Thursday, May 5, 2016

Shay-La: S/T (Self-Released, 1996)

Hip hop soul and R&B that oozes sophistication and class, a further unsigned artist from the Northern state of Illinois, where, it seems, even the tinniest of villages is pumping out quality music. Not a lick of information on the artist; it seems she was based not out of Chicago but a small village some twenty something miles north. Whether or not it is a demo, I cannot say for certain but it does not come with any formal artwork, just a disc. Despite the obvious small production value though, the set is extremely well-produced. I could see any number of mid 90s popular R&B artists having done these songs, namely Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans and others.

Ain't Nothing Ever Gonna Go Wrong 4:47
So Very Much Loved 5:03
Baby It's Time 5:31
Once I Get My Hands On You 3:51
Serve You Right 4:00
Sombody Else Got Yo Time 3:15
All By Myself 3:37
If I Beg 3:57
She Don't Want You 4:59
So Very Much Loved [Remix] 5:09
Don't Change 3:42
Full Time Lovin' 3:48