BEATS & PIECES
CHRIS PAUL has created his own London Jazz Remix of Vicky Martin’s ‘Not Gonna Do It’, giving her acappella a new backing, which MCA Records turned down having already prepared their own release but which radio DJs Pete Tong, Jeff Young and Chris Forbes have been hammering so much instead that now MCA are getting orders for it — and Chris has actually sold it back to its original US label, Movin’ Records, as Vicky herself loves it! … BMG’s disco man Eddie Gordon attempted to pull a scam with the new Five Star ‘Heartbeat‘ (Tent PB 42693), having white label promos pressed in the US as being by Vector and then describing the lightly juddering jiggly 108bpm trotter in a mailout as “L.A. R&B in the shape of Karyn White/Sheena Easton etc” — the only trouble was, the promos took so long arriving that the group had already been on TV several times plugging the song! … kc Flightt ‘Planet E‘ is due for rush release here now to meet massive orders — such a rush job in fact that the original import pressing has been circulated (the UK pressing will be RCA PT 49404) … Jody Watley ‘Real Love’ has been promoed here as a twinpack (MCA Records JW 1) with all the import’s mixes plus two new radio edits, which I wouldn’t have thought entirely necessary! … Simon Harris and Bruce Forest discovered that they both share a passion for cartoons, collecting especially Warner Bros classics — hopefully that clears up last week’s puzzle, another clarification being that Tony Prince at the International DJ Convention announced Derrick May as “Derek B”, and then seemed to think he was Kevin Saunderson! … Philadelphia’s hottest producer of recent years, Nick Martinelli was due to be gaoled by March 13 for three years and fined for $25,000 for selling cocaine, the offence apparently occurring in 1981 … Bobby Brown’s current UK version of ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ appears to be the Timmy Regisford & Eddie Gordon remix, hard to tell from a creditless white label promo … Jomanda’s commercial pressing here will have a new Sweet Mix as A-side, flipped by the import’s Supremely Clubbed version (with a harder Latin remix to follow) … Ten City apparently “demanded” to remix The Funky Worm’s April 17 released Brass Construction meet Norman Whitfield type ‘U + Me = Love’, their mix being the B-side, while FON Force returned the favour with their remix of ‘Devotion’ … Toni Scott’s “edit” and “instrumental” turn out on commercial copies to be respectively the T.U.X. Mix and R.T.Z Mix … Capitol are reissuing Maze ‘Joy And Pain’ to try and head off the two current remakes, coupled with ‘Twilight’ — wouldn’t now be a good opportunity finally to include also Les Adams’ excellent but unreleased ‘Maze Megamix‘?… Lisa Horan, no longer at Syncopate, is now Derek B’s personal assistant and running his reactivated Tuff Audio label … Friday (31) Sugar Bear scandalizes Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Walker’s at the Dance Society, while Colin Faver, Norman Jay, Simon Dunmore, Marco and Flem soul High Society at Ealing College’s Mandela Rooms … Tim Westwood is in the house Saturday (1) at Gravesend’s The Slammer … Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson guests with DJ Kid Bachelor at Sunday’s first weekly Musika! night in London Shaftesbury Avenue’s Shaftesburys … Arthur Baker did a useful house remix of, if you can believe it, the Gipsy Kings’ ‘Bamboleo’, but it never came out … US imports that I haven’t had time to review fully (presupposing all the ones I did write fit this week!) include the jittery leaping “electro-house” Unknown DJ ‘Basstronic‘ (Techno Kut), Teddy Riley produced inevitably swingbeat jiggly soulful swaying Déjà ‘Made To Be Together‘ (Virgin), NWA associated (but clean!) rumbling enthusiastic go go-ish “live” rap Eazy-E ‘We Want Eazy (Remix)‘ (Ruthless), over jerkily lurching jittery Guy ‘I Like‘ (Uptown), Lenny Dee & Frankie Bones created variously tempoed electronic instrumental nine track ‘New Grooves‘ EP (nugroove), ditto disappointingly dated acidic Frankie “Bones” presents ‘Bonesbreaks Volume 3‘ (Underworld), samples woven simple starkly cantering “techno” 24-7-365 ‘Sample That!‘ (KMS), house samples backed jauntily leaping (and mildly filthy, heterosexually!) The Buggers ‘I Can’t Wait For Love‘ (Animal), samples studded jerkily bounding (with similar “pussy/dick” references!) Clubb ‘So Hot‘ (Bassment), War ‘Low Rider’ based rhythmically ambiguous 71⅔/143⅓bpm bouncily jerking The 7A3 ‘Drums Of Steel‘ (Geffen) … I can’t claim actually to have met Christine Keeler but often spoke to her when answering the telephone while staying in late 1963 at the Chelsea house of an old school friend, who, young and impressionable, was her boyfriend at the time and driving her to and from court every day for the Lucky Gordon assault trial, during which she was convicted of perjury — in fact, I knew many of the peripheral figures whose names figured in the newspapers back then, my first experience of “pot” being in such company, and can vouch for the accurate flavour of the film ‘Scandal’ … Ten City, Kym Mazelle, Cookie Crew, Adeva, Longsy D, Chanelle, De La Soul, Monie Love, Jomanda, MC Duke, Smith & Mighty, Jimi Polo and Heather Austyn were the stars due to appear at Prestatyn over the Easter weekender — pix ‘n info next week ! … WOOO! YEAH!
