Comments: In 1992 I was living in Boston and went dancing nearly every weekend. There are three songs that stick out in my mind as the soundtrack to that summer: Mocca Soul's "Losing You," Jomanda's "Got a Love for You" and Snap!'s "Rhythm is a Dancer," as they were staples in the clubs and got everyone on the floor (and were on the radio as well). Looking back, I see that these three tunes also represented in varying degrees the Detroit, House and European styles that were strongly informing the overall landscape of the time in terms of dance music.
When I came across and bought The Persistence of Memory album in early 1993 I didn't even realize that the song I had been hearing in the clubs for months and months prior was part of the album--it was a great surprise when I heard it the first time I popped the cassette (!) into my stereo (I have since purchased a CD copy of the album). Better yet though was the depth and breadth of the album, which was apparent on the very first listen.
I think your album holds up so strongly twenty years later partly from the diversity and sophistication of sound you employed. It fairs so much better than many other peer albums from the period which had some strong songs but also tread a rather narrow groove.
I love YouTube so much and it was such a kick for me to see that there was an actual video for "Deep So Blue," as that has always been my favorite track on the album (Was it intended as a single? Before or after "Losing You?". I love the song's many textures--I feel like it unfurls dramatically and Joy Rose's singing is just gorgeous--emotive and powerful (without all the melismatic baloney that Mariah Carey would start to popularize around this very same time!). The rap sections work well too and don't seem corny because they have an island/dub quality that somehow fits the overall elegance of the song. And I love the male back-up vocal at the midpoint and at the end (in the video, from the cat in dreads). There's real urgency in his delivery and it's a nice contrast in tempo to the silkiness of the main vocal.
My other favorites are:
"Straight to My Heart": so dramatic and lovely; and once the chorus is in my head, it stays there for days.
"Forever and Everything": Perfect union of lyric and vocal. This song just lifts me up and takes me away... I could hear this on the radio today as a brilliant summer jam; it has a beautiful, timeless quality. It makes me want to ride around the city on a sweltering August evening with the car windows rolled down, soaking up the night and the sense of promise in the song. When she hits that sustained noted on "We'll fiiiiind"--it melts me every time.
"Like Lovers": just always loved the groove of this! Not sure how best to describe it...but I love the low tones of the keyboard that snake underneath it all.
"Missing Your Love": I appreciate the relatively spare arrangement and the stark percussion; they create a strong, atmospheric quality--dramatic and effective.
Submitted by Name: Darin Marshall
Comments: I'm Losing You.......still gives me chills when I hear it. Thanks for the memories!
Submitted by Name: dumnacgoulet
Comments: Absolutely outstanding tune that still destroys a dancefloor to this day - major respect! Cheers!
Submitted by Name: Evan Alston
Comments: "Losing You" has always been one of my favourite dance songs. I am originally from Chicago, and my brother-in-law was regional promotional manager for Uni distribution, which was over MCA records. Losing You was played at their functions, and has been spinning in my musical memory since the 90s.I had not been able to obtain another copy of the EP due to it's rarity. Thank you for creating a link to the past!!!!
Submitted by Name: Dr. Ajay Sharm
Comments: Your music brings back so many memories, I tried so hard to seek your songs out. I am so glad to have rediscovered them again. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but studied medicine in Mumbai India. I listen to a lot of music, its like my coffee, it keeps me going during different moods. "Losing you" was a song that stuck in my head for so long, probably because of the connections I had made with what was going on with my life at the time. The internet helped rekindle those memories after doing countless searches for that particular song. I remember recording it while listening to dance mix back in high school. 2 weeks ago I was at my parents home and found a few of my old tapes, I was awake till 3 in the morning going through all of them till I heard a brief clip of Losing You. It wasn't until I heard the lyrics again that I was able to look up the song. Mixes create a mesh of songs that leave you without the power of deciphering which songs actually constituted the mix. In the end I was able to finally figure it out. I cheer you on for your talent and hope to hear more of your work!
Submitted by Name: G. Dunne
Comments: Losing you was and still is an absolute party anthem in my home town of Adelaide, Australia. It still gets airtime on our local dance music radio station Fresh FM!
Submitted by Name: djmoon
Comments: Hey, I just want you to know that my girlfriend and I have loved Losing You since the early 90s! A dj friend of mine played a radio mix show and would always play it. It really does have a class that has lasted through the years and we still love it! All the best! Ben M
Submitted by Name: ryanardill
Comments: I am in Australia. Just wanted to add a comment that Losing You is one of the hardest songs to get your hands on, only available to buy via LP. It didn't seem to be on any Paid mp3 download websites.
Submitted by Name: djdominion
Comments: This is one of my favourite tracks from early '92. I have a video for this taped off MTV and finally can swap the hissy audio with a proper version for pure audio-visual enjoyment.
Submitted by Name: dlvokal
Comments: Thanks for sending me the info on how to access the mp3 file! I was really surprised that I was able to find this song. I heard it a few times back in '92 on a local radio station during a weekend dance mix, but I never knew the name of the song or the artist. I only had part of the song on an old cassette tape. I really liked the beat and the tempo and the sound was very unique; different from a lot of the cheesy pop stuff they were playing on the radio and MTV at the time. About five or six years ago when I bought my own computer I started building up my music collection including all of my favorites from every decade, and I also started using the internet to try to identify and track down a bunch of songs. I figured Losing You wasn't a song from the U.S., and pretty much decided that I wasn't going to be able ID it. So I was really surprised when I found your site recently and saw the lyrics. And now I finally have the song to add to my library. Thanks!
Submitted by Name: DJo3868503
Comments: Thank you for finally making this track available online. 'Losing You' has always been one of my all time favorite dance tracks from the 90's.
Submitted by Name: Antonia
Comments: I got it this time - it's fab - thank you!
I used to go to Trade with Tony de Vit many many moons ago, long before he became famous & started DJ-ing there (90/91 if I my memory serves), and this was one of the tracks that reminded us of those early, heady, Trade nights!
Thanks again, you've brought many memories back for me! :o)