BEATS & PIECES
IN THE currently fast moving world of radio, events can overtake each other, and, since last week’s column was printed, at the conveniently timed annual general meeting of Manchester’s Sunset 102FM the shareholders demanded reinstatement of the station’s founder Mike Shaft, who is now back in charge, the only major change being temporary closure of the news room’s full service . . . London’s latest 24 hour incremental station, Choice FM starts up on 96.9FM at 10am this Saturday, promising category defying “good” music (though it has a line-up of soul, dance and reggae DJs) through the mornings before broadcasting specialist ethnic services after lunch . . . Viceroy will be marketing Andrew ‘Komix’ Komis’s own New Jersey Sounds label here, debuting as in the US with Pandella ‘Don’t Stop (Your Love)‘ . . . 808 State’s ‘The Extended Pleasure Of Dance’ EP, with its main two tracks already promoed, adds only the Jimi Hendrix wah-wah started abrasive spacey ‘Dr Who’-ish synth tones jolted ‘Cubik‘ (124bpm) to the jerkily churning twittery ‘Cobra Bora (Call The Cops Mix)’ (119¾bpm) and rambling slow jittery ‘Ancodia (Taters Deep Nit Funky Beat Mix)’ (106¼bpm) . . . Tongue ‘N’ Cheek’s commercial 12-inch of ‘Tomorrow’ (due next week) will couple Frankie Knuckles’ promoed Warehouse Mix with the new (unless it’s his Favourite Garage Mix retitled) Def Piano Dub, an Acappella, and ‘Encore (Recall Rap Mix)’ . . . Dee’ Moe ‘One Step At A Time’ is out commercially next week with a new slithery brass accented Horny Mix (98½bpm) as flip to the Nomad Mix (remixer Nomad Soul turns out to be no relation of Damon ‘Nomad’ Rochefort, but is Soul II Soul’s engineer Howie Bernstein) . . . Selly Oak’s Loading Bay Records Hi-NRG label (contact Duncan Finlayson on 021-472 2463, afternoons) is handling its own distribution now, along with Greyhound, and currently has on release the girls cooed Giorgio Moroder penned thumping Obsession ‘Never Ending Story‘ (121¾bpm) (LBAY-9), ‘West Side Story’ NRG-ising US hit Vicki Shepard ‘Somewhere (There’s A Place For Us)‘ (128bpm) (LBAY-8), Italian galloping Jayne & Jill ‘Lay, Lay, Baby, Lay‘ (129¾bpm) (LBAY-7), double-sided frisky Italian Dandy ‘Cassanova‘ (129¾bpm)/Maria Gomez ‘Hungry For Fame (I Am A Star)‘ (129¼bpm) (LBAY-6), also double-sided Italian Van Halen NRG-ising Eskimo ‘Jump‘ (129¾bpm)/Mark Farina ‘To My Heart‘ (119bpm) (LBAY-5), plus by now the unheard Ankie Bagger ‘Where Were You Last Night‘ (LBAY-10) . . . ‘Keep It Together‘, Madonna’s first ‘street cred’ club hit in yonks, will only be the UK B-side to ‘Vogue‘, the latter not from her LP (and hopefully nothing to do with that non-starter of a hyped dance craze) . . . Kicking Back with Taxman PA this Thursday (29) at Ladbroke Grove’s Sub Club (off the Portobello Road in Subterrania) . . . UK rappers dominate at Brixton’s The Fridge this weekend, with Stevie V PA-ing on Saturday, while Silver Bullet and Merlin guest at Sunday’s noon-11pm Chillin alldayer with DJs Cutmaster Jay, DJ Face, Grooverider, Fabio, Valentine, DJ Biznizz and DJ Bones — and the following Sunday (April 8) the normal evening session there has Ultramagnetic MC’s and Blade with DJ Pogo . . . DJs like Andy Weatherall, Paul Gotel, Spence, Chad Jackson and DJ Charles jock on two levels every Friday at Flesh in Bournemouth’s Madisons . . . Marie Birch’s new Impact Record Promotions will now be located at Concorde House, 1 Barb Mews, Brook Green, London W6 7PA (081-602 8822) . . . Diamond Time, makers of the excellent continuously segued DiscEyes video compilations, have moved to 16/26 Rosemont Road, London NW3 6NE (071-433 3355) . . . Denmark’s Kenneth Baker excuses the messy edits in his Dr Baker ‘Kaos’ by pointing out that the HIP-Side was created without any form of sequencing, all drums and samples being played by hand — Guru Josh, incidentally, is remixing it for UK release on Desire . . . Brian Carter was wearing a silly grin following the 1990 Technics World DJ Mixing Championship Final, as he’d only just recently signed to BCM Records the brilliant young German winner, Cologne’s DJ David! . . . KICKIN’!
THE FAMILY STAND ‘Ghetto Heaven (The Remix)’ (104bpm) (Atlantic A7997T)
Already sizzling just on single-sided promo, this inevitably Soul II Soul-ish New York trio’s Sandra St. Victor agonised, V. Jeffrey Smith and producer Peter Lord crooned haunting slinky jogger is in fact mixed by Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper with James Brown grunts punctuated typical jiggling beats, smoothing out the group’s own actually similar though much rawer efforts as revealed now in the joltingly jittering Original Version and Dub (104¼bpm) on the commercial flip.
JODY WATLEY ‘Precious Love (Tongue In Groove Mix)’ (88¼bpm) (US MCA Records MCA-24010)
Breaking with her more usual style, this Dynamic Duo & Brian ‘Chuck’ New remixed sultry slow tugging jogger has delicately picked Spanish guitar and a useful Soul II Soul feel (Dub Instrumental flip, no other mixes), worth checking.
CHERRELLE with Alexander O’Neal ‘Saturday Love (Feelin’ Luv Extended Mix)’ (122½bpm) (Tabu 655800 6)
At last out legally after months on initially limited white label, when credited to its creators Olimax & Dj Shapps, this brilliantly synchs the original acappella vocals to a tubular bells plinky-plonked breezily bounding brand new backing (with, coincidentally, Pigbag ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’ and Spandau Ballet ‘Chant No. I’ percussion breaks!), madly infectious, flipped by 1985’s now stodgy seeming Original Extended Mix (116¼-116bpm) plus Cherrelle’s solo jiggly jogging ‘Foolin’ Around’ (101 bpm). Continue reading “March 31, 1990: The Family Stand, Jody Watley, Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, Soho, Bizz Nizz”