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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nicole: Private Thoughts (2NK Productions, 2000)

A blend of modern soul and soulful 80s-style pop with slight New Wave influences from an obscure artist you won't find anywhere else. Not a wealth of information about her but possibly from North Carolina as per her producer. From one solitary review of this CD sourced online, both were previously members of a local group called SwingShift. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for this contribution.

Send Your Love 5:13
Wish You Were Mine 4:27
Where You Gonna Run To? 4:57
Diva Police 4:18
I Want You 3:43
Seeing You Again 4:57
Believe 3:22
Take Me With You 3:21
If You Only Knew 3:40
Dreamin' 3:52

Sa Lee Na: S/T (Rangel Entertainment, 2002)

Teenage indie R&B from the midwest (Kansas City) with the above artist who I sadly know nothing about but as per the lyrics she was only 13 when she recorded this very short album. Mainly a very underground R&B-pop sound with 5 bonus tracks from a rap artist named K.C. Smooth (her father) tacked on at the end. The artists don't really go together but they were undoubtedly on the same local label. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Intro 0:35
Sa Lee Na 3:13
I Want You To Groove 3:38
Dreams 4:21
Ready Or Not 4:10
Summer Time 3:38
How We Kick It 3:28
Things I Need 3:23
Want You To Groove (Remix) 2:54
Outro 0:56
10 Seconds 0:10
Mexican Playa 4:47
Want the World 3:41 (Featuring Sa Lee Na)
What's the World Coming 2 3:35 (Featuring Dog G & Dice)
Shinin' Star 4:20

Friday, January 20, 2017

E'layne: Elite Street (EP) (Self-Released, 199x)

Another obscure pressing from the 90s that I know little about. The disc and artwork were made in Canada but I believe the artist hails from Ohio as per the phone number given inside. Featured are two tracks smooth R&B and one 90s house track with soulful, jazzy vocals. I don't know much about the artist but I believe she is now a professor at Ohio State University. Featuring backing vocals from Conya Doss on track 2.

It's On (When You Get Home) 3:46
The Whole Shebang 2.56
Your Precious Love 4:35

Kelli Sae: S/T (OGW Entertainment, 1998)

First release from former Count Basic and Defunkt vocalist Kelli Sae (Smith) who possesses a multi-octive vocal range. Mainly a mixture of hip hop soul along the lines of classic 90s Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans with a few smooth jazz and rock tracks mixed in to showcase her diversity. Originally released in 1998, it has since been re-issued digitally.

Life Goes On 3:59
Candy 5:06
Found Somebody Like You 4:10
Vacant 4:28
Maybe? 4:06
If 3:52
Footsteps 4:04
Angel 5:34
Burned 5:09

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mýa: Coach Carter Demos (Promo CDr) (William Morris Agency, 200x)

There's no shortage of unreleased Mýa songs floating around out there. Preceding and following the cancellation of Control Freak and Liberation in the early to mid 2000s, roughly half a dozen songs leaked online from the recording sessions of both produced by a variety of known and unknown producers but to my knowledge tracks 3, 4 and 5 from the above CDr were not among them. Compiled for William Morris Agency, a talent agency based out of Beverly Hills, CA, I can only imagine that the songs featured were future considerations for 2005's Coach Carter soundtrack though why the two Moodring songs Extacy (produced by Damon Elliott) and Anatomy 1 on 1 (produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) are featured I

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Los Entertainment: The New Beginning (Cassette Comp) (Los Entertainment, 1996)

Further obscure compilation from the North featuring a selection of hip hop & R&B artists that you wouldn't have seen on MTV or VH1 in the 90s. The first artist Janine (Williams) was formally one half of the short-lived Detroit R&B duo FABU in the mid 90s while the other Four Men are an R&B vocal quartet from Wisconsin who bear more than a passing resemblance to Boyz II Men. Williams later went on to release an EP via Alkey Records in 2001; Four Men stayed with the above label and released an EP and two singles in the later half of the 90s. All of the songs here are unreleased but for Williams' Better Without You which was featured on her 2001 EP along with two newer compositions. Williams - whose husky alto gives more than a passing nod to Toni Braxton's - also makes supporting appearances on a few other tracks here as well a backing vocalist.

Remember...you heard it here first 😏

Intro 0:33
Biography (Interlude) 1:20
You're The One 4:06 (Janine)
Feel The Love 4:17 (Four Men)
Cash Rules 5:09 (C.O.I. featuring Janine)
Hit It From The Back 4:21 (Tru & Clear featuring Janine)
Better Without You 4:50 (Janine)
Kissing A Stranger 4:28 (Four Men)
Feel The Need 4:26 (Tru & Clear featuring Janine)
C.O.I. Interview (Interlude) 1:06
Erroll Flynns 5:02 (C.O.I.)
Outro Thanks 1:16