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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kym: My Mind (Critone Records, 1997)

From Sacramento, California, the first album from late singer-songwriter Kimberly Kimbrough (previously Botts) which - along with Tracey McLiechey's 1999 LP - is one of the best I've had the pleasure of listening to in recent months. A mixture of sexy, smooth R&B and simmering quiet storm soul that the best the old skool 90s had to offer, the production is simply amazing but sadly still quite underground. In 2014, she produced a second project Willie & Me with the help of fellow Sacramento musician Willie G. Martin Jr. For a college project, I don't know if it was ever widely distributed but it did earn her a degree in music. According to Martin's bio, she was planning to pursue her recording career further but  sadly she passed away two years later in 2016.

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for contributing this gem. Once again, I would like to point out that he owns an original copy that he brought himself.

You Turn Me On 3:22
Do You Feel? 4:18
Take It Slow 3:50
Gotta Move On 3:57
My #? 4:00
Rukus Going On 4:21
My Mind 4:24
Where Daisies Grow 4:16
The Lover In You 6:06
Only You Can Stop The Rain 3:53
Anticipation 3:41
Am I Losing You? 4:24
Let Him Go 4:19
It's Too Late 3:42 (a cover of Carol King's 1971 song of the same name.)


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Strictly Gyrllz: Don't Play Me (Promo VLS) (Marcola Records, 1990)

From Northern California, a further obscure trio on vinyl and with a similar poppy New Jack Swing sound to Terri Robinson & Monica Payne's first group The Gyrlz (1988.) It was written by one member Lainika Johnson when she was only 15 but sadly she did not receive credit for it. It seems to be the only thing they ever did but one of the producers Jay Lincoln later went on to produce for Destiny's Child.

Don't Play Me [Radio Mix] 3:31
Don't Play Me [Sucha Booty Mix] 3:33
Don't Play Me [Flashback Mix] 3:21
Don't Play Me [The Lost Vocal Mix] 3:33


Sunday, July 2, 2017

More Obscure European Girl Groups (1994-2001)

J'LEISH (UK)
CHARLI (UK)
TEEZE (UK)
NATURAL IMPACT (NL)

Outta Europe, 4 more obscure R&B/pop groups that you probably haven't heard of before and active between 1998-2001. Three (J'Leish, Charli and Teeze) were from the UK while the last Natural Impact were from the Netherlands or at least Netherlands-based. J'Leish were signed to British rapper Funky DL's label Washington Classics while Teeze were signed to Paul Hardcastle's label Total Control Records which is now defunct. Teeze's song - a cover of LeVert's track of the same name -