BEATS & PIECES
LIVEWIRE PROMOTIONS’ Prestatyn weekender on November 4/5/6 will be the busiest yet with over 4,000 booked in already (it’s doubtful but there may be last minute room left on 01-364 1212, no day passes being available so don’t turn up on spec at the gate), the big live attraction of Keith Sweat being supplemented by the James Taylor Quartet plus PAs by Karyn White, Kym MazeIle, d. mob, Adrenalin MOD, Electra, Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Heaven & Earth, Troop, Reid, while Tim Westwood’s Saturday night rap special will feature the Ruthless Rap Assassins, plus hopefully Salt-n-Pepa and Kid ‘N’ Play … 4am is the new closedown time on both nights … Chris Hill and Robbie Vincent running a soul room to counter the inevitable acid overkill elsewhere – however, care is being taken to ensure that not every room is playing the same music (Kev Hill has declared himself an acid free zone!) … Bobby Brown and Cherrelle are already being mooted as the possible stars at the next Easter Prestatyn, while this one might just be graced by the surprise appearance of singing twanger surnamed Benson (but I didn’t tell you that, OK?)! … Stock Aitken Waterman and Bananarama, or their “pop dance” equivalents, will be collecting awards in a separate ceremony to the “black dance” acts at the 1989 International DJ Convention, thus preventing any ugly clash as occurred this year, the Disco Mix Club organised event taking place in London next March with an opening party and pop awards on Sunday 12th at the Hippodrome, all day seminar and World Mixing eliminations on Monday 13th at Leicester Square’s Empire, and Technics World DJ Mixing finals and black awards on Tuesday 14th at the Royal Albert Hall … Virgin seem to have snapped up the Ronald Burrell created Bäs Noir import hit, presumably to keep everything in the family … Phase II ‘Reachin’’ has been temporarily deleted to build up sales demand to help it cross over when put back in the shops … Republic Records are releasing here the months old but still much played Turntable Orchestra ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me‘, from US Music Village Records, out separately although promoed back-to-back with Kym Mazelle ‘I’m A Lover‘, one of Marshall Jefferson’s earlier productions by her on Lower Level Records … Robert Clivilles & David Cole may have signed to Breakout as The Brat Pack for ‘Do It Properly Part II‘, but they’ve also signed to Syncopate under the old name of 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican! … Damon Rochefort is behind the controversial Mr E ‘Don’t Believe The Hype‘, so far only one solitary acetate which shuttles between Jeff Young and Pete Tong for radio play, being an acid track that samples Sir Alistair Burnett and the recent ITN ‘News At Ten’ report on acid house … Les Adams is remixing Maurice Joshua ‘This Is Acid’ … MCA Records have serviced a 33⅓rpm five track promo of the buoyant trotting 116bpm Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers ‘Jealous (Remix)‘, ahead of November 14 release here — the label has also launched a ‘Sunset Sound of L.A.’ album series, compiling recent UK and US issued singles (regardless of whether recorded in Los Angeles) which readers of this column will know … Ben Liebrand’s Summer ’88 Remix of the Four Seasons featuring Frankie Valli ‘Oh What A Night (December, 1963)’ turns out here as in Holland to be on br. music (1245277, via Prism Leisure Corporation) … Jive have added the She Rockers to a roster that already includes the Wee Papa Girl Rappers … Sleeping Bag Records’ UK launch party was definitely the hottest ticket in town last week (in fact to get in you had to wear a special T-shirt!), everyone being there to make it a pleasant social occasion, but as a music showcase it never took off (although people appreciated the house and rap sets spun by Graeme Park and Tim Westwood) … Dance Aid has finally been given full charitable status by the Charity Commissioners … Westside Records owners Jacqueline and Morgan Khan are the proud parents of two month old Fallon Jasmine Khan, while Breakout’s label manager Mike Sefton is anticipating imminent fatherhood too … Harrow’s Jon Jules had his £1,100 mobile yuppie ‘phone stolen out of his bag while travelling on the tube, and had to fork out for another one, all on top of moving house and finding the ceiling leaks … Virgin’s club plugger Clare Shave had all her belongings swiped at the Rockley Sands weekender, including all her personal telephone contact numbers, and would appreciate being reinformed about people’s private numbers (the sort that wouldn’t be on official file) … I hear that everyone sat on the floor at Rockley Sands when Nicky Holloway started to play acid house — so thankfully the backlash against the commercialisation of “acieed” has begun, just as happens whenever any sort of underground music crosses over — and also that Gary Haisman of d. mob apparently had something against his allocated caravan! … Top Shop has just banned the sale of “Smiley” T-shirts … Pete Haigh (Blackpool), boosting garage and street soul, observes that he saw drugs ruin the northern soul scene in 1974-6, and the backlash then became jazz/funk! … Jeff Thomas’s Mondays at Martha’s Vineyard remain unchanged while as of the opening night this Thursday (27), he crosses the road in Swansea to join Peter Helyer on Thurs/Fri/Saturdays at the newly refurbished Ritzy (formerly Mayfair) … Liverpool “urban funk band” Raw Unlimited play with DJ Desa this Thursday (27) at the Bassment, inside the Comet car park behind Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead — in which town on Monday (31) The Defhouse Twenty Four is at Atmosphere with Desa, Kenni James, Dave Ralph and PAs by Projection, Children Of The Night, Hit & Run … Eartha Kitt is a delighted Norman Scott’s special Hallowe’en guest on Monday (31) at London’s Bang … Steven Danté’s progress in The Club Chart with ‘Imagination’, as of last week, had the neat symmetry: 77 – 38 -30 – 38 – 77 … NANU NANU!
