BEATS & PIECES
RM’s 1988 Hammy Awards will appear in the next issue, the first of the new year, so that this week’s new Hi-NRG and Club Chart positions will count in the reckoning of the various annual performance awards – can you stand the suspense? … Serious Records are indeed being put into liquidation, although Mahesh Bajaj’s other Needle Records and Low Fat Vinyl labels will continue to trade, the previously mentioned winding up petition against Serious having frozen the company’s accounts and caused cash flow difficulties (as so often happens in similar cases) … Rob Manley, now that he is installed as club promotions manager for Virgin’s labels, has relocated to the offices of Siren/10 Records at 61-63 Portobello Road, London W11 3DD (telephone 01-221 7535) … EMI dance label Syncopate’s staff believe in Kym Mazelle so much that they have done something that in my long experience is unprecedented – sent their mailing list DJs a record from a rival company, RCA, on which Kym duets with Dr Robert of the Blow Monkeys, calling the act though Robert Howard & Kym Mazelle for the good breezily galloping if derivative 119¾bpm ‘Wait’, due out on January 9 … CJ Mackintosh & Dave Dorrell’s remix of Eric B & Rakim ‘The R’ has surfaced commercially first on import (US UNi Records UNI-8012) … Cooltempo are creating a big buzz ahead of January 23 release on the Dancin’ Danny D produced terrific Monie Love ‘I Can Do This (Uptown Mix)’, a Whispers ‘And The Beat Goes On’ synched infectious jumpy 115⅓bpm female rap jiggler by 18 years old Monie and scratching DJ Pogo, who hits a harder James Brown groove for the flip’s Downtown Mix … Phonogram are finally about to reissue on Casablanca 1982’s Jeff Young re-edited 0-126¼-126-125¼-125½bpm megamix version of the late Patrick Cowley’s remix of Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’, better late than never as it was much revived in “acieed” mixes during the summer of love … Les Adams has remixed Bäs Noir ‘My Love Is Magic’, as also supposedly has Ben Liebrand, although it’s the 122¾-0bpm original Ronald Burrell & Tommy Musto mix that’s been promoed ahead of January 19 release – meanwhile, Les’s US-issued mix of the Funky Worm ‘Hustle (To The Music)’ is top of Billboard’s US Club Play chart … Bomb The Bass’s separately charted “remix” (as I was told it was) of ‘Say A Little Prayer’ seems really to be the original, harder, album version! … Richie Rich’s previously UK released ‘Salsa House’ and ‘Turn It Up’ have been coupled back-to-back and are selling here on US Mercury … UK copies of The DJ Fast Eddie’s LP (DJ International Records DJART 902, via Westside Records), as warned when reviewed on import, include a Double Trouble created ‘Jack To The Sound (Megamix)’ of its tracks, 0-122-126⅓-0bpm, which is strange, as nothing on the album runs quite as slow or fast as those outer parameters! … 4AD Records, apologising unreservedly for not first obtaining permission before M|A|R|R|S used a two second sample of Stock Aitken Waterman ‘Roadblock’ in ‘Pump Up The Volume’ – to complete last week’s report – gave a donation at Pete Waterman’s request to the Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children, and a substantial contribution towards legal costs … Dee Clark, melismatic falsetto swooping soul stylist of the Fifties/Sixties/Seventies, meanwhile is looking forward to the possibility of a place in a home for fallen rock ‘n’ roll stars that a current US Revival tour of more mobile veteran rock, pop and soul stars is hoping to fund … ITV’s ‘The Hitman And Her’ comes from Hammersmith’s Le Palais on New Year’s Eve – it’ll be interesting to see if Pete Waterman can whip up the blasé London crowd as much as the livelier ones he (quite rightly) prefers up north … Donald ‘Shuggy Bear’ Hughes, presenting Radio Forth’s Dance Music Chart on Saturdays 5-6pm and a Scottish Chart on Sundays 2-4pm, has a special 5-7pm programme on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve to sassenachs!) featuring 1988’s best dance tracks, including his own megamixes … Big ‘H’, Russell Potts and Barry Jeffrey have a 2pm-midnight Boxing Day alldayer at Slough’s Furze Hotel, while Richard Searling, Pete Haigh and more take it all day from 3pm-2am on the same soulful December 26 at Whispers between Leyland and Bamber Bridge … Chris Wright, Simon Goffe, Gordon Mac