BEATS & PIECES
BELIEVE THIS or not, but for some reason BBC-TV is not now showing the Royal Albert Hall filmed Technics World DJ Mixing Championships and Awards show until the end of July! … Circuit featuring Koffi ‘Shelter‘, far from being a scam (which I always doubted), merely turns out to be another creation by Jolley Harris Jolley … Arthur Baker’s twinpack-promoted ‘It’s Your Time‘ will be commercially released here as the first, “a”, record in the pack (with the NYC Vocal/Jazz Version/Peech Dub), the remaining promo mixes not coming out because Lenny Dee & Victor Simonelli of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials have instead created two very different new remixes to follow … Steve Wren’s previously promo-only but vastly superior The Slammer Mix of Lisa M ‘Rock To The Beat’ is now due out commercially thanks to DJ-created demand … Samantha Fox ‘I Wanna Have Some Fun’ has been promoed with, as flip, Kevin Saunderson’s ‘Can You Feel It’ quoting instrumental solidly smacking techno 121bpm Fun House Mix and even more samples-stuffed 0-121⅕-0bpm Alternative Fun Mix, neither due commercially — yet, that is! … Simon Harris’s brightly forceful (0- )121⅓bpm remake of On The House’s ‘(I’ve Got Your) Pleasure Control‘, featuring sassy female vocals by Brooklyn’s Lonnie Gordon, isn’t due until May 29 but is likely to have hit The Club Chart as an initially very limited promo … Urban have picked up The Real Roxanne ‘Roxanne’s On A Roll’, with a Norman Cook remix to follow, and BSBi have picked up Amy Jackson’s ‘Let It Loose’ … Cappella’s initial UK pressings were found to be faulty but, after a delay, perfect ones should now be fully available at last … Big Bang’s Hi-NRG revival of Abba’s ‘Voulez Vous?‘, white labelled and favourably reviewed several months ago, is finally out commercially on a new label launched by the recording studio of the same name, Swanyard Records Limited (SYRTR I, via RCA/BMG) … LA & Babyface created the not surprisingly swingbeat-ish jittery rolling ‘Nothin (That Compares 2 U)‘ — 104⅚bpm on edited seven inch — due here imminently by The Jacksons (minus Michael) … Sharon Dee Clarke’s Beat The Street Mix of ‘Something Special’ emphasises the elements of Sharon Redd’s old juddery throbbing ‘Beat The Street’ beat that one now realises were evident all along in the original ‘Urban House’ album version — to clarify last week’s elision … I think it also needs clarifying that my occasional factual comment that something happens to be selling well in Central London is not always to be taken automatically as a recommendation! … Lyndon T has taken over Secret Promotions now that Simon Gaffe has apparently gone to Desire as label manager … Les Adams’ remake of Maurice ‘This Is Acid’ having just about single-handedly, and belatedly, launched “acid” in the States — surprising though this may seem to people here, where it comes too late in the then dying craze — D. Mob ‘We Call It Acieed’ is also now fast becoming a monster in US clubs! … ‘Life Is A Dance‘, the Chaka Khan remixes album, will be out here at last on May 22 … ‘Where Do We Go?‘, not perhaps their LP’s most obvious single choice, will be the Ten City follow-up … The Time are evidently recording a comeback album on Warner Bros, one side produced by former mentor Prince and the other by former members Jam & Lewis … Quincy Jones’s long awaited next album under his own name will be loaded with superstar guest vocalists … Teddy Riley has produced Heavy D’s upcoming ‘We Got Our Own Thang‘ … Pete Tong joins Steve Wren on Friday (5) at Gravesend’s The Slammer … Glen Gunner (of the Camden Slammer/Electric Ballroom) and Nigel Hayes are at Ealing Broadway’s Haven Stables on Monday (8), to be weekly if response is good, except that the following Monday (15) the same venue has been booked by Justin Smith for a Salsoul/Philly/jazz-funk/boogie Metro night with Carlon and guests … Jerry Dammers and Rhythm Doctor spin “stinky sounds from a farty bass” on Stink Thursdays at Manchester’s Precinct 13, where Love Is The Message Fridays have garage and Seventies/Eighties “disco” … Noel H and the Young Guns spin soul/funk/house/rap/garage Wednesdays at Streatham Zigis … Jeff Thomas of Swansea soul fame has started no dress restriction, solidly black music In Full Effect Thursdays at Merthyr Tydfil Charbonniers … Noel Watson hosts Freestyle 90 Thursdays at London’s Camden Palace … I had taken ambitious jockette Kirsty B for an upmarket Chinese celebration birthday dinner at Hampstead’s ZenW3 last Tuesday when in walked George Michael and his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley to sit down opposite us, then out walked Mahesh Bajaj, and on leaving we found dining downstairs Pete Tong, Johnny Walker and Clare Shave — does that qualify for Babble?! … James Brown played a “Sixties singer” called Lou De Long in last week’s ludicrously far fetched episode of ‘Miami Vice’, his own old ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ being credited to his fictional character but packaged in its original album sleeve with just his name changed! … M-D-Emm member Dave Lee recently discovered by chance that the nagging “wheeee” noise from Nitro Deluxe’s old ‘The Brutal House’ was actually sampled from Loleatta Holloway’s ‘Love Sensation’ … MC Jammy Hammy once again provides a “male sample” on the upcoming, June released, LA Mix single, ‘Get Loose’ … WOOO! YEAH!
