November 10, 1990: Deee-Lite, Kamikaze One 85/The Beatles, L.A. Mix, Dimples D, Cartouche

BEATS & PIECES

BIRMINGHAM’S NETWORK label set out to test its growing “underground” reputation by deliberately not sending out promos of the Altern 8 EP to see whether, if released without either promotion or advertising, it could hold its own alongside imports on such cult US labels as Nugroove — which it did so successfully that it has already sold around 10,000 copies, more than respectable considering the lower sales that are currently general! . . . Altern 8, as previously noted, is a side project of Nexus 21, whose ‘Progressive Logic’ EP is due next week with as main track a new remix of ‘Self Hypnosis’ — the original of which was recently bootlegged here, along with Psyche’s ‘Elements‘ from Network’s house pioneering parent Kool Kat label, whose early releases by the likes of Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May have also been much pirated of late . . . Rave 2001’s almost year old ‘Seduce Me‘ has likewise been remixed for re-release after being bootlegged in Italy (where it’s flipped by Tyree’s ‘My Melody’), a US pirate pressing also having appeared . . . Avenue Records are releasing a ‘Rap Declares War‘ double album (AVENL 1, via Rough Trade) with an interesting compilation concept, every track (by such as Mellow Man Ace, Beastie Boys, Dream Team, Kwame, Poor Righteous Teachers. The 7A3, Tony D and many more) either sampling or being based on an original by War — an advance white label promo EP featuring the ‘Heartbeat’ based Ice-T ‘Heartbeat‘ (88½bpm), ‘Slippin’ Into Darkness’ based Mantronix ‘Join Me Please (Home Boys Make Some Noise)‘ (94¾bpm), ‘Magic Mountain’ based De La Soul ‘Potholes In My Lawn‘ (92¾bpm) and ‘Get Down’ based Wrecks ‘n’ Effect ‘New Jack Swing‘ (106½bpm) has been circulated by Full Effect Promotions (whose Peter Malski is building a DJ mailing list at 100 Portland Road, Rushden, Northants NN10 ODP; ‘phone 081 743 1333, fax 081 749 0751) . . . Power Promotions (32 Holmes Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3AB; ‘phone 071 482 0729, fax 071 482 0881) are adding to their already flourishing club and press promotion services with the introduction of radio promotion run by Emily Leggatt (who wants to hear from both licensed and unlicensed radio — NOT club — DJs), plus a personal appearance agency run by Ian Gotts to supply fee paying club PAs . . . The Video Pool’s latest, November, edition lists all of the 30 included videos’ Beats Per Minute calculated from the actual finished tape (rather than the records) for complete programming accuracy — monthly subscription details (available to UK based disco operators only) from Roz Bea, 170a Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UH; ‘phone 071 602 5935, fax 071 602 4338 . . . Gang Starr have been signed by Cooltempo for future UK releases . . . Musto & Bones’ ‘Dangerous On The Dancefloor (Club Remix)‘ (121½bpm) (CityBeat CBE 1253), a jauntily jittering hip house chugger all about a dirty dancer called Rita (a real crowd pleaser!), is rapped by Brooklyn’s P.C.P., while Stacey Parris slinkily sings the flip’s undulating ‘Time Is Running Out (Club Remix)‘ (94½bpm) . . . Carleen Anderson, vocalist on the Young Disciples’ Get Yourself Together’, is the daughter of James Brown’s former Famous Flames sidekick Bobby Byrd and Vicki Anderson . . . Kickin/GTi Records’ new act The Kick Squad appears to be The Scientist again, joined by a couple of cronies . . . Eve Gallagher’s ‘Love Come Down’ (More Protein PROT 612), fully reviewed a fortnight ago, as suspected is not out commercially until November 19, while Johnetta Alston’s ‘Keep The Fire Burning (The Slamming Club Mix)’ (Global Village NORX 1), reviewed three weeks ago, is just out now . . . 2 In A Room’s infectiously jumpy ‘Wiggle It‘ (reviewed w/e Aug 25) always deserved more attention here and indeed has topped the US Club Play chart in Billboard . . . N.W.A.’s amusingly smutty ‘Just Don’t Bite It‘ appears to have so outraged most of the main, middle of the road, UK record retailing chains that they have refused to stock the ‘100 Miles And Runnin” EP which contains it — with slightly warped logic (when you think about it), the group has officially responded to the ban by stating, “If people don’t like it, they can s*** my d***!” . . . Massivo member Jon Jules has had to have nine teeth extracted —ouch! . . . Cleveland Area DJ Association’s now national Disc Jockey Kidney Machine Trust Fund is only a few hundred pounds short of its £7,000 target, thanks most recently to donations from Cliff Richard and many others at the Light Sound Show ’90 . . . A Homeboy, A Hippie And A Funki Dredd PA this Thursday (Nov 8) at Brixton’s The Fridge . . . Chris Brown starts The Fire underground dance music night for dressed up over-21s this Friday (9) at Masquerade in Bracknell’s The Point . . . Blackburn’s Ian ‘DJ IMC’ McIntyre starts jocking this Friday and Saturday, with upfront Thursday from next week too, at Whalley’s brand new Club Rendezvous . . . Mark Kavanagh is joined by Chris Lovechild presenting a strictly upfront Hype! night 11pm until late every Tuesday in Dublin’s Judge Roy Bean’s, and by other guest DJs for an uptempo Rave Central! night 8pm until late every Thursday in Dunlaoghaire’s The Pirates’ Den . . . Jeff Thomas is back on the track with a no dress restriction upfront Friday Thang again, as well as Mondays, at Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard . . . Jerry Hipkiss, now in charge of music programming at Severn Sound FM, has restarted at Cheltenham’s Gas playing the more soulful good stuff Fridays and Saturdays . . . Edinburgh’s Donny Hughes, formerly world famous as club jock DJ Shuggy (well, he had his photo on this page once!), is now the weekday mid-afternoon presenter on Radio Forth and was really chuffed when Phonogram flew him down to London and back just for an Oleta Adams reception . . . cellnet’s jaunty TV jingle, the 1948 recorded Blossom Dearie/Betty Boop-type artfully “little girl” voiced and lightly quickstepping piano trio backed Rose Murphy ‘Busy Line‘ (around 99¾/199½bpm) has been seven inched by RCA (PB 44087) and could be useful fun for more adventurous jocks . . . DAMN’ FINE!


HOT VINYL

DEEE-LITE ‘Power Of Love (Sampladelic Remix)’ (121½bpm) (Elektra EKR117T)
One of the many house tracks from their LP, this episodically surging breezy leaper rambles around loosely spurting off in different directions while following perhaps too rigidly the conventions of its pure house style, without adding enough of the zany individuality that made ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ such a standout delight — which is not to mean that it won’t be some sort of an automatic crossover hit as follow-up, now that it’s finally out this week, more that were it by anyone else it would likely remain a specialist underground seller. Maybe in recognition of this, (with a tempoless Loveapella too) it’s coupled by both the samples woven short but ultra funky rumbling ‘Deee-Lite Theme (Global Village Mix)‘ (99bpm), and instrumental bumpily bounding bright ‘Build A Bridge (Cross Cultural Mix)‘ (120-120¼bpm), neither on vinyl before.

KAMIKAZE ONE 85 featuring THE BEATLES ‘The Beatles Juice E.P.’ (Parlophone 12R6272)
Don’t bother trying to order it from EMI because, despite the supposed label and catalogue number (and nice cartoon cover illustration), this — as exclusively warned five weeks ago — is the Beatles bootleg, adding the usual funky drummer beat to the studio out-take chatter introed ‘Yesterday’ (96¾bpm), with its new Instrumental (97bpm), coupled by an “ignition sequence” countdown introed but then more drearily tempoed ‘Because’ (78¾bpm), with its Instrumental (78½bpm) too. Collectors, of course, will kill for it!

L.A. MIX ‘Mysteries Of Love’ (101bpm) (A&M/PM AMYDJ 707)
Promoed ahead of commercial release in three weeks, Les & Emma Adams’ follow-up to the distinctly street cred ‘Coming Back For More’ is a possibly even more street cred gorgeous sinuous jogger soulfully wailed by Chaka Khan backing singer Beverly Brown through an attractively weaving arrangement, punctuated by some oddly enunciated D Marcus C rap (almost phonetic sounding although he’s from Eltham!), in Premier, Tougher, Instrumental and 7″ Version Mixes, another London radio smash!

DIMPLES D ‘A Witch For Love (Sucker DJ)’ (107¾bpm) (Italian Baia Degli Angell BDA 001)
Possibly bootlegged in Italy as on both sides of the record in the same so called Strega Mix, this Ben Liebrand remixed girl rapper’s madly jaunty ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’ TV theme backed bouncing early Eighties-type leaper is in fact due out here as ‘Sucker DJ’ (fbi FBI 11T, via Spartan), serviced only on seven inch so far, and is so catchy it has to be an instant crossover smash! Continue reading “November 10, 1990: Deee-Lite, Kamikaze One 85/The Beatles, L.A. Mix, Dimples D, Cartouche”

