BEATS & PIECES
ARTHUR BAKER and the backbeat disciples’ richly produced Latin/house freestyle ‘It’s Your Time‘, featuring Britain’s Shirley Lewis on main (but by no means all) vocals, has been circulated by Breakout initially as a promo 12 inch twinpack in seven mixes, the (0-)119¼-0bpm N.Y.C. Vocal (although at first incongruously Cockney accented!), 118¾-0bpm Jazz Version and N.Y.C. Vocal Without Rap, (0-)118½bpm Peech Dub and Bass Mix, 118½bpm All City Mix and 909 Instrumental Dub Mix … ‘Back To Life‘ will, but not until May 22, be the remixed follow-up by Soul II Soul, whose album is so much in demand (as previously reported) that the sleeve of the latest hastily pressed batch is no longer a golden mustard colour, having become a cheaper watery yellow instead! … The Funky Worm’s initially promoted commercial A-side ‘u + me = love (12″ version)‘ merely features support singing by Ten City, whose actual remix is indeed along with an instrumental on the commercial flip — hopefully that clarifies last week’s deliberate confusion! … Sheffield’s Living In A Box realised with horror that their new ‘Gatecrashing’ title might be seen as insensitive following the disaster at the Hillsborough soccer stadium in their own home town, and have had the single withdrawn … Merlin here and Big Daddy Kane in the States would appear to be temporarily out of circulation, the naughty boys! … KISS-fm, already joined by SOLAR’s station manager Tony Monson, has also been joined by Graham Gold (at the expense of his own S.O.U.L. plans) to present a stronger united application as a black music station for the Greater London VHF/FM incremental licence, with financial backing headed by printing company Centurion Press … Disco Mix Club is again organising a special travel and accommodation package for New York’s New Music Seminar between July 13-20, costing £747 based on sharing a twin room at the event’s venue, the staggering Marriott Marquis hotel (the single rate is £1,076) — details from John ‘Superstar’ Saunderson on 06286-67276 … WEA’s man of the year (last year, that is!), Fred Dove is marrying on June 3 Zoe Glitherow, until recently his assistant in the club promotion department — any guesses who’ll be doing the disco? … Champion next month release the import hits by Velma Wright and Doug Lazy … US newies that I didn’t have time to review in full this week include (and this one would have been lead review!) the Fly Guys produced terrific timelessly trotting Kechia Jenkins ‘Still Waiting‘ (Profile), 115⅕bpm in its rapidly BPM-ed Fly Guy Mix; Fast Eddie remixed Cookie Crew-ish subdued hip house Sweet Tee ‘Let’s Dance‘ (Profile), likewise 118⅘bpm in its Hip House Mix; Virginia recorded pleasant datedly flavoured huskily soulful infectious sparse go go-cum-swingbeat Dadzie’s New Image ‘Get You Girl‘ (Dadzie Records), 99⅔-99⅚bpm in its Extended Mix; Lamya cooed and panted female Raze ‘Break 4 Love’ answering Razette ‘Ready 4 Love‘ (Da SHEET Records); Masters At Work created sparse house instrumental nine-track (groan!) “Power House” ‘It’s Power House Brooklyn Style‘ (Nugroove); Robert Brookins produced slow tapping jiggly street soul Sue Ann ‘Pleasure‘ (MCA Records); monotonous now suddenly dated seeming downtempo rap Public Enemy ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos‘ (Def Jam) … UK newies similarly include the also lead review worthy CJ Mackintosh & Dave Dorrell remixed go go/hip hop/swingbeat Alyson Williams featuring Nikki-D ‘My Love Is So Raw‘ (Def Jam), around 0-106⅔-106½-0bpm (for fully accurate BPMs of course, check The Club Chart); Coldcut remixed superb atmospheric slowly jogging and weaving reggae accented Cleveland Watkiss ‘Spend Some Time‘ (Urban); urgently rumbling fast rap Mink featuring 2wic-e The Trouble ‘Hey! Hey! Can You Relate?‘ (FON); title repeating attractive gently undulating downtempo dated jogging jazz-funky street soul instrumental Greedy Beat Syndicate ‘This Is London‘ (Greedy Beat Records), reminiscent of Light Of The World ‘London Town’; aggressively rapped jerkily jiggling hip house Mad Mission ‘Energy‘ (Greedy Beat Records); “don’t stop, don’t stop, keep on” repeating solidly pushing jiggly disco instrumental Mr Monday ‘Keep On‘ (Greedy Beat Records); apparently Steve Proctor created clichéd samples crammed frantic hip house-cum-acid Technodelia ‘Technodelia‘ (white label); disappointingly dull Paula Adbul-style jolting Cherrelle ‘Affair (Steamy Affair Mix)‘ (Tabu) … LPs include the variety filled (17 tracks including a bonus 12 inch) but somewhat scrappy and under-produced Coldcut ‘What’s That Noise?’ (Ahead Of Our Time); typical timeless Delfonics-like sweet Philly soul (with some chunkier current swingbeat) Blue Magic ‘From Out Of The Blue’ (OBR); Master ‘The Beatcreator’ Tee produced compilation ‘The Rebel Presents …’ (Intrigue/Unyque Artists), containing hip house, street soul, acieed and straight house by Too Tuff, Soul Connection, Nemisis, Deluxe, The Beatcreator and The Rebel featuring MC ‘Superjam’ IB … Radical Records’ ‘This Is War’ compilation turns out to have divided some of the tracks from the original ‘Rap Trax Volume One’ import set with StreetSounds/DJ International Records’ rival ‘Hip House’ compilation, both UK LPs being augmented by a few tracks from other sources … Radical’s Virgo album does indeed contain all four tracks from the current Virgo Four 12 inch import, plus four others … I’m