February 2, 1991: Black Box, Oval Emotion, Alexander O’Neal, Johnny Gill, Lalah Hathaway


KISS 100 FM, London’s black and dance music incremental station, can already boast a weekly audience figure of 1,078,000 listeners six months ahead of its anticipated target date, according to research conducted during October-December 1990 by RSGB on behalf of JICRAR, this figure representing a weekly reach of 27 per cent of London’s 15-24 year olds and 10 per cent of 25-34 year olds, two thirds of the total being male . . . Gulf War caused oil shortages, should they occur, could put up the price of vinyl so much that record companies would accelerate their shift to just CD and cassette formats virtually overnight – where would that leave DJs? . . . The S*n last Wednesday exposed (shock! horror!) the creative marketing practice of record companies rewarding certain shops with free product to sell it at an audience attracting cheap price in return for help in logging sales on chart computers – who would have believed such wicked things could go on? . . . Big Wave Records is the latest label to shut down, faced with rising costs . . . Cleveland Anderson has left Production House Records and set up his own The Tom Tom Club label, on 081-992 5792 . . . Chad Jackson and Jon Jules this weekend start a series of Antipodean gigs together, DJing around Australia in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne before heading north across the Pacific to Guam and then Hong Kong . . . Simon Dunmore’s eagerly awaited remix (not due commercially for another six weeks) of Monie Love’s ‘Ring My Bell’, only connected by its title line with Anita Ward’s oldie, replaces original duettist Ultra Naté with Adeva and uses the Madonna ‘Vogue’ rhythm . . . The Grid’s dub remix of Jesus Loves You’s upcoming ‘Bow Down Mister’, chunkily chugging along with some Indian wailing like the soundtrack for a hip tandoori restaurant, appears now not to be due for release – making the few cassettes circulated by Richard Norris into instant collector’s items? . . . The Beatmasters’ self composed new but naggingly familiar seeming rare groove style ‘Dunno What It Is (About You)’ (Rhythm King LEFT 44), an excellent urgently lurching jiggly dated pastiche strongly performed by soulfully wailing girls, has been promoed in two X and Y side mixes ahead of February 11 release, gradually winding up through Seventies strings in the wriggly surging X side’s mix featuring Elaine Vassell (102-101¾bpm) – the ‘Yes We Can Can’ Pointer Sisters soul side, if you like – while Simon Law’s The Funky Ginger Mix (100¾-100½bpm) on the Y side strips down to rumbling less cluttered percussion, making it more the Sister Sledge disco side . . . Ben Liebrand’s vibes tinkled although otherwise not noticeably drastic Re-Mix (110½bpm) of Hall & Oates’ distinctively plopping ‘Billie Jean’-ish classic ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’ (Arista 613 980) was actually only promoed as a single sider and is exclusive just to the 12-inch commercial pressing as flip to Daryl & John’s pop aimed new gloomily lurching ‘Everywhere I Look’ (93bpm) and gentler acoustic ‘Sometimes A Mind Changes’ (98¾/49¼bpm), but is by far the hottest track for which they’re selling anyway . . . Hans Valentin’s throbbingly jogging remake of Stephanie Mills’ oldie, Technomania featuring Emma Haywoode’s ‘(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Embrace The Bass Mix)’ (105½bpm) (Rumour Records RUMAT 28) features Sharon Haywoode’s strainingly wailing sister with a couple of brief rap breaks by South London’s 2 Brains Inc. and some nice tinkling vibes, coupled with its appropriately bassier ‘Embrace The Bass (Original Version)’ (106pm) basic instrumental rhythm track . . . Bomb The Bass’s (or should that be Tim Simenon’s –see page 27) slinkily swaying Soul II Soul-ish street soul ‘Love So True’ (90bpm) (Rhythm King DOOD 4T), sweetly breathed by nasally crooning Loretta Heywood, was labelled in the wrong order on promo but is flipped by the samples woven 1988-style jittery flurrying ‘You See Me In 3D’ (119½bpm) and raw funky drum jiggled gruff guy rapped ‘Understand This’ (111½bpm) . . . Richard Rogers’ steadily snicking urgent wriggly ‘Spread A Little Love (Club Version)’ (119¾bpm) (BCM Records BCM 489) is huskily soulful like a less exaggeratedly swooping Darryl Pandy, flipped by its similar Spread Your Love Dub plus the unconnected funkily bumping slow ‘RR Beats’ (88bpm) with “annihilating rhythm” repetition . . . Ray Lock (081-641 5340), every Saturday at Purley’s Temptations wine bar, had his cherished seven-years-old GLI PMX 9000 mixer (plus a pair of Technics SL 1210 turntables) stolen at a Christmas Eve gig in Croydon, and is offering a £200 reward for information leading to its recovery . . . DJs Phil C, Prone, Jazz T, C.J. and Bucks, having had a success with their first “intelligent” rap/ragga/swing night, present Intelligence (Part 2) this Friday (Feb 1) at Farnborough Recreation Centre (off the A325, two roundabouts south of Farnborough station), on Meudon Road then right on Westmead . . . Kiss 100 fm breakfast show co-presenter, Graham Gold spins house/rap/swingbeat/soul/classics this and every Friday through February at Grays’ Pzaz in the Queensgate Centre, and likewise this and every Sunday at Chalfont St Peter’s Chalfont Heights Country Club (formerly Winkers Farm) in Denham Lane, at the end of Joiners Lane off the A413 . . . Mr Clubman next Wednesday (Feb 6) presents a free admission/no dress restriction Damn Fine night, at Peterborough’s Shanghai Sam’s, with hot local act Shades Of Rhythm as star DJs amongst other guests – if this one’s a success, the next night in March will add Detroit’s States Of Mind to the DJ line-up . . . Frances Nero’s ‘Footsteps Following Me’ (Motorcity) is still number one for Uxbridge’s Dean Thatcher at all his trendy gigs, if proof be needed of the enduring underground appeal of this ‘Thinking Of You’-ish soul monster . . . AS IT GROOVES!

