February 25, 1989: UK DJ Mixing Championship Finals, M.C. Duke, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Brian Keith, Don Baron

BEATS & PIECES

The 1989 International DJ Convention is the next, now rapidly approaching, big date that should be in every jock’s diary, held at London’s Leicester Square Empire on March 12/13, Sunday having the welcoming party and Sleeping Bag Records sponsored Shure ‘Golden Mic’ UK Rapping Championship finals while Monday’s all day session includes seminar discussions and the preliminary eliminations for the 1989 Technics World DJ Mixing Championships — the finals of which, and the superstar studded DJ Awards ceremony, are then on Tuesday (14) at the Royal Albert Hall (full booking details from the Disco Mix Club on 06286-67276/633227124, three day tickets for non DMC members being £50, one day tickets £15) … Shure ‘Golden Mic’ rap finalists, selected at the UK mixing semi-finals, are slow talking freestyle Brian ‘Uncle B Nice’ Bennett, patois style toasting MC Daddy The Baddy, dreadlocked angry fast Daddy Dru (who all came first in their areas), sassy Jazzy P (as in Pauline), fast toasting Crazy Cool Desine, confidently haranguing DJ Oski Osic, 11 years old Samm E.E. (photographed twice in rm last week!) … Leigh’s Ruebens continued to prove hard to spell last week — the correct version (we must get it right at least once!) being R-U-E-B-E-N-S – where for some reason semi-finalists Tim Garbutt and Krazy K failed to show up (rather negating the Stockton heat where both had qualified), while Scotland’s Adrian Rennie couldn’t get the night off work! … Simon Harris is hosting a Music Of Life hip hop jam at the Café De Paris after the Royal Albert Hall world mixing final, with Tim Westwood, Derek B, Madhatter Trevor and live rappers throwing down … De La Soul’s weirdly conceptual, dialogue interspersed ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ album is proving hard to find on Tommy Boy import but will be BPM-ed should it hit The Club Chart this week, along with any other mile high pile of import 12-inchers that I picked up but didn’t have time to review … EPMD’s old but now much remixed 107⅓-107-0bpm ‘I’m Housin’‘ (107⅙-106⅚pm Instrumental) and totally altered 87⅔-0bpm ‘Get Off The Band Wagon‘ have been promoted by Sleeping Bag Records ahead of commercial UK release in a fortnight, these mixes not being scheduled for US release at all! … MCA Records have picked up Vicky Martin’s recently hot but now dormant ‘Not Gonna Do It’ import, which won’t be out until the end of March … Living Beat Records have remixed 1982’s Sinnamon ‘Thanks To You’ for UK release … ‘One Kiss will Make It Better‘ may not be on the vinyl LP of Ten City’s ‘Foundation’ album but an edited version is on the cassette and CD, along with extended mixes of ‘That’s The Way Love Is (Deep House Mix)’, ‘Right Back To You’ and ‘Devotion’ — any self respecting DJ should of course already have the originals on 12 inch anyway, but even so it seems a pity that vinyl buyers are so poorly served, even if the (Germany EQ-ed and pressed) LP is already low on volume by being so cramped … I’m not surprised I instantly recognised that the basis of The Dynamic Guv’nors present Jazzy Jason ‘M.U.S.I.C. (Use It)‘ is Tyrone Brunson’s The ‘Smurf’ — they actually used the remix I did of it as part of my 1983 medley of it with C.O.D. ‘In The Bottle’, on Streetwave! … Paul Simpson has re-recorded his “sleeper” from last year, ‘Musical Freedom’ (which somehow got lost between poorly co-ordinated promo and commercial release), this time featuring the vocals of Adeva! … New Jersey Queens & Friends ‘Party And Don’t Worry About It’ will be the backing beat of the Cookie Crew’s next B-side… Jon Sharp has started a Recuts dance division at Orpington based record distributors Pinnacle (0689-70622, ext 222), specialising in sales, marketing and promotion for smaller indie dance labels – those currently distributed include Music Of Life, Living Beat, Hot Melt, Warrior and Rham! Records … Marie Birch of London’s Sound Promotions (01-864 4484) and Everton Webb of Birmingham’s Sidestep Promotions (021-643 6584) have joined forces in PA’s Unlimited to organise personal appearance tours nationwide for the artistes … Tim Raidl, promoting indie dance labels from his Luton based Define Promotions UK (0582-412460), is also touting for business as a remixer – he created the Martin Luther King overdubbed Fingers Inc ‘Can You Feel It’ mix among other recent projects for Jack Trax … Jamaica’s veteran sound system DJ and legendary dub creator, King Tubby was robbed and then shot dead outside his house early in the morning two Mondays ago … LiveWire’s ever growing list of confirmed appearances for the Prestatyn Easter weekender now includes Ten City, Kym Mazelle, Midnight Star, Adeva, Inner City, Jomanda, Monie Love, Smith & Mighty, Longsy D and MC Duke … Jungle Brothers plus Richie Rich and guests next week start touring Manchester Legends (March 1), Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush (2), Northampton Roadmenders (4), Norwich Arts Centre (5), Brixton Fridge (6), Brighton Top Rank (8), Ipswich Corn Exchange (15) … DJ Richie B this Thursday (23) replaces the Roadblock night with a new more eclectic deep house/hip hop/garage/funk/go go/soul Gangster Boogie weekly gig at Westerham’s Grasshopper Inn, Moorhouse — meanwhile, the same thing also now happens at Greenford’s Oscars Nightclub, starting on Monday next week (27) before switching thereafter to every Wednesday … Sixties jazz organist ‘Big’ John Patton headlines at Brighton’s Jazz Bop 2 this Friday (24) in the Top Rank Suite, with Gilles Peterson, Baz Fe Jazz, Russ Dewbury and Bob Smith at the decks and many other live attractions … Brian Davies and guests play the latest funky stuff on both vinyl and video every Wednesday from next week (March 1) at Kidderminster’s Weavers Nitespot (only £1 before 10pm) … DJ Kid ‘D.F.M.’ Smurf, the super duper dance floor master, garage houses Leicester’s Helsinki Bar Wednesdays/Saturdays, the Bear Cage Fridays … London’s currently “resting” KISS fm jocks will be organising a musical week away in Majorca at the end of September, full details of the £195 holiday on 01-354 0893 (no Wallys!) … Theo Loyla on his retirement from disco plugging will become the manager of Gatefield Sounds record shop in Herne Bay, handy for home but hardly the nerve centre of the music biz! … Shep Pettibone’s Power House Mix of Will To Power ‘Fading Away’, reviewed on import and promoed here in that form too, is now on UK release (Epic 6546518) … James Lee ‘Wild Stroke Of Luck’ in its commercial form turns out to be very different from its far better Turntable Orchestra-ish promo mixes, beware … Alan Coulthard, despite all his much vaunted qualifications, seems to have bypassed his proposed career as a music biz lawyer to concentrate on remixing … Les Adams, believe it or not, is apparently becoming as hot in the States as Toddy Terry is here! … GIVE IT SOME THAT, KID!


