blue Moderne, Atlantic 12in
31 46 BURN IT UP/ACID BURN Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
32 28 WATCHING YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD US 12” REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
33 25 SLEEPLESS WEEKEND (REMIX) Howard Huntsberry, US MCA Records 12in
34 13 PUMP UP LONDON (CLUB MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
35 54 LET THE MUSIC (USE YOU) (CLUB MIX) The Night Writers, Jack Trax 12in
36 37 HERE WE GO AGAIN (DIAZ MIX) Diaz Brothers, US Bassment Records 12in
37 09 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC…) (PREDORA/FREE-STYLE SAX MIXES) The Funky Worm, FON 12in
38 55 MEGABLAST RAP (VERSION) Bomb The Bass featuring Merlin The New Rap Messiah, Rhythm King 12in
39 44 I’M THE ONE/THE FLIGHT/I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE Perri, Zebra Records LP
40 29 LOVE/GET BUSY Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in
41 92 SHARP AS A KNIFE (ACID ATTACK) Brandon Cooke featuring Roxanne Shanté, Club 12in black label promo
42 35 WE GOT TO COME TOGETHER/(TRACK ATTACK ROUGH MIX) The Brooklyn Funk Essentials, US Minimal Records 12in
43 43 ANY LOVE Massive Attack featuring Daddy Gee & Carlton, Massive Attack Records 12in
44 15 MEGABLAST (HIP HOP ON PRECINCT 13)/DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Bomb The Bass featuring Merlin & Antonia/Lorraine, Rhythm King 12in
45 76 THE POSSE IS LARGE MC La Kim, US Tuff City 12in
46 — SO MANY WAYS (DO IT PROPERLY PART II) The Brat Pack, US Vendetta Records 12in
47 38 FRIENDS/HYPNOTIZED/NEVER ENDS Scott White, RCA LP
48 74 IN THE NAME OF LOVE ’88 (SHEP PETTIBONE RAILROAD MIX) Thompson Twins, US Arista 12in
49 41 NATURALLY/NEVER Top Billin’, Rapsonic 12in
50 31 TRACK THIS/O-O-O/COME ON LET’S JAM Adrenalin M.O.D., MCA Records 12in
51 61 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) (REMIX) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
52 60 SOMEBODY SAVE ME (MARSHALL JEFFERSON GARAGE MIX/EMOTION MIX/BONUS BEATS) By All Means, Fourth & Broadway 12in
53 84 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE Sugar Bear, US Coslit Records 12in
54 39 TECHNO FRISBEE MEGAMIX Various Artists mixed by Graeme Park, 10 Records 12in
55 53 KING OF THE BEATS Mantronix, US Capitol 12in
56 34 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (THE AFRO ACID REMIX) Mory Kante, London 12in
57 77 CHANGE (MAKES YOU WANT TO HUSTLE) (12” MIX) Blow (featuring Belva), 10 Records 12in promo test pressing
58 68 I AIN’T GONNA WAIT/GOOD VIBRATION “J.D.”, US Requestline Records 12in
59 58 ACID THUNDER Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
60 85 FREE (GAIL ‘SKY’ KING MANHATTAN MIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
61 94 (JUST MY) IMAGINATION/(ACID MIX/DUB) Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in promo
62 50 NO STATIC (THE 8 MINUTE FULL FORCE DEF MIX) James Brown, Scotti Bros 12in
63 52 DANCE WITH THE DEVIL (BALEARIC MIX) The Project Club, Supreme Records 12in
64 80 ANY LOVE Luther Vandross, US Epic 7in
65 71 ANOTHER PART OF ME (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
66 57 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME/SECRET RENDEZVOUS/LOVE SAW IT Karyn White, US Warner Bros LP
67 42 THIS IS SOMETHING FOR THE RADIO (RAP REMIX) Biz Markie, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
68 — TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ (BROOKLYN VOCAL/DUB MIXES) Stetsasonic, Breakout 12in
69 90 I GOTTA GOOD THING/I’M BACK/GIRLS ACT STUPID-ALY Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, DNA International LP
70 24 STATIC (F.F. REMIX/ALBUM VERSION) James Brown, Scotti Bros 12in
71 — RISING TO THE TOP (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY UK REMIX) Pieces Of A Dream, EMI-Manhattan 12in
72 70 RIDE THE RHYTHM/(ACID NOT PLACID) This Ain’t Chicago, Club 12in black label
73 48 THE RIGHT STUFF (EXTENDED VERSION) Vanessa Williams, Wing Records 12in