Reviewed by Norman Cook and James Hamilton

YOUNG DISCIPLES ‘Apparently Nothin’
SOHO ‘Hippychick (Rhythm Stick Remix)
REACH ‘That’s The Way Life Is’
BLVD MOSSE ‘U Can’t Escape The Hypeness
GANG STARR ‘Take A Rest’ (Work, Rest And Play Mix/Take Five Mix)
PAUL HAIG ‘Flight X (School Mix)
PROPAGANDA ‘Your Wildlife (Wet ‘N’ Wildlife Mix)
FRAZIER CHORUS ‘Walking On Air (Youth Mix)
2 MAD ‘Thinkin’ About Your Body (Chocolate Mix)’ / ‘Boogaloo’ / ‘Bonus Beats’

BLACK BOX ‘Bright On Time’ (123½bpm) (Italian Groove Groove Melody GGM 9018)
Yes, you read that right, it’s ‘Bright’ – a brand new blazing revamp of ‘Ride On Time’ that sets its ‘Love Sensation’ vocal to a breezily bounding blues riff in ‘Crosscut Saw’ style, like a 1967 Stax treatment of the ‘Tramp’ rhythm, unfortunately flipped for poor value here by Graeme Park’s UK hit ‘The Total Mix’ (118½-102¼bpm) of ‘I Don’t Know Anybody Else/Everybody Everybody/Ride On Time/Fantasy’. That apart, dy-no-mite!

OVAL EMOTION ‘Go Go’ (Canadian Hi-Bias Records HB-002)
The second hot release from “the DJ’s label”, this girl crooned and piano chorded Nick Anthony Fiorucci/Cissy Goodridge/Kenny Moran creation is in simple breezy disco Killer Club Mix (123bpm), terrific late Seventies style Classic Airwaves Mix (123¼bpm), chunkier instrumental Groovey MO-Mix (121bpm), and jerkily scratched Deep Destruction Dub (123bpm) treatments, coupled with the attractive vocally RAH Band-ish jazzily doodling ‘Lies’ (105bpm) in synthetic strings swamped gently burbling Classic Club Mix, acappella introed more sinewy Jammin D.J. Dub, and largely beat-less Deadly Intro Pianopella Boom Mix versions.

