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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Aaries: 5-Song Sampler (Promo CDr) (Atlantic, 200x)

Along with JS, LovHer, Lyric and Tha 'Rayne, Atlantic's Aaries were another of the new generation of R&B groups to hit the airwaves - albeit briefly - in the early 2000s.The product of Musiq Soulchild, the duo, out of Philly, had been doing backup for him since 2000 and in 2001 featured on his song "If I Woulda Knew" for Def Soul records. By themselves, they released two singles "Strangers To Lovers" and "Eventhough" but as with many new groups back then, neither went beyond the promo stage and their up-coming album "Always Remember" was eventually shelved. Rather than opting for the urban-crossover appeal, they used the neo-soul format with production coming from ?uestlove of The Roots and Musiq Soulchild's producer Carvin Haggins. As far as I know there is no full advance of the album but two different samplers featuring select tracks do exist. Again quite a pity that they went nowhere but Atlantic wasn't really the best place to be if you were a true urban artist. A few years later they squandered another great talent Deemi... 

The above one, a labelled CDr, has the advantage over the other one (PRCD 30099) as it features 5 full tracks.

Eventhough 3:44
Strangers To Lovers 3:40
So Nice 3:38
Take U Back 5:07
Baby This Love 8:07