August 26, 1989: Janet Jackson, Sueno Latino, Raul Orellana, Wrecks-N-Effect, Dionne

BEATS & PIECES

The Club Chart last week was the most radically altered in memory, with 35 new (or re–) entries of which 25 had to be BPM-ed before inclusion, unfortunately causing me to deliver the result (after a solid weekend’s work) 20 minutes too late to be printed — my apologies, but here (to make all that time consuming work worthwhile) are the missing positions: [omitted, as these have been listed in the previous week’s column] … I get a bit fed up, not surprisingly, with snide suggestions that I just put in this chart whatever I personally like — far from it, in fact, as after Alan Jones has tabulated all the DJs’ returns and I have then exhaustively monitored and formulated the upfront sales ingredient for everything currently qualifying for inclusion (more than ever before at the moment), all the resulting figures are added up and the order in which they then fall is the order in which The Club Chart then appears, with no personal input at all: there are indeed so many club records coming out now and struggling to get into The Club Chart that last week no fewer than a further 30 had enough chart points to have hit the 100 in the not so distant past, these being by (if you can bear another list) EPMD 12in, NY House’n Authority, Schoolly D LP, Freud Sofa, D Mob, Bobcat, Tuff Crew 12in, Technotronic, Mutha Hood, Tuff Crew LP, Queen Latifah, Sueno Latino, Nicole ‘Rock The House’, Babyface 12in, Debbi Blackwell-Cook, Karyn White ‘Secret Rendezvous (Remix)’, Elle, The Latin Rage, The Beatmasters (remixes), Jody Watley (remix), Nocera (remix), Debbie Mckayle, Too Poetic, 2 In A Room 12in, Michelle & The World War Four, Bang-The Party, Debbie Malone, Farley Jackmaster Funk & The Hip House Syndicate, Kelly Charles & James Bratton, The Groove Robbers (you will hopefully appreciate why I have neither time nor room to review all the included newies this issue!) … LA Mix’s follow-up, the Kevin Henry sung ‘Love Together‘ (Breakout USAT 662), is already hitting on promo ahead of early September release — ringing the changes (as does everything on their upcoming album), it’s a Philly soul-style Ten City-ish (but in fact Carl Bean inspired!) romping anthem initially promoed in six mixes, the 120bpm British Lovers 12, 120.2bpm British Lovers Breakdown and 121-120.6-120.4-120bpm Emma’s Love Mix on the Les Adams side, and three 120bpm American mixes on the Frankie Knuckles & David Morales side … Phonogram have promoed the cryptically labelled Electribe 101 ‘Tell Me When The Fever Ended‘ ahead of September 11 full release, a hauntingly wailed 120.6-0bpm house canterer flipped by a bubblier 123bpm Raggamix and smoother 120.6bpm Instrumental … N.W.A.’s US 12 inch of ‘Express Yourself’ is now due here on Fourth & Broadway next week … Big Daddy Kane ‘Smooth Operator’, reviewed on import only last week, is now out here (Cold Chillin’ W2804T) with both mixes 92.5bpm and ‘Warm It Up, Kane’ 116.6bpm … Babyface’s ‘Tender Lover’ album is also out here (Solar MCG 6064, via MCA) … I probably won’t have room this issue to review the recent rap albums EPMD ‘Unfinished Business’ (US Fresh Records LPRE-92012, due here as Sleeping Bag Records SBUK LP 8, Tuff Crew ‘Back To Wreck Shop’ (US So Deff Records WAR-2712), and Schoolly D ‘Am I Black Enough For You?’ (US Schoolly-D Records/Jive 1237-1-J), all of which were in fact fully BPM-ed when they hit The Club Chart during the last few weeks … RePublic Records have deleted all their versions of Raven Maize ‘Forever Together’ as the tune just was not selling, despite genuinely strong DJ reaction as evidenced by The Club Chart … Severn Sound is running a series of Friday (September 1, 8, 15 being next) nights out at Gloucester’s Cinderella’s Rockerfella’s for broadcast live in the late lamented Radio London ‘Soul Night Out’ style … GLR — Radio London as was — meanwhile is ludicrously dropping Dave Pearce’s nightly dance music show (leaving just his Friday 8.30pm rap and Sunday 10pm soul shows), the only thing a lot of Londoners nowadays ever tune into the station to hear — doesn’t the fact that the station’s ratings have really fallen through the floor since the departure of the Tony Blackburn soul era teach the powers that be anything? (Dave will be replaced by yet more rock music) … CityBeat is splitting into