BEATS & PIECES
JACQUELINE KHAN is setting up the totally independent Radical Records to rival her hubby Morgan Khan’s own Westside operation — distributed by Spartan, the label’s first releases will be the recent ‘Rap Trax Volume One’ album (here retitled ‘This Is War‘) and the Virgo Four newie … Linda Rogers is leaving Phonogram to run, as label manager, a London office for Brian Carter’s Germany based BCM Records — her old employers, meanwhile, would appear to be phasing out the Club logo and setting up a new dance label … Nigel ‘Nick’ Halkes is leaving Secret Promotions to take over Paul Kindred’s old position as club promotions manager at CityBeat … UK pressings of last week’s lead review, The Neville Brothers ‘Sister Rosa’ (Breakout USAT 656), still have Public Enemy’s here 0-97½-97⅔bpm 12″ Remix, 97⅔bpm Dub Version and 0-97⅔bpm 7″ Edit, but replace the original LP Version with Aaron Neville’s typically melismatic (0-)25-24⅓-0bpm reading of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ (which appropriately of course had a disguised civil rights message, too) … The Beatmasters with Merlin ‘Who’s In The House’ turns out to be in a less resonant, more cleanly leaping mix on commercial pressings (still 124-0bpm), actual remixes having yet to be made — likewise, Freshski Dames ‘Kickin’ It Live’ is in a less shrill mix (still 0-104bpm) on its commercial pressings, flipped now though by the girls’ frenetic jittery ‘Think (About It)’ tempoed (0-)113½bpm ‘Stay Bad’ (Mango Street 1215 407) … Blue Magic ‘Romeo And Juliet (Vocal Remix)’ appears to be out here (QBR 654769 6), but UK pressings have not been promoted … Midnight Star’s most recent, eponymously titled, album — reviewed on import months ago — has unexpectedly just come out here (MCA Records MCG 6041) … LaKim Shabazz’s album has been picked up here by Sure Delight, with the first single scheduled as its ‘Pure Righteousness‘ title track (perhaps misguidedly in view of overwhelming DJ support for ‘Adding On‘) … ‘Wrath Of Kane‘ will finally be out here by Big Daddy Kane (who, despite huge hip hop popularity on import, has yet to amass significant UK sales), coupled with not only the older ‘Raw’ but also his brand new ‘Rap Summary‘ — the track for which people have been buying the ‘Lean On Me’ soundtrack album! … 10 Records have picked up Taravhonty … RCA will soon be reissuing classics from the Prelude catalogue, remixed by Backroom Productions (the team behind Jomanda) … Simon Walsh’s club plugging Music Enterprises Ltd has moved to The Courtyard, 42 Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9EY (01 -741 5515) … MCPS, the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, is building a computerised national discography detailing every recorded track ever released, and needs for a full time job someone with a specialist interest in dance music (including reggae) to help compile the exhaustive data — contact Godfrey Rust (01-769 4400) … UK releases I had neither time nor room to review in full include the pop-aimed datedly volume pumping jerky Humanoid ‘Slam‘ (Westside); Magic Juan produced Reese & Santonio remaking but now pop-pitched Lisa M ‘Rock To The Beat‘ (Jive); washing machine style scurrying instrumental Bizarre Inc ‘Technological‘ (Blue Chip “R&B”); volume pumping style vocodered shrill twittery leaping Mass Reaction ‘Can You Feel The Beat’ (Immaculate); starkly ticking sweet street soul Nemesis featuring Rosaline Joyce ‘Heartbreaker‘ (Intrigue); bouncily tugging jiggly jogging swingbeat-ish Al Jarreau ‘All Or Nothing At All‘ (WEA); surprisingly house-style twittering and samples studded vigorous Debbie Gibson ‘Electric Youth‘ (Atlantic); Prince mixed jerkily lurching but sweetly whispered Wendy & Lisa ‘Lolly Lolly‘ (Virgin) … US imports ditto include the interesting emptily tapping then synthetically orchestrated instrumental L.B. Bad ‘New Age House‘ (United Sounds of America); falsetto guy wailed classily subdued throbbing and jangling Paris Brightledge ‘Learn To Love‘ (DJ International Records); scratching (and scratchy sounding!) fierce rap Uptown ‘Dope On Plastic‘ (Tommy Boy); The Jaz rapped and group souled jerky rolling strange O’Jays ‘Have You Had Your Love Today‘ (EMI) … Fareham bedroom DJ Dan Almond (0329-280376) is desperate for a 12 inch of Brother D ‘How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise’, good price paid … Leroy Hutson and Bobby Thurston are live at Brixton’s Fridge this Thursday (13), when Uxbridge’s Regals reopens with new Thirties decor … M-D-Emm’s scratching Mark Ryder joins resident jock Paul Marks at Southend-on-Sea’s Rain discotheque on Fridays, when John Matthews packs Richmond-on-Thames’ hot and heaving Park Avenue … Rob Huntley hip hops Solution Sundays at Broadstairs’ free admission Charles Dickens (evening pub hours) … Chris Paul and Chris Forbes are building up Blue Mondays with pure house and garage (positively NO Balearic!) at London’s Camden Palace … Eon Irving points out that the ‘Funky Drummer’ backing of Sweet Tee ‘As The Beat Goes On‘ combines perfectly with Alyson Williams ‘Sleep Talk‘ … Bobby Brown’s on stage dancing, to judge from TV’s ‘Big World Café’ clip, seems to have interestingly African-like exciting intensity … TV being on as I write, I’ve just been struck by the surprising similarity of lugubrious talking style between Julian Clary of the Joan Collins Fan Club, and the less camp but equally dog loving Sir Clement Freud! … Candy J, whose raunchy ‘Desirable Revenge‘ was recently reviewed, turns out not to be quite the woman she appears, evidently being a notorious Chicago transexual … James Brown seemed much on some journalists’ minds in the week ending April the First! … WOOO! YEAH!
