February 9, 1991: Ultra Naté, Carlton, The Source/Candi Staton, FPI Project, The Ragga Twins


MANCHESTER’S HACIENDA club, despite now having resolved the renewal of its licence, in a shock move reluctantly closed last Wednesday in order “to protect employees and members”, its management being “quite simply sick and tired of dealing with instances of personal violence”, the hope being that it will be able to re-open “in a better climate” (see News Plus for more details). That same city’s Precinct 13 re-opens from March 21, incidentally, still with a bleep-free black music policy . . . Backstreet Promotions (081 459 5545) are looking for another 800 DJs for their mailing list — most dance records these days don’t even sell that many! . . . Betty Boo, Lindy Layton and LA Mix are among the chart acts who have fared less well than usually expected with their most recent singles after releasing classy ‘sophisticated’ material — obviously, the kids don’t want class! . . . LA Mix however are persevering with the release of their Chimes-style remixed ‘We Shouldn’t Hold Hands In The Dark‘ ballad in order to build a more mature audience base for their imminent album, which for the time being it’ll be necessary to buy for the previously mentioned Whispers adapting dynamite rap, ‘Love Thang‘! . . . Frank “K” featuring Wiston Office’s elusive “everybody, let somebody love” hook line originated in Joe Church’s ‘I Can’t Wait (Too Long)‘ on US Sleeping Bag Records, according to the ever dependable Dave Lee — who ought to know, as he included the Church track on his own RePublic label’s first ‘The Garage Sound Of Deepest New York’ LP! . . . Ben Liebrand’s Re-Mix of Hall & Oates’ I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’ has indeed proved so much more popular than the duo’s new tracks that Arista has now made a Single Edit the double A-side on 7-inch, which it previously wasn’t on at all . . . New Life’s ‘Keep Your Love’ on commercial 12-inch is in only its Cherry Pie (now nearer 119½bpm) and Donut Mixes, its promoed Maraschino Mix being replaced by a vigorously stirred Cappuccino Mix of their old ‘Got 2 Be Free’ (122¾bpm) . . . The Mixmasters’ ‘The Night Fever Megamix’ is being revamped with a more easily mixable extended ‘Disco Inferno’ outro . . . Cameroon’s crowd pleasing soccer side plays England at Wembley this Wednesday, and to celebrate, on Saturday (Feb 9), the Hackney Empire presents the current Cameroonian king of modern Makossa, Moni-Bilé, supported by the Sierra Leonean Abdul Tee-Jay’s Rokoto — there’ll be high life in Hackney that night, for sure! — while Cameroon’s here better known Manu Dibango teams up with Working Week at Kentish Town’s Town & Country Club on the same night, also likely to be a big blow! . . . Andrew ‘DJ Madhatter’ Holmes this Thursday (Feb 7) hosts the first of a monthly soul/funk/oldies night at Manchester’s Richfields, with a large hired sound system . . . DJs Kevin Bird and Russell People —known simply as Bird & People — are building an upfront house/Euro/techno/garage Saturday at Bournemouth’s Madisons . . . Kiss 100 fm’s regular London club nights, which include Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson’s Saturday 2nd Base at Camden Lock’s Dingwalls with a guest jock every week (Colin Faver this week), are joined by the return of the Upfront Club this Thursday (Feb 7) to the Borderline (off Charing Cross Road next to Foyles) with Gordon Mac and Trevor Madhatters spinning classics and upfront newies, and the return of Richie Rich and his Rap Review this Saturday (9) to Dingwalls with Max LX & Dave VJ . . . Active 3 next Monday (11) present Frenzy at St Albans’ Kiss Nitespot (no connection) with DJs K.C. & M.D., DJ Stumpy from the Boneshakers, Jazzie Q from Soul II Soul, and in fact Trevor Madhatters from Kiss 100 fm . . . Tony Dunne has just started an 8.30-11.30pm Ambidance pre-club venue every Thursday, as a meeting place where you can dance although the music’s mainly for listening, at Beshoff in London’s Trocadero Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue . . . BBC1-tv’s Tuesday 7.05pm ‘Holiday 91’ programme last week annoyingly postponed a feature about Butlin’s Starcoast World at Pwllheli, which hopefully will be rescheduled soon before The Main Event weekender takes place there on March 1/2/3 (details 081-364 1212) — the same date and number for details, coincidentally, as “the first ever UK gay weekender”, CAMP camp at Skegness in Butlin’s Funcoast World with live stars like Eartha Kitt, Dr Evadne Hinge and the Bay City Rollers! . . . Pwllheli’s live acts meanwhile, with more to be added, look like including Main Source, Gang Starr, Outlaw Posse, LFO, Nexus 21, Rhythmatic, Brand New Heavies and others . . . AS IT GROOVES!

