BEATS & PIECES
MARK RYDER and Dave Lee have made no secret of recording on RePublic Records as the acts M-D-Emm and Mystique but now confess to having been not only Raven Maize all along (in a supremely successful scam which saw ‘Forever Together’ appearing first as a US Quark import!) but also the currently hot Masters Of The Universe, the latter on Strictly Underground (a separate label which Mark will be running for strictly limited 5,000 only pressing runs). What’s more, they now have a vocal re-recording of the Masters’ ‘Check It Out’ ready for licensing to any interested major labels, while ‘Do You Want Me’ has just appeared in four different mixes now credited as being by Skeletor on US Easy Street! … 10 mixing jocks (five scratch and five club style) compete tonight (Tuesday 28) in the final of the London Mix Competition at Bethnal Green’s Tantrums in the Hackney Road, starting 8.30pm — full winner details next week … Sharon Dee Clarke has been flown out to Italy to add a vocal for radio purposes to FPI Project present Rich In Paradise’s fast Club Chart climbing version of ‘Going Back To My Roots’ … Ben Liebrand’s Hip Hop Remix of the Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rappers Revenge’ is also out here at last (Castle Communications SHRD0012) … Tyree featuring J.M.D. ‘Move Your Body’, reviewed only last week on import, now that it’s out here (DJ International Records 655470 6), somehow slows the LP Version – Tyree Mix (here the A-side’s first track) to a slower 123⅔bpm while the rest speed up to make the Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez Mix 125½-125-125¼-0bpm, Boogie Man (Boggie Mix) 0-126-125⅞bpm, and Tyree (Lost His Vocal) Tyree Mix 125¾bpm … XL Recordings have released not only ‘Just As Long As I Got You’ on its own remixed single but also its whole parent EP, exactly as on import, Frankie “Bones”/Lenny “Dee” present Looney Tunes Volume One (XLEP 102), from which the 0-120-0bpm ‘Another Place Another Time (Club Mix)‘ still remains the only other DJ chart-returned track … Kym Mazelle’s next single, on December 27, will be her reading of Jean Carn’s classic ‘Was That All It Was‘, to be creatively marketed in remixes by David Morales, Les Adams and Judge Jules … Loose Ends manager Tony Hall is representing the hot Ontario based Bigshot Records here (on 01-437 1958) … Tony Jenkins. the club entrepreneur whose Funktion helped start nearly 10 years ago the whole moveable venue one-niter club scene, now not only is linking up with brewers Bass-Charrington to launch a planned chain of ‘music specialist’ wine bars (featuring live DJs every night. with the aim of being either ideal pre-club meeting places or even, on areas where the night life is found to be wanting, actual alternatives to clubs, the first Middlesex venue opening soon as Up West), but also is part owner of North-East London’s new Blenheim studio complex … Luton’s burgeoning entrepreneur Tim Raidl not only is setting up his own DJ 4 DJ record label as an outlet for the Mix Connection DJ team, but also is separately a partner (on the production/A&R side) in the local Soul Sense record shop’s label of the same name – the latter is looking for house and street groove (rather than rap) demos at Soul Sense Records, 16 Stuart Street, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 2SL … Brian Wolland has taken over as club promotions manager – and is expanding the DJ mailing list – at International Radio Promotions, 112 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR (01-727 3458), who since the spring have plugged for such as Mistri, LaKim Shabazz, The Dismasters, Cybotron, Omar and Kelly Charles … DJ/promotions manager