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Sept 1st 2000

Towa Tei w/Les Nubians, Tom Browne, Joanne n Wisdom Life - Funkin' for Jamaica: (Elektra)

What I have always admired about Towa Tei is his ability to adventure into the realm of different styles of music. Though he is better known as 1/3 of the now defunct group Deee-lite, you can tell who was the writing force the tracks they created together.

This remake of the Tom Browne classic (which features Tom in a reprising role on horns) is a really well done renindition which gives the song an updated lift. Les Nubians voices are in superb form as per usual and newcomers Joanne and Wisdom life adds to the mix rather well.  Taken from the album 'Last Century Modern' (which is in stores now) this one gets a most definite Ty-D pick.


Will Downing - All the man you need: (Motown)

It's been said that this time around Will has returned to his soulful roots but to me he has never left. This album (his debut for new label Motown) presents Will's voice in fine form, his style is forever present as unique and lets us know why he is in a class all by himself.

Each song is well represented with 'Summer Song', 'Everytime it rains', 'Share my world' and the title track pacing as the front runners. 'When you need me' features a duet with Chante Moore that will definitely find a home on radio formats everywhere and 'Tired Melody' truely shines as one of the best tracks on the album. Will, to me has never lost it he just came back home. Most definitely a Ty-D pick, album in stores now.


R.P.M.2000 - I want your body: (Warner Bros)

I don't know much about these 3 chaps but this track is from their debut set 'Peace in the Valley' on Warner Bros records. There's really on surprise here basically another trio boy group that all seem to sound the same.

The track is nice and has its moments but apart from the obvious there's really nothing else going for the song. Nevertheless it is worthy of a listen.


Moby - Songs 1993 - 1998 (Elektra)

Resident New York Club DJ turned performer Moby has gifted many a artists over the years with his touch on the wheels of steel from Madonna to Whitney. With this set 'Songs' featured are the songs he created in a 5 year period which includes the brilliant 'Go' as well as 'Anthem', 'Move' (you make me feel so good) and 'Alone'. I always hoped that he would put out a set of his best work some day and that day has arrived. If you are into house/dance/trance then pick this set up. A most def. Ty-d pick.

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