Stanton DJ Award winners at the Royal Albert Hall during the World DJ Mixing Championship finals included:
MARK JAMES, better known as DJ MARK THE 45 KING, started out as a “record feeder” for another DJ, which is how he got to know so many rare old seven inch funk singles’ break beats (Marva Whitney’s ‘Wind Up‘, for instance, has particularly numerical significance, hint hint!). Having recently produced Doug E Fresh and remixed the Wee Papa Girl Rappers’ Wee Rule’, his next import 12 inch featuring La Kim will be ‘The Red, The Black, The Green‘, on red vinyl with a half black, half green label. Oh yes, older than previously misinformed, he is in fact 27!
TEN CITY ‘Devotion’ (Atlantic A8916T)
Reissued classic Marshall Jefferson produced ethereally wailed stratospheric Sylvester-ish soaring string sawed churner, always a club smash and destined now to cross over at last, here in 123bpm Club Mix and Instrumental, plus a brand new FON Force created totally different percussion bumped 0-123⅔-0bpm The Voice Of Paradise Mix.
A GUY CALLED GERALD ‘Voodoo Ray (Remix)’ (Rham! RX8804)
Selling better largely because the flip includes the still much in demand exotic seeming “hey ya, uh ha” girl chanted bubbling twittery 119½-0bpm Original Mix, the new less urgent more percussive 118-0bpm Ricky Rouge remix and lurching 119⅓-0bpm Radio Mix are however also on an all-new import five tracker (US Warlock WAR-038), where both are somehow 119⅕-0bpm, and confusingly our Radio Mix is called the Original Mix while the remix becomes Gerald’s Rham On Acid Remix, the flip having three very different 119bpm Frankie Knuckles remixes, largely rebuilt in more typically US style as the smoothly pulsing Paradise Ballroom, more jittery Penthouse, and tighter Voodoo Raydio Mixes, with a calmer loping rhythm and bursts of nagging jangly piano.
DARRYL PAYNE ‘Past, Present & Future’ (Graphic Records LIPS 4)
A various artists compilation LP of the New Yorker’s productions, many previously unreleased, with the 122-122¼-122-121½bpm excellent breezily bounding fluidly soulful MARC SADANE ‘Why Can’t You (Believe In Me)’, 105⅓-0bpm Leroy Burgess arranged weaving jolting soulful 1985 recorded (by the now sadly late) DINO TERRELL ‘You Can Do It (It’s So Easy)‘, 121-119½-0bpm huskily worried galloping 1983 recorded DARRYL PAYNE featuring WILL DOWNING ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Over‘, 121bpm bouncily leaping simple soulfully nagged BILLY STRICK ‘Can You Love Me‘, 116-115⅘bpm currently 12-inched naggingly cantering BRIAN KEITH ‘Touch Me (Love Me Tonite)‘, 0-115⅕bpm thuddering jittered rolling 1983 recorded NV ‘It’s Alright‘, (0-)119½-120-120½-121-121½-121⅔- 0bpm unsteadily surging recently remade jerky Bernard (Peech Boys) Fowler sung SINNAMON ‘I Need You Now‘, 121bpm lightly skittering Hi-NRG Martha & The Vandellas reviving KREAMCICLE featuring BARBARA HARRIS ‘Dancing In The Street‘.
