February 18 1989: Soul II Soul, Ten City, The 45 King presents Lakim Shabazz, The Dynamic Guv’nors, Phase II

BEATS & PIECES

PAUL KINDRED is leaving CityBeat to take over from next Monday (20) as dance promotions manager at A&M/Breakout, the position left vacant by the departure of Rob Manley for Virgin — where, coincidentally, he has just rationalised his function for the various “Allied Virgin Labels” into the newly titled AVL Dance Department … Longsy D’s House Sound ‘This Is Ska‘ has been rush released commercially after all (Big One VV BIG 13), in the same format as promoed … Prince Lover Dalu’s commercial pressing of ‘Let Me Make Love To You‘, not due fully until next week, now includes the more sinewy urgent but drily rapped sparse jittery leaping 0-117⅗-0bpm ‘All Praise‘ … Monie Love’s own ‘I Can Do This’, despite holding off Ten City atop The Club Chart for the past few weeks, obviously needs help in the pop chart and is now in a brand new drily jittering 117bpm percussively bubbling The Dancin’ Danny D Remix (Cooltempo COOLXR 177) — I wonder if she approves of this one? … Nathan Lewis points out that, as Prince Gismo, he is not in the Smith & Mighty posse and only interrupted Monie Love in Bristol after she had in fact challenged any local MC to come out and do better — he concedes that Sefton Terminator shut him down, respect being due, but that Monie did not (sorry that my details were incorrect, but at the time I was deep in conversation with BBC Radio Bristol’s Sunday 2-5pm black music presenter Tristan Bolitho, and was only alerted that something was going on by, as Nathan rightly describes, more crowd noise than there had been all night!) … Nathan also maintains that the Papillon was full of regulars that night, which is why there was no atmosphere as the majority didn’t know about mixing anyway — however, the venue’s management maintained that the crowd was not their regular one, and the fact remains that, at 1,400 strong, it was the biggest to turn out at any of the Technics UK DJ Mixing Championship heats, so people must have known why they were there! Bristol’s best mixing DJs are, so (as you can imagine!) I am reliably informed, more interested in maintaining a musical groove for their dancers and would not be interested in the exhibition style of mixing, which has nothing to do with their floor-filling skills … Chippenham’s Goldiggers semi-final obviously attracted a large Bristol contingent, and to their credit they really did make some noise, but then maybe it could be argued there was more to shout about! … Peace? … Les Adams draws the interesting parallel between the Technics mixing championships and snooker tournaments, pointing out that the top snooker players aren’t scared to put their reputations on the line, so why don’t more top mixers compete (so, why doesn’t he?!) … GLI would do well to develop a cut-down mixer the size of the Gemini, which most of the more dexterous mixing DJs prefer purely because it’s not too wide … Bob Masters, the veteran soul jock (or is that just his hairstyle?) who now plugs dance for Supreme Records, could always be relied on to play a crucial selection as warm-up DJ on the Technics tour … I have driven 5,500 miles since Christmas! … Tim Westwood, who it seems just cannot tell the time (to judge from his repeated miscalculations on Capital Radio!), was apparently badly beaten up with baseball bats at a certain Brixton venue last week … Tyree Cooper the producer, super duper trooper, announces that his rapper Kool Rock Steady is the cousin of Afrika Bambaataa … Taking Your Business (T.Y.B.) are the rappers of ‘Just Got Laid’, not Talking Your Business, while Dave Lee jumps back to correct himself that Peter Jacques Band ‘Mighty Fine‘ is obviously the track behind Def Jef’s ‘Just A Poet (It Feels Mighty Fine)‘, not ‘On The Real Tip’ … Alan Jones actually finds the slog in working out the Pop Dance chart such a thankless task that he’s stopped doing it, the space being filled soon instead by sales charts from a rota of upfront dance music shops around the country … Rhyl’s Alan Taylor (0745-36757), back on the mobile circuit in North Wales, is desperate for room and hopes to shift around 2,000 of his top title soul and dance 12-inchers for £1,000 … £3,500,000 has been spent on Manchester’s 21 Piccadilly, the most luxuriously appointed club I have ever seen, with Maxim’s style art nouveau decor, original oil paintings on the walls, a massive crystal chandelier concealing the lighting effects — the trouble is that it’s so big there can’t be enough up-market regulars to fill it and the restaurant’s food is disappointingly not up to the style of the place (the chef burnt some steaks and the fire brigade arrived in the middle of dinner!) but with John Mayoh and Gina midweek and Hutchy jocking Fri/Saturdays it’s well worth a visit … Andrew Holmes (DJ Madhatter) now co-manages Manchester’s black music Precinct 13 in South King Street, where Hewan Clarke jazz/soul/grooves Tuesdays, Rhythm Doctor and Gerry Dammers do “deep” Wednesdays, Madhatter and Dr Lamont hip house/funk Fridays, Ze Carioca, Hewan and Madhatter handle Saturdays, while the successful ‘Communion Sunday’ is about to restart … DJ Cook Cutz, Mixmaster Edzy, Deadly ‘D’ and MC JMP, plus guests like Hutchy and Holcott Foster, are building up Bradford’s Sunday The Sound Yard at the Club Rio Campus (near the university in Woodhead Road) … Brighton’s Bob Smith and Plymouth Sound’s soul boy Chris Dinnis, plus guests, play real, modern and indie soul, with jazz, JB funk and rare grooves too at the latest of the South-West’s quarterly “real soul” specials next Thursday (23), Humdinger 4 at Exeter’s Boxes on the Quay (details from 0392-439477) … Bournemouth’s Cabaret Club has, at short notice and amidst much bad feeling, closed down as a gay venue, DJ Daryl Stafford being the only staff member to land on his feet again with a brand new residency at Southampton’s refurbished Magnum Club … Norman Scott is cock-a-hoop that, following the closure of the Monday gay nights at The Hippodrome, attendance at his own Mondays is now 1,200 and Saturdays 1,600 at Bang, in London’s Charing Cross Road … Castle Combe, the world famous “Britain’s prettiest village” candidate near Chippenham, on February 8 was pretty well awash with all sorts of flowers in bloom, while many bushes in that South Cotswolds area were in new green leaf — remarkable! … GIVE IT SOME OF THAT!