BRUCE FOREST is the New York DJ who came to fame via a legendary long residency at the Club Better Days, but is better known here as one of America’s best remixers. He recorded his favourite “rimshot” effect sample in an unorthodox way that may inspire others: he found an alley full of (sound deadening) snow, cleared a patch of concrete and threw a golfball at it. Whack!
SOUL II SOUL ‘Club Classics Vol. One’ (10 Records DIX 82)
Cheekily titled, this excellent and obviously destined to be massive album is crisply produced by Jazzie B and Nellie Hooper, Jazzie’s own rapping being rather like a London/Jamaican accented Gil Scott Heron, although of course it’s Caron Wheeler who sweetly sings the slinky smash 93⅙bpm ‘Keep On Movin’‘ and wails the 0-101bpm ‘Back To Life (Acapella)’ preamble to the then continuing, Jazzie expounded 0-101bpm ‘Jazzie’s Groove’, Rose Windross who hauntingly warbles the act’s debut jiggly jogging 0-101⅓bpm ‘Fairplay‘, and Do’reen who quavers the less successful weavingly jolting 84-0bpm ‘Feel Free‘ and new half-stepping jiggly garage-ish 112bpm ‘Happiness (Dub)‘, leaving Jazzie to the Zulu chanted afro-house 117⅘-0bpm ‘Holdin’ On (Bambelela)‘, rolling simple 91⅚bpm ‘Feelin Free (Live Rap)‘, and lazily chatted 105-104⅚-105bpm ‘Dance‘, of which latter the flute tootled gently pattering 104⅚-105-104⅚bpm ‘African Dance’ is an instrumental — and the set’s standout?
THE REAL ROXANNE ‘Roxanne’s On A Roll’ (US Select FMS62334)
Based on the rolling organ and brass (and “all right” rather than “yeah — wooo!”) from Lyn Collins’ ‘Think (About It)’, plus a scratched in “The R” from Eric B & Rakim, Omar Santana’s remix of this infectious rap jiggler stays close to producers Jam Master Jay and the LA Posse’s original in the A-side’s 114⅓-114-114⅓-114bpm Extended Version, 114½bpm Instrumental and LP Version (Radio Edit), but branches out in the flip’s acidically twittered 115bpm Deep House Mix and 115-0bpm Hip Dub Mix, and chunkily broken down 115-0bpm Deep Dub Mix.
JOMANDA ‘Make My Body Rock’ (RCA PT 42750)
Originally credited to singer/co-writer Cheri Williams when part of New York Underground Records’ ‘Back To Basics’ EP before being hot for months as by Jomanda in its remixed form on Big Beat import, this girls wailed here 122⅔-0bpm friskily vigorous galloper is now in yet another brand new, much improved, percussively pattering Club Mix Sweet (with a sparse bongos breakdown near the end), its Sweet 7″ Mix, plus the import’s instrumental The Stomp Version and more fluidly driving (0-)122⅔-0bpm Supremely Clubbed mix.
NEW EDITION ‘Crucial (Dance Remix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1333)
Straightforward UK release for the already hot on import, funky bashing and jumping youthfully enthusiastic, beat losingly edited (0-)104⅙-104⅓-104⅙-0bpm P’funk-style jiggly remix, much livelier than most swingbeat (104⅓bpm vocal dub and percapella too), likely even to cross over in the wake of Bobby Brown.
RAZE presents: DOUG LAZY ‘Let It Roll’ (US Grove St. GSR-018)
Selling fast around Central London, Doug Finley raps a sparsely backed simple jerky staccato stuttery 118bpm New Jersey hip house jitterer, with a bubblier more acidic 118bpm Instrumental, housier 118¼-0bpm Dub and percapella 118¼bpm Lazypella.