November 3, 1990: Hypersonic, Mental Cube, Red Bandit, Rebel M.C., Caveman

BEATS & PIECES

PHONOGRAPHIC PERFORMANCE LIMITED (PPL), according to their officer Rehan Khan, have terminated the Disco Mix Club’s ‘dubbing’ licence and issued a writ in the latest stage of a continuing dispute about the terms of the licence — a blanket royalty agreement which was originally conceived, at a rate of 15 per cent of revenue, for firms who compile and copy existing records onto cassette (perhaps to make background music-type programmes) for rental only, but which has been adapted into a special ‘mixing’ licence at a slightly higher 17½ per cent of their revenue for services like the DMC who in return are enabled to supply subscribers with remixes and megamixes on vinyl (having first also obtained individual clearances from the record companies concerned for the tracks used). The situation now, while PPL registered companies wait for the pending litigation to be resolved, means that the club is limited to using only non-PPL labels’ material in its mixes, which will appear this coming month without interruption according to the DMC’s Tony Prince, who, in a letter circulated to the record industry, says “More than anything, I hope you will appreciate better than the people who do not know us, that our integrity is not in question” . . . 808 State have combined both ‘Cübik’ and ‘Olympic State’ for their UK newie, confusingly labelled as ‘CübikOlympic808State’ (ZTT ZANG 5T), only received so far as a seven inch but due to have the fruity fart tones and ‘Dr Who’-type spacey synth prodded ‘Cübik’ in its Jimi Hendrix-like guitar introed and freaky effects outroed jerky Original Mix (123¾bpm) plus a Pan Am Mix (presumably the hot import Pan American Excursion version, which was a smoother 124¼bpm), flipped by the friskily melodic bleeping ‘Olympic State’ in a new attractive bell tinkled light Flutey Mix (122½bpm) plus a Euro Bass Mix (presumably the original promo’s driving house-ier Heavy Bass Euromix, 122¾bpm) . . . Prince ‘New Power Generation (LP Version)‘ (110¾-112bpm) (Paisley Park Records W9525T), the latest single from his ‘Graffiti Bridge’ album, has also only arrived on seven inch so far but is a good funkily lurching chantalong stomper, fluctuating in tempo — and if, as seems likely, the raucous Pt II (112¼-113¼bpm) is continuous, it climaxes even faster (with a ragged slow finish) . . . 2 Tuff ‘Slow Down‘ (96¾bpm) (eastwest YZ542T), the unhurried husky rap that combines ‘Hold On’ and ‘Ghetto Heaven’ among its familiar main elements and pays ’nuff respect to Soul II Soul for helping slow down dance rhythms again, was originally promoed back in June (with limited availability later) on an Intrigue pressing intended primarily for export to meet demand in Italy and Germany for its then B-side, ‘Tribute‘, a drily chatted plea for unity among rappers, included here in just its “whoo/yeah” prodded slinkily jaunty old reggae beats underpinned “Ska” Remix (106¾bpm), both now newly flipped by the Jazzie B-style rapped and girls cooed attractive sinuously pulsing ‘Elevate Your Mind‘ (101¼bpm) . . . Teena Marie’s ‘Since Day One (Remix)‘ (97bpm) (Epic 656429 6) is a perfect example of the type of quality soul that Kiss 100 fm is returning to popular prominence in London, usefully just as Teena returns to her typically wailing and scatting superb soul style of old, this Jazzie B produced track from her ‘Ivory’ album being a naggingly catchy gorgeous swooping and searing slinky jogger underpinned by Barry White’s ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby’ bass and piano at times, out this week but promoed as a twinpack with its Instrumental (96¾bpm) on the other disc . . . Bristol’s FTP incremental radio station is now linked financially with the Chiltern Radio Network, whose lessons learnt in particular at black music orientated Horizon Radio and Choice FM seem likely to be passed on . . . Caroline Pead in a fortnight leaves Phonogram to handle dance music A&R and set up a DJ mailing list at the actual Virgin label, as opposed to the Associated Virgin Labels (AVL) division . . . Gwen Guthrie ‘Miss My Love’ (Reprise W9763), reviewed on import w/e September 22 and promoed as a US white label, is now out here . . . Nightmares On Wax’s fast selling ‘Aftermath’ is due also now in a remix by L.F.O. . . . Steve Eusebe is the featured vocalist with not only Sound Of Shoom but also Mr Monday, on the latter’s good ‘Pushing‘ B-side . . . Mr Monday actually is the debut release on DJs Judge Jules and Roy the Roach’s own label, Elevation Inc. . . . London’s Brown’s club, formerly Blitz, really has been blitzed — or at least apparently burnt out in a fire . . . Brian Gardner changes the pace with D.Stress Tuesdays starting this week (Oct 30) at Soho’s Wag Club, promising plenty of rare groove, soul, swingbeat and other slinky stuff but positively no house . . . Dean Thatcher, Mark Doyle, Normski and guests celebrate the second birthday of Freestyle this Thursday (Nov 1) at Ealing’s Haven Stables, where you’re likely to hear everything from Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Zoe, Young Disciples and the Soup Dragons to Tommy Roe’s ‘Dizzy’ (not forgetting The Aloof, eh Dean?!) . . . Paul Major promises a totally terrifying ‘Tunnel Of Horror’ leading all the way upstairs to Lowestoft’s Bluenotes II for his Hallowe’en party this Thursday (1), half price entry and cash prizes for fancy dressers . . . London’s gay Bolts has returned with DJ Norman Scott on Fridays to its old home, formerly Lazers but now called the Arena in Haringey’s Green Lanes, where stars like George Michael used to be regulars . . . Total Kaos with all sorts of fun, including fireworks and foghorns, is promised by DJ Sy, Micky Finn, DJ SS, MJP, DJ Chipie, Formation 5, Hardcore Trio, Yorkie and DJ Tony this Friday {2) at Leicester’s Spectrum “round the corner from the Helsinki”, while rather confusingly Johnny Walker reckons he’s headlining a Spectrum allniter this Saturday (3) at Leicester’s Oasis . . . The Scientist’s follow-up will be ‘The Bee‘, with a buzzzzzzing bee effect making the ultimate bleep! . . . DAMN’ FINE!


HOT VINYL
Reviewed by DJ Streets Ahead and James Hamilton

GALLIANO ‘Welcome To The Story
OLETA ADAMS ‘Rhythm Of Life’ (Rhythm Dub/Full Remix)
MUSTO AND BONES ‘Dangerous On The Dancefloor (Club Remix)
ROZALLA ‘Born To Love Ya
FATBACK BAND ‘Bus Stop (Remix)
ALISON LIMERICK ‘Where Love Lives’ (Knuckles and Morales Mix/Red Zone Mix/Knuckles Mix)
DADDY FREDDY ‘Respect
KINGS OF SWING ‘Nod Your Head To This (Norman Cook Remix)
THE LIGHTNING SEEDS ‘Lightning Beats’ [All I Want (Extended Mix)]
2 FOR JOY ‘In A State (Juno Latuno Mix)

HYPERSONIC ‘Dance-Tones’ (D-Zone Records DANCE 001, via 0708 727029)
Lacking details like the same label’s N-R Gee Posse/Ree-Venge promo double-sider, this fully released instant fast seller from Dance Zone Records is a “3,000 cycles per second” tone introed then thrumming and bleeping unhurried techno instrumental (124¼bpm), ending with another test tone that continues right around the run-out groove, while on the ‘Cübik’ prodded flip are slightly more hip house tempoed (124¾bpm) and fiercer siren filled (124¼bpm) treatments of the same tune, the siren again continuing through the run-out groove. The next big bleeper?

MENTAL CUBE ‘Chile Of The Bass Generation’ (118bpm) (Debut DEBTX 3104)
Driven by a thrashing drum and repetitively looped flute squawk, this variety filled funkily driving instrumental is underpinned by ever shifting bursts of rumbling and yowling low frequency oscillation as it builds through organ and wah wah guitar, making it refreshingly different and very fresh, flipped by the less essential blippy chugging ‘Q’ (119¼bpm) and short frantic ‘Dope Module‘ (138bpm).

RED BANDIT ‘I’m Back (Funk Mix)’ (99¾bpm) (Motown ZT 44138)
Starting with an amusingly (and misleadingly!) sexy answering machine greeting before mumbling rapper James Bowman leaves his message, which amounts to the song that follows, this P’funkily rumbling and slithering judderer is in fact his answer version to Lisa Stansfield’s ‘All Around The World’, and not only is addressed to Lisa in the lyrics but also actually samples brief phrases by her amidst the tumbling beats (less confused in its ‘Atomic Dog’-ish Funk Instrumental), the sparser pleasant gently wriggling Single Version (99½bpm) having more of Lisa herself. Continue reading “November 3, 1990: Hypersonic, Mental Cube, Red Bandit, Rebel M.C., Caveman”

October 27, 1990: The Emotions, Black Box, Life On Earth, Kylie Minogue, Massivo/Jackie Rawe