FINALISTS ‘89

ONLY SEVEN finalists are able to compete against the defending 1988 champion, Cutmaster Swift, for the 1989 Technics UK DJ Mixing title this Wednesday (15) at London’s Empire in Leicester Square … and here at last, after five weeks of exhaustive play-offs around the country, are those truly magnificent seven.

In the semi-finals, at Uxbridge’s Regals (where he said of his jealous critics, “They don’t want to battle on the turntables, they just want to fight”), DJ Pogo came first with a scratch mix programme that took a while to warm up but ended brilliantly with fantastic fast cuts creating a rhythm from one rapidly repeated beat, and a slurring, motoring frantic finale — in the middle of his set he had turned the Gemini mixer upside down and fast cut working the fader in reverse under it with his finger, then his bum, elbow, nose and most other protruberances!

15-year-old Scratch Professor came a very close second, having performed a deadly accurate programme, including “bad meaning good” cutbacks, ‘Bad’ transformer scratches and a synch, and even did a little dance.

Mink, from Sheffield’s FON Force, was totally untogether to begin with, putting on the wrong sides of records, but then showed flashes of cheeky brilliance in some dexterous manipulation and pulled off a unique slow scratch trick, earning a qualifying third place having repeated his entire set following sound problems with the Gemini mixer that he (as did so many others) had opted to use instead of the larger GLI.

Doctor K was the most impressive I’d ever seen him, doing very stark “black is black” cuts, and accurate cutbacks without using headphones, some at a speeded up 45rpm — a shame there wasn’t room for him in the final.

DJ “Whizz-Kidd” was not quite as tidy as he had been at Romford but had some good tricks (including a long synch of Kylie Minogue through the Lyn Collins “woo/yeah” break beat!) while DJ Carl, Rob Nelson (the Northern Ireland winner), and DJ Kut One were, with respect, not really up to the highly innovative standard of the obvious leaders.

At Chippenham’s Goldiggers, an excellent venue with a large stage so that all could see, making for a good night, Monie Love’s brother DJ Jay was the convincing winner with a programme of amazing fast accuracy, basically doing frantic cutbacks with immense cool and limb twisting dexterity, using a few tricks like his chin on the crossfader, and pulling his “14 K Gold” wool hat over his eyes in a blindfold, the crowd going apeshit!

Second was his colleague DJ Biznizz, thanks to a flawless performance. I regretted that DJ Reckless was unable to qualify, as his gracefully executed programme had included an excellent slow backwards and forwards scratch, accurate cutbacks and a long beat on beat running synch during which he sat on a chair at the front of the stage!

Norwich’s Sure Delite was extremely competent if a bit clinical (common amongst similar “bedroom mixers), while Dodger X, Terry Crofts and DJ Wizard Random were not up to the prevailing 1989 standard.

