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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Allure: Enjoy Yourself (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (MCA, 2001)

Promo-only remixes of Allure's first single to be taken from their sophomore album Sunny Days featuring

Friday, November 14, 2014

Allure: All Cried Out (JP CDM) (Crave/Sony Records, 1997)

Blige and Carey come together for a final last time on the remix to Allure's debut single Head Over Heals, which is featured here along with a previously unreleased track Take Me Away. Though Carey's mark was way more noticeable on the original more poppy version, it is the remix version featured here and written and arranged by Mary J. Blige that, in my opinion, is far, far superior. Featuring alternate lyrics and production, it combines Carey's style of singing with Blige's smooth harmonies to the maximum. The previously unreleased track Take Me Away is also very smooth and can only be found here. As with most of the group's debut album, both were produced by Poke & Tone of the Trackmasters...

1. All Cried Out (featuring 112)
2. All Cried Out (featuring 112) (Dub Final)
3. No Question (featuring LL Cool J)
4. Take Me Away
5. Head Over Heels (Remix featuring Tone and AZ)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Allure: All Cried Out (The Remixes) (CDM) (Crave, 1997)

Second single from Carey's short-lived girl group Allure and their biggest hit to date. As with Head Over Heals it had her personal touch all over it and was co-produced with Walter Afanasieff, the man behind some of her most schmaltzy ballads during the 90s.The original version featured band 112 but the remixed version(s) on this CD do not. Also includes a previously unreleased Trackmasters production Everytime I Think Of You. Very old-skool sounding, it also served as a bonus track on the Japanese release of their album...

1. Dance Remix
2. Extended Club Remix
3. Dub Remix
4. A Cappella Remix
5. Everytime I Think Of You

Allure: Allure (Crave, 1997)

What do you get if you cross Mary J. Blige with Mariah Carey? This amazing, rather slept on quartet from 1997... They were the first and most notable act to be signed to the latter's now-defunct vanity label in the mid 90s and at a time when Mottola's choke hold on her was at its strongest they pretty much embodied everything she wanted to be as an artist herself rather than the ballgown crooner image he preferred. Blige's role was as a songwriter on 2 tracks You're Gonna Love Me and When You Need Someone while MC's contributions include Head Over