TODD TERRY (pictured here for the first time in rm) got behind the decks at the Wag during Sleeping Bag Records’ UK launch party last week, and mixed up all his hot floor filling productions. It would be nice to say that the result was an event to remember, but in truth, and sadly, it was about as interesting and exciting as hearing any DJ in any club anywhere mixing the same records (which, let’s face it, you are likely to encounter everywhere right now).
Les Adams dropped to one knee bearing a bunch of red roses at his L.A. Mix partner Emma Freilich’s 21st birthday, and said, “I haven’t got you a present, so instead, will you marry me?” Shocked and delighted, Emma luckily answered “Yes!” All together now, “ahh…”
THE TODD TERRY PROJECT ‘Weekend (Club Version)’ (Sleeping Bag Records UK SBUK 1T, via The Cartel)
The hottest import for a while is due out here next week, this Class Action girls sampling (0-)122⅔-122¾-122⅔-122¾-0bpm jerkily jumping canterer having proved bigger than the now B-sided Third World ‘Now That We Found Love’ pulsed and other samples zapped jittery leaping instrumental 121⅓-121⅔-0bpm ‘Just Wanna Dance (Club Version)‘ (Radio Versions too).
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT ‘It’s A Trip (Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out)’ (Jive JIVE T 189)
Kool Kat recorded very calculatedly commercial frantic twittering and jittering acid bubbler from Manchester, borrowing d. mob’s “acieed!” chant and the Fini Tribe’s ‘De Testimony’ chimes, in 127bpm Hacienda and Instrumental Mixes, 0-126bpm Killer Instrumental Mix, likely to do well in the current crossover climate without winning any marks for originality.
BIG DADDY KANE ‘Set It Off (Extended Mix)’ (Cold Chillin’ W76761)
Finally out commercially, this Marley Marl produced/remixed excitingly churning drums throbbed (0-)116¼bpm new wave rap swirler has a naggingly repeated piercing tinny guitar noise that’s even more brain chewing than Public Enemy’s noises (fast talking 0-118⅔bpm LP version too, and tricky fatback funk drummed dubwise 98½-0bpm Bobby Byrd-cutting ‘Get Into It‘).
THE REAL ROXANNE ‘Respect’ (Cooltempo COOLX 176)
Due out here next week, this Hitman Howie-Tee produced bassily rumbling 111½-0bpm scratchy scolding rap jitterer features Dee Dee Scott’s recreation of Aretha Franklin’s vocal and a guy repeatedly complaining “I tell you I can’t relax, you know” (Instrumental too), the Jam Master Jay & L.A. Posse produced 0-104bpm ‘Her Bad Self‘ flip (in Posse and Hitman Mixes) being based usefully on the Average White Band’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’.
YOUNG M.C. ‘Know How’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 120)
Isaac Hayes ‘Shaft’-based jumpy 116⅔bpm fast talker and its jiggly trotting instrumental now coupled here just by the Jamaican accented fire acappella started jittery sparse 0-97⅚bpm ‘The Fastest Rhyme — My Name Is Young‘ (previously unreleased instrumental too), which may be a mistake as the original ‘I Let ‘Em Know‘ import A-side has had consistent support too.
RICKSTER ‘Night Moves’ (Sure Delight SDT 6, via Jet Star)
Wordlessly scatted and stuttered then gently acidic synth pulsed gruffly soulful excellent UK-recorded chugging 0-122¾-123-122¾bpm deep house leaper, coupled by a more instantly vocal 122¾bpm version and thudding instrumental 122¾-0bpm alternative acidic mix, recommended if you’re into the likes of Phase II and Blaze (the alkaline antidote to acieed?).
LAKE EERIE ‘The Nightmare (It’s Over For You)’ (US nugroove NG 004)
Such a Todd Terry soundalike that it actually samples Black Riot ‘A Day In The Life’, this Frankie Bones and Lenny D & Tommy Musto created ‘Set It Off’-ish hi-hat pulsed 119¼bpm rambling patterer doesn’t really do much or go anywhere as a “tune”, but does what it does do in the increasingly trendy garage style through four different mixes. Let me tell you, man…
HARDHOUSE ‘Check This Out’ (Club Version)’ (US Easy Street EZS-7542)
Todd Terry created jauntily racing (0-)120⅔-0bpm simple instrumental leaper built out of Serious Intention chords and other bits of familiar house hits (nothing really to do with LA Mix, much to Les Adams’ relief!), flipped by ‘The Hustlers’ Convention’-introed, funky drummered 0-108⅓bpm ‘11:55‘ hip hop instrumental (like Royal House’s ‘The Journey’) cutting ‘The Champ’ and more in two Bee Boys mixes. Obviously not one of Todd’s major projects, this apparently was made for the label in return for his past use of Serious Intention samples!
AL B. SURE ‘Rescue Me (I’m Not Mad) (Remix)’ (US Warner Bros/Uptown 0-21038)
Extremely powerful ultra-jittery tugging 103-103⅙-0bpm jiggler in the current US black chart dominating style, with eccentrically tapping beats and dancing bass creating incredible tension around Al’s anguished moaning and groaning vocal bursts (three more 103⅙-0bpm mixes too, the odd Large Mix with main beat removed).