BLACK, ROCK & RON ‘Stop The World’ (Supreme Records SU-5)
Wordily shouting rappers using familiar samples and beats in derivative though effective enough style on a variety filled album, with the funky drummered fast talking 110bpm title track, raucously lurching 99-0bpm ‘Black Is The Word‘, joltingly jogging 94-93⅔-94-0-93⅔bpm ‘That’s How I’m Livin’‘, jerkily jumbled 108⅓bpm ‘It’s Raw‘, frenetically scrubbing 0-107⅔bpm ‘My Hometown‘, slowed down Tone Loc-style rap-rock 0-109⅔-0bpm ‘We Be Wilin’/Wild Thing’, James Brown backed 102½-0bpm ‘Getting Large‘, Marvin Gaye backed 88½bpm ‘True Feelings‘, jittery frantic 114½bpm ‘Cryin’ The Blues’, Ripple backed 124-123¾bpm ‘Black, Rock ‘N’ Ron‘, and — best of all? — slinkily strolling 102⅓bpm ‘(I Am) Tired Of All This’ (plus the extremely fragmentary 111bpm ‘To Hear Black & Rock Rap’ and two 111bpm and 104bpm ‘Breaks’, all merely seconds long).
KOOL ROCK STEADY ‘Let’s Get Hyped’ (US D.J. International Records DJ-973)
Although given a chatting, MC Freestyle duetted, downtempo rap treatment in his own 104⅚bpm Hip Hop Mix, the ladykiller’s solo single is sure enough in frantic hip house style for Tyree Cooper the producer’s ‘Turn Up The Bass’-type churning, jangling and twittering 125⅖bpm LP Mix, more drily driving Chinese Hip House, 125⅖-0bpm cleanly leaping Club Mix and exciting piano jangled instrumental The Friday Late Night Music Box version. Namechecking other rap acts, it’s frisky enough if now nothing new.
OMEN ‘Satisfaction’ (Debut DEBTX 3065)
Damon Rochefort, flushed with the success of his ‘Something Special’, here joins Camelle Hinds to create another soulful girl wailed bright bounder, this particular striding 119⅕bpm percussive patterer being more garage than techno (119⅓bpm Dub Mix and Percapella).
GUY ‘Groove Me (Extended Version)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1331)
Teddy Riley and Gene Griffin’s own group gets a hybrid UK release of their first single from last year, this jauntily syncopated inevitably swingbeat (0-)108¼bpm funkily pleading jiggler, coupled by the more recent ‘Teddy’s Jam‘ import (as featured by Cutmaster Swift in his winning mixes), a more P’funkily jittering infectious rambler that’s here selectively and misleadingly only in two of its shorter versions, the (0-)110-0bpm Club Mix actually being the import’s Hype Mix and (0-)107-0bpm so-called Extended Mix the Radio Edit! Meanwhile, out now in the States is the same team’s perhaps over jerkily lurching 107⅔bpm disjointedly jittery ‘I Like (Extended Version)‘ (US Uptown Records MCA-23927).
PERRI ‘I’m The One (Dance Remix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1311)
The Anita Baker-backing gospel girls’ tugging soulful jogger always was very Chaka Khan-ish and now Chris Paul has emphasised the similarity with a blatantly ‘Ain’t Nobody’ styled weaving and wailing 99⅓bpm remix, flipped by a similarly new more sparsely jiggling 98⅔bpm Extended Album Version.
WANDA DEE ‘The Goddess’ (US Tuff City TUF 128043)
Raunchy rapper LaWanda McFarland is produced by Jazzy Jay on this Donna Summer ‘Love To Love You Baby’ quoting and groaning 0-94-0bpm jolting jogger (instrumental too), and by DJ Mark The 45 King on the double entendre stuffed — we all know what a “bone” is, huh? — funkily jiggling Cookie Crew-ishly tempoed 0-118½-120-120⅕-0bpm ‘To The Bone‘ (instrumental and acappella too).
MOST WANTED ‘Calm Down (Club Version)’ (US The Fever SF 830)
Charlie Chase produced funky JB-type samples woven (so what else is new?!) jauntily jiggling (0-)112½bpm fast talking rap, in four mixes, selling well around Central London’s upfront stores.
LAKE EERIE ‘Sex 4 Daze (I Want It, You Can Get It)’ (Champion CHAMP 12-98)
Frankie “Bones” created, Tommy Musto programmed, panting and groaning overlaid (so Raze ‘Break 4 Love’ inspired) episodic samples studded, Instant Funk-style “you can get it, I want it” repeating, 121⅘bpm jerkily jittering Todd Terry-ish leaper, here in its Kings Highway Club Break, Neptune Ave Detour Dub, Sex 4 Daze On Acid (Club) and (Dub) mixes.