At Leigh’s hard to find (and hard to spell!) Reuebens, the most satisfactory result was a complete tie for the first place between DJ Leaky Fresh and DJ Trix. Leaky, aided by last year’s area winner Owen D, kicked off by falling over backwards — literally! — to be helped to his feet James Brown style. He then cavorted everywhere, mixing well all the while. Trix by contrast mixed with terrific dynamics, doing cutbacks without headphones as he built to a “bring the noise” finale of dazzling dexterity. Chris Harris as usual proved to be a strong scratch technician, but there were no more places to be won, Scotland’s Brian Hope (with a nicely chugging ‘Bring The Noise’/’Fake’ syncopation) and Newcastle’s house mixing Cool T being the only other contestants.


THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

1 DJ JAY


2 DJ BIZNIZZ


3 DJ LEAKY FRESH


4 DJ TRIX


5 DJ POGO


6 SCRATCH PROFESSOR


7 MINK


SAMM E.E., 11-year-old rapper from Bristol, was such a wow at Chippenham that he had to go through to the rapping finals!


HOT VINYL

SOUL II SOUL ‘Keep On Movin’ (Club Mix)’ (10 Records TENX 263)
Not due commercially until March 6 (with a Teddy Riley remix to follow!) but far too hot to hold, this superb bumpily sinuous slinky 93⅓bpm jogger features yet another — classily understated and the best yet? — female soul singer with a “yellow is the colour of sun rays” hookline and the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra’s sometimes weirdly sawing live strings (in four mixes). Not to be missed!

TEN CITY ‘Foundation’ (Atlantic WX 249)
Double Exposure, rather than the Trammps, are the group who come most to my mind when listening to Marshall Jefferson’s deliberately mid-Seventies “Philly soul” styled treatment of this album, Byron Stingily’s wailing falsetto soaring through the massed strings and jumpy beats (including Philadelphia veteran Earl Young’s acoustic drums) in the ‘Ten Per Cent’- ish 122½bpm ‘Satisfaction’, scurrying 120⅓bpm ‘You Must Be The One‘, pshta pshta-ed tense 0-120bpm ‘Suspicious‘, really Philly-style 120¾bpm ‘For You‘, jittery chugging dull 114⅔bpm ‘Where Do We Go?‘, smoochy 64⅓/32⅙bpm ‘Close And Slow‘, mushy sweet 64¼bpm ‘Foundation‘, plus edited versions of Timmy Regisford’s more soulful 120⅘bpm Underground Mix of ‘That’s The Way Love Is’, the old 0-120⅔bpm ‘Devotion’ and 120⅕bpm ‘Right Back To You’ (but no ‘One Kiss Will Make It Better’ — didn’t it fit the prevailing style?). Somehow the new tracks sound cramped in album form, which won’t stop such an eagerly awaited debut set selling, but they like the edited hits really need to be stretched out.

THE 45 KING PRESENTS… LAKIM SHABAZZ ‘Pure Righteousness’ (US Tuff City TUF LP 5557)
…or M.C. La Kim, as the LP’s label spells his more familiar monicker! Produced and co-penned by break beat plundering DJ Mark The 45 King, this as a result fast selling set by the punchy rhythm riding rapper and his DJ Cee Just has the conversationally begun before then instrumental and “D” Train ‘You’re The One For Me’ synth prodded “hip house”-ish 118⅕bpm ‘Adding On (Club Track)’, scratchily saxed dryly jiggling 107⅓bpm ‘First In Existence‘, slinkily jogging 105⅓bpm ‘Getting Fierce‘, insistent burbling 113½bpm ‘Sample The Dope Noise‘, percussively pattering sparse weaving 106⅓bpm ‘The Posse Is Large (Remix)‘, funkily saxed 101⅓bpm ‘All True And Living‘, James Brown “clap your hands” punctuated lazily chugging 105¼bpm ‘Pure Righteousness‘, fast talking jittery 104⅙bpm ‘Black Is Back‘, unhurriedly jolting 95¼bpm ‘Don’t Try Us‘.

DAHWEED ‘All Night All Right’ (US Spring Records SPRIZ-432)
Russell Taylor & Leugene Whitfield created pleasant if unstartling plaintive male vocal group nagged weaving jiggly 113½bpm old fashioned soul swayer (in five mixes), getting traditionalist support.

THE DYNAMIC GUV’NORS Present: JAZZY JASON ‘M.U.S.I.C. (Use It)’ (Blapps! Records SEX 070)
Much more confident than the Guv’nors’ debut but still with a sense of fun in packaging, this makes stuttery title repeating excellent simple “house”-ily bounding 120-0bpm re-“use” of Tyrone Brunson’s ‘The Smurph’ rhythm, with scratching and jauntily bubbling infectious drive in totally modern style (less vocal Freestyle Bonus Beats too), flipped by the Lyn Collins “yeah”/”woo” driven jiggly (0-)120½bpm ‘Faster Than Fast! (Hip House Ver.)‘ and 120½-0bpm Bonus Dub, which ends with that notorious Serious Intention chant in scratch mix stylee. Tuff enuff!