two separate labels, the original logo carrying the label’s long term soul signings plus the more commercial European-type product, while the new XL Recordings will be for harder underground club material (like upcoming stuff from Ellis D, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Centrefield Assignment and others) — what’s more, the new label will deliberately ignore the Gallup Chart rulings on record length, to give value to buyers even if those sales don’t then count as singles sales … Nicky Holloway, the worse for a couple of lagers or so, waved goodbye to all his current playlist records in the boot of a total stranger’s car when he had a lift back to his hotel in Bologna after jocking at Frigo (that’ll teach him to be trendy and DJ in Italy, except it wasn’t trendy at all, the club was full of farmers!) — he’s managed to replace most of them but is desperate still (on 01-494 0328) for offers of Mike Anthony ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ and Antonia Rodriguez ‘La Bamba’ … Jolly Roger featuring E-Mix ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ is indeed 114.8-115.2-114.8-115bpm, as printed last week, while Evil Ed’s Dubby Club version is confusingly 0-115.2-115-114.8-115.2-114.8-115-0bpm … Cappella, who arguably kicked off the Italo-house trend, returns next month with the already promoed ‘House Energy Revenge‘ (Music Man MMPT 12009), a friskily driving but rather featureless 122.7bpm pounder filled with vocal samples including “got your pleasure” (presumably from ‘Pleasure Control’) and some Arabic chanting, flipped by a more volume pumping-ish 121.8bpm instrumental … Bobby Brown’s next UK single will be ‘Rock Wit’cha‘ — whatever happened to ‘Roni’? … Redhead Kingpin & The FBI’s follow-up unfortunately will be a Teddy Riley remix of ‘Pump It Hottie’, the Salt-n-Pepa styled track from their album … Les Adams has totally remade, rather than remixed, the Al Green sung but originally rockily backed ‘The Message Is Love’ from Arthur Baker and the Backbeat Disciples’ album, giving it a brief Jazzi P rap and a Soul II Soul–type tempo except its ended up more like Hot Chocolate! … Lenny Henry, in his film ‘Lenny – Live And Unleashed’, sings a great go go song called ‘Bad Jokes‘ to the tune of Chuck Brown’s ‘Bustin’ Loose’ (apparently flip of his current single, with which for some reason I have not been serviced) — incidentally, do not leave the cinema during the closing credits (as everyone else did when I saw it) or you will miss an amazing revelation by Steve Martin! … Chris Paul obviously didn’t know there already is a production/recording team called Way To Go when he came up with that name for the act behind the tracks he was originally signing to A&M but now isn’t, if you remember that previous story … Brooklyn’s legendary Frankie Bones and Tommy Musto, on their first ever UK visit (primarily to tout for remixing work), will be jocking over the next fortnight at Slough Civic Centre (August 25), London Sin/Astoria (26), Milton Keynes Outer Limits/London Confusion (27), Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush/Northampton Cinderellas/Dunstable Cinderellas (28), Norwich Sensatoria (September 3), Middlesbrough Club Havana (4), Brighton Savannah (7), London Woodstock (8/9) … Mike Allin, no longer a Saturday fixture at Milton Keynes’ The Point, is nevertheless running a Bank Holiday Monday (28) alldayer there with Jeff Young, Martin Collins, Les Adams (freshly back from West Berlin the previous night!), Joe Field and himself jocking in the main room and Simon Dunmore, Gary Dennis, Ralph Tee and Bob Cosby upstairs, plus many PAs including a full LA Mix album previewing showcase featuring Jazzi P, Kevin Henry, Sweet P and Chyna … Great Yarmouth Tiffanys’ previously mentioned Beach Ball Alldayer will now include a 30 minute live set by Adeva, while other Bank Holiday Monday events include Sleeze! by the sea at Leysdown on Sea’s Stage 3 with Pete Tong, Tim Westwood, Gilles Peterson, Aadil, Eddie Gordon, Craig & Marcus from 7pm-1am, and a Taffia Mafia reunion Summer Shakit Alldayer midday–midnight at Brynmawr’s New Griffin Hotel with the likes of Mike Knight, Gary Mayo, Andy Dogs, Carl Bassett, Mike Wilks, The Thwack Boyz from Norwich and Alan Coles … I don’t know when I’ll next get into the sun, although over the bank holiday I’ll be in Berlin — BUT NOT FOR LONG!


