April 22, 1989: The 45 King, Double Trouble & The Rebel M.C., The Press Gang, Arnold Jarvis, Bad Boy Orchestra

BEATS & PIECES

Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Murphy were the co-hosts of last Wednesday’s Soul Train Black Music Awards on US TV, presenting the awards to such superstars as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Anita Baker while the likes of Whitney Houston looked on, from the equally star studded audience! … Dancin’ Danny D’s long awaited clompingly striding 0-114-114⅓-115½-0bpm remix of Chaka Khan ‘I’m Every Woman’ will finally be released here next week … WEA have scheduled The Funky Worm’s 12 inch as having a Club Mix A-side, flipped by a Ten City remix plus a dub; however, FON have pre-empted them by circulating a promo labelled as The Funky Worm + Ten City x The Fon Force = U + Me = Love (Club), flipped by The Funky Worm x The Fon Force = U + Me = Love (Dub), both of these somewhat Yazz-ishly vocal but Brass Construction-ishly instrumental fluid treatments of the Undisputed Truth ‘U + Me = Love’ being 121⅚bpm – make of this confusion what you can … Soul II Soul’s album is flying out so fast that the EMI pressing plant can’t keep up with demand! … Les Adams’ currently hot reputation in the States is the result of his remake (only retaining the original vocal) of Maurice ‘This Is Acid’ topping first the Club Play and then the 12-inch Singles Sales charts in Billboard – the US trade magazine which nowadays, incidentally, refers to “new jack swing” rather than “swingbeat” … The Real Roxanne’s video for ‘Roxanne’s On A Roll’ is evidently a send-up of Elvis Presley’s 1964 movie, ‘Love In Las Vegas’, complete with Elvis lookalike! … Paula Abdul’s follow-up is a straight reissue of last September’s LA & Babyface created wriggly trotting 116⅙bpm ‘Knocked Out’ (Siren SRNT 92), in which you may remember much multi-tracking disguised her squeaky voice’s limitations (nobody denies she looks cute in her videos, which are what sell her records) … UK pressings of 2 Live Crew ‘Yakety Yak’ (Epic 654798 6) are exactly as reviewed on import, except the 7” Radio Mix is replaced by ‘Mega-Mixx 2’, an Incredible Bongo Band based excellent 0-113½bpm scratching mix of famous break beats … US imports I had no time to review fully this week (wanting to get rid of the backlog first) include the bass bubbled sinuous hip house T La Rock ‘Housin’ With The T’s’ (Fresh); ‘Funky President’ sampling New Edition-style excitingly churning swingbeat Robert Brookins ‘Don’t Tease Me’ (MCA Records); Rheji Burrell created girl sung hip house meets swingbeat-ish (best if slowed down on vari-speed decks!) Roqui ‘Lover’ (Nugroove); Howie Tee produced jogging conversational rap Special Ed ‘I Got It Made’ (Profile); Parliament quoting funkily bumping rap MC Hammer ‘Turn This Mutha Out’ (Capitol); remixed bubbly leaping (but not another ‘Turn Up The Bass’) Tyree ‘Hard Core Hip House’ (DJ International Records); het up New York house Private House ‘Don’t Turn Away’ (Easy Street); sampled driven drily drummed soulful house Rickster presents KLE ‘We Got The Music’ (Underworld); Smack Music Productions created mournfully muttered and catchily saxed Hendrix ‘Me Wanna See Ya Dance’ (Easy Street); Samantha Fox answering jerky fast rap Steady B ‘Nasty Girls’ (Jive); wriggly shrill smacking Apollonia ‘Mismatch’ (Warner Bros); poor value (‘Weekend’ flipped) dull instrumental The Todd Terry Project ‘The Circus’ (Fresh) … UK newies likewise include the surprisingly garage-ish strings backed bumpily striding The Biddu Orchestra ‘Humanity’ (Trax); ‘Magic Juan’ Atkins mixed bumpily thudding girls chanted though mainly instrumental Bang ‘You’re The One’ (RCA); Les Adams remade (again retaining just the vocal) throbbingly shuffling Burrell ‘Put Your Trust In The Music’ (10 Records); Paul Hardcastle created, Kevin Henry sung and self harmonised tuggingly meandering First Light ‘Loving You’ (Sgt Pepper’s); delicately tapping and jittering sweet girl wailed pleasant dated street soul Zushii ‘There Ain’t Enough Love’ (First Base) … Froggy and Flip funk Rainham’s Berwick Manor for the next few Saturdays … Paul DJ Gotel presents Simon Dunmore, Bob Jones and Gary Dennis spinning “real soul” at JB’s Soulmine every Sunday afternoon (noon-5pm) for over-20s in Ealing’s Haven Stables (good restaurant included) … Chris Brown likewise is Out To Lunch spinning soul, jazz and underground sounds every Sunday (noon-3pm) at Bagshot’s The Hero … Chris Dinnis and Bob Smith have their now monthly real soul Humdinger next Tuesday (25) at Exeter’s Boxes … Ian Levine has actually stopped DJing at Heaven because, he says, “Once the Hi-NRG chart had gone, I thought what’s the point?” … Naisha ‘One Step At A Time’ has been belatedly picked up here by PWL Records, perhaps not so surprisingly considering the Hi-NRG element that I always considered was present in this Clivilles & Cole created recent import hit … Raul featuring J. Bonnell ‘Guitarra’ has at last been picked up here, by Rhyme ‘n’ Reason Records … Koxo Band ‘Paradhouse Remix’ was one of the Balearic sounds discovered by Nicky Holloway on a visit to Ibiza last May, and big for him ever since … Nottingham’s def dude Graeme Park has been globetrotting between jocking jobs in New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Milan – with stopovers back home to fit in a few of his regular gigs! … New York’s Big Beat label owning Craig Kallman spent eight months jocking in London, primarily at The Wag – which must explain his consistent sensibility for the right on sounds! … Kraze, of ‘The Party’, were earlier Moon-Fou, of the much sampled ‘Shut Up!’ … Mysty Day has replaced Starlena Young as the new partner of Curtis Jones in the vocal duo Déjà … London, far from getting two blasts of ‘The Hitman And Her’ now that the sadly missed Night Network is no more, doesn’t get any at all – London Weekend Television amazingly, and stupidly, closing down around 3.30am on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Hiss, boo! … WOOO! YEAH!


