BEATS & PIECES
CLARE SHAVE, having brought renewed credibility to especially 10 Records’ dance product, has left her club promotions post at Virgin to go independent as Pure Beat Promotions, working in tandem with Jimmy O’Rheilley’s management company Pure Music at 32 Wardour Street, London W1V 3HJ (01-287 2072) – where she’s still reassembling her missing Filofax ‘phone numbers … Rob Manley meanwhile is leaving Breakout at the end of next week to take over at Virgin as of December 5 (things moved rather faster than anticipated once Clare had made her feelings known, Siren/10 Records wanting to keep an in-house promotion department instead of retaining an independent) … Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock’s ‘It Takes Two’ album is now indeed out here on Supreme Records (SU 4), who are also rush releasing the Ultramagnetic MC’s album reviewed on import only last week … Gee St Recordings’ UK version of the Jungle Brothers’ ‘Straight Out The Jungle’ (GEEA001) adds to the album’s originally reviewed tracks the Richie Rich reconstructed ‘I’ll House You’ hit, plus, with the first 5,000, a bonus 12 inch containing a ‘Because I Got It Like That’ (and thus also Sly Stone) based 0-108-107⅚bpm Ultimatum’s Ultramix, flipped by its chuggingly drummed 107⅚bpm Jungle Beats and brief Jungle Bass … SLF’s album will contain an extended club mix of the excellent ‘Show Me What You’ve Got’ vocal version … Tim Jeffery’s Cool Cuts chart was a little bit too upfront last week, Republic Records not even having cut their Turntable Orch/Kym Mazelle and Younger Generation pressings (the latter in fact won’t be about for ages)! … Timeless Records are including club jocks in their mailing list now, contact Miss Rakha Desai for an application form on 01-961 3889 … Fred Dove, Jane Evans, Les Adams, Emma Freilich and myself all turned up with invitations to the grand opening last week of Milton Keynes’ refurbished The Club at The Point only to find all the outside doors locked – after ages, a jobsworth did come and open a door but then wouldn’t let us in as, guess what, the doors close at midnight (and this, after 20 minutes of freezing outside, was at half a minute actually before midnight!) … I was not initially very impressed once we did get in, first impression of The Club being a glass box with flashing lights and dreadful distorted sound (the latter remained true), but on closer examination, particularly when the lights came on at the end of the night, it proved to be rather more attractive, and the mirrored tower over the dancefloor up which the lights operate is quite impressive … Pat Sharp, who was almost forcibly stripped after getting a girl to flash her boobs for a T-shirt, had been the evening’s star MC, Rob Manley, Mike Allin, and Joe Field being the jocks until Les Adams (who starts a Saturday slot there as a result) joined Joe for a double handed mixing session … Stock Aitken Waterman apparently have produced an acid house treatment of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, by none other than the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — will ‘Top Of The Pops’, ban that? … ‘TOTP’, to be consistent, will presumably also ban all mention of “ecstasy” and — one they may not yet be aware of — “fantasia”? … Fantasia appears to have a more sinister drug-related meaning than being just the name of a club, despite the televised protestations of certain DJs involved that there’s no link between drugs and the music (honest, guv’nor) … TV-am last Thursday featured America’s most widely networked radio talk show host, English born Michael Jackson (no relation) — back in 1980, Robbie Vincent and I visited him at his KABC base in Los Angeles, where even then his show beat all the music stations in the ratings … London’s Evening Standard described the Prince and Princess of Wales as “jiving energetically to ‘Choo Choo Train Driving’ by the Pasadenas” — shurely shome mishtake? … Eon Irving points out that the “I tell you I can’t relax, you know” quote in The Real Roxanne’s ‘Respect’ is by American cult comedian Rodney Dangerfield … Norman Cook and Streets Ahead were cockahoop at Brighton’s Downbeat last Wednesday when Run-DMC and Jam Master Jay jammed on the mic, with Derek B and Public Enemy in the house too … Nicky Holloway, Pete Tong, Rocky & Diesel start Deep in Uxbridge at Regals this Tuesday (8), playing deep house, garage, new beat and Balearic, but no acieed … Sheikh Jnr every Wednesday (9-11pm) at the free admission Blue Notes in Wantage’s The Swan, and in a one off this Friday (11) at Newbury College, says it’s “dress tuff, music likewise” … Graeme Park currently hosts ‘Steamer’ Wednesdays at Sheffield’s Leadmill, ‘Phreek’ Thursdays and ‘Phreek 2’ Saturdays at Nottingham’s Kool Kat (ex-The Garage), and joins Mike Pickering on Fridays at Manchester’s Hacienda, playing hip hop and early electro as well as house … Steve Roberts (Putney Mr Micawbers), in a chart that’s otherwise acid, deep house and soul, has revived Yazoo’s ‘Don’t Go’ — it had to happen! … Radio Sheffield’s dance master Holcott Foster and Radio Manchester’s living soul legend Mike Shaft have started Saturdays together at Huddersfield’s PleasureDome, where Holcott alone handles seriously acidic Fridays … John Matthews at Wealdstone’s Tudors on Thursdays has absolutely no acid, just soul/funk/jazz … Alexander O’Neal’s new US album is a Jam & Lewis produced (and partly penned) Christmas set called ‘My Gift To You’!… John Dunn rather than Bill Grainger now manages Kelly Marie … Record Mirror’s legendary Norman Jopling was never “Normal”… NANU NANU
THE TODD TERRY PROJECT ‘To The Batmobile, Let’s Go’ (Sleeping Bag Records SBUKLP 002)
Not due for UK release until November 21, this eagerly awaited album doesn’t have so much that’s new and essential as nearly half the tracks are already known, the giggly jumping (0-)124bpm ‘Bango‘, Class Action girls wailed (0-)123-0bpm ‘Weekend‘, Third World underpinned 121⅔-122-0bpm ‘Just Wanna Dance‘, and excitingly nervy scratching and leaping 121-0bpm ‘Back To The Beat‘. However, the brand new ‘Batman’ effects introed acidically sizzled typical jittery leaping instrumental (0-)121-0bpm ‘The Circus’ is certainly hot, other fresh cuts being the tensely jittering 118-0bpm ‘It’s Just Inhuman‘, “you bad”-repeating jiggly tugging hip hop-ish 0-103⅔-0bpm ‘You’re The One‘, funky drummered rambling scratched and rapped 102⅓-0bpm ‘Made By The Man‘, and attractive but odd atmospherically doodling 0-87-0-87-0bpm ‘Sense‘.
