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)
SNAP ‘The Power’ (Norman Cook)
THE FAMILY STAND ‘Ghetto Heaven’ (Jazzie B Remix) (Norman Cook)
CREW CUTS ‘Crew Cuts’ (Norman Cook)
SWEET EXORCIST ‘Testone’ (125½bpm) (W.A.R.P./Outer Rhythm WAP 3, via The Cartel/G+M)
Distinctively introed by a solemn “Everything’s ready here on the dark side of the moon, play the five tones”, this presumably Sheffield recorded sparsely bleeping and burbling simple electro instrumental is pronounced as “Test Tone”, but with ‘Testtwo‘ and ‘Testthree‘ variations on the flip, and is taking off like a rocket!
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS ‘I’m Not Satisfied’ (London LONX 252)
Promoed in four mixes, the chunkily bashing pop mix (116¾bpm) bears little relation to the Prince Paul remixed ‘Stone Fox Chase’-type harmonica and Stax riffs backed Nicci Bowie rapped New York Rap Mix and datedly soulful Roland Gift whinneyed New York Singing Mix (both 116¼bpm), while, different again, Nicci B’s lean undulating funk jiggled The Nicci Version (116½bpm) has had most attention being separately and notoriously promoed under the name ‘Mother F**ka’ (a comment that punctuates it)!
VANDAL ‘The Laws Of Chants, Volume One’ (US Nugroove NG-040)
Constructed by ‘Vandal’ with live overdubs by Peter Daou, this basically instrumental hot New York house five-tracker has the powerful jazzily chugging ‘Go Back To The World’ (120bpm), jerkily stuttering Latin, Arabic and other elements scratching ‘I Love To Dance‘ (121 bpm), and shufflingly locomoting ‘Amazing Grace‘ (122bpm), more acidically flipped by the swirling staccato ‘Walk Through The Same Ol’ Door‘ (120bpm) and looping skittery ‘Industrial French‘ (123bpm), the latter title punning on “industrial strength”.
QUARTZ featuring Stepz ‘We’re Comin’ At Ya’ (119¾bpm) (Mercury/iTMusic ITM 212)
The ‘Meltdown’ makers return with a simple sparse skipping house burbler, punctuated by a “come on and get you some more” girl but otherwise instrumental in the flip’s basic Amnesia and Club Mixes, although given a hip house-type rap by Company Two’s Stepz in the main Wrapped Up Mix. Meanwhile, the same East Londoners have also produced and mixed
CLUBLAND feat QUARTZ ‘Let’s Get Busy (Pump It Up)’ (121¾bpm) (Swedish BTECH HANG 1)
This moaning guy chanted sturdily driving episodic pounder being really rather stronger, flipped by an Art Of Noise ‘Moments In Love’ reinterpreting multi synth layered jogging ‘Beat’n The Art Summer Of Love Mix‘ (95bpm).
MAN MACHINE ‘Man Machine’ (Outer Rhythm MMAN 1T)
Old fashioned early ‘electro’ type simple bassy synth tones pulsed and rototom pattered lightly thumping instrumental (with a Cybertron intoned title line in the best vintage style!), in The Forgemasters’ Cyber-Subsonik and Elektro-Genetik mixes (122½bpm) or Man Machine’s own much meatier, more excitingly twittery Elektronik-Automatik (125½bpm), now right for raving.
MALCOLM McLAREN ‘Call A Wave’ (98½bpm) (Epic WALTZ T5)
Remixed in Italy by Massimino Lippoli and intriguingly combining the two big moods of the moment, rather as do Innocence, this girl muttered ambient jogger has the sort of atmospherics we’re used to hearing at house tempo but here set to a Soul II Soul compatible beat (alternative flanged and phased flip), so it could be huge when out commercially next month!