ROYAL HOUSE FEATURING IAN STAR ‘A Better Way’ (US Idlers WAR-040)
Eventually emerging as a reasonably warm “deep house” track off their Todd Terry created old album last year, this piano chorded mournfully nagged jittery shuffler is now 12-inched in 120⅕-0bpm Club Remix, Original Mix, Hot Toddy Mix, and Rubba Dubba Mix versions, hardly frontier busting.
DISKONEXION featuring Linda Bernette ‘Love Rush’ (Submission Records SUBX 010, via Pacific Records)
Calm garage-style girl sung bubbling, twittering and skipping pleasant post-acid wriggly house jiggler from the East Midlands, in 0-117⅘-0bpm Quwazy Girl, 117⅚bpm Rock Cake, and instrumental 0-118⅕bpm Put On Mixes, apparently produced for the Derby based label by Manchester’s Mike Pickering and Jon DaSilva.
SYNDEE ‘Which Way Is Up’ (Big One VVBIG 14)
Making it funky now, Norman Whitfield’s ‘Car Wash’-style 1977/78 Stargard oldie is revived by last summer’s ‘Best 2 Be A Girl’ rapper in two chunkily jolting jiggly 107¼bpm vocal mixes and a meaty 107⅙bpm dub (percussively looped 114bpm ‘Bus’ It (Bonus Beats)’ too), with DJ Dzire on decks — the result though being grittily true to the original’s flavour rather than a total hip hop update.
BIG FUN ‘Living For Your Love’ (Jive JIVE T 200)
Marshall Jefferson produced piano and pizzicato strings nagged joltingly flurrying bumpy 121⅚bpm slick house canterer (in House, Garage, and Instrumental Mixes), adequately harmonised by these ex-Seventh Avenue Hi-NRG boys but without anything much that really sticks in the mind.
MASSIVE SOUNDS ‘I Want You’ (Champion CHAMP 12-99)
At last due here despite being snapped up by the label before it had even arrived on import, months ago, this Bobby Konders created, Tommy Musto programmed, repetitive “I want you, just a little bit” chanting percussive burbling jittery 119⅘bpm chugger is double AA-sided by the also 119⅘bpm similar in idea but differently treated, chattering and driving jingly jangly monotonous ‘She Say Kuff‘ (both now in just two mixes).
VIRGO FOUR ‘Do You Know Who You Are?’ (US Trax Records TX175)
Merle Sanders and Eric Lewis created instrumental house four-tracker of no great interest to my mind although finding favour in certain quarters, with this pshta pshta hi-hatted and synthetic strings accented 119bpm dull thumper, the similar but brighter, keyboard nagged 121bpm ‘Going Thru Life‘, more friskily twittering washing machine style 123-0bpm ‘In A Vision‘, and wriggly beats ticked swirlingly synthed 123bpm ‘Take Me Higher‘.
TOWANNA SHEPPARD ‘The Stronger The Love (Extended Version)’ (US Renown International Records K-3601)
Overwrought wailing Jocelyn Brown-type acappella introed bashing backbeat jolted 0-106bpm weavingly nagged jiggly soul jogger in the old style that used to be huge, pre-house (dub/edit too). I forget how long this has been waiting for room to get printed, but it still thankfully has support (just never enough to chart it)!
DINO ’24/7′ (US 4th + B’way BWAY 471)
Ditto this self-penned and -produced breathily tender, attractive, rolling 86¼-0bpm blue eyed soul swayer, the catchily nagging “heaven” rhymed strange title relating to 24 hours seven days a week (“your love is mine”), flipped less impressively by the stuttery jittering Latin hip hop 115 1/2-0bpm ‘Nighttime Lovekind‘ (instrumental too).
ZORRO ‘You Didn’t Waste No Time (Club Mix)’ (Westside Records WSRT 13)
Birmingham-born gospel grounded soulster debuting with a tortuously lurching, repetitive 82bpm slowie that is less a song than a framework, through which he huskily emotes and wails without really getting anywhere, although his heart’s in the right place (radio version/instrumental too).
SIMPLY RED ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ (WEA YZ377T)
Reverential but pedestrian and rather short, dead slow (waltz time) 31⅓/94-0bpm remake of Teddy Pendergrass’s classic 1972 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ oldie, pale by comparison with the original.
TOUCHDOWN ‘Ease Your Mind ’89’ (Beatbox International Recordings BBOXT-5, via Pinnacle)
1981 Britfunk oldie house-ishly re-recorded and discordantly wailed by new girl Brenda Artman with two original group members in loosely spurting and rambling 119⅔(intro)-121⅕bpm Club 1, 120⅘bpm Soulsonic Street, and 121bpm Ragga-Tek Mixes, not due fully until May 2.
