BEATS & PIECES
ARTHUR BAKER and the backbeat disciples’ richly produced Latin/house freestyle ‘It’s Your Time‘, featuring Britain’s Shirley Lewis on main (but by no means all) vocals, has been circulated by Breakout initially as a promo 12 inch twinpack in seven mixes, the (0-)119¼-0bpm N.Y.C. Vocal (although at first incongruously Cockney accented!), 118¾-0bpm Jazz Version and N.Y.C. Vocal Without Rap, (0-)118½bpm Peech Dub and Bass Mix, 118½bpm All City Mix and 909 Instrumental Dub Mix … ‘Back To Life‘ will, but not until May 22, be the remixed follow-up by Soul II Soul, whose album is so much in demand (as previously reported) that the sleeve of the latest hastily pressed batch is no longer a golden mustard colour, having become a cheaper watery yellow instead! … The Funky Worm’s initially promoted commercial A-side ‘u + me = love (12″ version)‘ merely features support singing by Ten City, whose actual remix is indeed along with an instrumental on the commercial flip — hopefully that clarifies last week’s deliberate confusion! … Sheffield’s Living In A Box realised with horror that their new ‘Gatecrashing’ title might be seen as insensitive following the disaster at the Hillsborough soccer stadium in their own home town, and have had the single withdrawn … Merlin here and Big Daddy Kane in the States would appear to be temporarily out of circulation, the naughty boys! … KISS-fm, already joined by SOLAR’s station manager Tony Monson, has also been joined by Graham Gold (at the expense of his own S.O.U.L. plans) to present a stronger united application as a black music station for the Greater London VHF/FM incremental licence, with financial backing headed by printing company Centurion Press … Disco Mix Club is again organising a special travel and accommodation package for New York’s New Music Seminar between July 13-20, costing £747 based on sharing a twin room at the event’s venue, the staggering Marriott Marquis hotel (the single rate is £1,076) — details from John ‘Superstar’ Saunderson on 06286-67276 … WEA’s man of the year (last year, that is!), Fred Dove is marrying on June 3 Zoe Glitherow, until recently his assistant in the club promotion department — any guesses who’ll be doing the disco? … Champion next month release the import hits by Velma Wright and Doug Lazy … US newies that I didn’t have time to review in full this week include (and this one would have been lead review!) the Fly Guys produced terrific timelessly trotting Kechia Jenkins ‘Still Waiting‘ (Profile), 115⅕bpm in its rapidly BPM-ed Fly Guy Mix; Fast Eddie remixed Cookie Crew-ish subdued hip house Sweet Tee ‘Let’s Dance‘ (Profile), likewise 118⅘bpm in its Hip House Mix; Virginia recorded pleasant datedly flavoured huskily soulful infectious sparse go go-cum-swingbeat Dadzie’s New Image ‘Get You Girl‘ (Dadzie Records), 99⅔-99⅚bpm in its Extended Mix; Lamya cooed and panted female Raze ‘Break 4 Love’ answering Razette ‘Ready 4 Love‘ (Da SHEET Records); Masters At Work created sparse house instrumental nine-track (groan!) “Power House” ‘It’s Power House Brooklyn Style‘ (Nugroove); Robert Brookins produced slow tapping jiggly street soul Sue Ann ‘Pleasure‘ (MCA Records); monotonous now suddenly dated seeming downtempo rap Public Enemy ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos‘ (Def Jam) … UK newies similarly include the also lead review worthy CJ Mackintosh & Dave Dorrell remixed go go/hip hop/swingbeat Alyson Williams featuring Nikki-D ‘My Love Is So Raw‘ (Def Jam), around 0-106⅔-106½-0bpm (for fully accurate BPMs of course, check The Club Chart); Coldcut remixed superb atmospheric slowly jogging and weaving reggae accented Cleveland Watkiss ‘Spend Some Time‘ (Urban); urgently rumbling fast rap Mink featuring 2wic-e The Trouble ‘Hey! Hey! Can You Relate?‘ (FON); title repeating attractive gently undulating downtempo dated jogging jazz-funky street soul instrumental Greedy Beat Syndicate ‘This Is London‘ (Greedy Beat Records), reminiscent of Light Of The World ‘London Town’; aggressively rapped jerkily jiggling hip house Mad Mission ‘Energy‘ (Greedy Beat Records); “don’t stop, don’t stop, keep on” repeating solidly pushing jiggly disco instrumental Mr Monday ‘Keep On‘ (Greedy Beat Records); apparently Steve Proctor created clichéd samples crammed frantic hip house-cum-acid Technodelia ‘Technodelia‘ (white label); disappointingly dull Paula Adbul-style jolting Cherrelle ‘Affair (Steamy Affair Mix)‘ (Tabu) … LPs include the variety filled (17 tracks including a bonus 12 inch) but somewhat scrappy and under-produced Coldcut ‘What’s That Noise?’ (Ahead Of Our Time); typical timeless Delfonics-like sweet Philly soul (with some chunkier current swingbeat) Blue Magic ‘From Out Of The Blue’ (OBR); Master ‘The Beatcreator’ Tee produced compilation ‘The Rebel Presents …’ (Intrigue/Unyque Artists), containing hip house, street soul, acieed and straight house by Too Tuff, Soul Connection, Nemisis, Deluxe, The Beatcreator and The Rebel featuring MC ‘Superjam’ IB … Radical Records’ ‘This Is War’ compilation turns out to have divided some of the tracks from the original ‘Rap Trax Volume One’ import set with StreetSounds/DJ International Records’ rival ‘Hip House’ compilation, both UK LPs being augmented by a few tracks from other sources … Radical’s Virgo album does indeed contain all four tracks from the current Virgo Four 12 inch import, plus four others … I’m sorry I don’t have time to BPM everything immediately, but in this age of multi-track import singles it often takes me half an hour to monitor just one 12 inch — hopefully this system which seems to be evolving, where I at least list and briefly describe what’s new, is of some help? … I hear on the grapevine that someone reckons that The Club Chart recently contained a white label of which allegedly I had been sent the only copy, but I cannot imagine what this supposedly was as absolutely nothing gets into that chart without thoroughly researched sales and/or DJ plays (there isn’t any room for flights of fantasy when my main priority is to clear the roadblock of deserving genuine “breakers” that are always struggling to make the 100!) — so think again, whoever is spreading such a silly rumour! … DJs, while we’re on the subject, please do try to get your charts to us by Wednesday, even when FAX-ing them, as it’s such a frustrating waste when fresh new ones don’t arrive in time — also, plugging companies, please stop sending us duplicates of charts we already receive, as they only confuse the issue! … Dino’s only recently reviewed ‘24/7‘ is now out here (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 128), UK pressings being 86⅐-0bpm with a 115¼-0bpm flip — the 25 year old singer turns out to have been music director of KCEP, the leading black music radio station in Las Vegas, before he began recording himself … I stumbled across (while rummaging through all my old James Brown albums to try and trace a sample) the 1969 Marva Whitney ‘It’s My Thing’ LP and now see that DJ Mark The 45 King was mistaken in his memory of the title of what turns out to be ‘Unwind Yourself‘, the intro sax of which it is that has particular “numerical” significance! … Chris Philips & Paul Bennun have their latest P’funk and purple Get On Down night this Thursday (27) at Exeter Quay’s Warehouse … Martin Collins, Bob Masters. Simon Dunmore, Gary Dennis, Steve Jason, Tony Fernandez, Chris Browne, Dougie Osbourne, Danny Smith, Richard Routledge, and Dean ‘N’ Richie jock across five separate sessions in two clubs, Tiffanys and Scruples, at this Sat/Sun/Monday’s 2nd Great Yarmouth Soul Weekender, for which you arrange your own bed and breakfast accommodation (full details 0733-558355 office hours) … Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Chris Brown, Chris Dinnis, Sean French and Bob Smith host this Sunday’s noon-midnight It’s About Time Soul Event alldayer at Plymouth’s Academy (details 0752-600978) … Rick Robinson, Mark Carrera, Gary G and guests skipper a Sunday midnight-Bank Holiday Monday 6am disco cruise on the Thames, £15 if joined at Greenwich pier or £18 including a coach trip from Bexleyheath’s Drayman … Bank Holiday Monday’s evening gigs include a Shindig at Peterborough’s Videotek with the inevitable Steve Allen, Nik Graham and more, while The Big Sleeze! is above Gillingham’s Catch 22 with Tim Westwood, Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Eddie Gordon, Aadil, Maggot, and Craig & Marcus … South Ockendon, Essex DJ Dave Pinney aka The Pinney Project (0708-852872) is looking for club or pub work while his usual venue is closed … Bobby Brown’s current ‘Every Little Step‘ import appears to be the theme tune to the upcoming ‘Ghostbusters II’ movie … I don’t know what LWT are playing at: two weekends ago they were back with a full night time TV service in London, advertising ‘The Hit Man And Her’ at 4am but then just showing a half hour edited highlights version at 4.30am instead — again, hiss, boo! … WOOO! YEAH!
BIG DADDY KANE ‘Wrath Of Kane’ (Cold Chillin’ W2973T)
Finally out here after being huge on import, this excitingly frenetic fast talking 125⅓-0bpm hip house-ish rap ‘n’ scratch (coming to an abrupt dead stop halfway which DJ Mister “Cee” brings back with a slithery scratching restart) is now flipped for excellent value by the brand new gently jiggling 104⅔bpm calmly reassuring ‘Rap Summary (Lean On Me)‘ — otherwise only available on the ‘Lean On Me’ import soundtrack album — plus his now not so recent album’s revamped jittery chatting and scratching 110⅚bpm ‘Raw (Remix)’, this latter being rather too rudely worded for airplay!
