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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Quad Flavor (Promo EP) (Cold Phunky Records, 1997)

Obscure compilation from Los Angeles-based label Cold Phunky Records featuring 4 artists from their then-roster. All but Hollywood & Monroe (bottom left) are independent R&B artists and all tracks are exclusive to this compilation only. All are top quality R&B but Christie's track especially is a sophisticated slice of 90s hip hop soul. To my knowledge she was the only one to ever release anything else beyond this.

Silent Tears 5:33
Bounce 5:13
In My Heart 5:47
Jam-On 5:39

NOTE: If anybody has Christie's only single "Juici" and might consider a trade, please feel free to contact me via the sidebar. Offers for a sale are also quite welcome.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

F.E. (Ephee Cohen): Cum With Me (CDM) (Ephee's Records International Inc., 1994)

Further song from Memphis, TN-based singer Ephee Cohen which did not appear on his album All I Want To Do Is Love (posted previously.) The romantic, sexy-type of slow jam that only male singers do best, I don't know if it came before or after but here he seems to have adopted a more "pop culture" appearance as apposed to appearing in traditional Jewish garb. Contains 3 versions of the title track, including a remix which appears more like an alternative demo take with different lyrics. Unfortunately the last thing of interest that I know about from this very obscure, professional-sounding artist. Just remember where you heard it first ;-)

Cum With Me 4:00
Please Be Mine (Cum With Me Remix) 4:01
Cum With Me (Instrumental) 6:10

Ephee Cohen: All I Want To Do Is Love (Ephee's Records International Inc., 1994)

Finally adding to my male artists, here is another gem that I stumbled across that nobody else has and hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. The album is split into two parts sung in both English and Hebrew but the music is straight up 90s New Jack Swing/quiet-storm R&B in the fashion of New Edition, Bobby Brown and other artists like them. All tracks were self-written and produced by the artist himself and mostly came out sounding very polished and professional. Sadly I know nothing about him but he later released a further single under another alias where he appeared to abandon his traditional Jewish look in favor of a more pop culture appearance and name.

There are 6 songs in total sung in English. Just remember you heard it here first.

Do She Love Ya Do She Care 5:25
Dry Your Eyes 4:13
All I Want To Do Is Love 5:18
Don't Try'n Play Me 4:02
Human 3:44
I Can't Live Without You Girl 4:33

Friday, October 21, 2016

Jaki G: New Life (Aris Records, 2006)

Another good snag from my good pal Stuaaart, the only album from talented Detroit songstress Jaki G which as far as I can tell is out-of-print and unavailable to buy on CD Baby, iTunes or any of the typical places.  Possessing a jazzy contralto vocal range, her album is a polished blend of neo soul and contemporary R&B and was produced entirely by Frankie Fultz, formally of the Detroit area acid jazz/electro outfit Underground Resistance. Not much information found about her but from what I can tell she is now helping other local musicians and performers find their way as a board member of the Detroit Metro Area Musicians & Entertainers Association.

Thanks once again to Stuaaart ;-)

It's All Good 1:26
New Life 4:52
Do You Hear Me? 4:38
Get Loose 4:07
Do U Know What U Mean 0:10
It's On Tonight 4:40
No More Tears 5:57
Senses 4:43
I'm Down For A Day 3:20
My Name Is Faith 4:47
He & She (A Love Story) 4:03
I Wanna Stand 4:59
Glad To Be Woman 0:42
Ride The Veil 3:26
Metamorphosis 5:46
Summertime Again 4:26
The Hills Of Cali 4:11
Righteous Outro 0:47

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pamela Serrano: I Can Take You Higher (CDS) (Momentum Records, 1996)

More Filipina R&B from Fremont, CA and another fine contribution from my good pal and top contributor Stuaaart. No information about the artist anywhere but the main score appears to include a slightly altered sample of The World Famous Supreme Teams 1988 song "Hey DJ."

As always you heard it from us first.

I Can Take You Higher 4:28
Let Your Feelings Show 5:00

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Unknown Artists: Single Song Demo Cassettes 1 (199x)


Acquired by my good friend Stuaaart, more demo cassettes by unknown artists and judging by the sound, possibly recorded during the early to mid 90s. All are female vocalists and most likely intended for demonstration work only. The first In My Own Way is an early 90s hip hop slammer that would not have sounded out of place on an early TLC album while the second Why Should I Settle 4 Less sounds suspiciously like a Babyface & LA Reid production. The latter was produced at Sweetwater Productions, now Sweetwater Digital Productions and based out of Van Nuys, California. The final two are mid 90s soul ballads and were produced for Sony and Interscope Records respectively. These actually have credits to the writers but their names don't ring a bell in any way. Again many thanks to Stuaaart for sending them my way.