HOT VINYL

THE 45 KING ‘The Red The Black The Green’ (US Tuff City TUF RV-01)
Instantly snapped up by all his fans, DJ Mark’s LaKim Shabazz rapped typical funky JB-type break beat backed 105bpm chugger is, as exclusively announced, on red vinyl – but without the black and green label he had also hoped for – coupled by the break beat looping attractive Crown Heights Affair scatted catchy 116⅗bpm ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’, percussively strolling 101⅔bpm ‘Simply Dope, Part 1’, jiggly saxed 104bpm ‘Simply Dope, Part 2’, and tapping drummed 95⅔bpm ‘First Choice’.

DOUBLE TROUBLE & THE REBEL M.C. ‘Just Keep Rockin’’ (Desire WANTX 9)
Credibly following Longsy D’s House Sound, this terrific leaper combines ‘The Liquidator’ with “woo/yeah” repetition and skanking “riddim” vocals in the skacid 0-123⅗bpm Sk’ouse Mix, and samples Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop’ bass in the enthusiastic 0-123⅕-123⅗-124bpm Hip House Mix (which indeed is exactly that, with no ska influence). Double Trouble? Double sided dynamite!

THE PRESS GANG ‘Money (Club Mix)’ (TMT 12TTT-1003, via Priority/BMG)
Beverley Brown cooed and brightly emphatic guys chanted friskily tumbling and leaping 121½bpm excellent catchy skipper (more frantic bubbling stuttery 122¾-0bpm Dub Mix), hard to categorise as it’s refreshingly original – although Beverley is something like a street soul Yazz!

ARNOLD JARVIS ‘Take Some Time Out’ (RePublic Records LICT 024)
1987’s mournfully nagged garage classic has been much remixed for UK 12 inch release (not until May 2 but hot already on promo), Tommy Musto & Yvonne Turner creating the jittery lurching 118½bpm Breakin’ Bones and 118½-0bpm Dubbin Bones Mixes, while the label’s own Shy Boys, Dave Lee & Mark Ryder, made the perhaps stronger more sparsely striding 118bpm Rugged Riddim and 0-117⅘bpm Real Dub Mixes. Any similarity of the bassline to ‘Definition Of A Track’ from the ‘Back To Basics’ EP could be more than coincidental!

BAD BOY ORCHESTRA ‘Still Buggin’’ (US Smokin’ TAI LP 4444)
The earlier ‘Hip Hop Salsa’ single oddly didn’t do as well as it deserved, but now this Norberto ‘Norty’ Cotto masterminded album has instantly exploded! Fusing Latin and house with blatant break beat backings, it has the terrific breezily rattling 0-117⅘bpm ‘Salsa Time’, girls chanted frenetic 120bpm ‘Hip Hop Salsa (House Version)’, groaning jaunty (0-)119-0bpm ‘Talk Dirty’, hip house-ish 117-0bpm ‘B.B.O. In Effect’, guys chanted really Latin 120bpm ‘Can We Do This’, jiggly scurrying 0-123bpm ‘It’s Just An 808’, jittery driving 118bpm ‘Gimme The Music’, and percussively chugging 108¼-0bpm ‘Jammin’’.

LNR ‘Work It To The Bone’ (US House Jam Records HJA-8907)
Thompson & Lenoir’s currently much quoted catchy driver was oddly never that big last year in its original version, but looks like doing well now that it has been newly remixed with nagging hip house-ish rhythms and various interludes, in the 121¾-121⅔-122¼-122-121⅔-0-121¾bpm The Clubhouse Mix, 121¾-122-121⅚-121¾-0bpm The Progressive Underground Mix, and 121¾-122-122¼-122-0bpm The ClubHouse Edit.