KEITH SWEAT ‘Don’t Stop Your Love (Extended Version)’ (US Vintertamment 0-66728)
“Lurve rap” introed typical thuddingly jolted swaying 0-102-102⅙bpm anxiously romantic jogger full of bright sharp touches amidst the sparse framework, with a more slinkily undulating 0-102⅓bpm so-called House Mix plus 102bpm muttering Keith’s Rap, spasmodically rhythmic Acappella Groove, and Instrumental versions.
KARYN WHITE ‘The Way You Love Me’ (Warner Bros W7773T)
LA & Babyface-created typical bubbly jittering lurcher in post-Janet style, remixed by Dave ‘O’ Ogrin and Dave Shaw in rambling 107-105⅚-106⅙-107bpm 12″ Club Mix and jerkily edited 106½-106⅓-105⅔-105⅚-106 1/4-106⅙-107bpm 12″ Hype Remix versions (neither as chunkily solid as her album’s better constant tempoed original version), coupled by the Jeff Lorber co-produced jolting abrupt 114¼bpm ‘Love On The Line‘.
THE 7A3 ‘Coolin’ In Cali (Extended Mix)’ (US Geffen Records 0-21069)
Brett & Sean Bouldin and DJ Grandmixer Muggs are produced by Public Enemy’s Hank & Keith Shocklee and Eric Sadler, so naturally sound quite similar on this churning 107bpm jerky jiggler (in four versions) which samples amongst others Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)’ and Kool & The Gang’s ‘Hollywood Swinging’, coupled with the sinister rolling 101bpm ‘That’s How We’re Living‘ and thrashing bouncy instrumental 100bpm ‘Groovin’’, all rather interesting.
SHINEHEAD ‘Chain Gang (Rap)’ (Elektra/African Love Records EKR81T)
Jam Master Jay & Davy D-produced rather good 96⅚bpm jaunty rap adaptation of Sam Cooke’s song, quite amusingly about riding on New York’s subways, in reggae accented Island Mix, more fiercely JB-ish driven Dub Stylee, and long Kicking Acappella versions.
NENEH CHERRY ‘Buffalo Stance’ (Circa Records YRT 21)
Plaintive girl rapped, sung and giggled jittery tuneful 0-107bpm judderer, scratching in just a few bits of ‘Buffalo Gals’, really good natured and fun, as if the Wee Papas copied Milli Vanilli to a denser backing (in four mixes).
KOOL D with TECHNOLO G ‘Now Dance’ (US Wild Pitch Records WP 1008)
Densely scrubbing and scratching remorselessly jiggling monotonous murky 102bpm fast talking groove in the new style, not a crossover but a real nagger for those in tune, with a less claustrophobic 106bpm ‘Go To Work‘ (dubs too).
CAMILLE ‘Scarlet Pussy’ (Paisley Park Records W7745T)
‘Atomic Dog’-answering seriously heavy 103½-0bpm mesmeric rolling P’funk smacker with a gruffly talking fella and Sheila E-ish girl, terrific flip of the at first quietly chugging squeakily whinneyed then chunkily jiggling, band chanted and broken down, ramblingly building 105⅔-105⅓-0bpm monotonous PRINCE ‘I Wish U Heaven‘, clever maybe but unlikely to mean much as a song. The B-side, though — bow wow wow!
CAMEO ‘Machismo’ (US Atlanta Artists 422 836 002-1)
Apart from the Miles Davis muted trumpet tootled sinuously jogging 88⅔bpm ‘In The Night’ and lazily rolling 88bpm ‘Soul Tightened‘, this uninspired though sharply recorded abruptly snapping dated funk album has the ‘Single Girls’-ish 0-101⅔-0bpm ‘Skin I’m In‘, fragmentary short (oldie reprising?) 107½bpm ‘Honey‘, ‘Summer In The City’-ish jolting (0-)108-0bpm ‘Pretty Girls‘, brassily chugging 119¾bpm ‘Promiscuous‘, both guitar and vocal yowled jittery 119⅓bpm ‘I Like The World‘, plus the currently 12-inched ‘Word Up’ copying 118⅓bpm ‘You Make Me Work’ and reggae 58½bpm ‘DKWIG’.
»R+R« ‘Acid Off A Way Pt 2’ (Three Stripe Records SAM 1112, via The Cartel)
Smith & Mighty created scratching and sizzling machine washed stuttery 116⅓bpm acid house from Bristol, with a muttering denser more wriggly 117½bpm Part 1 (which is actually placed second on the record), flipped by the funkily scratching and sampling juddery 105⅙bpm ‘Funky Man (You Better Run)‘ — which so far has been the warmest track — and Gil Scott-Heron sampling jerkily spurting nervy 118⅓bpm ‘Some Good‘.
STEVE MATHIS ‘True Love’ (US Sound Tech Records ST 8801)
Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley remixed largely instrumental sparsely ticking old fashioned bounder with short bursts of vocal by fragile Angie Odoms, Abrams-ish bellowing James Bellamy and rapping Marc ‘M.Doc’ Williams in the 0-120¾bpm House Mix, or totally instrumental 120¾bpm beefy House Of Trix Mix and twittering bass finished Insane Mix versions.
KARIYA ‘Let Me Love You For Tonight’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX-40141)
Grittily wailing Joyce Sims-ish mesmeric swaying garage groove in bass juddered quietly jittering latin hip hop-ish 112¼bpm Hip-Hop Club Version, empty 113bpm Radical Hip-Hop Dub, “tubular bells” introed more chunkily lurching 0-112¼-0bpm House Club Version, two 112bpm Radio Versions and an Acappella.
