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Friday, December 19, 2014

MQ3: Everyday (Remixes) (Promo CDM) (Noo Trybe/Virgin, 1997)

Ultra rare Rodney Jerkins production by late 90s R&B group MQ3 featuring remixes by Rockwilder and Snoop's DJ Battle Cat. I don't know much about the group but this was their one and only release. Another promo featuring different remixes by Rodney Jerkins also exists though they are not as good as the remixes featured here...

Everyday(Reggie & Roc Remix Radio Version) ft. Redman 4:17
Everyday(Reggie & Roc Remix Instrumental) 4:58
Everyday(DJ Battle Cat Remix Radio Version) ft. Crooked I 3:38
Everyday(DJ Battle Cat Remix Instrumental) 3:47
Everyday(LP Version) 3:29

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Changing Faces: Keep It Right There (CDM) (Big Beat/Atlantic, 1994)

The 1994 single by Changing Faces and the only track on their debut to be produced by Donald Earle DeGrate, Jr. (AKA Devante Swing) of Jodeci fame... Swing, along with Salaam Remi, also produced remixes for this one that are a lot sexier than the original. As good, if not better, than the duo's stuff with R. Kelly...

Keep It Right There (Original Mix) 4:01
Keep It Right There (Devante Swing Remix) 3:26
Keep It Right There (Salaam Remix) 4:05
Keep It Right There (Devante Swing Remix Instrumental) 3:26
Movin' On (Original Mix) 3:28

*NOT an instrumental. On my CD at least, a duplicate of track 2.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sista: Brand New (Digipak CDM) (Swing Mob/Elektra, 1994)

Ultra rare first and only single from Missy Elliott's former band Sista and an early (if not first) production from Timbaland in conjunction with Devante Swing, formally of Jodeci fame. This was the one and only single the band ever produced and their debut LP 4 All The Sistas Around Da World was shortly to be shelved due to lack of interest (bear in mind this was WAY before Timbaland blew up as a producer.) The CD single is a collector's item on its own but it is the remixes by Timbaland and fellow Jodeci member Mr. Dalvin (Donald DeGrate) that really set it off. Both are noticeably different to the original score.

The lead vocals are by Elliott, who also provides additional rap verses for the two remixes as well.

Brand New 4:28
Sista Bounce 2:26
Brand New (Mr. Dalvin's Ferrari Mix) 4:03
Brand New (Timbaland's Beemer Mix) 4:35

Friday, December 5, 2014

Shiro: Good Love (Promo VLS) (Noo Trybe Records, 1998)

The second and last of two singles by Shiro on Soulshock & Karlin's Soul Power label from the mid 90s. The song is not to be confused with Good Lovin' from her 1995 Scotti Bros album Can We Talk. This song was the first single to be taken from her second album Life Goes On which unfortunately never saw the light of day.

1. Club Mix (Clean)
2. Instrumental
3. Dirty Club Mix
4. Radio Version (w/o rap)

Shiro: I Like (Promo VLS) (Noo Trybe Records, 1997)

Original LP version of Shiro's 1997 song from the Caught Up soundtrack and exclusive to promo 12" only. Remixes by Soulshock & Karlin and Clark Kent were posted here.

1. Club Mix
2. LP Version
3. Instrumental
4. TV Mix

Shades: Tell Me Your Name (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (Motown, 1996)

Super-rare mixes of Boston R&B quartet Shades' debut single Tell Me (I'll Be Around) by The Characters and DJ Clark Kent and exclusive to promo vinyl only (and if you don't own a record player, CD as well if you've got $250 to spare.) The group were active in the mid 90s and released two singles and one album together before they were lost in the hype of other artists at the time. The vinyl usually goes for about $50 by itself but I fortunately found mine for about the price of a new standard mp3 album on Amazon. The original song sampled Bernard Wright's 1985 song Who Do You Love? but these remix versions sample Brick's 1970s song Fun and Hey DJ by World's Famous Supreme Team (also used by a certain bigger star at the time...) The Characters remix features an appearance by rapper Akinyele and also uses interpolations from his own song Put It In Your Mouth (which as it happens also used the same Brick sample.) The Characters remix later appeared as a b-side to a follow-up single Serenade (which in my opinion is just as rare) but the Clark Kent version can only be found here...

