||I Don't Wanna To Die... Not Knowing CD (2002) |
Psalm 18:2, "The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer...yeah, that about sums up my philosophy.", says Leonardio Heilig, aka LEN: The Faithful Messengah.
A converted Muslim, this dynamic emcee preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ...
||Diary of the Madmen CD (2005)
LEN music CDs LEN's 1999 hit "Steal My Sunshine" was an absolute jam. Its Andrea True Connection break and bassline bump meshed seamlessly to Sharon Costanzo's exuberant vocal, and like the best summer songs its lyrical agenda involved little more than getting stupid and lying in the grass. Unfortunately the boozing, partying smash-up that followed LEN's breakthrough killed the combo's momentum dead, and "Sunshine" was relegated to '90s rock compilations. LEN's principals (Costanzo and her producer/vocalist brother, Marc) holed up in a studio, but the sessions stalled out. Still, what was recorded has surfaced in 2005 as Diary of the Madmen, a collection of tracks recorded between 2001 and 2004. Nothing matches the strength of "Sunshine," but overall it's a much more dynamic set than You Can't Stop the Bum Rush. The music is stronger throughout, like in the backgrounds of "Fight," "Get Down," and "People (Come Together)." (The latter samples A Tribe Called Quest and the 1968 Friend & Lover hit "Reach out of the Darkness.") And while LEN's lyrics don't usually progress much past the song titles as emphatics, their sentiments are certainly genuine. "I'm just freaking out 'cause I'm thinking too much," Sharon sings over the pretty strings and softly brushed percussion of "Let It Slide," and repeat collaborator Biz Markie makes a cameo, too. Other standouts: LEN remakes New Edition's "Cool It Now" as fluttery, Off the Wall-style disco, complete with strings, brass, and wah-wah guitar, and "Dante's Inferno" is a slowly bobbing instrumental that approaches acid jazz. There's some throwaway material on Diary of the Madmen, but for drawing from three years of sessions it's remarkably cohesive. It took them awhile, but LEN's sequel to "Sunshine" deserves a listen. ~ Johnny Loftus
Audio Mixers: Gordie Johnson; Michael ...
||Feelin Alright (2000) Australia|
The second single from the Canadian hip hop group's debut album, 1999's top 50 & gold 'You Can't Stop The Bum Rush'. The reward of the band's previous hit 'Steal My Sunshine' breaking the top 10 in Billboard's Hot 100 chart was massive crossover appeal that ranged from adult contemporary to alternative to dance. This Australian import features three non-album tracks, each a mix of 'Feelin' Alright' (Single Edit, Dust Brothers Remix and The Wiseguys Remix). 1999 release. Slimline jewelcase.