Arthur Baker is currently in the country overseeing the final preparation of his “solo” album on Breakout — in Jellybean-like style the first single (due early April) will feature Shirley Lewis while also supplying vocals on the album are Robert Owens, Will Downing, Jimi Somerville, Martin Fry, Andy McClusky of OMD and more. Arthur began to judge the Technics mixing finals, but then either got bored, or disgusted, or else had something better to do, and walked out halfway!


THE WINNERS

Cutmaster Swift, defending 1988 champ, came on last in the finals of the 1989 Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships and, as anticipated by the smart money, pulled it off to be the winning champ again! With delightful grace, grimaces and gyrations, his skill packed seven minutes included a Guy ‘Teddy’s Jam’ synch (good to find someone using this neglected killer), 45rpm fast cuts, and a hilarious “acieed” satirising trance dance with his T-shirt pulled over his head. In case the few photogenic stunts give a wrong impression to people who were not there, his manipulation of the decks was all important – and, what clinched it for him, Swift’s most stunning trick of all sounded like an expertly flawless fast cutback using two copies of a record to repeat the same phrase, except that there was only one record on the deck, and Swift was manually lifting the stylus back a groove precisely on the beat without any discernible break in sound! You has to see it to believe it!

A close and thoroughly deserved second was DJ Pogo, whose locomoting fast accurate tricks were breathtaking and gained a fantastic response, one of his new stunts being the manipulation of the mixer’s crossfader with his shoulder – he seemed like the winner until Swift followed him on stage.

Third was the crowd pleasing 15 years old Scratch Professor, who for my money was more “show business” than “scratch business”, appearing initially in shades with a pair of slinky Robert Palmer-style femmes fatales undulating behind him as she stood on a chair with his foot on the record (rather than the mixer, which was a switch), his mixing being reasonably accurate but with messy transitions at times – he repeated his “bad meaning good” fast cuts and ‘Bad’ transformer scratch.

DJ Biznizz to my mind was better, doing almost flawless fast cuts with lots of flash, and manipulating the crossfader with his tongue and foot.

One of the leading favourites to win, DJ Jay, who it must be remembered is only two years older than the young-for-his-age-looking Scratch Professor, was disappointingly much less accurate than usual, fast cutting but with jumps and skips, to cool audience response. The very partisan London audience at the Empire obviously perceived the finals to be an exclusively hip hop event, any suggestion of house (apart from Swift’s satire) getting a cool reception, and any overly acrobatic antics that detracted from the pure skill of scratching being actually booed.

