August 25, 1990: Monie Love, The Grid, Wendell Williams, Culture Beat, Beats International


EN VOGUE return in full live concert to Prestatyn, the scene of their UK breakthrough, as stars of the November 2/3/4 Prestatyn 8 weekender, which will also feature a live performance by Light Of The World and other star attractions including guest jocks Dancin’ Danny D and Soul II Soul DJs Jazzy Q & Friends — booking details on 081-364 1212 from LiveWire, who are also collaborating with London’s Jazz FM radio station to stage the 1st Jazz FM Weekend at Camber Sands over November 23/24/25, with Roy Ayers, Pharoah Sanders, A Tribe Called Quest (really?!), Steve Williamson, Working Week, The Brand New Heavies, Galliano, Steve White, Incognito, Snowboys Descarga and more all playing live, plus many PAs, and the station’s Gilles Peterson, Jez Nelson and Chris Philips heading the DJ line-up (booking details for this event on 081-364 1666) . . . The 45 King’s original ‘The 900 Number’ (107¼bpm), having bubbled around the bottom of the chart for over a year before inspiring Chad Jackson’s ‘Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked)’ adaptation, could finally be the smash it’s always deserved to be in its own right now that it has been reissued (Dance Trax DRX 912, via Big Wave/BMG) coupled at last by a vocal version for radio — an, unfortunately not very good, extended remix of LaKim Shabazz’s ‘The Posse Is Large’ (110¼bpm) — plus still the dull ‘The King Is Here’ (100¾bpm), with even a CD single too this time . . . DNA’s ‘La Serenissima’, pre-released and reviewed as a phoney Italian import, is now chart climbing in its regular pressing (Raw Bass Records 12 RBASS 006) . . . Rumour Records have “snapped” up and are rush releasing here the hot Hi Power ‘Cult Of Snap’ (RUMAT 24), reviewed on import last week . . . Sha-Lor ‘My Love (Has Gone Away) (The Musto/Bones Remixes)’, also reviewed only last week on import, has been rushed out here by new label WGAF (NGY 12 101, via Castle Communications) in just its Tommy Musto NY Garage Mix  (122¼bpm) and Frankie “Bones” Belgium Freestyle Mix (122½bpm), both now slower . . . Lalah Hathaway’s excellent revival of Jaki Graham’s ‘Heaven Knows’, produced like the original by its writer Derek Bramble, was only promoed in its already reviewed import pressing and is now out commercially (Virgin America VUST 28) . . . ‘Who Dares Wins’ is the correctly titled extra track on Derek B’s newie . . . Linda Carriere is in fact the vocalist featured on Loose Ends ‘Don’t Be A Fool’, due next week also in a tinkling vibes and ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ trumpet accented jerkily jittering Twilight Mix (97¾bpm) (10 Records TENR 312) . . . Cooltempo, including the label’s dynamic club supremo Simon Dunmore and his new assistant Laura Barwick, have joined the record company exodus to West London and moved along with Chrysalis Records to the Old Phoenix Brewery at Bramley Road, London W10 6SP (telephone 071-221 2213), tucked under the Westway by Latimer Road tube . . . Power Promotions’ now four strong team are however moving in the opposite direction to Kentish Town on September 3, when their address becomes 32 Holmes Road, London NW5 3AB (071-482 0728) . . . Emily Leggatt is updating the DJ mailing list at independent pluggers IRP, 112 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR (071-727 3458) . . . Beats Per Minute that pop jocks might find useful include Bombalurina ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ (Remix/7 Inch Version) 126; Prince ‘Thieves In The Temple (Remix)’ 130-128¾/Thieves In The House Mix/ Temple House Dub’ 126¾; The Human League ‘Heart Like A Wheel (Extended Mix)‘ 119½; Bocca Juniors ‘Raise (63 Steps To Heaven)’ (Heavenly Rap/Piano Hoe Down/Philly House Skank) 104/(Redskin Rock Mix) 104½; Primal Scream ‘Come Together’ (Farley Mix) 96/(Weatherall Mix) 93¾; That Petrol Emotion ‘Hey Venus’ (Mad Thatcher Disease Mix) 113¾/(Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Mix) 113½; UB40 ‘Wear You To The Ball (Extended Mix)‘ 96¾ . . . The UK Voguing Championships are taking place to benefit AIDS research at London’s Charing Cross Road Busby’s tonight (Tuesday 21), the whole frothy event being filmed for future TV broadcast and video release (on Island Visual Arts), so hurry, hurry . . . KICKIN’!