CHAKA KHAN ‘I’m Every Woman (Remix)’ (Warner Bros W2963T)
With the unfamiliar new intro that nobody recognised before Chaka actually arrived on stage at the Albert Hall, Dancin’ Danny’s long awaited clompingly surging and swirling 0-114-113⅔-114-112¾-113½-114⅓-114¼(break)-114⅔-115⅓-115⅔-115½-0bpm remix (half an hour to BPM completely, thanks a ton!) cleverly keeps all the flavour of 1978’s original while being drastically different from the old short 114⅓-113-113⅔-114⅓-115½bpm version, included for comparison (along with an edit of the remix). Obviously it will delight all those who dread the rigidly overdubbed modern style of remixing, as Danny appears to have taken little advantage of digital technology!
ROQUI ‘Lover’ (US Nugroove NG-014)
Rheji Burrell (the more prolific twin!) created terrific bright jauntily jiggling 120⅗bpm girl wailed happy halfway meeting between the hip house and swingbeat rhythms, in five mixes (plus acappella), which those DJs more into the latter beat are vari-speeding down to a slower tempo. Dig the Terry Burrus “vibes” especially in the Super Club Mix! Essential.
INNER CITY ‘Ain’t Nobody Better’ (US Virgin 0-96559)
Once again the US pressing is far better value with six mixes, the already UK released now (0-)119⅓bpm Duane Bradley ‘Detroit’s Burning Mix’ and 120-119⅓-118⅔-118¼bpm Magic Juan Techno Trix Mix being joined by the much tighter and better 119⅓bpm Duane Bradley Awesome Mix, powerfully wailed sparse smacking 119¾bpm Master Reese Bass Apella Mix, more flutteringly twittery wrigglier 119½-0bpm Groove Corporation Mix, and — best of the lot! — terrific chinking, twiddling and stuttering instrumental (0-)119⅓-0bpm Groove Corporation Manic Remix. Doubtless some will be creatively marketed here too, soon, but that will involve spending more on two singles than this one costs.
THE BIDDU ORCHESTRA ‘Humanity (Club Mix)’ (Trax 12TX5, via BMG)
The Seventies disco star/producer returns in strong contemporary style with a surprisingly garage-ish swirling “strings” backed and mournful guy nagged bumpily striding 117⅓bpm wriggly shuffler that really raises sweat and deserves to be huge, at club level anyway (different less good more emptily electronic and fully vocal 115¾bpm Radio Mix, plus the Indian tinged dreadful dated (0-)129½-0bpm ‘Tea & Sympathy’, presumably sung by Biddu himself, which seems a pity).
TYREE ‘Hard Core — Hip House’ (US D.J. International Records DJ 974)
Actually rapped by Tyree Cooper himself (rather than by Kool Rock Steady) and remixed from the various artists ‘Acid II — The Sound Of The Underground Vol 2’ album on which it first appeared, this Bobby Byrd “I’m comin'” punctuated bubbly hip house leaper was never as strong as ‘Turn Up The Bass’ but makes a logical follow-up in its import 123⅗bpm Tyree’s Mix Hard, 123⅗-0bpm Deep Housetramental, 123⅚-123⅗-123⅘-0bpm Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez Mix, and piano jangled more twittery instrumental 123⅘-0bpm Joe Smooth’s Too Deep Mix. However, all totally different, out here now at the same time is
TYREE ‘Hardcore Hip House’ (D.J. International Records DJINT 11, via Westside Records)
in a bass boomed much altered now subduedly shuffling jerkier 121bpm Double Trouble Mix, starkly vocal 123bpm Southside Mix, and twittery acidic instrumental 123⅓bpm Tyree’s Jam, plus the James Brown scream sampling twittery smacking instrumental 122bpm ‘Oh Yea‘ from the same LP, meaning that there is usefully no duplication of versions between the US and UK pressings so that both are viable in their own right.
M.C. SERGIO ‘In The Name Of Love’ (US Idlers WAR-039)
Useful unhurried huskily talking jittery lurching hip house (or “hip hop house”, as the lyrics put it), produced and self-sampled by Todd Terry in the A-side’s 122bpm Club Mix, Club A Dubba and 121⅗bpm Radio Version, and by Tony D in the flip’s four alternative 123bpm mixes (two of which are called simply, and separately, Hip and Hop!).