DREAMHOUSE ‘I Can Feel It’ (118bpm) (US United Sounds Of America USA 915)
Jauntily driven by a familiar bubbly old bass pattern, with a similarly familiar girl group title line refrain and other 10 years old-type touches, this cleverly infectious Joey Longo creation is in only marginally different Club, No Fun, Fun, and Raw Mixes, worth checking.
METRO ‘$1.15 Please’ (US Nugroove NG 035)
Referring to the cost of a New York City subway ride now, this Rheji Burrell created instrumental is differently treated in twittery bashing Rush Hour (120bpm), attractively ambient Brownstone Express (121 bpm), acidically snapping Straphanger (127¾bpm), and friskily bounding Turnstyle Turbulance (126¾bpm) versions, another from the label with a ready following.
LIAISONS D ‘Future F.J.P.’ (123½bpm) (de/Construction Records PT 43376)
A Belgian new beat group long championed by Mike Pickering and now released here thanks to him, with this moody organ introed then skittery synth swirled instrumental backbeater flipped by the robotic monotone chanted more urgently driving ‘Heartbeat‘ (120¼bpm) — the latter’s repeatedly emphasised title being a wordplay on ‘hardbeat’, its current musical style.
TASHAN ‘Black Man (Club Mix)’ (93bpm) (OBR 655640 6, via CBS)
“How in the world can anyone think cheese is the only food?” is a typically chilling line from this mournful Soul II Soul-ishly jogging lament about the black experience, flipped (at any rate on seven inch) by his album’s more amorphously jiggling ‘On The Horizon‘ title track (108bpm).
ALEX CHARLES ‘lt May Be Winter Outside’ (95½-95¼bpm) (Sir Lloyd SLT 1, via Jet Star)
The semi-falsetto former lead singer of Ladies Choice revives Barry White’s attractive Felice Taylor/Love Unlimited oldie in lovely lush harmonies supported sweetly swaying style (and three mixes), already mashing up the floor at soul clubs.
STONEBRIDGE ‘Jazzy John’s Freestyle’ (97¼bpm) (German SWEMIX SWE 5)
Steadily selling though not always easy to find on its original Swedish white label, this piano plonked and jazz organ counterpointed bassily tugging Soul II Soul-ish instrumental jiggler, now it’s fully labelled, is revealed as being in Short Dub and 12″ Dub Mixes, flipped by the synth chorded tumbling techno ‘Put Some Dayeene On The Scene (Original Demo)’ (121½bpm).
EMMA HAYWOODE ‘Need Your Lovin’’ (104½bpm) (Boss Records BOSS 12 001)
Duetting now with her rapping brother Mellow-D instead of with Rick Clarke (as she did previously on RCA), Sharon ‘Sid’ Haywoode’s sister soulfully worries her way through rather a good bumpily buoyant dense Soul II Soul-ish swingbeat jiggler, like early Jackson 5 at times (dub flip).
CHILL ROB G ‘Make It (Vocal Remix)’ (118¼bpm) (US Wild Pitch Records WP 1017)
A DJ Mark The 45 King produced/co-penned rap double-sider, this officially B-side but — to judge from early reactions — hotter unhurriedly striding bass burbler being remixed by Nephie Centeno (Instrumental Remix too), while Pasemaster Mase & Prince Paul remixed the brassy funk jogged wordier ‘Let Me Show You (Vocal Remix)‘ (100¾bpm), also with an Instrumental Remix (100bpm).
3RD BASS ‘The Gas Face (Radio Mix)’ (102bpm) (Def Jam recordings 655627 6)
Pressed here on milky green vinyl, good humoured conversationally chatting MC Serch (sic) and Prime Minister Pete Nice’s lazily rumbling roller is flipped by the more determinedly wordy ‘Wordz Of Wizdom (Death In The Afternoon)’ (103bpm) and its alternative sharper ‘Wordz Of Wizdom a.k.a. III The Hard Way (Club Mix)’, but was promoed on US import with extra mixes.