KID ‘N’ PLAY ‘2 Hype’ (US Select Records SEL 21628)
Producer Hurby Luv Bug ransacks the Sixties and early Seventies for funk riffs to back this strong rap set, with the “oh la, oh la” chanting infectious go-go 0-103bpm ‘Rollin’ With Kid ‘N Play’, ‘Funky Broadway’, based 105bpm ‘Brother Man Get Hip‘, Sam & Dave bass-lined 0-113-0bpm ‘Soul Man‘, James Brown based (and grunted) 0-111⅓bpm ‘Do The Kid ‘N Play Kick Step‘, sorta ‘Walk On The Wild Side’/’Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)’ combining (0-)111-0bpm ‘Can You Dig That‘, ‘Uptight’ based 0-134½-0bpm title track, fast talking jittery 115-0bpm ‘Damn That DJ (The Wizard M.E.)‘, The Real Roxanne-duetted swaying 0-93½-0bpm ‘Undercover‘, previously released 105bpm ‘Gittin’ Funky’, 99bpm ‘Last Night’, 115bpm ‘Do This My Way’.
THE REAL ROXANNE ‘The Real Roxanne’ (US Select Records SEL 21627)
Rapping “Roxanne” Martinez gets soft on some slowies which add to this good album’s variety, but stays tougher than ever on the furiously fierce, Public Enemy “boyee” and Royal House/Jacksons “can you feel it” shouted, ‘Shaft’ wukka-wukked 114¼bpm ‘Don’t Even Feel It’ (this set’s ‘Get On The Dance Floor’), catchy Dixie Cups/Shirelles flavoured jiggly singalong 106bpm ‘Luv Scandal‘, tensely jittering vaguely Jackson 5-ish 92bpm ‘Look But Don’t Touch‘, huskily talked/sung and “la la”-ed (off a crackly old record) (0-)97-0bpm ‘Early Early (La La)‘, soulful piano chorded attractive swaying 80⅓bpm ‘Infactuated‘, plaintively sung Tiffany-ish (0-)76⅓-0bpm ‘Oh Darlin’ (Like We Used To)‘, JB-based jaunty old 114½bpm ‘Roxanne’s On A Roll‘, current Aretha reviving 112-0bpm ‘Respect’ and ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ backed 0- 104½bpm ‘Her Bad Self’.
OMD ‘Brides Of Frankenstein (Mix)’ (US A&M SP-12285)
Obviously destined to be massive, this — believe it or not! — Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson and Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley produced house style 124⅔-124½-0bpm Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark mix starts out underpinned by their ‘Locomotion’ bassline and bursts of vocal before getting less readily recognisable the longer it’s on, as it is mainly instrumental, ending up all of atwitter, with a truly acidic Dub! Is this their answer to New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ remix?
GEORGE BENSON ‘Twice The Love (Guitar Mix)’ (Warner Bros W7665T)
Typical easily undulating 112½-112¼bpm mellow tugging jiggly jogger with the inevitable scat ‘n’ guitar break (bluesier than usual), remixed by George with Shep Pettibone — who, on his own, tightens everything up for the flip’s totally revamped electronically shuffled chugging (0-)111bpm Club Love Mix and Club Love Dub “garage” treatments, complete with rambling keyboards and nasty beats.
SCOTT WHITE ‘I Don’t Understand It’ (US RCA 8792-1-RD)
Sounding like house and hip hop had never happened as it hits an early Eighties “D” Train-ish groove, one of the soulful chap’s hot album tracks gets a rather good steadily smacking jauntily tumbling and lurching 119⅔bpm 12″ Remix, with 0-119⅓bpm Kevin Won’t Understand Dub Mix, 119⅓bpm Instrumental, and 119¼bpm 7″ Remix Edit versions too, plus the anguishedly tugging 83bpm ‘Let Me Be‘, thoroughly recommended to real music lovers.
JAMES “D-TRAIN” WILLIAMS ‘Runner (12″ Version)’ (CBS 653116 6)
Powerfully performed soaring and growling soulfully wailed and worried densely rumbling juddery (0-)104¾bpm jittery rolling swayer, fading rather abruptly during a logical climax (104bpm Dub Mix too), coupled with the equally good whispering introed chunkily lurching bass snapped swaying (0-)107⅙bpm ‘In Your Eyes (12″ Version)‘. The sort of stuff that makes you wish “house” would go away!
