June 28, 1986: The S.O.S. Band, Young & Co, Melba Moore, Wally Jump Junior, Innerlife

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STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY also has a totally different treatment due of ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’, the Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders version of which exploded in our chart last week, not by being the biggest selling newie but because most jocks charting it already had it at number one! . . . Chicago’s “house” and “jack” styles (ie: “garage” by its local name) may be the most exciting new development in dance music but typically it’s being resisted in Central London’s blacker clubs — however, the faster tempos are taking off elsewhere, and it seems north of Watford Gap many jocks are already taking things to extremes (as they usually do with any easily definable style, miaou, miaou!) . . . Dancin’ Danny D has remixed Loose Ends’ ‘Gonna Make You Mine’ B-side, and Ian Levine is remixing Bucks Fizz (well he would, wouldn’t he?) . . . Style Council’s next single will feature the Showmen’s chairman of the board General Johnson as lead vocalist, reviving last year’s General Crooks & Willie Clayton ‘Love Pains’ . . . Sixties veteran Steve Mancha’s comeback single for EMI is shaping up as a joyful goodie, sorta Dr Buzzard meets the Temptations on the Grapevine! . . . Paradise leader, gospel singing Paul Johnson, is recording secular soul for CBS produced by his chum Junior . . . Luther Vandross’ next B-side will include his track from ‘The Goonies’ soundtrack, ‘She’s So Good To Me‘ . . . The O’Jays’ old ‘My Favourite Person‘ is becoming another boom tune around London . . . CBS’s one-time disco plugger, now in A&R, Steve Ripley, is moving to New York as International Product Manager, off hats! . . . Sergio Munzibai has indeed resigned his Motown post (so is that an end to those M&M remixes on the label?) . . . Regina ‘Baby Love‘ belatedly topped US Club Play (it’ll be reissued here next month) and Billy Ocean ‘Sad Songs‘ Black 45s in Billboard . . . Sinitta ‘So Macho’ evidently sold more copies in one Sheffield shop than anything ever, including ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ . . . Fnday (27) Chad Jackson cuts up Lowestoft Ziggies, Saturday (28) Robbie Vincent souls Bristol Sanborn’s, Monday (30) Kev Hill kicks off his “wicked” weekly Guvnor’s Clinic at Basildon Sweeney’s with guests Pete Tong & Bob Jones . . . BBC Radio Merseyside soul jock Kenni James hosts a funky river cruise next Thursday (3), tickets from Hot Waxx and Chevertons record shops . . . Gary Hickson (Blackburn Kaleidoscope), already doing a club chart rundown Fridays on BBC Radio Lancashire, is about to sit in for holidaying afternoon man Simon Johnson . . . Johnny Wakelin supported Muhammad Ali on ‘Black Superman’ and ‘In Zaire’ now he’s turned — in similarly rabble rousing 0-108¼bpm basic chant style — to ‘Bruno‘ (Chrysalis KOX 1), featuring “you know what I mean, ‘Arry?” loud and clear, unlike last weeks inferior although officially sanctioned rival . . . SORRY, WRONG BEAT!


JULIE ROBERTS, now she’s a TV presenter, has gone all posh and added a “t” to make her Juliet for the revived ‘More Than One Night (Love Mix)‘ (Bluebird/10 BRT 22). Remixed by Herbie Mastermind and herself, the original old B-side had a reggae-ish following in London’s blacker clubs but now, with a “shabba dabba doo” or two and some muted horn, it’s become a possibly too loosely strung rambling 0-81¾bpm jiggly slow weaver (instrumental flip).


STREETWAVE RECORDS continue to raid the ‘CBS Club Classics 2’ LP for their DJ Limited Edition 12-inch series, the latest teaming back to back DEXTER WANSEL ‘Life On Mars‘/WILLIE BOBO ‘Always There‘ (Streetwave SWAVE 9).


HOT VINYL

THE S.O.S. BAND: ‘Borrowed Love (Remix)’ (Tabu TA 7241)
Jam & Lewis replough that fertile Yarbrough & Peoples pioneered ‘Change Of Heart’ furrow for this acappella finished 100¼bpm purposeful roller, flipped by the group’s own self-produced but still typical (0-)87½bpm ‘Do You Still Want To?‘ Uh-huh.

YOUNG & CO.: ‘Such A Feeling’ (US The Sound of London SOL-986-12)
With an infectious burbling bassline and hints of Aurra’s oldie of the same name, this joyful gospelish 119½bpm bounder comes in three mixes, the dubbier Club (B) being pure garage. Er, I thought TSOL was one of Morgan Khan’s labels?

MELBA MOORE: ‘Love The One I’m With’ (US Capitol V-15236)
Bouncily duetted with producer Kashif, this perkily lurching 115½bpm skipper is typically staccato over spiky beats and sets up a happy feeling despite the cold mechanics of its backing. Certainly for soul modernists, it could have wider appeal, too. Continue reading “June 28, 1986: The S.O.S. Band, Young & Co, Melba Moore, Wally Jump Junior, Innerlife”

June 21, 1986: Sleeque, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders, Janice, Dinosaur L, The Latin Rascals

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THIS COULD be a long hot sweaty summer if the faster ‘garage’ grooves like Dinosaur L succeed in forcing black dance tempos back up to the 130bpm region . . . StreetSounds have finally launched their Picture Box dance music video series, 12 clip compilations at about £12.50, released bi-monthly in alternation with a Hip Hop video series too, the same label has also started their new Artists Showcase LP series with a good retrospective of The Jones Girls (MUSIC 4), while jazz jock Gilles Peterson has compiled not only ‘Jazz Juice 2‘ (StreetSounds SOUND 4), including Dianne Schuur ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing‘, but also the even more specialist ‘Blue Bossa‘ (Blue Note BNSLP 1, via EMI) . . . The Temptations ‘My Girl’ heads a four-track oldies 12-incher to celebrate their 25th anniversary (Motown ZT 40744) . . . I had no time to mention Loose Ends’ flip, the emphatically wriggling 105¾bpm ‘Gonna Make You Mine‘, now proving hotter for many . . . Froggy & Simon Harris have remixed William Bell ‘Passion’ (and are choked they didn’t get to do the second even bigger Real Thing hit remix!) . . . Theo Loyla’s DJ mailing list Superjocks Hit Squad has amicably divorced itself from the Disco Mix Club so as not to compromise the latter’s impartial dealings with other, rival record promotion companies (Theo, by the way, Level 42 are an excellent pop-rock band, but hardly funk nowadays) . . . US firm Finial Technology later this year launch a $2,500 record playing turntable using a laser beam instead of a stylus (similar to, but incompatible with, the CD system), an instant start/cue professional model for disco and radio use following in 1987 . . . Janet Jackson ‘Nasty’ topped US Black 45s, but Patti LaBelle finally replaced her as top Black LP, while The SOS Band ‘The Finest’ topped 12-inch Sales and Dhar Braxton Club Play, in Billboard . . . US “urban” radio stations appear to be getting much blacker in an effort to show there’s more to R&B than dance music . . . Motown have closed their New York A&R office, presumably putting Sergio Munzibai out of a job (amazingly, the actual office was right above one I used to work in years ago!) . . . Asian immigrants were amongst the earliest audience for electro here, but in the States they’ve been identified (by Dance Music Report’s Hi-NRG correspondent Casey Jones) as chief buyers of Eurobeat, which they call “New Wave”! . . . Fresh Fest III 1986 Mardi Gras Tour, the hip hop package currently touring the US, includes such as Kurtis Blow, Full Force, UTFO, Joeski Love, Whistle, Fat Boys, LA Dream Team, Shabba-Doo, Boogaloo Shrimp and the Jets . . . Aerosmith it is, or rather members Steve Tyler and Joe Perry, who contribute the AoR element to Run-DMC’s ‘Walk This Way‘ . . . July 19 could be chaos at Wembley, what with the UK Fresh ’86 rap fest at the Arena and Frank Bruno fighting in the Stadium — Frank’s “You know what I mean?” comments incidentally turn out to be inserted (very badly) into The Contenders’ dreadful Hi-NRG 130bpm ‘Where’s Harry?‘ (Columbia 12DB 9136) . . . Dave Gregory, in addition to the Essex Radio Soul Night Specials, is setting up his own touring show around the South East with regular gigs at such as West Malling Greenways, Braintree Essex Barn, Basildon Festival Hall, featuring guest jocks and PAs: artists interested in the latter, contact TAC Promotions on 0702-347237 . . . Friday (20) Rapattack join ‘underground’ groover Rob Day and upstairs soulster Bob Jones at their weekly New Cross Harp Club Big TV night . . . Disco Gary & Steve Goddard’s Friday Funk-Shun at Maidstone Harveys skips July 4 but is otherwise regular now . . . Mad Max & Perry Daniels start funking Catford Panthers this Saturday (21) with guest Greg Edwards . . . Monday (23) Neil Fincham celebrates Edinburgh Styx’s first birthday with a 12 hour 9pm-9am (licensed) formal black tie party for all the club’s regulars . . . Andy Baker is cock-a-hoop that his venue at Rhyl’s The Downtown is the first on the North Wales coast to get a 2am licence (he also got married!) . . . Swansea soul supporter James Lewis adds commercial Mondays at Harry’s Dance Bar, and Wednesdays at Cwmbran’s Ripples (the only club in town) . . . I’m afraid the weather’s too warm for Hit Numbers . . . SORRY, WRONG BEAT!


