Monday, December 3, 2018

Shawn: Demo EP (VPT Productions & Entertainment, 2006)

Obscure 6-track demo from an artist that I cannot find anything about but style is mature mid-2000s modern soul/contemporary R&B with a "live band" feel. The company VPT Productions & Entertainment still appears to be active and are a management firm and talent booking agency from the Atlanta, GA area. I don't know if this is an earlier incarnation of the same artist of not but does an amazing rendition of Jennifer Holidays "And I Am Telling You."

 Is This My Romeo ft. BZ    4:47
Your Mother And Me    4:59
And I Am Telling You    4:16
A Woman Now    4:59
Your Mother And Me [Club Mix]    6:25
Outro    0:33

Kerie AKA QT Browne: Holla At Me (Promo EP) (Krystal Key Entertainment, 2006)

Beyonce-esque R&B from New York songstress Kerie Cooper (AKA QT Bronwe) who initially started her career playing keyboards for R&B group Playa and Oakland-based rapper Richie Rich in the mid to late 90s. It reached no 2 on the urban indie chart and did well on the NY mixtape circuit but I don't know if a follow-up or her purported album was ever released.

Holla At Me 3:46
Holla At Me - Instrumental 3:46
Holla At Me - A Cappella 3:38
Only About You 3:19

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Jewelz: Demo EP (Third Eye Records, 200x)

Another good find from our Virginia Beach source, a 3 track demo from an unknown female artist or possibly a group "Jewelz" and supposedly found with a bunch of CDs from a local label Third Eye Records from 'back in the day.' There's nothing to be found about it anywhere but the style is early 2000s contemporary R&B in the vein of Destiny's Child, Mya and others from that era. Many thanks again to said guy and to Stuaaart for sending it my way.

Approximate titles given.

Whatever It Takes    3:49
Walk Away    2:57
He's So Good To Me    2:33

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ty Black: Foregasm (Promo EP) (Red Pepper Music Group Inc., 2002)

Possibly the best thing our guy has found for us this year and up there with the best we've found in the crates so far such as 3 'Til 3, Single and Unda Presha.... a local artist demo from (I am guessing) Virginia Beach featuring 7 smooth tracks. A mixture of late 90s and early 2000s contemporary R&B and smooth, sensual "quintessential" male ballads, the production and vocals are extremely professional but sadly along with the music group he belonged to, he appears to have no online presence whatsoever. No doubt this was just a local artist demo with only a few ever made but reminds us somewhat of Tank, Tyrese etc. Many thanks again to our guy and of course to Stuaaart for sending it my way. 

Prelude 1:40
Tell Me 3:50
Whatever 4:42
Straight To Your Heart 6:05
Lover 3:36
Hands Of Time 5:15
Nothing To Say 3:48

Friday, November 23, 2018

Flynn Pickens: No Room For Space (CDM) (Ray Records, 1993)

A further rare find from our Virginia Beach guy, an independent modern soul artist in the style of Luther Vandross and hailing from Chattanooga, TN. I don't know anything about him but he later went on to play bass for fellow Chattanoogan Wilson Meadows. He now plays bass for local area group Love, Peace & Happiness Band. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for sending it my way. 

No Room For Space [Urban Mix] 4:51
No Room For Space [Instrumental] 4:51
No Room For Space [Acoustic Mix] 4:55
No Room For Space [Rock Mix] 4:44

Thursday, November 22, 2018

iCandi: Can't Believe (Promo VLS) (Urban Street/So Famous Ent., 2003)

More unknown R&B from a Midwestern female duo comprised of Yolanda "La La" Brown and Loree Marzett aka iCandi. Very synonymous with music from that era with Beyonce-esque vocals and embattled subject matter, "Can't Believe" is a mid tempo  joint while the Souther-nish "Ooh Wee" was produced by Midi Mafia as per the shout-out at the beginning. I don't know much about them as a duo but Brown was apparently tipped for big things - she featured on the track "L.I.F.E." by Lyfe Jennings in 2006 - but sadly thereafter was the victim of homicide with her then-boyfriend at a studio in Wisconsin.

Can't Believe 3:45
Can't Believe (Instrumental) 3:52
Ooh Wee!  3:39
Ooh Wee! (Instrumental)3:39