T LA ROCK ‘Housin’ With The T’s’ (US Fresh Records FRE-80130)
Produced by Todd Terry and penned by T ‘La Rock’ Keaton — enough T’s to be housin’ with? — this bass bubbled 123⅓bpm sinuously subtle jumpy hip house bumper is in four mixes, flipped by the more orthodox wordily jittering sparse 102bpm ‘T-N-Off‘ in three mixes, both sides giving rap fans the best of both worlds.
ROBERT BROOKINS ‘Don’t Tease Me (Extended Club Mix)’ (US MCA Records MCA-23936)
Bobby Brown-type huskily pleading strong jittery 112bpm swingbeat wriggler excitingly lurching into life through James Brown ‘Funky President’ samples, with some spluttering scat breaks, police sirens and other effects (Instrumental and Bassapella too), likely to be a bit of a “grower”.
NAISHA ‘One Step At A Time (The Clivilles & Cole 1989 Garage Mix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 40)
PWL’s first sub-licensed US material, this Clivilles & Cole created jerkily skittering frisky here 124⅕bpm galloper, recently hot on import, has a jauntily wailing “diva” vocal adding to the previously noted Hi-NRG flavour that doubtless made it appeal to Pete Waterman, flipped by the more starkly freestyle 123⅕-0bpm The Hot Cole & Clivilles Club Mix and LNR “c’mon let’s work” sampling here slightly edited 123⅘-0bpm Notice The House Dub.
BURRELL ‘Put Your Trust In The Music (L.A.’s Garage Mix)’ (10 Records TENX 264)
Another total remake by Les Adams, retaining just Ronnie and Rheji’s now moodier seeming vocal, this piano plonked throbbing skittery shuffling 120bpm garage treatment is flipped by the cantering original 121bpm Album Version for interesting comparison (plus the Terry Burrus prod/penned anxious wriggly lurching 109⅙bpm ‘Dominate Me‘).
RICKSTER presents KLE ‘We Got The Music (Deep House N.Y. Remix)’ (US UnderWorld Records AP 137)
Rick Siepak (of Sound Pak) produced but then Lenny Dee & Frankie Bones remixed good drily drummed and James Brown guitar sample prodded 119⅗-119⅘-0bpm sinuous deep house thudder with repetitive soulfully nagging effete male vocal bursts (sparser 119⅘bpm Deep Dirty House Dub).
HENDRIX ‘Me Wonna See Ya Donce (Club Vocal)’ (US Easy Street EZS-7547)
West Indian accented mournful guy muttered subdued though jauntily burbling 120⅗bpm side to side shuffler, created by Smack Music Productions, with plonking piano and a particularly catchy nagging little sax riff that should worm its way into a few minds (120bpm Instrumental and Vocal Dub), due here imminently on Garage Trax.
DEJA ‘Made To Be Together (12″ Mix)’ (10 Records TENX 268)
Good if dated jiggly soulful rolling and bashing 107⅓bpm swingbeat-ish jolter by Curtis Jones and his new, Starleana Young replacing, vocal partner Mysty Day, with a more lurchingly percussive 107⅓-0bpm Dub Version and brassier slinkily keyboarded 107⅓bpm Jazz Mix, while it’s slower and even slinkier as the 105⅕-0bpm title track of their Teddy Riley & Gene Griffin produced album, ‘Made To Be Together’ (10 Records DIX 83) — not out here until May 15 but promoed already and anyway on import (US Virgin 91060) — on which Curtis alone leads the best dancers (so had he been joined by Mysty at that stage?), the smooth jauntily jiggling 108⅙bpm ‘Time Is Running Out‘, ‘Fake’-ish buoyant lurchingly trucking (0-)113⅔bpm ‘Dance‘, sleazily harmonised solidly stomping jittery 110¾-0bpm ‘Going Crazy‘ and rolling steadily thumped 112⅙bpm ‘You Don’t Appreciate My Love‘, Mysty handling the sinuously swaying 101⅙bpm ‘Patience & Time‘ and jerkily smacking Janet/Paula/Pebbles-type 114¼bpm ‘Waiting Downtown‘, and both duetting the delicately weaving romantic 84/42bpm ‘More & More’, tortuously jolting slow 74/37bpm ‘Dreamer’ and urgently cranking 114½bpm ‘Sexy Dancer’.
GUY ‘I Like (Extended Version)’ (US Uptown Records MCA-23927)
Teddy Riley & Gene Griffin’s own group can do no wrong Stateside at the moment but — as briefly mentioned already — this latest disjointedly juddering jittery 107⅔bpm swingbeat smacker may prove a bit too jerkily lurching here, although there are also a totally different Serious Intention “oh oh oh” quoting urgently flurrying 112⅓-0bpm Hype Mix and similar 112¼bpm Dub Version which could be more useful (108bpm Radio Edit).
