Dajae* ‎– Fakes & Phonies

Label:
Cajual Records ‎– CAJ 258-1, Cajual Records ‎– CAJ 258
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
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Credits

  • Artwork By [Digital Artist] – Brendan G.
  • Design [Creative Styling & Handwriting]Jermane Britton
  • Other [Hairstylist] – Alan Akerson
  • Other [Makeup Artist] – Jessica
  • Photography – Joe Medina
  • Producer, Written-ByCajmere
  • Written-ByDajae*

Notes

Cajual Music, Karen D. Gordon Music (ASCAP)
©℗ 1996 CAJUAL RECORDS

The 5th release from her over-looked album, "Higher Power".

Manufactured & distributed by Cajual Entertainment, Inc.

Track times and BPM are not presented on the record.

BPM:
A1: 127 | A2: 120
B1: 127 | B2: 125 | B3: 120

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 6527 02581 6

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scannypack

scannypack

September 29, 2018

I'm not familiar with the other four releases of Higher Power or where exactly they went wrong, but I guess leave it to Johnny Fiasco and Glenn Underground to save the song "Fakes & Phonies" entirely. Side A is solid. The GU remix really does it for me; the saxophone is absolutely stunning and the track sours when Dajae's vocals land in the mix. It is an incredible song. This one will get almost all of the play time for me. On the flip, the Gemini mix will satisfy the more obscure and tracky sensibilities for some, but I'm not in love with it. You can probably just forget about Red Dog and original mixes. This record should have two, maybe three tracks on it at maximum. The rest is filler, but i guess it makes sense since Cajual was desperately working to salvage Dajae's album.

That all being said, I disagree with bitonti that the non-uplifting message is a tough sell. I don't care what the message is or what exactly she is saying. The vocals here are just as good as anything that Barbara Tucker, Crystal Waters, or Loleatta Holloway ever delivered. Unfortunately it was cursed with mediocre production from Cajmere from the start.
aquagak

aquagak

May 9, 2017
epic minor moody chi town jams 8-) .
bitonti

bitonti

August 30, 2011

It actually says on the back cover "The 5th release from her over-looked album 'Higher Power' "this is a sad statement! I love this damn record but it has a couple of fatal flaws. First off it's in some crazy minor key, the tonality seems artsy and complicated. Second, Dajae's message isn't all that uplifting, and that's a tough sell to the deep house crowd. It's a modern "backstabbers" story, which is great but tough to pull off. Gemini has a ridiculous cosmic mix, GU and Fiasco also represent, as always.