Danny Lee of Upminster based Academy Teenage Nightclubs, travelling around council owned venues playing to a total membership of 12,000 under-18’s (a significant slice of the singles buying market), offers recording artistes an unusual and cheap method of personally plugging their music, or putting over any other message they want (like “Hey kids, stay cool, stay off drugs”), all for the price of just two telephone calls – call him first on 04022-21536 and he will give you the ’01-‘ number of an answering machine on which to record whatever you wish to say, which will then be turned into a jingle, edited and sampled as appropriate, to accompany your latest release at all the club gigs … John ‘Nick’ Osborne, who jocks at Purley’s Cinderellas Rockerfellas, is also promoting the upfront new Dancefloor Records shop at 463 Streatham High Road (right opposite Les Adams’ old venue, The Sussex), where he’s starting a 15 per cent DJ discount service for card holding regular customers, and a mail order services (details of both schemes on 01-679 5579) … DJ Paul Oakenfold, as well as being the driving force behind the group Electra, launches his own PerfectO Records label with the re-release of Izit ‘Stories’ here, and confirms that, as the hot Italian remix was in fact unauthorised and not very well recorded, the new punningly titled ‘I’ve A Novella Mix’ is indeed a UK re-recording – but the Italian version is on the flip anyway, as the Stories Mix … Paul Oakenfold it was, with Nancy Noise, who sowed the seeds of the Balearic movement (and the current ‘whitening’ of dance music) nearly three years ago at Streatham’s The Project at Zigi’s, before moving two years and one month ago to Future at Charing Cross’s Heaven, where, with Terry Farley too, on Thursday (30) they mark this oddly lopsided anniversary by way of a mid-evening private party … Trevor Fung and Ian B specialise in Belgian ‘hardbeat’ on Evolution Tuesdays at London Leicester Square’s Maximus … Digger Elias and colleagues, on the other hand, present swing beat (plus purple and hip hop) on Bounced Wednesdays at Mayfair’s Legends … New Age Dance has a future sounds policy with New York DJ Dave Piccioni, raver G.G. Rider and MC Noise on D.A.T. (Digital Audio Transmission) Thursdays at 53 Berwick Street in Soho … DJ Pretty Cool spins nothin’ but the best dance music every Wednesday at Warrington’s Olivers, in the city centre there. IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!
LISA STANSFIELD ‘Affection’ (Arista 210 379)
The Rochdale soulstress’s superb solo album is still very much a Blue Zone recording, being co-created and produced by her colleagues Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, apart from the Coldcut produced old joyfully cantering 0-123¼bpm ‘This Is The Right Time’, the set’s standout being widely acclaimed as the sweetly crooned steadily jogging 96bpm ‘Sincerity’, but also extremely classy are the Marvin Gaye ‘What’s Going On’-style 111bpm ‘Live Together‘, briskly bounding 125bpm ‘What Did I Do To You?‘, swaying jiggly wailing 100bpm ‘You Can’t Deny It‘, lushly weaving 95⅛bpm ‘When Are You Coming Back?‘, chunkily jolting 0-104bpm ‘Mighty Love‘, wriggly shuffling 120bpm ‘The Love In Me‘, snappily lurching 104bpm ‘Poison‘, plus of course the chart topping sultry 100½bpm ‘All Around The World’.
ALYSON WILLIAMS ‘I Second That Emotion’ (Def Jam 655456 6)
Received rather late, this superb searingly wailed Smokey Robinson & The Miracles classic reviving jogger is duetted by Chuck Stanley, not that he’s easy to spot, the 0-91bpm J&M Emotional Club Remix, 90⅔bpm Gota 12” Remix and 91bpm J&M Instrumental Remix all jogging sultrily to Soul II Soul-type tempos.
