December 16, 1989: Mantronix (featuring Wondress), 808 State, Adamski, Lil Louis & The World, D Mob

BEATS & PIECES

DANCE AID TRUST, the disco biz supported charity fund raisers, organised another national Dance Aid Week back in October during which just £300 was the largest amount to be raised by a DJ from any single event, a sum that should be easy enough to top before New Year’s Eve, when the 1989 charity drive ends – and, as a bit of encouragement, the DJ raising the largest amount by then will win a trip to the New Music Seminar in New York next July (money already raised will qualify if sent by January 9 to Dance Aid Trust, c/o Stage 3 Promotions, Hook Norton, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5NT, where you can contact the Trust’s secretary Tony Hickman if interested in organising an event) … Eternal is now confirmed as the official name of the new Warner Bros partnered label set up by Pete Edge, who has working with him here Cynthia Cherry, previously of New York’s Jump Street Records – whose act The Basement Boys she thus brought to the attention of WEA in their current role as producers of Ultra Naté … Lena Williams is expanding and updating the DJ mailing list for JetStar and distributed labels, like Sure Delight and WA, amongst many: send full work details to her at JetStar, 155 Acton Lane, Park Royal, London NW10 7NJ (although they specialise in ‘street soul’ and other funky stuff these days, the business was built on reggae, so it’s worth specifying if you truthfully can promote that at your gigs) … De La Soul’s commercial 12-inch turns out to include, in place of the T.Ski Valley ‘Catch The Beat!’ bass-ed ‘Buddy’ instrumental, the similarly jolting Bob James ‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’ bass-ed 105⅝bpm ‘Ghetto Thang (Ghetto Ximer Mix)’ (sic!) … Queen Latifah & Monie Love’s ‘Ladies First’ remix, billed on white label as ‘US Version’, on finished pressings is instead confusingly now called ‘Extended ’45 King’ Mix’ – not much to differentiate it from the original 12-inch version’s ’45 King Mix’ … Raze featuring Lady J & The Secretary of Ent. ‘All For Love’ (Champion CHAMP 12-228) came storming into The Club Chart last week purely on mailing list promo response, not even pre-releases being due in the shops until January of this rapping overlaid 119⅞bpm ‘Break 4 Love 1990’ revamp (as its subtitle reads) … Ruby Turner’s brilliant ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ is gonna be out commercially at last in January, but has already been preceded by another promo pressing with a couple of Blacksmith remixes … ‘What U Waiting 4’, rather than the already established import hit ‘Beyond This World’, will be the Jungle Brothers’ UK 12-inch towards the end of January … PWL associated Lisson Records don’t release Sybil’s ‘Walk On By’ here until January 8, and her album until January 29 … Frankie ‘Bones’ proved so popular a draw that the venue wasn’t big enough for the guest list when he DJed in London last week at a reception to launch de/Construction Records’ album compilation of previous import singles produced by him and Tommy Musto, ‘Dance Madness And The Brooklyn Groove’, from with a four-track 12-inch promo sampler features Stacey Parris’s plaintive Latin hip hop-ish 120-0bpm ‘Feel It In My Heart (UK House Mix)’, The Break Boys’ episodic funky beats jiggled 121¾-0bpm ‘Listen To The Rhythm Flow (Notice The 808 Bass Mix)’, Eden Paradise’s only recently reviewed girl whispered juddery rumbling 119¾bpm ‘This Is The Dance (The Paradise Mix)’, and Frankie ‘Bones’’ own old oddly Belgian new beat-like (despite the title) 119¾-0bpm ‘Call It Techno (Technocolour Dub)’ … Glasgow’s £1½ million refurbished Tin Pan Alley this Saturday (16) starts a new ‘Unlimited Freak Out’ night on both floors with music to match by upfront DJs Lars, Orde, Harry, and (from the Hacienda in Manchester) Jon DaSilva, the latter filled in for once a month by Stuart McMillan from this concept’s forerunner, Slam … Jazzy Jason & The Dynamic Guv’nors are putting on a mini stage show this Saturday (17) for house spinning Doug Hughes at Welling Station (situated guess where!) … Gary Oldis and Ian Wright, not exactly lagging behind in what they play themselves, actually need an even more upfront jock to join them at Sunderland’s Chambers – contact club manager John Banwell on 091-565 1900 … University Of Sussex student Sev Burden, following in recent graduate DJ StreetsAhead’s footsteps, jocks three nights a week at the on-campus The Crypt (where Jackie Becker is after guest DJs on 0273-727681/604136) and has also ventured into Brighton itself to present Basshead Tuesdays at the Underground Club, mixing reggae, P’funk, deep soul with a smattering of bass-heavy house and hip hop – you can tell he’s into the heartbeat ryddim of the bass and drum! … Rob Faria, a keen bedroom mixer, recently arrived at Brighton’s Polytechnic to find he’d landed digs in a house full of dance fans – and already they’ve started promoting their own ‘Armageddon’ parties with guest DJs around the town’s clubs … Leon Roberts, jocking with Cineman at Manchester Poly’s Black Rhythms Wednesdays, is desperate to find someone who can sell him the Dancin’ Danny D remixed Cooltempo promo of Kid ‘N Play ‘2 Hype’ containing its House Instrumental (not on the phone, he’s at 10 Booth Avenue, Fallowfield, M14 6RB) … Hereward Radio Sunday afternoon dance jock Steve Jason, still packing Peterborough’s Gables pub on Tuesdays, amongst other gigs, has returned on Thursdays to the Jenyns Arms near Downham Market at picturesque sounding Denver Sluice (named after a feature of the Fenland drainage system!) … ‘Woody’ Woodruffe’s funky gigs include (as somehow only seems right!) the Woodpecker in Mansfield every Wednesday now … Edzy has got in early to point out that Unique 3’s next Sunday Soundyard nites at Bradford’s Club Rio just happen to be Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, 9.30pm-2.30am – good timing, guys, know what I mean?! … Joe Field is starting a new Sunday Arena night, with relaxed dress and what he hopes will be a “real” club atmosphere, next month at The Point in Milton Keynes, where he currently jocks downstairs Thurs/Saturdays (and at Watford’s Mirrabeau Mon/Fridays) … KISS-fm main man, Gordon Mac presents otherwise all female guest DJs at his Foot Loose Thursdays at Soho’s Gulliver’s, drawing on a roster that includes Mother Popcorn, Heddi, Mags, Sez, Chanelle and DJ Lizzy … Mark One, something of an ornithological expert who even calls himself ‘The Bird Man’ (he also gigs at Belfast’s Robinsons Thurs/Saturdays), has kindly and at last cleared up just what that pesky bird is that warbles all over the likes of ‘Sueno Latino’ and ‘Pacific State’ – he reckons it’s an American whippoorwill, or just possibly a slowed down sample of a loon (an American diving bird too, honest!) … IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!


