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Review: One Shade – Hot Club Wax

This vinyl called One Shade – Hot Club Wax was one of the many vinyls from the Hot Club Wax series that Rap A Lot released during the 90s. This vinyl was packaged as a promotional EP to radio stations and music critics to promote their The Beginning album that was supposed to be released in February 1996 on a subsidiary label of Rap A Lot Records called Sing A Lot Records. But that album was never released for whatever reason(s). One Shade was a southern soul quintet that was their first group to sign onto the label. Sing A Lot Records was established to branch into the R&B/Soul market. Being that this is 90s R&B/Soul, the EP will be filled sexual innuendos among other explicit themes catered to the adult audiences.

However this Hot Club Wax is considerably rare and impossible to find. Not many people know about the vinyl. Only collectors have this vinyl. This is the most rarest Hot Club Wax vinyls from Rap A Lot. You’re most likely to find this vinyl for sale overseas on a foreign website from Japan for example.

One Shade came out at a time where everyone and their mom had a group or was in a group. It seems as if One Shade got lost in the shuffle of the over saturated R&B/Soul market of the 90s. It was probably bad timing on the label’s part. Sing A Lot was a subsidiary label that was never meant to be due to the oversaturation of R&B/Soul market.

Flava 2 Sava is about savoring the flavor whether it be food or sexual intercourse. Knowing that this is 90s R&B/Soul, the song will be about sexual intercourse. It’s the flavor of the month right here. One Shade supplies us with the flavor to savor. Or in this case Flava 2 Sava.

Freaky 2 U is a perfect song to play at midnight while you have sexual intercourse with your lover. Hence the sexual innuendo in the song title. The acappella is smoothly sung. The synths on the song are very relaxing.

The relaxed synths on How Many Lixx are sure funky for a slow jam. Their singing is perfect. The song is a mid tempo slow jam.

I Luv U is a love song dedicated to all the ladies out there with babies. I Luv U is midtempo. One Shade gives nothing but love to all the single ladies out there. The song celebrates the goodness of childbirth.

The acappella on Ooh Girl was perfectly sung to suit the smooth nature of this soul song. The song itself is a slow downtempo soul song. If you enjoy music that is very downtempo, then this song is appropriate for you.

I rate this EP 5/5*****!

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