Tape 1 - In My Own Way 3:37
Tape 2 - Why Should I Settle 4 Less 5:19
Tape 3 - Call It Anything You Want To 4:03
Tape 4 - That's All 4:12

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tonya Graves: Bring About A Change (CDM) (Connoisseurs Music, 1993)

A further obscure pressing found tucked away on a certain popular shopping site that I was lucky enough to find the last copy of. Not the greatest production ever but the type of music is early 90s funky soul to the fullest. The b-side track is marginally better, having more of a smooth, jazzy feel than the main score. Regardless, the vocals are quite strong and some of the remixes are quite good. I know nothing about the artist but the label Connoisseurs Records put out a handful of hip hop and R&B releases in the early 90s, not limited to male trio Fo-Deep and rapper El Smooth. Mega rare!

Bring About A Change (Urban Mix) 4:31
Bring About A Change (Saxy Mix) 4:39
Bring About A Change (Vocal Mix) 4:31
Bring About A Change (Street Mix) 4:49
Take You Over (Urban Mix) 4:42
Take You Over (Tonya's Saxy Mix) 4:56
Take You Over (Ole Boize Mix) 5:07

Monday, October 17, 2016

Renee: Why You Wanna Do Me (This Way)? (CDM) (Shelley Shell/Bossman Records, 1995)

Further obscure R&B-funk-soul that again was spotted on a known shopping site. Nothing is known about the artist or label but seems to be based out of Palmdale, Cali. Includes a b-side track Let Me Get My Boogie On which is somewhat G-Funk lite but still packs quite a punch. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution.

Why You Wanna Me (This Way)? 4:16
Why You Wanna Me (This Way)? [Instrumental] 4:02
Let Me Get My Boogie On 4:32
Let Me Get My Boogie On [Instrumental] 3:52

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Peaches-N-Cream: Jump To The Limit (VLS) (Royal Entertainment, 1995)

Again from 1995, a further funky cut from the Bronx, NYC. I know nothing about them but it seems they are a female duo or group and possibly one of Hispanic or Caribbean extraction as per the slight Reggaeton influences on the b-section.

Jump To The Limit 3:53
Jump To The Limit (Instrumental) 3:54

Repeats same tracks on Side B

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

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

Freckles: Daddy Wasn't There (EP) (Filthy Rich Records, 1997)

Another straight up amazing find from my good pal Stuaaart, the rare EP from smooth-voiced Chi-Town songstress Tanya White AKA Freckles. She is mostly known for her song Dance With Me which made some minor waves on the music scene in 2002 but her debut CD Does It Really Matter sadly ended up on the cutting room floor despite being as good, if not better, than similar stuff released at the time. She was signed to an independent label which had distribution rights through Universal (Beyond subdivision) but the above set was recorded earlier on in her career and probably soon after fellow Chi-Town musician R.Kelly encouraged her to sing instead of MC. Also recorded before she came out as a lesbian, it includes a steamy duet with an unknown male artist.

Daddy Wasn't There 4:12
Daddy's Little Girl 3:54
Freaky With U 3:24
Chi-Town 4:06

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

Lydia (Ms. Lydia): featuring Surface: Closer Than Friends (Promo VLS) (Alexia Records, 1994)

Originally featured on the indie hip hop comp Life After Evolution, here's is another hidden gem you probably haven't heard of before. No idea who the artist is but it is a collaboration with male R&B trio Surface and a cover of their 1988 song of the same name. Pretty much in the same smooth vein as the original, it features Snoop's former producer Battlecat on the remix!

Many thanks once again to Stuaaart for his rip ;-)

Closer Than Friends [Radio Edit] 3:48
Closer Than Friends [Extended Version] 5:08
Closer Than Friends [Battle Cat Remix Vocal] 5:46
Closer Than Friends [Battle Cat Remix Instrumental] 5:44

Friday, October 14, 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

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 released one single Love To Love You, which was produced by Corey Rooney and Marc Morales.  They

Valerie: I'm Not Feeling You (Promo CDr) (200x)

Another great grab for my good pal Stuaaart and I...a further demo from an unknown female artist and found exclusively on CDr. Possibly from Detroit as per the area code, the music is a blend of downtempo R&B and vocally a little like Ashanti mixed with a pinch of Stevie Wonder. No date of recording but guessing early to mid 2000s at the least...

