BEATS & PIECES
RECORD MIRROR’s recent DJ survey revealed that most jocks aren’t too concerned whether Beats Per Minute are calculated with finely detailed accuracy, so (and you only have yourselves to blame!), starting this issue, you will now find the BPMs are in brackets and calculated to the nearest ¼bpm with a “v” following the figure to show if the speed varies fractionally, any major shift in tempo being denoted by the intro’s BPM followed only by the highest or lowest speed reached during the course of the track (you’ll have to check for tempoless intros/outros yourselves as there will be no 0bpm, and only significant discrepancies between different mixes will be indicated) . . . Hot Vinyl starting this week also will include a number of reviews by star guest DJs, which together with the BPM streamlining should help get more quickly through the vast amount of dance product being released at the moment . . . Norman Cook, one of this week’s guests, has followed Jazzie B’s example in setting up a Soul II Soul-type organisation-cum-group called Beats International, debuting with a January 29 released though already white labelled reggae-ishly undulating revamp of The SOS Band’s old ‘Just Be Good To Me’, now called ‘Dub Be Good To Me‘ (Go! Discs GODX 39) with a girl wailed slinky A-side (95¾v bpm) or chunkier raggamuffin guys toasted and, possibly strongest of all, truly dubwise separate B-side mixes (95½v bpm) . . . Jungle Brothers’ Done By The Forces Of Nature’ LP, reviewed last week on import, turns out to be due as the first release on Pete Edge’s new WEA distributed label Eternal (WX322), rather than on Warner Bros here . . . Public Enemy ‘Welcome To The Terrordome’, likewise reviewed last week, is already out here on Def Jam (655476 6), as also now is the recently reviewed good rapping 3rd Bass ‘The Cactus Album’ (466003 1) . . . Carle Richards of Hackney’s street soul/reggae biased Hands and Heart label has set up Full Force Promotions at 45 Tudor Road, Unit 02, London E9 7SN (01-985 1512), plugging the funkier type of dance music to DJs who prove they can handle it . . . Gilles Peterson helps launch the weekly jazz, soul, funk ‘n’ fun Reelin’ with Feelin’ this Saturday (20) at Mayfair’s The Academy Wine Rooms in Cork Street . . . County Durham’s ‘real soul’ specialising Ardent Enterprises have licensed ex-Motown musical director Choker Campbell’s Detroit based Campo International label here, debuting next month with ‘I Don’t Just Want Your Body‘ by former Soul Brothers Six leader Willie John . . . Dusty Springfield’s current Pet Shop Boys created ‘In Private’ (apparently intended as the theme for the film ‘Scandal’) somehow slipped through the net before Christmas, but its rattling and galloping Shep Pettibone remix (Parlophone 12RX 6234, 127bpm) is so exciting that it shouldn’t be missed — I actually wasted three hours waiting for it to arrive by bike so that we could use it in the Capital FM New Year’s Eve party tape (synched between ‘Left To My Own Devices’ and The Communards ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’) . . . ‘The Vagabond King’ was an early Fifties movie musical about the 15th century French poet and rebellious people’s hero Francois Villon, the very one whose words are translated into German by Culture Beat’s ‘Der Erdbeermund’ — if the single’s a smash here, as seems likely, can we expect to see the film on TV? . . . IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!
