BEATS & PIECES
MCA RECORDS dance supremo Adrian Sykes returned from the States aghast at the cock-up that had occurred in his absence over the promo of Precious (see lead review), and promises that when released fully on July 3 it will indeed be called ‘Definition Of A Track’ with best versions on the A-side! … Champion’s label copy on the UK pressing of the A Guy Called Gerald based Voodoo Doll ‘Women Beat Their Men’ revealingly states “Licensed from Breaking Bones Records in co-operation with Rham Records” … Smith & Mighty merely mixed (as finished label copy reveals) the self-produced Dorothy ‘Reflections’ … Big Daddy Kane ‘Rap Summary (Lean On Me)’ is now in a stuttery (0-)103bpm Remix on import (US Cold Chillin’ 0-21235), scratching the ‘Lean On Me’ soundtrack’s gospel version and generally jiggling everything up over a tugging bass … UK released remixes I have neither time nor room to review this week include Mystique, Kariya (by M|A|R|R|S), Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie, Joyce Sims, D-Mob, Cookie Crew, Simon Harris, FFWD (Fast Forward), Tone Loc, Baby Ford … Raven Maize didn’t hit The Club Chart quite as high as anticipated last week because supplies back then were still hard to come by, while more recently hard to find has been the moronically repetitive Li’l Louis ‘French Kiss‘ (US Diamond), accurately described by Pete Tong as “to house what ‘The 900 Number’ was to hip hop” … DJ (rather than sales) returns were significant for the following releases roadblocked outside The Club Chart’s top 100 last week: Corporation Of One (House Mix UK), Overlord X, Imagination, Bizarre Inc (Atmosphere Mix), Kelly Charles (Remix), R. Tyme, Circuit (Remix), Edwin Starr, Karyn White, Levert, Paula Abdul, Tyree (Double Trouble Mix). Cybertron, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, June Montana (Remix), Three Times Dope, The Lincoln Boys, Poppa Ron Love, Chubb Rock, The Mafia … RCA have signed Mica Paris’s big sister, Alisha — not to be confused with an American girl of the same name on the same label some time ago! — who’s more in a street soul bag … Elvis Presley’s lookalike may not be too apparent if all you get to see is the main musical section of the Real Roxanne video (which is being re-cut to accommodate the Norman Cook remix in a separate version), as he is featured in the best part, a dialogue only intro … Big Fun ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ has reputedly had to be withdrawn, a disaster for pop jocks who didn’t get the promo! … Jason Donovan ‘Sealed With A Kiss’ (orchestrally preambled on 0-95⅚-95½-0bpm 12 inch) is flipped by the Philly Soul style attractively cantering semi-instrumental 0-124⅕-124⅖bpm ‘Just Call Me Up‘, worth checking … Friday (23) finds an under 18s Meltdown rave at Greenford Hall in Ruislip Road, Greenford, with Paul Goldsmith, Mark and Jason, while Deep (plus Sweet, Northern & Modern — Soul, that is) is supplied at Camden Town’s Dingwalls by Ivor Jones, Graeme Ellis, Ian Clark, Simon Dunmore and Gary Dennis … Aberdeen DJ Derek Howie, who has worked for Impulse in the past and knows the groundwork (like, for instance, the radio stations and all the chart return shops between Dundee and Aberdeen!), is offering his record promotional services for oil rich North East Scotland to interested companies on 0224-645522 … Pete Tong refers to me as “the Welsh Tourist Board”, although this week I’ve been up in farthest North West Scotland yet again, for the fourth time, just to watch it stay relatively light all night — BUT NOT FOR LONG!
CRY SISCO! ‘Afro Dizzi Act’ (Escape Records AWOLT 1, via PRT)
Sounding as if recorded in an arab souk, this actually Paris recorded confusing noises washed jittery 93⅚bpm bass bombing jogger samples bits of Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn dialogue from ‘The African Queen’, amongst many other effects, and is suddenly much hyped on a French pressing from last year that is apparently exploding in Balearic venues here (it’s for the Kon Kan market, if you get my drift), flipped by a 93⅔bpm edit and the altogether jollier breezily bounding 121bpm ‘Ki Ton Ko’ afro-pop-house chanter.
PRECIOUS ‘In Motion’ (MCA Records MCAT 1349)
Precisely ⅕bpm slower than the US pressing and with its priorities totally messed up, this UK pressing has made the import’s secondary B-side 119⅘bpm ‘In Motion (Vocal Mix)’ its lead title track, a hip house-ishly loping female rap that’s nowhere near as strong as the now UK flip relegated similar though much chunkier 119⅗-119⅘bpm A Definition Of A Track (the track in fact that, originally on last year’s influential ‘Back To Basics’ EP, gives the import its main ‘Definition Of A Track’ title), the UK single also including the instrumental 119⅘bpm Beats and Breakdown versions but omitting the harder vocal The Rap’s In Motion. Apart from the loss of its surely much more memorable main ‘Definition’ title, none of this really matters so long as you bear in mind that the best tracks are on the B-side.
