1. Don’t Stop My Love
2. Stone Love
3. Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)
4. Help Yourself To My Love
6. Say Something Love
7. The Mood
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For many who are fans of early 1980s R&B like myself, the name Kashif shouldn’t be unfamiliar. In fact, his name is synonymous with the hits in that genre in that era, famously being in the producer’s chair for acts such as Evelyn King, Howard Johnson, Melba Moore, George Benson, and Whitney Houston, to name a few. When Kenny G broke from under Jeff Lorber’s wing, and before he became the pariah of traditional (and even fusion) jazz fans, he made his name covering and creating songs in the same vibe as what is found on this album. Kashif was one of the driving forces of the ever-underrated New York R&B scene, that rose from their disco heyday of the decade prior, and often could be found not too far from Paul Laurence and The System in that regard.
The success of the music he had produced, prompted him to pursue a solo career, and in 1983, his first, eponymous full-length had hit the streets courtesy of the fine folks at Arista.
What resulted was very much what one would term a “producer turned artist’s album,” meaning that the production and songwriting (rather than the actual singing) is what endeared many to this record. Kashif himself would never be mistaken for say, Marvin Gaye, as a singer, but his vocals more than rise to the occasion here. The collection of songs here combine to form an instant classic in the genre, even if Kashif’s name doesn’t ring bells to anyone who isn’t familiar with 1980s R&B. Why it took so long to see this album revisited in CD format, is anyone’s guess, but that it happened in Japan first was not surprising.