RHYTHIM IS RHYTHIM ‘Strings Of Life’ (Jack Trax 12 JTRAX 11)
So enduringly popular and still steadily selling that it could well emulate A Guy Called Gerald’s delayed chart climb, Derrick ‘Mayday’ May’s synthetic strings stabbed and sawed techno pioneering jerky instrumental leaper is now out here in its frantic acidic 130-129⅕-130-0bpm Exclusive Remix, more scrubbingly hustling organ accented 128⅕-127⅘-128-128⅕bpm Flam-Boy-Ant Mix, and piano emphasising jerkier 122⅕-122-121⅖-121⅕bpm Piano Mix, flipped by the washing machine sizzled 129-128⅕bpm ‘Kaos’, plus the ‘Magic Juan’ Atkins created jiggly wriggling MODEL 500 ‘Off To Battle’ in its 125⅔-126⅕bpm Remix and 126⅕-126⅔bpm Original Version.

LAKIM SHABAZZ ‘Pure Righteousness’ (Sure Delight SDT 8, via Jet Star)
James Brown “clap your hands” sampling wordily weaving 105½bpm chunky rap jogger, title track though far from the strongest thing on MC La Kim’s DJ Mark The 45 King created album – recently reviewed in full as an import and now out here too (Sure Delight SDLP 1) – flipped however by the previously hotter, more jiggly lurching lighter 105½-105⅔bpm ‘Getting Fierce’. It’s still a pity we couldn’t have had the “D” Train quoting hip house ‘Adding On’ instead, right now.

SIMON HARRIS ‘Beats, Breaks & Scratches Volume III’ (Music Of Life MOMIX 3)
Extremely useful ‘Drumdrops’-type album of current break beats, rhythm tracks, scratches and samples, primarily for mixing DJs and demo makers – however, beware of the quoted Beats Per Minute which Simon took directly from the electric readout of a Roland drum machine, all being completely wrong and inconsistently fast, with the “wooh/yeah!” 123⅘bpm Hip House, ‘The 900 Number’ remaking 106⅚bpm 45 Rocks The Spot (a bit of a ‘Wind Up’!), Sugar Bear’s 118bpm Scandalous Riddim, Yello’s 120bpm Racing Loop, Rob Base’s 118⅕bpm Dancefloor Drums, less instantly recognisable 121⅖bpm Monster Beats, 106⅚bpm Secret Beats, 102⅚bpm Dopejam, 122bpm Pleasure Break, 122⅗bpm Deep House, 103bpm Garibaldi Beats, 118bpm Southern Style And Fashion.

KRUSH ‘Krush Groovin’’ (FON/Phonogram FON 17)
FON Force produced rather volume pumping-style dated stuttering nervy hip house-ishly tempoed frantic jitterer quoting old hook lines and riffs in the 122⅕bpm Start It Up, 0-122-0bpm We Rock, 122bpm Check My Rhythm, and 122⅕-122⅖-122⅕-122⅖-122⅕bpm What More Can I Say? mixes, while Lorita Graham wails the Yazz-ish 119bpm ‘Good Love (Too Bad)’.

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘Come Back (Keith Cohen Extended Remix)’ (Epic LUTH GT10)
Rather over judderingly remixed 106⅔-0bpm jittery jolting repetitive swayer, flipped by his current album’s lovely gently drifting soulful 61bpm ‘The Second Time Around’ (a shame it’s been used up like this as it always struck me as one of the set’s standouts), and the older snappily lurching 107-111-111⅓-112¾-28⅓-112¾-114-113-114bpm ‘She Loves Me Back’.

CHUCK JACKSON ‘All Over The World’ (Nightmare MARE 103)
Ralph Tee mixed, Ian Levine produced attractively cantering 118½-0bpm late Seventies Philly-style swinger by the veteran soul star of ‘Any Day Now’ fame, most emphatically not Hi-NRG, and in fact serviced only on limited white label so far to just a few appreciative soul jocks (dub flip).

BIZARRE INC ‘Technological’ (Blue Chip “R&B” C14, via The Cartel)
Kev Roberts produced “washing machine”-style scurrying 124¾bpm instrumental house hustler from the Midlands, with some quite catchy if repetitive synth lines, flipped by the also synth but more percussive bassily burbling 128bpm ‘It’s Time To Get Funky’ and an even better maddeningly familiar (0-)128bpm Bootleg Mix (apparently a Double Trouble remix is due soon, too).

THE SITUATION ‘Clap Your Hands’ (US Sample Records SR002)
Not quite what the label name maybe led you to expect, this title repeating but otherwise percussion clonked pretty basic monotonously driving 118⅘-119-118⅘bpm thumper is flipped perhaps more strongly by the similarly driving but rhythmically more hip house-ish 123-123⅓bpm ‘Where You Comin’ From?’ and 123bpm ‘Where You Dubbin’ From?’.

ADRIENNE FERLITA ‘I Can Make U Forget’ (US SRO SRO-488)
Mickey Oliver produced, DJ Pierre drummed rumbling 123½bpm garage/house throbber without that much stuttering, whispering, wailing and muttering by Adrienne in the Club Mix, only the Radio Mix being fully vocal while the Drum and House Mixes are completely instrumental.