Merseyside’s DJ Trix was given a hard time but won the crowd around with his “bring the noise” and other fast cuts in a typically slick, accurate and clever programme that was easily the equal of most of the aforementioned London jocks, but Manchester’s zanily acrobatic DJ Leaky Fresh, who scratched well apart from some sloppy cutbacks, was rudely booed, while Sheffield’s Mink was plagued by a repeatedly jumping tone arm yet attempted acrobatic tricks which were doomed to fail.



HOT VINYL

M.C. DUKE ‘I’m Riffin (English Rasta)’ (Music Of Life NOTE 25)
One of Simon Harris’s best productions ever, a terrific Equals ‘Funky Like A Train’ based scrubbing, bucking, shuffling and bumping 0-112-0bpm insistent rap jiggler (in five mixes), impossible to stay still to and eagerly awaited following repeated plays on specialist radio shows.

ROB BASE & DJ E-Z ROCK ‘It Takes Two’ (CityBeat CBZ 1224)
Despite already having hit number 24 in the pop chart this reissued rap classic could now get even higher, being the Lyn Collins ‘Think (About It)’ break beat based source of the “wooo”/“yeah” that seems these days to be over everything (and certainly much in evidence during the Technics mixing tour!), here again in its (0-)111bpm Original Version flipped by Derek B’s transformer scratched 112bpm Tuff Audio Mix, both previously released.

BRIAN KEITH ‘Touch Me (Love Me Tonight)’ (CityBeat CBE 1237)
Already well established on import and likely now to be even bigger, especially as it sounds good on radio, this Darryl Payne & Eric Matthew produced soulfully worried moaning gruff repetitive jiggly bounding garage canterer here in 116⅘-0bpm Extended Club Mix, chorusing 117⅖bpm Instrumental and unfamiliar 117⅕bpm Alternative Club Version treatments.

DON BARON ‘Action’ (US UNI Records/Strong City UNI-8011)
Excellent catchy West Indian accented fast rapped (in spurts) jiggly jumping 113¾bpm chugger punctuated by James Brown grunts, chanting girls, groans and bright sax squeals (113⅓bpm Instrumental, 113¼bpm Dub Version too), flipped by the JB scratching also Jamaican toasting juddery 91½bpm ‘Young, Gifted and Black‘ (Instrumental too), charted by those few jocks who found it before it was more widely available.

DEF JEF ‘On The Real Tip’ (Delicious Vinyl/Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 123)
Cheryl Lynn ‘Got To Be Real’/Gaz Sing Sing’/T La Rock & Jazzy Jay ‘It’s Yours’ based 102⅔bpm lazily rapped jogger, hotter here than and the UK A-side over the import’s Peter Brown ‘Dance With Me’ based and Joe Tex title line quoting jauntily wriggling jumpy 105½bpm ‘Give It Here‘ (both with instrumentals too), our pressing lacking ‘Just A Poet (It Feels Mighty Fine)‘.

POZITIV NOIZE ‘I Feel Fine (12” Version)’ (Urban UHO 1)
Shrill girls chanted twittering 124⅕-0bpm jittery chugger, not the Beatles song (124-0bpm 7” Edit too), coupled on so-called promo copies, in a bid to publicise their parent ‘Urban House‘ album (actually the now terminally dated ‘Urban Acid Volume 2’ with a rapid name change!), by a 123½-123¾-123½bpm Double Trouble mix of the Sharon Dee Clarke souled but Damon Rochefort credited ‘Something Special‘, aforementioned ‘I Feel Fine’, stuttery acidic Freeland & Morrison ‘Where’s The Party‘, and more purple/P’funky Funkacidic ‘Hydrochloric’ – this latter megamix being replaced on commercial pressings (Urban URBX 30) by Pozitiv Noize’s older datedly “acieed” 123⅕bpm ‘Africa’ from the first ‘Urban Acid’ compilation.

DELUXE ‘Just A Little More’ (Unyque Artists/The Dance Yard Recording Corporation UNQ 5T)
Master ‘The Beatcreator’ Tee produced typically sweet sultry undulating (0-)90⅙-0bpm “street soul” jogger, flipped by the Sapphires-ish tightly harmonised crooning gentle though jittery jolting 109⅚-0bpm ‘Am I The One?’, both calmly souled by 24 years old Stoke Newington fashion designer Delores ‘Deluxe’ Springer.

WENDY & LISA ‘Are You My Baby (12” Mix)’ (Virgin VST 1156)
Prince’s ex-band members squeakily worry a sinuously jiggling (0-)102⅙-0bpm slinky wriggler, flipped by the chunkily jolting jittery 0-105½-0bpm ‘Honeymoon Express’ and snappily strutting 115bpm ‘Happy Birthday’, all still with that tell-tale purple tinge.