DE LA SOUL ‘Me Myself And I (Remix)’ (Big Life BLR 7T)
From their also now UK issued and previously reviewed in full album, ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ (Big Life BLSLP 1), this George Clinton/Funkadelic ‘Knee Deep’/’One Nation Under A Groove’ P’funk backed husky rap is here scratched and scrubbed in a more juddery 112⅚bpm Richie Rich remix, usefully flipped by the catchy original (0-)118⅔(-0)bpm ‘Jenifa (Taught Me)’, plus the amusing conversational ‘Tramp’-ish 0-97⅔bpm ‘Brain Washed Follower‘ (with an open tuned guitar intro from 1967 that I just can’t quite place and is driving me mad!), whereas the import version (US Tommy Boy TB 926) — 100= in the Club Chart last week had there been room — has less drastically remixed 114⅓bpm Radio, 114¼bpm Instrumental, interesting differently backed rolling 114¼bpm Oblapos Mode and Oblapos Instrumental versions, plus the short bumpily tumbling (0-)114⅕bpm ‘Ain’t Hip To Be Labelled A Hippie‘ variation, gruffly chatted 132¼bpm ‘What’s More‘ (from the movie soundtrack Hell On 1st Ave)’, and (making a third “side” as hidden on the double grooved flip, so you never know which track the stylus will pick up!) the now UK-issued above mentioned 0-97⅔bpm ‘Brain Washed Follower’.
JAMES BROWN ‘I’m Not A Fool (Find The Key)’ (US Scotti Bros 4Z9 07805)
With vocals apparently cassetted in jail during visiting hours and subsequently slotted in, along with sampled old grunts and yells, this Bobby Byrd masterminded vintage-style 108⅓-110-108⅓bpm chugger features none other than the reassembled Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins and indeed All the King’s Men (instrumental/dub/acappella flip). Timely, or what?
DISMASTERS ‘Black And Proud’ (US Urban Rock Records UR 938)
Martin Luther King introed funkily drummered throbbing dense 0-109⅚bpm black consciousness raising chugger, rapped, shouted and scratched around quick quotes from JB’s ‘Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud’, more of Dr King’s “Dream”, and an excerpt from Brenda Hilliard’s inspirational ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing’, flipped by the perhaps hotter as familiarly backed bounding urgent insult shouting 116⅘bpm ‘Skrum (And Then Some!)‘ (instrumentals too).
D.J. CHUCK CHILLOUT AND KOOL CHIP ‘Rhythm Is The Master’ (US Mercury 872 567-1)
Yet another using (by permission) the Talking Heads’ Once In A Lifetime’ jingling noise, this staccato rapping nervy 116⅘bpm jiggler surges through “slave to the rhythm” and sort of coughing breaks too (116⅗bpm Instrumental), flipped by the Cymande ‘Bra’ sampling jerkily jolting 102-0bpm ‘Time To Rhyme‘ (102⅙bpm Dub), the latter referring still to “funky fresh ’88”.
VELMA WRIGHT ‘You’re Not Right (12″ Mix)’ (US SuperTronics RY-028)
Velma wails and moans rather more than she sings as there isn’t much actual song to this fast selling, piano jangled bumpily lurching 117⅔bpm garage hit (in four good mixes), with just the right flavour for the moment.
DAVE COLLINS & JACQUI JONES ‘Love Tonite’ (GTi Records 12 COLLINS 4)
Slinkily tapping and Kenny G-style saxed sensuous weaving slow 88⅐bpm lovely duet, commendably up to US smooch standards as much more sophisticated than the usual UK originated “street soul” (edit/acappella flip).
DAVID BECK ‘Can This Be Real’ (US King Street Records KS 20022)
Leroy Hutson’s Natural Four oldie gorgeously revived in a mellow breathy 0-87⅔-87½-87¼bpm drifting soul treatment with lush harmonies, some sweetly picked bluesy guitar and moody “real” instrumentation, the flip’s more tortuously wailing 72⅓bpm ‘What Goes Around, Comes Around‘ having irritatingly scrappy label credits which suggest that Donald Byrd, Gerald Levert and possibly even Garnet Mimms were involved as producers.
EL DeBARGE ‘Real Love (House Mix)’ (Motown ZT 42686)
Timmy Regisford remixed exciting wriggly striding 109bpm “swingbeat”-ish jiggler with a clomping steady beat, and pent up staccato vocals reaching a wailingly duetted climax after a long trucking “yeah/wooo!” break (Dub/Radio Edit/Bonus Beats and vocodered different 0- 110⅓bpm Single Version too).
