BEATS & PIECES
FRANKIE KNUCKLES and David Morales apparently got back together specially just to create the remixes of Alison Limerick’s ‘Where Love Lives (Come On In)’ . . .True Faith With Final Cut’s positively final UK remix, ‘Take Me Away (Take Me Beyond Mix)’, slots Bridgett Grace’s a cappella over Rhythim Is Rhythim’s strangely phasing and scuffling ‘Beyond The Dance’ (with permission from Derrick May) . . . RePublic Records are setting up their own DJ mailing list, with room for just a few more on top: contact Gerry O on 071-837 2322 . . . ZYX Records are likewise developing a UK DJ mailing list: contact Alex Gold on 081-902 6398 . . . Nina Walsh is updating her alternative dance music DJ mailing list at London Records/ffrr, Chancellors House, Chancellors Road, London W6 9SG . . . Omen Recordings have picked up Hibrid’s ‘Twisted Tambourine’, two new versions being due as coupling for two fresh mixes of ‘Floorquake’, the latter originally having been on the label’s The Born EP’ promo twinpack credited to Doo Lally ‘D’, basically the same act under another name . . . Patti Day’s current UK club tour to promote ‘Drive Me’ is being accompanied by the chance to win a 1966 red convertible Ford Mustang worth £25,000, on view at her different venues, including Welling’s The Station and Uxbridge’s Regals (Thursday 28), Romford’s Hollywoods and Enfield’s The Palladium (Friday 29), Walton On Thames’s Elmbridge Leisure Centre, Deptford’s Champs, Central London’s Busbys and Astoria (Saturday 30) and dates in Scotland to come . . . Free The Soul, a new monthly soul-swing-ragga-rap night, starts this Wednesday (27) at Soho’s Jacquelines (corner of Wardour and Oxford Streets), with Taz Jay presenting DJ Haitch, George Kay, Bobby Gee, Prince Jammer, DJ Pino and Tony ‘Mix It Up’ Tee (no jeans or trainers) . . . Superstition, a “legal rave”, returns to the site of its Christmas Eve success for an Easter party this Thursday (28) at Westbourne Park’s Woody’s in Woodfield Road, with house DJs Noel Watson, Rhythm Doctor, Phil Asher, Ben (Groove) and Nick T upstairs, funk jocks Brian Norman, Stix and guests downstairs . . . Thursday also finds Mad Max and Ray Lock plus guests starting weekly Stress house-type nights at Norbury’s Enigma (side of Central Park, the old Metropolis), while the same duo this Saturday, and then the last Saturday of every month, launch a Mad-Lock Party at Lingfield’s Wire Mill, north of East Grinstead and Ray alone gets smart and trendy every Friday for The Gas Club at Soho’s Gass in Whitcomb Street, west of Leicester Square . . . Saturday (30) sees N-Joi hitting the weekly Ark night (no dress code for this one) at Southend On Sea’s Mr B’s, and Incognito appearing at Glasgow’s The Tunnel . . . Wally Badarou’s classic 1985 jazz-funk instrumental ‘Chief Inspector’ was — like its similar contemporary, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly’s ‘Twilight’ — a very influential and much sampled groove in its day, now jaunty enough to really get under the skin if it’s given a good chance this time, in Nomad Soul’s new mixes . . . Last week’s Record Mirror Single Of The Week, Gary Clail On-U Sound System’s ‘Human Nature (On The Mix)‘, is 110bpm, while ‘Rumours‘ is 90bpm . . . Michael ‘DJ Mike’ Mason in fact produced ‘Your Love Never Fails’ by Agapé Sounds featuring Richie Weeks . . . Femi Fem’s remixes of Wop Bop Torledo’s ‘Kissaway’ are 89bpm . . . AS IT GROOVES!
This week’s new club promos and remixes reviewed by New York’s DJ Moneypenny and James Hamilton
VOODOO CHILD ‘Permanent Green’ / ‘M4’
THE BASEMENT BOYS/THOSE GUYS ‘Tonight’ (Reverse Remix/Original Colored Girls Mix)
REESE ‘Bassline’ / ‘Funky Funk Funk’
MK ‘Get It Right’ / ‘Feel The Fire’
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE Waveform EP: ‘Adrenalin’ / ‘Quadrosonic’ / ‘Back Road To Nirvana’
TRANSPHONIC Club Tools EP: ‘Every Day Of My Life’ / ‘Goddamn’ / ‘Incidental Meditation’ / ‘Bopa Loobop’
Z-FORMATION Intense EP: ‘Beyond The Bounds’ / ‘Deep Meditation’
STREETSIDE BOYZ ‘Do It To The Music’ / ‘Clap Your Hands’
INTELLECTUAL HARMONIOUS SANCTION ‘Influencia’ / ‘Drift & Dream’ / ‘Save The Whales’ / ‘Protagonistic Cry’
BLACK ORCHID ‘Techno Dreams’ (Dream Mix/Industrial Techno Mix) / ‘Baby Baby’
THE RHYTHM FACTOR ‘Phase 1’ / ‘Lose Control’
STATIC ‘The Native Dance’ / ‘Touch Me Baby’
ADDAMS AND GEE ‘Chung Kuo (Revisited)’ (102¼bpm) (Debut Records DEBTX 3108, via Pinnacle)
Without even so much as a matrix number to give any clues on its promoed white label, this, in fact, London DJs Nick Addams & Mike Gee created potentially smashbound if clichéd concoction runs — yawn, yawn (but it really works well!) — the funky drummer “rhythm” behind the hauntingly familiar melody from Vangelis’ ‘Chung Kuo‘ (you might not previously have known its name although you’ll recognise the tune immediately), flipped by the ’70s snippets-plundering tranquil tinkly trotting ‘Bless The Funk‘ (115bpm).
WAY TO GO ‘Fever’ (99½bpm) (US Tommy Boy TB 958)
Although out first in the States, this surging UK soul loper is a Chris Paul produced creation by nervily anguished South Harrow singer Robbie Chandler, in walking bass thumped and hi-hat chattered Radio Edit and Extended Version, or Justin Strauss’ tubular bells and piano punctuated cleaner more jittery but also more calmly rolling Remix, Remix Edit, and Version. From the way it’s printed, you are likely to think that the title is ‘Way To Go’ by Fever, right up until you hear the actual lyric!
RAPPIN’ IS FUNDAMENTAL ‘Rapping Is Fundamental’ (A&M/PM AMY 751)
Driven by a terrifically frisky sparse bluesy funk groove with good humoured backing harmonies reminiscent of ’60s soul if not ’50s doo-wop, and indeed called by them ‘doo-hop’, New York rappers Anthony (AB Money$) Mosley, Osten (Easy Mo Bee) Harvey and Darren (JR) Strand’s daisy age chugger is here in DJ Streets Ahead’s Brighton Daze and Ubiquity 12″ Remixes (109bpm), flipped more authentically by Easy Mo Bee’s Extended Remix and Radio Mix (108¾bpm) — such good fun it should be a smash, if there’s any justice. Continue reading “March 30, 1991: Addams And Gee, Way To Go, Rappin’ Is Fundamental, Alexander O’Neal, Ceybil”