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, September 30, 2018

Triquetra: Promo EP (200x)

More urban pop with Triquetra , a semi-independent all-female trio out of the UK whose only single, a cover of Kayrn White's 1998 single "Superwoman," made a small impact on the UK urban + club charts in 2006. Although not 100% sure, I don't think it ever went beyond the radio play stage and a follow-up "Half The Time" appeared to have been pulled from release as well with only a 1-trk promo seemingly in existence. While "Superwoman" seemed to be very Atomic Kitten-ish, the rest of the tracks here take on a slightly more urban-y appeal, notably "Get Down" which sounds not unlike a Scott Storch production from back in the day. All I am guessing were to appear on their album "The Power Of Three As One" which appears to not have been released.

Half The Time    3:42
You, Me And She    4:06
Superwoman    4:05
Get Down    4:20

Friday, September 28, 2018

Blaque: Blaque Out (Promo CDr) (Trackmasters/Columbia, 2001)

A first rate effort from Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez former group and sadly shelved by the label Columbia in 2001. I don't know the exact reason but the lead single "Can't Get It Back" (produced by Salaam Remi) barely scraped Billboard's Top 100 Hip Hop/R&B chart. Sadly UK R&B group Mis-Teeq's version (recorded the following year) was probably more well known. Featuring production from Remi, Dallas Austin, Full Force and Jasper Cameron, it had slightly more street cred than their first

Thursday, September 27, 2018

SX4: Hip-Pop Music For The New Millennium [EP] (Self-Released, 1999)

A further demo from a Los Angeles-area group (originally named SupremeTimes4) and a mixture of urban crossover R&B and dance-pop with a TLC-meets-3LW-meets-Girls Aloud kind of vibe. They released an album in 2004 as a threesome titled "Stay The Night" which may or may not have been preceded by two other volumes which, as of now, don't appear to exist anywhere. They were most likely only ever available on the street or given out at live shows. They previously had two songs featured on Kool & The Gang's Gangland compilation album and sung back-up for them at live performances. I don't know for certain but I believe they are of Filipina descent. 

Track 4 is a slightly altered cover of The Gap Band's song of the same name

Hit Me On The Hip 3:58
Playa 3:20
What's The Deal 4:18
Early In The Morning 3:21
Express 4:30
Groove Thang 3:52

Monday, September 24, 2018

Jay Mathis: Demo (High Velocity Entertainment, 2004)

From the same camp as For Eternity and Karisma, another failed project from Chicago's High Velocity Entertainment and, not surprising, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. A white guy, he was one of many artists that Jerkins produced in the early 2000s era along with Rhona Bennett and female group So Plush. I don't know if he was ever signed to his Darkchild label but evidently this project never went beyond the demo stage. It is pretty much synonymous with much of Jerkins' work back then with a few tracks such as "Kiss" sounding not unlike something Robin Thicke might've recorded later on. Not the best sound on some tracks sadly but definitely one to add to the many doomed projects from once in-demand producer Jerkins. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution. 

(You Got Me) Aroused 3:42
I Feel The Same Too 4:06
(I Don't Want To) Hurt No More 3:34
Right Place, Wrong Time 4:00
Remember Me (No More) 4:15
Kiss ft. Fats, Rodney Jerkins & PAIN 3:41
Leftovers 3:47
Remember Me (No More) [Late Edit] 4:15
(You Made) A Fool Of Me 5:29
If You Wanna 3:35
This Is The Last Time 3:41
It's Not So Easy To Love 4:44
(Get Back) To Love Forevermore 4:12
Track 14 1:14 (Vocal snippet)
Track 15 1:25 (Vocal snippet)

Amber Houston: Can't Take No More (Izreal Records, 2004)

Another rare find from our guy in Virginia Beach and from Memphis, TN. The artist was part of a group of Memphis female artists called Diamond Dolls Elite Entertainment Sorority Inc which also included the female rapper Queen on track 2. Sadly I don't know much about the above artist but she was only 15 years old when the album was released and had at least one local single "Thru Wit It." Fortunately both her voice and the content belies her young age. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution. 

Intro    1:25
Don't Hate featuring Queen    5:00
Thru Wit It    4:29
Can't Take No More    4:54
A Message From Amber    4:19
Rather Be Alone featuring Doramus    5:34
Tempting    4:49
One Wish    4:28
DDE Celebration    4:18
Outro    1:25