VARIOUS ‘On The Loose’ (Desire LUV 2)
Short lived four track sampler from a forthcoming compilation album put together by Bam Bam, with the funkily expounded 122⅔bpm whompingly smacking twittery HOUSE SARGE ‘The Strut’, demented silly 121½bpm jerkily bounding THE PARTY BOY ‘The Curly Track’, gloomily moaned 121bpm throbbingly striding MIKE DUNN ‘Everything Must Change’, and the latter’s bassily intoned 123⅔bpm frantically scampering twittery ‘Groovin’’.

SERIOUS INTENTION ‘We Know’ (US Easy Street EZS-7544)
The instrumental elements and much plagiarised “oh oh oh” chant of their own old ‘You Don’t Know’ are now rearranged by Todd Terry, Troy Patterson and Pablovia RaBaN to make new episodic jittering, stuttering, thrumming and rumbling, tinnily synthed and pshta pshta-ed 119½-119⅘-119¼bpm 12” Mix, 7” Mix and ‘Everybody Knows (Trackmental Mix)’ versions, with no actual lyrics at all.

THE 7A3 ‘Drums Of Steel (12” Mix)’ (US Geffen Records 0-21152)
War ‘Low Rider’ based rhythmically ambiguous 71⅔/143⅓bpm jerkily bounding rap, the chunky percussion seeming either tuggingly slow or brightly fast depending on which beat you catch onto first – it really is strange as at the start one can be confused into thinking it’s playing at the wrong, slow speed! – flipped (inst/edit/bonus beats too) by the conversationally sleazy Johnny Guitar Watson-ish 0-91bpm ‘A Man’s Gotta Do What A Man’s Gotta Do (Radio Version)’.

VANILLA SOUND CORPS ‘Back Where We Belong’ (DFM Records DFM 005, via PRT)
Rowetta wailed urgently jittering and twittering 119¾-0bpm techno leaper from Manchester, created by Simon Anthony and Roger Lyons, with if anything an even more fiercely vocal jangly 0-120-0bpm Dub and (apart from sampled male comments) vocal-less Instrumental, plus the JB ‘Static’ sampling juddery hip hop break beat 99bpm ‘VSB One’.

LOUNGE JAYS ‘Massage-A-Rama’ (EMS 002T, via Pinnacle)
Produced by 808 State featuring A Guy Called Gerald, this frantically speeding 132¼bpm twittery acieed instrumental is only officially released now but first appeared in Manchester charts last December, and datedly carries an “Anti Smiley Campaign” slogan (equally old fashioned twittering and sizzling 126½-0bpm ‘Sex Mechanic’ flip).

BIPO ‘Why?’ (BS Bi BENN T1, via PRT)
Breathily muttering and moaning jiggly tinkling 117⅘bpm weaving garage rambler, a nagging grower given the chance (though for specialist tastes), in four mixes exactly as on import.

KENNY BECK ‘Shut Your Crack’ (GTi Records 12 BECK 5)
Cashflow’s ‘Mine All Mine’ writer samples actual hip hop beats behind his pent up soul warbling – “crack” meaning nothing more than “mouth” in this context! – but the result is just jumpily jiggling Milli Vanilli tempoed 96½bpm Al B. Sure!-ish swingbeat (in three mixes).

SHARP ‘Playboy (Extended Mix)’ (US Elektra 0-66719)
Reggie & Vincent Calloway produced strangulatedly whinneying guys sung and chanted purposefully juddering jittery 97⅙-0bpm basher (97⅙bpm Club Mix, 0-97⅓-0bpm Dub, 97⅓bpm Percapella and Instrumental too).

LISA M ‘Rock To The Beat’ (Jive JIVE T 201)
Initially promoed (and much hotter) in Steve Wren’s far superior samples crammed hip house-ishly bubbling (0-)122⅖-122⅕-122bpm The Slammer Mix (Jive PROMO 11), this ‘Magic Juan’ Atkins produced remake of Reese & Santonio’s much copied classic is unfortunately only available in its bumpily throbbing and smacking 0-122bpm commercial version featuring some insubstantial singing by its 17 years old club-going artiste, with a 121⅘bpm Instrumental plus the Phil Nicholas produced lightweight also 121⅘bpm ‘Make It Right’.


POP DANCE

KYLIE MINOGUE ‘Hand On Your Heart (The Great Aorta Mix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 35), acappella harmonies introed then scurryingly instrumental before vocally multi-tracked typically facile Stock Aitken Waterman created, Phil Harding mixed emphatically repetitive 0-120⅖bpm rollicking canterer, piercing enough to crack concrete;

DEON ESTUS ‘Heaven Help Me’ (Polydor/Mika Records MIKAZ 2), George Michael produced, vocally accompanied and co-penned typical breathily tremulous romantic 92/46-0bpm US smash smoocher, likely to be huge here too;

JERMAINE STEWART ‘Is It Really Love? (Extended Remix)’ (10 Records TEN X 266), Andre Cymone produced (and co-penned, with Jody Watley), Harding & Curnow remixed, repetitive simple breezily lurching 114bpm jiggly swingbeat-ish trotter;