ALEXANDER O’NEAL ‘All True Man (Classic Club Mix)’ (104½bpm) (Tabu 656571 8)
Now selling even faster than the original, this superb tight-harmonies introed and underpinned, stark bass bomped cool chunkily jiggling Frankie Knuckles remix is flipped with terrific value by Frankie’s alternative even sparser, organ prodded languidly ticking Big House Mix and piano plinked attractive Big House Instrumental, essential for all who have an ear for class.

JOHNNY GILL ‘Wrap My Body Tight (The Jazzie B Remake)’ (101¼bpm) (Motown ZT 44272)
Currently hot on both import and promo ahead of February 11 UK release, this originally Jam & Lewis created but now Jazzie B revamped bouncily jiggling infectious pent-up semi-falsetto soul swirler seems much faster than it actually is in his 12-inch Remake Version, 7-inch Radio Edit and Instrumental, coupled with Vaughn Halyard’s more lurchingly chugging swingbeat Soul Mix (100¾bpm) for contrast too.

LALAH HATHAWAY ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ (82¼bpm) (Virgin America VUST 35)
Selling steadily on import to black music lovers for the last three months, this Frankie Knuckles remixed (with percussion by David Morales – and some nagging little chimes borrowed from ‘Strawberry Letter 23’!), Angela Winbush created sultrily swaying soulful groin grinder is here in its Crybaby Club and sparsely tapping instrumental Sleeze Versions, flipped by the Jaki Graham oldie reviving ‘Heaven Knows’ in just its chunkily shuffling Yvonne Turner 7-inch Remix (96¼bpm).

LOVE & LAUGHTER ‘I Surrender’ (105bpm) (US SBK.One V-19725)
Recorded in London but only ever circulated here on a limited sampler designed to show what Love & Laughter Productions coul do, this plaintive Fay Brown wailed and Ice Nova ragga rapped repetitive chanting strong Soul II Soul-ish funky jiggler has an imaginatively different bumpy reggae-style bassline, now out properly (albeit on import) and selling well, in Club Mix with Rap, Radio Mix with Rap, Club Mix with Vocal, Radio Mix with Vocal, and Dub Mix versions!

D.J. LELEWEL ‘Take Me Away (Pin Up Girl Remix)’ (124bpm) (Pin Up Girls TMA-001)
From a previous source of straight unremixed bootlegs, this brand new total recreation by the boys behind the label is a piano plonked then repetitively wailing girl nagged bounding and surging bubbly skipper, flipped by their synth blipped drier scurrying Tech Me Away Mix and more densely flurrying Dubbed Up Mix, selling fast.

MAJOR PROBLEMS ‘City Under Siege’ (US Nugroove NG-068
A typically instant seller, this Lenny Dee & Ralphie Dee created sombrely titled three-track instrumental EP has the strong percussion throbbed occasionally bleeping ‘Murder (25 To Life Mix)’ (123bpm), also percussive but unrelated rumbling fluttery ‘Manslaughter (First Degree Mix)’ (123bpm), and less forceful twittery phasing ‘Arson (4 Count Version)’ (121½bpm).