HUNTER HAYES ‘What Goes Down’ (117bpm) (US Columbia 44 69205)
Luther/Alexander-ish, and possibly even Rick Astley influenced, moaning baritone soulster’s staccato electronically rattling canterer with bursts of DJ Donnie Vee’s scratching and MC Daquan’s rapping in the Down And Dirty Mix and Midnight Rap Groove, or more soulfully facile Radio Edit, Club Mix and Drumapella treatments.
BIG DADDY KANE ‘The House That Cee Built’ (Norman Cook)
CANDY FLIP ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ (91bpm) (Debut DEBTX 3092)
Whatever next?! Believe it or not, the Beatles’ psychedelic smash now gains a Soul II Soul-type rhythm in this Dizzie Dee & Ric Peet produced eccentric treatment, otherwise an accurate remake of the original, coupled by the piano plonked mournfully doodling ‘Aqua Libra‘ (105¼bpm) and calm ambient/Hi-NRG ‘Can You Feel The Love‘ (120¼bpm).
MR. LEE ‘Get Busy (1990 Remixes)’ (124½bpm) (US Jive 1330-1-JD)
The exciting hip house hit from before Christmas now in a new nervily bounding Lidell Townsell Mix, plus Maurice Joshua’s chiming Da Rebel Instrumental, Hula & Krazee ‘Fingers’ Craig’s organ chorded Da Posse Instrumental (just these two instrumentals being on a promo here), and the Original Radio Version (124¼bpm).
ICE-T ‘You Played Yourself (Remix)’ (99bpm) (Sire W9994T)
With a message that means “don’t blame society for your own mistakes”, this sombrely sinuous wordy rap actually credits James Brown’s ‘The Boss’ for its samples, coupled by its Remix Instrumental and (98½bpm) LP Version, plus the deliberately dirty words crammed jumpy ‘Freedom Of Speech‘ (116¼bpm).
THE LEGEND ‘Can You Feel It’ (119½-120½v bpm) (Champion CHAMP BOO T)
Created by Alan Coulthard (in the guise of DJ Alfonso Cool, an attempt to make the original white label promo look genuinely Italian!), this Champion material megamix ranges from Raze ‘Break 4 Love’ through the ‘Pump Up The Volume’ mix of Sybil ‘My Love Is Guaranteed’ and Toni Scott ‘That’s How I’m Living’ to end in a Todd Terry mishmash of Royal House ‘Can You Party’, Hardhouse ‘Check This Out’ and the like, coupled by an actual Raze Megamix (119¾bpm) woven from ‘Break 4 Love’ and its various derivatives.
PARADOX ‘Jailbreak (House Tip)’ (124bpm) (Ronin Records R2, via 01-226 1555)
Out fully last week, the Rhythim Is Rhythim ‘Strings Of Life’ prodded scrubbing, scratching and murkily rapping jiggly driver has a different more fragmented break beats woven jumpier ‘Jailbreak Beats‘ that’s proved to be more exciting, flipped by the jerkier burbling gruff rapped ‘Soul Feels Free‘ in Vocal and Sureshot Club Mixes (121 bpm).
SIGMUND UND SEINE FREU(N)DE ‘Erdbeermund’ (121¾bpm) (Parlophone 12R 6243)
Glenn Miller ‘Moonlight Serenade’ broadcast started, then — yup! — it’s once more unto the German muttered poetry for a more ‘French Kiss’-ish “wooh yeah” prodded thumpingly chugging alternative interpretation of the ‘Cherry Lips’ concept, with in fact a plainer French Kiss Mix (119½bpm) and 7″ Mix (119¼bpm).
FISCHERMAN’S FRIEND ‘Money $ (Orb Clubmix)’ (109¼bpm) (EG EGOP 51)
The remorseless Teutonic Beats of Stefan Fischer (so it’s not a misprint!) and his German chums have been remixed here by Jimmy Cauty & DJLX-Dee to rumble more languidly through this dialogue studded episodically surging roller, flipped (on promo at least) by a harder edged slower presumably original version (108bpm).