SPECIAL ED ‘I Got It Made’ (US Profile PRO-7245)
Howie Tee produced huskily conversational unhurriedly jogging rap in differently backed 95⅓bpm Original, 96bpm Businesslike and 97bpm Up Versions, coupled perhaps more appealingly by the jauntily plinky plunky banjo backed 113⅓bpm ‘Hoedown‘, a Fresh Prince-style bragging narrative of sexual conquest (remember that “hoe” has another b boy meaning, as in “hoeing your furrow” — get the picture?!). Also out on import is his lugubriously rapped and sometimes even more ‘X’ certificate album, ‘Youngest In Charge’ (US Profile PRO-1280), enlivened only by the girl duetted hip house ‘Club Scene‘, approximately 123⅔-123½-123⅔bpm monitored off a promo cassette.
STEADY B ‘Serious (Ceereeus BDP Remix)’ (Jive JIVE T 199)
“This is a remix”, producer KRS-One keeps declaring as unexpectedly dixieland jazz joins the more routine break beats of this 0-101-0-101bpm rolling rap, thus making it jauntier and fresher than most, though with a more straightforward 101bpm LP Mix and Instrumental plus here just the 97⅚bpm LP Mix of the Joe Tex sampling bumpily jolting ‘I Got Cha‘, drastically late on UK release at last.
ROYAL HOUSE FEATURING IAN STAR ‘A Better Way’ (Champion CHAMP 12-201)
Todd Terry’s piano chorded mournfully nagged jittery shuffler had some minor deep house success as an album track last year and now is in new 120-0bpm Hot Toddy, Rubba Dubba, Club and Original Mixes.
THE TODD TERRY PROJECT ‘The Circus’ (US Fresh Records FRE-80128)
His old album’s “to the Batmobile, let’s go” introed fairly dull jerkily shuffling (0)121⅕-0bpm instrumental with a similar newly retitled ‘It’s Just In House’ alternative version too, and probably better more percussive cymbal schlurped 122-0bpm ‘It’s Just In Dubs‘ (quoting “Brooklyn’s in the house”), flipped rather boringly by the old 122½-0bpm ‘Weekend UK Remix’ and ‘US Dub’.
ACE RECORDS have launched a new label specialising in “Classic Dance Music of the 70s” with the timely reissue of 1979’s Ten City influencing classic 132-133-132½bpm stratospherically whinneyed electronically galloping SYLVESTER ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ (Southbound SEWT 700), plus 1971’s in its day even more influential wukka wukka guitar introed 117-117⅓-120½-121½-122-0bpm moodily surging and brassily stabbed ISAAC HAYES ‘Theme From Shaft’ (Southbound SEWT 701).
TONY REAL ‘My Little Party’ (US Sunshine Music Ltd SML-2351)
Remixed from an album called ‘Masters Of Freestyle’ although much more house than Latin hip hop, this stutteringly percussive jittery electro judderer is in 121⅓-0bpm Meltin’, 121⅓bpm Excalibur, 125⅕-0bpm Charlie Babie Salsa Club and 121⅘bpm Aldo & Benji Cutting House Mixes, coupled with the bonus similarly jittering percussive but afro chanted 124⅔-0bpm OBATALA, SANGO & OCHUN ‘The Beginning (Afrikan Latino Mix)’, selling in Central London where Latin/freestyle seems to be getting increasingly trendy.
CORINA ‘Give Me Back My Heart’ (US Cutting Records CR-226)
Sung by a frankly Eurobeat style girl in Madonna/Gloria Estefan influenced Latin hip hop pop style (although flashed on the sleeve as “limited edition house mixes”) this cymbal shushed and bass burbled freestyle jitterer is another Central London seller, in 120½bpm Extended Club House Mix, 120⅖bpm Dirty House Mix and (0-)121-0bpm Dirty Dub versions.
SINITTA ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (Fanfare 12FAN 18), Pete Hammond produced quite classily flying 145¼bpm remake of Maxine Nightingale’s catchily jaunty 1975 smash, true to the feel of the original (and thus the least irritating thing Sinitta has done?!), sure to be huge when out fully on May 15;
MIKE HEMMER ‘Divine’ (Loading Bay Records LBAY-3, via PRT), Italy recorded gruffly shouted Dead Or Alive-type (0-)129½-0bpm simple dated galloper, just starting to be big in our Hi-NRG chart before its demise (not, unfortunately, that the chart could be trusted, which is why it had to go);
THE SMALL TOWN BOYS ‘Beatski Mix’ (AJK Music ONE 6606, via K-tel), effectively enough galloping 130½-0bpm remake medley of various Bronski Beat oldies (hasn’t this, or something very like it, actually been out before?);
MANDY ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby (Cocktail Mix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 37), Pete Hammond produced electronically cantering 119⅘-119⅗bpm Human League remake, still catchy (in multi-tracked nymphet style) but lacking the original’s depth and power;
HIT THE ROOF ‘Contact’ (One Little Indian Records 15TP12L, via The Cartel), ‘Uptight’ started and ‘Shaft’ finished jerkily galloping 135¾bpm Edwin Starr remake wailed by Lorita Grahame.
