Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cheváne: I Wanna Know You (UK White Label VLS) (1995)

From 1995, a further obscure group based out of London and who modeled themselves on TLC as per their press information. Described as "the bad girls of 90s pop," the group made some waves in the underground and even had a term coined for their fans (Chevettes) but sadly this very white label 12" is the only thing they ever did. Respect to my good pal Stuaaart for stumbling upon this rarity and as always, you heard it from us first.

I Wanna Know You 4:29
I Wanna Know You (Acappella) 4:21

Repeats same tracks on side B

Forté: Only In My Mind (Just A Fantasty) (Promo CDM) (442 Music, 1994)

Described as "a female quartet with voices smoother than silk and harmonies sweeter than sugar," another unknown group based out of California in the early 90s and of possible Filipina origin. Their only song (above) was released on 12" vinyl only in 1994 but my good pal Stuaaart was lucky enough to track down a MEGA RARE CD copy. As per their names, they are not the same group as the Hawaiian one who had some slight success in the 90s. 

A Capella Intro 0:23
Radio Edit 3:42
Extended Edit 4:19

Friday, September 23, 2016

Lauri G.: Somebody Else Will (CDM) (Hit Records, 1997)

Another one sadly lost to the gospel brigade but it was good while it lasted...the only contemporary R&B release from Texas singer Lauri G. Very similar to this track by a previous artist posted (Ms Angela), it is smooth 90s R&B with sultry soul vocals. I am unsure as to whether she released a follow-up but like many others before her, she has since turned to contemporary Christian music and her later work can be found here. As always, many thanks to my good friend Stuaaart for providing me with the rip and as always, you heard it from us first...

Main Mix 3:54
Acoustic Mix 3:58
No Skin Mellow Mix 4:02
Instrumental 3:52

Charlene (Gilliam): Jiggy (VLS) (Black Wax Entertainment, 1998)

Not many people know about the above lady but she has written for numerous pop puppets over the past ten years, the most notable being Rihanna for the song Final Goodbye in 2007. Well at one point - in the late 90s - she was actually a fledgling singer in her own right and released the above EP via a small indie hip hop label based out of NJ. Vocally somewhere between Adina Howard and Tamar Braxton and with production that is seamless, this set is definitely up there with the best that the late 90s underground had to offer. Jiggy is a funky groove that threatens to get stuck in your head but the cream of the crop for me would have to be the amazing If These Walls Could Talk.

Many thanks again to my pal Stuaaart for the rip ;-)

Jiggy 4:05
Instrumental 4:08
Jiggapella 4:01
Which Part Of No 4:27
If These Walls Could Talk 3:59

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Erica: C-Me Family Sampler (Promo EP) (Carl Martin Entertainment, 1996)

According to a Billboard article from '95, the above artist was the first act that former Shai member Carl 'Groove' Martin signed to his then-fledgling label Carl Martin Entertainment, which was originally set up as a sub-label to the already established MCA Records. He signed a 2 million sub-label contract with the label which, for reasons unknown, never went anywhere. One of the acts signed, female duo On The Contrary, later had a single released via Expansion Records in the UK but the above solo singer, to my knowledge, was not released despite being the first act signed to the label in 1995. Unfortunately I know nothing about her but the sound is reminiscent of Davina Bussey and other vocalists like her.

I'm Coming Over 4:28
You Can't Stay 4:16

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On The Contrary: C-Me Family Sampler (Promo EP) (Carl Martin Entertainment, 1996)

On The Contrary were a U.S. duo that was signed to former Shai frontman Carl "Groove" Martin's R&B label, which initially was set up as a division of MCA Records in 1995. According to an article sourced online, he signed a $2 million sub-label deal with MCA which required a minimum of two projects to be completed per year. Sadly, for reasons unknown, the label folded and Martin took one of the acts On The Contrary to the UK where he signed a distribution deal instead with Expansion Records. They only ever