Paradise Garage nightclub

  • Groove Chronicles two great singles and a little bit of Uk Garage music History ???......

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    Steven Jude (Aka Groove Chronicles, England)

     The music will not appeal to all who hear it. But those that are loyal to it often state that they wish that it could go back its glory days. When it seemed that MUSIC release after MUSIC release of UK Garage music singles were reaching the top 10 within the Uk music pop charts without any problems at all.

    I recently came across a couple of tracks that stopped me stone dead in my path. In fact I had not heard of this tracks since 1999.

     It brought back memories of that time which saw a musical fusion that had taken hold of the Uk so  badly that even HipHop music, Jungle (Or Drum and Bass music), Rnb and Soul music was having difficultly in getting a look in. The years in which this was all happening would be from 1996 to 2001

     The music’s of HipHop music, Jungle (Or Drum and Bass music), Rnb and Soul music which I mentioned above those particular types of music's were still selling to be honest in the Uk; but there was a new boy in Town and that person was UKG (Uk Garage music.This was a music that started up as a sped-up, bassier update on the soulful American house music sound. UkG eventually evolved into very much its own sound.

     Groove Chronicles is an English-based UK Garage music project founded in 1996 by DJ and producer Noodles (real name Steven Jude) with El-B (real name Lewis Beadle) as engineer. (I would like to mention here. They do not get enough credit from what they bought to the table at the time.)

     This duo paired up as a production duo and quickly established themselves as a major player within the music of UK club music. They went about releasing a series of tracks which were a fusion of R&B, jungle, broken beat and house music influences. That even today these are considered by music lovers of the gender as “Classics”

     This duo stayed as Groove Chronicles until late 1999, when the band member that was El-B left left for a solo a solo career.

     Noodles (who's real name Steven Jude), now works alone as Groove Chronicles and is still putting out tracks. Groove Chronicles are best known for the remix of 'We Can Get Down' by Myron along with their hit singles 'Shattered', 'Stone Cold' and the track is '1999'.

     For those who have never heard of the music that is UK garage  (also known as UKG) It is a genre of electronic music originating from the UK in the early 1990s.

     The genre usually features a distinctive 4/4 percussive rhythm with syncopated (shuffling) hi-hats, cymbals and snares, and in some styles, beat-skipping kick drums.

     Uk Garage tracks also feature 'chopped up' and time-shifted or pitched up-shifted vocal/s samples within the music. Which helps the song/s along in regards to the underlying rhythm structure or tempo which is usually geared around 130 BPM.

     It’s really pretty incredible that after 20 years, the influence of the UK Garage music is still very present within the Uk even though the music is not as popular as it once was.

     The first Single that I am going to tell you about that made set up and take note of was this one.

     Groove Chronicles - Stone Cold – 1997

     This is single is so classy. Its uses a jazz sax sample, together with some laid-back, yet cool vocals which were sampled from the artist known as Aaliyah ( From the single called “One in Million”) that was added to the mix.

     Then the invention,or introduction of that “bassline” which gives the music the much needed kick that is needed to be played to a dance floor of hungry thirsty clubbers. Wow, to me it still sounds good. Well it does to me anyway. 

    It must be said that the Uk Garage scene of time was helped heavily from Uk Pirate Radio scene that is still prevalent today. Without it the scene would not have grownn as huge underground success that it was.

     Pirate Radio Stations such as Girls Fm, London Underground FM, Freek Fm, Dejau Veu FM, Ice FM, Magic FM, Mac FM and Upfront Fm come to mind here as station that you needed to have on your dial to get the best Uk Garage music selections at the time. I personally loved the stations that were – London Underground, Freek and Dejau  Vea!!!

    The Pirate music scene is still huge today within the city of London, England playing music that would never, ever get a chance to be played on Legal radio.

    The Pirate Radio scene still heathly and running in the Uk - News Night report

     Even though the threat of heavy fines, or even jail sentences are there. The scene seems to be growing and no signs of slacking.

     A short documentary of Uk Garage music

     Another Factor that helped the scene immensely was the London fascination on raving or clubbing on a Sunday at the time!

