BEATS & PIECES
ATLANTIC RECORDS are now rumoured to have signed up Vaughan Mason’s whole Groove St. label, including Doug Lazy and presumably Raze (for certain territories, at least!) … Johnny Walker spends so much time partying with Chris Butler that now not surprisingly he’s moving from ffrr two floors down at Polydor/London to join him as head of Urban’s A&R, with Dave Pearce still a part-time consultant … Omar’s excellent ‘I Don’t Mind The Waiting‘ (which turns out to be on Kongo, rather than Congo, and features none other than the Scratch Professor!) was intended to be last week’s lead review, but somehow the entire Hot Vinyl section came out in completely arbitrary order — sorry if it messed up your shopping list … Mystique might turn out to have closer links with M-D-Emm than merely its remixers Mark Ryder and Dave Lee, who incidentally have added the useful info that its samples include not only The It ‘Donnie’ (DJ International) but also Sylvia Smith ‘Heartbreaker’ (Qwest), Jackie Silvers ‘If You Want Me’ (MCA LP), Echo ‘I Can’t Live Without Your Love’ (Bassment), Fingers Inc ‘Mystery Of Love’ (DJ International) — so no wonder the vocals sound like Robert Owens! — while the ‘Salsa Party’ side samples Bravo ‘Feel It’ (Quark) … Paul Oakenfold, despite several telephone conversations and promises of a messenger delivery, still hadn’t got his label’s debut releases to me by press time — however, Profile is launched in the UK with a party at Sin in London’s Astoria this Saturday (27) starring Sweet Tee, Kechia Jenkins, Chanelle, and guest DJ Gail ‘Sky’ King … Graphic Records, not content with compiling rare groove albums, are now seeking black music-type demos with a view to signing up their own artist roster — send cassettes to Lindsay Wesker and Heddi Green-wood at Graphic Records, 14 Blackstock Mews, Blackstock Road, London N4 2DR … Monie Love’s newie, due fully on June 5, is the Afrika Bambaataa dedicated ‘Grandpa’s Party‘, a frantically churning 125bpm hip house racer produced by Dancin’ Danny D with Ritchie Fermie of Adrenalin MOD — my only criticism being that every time I hear it on the radio its corny title makes me think of the considerably less def Paul Nicholas’s ‘Grandma’s Party’ from 1976! … Cookie Crew’s follow-up will be the more hardcore, Curtis Mayfield percussion sampling and ‘Tramp’ rhythm prodded, 96bpm ‘Come On & Get Some (Superfly Mix)‘ … Paul Dakeyne, in the wake of the Cookies’ use of its break beat, has created an 124-124⅓-124-124¼-0bpm remix of Edwin Starr’s ’25 Miles’, with an overdubbed fluttering hi-hat and some modern style edits, for upcoming Motown release … Johnny Kemp ‘Birthday Suit‘ was promoed in Keith Cohen’s vigorously chugging 120⅕-0bpm Extended Mix and starker so-called House Mix but is apparently out commercially (CBS 654838 8) in the Extended Mix flipped by a Club Dub and Percapella — whether the House Mix and Club Dub are the same is unclear until a finished pressing reaches me … RCA have promoed Imagination ‘Love’s Taking Over’ in David Morales’s bass thrummed striding deep house-style 124⅘-124½-0bpm Sensitive Mix … Arthur Baker’s remix of the Gipsy Kings ‘Bamboleo’, the existence of which was first exclusively revealed by rm, is due for UK release with white labels to be promoed this week … Joyce Sims ‘Looking For A Love‘ will be on ffrr here in a fortnight (Andy ‘Panda’ Tripoli is the full name of her co-producer!) … ‘ffrr — silver on black‘ (ffrr 828 155-1) is a double album compilation of the label’s releases, the only inclusions not already on UK 12 inch being the (0-)121bpm Richie Rich ‘Salsa House (Remix)‘, (0- )115⅗bpm Rockers Revenge featuring Donnie Calvin ‘Walking On Sunshine 89‘, riotously ragamuffin 95⅚bpm Simon Harris featuring Asher D & Daddy Freddy ‘London’s Finest‘ … Chaka Khan’s follow-up will be a Frankie Knuckles remix of ‘Ain’t Nobody’, from the now finally released ‘Life Is A Dance — The Remix Project‘ (Warner Bros WX 268) double album, which I had no time to BPM this week … WEA are re-releasing Carly Simon ‘Why‘ to satisfy demand created by London’s still trendy Balearic jocks … Kariya ‘Let Me Love You For Tonight‘ (Sleeping Bag Records) has been ticking over steadily since it came out last October