MONIE LOVE featuring TRUE IMAGE It’s A Shame (My Sister)’ (108bpm) (Cooltempo COOLX 219)
This standout track from her upcoming album, already much played by specialist radio shows and now remixed three different ways, slots sections of rap between girls chorused quotes from the classic ‘It’s A Shame’ by the Motown Spinners (as they were known here in 1970, before a change of label made Detroit a more appropriate prefix), closest to its attractive guitar twanged melody with some added sax in Ultimatum’s catchy gentle Ultimatum Mix, or alternatively in John Waddell’s drier rolling Sister Sledge ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’-type rhythm based Cool As Mix, and Pete Lorimer’s trumpet brayed wukka wukked jiggly tumbling jazz-funky Hot Shot Mix.

THE GRID ‘A Beat Called Love’ (123½bpm) (eastwest SAM 700)
Breathily whispered with breezy girl group support and a blazing trumpet break over an appropriately pounding massive beat, this gloriously soaring bright pop swinger by Richard Norris and Dave Ball is currently yet another single sided promo on EW’s generic label with no other details of its eventually released form, not that this version is entirely suitable for airplay (not being by Madonna)!

WENDELL WILLIAMS ‘Everybody’ (123¼bpm) (US Minimal Records QAL-251)
An Arthur Baker produced really exciting loose adaptation of the Black Box song (the Italians being credited as co-composers for supplying little more than its ‘Everybody Everybody’ title line), this forcefully charging hip house bounder is rapped instead by a gruff guy and samples much more besides to create its ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’ swirled (Everybody) Rap Your Body, (Everybody) Swing Your Body, Dub Your Body, and Guru Josh/Adamski inspired bleeping instrumental — get this — Disco Lives Saxophonic Acid Vibe Rock Don’t Stop It Rave Mix! Yes, by all means, do get this!

CULTURE BEAT Featuring LANA E & JAY SUPREME ‘I Like You’ (124¾bpm) (Epic 656025 6)
Produced by Torsten Fenslau (DJ at Frankfurt’s Dorian Gray) and Jens Zimmermann, the follow-up to ‘Der Erdbeermund’ is a raggamuffin guy rapped and title repeating sweet girl cooed simple Snap meet Technotronic style pounding hip house galloper from Germany; lightweight and commercial maybe but certainly effective in its London Mix, or harder and starker in its jangling piano started then chuggingly lurching Smokin’ Mix.

BEATS INTERNATIONAL (featuring Janet Kay) ‘Burundi Dub’ (105bpm) (Go.Beat GOXDJ 45)
The DJ promo only Dub Mix of ‘Burundi Blues’, composer credited as Trad. arranged by producer Norman Cook, this Bocca Juniors/A Puerto Rican, A Blackman And A Dominican-type jangly piano introed and punctuated jiggly go go-ish instrumental driver actually includes some Trad Jazz among its episodic bursts of colouration (not that this presumably is the Traditional that was meant — or is it?), along with ‘Stone Fox Chase’-type harmonica, Suzanne Vega-ish “de da dah de” and much more, but only a few isolated lines of vocal by Janet (notably the marvellously clichéd blues opening “I woke up this morning and looked around in my room”), flipped by the drifting Lori Anderson ‘O Superman’/Lou Reed ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ elements combining amusingly titled ‘Theme From The Deerstalker‘ (96¾bpm). What, though, is on the commercial release?

