BEATS & PIECES
BLACK BOX ‘Ride On Time’ sold over 650,000 copies during its six week tenure atop the pop singles chart, which doesn’t actually sound like a lot for so long a time, but nevertheless is claimed to be the best selling “black” dance record ever in the UK —incidentally, isn’t it about time some bright spark whipped out a Loleatta Holloway compilation album? . . . WEA Records on December 1 will be fragmenting in the UK again, as they did for a while during the Seventies, to form two completely separate new major record companies, one comprising Atlantic/Atco/WEA International repertoire plus most current UK signings while the other will comprise Warner Bros/Elektra/Geffen/ZTT and other associated logos including Pete Edge’s new dance label (the name of which has yet to be announced) — although the companies will in most essentials be operating autonomously, legendary dance music plugger Fred Dove will continue working for both from the Alperton warehouse along with the sales team as part of a remaining central staff . . . Atlantic have had to beat off the apparent threat of bootlegs by promoing on white label, in the “SAM” sampler series, Doug Lazy’s squidgily thumping infectious jiggly hip house ‘Let The Rhythm Pump‘, 121bpm in all four mixes . . . De La Soul’s commercial 12 inch pressing of ‘Eye Know’, despite a misleading advert, does not include the strictly promo only Lazy Daisy Mix, this being replaced on the flip by Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh’s also 109(-0)bpm chunkily jogging Patrice Rushen ‘Remind Me’ based The Kiss Mix (plus the previously mentioned (0-)99bpm ‘The Mack Daddy On The Left’) . . . Oh Well ‘Oh Well’ meanwhile would now appear to have been released here by Parlophone also in its better US issued but Music Factory created UK Mix . . . Lisa Stansfield’s seven inch of ‘All Around The World’ is flipped by the also lush languorously swaying 97⅞bpm ‘Wake Up Baby‘, another excellent Blue Zone creation, now on the commercial 12 inch pressing too . . . 10 Records have pressed on 12 inch promo a condensed 0-120⅝bpm Unique Radio edit of the remade Unique 3 ‘The Theme’, to counter criticisms that the full length version is too long . . . ffrr’s next compilation in the ‘House Sound’ album series will be inevitably ‘The House Sound Of Europe — Volume 5 (Casa Latina)‘, including Izit ‘Stories (The Storie Mix)’ (which you’ll find turning up on quite a few other compilations too, although it’s now been signed as a single by ffrr, as has been the also included Gino Latino ‘Welcome’ in the face of fierce bidding) . . . Frankfurt DJ/rapper Deskee’s ‘Let There Be House‘ has been picked up here by Big One’s associated hardcore dance label 1st Bass (another that now ignores when appropriate the BPI’s 20 minutes time limit qualification for the singles chart) . . . Lil Louis’ follow-up will be called ‘Black Out‘ . . . Frankie Knuckles is an exciting addition to the DJ line-up at next week’s sold out Prestatyn weekender, where, among other PAs (as well as Adeva’s live show) on Friday, Digital Underground will be doing a half hour party set complete with paper streamers (but what about indoor fireworks?!), while the Maze featuring Frankie Beverly concert on Saturday is shaping up as a major full scale production . . . Adrian Webb — or ‘Man Webb’ as he’s fast becoming known, thanks to his MANWEB (Manchester And North Wales Electricity Board) sponsors at Prestatyn! — will next be putting on a New Year’s Eve ‘1990 Party’ Soul Weekender, the emphasis on soul, with DJs Jeff Young, Chris Hill, Gilles Peterson, Martin Collins, Froggy, Kev Hill and Sean French plus guest attractions between Saturday, December 30 and Monday, January 1 at Brean Sands near Weston super Mare, which, the venue being residential, will avoid the licensing problems that