HOT VINYL

MANTRONIX (featuring Wondress) ‘Got To Have Your Love’ (US Capitol V-15521)
At last something fresh (and instantly huge!) from Curtis Mantronik, featuring his new lisping rapper Bryce Luvah but mainly cooed by wailing Wondress (a girl), this funky drummer chugged tugging jiggler is in Soul II Soul-ish street soul/new jack swing rather than hip hop style, with chunkily percussive 106bpm Club With Bonus Beats, Hard To Get Rap and 106⅛bpm Luv Dub, or the flip’s more smoothly homogenised 106⅝bpm Club Edit, Instrumental and Radio Edit mixes. Due soon after Christmas, the already promoed UK pressing (Capitol 12CL 559) contains just the three A-side versions (Luv Dub somehow here becoming 105¾bpm).

808 STATE ‘90’ (ZTT ZTT2, via WEA)
Also continuously flowing, more or less, and largely instrumental, but far more creative than the Adamski set that might be seen as its rival, this destined to be massive Manchester album has the ‘Hustle’ flavoured fiercely throbbing and thrashing Terry Riley-ish synth sizzled 120¼bpm ‘Cobra Bora’, remorselessly driven twittery gurgling and thumping 0-116⅝-0bpm ‘808080808’, “L-O-V-E, love” spelling juddery dated electro hip hop-type scratching 107bpm ‘Anaconda’ (beware the false finish then abrupt segue), glum girl muttered tinkling twittery burbling 120¼-0bpm ‘Magical Dream’, frantically skittering 135⅔-0bpm ‘Donkey Doctor’, already familiar fast though still atmospheric ‘new age house’ (0-)128¼-0bpm ‘Pacific 202’, and gradually unfurled atmospheric loping tinkly 0-115¼-0bpm ‘Sunrise’ (a sort of second class ‘Pacific State’).

ADAMSKI ‘LIVEANDIRECT’ (MCA Records MCL 1900)
The full album by this acid house instrumentalist, who has built a reputation playing live and alone at orbital and warehouse type parties, keeps the spirit of 1988 alive in a supposedly live acieed session that flows continuously through the twittery spurting and thumping 0-120¼bpm ‘N-R-G (Parts 1 & 2)’, tuneful piano pumped 122¼bpm ‘I Dream Of You’, less good frantic hollow 126bpm ‘Tenko Krishna’, keyboards piped and jangled throbbing frisky 124bpm ‘The Bassline Changed My Life’, briskly chugging electro 126bpm ‘In Your Face’, disjointed 124-124¼-0bpm ‘Magic Piano’, synth swirled and piano pounded 126⅓bpm ‘You, Me, House’, twittery lurching 123¼bpm ‘A Brand New World’, piano and squidgy bass driven good teasingly titled 121⅓bpm ‘M25’, techno-ish sparse percussive 0-124¼bpm ‘I Love Teknology (Part 1)’, piano plonked twirling 120⅓bpm ‘Rap You In Sound’, Mike Oldfield goes acieed-ish tinkly chugging 124⅓bpm ‘Into Orbit’, and the somehow style encapsulating, frantically speeding up at the end, final 123⅓-0bpm ‘Love And Life’.

