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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kleshay: Reasons (UK CDM) (Jerv Records/Epic, 1998)

Kleshay were another British R&B group from the late 90s and originally started out with members of the Honeyz as one supergroup before splintering off into two separate acts. I believe the members were cousins and relations to The Honeyz' Celena Cherry although I don't know for absolute certain. While the Honeyz notched up several UK top 5 hits, a Gold album and went on to sign with U.S. label Def Jam, Kleshay sadly remained in the shade. I don't think their debut single charted at all and after a final release Rush in 1999, they disappeared from the scene completely. They did record an album Triodasyde, which, thanks to former member Leah Charles-King, can be found on Soundcloud in its entirety. A mixture of urban pop and smooth & funky slow jams, they were definitely as good as their sister group the Honeyz and hands down better than the awful All Saints...

The above release was originally produced by Karl "K-Gee" Gordon of All Saints fame but was remixed prior to release which was probably a mistake on the record company's part. Slower and slightly more poppy, it was not a patch on the R&B original. Maybe had this version been released, they might have stood out more.

Reasons 3:56
Reasons (Full Crew Club Mix) 4:40
Reasons (Colour System Inc Classic Vocal) 6:54
Reasons (Original Version Edit) 3:49