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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Musiq Presents Aaries - Baby This Love / Strangers To Lovers / Even Though ‎(Promo VLS) (Xclusive, 2003)

Another shelved R&B duo from the early 2000s, this time the product of Musiq Soulchild and signed to Atlantic Records between 2002-2003. The duo, out of Philly, has been doing backup for him since 2000 and in 2001 featured on his song "If I Woulda Knew" for Def Soul records. They released two singles "Strangers To Lovers" and "Even Though" but neither went beyond the promo stage and their then up-coming album "Always Remember" was eventually shelved. Sound-wise, they were more of a legitimate R&B group than any of their contemporaries, with influences ranging from neo-soul to jazz. This EP, pressed onto bootleg vinyl under the Xclusive brand, contains the two earlier songs plus the ?uestlove-produced "Baby This Love," which may or may not have been a consideration for a single at one point.

Unfortunately, the sound quality on this 12" is pretty poor... 

A1 Baby This Love
A2 Strangers To Lovers
B1 Even Though (Vocal)
B2 Even Though (Instrumental)

The 5-track CDr sampler can be found here