HEAVY D. & THE BOYZ ‘Big Tyme’ (US Uptown Records MCA-42302)
Instantly massive on import, this strong rap album has the Zapp ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’ based ultra funky 108(intro)-105½bpm ‘More Bounce’, Marley Marl produced madly jaunty 0-102⅓bpm ‘Here We Go Again, Y’All‘, exciting JB sampling fast talking jumpy 109bpm ‘Flexin’‘, Brown & Byrd jittered funky 105½bpm ‘Big Tyme‘, ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ introed then ‘Mr Magic’ jazzy organ jogged 0-99⅙pm ‘You Ain’t Heard Nuttin Yet‘, patois accented attractive reggae 0-90⅚bpm ‘Mood For Love‘, Marley Marl produced wordily rolling 105⅚bpm ‘EZ Duz It, Do It EZ‘, Al B. Sure! backed swingbeat 0-105⅓bpm ‘Somebody For Me‘, dryly bragging 94bpm ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me‘, Martin Luther King preambled sombre (though jaunty oldies backed) 0-89⅙bpm ‘A Better Land‘, frantic “live” (0-)113½bpm ‘Let It Flow‘, and current Teddy Riley produced twiddly diddly jiggling (0-)114bpm ‘We Got Our Own Thang‘.
VARIOUS ‘Music From “Do The Right Thing”‘ (US Motown MOT-6272)
Following repeated in-car play off cassette, this soundtrack compilation album from Spike Lee’s new movie to my mind runs from best to worst through the powerful funkily jumping JB groove-like unbleeped 0-104bpm PUBLIC ENEMY ‘Fight The Power’, sleazily jiggling jaunty (0-)113⅓bpm TEDDY RILEY featuring GUY ‘My Fantasy‘, subtly storming ultra jittery go go 97bpm EU ‘Party Hearty‘, superb (though not for floors) Bobby McFerrin-ish Latin doo wop 0-74-0bpm TAKE 6 ‘Don’t Shoot Me‘ (sampling Stevie Wonder’s ‘Living For The City’ at the end), trickily pattering slow but haunting Spanish sung (0-)53½-55-55¾bpm RUBEN BLADES ‘Tu Y Yo‘, Anita Baker-ishly gurgled lurchingly trotting (0-)107⅔-0bpm ‘Prove To Me‘ and more Chaka Khan-ish weaving pleasant (with a fingersnappin’ acappella finish) 0-95/47½-0bpm ‘Feel So Good‘ both by PERRI, whose leader also duets the inoffensive slow 95/47½-0bpm LORI PERRY & GERALD ALSTON ‘Hard To Say’, orchestrally outroed drifting 68-0bpm AL JARREAU ‘Never Explain Love’, Lionel Richie-type tortuously crawling 0-26/52-53¼-0bpm KEITH JOHN ‘Why Don’t We Try’, really irritatingly tediously repetitive simple reggae 70¾-70⅔bpm STEEL PULSE ‘Can’t Stand It’.
NENEH CHERRY ‘Raw Like Sushi’ (Circa Records CIRCA 8)
Neneh certainly doesn’t let you forget she’s had a baby in both the artwork and some lyrics of her much praised well worded rap/pop/soul album, with the ‘Get Up, Get Into It And Get Involved’ guitar introed infectiously jittering rapped/chanted 106-0bpm ‘Outré Risqué Locomotive’, scrubbing funkily jiggling 110½bpm ‘So Here I Come‘, Stevie Wonder ‘Living For The City’ sampling introed soulfully jogging 0-93bpm ‘Inna City Mamma‘, catchy swingbeat-hip hop 101⅔bpm ‘Heart‘, hip house-ishly rapping (0-)116⅕bpm ‘The Next Generation‘, jittery cantering Latin-hip hop-pop (0-)118bpm ‘Kisses On The Wind‘, plaintively jiggling (0-)98⅔bpm ‘Love Ghetto‘, wordily swaying 92bpm ‘Phoney Ladies‘, ‘Buffalo Gals’ sampling debut pop hit (0-)107¼bpm ‘Buffalo Stance’, and current weaving 84¾bpm ‘Manchild’.
PRINCESS ‘Lover Don’t Go’ (Touchtone Records OUCT 1, via PRT)
Now extricated from her fruitless Polydor contract (should she ever have left Supreme and Stock Aitken Waterman?), Desirée Hyslop returns on her manager/brother’s own label with a sweetly wailed and warbled though lyrically anxious breezily throbbing and jangling 120bpm flier that’s pleasant enough possibly to nibble at Yazz’s market dominance, without necessarily being as big as her hits of yore (Dub Mix flip).
AL B. SURE! featuring Slick Rick ‘If I’m Not Your Lover’ (Warner Bros/Uptown W2908T)
Chatted, worried and whinneyed with duetting and counterpointing help from rapper Rick, this jerkily lurching catchy swingbeat jiggler is here still usefully in its US issued (0-)107bpm 12″ Remix, wriggly 0-107bpm 7″ Remix, more easily rolling 0-104bpm LP Version and chunkily swaying 105⅙bpm R&B Remix.