LIL LOUIS & THE WORLD ‘From The Mind Of Lil Louis’ (ffrr 828 179-1)
Hitting initially on US Epic but now out here, this surprisingly varied and by no means all danceable album has the terrific jazzily bounding fluid (0-)117¾-118¾bpm War ‘Galaxy’-ish ‘I Called U’, philosophically chatted by Louis to a continually phonecalling languid but disturbingly obsessive girl who just doesn’t listen, excellent breezily skipping jazzy 117⅔bpm ‘6 A.M.’, subtly exciting sparse jiggly bubbling 120¾-120⅔-121¼-123-123¾bpm ‘Tuch Me’, girl cooed slinkily undulating 96⅓bpm ‘Nyce & Slo’ (sic), Jade souled dead slow swaying dreamy 43/21½bpm ‘The Luv U Wanted’, prayer intoning rhythmical ‘French Kiss’-ish 0-121¼-0-121¼bpm ‘Blackout’, about faced so now orgasm started (120-0-)122⅓-0bpm ‘French Kiss’ remix, metal clanging frantic industrial (0-)122bpm ‘Wargames’, raggedly traditional blues 0-124½-0bpm ‘Little Tanya’ and a couple of mood pieces. The good news is that ‘I Called U’ will now be the A-side of his next single here, demoting the previously scheduled ‘Blackout’ to the flip, but the myriad of different mixes and the variety of different combinations in which they will be available are too complex to detail right now!

D MOB ‘Put Your Hands Together (Slammin’ & Jammin’ Mix)’ (ffrr FXDJ 124)
Returning to club credibility following his current pop hit, Dancin’ (or should that now be Rappin’?!) Danny D uses with permission the O’Jays’ 1974 oldie of the same name as the basis for this also somewhat ‘D’ Train influenced brightly shuffling 122⅓bpm joyful hip house jiggler, destined to be huge and already hitting on pre-release promo, flipped by its Slammin’ & Jammin’ Dub plus the Hammond organ introed then trickily frantic (0-)116⅔bpm latin-type instrumental ‘A Rhythm From Within’. The more overpoweringly Nuff Juice rapped original version of ‘Put Your Hands Together’ is 122⅔bpm on the album ‘A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That’ (ffrr 828151 1), on which the only other new tracks are the soulful Danny Madden wailed joltingly trotting 119-0bpm gospel-house treatment of Stevie Wonder’s ‘All I Do’, Cathy Dennis gurgled jittery breezily pumping 119bpm ‘That’s The Way Of The World’ with Danny’s background comments, and his own brave Luther/Alexander vocal style lurching 108⅛bpm ‘It Really Don’t Matter’.

COLDCUT ‘Coldcut’s Christmas Break’ (Ahead Of Our Time HOTPLATE 8)
Seasonal jingles and ‘900 Number’ sax combining, amongst other ingredients, samples crammed ultra jaunty go go based 112½bpm jiggly jumper, hard to resist at any time of year, coupled with its instrumental ‘Break It Up’, and the at times early “washing machine” house style ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ adapting instrumental 120-0bpm ‘Santa’s House’, equally good fun.

A GUY CALLED GERALD ‘Eyes Of Sorrow’ (Subscape Records/CBS XPR-1469)
Still apparently only on promo, this ‘flute’ tootled and synth washed atmospherically swirling but beefily rumbling and thumping (0-)117-0bpm instrumental is another example, along with ‘Pacific State’, of what is best described as ‘new age house’ (flipped by the also 117-0bpm but more monotonously acidic ‘FX’).

THE JAM MACHINE ‘Everyday’ (de/Construction Records PT 43300)
Very different from the original import, this largely re-recorded beefily bounding quite bright Italo house canterer is here in a revamped (0-)119½bpm Underground Mix with stuttery “gotta move” and “are you feelin’ alright?” (instead of the previously used familiar “can you feel it?”) vocal punctuations, flipped by brand new pshta pshta-ing percussive 121bpm Freestyle and sparse synth washed 120¼bpm New Age Mixes.

