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The experts vote Double Dee & Steinski's "Play That Beat, Mr. D.J." remix the winner.  Two Sisters' "Desti-Dub" now gives you even more to play with.

Here's the winner of "G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid's 'Play That Beat Mr. DJ Down By Law' Switch The Licks MasterMix Contest," as judged by Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Jellybean Benitez, Brian Chin, G.L.O.B.E., Barry Mayo, Shep Pettibone, Raul A. Rodriguez, Stephanie Shepherd, Tom Silverman and Mike Wilkinson out of 75 entries to the Tommy Boy contest.  It's a remarkable and creative visit to music past and present eloquently prepared by Double Dee & Steinski (Doug "Double Dee" DeFranco a NY studio engineer and Steve "Steinski" Stein an ad copywriter at Doyle, Dane Bernbach and closet hip hop mobile DJ.)  Using "Play That Beat" as the main theme, these guys weave in NASA mission control, Culture Club (who made their American premiere on Disconet in August of 1982), The Supremes, Herbie Hancock, Indeep and even Fiorello LaGuardia to name but a few along the way.

Second place honors went to Ralphie "Dee" D'Agostino from The Rooftop in NYC and third place to Joe Mautone of "On The Scene" and Rickett's Records in Woodbridge, NJ.

Two Sisters are next with a special thanks to all the Disconet DJs who broke "Destiny."  It's called "Desti-Dub", and is a phasing match made in heaven for the commercial 6:20 LP/12" version on Sugarscoop.  You can go for 3-4 minutes at a time phasing with the vocal version, and really play with the special effects phasing provides because the track is identical but there's a lot more percussion on the dub (which doesn't phase, nor do the vocals on the vocal version.)  Check it out to help make a jampacked floor your own "Destiny."  Raul A. Rodriguez and Mark Berry produced, and Sister Theresa Pesco co-wrote the song.

SPECIAL NOTE TO DJs: Side A runs 11:18, from 115 BPM to 132 BPM.  And what does it all mean, children?

Dionne Warwick ("Got A Date") and Bare Essense ("The Big Hurt") now warm your floor even more!

Dionne Warwick's first hit was "Don't Make Me Over" in 1962.  Since then, she's shown the way to San Jose, sold millions of her last album ("Heartbreaker") and now has a new LP produced by Luther Vandross on Arista called "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye."  The LP includes "Got A Date" which now has an exclusive extended Disconet edit on this program for extra energy for the winter!  Peter Frampton does the lead guitar solo, and the background singers include Cissy Houston, Patti Austin and Luther.  Luther wrote the song with Marcus Miller (who plays bass and synths on the track as well), and Dionne's vocals shine with all the true happiness of having a date that you're really looking forward to!  No wonder she was the first singer ever to be named "Woman of the Year" by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club!

Bear Essense is next with a special extended edit by Raul and Steven Von Blau of "The Big Hurt."  Richi Ray, Bob Giudice, Chris Njirich and Mike Lewis produced for White Light Productions, and the Moby Dick picture-sleeve 12" has a vocal side starring Marianna as well as a brilliant dub (mixed by Mike Lewis) called "Dub Big Hurt."  Toni Fisher did the original version over 20 years ago, and followed it up with "West Of The Wall" when the East Germans were shooting their fellow countrymen who sought freedom in West Germany.  The way it's going today, perhaps Bear Essense will be back with another Toni Fisher cover.

SPECIAL NOTE TO DJs: Side B runs 15:02, beginning at 129 BPM (beats per minute) and then slipping it into 134 BPM.

Xena gets a Raul Dance Mix, and now "On The Upside" cooks for almost 10 minutes!

Xena was born in Washington, DC, formed her own singing group in high school called The Lialetts, was part of the group Mink who recorded "Get Up And Dance" in 1981, and after a tour of Europe doing backgrounds for Gang of Four, she met Emergency's ace production team of Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa and recorded "On The Upside."

Robby Kilgore did the excellent keyboard work, Chris Alge mixed the vocal version, and Chris Barbosa and Nelson Cruz mixed the dub version for Emergency's commercial 12" release.

Raul has taken both versions and knitted them together into a special Raul Dance Mix for you which runs close to 10 minutes.

When you listen to the lyrics, no wonder Xena has an out-of-the-box, rock-it-to-the-top smash.  There are ups and downs about everything, with love being the real roller coaster ride in life.  She brings special emotion and feeling to every line, and really makes all of those nice effects recorded at Songshop Studios in New York City hang together.

A couple of bands mark some of Raul's special breaks and edits, and there's a nice long intro and outro so Xena is extra well behaved for you on this exclusive Disconet edition.  Enjoy the extra "Upside", and look for more excellent material from Xena during 1984.

SPECIAL NOTE TO DJs: Bonus Side 1 runs 9:53 at 119 BPM.

Gary Otto extends "Telegraph Your Love" by the Pointer Sisters.  Scott Blackwell and Theo Roca turn Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride" into the surprise club hit of 1984!

Direct from Laguna Beach's Boom Boom Room, Gary Otto helps give the Pointer Sisters' "Break Out" LP on Planet/RCA yet another hit with his extended edit of "Telegraph Your Love."  Ruth, Anita and June Pointer were raised in Oakland, CA, and "Break Out" is their sixth LP working with producer Richard Perry who says the secret of their mutual success is "mutual respect and trust.  The chemistry has to be there and it is."  Andy Goldmark wrote "Telegraph Your Love", programmed the drums, and was associate producer at Studio 55 in Los Angeles.  Beam it into me, baby!

And the first, really pleasant surprise of 1984 follows thanks to the marvelous perception of Scott Blackwell (a/k/a "Bunny") and Theo Roca (a/k/a just about everything or everyone.)  Scott plays at La Volcanique in Pompano Beach and will be moving to New York City in February to open Visage down the street from Studio 54, and Theo plays at On The Waterfront in Miami (meaning the club.)  They fell in love with Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride" on Private I/CBS, and combined the 7" vocal and instrumental to make a club song out of it.  Matthew grew up in Manhattan, studied classical piano, and was a street musician in Greenwich Village by age 15.  He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, and began building a solid reputation as a songwriter ("Love,Love,Love"/ Eddie Kendricks/1980) and background vocalist (Rickie Lee Jones, Robbie Dupree, Bette Midler.)  Matthew feels that synthesizers spark the creative process "that much more" because they can provide an infinitely new variety of sounds painted with so many different colors to create "an infinite amount of moods."  The mood and texture of "Break My Stride" is the joint, and the LP is called "Matthew Wilder/ I Don't Speak The Language."  Sometimes pop stations are right, guys!

SPECIAL NOTE TO DJs: Bonus Side 2 runs 12:48 from 109 BPM to 112 BPM.

Rick Jones wins the LCD chronograph. Rick plays at The Harbor Inn in Highlandtown, Maryland (on the northeast side of Baltimore), and the pressing serial number of Volume 6, Program 5 (#46) matched the lucky winning number for that program.  We've sent Rick the watch that does practically everything.  Rick's favorites on Program 5 were the Valapucci remix of Shannon's "Let The Music Play", "Din Daa Daa" by George Kranz, and Digital Emotion's "Get Up, Do You Wanna Funk."  Be sure to return this program's feedback card, and enter your pressing serial number shown on the upper right hand corner of your Side A/Side B pressing jacket.  Good luck!  Maybe you'll win the watch that takes a licking and keeps on ticking to start your year off right!

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