Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Xtreme: The Best Of Xtreme (High Velocity Music, 200x)

From the same camp as For Eternity and Karisma, here is another (male) group on hapless Chi-Town label High Velocity Music in the early 2000s. The CEO/President of the label was Darrin Houston, mostly known in collector's circuits for his 1997 album "Never Going To Leave" and producers on various projects ranged from Maurice Joshua (For Eternity/Karisma) to Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (Jay Mathis.) I don't know what happened but none of the projects were ever officially released and at least one of the groups parted on bad terms. I don't know anything about the above group but as with the others on this label, the sound is very early 2000s contemporary R&B combining uptempo club tracks and smooth slow jams. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

All titles are approximate

 Wasting Time    4:56   
Don't Be Shy    4:10   
Up And Down    4:24   
Do You Know    4:28   
Candlelight    4:02   
Girl Of My Dreams    4:13   
Let Me Know    4:12   
Forever    5:01   
This Way    4:31   
Oh I    4:16   
Caught Up    5:02   
Nothing I Won't Give    4:12   
Tell Me What To Do    5:02   
Can I Be The One    4:22  

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Karma: A further unknown female group from Chi-Town (Mid-2000s)

Moving into the mid-2000s era, here is a further female group (or duo) from Chi-Town that I cannot find a scrap of information on. I don't know if they where part of the infamous 'High Velocity Entertainment' which spawned fellow Chi-Town artists and groups such as Karisma, For Eternity and others in the early to mid-2000s but this is undoubtedly just a demonstration containing 1 (untitled) song. Clocking in at 3:07, it sounds vaguely similar to mid-2000s Destiny's Child although has a much more 'stripped down' feel about it...

Sa-Fari: Dedication (EP) (April 10 Showers, 200x)

Staying in Chi-Town, a further demo from an unknown male group or duo and a mixture of early 2000s contemporary R&B and hip hop. Undoubtedly a demo, sadly the sound quality isn't too great (some of the tracks sound somewhat distant and tinny) but this is mostly a very smooth set despite the production being somewhat rudimentary on some. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Approx titles given

Keep It Rollin' 4:03
Where You Are 5:01
Intimate Lovin' 3:09
Check Me Out 3:58
Knuckle Up 3:53
For All The Things 3:39

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Freckles: Daddy's Little Girl (EP) (Filthy Rich Records, 1997)

Straight outta Chi-Town, the debut EP from smooth-voiced songstress Tanya White AKA Freckles. She is mostly known for her song Dance With Me which made some minor waves on the music scene in 2002 but her debut CD Does It Really Matter sadly ended up on the cutting room floor despite being as good, if not better, than similar stuff released at the time. She was signed to an independent label which had distribution rights through Universal (Beyond subdivision) but the above set was recorded earlier on in her career and probably soon after fellow Chi-Town musician R.Kelly encouraged her to sing instead of MC. I posted the vinyl EP some years back but the CD version has 1 extra smooth track "On The Down Low",  which may or may not have been a consideration for a single at some point, and its subsequent remix where White shows off her more than apt rap skills. Also recorded before she came out as a lesbian, it also includes a steamy duet with an unknown male artist.

 Daddy Wasn't There    4:19
Daddy's Little Girl    3:46
On The Down Low (Radio Mix)    4:04
On The Down Low (Street Mix)    3:51
Freak U    3:31
Chi-Town    4:12

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Morsha: I Want To Know (DGP Records, 1994)

Further seemingly unreleased music from another early 90s artist and a mixture of New Jack Swing and jazzy quiet storm soul with classic soul diva vocals (somewhat similar to this.) I don't know anything about the artist but she released a single of the same name in 1994. Both came without any inserts so whether either were actually released or not, I cannot say. Produced by soul/gospel artists Herbert McMullen and Marvin Brown who later formed the label Macbet Records. In 2009, she appeared on a compilation released by Brown titled "The Journey-Life."  Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution. 

I Want To Know 3:50
Let's Get Into Each Other 4:25
With Your Love 5:14
I Believe In Love 5:39
Sweet Love 3:22
To Me 3:48
How Do You Know 4:46
Sweet Love [Remix] 5:51
Let's Get Into Each Other 4:44 (Instrumental)
I Believe In Love 4:41 (Instrumental)
You Know Like I Know 4:04

Monday, March 25, 2019

Three Tymes Luv: Irresistible (Sunshine Records, 1992)

A blast from the past...the "lost" album from Miami, FL trio Three Tymes Luv and seemingly released in 1992 following their two singles "Irresistible" and "I Wanna Groove." Unbeknownst to me, it seems that Tami Hert was not a member unless she went by a different name or joined at a later time for a different project. Former Company B member Charlotte McKinnon's name also doesn't appear but she was a member at one point as confirmed by an article I managed to find online. The members' names as stated in the inlay are Dawn, Michelle and Karen. Produced by Louis Oliver, a former Miami Dolphins safety, I have never seen their album anywhere but mostly the sound is a continuation of their singles... "Irresistible" is replayed in the gorgeous ballad "Dreams" and continuing on with the New Jack Swing tip "Don't They Know", "Don't Abuse My Luv" and the steamy "After Hours." There are also some amazing, soulful mid-tempos such as