TEN CITY ‘Devotion (Paradise Revisited)‘ (Atlantic A8916TX), quite good friskily leaping 123¾-123⅔bpm FON Force remix that adds the percussive drive of their The Voice Of Paradise Mix to Marshall Jefferson’s fuller “strings” sawed sound, coupled by Mike Dunn’s sparsely broken down episodic 0-123-123⅕-123-122⅘bpm ‘Dunn For Fun‘ Mix plus the short 124⅓bpm Marshall’s Daytime Radio Mix;
SHARON DEE CLARKE ‘Something Special (Beat The Street Mix)’ (Urban URBA 31), less effective cantering 123⅗bpm remix which replaces all the Magic Juan Mix’s techno drive by emphasising the elements of Sharon Redd’s old juddery throbbing album version, coupled by that still superior (0-)124bpm Magic Juan Mix plus the previously promo only 123½-123¾-123½bpm Double Trouble mix of four ‘Urban House’ album tracks;
DE LA SOUL ‘Me Myself And I (Neopolitan Mix)‘ (Big Life BLR 7R), yet another Richie Rich/De La Soul remix, this 113-114¼-114⅓bpm “Neopolitan sandwich” samples a bit of Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ bass for Richie’s more subduedly trotting first part before cranking back into the P’funky original and then the Oblapos Mode import mix, flipped now by all three of the import’s previously reviewed bonus tracks, ‘What’s More’, ‘Ain’t Hip To Be Labelled A Hippie’, ‘Brain Washed Follower’.
THE CLUB CHART – April 29, 1989
01 01 KEEP ON MOVIN’ (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler), 10 Records 12in
02 07 PLANET E (MIXES)/DANCIN’ MACHINE (ACID HOUSE REMIX) kc Flightt, RCA 12in
03 08 THAT’S HOW I’M LIVING/THE CHIEF Toni Scott, Champion 12in
04 09 WHO’S IN THE HOUSE The Beatmasters with Merlin, Rhythm King 12in
05 03 MUSICAL FREEDOM (FREE AT LAST) (EXTENDED FREEDOM MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva and introducing Carmen Marie, Cooltempo 12in
06 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
07 10 DEVOTION (MARSHALL’S CLUB MIX/THE VOICE OF PARADISE) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
08 13 MY MYSELF AND I (RICHIE RICH REMIX)/JENIFA (TAUGHT ME) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
09 17 AIN’T NOBODY BETTER (UK MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
10 45 JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ (SK’OUSE/HIP HOUSE MIXES) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC, Desire 12in white label
11 02 SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
12 14 GET HIP TO THIS! (MIXES) M-D-Emm featuring Nasih, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
13 42 TAKE SOME TIME OUT (REMIXES) Arnold Jarvis, Republic Records 12in pre-release
14 23 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (US MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
15 59 LOVE’S GOT 2 BE STRONG (MIXES) Keyman Edwards, Fourth & Broadway 12in
16 06 ONE MAN (ONE MIX) Chanelle, Cooltempo 12in
17 29 SHELTER Circuit featuring Koffi, Collision Records 12in
18 05 PEOPLE HOLD ON (DISCO MIX) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
19 20 REAL LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
20 11 THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, Desire 12in
21 60 CALM DOWN (VERSIONS) Most Wanted, US The Fever 12in
22 100= U + ME = LOVE (CLUB/DUB) The Funky Worm + Ten City x The Fon Force, FON 12in promo
23 12 SAY NO GO/ME MYSELF AND I/EYE KNOW/THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul, Big Life LP
24 86 SISTER ROSA (12” REMIX/DUB VERSION) The Neville Brothers, Breakout 12in
25 26 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, Doctor Beat 12in
26 30 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (CLUB MIX SWEET) Jomanda, RCA 12in
27 31 RHYTHM IS THE MASTER DJ Chuck Chillout and Kool Chip, US Mercury 12in
28 27 CRUCIAL (DANCE REMIX) New Edition, MCA Records 12in
29 22 LET IT ROLL Raze presents Doug Lazy, US Grove St. 12in
30 47 ROCK TO THE BEAT (STEVE WREN’S THE SLAMMER MIX) Lisa M, Jive 12in promo
31 38 PEOPLE HOLD ON (BLAZE’S NEW JERSEY JAZZ MIX) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
