Sunday, August 7, 2022

Deni Hines + Loleatta Holloway: more demo cassettes that nobody knew existed

Early proposed demos for Australian R&B artist Deni Hines (daughter of Marcia Hines) and intended for a later abandoned US project sometime in the early 90s. This was at least 3 years before the release of her debut album "Imagination" on Mushroom Records in Australia and 5 years before the release of "Pay Attention" in Europe. One track “It Was Your Lovin” is written and sung by Andrea Martin while tracks 1 & 4 may be sung by Hines herself although I am not 100% certain. At the time of these recordings she was only really known in Australia for her work with the Rockmelons, mainly for the songs “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “That Word (L.O.V.E.)” (both top 5 hits), and prior to this she worked as a backing vocalist for Kylie Minogue on her Rhythm of Love tour. Further songs this project can be heard here and feature writing credits from Al B.Sure.  I don’t know why the project never took off but it seems she never really got the recognition she deserved outside of whipping up a minor frenzy on Twitter when she appeared as Unicorn on The Masked Singer in 2019. From the daughter of Marcia Hines to another classic American vocalist Loleatta Holloway whose vocals were a mainstay in many early 90s pop hits for me including Blackbox’s “Ride On Time” and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations”, here is a presentation tape that she did in 1991 with French house producer François Kevorkian…Formally a name in disco, it was only natural that she would follow it up in the early 90s with some garage house goodness and most of the tracks here do not disappoint.