SOUL CONNECTION ‘Oh, Ivy!’ (Intrigue IGE 1T)
Master (The Beatcreator) Tee produced pleasant ‘phonecall started gentle guy whispered deceptively slow very drily jiggling 0-83bpm “street-soul” swayer, flipped by the bumpily bubbling 99½bpm ‘In (and out of) Love‘ and the similar more lushly harmonised and saxed 102⅓bpm ‘Find The Time (To Play)‘, all equally mellow and unhurried.
KEITH THOMPSON ‘Love Is Not A Toy’ (US Hit-n-Run Records HR-90544)
Soulfully husky lurching 120bpm jiggly canterer in five different good mixes, maybe not moody enough but certainly well sung enough to qualify as “deep house”, worth checking.
PRIVATE PARTY ‘Don’t Distress This Groove’ (I-M-W IMWD 1206)
Exciting hoarsely shouting frenetic wriggly juddering 118¾-0bpm jitterer (instrumental flip), only on promo ahead of inclusion on a ‘Hard To Get’ UK rap compilation album.
A GUY CALLED GERALD ‘ Voodoo Ray EP’ (Rham! Records RS 8804)
Oddball totally acid freaky 33⅓rpm four-tracker from Manchester, with the wordlessly wailing girls chanted and title repeating guys muttered nervily bounding 119½-0bpm ‘Voodoo Ray’, frenetic machine washed twittery 125¾-0bpm ‘Escape‘, frantically leaping smacked, sizzled and Tibetan monks moaned 0-125-0bpm ‘Rhapsody In Acid‘, monotonous title repeating backbeat bashed tinkly (0-)122¾bpm ‘Blow Your House Down‘, and not a trace of either soul or depth to be found anywhere in it.
STACY LATTISAW ‘Call Me (Extended Remix)’ (Motown MOT-4615)
Bright enthusiastic wriggly 112bpm smacker with just about as big a walloping backbeat as she used to have eight years ago (dub/edit flip).
ROBERTA FLACK ‘Oasis’ (Atlantic WX229)
With Quincy Jones as executive producer and all the supporting session names you’d expect, her long overdue and inevitably classy return has the Marcus Miller-produced lovely weaving 88¾-0bpm ‘Something Magic’, gently jiggly ‘All Night Long (All Night)’-ish African climaxed 111½-111-0bpm title track, and lushly swirling 0-104/52bpm ‘My Someone To Love‘, Andy Goldmark-produced pleasantly swaying familiar seeming 91⅔bpm ‘Shock To My System‘, Michael Omartian-produced attractive 0-90/45-0bpm ‘All Caught Up In Love‘, Ashford & Simpson-penned lightly fluid surging 118½bpm ‘Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)‘, subduedly wriggling 93/46½bpm ‘You Know What It’s Like’, gentle 48½/97bpm ‘And So It Goes’, doodling 0-46/92bpm ‘(His Name) Brazil’, and meandering 0-20/40-0bpm ‘You Who Brought Me Love’, another like Anita Baker’s album (to which it’s a strong rival) that’ll be more for home listening these days.
ADONIS ‘Acid Poke’ (Desire WANTX 8)
It’s the naggingly continuously stuttering title line (never once said properly) that makes this bass synth twittered 123⅔-0bpm rollicking canterer really acidic — an updated reprise of his earlier ‘The Poke’ — the 124-0bpm instrumental flip now therefore being much less effective.
EDWARD GET DOWN ‘Catch The Beat’ (US Get Down Records G.D. 102)
Steadily rolling ‘Billie Jean’-ish 119bpm instrumental thumper with some stuttery “there’s not a problem that I can’t” samples, pattering pauses and a few twittery bits in the Club mix, plus differently textured clucking and crowing stuttery acidic Bonus Beat and Dub versions, and an even more fully fleshed Radio mix.
ARTOMATIK ‘Free’ (US Wild Pitch Records WP1007)
Loosely rambling bass and piano prodded nervy bounder in whooping and whistling 119-0bpm Chic-a-Boom Mix, spurting and pausing 0-119½-0bpm House Vocal, more beefily jumping 119½-0bpm House Mix, spacey (but not acieed) 0-119¼-0bpm Dave’s Acid Trip, and tempoless Free-cappella versions.
DA POSSE featuring Christa Jordan ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ (US Future Records FR-1)
About for over a month now, this girl cooed bass synth farted vigorous fast 124bpm spurting percussive racer, with a twittering nervy 124¾-123¾bpm Acid Mix, is flipped by the synth washed bubbly flying 128⅓bpm title repeating ‘I Want It‘, and Maurice Joshua’s hollow bass synth and hissing hi-hats driven thudding instrumental 125bpm ‘The Groove‘.
BILLY ALWAYS ‘Back On Track (Club Version)’ (Epic 653113 6)
Charlie Singleton co-produced, Clivilles & Cole remixed, pleasantly dated Curtis Mayfield-ish wriggly jogging 97⅓-0bpm soul swayer (edit/percappella flip), a good song likely to get radio play.
GREEDY BEAT SYNDICATE ‘Kickin’ The Bass’ (Greedy Beat Records GREED 005)
DJ Global, Eddie S, and Dr Hugot T mesh together a scratch and sample woven 97⅔-0bpm rolling beat behind shouting Dana D (not Mr Dane), who raps about himself and the above named DJs to def enough if rather tiresome effect, Martin Luther King replacing him on the probably preferable if less fierce also 97⅔-0bpm ‘Now Is The Time’ (which may well be the A-side, the whole thing being mislabelled).