DEBBIE GIBSON ‘Electric Youth (House Version)’ (Atlantic A8919T), surprisingly twittering and house-style samples studded vigorous 125⅘bpm bashing leaper, reputedly remixed by Shep Pettibone (harder to tell from a white label!), with two useful more sparsely instrumental 126bpm House Dubs, worth checking;

ABC ‘One Better World (Club Mix)’ (Neutron/Phonogram NT T14), wailing girl duetted but otherwise typical gruff Martin Fry sung 121⅗bpm slick canterer, remixed and revamped however by Blaze with tambourine chinking smooth thumping drive, gospel organ breaks and brassy accents, plus a more interestingly broken down instrumental Garage Mix, all very classy but perhaps not that catchy;

SAMANTHA FOX ‘I Wanna Have Some Fun (Extended Version)’ (Jive FOXY S12), Full Force created jerkily bounding (0-)122⅔bpm hedonistic pop house, not bad, with a Cockney accented conversationally started Have Some Fun Mix dub and drily jolting subdued jiggly 106⅚bpm ‘Lovin’ Don’t Grow On Trees’, on picture disc;

LIVING IN A BOX ‘Gatecrashing’ (Chrysalis LIBX6), Dan Hartman and Tom Lord-Alge produced clodhoppingly stomping and clomping densely oppressive rumbling and shouting 110⅚bpm basher, only lightened toward the end by some Latin piano;

BABY FORD ‘Children Of The Revolution’ (Rhythm King BFORD 4), jiggly loping pshta pshta-ed 118½-0bpm strange breathily sung droning synth treatment of T.Rex’s surging oldie, coupled by the sparsely skittering 123-0bpm organ instrumental ‘Hi Mister Logan’, with ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ pan pipes and a muttered title line;

CAMOUFLAGE ‘The Great Commandment’ (Atlantic A9031T), quite brightly striding but gloomily groaned old fashioned “new romantic”-type Eurodisco, recently big in US clubs, in a 122½bpm Justin Strauss Remix and “acieed” punctuated twittery Acid Commandment Vocal, plus Gary Hellman’s more datedly atmospheric 123½bpm Great Commandment Luongo Mix;

YELLO ‘Of Course I’m Lying’ (Mercury YELLO 322), trickily rhythm switching near the start, gorgeous muttering and breathily whispering atmosphere filled 80-0bpm haunting slow Euro swayer, coupled with the percussively varied Quantum Jump meets Napoleon XIV-ish 121⅔bpm ‘Bostich’ plus Paul Dakeyne’s neatly medleyed 0-106/53-106-114⅓-116¼-125-126-149½-148½-90/180-180bpm ‘The Yello Metropolitan Mix Down 1989 Part II’ of lesser known but typically quirky tracks;

EON ‘Infinity (Mystic Mix)’ (Vinyl Solution STORM 4), Heaven DJ Ian “B” Loveday created thumping, throbbing and twittering (0-)119-0bpm Balearic/new beat-type instrumental chugger with intoning voices and moody oppressive atmosphere;

J.J. FAD ‘Supersonic (Hip House Remix)’ (Dream Team Records A9223T, via WEA), newly remixed (but not exactly “hip house” as we currently envisage it) Salt-n-Pepa/Cookie Crew-type fast leaping 130bpm West Coast girl trio’s pop rap, a US hit in its original form way back last year;

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT featuring Ranking Roger ‘We Play Ska (Club Dub Mix)’ (Jive JIVE T 202), blatantly commercial smacking and twittering 125⅕bpm “skacid” cash-in, well enough done but shallow in comparison with Longsy D’s House Sound, its inspiration;

BIZET BOYS ‘Ride ‘Em Carmen’ (Parlophone 12R 6214), extremely silly frantically galloping jittery 127⅓bpm mixture of the opera ‘Carmen’, ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’, ‘Mule Train’, Pet Shop Boys-type lisping rap, reedy Samantha Fox-ish singing and gruffly chanting chaps, almost too gimmicky for its own good;

HUMANOID ‘Slam (Club Mix)’ (Westside Records WSRT 14), disappointingly tedious volume pumping-ishly dated jittering and twittering 120-0bpm jerky churner;

WOW! ‘Hell House’ (Immaculate 12 IMMAC 6, via Pacific), strident Yazz-ish 123⅓bpm twittery bounder;

FFWD (FAST FORWARD) ‘Baby Don’t Go (House Vocal)’ (Breakout USAT 652), Gail ‘Sky’ King remixed wriggly burbling house-ish, but anguishedly pitched pop guys worried, 120-0bpm canterer;

RICO ‘T.S.O.P’ (Debut DEBTX 3067), Nigel Wright produced 0-124bpm brassy remake of MFSB’s ‘The Sound Of Philadelphia’ mid-Seventies classic, obtrusively overlaid by a modern jittery beat;

THE HIGHLANDERS ‘Never Enough’ (Virgin VST 1155), Scottish group’s quite pleasant if tentative jiggly swaying 104⅚bpm blue-eyed (tartan?) soul jogger, which a more confident and tightly tugging remix would improve enormously;

WILD WEEKEND ‘Breakin’ Up Breakin’ Down (Nellee Hooper Club Remix)’ (Parlophone 12RX 6204), mid-Seventies Rolling Stones influenced jiggly lurching 0-108½-108⅓bpm white boys’ funk, with a harder twittering and burbling 0-106⅓-106⅙bpm instrumental B-side dub that is reputedly getting most attention.