CHRIS PAUL’s ‘Expansions ’86 (Expand Your Mind)’ has been much expanded by the Brothers Fearon in a more percussive 0-113¾-113½-113¾-0bpm remix, which is not necessarily an improvement. Shrink-wrapped as a white label with the original 12-inch over this last weekend, it’s now out in its own right with the original tracks as flip (Fourth & Broadway 12BRWX 48). Incidentally, is this the first pic to be published of Chris? I had to take it myself!


HOT VINYL

SLEEQUE: ‘One For The Money’ (Malaco Dance Records MAL 12-33)
The Jon Williams-renamed and designed label kicks off with my current fave, an infectiously skittering breezy (0-)114-0bpm spacious wriggler with lovely piano and a catchy lilt (in three Paul Simpson mixes). Go man go!

FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK & JESSIE SAUNDERS: ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ (US House Records FU-10)
More “jack trax” from another of Chicago’s “house” masters, this dynamically spurting express train tempoed 122bpm “garage” groove (in three mixes) is so terrifically exciting it deserves to spread this new true disco style’s following to more than just the trendier clubs. Oddly, the really raving ‘Dub Can’t Turn Around’ is much more vocal than the labelled Club Mix. Try it!

JANICE: ‘Bye-Bye’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 49)
Nu Shooz look out, here comes the next emulator hook-filled maddeningly catchy gimmick hit. Surprisingly only supported on import by the UK’s leading soul jocks, this is greasy kids stuff personified, a silly 113½bpm electro leaper with crazy breaks and Kate Bush-type vocal bursts (here edited in four versions). Continue reading “June 21, 1986: Sleeque, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders, Janice, Dinosaur L, The Latin Rascals”

June 14, 1986: “House” is actually Chicago-speak for “garage”

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PHIL FEARON obviously heeds my hints, as he’s reviving Tony Etoria’s ‘I Can Prove It’ (he’s also expanding ‘Expansions 86’ for Chris Paul)! . . . Chris Paul himself is after personality DJs for South Harrow Bogarts and a new Ealing nightclub: send CV and tape to him at Bogarts, Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow, Middlesex HA2 9AD . . . Stock-Aitken-Waterman will be making their debut as artists with guest vocalists, who could well include the likes of Astrud Gilberto and Georgie Fame, on a segued medley of Richie Cole’s ‘New York Afternoon‘ and their own new ‘Everlasting Love‘ bossa nova . . . Randy ‘Funky Chicken’ Muller rang me to say he only missed a bomb in Germany by three days last year but regardless he and Skyy leader Solomon Roberts Jr will visit the UK some time this year, if only to keep up to date with the fashions: Randy’s currently producing a group of New York rappers called Rappers Convention, and for EMI release soon an outfit called Nyteshift . . . Chad Jackson arrived at the Nimes festival in the Roman amphitheatre to find it was a competition for personality DJs rather than mixers, yet he still came second! . . . Disco Mix Club launch in the States in July, following the May introduction of now a third LP in their monthly subscription DJ-only service, this one devoted to International Mixes — this month Les Adams has excelled himself with a ‘Laugh It Off‘ mix that medleys George Formby, Charles Penrose, Lonnie Donegan and more to the ‘Set It Off’ beat, a party classic for years to come (subscription details on 06286 67276) . . . London now have UK rights to Run-DMC, who’ve already sold out New York’s massive Madison Square Gardens for two nights the weekend immediately after the New Music Seminar (coinciding with London’s own UK Fresh ’86 rap fest) . . . New York hip hoppers turned out in force to mourn, at the Bronx’s Devil’s Nest, the recent closure of the legendary home of rap Disco Fever, tribute payers including Run-DMC, Fat Boys, Whodini, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash, Doug E Fresh, Force MD’s, Lisa Lisa, Jellybean Benitez, Bernard Wright and more — the real Fresh ’86? . . . Archie Bell & The Drell’s big boom oldie, now the other one’s out here, is rapidly becoming ‘Hard Not To Like You‘ . . . Matt Bianco is now twin-packed with a bonus c.116½-120½bpm ‘Matt’s Megamix‘ of their samba-style hits . . . Ian Foster ‘Tell Me It’s True’ is already also in a 97¾bpm New York Remix (MCA MCAX 1025) to split its sparse sales, and even a Les Adams 0-109-115¾-0bpm Total Contrast Megamix has had little effect on ‘What You Gonna Do About It’ (London LONXR 95) . . . Haywoode ‘Roses’ is also in a DJs-only promo remix by Michael Barbiero, but forgive me if I don’t BPM it, there are other things to do — um, like would you believe four weeks worth of Hit Numbers for next week?! . . . Steve Walsh, now driving a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1 number S(teven) M(aurice) W(alsh) 100, guests on ‘Solid Soul’ this Friday (13), and later that evening with Danny Smith at Gt Yarmouth Marina Centre for “the hottest in black music including heavy funk, improvised jazz and real emotional soul” — doesn’t sound like the Walsh gigs we know! . . . Saturday (14) Essex Radio’s Disco John Leech, Bob Jones and Gilles Peterson head Sudbury Gainsborough Club’s 4pm alldayer . . . Nu Shooz and the Crown Heights Affair remix synch together “forever”, tips Graham Gold, who’s returned on Saturdays to Mayfair Gullivers (which doesn’t close until late August) . . . Pete Waterman points out the amazing similarity of Maze ‘Twilight’ to Colonel Abrams ‘I’m Not Gonna Let’ — so maybe Frankie Beverly is really The Godfather Of House and guvnor of the garage groove? . . . Antionette’s backing appears to be by B.T. Express, in spirit if not in fact . . . Princess’s original version of her Hi-NRG LP track ‘In The Heat Of A Passionate Moment’, yet to be released, is really Hi-NRG! . . . Julian Jonah’s ludicrously Paul Hardcastle-like single was actually mixed by him, so no wonder . . . Frank Bruno is cutting a single, naturally enough called ‘Know What I Mean’! . . . RELEASE THE TENSION!


HOT VINYL

WILLIE COLON: ‘Set Fire To Me’ (A&M AMY 330)
The salsa star is already creating mayhem on floors here with his somewhat Santana-ish 116½bpm Latin Jazzbo sizzler and its even beefier scatting Inferno Dub flip, practically the new ‘Jingo’ except not quite as dynamic. But what a beat!