I'm Not Feeling You 3:39
Instrumental 3:36

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Renita: Can't Stop Thinking Of You (Promo CDr) (Dan 'MC' Productions, 200x)

Further unreleased music from an Ohio female artist and another fortunate win for my good buddy Stuaaart and I. As indie as it gets, the disc is little more than a orange Memorex CDr with a printed insert. No date of release but guessing early 2000s as per the type of disc used but the production itself is very 90s sounding with chilled DIY synth music and a throbbing bass line. Obviously a personal project, I can't find any information on the artist but the track was slated to come from her then-forthcoming LP The Art Of Seduction.

Radio Version 3:38
Vocal Club Version 3:07

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dazee: S/T (EP) (Break Records, 1997)

Super obscure EP from who I believe is Daisy 'Dazee' Love, a sweet-voiced yet powerful Detroit singer who is still quite active in the local R&B scene. Following this EP, which is two parts smooth R&B and believe it or not 90s progressive house (tracks 3 & 4), she was briefly one fourth of a gospel/R&B quartet called Deite but I don't think they ever released anything. Most recently she has appeared on the song Make It Rain by Detroit musician Darold Gholston.

Major props once again to Stuaaart for coppin' this rarity on CD for us ;-)

Change Your Mind 3:48
Can We Start Over 4:53
Look What You've Done 6:48
I Can't Understand 5:35

Chellena: Stay With Me Tonight/Tonight's The Night (Promo EP) (Dunmore Promotion, 1994)

From Chicago IL, further unreleased R&B from Dunmore Music Promotions and Chellena Black [Harris.] Black was allegedly one of Dunmore's favorite artists to work with but for whatever reason their work never evolved beyond various studio demos. As per the cassette label, both were to be featured on her CD Back To Love which was not released. Meanwhile back in the Hi-Def world, Black might be known to some for her brief appearance on American Idol in 2004 but has most recently loaned her powerful pipes to various dance projects. 

Thanks again to Stuaaart for this most excellent contribution :-)

Stay With me Tonight 4:39
Tonight Is The Night 5:01 (Isley Brothers)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Unknown Female Group: Demo (Promo Cassette) (199x)

From an unnamed Sony producer, a further demo from an unknown female R&B group. There are 7 songs in total, ranging from upbeat funky tracks to smooth ballads but no clue as to who they are or who produced them. No date of recording but most likely mid 90s from the sound which is very similar to 7669, En Vogue and other funky hip hop groups like them.

Another amazing win for us from my good pal Stuaaart!

All track titles are approximate.

I'm Not That Kind Of Girl 4:18
When I'm With You 3:58
Spreading Your Love All Over 3:46
Treat Me Right 3:40
It's My Life 4:05
Where Would I Be 3:55
I'll Be Good 4:06

Unknown Artist: Fascinated/4 The Both Of Us (Promo Cassette) (Ripe Productions, 199x)

A further unknown Sony demo and a mixture of Sade-esque synth soul,  funk and hip hop. No clue as to who the artist is but the production company Ripe Productions does have an entry in Discogs and has produced tracks for Michael Bolton, Kenny G and others. No date of release but early 90s as per the synthy sound. 

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution

Fascinated 5:45
4 The Both Of Us 4:01

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Unknown Artist: Leave A Light On (Promo Cassette) (199x)

From an unnamed Sony producer, a further unreleased R&B production from the 90s and this time from a male group similar to Jodeci. No indicators as to who they are but seems to be a partial duet with a female group who could be Xscape or at least LaTocha and Tamika Scott possibly. No date of recording but guessing mid 90s as per the smooth R&B sound.

Unknown Artist 1 - Keep It Up 3:46 (see previous post)
Unknown Artist 2 - More Than A Man 3:21 (non-R&B)
Unknown Artist 3 - Leave A Light On 4:47

Unknown Artist: Keep It Up (Promo Cassette) (199x)

Unknown 90s R&B by an unknown female artist and found exclusively on the above demo tape from a unknown Sony producer. I don't known for absolute certain but I think it might be Tamara Powell on vocals with her sister Trina singing backup. The duo were later signed to Sony's Columbia/C2 division. No date of release but early to mid 90s as per the sound.

Unknown Artist 1 - Keep It Up 3:46
Unknown Artist 2 - More Than A Man 3:21 (non-R&B)
Unknown Artist 3 - Leave A Light On 4:47 (see next post)