they debuted on Musiq's 'Girl
Next Door' track back in 2000, you had a feeling that
they were not meant to be just background singers.
sister duo known only as Ayana
and Ayinke (no last name mind
you) form the latest neo soul duo to hit the soul scene known
As kids they grew up singing
in the church and it was very evident that their path would lie
in music whether gospel or classical. Before you knew it, they
were working with some of Philadelphia's 'new disciples' in neo
soul, such as fellow Philly artists The
Roots, Jill Scott
and not forgetting Musiq.
Said Ayana "We started at Blue Funk and we participated in
all the Philly venues, Everyone was just giving off what they
had to give, so we were a part of that same class, continuing
the tradition of soul music."
In 1998, the duo's management
team Mama's Boys Mgmt
had a working relationship with Musiq and they were invited
to sing on Musiq's debut album 'Aijuswanaseing,' "Working
with Musiq was just kinda natural," Ayinke quotes, "and,
doing 'Girl Next Door' was a blessing in disguise, because it
opened the door for people to inquire about who we were."
That open door leads to the
duo getting a record deal with Atlantic
Records which bring us to the track offered here, the
official debut single 'Strangers to Lovers'
taken from their forthcoming debut album 'Always
Remember'. The song is an all round pleasing delight
to the listening ear. Excellent production provided by CarMuI
- (an acronym for the team of Carvin
and Ivan Barias)
using Tyrone Davis's
classic track 'In the Mood'
as the song's back bone. The sisters voices are sweet, strong
and potient evidence of their church upbringing - classy stuff.
Can't wait forr the full length as I feel it's going to be one
of those records that just surprise you. I highly recommend that
you pick it up as soon as it becomes available.
Listen to Aaries