SUGAR BEAR ‘Don’t Scandalize Mine’ (Champion CHAMP 12-92)
Welcome — and hopefully speedy — UK release for one of the biggest and most enduring import raps in a while, a Talking Heads ‘Once In A Lifetime’ backed jittery rolling here 0-116⅔bpm jaunty shouter, flipped by the more mixed up rare groove samples backed lurching 0-98⅔bpm ‘Ready To Penetrate‘ (dubs too).
SURFACE ‘2nd Wave’ (US Columbia FC 44284)
Bernard Jackson, David Townsend and David ‘Pic’ Conley’s classy black radio aimed soul is just the sort that currently is huge in the US and used to dominate black clubs here, before house forced our tempos up (just as they came down Stateside!). However, the conservative reggae-rooted “street soul” audience still exists in Britain, and luckily has latched onto this consistently good album, with the 12-inched (and soon to be UK issued) nagging jiggly jogging 100bpm ‘I Missed’, tapping SOS Band-ish (0-)104bpm ‘Hold On To Love‘, more snappily cranking 110-0bpm ‘Where’s That Girl‘, breathily hesitant (0-)64bpm ‘Can We Spend Some Time‘, slinkily rolling 97/48½-0bpm ‘Closer Than Friends‘, lurching Junior-ish (0-)116bpm ‘Black Shades‘, sweetly sinuous 96/48bpm ‘You Are My Everything’, and slushy 0-65½-0bpm ‘Shower Me With Your Love’.
WILLIE CLAYTON ‘Forever’ (Timeless Records TRPL 127)
Excellent traditional melismatically wailed soul in truly timeless style (the label name is right!), selling this album especially to more mature black music lovers, with his superb old romantically jogging George Benson-ish 102bpm ‘Your Sweetness’, Gwen McCrae’s lolloping 97bpm ‘Rocking Chair‘, Tyrone Davis’s bubbly muffled 107⅔bpm ‘Can I Change My Mind‘, grittily swaying 79bpm ‘Special Lady‘, slinkily tortuous 86bpm ‘Make Me Yours Forever‘, Joshie Armstead’s jauntily trotting 105bpm ‘Stone Good Lover‘, chunkily weaving 91bpm ‘Rock And Hold You Baby‘, Al Green’s bluesily chugging 117⅔bpm ‘One Night Stand‘.
THE PASADENAS ‘To Whom It May Concern’ (CBS 462877 1)
The flawless production and singing of this smoothly textured Seventies-style soul set makes it great for listening if perhaps not quite so essential for dancing, with the gorgeous dreamily drifting 0-76⅓bpm ‘I Really Miss You’, finger snapping lush 71/35½-0bpm ‘Enchanted Lady‘ (their next single), slinkily jogging 0-97⅙bpm ‘Funny Feeling‘, infectiously jittering 0-92⅙bpm ‘Justice For The World‘, jiggly swaying 95⅔bpm ‘Give A Little Peace‘, Chi-Lites adapting (0-)83bpm ‘Living In The Footsteps Of Another Man‘, lurching (0-)99⅔bpm ‘New Love‘, frantically storming very dated 128⅔-0bpm ‘Something Else‘, previously released 0-107⅙bpm ‘Tribute (Right On)’ and 111⅙bpm ‘Riding On A Train’.
MR. E ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’
Still only on extremely scarce white label — all the more so since the original version has apparently had to be withdrawn at the demand of Sir Alastair Burnet — this Damon Rochefort created simple light 0-126-0bpm twitterer repeatedly samples isolated phrases from the ‘News At Ten’ report on acid house, an effective enough gimmick which may end up having to use impersonations for commercial release (which had better be soon!).
BABY FORD ‘Chikkie Chikkie, Ah Ah’ (Rhythm King BFORD 2)
Frantically churning and swirling 124½-0bpm acid galloper full of fluid energy, with a pop vocal and catchy “disco me to ecstasy” chorus (which won’t help get it onto ‘Top Of The Pops’!), flipped by a really good jazzily chorded though acidically twittered and hustled 0-123bpm leaping synth instrumental that’s irritatingly untitled on white label.
TODAY ‘Him Or Me’ (12″ Version)’ (Motown ZT 42262)
Ominous (and familiar) bassline rumbled slinkily rolling 105⅓bpm jaunty jitterer by some grittily wailing Keith Sweat-ish guys (and I use the word “guy” advisedly, as you will see), everything giving the game away that it’s a Teddy Riley and Gene Griffin production (dub/bonus beats flip), good but over long and running slightly out of steam.
E’LEESA WELDON ‘I Do Believe’ (US Bassment Records BM-0054)
Craig Bevan-produced huskily worried very Yazz-ish cantering 122bpm wriggly bounder in friskily churning infectious House Mix, disjointedly jittery twittering Freestyle Acid Mix, starkly fierce Congapella/Sample Dub, and Preston Epps-ish instrumental Bass Beats Bonus versions.
CHOICE M.C. ‘Let’s Make Some Noise’ (US Idlers WAR-028)
Although A-side, this Bobby Byrd “hey”-cutting fairly routine urgent angry jittery (0-)113bpm rap (dub too) is overshadowed by the perfunctorily titled ‘This Is The B-Side’, a slower churning sometimes West Indian accented and French spoken chat (apparently featuring Marseilles rapper Chill Phil) is in 0-101-0bpm Tony D and True Blue Mixes, plus — completists, check this out! — a jauntily syncopated 0-99⅓-0bpm Todd Terry Production Mix which is of course what’s selling it (and why it’s being rushed out here as A-side with additional mixes in three weeks’ time on Gee St Recordings).