Reviewed by Chris Mellor and James Hamilton

SWEET MERCY featuring Natasha ‘Take Me Away
DATA BASS ‘A Piano In The Night’ / ‘A Trip In The Night
A.S.H.A. ‘JJ Tribute’ (Space/?/ Primitive versions)
UMOSIA ‘We Are Unity
THE COVER GIRLS ‘Funk Boutique’ (12-inch Remix/Dub Version)
THE CREATIONS featuring Debbie Sharpe ‘Pay The Price

ULTRA NATÉ ‘Is It Love?’ (111¾bpm) (Eternal YZ509T, via WEA)
The anguishedly pitched Baltimore, Maryland, soulstress sounds rather like Carla Thomas as she repeatedly asks the title line question through this apparently Danny Madden produced, piano started then beefily churning jumpy jiggler, another that has an LA Mix ‘Coming Back For More’/Marva Whitney ‘Unwind Yourself’-style sax breezily farting at times in its Club and instrumental Hump Mixes, coupled by the already separately promoed sparsely bounding jaunty garage ‘Scandal (Club Mix)‘ (119¼bpm), with a realistically ringing telephone to cause confusion!

CARLTON ‘Love And Pain’ (Three Stripe Productions Ltd/ffrr SNMXR 4)
Produced and co-written by Smith & Mighty, this stratospherically wailing semi-falsetto strange slow lurcher sounds as if it’s probably intended to take on Seal in the pop stakes, with swirling strings and an Andy Williams ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’ flavour in its Boilerhouse remixed 7 Inch Version (93¾bpm) or a spasmodically rumbling and tapping Drum & Bass Mix (94bpm), while the interestingly different although more routinely danceable flip was initially promoed alone on white label as a single-sider, the rave siren started whinneyingly moaned and chanted, jauntily churning and stomping Bristol house-style ‘Please Leave’ (117bpm), in Steve Jervier’s Good Groove Mix with a stuttery breakdown towards the end and more jokingly chugging Jerv’s Dub. The kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol, they all do the Bristol Stomp!

THE SOURCE featuring CANDI STATON ‘You Got The Love’ (TRuelove TLOVE 1, via Total/BMG)
As warned it would be when the initially circulated D.J. L.T.D. promo pressing was reviewed, this the commercial version is very different, having only the blander although admittedly neater, Jamie Principle groans lacking more ponderously thumping less brightly plinky plunking Jolly James Remix (112½bpm, now no longer with its speaking clock intro) of the original Erens Bootleg Mix, which it does not really resemble despite being labelled as that still, freshly flipped by Olimax’s totally different quietly starting then increasingly beefily chugging Morning Time Mix (110bpm) with washing squeaky synth and an overdubbed Martin Luther King “it’s morning time” climax.

FPI PROJECT ‘Everybody (all over the world)’ (Rumour Records RUMAT 29, via Pinnacle)
Starting with a repeatedly croaked “OK” and staccato brass while the bomping beat winds itself up, this then calm piano jangled, title chorussed and Tina Chris wailed surging sturdy Italo) house canterer is in Dance (122¼bpm), Radio (121½bpm), and Dub (121¼bpm) Versions, plus the alternative title repeating bassier and sparser ‘Dancin’ Feet (Geronimo Mix)‘ (124bpm), all exactly as on import (except .1bpm faster!).