REDHEAD KINGPIN & THE F.B.I. ‘Do The Right Thing’ (10 Records TENX 271)
Not due here fully until July 3 but already about on both promo and import, gruffly mature 17-year-old rapper David ‘Redhead’ Guppy’s jerkily rolling swingbeat/hip hop jiggler is lurchingly arranged by Teddy Riley (who, if he’s also known as Markell Riley, reputedly co-produced too) in 0-108-108⅙-108⅓bpm 12″ Mix, (0-)108⅓-108⅙-0bpm US Street Mix, disjointedly jolting beat losingly edited circa 109⅔-110bpm Butcher Mix and Acappella versions, likely to get attention in the current climate.
JAMES INGRAM ‘It’s Real (12″ Extended Version)’ (Warner Bros W2975T)
Gene Griffin produced, Teddy Riley arranged and accompanied (presumably it’s Gene chatting to Teddy in the amusing preamble!) juddery jumping bright 116⅓-0bpm — need I say swingbeat? — jiggler, soulfully nagged and wailed with real funky drive, flipped by a vocally moaned less vigorous 117-0bpm Smooth Dub Mix (116⅓-0bpm 7″ Edit too).
BOBBY BROWN ‘On Our Own (Extended Club Version)’ (US MCA Records MCA-23957)
His song from ‘Ghostbusters II’ is an LA & Babyface created in truth fairly routine — though obviously with the advantage of a flying start right now! — rolling 102⅔bpm swingbeat swayer (instrumental/radio edit flip), while the soundtrack album
‘Ghostbusters (US MCA Records MCA/6306)
contains a less sharply mixed 101⅚bpm version plus Bobby’s self-produced vigorously lurching 109⅕bpm ‘We’re Back’, with a jaunty calliope lilt but overly repetitive chanted lyrics, plus the jittery jolting pent-up strong swingbeat 104bpm NEW EDITION ‘Supernatural‘, possibly long term standout nervily jiggling rap ‘n’ scratch (0-)106bpm DOUG E. FRESH & THE GET FRESH CREW ‘Spirit‘, good breezily churning Ray Parker Jr oldie rearranging pop rap (0-)128⅓-0bpm RUN D.M.C. ‘Ghostbusters‘, totally pop being the croakingly burbling 111-0bpm OINGO BOINGO ‘Flesh ‘N Blood’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ based FM rock 135bpm ELTON JOHN ‘Love Is A Cannibal’, frantically jerky US movie rock (0-)158bpm GLENN FREY ‘Flip City’, Jackie Wilson reviving percussive but soundalike 181⅓bpm HOWARD HUNTSBERRY ‘Higher And Higher’, ambiguously swaying semi-falsetto (0-)111/55½bpm JAMES “J.T.” TAYLOR ‘The Promised Land’.
YOUNG MC ‘Bust A Move’ (Delicious Vinyl/Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 137)
Chicken scratching guitar and percussive break beat backed, soulfully singing female counterpointed, good rhythm riding hoarsely fast talking 117½-117⅔bpm funky jiggler, flipped by the Ben E. King ‘Supernatural Thing’ based slinkily swaying 92½bpm appropriately wordy ‘Got More Rhymes‘ (instrumentals of both too).
TOO NICE ‘I Git Minze (Hip House Remixes)’ (US Arista ADI-9827)
Gail ‘Sky’ King remixed ‘White Lines’-ishly throbbing hip house jiggler by a drily rapping duo in 119⅘-0bpm Extended Dance and Single Remixes, 120⅕bpm Original Album Mix, 120bpm Extended Dub and 119⅘bpm Percapella Remixes (starkly narrative 99⅙bpm ‘Cold Wild Strong Isle‘ too).
THREE TIMES DOPE ‘Funky Dividends’ (US Arista ADI-9835)
Really gorgeous ‘Float On’-style but in fact Delegation ‘Oh Honey’ based slinkily swaying gentle conversational rap, with chatter between Philadelphia’s 3-D dudes and three dope gals plus some Presidential samples, in 101bpm Goin’ For Broke Remix and Edit, 100⅚bpm Great Groove Club Mix, 0-101bpm Big Money Talkin’ Beats and 99⅓bpm Modern Day Radio Mix versions (more urgent 104⅚bpm ‘Original Stylin’‘ too), thoroughly recommended and already charted by several DJs since May although amazingly not a big seller, so far.
