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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Aaries: 5-Song Sampler (Promo CDr) (Atlantic, 200x)

Along with JS, LovHer, Lyric and Tha 'Rayne, Atlantic's Aaries were another of the new generation of R&B groups to hit the airwaves - albeit briefly - in the early 2000s.The product of Musiq Soulchild, the duo, out of Philly, had been doing backup for him since 2000 and in 2001 featured on his song "If I Woulda Knew" for Def Soul records. By themselves, they released two singles "Strangers To Lovers" and "Eventhough" but as with many new groups back then, neither went beyond the promo stage and their up-coming album "Always Remember" was eventually shelved. Rather than opting for the urban-crossover appeal, they used the neo-soul format with production coming from ?uestlove of The Roots and Musiq Soulchild's producer Carvin Haggins. As far as I know there is no full advance of the album but two different samplers featuring select tracks do exist. Again quite a pity that they went nowhere but Atlantic wasn't really the best place to be if you were a true urban artist. A few years later they squandered another great talent Deemi... 

The above one, a labelled CDr, has the advantage over the other one (PRCD 30099) as it features 5 full tracks.

Eventhough 3:44
Strangers To Lovers 3:40
So Nice 3:38
Take U Back 5:07
Baby This Love 8:07


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Achewood: Let's Get The Loot (VLS) (Under Pressure Entertainmment, Inc., 1998)

More hip-hop-inspired R&B from Virginia Beach with Achewood, who now goes by his full name Achewood Benjamin. Back then he dabbled in only what I could describe as thug R&B but nowadays has more of a radio-friendly sound. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Let's Get The Loot [Album Mix] 4:25
Let's Get The Loot [Radio Mix] 4:25
Let's Get The Loot [Instrumental] 4:36
Jig Mo' 4:18

T.P. Elliston: Dream (VLS) (Homey Ent., 2002)

Early 2000s obscurity from Brooklyn, NY and what appears to be an early recording by a political R&B/hip hop artist named T.P. Elliston. His vocal range is limited and the overall feel here is more hip hop than R&B but the production on the title track especially is fairly contemporary-sounding for its day. Many thanks once again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Dream ft. Real 4:32
Dream [Instrumental] 4:34
Dream [Acappella] 4:23
Step Into My World ft. AJane & Real 3:48
Step Into My World ft. AJane & Real [Remix] 3:40
Step Into My World [Instrumental] 3:44

Eric La Sean: Do Whatcha Wanna Do (VLS) (Sure Thang Records, 199x)

More rather obscure male R&B on vinyl and funky mid-to-late 90s funk/soul with powerful blues vocals. Nothing is known about the artist but he originates from Atlanta, GA and is one of only two  two artists the label put out, the other being a hip hop duo Tab $ &  Da Villin. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution. 

Do Whatcha Wanna Do 3:46
Do Whatcha Wanna Do [Extended Mix] 7:24
*REPEATS ON SIDE B*

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Taste: All Up On It! (EP) (Graphiq Records, 1992)

Further obscure R&B on vinyl, this time from a male group or duo and musically early 90s New Jack Swing with Synth influences. I don't know anything about them but they have origins in Manhattan, NYC as per the phone number given. The vocals aren't that great and the production - by the group themselves - is a little underground-sounding on some tracks but that's the way we like 'em. There's no information on the label but I don't think it's related to this one in any way.

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Lick It Like You Like It 1:35
Doya 3:02
Touch You 4:27
'Cause I'm Witcha 4:13
She Wants Me 3:06
Doya [Booty Mix] 2:26
Witcha - Take It To The Ghetto 3:50