UBQ PROJECT ‘Into The Night’ (US House N Effect Records HNE 1190-1)
Created in Chicago (quite a novelty these days!) by Ron Trent, Terry Hunter & Aaron Smith, this piano pattered and bass pulsed effective enough if not terribly spectacular house instrumental is in Terry Hunter’s simple striding Night Mix (120½-102¾bpm), Ron Trent’s title line whispering Club Mix (120¾-120½bpm), Hunter & Trent’s throbbingly churning Into The Night pt. 1 ext (120½bpm) and calmly thrumming pt. 2 ext (117bpm), and Aaron Smith’s attractively atmospheric alternative slower lurchingly jogging Krazy Fingers Mix (108½bpm)

THE UNTOUCHABLES ‘Trippin’’ (122¼bpm) (US Strictly Rhythm SR 1225)
On a four-tracker created in Brooklyn by Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez and edited by Todd Terry, this remorselessly thrumming and thudding monotonous simple bleeper and the much jauntier almost puppies yelped-like infectiously chugging ‘Yeah C’Mon’ (124bpm) comprise the UK side, coupled on US side with the jagged Black Riot-ish synth stabbed jerkily churning ‘Take A Chance’ (120½bpm) and the lurching percussion tapped monotonously burbling ‘I’m For Real’ (122bpm). Take your pick according to prejudice or preference.

UNDER COVER MOVEMENT ‘Moonstompin’’ (Strictly Underground Records STUR004, via 0708 760953)
Now also copying his nearby neighbour D-Zone Records’ habit of etching messages into the vinyl between the grooves, Mark ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Ryder combines Bassix ‘Close Encounters’-type tones with bursts of Symarip’s ‘Skin Head Moon Stomp’ to make a good if cynically commercial bleeper, in Dead Skinhead (120½bpm) and more fluidly chugging Freestyle (120¼bpm) Mixes.

D-SHAKE ‘My Heart, The Beat (Northside)’ (122¾bpm) Cooltempo COOLX 228)
Now it’s out commercially, the Belgians’ ‘Yaaaaaaah’-type but less brutal twittery droning industrial raver is flipped by two variations, the promoed much lighter jerkily bounding house-style ‘Dance The Night Away (Southside)’ (123bpm) with its alternative Inner City-ish female title line, plus (replacing the A-side’s 7” Edit) the new moodier thrumming instrumental ‘Trance Tracking’ (122¾bpm).

KYLIE MINOGUE ‘What Do I Have To Do (Pumpin’ Mix)’ (122bpm) (PWL Records PWLT 72)
Still sporting her late Fifties/early Sixties Roger Vadim sexpot look on the sleeve, sophisticated Kylie’s latest Stock Aitken Waterman creation is a “you, you, you”, “do, do, do” emphasising though otherwise fairly unmemorable jiggly Hi-NRG canterer (Instrumental flip).

PINKY ‘I Wanna Be The One’ (105½bpm) (1st Bass RUFF 9, via Rough Trade)
Emoted by a superb huskily soulful swooping and moaning Alexander O’Neal/Luther Vandross-ish singer, this Longsy D co-created funky drum tapped twittery repetitive doodling jiggler sadly doesn’t give him enough of a lyric with which really to get to grips, in Vocal-Mix 1, Vocal-Mix 2, Vocal Vibes, Instrumental Groove, and Instrumental versions.

THE SIMPSONS ‘Do The Bartman’ (Geffen GEF 87T, via WEA)
With Turtles-type kids appeal, the satellite TV cartoon characters’ Bart Simpson rapped breezy dancestep novelty is a Bryan Loren created smackingly rolling swingbeat-ish jiggler, in Swingin’ In The House (103¾bpm) and Bad Bart House (103½bpm) Mixes, plus an A Cappella. Its pop success could be taken as a test of satellite power.

TRINITI ‘Running Away’ (123¾bpm) (US Fourth Floor Records FF-1120)
Curt Jones & Drew Sadler’s pattering piano introed then urgently throbbing and bubbling canterer is chanted, cooed and wailed by some soulful girls (presumably three?) in its A-side’s Club Mix, with a B-side more bassily chugging instrumental Club Mix and tightly vocal Radio Mix, rhythmically quite exciting.