UTFO: ‘We Work Hard’ (US Select Records FMS 62272)
On an excellent value double-sider, this Full Force-produced furious jittery 0-100¾-100¼-0bpm go go hip hop rapper in ‘Alice’ style with human beat box and many bright hooks is flipped by the equally hot — or hotter — nursery rhyme singalong ‘n’ rap 0-105¼-0bpm ‘Kangol & Doc‘, both scratched by Hitman Howie Tee. The freshest jams in town.

THE REAL ROXANNE with HITMAN HOWIE TEE: ‘(Bang Zoom) Let’s Go-Go’ (Cooltempo COOLX 125)
Full Force are behind this other hot double-sider too, backing the bragging 0-99-0bpm rap ‘n’ scratch with a fascinating sequence including real soul singing, Fred Astaire big band licks and a ‘Bugs Bunny’ Elmer Fudd finale! The stark 101¾bpm ‘Howie’s Teed Off‘ cuts in Brick’s ‘Dazz’ amongst others, on a strong flip. Continue reading “June 14, 1986: “House” is actually Chicago-speak for “garage””

June 7, 1986: Skyy, Archie Bell & The Drells, Pieces Of A Dream, Jimmy McGriff, Colors

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PHYLLIS HYMAN’s continued unavailability (some say it’s chickenpox) has forced complete cancellation of July 26/27’s New York Jazz Explosion — but worry not, as surely an even bigger attraction has been booked into the Hammersmith Odeon on those same dates as solo replacement, Anita Baker! (original tickets will be refunded or exchanged at point of purchase) . . . Important Records are reissuing Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’, which seems logical, flipped by ‘Is This The Future?’, which seems good value . . . Willie Hutch ‘Easy Does It‘, an old Whitfield-released B-side, is the latest Northern Soul — sorry, London oldie to be touted as a biggie that all the DJs must have . . . Bluebird/10’s commercial copies of the Matthew David ‘Don’t Let Love Get You Down‘ cover version crazily don’t have its usefully promoed instrumental version as flip, negating any advantage left in the face of Archie Bell’s original: already the label has plans to rectify this . . . CBS have reissued on 12 inch The O’Jays ‘Love Train’/’I Love Music’/’Backstabbers’ (Portrait TA 7235) and The Isley Brothers ‘Harvest For The World’/’Summer Breeze’/’That Lady’ (Epic TA 7234), all easily available in other forms, like on Streetwave/StreetSounds, and in fact the outlet now starts its systematic plundering of the ‘CBS Club Classics’ LPs by coupling Wilbert Longmire ‘Black Is The Color’, MFSB ‘Mysteries Of The World’ (Streetwave Limited Edition SWAVE 8) . . . Motown have released as a mid-price double album the Kudu-recorded 1977 Grover Washington Jr ‘Live At The Bijou’ (WL72267(2)), containing ‘Sausalito‘, ‘Summer Song‘, ‘Mr Magic‘ . . . WEA have already rushed UK release of the Bob James/David Sanborn ‘Double Vision’ LP (Warner Bros 925 393-1) . . . Hanson & Davis’ review last week should have mentioned the label (US Fresh Records FRE-5EP) . . . Champion are rushing out Spyder-D’s Nu Shooz rap . . . Thomas + Taylor have a re-edit due with added harmonica . . . Haywoode ‘Roses’ (CBS TA 7224) has been reissued as a rockier, more choppily thunderthumbed aggressive 114¾bpm Bert Bevans remix (promoed to DJs as a 10 inch) . . . Lisson Records (catalogue number prefix DOLEQ) was named by Tilly Rutherford and his partner Pete Waterman after the dole office where he and other redundant PRT employees had to sign on, in London’s Lisson Grove — where there’s also the fashionable Seashell fish ‘n’ chips shop, in which naturally enough the label’s launch lunch was held this Tuesday! . . . Sandra Edwards is first artiste on the Pinnacle distributed new label Soul Town 45, a DJ mailing list being complied by Nik Miles on 01-802 7605 . . . Max LX and Dave VJ of Hardrock Soul Movement are after a rapping lady DJ to join them — send photo and tape, if possible, to (Roger’s sister) Nikki Tovell at Elite Records, 41 Eton Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex HA0 3AZ . . . I can’t tell at this stage how useful it might be here, but the Key West, Florida based monthly $20 subscription Harmonic Keys dance music programming service lists all the disco records applicable to its US market not only by beats per minute but also by musical key, breaking down all changes in tempo and modulation — full details from Stuart Soroka on 010-1-305-294-4491 . . . Alan Coulthard, nearing completion of his law studies, has resigned from Disco Mix Club and severed management connections with its co-founder Tony Prince due to “personal differences” — a shame . . . London’s much loved legendary club DJ from the Sixties (amongst other claims to fame he taught Lulu how to dance), Al Needles sadly died of a heart attack two weekends ago . . . Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Walkers club was robbed of the bank holiday takings in a shotgun raid, no joke . . . Dardanella Braxton is Dhar’s real name, before the spelling got gimmicky . . . South Eastern Discotheque Association’s annual disco equipment exhibition SEDA 86 is this Sunday (8) afternoon at Gravesend’s Woodville Halls, opened by the Cool Notes . . . Graeme Park spins upfront dance hits Tues/Fri/Sat at Nottingham’s trendily named The Garage — yup, he plays “garage”, too! — as well as Wed at Leicester’s Fan club and this Thursday (5) at Derby’s Glint club in the Blue Note . . . Colin Curtis guests at Manchester Cloud Nine’s modern soul night this Friday (6), and Chris Hill souls Bristol Sanborn’s Sunday (8) . . . Peterborough’s Hereward Radio rather unexpectedly was the clearest station on MW when I spent a sybaritic night near Bala in North Wales at the Pale Hall hotel! . . . Timmy Regisford, following his Colonel Abrams remix, has “done a Sergio Munzibai” and become MCA Records’ New York A&R man . . . Steven Winwood’s next single will be a duet with Chaka Khan . . . Hit Numbers will return next issue, following Bank Holiday disruptions, with a bumper edition three weeks worth of beats per minute for all you pop pickers . . . Disco chart-returning DJs, if you aren’t mailing us your chart on Monday (to arrive by Wednesday), please do so if at all possible — we are of course grateful whenever it’s received, but somehow always just the same few DJs manage to send theirs late, making much more work . . . RELEASE THE TENSION!


HOT VINYL

SKYY: ‘From The Left Side’ LP (US Capitol ST-12448)
Still sounding something like Michael Jackson backed by Brass Construction, the Randy Muller and Solomon Roberts Jr-produced group give out from the left side, the heart, their usual good grooves on the (0-)117bpm ‘Non-Stop’, 115½bpm ‘Love Attack‘, 114½bpm ‘Jealousitis‘, 101½bpm ‘Love Illogical‘, 113¾-0bpm ‘Big Fun‘, 112½bpm ‘Rock It‘, and of course 113bpm ‘Givin’ It (To You)‘, slowing down soulfully for the 0-51½/25¾bpm ‘Song Song’, 38bpm ‘Tell Her You Care’. If they did they’d come here and tour as planned.

ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS: ‘Don’t Let Love Get You Down’ (Portrait TA 7254)
In the vanguard of London’s current Northern Soul-like Seventies “rare soul” revival since first boosted last year, this much sought gently yet grittily weaving singalong 92¼-94¼bpm sleazy swayer is finally out on 12 inch for all to buy, flipped by the much more dated though possibly Tavares-compatible 127½-126½-125½-126½-125-127bpm ‘Soul City Walk‘ and (0-)117-119-117-116½-116bpm ‘Where Will You Go When The Party’s Over?‘.

