BEATS & PIECES
Eddie Gordon it is who leaves MCA Records soon, as hinted, to run an RCA/Arista/Ariola/Motown combining dance department at BMG, while Dancin’ Danny D Poku (retaining consultancy links) leaves Cooltempo at the end of February to set up his own D. Mob smash financed Slam Productions, doing independent record promotion as well as productions and remixes … Jon Williams has already left Club, apparently because Phonogram aren’t really all that into dance music (one would never have known!) … Theo Loyla, after 11 years of disco plugging, is closing his Superjocks record promotion service at the end of March … Thames Valley DJ Association hold their annual equipment exhibition this Sunday (29), Disco-Ex 89 at Sunbury-on-Thames’s Kempton Manor from noon (£1.50 entrance), followed by the awards, cabaret and dinner Shownite 89 (£15.50 advance bookings only, on 0734-771450) … 1989’s Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships next week are at Ealing’s Broadway Boulevard (Monday 30), Romford’s Hollywood (Tuesday), and in Northern Ireland at Portrush’s Traks (Wednesday) – for last week’s winners see the photo captions over the page (remember the first two at each heat quality for the area semi-finals) … Manchester’s Hacienda had by far the best audience and atmosphere ever during the history of the mixing championships, the amusing funky Leaky Fresh who won there being one of the friends who had lifted last year’s local winner Owen D into his famous “swallow dive” … Leeds’ past area champ Hutchy passed the preliminaries at Nottingham this time but still didn’t win a place this year, despite accomplishing an accurate long distance scratch using two billiard cues, one hooked to the fader – the trouble is that these sorts of tricks have all been done and more original skills are winning through now, as exemplified by the sustained brilliance of young DJ J, who crammed in so many fantastic fast scratches that he stopped short once he’d shown what he could do! … DJ J currently heads the betting, with Leaky Fresh and DJ Trix next favourites, but even Chris Harris and DJ Sure Delight have put Mink, the previous week’s best, in the shade (he was too inconsistently brilliant) – however, DJ Pogo, DJ Bizness and defending champ Cutmaster Swift are yet to come, and are tipped to be even fresher than the “kid”, DJ J! … Liverpool’s mix fans proved a bit unruly at The State, nicking most of the special Technics camp chairs used by the judges, and stealing a shoulder bag from Jive’s Bob Masters that contained not only all his address files but also his and Mervyn Anthony of Sleeping Bag’s credit cards … Monie Love, a perpetually worried looking perfectionist, is always interrupting her live rap to demand the mic be turned up louder, but when DJ Pogo backed her in Nottingham she actually wanted it turned down – she herself manned the decks behind the Cookie Crew’s guest PA in Manchester, and is talking about entering the championships as a DJ next year … Tyree will be PA-ing at the Leigh Reubans area semi-final and Empire final … CCDP put on a terrifically energetic PA, limbs failing everywhere … “wooo”/”yeah” has become the catchphrase of this year’s championships, most mixer using this Lyn Collins ‘Think (About It)’ break beat in its embodiment by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock as ‘It Takes Two’, which CityBeat are about to reissue (the duo have actually just split, incidentally) – Germany’s BCM Records meanwhile have just issued a stunning picture disc 12 inch coupling ‘It Takes Two’ with ‘Get On The Dance Floor (The “Sky” King Remix)’ (BCM 18178) … DJ Mark The 45 King turns out to be only 18 … ‘Fine Time’ is indeed the new A-side by Yazz (commercially as Big Life BLR6T), with ‘Dream’ as flip – we wish her luck … Coldcut’s next featured female guest vocalist will be Lisa Stansfield from Blue Zone, on their upcoming ‘People Hold On’ … 1940 (before my time despite what some might think!) was apparently the last winter as warm as this, which rather deflates the “greenhouse effect” theories, and, while this week last year I was surprised to find flowers blooming by the Bristol Channel, this year they’ve been evident everywhere up north already on our DJ judging travels, with pansies in Glasgow even a fortnight ago – but nothing beats a bush in actual budding leaf on January 4th in Newport Pagnell! … GIVE IT SOME OF THAT!
LADY TAME ‘Loud Ladies’ (061 Records STAG 1061)
Sarah-Jane from Tameside in Blanchester was just a radio listener last summer when she sent some self-penned rap lyrics to Key 103 fm’s Sunday night Bus Diss! and Souled Out presenting Stu Allan, and indeed the witty Roxanne Shanté-ish words are best in this percussively pattered funkily rolling and lurching 113½bpm fast talking rap by her that Stu then produced to launch his, and fellow Key 103 mid-morning man Tim Grundy’s, 061 label (named after Manchester’s telephone area code, in case you hadn’t realised).
LONGSY D’s HOUSE SOUND ‘This Is Ska (Skacid Mix)’ (Big One PRE 13)
Smash-bound crazy fun packed 125¼-0bpm fusion of skanking Sixties blue beat “wiv a Iikkle bit of” twittering Eighties acieed (to create “skacid!”), the rhythm and prodding vocal interjections being however what many now will think of as 2-Tone (busier 125-0bpm Dub), flipped by the totally acidic and overly frantic 133¼-0bpm ‘Things Just Don’t Make Sense‘ — Longsy D being revealed as the man behind the Housedoctors’ ‘Gotta Get Down’, incidentally, so he has a pedigree that goes beyond his previous reggae-rap fusions too.
JOE SMOOTH INC. featuring Anthony Thomas ‘Promised Land (Club Mix)’ (DJ International Records DJINT 6, via Westside Records)
Hailed now as a classic anthem of last year’s summer of love (so how come only three DJs ever chart-returned it during its earlier “peak” in July’?), Joe Smooth’s finally UK released schlurping hi-hat hustled speedy here 124½bpm sombre inspirational deep house canterer, sort of gospel made to feel mighty real in Seventies disco style (125¾bpm Underground and 125½bpm Freestyle Mixes too), suddenly finds itself with a thunder stealing rival from a totally unexpected quarter, THE STYLE COUNCIL! Their Magic Juan mixed much more fully textured and forcefully galloping 125¾-0bpm cover version is already winning the sales race while still on promo, ahead of full commercial release in a fortnight (Polydor TSCX 17). What a turn up! Continue reading “January 28, 1989: Lady Tame, Longsy D, Joe Smooth, Kyna Antee, Charles B”