K-9 POSSE ‘K-9 Posse’ (US Arista AL-8569)
The insistently rapping duo (of which one half is Eddie Murphy’s half brother) use vaguely familiar breaks and samples for a good debut album with the rolling jiggly scratching party atmosphere 0-96⅙-0bpm ‘Tough Cookie’, drily jolting urgent 103⅚bpm ‘It Gets No Deeper’, fast talking catchy lurching 110bpm ‘Turn That Down’, infectious jiggly 100⅔bpm ‘No Stoppin Or Standin Between The Rhyme’, muttering scratchy 101bpm ‘This Is The Way The Quick Cut Goes’, wordy sinuous 94⅙bpm ‘Somebody’s Brother’, cranking story rap 0-92⅙bpm ‘Say Who Say What’, urgent jittery 0-109⅓bpm ‘No Sell Out’, angrily lurching 0-101-0bpm ‘This Beat Is Military’, and previously 12-inched cough punctuated jittering 104-0bpm ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To It’.

TERUMASA HINO ‘Give My Heart A Break’ (Syncopate 12SY 23)
Brian ‘Chuck’ New remixed jittery lurching staccato (0-)107½-0bpm squealing trumpet instrumental, with female chorus, copying Herb Alpert’s Jam & Lewis produced “industrial” style (less modern jazzier 99⅚bpm ‘Light Is Right’ flip, which keeps trying to sound like ‘On The Sunny Side Of The Street’ or something, between cumbersome latin percussion beats).


POP DANCE

WOMACK & WOMACK ‘Celebrate The World (Long)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 125), another whompingly bounding 130½bpm old fashioned soul backbeater in the same pop-pleasing style as ‘Teardrops’, this being one of those songs of hope for all mankind;

SIMPLY RED ‘It’s Only Love (Valentine Mix)’ (WEA YZ349T), hauntingly atmospheric joltingly jogging 0-92⅙-0bpm blue eyed soul swayer, much admired by some but not as big a hit as they’d anticipated;

MICHAEL JACKSON ‘Leave Me Alone’ (Epic 654872 6), a bonus track from the CD version of ‘Bad’, unremixed for 12 inch, this typically nervy 123⅓bpm basher with all the usual trademarked pants, yelps, squeaks and whoops is perhaps revealingly flipped by his old classic style-setting 119 (intro)-119¼bpm ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ and tenderly hushed 46½bpm ‘Human Nature’;

BANANARAMA/LA NEE NEE NOO NOO ‘Help (Extended Version)’ (London LONX 222), Children In Need charity benefiting Stock Aitken Waterman produced frantic 185⅓-0bpm Beatles remake, the Banana girls being joined by French & Saunders as some comical comments reveal;

CLIVE GRIFFIN ‘Be There (1.0.1 Mix)’ (Phonograph STEP 312), bassily throbbed jittery 120bpm sparse lurching leaper huskily sung in ‘Yah Mo Be There’ style, indeed vocally supported by James Ingram, Vesta Williams and Phil Perry (who he?);

THE ART OF NOISE ‘Paranoimia ’89 (Dance Remix)’ (China Records CHINX 14), typically jiggly Ben Leibrand remixed jauntily chugging (0-)109¾-0bpm stark bouncy smacker, instrumental apart from the repeatedly muttered (and oddly spelt) “paranoimia”.


HI-NRG

JAKIE QUARTZ ‘A La Vie, A L’Amour (In The Cannes Mix)’ (PWL Continental PWLT 30), Pete Waterman launches his new Eurobeat-boosting label with this massive Hi-NRG hit from last year, for months a fixture in our chart, a French-singing plaintive girl’s clippety clopping SAW-style 124½bpm canterer in the Pete Hammond mix that was a Continental smash;

HORSE ‘Forgiven (Club Mix)’ (Capitol 12HORSE 1), Clivilles & Cole remixed brightly leaping 133¼-133¾-133¼-0bpm jaunty galloper interestingly gargled and harmonised by some edgy guys (sorta Freddie Mercury goes Northern Soul!), well worth investigating;

SEVENTH AVENUE ‘Standing By Your Side’ (Nightmare MARE 77), the hunkily posing boys (soon to reappear on Jive with a name change) now sound Brother Beyond-ish on a cleanly bounding 127¾-127⅔-128-127¾-128-0bpm simple chugger with one of those fluidly facile late Sixties/early Seventies basslines, the most radio orientated thing that Ian Levine has produced in ages (a pity then that he has lost the act);

BRENDA REID & The New EXCITERS ‘Reaching For The Best’ (Nightmare MARE 78), excitingly charging and churning (0-)135¼-0bpm melodic Northern Soul stormer, superbly wailed by the ‘Tell Him’ girl;

MIDNIGHT SUNRISE ‘Goodbye Good Riddance’ (Nightmare MARE 68), husky girl sung Dr Buzzard flavoured jumbled churning kicker in Rick Gianato’s more latin 119¼-0bpm US Remix or Ian Levine & Steven Wagner’s 120-0bpm Original Mix;