PHASE II ‘Reachin’ (Brotherhood Mix)’ (RePublic Records LICT 006X)
The excellent Kevin (Blaze) Hedge produced anxiously soulful thumping strider, for months a fixture in The Club Chart, is due for reissue on March 6 in its previously (separately) released original 0-120⅔-0bpm Brotherhood Mix and percussively pattering smoother 121⅓bpm Latin Workout Mix, flipped by November 1987’s ‘It’s A Mystery’ in its vigorously bounding stuttery (0-)120⅓bpm Original Mystery Mix and a terrific brand new Blaze created much classier jazzily loping husky (0-)120bpm Mystery II U Mix — this latter plus three other similarly styled new mixes, all of which would not fit due to the Gallup chart’s record duration regulations, have also been pressed as a strictly limited edition 250 copies (it says here) for specialist shops,

‘IT’S A MYSTERY (OF LOVE’ (RePublic Records LICT 016P),
The Mystery II U Mix on this pressing being (0-)120⅔bpm, with instrumental brassy baritone 120½-0bpm Mysterious and Out Of The Blue Mixes, and a sparse vocal 120¾bpm Blue Mix.

CANDI McKENZIE ‘Wanna Be Good Tonight’ (Cooltempo COOLXR 181)
Not due fully for a fortnight but hot on pre-release promo, this uninformatively labelled double-sider’s style suggests a Dancin’ Danny D production as the jerkily bounding 122bpm A-side, with Atmosfear-like phased cymbal hiss, is flipped by a totally different much slower but jumpily jiggling 108bpm Maze ‘Twilight’ (and hence DSM!) tempoed Topcat Mix, the side it’s selling for.

ALEXANDER O’NEAL ‘Hearsay <89> (Extended Mix)’ (Tabu 654667 6)
I (and, I suspect, many others!) have rather lost count of just what has and has not been pulled as a single from his ‘Hearsay’ album, but by its omission (despite being the “title” track) from the ‘Hearsay (All Mixed Up)’ remix edition of that album it’s probable that this song is only now making its first appearance on 12 inch, in a chuggingly thumping beefy rolling 101⅙bpm brand new Keith Cohen remix (Dub and Percapella too, plus the chunkily jiggly 100⅙bpm ‘You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Club 7″)’ — which latter was “all mixed up” before!).

SEDUCTION ‘Seduction’ (Breakout USAT 651)
Clivilles & Cole-created girl group, a female counterpart to their Brat Pack, with a Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy ‘Trading Places’ introed then bass burbled pattering here 0-120-119¾bpm philosophically muttering Vocal Club Mix, this and the amusing comments and Arabic chanting started more percussive 120⅓bpm Wild Club Mix both being needlessly interrupted halfway by the Brat Pack’s “don’t be so f**kin’ serious!” shouts, flipped by an acappella girl started more tranquil flowing organ instrumental (0-)120¼-120½bpm The Reprise Loft Mix, and vigorous hammering piano jangled jack tracking 0-122¾bpm ‘Everybody “Jump”‘ and bass and synth thrummed jittery 120-0bpm ‘Devote Yourself‘ instrumental bonus tracks.

ULTRAMAGNETIC MC’s ‘Critical Beatdown’ (ffrr 828137.1)
Reviewed some time ago on import and now apparently on UK release, this aggressive rap set has in fact for several weeks now been helped promotionally by a 12-inched sampler (ffrr ULTRASAMP) containing the drum tapped lurchingly rapped 108⅙bpm ‘Give The Drummer Some’, Public Enemy-style (complete with “noise”) scratching jiggly 105bpm ‘Ease Back (Vocal)‘ and 104⅔bpm Instrumental, James Brown sampling funkily bumping declamatory 108¼bpm ‘Watch Me Now‘, and sparsely backed frantic 130bpm ‘Ain’t It Good To You‘.

THE BELOVED ‘Your Love Takes Me Higher (The Angelic Mixes)’ (WEA YZ357TX)
Cut off when originally mentioned, the piano thrummed bounding Hi-NRG house 124½-124¾bpm Deep Joy remix is overshadowed by the also all new percussively exciting 124¾bpm ‘New Beats For Old’, vibrantly quavering 124½-125bpm Simply Divine and (not necessarily so good) vocal and piano dominated 124¾bpm Divinely Simple.