FAST EDDIE ‘Most Wanted’ (D.J. International Records 466024 1)
Rewoven familiar funky old riffs backed hip house album, hottest so far for the funkily shuffling but acidically bassed and twittered exciting 125¼bpm ‘Get U Some More’, also with the Hamilton Bohannon-ish tempoed 121bpm ‘Let’s Do This’, Tyree Cooper, MC D and MC Nell featuring infectiously leaping featuring infectiously leaping 122⅔bpm ‘Just Buggin’‘, brightly driving 121¾-0bpm ‘That’s Bad‘, jaunty JB bopped 123⅝bpm ‘Most Wanted‘, Nikki warbled P’funky 112¼bpm ‘I Can’t Get That From You‘, Sundance duetted frantic 123⅓bpm ‘Work Your Body‘ and currently 12-inched 125⅓bpm ‘Git On Up’.

STERLING VOID featuring Paris Brightless ‘Set Me Free’ (US D.J. International Records DJ 994)
Smokey Robinson-ishly sung, though with some (for him) uncharacteristically harsh guttural inflections too, floatingly tuneful if a bit repetitive good churning brisk galloper in 121-0bpm Club and Instrumental, 121½-0bpm Julian “Jumpin” Perez and 121½bpm Radio Mixes. Paris Brightless is presumably the same as Paris Brightledge.

ORAN “JUICE” JONES ‘To Be Immortal’ (US OBR/Columbia 44-73120)
Title track from his forthcoming LP and technically the B-side, this chatted and crooned 0-106bpm undulating Soul II Soul-ish jiggly jogger is jazzily backed by Donald Byrd’s ‘(Fallin’ Like) Dominoes’ bassline, attracting far more attention here than the percussively go go-ish brassily lurching anti-crack semi-rap ‘Pipe Dreams‘ (in 100½-0bpm Jumbo Club Mix, 100⅔bpm Suicide Dub Ride and 0-100⅔bpm Radio Versions). The sleeve now calls him just Juice, but the label still uses his full name.

IN-DEX ‘Now You’re Gone’ (US Bigshot Records VS 143)
Mournfully deadpan Depeche Mode/Information Society-style bland pop guys harmonised in its joltingly tapping 0-122bpm Ya-Ya Mix, this also has 122bpm stuttery house-type Rupert Bare (sic), twittery Club and 121¾bpm jerkily bounding No No Mixes, the latter two still making a feature of the guys — who may well be to your taste.

PANDELLA ‘This Way, That Way’ (Easy Street 12 EASY 101, via The Total Record Company/BMG)
Out here at last through Viceroy Records’ UK branch of the New York label, this girl and guy muttered simple catchy “this way, that way, any time, any day” repeating Komix created breezily galloping jumper is still 125bpm in its Club Mix, Radio Edit and more acidically twittered and stuttered Komis Dub.

LANDLORD featuring Dex Danclair ‘I Like It’ (Debut DEBTX 3084, via Pacific)
Once warm on Bigshot Records import, this Nick Anthony Fiorucci produced typically uncluttered gentle husky guy muttered brisk house strider is belatedly here in just its beefily rumbling and snicking (0-)121⅓bpm Club Mix, breathily whispered stuttery smooth bounding (0-)119¾-0bpm Groovy House Mix and Inca flute piped more jerkily flowing 119¾-0bpm Deep Garage Mix.

PAULETTE ‘Burning Hot Fire’ (Italian NexTown Records NX 0001)
Throatily straining powerful girl wailed, chiming synth chorded and pattering piano tinkled 120-0bpm urgent Italo house jitterer, rather shrill and rawly mixed at present in both its Original and Club Versions, with a useful electric piano jangled ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’ meets ‘Axel F’-ish instrumental 0-119¼-0bpm ‘Sweet Poison’ too.

SUBLEVEL ‘Don’t Blame Me’ (Profile PROFT 261)
Too rambling a song to be as commercial as their otherwise not dissimilar Ultra Naté production, this Basement Boys created soulfully abandoned (like, she’s gone, man!) Andrea Holdclaw gargled and wailed striding garage lurcher here perhaps mistakenly has its really loose 117-117⅔-117½bpm Original Demo Mix on the A-side, instead of the tighter percussive (0-)119-118¾bpm Basement Boys Remix.

AC-FAX ‘Eventide’ (Rumour Records RUMAT 8, via Pacific)
Quite effective jittery chugging 115¾-0bpm Italian electro instrumental, punctuated by robotic female “there’s a problem here” stutters and washed with resonant monkish chants (Instrumental Dub flip), briefly warm a while back on import.

NEW ALBUMS in brief include the fast selling (as containing much previously unknown material) Italo house compiling double album VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘The House Sound Of Europe Vol V – Casa Latina‘ (ffrr 828 176-1); New York disco label’s classic and still influential oldies compiling (the currently sampled Loleatta Holloway, plus such as First Choice, Salsoul Orchestra, Ripple and a new megamix) remastered 20 track four album boxed set VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Salsoul Classics‘ (Salsoul/Jack Trax SALSL 1, via K-tel International); world class excellent lush mellow UK soul RICK CLARKE ‘Time Keeps Moving On’ (Raven Records RR LP 1) .