THE CLUB CHART – December 2, 1989
01 01 ALL AROUND THE WORLD (LONG VERSION) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
02 22 PACIFIC STATE/PACIFIC-202/PACIFIC-303 808 State, Zang 12in
03 05 WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ (DEF MIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
04 03 LET THE RHYTHM PUMP (MIXES) Doug Lazy, Atlantic 12in
05 02 GRAND PIANO/PIANO GROOVE The Mix Master, BCM Records 12in
06 — GET A LIFE (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in promo
07 04 IT’S OVER NOW (MIXES) Ultra Naté, WEA 12in pre-release
08 07 AUTUMN LOVE (FUTURE 3)/DESTINY (THE RAVE MIX) Electra, ffrr12in pre-release
09 09 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/RICH IN PARADISE FPI Project present Rich In Paradise, Rumour Records 12in
10 12 FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO GROOVE (REMIXES) Twin Hype, Profile 12in
11 06 EYE KNOW (KNOW IT ALL/THE KISS MIXES) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
12 33 ENCORE Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Syncopate 12in
13 10 MELTDOWN (HARDCORE CLUB MIX) Quartz, Mercury/iTMusic 12in
14 36 CHECK IT OUT (HIT ‘N’ RUN MIX)/DO YOU WANT ME (MIXES)/ROK YO’ BODY (MIXES) Masters Of The Universe, Strictly Underground 12in
15 11 GET BUSY (MIXES) Mr Lee, Jive 12in
16 08 AIRPORT ’89 (MIXES) Wood Allen, German BCM Records/Italian Dee Jay Lelewel 12in
17 46 MAGIC ATTO II° (THE DEEP) D.J. Lelewel, BCM Records 12in
18 21 JUST AS LONG AS I GOT YOU (MIXES) Looney Tunes, XL Recordings 12in
19 19 THE EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Ben Liebrand Remix, CBS 12in
20 — SINCERITY/LIVE TOGETHER/WHAT DID I DO TO YOU?/YOU CAN’T DENY IT/MIGHTY LOVE/WHEN ARE YOU COMING BACK? Lisa Stansfield, Arista LP
21 23 THE BASSLINE CHANGED MY LIFE/I DREAM OF YOU/N-R-G (PARTS 1 & 2) Adamski, MCA Records 12in promo
22 29 I AM SOMEBODY (MIXES) Jerry Edwards, RePublic Records 12in promo
23 27 STORIES (I’VE A NOVELLA/STORIES MIXES) Izit, PerfectO Records/ffrr 12in
24 18 GIT ON UP (UK FAST EDDIE MIX) Fast Eddie featuring Sundance, DJ International Records 12in
25 56 THIS WAY, THAT WAY (MIXES) Pandella, Easy Street 12in
26 31 STOMP (MOVE JUMP JACK YOUR BODY) (MIXES) K-Y-ZE, Cooltempo 12in
27 94 HEAVEN (HEAVY CLUB/ALTERNATIVE 12” MIX) The Chimes, CBS 12in
28 13 RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES (HOUSE VOCAL) Patti Day, Debut 12in
29 24 YOU ARE ON MY MIND (MIXES) Roqui, RePublic Records 12in
30 55 FREE SOUTH AFRICA (MIXES)/RUFF & MASSIVE (REALITYTIME MIX) Massive Sounds, RePublic Records 12in
31 28 JUST WANNA TOUCH ME (MIXES) Fidelfatti with Ronnette, Urban 12in
32 26 YOUR LOVE Frankie Knuckles Presents, Trax Records 12in
33 14 THE THEME (MIXES) Unique 3, 10 Records 12in
34 15 I THANK YOU (PHILADELPHIA/PHILLY DUB MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
35 43 LET THERE BE HOUSE (MIXES) Deskee, 1st Bass 12in
36 34 I SECOND THAT EMOTION (REMIXES) Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
37 40 HEAVEN (ORIGINAL PETER HINDS MIX) The Chimes, CBS 12in promo
38 re EVERYDAY (MIXES) The Jam Machine, de/Construction 12in
39 20 TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED (AFTER DARK/YANKEE MIXES) Electribe 101, Mercury 12in
40 44 GOT TO GET (MIXES) Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K, Arista 12in
41 62 WALK ON BY (MIXES) Dina Carroll, Jive 12in promo
42 17 STREET TUFF (SCAR/CLUB MIXES) The Rebel MC & Double Trouble, Desire 12in
43 47 RUN AWAY (MIXES) Urban High featuring Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
44 79 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY (FINAL CONFLICT)/BRING FORTH THE GUILLOTINE (DJ BEATS) Silver Bullet, Tam Tam 12in
45 69 TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT (MIXES) Seduction, Breakout 12in
46 30 WELCOME (LONG VERSION) Gino Latino, US Harbor Light Records 12in
47 — THE “EVERY LITTLE HIT” MIX/RONI (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
