K-Klass – Let Me Show You (12″)

ImageContinuing the party theme and this from 1993 and again with a strong mancunian connection (via Wrexham and Chester), this was their first on the major Parlophone after much underground success. Sung by Bobbi Depasois this was a top 20 hit and was one of the anthems. The Dub mix is lot darker and harder and long techno track, “1,2,3” with shades of Babylon Zoo and Mody via some industrial metal beating , assisted by a mix by Weatherall’s Sabres Of Paradise.


A1   Let Me Show You (Klub Mix) 5:28  
A2   Let Me Show You (Pharmacy Dub) 6:43  
B   1,2,3 (Sabres Of Paradise Mix) 11:27  

Urban Cookie Collective – The Key : The Secret (12″)


Daft name but a quality party toon. Rohan Heath was the mancunian keyboard player behind it with the distinct vocals of Diane Charlemagne keeping a northern vibe.  Four mixes, with the ” glamourous ” mix being close to the single version. The Kamoflage stuff is a bit darker with a very dubby bass on the “Dub Mix” surprise, surprise!!

The Key : The Secret (Glamourously Developed Mix) 6:16
The Key : The Secret (Regressive Mix) 6:01
The Key : The Secret (Kamoflage Club Mix) 6:40
The Key : The Secret (Kamoflage Dub) 7:30


Smith & Mighty feat. Jackie Jackson – Walk On (Remixes) (12″)

ImageUnbelievably this was from 1988 and a great cover of the Baccharach & David track by Bristol’s Smith & Mighty. Predating the Trip Hop movement it uses the Donna Summer version as the main sample backbone. Three decent mixes here, the “R&R” one being more uptempo, the “Remix” itself is quite dubby and experimental as you would expect.

Fresh Link!!


A Walk On (Long Version)
B1 Walk On (Remix)
B2 Walk On (R&R Mix)

Culture Club – Move Away (12″)

ImageHappy Christmas to all the visitors to the blog !!!!!!!!

Over to the Culture Club and this amazing 12″ from 1986. As their popularity waned they could still put out a great tune. This has been given the full 80’s 12″ makeover with lots of added studio trickery. The B-side again is another long remix (10 min+) of high tempo track “Sexuality (Tango Dub Remix Version)” which isn’t a dub mix at all because it has plenty of vocals. The production is so slick, helped by Turkish producer Arif Mardin and American engineer Lew Hahn.

Enjoy over a mince pie!!


The Flame – This Time Tomorrow (12″)

ImageObscure release of the week award goes to this from 1989 on Anxious Records. A bit of rock and some blues are evident on this 4 tracker (which bizarrely has a live version of the title track included?) The title track is very Stones like, “Snake Talk” has some prog elements, whilst “Joe Lean” loves to a be a “Boys Keep Swinging” Bowie. The live tracks were recorded at the Moles in Bath.



A1   This Time Tomorrow    
A2   Snake Talk (Live)    
B1   Joe Lean (Live)    
B2   This Time Tomorrow (Live)

River City People – Carry The Blame / California Dreaming (12″)

ImageFrom 1990 and this great 4 tracker from River City People. This Liverpool folk rock band actually formed in 1986 with the amazing voice (and looks) of Siobhan Maher. This was their biggest hit thanks to their brilliant cover of “California Dreaming” the other A-side “Carry The Blame” was a poignant anti-abortion song sounding ever so like Talk Talk in terms of the musical backing. The B-sides are both live tracks recorded from London’s Town & Country Club and certainly proved they could cut it live! I love the Gothy guitar on “Under The Rainbow” Great stuff from an overlooked band.



1   California Dreamin’ 2:21  
2   Carry The Blame 3:18  
3   Under The Rainbow (Live) 5:06  
4   Say Something Good (Live) 4:42  

The Bluebells – All I Am (Is Loving You) (12″)

bluebellyFrom 1985 and some stuff from the Scottish Indie band, The Bluebells. It is the follow up to “Young At Heart” and has a much more harder guitar sound. Powerful but with those gentle songs. The 12″ mix starts off a bit like “Start Me Up” but works towards a rousing chorus.

The politics kick in on the 2 B-sides. With the Strike supporting acoustic of the “Ballad Of Joe Hill” and the gutsy guitar of the anti Falklands War song, “South Atlantic Way” a cracking little gem of a track here in its “full” version.