BEATS & PIECES
FRANKIE CROCKER, following the popularity of his previous visit, is back on London’s Capital FM next week (April 30-May 4) broadcasting his evening soul show simultaneously on New York City’s WBL “kickin'” S! . . . Soul II Soul’s imminent new album is much more consistently tempoed than their first, side two being especially strong with a brilliant instrumental called ‘Time‘ which I can’t stop replaying on cassette, and a future smash ‘Our Time Has Now Come‘ closing track . . . Light Of The World are about to return with a single mixed by Jazzie B, which can’t hurt — and Teena Marie is being produced by him, too . . . LiveWire Promotions’ seventh Prestatyn weekender possibly dragged on rather too long over four days at Easter but delivered most of what had been promised, there being just a few substitutions among the publicised PAs, while the huge main room (with improved atmospheric lighting) was totally surrounded by a stylised cityscape custom painted on banners, a gigantic inflatable fly hovering menacingly above the stage to complete the theme . . . Darryl Pandy so energetically performed his upcoming house revival of The O’Jays’ ‘I Love Music’ at Prestatyn, kicking his slippers high over the stage curtains before rolling around on the floor waggling his legs in the air, that he was taken away by stretcher with a bad back . . . Robert Owens, you would have thought legendary enough from his soulful vocal work with Fingers Inc, was met with bored indifference and actual boos by the Prestatyn crowd, suggesting that deep house is too subtle for today’s ravers (for whom, to judge from this South-East dominated weekender anyway, slower funky Soul II Soul/Snap/Family Stand-type tempos really do mean increasingly more now) . . . Chris Brown, the contemporary acid house rave DJ, really cracked it at Prestatyn however by reverting to his veteran soul roots for a set that drew not only applause after his every lesser known though excellent classy selection, but also spontaneous soul clapping through all the rhythm breaks, and massed formation dancing . . . Lisa Stansfield was so closely protected by bodyguards that not even the promoters could get close to her at Prestatyn (where Snowboy played percussion in her band), it being a real case of “Elvis has left the building” as immediately her live show was over she was whisked into a waiting coach and away . . . Flavor Flav, so enjoying himself that he stayed on the camp at Prestatyn, is not at all the rap fanatic one might suspect from Public Enemy, confessing to a love of doo wop (Fifties vocal groups) — but he knows what time it is, even if the clock around his neck has stopped! … George Ergatoudis, fresh from producing both a one hour documentary on remixing and a series on the history of hip hop for broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in July, is the new club promotions manager at 4th + B’way . . . Ann Matura is building a DJ mailing list at Desire Records, 97 Charlotte Street, London W1P 1LB (apply in writing) . . . Rumour Records are rush releasing Don Pablo’s Animals ‘Venus’, which should make it a lot easier to find here, Cooltempo are rushing D-Shake ‘Yaaaaaaaaaah’/’Techno Trance’, and BCM Records are rushing Richard Rogers ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ . . . adventures of Stevie V ‘Dirty Cash (Money Talks) (Sold Out Mix)’, as last week’s review omitted, is on Mercury (MERXR 311) . . . Arthur Baker, amongst Breakout’s dropped acts, has indeed now signed to RCA . . . DJ Mark The 45 King’s remix (96½bpm) of David Bowie ‘Fame 90’, featuring Queen Latifah’s rap, turns out to be merely the seven inch B-side! . . . Chrysalis have labelled promos of a Colin Hudd remix of the Blue Aeroplanes’ ‘Lovers All Around’ as “Gangly Bootleg” . . . ‘Hotel California’, the Eagles’ AoR standard, is getting a ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ treatment from Jam On The Mother . . . Nicky Holloway has moved just over the lane beside London’s Charing Cross Road Astoria to the basement of 12 Sutton Row in which, using all white decor, he has created The Milk Bar, an intimate club open six nights a week where the “cream” of London’s DJs will play music “with bottle” to make the place “shake”, and although for instance Fridays feature himself plus Paul Oakenfold and Saturdays Dave Dorrell and Pete Tong, a music policy back to black roots is best exemplified by the start next Thursday of a nostalgic Full Circle night, starring Chris Hill (May 3), Greg Edwards (10), and Froggy (17), no less! . . . Skegness’s Life Weekender this Fri/Sat/Sunday (27/8/9) still has a few places so ring 0772-700282 in a hurry if you fancy seeing the likes of Candy Flip, Paradox, Ashley & Jackson, Stevie V, Mr Monday and a massive DJ line-up including ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards, Cohn Curtis, Colin Faver, Jonathan, Carl Cox, Soul Sam and many more . . . KICKIN’!
EN VOGUE were the surprise sensation of Easter’s seventh Prestatyn weekender, reviving the classic girl group style of the Sixties with an appealingly choreographed powerful acappella intro to their current import, ‘Hold On‘, which consequently ended up easily the hottest hit to emerge from the four day event — if not just about the only hit ever really broken at Prestatyn so far!
Reviewed by Steve Procter and James Hamilton
DIANA BROWN & BARRIE K SHARPE ‘The Masterplan’
MXM ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’
BLACK BOX ‘Fantasy’
CABARET VOLTAIRE ‘Keep On’
THE FARM ‘Stepping Stone’
DADA NADA ‘Deep Love’
JOVONN ‘Turn And Run Away’
BASSOMATIC ‘In The Realm Of The Senses’
TRUE LOVE EP (white label – includes the original ‘Your Love’/’You Got The Love’ bootleg)
BBG ‘Snappiness’ (106bpm) (Urban/Hoax Recordings URBX 54)
Originally white labelled as ‘Sn/appiness Mix’, Big Boss Groove’s Soul II Soul ‘Happiness’ inspired instrumental sets placidly plonking piano chords to a jittery driving rhythm that, coincidentally or not, now seems quite like the actual Snap style — did BBG know something that we didn’t back in February, just before ‘The Power’ first appeared? — flipped by new chunkier Happening and Impulse Mixes rather than the original GoGo Mix, with a female vocal version featuring Dina to follow.
LIQUID OXYGEN ‘The Planet Dance (Move Ya Body)’ (Champion CHAMP 12-242)
Huge even while just on import (½bpm faster!), this intriguing combination of various house elements including the piping synth from Unique 3’s ‘The Theme’ with the early electro style of ‘Planet Rock’ is in Club Dance (123bpm) and instrumental Dub Dance (120¾bpm) versions, flipped by the Madness “hey you” introed twittery burbling instrumental ‘You Have To Understand (Club Mix)‘ (123½bpm) and its short Beat Mix (123bpm).
YOUNG M.C. ‘I Come Off’ (95½bpm) (4th + B’way 12BRW 171)
Rightly A-sided here by Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh’s far superior Southern Comfort Mix, their jazz-funky Aaron Neville ‘Hercules’ rhythm jogged slinkily rolling treatment ideally cushions this gruffly bragging rap and also has a UK only instrumental Southern Comfort Dub, flipped by the US A-side’s different sharply jiggling staccato 12″ and 7″ Remixes. Continue reading “April 28, 1990: BBG, Liquid Oxygen, Young M.C., Shut Up And Dance, 2 In A Room”