BEATS & PIECES
DON’T FORGET we’ve moved, all charts should go to Alan Jones/James Hamilton at rm, Punch Publications Ltd, Ludgate House, 245 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 9UZ (Fax number 01-928 5158) … ‘Batdance’ is not heard in any form during the movie of ‘Batman’, the incidental music and orchestral opening title theme being by Danny Elfman while Prince contributes ‘The Future’, ‘Vicki Waiting’, ‘Electric Chair’, ‘Partyman’, ‘Trust’ and the closing credits’ ‘Scandalous’ (not that it seems that many), most being played on ghettoblasters as party music or the like (the film is good fun if very violent, with Jack Nicholson’s gloriously over the top performance as the Joker a standout to relish) — the music you’re most likely to go home whistling, however, is the old ‘Beautiful Dreamer‘ as featured repeatedly by Hill Bowen & Orchestra (CBS)! … Gordon Mac points out that KISS/fm’s much criticised demo cassette was not a necessary part of the station’s submission for the London incremental FM licence, the rest of the application being totally professional: furthermore, had the station succeeded, its daytime shows would have been presented by veteran broadcasters while the more amateur but knowledgeable presenters would have been heard only in the evenings … CBS have followed the US-style ‘Stronger Together’ seven inch demo by the Chimes with now a separate 12 inch promo, ‘1-2-3 (The Silent Club Dub)‘, a soulfully pent-up girl wailed 110¼bpm chunkily lurching jiggly production by Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper no less, who also have produced the currently ffrr promoed wriggly tapping 111½bpm huskily semi-spoken unhurried ‘Blind Faith‘ by Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe … Atlantic have promoed Steve Hurley “DJ’s on the box” stuttering jerkily episodic exciting hip house-ish 122⅘pm ‘Work It Out‘ … ‘In Motion’ remains the title of the Precious track here, as previously reviewed, largely because that is what it was called when sent to MCA Records from its Big Beat US label … Inner City’s gatefold sleeve housed remixes, detailed last week, will not in fact be out until July 31 and August 7 … The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Tella ‘Choice? (Re-remix)‘ (RCA PT 42958), sounding like a fault although apparently intentional, is an oddball 116⅖-116⅕bpm revamp overlaid by a wowing and wobbling rhythm as if the tape is slipping, coupled though by also new 116⅖bpm Magic Juan, so-called Electro, and 116⅕bpm Short Mixes, all driven to differing degrees by the ‘Think (About It)’ drumbeat … Longsy D’s latest creation, ‘Rude Boyz Gettin Funky’ is actually by L.D.Jam Inc! … ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ turns out to have been withdrawn to make way for ‘Blame It On The Boogie (PWL Remix)‘ by Big Fun, a sibilant hissing cymbal swamped effete 117⅖-117⅕-117⅖-117⅕bpm remake of Mick Jackson’s 1978 Jacksons oldie (recent inspiration of course for Norman Cook’s ‘Blame It On The Bassline’) … AVM Records here have a partnership with the Sound Of Belgium label and will be releasing Fax Yourself ‘Sunshine ’89’ on July 31 … Milton Keynes’ Jolly Roger is the latest DJ to record Timmy Thomas’s ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’, for August 14 release … Newport Pagnell’s Les Adams celebrated his homecoming from hospital by buying a CD Jukebox … South-West Devon was my sun scorched destination last week — BUT NOT FOR LONG!
THE BEATMASTERS featuring MC Betty Boo ‘Hey DJ/I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing’ (Rhythm King LEFT 34T)
Switching between the Claudia Fontaine sung chorus of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas’ 1968 US hit ‘I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing‘ and the modern Monie Love-ish rap of MC Betty Boo (also apparently known as Alison), this aggressive 120⅗-0bpm hip house jitterer is yet another in a rapidly overcrowding field, while the AA-side’s authentically shanking and jumping, Luke Tunney trumpet brayed and Jum Jum chanted, Sixties style (apart from a few acidic squiggles) 0-123⅘bpm ‘Ska Train‘ is more ska than sk’ouse and sounds like a fresher hit to me.
LIL LOUIS ‘French Kiss’ (ffrr FX 115)
Much hyped and massive, this mesmerically repetitive (0-)123⅖-123⅗-123⅘-0-124-0-bpm house instrumental gradually decelerates and accelerates through an orgasmic tempo-less break about two-thirds through, subsequent pressings being due to have other new mixes but the promo at least retains as flip the import’s twittery 0-121⅗bpm ‘Jupiter‘ and clanging (0-)125⅖-125⅘-126bpm ‘Wargames (Remix)‘.
BLACK BOX ‘Ride On Time (Massive Mix)’ (de/Construction PT 43056)
This Loleatta Holloway sampling gospel-ish girl roared exciting Italian house canterer is here in the same mixes as on import but with new UK names, this 119-118½(break)-119bpm original A-side, the (0-)118⅖-118⅘bpm Epsom Mix (Garage Trip) and 118½bpm Ascot Mix (Piano Version). A hit by any name! Continue reading “July 29, 1989: The Beatmasters featuring Betty Boo, Lil Louis, Black Box, Raven Maize, Odyssey”