     “Perhaps there was something in the air in the early ‘90s – or, more likely, it was the pills that were knocking around – but the pace of almost all dance music in the UK was rapidly accelerating. (The hardcore / jungle scene had already heard BPM’s creep from 140 to 160 and over.) Masters At Works dub mixes played at +8 were especially huge at The Elephant & Castle. The result was a spaced out, sped-up version of New York garage perfect for weary dancers looking for a second wind at 10 AM. This was the primordial soup from where UK Garage would evolve". add Matt "Jam" Lamont, Dj/Producer, Uk.

    Masters at Work – Photography of Mary Dub – 1992

     This led to Dj/producer - Matt “jam” Lamont (Uk) to start to experiment with making similiiar music but with a British feel to it.

    Jam Experience - Feel my love - 1997

     Unsurprisingly this heavy bass weight owes a lot to Matt’s cohorts in the hardcore scene. “One of my friends, the drum & bass producer Blame, came round my house. He listened to a track I was working on and he said, ‘Push the bass up, push the bass up!’ When I played it at The Elephant & Castle, that was it, the track shook the windows. The owner of the pub ran up to me and was suddenly telling me to turn the bass down”

     One of the clubs that catered for this new hybrid was the night known as “Happy Days”. – which was pub called the Elephant and Castle, in Vauxhall, London.

     However, before it became a success it was near to proximately wise to probably Europe’s most famous club at the time that was/is – The Ministry of Sound Nightclub.

     The Ministry of Sound Nightclubwas ode to the Paradise Garage nightclub (New York, Usa) which had closed down in 1987. And was the most famous nightclub in the world at one time.

     The Ministry of Sound Nightclub, London, England was created to try capture and import that glamour and the vibe that was found within the former night club that was the Paradise Garage nightclub within New York, Usa

    The Ministry had even gone ahead and created a Sound system that was supposedly as good as the Paradise Garage nightclub – which claimed to have the best sound system for a nightclub in the world when it was running.

     Also the Ministry of Sound Nightclub had attracted the Dj of the calibre of Dj Tony Humphries to play at the Ministry of Sound Nightclub as a resident. Who had made such a name for himself at the Nightclub called Club Zanzibar (New Jersey, Usa) playing Soulful House and Garage music. They had previously asked DJ Larry Levan to become resident first. However, he was not well at the time.

     I remember those times well. As Dj Tony Humphries back then was on fire. He played some the best Soulful House and Garage sets that I have ever heard. He was helped by the fact that the City of New Jersey, USA and its House and Garage music artistswere fast taking up the mantle of challenging the cities of New York and Chicago as making the best House and Garage music within the Usa. In fact he was one of the Dj’s within the Uk at the time that in introduced us to the New Jersey Garage House sound.

     So Matt came up with the Idea - Why not throw an after party to catch the crowd leaving Ministry of Sound Nightclub?

    “The clever thing was to do it bang next door to Ministry,” remembers Matt Jam. “You could have done it a mile down the road and people would have been undecided what to do. Ministry finished at 9, and Happy Days ran from 10-2. People used to come out of Ministry and sit down and wait for The Elephant to open.”

    The Success of this club – The Happy Days inspired other clubs to take a chance on opening on a Sunday. This new sound soon spread all over London, the South east of England and the rest of the uk.

    This dubbed hybrid style of Garage music that became known as UK Garage music lead to nightclubs like Café De Paris and The Gass Club being created. The Gass Club became probably the most famous Sunday night club before another club that catered for this new hybrid sound that was called the Twice as Nice ( Situated in Vauxhall, London) was created.

     Such was the popularity of the music during the time – Sunday had now become the most popular time to go out clubbing to.

    The success of Happy Days quickly inspired new Sunday parties and spurred on the existing ones. Up-tempo, dubbed out garage became the soundtrack. The Park in Kennington, another questionable South London pub, started opening at 4pm.

    When that shut, many would head to Café De Paris or The Gass Club, perhaps the best remembered of the early UK Garage clubs. Within a year a tight knit Sunday scene had sprung up. The crowds were racially diverse, working class, and in the know. You’d have clubbers, still up from the night before, dancing next to gangsters. As Creed remembers, “It was kind of like being part of a club that no one else knew about.”

    Here is a explanation of the nightclub by Dj Spoony,UK – in regards to clubbers coming to the Twice as Nice event in Vauxhall, London at the time.