HOT VINYL

JANET JACKSON ‘Miss You Much (Mama Mix)’ (Breakout USAT 663)
Created again by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, her long awaited return (from an upcoming ‘Rhythm Nation’ album) is an abruptly introed violently snapping (0-)115-0bpm jerky staccato lurcher without much actual song cutting through the rhythm structure, breaking down for the last third into a funkier Prince-type groove, flipped by a less jagged percussively pattering and “oh I like that” repeating dubwise 115bpm Oh I Like That Mix and the industrially jolting jittery swingbeat-ish shrill 108(-0)bpm ‘You Need Me‘.

SUENO LATINO ‘Sueno Latino (The Paradise Version)’ (Italian Dance Floor Corporation DFC 016)
Proving hard to find but sizzling hot for those who’ve got it, this cantering repetitive (0-)118.2-0bpm groove eventually runs through some sexy panting and muttering by Carolina Damas, with babbling brook and nightjar — or some such other nocturnal bird — effects at beginning and end, flipped by a beat losingly introed then more acidic 118bpm Dub Version by Cutmaster-G. September 11 released UK copies on BCM Records appear (on promo, anyway) to be exactly 1bpm slower, and call the same A-side the Latin Dream Mix.

RAUL ORELLANA ‘The Real Wild House (Wild Mix)’ (Spanish Spitfire Music SPX-110)
Obviously the next Euro smash — Spanish, rather than Italian — this incredibly powerful piano jangled and J Bonell flamenco guitar twanged 124.2-0bpm instrumental house bounder samples Iggy Pop’s “I’m a real wild one” and even the Lyn Collins “yeah wooh” break beat amidst the frisky mayhem, a gloriously uplifting experience (123.8-0bpm Single Edit too, and the atmospheric gentle guitar picked 92.1-100.2bpm ‘Entre Dos Aguas (The Night Time Mix)‘). BCM Records release it here on September 18.

WRECKS-N-EFFECT ‘New Jack Swing’ (Motown ZT 43148)
Too hot to hold, this terrific Teddy Riley mixed/co-produced (and, to judge from the namechecking lyrics, possibly even sung) James Brown ‘Soul Power’ based (0-)108.2bpm swingbeat rap whips up a dynamite infectiously funky groove, the superior extended UK pressing not being due fully here until September 4, flipped by the short also (0-)108.2bpm Single Version and Instrumental that alone make up the (0-)107bpm import pressing (US Motown MOT-4654). New jack swing, if you hadn’t already gathered, is actually the correct American name for swingbeat, this being its logical anthem.

DIONNE ‘Come Get My Lovin’ (Remix)’ (US Bigshot Records VS-132)
Totally revamped since it was first out late last year, the cool girl cooed and nagged piping synch chorded simple sparse tripper (always a sleeper) has exploded anew in this (0-)120.4-0bpm remix, tighter 120.4bpm 7” mix, instrumental lazier 119.7bpm E.Z. Mix and sexily groaned 119.5bpm ‘The Second Coming‘ — this latter, like the earlier disc’s equivalent ‘Move Groove’, becoming outrageously filthy two-thirds through, beware! In losing the 7” Mix, the main Remix becomes a fading (0-)120bpm as A-side of the already promoed UK pressing (CityBeat CBE 1245).

DIANA BROWN & BARRIE K. SHARPE ‘Blind Faith (The Masterjam)’ (ffrr FX 114)
Already hot on promo, this Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper produced haunting husky Diana semi-spoken unhurried 111.5bpm wriggly tapping pulser launches a supposedly new musical genre called groundbeat, much like Soul II Soul’s own blend of rare groove and street soul, with a less spacious 111.3-0bpm Barrie K’s Groundbeat Mix and instrumental 111.5bpm Dubwise Selection flip. Diana, you may remember, fronted Diana Brown & The Brothers back when the rare groove revival was new.

THE CHIMES ‘1-2-3 (Raw Mix)’ (CBS 655166-6)
The teasing build-up for this new soulfully gurgling girl led UK group included on promo first a different seven inch and then a 110.25bpm Silent Club Dub of this Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper produced (but group penned and David Morales & Terry Burrus remixed) chunkily lurching 106.75bpm purposeful jogger, with facile catchy counting lyrics, flipped by the also separately promoed similarly rare groove-ish tapping and rumbling 101bpm ‘Underestimate (Special Extended Version)‘ and joltingly burbling 0-94.3bpm ‘Bodyrock (Demo Version)’.

RICHIE RICH ‘Salsa House’ (ffrr FXDJ 113)
Never before on single here, this naggingly tinkled slick instrumental floor-filler is finally out in five different mixes — on promo, anyway (it does not include his current Gee St album version) — with the cymbal schlurping and eventually Incredible Bongo Band ‘Apache’ cutting (0-)121 bpm Silver On Black Remix, swooping synth accented 0-120.5bpm Original Mix, plus the brand new Jazzy M & Julian Jonah remixed gradually building deep house 119.5-0bpm Orbital Mix, similar tighter 119.33-0bpm Dub Zone Mix, and lispingly spoken (0-)120bpm Freaky Rap.