Reviewed by James Hamilton, Norman Cook and DJ Streets Ahead
LIL LOUIS ‘I Called U’ (ffrr FXDJ 123)
This is my favourite record of the moment but it’s the review I’ve been putting off, for reasons that will become apparent! Basically, ‘I Called U’ is a fascinating, haunting, weird, War ‘Galaxy’-ishly backed jazzy wriggler full of ringing telephones with Louis philosophising to a deadpan voiced disturbingly obsessive ex-girlfriend who just isn’t listening. On the 33⅓rpm twinpack promo it is in Original Mix (118-119bpm), 0898 Mix (117¾-118¾bpm) and midway pausing Saxy Version (117¾-118¾bpm), and tempoless Over The Edge treatments, while its more ‘French Kiss’-ish coupling ‘Blackout’, bubbling and pumping through monotonous religious tracts, is in Original Mix (121¼bpm), Phase 1 (121bpm), Phase 2 (The Night The Club Lights Went Out) (121¼bpm) and ‘Tempramental’ Dub Mix (120¾bpm) treatments. Commercially, three separate 12-inchers contain respectively ‘I Called U (Original Mix/0898 Mix)’/’Blackout (Phase 1)’ (ffrr FX 123); ‘I Called U (Saxy Version)’/’Blackout (Phase 2)’ (ffrr FXR 123); ‘I Called U (Over The Edge)’/’French Kiss (US Jazz Mix/Full Length US Mix)’ (ffrr FXRR 123). Frankly, I reckon all one needs is ‘I Called U (Original Mix)’, and that’s on the album anyway!
JANET JACKSON ‘Come Back To Me (I’m Beggin’ You Mix)‘(78/39bpm) (Breakout USAT 681)
Although this crawling mushy sweet ballad is the A-side, all the excitement centres around the flip, the Shep Pettibone remixed and — get a load of this! — rapping Heavy D duetted ‘Alright’, her album’s best dance track, here bouncily leaping in its hip house-style 12″ House Mix and Hip House Dub (113bpm). However, the promo was a 33⅓rpm twinpack with three mixes of the A-side and a total eight mixes of ‘Alright’, largely further dubs and edits but including a jauntily jiggling swingbeat 12″ R&B Mix (111¾bpm).
(E’-ALLORA) ‘So What’ (123bpm) (Italian Dischi Dovero GOSSX 1)
Likely to be big, this exceptionally powerful piano and organ jangled pounding instrumental has currently familiar melodic strains from other Italian grand piano bashers, so it’s not one of the most original ones, but it will whip you along with its enthusiasm (in two untitled mixes).
TONY SCOTT ‘Get Into It’ (121¾bpm) (Champion CHAMP 12-232)
The Holland based South American red indian rapper returns even harder than before, with a Bobby Byrd “get into it, get involved” prodded terrific Doug Lazy-ish gruffly drawled breezy hip house jiggler in four mixes, already exploding just on promo.
PARADOX ‘Jailbreak’ (Streets Ahead)
GURU JOSH ‘Infinity’ (Streets Ahead)
HI TEK 3 Featuring YA KID K ‘Spin That Wheel’ (Streets Ahead)
TECHNOTRONIC ‘Get Up!’ (Streets Ahead)
2 DAM FUNKY ‘Nobody Messes With The Godfather’ (Norman Cook)
THE STRINGS OF LOVE ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ (Streets Ahead)
THE BELOVED ‘Hello’ (WEA YZ426T)
Languid and rather Pet Shop Boys-like with its breathily husky intonation and studiedly inconsequential name-checking lyrics, this is a pulsing ambient burbler in its Honky Tonk (118v bpm) and Boys & Girls (118¼v bpm) versions, or rollingly jittering in its orchestra tuning introed ‘Hello‘ (101½bpm), similarly slower and largely instrumental Uncle Arthur and Godfrey’s Tonic versions, odd and interesting.
RAM JAM ‘Black Betty (Rough ‘n’ Ready Remix)’ (120bpm) (Epic 655430 6)
The included Original Version (116-248-118v bpm) of this yowling guitar scratched, gong bashed and drums thrashed “whoa Black Betty, bamm-a-lam” rock smash was much played by discos back in 1977 , but now — cleaned up and straightened out in a typically neat bubbly striding Ben Liebrand remix (not due commercially until February 5) — it’s gonna be massive all over again! The tune, incidentally, was originated by the legendary Leadbelly, pioneering late blues man Huddie Ledbetter.