CAMEO ‘Skin I’m In — The Truth’ (Club JABXR 77)
In fact the previously imported US A-side 12″ Remix, creatively marketed here (to little apparent effect), this Afro-chanting introed now 0-101⅔bpm ‘She’s Strange’-style sleazy smacking lurcher is newly coupled with their old attractive squeaky 93⅚bpm slinky jogging ‘You’re A Winner’ (and Les Adams’ 0-110-111½-115⅔bpm ‘The Cameo Megamix Two’ as before).

LENNY WILLIAMS ‘Givin’ Up On Love’ (Crush Music ONE 6603, via K-tel)
The one-time Tower Of Power singer, 1977’s soulfully soaring ‘Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!’ hit maker returns to emote Bobby Caldwell’s juddery swaying tender lurcher in 106⅓bpm 12″ and instrumentally extended Club Mixes.

2 PUERTO RICANS, A BLACK MAN AND A DOMINICAN ‘Scandalous (Remix)’ (Syncopate 12SYX 20)
Why this couldn’t have been out first is a mystery, instead of Clivilles & Cole’s original dreadful untidy jittering mix it’s a more typical piano and organ jangled 123⅘bpm chunky canterer with lurching offbeats which now “do it properly”, cushioning the groaning, panting, chanting and complaining girls far more comfortably (sparsely tapping also 123⅘bpm but different Dub and 123½-0bpm vocal Edit too).

A SPLIT SECOND ‘Flesh (Remix)’ (ffrr FFRX 23)
Teeth setting on edge shrill tinny insistent synch chimed jittery chugging 0-111¾bpm throbbed and muttered basically instrumental Belgian “new beat” hit, flipped by the frantic 130bpm original version (presumably before it had been slowed to 33⅓ plus 10!).

FRIGHTY & COLONEL MITE ‘Life (Is What You Make It)’ (Mogul Records YDD0132, via 01-727 2692)
Infectious vocally twiddled, wailed and scolded jiggly rolling 0-87½bpm reggae smash, with “ragamuffin” toasting over the underlying melodically surging sweetly harmonised song, Colonel Mite being featured also on Yazz’s current reggae slowie.

LONDON POSSE ‘Money Mad’ (Justice JTT 033, via 01-459 3786)
MCs Bionic and Rodie Rock’s jauntily rolling upbeat 92½-0bpm ragamuffin reggae rap includes some slithery scratches by Technics finalist DJ Biznizz, heard better on the Instrumental flip.


