Yolanda "La La" Brown & iCandi

The forgotten Midwest R'n'B duo that met a tragic end.

Ne-Yo

Unreleased from 2001, Ne-Yo as "Shaffer".

Mya's Liberation

Mya's doomed fourth album.

Girl Power!

Unreleased R'n'B/UK Garage from 2001.

From Tha'Rayne To The First Seed

Unreleased Yummy Bingham from 2006.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tamar: I'm Leaving (Promo VLS) (Casablanca, 2004)

After she was dropped from her previous contract with Dreamworks, Tamar Braxton was briefly signed to Casablanca Records and released one promotional single I'm Leaving in 2004. It was the one and only song that she had with the label and it didn't chart. It was released on 12" only and featured the same song on both sides, but with different rappers. Side one featured Bump J and the reverse side featured Ali Vegas.

Listen: I'm Leaving featuring Bump J

Tamar: Just Cuz/It's Time/Get Mine/Let Him Go (Promo VLS) (Dreamworks, 1999)

This promotional EP was issued prior to the release of Tamar's eponymous debut album  in 1999 (while it still had the working title "Ridiculous") and features tracks tracks that never made it onto the final cut. Most of them were produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and were scrapped from the album in favor of inferior fluff produced by Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott. Brand Nubian rapper Grand Puba appears uncredited on track 3.

1. Just Cuz (LP Version)
2. Just Cuz (Instrumental Version)
3. It's Time (LP Version)*
4. It's Time (Instrumental Version)*
5. Get Mine (LP Version)
6. Get Mine (Instrumental Version)
7. Let Him Go featuring Solé (LP Version)
8. Let Him Go (Instrumental Version)

*Produced by Darrell "Delite" Allamby 

Listen: It's Time (LP Version) (Re-upped in stereo)

Listen: Let Him Go feat. Solé (LP Version) (Re-upped in stereo)

Tamar: Get None featuring J.D. & Amil (CDM) (Dreamworks, 1999)


This was Tamar's first single from her debut release on Dreamworks Records (which then had the working title 'Ridiculous') and was produced by Jermaine Dupri. The single itself is rather unremarkable (it tanked in the charts), but is worth buying for the non-LP ballad track Don't Cry, which was produced by Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart.

1. Get None (Album Version)
2. Get None (Instrumental)
3. Get None (Acapella)
4. Don't Cry (Non-album track)

Listen: Don't Cry (Non-album track)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chanté Moore: Chante's Got A Man (Remix) (Promo VLS) (MCA, 1999)

This was Moore's one and only single to chart inside the Billboard top ten. It was released in 1999 and was produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. It appears here in its remixed form, along with ''The Moment Is Mine'' album cut "If I Gave Love" (which was produced by Rodney Jerkins.) There are two remixes on this promotional 12", Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Remix, which samples Positive K's 1992 song "I Got A Man," and Hex Hector's Intimate Club Mix. Dupri's remix uses an alternative vocal take and features rap sections from both himself and R.O.C., while Hex Hector's mix transforms the song into a hypnotic dance floor filler. Neither of these mixes were ever released commercially, though Dupri's mix later appeared on the soundtrack to the 2001 film ''Two Can Play That Game.''

1. Chante's Got A Man - So So Def Remix
2. If I Gave Love
3. Chante's Got A Man - Hex's Intimate Club Mix

Listen: Chante's Got A Man - So So Def Remix

Listen: Chante's Got A Man - Hex's Intimate Club Mix

Chanté Moore: Bitter (Promo VLS) (MCA, 2001)


Bitter was to be the intended second single from Exposed, but after the failure of the album, it was only ever issued promotionally on vinyl. There are four different unique edits of the song on this 12", including a version that completely replaces Moore's controversial use of the word "Nigger" with "Mister" instead.

Listen: Mister Version (Re-upped in stereo)

Chanté Moore: Take Care Of Me (EU Promo CDM) (MCA, 2001)

Take Care Of Me  was the third and final song to be lifted from Moore's fourth album Exposed and was issued promotionally in Europe only in 2001. It was the last of two promotional-only songs that followed Straight Up in the year 2000 and was produced by Tim and Bob. There are three different versions on this CD, including two exclusive remixes that cannot be found anywhere else but here.