POSITIVELY BLACK Featuring PRINCE KHARIQUE ‘Think Like Ya Enemy’ (US Trumpet TR-158)
‘White Lines’/Liquid Liquid bass borrowing rumbling and swirling 116bpm fast talked and fiercely scratched exciting new wave rap in ‘Follow The Leader’ style (and four mixes), with the Barry White strings scratched more conversational (0-)102¾bpm ‘Sand Of Time’ too.
K-9 POSSE ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To It’ (US Arista ADI-9763)
Clonking and clanking percussion backed, Bobby Byrd-cutting, jerkily surging angry 104-0bpm rap jitterer with gimmicky digital rolling “rrrrr” effects, a catchy coughing fit, and bursts of crowd support (in three versions), not bad at all.
LEVEL ONE ‘(Keep The) Crowd In Peace’ (US The Fever SF 828)
Victor Padilla & Norberto ‘Norty’ Cotto co-produced jiggly lurching (0-)96-0bpm rap with James Brown ‘Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved’ guitar and “say it loud” repetition most noticeable amongst its web of ingredients (there’s some Rolling Stones guitar, too), in five confusingly labelled versions.
SWEET TEE ‘On The Smooth Tip’ (US Profile PRO-7230)
Long awaited though disappointingly routine Hurby Luv Bug produced follow-up by the female rapper, the flip’s James Brown ‘Make It Funky’-scrubbing nervy 104½bpm ‘As The Beat Goes On‘ sounding hotter than this lethargically chatted 92⅓bpm lurcher, doubtless based on several samples too (both with instrumental/acappella versions).
M.C. BROOKLYN ‘Style And Fashion’ (Wax ‘n’ Butt Recordings POVT 1, via Rough Trade)
Rhythmically very complex starkly percussive jittering 85bpm fusion between reggae and rap by the New York born but now Milton Keynes based fast talking runner-up in this year’s DMC/Shure Golden mic UK rapping championships, interestingly subtle and infectious once you let the beats nag inside your skull, flipped by a dub and the jiggly wordy 99bpm ‘Poverty Sucks’.
FAST EDDIE ‘Acid Thunder’ (DJ International Records DJINT 4, via Westside Records)
Selling steadily for ages on import and finally out here, this bassily bounding quite subdued acid track has various degrees of acidically sizzling and twittering synth behind anxious vocals in Joe Smooth’s 121¾-0bpm Smooth Thunder, Rocky Jones’ 0-122¼-0bpm AA AAAcid, Fast Eddie’s 122-0bpm Fast Thunder, and Tyree’s 122bpm SuperCooper Mixes. (By some oversight, the UK label fails to list any actual artiste, but it is Fast Eddie!)
RICHIE RICH ‘My DJ (Pump It Up Some)’ (Gee St Recordings GEE 12007)
James Brown and Bobby Byrd ‘Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved’-introed violently scratched and scrubbed 0-112bpm juddering chugger overlaid by bursts of vocal, dialogue and TV soundtrack, clever but not the most crucial of its genre (Radio Mix and instrumental Dope Beats flip).
E-SMOOVE ‘Down The Drain’ (US Future Sound Records/RRR Records FSR 1007)
Old fashioned (pre-“acid”) thumping, stuttering and bounding (0-)124bpm simple “washing machine” jack track with the hollow drain noises its title suggests lead cut on a five-tracker with the “King Hercules”/”pass the mic”-cutting frantic galloping 125¾-0bpm ‘LL Cool E’, more acidic nervily dodging and weaving twittery 125-0bpm ‘Work Me Baby!‘, muttered title repeating short tinkly chugging 122bpm ‘Music Inside Your Mind (Club Mix)‘ and its much longer throbbing and episodically surging 122-0bpm Smoove Mix.
STERLING VOID ‘Runaway Girl’ (US D.J. International Records DJ956)
Hi-hat hustled jerkily frenetic house galloper repetitively moaned and worried by soulfully anguished Kevin (who spends much of the time resignedly repeating “you can’t run away”, obviously after his girl’s done so), with some yowling guitar at times in 121¾bpm Runaway Radio Mix, vocal 122¼bpm Pimp Dub, still vocally nagged 121¾-121⅔bpm Desperation Dub, and short 121¾-0bpm Beat The Pitch versions, these subtitles suggesting more about the runaway’s possible fate than the song in fact states.
SEPARATE MINDS 1st Bass’ (US Express Records EXP-014)
Dementedly wriggling and leaping synth piped jaunty 125½bpm racer, best to my mind on a thoroughly nervy acidic four-tracker with the bubbly looping and swooping 127¼bpm ‘Can You Feel The Difference?‘, bassily squiggling and twittering 118bpm ‘You Ask For It‘, and (the only vocal) gaily intoned jittery spurting 124⅔-124¾-125bpm ‘We Need Somebody‘.
BIZZY B. ‘The Night Calls’ (US Jack Street JSR 003)
Acidic house five-tracker called after this title line muttered and stuttered frantic 127-0bpm flier, with the girls stuttered frantically thumping twittery 124bpm ‘416‘, jerky bass prodded cantering 126bpm ‘B With U‘, rattling and pulsing smoothly synthed 124⅔bpm ‘Summer House‘, squidgy bass intoned jittery bounding 125¾bpm ‘Solomon B‘.