KECHIA JENKINS ‘I Need Somebody’ (CityBeat CBZ 1222)
Last year’s Guy Vaughn & Shedrick Guy-produced girl wailed jiggly garage strider reissued in its thudding 114¼bpm Marshall Jefferson, more urgent 114⅖bpm Fly Guy, and (on the original import but for the first time here) spaciously lurching and spurting 114¼bpm Blaze mixes.
AMY JACKSON ‘Let It Loose’ (US Bigshot Records BR-131035)
Len Grant & Komix produced good simple calmly crooned uncluttered disco groove in an unhurriedly undulating bass burbled steadily tapping 120¼-0bpm E.Z. Mix, more beefily urgent plaintive 120⅓bpm Hot 7 Inch Mix, stuttery bass synth snapped pshta pshta-ed 120bpm Loose Club, and bumpily chugging keyboard instrumental 120¼bpm Loose Dub versions.
ARLENE ‘Who Will It Be?’ (US Midnight Sun MSR 1015)
With none other than Jocelyn Brown and Alyson Williams as sweetly cooing background singers, this Tommy Musto produced piping synth prodded squeakily “street soul”-ish bumpy little tripper is in three mixes on each of the pshta pshta-ed 115⅚bpm house and jittery latino 116bpm Free Style Sides.
DEBBIE McKAYLE ‘I Need Yo’ Lovin’’ (US Hit-n-Run Records HR-166008)
Larry & Alida Anderson created pleasant seductively cooed flowing jittery tripper woven from familiar samples in subduedly “techno” Inner City-ish style, 121½bpm (with some zero rated endings) through the jiggly tumbling Extended Club Mix and 12″ Radio Edit, sexily muttered bassily throbbing Tunnel Of Love Chant, Spanish whispered Debbie’s Latin-Love Chant, samples stuttering and whistling L.A.’s Lovely Dub Mix, twittery stuttering Doggystyle Dub Edit.
DOMINO ‘Cuties Get Connected’ (US Profile PRO-7252)
“Hip house” is the closest current definition of this early Eighties electro recreation by Craig Bevan, a jaunty girls chanted, ‘phone effects prodded, samples and scratches studded, ‘Planet Rock’ tempoed 129-128⅓bpm jittery racer full of amusing comments and telephone conversations, worth hearing (Radio Edit/Bonus Beats and telephone chat Acappella too).
STEZO ‘To The Max’ (Sleeping Bag Records SBUK 8T)
EPMD associated New Haven, Connecticut, dancin’ MC debuting with a piano rumbled and scratching climaxed purposeful 95bpm rap, coupled by the ‘Atomic Dog’ backed wordier 104bpm ‘It’s My Turn‘ (both in Radio and Dub mixes).
TRU-FUNK POSSE ‘Break The Beat’ (Three Stripe Records SAM 1115)
Smith & Mighty produced Bristol boosting funkily jiggling slithery scratching 100⅔-0bpm juvenile rap by 15 years old Joey D and his much photographed 11 years old brother Sam E.E. (100½-0bpm instrumental), flipped by the more ponderous lurching squeakily rapped 85½-0bpm ‘Once Upon A Time’ (85⅓-0bpm instrumental and Sam’s acappella too), very much aimed at hardcore rather than pop fans except I fear it may just fall between the two stools.
KOOL G RAP & DJ POLO ‘Road To The Riches’ (Cold Chillin’ 925 820-1)
Marlon ‘Marley Marl’ Williams produced samples and scratches stuffed dry rap album, with the ‘Stone Fox Chase’ based 106⅚bpm ‘Trilogy Of Terror’, Incredible Bongo Band based 112bpm ‘Men At Work‘, funkily drummered 101½bpm ‘It’s A Demo‘, Big Daddy Kane-ish spitting 105⅚bpm ‘Poison‘, familiar slinkily jogging 91bpm ‘She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not‘, ‘Trans Europe Express’-ish 96⅙bpm ‘Rhymes I Express‘, spluttering violent 112⅚bpm ‘Cold Cuts‘, wordily rolling 92bpm ‘Truly Yours‘, Gary Numan based 0-129¾bpm ‘Cars‘, and currently 12-inch jangling jiggly 99⅔bpm title track.