ANGEL C ‘Impossible Dream’ (107¾bpm) (C.T. Records CTT 14, via 071-221 7142)
A pessimistic message for mankind created by calmly rapping Angel C (known to her chums as Cindy) — who also guests on L.A. Mix’s next album — with Erik Thompson, this in a way quite Snap-pily chugging (without the bells) powerful jiggly pusher becomes really hypnotic in its Realize It Mix and more chunkily percussive instrumental Steam In Mix, which could possibly be improved by further remixing but are still pretty good to be going on with.

RONNIE LAWS ‘Identity’ (98¾bpm) (US ATA Records LSNT 30011)
Pressed in sexy pure white vinyl, this Joe Tex “uh huh” prodded, old fashioned ultra heavy funk jolted strutting and lurching squeaky alto sax instrumental comes as a refreshing blast and now seems more like hip hop or swingbeat than the jazz-funk it would have been ten years ago, in Hype, Break It Down and Duba-Truba Mixes, right sassy!

SAMUELLE ‘So You Like What You See’ (US Atlantic 0-86151)
Created by the Foster McElroy duo (responsible also for En Vogue’s success), this superbly tight male soul vocal group’s swingbeat swayer has an already excellent mesmerically rolling Extended LP Mix (99¾bpm), or is beefily remixed though not necessarily improved by Teddy Riley with added rap from Wrecks N Effect in more rawly go go-ish 12″ Remix (104¾bpm) and chunkily jiggling Club Remix (108¼bpm) versions, all briefly punctuated by old Stax style brass.

MAXI PRIEST (featuring Jazzie B) ‘Peace Throughout The World’ (100¾bpm) (Ten Records TENX 317)
Expressing a timely message that hopefully events in the Middle East won’t overtake, this Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper produced typical shuffling Soul II Soul tempoed gently crooned swaying jogger even includes a brief midway burst of inimitably muttered rap by Jazzie B and has the ingredients to be a bigger actual floorfiller than Maxi’s previous pop smash, ‘Close To You’, of which a plaintively jiggling Leo Grant’s Badass Remix (95¾bpm) plus the pure reggae ‘Not On My Own’ (87¾bpm) make up the flip. This release, incidentally, appears to mark the label’s change of logo from digits to its name spelt in full.

OCTAVE ONE featuring Lisa Newberry ‘I Believe’ (US transmat MS-10)
Actually produced by the team of Burden, Burden, Burden, Shakir but obviously mixed by Juan Atkins, at least once, this slippery cymbal shushed and insistently whispered boomingly bounding frantic techno flier is both freakily exciting and oddly attractive in its Magic Juan Mix (129-128¾bpm), with fiercely flurrying Vice Mix (130¼-130½bpm) and more ambient Original Mix (127¾-64bpm) variations too.

T.A.S. THE ALTERED STATE ‘Forever In Your Dreams’ (123bpm) (Profile PROFT 308, via Pinnacle)
Not due fully until next month, this Manchester recorded perhaps over-bassily thrumming remorselessly bright synthetic ‘strings’ backed pop-house swirler seems to have been influenced by the adventures of Stevie V, being wailed by Terry Kenney (a girl) and punctuated with mumbled comments by ever busy Stepz, the flip having a harder electro instrumental Nightmare Mix (123½bpm) plus the preacher introed then weird booming hip house ‘Make Some Noise (Def Mix)‘ (121 bpm).

BLACK RIOT ‘Just Make That Move’ (123¼bpm) (US West End Records WE9001)
Created by Todd Terry and remixed by ‘Little’ Louie Vega, this Peggy Harley gurgled and wailed jerkily hustling sparse canterer has a 12″ Club Mix, Radio Version, more percussive Bonus Track and fractionally faster Master Dub (123½bpm), OK for genre fans but not that special.

The MARtian ‘Get Up To My Groove’ (US ECHOUSA ECHO 27)
Created by Marlon (MARIon the MARtian) Grant, this trendy bleeps filled though in fact fairly old fashioned throbbing and twittering washing machine instrumental sizzles and thumps through its Busy Mix (122¼bpm), Smooth and Groovy Mixes (122½bpm), and Bonus Beats (122bpm), actually losing the beat quite jarringly during several edits in each.