THE H-MEN ‘Scream’ (US Rocking RH011)
Ethereal synth washed lightly bounding 121bpm deadpan mutterer in its Radio Mix, with totally different freakily sizzling, screaming and twittering 0-126¼-0bpm Brutal Dub Mix, and prayer-like started then hi-hat hissed synth whistled and burbled “washing machine” (0-)127¼bpm Acid-Pella Mix versions, the latter a real teeth tingler, flipped by ‘Never Giving Up‘, in nasal man talked and girl chorussed fluidly lurching 125¼bpm Radio Mix, and throbbingly echoing jerky 0-125¼-0bpm Dub Mix versions.
RICK JAMES ‘Wonderful’ (US Reprise 0-20994)
What began in Bruce Kane’s 118⅓bpm Buffalo and Wondermental Mixes as fairly standard smacking “punk funk” becomes an interesting friskily bounding bass bubbled chugging “house” fusion in Paul Simpson’s 119¾bpm Wonder-Mix, 119⅔bpm Wonder-Dub and 119½bpm Radio Remix/Edit, and Dave Shaw’s 119⅓bpm Bass-A-Ful.
NEBULA 1 ‘Nebula 1’ (G-Zone GEE 12002)
Drily twittering monotonous 0-121¾bpm acid instrumental with ethereal overhead dialogue and effects, flipped by the similar 0-121½bpm ‘Deep Space‘ and 0-121½bpm ‘T.H.X.‘, all right of their type but already rather dated seeming.
KATHY MATHIS ‘Got To Give It Up’ (US Tabu 4Z9 08159)
Quite attractively cooed, multi-tracked, muttered and nagged rolling go-go hip hop-ish jiggler in four 105⅚bpm versions, with a lovers rock/street soul vocal flavour that may help it find favour here, to my ears remarkably similar in the chord sequence, phrasing and feel of its opening stages to Steve Miller’s ‘Fly Like An Eagle‘ – see if you agree.
DIONNE ‘Come Get My Lovin’ (NYC Mix)’ (US BigShot Records BR- 126035)
Girl cooed, nagged and muttered calmly striding simple dated synth accented sparse jerky 121-0bpm disco loper, not unlike last week’s April Dawn track, with a bass synth grumbled instrumental 121bpm Midway Mix, and the Phantom-performed “electro”-style house-ish 122⅔-0bpm ‘Move Groove‘ (featuring some gratuitously filthy female comments two thirds-through, be warned!).
TAJA SEVELLE ‘Popular (Remix)’ (US Paisley Park Records 0-20966)
“Bennett”-produced but LA & Babyface-type infectiously see-sawing jiggly chugging 119⅔bpm “purple” tinged pop backbeater, jauntily lightweight (dub/acappella too).
TOTAL CONTRAST ‘Waiting In Vain’ (Criminal Records BUST 14, via Rough Trade)
Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray go it alone, returning on their own label with an absolutely excellent lushly arranged sweet jiggly weaving 87½bpm Keith Sweat-ish “street soul” treatment of Bob Marley’s classic, likely to make London Records regret losing them, flipped by the loosely house-style jittery 122-0bpm ‘Doin’ The Bop’. A surefire smash for the US right now, if not here.
MARTIKA ‘More Than You Know’ (US Columbia 44 08135)
Remixed five different ways by Jellybean, this latin hip hop jiggler by a girl who looks like a refugee from Bananarama is fairly mundane plaintively rasped pop in its 117⅔bpm 7″ Single Remix, with a more Madonna-ish jittery lurching 117⅔bpm Dance Mix — Part I and 117⅔-0bpm Dub Mix — Part II, but becomes quite interesting in its B-side instrumental throbbing and twittering 117¾-0bpm House Mix — Part I and 117⅔-0bpm House Mix —Part II, chugging rather than flying though.
CLUB NOUVEAU ‘Envious’ (US Warner Bros/King Jay Records 0-21024)
Jay King co-prod/penned still ‘Rumors’/’Jealous’-style wordy purposeful lurching jittery tapper in its 106⅓-0bpm Remix, much altered from the more densely rolling 107⅙bpm LP Version, while there are also the different bassline quoting 0-106⅓-0bpm Nothin’ Nice, bumpily fluttering dubwise 110½bpm Jealous Acid (Boop-De-Boop) Mix, jerkily cantering (0-)110½bpm 7 Deadly Sins Remix and Edit.
LIL LOUIS and THE DIAMOND CORP. ‘7 Days Of Peace’ (US Dance Mania Records DM 015)
Very strange mystically muttered and repetitive “seven days” chanted almost mantra like steadily jiggling bubbler in 125⅙bpm Hallelujah Vocal Mix, 125⅓bpm Feeling Good Instrumental Mix, and fluttering 125bpm Feeling Better Dub Mix versions (I’ve actually had it for weeks but just couldn’t come to grips with it!), flipped by the equally odd ‘War Games’ in sheet metal clanging and vocal reversing jittery skittering 0-126½-0bpm Unfortunately True Mix, entirely reversed 0-127-0bpm Ass Backwards Mix, and instrumental 126½-0bpm War Mix. Weird!