L.L. COOL J ‘Walking With A Panther’ (US Def Jam OC 45172)
The panther is black, of course (and feline), on the sleeve of this stark drum and bass backed old school wordy album on which he still hasn’t deserted the rap ballad style that lost him so many b-boy followers (maybe to compensate for which he also goes on about his dick), with the Hank Shocklee & Eric Sandler co-created funkily jittering 108bpm ‘Nitro’, frantic fast talking and well worded funky 118bpm ‘Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?‘, old school jogging 90½-0bpm ‘Clap Your Hands‘, jiggly churning 109⅙-0bpm ‘Jingling Baby‘, phonecalling girl punctuated jauntily lurching 96⅙bpm ‘1-900 L.L. Cool J‘, jazzily keyboarded loping 107½bpm ‘Def Jam In The Motherland‘, joltingly bragging 96¼bpm ‘Droppin’ Em‘, sparsely rolling 90½bpm ‘Smokin’ Dopin’‘, tough but brief lived girl extolling morality tale 105bpm ‘Fast Peg‘, conversationally male chauvinist 98bpm ‘Big Ole Butt‘, jerkily time signatured swaying 0-83⅓-0bpm ‘Jealous‘, currently 12-inched 0-110¾bpm ‘It Get’s No Rougher’ and 119½bpm ‘I’m That Type Of Guy’, Cyndé Monet duetted slushy 43½/87bpm ‘Two Different Worlds’, tender rap ballad 36⅔bpm ‘One Shot At Love’ and similarly tempoed 41bpm ‘You’re My Heart’.
DOWN BY LAW ‘Livin’ In The Ghetto’ (CityBeat CBE-1238)
Plaintively pitched girl wailed, worried and doodied jiggly rolling 100⅓-100⅙bpm Soul II Soul/Smith & Mighty-type “the sound of the drum and bass” groove, more of a mood than a song (piano plonked 99⅔-0bpm instrumental flip), right for the moment.
TRUE FAITH with FINAL CUT ‘You Can’t Deny The Bass’ (RCA PT 42910)
Previously billed as Final Cut w/True Faith (the latter on vocals), the discordant stuttery squawking girls’ synth and piano backed frantic fierce jittery 0-123-122⅘bpm flier has clichéd “bass, how low can you go?” samples, scratching sun stops and an air of rushed sloppiness, but indeed you can’t deny it’s lively (in Long, Short and Dub versions).
INTENSE ‘Garage Movement’ (US Ace Beat ACE 1145)
A house five-tracker despite its overall title, with the Sylvester-ish semi-falsetto galloping 120⅕-0bpm ‘Let The Rain Come Down’, similarly squeaky though more rambling 120⅕bpm ‘Can’t Treat Me This Way‘, butch “Intense” (or “in tents”?!) changing started wriggly lurching instrumental 121⅘bpm ‘The Strength‘, soulful girl wailed bounding 121⅓bpm ‘Can’t Mess Around’, and bass shuffled instrumental 120⅕bpm ‘Dog A Baseline‘.
SHEENA EASTON ‘101 (The Remix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1348)
Promoed here in two mixes but also about on import, this David Morales remix of her album’s Prince production is a smoothly pulsing latin house freestyle-ish 117-117⅕bpm worried and wailed loper which stays rhythmically rather cool throughout, unlike the flip’s guitar yowled throbbing dramatically surging impassioned 0-115-0bpm Uptown Version, two such contrasting sides adding up to good value.
TAMMY LUCAS ‘Hey Boy (Club Mixes)’ (RePublic Records LICT 019)
Only 100 white label copies have been promoed to shops with the following mixes by Touch’s Gordon Williams of this Timmy Regisford & Boyd Jarvis produced plaintive girl wailed 1986 New York garage hit (the finished promos sent to DJs will be different), here for collectors in a shuffling and rambling 118⅕bpm House Mix, tighter 118bpm Break Down Mix, and more instrumental (0-)118bpm G. Man Mix.
JODY WATLEY with ERIC B & RAKIM ‘Friends (Extended Version)’ (US MCA Records MCA-23956)
Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler & Paul Shabazz remixed this fidgety bouncing and bumping ultra-jittery (0-)100bpm swingbeat jolter, with Rakim’s guest rap (the song surely being inspired by Whodini’s oldie of the same name?), so rhythm packed that it has to be huge, flipped (instrumental too) by the similarly Andre Cymone produced more plaintively jittering 101½bpm ‘Private Life’.
KOOL & THE GANG ‘Raindrops (12″ Remix)’ (US Mercury 874 403-1)
Chuckii Booker prod/penned, Blaze remixed, brightly tinkling but snappy synth snarled lurching beefy 0-107⅔-0bpm trotter, thankfully very uncharacteristic of the now James “JT” Taylor lacking veteran group, who harmonise and wail through the chunky beat up to a rainstorm end (amusing sound effects spiked Dub and tighter 107⅔bpm 7″ Remix, plus the brass blasted jazzily jolting 95⅙bpm ‘Amor Amore (Instrumental)’.
DA POSSE Featuring MARTELL ‘Searchin’ Hard’ (US Dance Mania DM-022)
Of its five different treatments, this basic jiggly trotter is best as the prettily tinkled burbling 121⅕bpm piano instrumental Krazee Mix, this groove being repeated in the percolating pshta pshta-ed semi-vocal 121⅕bpm Mike Dunn’s AC Mix, with a frantically hip house-ish instrumental 126⅕bpm Hula’s Dance, gloomy guy moaned 121bpm Vocals Mix and lighter twittery 121-0bpm Acid Mix.
