BEATS & PIECES
LISA STANSFIELD, in full live concert for the very first time anywhere, is confirmed as the star attraction at Livewire Promotions’ four day (April 13-16) Easter weekender at Prestatyn, where (with more names to be confirmed) other attractions will include an appearance by David Peaston, the Soul II Soul DJ crew including Jazzie B, Jazzie Q and Aitch B, two guest KISS-fm jocks, and the addition of Simon Dunmore to the legendary regular DJ team in order to strengthen the soul front, which will be re-emphasised with probably a room of its own (bookings/enquiries on 01-364 1212) . . . March 30-April 1, however, boasts two earlier weekenders, Upnorth Promotions’ sixth musically orientated ‘Blackpool’ event being actually at Southport this time with deep soul star attractions David Sea, Garland Green and Jesse James plus probable rap and jazz acts along with DJs like Tim Westwood, Colin Curtis, Richard Searling, Bob Masters, Simon Dunmore, Bob Jones, Norman Jay, Hutchy, Sylvester, Billy Davison, Ian Clark and many more (bookings/enquiries on 091-389 0317), while KAOS Weekends’ latest rave at Great Yarmouth features DJs Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway, Graeme Park, Mike Pickering, Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Jazzy M, Andy Weatherall, Johnny Walker, Fat Tony, Fabio, Phil Perry, Alfredo and Steve Bicknell (credit card bookings on 01-364 1666, enquiries on 01-392 2922) . . . Arthur Baker And The Backbeat Disciples’ Silly Games’, in its Bonesbreak and Hacienda Club Mixes (reviewed last week), turns out on commercial pressings to be only the B-side coupling for the John Warren sung pop radio-aimed ‘Last Thing On My Mind‘ . . . Kath Canoville is currently updating the club and pirate DJ mailing lists at Nation Records, 19 All Saints Road, London W11 1HE (01-792 8167), with several “World Dance Fusion” releases in the pipeline . . . Edinburgh’s Ian Robertson and Alan Gibson hope to follow in the footsteps of Bill Grainger (now busy managing Big Fun) by setting up a new promotional mailing list (product sources unspecified at the moment) just for DJs in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Dance Department, PO Box 700, NWDO, Edinburgh EH4 4UL (031-551 2477/3025 or Fax 031-555 1010) . . . Northern Ireland’s Charlie Dickson does a rundown of Record Mirror’s Club Chart during his Saturday 3.30-7pm show on Radio WABC 101.7fm (“the only station in Ireland playing the chart that matters!”), right after which he jocks live at Portstewart’s The Anchor Club . . . Tongue ‘N’ Cheek appear with DJ David RB and MC A.W.I. from the Trax Production Posse (TPP) next Wednesday (28) at Soho’s Jacqueline’s in Wardour Street . . . “Up here in Manchester you have the choice of either Hard House or Hip Hop, fair enough but there is more to life!” — so says Greg Fenton, who with Justin Robertson and guest DJs hosts the Euro/Balearic Sunday night members only Spice at Manchester Piccadilly’s The Cavern . . . Torquay’s DJ Jay has started a specialist “dance music” evening on Sundays at Teignmouth’s newly refitted Bugsy B’s . . . Earth, Wind & Fire have teamed up with The Boys and — yup — gone swingbeat for the upcoming ‘Heritage‘ (103½bpm) . . . Falkirk’s Brian (DJ Baz) Sneddon (looking for gigs on Larbert 557437) rightly reckons that Fourth & Broadway should remix in 1990 house style, or at the very least just re-release, the still influential Wally Badarou ‘Chief Inspector‘ . . . Alan Coulthard’s latest remix for the Music Factory subscription service is an Olimax & DJ Shapps rivalling new version of Indeep’s ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’, speeded up to 120bpm although the vocals retain their original pitch . . . IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!
Reviewed by James Hamilton and Norman Cook
MADONNA ‘Keep It Together’ (Norman Cook)
MANTRONIX ‘This Should Move Ya’ (Capitol EST 2117)
Featuring his new (sometimes foul mouthed) rapper Bryce Luvah, Curtis Mantronik’s latest eagerly awaited album has the JB beats jiggled sinuous ‘(I’m) Just Adjustin’ My Mic’ (99¾bpm), chatting also JB funked ‘This Should Move Ya‘ (108½bpm), Sixties piano prodded smutty ‘Stone Cold Roach‘ (105bpm), jittery new jack swing ‘I Like The Way (You Do It!)‘ (109¾bpm), Ian Dury’s now rap adapted ‘Sex-N-Drugs And Rock-N-Roll‘ (109¾bpm), P’funkily rolling ‘I Get Lifted‘ (97¾bpm), sombrely scratching ‘Get Stupid Part IV (Get On Up ’90)‘ (98¾bpm), Todd Terry-ish churning hip house ‘Don’t You Want More‘ (118bpm), Isleys scream punctuated chugging ‘Tonight Is Right‘ (118¾bpm), and Wondress wailed smash ‘Got To Have Your Love‘ (105¾bpm).
FOSTER McELROY ‘Around The World In Eighty Beats’ (Norman Cook) Continue reading “February 24, 1990: Mantronix, Sweet Exorcist, Fine Young Cannibals, Vandal, Quartz featuring Steps”