KENNY G ‘Silhouette’ (US Arista AL-8475)
The squeaky saxist supplements his “new age” doodlings with the still rather soft focussed Smokey Robinson sung pleasant gently undulating 99½bpm ‘We’ve Saved The Best For Last’, Andre Montague souled crawling 81½bpm ‘I’ll Be Alright‘, instrumental attractive lightly buoyant (0-)104⅓bpm ‘Summer Song‘, quite chunky 113⅓bpm ‘All In One Night‘, flurrying 108bpm ‘Against Doctor’s Orders‘, while the drifting 58½/29¼bpm ‘Silhouette’ and 0-77/83½bpm ‘Tradewinds’ come out respectively as 79bpm and 104bpm if played (as I did by mistake before realising!) at 78rpm, sounding perfectly respectable and more useable, the other atmospheric dawdlers being the 0-42⅓-0bpm ‘Pastel’ (yuk!), 29/58-0bpm ‘Let Go’ and 0bpm (count ’em) ‘Home’.
SHEENA EASTON ‘The Lover In Me (Extended Version)’ (US MCA Records MCA-23904)
Make of it what you like but a darned sight more soulful than the likes of Pebbles or Jody Watley is this L.A. & BabyFace-created jauntily chugging jiggly 114bpm trotter, with a catchy “shoo-doo wop” hook, rippling piano, squealing sax and pattering percussion (inst/edit flip), one of last week’s surprise big import sellers.
KYLIE MINOGUE ‘Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (Moi Non Plus Mix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 21), Stock Aitken Waterman created typically nasal attractive gently loping 118bpm shuffling and tapping MoR swayer, with a stuttery started more routinely rollicking 119⅓bpm ‘Made In Heaven (Maid In England Mix)‘ flip, neither entirely Hi-NRG but we don’t have a Pop Dance section this week;
MICHELLE GOULET ‘Over And Over And Over’ (Saturday SDY 7), massive for months as an Island import in our Hi-NRG chart, this Ish Ledesma created wailingly sung anthemic very simple uncluttered Miami canterer is here finally out in its original 125bpm US mix as flip to a much more busily romping new 0-124⅓bpm so called (and misspelt!) Balaeric Beat Remix by Ian Levine & Steven Wagner;
KELLY MARIE ‘Stealing My Time’ (Saturday SDY 6), 1980’s Scottish chart-topper (now a housewife to judge from the rings on her fingers) returns on a rollicking Levine & Wagner-created 133½bpm galloper with many breezily derivative ingredients, which as she’s managed by Bill Grainger, is sure to be big north o’ the border;
CAROL WOODS ‘Never Satisfied’ (Nightmare MARE 66), grittily growled and wailed tunefully facile 0-128-0bpm galloper with an ‘I Feel Love’-meets-‘Popcorn’ electro backing;
ASTAIRE ‘Rival Love’ (Passion PASH 1284), vigorous girl wailed throbbing 124¾-125bpm galloper with catchily derivative synth hooks twiddling above it all;
DESIDERATA ‘Heart Of Glass’ (Nightmare MARE 67), Blondie’s oldie revived again currently, in a cymbal schlurped unadventurously routine though harmless 119⅓-0bpm girl cooed treatment much as you’d expect of Ian Levine, with a more dramatically arranged jerkily spurting 118¾-0bpm ‘Every Waking Hour’ flip;
KEREN & CHELLE ‘Sugar Daddy’ (Sigh Records 12 RTX1), squeakily young sounding (although they’re quite big girls now) frisky simple sing-song 0-126¼bpm trite canterer by Brian Poole’s daughters, originally promoted even on TV back in the summer as just a seven inch.
DEE LEWIS ‘Stuck On Love (Remix)’ (Mercury DEER 412), Sister Sledge-ish guitar chinked good smacking brassy subtle 109-0bpm re-remix, in fact, by Jon Williams, apparently only on promo which seems a waste;
SIMON HARRIS ‘Here Comes That Sound (Demolition Remix)‘ (ffrr FFRXR 12), much more beefily jittering faster 0-119⅔-0bpm commercial version (at last!) of the already fully documented Love Deluxe inspired samples crammed volume pumper;
TONGUE IN CHEEK ‘Why (You Could Have Had It All) (The Maisonette Mix)’ (Criminal Records BUSTR 11, via Rough Trade), aggressively shouting, grunting and James Brown sampling/started/finished more gimmicky 0-112⅔-0bpm hissing hi-hat pulsed Total Contrast remix of the winsome girls cooed nagging street soul “sleeper”;
PAUL RUTHERFORD ‘Get Real (Sinister)‘ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRX 113), emptier fluttering twittery 0-125⅓-0bpm marketing mix;
SHAKESPEAR’S SISTER ‘Break My Heart (You Really) (Extended Version)‘ (London LONX 200) frantically rattling 127bpm Hi-NRG mix by Manu Guiot, with a “check this out” punctuated busier machine washed 0-127bpm Acidic Mix too.
