Saturday, November 30, 2019

More unreleased R&B music from DreamWorks Records (and my longest post yet...)

Further unreleased music from Dreamworks Records, yet another label (along with EastWest and Mercury Records in the UK), who had many shelved quality albums in the early 2000s. Most of these artists were shelved when the label was acquired by Universal but personally I don't think DreamWorks was the place to be for an up-and-coming urban artist anyway. Along with Hollywood Records, they were mostly suited to Disney trash and shitty alternative rock music but did manage to have some degree of success with Blackstreet, Floetry and the Johnston Sisters (JS) although all mostly all they were capable of was one-or-two-hit-wonders. Among the shelved R&B artists on the

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Tynisha Keli: 3-Track Sampler (Promo CDr) (Warner Bros Records, 2004)

Unreleased sampler from Tynisha Keli, who formally got her start with a pop group Gyrlz Society in the early 2000s. I think they were intended to be somewhat similar to Dream and P.Y.T. but their career never went beyond one single "Respect Me" in 2001. Likewise, Keli's solo career also never really took off either and her two albums "The Chronicles of T.K" and "The 5th Element" were only ever released in Japan. I am guessing the above tracks were for an earlier U.S. project that was later scraped but "Crazy" might sound familiar as it was also recorded by 3LW for their sophomore album "A Girl Can Mack." Les poppy than her work that was eventually released (albeit in Japan), most, if not all, were produced by Beau Dozier, son of former Motown era writer Lamont Dozier.

Anything 3:52 (includes a sample of "Africa" by Toto.)
U Ain't Gotta Worry 4:21
Crazy 4:13

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Cassis Henry: Sampler (Promo) (Edel, 200x)

Further unreleased music from the UK with Cassius Henry who came and went after a few singles in the early 2000s and later appeared as a contestant on the UK version of The Voice. His first single "Broke" (prod. by the Ignorants) was a fantastic incarnation of early 2000s UK R&B but he was later whisked off to the U.S. to work with Kayne West on a follow-up "The One." I think they were intending to turn him into the British version of Ne-Yo but in my opinion he was better off as he was. In 2012 he made it to the live shows of The Voice. Thanks again to Stuaaart and his friend for the contribution.

Broke (Without Rap) 3:42
Cassius 4:27
Good Night (No Drums) 3:39

Made In London: A Perfect Storm (Promo) (RCA Records, 2000)

Further unreleased music from Made In London, a UK-based pop group of British and Scandinavian extraction.  Along with Smoke 2 Seven, they were one of quite a few girl groups in the early 2000s that didn't stay around. They were mostly known for their single "Dirty Water" which featured a sample from Digital Underground's "Humpty Dance" and for their b-side covers of notable songs by Terence Trent D'arby, Grace Jones and others. Their music was a mixture of urban-pop and pop-rock; it was undoubtedly pop music but wasn't confined to a certain specific genre which is always a problem for new groups and artists starting out. They disbanded following a second single "Shut Your Mouth." Thanks again to Stuaaart and his friend for the contribution. 

I'm Not 3:59
Dirty Water 4:37
24 Little Hours 3:57
We Don't Do No Wrong 5:15
Shut Your Mouth 4:13
Ain't Another Love Song 4:34
My Friend 4:18
Believe 4:21
Hit Or Miss 3:48
If You Don't Wanna 3:45
From The First Time 3:52
Magic 4:40

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Dream: Reality (Press Advance) (Promo CDr) (Bad Boy Entertainment, 2003) (Original post from 3/12/16)

It was the latest trend in the early 2000s for major hip hop producers to have a token pop act on their roster and the above group was the brainchild of Bad Boy impresario Sean "Diddy" Combs. After jumping on the contemporary R&B bandwagon in the mid 90s, the Bad Boy brand was responsible for many popular acts including Faith Evans, Total and 112. Sadly by the time the millennium rolled around with its preference towards shitty pop music, many of them began to fall out of favor and once again Combs had to decide on a new direction to take: the teen pop market. Originally assembled in 1998 by a talent scout looking to recruit members to form an all-new girl group, Dream was the epitome of a manufactured band. Their first album It Was All A Dream is not something that I

Cheri Dennis: Sampler (Promo CDr) (Bad Boy Entertainment, 2006) (Original post from 5/27/15)

Cheri Dennis had been doing work for Combs since the early 2000s when she provided vocals for the 2001 Bad Boy Entertainment album The Saga Continues... Unfortunately, it would be almost eight years until she would have an album of her own and even then it was not without being pushed back at least once while Combs was preoccupied, as it seems, with his new manufactured girl group Dainty Kane. Dennis' debut album was slated for release in June of 2006 but didn't see the light of day properly until 2008 when it was finally released as a physical CD. This early CD-R sampler, issued some time in 2006, features two tracks that were later cut from the final track-listing, one of