ADAMSKI ‘N-R-G’ (119¾bpm) (MCA Records MCAT 1386)
Culled from the one man acid house band’s ‘LIVEANDIRECT’ instrumental album are this twittering, jangling, thudding and pausing now fractionally slower jiggler, the now much slower jerkily leaping ‘I Love Teknology’ (123¾bpm) and surgingly chugging, with a trick rapidly accelerating finish, ‘Love And Life’ (119¾-180bpm), while not from the album is the chunkily loping pleasantly tuneful ‘Viva-City‘ (120¾bpm).
SUENO LATINO featuring Carolina Damas ‘Luxuria’ (119bpm) (German BCM Records BCM 12379)
Again with twittering birds (though not necessarily a whippoorwill this time!) and sexily muttering Carolina, this still ambient but more beefily tripping hustler is in Massimino L’s swirling Extended Version, Cutmaster G’s pulsing Techno Age Mix, Angelino Albanese’s rattling Vocal House Mix, and an A Cappella Version.
ORBITAL ‘Chime’ (119¼bpm) (Oh’Zone Records ZONE 001, via 01-384 2320)
Jazzy M’s Fulham based Vinyl Zone record shop is only distributing a limited 1,000 pressing in London and Manchester of this therefore already eagerly sought modest twittery shuffling acidic instrumental, by Sevenoaks’ D.S. Building Contractors, the brothers Paul & Phil Hartnoll, flipped with the hypnotist overdubbed (clever idea) gently twittering ambient ‘Deeper‘ (120bpm).
JAMIE J MORGAN ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ (107bpm) (Tabu XPR 1481)
Soul II Soul’s album cover photographer and Neneh Cherry’s ‘Buffalo Stance’ co-writer makes his rapping Soul Sisters and “doo do-doo”-ing Caron Wheeler and Claudia Fontaine accompanied vocal debut languidly talking through this strongly updated jiggling and scrubbing Lou Reed remake, flipped on uninformative promo by its edit and a sparser more hip hop alternative mix (111¼bpm).
SYBIL ‘Walk On By’ (95½v bpm) (Lisson Records DOLE Q14, via PWL Records)
Another enduringly beautiful Burt Bacharach & Hal David-penned Dionne Warwick classic revival as the inevitable follow-up to ‘Don’t Make Me Over’, a similarly Smith & Mighty inspired Soul II Soul-ish sweetly swaying chunky jogger in Club, Radio (95¼v bpm) and Acappella remixes by PWL’s Tony King, plus the attractively warbled more beefily jiggling strong swingbeat-ish ‘Here Comes My Love‘ (103¼bpm).
THE JASON LOAD EXPERIENCE featuring IYONA ‘Mainline ’90’ (US Quark QK021)
This girl wailed Leroy Burgess & Russell Patterson penned tune gets several different treatments, possibly best being the swingbeat-ishly jiggling bouncy Swing Vocal (114¼bpm), the rawly bounding dated soul disco Original Vocal (121¼bpm) being tidied into the briskly cantering slick House Mix (121¼bpm) and organ chugged instrumental House Dub (120¾bpm).
SHAKATAK ‘Better Believe It’ (111½bpm) (Polydor PZ 65)
Drily funky James Brown beats chinked tight Norman Cook remix of a girls cooed jitterer, with a drier drums thrashed repetitive dub, proving hotter on promo (ahead of February release) than the Nigel Wright remixed A-side’s not dissimilar though somehow more dated beefy bass bumped jiggly ‘Back To The Groove (Swingbeat Mix)‘ (111¾bpm).
AGE OF CHANCE ‘Higher Than Heaven (Righteous Club Mix)’ (98¼bpm) (Virgin VST 1228)
Freddy Bastone remixed quaveringly whinneyed jogging pop-gospel-soul lurcher with a naggingly familiar lilt, contrasted by the funkier flip’s altogether tougher jerkily snapping sinister instrumental Raze Your Hands Mix (99-98½v bpm) and Raze The Beats (Berrios Beats) (99¼bpm), these latter also flipping Freddy’s now separately promoed less ominously rolling instrumental Wiseblood Mix (98½v bpm) (VSTDJ 1228).
