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Friday, August 16, 2019

Kwei: The Making Of...(Darimar Records, 2007)

Along with Jasmine Jai, Philly's Kwei Brunson was the only other featured artist on the Darimar compilation that released his own work. While Alston self-released her EP a year prior, Brunson released this album via the same label four years later in 2007. Three songs featured (Goodbye, Singing And Dancing And What Now) were originally recorded in 2003 but here they have been remade with more mid-2000s club appeal. Mostly a very upbeat album, also included is an emotional live performance of another song "Love Is What You Make It" which as far as I can tell is an original song the artist wrote himself. Altogether a good first effort; vocally not Stevie Wonder but definitely shines the best on the more slower tracks, including one of my absolute favorites "When Will I Find My Girlfriend."

Intro    1:36
Goodbye    5:08
What Now Feat: Tefflon    3:20
Coming Home (Skit)    0:39
Singing And Dancing    3:29
Think Big Feat: Tefflon    4:04
Don't Fall For Their Game Feat: Da Phoxx    3:45
Inside Of Me (Interlude)    2:11
Love Is What You Make It (LIVE PERFORMANCE)    5:54
I Need Your Love    4:54
Real Talk (Skit Feat: Unikue)    1:25
When Will I Find My Girlfriend    4:45
Outro - Think Big (The Dj Wikked "Phil-More Remix")    6:48


Monday, August 12, 2019

Darimar Records Presents: Compilation (Darimar Records, 2003)

Another place that had a great urban music scene back in the day (and one which thus far I've completely overlooked) was Pennsylvania on America's East Coast. On this blog alone, I posted a great number of amazing things from its towns and cities notably Unda Presha (who sounded very similar to one of PA's biggest and best exports) and more contemporary favorites such as La'Trese and Monique Moseé. The above compilation is yet another testament to how much of a musical mecca the City of Brotherly Love is. Featuring the work of 6 local artists, it is a mixture of mainly contemporary R&B

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

New Creation: Off Da Chain (Maxisound Music Hall Records, 2000)

From South Florida, a mixture of hip hop, ragga, dancehall and contemporary R&B music of West Indies descent.  One half of the duo Jean "Flexx" Simeus was born in Gonaives in Haiti and is a film score composer, rapper and songwriter. Among the films he's composed music for include 2003's Go For Broke starring Pras Michael and Don't Touch If You Ain't Prayed (2007.) He has also worked with Raphael Sadqiq and in 2014 released a new single Dezole. As for the above album, it last appeared on a Haitian music site in 2008. Around the same time Simeus teamed up with another Caribbean artist Silverman to form another G-Funk/Ragga duo SyFlexx. The label A.S Records or Archill Production was based out of Rivera Beach, FL. As always, thanks to Stuaaart for another unique combination!

Intro 0:51
Bounce ft. Lil Reese 4:59
Retounen ft. TonTon 5:11
Miss-X ft. Silverman 4:54
Off Da Chain ft. 54 4:53
Stay With Me ft. Maggie 5:08
Anything 4 You 3:37
Special Bond 3:44
An Ale ft. Sagee 6:20
Ride ft. Bruva & Ghostrider 4:55
Overflow 3:59
Ride (Interlude) 0:50
Ride ft. Maggie B. & Ghostrider ( 5:24
Tout Bagay Chanje (Ragga-Naval) 6:59


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Azell & Seymour: Hideaway Hotel (CDS) (Darkcum Records, 200x)

From Lexington, MA, a modern take on Don Covay's 1973 song "I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In" by Azell Collins, Orlandis Seymour and rapper Jermaine Johnson. I don't know if they ever did anything else together but Collins later hooked up with Gregory Taylor to form the duo Y 7 Hill. 

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Checkin' Out (Main Mix) 5:02
Checkin' Out (Instrumental) 4:59

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Raven: All I Ever Do - The Mixtape (J.A.W. Entertainment, 200x)

A further self-released project dressed as a "Mixtape" and from teenage Chicago, IL-area artist Raven. Sadly there's no information about her anywhere but the sound is very much akin to Sa Lee Na, Shaquenta, Cherish and other younger artists from my collection with that mid-2000s "Southern" synthy Crunk'N'B sound. 

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Intro 0:53
Number #1 Spot 2:34
All I Ever Do 3:55
U Know I'm Bout That 2:01
Can I Get With U 4:33
Runnin' Wild 4:16
U And Me Boy 3:22
Outro 1:38
Go Away ft. Bo & Logik [Bonus Tra 3:48

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Noelle: The Next Girl (Mixtape) (Hit-N-Run Entertainment, 2005)

From Norway, an early project from Noelle (b. Emilia Noelle Wigers), who moved to Los Angeles in the mid-2000s and was mostly known for her reply songs to Westside Connection, Mario Winans and others while enjoying a brief stint known as the "Queen of the Remix." She signed to Rockhill Productions shortly thereafter and released a collaboration with Pitbull titled "Like That" in 2007. The sound on the above set however is very much akin to Beyonc√©, Mya and other popular female artists of the early-to-mid 2000s. "Got Me Lookin'" bears an uncanny similarity to "Crazy In Love" (NOT produced by Rich Harrison as far as I know - unless it was a freestyle over one of his beats...she didn't get the title the "Queen of the Mixtape" for nothing) while the rest of the set is divided between mid-2000s sample-heavy hip hop hooks, Scott Storch-esque beats-n-synths and smooth lullaby-like numbers. Overall very current sounding for its day. 

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution!

Finally Here 1:19
You Oughta Know 2:00
The Pain 3:50
Up The Cost 3:39
Circles 2:53
Let Me Know 2:11
Got Me Lookin' 2:05
Tomorrow Remix 2:03
There They Go 2:12
Boyfriend 2:49
A Few Good Men 3:44
Be Alright 2:12
Call Me 2:25
I Remember 3:04
Raise Your Head 1:21
Where Do You Go_ 3:41
Inhale 3:22
My Way 1:51
Never Understand 2:36
The Clock Is Tickin' 2:22
How Many Times 4:17