After my January 2016 review of Telstar’s Get On This, I took six months off. This second volume has 32 dance hits and uses the following acts on the front inlay: Massivo, F.A.B. featuring MC Parker, Bobby Brown, Chad Jackson, Technotronic, Paula Abdul, Blue Pearl, Soup Dragons. The booklet features a painting that wouldn’t be out of place on a 4AD release while pages 6 and 7 have text background that reminds me of Pixies’ Bossanova.
The spectre of Madchester hangs heavy. We begin with Technotronic’s wonderful fourth single, Rockin’ Over The Beat (Rockin’ Over Manchester 7″ Mix) – a nice change from the LP edit – which now seems more evocative as every year passes by. Beat On The Street and debs parties. Yazz’s Treat Me Good is an upfront workout which seems almost reflective in its delivery while Bobby Brown’s Freestyle Megamix (7″) is still marvelous – On Our Own, Don’t Be Cruel, Every Little Step, My Prerogative. We go dark with Queen Latifah’s little-known and elongated Come Into My House, remixed by The 45 King while Monie Love drops the funky Monie In The Middle. Decreasing the tempo, Lisa Stansfield’s Affection and Massivo’s chilled-out twist on Minnie Ripperton’s Loving You. And stones. . . I’m Free.
“It’s so hot in here.”
I worked in a grain yard – Minch Norton – all through the hot summer of 1990. Blue Pearl’s hard-hitting Naked In The Rain formed part of the soundtrack. A stunning debut produced by Youth and ably assisted by 808 State’s Graham Massey. Next comes Chad Jackson’s punishing Hear The Drummer Get Wicked followed by the fabulous F.A.B. and the ’60s marionette banger Thunderbirds Are Go. Anything can happen as we go deep into piano house territory on Tingo Tango’s euphoric It Is Jazz. The ubiquitous Dub Me Good To Me leads into Daryl Pandy’s slamming crossover tune I Love Music. And then Simon Harris returns with a curious cover of Don’t Stop The Music. On duty: Dina Carroll and Monte Luc. CD1 ends on a timely note – I am typing this while watching Spain v Iran.
It’s one on one.”
Starting CD2: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe, otherwise known as Bell Biv DeVoe. Poison is tough stuff, programmed pack-jam beats. In the sky with diamonds are Candy Flip and the gorgeous swirl of This Can Be Real. July 1990, post World Cup comedown banger. “Absolutely the most fun I’ve ever had making a video. I recruited everyone I knew. The producer (he’s on the phone next to me), my ex-girlfriends, all my mates (Steve, Chris, Lee, Mole…to name but a few) stood on a conveyor belt and ‘performed’ as they passed the camera. We originally wanted to shoot it in one take – but ended up cutting it. It was summer, we were young, it was great. Not the best video I’ve ever made – but the most enjoyable.” (Miles) Equally laidback is Free, a deadly slice of UK street soul that’s still magic while Fresh Connection’s downtempo version of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore fits in perfectly. Love and devotion. If you like that, you may enjoy IJ & The Sound Wave’s hazy take on 10cc’s I’m Not In Love.
“There’s a pub if you got to go.”
Calling Berwick Street! Take the riff from The Smiths’ How Soon Is Now? and layer it over a Soul II Soul rhythm track. The result was the rather tripped-out Hippychick which fits this sequence like a hand in glove. To the promised land via the Rebel MC – it’s their final release of 1990, the sweetly sung Rebel Music before yet another cover – Da Yeene’s Drive My Car – beep! beep! After Paula Abdul’s funky Opposites Attract, it’s the return of the Maxx – Klymaxx and the swinging Good Love. For some completely different, look no further than the Art Of Love by the Art Of Noise. Their Loaded, an irresistible unique groove. Jamming on, Don Pablo’s well known Venus, Deskee’s crucial Dance Dance, Critical Rhythm’s trance halls sound. End of the line: Salsoul meets Philip Glass in Olimax + DJ Shapps haunting cover of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life. Once more – let’s make some noise – D-Shake’s pounding epic house banger Yaaah. Beat On The Street choon.
D-Shake – Yaaah
Olimax + DJ Shapps – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
Candy Flip – This Can Be Real
Art Of Noise – Art Of Love
Lest we forget
Tammy Payne – Free