THE RAGGA TWINS ‘Wipe The Needle’ (65-128¼bpm) (Shut Up And Dance Records SUAD 12, via Pacific)
Referring to a fluffy stylus (not what you were maybe thinking?), with a scratchy groove skipping slow reggae fragment as its disjointed intro and further surface noise effects just to emphasise the point, this becomes a disappointingly dull but serviceable enough jerkily bounding techno throbber rather in Belgian style, AA-sided by the fiercely toasted chunkily jolting jaunty pure ragga ‘Juggling‘ (110¼bpm) and its instrumental Version (110½bpm), for my money the brighter side.

JUNIOR GISCOMBE ‘Morning Will Come’ (MCA Records MCST 1504)
Co-penned by Junior with Simon ‘The Funky Ginger’ Law, this orchestral strings started and backed pleasant sweet slow jazz-funkily jogging drifter is in Marvin Gaye-ishly accented M.P.G. 12″ (83½bpm) — hence the initials, they don’t stand for Miles Per Gallon! — plus more chunkily jiggled swirling Anklesax and delicate Vocal & Stringapella versions (83¾bpm), lovely stuff. Classily sophisticated, however.

LEFTFIELD ‘More Than I Know’ (107bpm) (Outer Rhythm FOOT 9, via Rough Trade)
Created by Neil Barnes & Mat Clark, LeftField’s Balearic-type jiggly pop groove repetitively weaves bursts of indistinct vocal through a steadily pshta pshta-ing beat with jittery tapping percussion and bubbly percolating synth, quite mesmeric once you’ve abandoned yourself to it, flipped by the Paul Daley remixed urgently leaping and surging ‘Not Forgotten (Hard Hands Mix)‘ (122½bpm) with some twanging sitar chords before the rhythm intensifies.

DREAM FREQUENCY ‘Love, Peace And Harmony’ (CityBeat CBE 1256, via WEA)
Created in Preston by Ian Bland, this soulful Denise Johnson crooned and wailed tugging jittery swayer started out in its Original Mix (105½bpm), instrumental Peace Mix (105¾bpm) and brief Acappella together with the synth driven raving and bleeping instrumental ‘Techno Worship‘ (124¾bpm), while separately out is the now bright rather than sombre, Adam Feust remixed reedy organ burbled bubbly tapping and chugging ‘Love, Peace And Harmony (Feust’s Brotherly Remix)’ (106¼bpm) (CBX 1256), newly flipped as well by his similar though more subdued Unity Mix (106¼bpm) plus the samples prodded zingily bleeping and jangling ‘Satisfaction‘ (126bpm), this more recent second disc definitely being the one to check.

THE BADMAN ‘Magic Style’ (CityBeat CBE 1259, via WEA)
Birmingham’s Elite FM jock Julian Brettle wove snippets of old TV themes into a lightweight shrill pop bleeper which ended up as a strictly limited though much in demand white label that has sold fast now it’s out fully, mainly because it’s yet another using ‘Magic Roundabout’ (can anyone explain this craze?) in its Aroundabout Mix (122½bpm), with — after perhaps the longest run-in scroll ever — an “acieed” vocodered friskier fluttering Sugar Lump Trip (122¾bpm) alternative plus the wind introed/outroed vigorously galloping low frequency bass thrummed beefy ‘Shape Dancing (Original Mix)‘ (122½bpm).

SON OF BAZERK Featuring NO SELF CONTROL ‘Change The Style’ (114bpm) (US Sound Of Urban Listeners MCA 12-53989)
Packaged on Hank Shocklee’s new SOUL label with an amusingly garish sleeve like a mid-Sixties James Brown LP, this Hank & Keith Shocklee co-created ultra funky Brown based enthusiastic gruff jaunty jumper is oddly interrupted by abrupt short slow reggae and sweet soul “changes of style” and a heavy metal outro before virtually segueing into the good sparsely jogging reggae, soul and rap vocal styles combining slinky ‘J. Dub’s Theme‘ (95bpm), with a totally instrumental Version I and reggae dub Version II mirror image of the A-side as flip, all very interesting and friendly fun.