CRYSTAL VORTEX ‘Money You Are My Slave’ (l.M.W IMWD 1207)
SLF-produced, monotonously repetitive “you belong to me” muttering, twittery, wriggling house canterer in 121⅗-122⅕bpm Dollar and sparser 122⅕-121⅗bpm Sterling Mixes, only on promo so far.
2 IN A ROOM ‘Somebody In The House Say Yeah! (Club House Mix)’ (US Cutting Records CR 225)
Standard samples-studded Todd Terry-type, jerkily bounding (0-)121bpm canterer, with a washing machined (0-)120½bpm Acid Mix too, double A-sided by the stuttery, similar samples-woven ‘The Brutal House’-ish jittery surging ‘A Passing Thought’ in 120⅓-0bpm 12″ Remix and 121⅕-0bpm LP versions, both sides built up from much that is familiar.
NO FACE ‘Hump Music’ (US Mess MESS-001)
“Girl I’ll hump you, you in my bed now” go the lyrics of the Jungle Brothers’ ‘I’ll House You’ in a sexually reworded 124-123½-0bpm demented remake that’s great fun if you’re into good wholesome filth (it gets raunchier the longer it’s on, with “hump” changed for another four letter word, and various activities described in detail)! There are three dubs too, not that they’re the attraction!
THE NIGHTWRITERS ‘Over You (Club Mix)’ (Jack Trax JTX 24)
Mournfully moaned, jittery, throbbing and jingling 119⅗bpm deep house (Instrumental/Radio Mixes too), rhythmically like a less dynamic Turntable Orchestra.
REID ‘Good Times (The Santa Monica Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SY 27)
Keith Cohen-remixed, choppily chanted, trotting Latin-flavoured 114-0bpm dated Britfunk, flipped by Paul Borg’s stuttery, lurching early electro-type 0-117bpm The Red Shiny Mix, both inessential except to the most slavish mailing list supporters.
COLDCUT featuring Lisa Stansfield ‘People Hold On (New Jersey Jazz Mix)‘ (Ahead Of Our Time CCUT 5R), Blaze remixed terrific jazz-funkily bounding tight sparse new 122⅓-0bpm treatment, really classy, with a more house-style 122⅓bpm Speng mix, acappella, and bass synth burbled twittery emphatic (0-)123bpm ‘Yes, Yes, Yes‘ short bonus track;
PAUL SIMPSON featuring CANDI STATON ‘Musical Freedom (You Got The Love Mix)‘ (Cooltempo COOLXR 182), Adeva is now replaced by distinctively typical Candi in a totally new more rawly lurching chunky 122⅚bpm Freddy ‘Good Idea’ Turner remix, climaxed by rippling Terry Burrus vibes;
CHANELLE ‘One Man (Tuff E’Nuff Mix)‘ (Cooltempo COOLXR 183), much more bassily swinging vigorous 118⅗-118⅖bpm remix by original co-creator David Shaw, with added background vocals by the Deftwins, about for a few weeks now;
COOKIE CREW ‘Got To Keep On (Danny D Remix)‘ (ffrr FRXR 25), Dancin’ Danny’s terrific bouncily jumping percussive 126⅙bpm remix is almost halfway through as an Edwin Starr punctuated break beat-like instrumental before there’s any trace of the shrill squeaky girl rappers (126⅙bpm Danny D Instrumental too);
THE WEE PAPA GIRL RAPPERS ‘Blow The House Down (Hard Core Mix)‘ (Jive JIVE R 197), infinitely preferable totally different far harder and cleaner electronically pulsed twittery thumping 120⅕bpm remix by Kevin Saunderson;
APRIL DAWN ‘Love Crime Remix‘ (US Easy Street EZSR-7541), Smack Music Productions’ earlier good but largely over-looked slick garage/disco strider now remixed by Tony Humphries in a more choppily burbling busier 118½bpm Club Vocal, 118⅚bpm Vocalpella and 118¾bpm Instrumental, getting more attention than the simpler original:
SOUL II SOUL (featuring Caron Wheeler) ‘Keep On Movin’ (New York Mix)‘ (10 Records TENR 263), completely mislabelled on initial faulty pressings, this slightly more swingbeat-ish sweetly vocal 92⅚bpm Craig (Big Beat) Kallman remix is coupled by the dubwise 92⅚-0bpm The 1st Movement and starkly tapping instrumental 93-0bpm A Dub In The Sun (which disconcertingly appeared first as A-side!);
LONGSY D’s HOUSE SOUND ‘This Is Ska (The All Stars Remix)’ (Big One VVBIGN13), not the style spawning pop smash that trend spotters predicted, although big in clubs, the still twittering ska-acid fusion adds all sorts of samples (not just old ska classics) in Patrick T. Rojan’s 0-125-0bpm The Authentic Style Mix, Cut Master MC’s 0-125½bpm The Way I See It Mix, Buster Bloodvessel’s 0-124½-0bpm Buster’s Original Ska Mix, and Longsy D’s 0-124¾-0bpm Longsy And Buster Shuffle Mix;
CLIVE GRIFFIN ‘Be There (Be Deep Version)’ (Phonogram STEPR 312), bass throbbed twittery bounding 119⅘-0bpm remix with a similar B-side version of the urgent hoarse hollerer;
NEW ORDER ‘Round&remix‘ (Factory FAC 263R), scurrying and flurrying but still very “pop” 128¾-0bpm Kevin Saunderson Club Mix of ‘Round&round’, flipped by his more freakily frantic also 128¾-0bpm Detroit mix (&, on promo only, by Ben Gross’s fully vocal good (0-)129¼-0bpm 12″ Mix).