D-MELO ‘Justify, Satisfy (Club Mix)’ (98½bpm) (US Bassment Records BM-0078)
Craig Bevan and Barry Zeger’s similarly slinky answer version to Madonna’s US chart topping ‘Justify My Love’, this gruff guy’s rap comes in short spurts between an orgasmically groaning girl’s doodlingly wailed “justify, satisfy my love” (Radio Edit, Acappella, and instrumental Sweet Dreams rhythm track too), perhaps unlikely to cause as big a stir here as it is in the States, where not only club but also dance oriented radio jocks right across the country are currently creating their own Madonna megamixes with it.

DELAGE ‘Rock The Boat (Extended)’ (117½bpm) (Polydor/PWL Records PZ 113)
Produced by Stock Aitken Waterman in ‘Hit Man And Her Style’, this girl group’s breezily wriggling remake of the Huse Corporation/Forrest oldie begins with much “1,2,3,4” counting while another variation on L.A. Mix’s ‘Coming Back For More’ sax riff boosts the funky drum break beats (rather as also in the same stable’s recent King For A Day ‘Kick That Rhythm’) before reaching the familiar proper song, which the 7-inch Version launches straight into, coupled by the almost ridiculously frantic ‘I Wanna Be Your Everything’ (127¼bpm), a fascinating combination of influences ranging from Donna Summer to Mory Kanté and even some fiddling hoedown!

VANILLA ICE ‘Play That Funky Music’ (100¼bpm) (SBK 12SBK 20)
Already at least promoed if not released here in its original version as the 12-inch coupling to ‘Ice Ice Baby’ (in the US it had in fact begun as the A-side, until flipped by a Georgia radio jock!), this starkly jolting rap woven around the “play that funky music, white boy” chant from white funk group Wild Cherry’s 1976 hit makes appropriate material for the Pat Boone of rap, now newly remixed by Gail ‘Sky’ King in Sky King’s Funky Club Jam, Extended Vocal Mix and Groove Icetrumental, plus an ‘Ice Ice Baby/Play That Funky Music’ combining useful ‘Play That Funky Medley’ (111bpm). Personally, I’m still waiting for the Elvis Presley of rap!

THE iT ‘In This Place Called Nowhere’ (Big Life BLR 36T, via Rough Trade)
Classily produced by the ever dependable Larry Heard, this unrushed though frisky bounding strider has bursts of co-writer Harri Dennis’s philosophical muttering supported by the cool cooing of Kriss Coleman, in Yvonne Turner’s bass thumped Turner Bass and rambling less urgent Club Mixes (119¼bpm), plus Mark McGuire’s acappella started smoother Edit (120bpm).

ADVENTURES OF STEVIE V ‘Jealousy (Red Zone Mix)’ (118½bpm) (Mercury MERX 337)
Despite being remixed by David Morales, the latest Melody Washington cooed and occasionally Stevie V shouted surging fluid swinger is merely a pale reflection of ‘Dirty Cash (Money Talks)’, flipped by its ‘D’ Train-ish synth chorded more sturdily striding Red Zone Dub, plus the subdued jittery jolting ‘Weekend’ (116¼bpm).

BABY D ‘Day Dreaming’ (127bpm) (Production House PNT 019)
Created by DICE, this plaintively wailing girl cooed lightweight frisky bleeper is flipped with a more percussively rattling Can You Handle It Mix (plus an Acappella).

M.C. SAR and the real McCoy ‘It’s On You (UK Remix)’ (118¾-118½bpm) (ZYX Records ZYX 6422-12, via Spartan)
Played a bit by radio here, this pop aimed juddery lurching bright Euro rap with a catchy female chorus has been Snappily remixed by Mick Evans and Adam Fenton for the UK in far chunkier style, to judge from Mario Aldini’s yowling guitar introed wukka wukk-ing and pshta pshta-ing Re-Remix (118¼bpm) and 7-inch Re-Remix (118bpm) that remain as flip from the original German Freshline pressing’s Fresh Side.