32 21 SOMETHING SPECIAL (MAGIC JUAN MIX) Sharon Dee Clarke, Urban 12in
33 15 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
34 37 KRUSH GROOVIN’ (MIXES) Krush, FON 12in
35 18 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION/RAPACIOUS MIXES) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
36 91 REAL LOVE (HOUSE MIX) El DeBarge, Motown 12in
37 28 LET’S GO (REMIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
38 40 THE RED THE BLACK THE GREEN/DANCE, DANCE, DANCE The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
39 25 TOGETHER/LETTER TO THE BETTER Ace & Action³, US Prism 12in
40 100= IN THE NAME OF LOVE (TODD TERRY/TONY D VERSIONS) MC Sergio, US Idlers 12in
41 53 ACTIVATED (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Gerald Alston, Motown 12in
42 — LET’S DANCE (HIP HOUSE/HIP HOP) Sweet Tee, US Profile 12in
43 44 LET’S GET HYPED (MIXES) Kool Rock Steady, US DJ International Records 12in
44 69 SALSA TIME/HIP HOP SALSA (HOUSE VERSION)/TALK DIRTY/B.B.O. IN EFFECT/IT’S JUST AN 808/CAN WE DO THIS Bad Boy Orchestra, US Smokin’ LP
45 62 BLACK AND PROUD!/SKRUM (AND THEN SOME!) Dismasters, US Urban Rock Records 12in
46 58 ADDING ON/BLACK IS BACK/GETTING FIERCE/PURE RIGHTEOUSNESS Lakim Shabazz, Sure Delight LP
47 — STILL WAITING (FLY GUY MIX/FLY GUY DUB/KECHIA’S HOUSE/DAMN, THAT GIRL CAN SING DUB/PIANO BEATS) Kechia Jenkins, US Profile 12in
48 34 JOY AND PAIN (WORLD TO WORLD REMIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
49 93 I’M EVERY WOMAN (DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
50 56 WORK IT TO THE BONE (REMIXES) LNR, US House Jam Records 12in
51 64 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Today, Motown 12in
52 re GROOVE ME (EXTENDED)/TEDDY’S JAM (HYPE MIX/RADIO EDIT) Guy, MCA Records 12in
53 re KICKIN’ IT LIVE/BAD Freshski Dames, Mango Street 12in
54 24 GOT TO GET YOU BACK (THE GROOVY PIANO MIX) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
55 41 LOVER (MIXES) Roqui, US Nugroove 12in
56 49 TO THE MAX/IT’S MY TURN Stezo, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
57 — MY TELEPHONE/BEATS & PIECES (MO BASS REMIX)/FAT (PARTY & BULLSHIT)/NO CONNECTION/TRAK 22/PEOPLE HOLD ON/STOP THIS CRAZY THING/(HEDMASTER MIX)/DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE (SAY R MIX)/(I’M) IN DEEP/MAKER BRAKE/GREEDY’S BACK/DRAWMASTERS SQUEEZE/WHAT’S THAT NOISE?/SMOKE 1/THEME FROM ‘REPORTAGE’/WHICH DOCTOR? Coldcut, Ahead Of Our Time LP/bonus 12in
58 — JUST A LITTLE BIT (MIXES) Total Science, Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ 12in
59 71 VOODOO RAY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, US Warlock Records 12in
60 — JUST A LITTLE MORE/(SURRENDER MIX) Fifth Of Heaven, MixOut Records 12in
61 97 I’M THE ONE (CHRIS PAUL DANCE REMIX) Perri, MCA Records 12in
62 68 I WANT YOU/SHE SAY KUFF (MIXES) Massive Sounds, Nugroove 12in
63 32 MUSICAL FREEDOM (YOU GOT THE LOVE MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Candi Staton, Cooltempo 12in
64 65 GOT TO KEEP ON (12” VERSION/B BOY MIX)/PICK UP ON THIS Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
65 54 TIME MARCHES ON (JUSTIN STRAUSS REMIXES) Jungle Wonz, Breakout 12in
66 84 STOP THE WORLD Black, Rock & Ron, Supreme Records LP
67 55 HOUSIN’ WITH THE T’S (MIXES)/T-N-OFF (MIXES) T La Rock, US Fresh Records 12in
68 re LOVE TONITE Dave Collins & Jacqui Jones, GTi Records 12in
69 73 NOT GONNA DO IT (BAM BAM HOUSE MIX) Vicky Martin, MCA Records 12in
70 re RAP SUMMARY (LEAN ON ME)/WRATH OF KANE Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in promo
71 — READY 4 LOVE (IN HEAT/FRENCH TICKLER/MEAN GENE EDIT/RADIO) Razette featuring Lamya, US DaSHEET Records 12in
72 — THE RAGAMUFFIN NUMBER/BREAK BEAT 1 Nomad featuring Daddy Harvey, Rumour 12in white label
73 — OUTER SPACE/LOS CHICANOS/A LITTLE BIT/WE’RE GONNA MOVE/THE BASSLINE/MY MISSION/IT’S COCAINE/YEAH C’MON/FEEL IT BABY “Power House”, US Nugroove 12in
74 — MR DJ (MIXES) Joyce ‘Fenderella’ Irby with Doug E Fresh, Motown 12in pre-release