IZIT ‘Stories (The Storie Mix)’ (Italian New Music NMX 110)
Recorded and previously issued here last winter on the Pig & Trumpet label but much hotter now as a better Italian remix, this Chakachas oldie remaking slinky stop-start 95bpm rare groove-type fruity sax and flute instrumental jogger has bursts of deep bass “get up and move your butt” and other odd interruptions (flipped by the original now empty seeming (0-)93.5-0bpm Jackanory and 0-93.5bpm 7” Single Mixes).

REESE ‘Rock To The Beat’ (US KMS Records KMS-022)
The much copied Reese & Santonio house classic now in a friskily fluttering and twittering 128.4-0bpm Mayday Mix, Kevin ‘Reese’ Saunderson’s own short sombre (0-)122bpm Original Mix (these intoned by Latonya Saunderson — what relation is she?), and plaintive Ann Karen Joy piped bubbly thumping 122bpm Mike Hitman Wilson Mix, coupled by the Power 41 produced more current Todd Terry-ish stuttery pounding techno (0-)124bpm ‘You’re Mine‘ and Hitman mixed acidically scurrying 129.75bpm ‘Grab The Beat‘.

MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly ‘Can’t Get Over You (Full Length Version)’ (Warner Bros W2895T)
Hardly worth the wait while they changed label and finally got their act together, this thoroughly typical languidly drifting (91.3-)93.2-93.5-93bpm sinuously crooned swayer is perfectly pleasant but unlikely to set the world on fire, or win converts (jerkily tapping instrumental 93bpm ‘Africa (7” Version)‘ flip).

SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD ‘If Only I Could (Extended Version’) (Circa Records YRT 34)
The Germany based American whose proto-swingbeat rhythms inspired both Milli Vanilli and Ben Liebrand’s Bill Withers remix at last looks like meaning something here in his own right with this jauntily chugging 120bpm bubbly bouncer, helped in the current climate by tinkling flamenco-ish guitar and chimes (two instrumental mixes too).

SEDUCTION ‘(You’re My One And Only) True Love’ (US Vendetta Records VE-7024)
Clivilles & Cole’s girl group are given a juddery dragging Soul II Soul-ish tempo for the A-side’s sweetly soulful jogging 104.2-0bpm Vocal Club Mix and 104.2bpm Rap Version (featuring Fredrick Williams), while the flip’s mixes of the same song leap up to full blown house tempo for the Todd Terry-ish stuttery leaping 123.8bpm New York House Mix 1 and more searingly garage-ish bounding 123.8-0bpm New York House Mix 2 (shaping up as the hot one).

2 IN A ROOM Vol 1 ‘The Album’ (US Cutting Records CR-20011)
Not surprisingly a fast selling album, especially good value to my mind as it does NOT contain either side of their recent single, this Amado & Aldo Marin (the 2?) masterminded but all different producers created New York house set has Roger Pauletta, Dose Material & Aldo Marin’s catchily chanting 119.6- 0bpm ‘Do What You Want’, Chep Nunez & Louis Flores’ “acieed”-meets ‘Expansions’ 0-120.66bpm ‘House Junkie‘, Carlos Berrios’s jerky ‘White Lines’-ish 124.4bpm ‘Music’s Hypnotizing‘, Omar Santana’s cantering (0-)122.5bpm ‘Rock The Bells (Of Saint Mary)‘, George Morel’s acidic 122.5bpm ‘As It Grooves‘, Todd Terry’s jumbled (0-)122-0bpm ‘Kamikaze (Took My Love)‘, Little Louie Vega’s lurching 123-0bpm ‘Take Me Away‘, and Albert Cabrera’s dull 116.8-0bpm ‘Turn Me On‘.

RUN-D.M.C. ‘Ghostbusters’ (Profile PROFT 262)
Although this Ray Parker Jr adapting snappily jerking (0-)128.5-0bpm theme song from ‘Ghostbusters II’ will doubtless end up as a pop hit, b boys have been flipping for the far more street cred ‘Pause’, a dance craze related 0-106-0bpm funky lurcher (in three mixes) that’s had most of the initial attention here.

IN-DEX ‘Give Me A Sign’ (Exit Records LIN 030765)
Canadian guys (oddly reminiscent of Simon Dupree’s ‘Kites’) calmly intoning a deadpan lyric over all three 124.2bpm mixes (the hollow “drain” throbbed sparse burbling House one being A-side here, with the jittery Club and snickety R&B as flip) of an old import originally about on Bigshot Records last winter.