others are likely to encounter on a Sunday New Year’s Eve (full booking details from Livewire Promotions on 01-364 1212) . . . ‘Man Webb’ seems now but a logical short step on next to ‘Manuel’ (as pronounced in ‘Fawlty Towers’), not that there’s anything incompetent about Webbo, of course! . . . Camber Soul Weekender 89 at Camber Sands’ Pontins near Hastings next weekend, November 3-5, stars the likes of Greg Edwards, Bob James, Aadil, Bob Masters and basically the Kent Soul Festival posse, £40 tickets and details from KSF Promotions, PO Box 100, Ashford, Kent TN24 8AR (telephone 0233-633652) . . . Jon Williams this Thursday (26) has Sharon D. Clarke and Ralph Tee as the first guest PA and DJ at a new “Italian & American Garage & Freestyle House” night in Mayfair’s Wall Street, where he still partners Judge Jules on Hu Gadson & Rusty Egan hosted Saturdays — Jon is also back on home turf at Desa and Gary Hickson’s next The Defhouse in Birkenhead on Monday (30) . . . Jeff Thomas has landed on his funky feet again with a Saturday gig at Barry Island’s The Warehouse, kicking off this week (28) with special guest Jeff Young, and is also spinning smooooth sounds (soul ‘n’ jazz-wise) Sundays at Swansea’s Mothers café bar . . . ‘DJ Jon’ Fawcett of Backstreet Productions claims that his house/funk/world (Balearic?) gigs are among the few house-ier nights in the rap and reggae dominated Bath and Bristol area: he’s in Bath at the Hat & Feather Sundays, Moles Club Mondays, Players Club Thursdays (the main night, entitled lesta Loca!), and at various secret locations Saturdays . . . Phil Ross, Big J, Scott Brazil, Richie T, and Bunny spin soul/rare groove/hip hop every Monday at Bloxwich’s Starlite Club, while Phil Ross joins Kevin J and Sugar D playing much the same but with funk too on Thursdays at Small Heath’s Porsche Club, and jocks solo on Fri/Saturdays at Worcester’s Picassos Nite Club . . . 100= had there been room in The Club Chart last week should have been Ben Liebrand Remix ‘The Eve Of The War’, reviewed this issue . . . London Weekend Television didn’t even show ‘The Hit Man And Her’ the week I wrote about it last — bah! . . . IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!
ULTRA NATÉ ‘It’s Over Now (Original Classic Mix)’ (WEA YZ440T)
Not out fully until November 13 but dropped on white label at the shops that matter and hot already for all who have it, this simply stunning Basement Boys produced subtle fruity sax squealed and mournfully soulful girl croaked 119¾-0bpm chunkily lurching garage trotter, with rhythm breakdowns as it progresses and a more instantaneously vibrant B-side 119¼-117¼bpm 1989 With Attitude Mix, has even greater impact than Adeva’s ‘Respect’ had and in this Soul II Soul era is certain to be huge!
THE MIXMASTER ‘Grand Piano’ (BCM Records BCM 344 X)
Distinctively introed by Joe Tex’s “Fellers, what d’you think about the women’s liberation?” before then bounding through Loleatta Holloway’s “it’s such a good vibration” and a lot of KAOS ‘Definition Of Love’ amongst its many samples, this Daniele ‘D.J. Lelewel’ Davoli created 0-124-123-123⅔-0bpm terrifically exciting piano pounded leaper has been massive for months on import, all that’s missing from this UK remix apparently being a Bobby Brown sample, with the Burundi Black rhythm throbbed 0-208½/104¼bpm ‘Piano Groove‘ as flip. The next Black Box?
ROQUI ‘You Are On My Mind’ (RePublic Records LICT 025)
This session singing 21- year-old (pronounced “Rocky”) from East Orange, New Jersey, is given more of an actual song than usual by the Burrell twins for her strong solo debut, a wailing and romping timeless 123½bpm frisky canterer that really leaps along in four different mixes, due fully on November 6. Continue reading “October 28, 1989: Ultra Naté, The Mixmaster, Roqui, El Chico, D.J. Lelewel”