A CERTAIN RATIO ‘Good Together’ (Norman Cook)
GEORGIE RED ‘If I Say Stop’ (Streets Ahead)
FOUR TO THE FLOOR featuring AMII STEWART ‘Lost It’ (Streets Ahead)
PIANO FANTASIA ‘Song For Denise’ (Streets Ahead)
MAX Q ‘Sometimes’ (Streets Ahead)
JESSE WEST ‘Renegade (Extended Version)’ ( 108bpm) (US Motown MOT-4683)
Excitingly introed tense powerful gruffly rapped angry remorseless funky jiggler, with a bouncier more swingbeat Club Mix and Instrumental.
LISA STANSFIELD ‘Live Together’ (Norman Cook)
LL COOL J ‘Jingling Baby’ (Norman Cook)
HOMEBOY ‘Control Yourself Cousin’ (Norman Cook)
A’ME LORAIN ‘Whole Wide World’ (Streets Ahead)
B-52’S ‘Love Shack (12-inch Mix)’ (134-135bpm) (Reprise SAM 630), exaggeratedly Sixties looking girls chanted and (dare I say?) Damian-ish guy exhorted galloping fun filled terrific breezy basher, recently huge in the States thanks in part to its zany video and now promoed here in Ben Gross’s US Mix plus Danny Rampling’s more subtly subdued Sixties jazz-funk flavoured UK-only Remix and Dub (133bpm), not unlike a hip Bananarama;
KYLIE MINOGUE ‘Tears On My Pillow’ (70bpm) (PWL Records PWLT 47), excellent faithful revival of Little Anthony & The Imperials’ 1958 US smash doo-wop classic, flipped by the plaintively tuneful scurrying ‘We Know The Meaning Of Love‘ (120bpm);
JIMMY SOMERVILLE ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ (128bpm) (London LONX 249), the late Sylvester’s 1978 Hi-NRG disco classic has been just waiting for the similarly falsetto whinneying Jimmy to sing it, which he does in easy to anticipate frantically galloping style;
SYLVESTER ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (The One World Remix)’ (123½bpm) (SouthBound SEWT 70, via Pinnacle), still probably better to many people’s minds, the original meanwhile is due again next week, unobtrusively updated in a piano jangled twittery smooth bounding remix by the One World team;
ELECTRONIC ‘Getting Away With It (Club Mixes)’ (Factory FAC 257R), typical Neil Tennant intoned, Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr supported canterer in its Original Version (126bpm), now also remixed by DJs Mike Pickering & Graeme Park in electronically fluttered sparse clean galloping Vocal Remix (127bpm) and w-i-d-e stereo instrumental Nude Mix (126bpm) versions, with an instrumental throbbing twittery ‘Lucky Bag (Miami Edit)‘ (126bpm) too;
HALO JAMES ‘Could Have Told You So (Extended Mix)’ (122½bpm) (Epic HALO T2), orchestrally introed attractive canterer with lovely lush male harmonies reminiscent of vintage US groups like the Duprees;
MARTIKA ‘More Than You Know’ (117½bpm) (CBS 655326 6), catchily spurting plaintive latin pop kicker, her Jellybean produced debut if my memory serves me well (it’s hard to tell from a white label promo), reissued in a jittery strong mix;
KAOMA ‘Dancando Lambada’ (118¾bpm) (CBS 655235 8), less exotically swirling but doubtless easy to programme and useful follow-up for dirty dancing fans, presumably again in Portuguese although almost sounding more African than South American this time;
MARGARETH MENEZES ‘Tenda Do Amor (Magia) (Extended Remix)’ (115¼v bpm) (Polydor PZ 70), gruff Brazilian girl sung jerkily shuffling Lambada jolter beefily remixed here by Living In A Box members, not another Kaoma though a possible ‘grower’;
