Thursday, September 22, 2022

Chipping Away At My Amazon "Wish List"...

From Fayetteville, GA, Ecstatic Flow or E-Flow is another random Amazon find which had been sitting on my Wish List for over two years now. Over the years I have found many great things here – from stuff that was sought after to random finds that surprisingly turned out to be great – though going through it all was not the easiest task.  Admittedly, this wasn’t exactly what I expected from a mid-2000s group but is very smooth funk/soul music played by a live band. Some songs remind me slightly of this group while others are quite jazzy. The second random find (from Inglewood, CA) Dattasious “Old School Groove” is mostly instrumental but there are a few really good R&B tracks here with vocals.  “Let Me Be the One” and “I Just Want to Say” echo the modern soul drenched harmonies of classic R&B groups such as Force MDs and Surface while “(Won’t You) Come to Me” (clocking in at almost 8 minutes in length!) is the ultimate in quiet storm R&B greatness. It actually made my “Best of” list for this year which is quite surprising considering the album it came off seems essentially unfinished with many great songs that could’ve been amazing if only they had vocals. Across both albums, the only name which brings up any sort of online presence is Nicole Thrash (lead vocals on Dattasious' “Miss You” and “Can’t Hide”) who previously worked as a backing vocalist for Jonell, Tamia and others in the early to mid-2000s. Altogether two very interesting finds with some great tracks...