    Dj Spoony,UK - revisiting the TWICE AS NICE

     The Groove Chronicles reminds me of a time that put the fun and class back into the music that many stated didn’t have any class.

     Here is another tune from Groove Chronicles that many have stated has become a classic within the Uk Garage circles.

    Myron – We can get Down (Original Mix) - 1997

     Wonderful slice of Rnb music that greeted us here in the Uk, to moderate success when it first released.

     However, when the Groove Chronicles were given the go ahead to do a remix for this single, and put out a Uk Garage mix for the same single. It resulted in this.  And was a huge favourite all over the Uk.  Listen to this.

    Myron – We can get Down (Groove Chronicles Uk Garage mix!) - 1998

    Myron – We can get Down (Groove Chronicles Uk Garage mix!)

     Steven Jude (aka Groove Chronicles)  adds himself ….

    "Myron just happened. I was working in Release The Groove Records(London, England) at the time and was given the promo to listen too. I thought 'this is good', went to the studio, and produced it. I gave it to a couple of DJ's on Kiss FM(Uk) (Bobbi and Steve), and with their support it got played by various DJ's across the board genre-wise. The rest, as they say, is history."

     Steven Jude best top 10 tracks for Uk Garage music

     I have say that I feel I have called it right – when I say that even if you do not like the music that is Uk Garage music these two singles are an exception to the rule

     I ‘m not sure now which of the two tunes that I have put across to you that feature Groove Chronicles is the better one?

     Maybe you could decide?

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • If it moves, Funk it - The Radio Catchphrase from the Uk Legendary Dj/Radio Broadcaster - Robbie Vincent

    He is catch phrase was and will always be - “If it moves Funk it”.

    The Legendary Robbie Vincent = 2015 

    For a number of us over here in the Uk. As soon as we hear this catchphrase It means only one person and one thing; and that person is Robbie Vincent.

    Robbie is originally from the county of Suffolk, here in England where I am based actually.

    In fact he was born on the 9thJune, 1947 within the town of Felixstowe, Suffolk, here in England; which is about 11 miles from my home town which Ipswich Town, the county of town of Suffolk, England.

    Within the Usa however; and especially around the New York Area of the Usa (late 1970’s and early 1980's). We know that you had a Dj/Radio personality of around the same time that had the same special pull and or special relationship with music lovers of Soul, Funk and Jazz .

    That persons name was Frankie Crocker; and his nickname that he was known by was as “The Chief Rocker” or “Hollywood”.

    He was so influential within the Music industry (within the Usa) as a Radio dj/personality and as a music selector; especially around the time that these legendary clubs were running as well. Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage.

    That both Dj and the clubs mentioned above became national news items to the nation around the country of the USA.

    Probably the only other Dj at the time that could match him at that time would have been Larry Levan (the main club dj for the world famous Paradise Garage club, in New York, Usa).

    Probably the greatest ever club DJ that ever did it - Larry Levan 

    Larry Levanwas a club Dj, and Frankie Crocker was a Radio/DJ (WBLS-FM – New York, Usa). Both had tremendous pull within the world of Soul, Disco and Funk music scenes.

    It has been well reported that Frankie Crokerduring the height of the Disco boom  - when Studio 54 nightclubwas at the height of its popularity. Crocker rode in through the front entrance of the nightclub on a White Stallion.

    In the studio, before he left for the day, Crocker would light a candle and invite female listeners to enjoy a candlelight bath with him.

    He signed off the air each night to the tune "Moodys Mood for love" by vocalese crooner King Pleasure. Crocker, a native of Buffalo, coined the phrase "URBAN CONTEMPORARY" in the 1970s, a label for the eclecticmix of songs that he played.

    Frankie is credited with introducing as many as 30 new artists to the mainstream, including Manu Dibango's - "Soul Makossa" to American audiences.

    While both Gary Bryd  and Herb Hamlett were influenced by Crocker, it is only Hamlett who always attributes his success to his mentor in Buffalo, Frankie Crocker.

    In October 2000, Crocker went into a Miami area hospital for several weeks. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and kept the illness a secret from his friends and even from his mother. He died on Saturday, October 21, 2000.

