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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Drue: Long Time Coming [EP] (Chipped Up Entertainment, 2007)

Staying in the mid 2000s era, here is another promotional EP and this time from a male artist or maybe even possibly a group. I know nothing about them but they originate from the South, either from Georgia or Tennessee as per a couple of business cards found inside. The sound is light, melodic mid-2000s R&B, similar to Ne-Yo and other artists like him.

Rain 3:50
Without Your Love 4:31
Let's Go For A Ride 4:10
She Don't Know 4:19


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Caramel City: No Fixed Address [EP] (Metro Sounds, 2006)

Staying in Ontario, Canada with three-piece R&B group Caramel City who have a Destiny's Child-meet-Girls Aloud kind of vibe about them. They were produced by some of the same people behind Sugar Jones and for anybody out there who doesn't have any idea who they were, they were the winners of the first series of Popstars in Canada. While they achieved some short-lived success, the above group seemed to be pretty local to Ontario at least...

Read more about them here.

I Can't 3:26
Dang 3:16
Even Though I'm Sorry 5:15
Hottie 3:27
Hottie (Instrumental) 4:14


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Nicole Moses: The Answer (Scruffy² Music, 2005)

Canadian indie artists are often overlooked by other collectors but if you can find them, they more than deserve a proverbial seat at the table with their Southern counterparts. Hailing from Ontario, the above work was produced by James "Homegrown" McQuaid, who was formally a member of Canadian hip hop duo MCJ & Cool G and one of the first hip hop acts North of the border to be signed to a major label. The sound is somewhat reminiscent to Mary J. Blige or even Angie Stone but with slightly more sophisticated appeal. The artist now goes by the name "Nikki Mo" and in 2015, released a single "Take Care" to CDBaby.com.

The Answer 3:40
Treat Me Good 3:38
Get With Me 3:40
Summer Breeze 4:01
Rain 3:42
Beautiful 3:42
Natural (Afro) 3:39
You 3:51
Won't Go 3:54
Funny 3:52
Why Ya? 3:41
Whatcha Do To Me 2:56


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Joi Campbell: Unreleased Album (N/A, 2002)

Sister of multi-platinum, Grammy-awarding winning producer, Warryn 'Baby Dubb' Campbell, Joi was one of a handful of new urban acts signed to Clive Davis' J Records in the early 2000s. Sadly her time at the label was very fleeting and aside from one radio-play single and a couple of songs on promotional comps, barely anybody knew about her. Whether she was just too similar to the label's other new signee at the time Monica or was one of the ones lost when BMG acquired its stake in the label in 2002, I don't know. A similar fate befell R&B trio Lyric (you can read about them here) and of course, everybody knows what happened to Monica's first album with the label (although she did

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lysette Titi: Dallas Austin Demos (Promo CDr) (EMI Music Publishing, 2006)

Titi along with male R&B singer Derick Dimitry and neo soul artist Joi was one of the first artists signed to Dallas Austin's Freeworld Entertainment label in 1997.  She is mostly known for her only single "Young Sad And Blue" which drew her instant comparisons to Aaliyah, Brandy and other female contemporary R&B stars at the time. Sadly problems at the label lead to its eventual demise and she never released anything else. Other artists who also lost out included classic soul group The O'Jays and rock band Tool. Following this, Austin moved his main base of operations over to Universal Records and signed a host of new acts not limited to pre-teen vocalist Sammie and Detroit

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Eugene Cole: U Broke N2 My Heart (Promo Cassette) (N/A, 1991)

From the Bay Area, another obscure male artist and a combination of early 90s R&B and synthy modern soul. The tape is from 1991 but the actual recording dates back to 1990 when it was released on 12" vinyl on a small independent label based out of San Jose. The artist now goes by the moniker Gene-O and after numerous failed projects throughout the 90s and early 2000s, he finally got the buzz he deserved with his first ever full-length project What About Forever in 2013...

U Broke N2 My Heart (Radio) 4:30
U Broke N2 My Heart (Inst.) 5:03
U Broke N2 My Heart (Extended) 5:06
What I'll Do 4:39