THE MARINES ‘Go(ne) Go(ne) Now’ (118bpm) (CBS WETIT Q2), apparently promo-only rumbling and throbbing rhythm dominated remix with some background “go go now” male chants and ragamuffin-ish female repetition, very different from the commercially available ‘Go Go Now’ (118¼bpm) (CBS WETIT T2), a Harding & Curnow co-produced jauntily rollicking Mel & Kim/Bananarama-ish strident girl group chanter;
ROCOCO ‘Italo House Mix‘ (121½bpm) (Mercury MERX 314), neat enough Mirage-type remade soundalike medley of predictable recent disco hits;
RICO ‘Spring Rain (Club Mix)’ (124bpm) (Debut DEBTX 3086, via Pacific), remarkably Raul Orellana-like remake of the old Silvetti disco instrumental;
CHILLY ‘For Your Love (Extended Version)’ (116¼bpm) (Urban URBX 47), electro introed then surging hoarsely chanted and calmly thumped episodic long Euro treatment of the Yardbirds’ oldie. not quite another ‘Oh Well’;
HAPPY MONDAYS ‘Madchester-Rave On’ (Factory FAC 242R), Paul Oakenfold remixed double sider, both with bursts of ‘I Am The Walrus’-type Beatles-esque vocal, ‘Rave On!’ (105¾v bpm) being a ‘For The Love Of Money’ bassed episodic organ washed and guitar chinked moody jogger while ‘Hallelujah‘ (98bpm) is a plodding jangly thumper overlaid at times by worrying female shrieks and monkish chanting;
RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE ‘Probably A Robbery (12 Gauge Turbo)’ (124½bpm) (Mute 12 MUTE 102), monotonous bass burbled and spacey synth washed instrumental rumbler, flipped by the episodically throbbing ‘Ozone Breakdown 90 (Uprising Mix)‘ (120½bpm) and its Original Version (119¾bpm), too arty for most dancefloors;
CUMBIA CUMBIA ‘La Cologiala (Dance Mix)’ (101-107¼v bpm) (RCA 612 992), Snowboy re-edited authentic jerkily surging brassy Colombian chanter, probably too dull to be another ‘Lambada’ despite current use advertising coffee.
THE CLUB CHART – January 20, 1990
01 01 GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Mantronix (featuring Wondress), Capitol 12in
02 02 GET A LIFE (CLUB MIX)/JAZZIE’S GROOVE (NEW VERSION) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in
03 03 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/RICH IN PARADISE FPI Project present Rich In Paradise, Rumour Records 12in
04 04 TOUCH ME (SEXUAL VERSION/INSTRUMENTAL) 49ers, Fourth & Broadway 12in
05 36 WELCOME (VERSIONS) Gino Latino, ffrr 12in
06 08 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY (FINAL CONFLICT) Silver Bullet, Tam Tam 12in
07 06 N-R-G Adamski, MCA Records 12in
08 07 THE MAGIC NUMBER (1-2-3 MIX)/BUDDY (NATIVE TONGUE DECISION MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
09 14 MOTHERLAND (MIXES) Tribal House, US Pow Wow Records 12in/Cooltempo promo
10 11 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (SLAMMIN’ & JAMMIN’ MIX) D Mob, ffrr 12in
11 05 IT’S OVER NOW (ORIGINAL CLASSIC MIX) Ultra Naté, WEA 12in
12 40 INDEPENDENT WOMAN (REMIXES) Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in promo
13 25 AUTUMN LOVE (FUTURE 3)/DESTINY (THE RAVE MIX) Electra, ffrr12in
14 10 I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU (GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL MIX) Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan, Qwest 12in
