Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kym: My Mind (Critone Records, 1997)

From Sacramento, California, the first album from late singer-songwriter Kimberly Kimbrough (previously Botts) which - along with Tracey McLiechey's 1999 LP - is one of the best I've had the pleasure of listening to in recent months. A mixture of sexy, smooth R&B and simmering quiet storm soul that the best the old skool 90s had to offer, the production is simply amazing but sadly still quite underground. In 2014, she produced a second project Willie & Me with the help of fellow Sacramento musician Willie G. Martin Jr. For a college project, I don't know if it was ever widely distributed but it did earn her a degree in music. According to Martin's bio, she was planning to pursue her recording career further but  sadly she passed away two years later in 2016.

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for contributing this gem. Once again, I would like to point out that he owns an original copy that he brought himself.

You Turn Me On 3:22
Do You Feel? 4:18
Take It Slow 3:50
Gotta Move On 3:57
My #? 4:00
Rukus Going On 4:21
My Mind 4:24
Where Daisies Grow 4:16
The Lover In You 6:06
Only You Can Stop The Rain 3:53
Anticipation 3:41
Am I Losing You? 4:24
Let Him Go 4:19
It's Too Late 3:42 (a cover of Carol King's 1971 song of the same name.)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Strictly Gyrllz: Don't Play Me (Promo VLS) (Marcola Records, 1990)

From Northern California, a further obscure trio on vinyl and with a similar poppy New Jack Swing sound to Terri Robinson & Monica Payne's first group The Gyrlz (1988.) It was written by one member Lainika Johnson when she was only 15 but sadly she did not receive credit for it. It seems to be the only thing they ever did but one of the producers Jay Lincoln later went on to produce for Destiny's Child.

Don't Play Me [Radio Mix] 3:31
Don't Play Me [Sucha Booty Mix] 3:33
Don't Play Me [Flashback Mix] 3:21
Don't Play Me [The Lost Vocal Mix] 3:33

Sunday, July 2, 2017

More Obscure European Girl Groups (1994-2001)


Outta Europe, 4 more obscure R&B/pop groups that you probably haven't heard of before and active between 1998-2001. Three (J'Leish, Charli and Teeze) were from the UK while the last Natural Impact were from the Netherlands or at least Netherlands-based. J'Leish were signed to British rapper Funky DL's label Washington Classics while Teeze were signed to Paul Hardcastle's label Total Control Records which is now defunct. Teeze's song - a cover of LeVert's track of the same name -

Friday, June 30, 2017

Indonesia: Do Thangz (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (Riot Records, 1994)

Copied from original post: Along with NKRU and Ladies 1st, here is yet another 90s R&B/New Jack Swing group that sadly went nowhere despite being hyped by their label as bringing a "fresh street perspective to R&B music." Unfortunately, there was no shortage of groups like this during the early to mid 90s (SWV, TLC to name a few) and although it got a positive review from Billboard Magazine (April 22nd, 1994 issue) and made a noticeable impact on the Hot R&B Singles chart, these "sassy chirping street dolls" quickly followed the others back into obscurity. The above song - a chilled West Coast vibe - never made it off the radio (meaning it was never distributed to the general public) but a video to the song must've been made as it did appear on MTV's on-demand station The Box. Again such a shame that they went nowhere. Like many other R&B groups and singers during the 90s and early 2000s, it seems they were just around to fill that given year's quota for black and urban music. Dope remixes of the short-lived trio's only single and released to test press vinyl only in 1994. I didn't think anything could trump the original...boy I was wrong. 

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for this amazing score!

Original Version 3:53
Soul Mechanic Remix 4:40
Funky Worm Remix 4:14
Soul Mechanic Club Mix 4:57
David Meyes Funky Worm Club Mix 5:33

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sesil & Lujon: What's Still Going On (EP) (Just Play It Records, 1996)

Obscure release from Virginia artist and Marvin Gaye protegee Sesil Jenkins, who was originally one half of soul/funk duo Sesil & Lujon in the late 80s. Featuring two main tracks, Jenkins appears by himself on "I Do...Baby" while the B-side track "Send For Me" was co-written with his former bandmate Delecta "Lujon" Johnson. "I Do...Baby" and it's subsequent mixes feature an uncredited sample from Public Enemy's 1988 song "Security Of The First World" and was supposedly released as a single. I can't find any information about this but at least one copy of the b-side track "Send For Me" has sold on 12" vinyl format in the past.  This is more in line with the sort of modern soul stuff he was doing with Johnson in the late 80s and was slated to be taken from an album "For Women Only," which I also can't find any information about. Running at over 7 minutes long, it appears unfinished or at best partially instrumental.

Thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution! More mega rare Virginia indie R&B to come!

I Do... Baby (Dance Party Mix) 8:09
I Do... Baby (Royal Raw Funk Mix I) 5:42
I Do... Baby (Royal Raw Funk Mix II) 5:17
I Do... Baby (Royal Raw Funk Mix III) 5:13
Send For Me 7:18

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Single: All The Way (Promo CDM) (Prescott Records, 1997)

Here is a further smooth male duo or group that doesn't appear to exist anywhere but as from its promo status, was obviously intended for a wider release at some point. Similar to H-Town and other classic 90s vocal groups like them, I don't know where they are from exactly but the song itself appears to have been recorded in Poughkeepsie, NY.

A Beats4DaStreets and Jewel Case Heaven exclusive only.

Radio Version 3:20
Radio Edit 3:20
LP Version 3:19
LP Edit 3:17

Notes: Tracks 1 & 2 appear to be the same while tracks 3 & 4 appear to be identical TV versions.