1. Take Care Of Me
2. Take Care Of Me (Gone Klear Mix) (feat. Da Brat)
3. Take Care Of Me (Gone Klear Mix) (No Rap)

Listen: Take Care Of Me (Gone Klear Mix) (feat. Da Brat)

Chanté Moore: Straight Up (German CDM) (MCA, 2000)

Straight Up was the lead single from Moore's fourth album Exposed, and saw the singer moving in a more urban direction as from her previous work. It was produced by Jermaine Dupri, who had worked with her previously on a remix to her 1999 single Chanté's Got A Man. Many remixes to this song were only ever issued on 12" vinyl, but this German CD features six mixes, including four that were never issued in any other country: B.R.L. Hot Radio Remix; B.R.L. Hot Club Remix; Wackside Tweeker Mix & Wackside Tweeker Dub.

1. Radio Edit
2. B.R.L. Hot Radio Remix
3. B.R.L. Hot Club Remix
4. Wackside Tweeker Mix
5. Wackside Tweeker Dub
6. Junior Vasquez Remix
7. Sunship Main Mix
8. Video

Listen: B.R.L Hot Radio Remix

Listen: Wackside Tweeker Mix

Chanté Moore: Old School Lovin' (The Remixes) (Promo CDM) (MCA, 1994)

Old School Lovin' was the lead single from Moore's sophomore LP A Love Supreme and was released in 1994. Again, there were two versions of the song, the original album version and a Long Hot Summer Breeze version, which featured different production and an alternate vocal take. Fortunately, the latter version was issued on commercial 12"s and CD singles (along with the Short Hot Summer Breeze Version), but this rare promo CD features eight different edits, including an instrumental (with backing vocals), an acapella and even a more stripped down mix (KD Mix.)

1. Radio Edit
2. Short Hot Summer Breeze Version
3. Long Hot Summer Breeze Version
4. KD Mix
5. Acapella
6. Beatapella
7. Instrumental
8. Suite

Listen: Long Hot Summer Breeze Version

Chanté Moore: As If We Never Met (Promo CDM) (MCA, 1993)

As If We Never Met was the fourth and final single to be taken from Moore's debut album Precious in 1993. There were two versions of the song, the original from the album and a remixed vocal version, which included all-new "bluesy" production and featured brand new vocals from Moore. The latter was only ever issued promotionally and is almost impossible to find. This CD includes the "Remixed Vocal Version," a radio edit and an instrumental.

1. Radio Edit
2. Remixed Vocal Version
3. Suite

Listen: Remixed Vocal Version

Monday, August 1, 2011

Blu Cantrell: From L.A. To L.O. (Mixtape) (2004)

This unofficial compilation was distributed in the UK in 2004 and was originally said to be the follow-up to Cantrell's 2003 album Bittersweet. Though it appears that the tracks were newly-recorded at the time, it was only ever meant to be a stop-gap in between albums.  It has since been classified as a mixtape. Whether the new songs were recorded for a follow-up project to Bittersweet or they were recorded specially for this compilation, I don't know. Two tracks feature big-name artists. It was not distributed anywhere else, though it has since been circulated on the Internet with fan-made artwork. All tracks are by Cantrell with the exception of track ten, which is by an artist called Troy Cash. Very rare.

1.Make Me Wanna Scream*
2. Girl Please featuring Troy Cash
3. Ready featuring Tony Denaro
4. Interlude/I Can't Go For That
5. Straight Rider featuring Snoop Dogg
6. Spank My Ass featuring Missy Elliott
7. Lady featuring Dirt-T
8. I Got A Man
9. Roll Up featuring The Brigade
10. My My My (Troy Cash featuring The Brigade)
11. Be Grateful

*not the same version as on Cantrell's Bittersweet album

Listen: Straight Rider featuring Snoop Dogg
 
Listen: Spank My Ass featuring Missy Elliott

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Braxtons: The Boss (Promo CDM) (Atlantic, 1996)

This was The Braxtons' third single on the Atlantic record label in 1996 and a cover of Diana Ross' 1979 hit of the same name. The original album version was produced by Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and Louie Vega (Masters At Work) and spent some time at the top of the US dance chart. This promo was only ever sent to radio stations in the US and features three rare alternative mixes that weren't issued anywhere else, including a quiet storm version and two rap edits (a version with Peter Gunz and one without.) The rap versions feature completely different lyrics and production to the original.The quiet storm version is mixed by Donald Parks, Emanuel Officer and John Howcott (who produced some of the slower tracks on their album); I believe that tracks 2 & 3 were mixed by hip hop producer Red Spyda, though I am not exactly sure.