BEATS & PIECES

PUBLIC ENEMY, as hinted last week, can now be confirmed as the new star live attraction at the November 2/3/4 Prestatyn weekender, where other final additions to the already detailed bill are Al B. Sure!, Samuelle, Innocence and possibly Blue Pearl, with Tim Westwood rejoining the DJ line-up to introduce P.E. (who appear on Saturday afternoon so they can get to their London Arena gig later that night) — last call for late bookings on 081-364 1212 . . . 2 Tuffs ‘Hold On’ and ‘Ghetto Heaven’ grooves combining ‘Slow Down‘, reviewed w/e August 18 when originally pressed on Intrigue for export only, is due here commercially now on eastwest (YZ542T) . . . Ceybil (a nasally wailing lady pronounced “Say-bill”) has her whispering guy and piping organ chords prodded jauntily jumping ‘Love So Special’ currently on US Atlantic import but it’s been promoed here as a single sider in just its B-side Tony Humphries mixed Original Underground Club Mix (121½bpm) (Atlantic A7818T) . . . Pal Joey has remixed his own (as it is confirmed) ‘Runaway‘, with added instrumentation over the Roy Ayers Ubiquity ‘Runnin’ Away’ riff, for upcoming UK release on Champion . . . D-Shake’s ‘Techno Trance’, not G.T.O.’s ‘Pure’ (right label, wrong tune!), is of course what ‘Industrial Bass’ by Project “86” sounds quite like . . . Danny Rampling’s soulfully skipping gruff Steve Eusebe moaned Sound Of Shoom ‘I Hate Hate (Southwark St. Mix)‘ (109¾bpm), as oldies fan Jay Strongman surprisingly didn’t point out last week, is of course a remake of Razzy’s mid-Seventies message song (a much played favourite then of Greg Edwards on Capital Radio) . . . Djum Djum’s somewhat European sounding ‘Difference’ proves to be a London recording created by the group with Leftfield and Mat Clark . . . Fluke’s ‘PhiIly’ on commercial 12-inch turns out indeed to be in Jamorphous and Jamoeba Mixes, with a squeaky strings stabbed fractionally slower new Jameteur Mix too (all still around 117½bpm) . . . N-Joi’s ‘Anthem’ (125bpm) on commercial 12-inch is now coupled only by ‘Manic’ and ‘Techno Gangsters’, despite being promoed in its original EP form with ‘Jah Heaven’ too . . . Pressure Zone are releasing their own total creation ‘That Moon‘, as by Paul Rutherford & Pressure Zone featuring Tammy Payne, on their own label Beat Farm Recordings from their own The Beat Farm studio, soon . . . Inner City’s additional mixes from their US ‘That Man (He’s All Mine)’ 12 inch are now out here as a separate Remix pressing, other remixes with no room for review being of Fantasy UFO, Mica Paris, Pet Shop Boys, and The Sindecut (again) . . . ‘Thunder‘ ( 119½-119¼bpm), a violent bass thundered galloper with silky strings playing what sounds like ‘The Good Life’ amongst the many episodic quotes as it rampages along, is the only really exciting dance track on not only Renegade SoundWave’s limited edition ‘R.S.W In Dub’ sampler EP but also their whole double LP of the same name, and will be remixed for commercial 12-inch anyway . . . Status Quo’s rockin’ & rollin’ ‘Anniversary Waltz’ is obviously great for Jive Bunny playing party jocks, who might find useful the fact that Part One medleys together ‘Let’s Dance’ (173)/’Red River Rock’ (173½)/’No Particular Place To Go’ (130)/’The Wanderer’ (128¾)/’I Hear You Knocking’ (128½)/’Lucille’ (138)/’Great Balls Of Fire’ (169-175½bpm), and Part Two ‘Rock ‘n Roll Music’ (174½-173½)/’Lover Please’ (174½)/’That’ll Be The Day’ (131½)/’Singing The Blues’ (131½)/’When Will I Be Loved’ (132¼)/’Let’s Work Together’ (127½)/’You Keep A Knockin” (173½-175) /’Long Tall Sally’ (176bpm), approximately! . . . “BPM” in giant red letters dominated the set of BBC2-tv’s first ‘Def II: Dance Energy’ (Mondays, circa 6.25-6.50pm, with a chart update Wednesdays 6.50-7pm), which did well to open with a live rap by the ever positive, never negative, KRS-One — a pity though that the studio sound and atmosphere weren’t punchier, but the filmed US rap reports made up for much . . . Jonathan Ross began as a researcher for Channel 4’s faster moving old UK version of ‘Soul Train’, with which comparisons must inevitably be made, so one wonders whether anyone from ‘Dance Energy’ will go on to similar heights?! . . . Brixton’s The Fridge and Capital FM combine for 95.8 At The Fridge next Monday (29) with DJs Pete Tong, Mick Brown, Dave Dorrell, and Ben & Andy (the Boilerhouse boys) . . .


HOT VINYL
Reviewed by Graeme Park and James Hamilton

OHM Heady Volts Sensation EP (Shake/Wire Me Up/Catch A Wave/Lol Mix/Challenger)
TIM HUTTON ‘Third Star’
SIMON SED ‘Wigged’/‘Criminal
TOMOWAKI ‘Past, Present, Future
2 TUFF ‘Slow Down’/‘Tribute’/‘Elevate Your Mind
CEYBIL ‘Love So Special
THE FAMILY STAND ‘Sweet Liberation’ (Jazzie B mixes/original/Bonus Beats)
HAKEEM X ‘Hip Hop Reborn
BLOOD BROTHERS ‘Transfusion
LESS STRESS featuring KATHARINE WOOD/YOUNGER YOUTH ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over
DEEE-LITE ‘Power Of Love (Sampla-Delic Remix)’/‘Deee-Lite Theme (Global Village Mix)’/‘Build The Bridge (Cross Cultural Mix)
OFFSHORE ‘Can’t Take The Power
ELECTRIBE 101 ‘Inside Out’/‘Electribal Memories
INCOGNITO ‘Can You Feel Me
LOUISE BAILEY ‘Do It Now (Bruce Forrest remix)
TEENA MARIE ‘Since Day One (Jazzie B remix)

THE EMOTIONS ‘Flowers’ (CBS 656360 6)
Taken from CBS’s upcoming ‘Dance Masters Vol 1‘ double LP, the sweetly soaring squeaky girls’ Earth Wind & Fire created 1976 classic has been remixed here by Gaz Anderson & Tony Thorpe with a perhaps inevitable though effective funky drummer jiggling gently through their Wizdom 12″ Mix (109½bpm), or chugging more chunkily through their Sun Mix (110bpm). (My stopwatch clocks in both as being steady, but puzzlingly an electronic BPM counter I’m currently roadtesting suggests they sometimes fluctuate fractionally downwards.) To judge from the buzz that’s already built up, this should be a smash!

BLACK BOX ‘Fantasy’ (97 bpm) (de/Construction Records PT 43896)
The hottest track from their album back in the spring now finally out here as a single this week, the waves and whispering introed then bouncily jiggling Herb Alpert ‘Rise’ tempoed (clomping the last beat of every bar) Earth Wind & Fire revival is powerfully wailed through a richly eventful arrangement with some especially attractive piano, flipped by its guy rapped different ‘Get Down‘ treatment (98¾bpm) and good wordy hip hop Rapcapella (98½bpm).

LIFE ON EARTH ‘Can’t Give You Up’ (120bpm) (RePublic Records LICT031, via Rough Trade)
Heavily plugged on Kiss 100 fm for some time already, so likely to be big around London at any rate, Andrew Livingstone & Pat Leacock’s very pleasant coolly ticking jazz-funk/house revamp of Mystic Merlin’s ‘Just Can’t Give You Up’ 1980 classic is in Full Club and more jerkily cantering Skankin’ Mixes, coupled by a Winston Marvaya and girls sung jiggly slow weaving remake of Roy Ayers’ ‘Sunshine’ (92bpm) in Jungle Bass and hi-hat hissed juddery Dread Mixes. Continue reading “October 27, 1990: The Emotions, Black Box, Life On Earth, Kylie Minogue, Massivo/Jackie Rawe”

October 20, 1990: Kool Skool, Maureen, Janet Jackson, Djum Djum, Cathy Dennis

BEATS & PIECES

EN VOGUE apparently can no longer leave their US tour supporting MC Hammer, despite prior arrangement to fulfil their commitments here next month, which means that all their UK concerts have been cancelled, including two sold out Hammersmith Odeon shows and their appearance at the PresJam 8 weekender — where, however, some of the big stars mentioned last week as “strong possibilities” will indeed appear live to fill the breach, so all is not lost! . . . RePublic Records have promoed back to back the early rap classics T-Ski Valley ‘!Catch The Beat!‘ and Fatback featuring King Tim III ‘Personality Jock‘, both due commercially on a ‘Back To The Old School‘ double album along with Younger Generation ‘We Rap More Mellow‘ (at last!), amongst others . . . 4 For Money’s “naggingly familiar” catchy piano riff in ‘A Moment In Time‘ sounds of course like a speeded up adaptation of the piano from the Rolling Stones’ ‘We Love You‘, a song of support (complete with prison sound effects) for Mick Jagger while he was briefly gaoled in 1967, never one of their major hits — except right now its influence seems to be turning up quite regularly! . . . Ce Ce Rogers’ ‘All Join Hands‘, reviewed as an import, has slipped out here on the quiet (Atlantic A7888T) . . . Unique 3 (featuring Karin)’s weird wailing and bleeping ‘Rhythm Takes Control‘ (out next week) is 125¾bpm, Steve Harvey’s mournful calmly striding ‘I’m The One (Extended Version)‘ (out in a fortnight) is 109bpm, while Ruby Turner’s lovely slinkily jiggling ‘It’s A Cryin’ Shame (UK Remix)‘ is 106¾bpm . . . Janette Shaw is building a DJ mailing list for Optimism Records and MTR Records, on 081-442 4248 . . . Graham Gold, in his Diamond Time video compiling rather than Kiss 100 fm breakfast DJing role, is surprised that so far there are only 40 subscribers to his monthly Club Clips service, offering the 20 best available current “hard toon” dance videos with brief gaps between them (rather than in the excellent smoothly segued continuous style of the firm’s more pop slanted DiscEyes programmes, with which existing subscribers are presumably well satisfied, perhaps explaining their resistance to the non-continuous compilation style?), the latest Club Clips edition from a couple of weeks back having for instance videos of the most recent hits by Gang Starr, LL Cool J, Lalah Hathaway, Caron Wheeler, Bass-O-Matic, Mica Paris, Titiyo, Snap, Monie Love, Curtis Mayfield & Ice T, Bell Biv DeVoe, Basic Black, The Chimes, Londonbeat, Paula Abdul, the adventures of Stevie V, Adamski, Orbital, The Grid, and MC Tunes versus 808 State, not a bad and still very current selection — full subscription details, for bona fide disco operators only, from Diamond Time Ltd, 16/26 Rosemont Road, London NW3 6NE (telephone 071-433 3355, fax 071-794 8383) . . . Reachin’ Records are looking for someone — preferably either another record company or a promotions/PR company — to share their office space in Acton, contact Thomas Foley on 081-749 8619 . . . Motown authority Karen Spreadbury, as she’s known in the world of PR, as usual has used the pen-name Sharon Davis for her latest book about black music, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, a biography of her friend Marvin Gaye, due to be published on November 15 in nice time for Christmas (Mainstream Publishing, £11.99 hardback) . . . Stevie B, Javed Mirza and Butch (grrr!) take over Kingston on Thames Options for a Tuesday XFADE heavy duty dance night starting this week . . . Andy, Femi and guests have replaced the late lamented Sub Club with fortnightly (this week, October 18) Azucar Thursdays at Westbourne Park’s Woody’s in Woodfield Road . . . Friday (19) finds a One World rave with DJs David O’Grady, Paul McCourt, Keith Connolly and Alan Ferris in the Mandela Hall at Queen’s University Belfast . . . David Dyer (1 York Street, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1NB) has been appointed DJ at Cardiff’s University Hall, where three discos a week are held for up to 2,500 students — but last term over 15,000 records amassed by the students since 1966 were stolen, and David optimistically hopes that maybe if record companies would add him to their mailing lists he could begin to build back up to this amount again . . . Loaded, a new label, are looking for upfront DJs who play hardcore house for their exclusive mailing list. Work details and some recent chart returns showing the music you play should be sent to: Loaded, The Studio. 27 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AD . . . Decca has serviced DJs with a seven inch of Carreras/Domingo/Pavarotti’s operatic reading of ‘O Sole Mio’ because reputedly some bright spark played it over a house instrumental at a rave — and it worked! . . . BOOMIN’!