48 57 WALK AWAY FROM LOVE (WALK ON THE FLOOR/LP MIXES) Paul Simpson featuring Anthony White, Cooltempo 12in
49 38 THE SUN RISING (IL SOLE SORGE/INTENSITA/DANNY RAMPLING’S “LOVE IS…” REMIX) Beloved, WEA 12in
50 82 RAPPERS DELIGHT (BEN LIEBRAND HIP HOP REMIX) Sugarhill Gang, Castle Communications 12in
51 45 THE PHANTOM (REMIX)/SPACE GLADIATOR DUB Renegade Sound Wave, Mute 12in
52 57 STAY CLOSE (MIXES) Mondeé Oliver, US Gherkin Records 12in
53 — DO WHAT YOU WANT/TAKE ME AWAY (REMIXES) 2 In A Room, US Cutting Records 12in
54 — EYES OF SORROW/FX A Guy Called Gerald, Subscape Records 12in white label
55 — DEEP HEAT ’89 (LATINO MIXES) Latino Rave, Deep Heat 12in
56 51 ENERGY DAWN/LET IT TAKE CONTROL (MIXES)/HOUSE THE CROWD (DUB) Flowmasters, XL Recordings 12in EP
57 — ESTE AMOR (CLUB VERSION) E.V.O.E., Italian New Music 12in
58 58 TAINTED LOVE (REMIXES) Impedance, Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ 12in
59 97 BEYOND THIS WORLD (VERSIONS)/PROMO NO. 2 Jungle Brothers, US Warner Bros 12in
60 72 RHYTHM NATION (MIXES) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
61 — ‘BACK ON THE BLOCK’ Quincy Jones, US Qwest LP
62 59 SOMEBODY IN THE HOUSE SAY YEAH! (CLUB HOUSE MIX) 2 In A Room, Big Life 12in
63 64 DIRTY CASH (MONEY TALKS) (MIXES) Adventures Of Stevie V, Mercury 12in promo
64 39 DEFINITION OF LOVE (DAVE DORRELL & CJ MACKINTOSH REMIXES) KAOS, Kool Kat/Big Life 12in pre-release
65 25 STRINGS OF LIFE ’89 (JUAN’S MAGIC MIX) Rhythim Is Rhythim, Kool Kat/Big Life 12in
66 53 MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah, Gee Street LP
67 74 PIANISTA TE QUIERO/CASA BEAT M-I-Cara, US N-Joy Records 12in
68 32 RESCUE ME (DANCE/DUB/CLUB/12” MIXES) Debbie Malone, Krunch Records 12in
69 68 JAM IT JAM (PASCAL GABRIEL/HIP HOP MIXES) She Rockers, Jive 12in pre-release
70 35 MOVE YOUR BODY (MIXES) Tyree featuring JMD, DJ International Records 12in
71 — DANCE HALL (MIXES) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
72 42 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (“PUMPED UP”/ORIGINAL) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
73 — I CALLED U Lil Louis & The World, US Epic LP/ffrr 12in promo
74 81 STEPPIN’ TO THE A.M./SONS OF 3RD BASS/MONTE HALL/OVAL OFFICE/THE GAS FACE/WORDZ OF WIZDOM/THE CACTUS 3rd Bass, US Def Jam LP
75 61 MI CORAZON ES NEGRO (ORIGINAL/CLUB MIX) Flamenco Massive, Big World Records 12in
76 75 TEST OF TIME (CLUB VERSION) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
77 96 COME TOGETHER AS ONE/LOVE CALL/WISHING ON A STAR Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
78 41 THE MESSAGE IS LOVE (CUPID MIX) featuring Al Green/THE MESSAGE IS CLUB Arthur Baker and the Backbeat Disciples, Breakout 12in
79 77 JUST ANOTHER DREAM (12” VERSION/FUNKY LOVE MIX) Cathy Dennis, Polydor 12in promo
80 37 NEVER TOO MUCH (JUSTIN STRAUSS EXTENDED REMIX ’89) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
81 — WHO NEEDS A LOVE LIKE THAT (MIXES) Cut The Q, Submission 12in promo
82 — TOUCH ME (SEXUAL VERSION) 49ers, Fourth & Broadway 12in promo
83 52 TRACK WITH NO NAME Forgemasters, Outer Rhythm/W.A.R.P. Records 12in
84 — FOOLS GOLD The Stone Roses, Slivertone Records 12in
85 73 TAINTED LOVE (CLUB MIX) Impedance, Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ 12in
86 re I’LL DO ANYTHING (CLUB) Crown Heights Affair, SBK.One 12in
87 84 FEEL IT FOR YOU (MIXES) Alterations, US RCA 12in
88 67 WALK ON BY (CLUB)/HERE COMES MY LOVE Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in
89 70 WARM LOVE (SOULSONIC MIX/LATIN VIBES MIX) The Beatmasters featuring Claudia Fontaine, Rhythm King 12in promo
90 — THERE IT IS/MOVEMENT S.L. Troopers featuring Sweet Pea, Music Of Life 12in pre-release
91 54 2 FAR (MIXES) The Paris Ford Project, US Paris Club Records 12in
92 re LADIES (LET’S GO) (MIXES) T.D.P., Reachin’ Records 12in white label
93 85 JUST ANOTHER DREAM (PAUL SIMPSON US REMIX) Cathy Dennis, Polydor 12in promo