1. Radio Edit Of Album
2. Spyda Mix with Rap Radio Edit
3. Spyda Mix without Rap Radio Edit
4. H.O.P. Quiet Storm Mix Radio Edit

Listen: Spyda Mix with Rap Radio Edit

Listen: H.O.P. Quiet Storm Mix Radio Edit

The Braxtons: Slow Flow (German CDM) (Atlantic, 1997)

This uptempo ballad was The Braxtons' third and final single for the Atlantic record label. It was produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and released in 1997. This CD single was exclusive to Germany and features two b-side tracks, the So Many Ways album track L.A.D.I and a non-LP ballad 24/7.

1. Slow Flow
2. L.A.D.I
3. 24/7

Listen: 24/7

The Braxtons: So Many Ways (German CDM) (Atlantic, 1996)

This was The Braxtons' first single as a three-piece in 1996 and their first for Atlantic Records. It was produced by Jermaine Dupri and features a rap from Jay-Z. This CD was exclusive to Germany and featured additional remixes that were not widely available in the US, including an alternative mix by Dupri (Trina's Mix Extended) and a re-sung mix with alternative vocal arrangements (Tamar's Mix Extended.) The latter mix also features a different rap verse by BD Booze.

1. Album Version
2. Trina's Mix Extended
3. Feat. Jay Z. Extended
4. Tamar's Mix Extended
5. Instrumental
6. LP Version

Listen: Trina's Mix Extended

Listen: Tamar's Mix Extended

The Braxtons: Good Life (VLS) (Arista, 1990)

This was Toni Braxton's first ever recording with her four sisters in 1990. It wasn't a hit, but Toni caught the attention of production team L.A. Reid and Babyface, and later went on to sign to their label (LaFace Records) as a solo artist. The Braxtons regrouped as a threesome in 1996 and inked a deal with Atlantic Records. They released one album So Many Ways and then disbanded for good. Neither this song or its b-side Family appeared on the track-listing, however an acapella mix of Good Life later appeared on The Essential Toni Braxton in 2007.

1. Extended Version
2. Full Version
3. Single Version
4. Family

Listen: Single Version

Listen: Family

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lisa Stansfield: Let's Just Call It Love (Brazilian Promo CDM) (BMG Brasil, 2001)

This exclusive Brazilian-only promo CD features remixes of Stansfield's 2001 single Let's Just Call It Love, many of which were only ever available on 12" vinyl in the UK. The UK garage sound marked a difference from her previous work and peaked at number 48 on the UK singles chart. To fit in with her new modern sound, the mixes on this set are all of the UKG genre, mainly 2-step and dub-step. 

1. Let's Just Call It Love
2. Let's Just Call It Love (Dynk Vocal Mix)
3. Let's Just Call It Love (Dynk Bring Me Dub)
4. Let's Just Call It Love (Bass City Rollaz Rollin' Dub)
5. Let's Just Call It Love (K Warren Full Vocal Mix)
6. Let's Just Call It Love (K Warren Dub Mix)
7. Let's Just Call It Love (Original Vocal Mix)
8. Let's Just Call It Love (Silk Cut Mix)
9. Faixa Interativa [Video Interview]

Listen: Let's Just Call It Love (Dynk Vocal Mix)

Listen: Let's Just Call It Love (Silk Cut Mix)

Lisa Stansfield: Make It Right (Promo CDM) (Giant Records, 1994)


Make It Right was taken from the soundtrack to Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years and was released in the US in 1994. This CD promo has additional remixes by Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez (Masters At Work) that weren't on the commercial CD single. These remixes are very close to the original and even feature the song's original bridge, rather than the alternative spoken word b-section from Stansfield that appeared in the other mixes, particularly those by R. Kelly.