ROYAL ORCHESTRA LTD. ‘Royal Groove’ (122bpm) (US Fourth Floor Records FF 1117)
Dedicated to act fronting Royal Tee, this Paul ‘Mykoo’ Hernandez created and Tommy Musto engineered wheezing organ burbled cantering instrumental groove, in This Is My House Mix and strings toned tighter trotting Stooooopid Dope Dub versions, is proving hotter than the A-side’s sometimes rave organ chorded stuttery percussive 121bpm ‘Get Down!’ (121bpm), in Rub My Club and Mykoo’s & Musto’s Mixes.

LOVE-INC ‘Beat The Street’ (119¼bpm) (Retro RET 126)
In fact sung pseudonymously by Lonnie Gordon, this Chris Lucas produced brightly cantering NRGetic remake of Sharon Redd’s classic 1982 floorfiller may lack the original’s remorseless dense power but does have Snap’s ‘The Power’ bells tinkling through it to add that 1990 touch, along with Bobby Byrd-type “get on up” repetition (particularly good so-called Instrumental too).

2 IN A ROOM ‘Wiggle It’ (US Cutting Records CR-237)
Rapped and chanted by a guy called Dose Material (really!), this George Morel produced thundering jittery hip house galloper bounds catchily through its The Club Mix, The Dub Mix (122¾bpm), As It Grooves, Radio Edit and Club Edit (123bpm) versions without doing anything very different but doing what it does do very vigorously.

VISION ‘Other Side Of Life’ (120¼bpm) (US Interface Records 1-101)
A ‘Magic’ Juan Atkins produced sweetly expressive girl cooed and electronic keyboards burbled quietly pleasant light loper in Vocal Club, Instrumental and Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir’s Dub Mixes, flipped by the cymbal schlurped more beefily bounding breathy ‘Touch Me’ (119¼bpm) in Sensuous, ‘Flashin’ Eddie Fowlkes’ Strait Up and Jay Denham’s Hi Power Mixes, all adding up to make a subtly satisfying double-sider.

DAVID GRANT featuring The Original Double Trouble ‘Life (Excursion On The Version)’ (96bpm) (4+B’ 12 BRW 184)
David’s always attractively soulful and catchy but somewhat overlooked Mike Stevens produced label debut from last year, this choppily phrased and semi-falsetto swooped nagging jogger is now reissued in Norman Cook’s Seventies-type jiggly tugging new remix treatment, featuring good bursts of added rap by the veteran Sugarhill Records duo Double Trouble, with his Chill Out Mix, seven-inch Remix and Bonus Beats too.

