Yolanda "La La" Brown & iCandi

The forgotten Midwest R'n'B duo that met a tragic end.

Ne-Yo

Unreleased from 2001, Ne-Yo as "Shaffer".

Mya's Liberation

Mya's doomed fourth album.

Girl Power!

Unreleased R'n'B/UK Garage from 2001.

From Tha'Rayne To The First Seed

Unreleased Yummy Bingham from 2006.

Friday, April 24, 2020

New Creation: Spirits Of Gold (Tattoo Records, 1998)

Here is another obscure UK group from the 90s and mostly known for their Beatles cover "Hey Jude" which was released in 1997. Of West Indies extraction, the band started out on Trinidadian TV talent show Party Time and shot to instant stardom with their acapella versions of various Boyz II Men hits. Their first ever song "Roll It" was overseen by the legendary Eddy Grant and recorded at his studio in Barbados. The group eventually relocated to the UK in 1997 to work on their first full length album which was a blend of reggae fusioin, contemporary R&B and ambient pop music. A follow-up single "Love All Over Again" especially was touted as the new "Mysterious Girl", which had been a big hit a few years before for Peter Andre. They made history in Trinidad by becoming one of their best-known pop groups but following two other releases, they split up. I don't know what became of the group in the end but one member Kojo Rigault, later went on to work with Craig David's producer Mark Hill as an A&R scout. They were not affiliated in any way with the Haitian duo of the same name. A big thank you again to Stuart's friend for sending.

I Love The Woman In You 5:58
Hey Jude 3:48
Love All Over Again (R&B Flava Mix) 5:03
All My Lovin' 5:02
I Think I Want Her 3:39
So Much Love 5:53
Say What You Mean 4:42
Never Ever Leave Me 5:27
Who's Gonna Carry On 4:31
Come On Everybody (Come Out To Party) 4:11
Love All Over Again (Sunshine State Club Remix) 7:01
Love All Over Again 4:00

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Kuya, Jenna G + More: Awesome Collective Vol. 1 (Awesome DKD, 2003)

Further music from the great white north with the "Awesome Collective Vol. 1", a 2003 collection of blazing tracks from some of Canada's rising urban artists not limited to Filipino R&B group Kuya, Jenna G and Big Black Lincoln. Prior to being known as the Grammy-nominated production outfit Kuya Productions, Kuya started out as a four-piece R&B group in the mid 90s and had demo deals with both RCA and EMI Canada before parting ways in the early 2000s. A collection of their early recordings (1999-2002) can be found on the CD "Archives"(credited to Kuya Productions) with some of their later work appearing on the compilation above including their only single to date "Southern Girl." Another one who later went on to work behind the scenes was Jenna G and was later known for her song with Drake "Change You" which was released in 2008. Both this and "Gentleman" (sample: "Guess Who's Back" by Scarface and Jay-Z) later went on to appear on her own album "The Radio Singles" which was released via her own label "Golden Child Musiq" also in 2008. Also worth a mention is Toronto supergroup Big Black Lincoln which was an R&B side project of sorts for Canadian rapper Saukrates. This along with neo soul artist KEIKO add an extra alternative dimension to the album which along with many other Canadian compilations I have posted over the years, shows that our friendly neighbors up North definitely had more than enough goods to compete with us.

That's The Way 4:10 (Bi-Shop)
Southern Girl 4:00 (Kuya)
Pimpin' Life 4:05 (Big Black Lincoln)
Uptight 3:45 (D'Reign)
Don't Touch That There 3:37 (Bi-Shop)
Sweet Thing 3:47 (KEIKO)
Gentleman 3:20 (Jenna G)
Lookin' 4 Luv 2:02 (D'Reign)
Change My Ways 5:12 (Kuya)
Communicate (Let Me Explain) 4:27 (Bi-Shop)
Feelin' Groovy 3:06 (KEIKO)
Nomad 4:17 (D'Reign)
All Of You 2:51 (Big Black Lincoln)
Best Thing 4:01 (Jenna G)
Lady Jane 5:12 (Kuya)
Star Crossed Lovers 3:48 (KEIKO)
Everybody Needs To Be Loved 4:03 (Jenna G)
That's The Way (remix) 3:47 (Bishop Feat. MC Lyte & Sticky Fingaz)
Southern Girl (rmx) 4:01 (Kuya)