ALTERNATIONS ‘Feel It For You’ (119½bpm) (RCA PT 49304)
Dave Morales mixed breathy muttering punctuated twittery unhurried Raze-ish rambler, slightly slower here and A-sided in its jerkier Indian Summer Mix, with just its Jungle and Planetary Access (Edit) Mixes too.
DEPTH CHARGE ‘Bounty Killers’ (95½bpm) (Vinyl Solution STORM 13, via SRD)
Chucklingly started and shoot-out finished, “man with no name” spaghetti western dialogue and gunfire overlaid odd episodic thunderingly tugging instrumental weaver on the 45rpm A-side, flipped at 33⅓rpm by its drier thrumming Death Is Ma Name, Measly 1000 Bucks Version and fragmentary The Bit In The Middle variations.
DOOM ‘Shake Your Body Down (Hurt Me, Hurt Me)’ (123½bpm) (Profile PROFT 276)
Grandmaster Flash produced young Brooklyn rapper’s breezily looping hip house churner, with a Dub Me, Dub Me (123¾bpm) too, flipped by the familiar jazz-funkily driven calmly rolling ‘On We Go‘ and its Instrumental (97bpm).
APHRODISIAC ‘Song Of The Siren’ (122½bpm) (Champion CHAMP 12-238)
Ronald Burrell’s atmospheric seagulls and waves washed, occasionally guy muttered, good gently pulsing ambient house instrumental (in appropriate Atlantic, Black Sea, Mediterranean, and Nautical Mixes) is currently imported on US Nugroove (123bpm) but due here on February 26.
TROY TAYLOR ‘The Way You Move (Richie Rich Radical Reconstruction)’ (100bpm) (Warlock/Gee Street GEET 25, via The Cartel/Demix)
US recorded but Richie Rich remixed good Bobby Brown (and at times Stevie Wonder)-ish sung and rapped bumpily jogging swingbeat jiggler, with original thinner Character and Overtime Mixes too.
THE CLUB CHART – February 24, 1990
01 04 DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International, Go.Beat 12in
02 08 NATURAL THING (ELEVATION/SUNSET) Innocence (featuring Gee Morris), Cooltempo 12in
03 05 GET UP! (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) (DANCE ACTION/DEF MIXES) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K, Swanyard Records Limited 12in
04 06 LIVE TOGETHER (12”/BIG BEAT MIXES) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
05 01 GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Mantronix (featuring Wondress), Capitol 12in
06 07 MOMENTS IN SOUL/(‘AA’ MIX)/EDEN 90 J.T. And The Big Family, Champion 12in promo
07 02 DER ERDBEERMUND (GET INTO MAGIC MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MAGIC) Culture Beat – featuring Jo Van Nelsen, Epic 12in
08 03 MOTHERLAND A-FRI-CA (FREEDOM MIX) Tribal House, Cooltempo 12in
09 — WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (LOWER EAST SIDE MIXES) Beat System, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 41 I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE (MIXES) Black Box, de/Construction Records 12in
11 22 WHAT ABOUT THIS LOVE (VERSIONS) Mr. Fingers, ffrr 12in
12 59 JAILBREAK (HOUSE TIP)/JAILBREAK BEATS Paradox, Ronin Records 12in