15 09 I CALLED U (ORIGINAL MIX)/BLACKOUT (PHASE 1) Lil Louis & The World, ffrr 12in
16 37 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE (MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
17 33 SO WHAT (MIXES) E’-AllorA, Italian Dischi Dovero 12in
18 17 WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy, Def Jam Recordings 12in
19 19 ENCORE/FREESTYLE Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Syncopate 12in
20 70 SPACE TALK (REMIXES), Masters Of The Universe, Strictly Underground 12in
21 34 SEARCHIN’ HARD (REMIXES) Da Posse, RePublic Records 12in promo
22 23 WHAT ABOUT THIS LOVE (VERSIONS) Mr. Fingers, US Alleviated Music 12in
23 72 GET UP! (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic, Swanyard Records Limited 12in mailing list promo/Italian New Music 12in
24 41 AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW (MIXES) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
25 73 ALRIGHT (12” HOUSE MIXES/HIP HOUSE DUB)/COME BACK TO ME (I’M BEGGIN’ YOU MIX) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
26 22 N-R-G (PARTS 1 & 2)/THE BASSLINE CHANGED MY LIFE/I DREAM OF YOU Adamski, MCA Records LP
27 48 DEXTROUS (MIXES) Nightmares On Wax, WARP Records/Outer Rhythm 12in
28 — REACH UP TO MARS (MIXES) Earth People, US Underworld Records 12in
29 21 MOMENTS IN SOUL (MIXES) J.T. And The Big Family, Italian BHF Production 12in
30 80 HAZME SONAR (MIXES) Morenas, Italian DFC/German BCM Records 12in
31 30 GET INTO IT (12” REMIX) Tony Scott, US Next Plateau 12in/Champion promo
32 — CHIME/DEEPER Orbital, Oh’Zone Records 12in limited edition
33 13 EVERYDAY (UNDERGROUND REMIX) The Jam Machine, de/Construction 12in
34 26 JAM IT JAM (MIXES) She Rockers, Jive 12in
35 46 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS (VOCAL REMIX) FPI Project present Rich In Paradise featuring Sharon Dee Clarke, Rumour Records 12in
36 55 JUST WANNA TOUCH ME (HALLELUJAH MIX) Fidelfatti with Ronnette, Urban 12in
37 29 GOT TO GET (EXTENDED MIX) Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K, Arista 12in
38 24 PAIN/(INSTRUMENTAL) Lee Marrow, Champion 12in
39 44 ALL 4 LOVE (MIXES) Raze featuring Lady J & The Secretary of Ent., Champion 12in
40 15 DER ERDBEERMUND (GET INTO MAGIC MIX) Culture Beat – featuring Jo Van Nelsen, German CBS Dance Pool 12in
41 83 LUXURIA (MIXES) Sueno Latino, Italian DFC/German BCM Records 12in
42 91 WAS THAT ALL IT WAS (DEF MIX/DUB) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
43 — LOVE, JOY AND HAPPINESS (ORIGINAL CLUB/JERSEY TECHNO/JERSEY TECHNO DUB) Vernell Foster, SBK.One 12in mailing list promo
44 51 BEAUTIFUL LOVE (EXTENDED)/PROMISES (EXTENDED) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
45 61 APPRECIATE/KEEP ON (MIXES) Mr Monday, Greedy B Records 12in
46 52 LET THERE BE HOUSE (MIXES) Deskee, 1st Bass 12in
47 — A STATE OF PANIC/ENERGY BREAKDOWN 1/ANOTHER DIMENSION/THE ORCHESTRA/STRINGS OF DEATH/LET’S BASS IT/PLAYING WITH MY ORGAN/DON’T HOLD BACK/RISE UP (FREESTYLE)/DANCE TO THE MUSIC Frankie “Bones” presents Bonesbreaks volume 4, US Breaking Bones Records 12in EP
48 38 TAKE ME AWAY (VOL 1 REMIX)/DO WHAT YOU WANT (REMIX) 2 In A Room, US Cutting Records 12in
