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!
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”