EVELYN THOMAS ‘This Is Madness’ (Nightmare MARE 80), late Seventies style throbbing urgent surging 121½bpm canterer;

MOONSTONE ‘The Visitors’ (Nightmare MARE 87), slow starting then sparsely galloping 0-131¼-0bpm Abba revival, with a flanged phasing effect on the girl’s voice;

STEVE POWERS ‘Blame It On My Conscience’ (Blue Moon BLUM 5), heartthrob-type jumpy 131⅔-0bpm churner with some wailing help halfway by Tracy Ackerman and another of Ian Levine’s datedly skipping basslines;

GAZEBO ‘Coincidence’ (Saturday SDY 9), Ian Levine mixed simple speedily pumping (0-)141-0bpm lightweight chugger from Spain, with swirling strings, tinkling glockenspiel and a tuneful air;

JET VEGAS ‘You Can’t Hold That Against Me’ (MCA Records MCAT 1318), Eurobeat flavoured nasally harmonising unhurried guy(s?) sung juddering jiggly (0-)117¾-0bpm swayer with some Spanish guitar buried in the dense mix;

SEQUAL ‘I’m Over You (Long Island Mix)’ (Capitol 12CL 512), nondescript loping 119⅓-0bpm lurcher warbled between its emptily over-produced breaks by a pair of Miami bimbettes.


REMIXES

LIAZ ‘House Sensation (Magic Juan’s Remix)’ (10 Records/Kool Kat TEN R 246), ear tweakingly freaky sizzling stereo effects filled (0-)125½bpm revamp (with beat losing edits), flipped by the similar though less freaky, more vocal girls sung twittery 125¾bpm Juan’s Magic Wand Mix and older pounding (0-)125¾bpm Kevin ‘Master Reese’ Saunderson Mix;

BÄS NOIR ‘My Love Is Magic (Big Bäs Drum Remix)’ (10 Records TEN R 257), much beefier good but, dare I say, less subtle 123-0bpm jittery rolling Les Adams remake, which may be what some DJs need;

MONIE LOVE ‘I Can Do This (The Dancin’ Danny D Remix)’ (Cooltempo COOLXR 177), drily jittering percussively bubbling 117bpm nervier remix with a useful starker percappella-style 117bpm so-called House Acappella flip, for which it has been selling too;

SMITH & MIGHTY featuring Jackie Jackson ‘Walk On… (Remixes)’ (Three Stripe Records SAM 1114R, via The Cartel), the jolting Dionne Warwick ‘Walk On By’ remake with differing degrees of judder in its 0-95bpm Long Version, 97⅔bpm Remix and 98⅔bpm R&R Mix, the latter two more noticeably sampling Burt Bacharach’s original arrangement;

RICHIE RICH ‘My DJ (Pump It Up Some) (Remix)’ (Gee St Recordings GEE T7R, via Rough Trade), ‘The 900 Number’ now joins a myriad other samples in the 110¾-111-0bpm jittery rumbling scratcherama;

WESTBAM ‘Monkey Say, Monkey Do (German Beat Remix)’ (Doctor Beat DRXZ 612, via BMG), ‘Let’s All Chant’ introed then rather Bohannon-ishly jiggly chugging 121⅘-0bpm revamp of the Westphallian mixing DJ’s demented acidic volume pumper;

ELECTRIBE-1.0.1. ‘Talking With Myself (Deep Dream Remix)’ (Club JABXR 74), “pshta pshta” cymbal hissed jittery skittery (0-)113¾-113⅓bpm remix of the hauntingly emotionless girl sung Balearic shuffler, with a similar though less crisp 113½bpm Anabolic Steroid Mix and its original ‘Mission Impossible’ quoting 113bpm Instrumental;

ROB BASE & DJ EZ-ROCK ‘Get On The Dance Floor (The Danny D Remix)’ (Supreme Records SUPETX 139), Dancin’ Danny overdubs their ‘It Takes Two’, thus adding Lyn Collins’ “woo”/”yeah” break beat to the Jacksons and Black Riot in a slightly messy 118⅕bpm remix, with an 118⅔bpm Danny D Dub too;

REID ‘Real Emotion (The Motortown Meltdown)’ (Syncopate 12SYX 24), good locomoting stuttery bashing brassy 121¾-0bpm Kevin Saunderson remix, with his more Bros-like 121¾bpm Detroit Meets Bedford mix too;

S’XPRESS ‘Hey Music Lover (Spatial Expansion Remix)’ (Rhythm King LEFT R30), still Sly & The Family Stone quoting frantically jittering stuttery swirling (0-)125bpm remix by William Orbit (whoever he is);

TURNTABLE ORCHESTRA ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me (Hardcore Club Remix)’ (RePublic Records LICT 012R, via Rough Trade), clippety clopping 115⅓bpm rearrangement with added instrumentation, and 115½bpm N.Y. Pumpapella Mix flip.