and Paul Anderson make it ‘Slide’ at Camden Town’s Electric Ballroom next Wednesday (28), for the more discerning class of groover … DJs Jazzy M and Steve Harris, whose Vinyl Zone London record store is in fact at precisely 112 New Kings Road, Fulham, host the “sound of progressive dance” Thursdays at Brixton’s Fridge … British Record Industry Awards nominees for best international male artist are Michael Jackson, Prince, Alexander O’Neal, Luther Vandross and Terence Trent D’Arby – in America’s equivalent, that would be the R&B line-up … MCA Records’ UK managing director, Tony Powell points out that much less inter-relationship than originally envisaged will take place between the black music rosters of MCA and Motown in the States, solo albums by group members and duets by each other’s artists being the probable limit of the label hopping … Billboard’s dance music columnist Bill Coleman makes a guest vocal appearance on the Clivilles & Cole created ‘Seduction’ by Seduction, presumably doing some of the philosophical muttering along with Carol Cooper … Jan Hammer’s Marathon Mix of ‘The Runner’ (the “shattered” Bob Geldof milk guzzling scene) turns out to be a Graeme Park mix … Chris Brown calculates that Jean-Michel Jarre ‘Revolutions’ played off 45rpm at 33⅓rpm plus 8% would be 104bpm – however, the calibration on Technics desks’ slider controls of +8 and -8 do not correspond to actual mathematical percentages, as a check against the separate strobe control will show … Gary Grimmer kindly points out that of course the shrill guitar “noise” from Big Daddy Kane ‘Set It Off’ is from the guitar break in the full length album version of James Brown ‘Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved’ – thanks! … thanks also for your many cards and seasonal greetings – please manage to get charts to us in the mail as soon after Christmas as possible too, so that there isn’t too great a hiccup … Mistletoe & Wine, Dandelion & Burdock, Light & Mild, Coke & Crisps, whatever you’re on – HAVE A GOOD ONE!
THE BIZ are a carefully assembled glamorous British answer to Shalamar, though with the different sexual ratio of Yasmin Evans, Austin Howard and Suzette Smithson — almost a black Bucks Fizz! — whose debut 113bpm ‘Falling‘ 3-track 12in has already sold out on white label advantage pressing but is due this week again in its fully remixed final form from the new Midas label. If your club gets offered them for a PA, grab ’em — as we discovered at Gullivers last Saturday, they really do do “the biz”!
Look closely at the above! It’s the photo and caption we ran about six years ago which introduced Yasmin Evans to the world. Who? She’s now better known as YAZZ!
BELOVED ‘Your Love Takes Me Higher (Sex Mix)’ (WEA YZ 357T)
Detroit’s ‘Magic Juan’ Atkins has used a fairly naff UK effort as the basis for a remixed blazing, bounding and twittering unstoppable 124½-124¾-125bpm basher with some female whispering and groaning buried in the mix halfway, plus an alternative similarly driving before then title-repeating 124½-124¾-125-0bpm Rise-Up Mix, only on promo at the moment just waiting to explode.
LIZ TORRES featuring MASTER C&J ‘Touch Of Love’ (Black Market Records BLMK 004, via PRT)
Instantly massive, this anxiously plaintive pleading hi-hat hissed and bass bubbled simple purposeful strider is almost more like Hi-NRG than house, and should have much gay appeal, in 123½bpm Club Mix, 123¼bpm Radio Mix, 123⅓bpm Club Dub Mix and Dub Edit versions, all with different sound density.
SEDUCTION ‘Seduction (Vocal Club Mix)’ (US Vendetta Records VE-7014)
Clivilles & Cole (or, as they put it here, Cole & Clivilles) created shouting started but then bass burbled philosophically muttering 0-120¼-120⅓bpm pattering pulser, this and the amusing comments and Arabic chanting started more percussive 120¾bpm Club Mix both being needlessly interrupted halfway by the Brat Pack’s “don’t be so f***in’ serious”, while the flip has vigorous hammering piano jangled jack tracking 0-123bpm ‘Every Body “Jump”‘ and bass and synth thrummed jittery 120½-0bpm ‘Devote Yourself‘ instrumental bonus tracks plus an acappella girl started more tranquil flowing organ instrumental (0-)120¾-121bpm The Reprise Loft Mix. Continue reading “December 24, 1988: Beloved, Liz Torres featuring Master C&J, Seduction, Intense, Jocelyn Brown, 1988 Year End charts”