Category Archives: Yazz

Doctorin’ The House

Coldcut
“Doctorin’ The House”
1988 Ahead Of Our Time (UK) / Virgin (FR)
CDCUT 1227 / 30197

01 Doctorin’ The House (7″ Edit)
02 Doctorin’ The House (Vocal)
03 Doctorin’ The House (Speng)
04 Doctorin’ The House (The Upset Remix)
05 Doctorin’ The House (Acid Shut Up Dub)
06 Doctorin’ The House (Acid Shut Up Trak)

In 1986, part-time DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More joined forces to flex their sampling skills on white label 12″ “Say Kids What Time Is It?” The duo was heralded for their innovative production, and later established the Ahead Of Our Time label, which launched in 1987 with the proto-big beat single “Beats + Pieces.” Coldcut debuted vocalist Yasmin ‘Yazz’ Evans on their next release, “Doctorin’ The House”, which peaked at 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

The Only Way Is Up

BLRCD1228

Yazz And The Plastic Population
“The Only Way Is Up”
1988 Big Life/Indisc (BE) / Blow Up (DE)
BLRCD1228 / BLRCD 12128 / INT 825.744

01 The Only Way Is Up (7″ Edit) | 04:06
02 The Only Way Is Up (12″ Version) | 06:48
03 Bad House Music | 07:12
04 The Only Way Is Up (Speng) | 06:54
05 The Only Way Is Up (The Bam Bam Remix) | 07:25
06 The Only Way Is Up (The Up Up Up Mix) | 07:27
07 Bad House Music (Edit) | 04:29

Vocalist Yasmin ‘Yazz’ Evans guested on Coldcut’s 1988 UK Top 10 single, “Doctorin’ The House”; subsequently, Matt Black and Jonathan More produced Yazz’s debut single, “The Only Way Is Up.” Originally recorded by Otis Clay in 1980, “The Only Way Is Up” was a massive hit during the summer of 1988. Compiled here are all unique, full-length tracks from the Belgian and German CD singles.

Good Thing Going

EW062CD

01 Good Thing Going
02 Abandon Me (Urban Shakedown Mix)
03 Abandon Me (Ramp Eviction Mix)

INFO > “Good Thing Going” was the lead single from Yazz’s album of covers, “The Natural Life”, which sadly received only a limited release in 1997. The song was originally recorded by Michael Jackson in 1971 as “We’ve Got A Good Thing Going”; however, Yazz’s reggae take on the tune is based on Sugar Minott’s version, which was a UK hit in 1981. To keep dance fans happy, Yazz’s recording of “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (a hit for Rose Royce in 1978) was remixed and re-titled “Abandon Me” for inclusion on the B-side (EastWest later issued a full remix package in 1998).

The Only Way Is Up (US CD)

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01 The Only Way Is Up (Extended Club Mix)
02 The Only Way Is Up (The Up Up Up Mix)
03 The Only Way Is Up (Acid Dub)

INFO > Vocalist Yasmin ‘Yazz’ Evans guested on Coldcut’s 1988 UK Top 10 single, “Doctorin’ The House”; subsequently, Matt Black and Jonathan More produced Yazz’s debut single, “The Only Way Is Up.” Originally recorded by Otis Clay in 1980, “The Only Way Is Up” was a massive hit for Yazz during the summer of 1988. The US CD single features a unique tracklisting that includes the Extended Version, Bam Bam’s ‘Up Up Up Mix’, and Justin Strauss’ ‘Acid Dub.’