Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chris Collier: Get Low [EP] (Downlow Records, 2004)

Another hidden gem out of the musical mecca of Illinois with Chris Collier, an artist whose sound parallels R. Kelly, Usher and many others from the early 2000s era. Sadly there is no information to be found about anywhere - the CD appears to be a private release on his own label - but at least one of the songs (the title track) may have been released to local-area radio. Many thanks once again to Nik from from for the recommendation 😉.

Get Low 3:32
Goin' Down 4:18
It's Real 4:35
Don't Wanna Stop 3:41
Heaven 3:59
Get Low (Radio Version) 3:30

1L: My Everything (CDM) (M.O.B. Records, 200x)

From the same label as Chicago stepping artist Col'Ta, further independent music from the Windy City that sadly ends here. While Col'Ta's album Naive was not released, she did make an appearance on DJ Casper's second comp The Slide Album Part II. The above guy - who has more of a smooth contemporary R&B sound - did not as far as I can tell and I don't think his own album ("War Of Love"as advertised on the back of this CD) was ever released either. No information about him anywhere and no exact date of release but the song features an interpolation of The Stylistics 1971 classic soul hit You Are My Everything.

My Everything [Radio] 3:51
My Everything [Acappella] 3:46
My Everything [Instrumental] 3:49