90’s Dance Music 12″ Collection – Volume 02

Here’s The second volume of the collection!!!

Years: 1990-1991-1992

The tracks included are mixes or remixes from the original 12″ maxies.


This second volume continues reviewing once more dance hits from 1990 to 1992.
Backing again to 1990 we find a classic track “Pump Up The Jam”. The track that became “Pump Up The Jam” began life as “Technotronic” (which in turn became the project’s official name), an original instrumental Bogaert released under the name “The Pro 24s”. Based on Farley Jackmaster Funk’s “The Acid Life”, this instrumental initially included vocal samples from Eddie Murphy’s “Delirious” live set and was months later replaced by newer music, along with lyrics and vocals from Ya Kid K. prior to the song’s international release in September 1989. The song became a worldwide success, eventually reaching #2 in both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart in late 1989/early 1990, while becoming the first house song to go break through to the pop mainstream. It not only introduced a new sound based on “New Beat”, a dance genre developed around the Belgian music scene, but it was also one of the first songs to pioneer the short-lived hip-house genre, a fusion of house and elements of hip-hop.
Black Box (later Blackbox) was an Italian house music group popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The members of the group included a trio made up of a club DJ (Daniele Davoli), a classically trained clarinet teacher (Valerio Semplici), and a keyboard and electronic music “wiz” (Mirko Limoni).  In 1989, the trio teamed up with model Catherine Quinol (a.k.a. Katrin) formed Black Box. By early 1990, Martha Wash was engaged to perform vocals on a number of tracks which, Ms. Wash was apparently told, were for club consumption and were not for mass-release. One would be “Everybody Everybody”, which would become one of their two top-ten hits in North America. The album “Dreamland” was released. The first single “Ride on Time” was an international hit, making Top 10 in many countries and No. 1 in the UK, soon becoming the UK’s best-selling single of 1989. The song heavily sampled “Love Sensation” by Loleatta Holloway, a 1980 disco hit. The Black Box title is derived from the lyrics “Cause you’re right on time”. Dan Hartman, writer and producer of “Love Sensation”, was not sought for permission to sample his song, and soon after the international success of “Ride on Time,” questions arose as to the true vocalist on the song. Legal proceedings ruled that Loleatta Holloway was the actual singer on “Ride on Time” (albeit by means of the “Love Sensation” vocal samples) and Black Box surrendered a large percentage of the royalties from the song to Hartman and Holloway. The song eventually did make it onto the Dreamland album when it was released later in 1990 as well as the Hits and Mixes compilation, and numerous other compilations. A new version of the track with vocals by Heather Small appeared solely as a single. Subsequent releases, as well as the album tracks, also featured a then-uncredited Martha Wash as vocalist. Quinol lip-synched the vocals in “live” performances and in music videos. Martha Wash sued Black Box, RCA and then C+C Music Factory for performing vocals on their respective songs and not receiving due credit. These legal actions led to the legal recognition of vocalists who perform songs for other artists, including samplings. Wash received full vocal credit upon the single release of “Strike It Up”, but the music video still featured Quinol lip-synching the lyrics.
49ers were an Italian Italo House and Eurodance act featuring producer and DJ Gianfranco Bortolotti and vocalist Ann-Marie Smith. They were named after the San Francisco 49ers American football team as Smith was the 49th vocalist to audition. In 1990, two of their songs reached #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, “Touch Me” and “Don’t You Love Me”. 49ers exemplified two characteristics of Italo House: the taking of lyrical hooks from other compositions and the off-kilter approach to English grammar and narrative. The couplets that often form the choruses of Italo House records usually make sense in a roughly impressionistic manner (if at all).
The Boer brothers had already been experimenting with music in a small bedroom when they finally gained note in 1990, when their single “Can’t Help Myself” was picked up by Dutch radio stations and became an international hit. The brothers then brought together rapper Da Smooth Baron MC and singers Peggy “The Duchess” and Gale Robinson to form their stage act.
In 1990, Dr. Alban met Denniz Pop from the SweMix label and together with Denniz and Rap-Queen Leila K, they released his first record, “Hello Africa”. Alban Uzoma Nwapa took the stage name Dr. Alban, a nod to his dental studies. His debut album Hello Africa included hits like “Hello Africa” and “No Coke”, both of which ended up being million-selling singles. The album itself was quite successful which earned Alban Gold-certification-awards in numerous markets including Germany (for sales of over 250,000 units), Austria (for sales of over 25,000 units) and Switzerland (for sales of over 25,000 units).
Denniz Pop (Dag Krister Volle) was a Swedish DJ, music producer and songwriter. In 1986 Dag Volle, yet not known as Denniz PoP, and some of the elite DJ’s in Stockholm, started the label SweMix Records. He soon became one of Sweden’s most wanted remixers. In 1992 Denniz Pop started Cheiron studios together with Tom Talomaa at Kungsholmen, Stockholm. In the beginning they released records but soon discovered producing was their game.
Alison Moira Clarkson (born 6 March 1970 in Kensington, London) better known as Betty Boo, is an English singer, songwriter and pop-rap artist. She first came to mainstream prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s following a collaboration with The Beatmasters and her subsequent solo career, which spawned a number of chart-placing singles, most notably in 1990 with “Doin’ The Do”. Her big break came when she appeared as guest vocalist on the 1989 number 7 UK hit single, “Hey DJ – I Can’t Dance (To That Music You’re Playing)” by The Beatmasters. Her first solo single, “Doin’ The Do”, followed and was also a UK number 7 success for her in 1990, selling 200,000 copies and reaching number one on Billboard’s dance chart in the United States. One year later, the song was used as the title tune for Magic Pockets video game by the Bitmap Brothers. Boomania, her platinum-selling debut album, was largely self-written and self-produced in her bedroom.
The Adventures Of Stevie V was a British dance music act from Bedfordshire, England, who, in the early 1990s, scored several hits on the UK Singles Chart,[1] and the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
Assembled by producer Stevie Vincent, the group also included singers Melody Washington and Mick Walsh. Their most successful single was “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)”, a #1 dance chart hit that crossed over to pop radio and hit #2 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990. A follow-up single, “Jealousy,” hit #2 on the US dance chart in early 1991, and climbed to #95 on the Hot 100. Vincent currently teaches music tech at Bedford College.
After the demise of The Adventures of Stevie V, Mick Walsh – co-writer of “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)” – went on to have a US dance #1 with “Set Me Free” performed by Clubland. He now lives in New York. A remix of “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)” was released in late 2009, mixed by Funk K called “Dirty Cash 2009”. “Dirty Cash” was covered by Liberty X, and featured on their 2005 album, X.
In the early 1990s, Robyx pioneered the production of the Eurodance style. Hits such as “Think About the Way” by Ice MC, “The Rhythm of the Night” by Corona, featuring Ice MC, “Me and You” by Alexia, and “Run to Me” by Double You made Robyx an international success as a producer. Zanetti is widely credited for increasing the exposure of Eurodance on radio. In 1992 he produced the project “Data Rain” the vocalist of the track is Double You.
Chimo Bayo (Joaquín Bayo) was born in Valencia on 25 October 1961 and is a Spanish dance act from the eighties and nineties. A one hit wonder mostly known for their hit “Así me gusta a mí (X-ta sí, X-ta no)” which was a hit in Spain, Greece and South America as well as reaching number one in Japan, Israel andelsewhere. He was also famous for DJing first at Arsenal, a club in Oliva, Valencia, and then in El templo in Cullera, further up the coast.
Chyp-Notic were a German pop band, who, in 1991, scored a big hit with their single “I Can´t Get Enough”, which reached the Top 20 in Germany, as well as in Spain. Around the time of its creation, the song received continuous airplay in Germany. Due to its keyboard effects and the basic rhythm pattern the song sounded very similar to Londonbeat´s “I’ve Been Thinking About You”, but it can also be seen as a predecessor to the upcoming boygroup music that began to become very popular at that time.
U.S.U.R.A. was an Italian electronic dance music group active from 1991-1998.  U.S.U.R.A. was started by Time Records owner Giacomo Maiolini, producers Walter Cremonini and Alessandro Gilardi (its name is derived from that of Maiolini’s mother, Ursula), it is best known for the 1992-93 hit single (and later album) “Open Your Mind”, featuring a dialogged sample from the film Total Recall and incorporating sampled elements from the Simple Minds song “New Gold Dream” from 1982. Its video morphs the faces of Ronald Reagan, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Ian Paisley, Margaret Thatcher, Richard Nixon, Mary Whitehouse, and Joe McCarthy.