JUNGLE WONZ ‘Time Marches On’ (Breakout USAT 653)
Time marches on indeed, especially when there are 32 minutes worth of tedious music to monitor, spread across five tracks where one would have sufficed, of this now Justin Strauss remixed bass burbled repetitive mumbling and chanting skittery deep house shuffler, a Marshall Jefferson produced similar predecessor of Truth’s ‘Open Our Eyes’, in 120⅙-120⅖-0bpm Straight Up Mix, 0-120⅕-0bpm Straight Up Dub, 120⅕-120⅖-0bpm Just Right Mix, 120⅕bpm Just Right Dub and Just In Time Mix versions, not due fully until April 10.
ROXETTE ‘The Look (Head-Drum Mix)’ (EMI 12EM 87), Swedish superstar girl/boy Eurythmics-ish duo’s US smash heavily juddering purposeful 95-0bpm jittery white funk thumper, with Milli Vanilli beats and other samples behind catchy “na na na” chanting, Falco-ish muttering and other moronically effective sledgehammer ingredients, powerful stuff;
MADONNA ‘Like A Prayer’ (Sire WX 239), packaged in scented paper with an “AIDS is no party!” warning leaflet, her eagerly awaited album’s best dance tracks are the mid-Sixties Motown style 115½bpm ‘Express Yourself’, chunkily rolling jiggly (almost “swingbeat”) 103⅙bpm ‘Keep It Together‘, Prince co-created/duetted slinkily lurching (0-)79¼-0bpm ‘Love Song‘, sweetly cantering 132bpm ‘Cherish‘, and attractively racing 144bpm ‘Till Death Do Us Part‘, there also being the disjointed 0-112-0-112-0-112bpm ‘Like A Prayer’ plaintive moody ‘Evita’-ish 0-54¼-0bpm ‘Spanish Eyes’, stop-start 0-38⅔bpm ‘Oh Father’, Beatles-ish strings backed twee kiddies’ lullaby 0-127/63½bpm ‘Dear Jessie’, tempoless ‘Promise To Try’;
PAUL RUTHERFORD ‘I Want Your Love (Extended Mix)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 124), Chic’s oldie given the ABC production treatment in a percussively flurrying and surging, anxiously building 114⅔bpm remake that’s far more convincing than the ex-Frankie’s previous acieed dalliance, with a good jazzily horned less violently percussive 115-0bpm ‘I Want Your L.U.R.V.E.‘ instrumental worth checking even by hardcore jocks (praise indeed considering what I thought of ‘Get Real’);
HOLLY JOHNSON ‘Americanos (Liberty Mix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1323), percussively rattling and rumbling brassy bright 110⅕-0bpm chugger with a Mexicali flavour to reflect its Chicano view of life in the land of the free;
PAT & MICK ‘I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet’ (PWL Records PWLT 33), another Stock Aitken Waterman produced revival of an exactly 10 years old disco classic, as was last year’s ‘Let’s All Chant’, again to benefit Capital Radio’s annual Easter ‘Help A London Child’ charity, this time around Gonzalez’s now more smoothly flurrying frisky racer remains a consistent 128⅓bpm without the original’s trickily eccentric intro (nice keyboarded Shakatak-ish 118bpm ‘You Better Not Fool Around‘ instrumental flip);
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD ‘Nothing Has Been Proved (Dance Mix)’ (Parlophone 12R 6207), Marshall Jefferson remixed superb Pet Shop Boys created atmospheric silky smooth 81¾bpm slinker from ‘Scandal’, with evocative lyrics — the more so when allied with its excellent newsreel incorporating video — about Christine Keeler and Stephen Ward (82-0bpm original mix);
RICK ASTLEY ‘Hold Me In Your Arms (Extended)’ (RCA PT 42616), better late than never (as with the preceding review, it was not sent me when released), this has proved to be the strong song he needed here, a self-penned, Harding & Curnow produced, mournfully rolling 95⅚-96bpm swayer with a pleasant long instrumental coda;
SWING OUT SISTER ‘You On My Mind (Extended Version)’ (Fontana SWING 612), radically different flying and swirling (0-)146bpm remake of the 5th Dimension’s ‘Up, Up And Away’ (almost!), full of Sixties pseudo sophistication;
THE BOYS ‘Lucky Charm (Extended Version)’ (Motown ZT 42688), LA & Babyface produced squeakily juvenile jiggly 116bpm basher, for those who like cute kids;
DAT SOUND featuring KOYA ‘I Like The Way You Do It (Club Mix)’ (Shell Shock SSR01, via The Cartel), bass burbled jauntily trotting 114-0bpm disco chugger with breezy ‘Peanut Vendor’ synthetic brass stabs, some real Kenny Wellington trumpet, and an inconclusive female title line;
J.M.B.I. ‘Snoopy’s Count House (Extended Version)’ (Musk Man MMPT-12.001, via Pinnacle), samples crammed throbbing dated 118½bpm volume pumper from some unidentified Continental source.
