90’s Dance Music 12″ Collection – Volume 04

Here’s the fourth volume of the collection!!!

Years: 1991-1992-1993

The tracks included are mixes or remixes from the oringinal 12″ maxi-singles.


REVIEW

This fourth volume is reviewing the period between 1991 and 1993.

Dance 2 Trance was a German trance duo composed of Rolf Ellmer (Jam & Spoon) and DJ Dag Lerner. The group is believed by many to be one of the first trance music acts.

DJ Dag and Jam El Mar met in 1990, when they decided to work together. Their first release was in the same year, a promo named “Dance 2 Trance” under Suck Me Plasma label, the release contained two tracks (Dance 2 Trance, We Came In Peace). They got their big commercial break in 1992 with the release of “Power Of American Natives” with vocals from Linda Rocco. The song was a commercial success, selling 250,000 records and going gold. A video was made for the song as well, and reached the mainstream networks like MTV. The track later received reworks, and remixes from artist in 1997, 1998 and 2009.

2 Unlimited after “”Get Ready For This” released “Twilight Zone” in January 1992 and also reached no. 2 in the UK, selling 234,000 copies. It topped the chart in the duo’s homeland and was certified gold, and it was also a hit in the United States where it charted at #49 on the Hot 100 (and #5 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart).

“Colour Of Love” was the first single released from the second album of Snap! As it was told before, in the review of the thrid volume, it was planned to be first “Rhythm Is A Dancer” but Turbo B hated the track and protested that “Colour Of Love” should be the first single cut from the album.

“We All Need Love” was the second single of Double You and was recorded in June 1992, during a European tour and was charted around the world with a big succes as “Please, Don’t Go”.

Crystal Waters first approached the music world in 1987 as a behind-the-scenes worker, writing demos for a production team known as the Basement Boys, securing a writing contract with Mercury Records in 1989 and began penning songs for recording artists.

In one of her assignments Waters penned a song called “Gypsy Woman” for dance diva Ultra Nate and recorded a demo cut herself of the song. The producers were so taken by her rendition that they drew up a recording contract with her for that one song, never passing it on to Ultra Nate.

The song became a worldwide hit, memorable for its “la da dee, la dee da” refrain and its often sampled keyboard riff. The track reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and found even more success in Europe, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart. Scarcely a year after its release, a new version turned up on the Red Hot Organization’s Red Hot + Dance AIDS fundraiser disc (1992, distributed by Sony Music), gaining its remixer (Joey Negro) his first real American exposure.

Bass Bumpers a DJ and Music production team, known for their Dance/Techno music and was founded in 1990 when Henning Reith and Caba Kroll released their first production on the Dance Street label. With the titles “Can’t Stop Dancing” and “Get The Big Bass”, the Bass Bumpers entered the club scene with a comfortable advance.

Their mixture of House and Eurodance was fresh and innovative. Felicia Uwaje and rapper Ian Freeman added their vocal talents to the Bass Bumpers sound and the subsequent singles “The Music’s Got Me” (included in this volume) and “Move To The Rhythm” (1992) pushed them on the top of the club charts everywhere on the globe. They are known throughout Europe under the names Bass Bumpers, CJ Stone, and Bad Habit Boys.

Cappella was an Italian Eurodance act formed in 1987 by producer Gianfranco Bortolotti. The act went through a number of line-up changes over the years but was most successful in the early 1990s when it was fronted by British performers Kelly Overett and Rodney Bishop. Their biggest hit was “U Got 2 Let the Music”, which reached number 2 in the UK in 1993.

The name Cappella was first used in the year 1987. In the beginning, the act was a Hi-NRG act and the main man behind Cappella was the Italian producer Gianfranco Bortolotti of Media Records, with contributions from the likes of Michele Persona and Mauro Picotto. In 1988, the act debuted on the British charts with the song “Bauhaus (Push the Beat)”, and the following year with “Helyom Halib” which peaked at number 11. At the time, the act was fronted by the singer Ettore Foresti.

Three years later Cappella scored another UK top 30 hit with “Take Me Away”, which sampled Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation” – the same track that had been unlawfully sampled on the number 1 hit “Ride On Time” by Black Box in 1989.

It was not until 1993 when Cappella began to gain momentum. After “U Got 2 Know” (which was based on the distinctive riff of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Happy House”) got to the heady heights of number 6 in the UK, two permanent members were drafted in: rapper Rodney Bishop from London and ex-SL2 dancer Kelly Overett from Ipswich.

Elegant Machinery is a Swedish synthpop band. Borrowing heavily from the likes of Depeche Mode, they are one of few recent bands dedicated to making traditional synthpop music. Along with such bands as Page, S.P.O.C.K, Sista Mannen På Jorden and Kiethevez they define the sound of the Swedish synthpop movement.

Heavily influenced by acts like Yazoo, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Rational Youth and Robert Marlow, Richard Jomshof and Leslie Bayne started the band in 1988 under the name Pole Position.

Robert Enforsen joined the band as lead vocalist in 1989, and the band released their first demo, at which point they changed their name to Elegant Machinery, a name derived from the album by DATA, a British synthpop group of the 1980s led by Norwegian Georg Kajanus.

