Friday, February 5, 2021

Local Virginia R&B on demo tape!

From collector's favorites to new unheard of heat, there is no shortage of great music to be found in VA courtesy of fellow crate hunter and purveyor of all things funky Napo from Virginia Beach. He's come across quite a few underground hip hop gems on demo tapes before now and here is his first R&B find, an unknown female group from I am guessing the mid-90s. He actually found two of these tapes at a local flea market and was super excited to share them with us. One of them appears to be a single while the other has eleven tracks, six by the group and an additional five by an unknown underground hip hop artist. With just "Desire Demo" written on the labels, I don't know if they are called "Desire" themselves or if it is the title of the main song (the lyrics repeat "You are my desire" at different points.) The sound quality is not the best but the production is pretty tight. The songs are a mixture of funky mid-90s R&B and slow jams with "Inside My Love" being a cover of Ripperton's song of the same name. I considered that they might be the same group as these (who are from Richmond, VA) but the vocals and style of music is definitely different. Many thanks again to Napo for unearthing this for us.
 
All titles are approximate. 
 
Demo #1
Desire (Instrumental) 4:40 
Desire (Vocal) 4:42 
Desire (Take 2) 4:10 
 
Demo #2 
Unknown Rap Track 3:32 
Unknown Rap Track 4:45 
Unknown Rap Track 4:21 
Unknown Rap Track 3:28 
Unknown Rap Track 4:58
Inside My Love 4:38 
Still In Love 4:42 
But I Can't 3:03 
Desire 4:44 
Desire (Instrumental) 4:41 
Desire (Take 2) 4:42