Sunday, April 10, 2022

V/A: Solid Soul (Masiv Music, 1999)

From Blacklisted to BeatFactory, over the years we have found some great stuff from our Northern neighbors and this set Solid Soul is absolutely no exception. Volume 2 which I acquired back in 2019 was a bit of letdown. With 90% of the album focused on showcasing alternative hip hop (and with the main focus on Nigel Williams and his awful group The Pocket Dwellers), it is something that I don’t listen to all that often. Though I was disappointed, it was then that I discovered this album was actually a continuation from a CD that I had long since had in my want list and finally at the beginning of the year, I was at last able to get it. Unlike the second volume this set is 100% R&B and aside from the compulsory tracks by Carlos Morgan and Wade O. Brown (who are both great in their respective ways), there is a lot of great stuff here that you won’t find anywhere else not limited to “She Knows” by Meesah, “Everything and Anything” by 360 and “You Did Me Wrong” by Divine Earth Essence (aka Michelle “Divine” Brown or Boo Boo Brown from her earlier work.) Why Volume 2 was not of this same caliber I don’t know but it seems the original label Masiv Music shut up shop at the turn of the millennium and licensed their music out to somebody else. 
Meesah - Ride Wit Me 4:11 
Carlos Morgan - Watcha Got 3:51 
Divine Earth Essence - You Did Me Wrong 3:41 
Wade O Brown - No Other Woman 4:19 
Kaybe - I Cant Love You 4:13 
Fara - Pretty Brown (Dappas Mix) 5:20 
360 - Everything & Anything 5:48 
Wade O brown - Give Me The Chance 4:29 
Meesha - She Knows 4:30 
Simply E - Na Na 4:41 
Carlos Morgan - Watcha Got (Audiolab Remix) 3:26