TONI SCOTT ‘That’s How I’m Living (1989 Remix)’ (Champion CHAMP X 12-97)
The 18 year old Redskin’s drily rapped infectious hip house hit was huge for ages in The Club Chart (bigger there than in any other chart), so it obviously always had ‘legs’ and now it’s finally hitting everywhere else in this samples adding 123.1bpm remix by Rutti Kroese, coupled with the 122.2bpm Original Mix plus the more hardcore ‘The Chief’ in its (0-)112.2bpm Original Mix and new (0-)111.6bpm 1989 Dub Remix.

STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY (featuring M. Doc) ‘Work It Out’ (Atlantic A8856T)
Previously promoed in the flip’s “DJ’s on the box” stuttering jerkily episodic thumping Extended Remix, this nervily jittering 122.5bpm hip house- ish chanter is now A-sided by the import’s more straightforwardly lunging twittery Acid Mix and Acid Dub.

NENEH CHERRY ‘Kisses On The Wind’ (Circa Records YRT 33)
Brightly jittering latin hip hop in David Morales’ 117.4-117.2-117bpm tight though repetitive A Little More Puerto Rican and throbbingly thumping A Little Less Puerto Rican remixes, plus the Spanish chatter overlaid (0-)118bpm Extended Album Version (wriggly swaying 112.2bpm ‘Buffalo Blues‘ too).

LONGSY D’S HOUSE SOUND ‘Mental Ska (Skacid)’ (Big One VV BIG 16)
The skacid/sk’ouse originator’s latest is another breezily twittering 124-0-124-0bpm blue beat bounder that’s possibly too schizophrenic for its own good in this mix (others will follow), starting in lightweight style before stopping three quarters through to switch into a harder groove, the brassily braying 124 -0bpm (instru)mental sounding tighter, while the flip’s 123.5-0bpm ‘Return To Zorba‘ is a bizarre hip house-type treatment of `Zorba’s Dance’ in two Indeep and GQ quoting messy mixes.

EUROPEAN IMPORTS that I haven’t yet had time to review in full include the Sueno Latino covering THE LATIN RAGE ‘Sueno Latino‘ (Italian Discomagic OUT 3249), this version however also being hot for the flip’s more jittery jolting chanted twittery ‘Esta Loca‘; the Lyn Collins ‘Think (About It)’ based though strong scrubbing and jumping instrumental MR. BE NOIR ‘Big Hit’ (Italian Irma casadiprimordine ICP 004); Ben Liebrand remixed samples crammed THE SUGARHILL GANG ‘Rappers Delight (Hip Hop Mix)‘ (Dutch 4 Jocks Only JOCK 3004).

US imports likewise include the Jammix produced ‘I Can’t Go For That/Say No Go’-ishly bassed but myriad samples woven CLUB MED ‘Club Med‘ (Fourth Floor Records FF-1104); Lola Blank created loosely wailed cantering garage DEBBI BLACKWELL-COOK ‘Changing Up‘ (Sunshine Music Ltd SML-2353); guys sung and rapped and Adeva influenced girl chattered starkly jolting jittery SHABAZZ ‘Respect‘ (RCA 9023-1-RD); bassily bounding jazz-house FINCHLEY ROAD ‘Gimme The Music‘ (Quark QK019); striding late Seventies soul meets twittery acid BORA BORA ‘Jealousy‘ (BR Records BR 001); Todd Terry remixed plaintively jittering NOCERA ‘Summertime, Summertime (Club ’89)‘ (Sleeping Bag Records SLX-40148); Teddy Riley produced violently juddering swingbeat PIECES OF A DREAM ‘‘Bout Dat Time‘ (EMI V-56145); dated classically styled stuttery house MARK IMPERIAL ‘Rock This House ’89 EP‘ (House Nation Records HN 89012); stark go go beats jolted swingbeat-ish ANNE G. ‘Heart Donor‘ (Atlantic 0-86327); rumbling and (like a gruffer Jamie Principle!) gaily muttering THE YOUNG & THE RECKLESS ‘If You Give Me A Chance‘ (Nugroove NG 022); Richie Weeks & Glenn Larusso created throbbing instrumental EROTIC HOUSE BOYZ ‘I Can Make You Feel It‘ (SoulStreet Records SS 1).