THE BRAT PACK ‘So Many Ways (Done Properly Club Remix)’ (Breakout USAF 646), less embarrassingly introed frantic jittery (0-)123¼-0bpm remix (brand new, not even one of the unused import ones) with lots of girls-created familiar quick quotes rather than actual samples, plus another new less frenetic instrumental garage-type 123¼bpm The Loft Mix;
HITHOUSE ‘Jack To The Sound Of The Underground (Melt Down Mix)‘ (Supreme Records SUPETX 137), inevitable twittering (0-)120pm acidic treatment flipped by a bass synth rasped (0-)120bpm Underground Mix;
NITZER EBB ‘Control I’m Here (Strategic Dancefloor Initiative Mix)‘ (Mute L12MUTE71), and another, a thinly rattling, squiggling and drain clonking 125bpm remix selling more for the flip’s canny inclusion now of the still more popular old shouting 120¼bpm ‘Join In The Chant (Burn!)’;
THE ART OF NOISE featuring TOM JONES ‘Kiss (The Art Of Noise Remix)‘ (China Records CHIXR 11), effects punctuated more drily chugging brass-less (and less good) (0-)115½-0bpm mix that stupidly dissipates Tom’s vocal;
COMPANY B ‘Jam On Me — F(acid)ated Mix by Double Trouble‘ (BlueBird BRT 51), dreadful untidy volume surging “live” 0-118bpm mix-up of the Miami girls’ old Latin hip hop jitterer and ‘Fascinated’ (not acid despite the punning title), flipped by the untouched Taylor Dayne-ish cantering 122bpm ‘Perfect Love’;
INXS ‘Need You Tonight (Ben Liebrand Mix)‘ (Mercury INX 1222), unnecessarily twittering 109⅔bpm remix of the funky rock lurcher, not an improvement (for once, Ben!). All the above are inessential marketing exercises, in reality.
THE CLUB CHART – November 12, 1988
01 02 WEEKEND/JUST WANNA DANCE The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
02 03 THE PARTY (CLUB MIX) Kraze, MCA Records 12in
03 05 RESPECT/HER BAD SELF (THE POSSE/HITMAN MIXES) The Real Roxanne, Cooltempo 12in
04 01 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. mob (featuring Gary Haisman), ffrr 12in
05 26 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (12” CLUB MIX) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
06 06 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
07 04 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (PARKSIDE MIX)/MICROPHONE FIEND (DJ MARK – THE 45 KING REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
08 09 USELESS (I DON’T NEED YOU NOW) (MARSHALL JEFFERSON WINDY CITY MIXES) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
09 10 KNOW HOW/(INSTRUMENTAL) Young MC, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 07 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD MIX) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in
11 14 SO MANY WAYS (DO IT PROPERLY PART II) (WORLDWIDE DJ ANTHEM) The Brat Pack, Breakout 12in
12 15 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE Sugar Bear, US Coslit Records 12in/Champion promo
13 16 OPEN OUR EYES (MIXES) Marshall Jefferson presents Truth, US Big Beat 12in
14 11 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR/CHECK THIS OUT Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile LP
15 13 O-O-O (EXTENDED PARKSIDE REMIX) Adrenalin M.O.D., MCA Records 12in
16 30 I’LL HOUSE YOU Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
17 20 SHARP AS A KNIFE (ACID ATTACK) Brandon Cooke featuring Roxanne Shanté, Club 12in
18 21 DON’T GET ME STARTED Big Lady K, B/Ware! Records 12in
19 17 I’LL HOUSE YOU (RICHIE RICH RECONSTRUCTION) Jungle Brothers, Gee St 12in
20 55 CHECK THIS OUT (CLUB VERSION) Hardhouse, US Easy Street 12in
21 27 SET IT OFF (EXTENDED MARLEY MARL MIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
22 47 THE TWILIGHT ZONE (REMIXES) The Party Boy, Urban Acid 12in white label
23 — ROLLIN’ WITH KID ‘N’ PLAY/DO THE KID ‘N’ PLAY QUICK STEP/BROTHER MAN GET HIP/DAMN THAT DJ (THE WIZARD M.E.)/CAN YOU DIG THAT Kid ‘N’ Play, US Select Records LP
24 24 RUNNIN YO’ MOUTH/CHARLIE SEZ/GOTTANOTHA FUNKY BREAK 4-U -> HIT IT! Original Concept, Def Jam 12in
25 18 COME BACK/ANY LOVE/I WONDER/LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT Luther Vandross, Epic LP
26 25 CAN’T WIN FOR LOSIN’ (OVERSEAS MIX/KEVIN HEDGE MIX) Blaze, RePublic Records 12in
27 80 TRUTH OF SELF EVIDENCE Reese & Santonio, ffrr/Kool Kat 12in
28 22 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (CLUB MIX) Bäs Noir, US nugroove 12in
29 31 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (12” EXTENDED VER.) Turntable Orch, US Music Village Records 12in
30 61 GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE (NYC SUBWAY MIX) Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
31 — THE SPELL! (GET DOWN WITH THE GENIE)/SPELL ON ME The Funky Worm, FON 12in
32 12 LIFE’S JUST A BALL GAME (BALLROOM REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
33 29 RIDING ON A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
34 67 VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! Records 12in
35 43 A BETTER WAY/YEAH BUDDY/DIRTY BEATS/NO WAY NO WAY Royal House, Champion LP
36 19 GET REAL (HAPPY HOUSE MIX) Paul Rutherford, Fourth & Broadway 12in