HOT VINYL
Reviewed by Jay Strongman and James Hamilton

KOOL SKOOL ‘You Can’t Buy My Love’ (102½bpm) (US Capitol V-15604)
Not a misprinted Beatles oldie, this is a Jesse Johnson & Keith Lewis created deadly infectious heavily juddering and pattering choppy new jack swing jiggler, conversationally rapped between sweet title chanting girls with some jazzily picked Benson-ish guitar halfway, powerful stuff that could go far, in raw James Brown funk climaxed 12-inch Version, Instrumental, Radio Edit, and slower more starkly snapping 7-inch Edit (101bpm) mixes, plus the jittery smacking ‘Make Up Your Mind (LP Version)‘ (114¾bpm).

DEEPSTATE II ‘Everybody Get Down’/Tribal Chant Mix
DEFINITION OF SOUND ‘Now Is Tomorrow’/‘Moira Jane’s Café
PAPA SAN ‘Dancehall Good To We
MAIN SOURCE ‘Looking At The Front Door
SOUND OF SHOOM ‘I Hate Hate
DOUG LAZY ‘H.O.U.S.E.
PUNCHY ANDERSON ‘I Need The Green
SHINEHEAD ‘The Real Rock
TURBO ‘Freedom’
TOO SHORT ‘The Ghetto

MAUREEN ‘It’s My Life (Boilerhouse Mix)’ (103¾bpm) (Urban URBX 62)
Maureen Walsh reverts to just her first name for this Ben Wolff & Andy Dean (the Boilerhouse boys) mixed superb Soul II Soul-ish jittery tripping soulful swayer, attractively arranged with sinuously bumping acoustic-type bass, swirling strings, tinkling piano and jazzy sax gradually building up an infectious swingbeat jiggle, flipped by their Boilerhouse 7″ Edit and rivals Rockhouse’s much rawer Meltdown Mix.

JANET JACKSON ‘Love Will Never Do (Without You)’ (A&M AMY 700)
Yet another single from the ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’ album, timed to coincide with her UK gigs next week, this Jam & Lewis created bright jittery lurcher is in Shep Pettibone’s snappily surging new jack swing-ish Shep’s “Work It Out” Mix and starkly jolting The “Work It Out” Dub (102¾bpm), plus CJ Mackintosh’s lush acappella harmonies started then “too bad” prodded jauntily rolling UK Funky Mix (103bpm). Continue reading “October 20, 1990: Kool Skool, Maureen, Janet Jackson, Djum Djum, Cathy Dennis”

October 13, 1990: Young Disciples, J.B. MC, Catch, Loose Ends, Pebbles

BEATS & PIECES

PRESJAM 8, the eighth Prestatyn weekender, fast approaching on November 2/3/4, will feature not only full live concerts by En Vogue and Light Of The World, as previously announced, but also PAs by the likes of Loose Ends, Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe, Bass-O-Matic, Master Ace, Unique 3, The Sindecut, Carlton, Martay-N-DBM plus the strong possibility of Monie Love, Jungle Brothers, LL Cool J, Innocence, the Chimes and even Public Enemy (confirmation of these and more to follow), while Robbie Vincent will be making a welcome return to the regular DJ team — £60 tickets from LiveWire Promotions on 081-364 1212, but hurry as only a few are left . . . BBC2-tv next Monday (October 15) in the ‘Def II’ slot (repeated the following Sunday) starts a series of ten 40 minute ‘Dance Energy’ shows, all pretty up to date as recorded the previous Thursday and featuring three live acts, various video promos, charts, Euro reports and guest DJ presenters — meanwhile, Channel 4’s rival ‘Dance Daze’ series, recently recorded at Brixton’s Academy, is not due to start until November 9 . . . The Video Pool’s latest October ’90 edition, No. 76, includes for the first time (approximate) Beats Per Minute information to help those DJs who might want to sequence the videos smoothly within their musical programme (whether they attempt running mixes with actual records is up to them) — full details of this monthly video clip compilation service, available to bona fide disco operators only, from Roz Bea at 170a Holland Park Avenue, London W1 1 4UH (071-602 5935) . . . Simon Walsh still has a few places to fill on various DJ mailing lists (like upfront, commercial, Hi-NRG) at Music Enterprises, who have just celebrated their fifth anniversary with a move to Elysium Gate, 126-128 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LZ (telephone 071-371 5005, fax 071-371 0160) . . . WEA is now known as Warner Music International — how long before it’s WMI, or “Wammie” for short?! . . . Record Mirror Club Chart topper Monie Love has been signed by Spike Lee to appear in his next film, ‘Jungle Fever’, and also looks like becoming a cast member of a new US TV sitcom series — here, her ‘Down To Earth’ album has been preceded by a 45rpm 12-inch promo (Cooltempo CTLPP 14) featuring four volume boosted tracks from it, the original chugging ‘It’s A Shame (My Sister)‘ (108bpm), George Clinton-ish lurching P’funky ‘Don’t Funk Wid The Mo‘ (108¾bpm), lunar countdown and old Roy Ayers “hey uhh what you say come on” chant started frantic hip house ‘Down To Earth‘ (123¼bpm), and Anita Ward oldie adapting Ultra Naté duetted ‘Ring My Bell‘ (121¾bpm) . . . Paul Mulholland presents a Saturday 7-8pm dance music show on Glasgow’s first community station, East End Radio 103.5fm . . . 23-year-old Californian Samuelle was lead singer with Club Nouveau on their ‘Lean On Me’ hit, his own previously reviewed ‘So You Like What You See’ (much plugged by Kiss 100 fm in London) being out here now . . . Adamski’s ‘Killer’ singer, a guy called Seal has signed solo to ZTT . . . M.I.C. ‘Oobe 1’/’Oobe 2’, previously reviewed on Slippy Gimbo Records, has been picked up by the new Planet Pacific label for wider release next month . . . Gwen Guthrie’s ‘Miss My Love’ is due for UK release on October 29, when Deee-Lite’s ‘Power Of Love’ is out . . . Neneh Cherry’s ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ has been slickly remixed by Blacksmith in a jazzy keyboard and strings backed Brixton Bass Mix (Circa Records YRTX 53), with nice Gato Barbieri-ish sax, usefully flipped by its Brixton Bass Instrumental Mix plus their very different alternative stark old fashioned funk jittered Upso Mix (all 103½bpm, precisely) . . . Titiyo’s ‘Flowers’, now it’s out commercially, is also in some fully labelled Remixes (Arista 613 213), with Frankie Foncette’s excellent sparsely sinuous Uptown Mix (105bpm), Magnus Frykberg & StoneBridge’s ‘Theme from Shaft’-ish cymbal tapped Overload and Mike Stevens & Aadil’s funky drummered Hip-Hopappella Mixes (104¾bpm) . . . Orbital are at The Fridge in Brixton this Thursday (October 11) . . . DJ Harry J’s live guests are the James Taylor Quartet this Friday (12) in The Strongroom at Windsor’s The Old Trout (Barry Avenue), where a fortnight later (Friday 26) Big H is joined by Jeff Young for the Harry’s House night . . . Jerry Dammers is special opening night guest this Saturday (13) at the first fortnightly Downbeat in Coventry’s Tic Toc club, with resident DJs Lof and Fresh E scratching and sampling slow beats, grooves, rap and ragga . . . Bedford based Forbidden Fruit Inc. is donating to local medical-type charities 30 per cent of all admission profits from its new Thursday night at Bedford’s Sweetings II nightclub, alternate weeks featuring either (like this week) the old and new soul, mellow grooves, jazz and ragga Blak Is Blak or (next week) the more house, rap, upfront soul Urban Jungle, with DJs including Bejan ‘Nutty B’ Huggins, John ‘Jon Boy’ Eagles, Neil ‘The Raider’, Mikie V, Richard ‘Rochie’ Rochester, DJ Louis, South River Crew, DJ Lethargic, Loft Groover, Colin Dale and guests (further details from Rochie on 0860 793540 or 0234 262773, who would welcome offers of PAs too) — meanwhile, both these nights’ musical styles are combined for The Word on Saturdays at Castaways, slightly closer to Rushden than Bedford on the A6, near the appropriately named Souldrop (a genuine village!) . . . BOOMIN’!


HOT VINYL

YOUNG DISCIPLES ‘Get Yourself Together’ (99¾bpm) (Talkin Loud TLK3, via Phonogram)
London jazz-funk DJs Femi & Marco’s classily subtle recording act debuted with the Outlaw Posse rapped slinkily rare grooving ‘Step Right On’ (93bpm), only available commercially as a track on the Gilles Peterson helmed new label’s ‘Talkin Loud’ compilation LP despite being promoed with vocal and instrumental Dubs too as a 12 inch (Talkin Loud TLKDJ2), while now on commercial 12 inch and selling massively in London at least (following deserved Kiss 100 fm plugs) is this excellent likewise rare grooving jigglier jogger sweetly wailed by their soulful new member Carleen Anderson, with similarly jiggling but MC Mell’o’ rapped ‘Young Disciples (Theme)‘ and ‘Mo’ Beats’ B-side variations both giving some gentle flute enough room to breathe.

J.B. MC ‘Reality’ (102¾bpm) (Rhyme ‘n’ Reason Records 12 RNR 9)
Produced by the intriguingly named Three Thieves And A Liar, this surprisingly attractive gently jiggling Soul II Soul-ish melodic swayer is lispingly chatted between soulful girl group choruses, with an Instrumental Vocal Mix flip, probably catchy enough to end up quite big.