THE CLUB CHART – February 25, 1989

01 01 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 03 I CAN DO THIS (DOWNTOWN/UPTOWN MIXES) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
04 04 ONE MAN (ONE MIX/DOPE DUB/INTENSE MIX) Chanelle, US Profile 12in
05 15 SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, US Def Jam 12in
06 06 RUNAWAY GIRL/IT’S ALL RIGHT (MIXES) Sterling Void, ffrr 12in
07 09 RESPECT (MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
08 14 MY PREROGATIVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
09 08 THIS IS SKA (SKACID MIX) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
10 05 RESPECT (THE DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Adeva featuring Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
11 12 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR (THE “SKY” KING REMIXES/ORIGINAL ALBUM VERSION) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme Records 12in
12 27 SELF-DESTRUCTION (MIXES) The Stop The Violence Movement, Jive 12in
13 07 SATISFACTION/YOU MUST BE THE ONE/SUSPICIOUS/FOR YOU Ten City, Atlantic LP
14 13 WAIT (LONG) Robert Howard + Kym Mazelle, RCA 12in
15 11 PROMISED LAND Joe Smooth featuring Anthony Thomas, DJ International Records 12in
16 16 YO YO GET FUNKY (MIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
17 29 TURN UP THE BASS (HIP HOP/MIXES) Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady, US DJ International Records 12in
18 23 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (CLUB MIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
19 64 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD/LATIN WORKOUT MIXES)/IT’S A MYSTERY (MYSTERY II U MIX) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
20 10 PROMISED LAND (LONGER VERSION)/CAN YOU STILL LOVE ME? The Style Council, Polydor 12in
21 20 BORN THIS WAY (LET’S DANCE) Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
22 22 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (EXTENDED VER.) Turntable Orchestra, RePublic Records 12in
23 21 THE COURT IS NOW IN SESSION/LET THE WORDS FLOW Chill Rob G, US Wild Pitch 12in
24 17 YOYO GET FUNKY/HIP HOUSE The DJ Fast Eddie, DJ International Records LP
25 26 WRATH OF KANE Big Daddy Kane, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
26 18 THE LOVER IN ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Sheena Easton, MCA Records 12in
27 19 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
28 33 LOVE’S GOT 2 BE STRONG (MIXES) Keyman Edwards, US Sound Pak 12in
29 34 JOY AND PAIN (REMIXES) Donna Allen, US Oceana 12in
30 30 LOC’ED AFTER DARK/WILD THING Tone Loc, Fourth & Broadway 12in
31 28 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
32 36 SEDUCTION (MIXES)/EVERYBODY “JUMP” Seduction, Breakout 12in
33 45 THE HUNTED CHILD/POWER/HIGH ROLLERS (REMIXES) Ice-T, US Sire 12in
34 — MY LOVE IS MAGIC (LES ADAMS’ BIG BÄS DRUM REMIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
35 — SEX 4 DAZE (BROOKLYN/LONDON SIDES) Lake Eerie, US nugroove 12in
36 41 ON THE REAL TIP/GIVE IT HERE/JUST A POET Def Jef, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
37 44  KEEP ON MOVIN’ (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler), 10 Records 12in
38 50 TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONIGHT) Brian Keith, CityBeat 12in
39 31 I FEEL FINE (12” VERSION/DOUBLE TROUBLE MIX) Positiv Noize, Urban 12in pre-release
40 43 ON STAGE (BROAD BEANS MIX)/GET UP ON THIS (ADONIS MIX) She Rockers, Jive 12in
41 — THE REAL LIFE (OPPY MIX)/SO WHERE ARE YOU/(HASHISH DUB MIX/PERCAPPELLA) Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in
42 — HELYOM HALIB (ACID ACID ACID/ACID MIX) Cappella, Italian Media 12in
43 56 WANNA BE GOOD TONIGHT (TOP CAT/CANDI MIXES) Candi McKenzie, Cooltempo 12in
44 37 CAN YOU STILL LOVE ME? (J.Z.J. REMIXES)/PROMISED LAND (JOE SMOOTH’S ALTERNATE CLUB MIX) The Style Council, Polydor 12in
45 39 I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (MIXES) The Gap Band, Arista 12in
46 24 MAKE IT LAST (CLUB MIX) Skipworth & Turner, Fourth & Broadway 12in
47 79 I’M HOUSIN’/GET OFF THE BANDWAGON (REMIXES) EPMD, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
48 — M.U.S.I.C. (USE IT)/FASTER THAN FAST! (HIP HOUSE VER.)/MAKE THE FLOOR BURN (BONUS DUB) The Dynamic Guv’nors present Jazzy Jason, Blapps! Records 12in
49 35 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (MIXES) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
50 53 ALL PRAISE/LET ME MAKE LOVE TO YOU (CLUB MIX) Prince Lover Dalu, Breakout 12in
51 67 THE R (WORK, REST & PLAY MIX) Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
52 40 SECRET RENDEZVOUS (MIXES) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
53 32 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE Sugar Bear, Champion 12in
54 73 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
55 55 LOVE WILL FIND A WAY (MIXES) Victor Romeo presents Leatrice Brown, US Dance Mania 12in