13 33 TALKING WITH MYSELF (FRANKIE KNUCKLES MIX) Electribe 101, Mercury 12in
14 17 THE SERMON/W.I.L.D. Ashley & Jackson, DFM Records 12in
15 11 N-R-G/VIVA CITY Adamski, MCA Records 12in
16 31 INFINITY (SPACEY SAXOPHONE MIX/1990’S: TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh, de/Construction Records 12in
17 10 FEELING GOOD (TOUCH 1/2/3) Pressure Drop, Big World 12in
18 12 SPACE SHUTTLE (MIXES) Gil Scott-Heron, Castle Communications 12in
19 09 WELCOME (VERSIONS) Gino Latino, ffrr 12in
20 44 FREE YOUR BODY (IT’S TIME TO GET HIP HOUSE)/HEARTBEAT (CLIVILLES & COLE CLUB MIX) Seduction, US Vendetta Records 12in
21 — THE POWER/(DUB) Snap, German Logic Records 12in
22 18 COME TOGETHER AS ONE (DEFINITIVE CLUB MIX) Will Downing, 4th + B’way 12in
23 19 TAKE ME HIGHER (SUBLIMINAL/90’S MIXES) Pisces, Reachin’ Records 12in
24 14 REACH UP TO MARS (MIXES) Earth People, US Underworld Records 12in
25 55 DEVOTION (thE-MOTIVE MIX) Kicking Back with Taxman, 10 Records 12in pre-release
26 57 SWEAT (SWEAT THE CLUB) Jay Williams, US Big Beat 12in/Urban promo
27 92 WE’RE COMIN’ AT YA (MIXES) Quartz featuring Steps, Mercury/iTMusic 12in pre-release
28 29 WARRIOR (DISCO-TEK MIX) MC Wildski, Arista 12in
29 — DUB BE GOOD TO ME (NORMAN COOK’S EXCURSION ON THE VERSION/SMITH & MIGHTY REMIX/SMITH & MIGHTY MELLOW MIX) Beats International, Go.Beat 12in
30 23 DOWN ON LOVE (MIXES) 1 World, ffrr 12in pre-release
31 88 AFTER THE RAIN (NEW LIFE MIX) Tityo, Arista 12in
32 75 BIG BOSS GROOVE (SN/APPINESS MIX/GOGO MIX) BBG, 12in white label
33 28 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (UK MIXES) The Strings Of Love, Breakout 12in pre-release
34 13 GET INTO IT (MIXES) Tony Scott, Champion 12in
35 — HOLD YOU BACK (SLAMMIN’ MIXES/BRIXTON BASS MIX/4 TRACK DEMO/HIGH ON DUB/ACCA-BOOGIE) Blacksmith, ffrr 12in promo
36 32 TOUCH ME (SEXUAL VERSION/INSTRUMENTAL) 49ers, Fourth & Broadway 12in
37 34 SILLY GAMES (HACIENDA SIDE/BONESBREAK SIDE) Arthur Baker & The Backbeat Disciples featuring Robert Owens, Breakout 12in pre-release
38 72 GHETTO HEAVEN (THE JAZZIE B MIX) The Family Stand, Atlantic 12in promo
39 30 LET THERE BE HOUSE (THE A² ZEN MIXES/WESTBAM MIX) Deskee, Big One 12in
40 — DON’T MISS THE PARTY LINE (INCROWD VERSION/EURO-MIX) Bizz Nizz, Belgian BYTE Records 12in
41 42 I’M NOT SATISFIED (THE NICCI “MOTHERF**KA” VERSION/NEW YORK MIXES) Fine Young Cannibals, London 12in pre-release
42 26 PLAY IT AGAIN (THE LOS NINOS MIX/”WHY DON’T YOU TRY THIS SIDE” MIX) Out Of The Ordinary, German Abfahrt 12in/Supreme Records promo
43 66 THE LAWS OF CHANTS VOLUME ONE (TRACKS) Vandal, US Nugroove 12in EP
44 — LET THE WARRIORS DANCE RETRIP (WARRIORS CHARGE MIX/ADDIS ACID MIX/FUNKY FUNKY DRUM DRUM MIX/LIVE & DEF MIX) Addis Posse, Warriors Dance 12in
45 21 I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU (GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL MIX) Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan, Qwest 12in