HI-NRG

BARBARA RANDOLPH ‘I Got A Feeling’ (Nightmare MARE 89), the attractive Mrs Eddie Singleton revives her mid-Sixties Motown classic to a revamped new frantically bounding 131½-0bpm Ian Levine & Nigel Stock arranged tempo – part of Ian’s masterplan (just about completed now) to record and package together, for a three hour TV special and world tour too, every available ex-Motown artiste;

JIGSAW ‘Sky High’ (Libido Records URGE T2, via PWL), remade several times already, Pete Hammond now has a go at this scurrying and soaring 135-134¾bpm galloper, originally a hit in 1975;

FIESTA ‘Bryllyant’ (VCN Records 12 VCN 6, via 01-267 2972), title intoning bassily thudding 0-121-0bpm instrumental bounder with quite pleasant washing synth chords, like a Hi-NRG hybrid of techno and Yazz backing tracks;

PEARLY GATES ‘One Less Bell To Answer’ (Nightmare MARE 83), well sung breezily throbbing and rippling 127¼-0bpm Hi-NRG remake of Bacharach & David’s melodic 5th Dimension oldie from 1970;

DAVID VAN DAY ‘She Said She Said (The Deadly Twist Mix)’ (Union 12DAVID 1), Nick Straker created wriggly pounding 125¼bpm galloper by the male half of Dollar, not due fully until May 15;

BOYSTOWN GANG ‘Wanted For Murder’ (Nightmare MARE 95), police radio message started frantically flying 131½-0bpm blatantly Hi-NRG galloper sweetly wailed by Jackson Moore (a girl);

COLLETTE ‘Ring My Bell (Ring-A-Ling Mix)’ (CBS BELL T1), appallingly badly sung wriggly twittering 125¾-0bpm Australian remake of Anita Ward’s disco classic;

JULIE ‘C’ ‘You Stepped Out Of My Dreams’ (Sonet Continental SONL 2343), beat losingly edited and generally inept 127bpm shrill sub-Kylie canterer, A Song For Europe runner-up.