KECHIA JENKINS ‘Still Waiting’ (US Profile PRO-7250)
Fly Guys-produced superb, powerfully wailed, bass-snapped and drums-smacked timelessly trotting strider with some sneaky quotes from ‘Ring My Bell’, in 115⅕-115bpm Fly Guy Mix, 115⅕bpm Fly Guy Dub, jerkily bounding 116⅔bpm Kechia’s House and Piano Beats, and 116⅗-116⅔-0bpm Damn, That Girl Can Sing Dub versions, due soon to launch at last the US label in this country and sure to be huge.
ALYSON WILLIAMS featuring Nikki-D ‘My Love Is So Raw (Extended Club Mix)’ (Def Jam 654898 6)
Her album’s standout dancer in a UK remix by Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh of M|A|R|R|S, this terrific jittery jerky 0-106½-0bpm go go-hip hop-swingbeat fusion is wailingly worried by Alyson with bursts of rap by Nikki-D, and flipped by the Ted Mills of Blue Magic duetted 0-73bpm traditional squeaky sweet soul ‘We’re Gonna Make It‘, plus a previously unreleased rather good (and vocally accurate) 90⅚bpm swingbeat remake of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ ‘I Second That Emotion‘, worth checking.
SWEET TEE ‘Let’s Dance’ (US Profile PRO-7246)
Hurby Luv Bug and the Invincibles-produced but Fast Eddie-remixed Cookie Crew-ish bumpily bubbling subdued hip house, an instant-import hit, the JB backing samples being varied for the two sides’ different 118⅔bpm Hip House and 114⅖bpm Hip Hop mixes (each with an instrumental too).
RUSSELL PATTERSON ‘The Time Is Right’ (US Jump Street JS-1023)
Formerly of Black Ivory, Russell’s right in the current soul style with his strong if derivative naggingly repetitive (0-)105⅚-0bpm tuggingly tripping jogger (in four mixes plus acappella), swingbeat but without much of that clichéd style’s essential hippity hoppity jiggle.
SILICON CHIP featuring the Turntable Orchestra ‘Stay (Slamming Mix)’ (BPM Records BP 12006)
Hippie Torrales mumbled, Maxeen wailed and Paul Scott keyboarded excellent coolly pulsing and pattering (0-)119⅔-120bpm homegrown garage loper, with a sparse stuttery (0-)119⅔-119¾bpm dub Mix and Master ‘The Beatcreator’ Tee’s smoothly bounding janglier 119¾bpm Street Soul Mix (only featuring Maxeen), plus the bonus urgent (0-)125½bpm ‘Just A Groove‘.
BANG ‘You’re The One (The Journey)’ (RCA BANG T1)
Packing a massively whomping solid beat, this Magic Juan Atkins mixed bounding thudder is basically instrumental with just some bursts of ethereal chanting by the two New York girls who apparently comprise the group, the promo’s two sides being labelled as 120BPM and 122BPM to differentiate between the mixes, which are in fact 119⅘bpm and 122⅕bpm!