37 41 CRAZY (FOR ME) (THE DONE PROPERLY MIX) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
38 34 THEME FROM P.O.P. (CLUB REMIX) Perfectly Ordinary People, Urban Acid 12in
39 49 THIEVES (THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH VOCAL/JAZZ, THE WHOLE JAZZ AND NOTHING BUT THE JAZZ IN THE HOUSE MIX) Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, Breakout 12in
40 08 BIG FUN/(JUAN’S MAGIC REMIX) Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
41 23 GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I GOT/PRICELESS Anita Baker, Elektra LP
42 33 THE NIGHTMARE (IT’S OVER FOR YOU) (MIXES) Lake Eerie, US nugroove 12in
43 46 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS/(Y’AZZID MIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
44 28 ACID MAN (ORIGINAL/HAPPY MIXES) Jolly Roger, 10 Records 12in
45 — GET UP (E.Z. MIX/EASTSIDE DUB/NIX BOP MIX)/LOVE’S OVER Jillian Mendez, US Big Shot Records 12in
46 — AS THE BEAT GOES ON/ON THE SMOOTH TIP Sweet Tee, US Profile 12in
47 62 SHOW ME WHAT YOU’VE GOT (MIXES) S.L.F. (Street-Level Funk), Warriors Dance 12in
48 32 JENIFA (TAUGHT ME)/POTHOLES IN MY LAWN De La Soul, US Tommy Boy 12in
49 56 RIDE THE RHYTHM (ACID NOT PLACID) This Ain’t Chicago, Club 12in
50 42 REACHIN’ (LATIN WORKOUT MIX) Phase II, Republic Records 12in
51 — KEEP IT INSIDE/PICK ME UP/AFFAIR/EVERYTHING I MISS AT HOME/MY FRIEND/LUCKY/WHAT MORE CAN I DO FOR YOU/LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING/HAPPY THAT YOU’RE HAPPY WITH ME/DISCREET/CRAZY (FOR LOVING YOU) Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
52 99 HERE COMES THAT SOUND (DEMOLITION REMIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
53 69 YOU CAN’T HIDE (MIXES) Holly Jump, US DJ International Records 12in
54 — FLOW WITH THE NEW STYLE/DUB MIX/YOU GOT THE TIME T La Rock (Todd Terry production), US Fresh Records 12in
55 85 MIRACLES MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
56 54 EAST WEST Jay Strongman featuring Maureen, Rhythm King 12in
57 52 I MISSED/WHERE’S THAT GIRL/HOLD ON TO LOVE/CAN WE SPEND SOME TIME/CLOSER THAN FRIENDS/BLACK SHADES Surface, US Columbia LP
58 — TWICE THE LOVE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
59 64 CITY LIGHTS/(INSTRUMENTAL VERSION) William Pitt, Sierra Records 12in
60 — I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT (12” REMIX) Scott White, US RCA 12in
61 50 EASE BACK/WATCH ME NOW/CRITICAL BEATDOWN Ultramagnetic MC’s, US Next Plateau LP
62 60 DO YOU STILL REALLY LOVE ME?/HELLO (featuring Delores ‘Deluxe’ Springer) Thomas Esterine, Angel Town 12in
63 82 DOWN THE DRAIN/WORK ME BABY!/LL COOL E/MUSIC INSIDE YOUR MIND (CLUB MIX/SMOOVE MIXES) E-Smoove, US Future Sound/RRR Records 12in
64 89 IT’S A TRIP (TUNE IN, TURN ON, DROP OUT) (HACIENDA MIX) Children Of The Night, Kool Kat/Jive 12in mailing list promo
65 re HOUSE SENSATION (KEVIN ‘MASTER REESE’ SAUNDERSON MIX) Liaz, 10 Records 12in
66 35 NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS (ANTI-HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE ENCOUNTER MIX) Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
67 74 LAP OF LUXURY Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
68 — GOT TO GIVE IT UP (VERSIONS) Kathy Mathis, US Tabu 12in
69 36 IN THE NAME OF LOVE ’88 (RAILROAD MIX/DUB) Thompson Twins, Arista 12in
70 39 BURN IT UP/ACID BURN Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
71 — BURN IT UP (CHICO’S REFRY) The Beatmasters featuring P.P. Arnold, Rhythm King 12in
72 57 CAN U FEEL IT? ‘88/PUMP THAT BASS (LIVE)/GET STUPID…AGAIN/TO THE BEAT Y’ALL Original Concept, Def Jam LP
73 70 BIG FUN (LES ADAMS’ L.A. BIG BIG FUN REMIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
74 — YEAH BUDDY/DIRTY BEATS/THE CHASE Royal House (Todd Terry remixes), US Idlers 12in
75 — DON’T EVEN FEEL IT/ROXANNE’S ON A ROLL/GET UP ON THE GET DOWN The Real Roxanne, US Select Records LP
76 65 JOIN IN THE CHANT (BURN!)/CONTROL I’M HERE (STRATEGIC DANCEFLOOR INITIATIVE MIX) Nitzer Ebb, Mute 12in
77 — THE NIGHT CALLS/416/B WITH U/SOLOMON B/SUMMER HOUSE Bizzy B., US Jack Street 12in
78 72 ESCAPE (MIXES) The Mack featuring Tim Bryant, US Quark 12in
79 75 ACID OFF A WAY PT 2/FUNKY MAN (YOU BETTER RUN)/SOME GOOD >>R+<<, Three Stripe Records 12in
80 71 ACID THUNDER (MIXES) Fast Eddie, DJ International Records 12in
81 48 WHERE’S YOUR CHILD? Bam Bam, Desire 12in
82 — RUNAWAY (MIXES) Sterling Void, US DJ International Records 12in
83 97 DON’T ROCK THE BOAT/LOVE SONG/I DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Midnight Star, US Solar LP
84 51 I PIONEERED THIS M.C. Shan, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
85 — EVERYBODY GET UP (VERSIONS)/TWIST AND SHOUT Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
86 90 TOOK MY LOVE AWAY (MIXES) Ellis D, US Minimal Records 12in
87 76 YOUR SWEETNESS/MAKE ME YOURS FOREVER Willie Clayton, Timeless Records LP
88 — LOVE CRIME (CLUB VOCAL) April Dawn, US Easy Street 12in
89 95 I wanna do MONKEY SAY MONKEY DO Westbam, German Low Spirit 12in
90 84 FEEL THE LUV (BODY MIX/SEX MIX) Tech Trax Inc, US nugroove 12in
