Category Archives: K-Klass

Goodbye Baby And Amen

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Lulu
“Goodbye Baby And Amen”
1994 Dome Records (UK)
CDDOME 1011

01 Goodbye Baby And Amen (Brothers In Rhythm Radio Version)
02 Goodbye Baby And Amen (Brothers In Rhythm 12″ Mix)
03 Goodbye Baby And Amen (Nick And Stone’s Elite Mix)
04 Goodbye Baby And Amen (K-Klass Klub Mix)

Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years. Long after her initial chart success in the 1960s, Lulu enjoyed a comeback in the 1990s with the album “Independence” and related singles. Released in 1994, “Goodbye Baby And Amen” is also available on the collection “Absolutely.”

Looking At You

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Sunscreem
“Looking At You”
1996 Columbia Records (US)
44K 78249

01 Looking At You (Jimmy Gomez Radio Edit) | 03:35
02 Looking At You (Mendelsohn Edit) | 03:39
03 Looking At You (Jimmy Gomez Club Mix) | 10:38
04  Looking At You (Jimmy Gomez 6AM Dub) | 09:40
05 Looking At You (Corvette Mix) | 7:52
06 When (K-Klassix Mix) | 7:59

Sunscreem’s “Looking At You” was a US exclusive single in 1996 (the UK received a promo 12″); however, it was reissued two years later by Bonzai in some EU countries. The track was remixed by Jimmy Gomez (James Wiltshire) and Joe T. Vannelli; also included is the K-Klass remix of earlier single, “When.”

Must Be The Music

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01 Must Be The Music (Radio Mix)
02 Must Be The Music (K-Klass Klub Mix)
03 Must Be The Music (Flute In Space Mix)
04 Must Be The Music (Hysterix Extended Mix)
05 Must Be The Music (Pharmacy Dub)
06 Talk To Me (Sasha’s Full Music Master)
07 Talk To Me (Sasha’s Dub)
08 Talk To Me (Original Mix)*

*Bonus track

INFO > In 1990, Richard Belgrave and Darren Black recruited vocalist Siobhan Reynolds for their debut single, “Talk To Me”, issued under the name Coloursound. A couple of years later, producer Nigel Butler joined in, Maxine Harvey replaced Siobhan, and the group changed its name to Hysterix. Promo only “Pressure” was the act’s initial offering, followed by first proper single, “Must Be The Music”, featuring mixes by K-Klass, with Sasha’s reworkings of “Talk To Me” on the flipside.

World [The Price Of Love]

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01 World (The Radio Edit)
02 World (The Perfecto Mix)
03 Ruined In A Day (Reunited In A Day Remix)
04 World (Brothers In Rhythm Mix)
05 World (World In Action Mix)
06 Ruined In A Day (Bogle Mix)
07 World (The Perfecto Edit)

FACT > Had Factory Records not collapsed in 1992, “World” might have been the the first single from New Order’s then-untitled sixth album. A customary Factory catalog number (FAC 323) was assigned to the release; however, “World” would ultimately be the third single issued from “Republic” in 1993, via London Records. The US maxi-single combines mixes of both “World” and preceding single, “Ruined In A Day.”

LIVE > As much as I worship New Order, I’ve only seen them live on three occasions (they don’t get over here very frequently):

  • 14 July 1989 – The Mann Center (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 04 August 1993 – Brendan Byrne Arena (East Rutherford, NJ)
  • 05 May 2005 – Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY)

24 years (almost to the day) since the band’s last visit to the City of Brotherly Love, New Order finally returns to Philadelphia tonight, and they’ll be playing the same venue—The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, an outdoor concert facility set in Fairmount Park.

To be honest, I have been less than impressed by the band’s past performances. On the 1989 tour, they were upstaged by openers Public Image Limited (although John Lydon is certainly a hard act to follow). At the 1993 show, fellow Mancunians 808 State generated a far more entertaining onstage energy. The 2005 NYC date was the best of the lot, but still far from memorable. Without erstwhile bassist Peter Hook, I maintain diminished expectations for this evening, but perhaps the old men will surprise me yet.

Rays Of The Rising Sun

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01 Rays Of The Rising Sun (Original Mix Fade)
02 Rays Of The Rising Sun (K-Klassic Mix)
03 Rays Of The Rising Sun (Heliocentric Mix)
04 Rays Of The Rising Sun (Pharmacy Dub)
05 Rays Of The Rising Sun (Late Night Mix)

INFO > Denise Johnson’s heavenly vocals have graced the Manchester music scene for 25 years. Her talents have figured most prominently in works by Primal Scream, A Certain Ratio, and Electronic, as well as recordings by Bernard Butler, Ian Brown, Beth Orton, and The Charlatans. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Johnson stepped into the spotlight proper with a trio of solo singles; debut “Rays Of The Rising Sun” features fellow Mancunian Johnny Marr.

Shiva – Freedom

Shiva
“Freedom”
1995 FFRR Records (UK)
FCD 263

01. Freedom (Shiva Radio 7″)
02. Freedom (Loveland Full On Vocal 12″)
03. Freedom (BT’s Subconscious Freedom)
04. Freedom (K-Klassic Mix)
05. Freedom (Loveland’s Northside Dub)

INFO > The success of “Freedom” was bittersweet for Shiva’s Paul Rossman and Gino Piscitelli—just prior to the single’s release, singer Louise Dean was tragically killed by a drunk driver in a hit and run incident. “Freedom” is dedicated to the memory of Louise.

FREEDOM

De’Lacy – Hideaway

De’Lacy
“Hideaway”
1995 Deconstruction Records (UK) / ZYX Music (DE)
74321 31047 2 / ZYX 7929-8

01. Hideaway (Deep Dish Radio Edit)
02. Hideaway (K-Klass Radio Mix)
03. Hideaway (Deep Dish Remix)
04. Hideaway (K-Klass Klub Mix)
05. Hideaway (Dubfire Needs To Score)
06. Hideaway (Sharam’s Journey To Mars)
07. Hideaway (Blaze Klub Head Vocal)

INFO > Blaze’s original production of “Hideaway” for Easy Street Records is a fairly average garage cut. Slip ‘n’ Slide picked up the track in 1995 and handed it over to up-and-coming production duo Deep Dish—the resulting remix was bigger than a pregnant whale and ensured Dubfire and Sharam with work for life. Among the many labels to license “Hideaway”, Deconstruction let K-Klass have a go with it, and later reissued the single with new remixes from Nu-Birth and 187 Lockdown. However, nothing can compete with that Deep Dish juggernaut.

HIDEAWAY

K-Klass – Rhythm Is A Mystery

K-Klass
“Rhythm Is A Mystery”
1991 Deconstruction Records (UK)
CDR 6302

01. Rhythm Is A Mystery (Remix Edit)
02. Rhythm Is A Mystery (Remix)
03. Rhythm Is A Mystery (Percussion Mix)
04. Rhythm Is A Mystery

INFO > Andy Williams, Carl Thomas, Russ Morgan, and Paul Roberts met at Manchester’s Haçienda nightclub in 1988 and formed production collective K-Klass; initial demos became the foundation for their debut, “The Wildlife EP” (1990 F.R.O. Records). Follow up “Rhythm Is A Mystery” was first released via Creed Records and secured K-Klass a contract with Deconstruction; a remixed “Rhythm” climbed to 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

RHYTHM IS A MYSTERY