TOTAL SCIENCE ‘Just A Little Bit (Club Vocal)’ (Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ 12TOT 1)
Bronx recorded hi-hat hustled mournfully het-up male group groaned and wailed brightly scurrying (0-)119¾-0bpm deep house bounder, flipped by 119¾bpm keyboarded Classical and bassily percussive Our House Mixes, creating quite a buzz.
FIFTH of HEAVEN ‘Just A Little More’ (MixOut Records 12F.O.H. 1)
Salford recorded lovely richly resonant classic Loose Ends 52nd Street-style 87⅔bpm slow tranquil sultry Denise Johnson wailed street soul swayer, with an alternative 87⅚-87⅔bpm Surrender Mix flip, selling fast to its market.
ZUSHII ‘There Ain’t Enough Love’ (First Base Records FE 3005)
Another old fashioned but still obviously in demand Loose Ends-style delicately tapping and sparsely jittering sweet girl wailed and jazzy sax squealed pleasant sinuous street slowie, in three 92⅚-0bpm mixes, also selling fast.
QUEEN LATIFAH ‘Dance For Me’ (Gee Street Recordings GEE T16)
DJ Mark The 45 King produced UK debut release by New Jersey’s highly touted plaintively rapping 19 years old princess of the posse, Queen Latifah, with this Sly & The Family Stone ‘Dance To The Music’ based 116-116½-116bpm funkily jiggling burbler, its 115¼bpm instrumental, the sinuously sombre 81⅐bpm ‘Inside Out‘ and tugging wordy 91 bpm ‘Wrath Of My Madness‘, not due fully until May 22 but doubtless too hot to hold.
NOMAD featuring Daddae Harvey ‘The Ragamuffin Number’ (RUMAT 2)
Inevitably, The 45 King’s ‘The 900 Number’ break beat loop has now been appropriated and adapted to a 0-106⅚bpm reggae rap on a mysterious white label, flipped by two more drily drummed 116bpm and 113⅓bpm break beat instrumental loops, large for those who can find it!
ROBERTA FLACK ‘Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)’ (US Atlantic 0-86453)
Totally remixed to give it a commercial edge for the current marketplace, what began as a smoothly flowing album track is now given jerky 119bpm impetus by Arthur Baker’s Dance Mix and dub, and a much more exciting 119⅗bpm stuttery percussive B-side drive by Steve Hurley’s House Mix, the one that’ll make it hit here (not that it’s a Roberta Flack record any more!).
THE STYLE COUNCIL featuring Brian J. Powell ‘Everybody’s On The Run’ (Polydor LHXS 1)
House having given them a broader base for crossover success, here’s a gruffly wailed mournfully soulful 121¾bpm nagger in Freddy Bastone’s cantering deep house A-side mix or Norman Jay’s more percussively jittering garage mix on the flip (plus an 86⅚bpm 89 Mix Extended Version of Paul Weller’s previous soul crossover, ‘Long Hot Summer’).
VOODOO DOLL ‘Women Beat Their Men’ (US Breaking Bones Records BBR-200)
The ever busy Frankie “Bones”, Tommy Musto and Lenny Dee have been particularly opportunistic creating this blatant and very useful A Guy Called Gerald ‘Voodoo Ray’ meets Dominatrix ‘The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight’ on an acid-trip 122bpm mix-up, in three mixes.
RAZETTE ‘Ready 4 Love’ (US Da SHEET Records DASR 7)
Lamya, a girl, sings this Raze ‘Break 4 Love’ answering breathily cooed and panted trotting tripper, in 119⅖-0bpm Radio, 119⅖-119⅕bpm In Hear, 119⅕-119⅖-119⅕bpm Mean Gene Edit, and “je t’adore” muttering 120-119⅔-0bpm French Tickler mixes. Not surprisingly, Champion will be releasing this here, as they did Raze.
JOYCE ‘FENDERELLA’ IRBY ‘Mr. D.J. (Extended Version)’ (Motown ZT 42772)
Klymaxx’s now solo singer gets rapping help from spluttering and spitting Doug E. Fresh on this quite catchy jerkily juddering jagged 0-110(-0)bpm hip hop/swingbeat jiggler (Radio Edit and 0-110bpm Instrumental too), hot on promo but not necessarily fully available yet. She also on import has a different styles spanning (to make sure something clicks?) debut album, ‘Maximum Thrust’ (US Motown MOT-6267), with other guests besides Mr Fresh.