CATCH ‘Free (C’mon)’ (124bpm) (ffrr FXDJ 147)
Another presumably Northern dancer designed for raves but naggingly commercial enough to cross over, this spasmodically ‘Popcorn’-like bleeping sparse jaunty simple old style electro instrumental (with occasional Roger Daltrey-ish “I’m free — yay, yay, yeah-heh” and “a-c’mon, c’mon, c’mon” punctuations) has been promoed just in To The Point and slow starting Fullest Mixes, getting enthusiastic response. Continue reading “October 13, 1990: Young Disciples, J.B. MC, Catch, Loose Ends, Pebbles”

October 6, 1990: Omar, Ital Rockers, 4 For Money, Brenda Russell, Ten City

BEATS & PIECES

THE BEATLES’ ‘Yesterday’ followed by John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ are hotly rumoured to be due as the next big bootleg remixes in funky drummer stylee — inevitably, someone had to do it . . . D.N.A. (totally unconnected with the foregoing, so don’t read between the lines), despite now realising they would have ended up making much more money had they left ‘Tom’s Diner’ as a bootleg, have also remixed ‘Rusted Pipe’ from Suzanne Vega’s most recent album — except A&M in the States appear reluctant to allow its release as they don’t want her to become too established in people’s minds as a disco artiste! — plus The The’s ‘Armageddon Days‘, Tongue ‘N’ Cheek’s remake of Patrice Rushen’s ‘Forget Me Nots‘, and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s remake (with Mike Love of the Beach Boys on lead vocal) of the Rolling Stones’ We Love You’, while their own follow-up to ‘La Serenissima’ will be a remake of David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ with a house beat (but no “wooh yeah”!) . . . ‘Everybody’ turns out here to be credited on commercial pressings to The Criminal Element Orchestra featuring Wendell Williams, in just two mixes now (both 121¾bpm), the A-side’s Rap being a bowdlerized version of the import’s (Everybody) Rap Your Body minus its possibly controversial “Michael Jackson yelps” (if you get my meaning), flipped by a similar brand new Doesn’t Rap instrumental which was neither previously promoed nor on import . . . Peter Harris, head of GTi/Kickin Records, had niggling superstitious misgivings about the catalogue number of The Scientist’s ‘The Exorcist’ and so changed it from GTI 013T to KICK 1T on the printed label, but the unlucky “13” remained as the matrix number stamped in the vinyl — which may or may not have jinxed the first commercial pressing to be faulty and need scrapping, the at last loaded distributor’s van to catch fire, and finally the then contracted national courier’s lorry containing most of the successfully pressed copies (amongst other valuables) to be hi-jacked from outside King’s Cross station last Sunday night, with the consequence that as of last week the majority of shops still had not received the much in demand single (which, one trusts without hitch, is being repressed yet again)! . . . Raw Bass Records (who have licensed Ashford & Simpson’s in demand ‘Love Or Physical‘ Capitol LP track from last year for singles release here) are planning a series of talent showcasing separate soul, techno, and rap compilation albums each containing eight new tunes by various otherwise unsigned UK artists, who will get royalties and the chance of attracting major label attention — send cassettes for consideration to Henry Yori, 99 Budleigh Crescent, Welling, Kent DA16 1DP . . . Music Factory Mastermixes, the monthly subscription megamix service for DJs only, having been founded in July 1986 by the folks who went on to create Jive Bunny, is currently celebrating its 50th issue with a triple LP pack containing eight megamixes (including the hits of Madonna, Technotronic, WestBam and various recent release medleys), a remix of Dennis Edwards’ ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ plus Part 21 of the regular ‘DJ Toolkit’ of useful samples and drop-ins, instead of the usual just two LPs — subscribers also receive a newsletter, a copy of ‘Jocks’, occasional promos (including all Music Factory Dance releases) and discounts on certain disco equipment, the UK subscription rate ranging from £15 per month to £165 a year with one-off trial copies of this or previous month’s issues being available (apply first for a membership agreement form to Music Factory Mastermixes, Hawthorne House, 5/7 Fitzwilliam Street, Parkgate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S62 6EP, telephone 0709 710022, fax 0709 523141) . . . Alex Kerr-Wilson, manager of Tom Astor’s famous Orinoco studios (as immortalised in Enya’s ‘Orinoco Flow’), has for some time also been running an agency now formally known as Orinoco Mix which handles (on 071-232 0008) a specialist team of studio experienced remixers comprised so far of DJs Steve Proctor, Noel Watson, Carl Cox, Tommy D and engineer Ian Tregonin, all with impressive individual track records . . . Dancin’ Danny D — currently so massive in the States following the US pop success of D Mob that ironically he got mobbed just while out shopping for clothes there! — has produced two tracks for a “dance album” by movie star Kim Basinger, while here he has signed Juliet Roberts to a Slam Jam Productions/Eternal deal that kicks off with a reportedly excellent revival of Nat ‘King’ Cole’s ‘Again’ . . . Xpansions’ ‘Elevation’ has in fact been picked up by Arista (613 683), rather than de/Construction, but remains with an Optimism Records label . . . Nightmares On Wax’s previously reviewed promo (out fully in a fortnight) is indeed called ‘Aftermath’, flipped by ‘I’m For Real’ . . . Angel C’s calmly rapped though powerfully pushing ‘Impossible Dream’ (C.T. Records CTT 14), reviewed rather early six weeks ago as a promo, is only now just out commercially following club and Kiss 100 fm support by the likes of Jay Strongman and Danny Rampling . . . Tami Carrington, formerly at Motown and BMG, is a recent recruit to independent club pluggers Power Promotions (071-482 0728), where in particular — reflecting her own personal interest — she is building a specialist rap DJ mailing list . . . Backstreet Promotions are updating their mailing list for DJs in the London area, on 081-459 5545 . . . Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K’s ‘Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real)’ is merely a newly subtitled UK reissue of a single that happened to be included on the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ soundtrack album, while the official follow-up to the Partners In Kryme ‘Turtle Power’ chart-topper will be a percussively smacking Italo house-type Music Factory remix/remake of Orchestra On A Half Shell’s ‘Turtle Rhapsody’, out in early November at the same time as the film . . . Soft Cell’s old material is getting the updated remix treatment . . . Paul ‘Trouble Those Decks’ Anderson has been remixing Blaze’s ‘Get Up’ . . . The Grid’s ‘A Beat Called Love’ has had its superior 7″ Mix promoed on an exaggeratedly hi-fi eastwest Transcription Broadcast Service 12 inch test pressing, which looks very impressive but the detailed technical data included could just be satirical gobbledygook! . . . George Benson’s latest album, ‘Big Boss Band’, is a big band jazz set largely accompanied by the Count Basie Band (now led by saxophonist Frank Foster), first planned with the Count while he was still alive . . . DJ Lof, having last Thursday started the weekly Crosstown Traffic upstairs at Coventry’s Park Lane, this and the first Thursday of every month incorporates a Dress Up Before You Mess Up club night especially for fashion and art students to parade their creations — and on this week’s launch night (October 4) BBC-tv’s ‘The Clothes Show’ will be filming, among other attractions (details on Coventry 403984 after 6pm) . . . Swanley’s Hickorys has gone rootsy with Kym Daniels’ classy soul music Saturdays . . . Spalding DJ Johnny Corcoran has just started writing a monthly Disco page in Lincolnshire’s ‘South Holland Times’ . . . Italy’s big dance craze this summer was the sega (pronounced “ceegar”), apparently not unlike the lambada, so how long before cash-in records reach us? . . . BOOMIN’!


HOT VINYL
Reviewed by James Hamilton and Streets Ahead

THE DYNAMIC GUV’NORS ‘I Can’t Live Without You’/‘I Know My Task’/‘These Guys Are Doper Than Dope
PRESSURE DROP ‘Back To Back
SINDECUT ‘Tell Me Why’/LP version/‘Wisdom
NINJAMAN and FLOURGON ‘Zig It Up (The Main Attraction Remix)
HI TEK featuring YA KID K ‘Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real)
TODAY ‘I Got The Feeling
STEVE HARVEY ‘I’m The One
QUEEN MOTHER RAGE ‘Slipping Into Darkness
STYLE ‘The Assassinator (Paralysing Mix/Killer Mix)’
RUBY TURNER ‘It’s A Cryin’ Shame (UK Remix)

OMAR ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ (72bpm) (Kongo Dance DPST 7, via 081-453 0638)
Selling fast as causing a huge stir on radio (and probably hearth rugs!), if not yet dance floors, this lovely sensuous Al Jarreau-ish jogger is lifted from the jazzy Herne Bay soulster’s Jazz FM plugged hit album (further proof that the new incremental stations have the power to bring subtle mid- and down-tempo black music back to popular prominence), flipped by its Radio Mix and the sparse jiggly half-steppin’ ‘Don’t Mean A Thing‘ (95¾bpm).

ITAL ROCKERS ‘Ital’s Anthem (Trebledown-Bassup Mix)’ (125bpm) (Bass-ic BASS 3T, via Rough Trade)
Leeds based busily productive Bass-ic Records’ third release in almost as many weeks looks like their most successful to date, an amazing reggae/bleep fusion with “featuring strictly rockers” and “ryddim” ragga samples punctuating the piping and booming electro oscillations, flipped by the more traditional ‘washing machine’-type low frequency squidged ‘Science (First Bass Mix)‘ (122bpm). Possibly, massive.