THE CLUB CHART – April 15, 1989
01 01 KEEP ON MOVIN’ (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler), 10 Records 12in
02 03 ONE MAN (ONE MIX) Chanelle, Cooltempo 12in
03 04 SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
04 02 MUSICAL FREEDOM (FREE AT LAST) (EXTENDED FREEDOM MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva and introducing Carmen Marie, Cooltempo 12in
05 06 ME MYSELF AND I/SAY NO GO/THE MAGIC NUMBER/EYE KNOW/BUDDY De La Soul, Big Life LP
06 05 PEOPLE HOLD ON (MIXES) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
07 09 WHO’S IN THE HOUSE The Beatmasters with Merlin, Rhythm King 12in
08 07 PLANET E (MIXES) kc Flightt, RCA 12in
09 08 TURN UP THE BASS (REMIXES) Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady, ffrr 12in
10 48 AIN’T NOBODY BETTER (MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
11 17 THAT’S HOW I’M LIVING/THE CHIEF Toni Scott, Champion 12in
12 14 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
13 19 MY MYSELF AND I (RICHIE RICH REMIX)/JENIFA (TAUGHT ME) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
14 15 YO YO GET FUNKY (MIXES) Fast Eddie, DJ International Records 12in
15 16 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION/RAPACIOUS MIXES) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
16 13 THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, Desire 12in
17 12 THIS IS SKA (SKACID MIX) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
18 11 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, Doctor Beat 12in
19 18 SOMETHING SPECIAL (MAGIC JUAN’S MIX) Sharon Dee Clarke, Urban 12in
20 38 GET HIP TO THIS! (MIXES) M-D-Emm featuring Nasih, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
21 22 CRUCIAL (DANCE REMIX) New Edition, MCA Records 12in
22 58 JOY AND PAIN (WORLD TO WORLD REMIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
23 98 PEOPLE HOLD ON (BLAZE’S NEW JERSEY JAZZ MIX) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
24 66 DEVOTION (MARSHALL’S CLUB MIX/THE VOICE OF PARADISE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
25 23 GOT TO GET YOU BACK (THE GROOVY PIANO MIX) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
26 24 VOODOO RAY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, US Warlock Records 12in
27 10 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (US MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
28 46 HELYOM HALIB (ACID ACID ACID/ACID MIX) Cappella, Music Man 12in promo
29 20 ADDING ON/GETTING FIERCE/BLACK IS BACK Lakim Shabazz, US Tuff City LP
30 30 REAL LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
31 43 TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONIGHT) (MIXES) Brian Keith, CityBeat 12in
32 34 MY LOVE IS SO RAW/SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, Def Jam LP
33 40 RHYTHM IS THE MASTER DJ Chuck Chillout and Kool Chip, US Mercury 12in
34 39 TOGETHER/LETTER TO THE BETTER Ace & Action³, US Prism 12in
35 28 TIME MARCHES ON (JUSTIN STRAUSS REMIXES) Jungle Wonz, Breakout 12in pre-release
36 — LET’S GET HYPED (MIXES) Kool Rock Steady, US DJ International Records 12in
37 21 COMIN’ CORRECT/(RUFF NHECK SPARKI MIX)/WIZE/BIZZIE RHYMIN MC Mell’O’ with DETT Inc, RePublic Records 12in
38 — THE RED THE BLACK THE GREEN/DANCE, DANCE, DANCE/SIMPLY DOPE, PART 1/FIRST CHOICE/SIMPLY DOPE, PART 2 The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
39 57 SHELTER Circuit featuring Koffi, Collision Records 12in white label
40 41 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD/LATIN WORKOUT MIXES)/IT’S A MYSTERY (MYSTERY II U/ORIGINAL MYSTERY MIXES) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in
41 63 ROCKIN’ ON THE GO-GO SCENE Richie Rich, Gee St Recordings 12in
42 36 BLACK AND PROUD!/SKRUM (AND THEN SOME!) Dismasters, US Urban Rock Records 12in
43 27 I’M RIFFIN (ENGLISH RASTA) MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