CORPORATION OF ONE ‘Black Like Me’ (US Smokin’ TAI LP 4446)
Reviewed off import but also now out here (Desire LUV 3), Freddy Bastone’s solo album seems aimed more at New York’s gay orientated club scene as, despite an initial sales rush, it disappointingly doesn’t really have much new that’s essential for floors here, although interesting listening are the radio montage introed then Soft Cell originated bright bubbled and fluted through glum Keoki spoken strange jiggly (0-)121⅓bpm ‘Bedsitter’, amusing ‘Blue Velvet’ movie dialogue introed then Gary Michael Wade moaned bounding Hi-NRG house (0-)120⅔-120¾bpm ‘Don’t Give Up On A Dream‘, Mystique rapped jittery tapping ‘Superstition’/’Jungle Fever’-ish (0-)91½bpm ‘Concrete Jungle‘, bloodthirsty dialogue sombre Jamal Turner chatted swaying 0-110bpm ‘Guns Of The Boogie Down‘, Freddy whispered sado-masochistic sensual South American porn star dedicated syndrum poo poo-ed loping (0-)119⅕bpm ‘Vanessa Del Rio‘, previously 12-inched dull burbling pshta pshta-ed 124⅕bpm ‘The Prayer‘, Kevin Williams mournfully nagged sometimes Near Eastern flavoured synth surged jiggling 116(intro)-119⅘-119⅖bpm ‘So Where Are You‘ and Simple Minds/Queen woven tinkly juddering (0-)120⅕bpm ‘The Real Life‘.
GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL & THE FURIOUS 5 ‘White Lines ’89 — Part II (Don’t Do It)’ (US New Day Records, Inc. BA-529)
Brand new rather raucously rushed and less sinister bounding 119-118⅘bpm remake of the Liquid Liquid ‘Cavern’ based classic 1983 rap, the anti-drugs message which seems less chilling in this rewrite despite warning about the evils of crack (inst/edit too).
MILO ‘90,000 B.C.’ (US Raw Records RAW-70001)
Alluding to Jimmy Castor at the start, this simple ethereally tuneful house instrumental canters through wordless Arabic-style female changing, caveman grunts, pattering percussion and some acidic twitters in 120⅕bpm Cro-Magnon Cave Mix, Neanderthal Beats, Acid Junkie Mix and 120⅖bpm Mastodon Mood Mix versions, most percussively acidic and stark in the latter mixes, all being rather effective.
MASSIVE SOUNDS featuring Maxi Culture ‘Ruff & Massive’ (US Nugroove NG021)
Bobby Konders produced clanking, jangling, pattering and piping simple 118-0bpm striding swinger with reggae accented chat by Maxi, in Realitytime Mix, Version and Strictly Rydem treatments, flipped by the even looser limbed airily pulsing 120-0bpm ‘Free South Africa’, in Wds. of Truth Mix and Version treatments, basically instrumental with overdubbed messages.
IMAGINATION ‘Love’s Taking Over (Sensitive Mix)’ (RCA PT 42660)
Turning out to be produced by T-Coy, this David Morales remixed vigorously fluid bass thrummed striding 124⅘-124½-0bpm spirited deep house bounder is still sung in Leee John’s usually coolly falsetto style, flipped by T-Coy’s own more percussive (with typically Latin breaks) 124⅘-124½bpm Club Mix.
STEVE POINDEXTER ‘Work That Mutha F***er’ (US Muzique Records MR-001)
Very basic and rather old fashioned 1988-style instrumental house four-tracker led off by this frantically thumping and throbbing 129bpm rhythm track with a repeatedly muttered rude title line, plus the cymbal schlurping pipe organ toned 127½bpm ‘Computer Madness‘ acidically twittered pounding 125¼-0bpm ‘Chillin’ With The “P”‘, less violently twittering 125½bpm ‘Born To Freak‘, Mike Dunn being involved in at least the last three.
JAMMIX ‘Funhouse’ (US Fourth Floor Records FF 1100)
Usefully familiar sampled notes and riffs woven friskily churning house instrumental programmed by Tommy Musto in 121⅘bpm Club “House” Mix, Joey’s Jam and Mike’s Remix versions (title repeating juddery bashing 122-0bpm ‘Rockin It‘ too).
BREEZE ‘LA. Posse (Extended Version)’ (US Atlantic 0-76421)
‘Atomic Dog’-ishly Clinton-esque P’funkily cranking 103½bpm self congratulatory LA Posse produced rap roller (inst/edit too), initially selling perhaps more for the urgently wordy frenetic drumkit wriggled 116¼bpm ‘Pull A Fast One‘.
CHUBB ROCK with Howie Tee ‘Ya Bad Chubbs’ (US Select Records FMS 62336)
Howie on the actual label is listed merely as producer of this chuggingly syncopated cleverly rhymed wordy hoarse rap, thudding around a breezily tinkled little “Popeye tune” (familiar and sea shanty-ish but not, to my mind, the cartoon ‘Popeye’ theme), in 108⅓bpm Chubb Club Mix, 107½-0bpm Radio, 107⅔bpm Instrumental, 107⅔-0bpm Howie’s Beat, 108bpm Bonus “PE” Beat, and totally different more hip house 118¾bpm Crib Mix versions.