THE CLUB CHART – April 22, 1989

01 01 KEEP ON MOVIN’ (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler), 10 Records 12in
02 03 SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
03 04 MUSICAL FREEDOM (FREE AT LAST) (EXTENDED FREEDOM MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva and introducing Carmen Marie, Cooltempo 12in
04 — BACK TO LIFE – JAZZIE’S GROOVE/HAPPINESS (DUB)/AFRICAN DANCE/DANCE/HOLDIN’ ON (BAMBELELA)/KEEP ON MOVIN’/FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul, 10 Records LP
05 06 PEOPLE HOLD ON (MIXES) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
06 02 ONE MAN (ONE MIX) Chanelle, Cooltempo 12in
07 08 PLANET E (MIXES) kc Flightt, RCA 12in
08 11 THAT’S HOW I’M LIVING/THE CHIEF Toni Scott, Champion 12in
09 07 WHO’S IN THE HOUSE The Beatmasters with Merlin, Rhythm King 12in
10 24 DEVOTION (MARSHALL’S CLUB MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
11 16 THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, Desire 12in
12 05 SAY NO GO/ME MYSELF AND I/EYE KNOW De La Soul, Big Life LP
13 13 MY MYSELF AND I (RICHIE RICH REMIX)/JENIFA (TAUGHT ME) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
14 20 GET HIP TO THIS! (MIXES) M-D-Emm featuring Nasih, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
15 12 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
16 09 TURN UP THE BASS (REMIXES) Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady, ffrr 12in
17 10 AIN’T NOBODY BETTER (MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
18 15 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION/RAPACIOUS MIXES) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
19 14 YO YO GET FUNKY (MIXES) Fast Eddie, DJ International Records 12in
20 30 REAL LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
21 19 SOMETHING SPECIAL (MAGIC JUAN MIX) Sharon Dee Clarke, Urban 12in
22 53 LET IT ROLL Raze presents Doug Lazy, US Grove St. 12in
23 27 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (US MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
24 25 GOT TO GET YOU BACK (THE GROOVY PIANO MIX) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
25 34 TOGETHER/LETTER TO THE BETTER Ace & Action³, US Prism 12in
26 18 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, Doctor Beat 12in
27 21 CRUCIAL (DANCE REMIX) New Edition, MCA Records 12in
28 65 LET’S GO (REMIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
29 39 SHELTER Circuit featuring Koffi, Collision Records 12in white label
30 55 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (CLUB MIX SWEET) Jomanda, RCA 12in
31 33 RHYTHM IS THE MASTER DJ Chuck Chillout and Kool Chip, US Mercury 12in
32 73 MUSICAL FREEDOM (YOU GOT THE LOVE MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Candi Staton, Cooltempo 12in
33 28 HELYOM HALIB (ACID ACID ACID/ACID MIX) Cappella, Music Man 12in promo
34 22 JOY AND PAIN (WORLD TO WORLD REMIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
35 49 LET’S WORK (VERSIONS)/HERE WE GO (R U READY)/I CAN’T TAKE IT (MIXES) Casanova’s Revenge, US Invasion 12in
36 32 MY LOVE IS SO RAW Alyson Williams, Def Jam LP
37 78 KRUSH GROOVIN’ (MIXES) Krush, FON 12in
38 23 PEOPLE HOLD ON (BLAZE’S NEW JERSEY JAZZ MIX) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
39 17 THIS IS SKA (SKACID MIX) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
40 38 THE RED THE BLACK THE GREEN/DANCE, DANCE, DANCE The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
41 — LOVER (MIXES) Roqui, US Nugroove 12in
42 81 TAKE SOME TIME OUT (REMIXES) Arnold Jarvis, Republic Records 12in pre-release
43 47 BLACK IS BLACK (ULTIMATUM MIX) Jungle Brothers, Gee Street 12in
44 36 LET’S GET HYPED (MIXES) Kool Rock Steady, US DJ International Records 12in
45 45 JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ (SK’OUSE/HIP HOUSE MIXES) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC, Desire 12in white label
46 31 TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONIGHT) (MIXES) Brian Keith, CityBeat 12in
47 76 ROCK TO THE BEAT (STEVE WREN’S THE SLAMMER MIX) Lisa M, Jive 12in promo
48 41 ROCKIN’ ON THE GO-GO SCENE Richie Rich, Gee St Recordings 12in
49 88 TO THE MAX/IT’S MY TURN Stezo, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
50 69 ROMEO AND JULIET (VOCAL REMIX) Blue Magic, OBR 12in
51 37 COMIN’ CORRECT/(RUFF NHECK SPARKI MIX)/WIZE/BIZZIE RHYMIN MC Mell’O’ with DETT Inc, RePublic Records 12in
52 87 SATISFACTION Omen, Debut 12in
53 48 ACTIVATED (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Gerald Alston, Motown 12in
54 35 TIME MARCHES ON (JUSTIN STRAUSS REMIXES) Jungle Wonz, Breakout 12in
55 — HOUSIN’ WITH THE T’S (MIXES)/T-N-OFF (MIXES) T La Rock, US Fresh Records 12in
56 100 WORK IT TO THE BONE (THE CLUBHOUSE/PROGRESSIVE UNDERGROUND MIXES) LNR, US House Jam Records 12in
57 40 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD/LATIN WORKOUT MIXES)/IT’S A MYSTERY (MYSTERY II U/ORIGINAL MYSTERY MIXES) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in
58 29 ADDING ON/GETTING FIERCE Lakim Shabazz, Sure Delight LP
59 96 LOVE’S GOT 2 BE STRONG (MIXES) Keyman Edwards, Fourth & Broadway 12in
60 77 CALM DOWN (VERSIONS) Most Wanted, US The Fever 12in
61 43 I’M RIFFIN (ENGLISH RASTA) MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
62 42 BLACK AND PROUD!/SKRUM (AND THEN SOME!) Dismasters, US Urban Rock Records 12in
63 94 SEX 4 DAZE (I WANT IT, YOU CAN GET IT) (MIXES) Lake Eerie, Champion 12in
64 44 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Today, Motown 12in
65 46 GOT TO KEEP ON (12” VERSION/B BOY MIX)/PICK UP ON THIS Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
66 56 LET IT LOOSE (MIXES) Amy Jackson, US Bigshot Records 12in
67 66 ON A LOVE GROOVE (SPACE CADET GLOW MIX) Orchestra JB, Metro Music International 12in
68 83 I WANT YOU/SHE SAY KUFF (MIXES) Massive Sounds, Champion 12in
69 74 SALSA TIME/HIP HOP SALSA (HOUSE VERSION)/TALK DIRTY/B.B.O. IN EFFECT/CAN WE DO THIS Bad Boy Orchestra, US Smokin’ LP
70 — THIS IS SKA (REMIXES) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
71 26 VOODOO RAY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, US Warlock Records 12in
72 72 THE REAL LIFE (OPPY MIX)/SO WHERE ARE YOU Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in
73 re NOT GONNA DO IT (BAM BAM HOUSE MIX) Vicky Martin, MCA Records 12in
74 — HARD CORE – HIP HOUSE (TYREE’S HARD MIX/DEEP HOUSETRAMENTAL/JULIAN JUMPIN PEREZ MIX/JOE SMOOTH’S TOO DEEP MIX) Tyree, US DJ International Records 12in
75 — WE PLAY SKA (TROJAN HORSE MIX) Children Of The Night featuring Rankin Roger, Jive 12in
76 89 TO THE BONE/THE GODDESS Wanda Dee, US Tuff City 12in
77 54 SATISFACTION/DEVOTION (EDITED VERSION)/SUSPICIOUS/WHERE DO WE GO? Ten City, Atlantic LP
78 re MONKEY SAY, MONKEY DO (GERMAN BEAT REMIX) WestBam, Doctor Beat 12in
79 60 I WANT YOU (BADLY) (SEX IMPORT MIX) The Mack featuring Kysia Bostic, US Quark 12in
80 68 I CAN’T HIDE (VERSIONS) Taravhonty, US Big Beat 12in
81 — IT’S TIME TO GET FUNKY/(BOOTLEG MIX) Bizarre Inc, Blue Chip “R&B” 12in
82 71 LIVING FOR YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Big Fun, Jive 12in
83 85 EVERY LITTLE STEP (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, US MCA Records 12in
84 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
85 — ONE BETTER WORLD (BLAZE’S GARAGE/CLUB MIXES) ABC, Neutron 12in pre-release
86 59 SISTER ROSA (12” REMIX/DUB VERSION) The Neville Brothers, Breakout 12in
87 62 BAD PLACE TO GET HIT (MIXES) DJ Dzire featuring JC 001 & Glory B, Furious Fish 12in
88 — WHICH WAY IS UP (MIXES) Syndee, Big One 12in
89 — WE GOT THE MUSIC (DEEP HOUSE N.Y. REMIX/DEEP DIRTY HOUSE DUB) Rickster presents K L E, US UnderWorld Records 12in
90 — SOMETHING SPECIAL (BEAT THE STREET MIX) Sharon Dee Clarke, Urban 12in
91 — REAL LOVE (HOUSE MIX) El DeBarge, Motown 12in
92 58 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT (12” MIX) Velma Wright, US SuperTronics 12in
93 — I’M EVERY WOMAN (DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in promo
94 — ME MYSELF AND I (NEOPOLITAN MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
95 — THE CIRCUS/IT’S JUST IN HOUSE/IT’S JUST IN DUB/WEEKEND (UK REMIX/US DUB) The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh Records 12in
96 90 STRINGS OF LIFE (MIXES) Model 500, Jack Trax 12in
97 re I’M THE ONE (CHRIS PAUL DANCE REMIX) Perri, MCA Records 12in
98 99 ROXANNE’S ON A ROLL (REMIXES) The Real Roxanne, US Select 12in
99 97 I CAN MAKE U FORGET (MIXES) Adrienne Ferlita, US SRO 12in
100= — U + ME = LOVE (CLUB/DUB) The Funky Worm + Ten City x The Fon Force, FON 12in promo
100= — IN THE NAME OF LOVE (TODD TERRY’S CLUB MIX/CLUB A DUBBA/TONY D’S VERSIONS/RADIO VERSION) MC Sergio, US Idlers 12in
100= — GIVE ME BACK MY HEART (EXTENDED CLUB HOUSE MIX/DUB HOUSE/DIRTY HOUSE MIX/DIRTY DUB) Corina, US Cutting Records 12in
100= — MY LITTLE PARTY (MELTIN’ MIX/EXCALIBUR MIX/SALSA CLUB MIX/CUTTING HOUSE MIX) Tony Real/THE BEGINNING (AFRIKAN LATINO MIX) Obatala, Sango & Ochun, US Sunshine Music Ltd 12in

