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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ms. Jean feat. Just Jay: Behind Your Back (Cassette Single) (M.A.A.D. Records, 199x)

Obscure funky R&B from a Los Angeles-based artist and featuring a sample from Johnnie Taylor's 1968 song "Who's Making Love." Sadly the vocals and production aren't the best but never seen anywhere else before now. It is b'd with a cover of Stacy Lattisaw's 1980 song "Let Me Be Your Angel" which pretty much stays true to the original. No date of release but guessing mid 90s at the very least. 

Behind Your Back (Radio Version) 4:32
Behind Your Back (Instrumental) 4:54
Behind Your Back (Accapella) 4:20
Let Me Be Your Angel (Radio Version) 4:10
Let Me Be Your Angel (Instrumental) 4:18
Let Me Be Your Angel (Accapella) 3:50


Sunday, February 24, 2019

BeatFactory GROOVEssentials Volume One & Two (BeatFactory, 1997-1998)

BeatFacory was an Canadian independent urban label that was mainly active in the 90s. Founded in 1982 as originally a management/production company, it kick started the careers of many popular artists in the early 2000s including Glen Lewis and Kardinal Offishall whose first singles appeared on various rap and R&B compilations that they released in the late 90s. Sadly by the time the millennium rolled around, they had gained major label distribution and no longer focused strictly on Canadian or independent artists which is why the third volume in the series GROOVEssentials 2000 is not featured here. The first volume in the series introduced Glen Lewis to the world as well as

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blacklisted Presents: Tha Crab Theory (Blacklisted Records, 1999)

Further music from Toronto-based producers Sean & Billy Alexander (originally from Detroit, MI), whose indie label Blacklisted Records is known in collector's circles for Ora, Unique and a handful of other artists/groups in the late 90s. They did a stellar job mixing smooth 90s DeVante & Roger Troutman esque R&B ("How May I Do You", "I Need A Freak") with late 90s urban-contemporary and underground hip hop flavas (Ora, Chantelle, InEssence et al.) A few I have posted here but others have not been featured, either owing to their scarcity of the fact that they did not make it off this compilation (...as far as I am aware.) Filipino quartet Ora are probably the most widely known and I featured their only single "N V So" back in 2014. A solid mix of smooth, mellow R&B grooves and uptempo urban-pop numbers, their style was somewhat reminiscent of En Vogue while male group Unique, who released an EP "How May I Do You" in the late 90s, sounded somewhat like Jodeci. Also featured is the lesser

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Denosh: Counting The Dayz (VLS) (Blacklisted Records, 1998)

Further music from Canadian underground label Blacklisted Records in the late 90s with Denosh (Bennett), a talented singer from Toronto, ON who these days works as a backing vocalist for some big names in the industry. Produced by the same team behind Filipina-Canadian group Ora and fellow Toronto soloist Delisha Thomas (see previous post), it is very similar to their work with sweeping vocal arrangements and smooth 90s R&B production. This vinyl single was released in 1998 but the original song dates back to 1996 on a compilation from the label's distributor Hi-Bias Records Inc. As for Bennett, she later turned her hand to acting and scored parts in Blues Brothers (1998), Woo (1998) and Honey (2002), among others. She also appeared as a dancer in Aaliyah's 2002 song "Rock The Boat." As for music, she sadly never got beyond the supporting stage (her biggest song to date is probably Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's 2004 single "It's A Love Thing" where she served as a featured vocalist) and these days appears to be happy singing back-up for the likes of Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato. A real shame her knock-out voice is wasted on these pop horrors but at least she hasn't considered a career as a realtor...yet.

Counting The Dayz (Little Girl Come Home Mix)    5:07
Counting The Dayz (Instrumental)    5:04
Counting The Dayz (KJ's Soul Mix)    4:25
Counting The Dayz (Original Mix)    5:06
Counting The Dayz (Acappella)    4:09

Delisha Thomas: Can't Stop (VLS) (Blacklisted Records, 1999) (RE-POST)

Early underground recording by Ontario-based singer-songwriter Delisha Thomas who later went on to work with super producer Rodney Jerkins. She has written DeJa Vu by Beyonce and Favorite Girl by Justin Bieber but the above song might sound familiar to some as the original score was also recorded by Filipina-Canadian group Ora. Released at around the same time (1999), I don't know who recorded it first but it was not written by Thomas. Both acts were signed to the same Toronto indie label Blacklisted Records or Blacklisted 4 Lyfe Records which sadly folded before anything further could be released but Ora's entire unreleased album (including the above song) can be found here.

Can't Stop ('U Got Me Hooked' Extended) 5:49
Can't Stop (Kaje Remix) 3:35
Can't Stop (Accapella) 3:03
Can't Stop ('Can I Get A What' Remix) 4:36
Can't Stop ('Can I Get A What' Remix Instrumental) 4:31
Can't Stop (Original Mix) 5:56

Friday, February 1, 2019

Ruude: Anytime (VLS) (II Da G's, 199x)

I first featured this group about a year ago after originally hearing them on a compilation. The compilation that they featured on "Soul Pressure! Volume 2" was originally put out by London-based label Mission Records in the mid 90s and featured  tracks from mainly underground UK urban acts such as Truce, Kruez and Sha Sha (AKA Sharon White.) Like Serenade before them, I quickly became enamored by their 90s American R&B sound which stood apart from the more reserved street soul which was popular in the underground at the time and threw major shade at the more popular mainstream groups such as Eternal. They released three singles "How Many Times" , "Luv On Da Phone" and most recently discovered the above which is a 90s hip hop groove with a hook to murder for. A picture sleeve, here we get to see the group for the first time and listed on the back is the proposed title of their first album "Fatal Attraction" which does not seem to have been released. It has no release date but guessing sometime prior to 1995 as the II Da G's remix features a sample of "Joya's Intro" by Joya Owens and was lifted from her 1995 album "Here I Am." I would say that they were comparable to SWV , definitely more so than the other South London group Eternal. Yet more great UK R&B music that was overlooked in favor of shitty boybands and the Spice Girls... despite turning heads "Stateside."

 Anytime (Album Mix)    4:08
Anytime (II Da Gz's Mix)    4:11
Anytime (Radio Rap Edit Mix)    4:03
Anytime (Radio Edit - Without Rap)    3:43
Anytime (Instrumental)    3:46