Reissue | Stinger J: “Pretty Face”


Stinger J: “Pretty Face”

A genuine lost hit has been reissued for the first time since 1987.

Originally released in 1987 and featuring the sublime vocals of Jonathan Haywood, Stinger J’s “Pretty Face” is a genuine lost hit from this period, a fusion of soul, disco, garage and Detroit house that has become highly sought after in recent years. Now officially reissued for the first time in partnership with writer and producer Kevin McCord by the eclectic Adelaide-based label Isle Of Jura, run by Kevin Griffiths, aka Jura Soundsystem.

Stinger J was a one time alias used by Detroit producer Kevin McCord, formerly of legendary American R’n’B and funk band One Way. As a writer and producer Kevin has had an illustrious musical career working with Alicia Myers (‘I Want To Thank You’), Oliver Cheatham (‘Get Down Saturday Night’) and Mariah Carey (‘Make It Happen’). The record’s B-side cut “Wonder Land” pairs the vocals of Jonathan Haywood with Kevin himself, a soulful ballad with classic 80’s production and live keys, strings and percussion.

This reissue is a unique example of an intended crossover record from a mainstream producer who soaked up the influences of his home town Detroit around the birth of House & Techno. Self-released at the time on Kevin’s own Chance label, it was hard to get momentum without major label backing so the project fell by the wayside.

Pick up your copy here.


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