THE CLUB CHART – April 1, 1989
01 01 KEEP ON MOVIN’ (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler), 10 Records 12in
02 04 SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
03 02 ONE MAN (ONE MIX) Chanelle, Cooltempo 12in
04 07 ME MYSELF AND I/SAY NO GO/TREAD WATER De La Soul, Big Life LP
05 09 PEOPLE HOLD ON (MIXES) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
06 05 MUSICAL FREEDOM (FREE AT LAST) (EXTENDED FREEDOM MIX/THE ORIGINAL/SIMPSON TREATMENT) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva and introducing Carmen Marie, Cooltempo 12in
07 16 PLANET E (MIXES)/DANCIN’ MACHINE (ACID HOUSE REMIX) kc Flightt, US RCA 12in
08 03 TURN UP THE BASS (REMIXES) Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady, ffrr 12in
09 06 YO YO GET FUNKY (MIXES) Fast Eddie, DJ International Records 12in
10 30 GOT TO GET YOU BACK (THE GROOVY PIANO MIX) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
11 48 WHO’S IN THE HOUSE (THE HIP HOUSE ANTHEM) The Beatmasters with Merlin, Rhythm King 12in
12 39 SOMETHING SPECIAL (MAGIC JUAN’S MIX) Sharon Dee Clarke, Urban 12in
13 15 GOT TO KEEP ON (B BOY MIX/12” VERSION)/PICK UP ON THIS Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
14 10 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, Doctor Beat 12in
15 33 COMIN’ CORRECT/(RUFF NHECK SPARKI MIX)/WIZE/BIZZIE RHYMIN MC Mell’O’ with DETT Inc, RePublic Records 12in
16 17 BLACK IS BLACK (ULTIMATUM MIX)/STRAIGHT OUT THE JUNGLE (REMIX) Jungle Brothers, Gee Street 12in
17 24 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
18 11 THIS IS SKA (SKACID MIX) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
19 14 I’M RIFFIN (ENGLISH RASTA) MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
20 19 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION/RAPACIOUS MIXES) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
21 18 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD/LATIN WORKOUT MIXES)/IT’S A MYSTERY (MYSTERY II U/ORIGINAL MYSTERY MIXES) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
22 08 TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONIGHT) (MIXES) Brian Keith, CityBeat 12in
23 22 ADDING ON (CLUB TRACK)/GETTING FIERCE/BLACK IS BACK/PURE RIGHTEOUSNESS Lakim Shabazz, US Tuff City LP
24 57 LET’S WORK (VERSIONS)/HERE WE GO (R U READY)/I CAN’T TAKE IT (MIXES) Casanova’s Revenge, US Invasion 12in
25 28 NOT GONNA DO IT (BAM BAM HOUSE REMIX) Vicky Martin, MCA Records 12in pre-release
26 49 SO WHERE ARE YOU/THE REAL LIFE (OPPY MIX) Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in
27 90 TIME MARCHES ON (STRAIGHT UP MIX/JUST RIGHT MIX/JUST RIGHT DUB/JUST IN TIME MIX/STRAIGHT UP DUB) Jungle Wonz, Breakout 12in pre-release
28 31 THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, Desire 12in
29 40 CRUCIAL (DANCE REMIX) New Edition, US MCA Records 12in
30 26 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Today, Motown 12in
31 45 FREE YOUR SELF/BETTER DAYS (MIXES) Jimi Polo, Urban 12in
32 21 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
33 13 THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS (ACIEED/UNDERGROUND MIXES) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
34 42 MY LOVE IS SO RAW/NOT ON THE OUTSIDE/I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams, Def Jam LP
35 54 HELYOM HALIB (ACID ACID ACID/ACID MIX) Cappella, Italian Media Record 12in