PIECES OF A DREAM: ‘Say La La’ (US Manhattan V-56022)
Designed for partying under starry skies all night long (all night), the young jazzers’ languid 99bpm vocal jogger combines gently go go-ish beats, a summery lilt, simple “la la la” chorus and distinctive solos (in three mixes) Hot hot hot! Continue reading “June 7, 1986: Skyy, Archie Bell & The Drells, Pieces Of A Dream, Jimmy McGriff, Colors”

May 31, 1986: Beau Williams, Adonis, Skyy, Pauli Carman, Hanson & Davis

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

TIM RUDLING is holding the fort at Fourth & Broadway following the sudden shock redundancy (amongst other staff at Island Records) of Adrian Sykes, who nevertheless is already doing independent promotion at 19 Management (01-789 7981) for Paul Hardcastle and more . . . Chris Paul, following my review, is indeed extending ‘Expansions 86’! . . . B Boys don’t despair, although scandalously unscheduled for general release the hip hop movie ‘Krush Groove’ will be shown in London at Kings Cross’s Scala Cinema for four days in July (11-14) . . . Carl Kingston hosts Leeds Radio Aire’s new Saturday 6-8pm ‘Soul Connection’ show, featuring a transatlantic chart link with Doug Gilmore of Los Angeles’ KJLH . . . Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald topped US Black 45s and 12in sales — it seems appropriate, considering fear of terrorism caused Patti to cancel a UK visit, that she seems destined to be kept from number one here by ‘The Chicken Song’! — while E.G. Daily ‘Say It, Say It‘ and then Anthony And The Camp have topped Club Play in Billboard . . . Randy Muller, a Yank who should know Britain better by now, has also chickened out of letting both Brass Construction and, more seriously, Skyy come over here this summer due to his fear of terrorism — odd, when (sarcasm, sarcasm) surely they’re more likely to be mugged on the streets of New York? . . . Zapp (including of course Roger Troutman) brave the bombs to make their UK debut at Hammersmith Odeon June 27/28 — hang out the flags! . . . Charing Cross Heaven in three Saturdays time (21) holds “Europe’s biggest Eurobeat party ever” with 20 surprise star PAs . . . Blue Moderne’s lead singer turns out to be Audrey Wheeler . . . Cooltempo have already snapped up The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee, and Malaco grabbed Sleeque . . . Archie Bell & The Drells should be out here as you read this . . . Elvis Presley’s ‘Bossa Nova Baby‘ is, perhaps unexpectedly, being revived by some of the “jazzier” jocks, but maybe they should try to find the Leiber & Stoller-produced original by Tippie & The Clovers (on Stateside) instead? . . . Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre appears to have cornered cut-out stock of 1978’s Leroy Hutson LP containing the evidently much sought ‘Get To This (You’ll Get To Me)‘ . . . Sheila E, to judge from the sleeve of an ancient Pete & Sheila Escovedo LP, has had to have had her nose fined down at some stage! . . . Slick Rick of the Get Fresh Crew has signed as a solo rapper to Rush Productions . . . DJ Cheese will be mixing a mini LP by Fats Comet . . . Thursday (29) Steve Walsh joins Simon Goffe at London Leicester Square’s Secret Rendezvous (in The Store) . . . Friday (30) Chris Hill souls Dartford Flicks, followed by Pete Tong next week, while Disco Gary & Steve Goddard start two funky Fridays at Maidstone Harveys . . . Jonathon More’s planned Meltdown night at Mayfair’s Legends was stymied by the last minute closure of that club, but as a stop-gap he, Rob Milton and Jay Strongman present The Bunker this Saturday (31) at that 1-7 Boundary Row warehouse off London’s Blackfriars Bridge Road . . . Wednesday (4) Andrew Holmes starts hosting Rusholme International Club’s weekly Manchester Soul Nite Out, with amongst the first PAs Projection, Hardrock Soul Movement, and Astra & Tony . . . Danny Smith & Richard Routledge spin new jazz and old soul at Gt Yarmouth’s free admission Two Necked Swan in King Street every Tuesday . . . Fridays find soul pirates John Osborne & Cockney Martin at Catford One-O Club . . . Essex Radio’s soul chart presenter Tony Monson is at Badgers Mount Shades (near Sevenoaks) Thursdays, Clacton-on-Sea Oscars Sundays . . . Joe Field souls Hemel Hempstead Heath Park Sundays, with guest DJs . . . DJ Grand Groove and “Special Guests” (like it!) are after Manchester area gigs on 061-773 1805 (Nick) . . . Mike Shaw (Bristol Sanborn’s) is desperate for a copy of Cloud One ‘Flying High‘ on 0272-500055, and Pete Haigh (Blackpool Zanatas Tues/Thurs) similarly seeks Silk ‘I Can’t Stop (Turning You On)‘ (1979 US Phil Int seven inch or LP) on 0253 824156 . . . Lovebug Starski so far appears, hopefully not fatally, not to be breaking outside London yet . . . Louie Oxley ‘Go-Go Gadget‘ might have done better without its offputting applause intro . . . George Clinton’s terrific ‘Shake’ video was sadly too late to boost his surprisingly brief chart appearance . . . Colin Hudd (using two copies for phasing and echoing) says Wally Badarou synchs superbly out of Thomas & Taylor, while Pete Tong points out the Janice ‘Bye-Bye’ acappella has some great “bitchy” bits for dropping in a mix! . . . I do hope the Seventies disco revival doesn’t get too good a grip, as that era’s wandering non-electro rhythms are a pain to BPM! . . . RELEASE THE TENSION!


CUT MASTER D.C., from Flatbush in Brooklyn, actually uses three turntables and scratches with his elbows, nose, feet and a basketball, as well as behind his back! He also creates a true marriage of go go with hip hop on his partying audience accompanied rap ‘Brooklyn’s In The House’ (be*bop & Fresh 12 DANCE 3, via Pinnacle), now out here with its only slightly altered 101¾-0bpm remix plus 102¾-0bpm original and instrumental all on the one 12 inch. Say “yo”!


HOT VINYL

BEAU WILLIAMS: ‘Give Me Up’ (US Capitol V-15228)
Soulfully enunciating and worrying his words, Beau truly wails in toe-curling traditional style his tale of self-sacrifice (you can’t really believe that he’s got someone else who wants him “ten times as much”) to a breezily skittering 119¾bpm which like the vocal seems proud to be black and unfashionable . . . but it’s selling (inst flip). Marvellous!

ADONIS: ‘No Way Back’ (US Trax TX 112)
Sounding like the old ‘Space Bass’ beat, this bounding cool rattle ‘n’ bass rhythm driven 125¼bpm garage groove has some incidental husky muttering or an instrumental flip, and is taking off fast enough to reach outer space! Continue reading “May 31, 1986: Beau Williams, Adonis, Skyy, Pauli Carman, Hanson & Davis”

