Saturday, January 5, 2019

Akin: Akin (Promo Cassette) (WEA Records, 1998)

From the Warner/Electra/Atlantic label in the UK, a further female duo that never made it beyond 2 singles in the late 90s. Sadly, I cannot find any information about them anywhere but the larger known debut single "Stay Right Here" was produced by Cutfather & Joe and is pretty much synonymous with much of their work in the mid-to-late 90s ("Do You Have A Girlfriend" by First Class et al.) Other tracks are a mixture of 90s sophisticated laid back R&B and acoustic-driven folksy-soul numbers a la Tracy Chapman and Gabrielle. The album above is a test press and presents itself on a generic studio master. According to the inlay to the second single (which seemed to have only ever had a wide release in Germany), it was to be called "Private Party" but here it has been left untitled. I believe it was only ever released on this format and the validity of it being released in Japan is debatable. Many thanks again to Stuaaart for sourcing it at long last.

Stay Right Here 4:00
Private Party 3:42
I Can't Find My Way Back To You 4:32
You Give Good Love 4:16
It's Cool, I Still Have You 4:17
Keeps Getting Better 5:04
I Just Wanna Love You 4:25
Tell Me 4:17
Everything's Gonna Be Alright 4:19
You And I 4:01
Baby Crush 4:30
Haven't We Met Somewhere Before 4:55