THE CLUB CHART – October 29, 1988
01 01 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. mob (featuring Gary Haisman), ffrr 12in
02 03 WEEKEND/JUST WANNA DANCE The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh Records 12in
03 02 THE PARTY (CLUB MIX) Kraze, MCA Records 12in
04 05 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
05 04 BIG FUN/(JUAN’S MAGIC REMIX) Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
06 09 SO MANY WAYS (DO IT PROPERLY PART II) The Brat Pack, Breakout 12in
07 07 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR/CHECK THIS OUT Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile LP
08 06 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD MIX) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in
09 08 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX) Swan Lake, Champion 12in
10 13 SHARP AS A KNIFE (ACID ATTACK) Brandon Cooke featuring Roxanne Shanté, Club 12in
11 20 RESPECT/HER BAD SELF The Real Roxanne, Cooltempo 12in promo
12 27 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (PARKSIDE MIX) Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in promo
13 11 GET REAL (HAPPY HOUSE MIX) Paul Rutherford, Fourth & Broadway 12in
14 14 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE Sugar Bear, US Coslit Records 12in
15 36 KNOW HOW/(INSTRUMENTAL)/I LET ‘EM KNOW Young MC, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
16 15 I’LL HOUSE YOU Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
17 17 ACID MAN (ORIGINAL/HAPPY MIXES) Jolly Roger, 10 Records 12in
18 18 TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ (EXPANSIONS/DOMINOES MIXES) Stetsasonic, Breakout 12in
19 66 USELESS (I DON’T NEED YOU NOW) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
20 12 SET IT OFF (EXTENDED MARLEY MARL MIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
21 26 OPEN OUR EYES Marshall Jefferson presents Truth, US Big Beat 12in
22 10 RIDING ON A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
23 29 DON’T GET ME STARTED Big Lady K, B/Ware! Records 12in
24 21 I’LL HOUSE YOU (RICHIE RICH RECONSTRUCTION) Jungle Brothers, Gee St 12in
25 19 O-O-O (EXTENDED PARKSIDE REMIX) Adrenalin M.O.D., MCA Records 12in
26 60 CAN’T WIN FOR LOSIN’ (OVERSEAS MIX/KEVIN HEDGE MIX) Blaze, RePublic Records 12in
27 32 JENIFA (TAUGHT ME)/POTHOLES IN MY LAWN De La Soul, US Tommy Boy 12in
28 31 NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS (ANTI-HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE ENCOUNTER MIX)/TERMINATOR X TO THE EDGE OF PANIC Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
29 23 WHERE’S YOUR CHILD?/SPEND THE NIGHT Bam Bam, Desire 12in
30 22 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (REMIXES) Karyn White, US Warner Bros 12in promo
31 40 COME BACK/ANY LOVE/I WONDER/LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT Luther Vandross, Epic LP
32 24 IN THE NAME OF LOVE ’88 (RAILROAD MIX/DUB) Thompson Twins, Arista 12in
33 47 CHARLIE SEZ/RUNNIN YO’ MOUTH/GOTTANOTHA FUNKY BREAK 4-U -> HIT IT! Original Concept, Def Jam 12in
34 38 THEME FROM P.O.P. (CLUB REMIX) Perfectly Ordinary People, Urban Acid 12in
35 28 A BETTER WAY/YEAH BUDDY/DIRTY BEATS/NO WAY NO WAY Royal House, Champion LP
36 44 RIDE THE RHYTHM (ACID NOT PLACID) This Ain’t Chicago, Club 12in
37 33 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (CLUB MIX) Bäs Noir, US nugroove 12in
38 42 CRAZY (FOR ME) (THE DONE PROPERLY MIX) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
39 81 CHECK THIS OUT (CLUB VERSION) Hardhouse, US Easy Street 12in
40 — THE NIGHTMARE (IT’S OVER FOR YOU) Lake Eerie, US nugroove 12in
41 51 MIRACLES MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
42 16 BIG FUN (LES ADAMS’ L.A. BIG BIG FUN REMIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
43 56 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
44 71 CAN U STILL DANCE Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
45 30 CAN YOU FEEL IT? (REMIX) Fingers Inc, Desire 12in
46 50 ACID RAPPIN’ The Moody Boys featuring Rhyme & Reason, CityBeat 12in
47 55 I PIONEERED THIS M.C. Shan, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
48 — JACK TO THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND Hithouse, Supreme 12in
49 54 LIFE’S JUST A BALL GAME Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in mailing list promo
50 86 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS/(Y’AZZID MIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
51 — THE TWILIGHT ZONE (REMIX) The Party Boy, Urban Acid 12in white label
52 35 GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE (NYC SUBWAY MIX) Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
53 53 A DAY IN THE LIFE/WARLOCK Black Riot, Champion 12in
54 — REACHIN’ (LATIN WORKOUT MIX) Phase II, Republic Records 12in
55 49 SOMEBODY SAVE ME (MIXES) By All Means, Fourth & Broadway 12in
56 76 I WANT TO KNOW/THIS TIME/LOVE IS IN FLIGHT/WITH YOU/LOVING YOU Marlena Shaw, US Polydor/Verve LP
57 re HELLO/DO YOU STILL REALLY LOVE ME? Thomas Esterine, Angel Town 12in
58 34 THESE THINGS HAPPEN (BEATMASTERS REMIX) Viola Wills, Rhythm King 12in
59 — MAGIC LOVER/HOUSE OF LOVE The Cool Notes, Risin Records 12in
60 63 BURN IT UP (ORANGE SUNSHINE/YELLOW SUNSET MIXES) The Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
61 — GOOD LOVE/PRICELESS/RULES/GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I GOT Anita Baker, Elektra LP