SYDNEY FRESH ‘Feel The Bass (Hot African Remix)’ (120¼bpm) (German Dance STreet DST 1021R-12)
Unusually for an import, on a single-sided ‘Limited DeeJay Edition’ white label (housed in a printed sleeve though), this Norman Cook-ishly “it began in Africa” started samples weaving funky drum jiggled phonetic Euro rap chugs along for ages building a repetitive jaunty groove, more commercial than hardcore, selling steadily.

BITIN’ BACK ‘She’s Breaking Up’ (124½bpm) (US Fokus Recordings FK 002)
Out in the States although a London recorded creation by a certain Micky Finn with Soul II Soul session keyboardist Andy Whitmore, using The Six Million Dollar Man’s space shuttle explosion sequence as intro and “we have the technology” as punctuation, this spasmodic wriggly shuffling unhurried raver is nagged by squeaky synth and sirens more in 1988 acieed than modern bleep style, flipped with the rap sample stuttered and Adamski ‘Killer’-type synth thrummed sometimes twittery ‘Boom Box‘ (124bpm).

WOP BOP ‘Still Something Special’ (77bpm) (Ten Records WBT 1)
White labelled and rubber stamped as being by just Wop Bop (minus the Torledo now) and already in huge demand ahead of full release in a fortnight, this superb harmonies started and supported rolling swayer is reminiscent of vintage Smokey Robinson, sultrily breathed, gurgled, wailed and scatted by Marianne Morgan at a languidly jiggling Al Jarreau-ish tempo, perhaps the most sophisticated UK single since Lisa Stansfield’s ‘All Around The World’ and nothing like long enough (except that will only make one play it over and over again), flipped for excellent value by the also huskily lisped but sweeter smoochily jogging ‘Kissaway‘ (89bpm) and group sung early Seventies Temptations-type gently throbbing ‘Jungle Fever (Frankie Knuckles Mix)‘ (115bpm). For those with taste, essential!

THE BREAK BOYS ‘Underground Breakdown (The Original Freestyle Groove Continues)’ (123bpm) (US Fourth Floor Records FF-1121)
Created by Frankie ‘Bones’ but refreshingly for once only a simple two-tracker, this James Brown ‘Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose’ breakbeat started percussively throbbing latin and makossa-ish then rave sirens climaxed instrumental galloper (in a Hipper House Mix on the Sooper Side) is coupled (on the Souped Side, in a Miami Beach Break Mix) by the Todd Terry-type frantically flurrying ‘My House Is Your House (And Your House Is Mine)‘ (124bpm), with a catchy title line chant.

SAFIRE ‘Made Up My Mind’ (US Mercury 878 785-1)
Produced by Mark Liggett & Chris Barbosa, the duo who brought us Shannon back in the early heyday of ‘electro’, this Cincinatti recorded although Miami style plaintive girl’s very Madonna-like canterer is in a David Morales remixed unhurriedly chugging 12″ Morales Club Mix (116½bpm) plus his piano jabbed Red Zone Dub (116¼bpm), or the producers’ own more beefily lurching brighter 909 Club Mix (118½bpm) and 909 Pop Mix (118bpm), jittery so-called Hip Hop Club Mix and Hip Hop Dub (119¼bpm), pressed on blue vinyl.