    For us within the Uk. Well, within the southern part of the Uk that is. Robbie Vincent’s (“If it moves Funk it” catchphrase)  meant we were NOW going to hear quality radio that would feature the latest Funk, Soul and Jazz/Funk releases from the Usa, Brazil and Japan.

    If it moves funk it  - THE FAMOUS CATCHPHRASE FOR - ROBBIE VINCENT

    No Robbie he didn’t ride into the nightclubs on any White horse such as “Flicks” in Dartford and the Goldmine' in Essex. But his music influence was just as legendary.

    Being born, bred (Dj Mistri) and situated myself within the town of Ipswich, here in England. Getting hold of the numerous London Pirate radio stations that were in abundance at the time (1980’s) in London was a no go for me and many others that lived my part of the world at that time.

    Robbie Vincent via his Radio show on Radio London, offered many of us Soul, Jazz and funk fans the ability to hear the latest releases before them came out on vinyl. It may not mean anything today generation in regards to being able to hear tracks like what was mentioned above on your Mobile Phone as standard.

    However, for many of us this show was a god send at that time. It really was. Pen at the ready, you made sure that the Radio had a good supply of batteries. You put the Radio to the Window, or the best place in the house so that you can get the best Radio reception.

    Robbie Vincent was so upfront with his tunes and album releases which he sourced  from the Usa, Brazil and Japan in regards to Soul, Jazz, Funk and Brazilian Jazz Funk; that you had to make sure that you got those music titles down – quickly and precisely.

    As when you visited your local record shop you would bombard the hell out the Shop assistant with list that you had in your hand.

    More often then not they didn’t have them. So a trip to London would have to be arranged. Such was the level of upfront tunes that he was playing that you your record bill could come to £100 pounds sterling, each visit (which was a lot of money to be spening on vinyl records at that time). And in those days single 12inch records come cost you £6 pounds, or albums up to £20 pounds!

    I managed to catch the show for the first time during the year of 1980 during the lunch time period. I could only get about 40 minutes of the show due to the Radio reception would fade and you would no longer be able to hear the show.

    Robbie Vincent's Saturday Show broadcast in the early 1980's on Radio London had a cult following. It must be said. Most people when you visited London in that period of time were listening to the show.

    Below is part of his show that he devote to Jazz and Jazz.Funk and Jazz/Fusion within the early 1980's - Please click the You tube Video below!!

    Something that I did myself and have now found out other fans of the show were doing the same. We were all making Pirate Radio cassettes of his show (Robbie Vincent) each and every week.

    However, for myself I have lost those tapes now. I just can’t find them. I still shake my head about this even today. As I know some of those tunes that he played will be lost for ever especially those obscure Brazilian Jazz Funk tracks and Japanese Jazz/ Funk albums details from the early 1980’s

    I have found out that many fans of the show made Pirate tape (c90) cassette recordings of the shows week after week, which was on aired from 11:30 amto 2 pm.

    Robbie show that included these promos and new releases would become club dance floor anthems that filled dance-floors from Flicks in Dartford to The Goldmine in Canvey Island.

    Robbie would play a selection of UK and US Imports, thus strengthening the sales and reach of the sales both in London and further afield.

    Such was the show's cult listening habit that many fans would travel to locations within the Uk where even the weakest signal of BBC Radio London could be received – these locations included High Wycombe, Marlow, Luton, Dunstable and even just east of Guildford.

    His Saturday show in 1983 progressed to include a Fusion Jazz 40 (which often would mirror the Fusion Few Chart in Blues and Soul magazine).  I loved this part of the show so much, however it used to drive me crazy, as the Radio frequency always started to fade out. This resulted in me try to extend the aerial or running up and down the house to try and get a better reception for the show.

    Robbie Vincent's  importance to the scene of Soul, Funk and Jazz music scene within the Uk was that several import 12" singles and albums would not have been officially released in the UK without HIS influence.

    Some of albums or tracks from these artists included Maze feat Frankie Beverley, Brass Construction, Tania Marie, Earl Klugh, and Alfie Silas.

