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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kelis: Milkshake (Remix) (Promo VLS) (Star Trak Entertainment, 2003)

Official remix to Rogers' 2003 hit featuring alternate production, new spoken verses and raps from Pharrell Williams and former Clipse member Pusha T. In the US, it never appeared on any other format other than promotional 12" vinyl but in Europe, it was later featured as the B-side to a follow-up single Trick Me. Classic Neptunes before they went their separate ways...

A1 Radio Mix
A2 Instrumental
B1 Club Mix
B2 Acappella

Friday, September 19, 2014

Coko: Triflin' (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (RCA, 1999)

The second solo effort from SWV's Coko featuring remixes by Swizz Beats and Mobb Deep. None of the remixes were ever released commercially and were limited to promotional vinyl and CD only. The Swizz remix features a new vocal arrangement and a verse from Ruff Ryders rapper Cross while the Mobb Deep remix features Havoc. Track B3 features ex-Ruff Ryders rapper Eve. This track is one of only two singles to be taken from Gamble's debut solo release "Hot Coko." A follow up album "Music Doll" was shelved after RCA cancelled their urban division.

A1 Triflin' (Swizz Beats Remix)
A2 Triflin' (Mobb Deep Remix)
A3 Triflin' (Rhythm Remix)
B1 Triflin' (Swizz Beats Remix) (Instrumental)
B2 Triflin' (Mobb Deep Remix) (Instrumental)
B3 Triflin' (Swizz Beats Remix) (A Cappella)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kelly Rowland: Can't Nobody (Urban Mixes) (VLS) (Columbia, 2003)

Urban remixes of Rowland's sophomore solo effort and issued to a commercial audience in 2003. The highlight of the set is the excellent remix by Steve 'Silk' Hurley which samples Run DMC's 1985 track "Sucker MCs..." The others on side B featuring Lil' Flip and Jakk Frost are basically just re-edits of the original album version and not really worth mentioning.

A1 Can't Nobody (Silkmix.com 80sHip Hop Flava 12")
A2 Can't Nobody (Silkmix.com 80sHip Hop Flava 12" Instrumental)
A3 Can't Nobody (Album Instrumental)
B1 Can't Nobody (Featuring Lil' Flip)
B2 Can't Nobody (Featuring Jakk Frost)
B3 Can't Nobody (Featuring Jakk Frost A Cappella)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Alicia Keys: Who's That Girl (Promo CDM) (Columbia, 1998)

 
Early Alicia Keys recording for Columbia Records originally featured on the 1998 compendium Young Soul Power IIShe allegedly left the label after a dispute about direction and consequently signed with J Records instead. The promotional CD single came housed in a unique tri-fold slipcase along with three other discs featuring tracks by other artists (R&B group Blaque, JoJo Robinson and Cassie (not Cassie Ventura.) To this date Who's That Girl has never been featured on any Alicia Keys album. It was produced by Keys and longtime collaborator Kerry "Krucial"  Brothers Jr. 

Alicia Keys - Who's That Girl (4SK41585)
1. Radio Edit
2. Instrumental
3. Callout Hook #1
4. Callout Hook #2

Friday, September 12, 2014

Alicia Keys: How Come You Don't Call Me (Neptunes Remix) (Promo VLS) (J Records, 2001)

The main remix to Keys' 2001 song by The Neptunes and featuring a more upbeat production and newly sung vocals. Teenybopper vomit bag Justin Timberlake (then also working with the duo on his debut LP), provides backing vocals and a short refrain at the end.

A1 How Come You Don't Call Me (Main Mix)
B1 How Come You Don't Call Me (Instrumental)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Destiny's Child: Bug A Boo (Urban Remixes) (Columbia, 1999)

Scarce promo-only urban remixes of DC's fifth single and issued to the UK market only in 1999. Track A1 is a funky R&B remix whereas track B1 sounds like a crossover between R&B and UK Garage. Not a patch on the Refugee Camp remix but it is interesting to hear the original vocal over different R&B beats...

A1 Lindslee Mix
B1 Olabean's Bugged Out Mix
B2 Lindslee Instrumental Mix

Monday, September 1, 2014

Brandy: What About Us (Remixes) (White Label VLS) (The Killah Kuts, 2001)

Unreleased remixes of Norwood's 2001 song featuring Nas and Steve 'Silk' Hurley.  While the Nas remix is largely unimpressive (it is basically just the LP version with a rap added), it was Hurley's 'Old Skool Remix' that prompted me to buy this set. His house remix was released on a double 12" promo set of dance remixes (see HERE) but for whatever reason, this particular down-tempo remix (which samples Rick James 1978 song Mary Jane) never saw the light of day.

I believe these two remixes were released on a promo CD acetate but it is almost near-impossible to find. In all actuality, this 12" is probably just as rare and unless you know what you're looking for, there are no credits on the records. Anyways, another forgotten gem fromPersnickety...

A1 Brandy - What About Us (Remix) (w/ Nas)
A2 Brandy - What About Us (Steve 'Silk' Hurley Old Skool Remix)
B1 Sharissa - Any Other Night (Clean Remix)
B2 Sharissa - Any Other Night (Dirty Remix)
B3 Sharissa - Any Other Night (Instrumental)
B4 Sharissa - Any Other Night (Acappella)

Brandy: What About Us (Dance Mixes) (Double Promo VLS) (Atlantic, 2001)

 
 
This was Norwood's lead single from her third album Full Moon and was released in 2001.This double 12"