49 59 WHAT “U” WAITIN’ 4?/”U” MAKE ME SWEAT/GOOD NEWZ COMIN’/BEYOND THIS WORLD/TRIBE VIBES/FEELIN’ ALRIGHT/DONE BY THE FORCES OF NATURE Jungle Brothers, US Warner Bros LP
50 — DUB BE GOOD TO ME/INVASION OF THE ESTATE AGENTS/INVASION OF THE FREESTYLE DISCUS Beats International, Go.Beat 12in white label
51 16 PACIFIC-202/PACIFIC STATE/PACIFIC-303 808 State, Zang 12in
52 18 RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES (HOUSE VOCAL) Patti Day, Debut 12in
53 76 HEAVEN (HEAVY CLUB/ALTERNATIVE 12” MIX) The Chimes, CBS 12in
54 32 HOUSE OF CALYPSO/CALYPSO OF HOUSE K. Tronics Ensemble featuring Double J. Flash, CityBeat 12in
55 27 GET HIP TO THIS! (FRANKIE BONES MANIC MIX) NasIh & M.D. Emm, RePublic Records 12in
56 77 QUIEN TU TE CREES? (PART I/II/III) BCN Orchestra, BCM Records 12in promo
57 39 SET ME FREE (MIXES) Sterling Void featuring Paris Brightledge, DJ International Records 12in
58 20 JUST WANNA TOUCH ME (SENSUAL MIX) Fidelfatti with Ronnette, Urban 12in
59 — HELLO (MIXES) The Beloved, WEA 12in promo
60 12 ENERGY DAWN/LET IT TAKE CONTROL (MIXES) Flowmasters, XL Recordings 12in EP
61 28 LET THE RHYTHM PUMP (MIXES) Doug Lazy, Atlantic 12in
62 — TURN IT OUT (GO BASE) (NEW AGE MELTDOWN/FULL CONTROL MELTDOWN/OUT OF CONTROL MIX) Rob Base, Profile 12in mailing list promo
63 42 STOMP (MOVE JUMP JACK YOUR BODY) (MIXES) K-Y-ZE, Cooltempo 12in
64 — (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU (FON FORCE REMIX/DUB) Royalle Delite/LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER First Choice, Supreme Records 12in
65 45 £10 (TO GET IN) (HIPHOP/HOUSE MIXES) Shut Up And Dance, Shut Up And Dance Records 12in
66 75 THE BADMAN IS ROBBIN’ Hijack, Rhyme $yndicate Records 12in
67 56 WELCOME TO RAY’S HOUSE/WANNA BREAK ME?/FEEL THE GROOVE/THE HORIZON JAM/NASTY FREESTYLE/HIP HOUSE LIFT OFF/FEET DON’T FAIL ME/WE CAN DANCE/DUM DUM BREAKDOWN/ACID 10 A.M./ONE NIGHT IN THE BRONX The Rhythm Masters with Ray Laurie, US UnderWorld Records 12in EP
68 — SONG OF THE SIREN (MIXES) Aphrodisiac, US Nugroove 12in
69 96 WHO NEEDS A LOVE LIKE THAT (MIXES) Cut The Q, Submission 12in promo
70 68 IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Ruby Turner, Jive 12in
71 69 LET IT TAKE CONTROL (JUDGE JULES REMIX) Flowmasters, XL Recordings 12in
72 — ILLEGAL SEARCH (MIXES)/JINGLING BABY (REMIXED/LP VERSION) LL Cool J, US Def Jam 12in
73 re DROPPIN’ RHYMES ON DRUMS/ETTA DROPPIN’ SCIENCE ON DRUMS/GOD MADE ME FUNKY (VERSIONS) Def Jef, Delicious Vinyl 12in
74 53 GET A LIFE (12” MIX) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in
75 — SONG FOR DENISE (AUDIOPHILE DANCE MIX/DUB MIX/7” MIX) Piano Fantasia, BCM Records 12in pre-release
76 71 THE HUMPTY DANCE (MIXES) Digital Underground, US Tommy Boy 12in
77 — WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (MIXES) Jamie J Morgan, Tabu 12in white label
78 re HEAVEN (ORIGINAL MIX) The Chimes, CBS 12in promo
79 58 SAVE THE FAMILY/BLACK MAN/GREAT FEELING Tashan, OBR LP
80 47 CAUSE YOU’RE RIGHT ON TIME (MIXES)/I WANNA GO BANG (OLD TIME DUB) Limelife, US Loud House Records 12in
81 35 YOUR LIES (THE BIG CLUB MIX/DUB) Dionne, US Bigshot Records 12in
82 — TALKING WITH MYSELF (FRANKIE KNUCKLES MIX) Electribe 101, Mercury 12in promo
83 — AMOEBA/MUSICA DE AMOR A Man Called Adam, Ritmo Recordings 12in pre-release