THE CLUB CHART – August 26, 1989

01 02 RIDE ON TIME (MIXES) Black Box, de/Construction 12in
02 01 FRENCH KISS/WARGAMES (REMIX) Lil Louis, ffrr 12in
03 09 I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ (THE JAZZIE B & NELLEE HOOPER REMIX) Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
04 04 WARNING (HIGH ON HOPE/ZANZIBAR MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
05 10 NUMERO UNO (MIXES) Starlight, CityBeat 12in
06 07 I NEED A RHYTHM (VOCAL CLUB MIX/DUBS) The 28th St. Crew, Breakout 12in
07 05 THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME (MIXES) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
08 06 LET IT ROLL Doug Lazy, Atlantic 12in
09 24 OH WORLD (EXTENDED MIX) Paul Rutherford, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 14 HEY DJ I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING/SKA TRAIN The Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
11 11 TOUCH ME (MIXES) Alisha Warren RCA 12in
12 08 CAN’T GET OVER YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Paul Simpson presents Simphonia, RePublic Records 12in
13 03 FOREVER TOGETHER (FOREVER UNITED/SCAT THIS/AMAZIN’ N.Y. MIXES) Raven Maize, RePublic Records 12in
14 23 SMOOTH OPERATOR/WARM IT UP, KANE Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
15 31 1-2-3 (RAW MIX)/UNDERESTIMATE (SPECIAL EXTENDED VERSION) The Chimes, CBS 12in
16 16 DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL (WILSON’S HIT HOUSE/ALBUM/KEVIN’S MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
17 17 DO THE RIGHT THING (12”/US STREET MIXES) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
18 13 I’M GLAD YOU CAME TO ME (CLUB MIX/DUB MIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
19 34 SALSA HOUSE (SILVER ON BLACK REMIX/ORIGINAL MIX/ORBITAL MIX/DUB ZONE MIX/FREAKY RAP) Richie Rich, ffrr 12in pre-release
20 18 NEW JACK SWING (US SINGLE VERSION/UK MIXES) Wrecks-N-Effect, US Motown 12in/UK pre-release
21 33 IT’S NOT OVER (LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER) (MIXES) Lonnie Gordon, Supreme Records 12in
22 22 DO THE RIGHT THING (HAPPINESS REMIX) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
23 12 BACK TO LIFE (CLUB MIX/JAM ON THE GROOVE) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in
24 29 FRIENDS (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley with Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
25 81 TWO WRONGS (DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT) (MIXES) David Peaston, Geffen Records 12in
26 36 IT ISN’T, IT WASN’T, IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE (MIXES) Aretha & Whitney, US Arista 12in/UK promo
27 — MELTDOWN (CLUB MIX)/R U READY (FOR THIS) (DIVINE CLUB MIX) Qaurtz, iT Music 12in
28 27 COME GET MY LOVIN’ (REMIX)/THE SECOND COMING Dionne, US Bigshot Records 12in
29 21 DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil, Champion 12in
30 — PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly, Swanyard Records Limited 12in
31 25 THE RIGHT STUFF (NORMAN COOK REMIX) Vanessa Williams, Wing Records 12in
32 48 IF ONLY I COULD (EXTENDED/PACHA GARDEN) Sydney Youngblood, Circa Records 12in
33 42 A BIT OF JAZZ/WORK IT OUT/DRIVE ME/COLD WORLD/LOVE BABY/THINK!/CHAIN OF FOOLS/I CAN’T LET GO Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley featuring M.Doc/Jamie Principle/Jackson & Moore/Risse, Atlantic LP
34 66 LOVE TOGETHER (BRITISH/AMERICAN MIXES) L.A. Mix (featuring Kevin Henry), Breakout 12in pre-release
35 26 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (MIXES) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
36 19 MENTAL Manic MC’s, RCA 12in white label
37 57 MAS QUE NADA (THE JUSTIN STRAUSS REMIXES) Sergio Mendes, US A&M 12in
38 — GRAND PIANO/PIANO GROOVE/TAKE ME AWAY (RAUL ORELLANA MIX) The Mix Master, Spanish blanco y negro Music 12in
39 38 DON’T PUSH IT (CLUB) Ruth Joy, MCA Records 12in
40 44 AFRO DIZZI ACT Cry Sisco!, Escape Records 12in
41 75 DOOWUTCHYALIKE (PLAYHOWYALIKE MIX) Digital Underground, US Tommy Boy 12in
42 47 THE REAL WILD HOUSE (WILD MIX) Raul Orellana, Spanish Spitfire Music 12in
43 60 DESCRIPTION OF A FOOL A Tribe Called Quest, US Jive 12in/UK promo
44 99= NO SORRY (AC MIX/INTERMIX)/SORRY…NO (REMIX) Gino Latino, de/Construction 12in
45 64 WORK IT OUT (EXTENDED REMIX/ACID MIXES) Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley featuring M. Doc, Atlantic 12in
46 28 BLIND FAITH (THE MASTERJAM) Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe, ffrr 12in pre-release
47 39 STORIES (THE STORIE MIX) Izit, Italian New Music 12in
48 71 THROW YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR (RAP/SWING) MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
49 30 SUNSHINE ’89 (MIXES) Fax Yourself, AVM/Belgian Sound Of Belgium 12in
50 15 SAY NO GO (SAY NO DOPE MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
51 99= TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED/(RAGGAMIX) Electribe 101, ffrr 12in pre-release
