Thursday, November 12, 2020

Kleshay: 4-Track Sampler (Promo) (Jerv Records/Epic, 1998)

Unreleased music from short-lived UK R&B trio Kleshay, who originally started out with members of the Honeyz as one supergroup before splintering off into two separate acts in the late 90s. I believe the members were cousins and relations to The Honeyz' Celena Cherry although I don't know for absolute certain. While the Honeyz notched up several UK top 5 hits, a Gold album and went on to sign with U.S. label Def Jam, Kleshay never made it past two singles “Reasons” (1998) and “Rush” (1999). They did record an album Triodasyde, which was not released. They were a solid R&B group who could’ve given their sister group the Honeyz a definite run for their money but sadly the 90s was not the best time to be an up-and-coming girl group in Britain. Said of the track “Desire” on their official Facebook page “DESIRE is very different to the singles it's a very upbeat Spanish/Latin type pop track it will get you moving straight away, it was written by the girls with Preston Heyman and Blair Mackichan and produced by Preston in 1998!” “Never Did Say I Love You”, a beautiful acoustic ballad, also showcases their diversity as a group. They wanted to be different to all the imported, cookie-cutter R&B groups at the time and their album demonstrated it very well. Such a shame that it went unreleased but it appears that the label Jerv Records did not last long. 
Reasons (Original Version Edit) 3:50 
Rush (Extended Version) 4:07 
Never Did Say (I Love You) 4:59 
Desire 4:31