THE CLUB CHART – August 25, 1990

02 06 WHAT TIME IS LOVE? (LIVE AT TRANCENTRAL) The K.L.F., KLF Communications 12in
03 03 TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega, A&M 12in
04 36 LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT (BRIXTON BASS MIX) Caron Wheeler, RCA 12in promo
05 08 PORTRAIT OF A MASTERPIECE The D.O.C., East West 12in
06 13 HARD UP (HARD CORE MIX) Awesome 3, A&M PM 12in
07 02 LFO (THE LEEDS WAREHOUSE MIX) LFO, W.A.R.P/Outer Rhythm 12in
08 24 EASY LIFE Cabaret Voltaire, Parlophone 12in
09 05 BONITA APPLEBAUM A Tribe Called Quest, Jive 12in
10 30 ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson featuring Shawn Christopher, Arista 12in
11 — THE CULT OF SNAP (IBIZA ’90 EDIT) Snap, Arista 12in promo
12 04 TRICKY DISCO Tricky Disco, W.A.R.P/Outer Rhythm 12in
14 09 DON’T BE A FOOL (EXTENDED VERSION) Loose Ends, 10 Records 12in
15 25 SPIRITUAL HIGH Moodswings, White Label 12in
16 17 SUN WORSHIPPERS (POSITIVE THINKING) Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe, ffrr 12in
17 29 DANCE DANCE Deskee, Big One 12in
18 15 OUTSTANDING Kenny Thomas, Cooltempo 12in
19 — I DON’T EVEN KNOW Soul Family Sensation (SFS), One Little Indian 12in White Label
20 65 HEY VENUS (MAD THATCHER DISEASE MIX) That Petrol Emotion, Virgin 12in promo
22 39 HEAVEN KNOWS (12″ EDIT) Lalah Hathaway, US Virgin 12in
23 56 FLOWERS Titiyo, Arista 12in promo
24 — IT’S A SHAME Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in promo
25 10 HARDCORE UPROAR (ORIGINAL VERSION) Together, ffrr 12in
26 52 THE BOOMIN’ SYSTEM (THE UNDERGROUND MIX) L.L. Cool J featuring Uncle L, US Def Jam 12in
27 07 PURE (PURE ENERGY) G.T.O., Cooltempo 12in
28 12 NOBODY (MIXES) Tongue ‘n’ Cheek, Syncopate 12in
29 — SUMMER/AMOR Ben Chapman, deConstruction 12in promo
30 49 LIFE (EXCURSION ON THE VERSION) David Grant featuring The Original Double Trouble, 4+B’ 12in
31 28 LA RAZA (LA RAZA MIX) Kid Frost, US Virgin 12in
32 50 HOTEL CALIFORNIA (IBIZA 90 MIX) Jam On The Mutha, W.A.U! Mr Modo 12in
33 86 I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE Lynda Law, Perfecto 12in promo
34 47 I NEED RHYTHM (REMIX) Splash, East West 12in promo
35 37 SILLY GAMES (NORMAN COOK REMIX) Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay, Arista 12in promo
36 20 I LIKE YOU (LONDON MIX) Culture Beat (introducing Lana E & Jay Supreme), Epic 12in
37 40 LET’S GET BUSY (PUMP IT UP): SNAP! THE REMIX! (ROBOMIXED) Clubland featuring Quartz, Supreme 12in
38 11 DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG (DO IT TO THE JB’S MIX) Jungle Brothers, Eternal 12in
40 45 OVER YOU Taken featuring Helen Bruner, 4+B’ 12in
42 23 RAISE (63 STEPS TO HEAVEN) Bocca Juniors, Boys Own/ffrr 12in
44 46 RAGGA TRIP/HOOLIGAN 69 The Ragga Twins, Shut Up And Dance 12in
45 63 GROOVY TRAIN (TERRY FARLEY MIX)/(ROCKY & DIESEL MIX) The Farm, Produce 12in White Label
46 — MOVIN’ (PAIN MIX) Lee Marrow, Champion 12in promo
47 — SUMMER BREEZE (THE DANCEHALL BASS MIX) Ronin All-Stars featuring The Bahala-Na-Gang, Ronin 12in promo
48 38 WHERE ARE YOU BABY? Betty Boo, Rhythm King 12in
49 — MAKE IT MINE/F***IN’ HARD Shamen, One Little Indian 12in White Label
50 100 OCEAN TO OCEAN (JUAN’S MAGIC MIX) Model 500, KoolKat 12in
51 92 PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Maxi Priest (featuring Jazzie B), 10 Records 12in promo
52 77 COME TOGETHER (WEATHERALL MIX) Primal Scream, Creation 12in