1. Kenny Dope Remix
2. Kenny Dope Extended Remix
3. Single Version
4. R. Kelly Remix No. 1
5. R. Kelly Extended Groove Mix
6. Rhetro G Mix*

*Remixed by Rhett Lawrence

Listen: Kenny Dope Remix

Listen: R Kelly Extended Groove Mix

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gabrielle: Give Me A Little More Time (UK CDM) (Go! Beat, 1996)

This was Gabrielle's lead single from her eponymous sophomore album and was released in 1996. It marked a difference from the previous polished pop sound of her debut album  (particularly Dreams) and spent ten weeks inside the UK top ten. On this disc are mixes by New York hip hop producer Buckwild and Indian composer Talvin Singh. Buckwild's mix features additional backing vocals and a guest rap from Brooklyn rapper O.C; the Talvin Singh mix is mainly instrumental. There's also an additional mix of the sophomore album track So Glad.


1. Give Me A Little More Time (Edit)
2. Give Me A Little More Time (Buckwild Remix featuring O.C.)
3. Give Me A Little More Time (Talvin Singh)
4. So Glad (Delta 70 Classic)

Listen: Give Me A Little More Time (Buckwild Remix featuring O.C.)

Listen: So Glad (Delta 70 Classic)



The David Morales Def Mix of Give Me A Little Time can be found here..

Gabrielle: Forget About The World (UK CDM) (Go! Beat, 1996)

This was the second single from Gabrielle's eponymous second album and was released in 1996. The original version of the song is replaced by a new version here by British producer Trevor Horn (which was later added as a bonus track on the re-release of the album.) There are four different remixes of the track on this CD, including mixes by Booker-T and French progressive house band Daft Punk.The more upbeat mixes on here contain little or no vocals at all, mostly track 5 which seems to be entirely instrumental.

1. Forget About The World
2. Forget About The World (The Rollo & Sister Bliss Mix)
3. Forget About The World (Booker-T R&B Mix)
4. Forget About The World (Daft Punk "Don't Forget The World" Mix)
5. Forget About The World (Matty's Mix)

Listen: Forget About The World (Booker-T R&B Mix)

Listen: Forget About The World (Daft Punk "Don't Forget The World" Mix)

Gabrielle: If You Really Cared (UK CDS 1 & 2) (Go! Beat, 1996)

This was UK Soul singer Garbrielle's third single from her eponymous sophomore album. It was issued as a double CD set, the first of which features the David Morales Def Club Mix of her previous hit Give Me A Little More Time (which was previously only available to the US market), and the original and unreleased version of her debut 1993 hit Dreams.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tamia: Stranger In My House (Promo CDM) (Elektra, 2001)

This was Tamia's second single from her sophomore album A Nu Day and was her biggest hit to date, reaching number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. This CD was only ever issued on a promotional basis and features five radio remixes by a wide range of producers and remixers including Hex Hector and Mac Quayle (HQ2), and Jermaine Dupri, whose So So Def radio mix features alternative production and re-sung vocals. There's also an additional "soul" remix by Maurice Joshua that was never issued on any of the CD singles.

1. Thunderpuss Radio Mix
2. HQ2 Radio Mix - Vocals Up
3. Maurice's Club Radio Mix
4. Maurice's Soul Radio Mix
5. So So Def Radio Mix

Listen: Maurice's Soul Radio Mix

Listen: So So Def Radio Mix

Tamia: Can't Go For That (Digipak CDM) (Elektra, 2000)


Can't Go For That was the first single to be taken from Tamia's second album A Nu Day and was co-produced by Missy Elliott. Dance remixes were done by Jonathan Peters, which included additional ad-libs over the original vocals. There is also a trance mix, an instrumental and the album version of Tell Me Who.

1. Album Version
2. Jonathan Peters' Sound Factory Mix @ 127 BPM
3. Jonathan Peters' Trance Mix
4. Jonathan Peters' Club Mix @ 133 BPM
5. Instrumental
6. Tell Me Who (Album Version)

Listen: Jonathan Peters' Sound Factory Mix @ 127 BPM

Listen: Jonathan Peters' Trance Mix

Tamia: Careless Whisper & More (Japanese CDM) (Warner Music Japan, 1998)


This CD was exclusive to Japan in 1998 and featured rare remixes of Tamia's debut single Imagination that were previously only available promotionally or on vinyl. Remixes include a 12" dance mix by Hex Hector, a quiet storm remix, and urban remixes by Jermaine Dupri and Lil Jon. Both the quiet storm remix and Lil Jon's Bass Remix use re-sung vocals and feature different production.