2 thoughts on “April 22, 1989: The 45 King, Double Trouble & The Rebel M.C., The Press Gang, Arnold Jarvis, Bad Boy Orchestra”

  1. “New Jack Swing” makes its debut appearance this week, but James will continue to use the term “swingbeat” in his reviews, as it was the more established term in the UK.

    It’s remarkable that the demise of the Hi-NRG chart caused Ian Levine to leave Heaven after a nine and half year residency, but he also ceased his prolific run of Hi-NRG releases in the Nightmare label, presumably sensing that he had nowhere left to promote them on a national level.

    The mention of Graeme Park’s “globetrotting between jocking jobs” points towards the international career prospects for British DJs, which would eventually become standard – and highly lucrative – practice.

    Some Nineties names are starting to emerge: Rowetta of the Happy Mondays (and later X Factor), 808 State, and Bizarre Inc, who also contained Mark Archer of Altern 8 (and who were aided by Kev Roberts, one of the three resident DJs at Wigan Casino in its glory days). You can also start to hear a shift towards rave here and there, as the music started morphing from its ubiquitous Todd Terry samples into something else.

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  2. And Double Trouble/Rebel MC ‘Just Keep Rockin’ which along with ‘Street Tuff’ were definitely part of the soundtrack of the spring/summer of 1989 around London and Soul II Soul’s Back To Life surely making one of the highest ever new entries on the dance chart. Funky Cold Medina’ will be appearing soon.

    And again my memory has been playing tricks on me again as I was positive that Night Network with the photo of the wolf’s head as the continuity picture they showed. between programmes was on London Weekend Television every weekend night if we got back in the middle of the night. In fact I can’t believe that LWT didn’t change their decision and restart it as I’m positive it was on at those times in 1989.

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