52 56 LOVE IS A HOUSE (REMIX) Gina Foster, de/Construction 12in
53 79 TRAVELING AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT (HIP HOUSE CLUB MIX)/A CHORUS LINE Ultramagnetic MC’s, US Next Plateau 12in
54 50 DO WHAT YOU WANT/HOUSE JUNKIE/MUSIC’S HYPNOTIZING/ROCK THE BELLS (OF SAINT MARY)/AS IT GROOVES/KAMIKAZE/TAKE ME AWAY/TURN ME ON 2 In A Room, US Cutting Records LP
55 45 ROCK TO THE BEAT (REMIXES)/YOU’RE MINE Reese, US KMS Records 12in
56 re KEEP IT MOVIN’ (MIXES) White Knight, US Jive 12in/UK promo
57 61 STRINGS OF LIFE (MIXES) Rhythim Is Rhythim, Jack Trax 12in
58 — FRENCH KISS (RE-LAYED) (“INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY”/”BACK UP YOUR CONVERSATION” MIXES) Lil Louis, ffrr 12in
59 65 CAN WE TALK (MIXES) Donna Allen, BCM Records 12in
60 — BIG THING Blue Zone/THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME (KICK MIX/CLUB DUB) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
61 69 AIN’T NOBODY (REMIXES) Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
62 43 MENTAL (FULL ITALIAN JOB/FULL CLIMAX) Manic MC’s featuring Sara Carlson, RCA 12in
63 20 ON OUR OWN (EXTENDED CLUB VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
64 77 STAND FOR NOTHING (MIXES) Circuit (featuring Chris Patrick), Collision 12in promo
65 76 TELL IT AS IT IS (PL MIX) Company 2, Tam Tam 12in
66 49 (YOU’RE MY ONE AND ONLY) TRUE LOVE (NEW YORK HOUSE MIXES/VOCAL CLUB/RAP MIXES) Seduction, US Vendetta Records 12in
67 83 I GOT IT GOIN’ ON (REMIX) Tone Loc, Delicious Vinyl 12in
68 87 LIES (REMIX) Sha Sha, Niteshift Records 12in
69 40 IT’S TIME 2 PARTY/THE BIG PAYBACK/KNICK KNACK PATTY WACK/IT WASN’T ME IT WAS THE FAME EPMD, US Fresh LP
70 — CLUB SCENE (ED’S DINER MIX/ED’S SPECIAL MIX) Special Ed, Profile 12in promo
71 80 CASH (MESSAGE FOR CARMEN) Skipworth & Turner, Fourth & Broadway 12in
72 55 GANGSTER BOOGIE (HARDROCK REMIXES) Dizzi Heights, Viceroy Records 12in
73 — LOVE IS LIFE (ADRENALIN 6 MIX/OZONE FRIENDLY) Candy Flip, Debut 12in white label
74 52 MY FANTASY (EXTENDED/RAP VERSIONS) Teddy Riley featuring Guy, MCA Records 12in
75 86 DEFINITION OF LOVE (ORIGINAL MIX) Kevin Saunderson presents KAOS, Kool Kat 12in
76 — PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD (CLUB 12” MIX/THE LIVE AND DANGEROUS MIX/DUB MIX) Dina Carroll, Jive 12in mailing list promo
77 92 CASANOVA (MIXES) Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Production House Records 12in
78 85 AIRPORT ’89 medley with ELECTRIC FLING/AIRPORT ‘89/’89 TRACK Wood Allen, Italian Dee Jay Lelewel 12in
79 67 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS Richie Havens/OVERNIGHT SENSATION (MIXES) Peter Brown, US Week-Off 12in
80 — PACIFIC STATE/STATE RITUAL/STATE TO STATE/DISCO STATE/FIRE CRACKER 808 State, Creed Records 12in EP
81 62 THAT’S HOW I’M LIVING (1989 REMIX) Toni Scott, Champion 12in
82 — SUENO LATINO (THE PARADISE VERSION) Sueno Latino featuring Carolina Damas, Italian DFC 12in
83 63 FOREVER (EXTENDED/FLUTE DUB)/SOMEDAY (EXTENDED) CeCe Rogers, US Atlantic 12in
84 74 ROCK TO DIS (HIP HOP/HOUSE)/I’M NOT DOING IT AGAIN Jamaica Mean Time (JMT) featuring DJ Maxi Jazz, Tam Tam 12in
85 re LET THE RAIN COME DOWN/YOU GOT TO LOVE ME Intense, US Ace Beat 12in EP/Champion promo
86 37 I’M IN LOVE (REMIX/CLASSIC/HARMONIC MIX) Sha-Lor, de/Construction Records 12in
87 — ROCK THIS HOUSE ’89 EP (NEW YORK/CHICAGO CLUBHOUSE MIX/THE ACIEED THAT ATE NEW YORK/THE ACIEED THAT ATE THE UK/BONUS KRAFTY BEAVER) Mark Imperial, US House Nation Records 12in
88 46 CAN’T GET OVER YOU (FULL LENGTH VERSION) Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Warner Bros 12in
89 re JUST AS LONG AS I GOT YOU Frankie “Bones”/Lenny “Dee” present Looney Tunes Volume One, US Nugroove 12in EP
90 78 SCUFFIN’ THOSE KNEES/TO THE EXTREME The New Style, US Bon Ami/MCA Records 12in
91 — A REAL MUTHA FOR YA (EXTENDED VERSION/ORIGINAL STYLE/INSTRUMENTAL)/NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN/(INSTRUMENTAL/MONEY MAKIN’ MIX) Cash Money & Marvellous, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
92 53 PAUSE (VERSIONS)/GHOSTBUSTERS (REMIX) Run-DMC, Profile 12in
93 58 GIVE ME A SIGN (HOUSE/CLUB/R&B) In-Dex, Exit Records 12in white label
94 — YOU CAN’T RIDE THE RHYTHM (URBAN CLUB MIX/ORIGINAL MIX) Rodney/STEAL THE BASE (THE ONLY MIX) Urban Parts, US Bassic Records 12in
95 re SOMEBODY IN THE HOUSE SAY YEAH! 2 In A Room, US Cutting Records 12in
96 96 SPEAKING ON EVERYTHING/DO THE RIGHT THING (USA)/SUPERBAD, SUPERSLICK/WE ROCK THE MIC RIGHT/DO THAT DANCE/SCRAM!/KILIMANJARO STYLE Redhead Kingpin and the FBI, US Virgin LP
97= 98 YOUR LOVE Frankie Knuckles Presents, US Trax Records 12in
97= 99= re GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS (FLIM FLAM REMIX) Odyssey, German Streetheat 12in
97= — LOST IN THE BASS (BAD BOY BILL/MIKE ‘HITMAN’ WILSON MIXES/BONUS BEATS) The Bass Boyz, Kool Kat/Big Life 12in