46 15 INDEPENDENT WOMAN (REMIXES) Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
47 69 CHIME/DEEPER Oribital, Oh’Zone Records 12in limited edition
48 68 TESTONE Sweet Exorcist, W.A.R.P./Outer Rhythm 12in
49 25 YOUR LIES (THE BIG CLUB MIX/THE BIG DUB)/BASSED ON DIONNE Dionne, CityBeat 12in
50 58 STAY CLOSE (MIXES) Mondeé Oliver, Fourth & Broadway 12in
51 — ALL NIGHT LONG (MIXES)/WAY TO GO Jay Mondi And The Livin’ Bass, 10 Records 12in pre-release
52 — YOU’RE MINE (HARD CORE HIP HOUSE MIX)/THE HEAVENS (SPIRITUAL MIX/MAYDAY MIX) Reese featuring MC Slow Mello Flo, Kool Kat/Big Life 12in pre-release
53 16 PROBABLY A ROBBERY (12 GAUGE TURBO)/OZONE BREAKDOWN (UPRISING MIX) Renegade Soundwave, Mute 12in
54 39 TIME TO SAY PEACE (REMIX) Poor Righteous Teachers, Profile 12in
55 36 SO WHAT (E’-AllorA) Gilbert O’Sullivan, Dischi Dovero 12in
56 — UNDERSTAND THIS GROOVE (I REALLY LOVE YOU) (THE RAZOR SHARP MIX/DUB APPELLA/COLONEL’S DEADLINE/’MAGIC’ JOHNSON’S ELBOW MIXES) The U.F.I. (featuring Frankie), Virgin 12in white label
57 — MAN MACHINE (ELEKTRONIK-AUTOMATIK/CYBER-SUBSONIK/ELEKTRO-GENETIK) Man Machine, Outer Rhythm 12in
58 40 SOMETIMES (FUTURE MIX) Max Q, Mercury 12in promo
59 27 TURN IT OUT (GO BASE) (NEW AGE MELTDOWN) Rob Base, Profile 12in
60 74 WANTED Princess Ivori, Supreme Records 12in mailing list promo
61 20 5678 (MIXES) Shut Up And Dance, GTi Records 12in white label
62 — KEEP ON MOVIN’ (LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY SWEMIX) Soul II Soul/ENJOY (REMIX) Red Box, 12in white label
63 67 INFINITY (ORIGINAL MIXES) Guru Josh, Infinity Records 12in
64 65 BOUNTY KILLERS (MIXES) Depth Charge, Vinyl Solution 12in
65 — FUTURE F.J.P./HEARTBEAT Liaisons D, de/Construction Records 12in
66 re DIRTY CASH (MONEY TALKS) (MIXES) Adventures of Stevie V, Mercury 12in
67 37 AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW (MIXES) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
68 — KAOS (HIP-SIDE 5:36/4:18/5:12)/(HOT-SIDE 5:02/5:46/5:12) Dr. Baker, Danish Coma Records 12in
69 63 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE (STREET STYLE) Jomanda, RCA 12in
70 — $1.15 PLEASE (BROWNSTONE EXPRESS/RUSH HOUR/TURNSTYLE TURBULANCE/STRAPHANGER) Metro, US Nugroove 12in
71 — FUNHOUSE (THE HOUSE WE DANCE IN) Kid ‘N Play, US Select 12in
72 — STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER/AQUA LIBRA/CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE Candy Flip, Debut 12in
73 71 AMOEBA/MUSICA DE AMOR A Man Called Adam, Ritmo Recordings 12in
74 — LET’S GET BUSY (PUMP IT UP)/BEAT‘N THE ART SUMMER OF LOVE MIX Clubland feat Quartz, Swedish BTECH 12in
75 54 THE GAS FACE/WORDZ OF WIZDOM (MIXES) 3rd Bass, Def Jam 12in
76 56 DEXTROUS (MIXES) Nightmares On Wax, WARP Records/Outer Rhythm 12in
77 — GET BUSY (LIDELL TOWNSELL/DA REBEL/DA POSSE REMIXES) Mr Lee, US Jive 12in