HI-FIVE ‘I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)’ (104bpm) (US Jive 1424-1-JD)
Produced and co-penned by Teddy Riley but not the new jack swing you might be expecting, more a New Edition, this young male quintet’s vinyl debut is an attractive lush harmonies wrapped chunkily rolling romantic soul swayer with an immaturely pitched plaintive lead vocal (to give it kids appeal), and a nice rhythmlessly doodling outro in the main LP Version (7” Edit and Instrumental too), coupled by the hip hop clichés introed jigglier ‘Sweetheart’ (105bpm).

THE CLUB CHART – February 2, 1991


01 01 (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom, Rumour 12in
02 02 GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT (SLAMMIN’ VOCAL CLUB MIX) C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams, Columbia 12in
03 05 CAN I KICK IT? (EXTENDED BOILERHOUSE MIX) A Tribe Called Quest, Jive 12in
04 06 YOU GOT THE LOVE (JOLLY JAMES REMIX) The Source featuring Candi Staton, Truelove 12in
05 03 OUTSTANDING (THE MORE BEEF MIX) Kenny Thomas, Cooltempo 12in
06 08 EVERYBODY LET’S SOMEBODY LOVE (CLUB MIX) Frank “K” featuring Wiston Office, Urban 12in
07 04 I CAN’T TAKE THE POWER (RIVA MIX) Off-Shore, Columbia 12in
08 37 LOVE IS THE MESSAGE (LOVE LOVE LOVE MIX) Love Inc. featuring M.C. Noise, Love/Polydor 12in promo
09 07 MY HEART, THE BEAT/DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY D-Shake, Cooltempo 12in
10 10 KID GET HYPED (VOCAL MIX) Deskee, Big One 12in promo
11 09 WIGGLE IT (THE CLUB MIX) 2 In A Room, SKB 12in
13 11 TAKE A REST (REMIXED BY C.J. MACKINTOSH) Gang Starr, Cooltempo 12in promo
14 29 3 A.M. ETERNAL (LIVE AT THE S.S.L.) The KLF, KLF 12in
15 12 IN YER FACE (IN YER FACE MIX) 808 State, ZTT 12in promo
16 16 LOVE SO TRUE Tim Simenon/Bomb The Bass, Rhythm King 12in
17 97 DUNNO WHAT IT IS (ABOUT YOU) The Beatmasters featuring Elaine Vassell, Rhythm King 12in promo
18 31 SUMMERS MAGIC (UNIT MIX) Mark Summers, 4+B’way 12in
19 15 IT’S TOO LATE Quartz, Mercury 12in
20 44 SPREAD A LITTLE LOVE (CLUB VERSION) Richard Rogers, BCM 12in promo
23 22 MUST BEE THE MUSIC King Bee, Torso Dance 12in
24 18 GO SISTER Franschene, Omen EP
25 20 KEEP YOUR LOVE (CHERRY PIE MIX) New Life, A&M PM 12in promo
26 42 THINKIN’ ABOUT YOUR BODY (CHOCOLATE MIX) 2 Mad/Bobby McFerrin, Big Life 12in
27 13 FEEL IT (K.M.A.P.H. MIX) Adonte, Republic 12in
28 68 WIPE THE NEEDLE/JUGGLING The Ragga Twins, Shut Up And Dance 12in promo
29 21 SCANDAL/IS IT LOVE? The Basement Boys present Ultra Naté, Eternal 12in promo
30 35 THINK ABOUT… (12-inch MIX) DJ H featuring Steffi, RCA 12in promo
31 40 ALL TRUE MAN (CLASSIC CLUB MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
32 94 JEALOUSY (RED ZONE MIX) Adventures Of Stevie V, Mercury 12in promo
33 70 YEAH YOU The Step, WARP 12in promo
34 91 WRAP MY BODY TIGHT (12″ REMAKE VERSION) Johnny Gill, Motown 12in promo
35 23 DRINK ON ME (CLUB VERSION) Teulé, Profile 12in promo
37 46 FAMILY OF PEOPLE (EXTENDED FAMILY MIX) Quest For Excellence, Republic 12in
38 33 OUTER LIMITS (ANDROMEDA MIX) The Predator, Industrial 12in
39 41 TINGLE (HARD BOPPIN’ MIX) T.P.E. (That Petrol Emotion), Virgin 12in promo
40 73 JOIN THE FUTURE Tuff Little Unit, WARP 12in promo
41 25 HOMICIDE/EXORCIST Shades Of Rhythm, ZTT 12in
42 45 WE SHALL OVERCOME (JUMPIN’ UP CLUB MIX) Emmanuel, Global Village 12in promo
43 63 POSITIVE (MELLOW MIX) Working Week, Ten 12in promo
44 32 SHARE (CLUB) Jomanda, Giant 12in
45 49 SOMEDAY (12” JACKSWING MIX/12” HOUSE MIX) Mariah Carey, Columbia 12in promo
