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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Zakiya: 7 Track Album Sampler (Promo CDr) (Seven Universal, 1999)

Touted as the next Brandy, Zakiya was signed to the A&M distributed DV8 Records in the mid-90s and released two singles (Love Like Mine & My Love Won't Fade Away) and an album. She had minimal success and a follow-up project was eventually shelved by the label after only one single. Sadly only this 7-track sampler (which was only ever pressed in the UK) and a further 12" featuring one other song are in existence. The style is predominantly smooth R&B with G-Funk and even some disco influences. Slightly out-dated when compared to the new style of R&B that was emerging in the late 90s but still a lost gem nevertheless...

THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO STUAAART WHO OWNS AN ORIGINAL COPY OF THIS RARITY.

One More Time 3:47
Easy Lovin' You 4:12
Miss Me (You're Really Gonna) 4:42
Meditate 5:51
Baby (Don't Call Me) 5:05
Lovely 5:43
Get Wit You 3:58

Earth Gyrlz: Fully Equipped (Promo Cassette) (Capitol Records, 1995)

A further unreleased project from the 90s and not surprising, another female group. Brooklyn, NY natives, they released one single "Love Of Mine" which despite getting 172 spins at 24 radio stations on the week leading up to its release, only managed a mediocre placing in Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart at the end of 1995. A blend of jazz-infused R&B harmonies and smooth hip hop grooves, their failure was probably due in part to the label's insistence that they be an "album-driven group", focusing not so much on singles and being in no hurry to "pull out all the stops." Their album "Fully Equipped"went unreleased despite being as good - if not better - than similar albums by other more popular groups at the time. In addition to the top level production, another strong suit was definitely their close five-part harmonies. A lost gem for sure.

THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO STUAAART WHO OWNS AN ORIGINAL COPY OF THIS RARITY.

Got To Be Real 5:02
Fully Equipped 5:04
You're So Sexy 5:32
Love Of Mine 5:09
Do It Up Brown 5:10
Givin' Up The Good Lovin' 5:08
All I Want From You 4:25
What Would You Do 4 My Love 4:55
Come Into My Heart 5:26
Shower You With Love 6:04