JOE SMOOTH Featuring Mikkhiel ‘I’ll Be There’ (US D.J. International Records DJ-971)
Squeakily semi-falsetto good simple unhurriedly trotting house jangler remixed from Joe’s six months old LP in new 117⅔-117¾-0bpm Club, 117¾bpm Radio, 118bpm Zanzibar, Instrumental and Percahouse Apella Mixes.
THE CLUB CHART – June 24, 1989
01 01 BACK TO LIFE (CLUB MIX/JAM ON THE GROOVE) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in
02 02 LET IT ROLL Raze presents Doug Lazy, US Atlantic/Grove St. 12in/Champion promo/bootlegs
03 04 IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob featuring LRS, ffrr 12in
04 05 JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ (SK’OUSE/HIP HOUSE) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC, Desire 12in
05 03 TEARS (CLASSIC VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL) Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie, ffrr 12in
06 14 DO IT TO THE CROWD Twin Hype, Profile 12in
07 08 GRANDPA’S PARTY (12” MUSIC/BEAT MIXES) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
08 10 WE GOT OUR OWN THANG (CLUB VERSION) Heavy D & The Boyz, US Uptown Records 12in
09 13 GET LOOSE (MIXES) L.A. Mix featuring Jazzi P, Breakout 12in pre-release
10 09 LOOKING FOR A LOVE (CLUB MIX) Joyce Sims, ffrr 12in
11 19 FIGHT THE POWER (EXTENDED VERSION) Public Enemy, US Motown 12in
12 06 I’M EVERY WOMAN (DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
13 15 AIN’T NOBODY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES REMIX)/EYE TO EYE/I FEEL FOR YOU (PAUL SIMPSON REMIXES)/SLOW DANCIN’ (HANK SHOCKLEE & ERIC SADLER REMIX)/I KNOW YOU, I LIVE YOU (TONY HUMPHRIES REMIX)/LIFE IS A DANCE (DAVID MORALES REMIX)/CLOUDS (CLIVILLES & COLE REMIX)/THIS IS MY NIGHT (MARLEY MARL REMIX)/I’M EVERY WOMAN (DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
14 07 EVERY LITTLE STEP (EXTENDED/UPTOWN MIXES) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
15 17 JOY AND PAIN (REMIXES) Donna Allen, BCM Records 12in
16 52 HEAVEN (CELESTIAL CLUB MIX) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
17 20 IT’S YOUR TIME (NYC VOCAL) Arthur Baker and the backbeat disciples, Breakout 12in
18 69 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL/RICKY ROUGE REMIXES) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
19 40 FOREVER TOGETHER (MIXES) Raven Maize, US Quark 12in
20 11 WORK IT TO THE BONE (THE CLUBHOUSE MIX/UK REMIXES) LNR, Kool Kat 12in
21 28 ON THE CLUB TIP King Sun, Profile 12in
22 35 LET’S WORK (CLUB VERSION)/I CAN’T TAKE IT (CHEP’S DOWN) Casanovas Revenge, de/Construction Records 12in
23 33 BLAME IT ON THE BASSLINE Norman Cook featuring MC Wildski, Go Beat 12in pre-release
24 26 LET ME SHOW YOU (MIXES) Tawanna Curry, RePublic Records 12in
25 16 WOMEN BEAT THEIR MEN (MIXES) Voodoo Doll, Champion 12in
26 12 HEARTBREAKER (I CAN’T UNDERSTAND)/SALSA PARTY (MIXES) Mystique featuring Kid Valdez/Tina Gomez, RePublic Records 12in
27 — BLAZIN’ Stardust/BEST PART OF ME Cynthia “Cookie” Abrams/PLAY TO WIN Sharone/ALL OF MY LOVE Sense Of Vision/WAKE UP On Top/I AM SOMEBODY Jerry Edwards/GOTTA DANCE Breed Of Motion/LET ME SHOW YOU Tawanna Curry (‘Paradise Regained – The Garage Sound Of Deepest New York Vol 2)’, RePublic Records LP
28 — LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (THE “PUMPED UP MIX/VOCAL DUB/ORIGINAL VERSION) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in pre-release
29 18 THEY WANT MONEY (EXTENDED REMIX) Kool Moe Dee, US Jive 12in/UK promo
30 25 MORE BOUNCE/HERE WE GO AGAIN, Y’ALL/FLEXIN’/YOU AIN’T HEARD NUTTIN YET/MOOD FOR LOVE/BIG TYME/EZ DUZ IT, DO IT EZ Heavy D & The Boyz, US Uptown Records LP
31 59 ALWAYS THERE (MIXES) CharVoni, Syncopate 12in
32 43 REFLECTIONS (STYLE 1/STYLE 2/R & R INSTRUMENTAL) Dorothy, Cooltempo 12in
33 34 IT GETS NO ROUGHER/I’M THAT TYPE OF GUY LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