74 — PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (FON FORCE MIX) Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in promo
75 56 WACK ITT Roxanne Shanté/THE REBEL Percy/Tragedy (‘In Control, Vol. 1’) Marley Marl, Cold Chillin’ LP
76 87 GHETTOISH Bango with Mixmaster Quick/BUSTIN’ LOOSE SpinMasters/SYNDICATION Everlast (‘Rhyme Syndicate Comin’ Through’), Warner Bros LP
77 — IMAGINATION (CLIVILLES & COLE REMIX/DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX/YARDEE GROOVE) Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in promo
78 — STOP THIS CRAZY THING (VERSION EXCURSION #2) Coldcut featuring Junior Reid and the Ahead Of Our Time Orchestra with Roots & Sugar Free, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
79 64 DIN DAA DAA (TROMMELTANZ) George Kranz, Fourth & Broadway 12in
80 63 PARENTS (JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND) (DANNY D REMIX) DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Jive 12in
81 — ONE BAD APPLE (ILLEGAL MIX) The Osmonds, Polydor 12 inch white label
82 96 WHY (YOU COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL) Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal Records 12in
83 — HA CHA CHA (CLIVILLES & COLE NEW YORK MIX) Brass Construction, Syncopate 12in
84 re IT’S BEST TO BE A GIRL Syn-Dee, Virgin 12in mailing list promo
85 — THESE THINGS HAPPEN (BEATMASTERS REMIX) Viola Wills, Rhythm King 12in
86 re THE ART OF ACID Victor Romeo and The Move featuring Reggie Hall, US Dance Mania Records 12in
87 re SHARE MY JOY Jo Ann Jones, Champion 12in
88 91 ACID LOVE (HITMAN’S CLUB MIX/HITMAN ACID MIX/LOVE & ECSTASY MIX) Beloved, WEA 12in white label
89 67 SET IT OFF (MARLEY MARL MIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in promo
90 78 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (REMIXES) Karyn White, US Warner Bros 12in promo
91 re JOIN IN THE CHANT (BURN!) (PHIL HARDING REMIX) Nitzer Ebb, Mute 12in
92 72 IF IT ISN’T LOVE (CLUB MIX) New Edition, MCA Records 12in
93 — IT’S YOU The Beat Lads, Fourth & Broadway 12in mailing list promo
94 75 THE RACE Yello, Mercury 12in
95 re ARE YOU LOOKIN’ FOR SOMEBODY NU (ACID SHOOZ MIX) Nu Shooz, US Atlantic 12in
96 re INTERFERENCE/WHAT’S THE GAME Model 500, US MetrOplex 12in
97 — TWICE THE LOVE George Benson, Warner Bros LP
98 — DROPPIN’ SCIENCE Marley Marl featuring Craig G, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
99 82 LET’S DO IT AGAIN (LP VERSION) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
100 93 THE MESSAGE (FULL LENGTH VERSION) Aswad, Mango 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
02 02 THE HARDER I TRY (EXTENDED MIX) Brother Beyond, Parlophone 12in
03 03 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) The Funky Worm, FON/WEA 12in
04 04 THE LOCO-MOTION Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
05 05 TEARDROPS Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
06 06 THE RACE Yello, Mercury 12in
07 07 MEGABLAST/DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Bomb The Bass, Rhythm King 12in
08 14 STOP THIS CRAZY THING Coldcut featuring Junior Reid, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
09 08 BIG FUN Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
10 11 I NEED YOU B.V.S.M.P., Debut 12in
11 09 SUPERFLY GUY S’Express, Rhythm King 12in
12 10 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ Mory Kante, ffrr 12in
13 12 JIBARO Electra, ffrr/Champion 12in
14 13 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Swan Lake, Champion 12in
15 15 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
16 16 SHAKE YOUR THANG Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
17 18 PUMP UP LONDON Mr. Lee, Breakout 12in
18 19 YOU CAME Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
19 17 I DON’T BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
20 20 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA 12in