84 92 AUTUMN LOVE (FUTURE 4)/DESTINY (THE REMIX) Electra, ffrr 12in
85 81 JUICY (12” VERSION) Wrecks-N-Effect, Motown 12in
86 86 LOVE ON LOVE (MIXES) Dr. Mouthquake, More Protein 12in promo
87 97 WHAT YOU NEED…/…A LITTLE PIANO Soft House Company, Italian IRMA casadiprimordine 12in
88 — SEARCHING/(PIANO MIX) Robyn, Soultown 12in
89 — SPACE SHUTTLE (BASS EDIT BEATS/DEEP CLUB DUB/THE SUB CLUB VOCAL MIX) Gil Scott-Heron, Castle Communications 12in pre-release
90 — CAN’T DO IT ALONE/BREAK IT DOWN/MAKIN’ HOUSE MUSIC/CALYPSO UNDERGROUND Jackstreet Inc, Fourth & Broadway 12in promo
91 49 CONTROL YOURSELF COUSIN (MIXES) The Homeboy, Cheque This Records 12in
92 — NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DANCE MIX)/IT’S A PLEASURE (MIXES) The Strings Of Love, Italian X Energy Records 12in
93 79 RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES (REMIX/NY MIX) Lonnie Gordon, Supreme Records 12in promo
94 82 TIME TO FEEL THE RHYTHM (MIXES) How II House, Outer Rhythm 12in
95 re BIG HOUSE (MIXES) “Big Baby”, US Big Productions 12in
96 — AND THE BEAT GOES ON (VERSIONS) D.M.S., US Cutting Records 12in
97 — LET THERE BE HOUSE (THE A² ZEN MIX) Deskee, Big One 12in
98 — SOMETIMES (FUTURE/LAND OF OZ MIXES) Max Q, Mercury 12in promo
99 64 LIGHT UP, PLUG IN BUG OUT Transphonic, US Nugroove 12in
100= re FEEL IT FOR YOU (MIXES) Alternations, RCA 12in
100= re PEACE & UNITY (REMIX) MC’s Logik, Submission 12in promo
2 thoughts on “January 20, 1990: Lil Louis, Janet Jackson, E’-Allora, Tony Scott, The Beloved”
What we don’t know about this week’s two significant changes – the simplification of BPMs and the introduction of guest reviewers – is whether they were imposed upon James, or whether he encouraged them. We do know, however, that the recent DJ survey included questions about both initiatives.
I’m inclined to believe that James was in favour of both changes, albeit somewhat reluctantly. It’s been clear for a long time that he has been struggling to keep up with the ever-increasing volume of new releases, and perhaps he has been spending too long obsessively fussing over microscopic BPM shifts, at the expense of writing more fully about the records themselves.
I won’t be transcribing the guest reviews, but I will be listing the records concerned, and embedding YouTubes for them. There will usually be only one guest reviewer per week – and sometimes there will be none at all – and James will continue to write most of the reviews.
Cunningly disguised as an Italian import, E’-Allora’s ‘So What’ will soon be revealed as the work of a 1970s hitmaker who has never dabbled in dance music before.
The Robyn who recorded “Searching” is not the Swedish Robyn of “Dancing On My Own”/”With Every Heartbeat” fame, who will make her own debut in 1995 at the age of 16.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned hearing an unknown record in a club which stood out from the pack, and which felt in some ways like the moment the 1990s began. That record, reviewed this week, was Orbital’s “Chime”.
I noticed another very rare error the other week he stated that Royalle Delight ‘s re-release of “I’ll Be A Freak For You” was a cover version but I always thought that they did the original version of it themselves.