4 thoughts on “August 26, 1989: Janet Jackson, Sueno Latino, Raul Orellana, Wrecks-N-Effect, Dionne”

  1. Based around Manuel Göttsching ‘s minimal 1984 classic “E2-E4”, Sueno Latino’s self-titled debut is a significant release, which James will repeatedly use as a comparison for many months to come. Its twittering bird noises, along with similar ambient effects in 808 State’s “Pacific State” (a new entry this week, and always best in its original form), usher in a wave of “new age” house that will characterise the first few months of 1990.

    It’s also a first mention this week for XL Recordings, which will eventually edge away from its dance roots and enjoy massive worldwide success with acts such as Adele, Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Prodigy and Vampire Weekend.

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  2. Either this week or last we had a mention for WestBam which must be the first for a German techno performer which is quite significant when you think how many German trance, techno, house and eurohouse acts followed. WestBam even beat Sven Vath to a mention!

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  3. Addendum: I always thought West Bam’s first big hit in in the UK underground in 1989 was ‘Hold me Back’ or is that another false memory as we’ve heard nothing of that tune so far…

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    1. WestBam actually first appeared here on September 24th 1988, when James reviewed “Monkey Say Monkey Do” (it entered The Club Chart soon afterwards). His first big DJ-ing residency, in 1985, was playing Hi-NRG at Berlin’s vast Metropol club, where I had been a regular a year earlier.

      Sven Vath hasn’t been mentioned by name, but he’s already had major Hi-NRG Chart success with Off’s “Electrica Salsa”. So in both cases, these two leading German techno names actually had their roots in Hi-NRG.

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