44 25 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Today, Motown 12in
45 — JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ (SCACID MIX/HIP HOUSE MIX) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC, Desire 12in white label
46 31 GOT TO KEEP ON (12” VERSION/B BOY MIX)/PICK UP ON THIS Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
47 59 BLACK IS BLACK (ULTIMATUM MIX) Jungle Brothers, Gee Street 12in
48 42 ACTIVATED (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Gerald Alston, Motown 12in
49 44 LET’S WORK (VERSIONS)/HERE WE GO (R U READY)/I CAN’T TAKE IT (MIXES) Casanova’s Revenge, US Invasion 12in
50 65 SECRET RENDEZVOUS (AFTER HOUR MIX) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
51 70 ROAD TO THE RICHES/TRILOGY OF TERROR/MEN AT WORK Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Cold Chillin’ LP
52 69 RAP SUMMARY (LEAN ON ME) Big Daddy Kane/SKEEZER Roxanne Shanté (‘Lean On Me’ soundtrack), US Warner Bros LP
53 26 LET IT ROLL Raze presents Doug Lazy, US Grove St. 12in
54 32 SUSPICIOUS/SATISFACTION/YOU MUST BE THE ONE Ten City, Atlantic LP
55 — MAKE MY BODY ROCK (CLUB MIX SWEET) Jomanda, RCA 12in
56 55 LET IT LOOSE (MIXES) Amy Jackson, US Bigshot Records 12in
57 78 THE HUNTED CHILD/HIGH ROLLERS (REMIXES) Ice-T, Sire 12in
58 52 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT (12” MIX) Velma Wright, US SuperTronics 12in
59 61 SISTER ROSA (12” REMIX/DUB VERSION) The Neville Brothers, Breakout 12in
60 74 I WANT YOU (BADLY) (SEX IMPORT MIX) The Mack featuring Kysia Bostic, US Quark 12in
61 35 JUST A LITTLE MORE Deluxe, Unyque Artists/The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
62 54 BAD PLACE TO GET HIT (MIXES) DJ Dzire featuring JC 001 & Glory B, Furious Fish 12in
63 73 JOY AND PAIN (REMIXES) Donna Allen, US Oceana 12in
64 51 CELEBRATE THE WORLD (BLAZE’S PEOPLE UNITED REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
65 83 LET’S GO (REMIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
66 80 ON A LOVE GROOVE (SPACE CADET GLOW MIX) Orchestra JB, Metro Music International 12in
67 re JUICE CREW LAW MC Shan, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
68 56 I CAN’T HIDE (VERSIONS) Taravhonty, US Big Beat 12in
69 68 ROMEO AND JULIET (VOCAL REMIX) Blue Magic, OBR 12in
70 76 EXPRESS YOURSELF/GANGSTA GANGSTA/STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON N.W.A., US Ruthless Records LP
71 67 LIVING FOR YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Big Fun, Jive 12in
72 45 THE REAL LIFE (OPPY MIX)/SO WHERE ARE YOU Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in
73 — MUSICAL FREEDOM (YOU GOT THE LOVE MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Candi Staton, Cooltempo 12in
74 — SALSA TIME/CAN WE DO THIS/GIMME THE MUSIC/JAMMIN’ Bad Boy Orchestra, US Smokin’ LP
75 re LOVE TONITE Dave Collins & Jacqui Jones, GTi Records 12in
76 — ROCK TO THE BEAT (STEVE WREN’S THE SLAMMER MIX/THE MAGIC JUAN MIX/INSTRUMENTAL) Lisa M, Jive 12in mailing list promo
77 86 CALM DOWN (VERSIONS) Most Wanted, US The Fever 12in
78 — KRUSH GROOVIN’ (START IT UP/WE ROCK/CHECK MY RHYTHM/WHAT MORE CAN I SAY?/GOOD LOVE (TOO BAD)) Krush, FON 12in
79 33 STRAIGHT UP (MIXES) Paula Abdul, Siren 12in
80 53 CAN’T SAY ‘BYE (SWINGBEAT MIX) Tony Stone, Ensign 12in
81 — TAKE SOME TIME OUT (RUGGED RIDDIM MIX/DUBBIN BONES MIX/REAL DUB MIX/BREAKIN’ BONES MIX) Arnold Jarvis, Republic Records 12in pre-release
82 — (I AM) TIRED OF ALL THIS/STOP THE WORLD/TRUE FEELINGS/THAT’S HOW I’M LIVIN’/BLACK IS THE WORD Black, Rock & Ron, Supreme Records LP
83 re I WANT YOU/SHE SAY KUFF (MIXES) Massive Sounds, Champion 12in
84 — GOT TO KEEP ON (DANNY D REMIX) Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
85 62 EVERY LITTLE STEP (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, US MCA Records 12in
86 100— BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN (KEVIN SAUNDERSON HARD CORE MIX) The Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