yet only ever spent three weeks in The Club Chart, peaking at 35 largely due to sales when it was released here in February, but is now turning into a huge underground cult hit with more DJs charting it than when new … US imports that I had no time to review fully this issue include the hit-bound ‘Monkees Theme’ introed then ‘Stone Fox Chase’ and other scratching Todd Terry-type samples backed exciting rap Twin Hype ‘Do It To The Crowd‘ (Profile); strong slickly speeding huskily soulful house Forte (featuring Leon Evans) ‘I’ll Set Ya Free‘ (Pet Project) good rare groove-type funky break beats woven jogging rap Nu Sounds ‘Condition Red‘ (UNI); Bobby Glover ‘Your Spell’ rewording Roger produced teasingly started then soulful high pitched harmonies washed rolling Lynch ‘Magic Spell‘ (Capitol); Crown Heights Affair “dada dada, dip dip dip” scat-based and many other funkily chugging break beats woven The Dynamic Duo ‘In The Pocket‘ (Nugroove); Frankie Knuckles remixed beefily thumping and bounding busy house Lost Boys ‘It’s Time For A Change‘ (4th + B’way); Todd Terry-type samples woven raucously rapped somewhat untidily frantic hip house Brooklyn Funk Essentials ‘Change The Track‘ (Minimal); rawly mixed bright dated jazz-funkily jiggling Walter P.P.K. ‘Get On Board‘ (Bassic); Full Force created spikily jolting swing-beat Cheryl Pepsii Riley ‘Seein’ Is Believin’ (The Pepsii Dance Remix)‘ (Columbia) … Alton ‘Wokie’ Stewart is pleasing “real soul” fans with his gruff dated “D” Train-type swingbeat and slowies oriented import album, ‘All Our Love’ (Epic), but significantly none of the jocks supposedly playing it have listed any specific tracks in their charts … D Mob ‘We Call It Acieed’/’Trance Dance’ has topped the US Club Play chart in Billboard, but is still struggling comparatively in the actual 12-inch Singles Sales chart (last week at 30 with a bullet) … Glyn Prince has just left Swindon Brunel Rooms’ Amphitheatre to take over the same town’s brand new Hardings from this week on Thursday and Saturday nights, spinning upfront and old soul for smart over-21s … Jules, Jasper and Johnny S host a Soul Underground Seaside Special this Friday (26) at Brighton Old Steine’s Club Savannah … Jeff Young, Tim Westwood, Chris Hill, Chrissie Jackson, Eddie ‘Disconcerning’ Gordon, Steve Wren and more slam dunk this Sunday’s Great Yarmouth Beach Ball Alldayer, 6-12pm at Gt Yarmouth Tiffanys … I wonder if Britain’s “black music” jocks will get behind Michael Jackson again when ‘Liberian Girl‘ (the album track they most liked when it was new) is soon out on single? … I’m outta here — BUT NOT FOR LONG!
FRANKIE KNUCKLES presents SATOSHI TOMIIE featuring Robert Owens ‘Tears’ (ffrr FX 108)
The Tokyo recorded fascinating result of a meeting between Japanese jazzer Tomiie and New York’s Knuckles is this Owens whispered, wailed, sobbed and growled beautiful sinuously subtle sparse tuneful deep house galloper in 121⅓bpm Classic Vocal and Instrumental (the latter especially haunting), and 121¾bpm Percussion mixes, massive already on promo and not to be missed when it’s out fully next week.
RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE ‘The Phantom (It’s In There)’ (Mute France MF 19364)
Perhaps the wildest rhythm workout since ‘Burundi Black’, this fantastic mesmerically monotonous though gradually shifting extremely powerful percussion jittered 121⅓-0bpm intense instrumental, with some Arabic chanting and other wordless vocal noises at times but no actual lyrics, is designed to drive dancers into whirling dervishes once they’re hooked by the groove (less effective 0-119⅕bpm ‘Ozone Breakdown‘ flip). Find it if you can!
GREEDY BEAT SYNDICATE ‘This Is London’ (Greedy Beat Records 12 GREED 8, via Revolver)
Great gently attractive lazily undulating dated jazz-funky “doo be doop doo wah”-type jogging 0-97⅙-0bpm street soul instrumental with some sampled break beats, radio announcements, and title line repetition (alternative longer flip with tube train sound effects at the end), reminiscent of Light Of The World’s ‘London Town’ and highly recommended. Continue reading “May 27, 1989: Frankie Knuckles/Satoshi Tomiie/Robert Owens, Renegade Soundwave, Greedy Beat Syndicate, Norman Cook, Precious”