THE CLUB CHART – February 9, 1991


01 01 (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom, Rumour 12in
02 04 YOU GOT THE LOVE (JOLLY JAMES REMIX) The Source featuring Candi Staton, Truelove 12in
03 08 LOVE IS THE MESSAGE (LOVE LOVE LOVE MIX) Love Inc. featuring M.C. Noise, Love/Polydor 12in
04 05 OUTSTANDING (THE MORE BEEF MIX) Kenny Thomas, Cooltempo 12in
05 13 TAKE A REST (REMIXED BY C.J. MACKINTOSH) Gang Starr, Cooltempo 12in
06 06 EVERYBODY LET’S SOMEBODY LOVE Frank “K” featuring Wiston Office, Urban 12in
07 03 CAN I KICK IT? (EXTENDED BOILERHOUSE MIX) A Tribe Called Quest, Jive 12in
08 02 GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT (SLAMMIN’ CLUB VOCAL MIX) C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams, Columbia 12in
09 07 I CAN’T TAKE THE POWER (RIVA-MIX) Off-Shore, Columbia 12in
10 19 IT’S TOO LATE/(REMIXED BY CASSROC) Quartz introducing Dina Carroll, Mercury 12in
11 11 WIGGLE IT (THE CLUB MIX) 2 In A Room, SKB 12in
13 09 MY HEART, THE BEAT D-Shake, Cooltempo 12in
14 30 THINK ABOUT… D.J.H. featuring Stefy, RCA 12in promo
15 29 SCANDAL/IS IT LOVE? The Basement Boys present Ultra Naté, Eternal 12In promo
16 14 3 A.M. ETERNAL (LIVE AT THE S.S.L) The KLF, KLF 12in
17 28 WIPE THE NEEDLE/JUGGLING The Ragga Twins, Shut Up And Dance 12in promo
18 17 DUNNO WHAT IT IS (ABOUT YOU) The Beatmasters featuring Elaine Vassell, Rhythm King 12in
19 15 IN YER FACE (IN YER FACE MIX) 808 State, ZTT 12in
21 16 LOVE SO TRUE Bomb The Bass, Rhythm King 12in
22 34 WRAP MY BODY TIGHT (12-inch REMAKE VERSION) Johnny Gill, Motown 12in promo
23 95 APPARENTLY NOTHIN’ Young Disciples, Talkin Loud 12in promo
24 10 KID GET HYPED (VOCAL MIX) Deskee, Big One 12in 25 42 WE SHALL OVERCOME (JUMPIN’ UP CLUB MIX) Emmanuel, Global Village 12in
26 23 MUST BEE THE MUSIC King Bee, Torso Dance 12in
27 47 PLEASE LEAVE (STEVE JERVIER MIX) Carlton, Three Stripe 12In promo
29 41 HOMICIDE/EXORCIST Shades Of Rhythm, ZTT 12in
30 56 BEFORE WE GET STARTED MC Eric aka Me One, 12in promo
31 24 GO SISTER Franschene, The Omen EP
32 18 SUMMERS MAGIC (UNIT MIX) Mark Summers, 4+B’way 12in
33 58 AGAIN (URBAN MIX) Juliet Roberts, East West 12in promo
34 — MY LOVE (ATMOSPHERA MIX) Claps/Collapse, Italian Inside 12in/Citybeat 12in promo
35 72 MY MY LOVER Dee Dee Brave, US Movin’ 12in
36 — EVERYBODY (ALL OVER THE WORLD) FPI Project, Rumour 12in promo
37 43 POSITIVE (MELLOW MIX) Working Week, Ten 12in promo
38 54 MR. SANDMAN (EXTENDED CLUB MIX) Three Times Dope, Citybeat 12in
39 27 FEEL IT (K.M.A.P.H. MIX) Adonte, Republic 12in
41 32 JEALOUSY (RED ZONE MIX) Adventures Of Stevie V, Mercury 12in promo
42 20 SPREAD A LITTLE LOVE (CLUB VERSION) Richard Rogers, BCM 12in promo
43 71 HOLD YOU TIGHT Tara Kemp, US Big Beat 12in
44 52 DEREK WENT MAD (REMIX) Shut Up And Dance, Shut Up And Dance 12in
45 36 HIPPYCHICK (REMIX) Soho, S&M 12in
46 — BLACK WHIP Chapter And The Verse, Virgin 12in promo
47 — I’M READY Caveman, Profile 12in promo
48 66 LISTEN UP (RAW DANCE REMIX) Quincy Jones, Warner Brothers 12in
49 — IN WONDER (BUTLER & WALSH MIXES) Presence, Reality 12in promo
51 31 ALL TRUE MAN (CLASSIC CLUB MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