THE CLUB CHART – February 18, 1989

01 06 TURN UP THE BASS (REMIXES) Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady, ffrr 12in
02 02 THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS (ACIEED/UNDERGROUND MIXES) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
03 01 I CAN DO THIS (DOWNTOWN/UPTOWN MIXES)/FEELS SO GOOD Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
04 22 ONE MAN (ONE MIX/DOPE DUB/INTENSE MIX) Chanelle, US Profile 12in
05 19 RESPECT (THE DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Adeva featuring Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
06 08 RUNAWAY GIRL (PIMP DUB/RUNAWAY RADIO MIX) Sterling Void/IT’S ALL RIGHT (HOUSE MIX) Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge, ffrr 12in
07 100= SATISFACTION/YOU MUST BE THE ONE/SUSPICIOUS/FOR YOU Ten City, Atlantic LP
08 20 THIS IS SKA (SKACID MIX) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
09 03 RESPECT (MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
10 15 PROMISED LAND (LONGER VERSION)/CAN YOU STILL LOVE ME? The Style Council, Polydor 12in
11 16 THE PROMISED LAND (MIXES) Joe Smooth Inc featuring Anthony Thomas, DJ International Records 12in
12 04 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR (THE “SKY” KING REMIXES/ORIGINAL ALBUM VERSION) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme Records 12in
13 05 WAIT (LONG) Robert Howard + Kym Mazelle, RCA 12in
14 17 MY PREROGATIVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
15 29 SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, US Def Jam 12in
16 09 YO YO GET FUNKY (MIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
17 18 YOYO GET FUNKY/HIP HOUSE/JACK 2 THE SOUND The DJ Fast Eddie, DJ International Records LP
18 12 THE LOVER IN ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Sheena Easton, MCA Records 12in
19 23 ADDING ON (CLUB TRACK)/FIRST IN EXISTENCE/GETTING FIERCE/SAMPLE THE DOPE NOISE/THE POSSE IS LARGE (REMIX)/BLACK IS BACK/PURE RIGHTEOUSNESS/ALL TRUE AND LIVING/DON’T TRY US Lakim Shabazz, US Tuff City LP
20 07 BORN THIS WAY (LET’S DANCE) Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
21 52 THE COURT IS NOW IN SESSION/LET THE WORDS FLOW Chill Rob G, US Wild Pitch Records 12in
22 10 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (EXTENDED VER.) Turntable Orchestra, RePublic Records 12in
23 13 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (CLUB MIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
24 11 MAKE IT LAST (CLUB MIX) Skipworth & Turner, Fourth & Broadway 12in
25 21 BREAK 4 LOVE (SPANISH FLY) Raze, Champion 12in
26 25 WRATH OF KANE Big Daddy Kane, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
27 72 SELF-DESTRUCTION (MIXES) The Stop The Violence Movement, Jive 12in
28 35 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
29 — TURN UP THE BASS (HIP HOP/MIXES) Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady, US DJ International Records 12in
30 42 LOC’ED AFTER DARK/WILD THING Tone Loc, Fourth & Broadway 12in
31 — I FEEL FINE (12” VERSION/EDIT/DOUBLE TROUBLE MIX) Positiv Noize, Urban 12in pre-release
32 34 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE Sugar Bear, Champion 12in
33 63 LOVE’S GOT 2 BE STRONG (MIXES) Keyman Edwards, US Sound Pak 12in
34 36 JOY AND PAIN (REMIXES) Donna Allen, US Oceana 12in
35 74 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (MIXES) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
36 28 SEDUCTION (MIXES) Seduction, Breakout 12in
37 82 CAN YOU STILL LOVE ME? (J.Z.J. REMIXES)/PROMISED LAND (JOE SMOOTH’S ALTERNATE CLUB MIX) The Style Council, Polydor 12in
38 26 LACK OF LOVE/(IVORY MIX) Charles B, Desire 12in
39 39 I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (MIXES) The Gap Band, Arista 12in
40 57 SECRET RENDEZVOUS (MIXES) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
41 33 ON THE REAL TIP/GIVE IT HERE Def Jef, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
42 46 TRACKIN’ DOWN THE HOUSE (AFRICAN DANCE) Tony V, US Sample Records 12in
43 40 ON STAGE (BROAD BEANS MIX)/GET UP ON THIS (ADONIS MIX) She Rockers, Jive 12in
44 — KEEP ON MOVIN’ (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler), 10 Records 12in pre-release
45 67 THE HUNTED CHILD/POWER/HIGH ROLLERS (REMIXES) Ice-T, US Sire 12in
46 87 THE MIGHTY HARD ROCKER (GRAEME PARK’S B&B REMIX (BOTTOM & BASS)) Cash Money & Marvellous, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
47 14 TURN UP THE BASS/T’S REVENGE/I’LL NEVER LET YOU GO Tyree, US DJ International Records LP
48 — I CAN DO THIS (THE DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX/HOUSE ACAPELLA) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
49 30 IN & OUT OF MY LIFE (CLUB MIX) Adeva, Garage Trax 12in
50 31 TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONIGHT) Brian Keith, US New Image 12in