56 48 I CAN DO THIS (THE DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX/HOUSE ACAPELLA) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
57 re BREAK 4 LOVE (CAUGHT IN THE ACT MIX aka DROP THE PANTIES MIX) Raze, Champion/US Columbia 12in
58 — I’M RIFFIN (ENGLISH RASTA) MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
59 97 IT’S A MYSTERY (OF LOVE) (REMIXES) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in limited edition
60 — NOT GONNA DO IT (I NEED A MAN) (BAM BAM HOUSE REMIX/7” EDIT/MARSHALL JEFFERSON RADIO MIX) Vicky Martin, MCA Records 12in promo
61 25 BREAK 4 LOVE (SPANISH FLY) Raze, Champion 12in
62 58 WE CAN MAKE IT/GOOD GIRL Bonnie Byrd, US Wadworth Records 12in
63 38 LACK OF LOVE/(IVORY MIX) Charles B, Desire 12in
64 82 STOP JOCKIN’ JAMES Kings Of Swing, US BumRush! 12in
65 84 PARTY AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT (INSTRUMENTAL) New Jersey Queens & Friends, Base Line 12in
66 75 BLACK, ROCK AND RON (EXTENDED MIX) Black, Rock And Ron, Supreme Records 12in
67 77 SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY (RAP REMIX) Fine Young Cannibals featuring Monie Love, London 12in
68 — EIN, ZWEI, DREI, VIER (TANZ VERSION/VERRÜCKTE VERSION/KURZE VERSION) Aufnahme, Italian Meet Record 12in
69 — DON’T SAY GOODBYE (FREESTYLE VOCAL MIX/POWERHOUSE VOCAL MIX/CHEP’S ACID MELTDOWN/EURO-MIX/POWERHOUSE RADIO EDIT/FREESTYLE RADIO EDIT/MOHAMED’S “HEAVYWEIGHT” DUB) Anthony Thomas, US Next Plateau Inc 12in
70 57 HOW FAR I GO (MIXES) Peter Black, US DJ International Records 12in
71 49 IN & OUT OF MY LIFE (CLUB MIX) Adeva, Garage Trax 12in
72 63 GET ON THE DANCEFLOOR (THE DANNY D. REMIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme Records 12in
73 42 TRACKIN’ DOWN THE HOUSE (AFRICAN DANCE) Tony V, US Sample Records 12in
74 71 I’M IN LOVE (VERSIONS) Sha-Lor, US Gertie 12in
75 60 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (THE FUTURE MIX) Bali, Circa Records 12in
76 68 JUST STARTED (CLUB MIX) Lachandra, Garage Trax 12in
77 89 THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in
78 65 AT MY HOUSE/SHAFTED OFF Frankie “Bones” presents Bonesbreaks Volume 2, US Underworld Records 12in
79 re DO THAT DANCE/IT AIN’T NOTHING S.L. II, B/Ware! Records 12in
80 — POWER (MIXES) Solomon Burke, US Outpost Entertainment Company 12in
81 — VOICES IN MY HOUSE (CLUB MIX/VOICE DUBBA)/THE BASS GIRL (CLUB HOUSE/RUBBA BUBBA MIXES) Hardhouse, US Easy Street 12in
82 — FADING AWAY (SHEP PETTIBONE POWER HOUSE MIX) Will To Power, US Epic 12in
83 91 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (REMIX) Today, US Motown 12in/UK promo
84 81 GOT TO FIND A WAY (REMIX) Soul Connection, Intrigue 12in
85 52 AS ALWAYS (MIXES) Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk presents Ricky Dillard, Champion 12in
86 94 HOUSE SENSATION (MAGIC JUAN’S REMIXES) Liaz, 10 Records 12in
87 100 THIEVES (MIXES) Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, Breakout 12in
88 — JUST A LITTLE MORE Deluxe, Unyque Artists/The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
89 — ME MYSELF AND I/GHETTO THANG/SAY NO GO/THE MAGIC NUMBER/CHANGE IN SPEAK/EYE KNOW/TREAD WATER/THIS IS A RECORDING 4 LIVING IN A FULL TIME ERA (L.I.F.E)/PLUG TUNIN’/DO AS DE LA DOES/BUDDY/POTHOLES IN MY LAWN/D.A.I.S.Y. AGE/CAN U KEEP A SECRET/JENIFA TAUGHT ME (DERWIN’S REVENGE)/TAKE IT OFF/DE LA ORGEE/DESCRIPTION De La Soul, US Tommy Boy LP
90 — D’BOP/(INSTRUMENTAL)/HMM, HMM (INSTRUMENTAL) Taste Of Sugar, ffrr 12in sampler
91 76 ACTION Don Baron, US UNI Records 12in
92 46 THE MIGHTY HARD ROCKER (GRAEME PARK’S B&B REMIX (BOTTOM & BASS)) Cash Money & Marvellous, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
93 54 COME GET MY LOVIN’ (NYC MIX)/MOVE GROOVE Dionne, US Bigshot Records 12in
94 — ONE STEP AT A TIME (THE HOT COLE & CLIVILLES CLUB MIX/THE CLIVILLES & COLE 1989 GARAGE MIX/NOTICE THE HOUSE DUB/FUN DUB) Naisha, US Sutra 12in
95 — ROAD TO THE RICHES/BUTCHER SHOP Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
96 — AIN’T IT FUNKY Byron Lester/I’LL MAKE YOU DANCE Kool Rock Steady/GET OFF YOUR BUTT M&M/BASS Chi-Boyz/KEEP ON TRYIN’ Dancer/COOL CHILLIN’ Melody/RESPECT RAP K.G.B./FAT ALBERT RAP Fat Albert/BITCHES ‘N SHACKS Faheem/THIS IS WAR Chilly T (‘Rap Trax Volume One’), US Trax Records LP
97 — ROMEO AND JULIET (VOCAL REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL)/COULDN’T GET TO SLEEP LAST NIGHT Blue Magic, US Def Jam 12in
98 re ALL NIGHT ALL RIGHT (MIXES) Dahweed, US Spring Records 12in
99 93 2 HOT 2 STOP (FRENCH TICKLER MIX) L.U.S.T., US Renée Records 12in
100= — I CAN’T STAY AWAY (LIL LOUIS HOUSE MIX/RON HARDY’S CLUB MIX/POWER-PELLA/POWERHOUSE MIX) Ragtyme featuring Byron Stingily, US Bright Star Records 12in
100= 85 ENERGY Robot DJs/HARD CORE HIP HOUSE Tyree/MY MELODY Fast Eddie/BROTHERS & SISTERS HOUSE ON 13TH STREET Slick Master Rick (‘Acid II’), US Underground LP
100= re GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME/EASE BACK Ultramagnetic MC’s, ffrr 12in sampler