A1 Character Remix Edit
A2 Clark Kent Version
A3 Characters Remix Edit (No Rap)
B1 Character Remix Radio Fade
B2 Characters Instrumental
B3 Clark Kent Instrumental

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shiro feat. Sonja Blade: I Like (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (Noo Trybe Records, 1998)

Rare promotional 12" featuring remixes of the Caught Up (1996) soundtrack cut I Like by LA-based singer Shiro, who was previously known for being the singer on A Lighter Shade of Brown's 1991 single On A Sunday Afternoon. The original version, produced by Danish production team Soulshock & Karlin, featured verses by MC Lyte but these remix versions feature Clark Kent protegee Sonja Blade instead (though Lyte can still be heard briefly at the beginning of the Clark Kent remix.) The "Soul Power" remix features different production and vocals altogether whereas Kent's remix utilizes a slightly pitched-up version of the original vocal track. Released to promo 12" only via Virgin/EMI's hip hop division Noo Trybe Records in 1998...

A1 Soul Power Remix Extended Version
A2 Soul Power Instrumental
B1 DJ Clark Kent Remix Extended Version
B2 DJ Clark Kent TV Mix

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Taral: How Can I Get Over You (Remix) (Promo VLS) (Motown, 1997)

 
Second of three singles from Taral Hicks' one and only album and produced by Chad Hugo. It is one of his earliest productions and way before N*E*R*D or The Neptunes ever existed. An alternate version remixed by and featuring LL Cool J is exclusive to this 12" and samples Club Nouveau's Why You Treat Me So Bad?

A1 Radio Version
A2 Uncle L's Extended Mix
A3 Nerved Out Mix*
B1 Uncle L's No Rap Mix
B2 Eastside Instrumental
B3 A Cappella

*Basically the same as the original remix but with slightly less instrumentation.

Shiro: Can We Talk (VLS) (Street Life Records, 1995)

Before hooking up with Soulshock & Karlin, LA-based singer Shiro released an album Can We Talk on the independent Street Life Records (which was distributed by Warner Records.) As far as I know, it  is long out of print and isn't even being offered as a digital download anywhere but here is the second of two singles from the album, complete with an awesome G-Funk remix... 

A1 Gangsta Groove 2 (Club)
A2 Instrumental
A3 Accapulco
B1 LP Version
B2 Gangsta Groove 1 (Radio Edit)
B3 TV Mix

702: Steelo (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (Biv Ten Records,1996)

Promo-only mixes of 702's 1996 single featuring Tumblin' Dice, Timbaland, Missy Elliot and others. Unfortunately due to the Rashad Smith mix being promoted as the main remix, the two excellent remixes by Timbaland were left as promo-only along with the J-Dub mix. Both Timbaland remixes (the main mix and the more slower B2) feature new vocals, new hooks and different production between them.

A1 Rashad Remix
A2 Timbaland Mix Edit
A3 LP Version
B1 J-Dub Mix Edit
B2 Cali Mix
B3 LP Instrumental

Terri & Monica: Sexuality (If You Take Your Love (Promo VLS) (Epic, 1996)

More throwback Timbaland and Missy Elliott on the remix to Terri & Monica's Sexuality (If You Take Your Love) from 1996 and only available on this 12". The song was the only single to be released from their shelved sophomore album Suga. Also features the Charles "The Mixologist" Rhone/video remix.

1. (Remix)
2. (Remix Instrumental)
3. (Timbaland Street Remix) (Featuring Missy Elliott)
4. (Timbaland Instrumental)