SILVER BULLET ‘Bring Forth The Guillotine (Darkside Mix)’ (Tam Tam TTT 008, via Savage Records)
Werewolf scenario setting ‘Thriller’-ishly started but then funky samples driven 119⅘-0bpm jiggly jumping fierce raggamuffin rap by the Triple Element guy (instrumental DJ Beats flip), one indistinct though doubtless innocent line being likely to give radio jocks heart failure — “or what fate“?!
PUBLIC ENEMY ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (Radio Version)’ (US Def Jam 44-68216)
Now suddenly dated seeming monotonous wordy (0-)91bpm tugging slow rap (supposedly a radio version yet really with a “motherf**ker” — beware!), coupled by its short (0-)90bpm instrumental, the drumkit rumbled jerky shouting 104⅓bpm ‘Too Much Posse‘, previously unreleased furry “static” covered jittering 0-106⅓-0bpm ‘B-Side Wins Again‘, and — the single’s possible standout — ‘Shaft’ and other funky stuff sampling jiggly surging 0-116bpm ‘Caught, Can We Get A Witness (Pre Black Steel Ballistic Felony Dub)‘.
COLDCUT ‘What’s That Noise?’ (Ahead Of Our Time CCUT LP)
Tracks crammed but disappointingly bitty and inessential under-produced album, with (their next single) the answering machines sampling jittery bleeping (0-)110⅕bpm ‘My Telephone’, percussively racing acidic 126⅕bpm ‘No Connection‘, funk sampling (0-)112bpm ‘Fat (Party & Bullshit)‘, ‘Big World Café’ theme adapting episodic bright (0-)117⅕-0bpm ‘What’s That Noise?‘, freaky pop house (0-)121⅕-0bpm ‘(I’m) In Deep‘, current infectious 122⅗bpm ‘People Hold On’, old brassily lurching (0-)107⅓bpm ‘Stop This Crazy Thing’, acidically twittering (0-)117½bpm ‘Doctorin’ The House (Say R Mix)’, short jittery 116⅓-00bpm ‘Theme From “Reportage”‘, scrappily burbling (0-)112⅘-0bpm ‘Which Doctor?‘, drearily meandering (0-)98⅚-0bpm ‘Smoke 1‘, while on a separate bonus 12 inch are the bass and drums thundered scratchy 0-104-0bpm ‘Beats & Pieces (Mo Bass Remix)‘, percussively cantering instrumental 122bpm ‘Trak 22’, drily percussive 107⅔3-0bpm ‘Stop This Crazy Thing (Hedmaster Mix)‘ and basic break beat 100bpm ‘Maker Brake‘, (0-)105bpm ‘Greedy’s Back’, 99bpm ‘Drawmasters Squeeze’. As normally a booster of all their stuff, I might have been more positive about this had they namechecked me along with all the hundreds who’ve also apparently helped them!
DIANA ROSS ‘Workin’ Overtime (Extended Version)’ (US Motown MOT-4639)
Produced and co-penned by Nile Rodgers but remixed by Timmy Regisford with additional overdubs by Blaze, this ultra juddery jolting 105⅓-105⅙bpm swingbeat jiggler is obviously a concerted attempt to return Motown’s new shareholder to street credibility — with a cymbal schlurped and “strings” scraped lurching shrill (0-)106⅓-106⅙bpm so-called House Mix too (and 0-105bpm 7″ Version). While the result is brutally efficient rather than loveable, it’ll probably succeed (UK release is apparently imminent).
“POWER HOUSE” ‘It’s Power House Brooklyn Style’ (US Nugroove NG-016)
Masters At Work created nine track 12 inch of starkly basic house instrumentals, with the maddeningly familiar (‘Space Bass’?) (0-)127½bpm ‘Outer Space’, reedy organ chorded (0-)125bpm ‘Yeah C’Mon’, “we gonna do a song that you heard before” introed (which does at least wittily edit the more common “that you never heard” version!) jaunty (0-)125½bpm ‘Los Chicanos’, “I need a little bit” girls sampling 126bpm ‘A Little Bit‘, twittery 126bpm ‘We’re Gonna Move‘, dull looping 94⅔bpm ‘Feel It Baby’, simple bass and drums powered monotonous 124bpm ‘The Bassline‘, 124bpm ‘My Mission’, and 125bpm ‘It’s Cocaine‘.