51 75 TALKING WITH MYSELF (DEEP DREAM REMIX/ANABOLIC STEROID MIX/INSTRUMENTAL) Electribe-1.0.1, Club 12in
52 48 AS ALWAYS (MIXES) Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk presents Ricky Dillard, Champion 12in
53 66 ALL PRAISE/LET ME MAKE LOVE TO YOU (CLUB MIX) Prince Lover Dalu, Breakout 12in
54 78 COME GET MY LOVIN’ (NYC MIX)/MOVE GROOVE Dionne, US Bigshot Records 12in
55 37 LOVE WILL FIND A WAY (MIXES) Victor Romeo presents Leatrice Brown, US Dance Mania 12in
56 61 WANNA BE GOOD TONIGHT (TOPCAT MIX) Candi McKenzie, Cooltempo 12in pre-release
57 — HOW FAR I GO (MIXES) Peter Black, US DJ International Records 12in
58 38 WE CAN MAKE IT/GOOD GIRL Bonnie Byrd, US Wadworth Records 12in
59 70 STRAIGHT OUT THE JUNGLE (JUNGLE REMIX)/SOUNDS OF SAFARI (REMIX) Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
60 55 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (THE FUTURE MIX) Bali, Circa Records 12in
61 45 SKIN I’M IN (ALBUM VERSION)/LES ADAMS’ CAMEO MEGAMIX TWO Cameo, Club 12in
62 32 WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris & Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
63 86 GET ON THE DANCEFLOOR (THE DANNY D. REMIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme Records 12in
64 59 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD/LATIN WORKOUT MIXES)/IT’S A MYSTERY (MYSTERY II U MIX) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
65 41 AT MY HOUSE/SHAFTED OFF Frankie “Bones” presents Bonesbreaks Volume 2, US Underworld Records 12in
66 re VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald/I AIN’T NIGHTCLUBBING/CARINO T-Coy/DREAM 17 Annette (‘North’), de/Construction Records 12in twin-pack album
67 — THE R (WORK, REST & PLAY MIX) Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
68 68 JUST STARTED (CLUB MIX) Lachandra, Garage Trax 12in
69 98 WALK ON… (LONG VERSION/REMIX/R&R MIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
70 91 FLESH (REMIX) A Split Second, ffrr 12in
71 99 I’M IN LOVE (VERSIONS) Sha-Lor, US Gertie 12in
72 50 LET IT GO Kyna Antee aka The Mistress, US Techno Kut 12in
73 43 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
74 73 STORIES (THE JACKANORY MIX) Izit, Pig & Trumpet 12in
75 51 BLACK, ROCK AND RON (EXTENDED MIX) Black, Rock And Ron, Supreme Records 12in
76 — ACTION/(INSTRUMENTAL/DUB VERSION)/YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK/(INSTRUMENTAL) Don Baron, US UNI Records 12in
77 47 SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY (RAP REMIX) Fine Young Cannibals featuring Monie Love, London 12in
78 60 I WANT THAT GIRL (EXTENDED CLUB MIX) Cairo, CityBeat 12in
79 — I’M HOUSIN’ (REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL)/GET OFF THE BAND WAGON (REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL) EPMD, Sleeping Bag Records 12in pre-release
80 65 DREAM (MAGIC JUAN REMIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
81 53 GOT TO FIND A WAY (REMIX) Soul Connection, Intrigue 12in
82 — STOP JOCKIN’ JAMES Kings Of Swing, US BumRush! 12in
83 — ARE YOU MY BABY (12”MIX)/HONEYMOON EXPRESS/HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wendy & Lisa, Virgin 12in
84 69 PARTY AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT (INSTRUMENTAL) New Jersey Queens & Friends, Base Line 12in
85 81 HARD CORE HIP HOUSE/OH YEA HEY NO Tyree/BROTHERS & SISTERS HOUSE ON 13TH STREET Slick Master Rick/ENERGY Robot DJs (‘Acid II’), US Underground LP
86 27 WALK ON…/(MELLOW MIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
87 49 PROMISED LAND/CAN’T FAKE THE FEELING/I TRY Joe Smooth, DJ International Records LP
88 62 STRAIGHT FROM THE SOUL Top Billin’, Rapsonic 12in
89 — THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in
90 — TOUGH COOKIE/IT GETS NO DEEPER/TURN THAT DOWN/SAY WHO SAY WHAT/THIS BEAT IS MILITARY/AIN’T NOTHIN TO IT/NO STOPPIN OR STANDIN BETWEEN THE RHYME/SOMEBODY’S BROTHER/THIS IS THE WAY THE QUICK CUT GOES/NO SELL OUT K-9 Posse, US Arista LP
91 79 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Today, US Motown 12in
92 re PSYCHEDELIC SHACK (MIXES) Trybe, US Wild Pitch Records 12in
93 56 2 HOT 2 STOP (FRENCH TICKLER MIX) L.U.S.T., US Renée Records 12in
94 — HOUSE SENSATION (MAGIC JUAN’S REMIX/JUAN’S MAGIC WAND MIX/KEVIN ‘MASTER REESE’ SAUNDERSON MIX) Liaz, 10 Records 12in
95 re WHY? (MIXES) Bipo, US Jump Street 12in
96 76 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (HARDCORE CLUB REMIX) Turntable Orchestra, RePublic Records 12in
97 — IT’S A MYSTERY (OF LOVE) (REMIXES) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in limited edition
98 — GIVE MY HEART A BREAK (REMIX)/LIGHT IS RIGHT Terumasa Hino, Syncopate 12in pre-release
99 — SCANDALOUS (REMIX) 2 Puerto Ricans, A Black Man And A Dominican, Syncopate 12in
100 re 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