36 70 VOODOO RAY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES’/PARADISE/ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, US Warlock Records 12in
37 35 ACTIVATED (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Gerald Alston, Motown 12in
38 32 SKRUM (AND THEN SOME!)/BLACK AND PROUD! Dismasters, US Urban Rock Records 12in
39 29 JUST A LITTLE MORE Deluxe, Unyque Artists/The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
40 91 THAT’S HOW I’M LIVING/THE CHIEF Toni Scott, Champion 12in mailing list promo
41 93 GET HIP TO THIS! (MIXES) M-D-Emm, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
42 51 RHYTHM IS THE MASTER DJ Chuck Chillout and Kool Chip, US Mercury 12in
43 41 STRAIGHT UP (12” REMIX/KEVIN SAUNDERSON HOUSE MIX/MARLEY MARL MIX) Paula Abdul, Siren 12in
44 44 YOU WERE THE ONE (HOUSE MIX/SHAMEEK’S HOUSE MIX) Deniz, Urban 12in
45 84 LONELINESS/(CLUB MIX/INSTRUMENTAL DUB) Kelvin Pizzaro, Champion 12in
46 36 I NEED SOMEBDOY (MARSHALL JEFFERSON/BLAZE MIXES) Kechia Jenkins, CityBeat 12in
47 64 BAD PLACE TO GET HIT (MIXES) DJ Dzire featuring JC 001 & Glory B, Furious Fish 12in
48 12 SATISFACTION/FOUNDATION/SATISFACTION/WHERE DO WE GO? Ten City, Atlantic LP
49 59 ROMEO AND JULIET (VOCAL REMIX) Blue Magic, US Def Jam 12in/OBR promo
50 20 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (LES ADAMS’ BIG BÄS DRUM REMIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
51 79 JOY AND PAIN (WORLD TO WORLD REMIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
52 73 CELEBRATE THE WORLD (BLAZE’S PEOPLE UNITED REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
53 23 SECRET RENDEZVOUS (AFTER HOUR MIX) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
54 43 THE HUNTED CHILD/HIGH ROLLERS (REMIXES) Ice-T, Sire 12in
55 85 GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME (VOCAL MIX/BONUS BEATS/LP VERSION)/MOE LUV’S THEME (VOCAL REMIX/BONUS BEATS/LP VERSION) Ultramagnetic MC’s, ffrr 12in
56 62 LACK OF LOVE (GARAGE/HOUSE/CLUB MIXES) Charles B, Desire 12in
57 100= ME MYSELF AND I (RADIO/OBLAPOS MODE) De La Soul, US Tommy Boy 12in
58 34 JOY AND PAIN (REMIXES) Donna Allen, US Oceana 12in
59 77 MONKEY SAY, MONKEY DO (GERMAN BEAT REMIX) WestBam, Doctor Beat 12in
60 — I FEEL FINE (MAGIC JUAN MIX) Positiv Noize, Urban 12in
61 66 SERIOUS (CEEREEUS BDP REMIX) Steady B, US Jive 12in/UK promo
62 56 AIN’T NOBODY BETTER (MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in pre-release
63 — THANKS TO YOU (SIMON HARRIS HOUSE MIXES/ORIGINAL) Sinnamon, Living Beat Records 12in
64 76 I FEEL FINE (12” REMIX) Positiv Noize, Urban 12in
65 92 GANGSTA GANGSTA/EXPRESS YOURSELF/STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON/- – – – THA POLICE/COMPTON’S IN THE HOUSE (REMIX)/QUIET ON THA SET/DOPEMAN (REMIX) N.W.A., US Ruthless Records LP
66 re DAYS LIKE THIS (EXTENDED VERSION) Sheena Easton, MCA Records 12in
67 — CAN’T SAY ‘BYE (SWINGBEAT MIX) Tony Stone, Ensign 12in
68 55 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT (MIXES) Velma Wright, US Super Tronics 12in
69 75 LOVE’S GOT 2 BE STRONG (MIXES) Keyman Edwards, US Sound Pak 12in
70 94 ROAD TO THE RICHES/TRILOGY OF TERROR/POISON/IT’S A DEMO/MEN AT WORK/RHYMES I EXPRESS Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Cold Chillin’ LP
71 — I WANT YOUR LOVE (EXTENDED MIX)/I WANT YOUR L.U.R.V.E. (INSTRUMENTAL) Paul Rutherford, Fourth & Broadway 12in
72 — I WANT YOU (BADLY) (SEX IMPORT MIX) The Mack featuring Kysia Bostic, US Quark 12in
