Thames Valley DJ Assn members meet Phonogram’s John Weller and learn about disco administration on Sunday (25) at noon in Abingdon’s Railway Inn, Old Station Yard . . . CBS Disco Department’s new contact lady for DJ’s is lovely Loraine Trent, at 73 Newman Street, London W1 (01-580 8667), which will soon be Greg Lynn’s office too . . . Chrysalis northern area’s Ken Grunbaum needs more North-West DJ’s as they plan much more sustainable product: catch Ken at 74 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire (061-439 2134) . . . RCA’s Sally Ormsby has started a serious search for the best looking DJ – the winner will find out what the prize is! – so send photos and measurements to Sal at RCA House, 50 Curzon Street, London W1X 8EU . . . Colin Wheeler of 7 Robert Street, North Woolwich, London E16 2LZ (01-476 2794), compiles a weekly DJ Top 40 chart based on requests sent in from a panel of 37 other DJ’s, who then receive the completed chart to display at gigs: if you’d like to join in, let him know . . . Donald Murray, Glasgow winner of the last Tea Council DJ Search heat, had such strong competition from runners-up Forbes Robertson and Jay Jay Sawers that BBC Radio Scotland has awarded not only them, but all six competitors studio time to make audition tapes, useable anywhere . . . Hull University’s Phil Mitchell runs a thoroughly good University Soul Club with a newsletter, record offers, reviews and trips to soul shows in far-flung places like Manchester, so if you’ve passed your exams you could do worse than get a place at Hull!
SUGAR: ‘Manhattan Fever’ (Power Exchange PX 275)
Deceptively simple purpose-built fast polyrhythmic funky pounder with lots of potential, should be big.
UBIQUITY: ‘Midnight After Dark’ / ‘Starbooty’ (Elektra K 12305)
Rose Royce-type choppy funky burbler on remixed 6:08 12in or 3:40 7in, already bigger than the trickier official 3:09 A-side.
LIMMIE: ‘Saturday Night’s The Night’ (Psycho P 2004)
Terrific unexpectedly sophisticated smooth bouncy rhythm ticker with an almost Friends Of Distinction vocal finesse – truly a surprise worth finding. Continue reading “June 24, 1978: Sugar, Ubiquity, Limmie, Michael Zager, Boney M”