HI-NRG

01 02 DANCE WITH ME Claudia T, Dutch Made Up 12in
02 03 A B C D/BAD GIRLS Radiorama, Italian Disco Magic 12in
03 01 REQUIEM (HAMBURG MIX) London Boys, WEA 12in
04 05 AUTOMATICALLY YOURS Brenda Cochrane, Dazzle 12in
05 09 THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL (EXTENDED VERSION) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
06 04 CALL ME Coco, German Blow Up 12in
07 06 IT’S YOU Sheila Stewart, Dutch Made Up 12in
08 13 DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS Silk & Steele, Strike 12in
09 12 WHAT KIND OF LOVE Diana Randall, French Public 12in
10 11 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
11 33 I WANNA BE YOUR WIFE (THE LES ADAMS REMIX) Spagna, CBS 12in
12 08 LOVE EVICTION Quartzlock, Retro 12in
13 07 KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR (MARK SAUNDERS REMIX)/STOP! Erasure, Mute 12in
14 28 IT’S SO FUNNY King Kong & The D.J.Ungle Girls, Italian Flea 12in
15 22 I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU (EXTENDED MIX) Samantha Fox, Jive 12in
16 21 DIVINE Mike Hemmer, Italian Time 12in
17 17 GIVE ME YOUR BODY Dana Kay, German Polydor 12in
18 29 MY MY MY Chris, Italian AAA 12in
19 19 FANTASY BOY Baccara, German Bellaphon 12in
20 36 LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson, MCA 12in
21 10 THE RUMOUR (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Olivia Newton-John, Mercury 12in
22 32 GO BABY GO/HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU/ONE WAY TICKET (TO HEAVEN) Samantha Gilles, Belgian Hi-Tension 12in
23 re YOU CAN SET ME FREE Coo Coo, Italian Flea 12in
24 30 EVERLASTING LOVE (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sandra, 10 Records 12in
25 20 NATHAN JONES Bananarama, London 12in
26 18 SO FAR AWAY Selena, Italian EMI 12in
27 16 SECRETS OF LOVE Sara Carlson, Italian Cinevox 12in
28 35 THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Gee Morris, Nightmare 12in
29 37 TOO MANY TIMES, TOO MANY CHANGES San, Belgian Infinity 12in
30 15 DOWNTOWN ’88 (PETER SLAGHUIS REMIX) Petula Clark, PRT 12in
31 14 GOOD LIFE (MAGIC JUAN’S MIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
32 27 EVERYTHING YOU LOVE Chip Chip, Italian Flea 12in
33 34 DANGER IN HER EYES Deborah Sasson, Germany 8ighty 8ight Records 12in
34 31 LET’S ALL DANCE Argentina, Italian Memory 12in
35 — I HEAR A SYMPHONY Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
36 re RUN TO ME Cherish featuring Lydia Steinman, Instant Karma! 12in
37 re YOU’RE THE ONE 1000 Ohm, Belgian ARS 12in
38 24 GO GO BOY Ross, Italian Flea 12in
39 26 WE’LL BE TOGETHER (’89 REMIX) Sandra, German Virgin 12in
40 re POWER OF PERSUASION Pointer Sisters, US Columbia 12in

2 thoughts on “February 18 1989: Soul II Soul, Ten City, The 45 King presents Lakim Shabazz, The Dynamic Guv’nors, Phase II”

  1. I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank the producer of this wonderful blog for his dedication and hard wrk in putting it up here to rekindle our memories and enlighten of us about what went on in eras when we were not part of the scene.

    What I can’t understand is why the comments section is not deluged with contributions from those who remember these days and just a quick look at youtube will give an immediate grasp of its size and dedication to the music till this day.

    I am particularly grateful fr the owner of the blog for its continuation as I was an avid reader of the first uploads of JH’s columns which first appeared on the Disco blog which so suddenly closed down. The JH column uploads there used to have many regular commenters who obviously don’t know the current blog exists. I’d have thought this site would have gone viral amongst he thousands of people who made up the underground dance scene from 1969 until the early nineties and especially the years 1978-1992. I’m sure all those who were on the jazz-funk scene wold love to relive the old days as would those involved in acid house and all those who produce innumerable sites devoted to hardcore, jungle, speed garage, trance, hard house and the rest would be interested in discovering the roots of their scene.

    Well all I can say is they’re missing out on a wonderful way to spend some time every couple of days and let’s hope it stays up here to eventually be discovered by those who would love it if they only knew about it

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    1. Thanks for your words of appreciation, 80snights. The current traffic figures to the blog are respectable but not huge: on average, we’re getting 60 unique visitors per day, 320 per week and 1500 per month. There have also been occasional spikes when people with significant followings have linked to the blog on Twitter or Facebook. As for the low number of comments, I also wish there were more, but I don’t think people leave comments on blogs the way they used to (e.g. when you and I were regularly commenting on Tom Ewing’s Freaky Trigger/Popular some years ago). They’re actually more likely to express their appreciation by replying to the linking tweets or commenting on the linking Facebook posts, which means that I often don’t get to see them – ah well!

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