THE FUNKY WORM ‘u + me = love (12″ version)’ (FON/WEA FON19T)
Norman Whitfield’s 1976 Undisputed Truth oldie has been revived in a FON Force produced smoothly burbling 121⅚-0bpm remake with Yazz-ish cooing by Julie Stewart, Brass Construction-ish instrumental drive and (on the A-side) vocal support by Ten City, who actually remixed the even more smoothly pulsing 121⅚bpm flip (jazzier organ led 121⅚bpm instrumental too).
TOM JONES ‘Move Closer (Extended Version)’ (Jive JIVE T 203), Barry J Eastmond & Timmy Allen produced terrific slinky 94bpm remake of Phyllis Nelson’s classic smoocher, causing quite a stir even in soul circles;
DONNA SUMMER ‘I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt’ (WEA U7567T), another deceptively facile seeming SAW created cheerfully cantering (0-)119¾-0bpm catchy singalong, with an acappella outro;
ASWAD ‘Beauty’s Only Skin Deep (12″ Mix)’ (Mango 12NING 105), finally sent too late for the last Pop Dance roundup and now sadly slipping fast, this excellent 131½bpm non-reggae remake of the Temptations’ 1966 classic fingersnapper stays extremely faithful to the original’s soulful harmonies, vocal inflections and brassy surges although the arrangement is much more sparely opened out — there also now being a slightly reggaefied (0-)132bpm backbeating Skindeep Mix (Mango MANX 105) with a “May I see your Driver’s licence please?” intro;
WENDY & LISA ‘Lolly Lolly (According To Prince)’ (Virgin WL 1), Prince mixed jerkily lurching and intensifying sweetly whispered and catchy “singing lolly lolly” chanted 91⅚bpm thumping slinky jiggler (more starkly rumbling dubwise 0-92bpm Random Dance Mix too);
NATALIE COLE ‘Miss You Like Crazy’ (Manhattan 12MT 63), Michael Masser produced dead slow starting 0-32½- 65⅓bpm attractive radio ballad getting some dancefloor play too, flipped by the breezier jiggly tumbling 93bpm ‘Good To Be Back‘ and Shep Pettibone remixed jerkily jittering Latin flavoured 114⅔bpm ‘Urge To Merge (12″ Vocal Mix)‘;
NENEH CHERRY ‘Manchild (The Old School Mix)’ (Circa Records YRT30), possibly to prove haunting in time although rather dreary on first hearing, sombre slow rapped and sung jiggly undulating 86⅚bpm roller (by coincidence the exact same speed as the Style Council’s ‘Long Hot Summer’, which I BPM-ed just before this!);
ALIEN SEX FIEND ‘Haunted House’ (Anagram 12 ANA 46, via Cherry Red/Pinnacle), Youth remixed and DJ Cesare scratched mainly instrumental simple lurching 119¾-119⅔bpm backbeater droningly building through rock guitar and chanting to even some Lyn Collins “wooo-yeah” samples;
ERIC AND THE GOOD FEELING ‘Good Good Feeling (Orbital Mix)’ (Equinox 12 EON 1), girls supported hoarsely gurgling S’Xpress ‘Hey Music Lover’ vocalist with a ‘Theme From S-Express’ishly started but then throbbingly locomoting 0-118bpm simple chugger;
JUDSON SPENCE ‘If You Don’t Like It (Extended – Cool Vocal)’ (Atlantic A8950T), Justin Strauss remixed hi-hat hustled slightly garage-ish lightly growled 118⅔-0bpm blue-eyed jiggler, with a Sixties organ and brass augmented throbbing 117⅔bpm R&B Vocal and jerkier twittering 118¼bpm Acid Dub.
CHERRELLE ‘Affair (Steamy Affair Mix)’ (Tabu 654673 8)
Keith Cohen remixed originally Janet Jackson-inspired but now more Paula Abdul-like (without a boinng or ping!) dull jolting (0-)112⅕-0bpm thudder with a jerkier (0-)112⅕bpm Street Dub (Hip Hop Mix) plus the older unattractively lurching 115½bpm ‘New Love’ —what a wasted talent!