62 82 BREATHE LIFE INTO ME (EXTENDED REMIX) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
63 re BINGO BONGO (HOUSE MIXES/CLUB VERSION) The Minutemen, Champion 12in promo
64 — SECURITY (CLUB MIX) The Beat Club, Bass Records 12in
65 — TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON)/RIDING ON A TRAIN/I REALLY MISS YOU/JUSTICE FOR THE WORLD/ENCHANTED LADY/GIVE A LITTLE PEACE/FUNNY FEELING/LIVING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANOTHER MAN/NEW LOVE/SOMETHING ELSE The Pasadenas, CBS LP
66 46 RISING TO THE TOP (UK REMIX) Pieces Of A Dream, EMI-Manhattan 12in
67 48 WEE RULE (RAGAMUFFIN MIX)/REBEL RAP Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
68 — VOODOO RAY E.P., A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! Records 12in mailing list promo
69 78 ROCK THIS PARTY RIGHT (MIXES) Cool House, US Underground 12in
70 67 ACID THUNDER (MIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in/Westside Records promo
71 41 DON’T STOP, WE’RE SO HOT (BODY SIZZLING MIX)/BURN IT DOWN (WITH THE PHILLY SOUND)/1666 – OOH BABY I’M SO HOT (PYRO-MANIAC MIX) M-D-Emm, RePublic Records 12in
72 57 DROP THE DEAL Code 61/JESUS ON THE PAYROLL The Thrashing Doves/BLACKOUT Enzo Avitabile/KAW-LIGA (PRAIRIE MIX) The Residents/WHY WHY WHY (LIVE) The Woodentops (‘Balearic Beats Vol 1’), ffrr LP
73 re WIND ME UP M.C. Bam Bam, US Pow Wow Records 12in
74 64 BURN IT UP/ACID BURN Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
75 58 THE LOVER IN ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Sheena Easton, US MCA Records 12in
76 — SHOULD I NEED YOU/ALL ACID OUT/THE FUNK IS ON Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, US House Records LP
77 85 ACID OFF A WAY PT 2/FUNKY MAN >>R+<<, Three Stripe Records 12in
78 — INTO THE FUTURE/(INSTRUMENTAL)/(REMIX)/MY VISION M.C. Rell & The House Rockers, Criminal Records 12in
79 — LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
80 — MY GOOD FRIEND JAMES/THIS IS SERIOUS/HEARTBREAK IN THE MAKING/CAN’T SAY ‘BYE/SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR SON/PERISH THE THOUGHT/LOVE DON’T COME NO STRONGER (THAN YOURS AND MINE)/INSTANT LOVE/WHY DOES LIVING (BECOME A CRIME)/LIFE AFTER ROMANCE Tony Stone, Ensign LP
81 — COOLIN’ IN CALI/THAT’S HOW WE’RE LIVIN’/GROOVIN’ The 7A3, US Geffen Records 12in
82 72 CAN U DANCE Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason & Fast Eddie Smith, Champion 12in mailing list promo
83 — I MISSED/WHERE’S THAT GIRL/HOLD ON TO LOVE/CAN WE SPEND SOME TIME/CLOSER THAN FRIENDS/BLACK SHADES/YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING/SHOWER ME WITH YOUR LOVE Surface, US Columbia LP
84 — USELESS (CHICAGO SIDE/NEW YORK SIDE) Kym Mazelle, US EMI-Syncopate 12in
85 — LOVE SONG/DON’T ROCK THE BOAT/I DON’T WANNA BE LONELY/PAMPER ME/90 DAYS (SAME AS CASH)/REQUEST LINE/SNAKE IN THE GRASS/HEARTBEAT Midnight Star, US Solar LP
86 52 IN THE NIGHT Ralphi Rosario, US Hot Mix 5 Inc 12in
87 — THIEVES Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, Breakout 12in mailing list promo
88 — THE FLIGHT/I’M THE ONE/UPSIDE DOWN Perri, MCA Records LP
89 61 KING OF THE BEATS/JOIN ME PLEASE… Mantronix, US Capitol 12in
90 — NEBULA 1/DEEP SPACE/T.H.X. Nebula 1, G-Zone 12in
91 75 ONE BAD APPLE (NORMAN COOK ILLEGAL MIX) The Osmonds, Polydor 12in white label
92 re MACHINES (APOCALYPSE MIX) Laurent X, US House Nation Records 12in
93 — IT’S A TRIP (TUNE IN, TURN ON, DROP OUT) (HACIENDA MIX) Children Of The Night, Kool Kat/Jive 12in mailing list promo
94 re ACID MAN (TECHNO MIX) Jolly Roger, 10 Records 12in
95 80 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
96 — EASE BACK/WATCH ME NOW/CRITICAL BEATDOWN/EGO TRIPPIN’ (MC’s ULTRA REMIX)/MOE LUV’S THEME/KOOL KEITH HOUSING THINGS/GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME/FEELIN’ IT/BREAK NORTH/WHEN I BURN/FUNKY (REMIX)/TRAVELING AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT (REMIX)/CED-GEE (DELTA FORCE ONE) (REMIX)/ONE MINUTE LESS/AIN’T IT GOOD TO YOU Ultramagnetic MC’s, US Next Plateau Records Inc LP
97 — THINK LIKE YA ENEMY/SANDS OF TIME Positively Black featuring Prince Kharique, US Trumpet 12in
98 99 NOW DANCE/GO TO WORK Kool D with Technolo G, US Wild Pitch 12in
99 83 ESCAPE The Mack featuring Tim Bryant, US Quark 12in
100 — STRUCTURE/TRUTH OF SELF EVIDENCE/GRAB THE BEAT Reese & Santonio, ffrr/Kool Kat 12in promo
01 02 BIG FUN Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
02 03 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. Mob (featuring Gary Haisman), ffrr 12in
03 01 TEARDROPS Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 — JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
05 11 ONE MOMENT IN TIME Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
06 04 LOVE, TRUTH & HONESTY Bananarama, London 12in
07 05 TURN IT INTO LOVE Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
08 09 A LITTLE RESPECT Erasure, Mute 12in
09 — STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS Yazz, Big Life 12in
10 07 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX) Swan Lake, Champion 12in
11 15 I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE Duran Duran, EMI 12in
12 12 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
13 16 NEVER TRUST A STRANGER Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
14 — BURN IT UP Beatmasters featuring P.P. Arnold, Rhythm King 12in
15 — GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
16 10 WEE RULE Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