34 39 UH-UH OOH-OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) (STEVE HURLEY’S HOUSE MIX/ARTHUR BAKER’S DANCE MIX) Roberta Flack, US Atlantic 12in
35 — SAY NO GO (SAY NO DOPE MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in pre-release
36 23 LET’S DANCE (HIP HOUSE/HIP HOP MIXES) Sweet Tee, Profile 12in
37 42 GET HIP TO THIS (HOMEBOYS REVENGE/DJ DELIGHT) M-D-Emm featuring Nasih, Republic Records 12in
38 44 TIMES ARE CHANGIN’ (EXTENDED MIX) Fred Fowler/STOMP (MOVE, JUMP, JACK YOUR BODY) K-Y-ZE, Cooltempo 12in promo
39 32 I NEED A RHYTHM (VARIOUS TRACKS) The 28th St. Crew, US Vendetta Records LP
40 — MENTAL Manic MC’s, RCA 12in white label
41 30 DEFINITION OF A TRACK/DEFINITION OF A RAP Precious, US Big Beat 12in
42 24 ROXANNE’S ON A ROLL (MIXES) The Real Roxanne, Urban 12in
43 78 EVERY LITTLE TIME (HIP HOP/DETROIT) Kiara, Arista 12in promo twin-pack
44 55 WHY (EXTENDED VERSION/INSTRUMENTAL) Carly Simon/Chic, WEA 12in
45 65 IF I’M NOT YOUR LOVER (REMIXES) Al B. Sure! featuring Slick Rick, Warner Bros/Uptown Records 12in
46 — I’M GLAD YOU CAME TO ME (MIXES) Bäs Noir, US Nugroove 12in
47 — TIMES ARE CHANGIN’ Fred Fowler/STOMP (MOVE, JUMP, JACK YOUR BODY) K-Y-ZE/BABY LOVE Michael Watford/RUNAWAY Alias/STAND UP AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE Kavon/FAITH HOPE & CHARITY FB3/RESPECT (THE DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Adeva featuring Monie Love/ONE MAN (TUFF E’NUFF MIX) Chanelle/MUSICAL FREEDOM (YOU GOT THE LOVE MIX) Paul Simpson featuring Candi Staton (‘This Is Garage’), Cooltempo LP
48 62 FIGHT THE POWER Public Enemy/MY FANTASY Teddy Riley featuring Guy/PARTY HEARTY EU/FEEL SO GOOD/PROVE TO ME Perri (‘Do The Right Thing’), US Motown LP
49 94 DO THE RIGHT THING (MIXES) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, US Virgin 12in/10 Records promo
50 47 STRINGS OF LIFE (MIXES) Rhythim Is Rhythim, Jack Trax 12in
51 51 I DON’T MIND THE WAITING Omar, Kongo 12in
52 21 DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City, 10 Records LP/12in promo
53 27 DANCE FOR ME/WRATH OF MY MADNESS Queen Latifah, Gee St Recordings 12in
54 70 ALL OVER THE WORLD Chuck Jackson, Nightmare 12in
55 — AIN’T NOBODY (LP REMIX/HALLUCINOGENIC/BASSAPELLA VERSIONS) Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in mailing list promo
56 re DEFINITION OF LOVE (REMIXES) Kevin Saunderson presents KAOS, Kool Kat 12in
57 86 DON’T FIGHT THE MUSIC (MIXES) Maureen, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
58 37 JAZZIE’S GROOVE/AFRICAN DANCE/HOLDIN’ ON (BAMBELELA) Soul II Soul, 10 Records LP
59 50 IN THE POCKET (HIP HOUSE MIX/HIP HOP MIXES) The Dynamic Duo, US Nugroove 12in
60 re LOVESTRUCK (STREETFUNK STYLE) (PARTS 1&2)/TURN YOUR LOVE RIGHT AROUND (THE ORIGINAL ELITE MIX) Projection, Jam Today 12in
61 — ON OUR OWN (EXTENDED CLUB VERSION) Bobby Brown, US MCA Records 12in
62 — WHERE DO WE GO? (DANCE REMIX EDIT/HOUSE OF TRIX PIANO REMIX/EARL YOUNG’S REVENGE) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
63 — ROXANNE’S ON A ROLL (NORMAN COOK REMIXES) The Real Roxanne, Urban 12in
64 — HEY BOY (12” CLUB MIX/HOUSE MIX/G-MAN MIX) Tammy Lucas, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
65 22 THAT’S HOW I’M LIVING (MIXES)/THE CHIEF Toni Scott, Champion 12in
66 57 RAP SUMMARY/WRATH OF KANE/RAW (REMIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
67 56 HELYOM HALIB (ACID ACID ACID/ACID MIX) Cappella, Music Man 12in
68 29 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (VERSIONS) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
69 — 25 MILES (PAUL DAKEYNE 12” REMIX ’89) Edwin Starr, Motown 12in
70 85 BACKSTABBERS (STAB 1) Pressure Zone, Tam Tam 12in
71 60 I PROMISE/SOMETHING REAL/EVERY LITTLE THING/LOCK-N-KEY/KNOCKS ME OFF MY FEET/CAN HE ROCK YOU LIKE THIS Mikki Bleu, US EMI LP
