Saturday, November 7, 2015

Groove Theory: The Answer (Sampler CD) (Columbia Records, 2000)

Originally comprised of producer and ex-Mantronix member Bryce Wilson and singer-songwriter Amel Larrieux, Groove Theory originally started out in the mid 90s. Their music sparked the beginning of the neo and hip hop soul movements and they are probably best known for their debut single Tell Me which reached the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts in 1995. At the end of the millennium, Larrieux left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Makeda Davis. Having previously been with Epic Records, the new duo then signed to Mottola's Columbia Records which sadly did not end too well for them. After one single 4 Sure, Wilson left the label after expressing dissatisfaction with the way urban music was handled (you only have to look at Mottola's history with Mariah Carey to see that he wasn't necessarily the biggest fan.) They had recorded a full album The Answer which - for obvious reasons - then went unreleased. It had more of a contemporary R&B/hip hop feel than Bryce's previous effort with Larrieux which may have also played a part in the duo's demise as well. Mainly a mixture of industrial-driven hip hop and street R&B with a slight neo-soul edge.

4 Shure (Explicit) 4:00
Shy Type 3:49
If I Knew So Damn Much 3:58
Goin' Together 4:06
Body Shots (Explicit) 3:31