DAZZLE ‘I Don’t Want Your Love’ (Jam Today 12CHIL-11, via Jet Star)
Staccato soul sisters chanted jerky 115¾bpm street soul lurcher (instrumental too), trying for the garage market but possibly not fully available yet, and with short lived promo reaction anyway.
INNER CITY ‘Ain’t Nobody Better (Groove Corporation Remix)‘ (10 Records TENR 252), as anticipated last week, here are the import’s wrigglier flutteringly twittery 119¼-0bpm mix and even better chinking, twiddling and stuttering instrumental (0-)119⅕-0bpm Groove Corporation Manic Remix, plus its sparse smacking powerfully wailed 119½bpm Master Reese Bass-Apella Mix (but not the strong Duane Bradley Awesome Mix, so the US pressing with six mixes remains by far the best value for late buyers!);
JOMANDA ‘Make My Body Rock (Feel It) (Salsa Rhythm Mix)‘ (RCA PT 42750R), good nagging jerkily chorded semi-instrumental 122⅗-0bpm all new remix overdubbed by Paul Scott, flipped by a tapping and wailing percussapella-type 122⅔bpm Break Down Mix;
BIZARRE INC. ‘It’s Time To Get Funky (Atmosphere Mix)‘ (Blue Chip ‘R&B’ BLUE C 14R, via The Cartel), excitingly surging 127¾bpm Slick D remix of the ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ sampling house instrumental, flipped by the original (0-)127¾bpm Rockford Illinois Mix and an Atmosfear-less more chunkily lurching 122¾bpm Smokin’ Not Jokin’ Mix.
THE CLUB CHART – May 6, 1989
Due to a James Hamilton beyond our control we are unable to bring you this week’s Club Chart. In its place we are repeating last week’s chart and this feeble, grovelling apology, we hope normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
[Places have been calculated from information supplied in future weeks.]
01 01 KEEP ON MOVIN’ (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler), 10 Records 12in
02 03 THAT’S HOW I’M LIVING/THE CHIEF Toni Scott, Champion 12in
03 02 PLANET E (MIXES)/DANCIN’ MACHINE (ACID HOUSE REMIX) kc Flightt, RCA 12in
04 09 AIN’T NOBODY BETTER (UK MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
05 04 WHO’S IN THE HOUSE The Beatmasters with Merlin, Rhythm King 12in
06 06 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 JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ (SK’OUSE/HIP HOUSE MIXES) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC, Desire 12in
08 08 MY MYSELF AND I (RICHIE RICH REMIX)/JENIFA (TAUGHT ME) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
09 49 I’M EVERY WOMAN (DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
10 13 TAKE SOME TIME OUT (REMIXES) Arnold Jarvis, Republic Records 12in
11 07 DEVOTION (MARSHALL’S CLUB MIX/THE VOICE OF PARADISE) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
12 05 MUSICAL FREEDOM (FREE AT LAST) (EXTENDED FREEDOM MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva and introducing Carmen Marie, Cooltempo 12in
13 12 GET HIP TO THIS! (MIXES) M-D-Emm featuring Nasih, RePublic Records 12in
14 29 LET IT ROLL Raze presents Doug Lazy, US Grove St. 12in
15 15 LOVE’S GOT 2 BE STRONG (MIXES) Keyman Edwards, Fourth & Broadway 12in
16 19 REAL LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
17 18 PEOPLE HOLD ON (DISCO MIX) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
18 17 SHELTER Circuit featuring Koffi, Collision Records 12in
19 33 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
20 11 SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
21 28 CRUCIAL (DANCE REMIX) New Edition, MCA Records 12in
22 24 SISTER ROSA (12” REMIX/DUB VERSION) The Neville Brothers, Breakout 12in
23 14 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (US MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
24 34 KRUSH GROOVIN’ (MIXES)/GOOD LOVE (TOO BAD) Krush, FON 12in
25 20 THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, Desire 12in
26 26 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (CLUB MIX SWEET) Jomanda, RCA 12in
