Elsie Muniz

The Urban Latina.

Kandi and Tiny

Off The Hook: Unreleased demos from the early 2000s!


The Truth About Choice.


Another shelved R'n'B group from 1997


The First Lady of SoulPower.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (J Records, 2003)

Exclusive Kayne West remixes of Keys' 2003 song featuring new lyrics and production. Both tracks have the same instrumentation but slightly different vocal arrangements - for example, "Radio Mix#1" features completely new verses and a hook whereas "Radio Mix#2" features only the new hook with the original verses instead. The remix is typical of Kayne West's productions at that time, with chipmunked samples and tinkly piano riffs. Track A1 was later featured on an expanded edition of Keys' "Diary" album but the other version can only be found on this 12" only. 

1. Radio Mix #1
2. Instrumental
3. Radio Mix #2
4. Acappella (Radio Mix #2)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Alicia Keys: Fallin' (Remix) (Promo VLS) (J Records, 2001)

The official remix to Alicia's 2001 debut featuring Busta Rhymes and Rampage. It features new lyrics and production and samples Rampage's own 1996 song "Wild For Da Night." It was issued along side the original version as a double A-side, mainly on vinyl only in the US. Classic Keys before the era of Swizz Beatz, and before Nicki Minaj.

A1 Fallin' Remix (feat. Busta Rhymes & Rampage)
A2 Fallin' Remix (Instrumental)
B1 Fallin' Remix (Without Rap)
B2 Radio Version (of original)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mary J. Blige: Give Me You (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (CNE Series, 1999)

Unofficial release of Mary's 1999 single featuring (uncredited) remixes by German hip hop DJ, DJ Thomilla. Track B1 is the "Benztown Remix" and the A side features the "Benztown Mixdown Remix." The two mixes were featured on a UK promo-only double 12" set along with the usual onslaught of endless dance mixes but unfortunately only a few of the dance mixes got a more wider release. There are no new vocals in these R&B mixes but track A1 features an uncredited rap by US rapper Scorpio. Seeing as the original version was very much adult contemporary, it's nice to hear it urbanized here. Not quite in the vein of some of her stuff on subsequent albums but great all the same.

A1 Give Me You (Vocal Remix 1)
A2 Give Me You (Instrumental Remix 1)
B1 Give Me You (Vocal Remix 2)
B2 Give Me You (Instrumental Remix 2)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tamia: Can't Go For That (Remixes) (White Label VLS) (The Record Compnay, 2000)

Rare white label of Tamia's 2000 song featuring official and unofficial remixes. No credits appear on the release but the house mixes are by Jonathan Peters and appear on all major single releases; the hip hop remix, which makes use of the "mama-uh, mama-uh, mama" sample from Manu Dibango's 1971 song "Soul Mokossa", I know little about. I am inclined to believe that it was remixed by The 45-King but I am not exactly sure...

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A1 Hip Hop Remix - Vocal
A2 Hip Hop Instrumental
A3 Original R&B Version
B1 House Mix - Vocal
B2 Club Dub

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Alicia Keys: You Don't Know My Name (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (J Records, 2003)

Exclusive vinyl-only remixes of the lead single from Keys' sophomore album featuring Fabolous, Freeway and more. The reggae remix is the most widely known, having made its rounds on numerous other formats and getting a wider release on a bonus CD on the international edition of the album. Sadly, none of the other mixes were ever issued anywhere else, aside from a few just as scarce bootleg 12"s. I am unsure as to what, if any, samples are used in the hip hop mixes but the Roc-A-Fella mix incorporates some of the Main Ingredient sample used in the original score. All use the original vocals but on track A1, they have been pitched up slightly.

A1 HeartBeat Remix FT-T-Rex
A2 G-Mix FT-Fabolous
B1 Rock-A-Fella Remix FT-Freeway
B2 Smooth
B3 Reggae Mix

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mary J. Blige: Be Happy (Remixes) (White Label VLS) (Zoopyaka Records, 1994)

Exclusive hip hop remixes of Mary's signature song and pressed to white label vinyl in 1994. At a first glance, all  appear to be unheard of but unfortunately only track A1 is an exclusive. The "Cheif Rocka Mix" is actually the Ron GH & R Funk Remix and B2 is Sean Combs' Butta Mix. Both are named after the samples they incorporate. However, I am unsure of the hip hop instrumental used in track A1 (the only remix exclusive to this release.) Mega-rare!

A1 Most Bootiful Mix
B1 Chief Rocka Mix feat Greg Nice
B2 Dollar Bill Mix feat Keith Murray