Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jamie Knight: S/T (EP) (Self-Released, 1999)

Rare 3-track EP from a self-promoted Philly artist who might be known to some as Star Search's Junior Champion at only 6 years old. Her first album Spotlight was released at the tender age of 8 and the above EP - released in 1999 - contains 3 contemporary R&B recordings that showcased her later growth as an artist, particularly in the popular R&B genre. As far as I am aware, none ever appeared on an album but she recorded a sophomore CD The Secret's Out in 2007. Sadly I don't think it was ever widely released but a single What Goes Around featured a rare cameo from rap superstar Jay-Z. .

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Say La Vi (Ta Ta) 5:23
Baby, Baby Don't Cry 3:46
Baby Be Mine 4:06

Dee Dee Wilde: PG-13 (WC Records, 2001)

Sister to Eugene Wilde, veteran singer Dee Dee (real name Diane Broomfield) started out in the business with family in the disco troop Broomfield Corporate Jam in the late 1970s. After a brief stint here and in numerous other family projects, she released her first solo album No Way Out via Island Records in 1988 which spawned the two successful singles I Found You and Lap Of Luxury. Sadly all her additional work since - as with that of her brother Eugene - has been on independent labels with the above release (from 2001) being the most hard to find of them all. With more of a uptempo pop-R&B style as apposed to her original soul-R&B roots, it was not released commercially as it was decided that it not what her listening audience would be used to from her. Entirely produced by her brother Eugene, the album is a blend of contemporary R&B and funky pop songs.

Thanks again to my good pal Stuaaart for the contribution

Doesn't Matter 3:22
Let Me Remind You 3:49
Some Kinda Guy 4:34
Can't Get Over You 4:08
Real Good Time 4:03
Sunday Morning 4:30
Workout Song 3:18
Just How Much I Do 4:27
Wanna Be The One 3:43
Be Careful What You Wish For 4:10
I'm A Woman 3:27

Cym LaJoy: Change Of Heart (Another View Records Inc., 1995)

Another killer R&B artist from The Windy City who sadly I know nothing about but did a remake of Rose Royce's Car Wash in 1994 (which is included on this album.) Her CD spawned 2 12" singles of the progressive house/club style which - along with R&B and modern soul - was another one of Chi Town's biggest exports in the 90s. While Car Wash itself is of this genre, the rest of the album excels at smooth 90s contemporary R&B and New Jack Swing... Sadly no hits on any of the producers themselves - who did a great job here - but popular 90s remixer Ralphi Rosario gave the remix treatment to track 12.

Once again, a big thank you to my good pal Stuaaart for continuing to supply me with the goodies. More of his amazing steals to come.

U Can't Play Wit My Mind 3:59
Changes Of Heart 5:27
Car Wash (Original Mix) 5:30
So Special 5:01
Fade Away 5:43
Git Yo' Act 2-Gether Brotha 5:56
Playground (Hip Hop Mix) 4:09
Give It To Me 4:56
Love Thang 4:07
Playground (Smooth Mix) 4:15
Give It To Me (Remix) 4:44
Car Wash (Tribal Mix) 5:58

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

F.E. Cohen: My Story (Cohen Records Inc., 1995)

Second release from U.S.-born Jewish singer Ephee Cohen, whose first album and only single I posted back in October. His album especially was a mixture of many different styles including reggae, ballads and best of all New Jack Swing and smooth R&B jams. Altogether there were six songs sung in English with the remainder being sung in Hebrew. I don't think it spawned any singles but at some point after this, he released the steamy Cum With Me wherein he appeared more as a traditional male R&B singer. Both are pretty obscure and were released via his own label, which at the time was based out of Memphis, Tennessee.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Karla: Piece Of My Love (CDM) (It Be Knockin' It Records, 1994)

Cover of Guy and Teddy Riley's 1988 hit by an unknown Pennsylvanian singer. The main mix is pretty similar to the original but track 3 features a more upbeat 90s hip hop production with different vocals. Not much information anywhere - she was possibly affiliated with an 90s indie R&B/New Jack Swing artist called M.L. - but I don't know for absolute certain. Regardless, she is not the same artist also by the name of Karla who had an independent release out a year later titled For Love's Sake (Too Funky Records, Cat# 02881-1234-2.)

Thanks again to my good pal and regular contributor Stuaaart, who once again owns an ORIGINAL copy of this CD.

Radio Edit 4:07
Rap Prelude 0:27
Bonus (Hip Hop) Track 3:58
Piece Mixx 3:53
Karla's Edit 4:15

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cherish: The Moment (Promo CDr) (Reprise Records, 2003)

Atlanta sister quartet Cherish first came to prominence in 2006 when they were discovered and signed by Jazze Pha to his Sho'Nuff label. Their biggest hit included the crunk'n'b-inspired Do It To It, which made no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart. Prior to this (in 2003), they were signed to Warner Bros.' Reprise imprint where they released one single Miss P. with So So Def rapper Da Brat. Unfortunately it was a commercial failure and the group was shortly dropped. As in the case of another one of Reprise's R&B signings at the time, Trinidadian singer D'Mello, the label had simply failed to give them or their music enough promotion. Truthfully - looking at the over-abundance of alternative rock rubbish that they had their name to at the time - I don't think they knew quite what to do with them. Up until then the closest thing to R&B that they had in