72 38 MOVIN’, DOIN’ IT (YEAH)/CAN’T STOP THE AIRPLAY The Dynamic Guv’nors, Blapps! Records 12in EP
73 71 SOMEBODY IN THE HOUSE SAY YEAH! (MIXES) 2 In A Room, US Cutting Records 12in
74 — NITRO/WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT DOPE?/CLAP YOUR HANDS/JINGLING BABY/1-900 L.L. COOL J/DEF JAM IN THE MOTHERLAND L.L. Cool J, US Def Jam LP
75 72 LIVIN’ IN THE GHETTO Down By Law, CityBeat 12in white label
76 64 IN MOTION (MIXES) Precious, MCA Records 12in pre-release
77 — LOVER DON’T GO! Princess, Touchstone Records 12in white label
78 66 KEEP ON TRYING (MIXES) Kicking Back, Submission 12in pre-release
79 — STOP THIS THING Dynasty Of Two, de/Construction Records 12in pre-release
80 76 INNA CITY MAMA/SO HERE I COME/OUTRÉ RISQUÉ LOCOMOTIVE/HEART/THE NEXT GENERATION Neneh Cherry, Circa Records LP
81 — AFRO DIZZI ACT Cry Sisco!, Escape Records 12in
82 75 101 (THE REMIX/UPTOWN VERSION) Sheena Easton, US MCA Records 12in/UK pre-release
83 73 ROCK THE HOUSE (CLUB MIX) Nicole, US Oceana 12in
84 45 LET’S PLAY HOUSE (CLUB) Kraze, MCA Records 12in/US Big Beat 12in
85 36 (I’VE GOT YOUR) PLEASURE CONTROL (MIXES) Simon Harris featuring Lonnie Gordon, ffrr 12in
86 49 READY 4 LOVE (MIXES) Razette featuring Lamya, US DaSHEET Records 12in/Champion promo
87 77 BAMBOLÉO (ARTHUR BAKER CLUB MIX/LATIN MIX) Gipsy Kings, A1 Records 12in
88 — ILLUSION (MAYDAY MIX/MAGIC JUAN MIX)/R-THEME (MAYDAY MIX/DARRYL WYNN’S MIX) R. Tyme, Kool Kat 12in
89 re THE RAGAMUFFIN NUMBER Nomad featuring Daddae Harvey, Rumour Records 12in
90 98 SUPERNATURAL New Edition/ON YOUR OWN/WE’RE BACK Bobby Brown/GHOSTBUSTERS Run-DMC/SPIRIT Doug E Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew (‘Ghostbusters II’), US MCA Records LP
91 re FORGET THE GIRL (EXTENDED REMIX/MIDTOWN MIX) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
92 re THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, Desire 12in
93 93 SEARCHIN’ HARD (MIXES) Da Posse featuring Martell, US Dance Mania 12in
94 — GARAGE MOVEMENT (VARIOUS TRACKS) Intense, US Ace Beat 12in
95 — RUFF & MASSIVE (VERSION/REALITYTIME MIX) Massive Sounds, US Nugroove 12in
96 — TEARS (THE CLASSIC REMIXES) Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie, ffrr 12in
97 — JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ (REMIXES) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC, Desire 12in
98 — GUITARRA (ORIGINAL MIX/CASA DE LA ARENA/CASA DEL MAR) Raul featuring J. Bonell, Rhyme ‘n’ Reason Records 12in
99 — TWO WRONGS (DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT) (CLUB MIXES/RADIO MIX) David Peaston, US Geffen Records 12in
100 re CHECK IT OUT/GET UP GET DOWN (MIXES) The Lincoln Boys, US Dance Mania 12in
One thought on “June 24, 1989: Cry Sisco!, Precious, Heavy D & The Boyz, ‘Do The Right Thing’ soundtrack, Neneh Cherry”
This column’s chart was the one that was current when Sunrise Midsummers Nights Rave happened at White Waltham that Saturday – one I hadn’t even been going to until some friends came in the pub I was in at about 10.00 that night – it was only about 5 miles away from where we were drinking. By the time we arrived you could walk in showing any old rubbish – hence the fact that the attendance seemed to be about twice as much as it should have been.
So it seems fitting that such epitome of the summer of 1989 tunes as ‘Mental’ , ‘Afro Dizzi Act’, Kariya,
and ‘definition of love’ should all be high in the chart with soul Ii soul at number 1 too. Sort of all gradually downhill after this week as far as 1989/88 and acid house went. I’d have thought.
And also this week the first mention of the. noun ‘rave’ in the context we now know it in relation to the suburban night in west London – it seems somehow right that a party somewhere in the London suburbs has that honour. JH still cutting edge even when he doesn’t know he is.