4 FOR MONEY ‘A Moment In Time’ (Tam Tam Records TTT 030)
Much plugged on Kiss 100 fm and climbing fast now it’s finally out here, this catchy Italo house chugger (actually from Italy) has repetitive gruff vocal punctuations and a naggingly familiar piano riff in its Raw (119½bpm) and thumpingly started janglier Original (120bpm) Mixes, or a longer totally different percussively shuffling and pulsing piano-less Rising High Dub (123¾bpm). Continue reading “October 6, 1990: Omar, Ital Rockers, 4 For Money, Brenda Russell, Ten City”

September 29, 1990: A Homeboy A Hippie And A Funki Dred, Wendell Williams, Western Block/Terri Symon, Zoe, The Intelligent Hoodlum

BEATS & PIECES

SOUL II SOUL appear not to be releasing ‘People’ here at all, going with ‘Missing You’ in time for Christmas instead . . . Nigel Webb, previously at BMG, has replaced Eddie Gordon as head of club promotions at east west, where he will be running his own new DJ mailing list (WEA, Electric Lighting Station, 46 Kensington Court, London W8 SDP) . . . ‘Pal Joey’ Longo reveals that he looped Carl Bean’s ‘I Was Born This Way’ through the Earth People’s ‘Dance’ (along, of course, with Chic) — so that is what it is! . . . Nightmares On Wax’s “There’s something going round inside my head, I think it’s something I feel, it’s something unreal” acappella vocal hook in ‘Aftermath’ (as their newie turns out to be titled) sounds like Cuba Gooding’s remake of Main Ingredient’s ‘Happiness Is Just Around The Bend’ — thanx to Dave Lee at RePublic Records for the memory jog . . . US Cutting Records have remixed Hashim’s seminal ‘Al-Naafyish’ for imminent import release . . . Rhythmatic, Nottingham’s Mark Gamble and Leroy Crawford, have revived their ‘scam’ Sheffield telephone code 0742 Records label for a 10-inch pre-release pressing of ‘Frequency‘ (124½bpm), a twittery bleeping and spurting East Midlands techno bounder, coupled with the bassily throbbed jerkier Detroit style ‘Demons‘ (121¼bpm), due for eventual 12-inch release on Network (NWKT 13) . . . T.A.S. The Altered State’s B-side ‘Make Some Noise‘ is turning into the hot side thanks to play on guess which new radio station . . . Professor Griff & The Last Asiatic Disciples’ ‘The Verdict’, reviewed on import this issue, is due for UK release on October 15, when some alternative remixes by none other than Norman Cook will also be separately 12-inched — and there is a strong possibility that Griff will be touring here next month, too . . . October 22 looks like a busy date, most of the current promos seeming to be scheduled for release then! . . . Buffalo Soldiers are a new US rap group featuring Cameo leader Larry Blackmon’s son . . . The Boys enliven their video for ‘Crazy’ with impersonations of George Michael, Bobby Brown, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson (a brilliant send-up of his ‘Thriller’ video), and Milli Vanilli (possibly funniest of all) . . . MTV has been showing the video of Virginity 99’s ‘Kiss My Cherry Lips‘, a girl sung translation set to a hip hop-ish beat of ‘Das Erdbeermund’, rather late after Culture Beat’s German treatment but still interesting if anyone can find it . . . Diamond Duel Discotheques, no sooner had I finished writing last week’s mention, had the van containing their Cruisin’ Caraoke and other disco equipment stolen from right outside their shop — but Steve Crosby managed to get another set of gear in time to continue their Bishopsgate B.B.’s Thurs/Friday residency without a break (information leading to recovery of the missing property is however welcomed on 081-393 6265) . . . Superstition, “the original legal West End rave” (actually, a carefully disguised activity for University Of London students, open to the public) returns with DJs CJ Mackintosh, Marco and guests plus live musicians this and every second Saturday (Sept 29, Oct 13 and 27, etc), 10pm-4am, in Thornhaugh Street off Bloomsbury’s Russell Square . . . Innocence featuring Gee Morris perform a 30 minute live PA for Ben & Andy (the Boilerhouse boys) at Reasons To Be Cheerful this Saturday (29) in Brixton’s The Fridge, while over the road at the same time, Brixton’s The Academy hosts The Hats ‘N’ Roses Autumn Ball (wear either or both) with Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Nicky Holloway, Terry Farley, Fabio, The Grooverider, Mark Webster, Steve Lee plus PAs by Bass-O-Matic, Movement .98 and Spider (£12.50 advance credit card bookings on 081-392 2922) . . . Chris Forbes gets upfront for the over-20s (smart dress) every Friday at Welwyn Garden City’s West 1 Nightclub . . . Chad Jackson, once renowned for his slashed jeans, is these days sporting a moptop hairstyle and wickedly thin goatee beard as his new beatnik look . . . BOOMIN’!


HOT VINYL
Reviewed by Graeme Park and James Hamilton

RIO RHYTHM BAND ‘Carnival De Casa
UNIQUE 3 (featuring KARIN) ‘Rhythm Takes Control
DEBRA LEWIS ‘New Love Affair’/‘Don’t Change Me
TRU FUNK ‘4am’
RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE ‘In Dub’ (‘Thunder’/‘Deadly’/‘Women Respond To Bass’/‘Transworld Siren’)
JAH WOBBLE AND THE INVADERS OF THE HEART ‘Bomba’ (Andrew Weatherall and Hugo Nicholson remixes)
TONY! TONI! TONÉ! ‘Feels Good’ (US remix by Ken ‘Dr Shaft’ Kessie)
2XL ‘Destruction
RHYTHMATIC ‘Frequency’
L.U.P.O. ‘Keep It Up
CAMACHO’S PROJECT featuring REGINA WILSON ‘Slave
AZTECH ‘Symphony Of Brotherhood’/‘Symphony Of Ska
VOICES ‘Give Me Your Body’/‘I’m Your Freak

A HOMEBOY, A HIPPIE AND A FUNKI DRED ‘Total Confusion’ (123bpm) (Tam Tam Records TTT 031)
From the Rising High Collective, this word spittingly rapped rumbling frantic thunderer is in excitingly blazing Confusion Mix, aptly titled less frantically throbbing instrumental Mellow Mix and a shorter Reprise, hot on white label already ahead of release next week.

ED TERRY ‘Show Me Love
EVOLUTION BRIDGE ‘Simplicity’/‘Meree In Two
RON WILSON ‘Prove It To Me
THE RHYTHM METHOD featuring RUBBER RONSKI ‘The Call Of The Wild’
EXTORTION featuring DIHAN BROOKS ‘How Do You See Me Now
ELEANOR JOHNSON ‘Reach Out
KUSTOM MADE ‘Too Busy
RALPHI ROSARIO featuring SK-TA ‘Running Away
MOE-WET featuring KAREN WAITE ‘In The Heat Of The Night’

WENDELL WILLIAMS ‘Everybody’ (122bpm) (de/Construction Records PT 44072)
Outrageously prodded by swirling bursts of what sounds like Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’, among other things including Black Box’s (credited) ‘Everybody Everybody’ title line, the Arthur Baker produced fantastically exciting hip house leaper has not surprisingly exploded in British clubs while still on US import, the biggest import in a long time, here slightly slower in just edits of its (Everybody) Rap Your Body and Disco Lives Saxophonic Acid Vibe Rock Don’t Stop It Rave Mix versions, and full (Everybody) Swing Your Body version.

WESTERN BLOCK introducing Terri Symon ‘Right Here Right Now’ (100bpm) (Epic 656182 6)
Renamed from Eastern Bloc to prevent confusion with Manchester’s record shop and label distribution set-up of the same name, Paul Witts and Rob Manley’s group debuts with an excellent Terri Symon wailed, familiar bass burbled jiggly jogging street soul groin grinder initially circulated in Alternative Twelve and Extended Twelve mixes, and now not necessarily improved but also due separately in Creative Source’s more Latin flavoured jittery Society MIX (Epic 656182 5), flipped by Witts & Manley’s jerkily pattering Jazzy Mix. Continue reading “September 29, 1990: A Homeboy A Hippie And A Funki Dred, Wendell Williams, Western Block/Terri Symon, Zoe, The Intelligent Hoodlum”

September 22, 1990: Slam Slam/Dee C. Lee, Snap, The She Project/Jenni Evans, Mica Paris/Rakim, Caron Wheeler

BEATS AND PIECES

KISS 100 fm’s free launch party at Highbury Fields turned into such an instant roadblock that by early afternoon, before the star PAs had even begun, the station was already warning people to stay away in order to prevent the danger of injury from the crush — overcrowding backstage too meant that the stars were not allowed to linger after doing their PAs, but everything otherwise appears to have gone off well enough . . . Mark Webster and Graham Gold, the station’s breakfast show presenters, have a novel way of “breaking” records on air, records they don’t like, literally into pieces — smashed last week was the Saint Etienne newie, described as “a piece of poo”! . . . Les and Emma Adams of LA Mix didn’t have a honeymoon after their wedding, instead the next day they drove up to Manchester to appear on Piccadilly KEY 103, Sunset Radio, and ‘The Hit Man And Her’ (however, they did manage to have two separate wedding receptions, three days and 60 miles apart)! . . . Steve Crosby of Worcester Park’s Diamond Duel Discotheques (081-393 6265) doesn’t only do mobile discos, he has a mobile Cruisin’ Caraoke — karaoke (the correct spelling, meaning “empty orchestra” in Japanese) being the sing-a-long to backing tracks craze currently popularised by Steve Wright on Radio 1 — which is both available for hire and also in residency on Thursday and Friday evenings at B.B.’s in Bishopsgate, near London’s Liverpool Street Station . . . de/Construction Records have snapped up the Arthur Baker produced Club Chart storming Wendell Williams ‘Everybody’ here . . . Samuelle ‘So You Like What You See’, already reviewed twice on import, has been promoed here way ahead of eventual UK release (Atlantic A6151 T) in the same, superior, Extended LP Mix (99¾bpm), Teddy Riley 12-inch Remix (104¾bpm) and Club Remix (108¼bpm) . . . Ann-Marie Smith is the singer who sounds so much like Adeva in A&M/PM’s new duo New Life, in which she partners Justin Phil-Ebosie . . . ‘Summer‘, in its commercially released Full Blog Version (as it turns out to be called), is credited as being by Ben Chapman’s Loop De Loop featuring J. J. . . .  Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘In The Ghetto‘ (94bpm), briefly introed by the very start of Donny Hathaway’s live version of ‘The Ghetto’ as a separate nice little tribute, has lovely repeated lush piano notes like those from Barry White’s ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby‘ — thanks for the memory jog to Jon Jules at Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre, where Jesus Jones keyboardist lain Baker is the latest addition to the counter staff! . . . Jamie Bromfield, who previously often partnered YoYo as remixing engineers at the PWL studios, is now partnered by Dan Lycett at their own Crucial Dance label for which he is building a DJ mailing list on 071-403 9658 — initial releases have been by Grand Plaz (before it was signed to Urban) and King For A Day . . . Richard Lowe, leaving Rough Trade/RePublic to go freelance doing press promotion for Tam Tam Records/Savage among others, is building not a DJ mailing list but a specialist black/dance music journalist mailing list on 071-837 2655 . . . Warriors Dance is starting a sister label called Addis Ababa Records for “sweeter” soulful types of music, while Pacific is launching a more pop oriented Planet Pacific label for which demos are invited at Pacific House, Vale Road, London N4 1QB . . . Submission Records, home of East Midlands house music, has moved to The Square Centre, 389-394 Alfred Street North, Nottingham NG3 1AA (telephone 0602 417272, FAX 0602 412277) . . . Florida based Luke Skyywalker Records, home of US notoriety attracting foul mouthed rappers 2 Live Crew, is now called just Luke Records to prevent confusion with the ‘Star Wars’ character of similar though slightly differently spelt name . . . Bob Jones’s ears must have been burning recently, to judge from all the praise his Sunday 3-5pm (when last heard) real soul show on Kiss 100 fm has been getting . . . BOOMIN’!