Due to Leslie Bayne’s stagefright, Johan Malmgren joined the band as a tour musician in 1992. He later became a permanent member.

The band was very successful in Sweden, with a number of successful singles and various awards. In the rest of Europe, their biggest break into the mainstream was with the single “Process” (the track included in this volume), which reached number 5 in the Spanish charts.

Peter René Cipiriano Baumann, better known as DJ BoBo, is a successful Swiss

singer, songwriter, dancer and music producer. As a dance music producer, his first big success came with the single “Somebody Dance With Me”, which borrows its melody from the song “Somebody’s Watching Me” of Rockwell.

René gained immense international popularity when he released his Europe-wide smash hit “Somebody Dance with Me” in November, 1992. Employing catchy refrains by Emel Aykanat as well as rap performance by himself, the single shot to No.1 in Switzerland and Sweden, while it landed in the top-5 in numerous other European countries including Germany. “Somebody Dance with Me” was certified Gold in Germany for selling well over 250,000 units.

Egma was a Dutch eurodance act, produced by Ege Van Kruysdjik and Marcel Theunissen, primarily active between 1991-95. They’re most known for the track “Never Gonna Lose Your Love”, which managed to stay in the number #1 spot in France for an impressive 10 weeks. Despite their commercial success, no album was ever produced.

Intermission is a German Eurodance act. The Intermission projects were all produced by DMP: the 4 person team of Michael Eisele AKA Attack II, Thorsten Adler, Tom Keil AKA Tom Jacques G. Coin and lyricist Nosie Katzmann. The first single “Honesty” was sung by Nina, the following, “Piece Of My Heart”, included in this volume, was sung by Valerie Scott, and wich had a big succes all over Europe.

“More And More” was the very first single of the Captain Hollywood Project and was producced, as it said in past reviews, by the team of Cyborg DMP GmbH, and was the most successful single he ever had together with “Only With You” (included in the third volume).

Kim Sanders is an African American singer and songwriter. She was a member of Culture Beat from 1998 to 1999. During 1994 she began to release singles as a solo artist and wrote songs for other musicians. During 1994 she released three of her biggest hits: “Show Me” (her biggest solo hit in Germany and Israel), “Tell Me That You Want Me” (included in this volume), and “Ride”.

TRACKS:
DANCE 2 TRANCE – Power Of American Natives [Vocal Mix] 6:34
(DJ Dag, Jam El Mar, Linda Rocco) 1992
Blow Up – INT 125.978
Produced by Dj Dag, Jam El Mar
2 UNLIMITED – Twilight Zone [Rapping Rave Version] 5:39
(Carlos Meire, Junny Rollocks, Phil Wilde, Jean Paul De Coster) 1991
Byte Records – BYTE 12008
Producced by Phil Wilde
SNAP – Colour Of Love [Massive Version] 5:29
(Benito Benites, John Virgo Garrett III, Durron Butler, Penny Ford, Thea Austin) 1992
Logic Records – 614 904
Producced by Snap!
DOUBLE YOU – We All Need Love [Extended Mix] 6:00
(Domenic Troiano) 1992
DWA (Dance World Attack) – DWA 00.61
Producced by Robyx
CRYSTAL WATERS – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) [Strip To The Bone Mix] 7:29
(Crystal Waters, Neal Conway) 1991
Mercury – 868 209-1
Producced by The Basement Boys
BASS BUMPERS – The Music Got Me [Charismatic Mix] 6:09
(Caba Kroll, Henning Reith) 1992
Dance Street Records – DST 1088-12
Producced by Caba Kroll, Henning Reith
CAPPELLA – U Got 2 Know [House Mix] 4:20
(Gianfranco Bortolotti, Lorenzo Carpella) 1992
Media Records – MR 598
Producced by Gianfranco Bortolotti
ELEGANT MACHINERY – Process [Extended Version] 6:06
(Leslie Bayne, Richard Johansson) 1992
Energy Rekords – ERCD 018
Producced by Von Dezibel
DJ BOBO – Somebody Dance With Me [Club Mix] 5:12
(Daniel Peyer, Gutze Gautschi, Kurt Burger, Mark Wyss, René Baumann) 1993
Fresh Music – FM 1025
Producced by Gutze Gautschi, Mark Wyss, BoBo Baumann
EGMA – Never Gonna Loose Your Love [Club Mix] 4:40
(Ege van Kruysdijk, Marcel Theunissen) 1993
Music Man Records – MMI 9409
Producced by Ege van Kruysdijk, Marcel Theunissen
INTERMISSION – Piece Of My Heart [Piece Mix] 6:45
(Nosie Katzmann, Attack II, Giora Schein, Tony Dawson-Harrison) 1993
Blow Up – INT 125.617
Producced by Cyborg DMP GmbH
CAPTAIN HOLLYWOOD PROJECT – More And More [Long Version] 6:21
(Giora Schein, Nosie Katzmann, Oliver Reinecke, Tony Dawson-Harrison) 1992
Blow Up – INT 125.953
Producced by Cyborg DMP GmbH
KIM SANDERS – Tell Me That You Want [Big Five Mix] 5:37
(Diko, Nosie Katzmann) 1992
Abfahrt Records – ABF 0026-12
Producced by Nosie Katzmann, Starseed Society, Peter Zweier
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