U.S.U.R.A. – Open Your Mind [Classic Mix] 5:18
(Claudio Calvello, Claudio Varola, Elisa Spreafichi, Michele Comis, Walter Cremonini)
Time – TIME 014
Prouduced by Walter Cremonini.

DATA DRAMA – The Rain [Analogic Drama Mix] 5:01
(William Naraine, Dino Bronzi, Robyx)
DWA (Dance World Attack) – DWA 00.37
Prouduced by Robyx.

DYNAMIC NOISE – Do You Feel Alright [Sax Mix] 4:30
(Gibo Rosin, Maurizio Sacchi, Paolo Verlanzi)
Calypso Records – CPS 009
Prouduced by Dynamic Noise.

CHIMO BAYO – Así Me Gusta A Mi [Hyperdancer] 6:03
(Joaquin Bayo)
Area International – PI 31416
Prouduced by German Bou, Rafael Garcia.

TECHNOTRONIC – Pump Up The Jam [Vocal Attack] 5:24
(Manuella Kamosi, Thomas De Quincey)
ARS Productions – ARS 3740
Prouduced by Sound Produts.

BLACK BOX – Ride On Time [Massive Mix] 6:37
(Daniele Davoli, Mirko Limoni, Valerio Semplici)
Out – OUT 31.99
Prouduced by Groove Groove Melody.

49ERS – Touch Me [Sexual Version] 5:36
(Gianfranco Bortolotti, Pieradis Rossini)
Media Records – MR 544
Prouduced by Gianfranco Bortolotti, Pieradis Rossini.

2 BROTHERS ON THE 4TH FLOOR – Can’t Help Myself [Extended Radio Mix] 5:17
Bounce Records – IND 605.6
Prouduced by 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor.

DR. ALBAN – Hello Afrika [Fast Blast Club Mix] 5:40
Deniz Pop, Dr. Alban, Leila K.)
SweMix Records – SWET 24
Prouduced by Deniz Pop.

ARMY OF LOVERS – Obsession [Schizoperetta Mix] 6:44
(Alexander Bard, Anders Wollbeck)
China Records – WOKT 2009
Prouduced by Alexander Bard, Anders Wollbeck.

CHYP-NOTIC – I Can’t Get Enough [12″ Version] 5:26
(Don Chereyne, Tom Jamski)
Coconut – 614 647
Prouduced by Don Chereyne, Tom Jamski.

(Ben Yardley, Kenny Young)
Rhythm King Records – LEFT 39T
Prouduced by Betty Boo, King John, The Beatmasters

ADVENTURES OF STEVIE B. – Dirty Cash (Money Talks) [12″ Edit] 8:04
(Mick Walsh, Steve Vincent)
Mercury – MERXR 311
Prouduced by Steve Vincent.


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