75 — WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE? (GHETTO MIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
76 re BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN (KEVIN SAUNDERSON HARD CORE MIX) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
77 — BLACK STEEL IN THE HOUR OF CHAOS (RADIO VERSION/INSTRUMENTAL)/CAUGHT, CAN WE GET A WITNESS (PRE BLACK STEEL BALLISTIC FELONY DUB)/TOO MUCH POSSE/B-SIDE WINS AGAIN Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
78 33 HELYOM HALIB (ACID ACID ACID/ACID MIX) Cappella, Music Man 12in promo
79 63 SEX 4 DAZE (I WANT IT, YOU CAN GET IT) (MIXES) Lake Eerie, Champion 12in
80 — HUMANITY (CLUB MIX) The Biddu Orchestra, Trax 12in
81 66 LET IT LOOSE (MIXES) Amy Jackson, US Bigshot Records 12in
82 96 STRINGS OF LIFE (MIXES) Rhythim Is Rhythim, Jack Trax 12in
83 — PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE MUSIC (LES ADAMS GARAGE REMIX) Burrell, 10 Records 12in
84 48 ROCKIN’ ON THE GO-GO SCENE Richie Rich, Gee St Recordings 12in
85 74 HARD CORE – HIP HOUSE (US REMIXES) Tyree, US DJ International Records 12in
86 76 TO THE BONE/THE GODDESS Wanda Dee, US Tuff City 12in
87 — UH-UH OOH-OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) (STEVE HURLEY’S HOUSE MIX/ARTHUR BAKER’S DANCE MIX/DUB) Roberta Flack, US Atlantic 12in
88 100= MY LITTLE PARTY (MIXES) Tony Real, US Sunshine Music Ltd 12in
89 — HARDCORE HIP HOP (UK REMIXES) Tyree, DJ International Records 12in
90 — WOMEN BEAT THEIR MEN (MIXES) Voodoo Doll, US Breaking Bones Records 12in
91 50 ROMEO AND JULIET (VOCAL REMIX) Blue Magic, OBR 12in
92 — SLAM (CLUB MIX) Humanoid, Westside Records 12in
93 — AIN’T NOBODY BETTER (US MIXES) Inner City, US Virgin 12in
94 — THE TIME IS RIGHT (MIXES) Russell Patterson, US Jump Street 12in
95 — 24/7 Dino, Fourth & Broadway 12in
96 — I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE (REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL) Dazzle, Jam Today 12in promo
97 70 THIS IS SKA (‘THE WAY I SEE IT’ MIX) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
98 98 ROXANNE’S ON A ROLL (REMIXES) The Real Roxanne, US Select 12in
100 81 IT’S TIME TO GET FUNKY/(BOOTLEG MIX) Bizarre Inc, Blue Chip “R&B” 12in
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There are some strong UK releases buried in this week’s Beats & Pieces, all of which are new to me – I really like DJ Mink’s ‘Hey! Hey! Can U Relate’, which samples Gary Toms Empire ‘7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)’ and Incredible Bongo Band ‘Bongolia’, two of my all-time favourites.
Nomad’s ‘The Ragamuffin Empire’ is an early example of the term “ragamuffin”, which will start to appear here regularly.
This was my final week of my Thursday night residency, as the club was forced to close down. The Garage had re-opened as the Kool Kat, Graeme Park was back there on Saturday nights, and the competition for the same demographic was too great. Our Saturday night DJ, never a massive house-head and more into genre-clashing eclecticism, moved to London, eventually co-founding Smashing. As for me, moving to the Kool Kat on Thursdays would have been logical, but my pal who did all the promotion and manned the door no longer wanted to continue, and Thursdays at the Kool Kat were already doing very well: an up-and-coming local DJ called Alistair Whitehead had started a retro disco/soul/funk night, seeded by a desire to hear Tom Browne’s ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ and similar tracks from that era, and it was an instant hit. So I gradually started drifting away from DJ-ing, and to a certain extent from regular clubbing; I was 27, and most of my former dancing buddies were also reaching the end of their glory days (except for the ones who still went to gay clubs, where you’d still find plenty of people of my age and older). However, this didn’t diminish my interest in the music, and I carried on hoovering up the latest 12″ releases every week for another three years, finally surrendering to CDs in mid-1992.