Monday, April 20, 2020

Barretz: Day And Night (SPG Music, 1998)

Prior to Heat, Canada's SPG Music label had also signed another R&B/soul group - headed by Collin Barrett - which was active in the late 90s. Comprised of real musicians who played everything from drums, keyboards to saxophones, these guys had more of a mid-90s Boyz-II-Men sound with some jazz thrown in for good measure. I don't know if they ever had any singles but the track "Day And Night" later went on to appear on some compilations put out by the label in the early 2000s. Sadly the label seemed to be primarily geared towards compilations and dance music though they did get the rights to release some notable artists in Canada including Latina R&B singer Veronica Vasquez and in the early 2000s UK female group Fierce.

This Is How We Play 4:08
Being With You 4:21
Let's Take Our Time 4:28
Day & Night 5:00
After All 4:02
Real Vibrations 4:47
What Goes Around 4:00
Tell Me 4:44
Let Me In 4:21
I Want To Love You 5:54
Love Is On The Way 4:09
Foolish Game 4:25
Moonlight 4:46
Tonight's The Night 5:11
Lonely Without You 5:26
Thank You 2:19
The Bomb 1:49

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Heat: Don't Tell Me (CDM) (SKG Music, 2000)

A further hidden male group out of Toronto, Canada that has not been mentioned before and comprised of Dee Jay Bambao (aka "Bam Bam"),  Randell Douglas (aka "Face") and Paris Bonsu (aka "Da Renegade".) Sadly after two singles and a few features on various Hi-NRG compilations where they were somewhat out of place, their upcoming album (titled "Sex, Love, Triumph & Tragedy") stopped being mentioned on the label's "Future Releases" section in 2005. Sadly the label seemed to be primarily geared towards compilations and dance music though they did get the rights to release some notable artists in Canada including Latina R&B singer Veronica Vasquez and in the early 2000s UK female group Fierce.

Monday, April 13, 2020

FEW: S/T (So Serious Entertainment, 2003)

Only album from FEW, a Florida Native whose only single "Marriott" was picked up for distribution on Universal Records in 2003. Original hailing from Ocala, Few moved to Orlando to pursue his singing career and was signed to semi-independent label Bungalo Records in 2003. Mostly a very smooth, downtempo album, the bulk was produced by Gerry Williams, a local area producer who in the past had worked with Jennifer Lopez, TLC and others. The result is a very contemporary sounding album that bodes similarities to Anthony Hamilton, Tank, Tyrese and others. Also serving as executive producer is Kenny Kelly, a former member of Riff. Sadly I cannot find much else out about this artist but a promotional music video was made for his only single "Marriott" which I have posted bellow. Unlike his single, this album does not appear to have any links to Bungalo Records or its distributor at the time Universal.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Alroc Productions: Turn Me Out (VLS) (12th Place Records, 1991)

A further New Jack Swing/boogie-soul release out of Omaha, NE and related to the 12th Place Posse, an obscure 90s R&B/Soul band based out of Norcross, GA and known for their only release here. I don't know anything about them but vocals are possibly by Mario Corbino, a former member of Club Nouveau.

Same tracks both sides.

Turn Me Out
Lovin' And Kissin'

Sunday, April 5, 2020

FEW: Marriott (VLS) (So Serious Entertainment, 2003)

Smooth R&B jams from the Sunshine State with Few, an artist on Bungalo Records and picked up for distribution on Universal Records in 2003. Original hailing from Ocala, Florida, Few moved to Orlando to pursue his singing career and was produced by local area producers - including Kenny Kelly formally of Riff - to striking effect.

Marriott (Radio)
Marriott (Instrumental)
Marriott (Acappella)
Nobody (Radio)
Nobody (Instrumental)
Nobody (Acappella)