    Below is the 1st Uk Radio Interview for Maze - done by Robbie Vincent (1982) - Part 1

    For instance the first official playing of Lionel Richie's All night Longwas by Robbie Vincent on his Saturday Show in Autumn 1983 as a promo, well ahead of the Richie's album - Can't slow Down.

    Occasionally, the Saturday Show standard format would be held over for Robbie's popular "All Winners Show" where the fans would choose the tracks to be played.

    On this occasion during the 12th October 1982, one such All Winners Show unearthed a long lost jazz funk band called Prnce Charles and the City Beat Bandand within weeks, their song 'In The Streets' was re-released in the UK. The band went on to have a renewed career in the next few years and UK hits.

    On the same show, The Tramps'Soul Bones' was played resulting in a scurry to find deleted copies of this forgotten soul classic. On the same show, a composite of Merry Clayton's 'When The World Turns Blue', John Klemmers 'Adventures in Paradise' and Teena Marie's 'Portuguese Love' was a sequence which has remained as a memorable highlight.

    Other notable successes down to Robbie Vincent's work include Gilberto Giland Sadao Watanbe. Robbie was also first to play Teena Marie's comeback recording in 1983 called 'Fix It' following her signing from Motown Records to Epic.

    Careers previously restricted to the US and Latin America were given prime exposure on Robbie Vincent's Saturday Show notably, Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill and Brenda Russell.

    Below is the 1st Uk Radio Interview for Maze - done by Robbie Vincent (1982) - Part 2

    Robbie supported Uk acts such as Second Image, I-Level, and early 12" Singles from Loose Ends.

    In fact during 1981, Robbie became manager of UK Soul Funk band, Second image, securing record deals with Polydor record label and then in 1984, with MCA Records. He acted as their sole personal manager until the band split in 1986.

    It was a very exciting time for music much of it underground and unique to Caister all-weekenders and all-dayers.

    In spring 1983, Robbie Vincent played a 7" Single by unknown funk band here in the UK called - Mtume – the song 'Juicy Fruit' became a massive UK hit being released as an extended 12" single largely as a result of Robbie's pushing.

    It should not be underestimated the contribution to the UK Jazz Funk and Soul scene made by Robbie Vincent between 1979 – 1989, but in particular in the early 1980s.

    With Greg Edwards, Jeff Young, and other DJs, Robbie Vincent was part of both a soul revival as well as a massive move for commercial acceptance of Jazz-Funk.

    In addition, the mainstream Jazz movement, so often missed in the story, received an incredible boost thanks to unknown and new artists being given a media platform.

    Robbie Vincent and Roy Ayers

    More recent news of Robbie is that he is still doing what he does best which is his radio show along the same format.  However, during 29th November 2013, Robbie Vincent announced his decision to leave Jazz FM (UK)and was denied a final farewell show on the station following his announcement.

    This caused a stir within the Uk Radio world. As many though it cruel of Jazz Fm (Uk) to prevent him from saying goodbye to his listeners to his show.

    Like I mentioned that Robbie  is still going and can be found here - Robbie Vincent

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • The Randy Muller interview - 24th October, 2010 - (Please note not to ask him to play Basketball...!!)

    Producer/songwriter/arranger/keyboardist - Randy Muller - was the leader of '70s disco/funk/pop band - Brass Construction, whose single called "Movin'," which was produced by Jeff Lane, became a number one R&B single in 1976. Muller also produced hits on Salsoul Records acts SKYY and Cameron.

    He arranged BT Express' million-selling 1975 number one R&B/number four pop hit "Express" and ShirleyCaesar's gospel classic "No Charge."

    Though they are most known for the driving "Movin'," the band could get melodic and mellow (ex. "The Message (Inspiration)",. Brass Construction, Earth,Wind and Fire and other '70s-era. I  funk/soul/pop bands were the inspiration for the Acid Jazz genre of the '90s.

    Another day at the office for Randy Muller 2015

    managed to conduct an interview with him, and legend he is. This interview took place on  - 24th October, 2010 via the communtity radio show that I used to host/present at Ipswich Community Radio, England. Here below is the full interview broken down in to 4 parts - as it is over an hour in length!

    To "listen" to the Interview please "click" on the START BUTTON to be able to listen to the whole Interview - which is in 4 parts.

    part 1

     part 2

     part 3

     part 4

     

     Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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