REMIXES

808 STATE ‘Pacific – 909 (Mellow birds mega edit)‘ (ZTT ZANG 1TX), still atmospherically started and whippoorwill twittered but then dramatic organ chorded more angular bouncy (0-)120⅝-0bpm good ‘Twilight’-ish re-re-remix, with a percussively tumbling 120¾-0bpm ‘Bonus Bird Beats‘ plus, for exceptional value, their album’s standout exciting 120¼bpm ‘Cobra-Bora‘ (full length this time);

URBAN HIGH featuring Dee Dee Wilde ‘Run Away (Heavy Vibes Mix)‘ (Fourth & Broadway 12 BRX 147), really coming into its own now on this superior pressing, the remade Salsoul Orchestra oldie adds a different Vince Montana inspired harder striding 120¼bpm drive with of course a rippling vibes break, flipped by an acidic jittery (0-)120⅔-120⅓bpm Sub Rosa Breakdown and excellent vintage styled lushly scurrying 120¼bpm Salsoul Instrumental;

ULTRA NATÉ ‘It’s Over Now (Tony Humphries Remix)‘ (WEA YZ440TX), wailingly worried smacking and strangely surging 119¼-115¼bpm strong new treatment, flipped (on uninformative white label) by first a sax doodled brightly cantering 119⅓-118-117½bpm vocal version and then a powerful piano jangled pshta pshta-ing 119⅓-119-118⅓bpm instrumental;

RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE ‘The Phantom (Remix)‘ (Mute 12 MUTE 104), funkily drummered and jittered 122⅔-122⅓bpm percussive instrumental throbber with punctuating “uhh – ahh” grunts and Arabic chants, blandly tidying up the original 121⅓-0bpm ‘The Phantom (It’s In There)‘ which back in the spring I called “perhaps the wildest rhythm workout since ‘Burundi Black”‘ (then it was pressed at 45rpm, enabling jocks to play it at 33⅓rpm when it became a reggae dubwise 90bpm!), this current 33⅓rpm four-tracker also having a juddery 117⅓-119-120-112bpm Turntable Scratch Mix and the funky drumkit jiggled 111¾bpm Space Gladiator Dub;

INNER CITY ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (Kevin “Take A Chance” McCord Remix)‘ (10 Records TENR 290), now somehow more Jr Walker styled faster rolling jiggly (0-)108bpm revamp, flipped by the really speeded up sparse techno instrumental 130¼bpm ‘Set Your Body Free (Sync Underground Remix)‘, plus Alan Coulthard’s excellent past hits combining very slightly fluctuating 0-123bpm ‘The Paradise Megamix‘;

FIDELFATTI featuring RONNETTE ‘Just Wanna Touch Me (Hallelujah Mix)‘ (Urban URBXR 46), bumpily lurching 0-101⅞bpm Norman Cook remix with sharp edits and ‘Love To Love You Baby’ overdubs amongst the new additions, flipped by Norman’s drily jolting 101⅞-0bpm Bonus Beats and Acappella, plus Piero’s episodic halfway house 110⅓bpm Casa Latino Mix;

NASIH & M.D.EMM ‘Get Hip ‘To This! (Frankie Bones Manic Mix)‘ (RePublic Records LICT 22X, via Rough Trade), acidically twittery and jittery jolting 122bpm revamp of the UK hip house oldie whose now B-sided fast talking original 123½bpm Get Hip D.J. Mix was sampled on remixer Frankie’s own Eden’s Paradise ‘This Is The Dance‘, while its Original Sampella provided Raul Orellana with “get funky, get down”;

SNOWBOY ‘Snowboy’s House Of Latin featuring Victor Hugo (061 Mix)’ (Urban URBXR 44), friskily skittering, stomping, tinkling, pattering and booming 126⅓-0bpm remix by Graeme Park & Mike Pickering of the latin flier, apparently due commercially at last in this form;

IZIT ‘Stories (The Mellow Mix)‘ (PerfectO FXR 122, via ffrr), pleasant enough if inessential more smoothly instrumental bassily weaving 0-93⅔bpm remix by Paul Oakenfold.