78 — NEED YOUR LOVIN’/(DUB) Emma Haywoode, Boss Records 12in
79 53 SPACE TALK (HYPERSPACED/SPACED OUT MIXES)/CHECK IT OUT (HIT & RUN) Masters Of The Universe, Rumour Records 12in promo
80 61 PEACE & UNITY (REMIX) MC’s Logik, Submission 12in
81 re HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN (MIXES) Lonnie Gordon, Supreme Records 12in
82 43 LOVE TOGETHER (1990 MIX/BANJI LOVERS DUB) LA Mix featuring Kevin Henry, Breakout 12in
83 46 LOVE ME TRUE (LITTLE LOUIE VEGA REMIX) Kimiesha Holmes, Kool Kat/Big Life 12in
84 — MAKE IT (REMIXES)/LET ME SHOW YOU (VOCAL REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL REMIX) Chill Rob G, US Wild Pitch Records 12in
85 45 THE WAY YOU MOVE (RICHIE RICH REMIX) Troy Taylor, Gee Street 12in
86 70 THE HUMPTY DANCE (MIXES) Digital Underground, BCM Records 12in
87 73 WALK ON BY (CLUB) Sybil, Lisson Records 12in
88 81 YOU’RE THE ONLY WOMAN (MIXES) The Brat Pack, US Vendetta Records 12in
89 50 LOVE ON LOVE (MOUTHQUAKE MASTER MIX) Dr. Mouthquake, More Protein 12in
90 re ILLEGAL SEARCH (MIXES) LL Cool J, US Def Jam 12in
91 — UNSTOPPABLE/(DUB MIX) Magic Concept, Rumour Records 12in
92 re SOMETIMES (LAND OF OZ MIX) Max Q, Mercury 12in
93 91 YOU WANT MY LOVE (MIXES) Olimpia, Italian Meeting 12in
94 — WHAT GOES DOWN (MIXES) Hunter Hayes, US Columbia 12in
95 — KEEP IT TOGETHER (MIXES) Madonna, US Sire 12in
96 82 I CAN FEEL IT (MIXES) Dreamhouse, US United Sounds Of America 12in
97 — MAMA GAVE BIRTH 2 THE SOUL CHILDREN (INFANT MIX/PRIMARY SECONDARY MIXES) Queen Latifah & De La Soul, Gee Street 12in white label
98 80 (I’M) JUST ADJUSTIN’ MY MIC/THIS SHOULD MOVE YA/STONE COLD ROACH/I LIKE THE WAY (YOU DO IT)/SEX-N-DRUGS AND ROCK-N-ROLL Mantronix, Capitol LP
99 re ALL WE WANNA DO IS DANCE The House Crew, Production House 12in
100= — THE DAWN/AIN’T NO ACID IN THIS HOUSE (SARDINIA MIX/DUB) Casa Nero, Breakout 12in pre-release
100= — ANCODIA (TATERS DEEP NIT FUNKY BEAT MIX)/COBRA BORA (CALL THE COPS MIX) 808 State, ZTT 12in promo
100= 84 SONG OF THE SIREN (MIXES) Aphrodisiac, US Nugroove 12in/Champion promo
2 thoughts on “February 24, 1990: Mantronix, Sweet Exorcist, Fine Young Cannibals, Vandal, Quartz featuring Steps”
And we’re back (after a slightly longer gap than intended, but blogging and Omicron weren’t a great fit). There’s a rogue first mention of “Hard House ” this week, courtesy of Manchester’s Greg Fenton, and a reference elsewhere to “hardbeat”, a genre which I don’t recall at all.
The term “ambient”, first used here on January 13, is quickly gaining traction: four of this week’s reviews (Malcolm McLaren, Metro, Candy Flip & Aphrodisiac) mention it.
Meanwhile, Candy Flip’s Beatles cover is another example of the growing trend for sticking a Soul II Soul-ish beat underneath a well known tune: see also JT & The Big Family, Beat System, Jay Mondi & The Livin’ Bass and Sybil.