27 22 U + ME = LOVE (CLUB/DUB) The Funky Worm + Ten City x The Fon Force, FON 12in promo
28 16 ONE MAN (ONE MIX) Chanelle, Cooltempo 12in
29 25 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, Doctor Beat 12in
30 35 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION/RAPACIOUS MIXES) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
31 23 SAY NO GO/ME MYSELF AND I/EYE KNOW/THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul, Big Life LP
32 — WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (LOVE & UNITY REMIX) Illusion, Rumour Records 12in
33 30 ROCK TO THE BEAT (STEVE WREN’S THE SLAMMER MIX) Lisa M, Jive 12in promo
34 74 MR DJ (MIXES) Joyce ‘Fenderella’ Irby with Doug E Fresh, Motown 12in pre-release
35 78 HELYOM HALIB (ACID ACID ACID/ACID MIX) Cappella, Music Man 12in
36 38 THE RED THE BLACK THE GREEN/DANCE, DANCE, DANCE The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
37 41 ACTIVATED (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Gerald Alston, Motown 12in
38 — STAY (SLAMMING MIX) Silicon Chip featuring The Turntable Orchestra, BPM Records 12in white label
39 — IT’S YOUR TIME (MIXES) Arthur Baker and the backbeat disciples, Breakout 12in promo twinpack
40 31 PEOPLE HOLD ON (BLAZE’S NEW JERSEY JAZZ MIX) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
41 21 CALM DOWN (VERSIONS) Most Wanted, US The Fever 12in
42 46 ADDING ON/BLACK IS BACK/GETTING FIERCE/PURE RIGHTEOUSNESS Lakim Shabazz, Sure Delight LP
43 45 BLACK AND PROUD!/SKRUM (AND THEN SOME!) Dismasters, US Urban Rock Records 12in
44 80 HUMANITY (CLUB MIX) The Biddu Orchestra, Trax 12in
45 — EVERYBODY’S ON THE RUN (FREDDY BASTONE/NORMAN JAY MIXES)/LONG HOT SUMMER (89 MIX EXTENDED VERSION) The Style Council featuring Brian J Powell, Polydor 12in
46 37 LET’S GO (REMIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
48 36 REAL LOVE (HOUSE MIX) El DeBarge, Motown 12in
47 50 WORK IT TO THE BONE (REMIXES) LNR, US House Jam Records 12in
48 84 ROCKIN’ ON THE GO-GO SCENE Richie Rich, Gee St Recordings 12in
50 — MADE TO BE TOGETHER Deja, 10 Records 12in
51 32 SOMETHING SPECIAL (MAGIC JUAN MIX) Sharon Dee Clarke, Urban 12in
52 — MY LOVE IS SO RAW (EXTENDED CLUB MIX) Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
53 52 GROOVE ME (EXTENDED)/TEDDY’S JAM (HYPE MIX/RADIO EDIT) Guy, MCA Records 12in
54 48 JOY AND PAIN (WORLD TO WORLD REMIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
55 — YOU’RE THE ONE (THE JOURNEY) (MIXES) Bang, RCA 12in
56 61 I’M THE ONE (CHRIS PAUL DANCE REMIX) Perri, MCA Records 12in
57 97 THIS IS SKA (‘THE WAY I SEE IT’ MIX) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
58 27 RHYTHM IS THE MASTER DJ Chuck Chillout and Kool Chip, US Mercury 12in
59 59 VOODOO RAY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, US Warlock Records 12in
60 63 MUSICAL FREEDOM (YOU GOT THE LOVE MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Candi Staton, Cooltempo 12in
61 — THERE AIN’T ENOUGH LOVE (MIXES) Zushii, First Base Records 12in
62 — AIN’T NOTHIN’ TO IT K-9 Posse, Arista 12in
63 70 RAP SUMMARY (LEAN ON ME)/WRATH OF KANE Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in promo
64 81 LET IT LOOSE (MIXES) Amy Jackson, US Bigshot Records 12in/BSBi 12in pre-release
65 64 GOT TO KEEP ON (12” VERSION/B BOY MIX)/PICK UP ON THIS Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
66 98 ROXANNE’S ON A ROLL (REMIXES) The Real Roxanne, US Select 12in
67 83 PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE MUSIC (LES ADAMS GARAGE REMIX) Burrell, 10 Records 12in
68 47 STILL WAITING (MIXES) Kechia Jenkins, US Profile 12in
69 — ONE BETTER WORLD (BLAZE’S GARAGE/CLUB MIXES) ABC, Neutron 12in
70 — AIN’T NOBODY BETTER (GROOVE CORPORATION MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
71 — TEARS (MIXES) Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie featuring Robert Owens, ffrr 12in pre-release