HOT VINYL

SLAM SLAM featuring DEE C. LEE ‘Something Ain’t Right’ (116¾bpm) (MCA Records MCAT 1444)
Paul Weller, Dr Robert and Dee C. Lee get together for a sturdily bounding galloper throatily moaned mainly by the latter with mixer Dancin’ Danny D joining in soulfully on his Slammin Club Mix, flipped by a more thinly skittering Jammin Urban Mix, out next week.

SNAP ‘Cult Of Snap (World Power Mix)’ (110bpm) (Arista 613 596)
Already promoed in a strictly limited single sided Ibiza ’90 Edit (109¾bpm), merely re-edited from the LP as a temporary stop gap to hold off the cover version by Hi Power, this now properly remixed (and, unusually for the UK, 33⅓rpm) corny but catchy “zoombah yay” Afro chanted jiggly throbbing chugger has twiddly Middle East sax effects by Bobby Sattler and newly permanent group member Pennye Ford (Sharon Redd’s kid sister) chorussing between gruff MC Turbo’s bursts of butch rap, flipped by a percussively thundering (like a slowed down ‘Burundi Black’) Ibiza ’90 Mix — totally different to the Ibiza ’90 Edit, note — plus its original, Pennye-less and less punchy, Album Version.

THE SHE PROJECT featuring Jenni Evans ‘Summer Reprise’ (103½bpm) (SHE Records SHE 12002, via 081-421 2478)
Previously the standout from their otherwise house filled ‘Technofusion’ album of last December, created and remixed by Sahara’s Steve Sinclair, Peter Hinds & Kevin Ellis (link up their surname initials to see that it’s not the feminist project one might at first glance have supposed), this Jenni sung sweet sultry street soul jogger now jiggles perhaps just a little bit too deliberately in sort of Soul II Soul stylee through its Sound System Mix, flipped however much more sympathetically by a sparser gently jiggling Warm Bass Mix and similar Album Remix. Continue reading “September 22, 1990: Slam Slam/Dee C. Lee, Snap, The She Project/Jenni Evans, Mica Paris/Rakim, Caron Wheeler”

September 15, 1990: Innocence, Neneh Cherry, Numarx, The Chimes, Mimmo Mix/Valerie Etienne

BEATS AND PIECES

BEATS INTERNATIONAL’s actual vintage classic blues reviving ‘Burundi Blues‘ (Go.Beat GOD X 45) in its commercial version is just like its initially promoed (and also included) ‘Burundi Dub’ (105bpm) but with full vocals by Janet Kay, while now also separately promoed is a new very different gentler percussively tapping and shuffling Boilerhouse Mix (104¾bpm) (GORDJ 45) by Ben & Andy the Boilerhouse Boys, coupled with their Boilerhouse Guitar And Vocal Mix plus Norman Cook’s alternative Sixties blues riff and ‘Mr Bass Man’-ishly based chugging Traditional Version (120bpm) . . . Maxi Priest featuring Jazzie B’s ‘Peace Throughout The World (Remixes)’ (Ten Records TENR 317) has been updated by the busy Boilerhouse Boys’ calmly tapping soulful timely ‘Peace In The Middle East’ and ‘Beats Around The World’ (100½bpm), plus John Gallen’s more smoothly swaying The Video Remix (100¾bpm) and Abbey Shah’s totally different bass thrummed lurching Abbey’s Treaty Remix (101bpm), while Movement •98 featuring Carroll Thompson’s oddly slow moving ‘Sunrise’ has been given a more jauntily cantering Ragga Mix and Ragga Dub Mix (129¼bpm) by Aswad’s Drummie Zeb, due next week (Circa Records YRTX 51) . . . Pianonegro’s ‘Roots’-ish piano jogged, afro and ragga chanted ‘Pianonegro‘ (93bpm), having been huge throughout the summer in hotspots like Tenerife and Ibiza, is being relaunched here on September 24 in a more smoothly rolling Honky Tonk Remix (Epic 656081 8) flipped by an also new sparser fluttery Nix Renegade Dub . . . Sinitta’s ‘Love And Affection’ (Fanfare 12FAN 31) appears now to have come straight out commercially in its murkily jiggling D.N.A. Remix (89¾bpm) instead of the version originally reviewed . . . Melba Moore’s ‘Do You Really Want My Love’ (Capitol 12CL 592), reviewed on import but not apparently promoed, is now out here — as also is B.S.O.G. featuring Elaine Hudson’s ‘Bow Wow Wow’ (RCA PT 44008), reviewed when part of a twin-packed promo although now separated . . . Quincy Jones’s youthful protégé, Tevin Campbell sings lead on the next single scheduled for remixed release from Prince’s ‘Graffiti Bridge’ double album, the usefully Soul II Soul/SOS Band-ishly tempoed cool jiggly ‘Round And Round‘ (107bpm) . . . Motown are boosting the separately reviewed soundtrack album from the hip hop/new jack swing movie ‘House Party’ with a strictly promo only 12 inch (MPR- 19) containing the previously imported L.L. Cool J ‘To Da Break Of Dawn (Remix Version)‘ (104¾bpm) and Artz & Kraftz ‘What A Feeling (12″ Mix)‘ (112¼bpm) plus the album’s Flavor Flav ‘I Can’t Do Nothing For You, Man!’ (116¾bpm) and Full Force Family ‘House Party’ (114bpm) . . . TV-am last Thursday by mistake played the otherwise Bombalurina compatible “wooh yeah” driven ‘Let It All Hang Out ’90’ (121½-119½bpm) Sanny X remix of Jonathan King’s 1970 oldie — now credited as being by JK25 (MCA Records MCAT 1439) — at an incorrect 33⅓rpm so that it came out sounding rather more interesting (if just a tad too slow, although of course vari-speedable, at around 89bpm) in a Mancunian ‘nouveau hippy’ funky drummer stylee with definite re-remix possibilities! . . . Paul Oakenfold’s now fully launched PerfectO Records’ latest signing, joining Gary Clail and Lynda Law, is Bristol based The Corporation featuring singer Jane Hamlin . . . Brixton’s Fridge this Thursday (September 13) starts a new Jelly In The Fridge night with DJs ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards, Jon Cox and Nils Hess joined by LFO and the Forgemasters both appearing live, while Bass-O-Matic similarly guest next week and The Shamen Sound System the week after — the same venue’s Reasons To Be Cheerful Saturday this week features a 30 minute exclusive set by the Dream Warriors . . . Hip Joints play live this Saturday (15) at Windsor’s DDC with Seventies/Eighties soul/funk/jazz-funk jocks Chris Brown, Dave Morrison and Lee Drummond, in the town centre’s The Old Trout the first and third Saturday of every month . . . The Dream II at Andover Sports Centre next Saturday (September 22), 8pm-2am, promises a bouncy castle, inflatable maze, lots of noise, DJs Jumpin’ Jack Frost, Grooverider. Trevor Fung, Alex Hazzard, Martin Phippen and more (a tickets in advance from various outlets) . . . L.A. Mix partners Les Adams and Emma Freilich finally get married this week, with MC Jammy Hammy as best man and the disco by none other than Jazz FM’s “P.Y. The Pork Pie”, Peter Young! . . . Tony ‘Mayhem’ Monson (now at Kiss 100 fm) has been replaced on Saturday nights at Essex Radio by his old Solar Radio colleague Mark ‘Sparks’ McCarthy, whose new 10pm-2am ‘Rhythm Of Life’ show features dance and soul both ancient and modern . . . London’s brand new black and dance music Kiss 100 fm sounds best when, with the honourable exception of a few such obviously experienced radio presenters as Dave Pearce, David Rodigan and Graham Gold, most of its other DJs shut up and let the music do the talking: their enthusiasm for and knowledge of the music cannot of course be faulted but enthusiastic amateurs are still to be found on the many remaining pirates, to whom kids will tune if that’s what they want, while unfortunately the big budget advertisers the station needs in order to pay the bills now that it’s legal (it currently carries a lot of youth aimed education and semi public service ads) are not particularly interested in that young demographic and could well be frightened off completely by an overly amateurish approach regardless of the size of the audience — already, maybe as a consequence, the published roster of daytime presenters is proving to be fluid, and, just a mischievous though serious suggestion, would become even more listenable with the recruitment of such former pirate rivals as the well seasoned CJ Carlos! . . . KICKIN’!