46 27 JOHNNY PANIC Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams, Fontana 12in
47 82 PLEASE LEAVE (STEVE JERVIER MIX) Carlton, Three Stripe 12in promo
48 51 MORE THAN I KNOW/NOT FORGOTTEN (REMIX) Leftfield, Outer Rhythm 12in
49 — GET INTO IT (PARK MY CAR IN YOUR BRA MIX) MC Kinky, More Protein 12in promo
50 74 SERVE TEA, THEN MURDER/MICE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LION (PART 1) Hardnoise, Music Of Life 12in promo
51 24 FOUND LOVE (CAIPIRINA MIX) Double Dee (featuring Dany), Epic 12in
52 48 DEREK WENT MAD (REMIX) Shut Up And Dance, Shut Up And Dance 12in
53 19 FEEL THE GROOVE (MIX 1) Cartouche, Brothers Organisation 12in
54 47 MR. SANDMAN (EXTENDED CLUB MIX) Three Times Dope, Citybeat 12in
55 54 LOVE, PEACE AND HARMONY (ORIGINAL MIX) Dream Frequency, Citybeat 12in
56 — BEFORE WE GET STARTED MC Eric aka Me One, 12in promo
58 65 AGAIN (URBAN MIX) Juliet Roberts, East West 12in promo
59 83 I SEE THE MADNESS (BONESBREAK MASTERMIX) Liquid Oxygen, Champion 12in promo
60 26 RELEASE ME (STEVE ANDERSON REMIX) Fatman featuring Stella Mae, Cue/ffrr 12in
61 re ECHO MY HEART (GRAND CANYON MIX) Lindy Layton, Arista 12in
62 66 LOVE COME DOWN (NORMAN NORMAL MIX) Eve Gallagher, More Protein 12in
64 53 SPACEFACE/ECTO-JAM-SUB Sub-Sub, 12in white label
65 43 I AM THE FUTURE The Mad Bas’tard, Strictly Underground 12in promo
66 — LISTEN UP (RAW DANCE REMIX) Quincy Jones, Warner Brothers 12in promo
67 — STEP IN THE ARENA (LP) Gang Starr, Cooltempo LP
68 34 WHERE LOVE LIVES (RED ZONE MIX) Alison Limerick, Arista 12in
69 re FOUNTAIN YOUTH (HANDS ON MIX) Candyland, Non-Fiction 12in promo
70 93 JAM (BURNING BURNING UP) BKF, FCP 12in promo
71 78 HOLD YOU TIGHT Tara Kemp, US Big Beat 12in
72 — MY MY LOVER Dee Dee Brave, US Movin’ 12in
73 85 LOVE ME FOREVER Trilogy, US Atco 12in
74 60 HELPING HAND (INCISIVE REMIX) Arthur Miles, ffrr 12in
75 28 ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE Dr. Umbardi, Noise 12in
76 — PAMPA (THE STANDING ARROW SONG) Basscut, Ten 12in
77 39 REPORT TO THE DANCEFLOOR (FULL ALERT MIX) Energize, Network 12in promo
78 — MOONSTOMPIN’ (DEAD SKINHEAD MIX) Under Cover Movement, Strictly Underground 12in promo
79 56 MIDNIGHT EXPRESS/BOPULATE Xon, Network 12in promo
80 71 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME Technomania featuring Emma Haywoode, Rumour 12in promo
81 re MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT (12-inch REMIX) L.L. Cool J, Def Jam 12in
82 38 THE GONZO Lost, Perfecto 12in
83 — FACTS OF LIFE (BLEEPER MIX) Bass Culture, Industrial 12in promo
84 52 JAZZ IT UP (JAZZ MIX) CFM Band, US Underworld 12in
85 — I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hall & Oates, Arista 12in
86 re TREAT ‘EM RIGHT (CRIBB MIX) Chubb Rock, Champion 12in
87 98 I SURRENDER (REMIX) Love & Laughter, SKB 12in
88 — DELPHIS (ORIGINAL MIX) The Impossibles, 12in white label
89 90 IT’S THE NEW Second Avenew, US Alleviated 12in
90 81 COMPARED TO WHAT Fresh 4 featuring Lizz E, Ten 12in
91 96 BRIGHT ON TIME Black Box, Italian Disco Magic 12in
92 — MORNING WILL COME (M.P.G. 12-inch) Junior Giscombe, MCA 12in promo
93 re FLIGHT X (SCHOOL MIX) Paul Haig, Circa 12in promo
95 — APPARENTLY NOTHIN’ The Young Disciples, Talkin Loud 12in promo
96 99 MAGIC STYLE (AROUNDABOUT MIX) The Badman, Citybeat 12in
98 62 HYPNOTIC Hypnotone featuring 2 Supreme, Creation 12in
99 — ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS Junior Reid, Big Life 12in promo
100 55 INTENSITY/FILO FUNK Mystic Knights, W.A.U./Mr. Modo 12in