HI-NRG

01 01 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
02 02 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
03 03 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (AFRO ACID MIX) Mory Kante, ffrr 12in
04 05 REACH OUT Romi & Jazz, Arishma 12in
05 04 DOCTOR’S ORDERS Lisa Carter, Parlophone 12in
06 06 THE HARDER I TRY (THE HARDEST MIX) Brother Beyond, EMI 12in
07 17 TURN IT ON TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
08 15 LOVE EVICTION/LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE TONIGHT Quartzlock, Retro 12in
09 07 DAYDREAM BELIEVER (EXTENDED REMIX) Local Hero, Ariola 12in
10 08 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
11 18 THE LOVE I LOST Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
12 13 SUPERFLY GUY S’Express, Rhythm King 12in
13 14 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
14 11 I DON’T BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
15 09 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
16 16 THE RACE Yello, Fontana 12in promo
17 28 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
18 23 HIT ‘N’ RUN LOVER (REMAKE) Carol Jiani, Passion 12in
19 21 EVERY GIRL & BOY Spagna, CBS 12in
20 20 YOUR LOVE CAME TOO LATE Eria Fachin, US Critique 12in
21 22 SOUL SURVIVOR (SURVIVOR MIX) C.C. Catch, Hansa/RCA 12in
22 10 JACKIE Blue Zone UK, US MCA 12in
23 24 REQUIEM London Boys, German Teldec 12in
24 19 ROCK ME BABY Lysa Lynn, US Emergency 12in
25 26 I CAN FLY Louise Thomas, Nightmare 12in
26 12 YOU CAME Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
27 30 EMOTION Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
28 29 THE LOCO-MOTION (THE KOHAKU MIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
29 32 HOT FOR YOU Lorraine Scott, Canadian Slak 12in
30 35 LOVE IS THE GUN (STREET LATIN WOLFF 3) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
31 34 JIVE INTO THE NIGHT Green Olives, Italian X-Energy 12in
32 33 LET’S NOT SAY GOODBYE Jigsaw, Nightmare 12in
33 36 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
34 30 CHICA CUBANA Tatjana, Dutch High Fashion 12in
35 25 EVERLASTING LOVE (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sandra, Siren 12in
37 32 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
38 40 JIBARO (ENGLISH VERSION) Electra, ffrr 12in
38 re THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE Quantize, Passion 12in
39 re WHEN YOU NEED LOVE (LOVE IS NOT AROUND) Without Warning, US Heatwave 12in
40 31 FRIENDS Terry Jaye, Canadian Boulevard 12in

One thought on “September 24, 1988: D. Mob featuring Gary Haisman, The Brat Pack, Jungle Brothers, Blow, M-D-Emm”

  1. There’s another redesign for the DJ Directory this week, with a new logo as pictured. James will apologise next week for any incorrect inferences that might have been drawn by the adjacent placings of the first two items in Beats & Pieces (I must admit that I did wonder about that). Young MC’s ‘Know How’ is another all time favourite, which packed the floor at my last DJ gig before lockdown, while Rob Base’s Jacksons-sampling ‘Get On The Dance Floor’ would eventually become my biggest floor filler, but not until January 1989.

    By this time, I was DJ-ing Thursday nights at Eden in Nottingham, my biggest club venue and the one which I remember most fondly. All three of the club’s regular DJs were gay, as was the manager, but I was the only one DJ-ing an officially gay night. The Saturday night DJ was massively enthusiastic about Castle Beat’s ‘I Shot The Sheriff/Deputy Of Love’, but I didn’t think it was anything special!

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