May 24, 1986: Candi Staton, Sleeque, Blue Moderne, Willie Colon, Yang

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

DIANA ROSS, now living in London on Chelsea Embankment, turned up to lend moral support to her sometime Supremes partner Cindy Birdsong at the Hippodrome’s gay night recently, where she came face to startled face with her notorious lookalike — and, my dear, if looks could kill! . . . Champion definitely have UK rights to Harleqiun Four’s ‘Set It Off’ and, while the A-side will remain unaltered, Herbie Mastermind is remixing the original master tape for what may well turn out to be a special edition twinpack of different mixes (including an instrumental) . . . Jeff Young’s plays of it on Radio London have created fantastic interest in 1982’s previously rare and always underground proto-“garage” groove, Dinosaur L ‘Go Bang! #5‘ (US Sleeping Bag), a fascinating fast 0-130½-130-129½-129-128½-126½-129-0bpm avant garde ramble with some of the hi-hat schlurp now known as “the ‘Set It Off’ beat” — and it’ll soon be out here on Tim Palmer’s burgeoning CityBeat label! . . . Eighties Ladies ‘Turned On To You‘, originally on US Uno Melodic and currently much revived in London’s sweatier dives, has turned up here credited to just “Ladies” on “United Records” (but only under certain counters) . . . Cashflow’s US 12 inch is much better value than their separate UK singles, all four of the ‘Mine All Mine’ mixes plus ‘Spending Money’ being on the one piece of vinyl (US Atlanta Artists 884 722-1) . . . be*bop & Fresh are rushing next week Cut Master DC ‘Brooklyn’s In The House’ (remix and original back-to-back) . . . Lovebug Starski’s UK sleeve suggests that those really are the voices of Captain Kirk, Scotty, Spock and even Bela Lugosi on ‘Amityville’, not impersonations — although they are in fact the latter, by one Ron Darian . . . Ian Levine has been commissioned to create a Chic-like group called Moonstone for Warner Bros, in a mega-bucks seven album international deal . . . EMI may be going through some staff changes, which hopefully won’t affect the disco side, following the departure of managing director Peter Jamieson . . . I can’t tell yet, but which two Ian’s and a Welsh rarebit will be starting their own label come September? . . . Damon Rochefort and Ralph Tee have, as anticipated, started their own West End PR/management company, Style Inc, already plugging such hits as Oliver Cheatham, Cool Notes and more . . . Jon Williams has landed on his feet too, doing A&R for Malaco Records here, so that’s The Street Scene’s founding trio taken care of . . . StreetSounds are about to have a rival, Serious Records, who release their first double LP ‘Upfront 1‘ next week (at single LP price) containing current hits by Princess, Joyce Sims (remix), George Clinton, William Bell, Cool Notes, Willie Collins (title track), TC Curtis, Crown Heights Affair (original), Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Total Contrast, Spyder-D, Ice-T, MC Boob, Cut Master DC, plus two megamixes of all these — impressive, huh? . . . UK Fresh ’86 as rather suspected may not feature exactly the same artist line-up as first announced, and will be staged as two separate (afternoon and evening) shows with no artist duplication — so that’s two tickets you’ll need . . . Steve Walsh had his second Soul Set at The Hippodrome last Wednesday, in a radio studio stage set that if it wasn’t sponsored by a double-glazing company was a missed commercial opportunity — Steve is undeniably a commanding presence, but at a venue like that he should realise that there is more to DJ-ing than merely looking large and shouting . . . Home Office prevarication has, as anticipated, encouraged several soul pirates to return to London’s FM airwaves during weekdays, among those heard recently being LWR 92.1, TKO 102.4, TRAX 103.35, and ever present JBC 104.7 . . . Steve Collins in his 4-6am show on Capital Radio only plays some soul plus bland pop instead of the independent label soul gems that used to make him such essential listening — aren’t they still non-needletime? . . . Disco Mix Club’s trip to the New Music Seminar in New York is getting so big they’re having to fly British Caledonian (with first class perks) rather than Virgin as before . . . Jellybean, with an album due on his new label Chrysalis (and Adele Bertei singing its first single), is making selected US club appearances — so how about a trip behind the turntables here too? . . . ‘Chess’, the musical, had its preview party at the still not quite finished Limelight (built, as in New York, inside a church) . . . Morecambe Pier has sunk by three feet into the sand following the jumping up and down at a Mod alldayer, and is closed to music events until repaired! (Morecambe’s northern soul allniters continue the last Friday every month temporarily at the Charlton Club on the prom-prom-prom tiddly-om-pom-pom) . . . Friday (23) Northampton’s Whirlwind with MCs Jay Rock & Wild Ski join UD4 at Bristol’s Sunset Rendezvous (behind the Inkerman pub) . . . Sunday (25) Eccles Silver Screen’s 2pm purist soul alldayer has a strong Scottish element with Richard Searling, Kev Edwards, Billy Wildman, Keni James, Ray Rose, Billy Davidson, Bob Jeffries, Tom Jackson . . . Bank Holiday Monday alldayers include Martin Collins, Bob Jones, Danny Smith and more at Linton (Cambridge) Chilford Hall from 3pm, Steve Allen and more at Hunstanton’s Club Alexia from 4pm, Steve Walsh, CJ Carlos and a cast of thousands at Hammersmith Palais from 4pm, Chris Brown, Big H, Sean French, Johnnie Walker, Sandy Martin and more at Padworth (Reading) The Out Of Town Club’s barbeque from 4pm . . . Chris Forbes, Tim Westwood & Jasper solidly soul London Leicester Square’s Maximus every Wednesday . . . Les Adams-trained attractive Aniela, until recently at Soho’s Le Beat Route, mixes everything slickly at Harlow’s Whispers Fridays now . . . BILLYboy’s artist is Gerry Trew, not Tew . . . RELEASE THE TENSION!


THE COOL NOTES’ new single may not be too alluring, but you can’t say that about the new image of Heather and Lorraine! Now all they and the guys need is some slickly synchronised puppet-like choreography and they could teach that Pearson mob a thing or two!


NEW YORK’S singing postman has had his excellent debut LP overstickered on import for UK release. WILLIE COLLINS ‘Where You Gonna Be Tonight?’ (Capital EST 2012), Recently reviewed in full, its hottest cuts on a generally ladies-aimed lurve set are the smoothly wriggling 0-113½bpm title track and romantic candlelit 45½-0bpm ‘First Time Making Love‘. Make that special delivery, my man!


HOT VINYL

CANDI STATON: ‘Young Hearts Run Free (Extended M&M Mix Eighty-Six)’ (Warner Bros W8680T)
John Morales’ much stretched and restructured (0-)115¼-116-115½-116½-117-117½-118-117½-0bpm “Decade Remix” of her classic canterer (it hit the UK chart exactly 10 years ago this week!) now funnily sounds more correct than the nervier 115¼-116-116½-117½bpm short original, which is joined as flip by an Instrumental M&M Mix emphasising the modem overdub’s elements.

SLEEQUE: ‘One For The Money’ (US Easy Street EZS-7524)
As I said to Jerry at the shop after only a few bars, “No, take it off, I want to groove to this in the privacy of my own home!” A fabulous breezily bounding (0-)114¼-0bpm mixture of garage rhythm, bouncy acoustic piano and wailing lady with lots of space (in four Paul Simpson mixes) and infectious charm.

BLUE MODERNE: ‘Through The Night’ (US Roll Records SUN 440)
Ish Ledesma (of Foxy)-prod/penned with a hi-hat schlurping 106¾-0bpm ‘Set It Off’ beat (in five mixes), this girlie group wailed and souled sneakily satisfying multi-layered swayer looks like being large! Continue reading “May 24, 1986: Candi Staton, Sleeque, Blue Moderne, Willie Colon, Yang”

May 17, 1986: Lovebug Starski, Alexander O’Neal, Dhar Braxton, Nu Shooz, Grandmaster Flash