THE CLUB CHART – December 16, 1989

01 01 GET A LIFE (CLUB MIX)/JAZZIE’S GROOVE (NEW VERSION) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in
02 04 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/RICH IN PARADISE FPI Project present Rich In Paradise, Rumour Records 12in
03 05 PACIFIC-202/PACIFIC STATE/PACIFIC-303 808 State, Zang 12in
04 03 IT’S OVER NOW (ORIGINAL CLASSIC/1989 WITH ATTITUDE) Ultra Naté, WEA 12in
05 06 LET THE RHYTHM PUMP (MIXES) Doug Lazy, Atlantic 12in
06 10 ENCORE/FREESTYLE Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Syncopate 12in
07 02 ALL AROUND THE WORLD (LONG VERSION) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
08 08 N-R-G (PARTS 1 & 2)/THE BASSLINE CHANGED MY LIFE/I DREAM OF YOU/TENKO KRISHNA Adamski, MCA Records LP/12in promo
09 19 AUTUMN LOVE (FUTURE 3)/DESTINY (THE RAVE MIX) Electra, ffrr12in
10 24 I CALLED U/BLACKOUT/6 A.M./NYCE & SLO Lil Louis & The World, US Epic LP
11 09 WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ (DEF MIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
12 29 RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES (HOUSE VOCAL) Patti Day, Debut 12in
13 44 THE MAGIC NUMBER (1-2-3 MIX)/BUDDY (NATIVE TONGUE DECISION MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in promo
14 16 FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO GROOVE (REMIXES) Twin Hype, Profile 12in
15 18 HEAVEN (HEAVY CLUB/ALTERNATIVE 12” MIX) The Chimes, CBS 12in
16 23 STORIES (I’VE A NOVELLA/STORIES MIXES) Izit, PerfectO 12in
17 15 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY (FINAL CONFLICT) Silver Bullet, Tam Tam 12in
18 07 GRAND PIANO/PIANO GROOVE The Mix Master, BCM Records 12in
19 11 ENERGY DAWN/LET IT TAKE CONTROL (MIXES) Flowmasters, XL Recordings 12in EP
20 22 AIRPORT ’89 (MIXES) Wood Allen, German BCM Records 12in
21 13 GET BUSY (MIXES) Mr Lee, Jive 12in
22 21 JUST AS LONG AS I GOT YOU (MIXES) Looney Tunes, XL Recordings 12in
23 46 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (SLAMMIN’ & JAMMIN’ MIX) D Mob, ffrr 12in pre-release
24 34 GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Mantronix (featuring Wondress), US Capitol 12in
25 61 LADIES FIRST (45 KING/ULTIMATUM MIXES) Queen Latifah & Monie Love, Gee Street 12in
26 26 STOMP (MOVE JUMP JACK YOUR BODY) (MIXES) K-Y-ZE, Cooltempo 12in
27 47 WARM LOVE (MIXES) The Beatmasters featuring Claudia Fontaine, Rhythm King 12in
28 32 STAY CLOSE (MIXES) Mondeé Oliver, US Gherkin Records 12in
29 20 EVERYDAY (UNDERGROUND REMIX) The Jam Machine, de/Construction 12in
30 40 THE THEME (MIXES) Unique 3, 10 Records 12in
31 27 LET THERE BE HOUSE (MIXES) Deskee, 1st Bass 12in
32 35 LIVE TOGETHER/SINCERITY Lisa Stansfield, Arista LP
33 42 TOUCH ME (SEXUAL VERSION) 49ers, Fourth & Broadway 12in
34 31 DO WHAT YOU WANT (REMIX)/TAKE ME AWAY (VOL 1 REMIX) 2 In A Room, US Cutting Records 12in
36 12 JUST WANNA TOUCH ME (SENSUAL MIX) Fidelfatti with Ronnette, Urban 12in
37 77 WHO NEEDS A LOVE LIKE THAT (MIXES) Cut The Q, Submission 12in promo
38 60 GET HIP TO THIS! (FRANKIE BONES MANIC MIX) Naish & M.D. Emm, RePublic Records 12in
39 71 MOVE YOUR BODY (MIXES) Tyree featuring JMD, DJ International Records 12in
40 58 ALL 4 LOVE Raze featuring Lady J & The Secretary of Ent., Champion 12in mailing list promo
41 41 MELTDOWN (HARDCORE CLUB MIX) Quartz, Mercury/iTMusic 12in
42 — MOMENTS IN SOUL (SIDE A/SIDE AA) J.T. And The Big Family, Italian BHF Production 12in
43 — DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE (MIXES)/SOMEONE TO LOVE ME – WORKOUT STYLE Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
44 49 MAGIC ATTO II° (THE DEEP) D.J. Lelewel, BCM Records 12in
45 70 I SECOND THAT EMOTION (REMIXES) Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
46 28 THIS WAY, THAT WAY (MIXES) Pandella, Easy Street 12in
47 17 I AM SOMEBODY (MIXES) Jerry Edwards, RePublic Records 12in
48 43 GOT TO GET (MIXES) Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K, Arista 12in
49 45 THE EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Ben Liebrand Remix, CBS 12in
50 33 JAM IT JAM (PASCAL GABRIEL/HIP HOP MIXES) She Rockers, Jive 12in pre-release
51 87 WELCOME (LONG VERSION) Gino Latino, US Harbor Light Records 12in
52 re PLANET E (REMIX)/LET’S GET JAZZY (DOPE MIX) kc Flightt, RCA/Popular 12in
53 25 FREE SOUTH AFRICA (MIXES)/RUFF & MASSIVE Massive Sounds, RePublic Records 12in
54 59 EYES OF SORROW/FX A Guy Called Gerald, Subscape Records 12in white label
55 36 GREAT FEELING/BLACK MAN/ON THE HORIZON/KEEP MOVING ON/SAVE THE FAMILY/HOW YA LIVIN’ Tashan, OBR LP