One thought on “February 2, 1991: Black Box, Oval Emotion, Alexander O’Neal, Johnny Gill, Lalah Hathaway”

  1. “Summer’s Magic” by Mark Summers which has been reviewed and in the dance chart lately was arguably the first of the rave singles to feature a sample of a children’s programme such releases which soon grew into a flood and ended up producing such monstrosities as “A Trip to Trumpton”, “Sesame’s Treet” and Shaft’s real barrel scraper “Rhubarb & Custard” (incidentally their “Monkey” tune is to me far better). I suppose they’d appeal to actual children but in that case was it thought all right to have massive drug references in them all “A TRIP to Trumpton”, “Sesame’s TrEEt” by the Smart E’s, Shaft with “RHUBARB AND CUSTARD” (the name of a famous pill back then) etc. And would 1990s children too young to have been raving in the early ’90s. have heard of programmes originally broadcast to children born in the 1960s and early 70s anyway?

    Actually “Summer’s Magic” is arguably the best and without any of the drug references in the title or artist’s name. It of course featured the before the news programme “Magic Roundabout” – “Charly” by The Prodigy was up there with it (again no dodgy drug references) and featuring the public information film about not acceotong sweets of strangers but both of those were marketed to the adult club market anyway as underground tunes which just happened to cross over become big pop hits. Back in the day I’d have though “Charly” was the best of the lot but it’s one of those records that has been so overplayed I’ve no desire to ever hear it again. The House Crew’s “We Call It Hardcore”, Acen’s “Trip II The Moon’, M-D-Emm’s “Get Down”, M.A.N.I.C. ‘s “I’m Comin’ Hardcore”and Terrorize’s ‘It’s Just A Feeling” to name just 5 (if I’m just sticking to hardcore) off the top of my head never become boring to me. And to me that is the mark of a completely great record.

    I also notice that not surprisingly JH continually misses the references to the telly programmes when reviewing the singles – he missed a glaring ‘Dr Who’ reference the other day and the ‘Magic Roundabout’ one more recently which isn’t surprising when he was either in America or spending his life immersed in the mod nightlife and later the r&B/early reggae/funk scenes in London and not sitting in his flat watching kids’ telly. After all I wouldn’t have a clue on children’s programmes and miss any references to them if they’d first been shown in the latter half of the 1980s or from the 1990s.


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