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MORGAN KHAN’s July 19 UK Fresh ’86 shows at Wembley Arena, as well as the Mike Allen Roadshow, would appear to include such as Mantronix, Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess, Roxanne Shante, Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, Afrika Bambaataa, Word Of Mouth featuring DJ Cheese, Hashim, Captain Rock and more (New York’s New Music Seminar being over by then) . . . Live Wire’s next October 10-12 soul weekender is likely to be switched from Bognor to the Butlins camp at Barry Island near Cardiff. The extra journey for Londoners actually won’t take much longer than that to the south coast as it’s all by motorway, and will be well worth it provided the neighbouring funfair remains open as that’s a good one! . . . Froggy seems to have permanently landed Capital Radio’s Sunday midnight — 4am early morning soul show, followed for two hours however by Steve Collins and then Al Matthews’ gospel slot — more sleepless nights! . . . Community Radio licence announcements are indeed being delayed, but the Home Office now promises they will be made, with some drastic changes to the original recommendations, within the next two months or so, or sometime (current Home Secretary Douglas Hurd was always interested in radio and has many ideas of his own to add) . . . Shep Pettibone and the Latin Rascals’ exciting 105(intro)-107½bpm US Remix, with juddery cuts and scratches, of ‘Something About You’ has been added by popular demand to Level 42’s UK 12 inch (Polydor POSPA 790), vocally every bit as soulful as Police . . . Joyce Sims’ ‘Mantronik Mega Mix‘ of ‘All And All’ (London LONXR 94) was worth the wait, with fresh new edits and added 109¾bpm percussion . . . Technics turntables have a serious new rival in the US, where PPD’s similarly styled vari-speed TT2400 deck includes such refinements as a tiny light built in above the stylus . . . Atlantic have scaled down their old ‘This Is Soul’ compilation to make a new 12 inch EP ‘6 of the 60’s’ (A9410T) containing the classic Arthur Conley ‘Sweet Soul Music’, Wilson Pickett ‘Land Of A 1000 Dances’, Solomon Burke ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’, Aretha Franklin ‘Respect’, Booker T & The MG’s ‘Green Onions’, King Curtis ‘Memphis Soul Stew’ — forget the Seventies disco revival, here (with Sam Cooke) comes the Sixties . . . MCA Records have reactivated the 0-124½bpm M&M Extraterrestrial Mix of Ready For The World ‘Oh Sheila’ (RFTWX 1) in a 12 inch twinpack to coincide with the group’s televised Montreux appearance . . . Chris Paul’s B-side, now finished copies are out, is his own 116¾bpm Paul Hardcastle-ish whoops, Jeff Lorber-ish instrumental ‘Broadway Boulevard‘ . . . Thursday (15) hunky Big H hosts Ascot Belvedere Arms’ beach party . . . Jeff Young joins Trevor Fung & Paul Oakenfold at Streatham Zigi’s weekly The Project this Friday (next week, Pete Tong), and also souls Deptford Champs on Sunday (18) . . . Mike Shaft & Colin Curtis pack Manchester’s Playpen Thursdays . . . Larry Foster’s Fridays at Gants Hill Villa are veering ever more into old R&B, Motown and soul . . . Trevor Hadley funks Saturdays at Deal’s free admission Lifeboat Inn on Walmer Strand, while Peckham Walmer Castle’s newly opened Snoop’s Disco is funked Thur/Fri/Sat by DJs Dave, Freddie M and Owen Washington . . . Oxford’s Steve Aspey does Boddles Wed-Sat but really gets into jazz ‘n’ soul Tuesdays at Parkers cocktail bar, for listening . . . ‘The Bean’ is back from abroad and attempting to funk Charnock Richard’s The Park . . . Hollywood’s Prime Cuts record store reckons that aerobics instructors account for half the Hi-NRG records sold there! . . . Samantha Fox’s bosom buddy Linda Lusardi is getting in on the singing act, recording for Polo Records . . . I just haven’t room to review all the current incredible deluge of black dance releases here, but my column in Music Week at least lists all that fit (although without BPMs) . . . RELEASE THE TENSION!


DESIREE HESLOP’s debut LP ‘Princess’ (Supreme Records SU1) as well as her current 119bpm ‘I’ll Keep On Loving You’, and abbreviated 101¼bpm ‘After The Love Has Gone’, 104bpm ‘Say I’m Your Number One’ hits, has the strong jauntily tumbling 109bpm ‘Tell Me Tomorrow‘, self-penned moody 112bpm ‘Just A Teaze‘, routine 114bpm ‘If It Makes You Feel Good‘, Hi-NRG-ish 118bpm ‘In The Heat Of A Passionate Moment‘, and US-aimed 122¼bpm ‘Anytime’s The Right Time‘, all typically tightly produced by the Stock-Aitken-Waterman team. ‘Tell Me Tomorrow’ (from the movie ‘Knights And Emeralds’) sounds like another smash!


HOT VINYL

LOVEBUG STARSKI : ‘Amityville (The House On The Hill)’ (Epic EPA TA 7182)
Stand by for another smash, the ‘Monster Mash’, updated in Kurtis Blow co-prod/penned jiggly 88bpm go go hip hop rap style with impersonations of the ‘Star Trek’ crew as well as the more usual Karloff/Lugosi voices (they’re especially on the dup flip). Already massive in London, this is the next Full Force/Whistle-like crossover.

ALEXANDER O’NEAL: ‘What’s Missing’ (Tabu TA 7191)
With a new O’Neal LP due soon, look what CBS have finally done after a year of campaigning by the soul media — they’ve pulled his (0-)111bpm US Remix of this exuberantly striding album smash off the recent 12 inch of ‘A Broken Heart Can Mend’ (no wonder they let that quietly die) to make it at last an A-side here! A pity it isn’t the still superior original version, but we can’t have everything (inst, and 80bpm ‘Do You Wanna Like I Do’ flip).

DHAR BRAXTON: ‘Jump Back (Set Me Free)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 47)
Exploding on import, this breezily catchy here 116bpm electro leaper in the Lisa Lisa/Rochelle/Shannon/Joyce Sims style should be a pop smash too (Dubette and Jump Backappella flip, presumably leaving the Dub for creative marketing later?) Continue reading “May 17, 1986: Lovebug Starski, Alexander O’Neal, Dhar Braxton, Nu Shooz, Grandmaster Flash”

May 10, 1986: Thomas & Taylor, Chris Paul, Skyy, Ca$hflow, C.M. Dance

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PATTI LaBELLE is going to disappoint everyone who’s just given her a smash as she’s chickened out of her concerts here on account of the terrorist bomb scare, but in her place we could be getting separate visits from Anita Baker and Patti Austin — who’d you rather see?! . . . Steve Walsh is to star in a movie, filmed in London over the next two months, as the gigantic leader of a tribe of post-nuclear holocaust mutants (obviously someone saw ‘Thunderdome’, though whether this’ll be for cinema or just video release is unclear at the moment): more immediately, his Soul Set returns to The Hippodrome next Wednesday (14) with a mock-up radio studio built on stage and many PAs . . . Disco Mix Club’s Megamixers night at the same venue last week could have been busier but was a good showcase for some non-competitive scratching — Les Adams in particular did serious damage to ‘Just Buggin’ and ‘Alice’ . . . New York master cutter Steinski’s latest non-commercial offering, due on ultra-scarce vinyl and already about on cassette (stay tuned to Capital Radio!), is ‘The Motorcade Sped On‘, doing for President Kennedy’s assassination what ’19’ did for Vietnam, setting actuality news reports to what’s presumably a purpose-built hip hop backing (rather than snippets of well known records this time), making a hook out of the repeated line “Mrs Kennedy jumped up, she called ‘Oh no’” . . . Princess producer Pete Waterman says we should have heard the stuff he had to cut out of Cheese’s mix! (‘I’ll Keep On Loving You’ meanwhile is being remixed by Bruce Forest for the US) . . . Champion Records picked up Word Of Mouth featuring DJ Cheese ‘Coast To Coast‘, and — cross your fingers — could well have Harleqiun Four’s ‘Set It Off’! . . . Tim Westwood interestingly observes that nearly all the calls received by Dial-A-Beat (the expensive ‘M’-rate ‘phone a disc service he hosts) are during office hours, when obviously lots of funky secretaries are getting hip at their bosses’ expense . . . Greg Edwards ousts Gary Crowley from Capital Radio’s week nights, this week starting a new half ‘n half soul ‘n style show 8-10pm Tuesday to Friday, as well as his Saturday ‘Soul Spectrum’ of course . . . JJ Barnes at the last moment turned down the chance of a world-wide deal with EMI, his lucky replacement being Steve Mancha: both are Sixties soul legends now best remembered (unfortunately) for their northern soul sides . . . Linda Creed, who partners Thom Bell writing Philly Sound hits for most notably The Stylistics, has died aged just 37 of cancer — she’s currently charting as co-writer of ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ . . . Pauli Carman used to lead Champaign . . . O’chi Brown ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’ (on Mercury there) and then Pet Shop Boys ‘West End Girls (Remix)’ topped US Club Play, Stephanie Mills ‘I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love‘ (a Rene & Angela-penned ballad) Black 45s, and Janet Jackson Black LPs in Billboard . . . Billboard’s disco columnist Brian Chin is chuffed that instead of flowers he gave the Anita Baker album to Jane Torvill after a New York Torvill & Dean gig! . . . Anita Baker’s first ever UK single will have to be ‘Sweet Love’ as a video’s been made for its US release . . . The SOS Band’s follow-up will be ‘Borrowed Love’ . . . I never know why otherwise quite soulful seeming DJs still support the pop material that Level 42 have been making in the main, albeit stylishly, for the last few years . . . Gilles Peterson is amongst the jocks at Andros’s trendy War nights in London St Martin’s Lane Lacey’s for the next six Thursdays . . . Superfly co-presents Saxon Studio International at Bristol Mecca Mayfair Rooms this Saturday (10), and at Gloucester Jamaican Sport & Social Club on Friday fortnight (23) . . . Sunday (11) Chris Brown & Johnnie Walker start up The Stronghold weekly at Camberley’s Cambridge Nightclub, playing every vintage, type and ethnic origin of black music that fits . . . Danny Smith spins hard funk ‘n soul Fri/Sat with guest jocks at Hunstanton’s Club Alexia . . . Paul Burnett’s next rap attack under the guise of PB Squad, following earlier send-ups of ‘Convoy’ and ‘Rambo’, is ‘Walking The Dog’ — as in ‘Mad Dog’ Gadaffi . . . RELEASE THE TENSION!