53 74 SUMMERTIME (NORMAN COOK MIX) Martay-N-DBM, Cooltempo 12in
54 68 FAST FISH AND LOOSE FISH (THE RAPPER’S TALE) QRZ? featuring Stepz, 10 Records 12in
55 90 BETTER WORLD (12″ MIX) History featuring Madeleine Jo, SPK.One 12in promo
56 — ANTHEM/HEAVEN N. Joi, A Strictly Underground 12in
57 33 WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK (RADIO MIX) Dream Warriors, 4+ B’way 12in
58 — 1814 MEGAMIX Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
59 43 TUNES SPLIT THE ATOM M.C. Tunes, ZTT 12in promo
60 — THE TRUTH (VOCAL) Andre Léon, Reachin’ 12in White Label
61 59 DON’T HOLD BACK ON LOVE (ABSOLUTE CLUB MIX) Beat System, 4+B’ 12in
62 35 WHY? Moccasoul, Tam Tam 12in
63 80 YOU’VE GOT ME DANCIN’ Glen Goldsmith featuring MC Hammer, RCA 12in
64 22 FREE Tammy Payne, WEA 12in
65 41 NO MORE THE FOOL Elaine Hudson featuring Sydney Youngblood, RCA 12in
66 84 FASCINATING RHYTHM (LISA LOUD MIX) Bass-O-Matic, Guerilla 12in
67 — EDUTAINMENT (LP) Boogie Down Productions, Jive LP
68 67 LIVE THE LIFE The Sindecut, Virgin 12in
69 — JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT Mona George, Tuff Audio Prods/London 12in promo
70 32 LIES (EXTENDED FUNKY REMIX) En Vogue, Atlantic 12in
71 66 STEP OFF (DANCIN’ DANNY D’S SLAMMIN’ & JAMMIN’ MIX) Junior Giscombe, MCA 12in
72 55 JERK OUT The Time, Paisley Park 12in
73 — A BEAT CALLED LOVE, The Grid East West 12in
74 — INDEPENDENT (REMIX) (INDEPENDENT FUNK MIX) Salt-N-Pepa/Sybil, ffrr 12in promo
75 76 ANYONE … (FULL LENGTH MIX) Smith & Mighty feat. Jackie Jackson, 3 Stripe/ffrr 12in
76 — BURUNDI BLUES Beats International, Go! 12in promo
77 — LET’S MOVE (CLUB LA MIX) MC Fixxit, Champion 12in promo
78 88 RELEASE IT 90 (DANCE HALL MIX) Bang-The-Party, Warriors Dance 12in
80 79 SUNRISE (SATORI MIX) Movement .98 featuring Carroll Thompson, Circa 12in promo
81 71 NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl, W.A.U.! Mr Modo 12in
82 — RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (ALTERNATIVE TWELVE) Eastern Block introducing Terri Symon, Epic 12in promo
83 62 LA VIE EN VOGUE (HOUSE OF VOGUE MIX) Phil Edwards, East West 12in promo
84 99 LOVE IS JUST A GAME (CLUB RUB) Marisa, Chase 12in promo
86 61 FOREVER IN YOUR DREAMS T.A.S. (The Altered State), Profile 12in
87 44 ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting, A&M 12in
88 31 IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE (DEF CLUB MIX) Julian Jonah featuring Billie Ray Martin, Cooltempo 12in
89 72 LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE (GROOVE MIX) Coldjam featuring Grace, Big Wave 12in
90 18 I WISH Ben Liebrand, Epic 12in
91 — WOW WOW — NA NA Grand Piaz, White Label 12in
92 83 LA SERENISSIMA DNA, Raw Bass 12in
93 19 SILENT VOICE Innocence, Cooltempo 12in
94 — LOVE RUSH Other People’s Money, Dedicated 12in promo
95 — LET’S DANCE T.D.P., Reachin’ 12in promo
96 94 SUPERNATURAL THING Ben E. King, Atlantic 12in
97 — STEP RIGHT ON Young Disciples, Talkin Loud 12in promo
98 54 CULT OF SNAP Hi-Power, Italian Beat Club/Belgian USA Records 12in
99 58 FACTS OF LIFE (DANCIN’ DANNY D MIXES) Danny Madden, Eternal 12in
100 85 INTO THE NIGHT/WILDLIFE K Klass, f.r.o. 12in

Compiled by Alan Jones from a sample of over 400 DJ returns and shop sales. This week’s shops: Zoom (London), Spin Inn (Manchester), Eastern Bloc (Manchester), Warp (Sheffield), Tempest (Birmingham) and Crash (Leeds).

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