56 — BEAUTIFUL LOVE (EXTENDED)/PROMISES (EXTENDED) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
57 — THE BADMAN IS ROBBIN’/HOLD NO HOSTAGE/DOOMSDAY OF RAP Hijack, Syndicate Records/Epic 12in promo
58 — QUIEN TU TE CREES? (PART I/II/III) BCN Orchestra, BCM Records 12in promo
59 re WALK ON BY (CLUB REMIX) Sybil, US Next Plateau Records Inc 12in
60 88 RUN AWAY (ORIGINAL MIXES) Urban High featuring Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
61 — JUST WANNA TOUCH ME (HALLELUJAH/CASA LATINO MIXES) Fidelfatti with Ronnette, Urban 12in
62 78 HEARTSTEALER (FREDDIE BASTONE/JON WILLIAMS MIXES) Loleatta Holloway, Saturday 12in
63 39 WALK ON BY (MIXES) Dina Carroll, Jive 12in promo
64 — IT’S OVER NOW (TONY HUMPHRIES MIX/1989 WITH ATTITUDE/PIANO MIX WITH NO VOCALS) Ultra Naté, WEA 12in
65 — THE BIGGER THEY COME, THE HARDER THEY FALL (PASSION MIX/THE INVASION OF THE HIPPIE ZOMBIE GUYS/BIG SHOT MIX/ORIGINAL MIX) April Wayne, US Enigma 12in
66 57 JUST ANOTHER DREAM (PAUL SIMPSON US REMIX) Cathy Dennis, Polydor 12in
67 30 CHECK IT OUT (HIT ‘N’ RUN MIX)/DO YOU WANT ME (MIXES) Masters Of The Universe, Strictly Underground 12in
68 — PEACE & UNITY (REMIX)/OPERATE LOGIKALLY/PERSONAL VENDETTA/LAY DOWN THE LAW MC’s Logik, Submission 12in promo
69 86 NOW YOU’RE GONE (MIXES) In-Dex, US Bigshot Records 12in
70 65 TRACK WITH NO NAME Forgemasters, Outer Rhythm/W.A.R.P. Records 12in
71 — SNOWBOY’S HOUSE OF LATIN featuring VICTOR HUGO – 061 MIX Snowboy, Urban 12in promo
72 — DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSIN’ (VOGUE MIX/NU DISCO MIX/MONA TECH MIX/”SIN” CLUB DUB/MADHOUSE MIX) Jillian Mendez, US Bigshot Records 12in
73 54 YOUR LOVE Frankie Knuckles Presents, Trax Records 12in
74 50 MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah, Gee Street LP
75 re IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Ruby Turner, Jive 12in promo
76 83 INNA CITY MAMA (ORIGINAL/RE-RECORDED)/KISSES ON THE WIND (LOVERS HIP-HOP) Neneh Cherry, Circa Records 12in promo
77 91 DIRTY CASH (MONEY TALKS) (MIXES) Adventures Of Stevie V, Mercury 12in promo
78 — CONTROL YOURSELF COUSIN/(DUB) The Homeboy, Cheque This Records 12in white label
79 52 TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT (MIXES) Seduction, Breakout 12in
80 67 I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU/I DON’T GO FOR THAT/BACK ON THE BLOCK/BIRDLAND Quincy Jones, Qwest LP
81 96 TIME TO FEEL THE RHYTHM (DETROIT/SYMPHONIC)/UNLOCK THE HOUSE (MADDHOUSE MIX) How II House, Outer Rhythm 12in
82 72 LADIES (LET’S GO) (MIXES) T.D.P., Reachin’ Records 12in
83 80 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (PAUL SIMPSON 12” REMIX) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
84 85 GIT ON UP (UK FAST EDDIE MIX) Fast Eddie featuring Sundance, DJ International Records 12in
85 76 FEELING FREE (THE “JAZZY WHO?” MIX)/SIT AND WAIT (STATIONARY TO STATIONARY MIX) Sydney Youngblood, Circa Records 12in
86 — I DON’T NEED YOUR LOVE (CLUB/RAP MIX/RADIO/ORIGINAL UK CLUB MIX) Jo Ann Jones, US Next Plateau Records Inc 12in
87 re HOUSE MUSIC LOVERS (VERSIONS) El Chico, German BCM Records 12in
88 37 THE PHANTOM (REMIX/ORIGINAL MIX) Renegade Sound Wave, Mute 12in
89 — TECHNO PRISONERS Ubik/THE MIX MAX STYLE Mr K, Zoom Records 12in
90 99 COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK/SANTA’S HOUSE/BREAK IT UP Coldcut, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
91 63 MOVEMENT/THERE IT IS S.L. Troopers featuring Sweet Pea, Music Of Life 12in pre-release
92 — YOU DON’T KNOW ME/(DUB/INSTRUMENTAL/RADIO) Larree Lee, US 4th + B’way 12in
93 95 RAPPERS DELIGHT (BEN LIEBRAND HIP HOP REMIX) Sugarhill Gang, Castle Communications 12in
94 100= SET ME FREE (MIXES) Sterling Void featuring Paris Brightless, US DJ International Records 12in
95 — PAIN/(INSTRUMENTAL) Lee Marrow, Italian DiscoMagic 12in/Champion promo
96 74 STEPPIN’ TO THE A.M./SONS OF 3RD BASS 3rd Bass, US Def Jam LP
97 81 RUN AWAY (SUB ROSA BREAKDOWN/HEAVY VIBES MIX/SALSOUL INSTRUMENTAL) Urban High featuring Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
98 — DIG THIS (K.A. AFTER HOURS MIX/TYREE MIX/BAR MIX/SMOOTH CLUB MIX) K. Alexi Shelby and MCD-TA of the K.A. Posse, US Underground 12in
99 — DO YOU WANT ME (GREY SKULLS ROCKIN’/DUBBIN’/DISCO LATINO/LUSTFUL MIX) Skeletor, US Easy Street 12in
100= — HAZME SONAR (CLUB MIX/PIANOPELLA/VOCAL DUB/TECHNO TRIP) Morenas, Italian DFC 12in
100= — THE PLEASURE OF THE MUSIC/(INSTRUMENTAL) Ester B., Italian Pleasure St. 12in
100= — EDIE CIRCLE (WHAT I AM) Edie Brickell, Italian Habitat 12in