91 100= I DO BELIEVE (MIXES) E’leesa Weldon, US Bassment Records 12in
92 58 CAN U STILL DANCE (MIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
93 63 FLESH A Split Second/HMM, HMM Taste Of Sugar/MOVE YOUR ASS Erotic Dissidents (‘New Beat – Take 1’), Belgian Subway Records LP
94 66 ACID RAPPIN’/ACID HEAVEN The Moody Boys featuring Rhyme & Reason, CityBeat 12in
95 100= 1st BASS/CAN YOU FEEL THE DIFFERENCE?/YOU ASK FOR IT/WE NEED SOMEBODY Separate Minds, US Express Records 12in
96 100= THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in
97 87 SECURITY (MIXES) The Beat Club, Bass Records 12in
98 73 I REALLY MISS YOU/FUNNY FEELING/LIVING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANOTHER MAN The Pasadenas, CBS LP
99 — STAND BY ME (MIXES) Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez featuring Valentino, US DJ International Records 12in
100 re CAN YOU FEEL IT? (REMIX) Fingers Inc featuring Chuck Roberts, Desire 12in
01 01 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. Mob (featuring Gary Haisman), ffrr 12in
02 05 GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
03 03 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS Yazz, Big Life 12in
04 02 BIG FUN Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
05 17 KISS Art Of Noise featuring Tom Jones, China 12in
06 04 JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
07 06 BURN IT UP Beatmasters featuring P.P. Arnold, Rhythm King 12in
08 19 HE AIN’T NO COMPETITION Brother Beyond, EMI 12in
09 07 TEARDROPS Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 08 A LITTLE RESPECT Erasure, Mute 12in
11 16 THE PARTY Kraze, MCA 12in
12 11 LOVE, TRUTH & HONESTY Bananarama, London 12in
13 13 NEVER TRUST A STRANGER Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
14 — WEEKEND/JUST WANNA DANCE Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag 12in
15 — CAN YOU PARTY Royal House, Champion 12in
16 13 ONE MOMENT IN TIME Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
17 14 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX) Swan Lake, Champion 12in
18 09 I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE Duran Duran, EMI 12in
19 12 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
20 — REAL GONE KID Deacon Blue, CBS 12in
01 04 I CAN FLY Louise Thomas, Nightmare 12in
02 05 LOVE EVICTION/LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE TONIGHT Quartzlock, Retro 12in
03 01 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, Saturday 12in
04 27 THEME FROM P.O.P. Perfectly Ordinary People, Urban 12in
05 02 THE RUMOUR (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Olivia Newton-John, US MCA 12in
06 03 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
07 12 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
08 09 ONLY MUSIC SURVIVES (DJ PROMIX)/SPEND A LITTLE TIME Alba, Italian Merak Music 12in
09 17 LOVE, TRUTH & HONESTY (BALEARACIDIC MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
10 14 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS Yazz, Big Life 12in
11 18 JIVE INTO THE NIGHT Green Olives, Italian “X”-Energy 12in
12 07 BIG FUN Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
13 06 TURN IT ON TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
14 08 YOUR LOVE CAME TOO LATE Eria Fachin, US Critique 12in
15 35 BURN IT UP Beatmasters featuring P.P. Arnold, Rhythm King 12in
16 — DANCE WITH ME Claudia T, Dutch Made Up 12in
17 21 STEALING MY TIME Kelly Marie, Saturday 12in
18 11 REQUIEM London Boys, German Teldec 12in
19 25 IS THIS REALLY LOVE Jon Otis, PWL 12in
20 15 ALL OF ME (BOY OH BOY) Sabrina, PWL/Mega/Videogram 12in
21 24 RIVAL LOVE Astaire, Passion 12in
22 29 HEART OF GLASS Desiderata, Nightmare 12in
23 32 A LITTLE RESPECT (MARK SAUNDERS MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
24 22 NEVER TRUST A STRANGER/YOU CAME (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
25 39 SAYIN’ SORRY (DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT) Denise Lopez, Breakout 12in
26 26 WHAT KIND OF LOVE Diana Randall, French Public 12in
27 34 NEVER SATISFIED Carol Woods, Nightmare 12in
28 28 LET’S NOT SAY GOODBYE Jigsaw, Nightmare 12in
29 31 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
30 16 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (AFRO ACID MIX) Mory Kante, ffrr 12in
31 10 HIT ‘N’ RUN LOVER (REMAKE) Carol Jiani, Passion 12in
32 13 ROCK ME BABY Lysa Lynn, US Emergency 12in
33 — IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX) Swan Lake, Champion 12in
34 — BREAK MY HEART (YOU REALLY) (SHEP PETTIBONE HOUSE MIX) Shakespears Sister, London 12in
35 — FOOLS CRY Fancy, German Metronome 12in
36 — WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d.mob featuring Gary Haisman, ffrr 12in
37 36 JOHN (LES ADAMS REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
38 re ONLY ONCE IN A LIFETIME Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
39 33 STUCK ON LOVE (PHIL HARDING MIX) Dee Lewis, Mercury 12in
40 re WE CAN MAKE IT Evans & Fisher, Italian EF 12in