HOT VINYL

THOMAS & TAYLOR: ‘You Can’t Blame Love’ (Cooltempo COOLX 123)
Married soul duo Lamar Thomas and Judy Taylor are hopefully headed for a crossover hit with this lovely lazily swaying 102¼-102½-102¼-102½bpm duet, punctuated by haunting War-like harmonica and tinged with southern soul despite being recorded in New York, already much played by radio in London at least (edit, and 0-62¼-62½bpm ‘We Need Company’ flip). They recently visited for some PAs and are due here again, not being put off by bomb scares, which surely deserves support?

CHRIS PAUL: ‘Expansions ’86 (Expand Your Mind)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 48)
Here we go! South Harrow’s Jeff Lorber has linked Lonnie Liston Smith’s jazz-funk classic to the 113¾bpm ‘Set It Off’ beat, with guest vocals by David Joseph. To say it sizzles is an understatement! Why can’t it last longer?

SKYY: ‘Givin’ It (To You)’ (US Capitol V-15226)
Producer/writer Randy Muller is right on form, as are the ever distinctive sounding New York Skyy, whose opening “uh-uh yeah” and patented synth swirl will make fans feel immediately at home as this beefily bounding 113½bpm powerhouse pusher sets up an ultra infectious bright breezy lick (in three versions). A biggie! Continue reading “May 10, 1986: Thomas & Taylor, Chris Paul, Skyy, Ca$hflow, C.M. Dance”

May 3, 1986: Oliver Cheatham, Pauli Carman, Rene & Angela, Total Contrast, Mantronix

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

THIS WEEKEND’S New York Jazz Explosion at Hammersmith Odeon has had to be postponed due to Phyllis Hyman’s serious illness, but all tickets will be valid on the new dates, July 26/27 . . . Home Office decisions about not only the licence applicants but also now the very existence of the planned two year Community Radio “experiment” have been shelved again until the autumn at earliest (when expected last Christmas), to follow publication and Parliamentary debate of another Green Paper on the deregulation of local radio as a whole — it seems lobbying by ILR stations has delayed the experiment actually being put into practice, the Green Paper now suggesting that maybe existing local stations should be allowed to concentrate on one type of music or programming applicable to their market if they want, instead of having to be all things to all men, which could open the door to US-style formatted radio (although it won’t stop disgruntled pirate operators returning to the air rather than waiting in the ever receding hope of a community licence) . . . Lovebug Starski ‘Amityville’ is being rushed out here! . . . William Bell’s UK label turns out to be called Tout Ensemble, as late in the day distributors Pinnacle discovered there was already another Absolute Records . . . Thomas & Taylor’s US pressings were in fact only for export, to help get a deal here first, and Aurra’s UK top 20 smash is similarly unsigned in the States — Aurra, who maybe would have sounded beefier on ‘Top Of The Pops’ if they hadn’t sung live, repeated their Bognor success to be biggest newie at Caister too (where numbers were about half the normal but everyone had a hot time) . . . Charisma have reissued 1984’s haunting ‘All Night Long’-based 94½bpm The World’s Famous Supreme Team ‘Hey! DJ‘ (TEAM 1-12) . . . Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald is 92½bpm here . . . Elite’s new girl Nikki Tovell is rebuilding their DJ mailing list on 01-903 0305 . . . London readers may be in time this Wednesday (30) for the Disco Mix Club’s special Megamixers night at the Hippodrome with Chad Jackson, Les Adams, Paul Dakeyne and more . . . Chad Jackson joins nine other international mixing DJs competing in the Roman ampitheatre at Nimes in Southern France during the town’s Pentecostal Festival on Sat/Sun May 17/18, Tina Turner heading the judges and the arena’s 40,000 watt disco beamed by satellite into 100 French clubs simultaneously to set up a world record! . . . I appear to be chairing the International DJ Debate at New York’s New Music Seminar on July 13-16: it’s an expensive jaunt, but the Disco Mix Club can give you travel advice on 06286-67276, or contact the Seminar’s registration office direct on 010-1-212-722-2115 . . . Tony Blackburn & Steve Walsh celebrate Radio London’s 50th Soul Night Out at Hammersmith Palais this Thursday (1) with guests Aurra, Oliver Cheatham, Maxi Priest, Sandra Cross . . . Jonathan More’s eclectically mixed up Meltdown night has moved to Mayfair Legends Fridays . . . Bank Holiday Monday (5) finds Steve Walsh guesting at Forest Gate Upper Cut Stadium (“South London Posse!”), and Luton Ronelles at midnight . . . Capital’s cheeky chappie Gary Crowley and CBS’s cool Julian Palmer start funking The Floor Board weekly at Kingston Cinderella’s next Wednesday (7) . . . Pete Haigh funks Morecambe’s Old Rangoon wine bar Wednesday next (7) and fortnight (20) . . . Eurobeat/Hi-NRG releases include Kiki Dee ‘Another Day Comes (Another Day Goes)‘ (Columbia 12DB 9122), unusual exciting 123½bpm gospel-ish surger a bit lost amidst its rhythm but now tidied up in Ian Levine’s 124bpm Nightmare Mix (12KIKI 1); Louise Thomas ‘Reflex Action‘ (R&B RBS 1803), Levine & Trench-prod/penned emphatically chanted clodhopping 118bpm rhumba; Hazell Dean ‘E.S.P.‘ (EMI 12 EMI 5560), dreary subdued 110½bpm plodder somehow high in the chart; Boney M ‘Young, Free And Single‘ (Carrere CART 384), simple 128bpm Hi-NRG chant with Duane Eddy-ish twangs . . . Dexter Wansel’s upcoming LP is likely to disappoint many, mainly wallpaper music, fast tempos, or the Jones Girls sounding like Madonna . . . I’m amazed the brilliant Man Friday ‘Love Honey, Love Heartache‘ (US Vinyl Mania) isn’t bigger here considering the current interest in all things “Garage” — it’s right out of New York’s Paradise Garage where the word came from, and mixed by resident jock Larry Levan, so how truly “Garage” can you get?! . . . Graham Gold had four boxes of records ripped off from his caravan at Caister, all easily identifiable by BPMs sellotaped (or marks of their removal) on the top right corner of the sleeves: no questions asked rewards for return c/o Mayfair Gullivers on 01-499 0760 . . . RELEASE THE TENSION!


OLIVER CHEATHAM (seen above with BPM-ing James H) soulfully asks DJs all over the world to help find his sweet, sweet girl in a personal ‘S.O.S.’ (Champion CHAMP 12-11), which canters catchily along through John Morales-mixed 119½bpm Arrington-ish percussion once past a stodgy start.


HOT VINYL

PAULI CARMAN: ‘Dial My Number’ (US Columbia 44-05373)
The System-prod/penned, and the rhythm shows it although bouncier than usual, this brightly wriggling 117¼bpm bounder finds fluidly Pauli waiting all alone by the telephone, like so many before him (dub/inst flip). Call collect!