1. Careless Whisper
2. Imagination (HH 12inch Voc Mix)
3. Imagination (Lil Jon's Bass Remix)
4. Imagination (JD Main Mix)
5. Imagination (Rory's Quiet Storm Remix Extended)

Listen: Lil Jon's Bass Remix

Listen: Rory's Quiet Storm Remix Extended

Tamia: So Into You (German CDM) (Qwest, 1998)


This was Tamia's second single from her debut eponymous debut album and was released in 1998. One of the artist's signature songs, it was produced by Tim & Bob and used a modified sample from the Commodores' 1978 song Say Yeah. A remix version by Wyclef Jean was released to 12" vinyl in the US, but was distributed more widely in Germany, where it was released on CD format. The remix features a different vocal take, but retains the same lyrics and musical structure as the original, and even utilizes some parts of the Commodores' sample. It features a rap from female rapper Free, though she is not credited on the liner notes.

1. So Into You (Radio Edit)
2. So Into You (Wyclef Jean Radio Remix)
3. So Into You (Wyclef Jean Main Mix)
4. So Into You (Instrumental)
5. So Into You (A Capella)*

*Actually the Wyclef Jean Remix A Capella

Listen: Wyclef Jean Main Mix

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Eternal: Sweet Funky Thing (R&B Radio CD) (UK Promo CDM) (EMI, 1994)

This was the fifth single to be released from Eternal's debut album Always & Forever and was issued as a double A-side with Oh Baby I... in the UK. This CD was only ever issued to radio stations and features R&B mixes that were only ever pressed onto promotional 12" vinyl. Fortunately the cringe-worthy intro and outro sections that feature the girls talking in faux-American accents are absent from both.

1. Sweet Funky Thing
2. Sweet Funky Thing (WBLF New York Radio Remix)
3. Sweet Funky Thing (New York City Radio Remix)

Listen: Sweet Funky Thing (WBLF New York City Radio Remix)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Eternal: Just A Step From Heaven (Promo CDM) (EMI, 1994)


Just A Step From Heaven was Eternal's third single from their debut album  Always & Forever and was issued promotionally in the US in 1994. The more urban remixes on this disc are entirely exclusive to this set and were never issued anywhere else, including in their native UK. These remixes have a more 90s New Jack Swing sound than the original remix by Nigel Lowis on the UK single.

1. Just A Step From Heaven (single version)
2. Just A Step From Heaven (single version with rap)
3. Just A Step From Heaven (single remix)

Listen: Just A Step From Heaven (single version with rap)

In Concert featuring Eternal (BBC Transcription, 1994)


This CD was transcribed from a live concert that Eternal did at Labatt's Apollo in London, 1994. All of the live versions here are entirely exclusive to this CD and cannot be found anywhere else. What makes this CD even more unique, is that it features a rare live cover of Brian McKnight's One Last Cry by band member Vernie Bennett that can only be found here. 

1. 57" Applause/Intro Music Faded In
2. Save Our Love
3. Crazy
4. So Good
5. Sweet Funky Thing
6. Oh Baby I
7. One Last Cry
8. (Something Inside) So Strong
9. Just A Step From Heaven
10. Amazing Grace
11. Stay

Listen: One Last Cry

Eternal: Don't You Love Me (UK Promo CDM) (EMI, 1997)

Don't You Love Me was the second single from Eternal's third album Before The Rain. On this UK promo are additional remixes that weren't available on the commercial CD single, including a hip hop remix by Blacksmith Eternal's Rap and a dub and bass remix by UK drum and bass producer Ronnie Size. 

1. Don't You Love Me - Eternal's Rap
2. Don't You Love Me - Brixton Club Mix
3. Don't You Love Me - Ronnie Size Mix
4. Don't You Love Me - Ronnie Size Dub & Bass Mix

Listen: Eternal's Rap