Saturday, July 20, 2019

Noelle: The Next Girl (Mixtape) (Hit-N-Run Entertainment, 2005)

From Norway, an early project from Noelle (b. Emilia Noelle Wigers), who moved to Los Angeles in the mid-2000s and was mostly known for her reply songs to Westside Connection, Mario Winans and others while enjoying a brief stint known as the "Queen of the Remix." She signed to Rockhill Productions shortly thereafter and released a collaboration with Pitbull titled "Like That" in 2007. The sound on the above set however is very much akin to Beyoncé, Mya and other popular female artists of the early-to-mid 2000s. "Got Me Lookin'" bears an uncanny similarity to "Crazy In Love" (NOT produced by Rich Harrison as far as I know - unless it was a freestyle over one of his beats...she didn't get the title the "Queen of the Mixtape" for nothing) while the rest of the set is divided between mid-2000s sample-heavy hip hop hooks, Scott Storch-esque beats-n-synths and smooth lullaby-like numbers. Overall very current sounding for its day. 

Many thanks again to Stuaaart for the contribution!

Finally Here 1:19
You Oughta Know 2:00
The Pain 3:50
Up The Cost 3:39
Circles 2:53
Let Me Know 2:11
Got Me Lookin' 2:05
Tomorrow Remix 2:03
There They Go 2:12
Boyfriend 2:49
A Few Good Men 3:44
Be Alright 2:12
Call Me 2:25
I Remember 3:04
Raise Your Head 1:21
Where Do You Go_ 3:41
Inhale 3:22
My Way 1:51
Never Understand 2:36
The Clock Is Tickin' 2:22
How Many Times 4:17