RENE & ANGELA: ‘Your Smile’ (Club JABX 24)
Another US smash soul slowie like a less schmaltzy Atlantic Starr, this strangulatedly emoted Minnie Riperton-ish 35¾/71½bpm tense little smoocher is flipped by its instrumental and an odd, none too successful, jerkily remade (100½-0-)99½-99-99½bpm ‘Secret Rendezvous 86‘. Continue reading “May 3, 1986: Oliver Cheatham, Pauli Carman, Rene & Angela, Total Contrast, Mantronix”

April 26, 1986: The S.O.S. Band, Modern-nique featuring Larry Woo, Dhar Braxton, Marvin Gaye, TKA

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

JOHN MORALES is remixing Candi Staton ‘Young Hearts Run Free’, for re-release … Cashflow will have two separate 12 inch versions, due on white label now, ‘Mine All Mine (LP Version)‘/’Party Freak (Latin Rascal Edit)‘ plus a four-tracker with two different rather less Fatback-like Mark Berry remixes, his dub, and ‘Party Freak’ again … Chris Paul’s finished ‘Expansions 86‘ features a surprise guest vocalist, David Joseph! … Princess’s three-track remix is due Monday with Pete Waterman’s Funky Sisters Dub Mix as A-side, Cheese ‘n’ Chad’s techno-hop cut-ups as flip … City Beat picked up Crown Heights Affair for a Les Adams remix (with stronger intro) … Froggy is starting his own Master Disk label through Streetwave, releases to include a Decade Remix of Crystal Grass ‘Crystal World’, Kreamcycle ‘No News, Good News’, Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde ‘Fast Life’/’The Challenge’ – wot, no Intruders? … Portsmouth’s plucky little Domino Records label is reissuing Hamilton Bohannon ‘Let’s Start II Dance Again’ (DOM 3T, via Charly) … Kelly Marie’s love-hate Hi-NRG 1980 pop chart-topper ‘Feels Like I’m In Love’ has been remixed by Vince DeGiorgio for his Canadian Power label … Anita Baker ‘Rapture’ LP (Elektra 960 444-1) is now out here, as is the intelligent Bognor-aimed Kleeer ‘Kleeer Winners — The Best Of Kleeer‘ (Atlantic WX 42) … Choice Reunion’s review last week should read 86-0bpm … Guinn ‘Open Your Door’ is on 12 inch here May 12, just ahead of their album … Oliver Cheatham’s London-recorded new Champion LP will include a ‘Get Down Saturday Night Part 2′ … Chicago’s hot DJ International Records signed Loleatta Holloway … Kleeer, now they’ve actually been dropped by Atlantic, want to sign direct to a UK label for the world as they appreciate that (like so many US black acts) their profile is higher in Europe than at home … Adrian Allen, previously the Sex Dwarf at South Shields’ Chelsea Cat but now Teeside’s Soul Brother Numero Uno, starts his own weekly 7-10bpm black music show from next Wednesday (30) on Radio Tees – well done! … Pete Tong has created a stir featuring Dusty Springfield’s soulful old ‘Just A Little Lovin’‘ on his Sunday evening Invicta Radio show … Bognor’s oldies (especially Marvin Gaye) obviously had most impact but, although no “chart” as such was compiled, it seems tough newies included Aurra, George Clinton, Serious Intention, J M Silk, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Fingers Inc, Private Possession, Dhar Braxton, Nu Shooz, Russ Brown, Mantronix ‘Ladies’, Joeski Love, Cut Master DC, Macattack, Joyce Sims, Aleem, Modern-nique, Alexander O’Neal ‘What’s Missing’, Janet Jackson ‘When I Think Of You’, Cashflow ‘Mine All Mine’, Thomas & Taylor, Michael Jeffries, Chris Paul (off acetate) … Atlantic Starr’s Bognor biggie was in fact their old ‘Silver Shadow‘ … Chris Hill feared it was an ill omen when the record he’d planned as the finale anthem, the Supremes & Four Tops ‘Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)‘ (rather than Diana Ross’s), snapped in two as he took it off the turntable on the very first night, but luckily Colin Hudd had a copy as well so Sunday’s finale featured that, then Vera Lynn ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and Detroit Spinners ‘I’ll Be Around’ – all the DJs, having held hands, then sloping off stage only to reappear (running around behind scenes) from the other side over and over again! … Colin Curtis, soldiering on despite being taken ill just before one of his sets, reckons the North will be even better represented at October’s Bognor now that word’s got back … “Bugger Bognor”, the famous last words of George V (the king who put the Regis into Bognor by his patronage of the place), could make a suitable slogan for Showstopper Promotions T-shirts after their latest mafia-lacking Caister! … Saturday (26) Nicky Holloway has another Do At The Zoo (Regents Park) with Martin ‘Caister’ Collins, Pete Tong, Chris Brown, Gilles Peterson, Chris Bangs … Andrew Holmes funks Manchester’s International Club (Anson/Dickenson Roads) next Wednesday (30), then weekly from May 21 … Thursday (1) the Cool Notes play live with Take Five and guest PAs plus Simon Goffe at the Woolwich Coronet … Belfast’s new Soul In The City moveable venue club holds once monthly soul-funk-jazz nights for around 100 fans so far, contact Steven Brodie at 3 Rochester Drive, Cregagh, for news of the next one … Peter C Helyer wants more presenters to join him on Cardiff’s in-store Radio Top Shop – send tapes and details to him at 8 Petrel Close, Lavernock Park, Penarth CF6 2U (the only pay is from selling commercial airtime for the station) … Hardcore Groove Masters, a five strong Mastermind-style mixing/classic funk DJ team just back from a winter in Holland’s clubs, wants North London gigs (Ilford-Acton) on 01-597 6572 (ask for Robin) … UK mixing runner-up Jon Davis’s fame has become such that at a Cornish wedding the best man asked for a demonstration as all the guests had read about him, and even the grannies got bopping to his scratched up ‘Set It Off! … Mildred Scott, glamorous young looking veteran since 1967 of The Glories, Quiet Elegance and Cut Glass, is called Mildred at home but happily answers to Millie too! … Q-Pid Featuring Nikki Q was actually cut a year ago … May Bank Holiday deadlines loom, and although it never makes much difference when we ask DJs this, PLEASE post your chart returns NOW to arrive by Tuesday! … RELEASE THE TENSION!


HOT VINYL

The S.O.S. BAND ‘Sands Of Time’ LP (Tabu TBU 26863)
Not actually out here until May 6, but already white labelled and about on import, this is so predictable it’s almost a self-parody of Jam & Lewis’s past productions! You’ll know exactly what to expect of the 101¼-0bpm ‘Borrowed Love‘ (‘Change Of Heart’ for instance), 98½bpm ‘Even When You Sleep‘, 86⅔-0bpm title track, 104⅓bpm ‘Nothing But The Best‘, (0-)110¼bpm ‘The Finest‘, 105½bpm Two Time Lover‘, 0-87⅔-0bpm ‘Do You Still Want To?‘ Even the Princely pumping 123½bpm ‘No Lies‘ is good, though. You know what you like, you like what you know.

MODERN-NIQUE featuring Larry Woo ‘Love’s Gonna Get You (Watch Out Baby For Love)’ (10 Re-cords TEN T 123)
Steve Arrington’s rhythm bubbles through an excellent very current sounding soul vocal for a madly infectious here 116¾bpm romp (in four mixes) that’s hot on import and sure to smash. Why do so many DJ’s spell ’em as Monique?

DHAR BRAXTON ‘Jump Back (Set Me Free)’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX-00019)
Snapped up already by 4th + B’way here, this is like a female Russ Brown but breezier and brighter, a more soulful Lisa Lisa/Rochelle/Shannon, jammed through an emulator and bounced all over a leaping light 115¼bpm electro beat with bounding bass (in five versions). Brill! Continue reading “April 26, 1986: The S.O.S. Band, Modern-nique featuring Larry Woo, Dhar Braxton, Marvin Gaye, TKA”