52 — REACH FOR THE TOP (BACK WITH A VENGEANCE REMIX) Clive Griffin, Mercury 12in
53 — TILL WE MEET AGAIN Inner City, Ten 12in promo
54 53 FEEL THE GROOVE (MIX 1) Cartouche, Brothers Organisation 12in
55 55 LOVE, PEACE AND HARMONY (ORIGINAL MIX) Dream Frequency, Citybeat 12in
56 39 TINGLE (HARD BOPPIN’ MIX) T.P.E. (That Petrol Emotion), Virgin 12in
57 — HOLD ME (VOCAL CLUB MIX) Velvet, Italian DFC 12in/Tam Tam 12in white label
58 33 YEAH YOU The Step, WARP 12in promo
59 44 SHARE (CLUB) Jomanda, Giant 12in
60 49 GET INTO IT (PARK YOUR CAR IN MY BRA MIX) MC Kinky, More Protein 12in
61 37 FAMILY OF PEOPLE (EXTENDED FAMILY MIX) Quest For Excellence, Republic 12in
62 67 STEP IN THE ARENA (LP) Gang Starr, Cooltempo LP
63 63 DON’T QUIT Caron Wheeler, RCA 12in
64 — GIVE ME TONIGHT (PHILLY MIX) Shannon, Italian Flying 12in
65 78 MOONSTOMPIN’ (DEAD SKINHEAD MIX) Under Cover Movement, Strictly Underground 12in promo
66 TAME I UNLEASHED (VOCAL) Lady Tame, Music Of Life 12in
67 re FIRE WHEN READY G Double E, Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ 12in
68 77 REPORT TO THE DANCEFLOOR (FULL ALERT MIX) Energize, Network 12in
69 40 JOIN THE FUTURE Tuff Little Unit, WARP 12in promo
70 — MY HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE Break Boys, US 4th Floor 12in
72 38 OUTER LIMITS (ANDROMEDA MIX) The Predator, Industrial 12in
73 35 DRINK ON ME Teulé, Profile 12in promo
74 51 FOUND LOVE (CAIPIRINA MIX) Double Dee (featuring Dany), Epic 12in
75 — THAT’S THE WAY LIFE IS (MARK BRYDON’S FON FUN MIX) Reach, Eternal 12in promo
76 45 SOMEDAY (12-inch JACKSWING MIX) Mariah Carey, Columbia 12in
77 ANIMAL (PRIMEVAL INTERFACE)/SHOUT (THE COMMUNICATOR) Man Machine Oval/Outer Rhythm 12in promo
78 57 MINDSONG Tomas, WARP 12in
79 re PAY THE PRICE (GOSPEL DANCE MIX) The Creations featuring Debbie Sharp, Loco 12in white label
80 96 MAGIC STYLE (AROUNDABOUT MIX) The Badman, Citybeat 12in
81 84 JAZZ IT UP (JAZZ MIX) CFM Band, US Underworld 12in
82 89 IT’S THE NEW Second Avenew, US Alleviated 12in
83 — OBEY THE RULES OF THE NIGHT (CLUB MIX) Heavy Shift, C.T. 12in promo
84 86 TREAT ‘EM RIGHT (CRIBB MIX) Chubb Rock, Champion 12in
85 68 WHERE LOVE LIVES (RED ZONE MIX) Alison Limerick, Arista 12in
86 88 DELPHIS (ORIGINAL MIX) The Impossibles, 12in white label
87 — LOVE THE LIFE (GUARANA DJ VERSION) James Taylor Quartet, Urban 12in promo
88 — ECHO CHAMBER Beats International, Go Beat 12in promo
89 76 PAMPA (THE STANDING ARROW SONG) Basscut, Ten 12in
90 59 I SEE THE MADNESS (BONESBREAK MASTERMIX) Liquid Oxygen, Champion 12in promo
91 — REVOLUTION OF THE HEART Chosen Few, Fabulous 12in promo
92 — FLOWING POSITIVITY (POSITIVE MIX) Solo E, Circa 12in promo
93 — YOU’RE MY WAY The Redmen, Italian Beat Club 12in
94 91 BRIGHT ON TIME Black Box, Italian Groove Groove Melody 12in
95 90 COMPARED TO WHAT (THE UPRISE MIX) Fresh 4 featuring Lizz E, Ten 12in
97 64 SPACEFACE Sub-Sub, 12in white label
98 — GEMINI (CYBER MIX) Chrome Slug, C.T. 12in promo
99 — FUNK BOUTIQUE Cover Girls, US Epic 12in
100 75 ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE Dr. Umbardi, Noise 12in

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