73 98 RAP SUMMARY (LEAN ON ME) Big Daddy Kane/AFTER 12 Force MD’s/SKEEZER Roxanne Shanté/YOU ARE THE ONE TKA (‘Lean On Me’ soundtrack), US Warner Bros LP
74 — ILLUSION R.Tyme/FIRST BASS (REMIX) Separate Minds/DEFINITION OF LOVE Kaos (Chaos)/BEYOND THE DANCE Rhythim Is Rhythim/JUST A MATTER OF TIME Damier/THE LOVE YOU SAVED/YEAH, YEAH, YEAH Magic Juan/TRANZISTOR The Force (‘Techno-1’), US KMS Records LP
75 72 DON’T WALK OUT ON LOVE (MIXES) Gallifré featuring Mondée Oliver, US Gherkin Records 12in
76 52 M.U.S.I.C. (USE IT) The Dynamic Guv’nors present Jazzy Jason, Blapps! Records 12in
77 re LET’S GO (REMIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
78 re JUICE CREW LAW MC Shan, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
79 100= LET IT LOOSE (MIXES) Amy Jackson, US Bigshot Records 12in
80 — ROCKIN’ ON THE GO-GO SCENE Richie Rich, Gee St Recordings 12in mailing list promo
81 78 OK, ALRIGHT (MIXES) The Minutemen, US Smokin’ 12in
82 81 IT TAKES TWO (ORIGINAL VERSION) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
83 re GOT U ON MY MIND (MIXES) Greg Lee, US Bigshot Records 12in
84 69 I’M HOUSIN (REMIX) EPMD, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
85 — MY MYSELF AND I (RICHIE RICH REMIX)/JENIFA (TAUGHT ME) De La Soul, Big Life 12in white label
86 — FREEDOM (LIBERATION MIX) Funtopia featuring Jimmi Polo, Gee Street/G-Zone 12in
87 25 WANNA BE GOOD TONIGHT (TOP CAT/CANDI MIXES) Candi McKenzie, Cooltempo 12in
88 — TO THE MAX/IT’S MY TURN Stezo, US Fresh 12in/Sleeping Bag promo
89 — MADE TO BE TOGETHER (MIXES)/SEXY DANCER Deja, US Virgin 12in
90 re REAL LOVE (MIXES) Jody Watley, US MCA Records 12in/UK promo twinpack
91 82 SHACK IT UP A.O.K., US Profile 12in
92 74 LOVE TONITE Dave Collins & Jacqui Jones, GTi Records 12in white label
93 — IN THE MIDDLE (PARTS I & II) The James Brown Band featuring Pee Wee Ellis/SPINNING WHEEL The New Jersey Kings/SOUL SAUCE Cal Tjader/YOU’RE STARTING TOO FAST Johnny Pate, Urban Jazz 12in sampler
94 — OPEN UP YOUR HEART Theryl, US Hot Soul Records 12in
95 re PARTY AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT (INSTRUMENTAL) New Jersey Queens & Friends, Base Line 12in
96 — BASSTRONIC/(INST./BONUS BEATS) Unknown DJ, US Techno Kut 12in
97 re YOU’RE TOO GOOD (MIXES) Grant And Dezz, US Trax Records 12in
98 — BIG ACID/QUIET RIOT/WORK IT TO THE WEST/MESSIN’ JAM/JERKIN ACID/AFRICA/CASH ON DELIVERY/JUS’ AN BOB/WILD WRATH New Grooves, US nugroove 12in
99 — A BETTER WAY (CLUB REMIX/HOT TODDY/RUBBA DUBBA/ORIGINAL MIXES) Royal House featuring Ian Star, US Idlers 12in
100 re EVERY LITTLE STEP (EXTENDED VERSION/UPTOWN MIX) Bobby Brown, US MCA Records 12in
One thought on “April 1, 1989: Ten City, A Guy Called Gerald, Darryl Payne, De La Soul, James Brown”
FON Force’s de-housed, breakbeaty Voice Of Paradise mix of Ten City’s ‘Devotion’ later had its beats sampled by The Prodigy for ‘Firestarter’.
Reviewing Unknown DJ’s ‘Basstronic’, James accidentally coins the phrase “electro-house”, years ahead of time!
The film release of Scandal prompts James to reveal some interesting autobiographical back story, and there’s one more surprising little nugget of info still to come.
The Marva Whitney track sampled in ‘The 900 Number’ is actually called ‘Unwind Yourself’, and James will correct his mistake in a future column.
James Brown’s ‘I’m Not A Fool (Find The Key)’ didn’t actually exist – the clue lies in the date of this column! – and its catalogue number belongs instead to the US 12″ of ‘I’m Real’.