72 — IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY/TRANCE DANCE (12” JERSEY MIX) D Mob featuring LRS/Gary Haisman, ffrr 12in pre-release
73 58 JUST A LITTLE BIT (MIXES) Total Science, Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ 12in
74 89 HARDCORE HIP HOP (DOUBLE TROUBLE REMIX) Tyree, DJ International Records 12in
75 90 WOMEN BEAT THEIR MEN (MIXES) Voodoo Doll, US Breaking Bones Records 12in
76 82 STRINGS OF LIFE (MIXES) Rhythim Is Rhythim, Jack Trax 12in
77 — GOOD TO BE BACK/MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
78 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
79 66 STOP THE WORLD Black, Rock & Ron, Supreme Records LP
80 — DEVOTION (PARADISE REVISITED/’DUNN FOR FUN’ MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
81 51 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Today, Motown 12in
82 — GOT TO KEEP ON (DANNY D REMIX) Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
83 39 TOGETHER/LETTER TO THE BETTER Ace & Action³, US Prism 12in
84 — IF I’M NOT YOUR LOVER (REMIXES) Al B. Sure! featuring Slick Rick, US Warner Bros/Uptown Records 12in
85 72 THE RAGGAMUFFIN NUMBER/BREAK BEAT 1 Nomad featuring Daddy Harvey, Ruma 12in white label
86 67 HOUSIN’ WITH THE T’S (MIXES)/T-N-OFF (MIXES) T La Rock, US Fresh Records 12in
87 42 LET’S DANCE (HIP HOUSE/HIP HOP MIXES) Sweet Tee, US Profile 12in
88 43 LET’S GET HYPED (MIXES) Kool Rock Steady, US DJ International Records 12in
89 — (I’VE GOT YOUR) PLEASURE CONTROL (MIXES) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in pre-release
90 — IT’S TIME TO GET FUNKY (ATMOSPHERE MIX) Bizarre Inc, Blue Chip “R&B” 12in
91 — HI MISTER LOGAN Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
92 85 HARD CORE – HIP HOUSE (US REMIXES) Tyree, US DJ International Records 12in
93 — ALWAYS THERE CharVoni, Syncopate 12in promo
94 44 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
95 94 THE TIME IS RIGHT (MIXES) Russell Patterson, US Jump Street 12in
96 — WORKIN’ OVERTIME Diana Ross, US Motown 12in
97 56 TO THE MAX/IT’S MY TURN Stezo, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
98 — LET ME SHOW YOU (MIXES) Tawanna Curry, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
99 40 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (TODD TERRY/TONY D VERSIONS) MC Sergio, US Idlers 12in
100= 55 LOVER (MIXES) Roqui, US Nugroove 12in
100= 60 JUST A LITTLE MORE/(SURRENDER MIX) Fifth Of Heaven, MixOut Records 12in
100= 65 TIME MARCHES ON (JUSTIN STRAUSS REMIXES) Jungle Wonz, Breakout 12in
100= 75 WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE? (GHETTO MIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
100= 95 24/7 Dino, Fourth & Broadway 12in
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L.A. Mix’s ‘Get Loose’ – featuring MC Jammy Hammy’s “but not for long” vocal contribution – gave James his second of three hit singles, peaking at #25 in July. You can see his cameo appearance at 1:20 in the video.
Queen Latifah, debuting this week, makes a lyrical reference to the “Daisy Age”, following De La Soul’s earlier lead; we’ve not yet heard about the Native Tongues collective, but both acts were a part of it.
Here’s another possible first: Daddae Harvey opens Nomad’s ‘The Ragamuffin Number’ with the call “SELECTA”, years ahead of Craig David!
I do think that James is sometimes too quick to brand a record “dated” – even if it’s not always meant as a criticism – and in hindsight it’s especially strange that he slaps the tag on Public Enemy’s classic ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos’.
James’s omission from the massive list of credits on Coldcut’s album must have stung even more when he spotted shout-outs to RM’s other three regular dance music journalists: Tim Jeffrey, Matthew Collins and Malu Halasa. Maybe it’s another sign that, while he was still able to commentate authoritatively on the current dance scene, James was gradually becoming more of an observer than an active participant.