Saturday, February 15, 2020

Maurice: S/T (Cassette Single) (Brick City Records, 1991)

More obscure early 90s New Jack Swing/boogie/soul music from Springfield, IL and owing to the lack of title and information on the j card possibly a demo. The label Brick City Records has one other rap release "Mad Camp Syndrome" by Jahl in their catalog. There is also a label by the same name based out of Columbus, OH with similar content but I don't know if they were affiliated at all.

Not the same Maurice as this guy as far as I can tell.

I Can't Do That 5:17
Sweet Sweat 4:39

Valarie Adams: Believe [EP] (Smooth Productions, 1989)

Rare modern soul/boogie release from Montclair, NJ singer Valarie Adams who has worked as a lead vocalist for Brooklyn, NY funk/disco band B.T. Express. Comparable to Patti LaBelle and Shirley Murdock, she has since been dubbed the "First Lady of Retro-Soul" and regularly appears with her band The Dimensions up and down the East Coast (she still rocks the hair-do as well.) Two versions of this release exist, one with 4 tracks and the one I have which has 7. One of the tracks "Believe" was later re-recorded and used as a b-side to her 1993 single "I Can't Shake It." She released her first album in 2007.

Believe 4:06
Sensational 3:37
Tenderly 5:28
Sweeter 4:40
Sooner Or Later 4:41
You're All I Need 5:00
Sammy Sounds 6:50

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Point: Shackin' Up (Promo VLS) (Elite Music Group, 2004)

Possible further release from High Point, NC group, The Point, who I first discovered on Stuaaart's Universal Urban sampler a few posts back. Along with Famil, Dani Stevenson, Rashad (Thomas) and others, they found themselves without a record label following the closure of Universal Records in 2004. While many released at least one or two singles before they were dropped this group, along with an Atlanta neo soul duo Seanna & Derrick, never appeared beyond this CD. Now I don't know for certain that this is the same group - the vocals are different - but it has the same contemporary soul vibe. Without knowing much about them, I can't really say for sure but I don't think it was affiliated with Universal Records. 

Shakin' Up (Radio Mix) 3:49
Shakin' Up (Instrumental) 3:53

Monday, February 3, 2020

Phlypsyde: S/T (Promo EP) (Ill Life Entertainment, 2004)

Obscure random rap release out of Saint Louis, MO. which I know absolutely nothing about but don't think they are related in any way to the Ohio male vocal group Flipsyde from 2000. A duo, these guys are a mixture of southern rap and R&B with a somewhat lo-fi production. The label, I believe, was based out of Detroit, Michigan but not entirely certain. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Don't Love Em, Don't Need Em 4:39
Don't Love Em, Don't Need Em (Inst) 4:39
Everything You Do 4:16
We Could Never Be 3:49
Too Long 3:56

Friday, January 31, 2020

Mýa: Fear Of Flying (JP Test Pressing) (Universal Victor, 2000)

After searching for years for the supposed Japanese bonus tracks for Harrison's 2000 album and never being able to find them, I finally located them on this very rare Japanese test pressing. Though leaked years ago, I believe that the origin of the two songs probably goes back to a quite obscure Russian bootleg pressing (which back then could be found on several Russian mp3 download sites) and possibly originated from a very early advance copy of the album. The two unreleased tracks "Girls Like That" and "Telephone Games" were produced by Swizz Beats and Anthony Dent respectively. Granted, I never really paid much attention to the other tracks, which I assumed were identical to those that appeared on the 1st pressing of the album but turns out that here there are some

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tiffany Villarreal: S/T (JP Retail) (Universal Records, 2004) (Original post from 4/13/16)

Along with Crystal Sierra, here is a further Hispanic diva who got shelved during the 2000s. Though more of a Brandy/Monica alternative, she had a great voice and a great team of producers behind her. Sadly she never got the promotion that her label mates JoJo and Lumidee got and her debut CD ended up being a Japanese import only. Unfortunately no stranger to failed attempts, she originally began her career in 1996 where she wrote an entire album with Missy Elliott that later ended up in the recycle bin. Overall she has been with five different labels throughout her career including Pharrell Williams' Star Trak Entertainment (where she was one third of a Latina group called "Affair"), Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and Reakwon's Rae Records. Other than Universal Records, none of them have ever yielded anything but lost opportunities but she seems to have taken it all in her