Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Paula Latham: S/T (EP) (Jazzy Records, 1997)

 
Getting her start as the lead vocalist for a jazz band (Victor Floyd Jazz Band), Latham’s work was also lumped into the jazz category despite being influenced by Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston and other notable soul divas from the 80s and 90s. From Dayton, Ohio, this debut EP from her is straight up 90s R&B with infectious grooves and funky beats. Her cover of DeBarge’s “A Dream” later appeared on an EP released in 2001 but most – if not all – of these songs sound like they were recorded for the same project in the mid-to-late 90s. “You Give Good Love” in particular incorporates an uncredited sample from Sade’s 1992 song “Cherish The Day”. 
 
Funk Intro    1:14
Someone Like U    4:16
A Dream    4:44
You Give Good Love    4:44
Let's Talk About It    4:12