94 78 (THERE’LL BE A) BETTER DAY (REMIXES) Julian Jonah with Linda Muriel, Cooltempo 12in promo
95 88 ALL AROUND THE WORLD (RUNAWAY LOVE/AROUND THE HOUSE MIXES) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
96 87 BLESS THE FUNK (MIXES) Double J, Fourth & Broadway 12in
97 re ANOTHER PLACE ANOTHER TIME (CLUB MIX) Frankie “Bones”/Lenny “Dee” present Looney Tunes Volume One, XL Recordings 12in EP
98 49 IT’S TOO LATE (MIXES) Kelli Saé, Easy Street 12in
99 re THE MEGAMIX by BEN LIEBRAND Luther Vandross, Epic 12in promo
100= — ETTA DROPPIN’ SCIENCE ON DRUMS Def Jef featuring Etta James, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
100= re SECURITY (CLUB MIX) The Beat Club, Champion 12in
100= 80 SAVANNAH (MIXES) Savannah, Collision 12in white label
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3 thoughts on “December 2, 1989: Lisa Stansfield, Alyson Williams, Record Mirror DJs survey”
James’s content has been significantly squeezed this week: of his customary three pages, the DJ survey takes up most of one page and Chris Mellor’s Euromix column takes up most of another, leaving room for just two reviews.
It’s interesting to speculate as to the background for the DJ survey, and tempting to conclude that pressure was being put upon James. Some of the questions raised will result in changes to the DJ Directory in weeks to come.
The comment about Paul Oakenfold sowing the seeds of the “whitening” of dance music is a sharp and pointed one, and the state of the current Club Chart does rather back up the assertion. Exactly 12 months ago, there were 16 records by black artists in the top 20, and 4 records by white artists. This week, white artists outnumber black artists by 11 to 9. This is a trend which will never be reversed, and a clear indicator that dance culture has undergone a profound shift.
Hi Mike, as you indicate this is a poignant column. I was an avid reader of James’ columns from 1981 to late 1989. I started clubbing in the Chris Hill era and became a Nicky Holloway Special Branch regular for many years. The music played was the many strands of black music lapped up by a mixed crowd. For me, the shift started in the Pump Up The Volume era, when upfront soul & funk-based music was sidelined by catchy samples; and by the time Nicky started Trip at the Astoria, it was obvious that “dance” music had taken over. There was a different crowd now too.
Instead, I discovered Paul Anderson, Bobby & Steve and others and went to their clubs; there just seemed to be more of the music and vibe I had enjoyed in the early 80’s. It was not a nostalgia thing, it was because the music was more of a continuum of what had come before, rather than the profound shift to the Ibiza pop-styles.
I also think it was becoming clearer that this was no longer James’ scene and that he felt ever more disconnected. On reflection that’s ok, times move on and tastes change, he had had an amazing run. But his comments this week and on the last Prestatyn suggest he knew this too. A few columns ago someone asked you what you thought James would enjoy and advocate for now, I have wondered the same thing. For years I assumed it would be soulful house, but now I’m not so sure. I do wonder what he would think of the direction R&B/Rap have taken as he supported those genres greatly in the 80’s.
Thanks for your hard work on these columns, it is much appreciated.
Don’t you think he would have eventually been very keen on uk garage first the speed garage of 97 and then the distinctive uk garage that was very big from 96-03 – he loved London street styles – I think he might have had a lot of time for jungle (which he actually lived to see) and it’s transformation into drum and bass about the time he passed away. I’m not sure he’d have had much time for trance Of the type that took over the world from 96-03 and hard house of the Uk type.. although of course he’d have lived long enough to hear the early trance and even early hard house.