HI-NRG

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

5 thoughts on “February 25, 1989: UK DJ Mixing Championship Finals, M.C. Duke, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Brian Keith, Don Baron”

  1. M.C. Duke’s ‘I’m Riffin’ (English Rasta)’ had an unexpected afterlife, becoming a heavily sampled track during the rave/hardcore era; according to whosampled.com, it’s been used by 97 tunes, most notably in ‘Don’t Go (Kicks Like a Mule Mix)’ (Awesome 3), )’Take Me Away (XTC Come Hard Mix)’ (Mix Factory) and ‘Baptised By Dub’ (The Criminal Minds), all from 1992.

    William Orbit – whoever he is! – gets his first mention this week.

    Like ‘Voodoo Ray’ before it, Cappella’s ‘Helyom Halib’ was another Manchester biggie that slowly travelled south, eventually becoming a pop hit. I picked it up on German import, and by mid-April it was my biggest floorfiller, and a tune which I particularly loved to play (this was always the one that got me dancing in my booth). It eventually peaked at #11 on the pop chart in June.

    Prolific DMC megamixer Alan “The Judge” Coulthard, whose move into the legal side of the music business is mentioned this week, very sadly passed away a few days ago.

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  2. That’s sad news about Alan Coulthard. I remember following his rise from that wine bar in Barry (I recall he started mixing as the mic was broken or something). I was a member of DMC from the start until sometime in 1988, and digitised the tapes a few years ago. I was amazed to discover how little he was paid by DMC (I found all the details online years ago when I was looking for something DMC-related).

    And to echo the recent comment from 80snights, your work is very much appreciated. I also followed the old site and then fell upon this one, which is quite superb.

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  3. JH is behind on another massive M25 tune by Lake Erie which has hit the dance chart high this week but he hasn’t reviewed yet. It’s of course another Frankie Bones production who I remember seemed to be permanently over here in London often djing at the big raves this year.

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  4. @ David Wilson: DJ Pogo lives in Brazil now according to discogs and I bet he still DJ’s. Cutmaster Swift works for DMC, and often judges the DMC battles now. I really wonder what happened to DJ Jay though, Monie Love’s brother. Rising talent on the scratch DJ scene in 89/90 then seemed to just vanish.

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