sorry I don’t have time to BPM everything immediately, but in this age of multi-track import singles it often takes me half an hour to monitor just one 12 inch — hopefully this system which seems to be evolving, where I at least list and briefly describe what’s new, is of some help? … I hear on the grapevine that someone reckons that The Club Chart recently contained a white label of which allegedly I had been sent the only copy, but I cannot imagine what this supposedly was as absolutely nothing gets into that chart without thoroughly researched sales and/or DJ plays (there isn’t any room for flights of fantasy when my main priority is to clear the roadblock of deserving genuine “breakers” that are always struggling to make the 100!) — so think again, whoever is spreading such a silly rumour! … DJs, while we’re on the subject, please do try to get your charts to us by Wednesday, even when FAX-ing them, as it’s such a frustrating waste when fresh new ones don’t arrive in time — also, plugging companies, please stop sending us duplicates of charts we already receive, as they only confuse the issue! … Dino’s only recently reviewed ‘24/7‘ is now out here (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 128), UK pressings being 86⅐-0bpm with a 115¼-0bpm flip — the 25 year old singer turns out to have been music director of KCEP, the leading black music radio station in Las Vegas, before he began recording himself … I stumbled across (while rummaging through all my old James Brown albums to try and trace a sample) the 1969 Marva Whitney ‘It’s My Thing’ LP and now see that DJ Mark The 45 King was mistaken in his memory of the title of what turns out to be ‘Unwind Yourself‘, the intro sax of which it is that has particular “numerical” significance! … Chris Philips & Paul Bennun have their latest P’funk and purple Get On Down night this Thursday (27) at Exeter Quay’s Warehouse … Martin Collins, Bob Masters. Simon Dunmore, Gary Dennis, Steve Jason, Tony Fernandez, Chris Browne, Dougie Osbourne, Danny Smith, Richard Routledge, and Dean ‘N’ Richie jock across five separate sessions in two clubs, Tiffanys and Scruples, at this Sat/Sun/Monday’s 2nd Great Yarmouth Soul Weekender, for which you arrange your own bed and breakfast accommodation (full details 0733-558355 office hours) … Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Chris Brown, Chris Dinnis, Sean French and Bob Smith host this Sunday’s noon-midnight It’s About Time Soul Event alldayer at Plymouth’s Academy (details 0752-600978) … Rick Robinson, Mark Carrera, Gary G and guests skipper a Sunday midnight-Bank Holiday Monday 6am disco cruise on the Thames, £15 if joined at Greenwich pier or £18 including a coach trip from Bexleyheath’s Drayman … Bank Holiday Monday’s evening gigs include a Shindig at Peterborough’s Videotek with the inevitable Steve Allen, Nik Graham and more, while The Big Sleeze! is above Gillingham’s Catch 22 with Tim Westwood, Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Eddie Gordon, Aadil, Maggot, and Craig & Marcus … South Ockendon, Essex DJ Dave Pinney aka The Pinney Project (0708-852872) is looking for club or pub work while his usual venue is closed … Bobby Brown’s current ‘Every Little Step‘ import appears to be the theme tune to the upcoming ‘Ghostbusters II’ movie … I don’t know what LWT are playing at: two weekends ago they were back with a full night time TV service in London, advertising ‘The Hit Man And Her’ at 4am but then just showing a half hour edited highlights version at 4.30am instead — again, hiss, boo! … WOOO! YEAH!
BIG DADDY KANE ‘Wrath Of Kane’ (Cold Chillin’ W2973T)
Finally out here after being huge on import, this excitingly frenetic fast talking 125⅓-0bpm hip house-ish rap ‘n’ scratch (coming to an abrupt dead stop halfway which DJ Mister “Cee” brings back with a slithery scratching restart) is now flipped for excellent value by the brand new gently jiggling 104⅔bpm calmly reassuring ‘Rap Summary (Lean On Me)‘ — otherwise only available on the ‘Lean On Me’ import soundtrack album — plus his now not so recent album’s revamped jittery chatting and scratching 110⅚bpm ‘Raw (Remix)’, this latter being rather too rudely worded for airplay!
CHAKA KHAN ‘I’m Every Woman (Remix)’ (Warner Bros W2963T)
With the unfamiliar new intro that nobody recognised before Chaka actually arrived on stage at the Albert Hall, Dancin’ Danny’s long awaited clompingly surging and swirling 0-114-113⅔-114-112¾-113½-114⅓-114¼(break)-114⅔-115⅓-115⅔-115½-0bpm remix (half an hour to BPM completely, thanks a ton!) cleverly keeps all the flavour of 1978’s original while being drastically different from the old short 114⅓-113-113⅔-114⅓-115½bpm version, included for comparison (along with an edit of the remix). Obviously it will delight all those who dread the rigidly overdubbed modern style of remixing, as Danny appears to have taken little advantage of digital technology!
ROQUI ‘Lover’ (US Nugroove NG-014)
Rheji Burrell (the more prolific twin!) created terrific bright jauntily jiggling 120⅗bpm girl wailed happy halfway meeting between the hip house and swingbeat rhythms, in five mixes (plus acappella), which those DJs more into the latter beat are vari-speeding down to a slower tempo. Dig the Terry Burrus “vibes” especially in the Super Club Mix! Essential. Continue reading “April 29, 1989: Big Daddy Kane, Chaka Khan, Roqui, Inner City, The Biddu Orchestra”