The Best Of Dance ’91 turned out to be a very successful compilation for Telstar and one that lasted right through the decade. The 1992 edition was advertised as containing “32 hottest club hits”, three of which were new releases at the time.
A #1 at 01: Snap’s Rhythm Is A Dancer in its rather low key Purple Hazed 7″ edit. A staple of MTV’s Party To Go and no cancer rap. The compilers also use the Band Mix of Ebeneezer Goode which is equally under the radar and contains a lengthy instrumental intro. A more immediate groove gets underway with Kriss Kross’ addictive Jump and En Vogue’s funky My Lovin’ while KWS made Please Don’t Go an instant time capsule with is know-it-anywhere opening key and memorable video. NR1: The Chippendales and the anodyne exercise beats of Give Me Your Body. We’re back to hot jams with Clivillés and Cole’s urgent A Deeper Love and Smart Es toytown rave of Sesame’s Treet. Disco juice.
“Would you like me to seduce you?
Is that what you’re trying to tell me?”
George Michael’s animalistic Too Funky features the following models in its video: Eva Herzigova, Linda Evangelista, Nadja Auermann, Emma Sjöberg, Estelle Hallyday, Shana Zadrick, Tyra Banks, Beverly Peele, and Emma Balfour. After Bizarre Inc’s bouncy I’m Gonna Get You, Kym Sims pops up again with the classy R&B groove of Take My Advice. This is followed by some progressive house from Spooky – Land Of Oz (Poppyfield Mix) before Take That’s driving breakthrough It Only Takes A Minute. Then it’s uplifting soul from The Pasadenas I’m Doing Fine before sophisti-pop’s slight return: Curiosity’s Hang On In There Baby. The first half ends with a statemate; yet another mix of The Orb’s Blue Room. Although not stated in the sleeve notes, this one appears to be unique.
CD2 kicks off with a riot; the jump-up magnificence of On A Ragga Tip. To Ce Ce Peniston and the third hit from the Finally LP – a smokin’ Keep On Walking. Halycon days for Opus III and It’s A Fine Day. Liquid’s Sweet Harmony is melodic hardcore, the ultimate piano anthem while Urban Hype milk another children’s classic with A Trip To Trumpton. The latter was based based on the original Trumpton music by Freddie Phillips with heavy use of samples such as “Time for Trumpton”, “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grubb!”. A breakbeat classic and produced by Jack Smooth. Undercover’s evergreen Baker Street comes next before Kicks Like A Mule’s severe darkcore of The Bouncer. And just on the midpoint is Jonny L’s spooky and wicked Hurt You So.
The bangers keep on coming with The Prodigy’s jittery Everybody Is In The Place and Altern-8’s full-on masked hysteria of Evapor-8 (Inciner-8 Mix). Engineered by the Fat Controller with PP Arnold on vocals. Say it loud. Elsewhere Messiah burn up the floor with the blistering I Feel Love while Digital Orgasm imbue Running Out Of Time with an escapist vibe. We switch to Benelux now with Praga Khan’s booming Injected With A Poison and 2 Unlimited’s heady Workaholic. Meanwhile Shabba Ranks was making average-sized waves as Mr Loverman reached #23 on the UK charts. The lilting dancehall favourite wouldn’t hit the mark until the following year. The final comedown belongs to Primal Scream. The Screamdelica trip which started with the Loaded 12″ in February 1990 came to an end exactly two years later when the Dixie Narco EP was released. The euphoric Movin’ On Up was the lead track. It’s really beautiful.
“My brightest star’s my inner light, let it guide me,
Experience and innocence, bleed inside me,
Hallucinogens can open me, or untie me,
I drift in inner space, free of time,
I find a higher state of grace, in my mind”.
Jonny L – Hurt You So
Altern-8 – Evapor-8
Urban Hype – Trip To Trumpton
Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up
Lest we forget
Liquid – Sweet Harmony