4 thoughts on “December 16, 1989: Mantronix (featuring Wondress), 808 State, Adamski, Lil Louis & The World, D Mob”

  1. “New age” was a term on many people’s lips as the 1990s dawned – we actually held a piss-taking “new age” house party in a couple of months’ time, with “ambient” visuals and crystal readings under a mosquito net! – and the “new age house” that James refers to in his 808 State review seems like an apt descriptor, as the influence of “Pacific State” and “Sueno Latino” was everywhere.

    There’s also a rogue first mention of “nu disco” this week, years ahead of time, in the title of one of the remixes of Jillian Mendez “Don’t Know What You’re Missin'”.

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  2. To me this is (or should have been) a really significant week one of my favourites of 1990 JT and the Big Family ‘Moments in Soul’ entering the chart and Landlord’s I Like It finally getting a full UK release. But in the biggest example of record company idiocy since ‘Twilight’ by Maze was not promoted as the a-dude they haven’t even included the “Blow Out dub” which had not merely been “warm “ throughout the summer but actually very hot at the big M25 dos . And they will deter why it wasn’t a hot no one played the other mixes..

    That bird man DJ really knew his birds as it was not a whippoorwill but a loon bird which the sample became known as and the bird man DJ even knew that after it had been slowed down and mentioned that!

    Is that a typo or a rare mistake by JH today when he mentions the O’Jays okaying his “Put Our Hands Together” based on their Put Our Heads Together” “from 1974” as I’m sure it was new when I was out clubbing so that must have been 1984.

    That Adamski album that JH seems a bit u underwhelmred by has become a legendary rave document – it’s even got a tune called “M25“ – however within a year or 2 he was making rubbish like that 1950s rock n roll thing and then things didn’t seem to get any better! He didn’t have the larger than life presence and personality of his contemporary at the big raves Guru Josh but at this point Adamski was “straight from the right parties”

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  3. Bad typos above I meant to say in my first paragraph words to the effect that in the worst record company error in dance music since Twilight by Maze not being promoted as the a-side they finally release Landlord’s tune in the UK without the Blow Out Dub which was more than ‘warm’ at the big M25 parties that year it was hot as hot – nobody played any of the other (British) released mixes. And then the record company were probably puzzled why it wasn’t even the minorist of hits.

    That’s what smart phones, too big fingers for the keyboard and spellcheck and correct do for you!

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