Sunday, May 21, 2017

I.D.: Gotta Have You (Promo VLS) (Alien Records, 1997)

From the producers behind En Vogue's early work, a further smooth male R&B group - similar to Blackstreet - that sadly went nowhere. This one promotional 12" is the only thing that they ever released and their album or EP Required appears to have been shelved shortly after. They were one of a few local artists signed to Oakland-based label Alien Records along with the Filipina R&B trio Premiere, sextuplet Eklipse (later Sol Eklypse) and rapper To Be Continued. Most - if not all - were produced by label developers and CEOs Foster & McElroy of En Vogue and Tony Toni Toné fame. The sound was very commercial but sadly most never made it to mainstream release (see next post.) Top tier 90s R&B before the era of supporting rappers, Sean "Puffy" Combs and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins.

Gotta Have You (Radio Edit) 3:46
Gotta Have You (Inst.) 3:47
Gotta Have You (Acappella) 3:52
Gotta Have You (Extended Edit) 5:16
Don't Playa Hate 3:41