HOT VINYL
reviewed by Jay Strongman and James Hamilton

ERIC B & RAKIM ‘In The Ghetto
COOL C ‘Life In The Ghetto
SKATEMASTER TATE ‘Justice To The Bass’/Dub/‘Joe’s Jam
CANDYMAN ‘Knockin’ Boots
MELLO C ‘House This Out
KENYATTA ‘I Wanna Do Something
LAKIM SHABAZZ ‘No Justice No Peace
TAIRRIE B ‘Murder She Wrote
KINGS OF SWING ‘Nod Your Head To This (Norman Cook/Original/Audio Two Mixes)’

INNOCENCE ‘Let’s Push It’ (Cooltempo COOLX 220)
Only just promoed so probably not out fully for a while, this presumably again Gee Morris wailed and Jolley Harris Jolley created jiggly throbbing thudder again has an attractive slinkily sinuous vocal (and a catchy sax tone twiddled break) but builds a beefier groove than usual in its Big Beat Mix (105½bpm), with a Pink Floyd-ish guitar washed alternative gentler swingbeat Belief Mix (103-102½bpm) plus a drily juddering Sax Urbana dub of the old ‘Silent Voice’ (102¾bpm).

NENEH CHERRY ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ (103½bpm) (Circa Records YRT 53)
Spearheading an AIDS research benefitting charity album, Cole Porter’s sophisticated lyrics suddenly assume a new significance in this message rap augmented strange stark bassily chugging adaptation, co-produced by Baby Afrika Bambaataa of the Jungle Brothers with its Instrumental and a more squidgily jolting David Z Remix (102¾bpm) as flip, due commercially next week. “Share your love, don’t share the needle.”

NUMARX ‘Do It Good’ (112bpm) (US MBR MARX 1002)
On their own Marx Brothers Records (not that Marx is necessarily the real name of anyone involved!), this infectious ‘In The Bottle’ rhythm and “let’s do it” prodded conversationally narrative rap jiggler actually seems to be proving hottest in its largely Instrumental Mix, with vocal Hip Hop, orgasmically started Extended, and two Basement Boys remixed slicker Basement Mixes too. Continue reading “September 15, 1990: Innocence, Neneh Cherry, Numarx, The Chimes, Mimmo Mix/Valerie Etienne”

September 8, 1990: Maestro Fresh Wes, Adamski, Seduction, Lost Entity, N.W.A.

BEATS AND PIECES

TONY COCHRANE, well known north o’ the border for many years as a Dundee based DJ, promoter, and promotional tour organiser, has now recruited Scotland’s 40 top club jocks to form a record pool along US lines, possibly the first here since the Seventies, members paying just £4 for a weekly box of not only the best new UK dance releases supplied by record and promotion companies but also some imports supplied by two US record pools (in an exchange product deal), companies already confirmed as using the Scottish Professional DJ Pool’s service (costing them only £50 per mailout, details on 0382 644003) being MCA, CBS, AVL, BMG, Big Life, eastwest, 4th + B’way, Rhythm King, Cooltempo and Debut, with more signing on all the time . . . Kiss 100 fm’s launch party at North London’s Highbury Fields this Sunday (September 9) features festive fun for all the family plus a string of appearances (listed in planned running order at 15 minute intervals between 2.15 and 8.30pm) by Roots, Heatwave, Caron Wheeler, Maureen Walsh, Movement .98, Slam Slam, Laquan, Innocence, Robert Owens, Titiyo, Richard Rogers, Jomanda, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Dream Warriors, Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe, Loose Ends, The Rebel MC, Double Trouble, Beats International, Black Box, The Pasadenas, Maxi Priest, The Chimes, LL Cool J, Ten City, Aswad — some show, huh, and all for free! . . . Eddie Gordon and Suzanne Jeoffroy are about to quit plugging for eastwest to become, from September 17, respectively divisional general manager and club promotions manager at Urban, where the addition of the Dave Dorrell owned Luv Records and two other brand new labels will be swelling the Polydor dance outlet into a self contained operational group . . . Steve Mason, owner of record distributors Pinnacle as well as a pressing plant, an import/export company and several labels, has bought the London based dance music shop chain Red Records’ main Soho branch in Beak Street, now renamed Unity without any change of music policy (he was originally negotiating for all four shops) . . . D.N.A. turn out to be EMI’s West Country sales representative Neal Slateford and studio engineer Nick Batt, while the whole white label scam behind their ‘Tom’s Diner’ remix was masterminded by veteran South London DJ ‘King Enri’ Yori, co-owner of Raw Bass Records (and until recently an EMI rep too) . . . ‘Tom’s Diner’ re-remixer Alan Coulthard meanwhile, ironically, has just followed D.N.A. again in re-remixing Sinitta’s ‘Love And Affection’, with more jazzily plonking piano . . . Bazza at Oxted based Box 52 Records (named after the post office box number of their address, PO Box 52, Oxted, Surrey RH8 9YJ), looking for new artistes on 07374 3992, aggressively warns that the label will be taking risks to break away from the rut of current record company thinking, no free promos for DJs and shops being one tactic — so, don’t bother applying for a mailing list there! . . . Non Fiction Records is launched this week as the “independent” wing of Fiction Records (home of indie band The Cure), alongside their specifically “dance” label Desire . . . Brixton’s Blacksmith, the first outsiders ever to do so, are remixing the next Public Enemy single, promoed here initially as a (no doubt very collectable) seven inch in just its original LP mix, the angrily bounding ‘Can’t Do Nuttin’ For You Man‘ (117½bpm) — like it says, “get that shit!” . . . Soul Family Sensation’s superb Soul II Soul-ish ‘I Don’t Even Know (If I Should Call You Baby)‘ (One Little Indian 42 TP 12, via Rough Trade) has Full Mix (100bpm) and even sultrier slow starting The Karen Carpenter Late Night Mix (99½bpm) versions, plus the stabbing organ and piano prodded jittery ‘Beat, Author!‘ (114¾bpm) . . . J.T. & The Big Family’s ‘Foreign Affair’ in its Guys Mix is, as inadvertently omitted last week, a significantly faster 108bpm to suit its totally different sweetly chugging Italo style . . . Channel 4 in their Friday 6-7pm ‘The Word’ series are planning two, separate, future features about Northern Soul and weekenders . . . Tashan, A Tribe Called Quest, Ronnie McNeir, Brand New Heavies, and the reformed Dramatics featuring Ron Banks, LJ Reynolds, Willie Ford, Lenny Mayes and Steve Boyd are among the live acts scheduled for the Blackpool Soul & Dance Weekender 7 at Southport Pontins over November 23/24/25, with DJs Tim Westwood, Colin Curtis, Richard Searling, Bob Masters, Bob Jeffries, Bob Jones, Jonathan, Norman Jay, Simon Dunmore, Ian Clark, Yogi, Billy Davidson, Tom Jackson, Graeme Ellis, Steve Hobbs, Sylvester, Hewan Clarke, The Educated Jazzman, Simon Mansel, Gary Dennis and more — £55 ticket details on 091-389 0317 . . . Light + Sound Show ’90, the disco equipment exhibition, is this coming Sunday to Wednesday, September 9/10/11/12 at London’s Olympia 2, £6 admission on the door (if you missed early bird registration), 11am-6pm . . . Kiss 100 fm’s very first playlist meeting listened to and rejected (rather more interesting than the records they actually chose!) current club hits by Electribe 101, Lynda Law, David Grant, Wendell Williams, Elaine Hudson, Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson featuring Shawn Christopher, Movement .98, T.D.P., History featuring Madeleine Jo, and a whole lot more — they did in fact chose a fair number of other club hits, which is probably just as well for “London’s black and dance music” station . . . KICKIN’!


HOT VINYL
reviewed by Norman Cook and James Hamilton

CURTIS MAYFIELD & ICE T ‘Superfly 1990 (Mantronix Remix/Fly Mix)’
MASSIVE ATTACK ‘Daydreaming’ / ‘Any Love
THE INTELLIGENT HOODLUM ‘Back To Reality (Drum And Bass Mix)

MAESTRO FRESH WES ‘Drop The Needle’ (121bpm) (US LMR 2661-1-RD)
Debuting the RCA distributed new Lefrak-Moelis Records, this DJ Mark The 45 King remixed infectious jauntily jumping hip house-ish fast talker is in drily tapped and thrummed The 45 King Remix, The 45 King Dub (121½bpm), strong jiggly thumping Manu Dibango-ishly driven samples swamped The Throwdown Club Mix, Beethoven’s Fifth introed wordy Radio Edit, and mumbling started less hip more MC Hammer type unremixed LP Version, instantly large in London and Manchester. Are you ready for the drop?

MAXI PRIEST (FEATURING JAZZIE B) ‘Peace Throughout The World
STEREO MC’S ‘Elevate My Mind’ / ‘Message From The Motherman
SOUL FAMILY SENSATION ‘Baby’
AFRICAN BUSINESS ‘In Zaire Business
SAMUELLE ‘So You Like What You See (Extended LP Mix/12” Remix/Club Remix)’
REBEL PRINCESS, COCOA TEA AND SHABBA RANKS ‘Just Be Good To Me

ADAMSKI ‘The Space Jungle’ (120½bpm) (MCA Records WMCAX 1435)
Brilliantly setting the words of Elvis Presley’s 1957 classic ‘All Shook Up’ to an episodically pausing and surging new wriggly electro track, this inspired stroke of cheeky fun filled genius deserves to be an even bigger pop smash if possible than his last number one (it seems that Adamski tackles the vocals himself now, Seal having moved on), this particular limited edition promo pressing being flipped by a much more beefily bounding ‘Instrumental All Shook Down’ version.

SEDUCTION ‘Breakdown (Clivilles/Cole Club/Dub Mix)’ (107bpm) (US Vendetta Records 75021 7040 1)
Leading off an instantly massive twin-packed double 12 inch from Robert Clivilles & David Cole’s girl group, this violently jittering bright rap judderer is excitingly scratched and washed with familiar samples (strident short reprise too) but isn’t necessarily as hot here as the accompanying ‘Iko Iko’-type nursery chant started then infectious stark fiercely chugging and scrubbing ‘Groove Me’ (121bpm) in its Club Mix and separately pressed different more house-ish Dub Mix (also with a short reprise), the latter flipped by the at first music box-like then rippling keyboard tinkled jazz-funky instrumental ‘One Mistake (Master Mix)‘ (118bpm). Continue reading “September 8, 1990: Maestro Fresh Wes, Adamski, Seduction, Lost Entity, N.W.A.”