17 13 LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers, CBS 12in
18 06 RIDING ON A TRAIN The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
19 18 DOMINO DANCING (DISCO MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
20 08 THE HARDER I TRY (EXTENDED MIX) Brother Beyond, Parlophone 12in
01 01 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
02 03 THE RUMOUR (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Olivia Newton-John, US MCA 12in
03 05 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
04 04 I CAN FLY Louise Thomas, Nightmare 12in
05 10 LOVE EVICTION/LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE TONIGHT Quartzlock, Retro 12in
06 02 TURN IT ON TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
07 09 ALL OF ME (BOY OH BOY) Sabrina, PWL/Mega/Videogram 12in
08 15 ONLY MUSIC SURVIVES (DJ PROMIX)/SPEND A LITTLE TIME Alba, Italian Merak Music 12in
09 14 YOUR LOVE CAME TOO LATE Eria Fachin, US Critique 12in
10 08 HIT ‘N’ RUN LOVER (REMAKE) Carol Jiani, Passion 12in
11 11 ROCK ME BABY Lysa Lynn, US Emergency 12in
12 06 REQUIEM London Boys, German Teldec 12in
13 12 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
14 23 NEVER TRUST A STRANGER/YOU CAME (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
15 13 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
16 16 BIG FUN Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
17 24 LOVE, TRUTH & HONESTY (BALEARACIDIC MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
18 07 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (AFRO ACID MIX) Mory Kante, ffrr 12in
19 17 JIVE INTO THE NIGHT Green Olives, Italian “X”-Energy 12in
20 21 TOO MANY TIMES, TOO MANY CHANGES San, Belgian Infinity 12in
21 40 IS THIS REALLY LOVE Jon Otis, PWL 12in
22 19 I DON’T BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
23 re LOVE, TRUTH & HONESTY Bananarama, London 12in
24 18 LET’S NOT SAY GOODBYE Jigsaw, Nightmare 12in
25 — RIVAL LOVE Astaire, Passion 12in
26 — THEME FROM P.O.P. Perfectly Ordinary People, Urban 12in
27 20 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS Yazz, Big Life 12in
28 re HEAVEN CAN WAIT Sandra, German Virgin 12in
29 — STUCK ON LOVE (PHIL HARDING MIX) Dee Lewis, Mercury 12in
30 — CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
31 34 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
32 35 WE CAN MAKE IT Evans & Fisher, Italian EF 12in
33 22 WHAT KIND OF LOVE Diana Randall, French Public 12in
34 re JOHN (LES ADAMS REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
35 28 A LITTLE RESPECT (MARK SAUNDERS MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
36 33 CHICA CUBANA Tatjana, Dutch High Fashion 12in
37 30 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
38 re EMOTION Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
39 — JACKIE (WAKE UP MIX) Blue Zone, Arista/Rockin’ Horse 12in
40 26 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
3 thoughts on “October 29, 1988: The Todd Terry Project, Children Of The Night, Big Daddy Kane, The Real Roxanne, Young M.C.”
‘Buffalo Stance’ is one of those rare tunes that sounded completely and utterly fantastic the first time I heard it (on a late night Channel 4 show, several weeks ahead of release), and has never stopped sounding completely and utterly fantastic ever since. I grabbed a white label copy as soon as I saw it, before there had been any further press coverage, and was delighted to see it eventually become a hit.
It’s surprising to see Kariya’s ‘Let Me Love You For Tonight’ getting reviewed this early, as it’s a tune which I associate with the second half of 1989, but it looks as if it was the 1989 re-release that brought it to wider attention.
Dismissed by James this week as lacking soul and depth (!), ‘Voodoo Ray’ took quite a while to gather momentum, and it did not initially do well in The Club Chart. I started playing it out in mid-January 1989, and my floor took to it instantly, but it didn’t hit the pop Top 40 until July.
I haven’t a clue what the new entry by Nebula 1 is. Is it acid, techno, tie start of hardcore or what.
Nebula 2 became well known for bangin’ hardcore tunes in the early 90s including one of my favourite hardcore tunes of all time ‘Flatliners’ – and that act always seemed to be in Steve Jackson’s rave chart on Tuesday nights on Kiss.
Surely it’s too much of a coincidence for Nebula 2 not to be connected to this one – but if it’s an early form of hardcore it’s easily the first such record in the dance chart. And with it being a British release it makes me think it may be.
I always thought Voodoo Ray a completely overrated record and seemed to be hyped in 1989 by an out of touch record business trying to pretend they were down with the acid or underground dance scene. Well at least it got Peter Cooke in the top 10 I suppose with the sample.
Kariya however was massive on the pirates, Kiss and raves for months end of 1988 and through 1989.Few records sound so purely 1989 to me as this one.
Interesting – Nebula 1 still basically sounds like acid to these ears, but there are also hints in there of what was to come. Discogs doesn’t throw up any members in common with Nebula II – there are no names in common on the credits.
I think that ‘Voodoo Ray’ was more of a Manchester tune, which slowly trickled southwards. I’ve always loved its unique atmosphere, and it was such a great track to play out.
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