87 — SATISFACTION Omen, Debut 12in mailing list promo
88 88 TO THE MAX/IT’S MY TURN Stezo, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
89 77 THE GODDESS/TO THE BONE (MIXES) Wanda Dee, US Tuff City 12in
90 re STRINGS OF LIFE (EXCLUSIVE REMIX/FLAM-BOY-ANT MIX/PIANO MIX/ORIGINAL VERSION) Model 500, Jack Trax 12in
91 — CLAP YOUR HANDS/WHERE YOU DUBBIN’ FROM? The Situation, US Sample Records 12in
92 — MONEY (CLUB MIX/DUB) The Press Gang, TMT 12in
93 100= GROOVE ME (EXTENDED VERSION)/TEDDY’S JAM (HYPE MIX/RADIO EDIT) Guy, MCA Records 12in pre-release
94 81 SEX 4 DAZE (I WANT IT, YOU CAN GET IT) (MIXES) Lake Eerie, Champion 12in
95 50 ME MYSELF AND I (RADIO/OBLAPOS MODE) De La Soul, US Tommy Boy 12in
96 re LOVE’S GOT 2 BE STRONG (MIXES) Keyman Edwards, Fourth & Broadway 12in
97 — I CAN MAKE U FORGET (MIXES) Adrienne Ferlita, US SRO 12in
98 re JAM JAM (IF YOU CAN) (HIP HOP VERSION) The Gyrlz, US Select 12in
99 82 ROXANNE’S ON A ROLL (REMIXES) The Real Roxanne, US Select 12in
100 — WORK IT TO THE BONE (THE CLUBHOUSE MIX/THE PROGRESSIVE UNDERGROUND MIX/THE CLUBHOUSE EDIT) LNR, US House Jam Records 12in
One thought on “April 15, 1989: Soul II Soul, The Real Roxanne, Jomanda, New Edition, Raze presents Doug Lazy”
The ubiquitous album of the spring and summer arrives this week, with the sound that launched a thousand imitators: Soul II Soul’s Club Classics Vol. One. Putting ‘Back To Life’ on as an acappella/medley, ahead of its full single release, was a canny move, as something about the acappella made you long to hear a fully fleshed version – so it was no surprise when it eventually topped the pop chart.
Doug Lazy’s ‘Let It Roll’ was another massive and long-lasting track, whose delayed UK release worked in its favour, building dancefloor support.
A couple of notable samples appear here. Wanda Dee’s line “I wanna see you sweat”, from ‘To The Bone’, was used by The KLF in 1990 for the reworked version of “What Time Is Love”, their first pop hit, while Lake Eerie’s ‘Sex 4 Daze’ contained the often sampled “ain’t number (?) tutti frutti, get on the floor if you got that booty”, best known in Salt-n-Pepa’s ‘Do You Want Me’ (1991).
I was delighted by the Candi Staton remix of ‘Musical Freedom’, as it re-used her vocals from one of my favourite but little-known tracks, ‘You Got The Love’ (1986). Many more versions were to follow in its wake, eventually elevating the tune, if not its original arrangement, to classic status.
My Thursday lesbian/gay/mixed sessions were going from strength to strength, now drawing more punters than the club’s Fridays and Saturdays. This week was one of my absolute favourites. The biggest current club tracks were ‘Helyom Halib’, ‘Voodoo Ray’ (I’d switched to playing the Ricky Rouge remix, to keep the track fresh), Chanelle’s ‘One Man’, Adeva’s ‘Musical Freedom’ and Longsy D’s ‘This Is Ska’. On the pop side, it was Donna Summer’s ‘This Time I Know It’s For Real’, Kon Kan’s ‘I Beg Your Pardon’ and New Order’s ‘Round & Round’. As for the oldies, early 80s synth-pop was having a moment, with Visage’s ‘Fade To Grey’ the biggest tune (the smoke and strobes always came out for that one), followed by the Human League’s ‘Sound Of The Crowd’, Soft Cell’s ‘Memorabilia’, Yazoo’s ‘Situation’, plus also Divine’s ‘Native Love’.
The recent release of Madonna’s Like A Prayer LP, universally admired even by those of us who hadn’t previously been fans, was already starting to prompt a re-appraisal of her back catalogue. I’d barely played her music until now – it was never requested and mostly didn’t work – but this week, I decided to give ‘Into The Groove’ a shot. Halfway through the track, I looked around the club – I could see the entire room from my raised decks – and realised that literally every single person there was dancing, even the manager, even the bar staff. It was the only time I had ever seen this happen. Quite a moment.