|617 - Real [Accura Records] May 2003
617 collectively are Blue-G, DA, Ed Accura who is the founder and producer of the group. For this track I feel they have stepped up, and although they are definitely repping the clean more commercial sound they have put together a nice enough summertime track. Always was a feel good track and the production on Real gives the same uplifting feel as well. Production features a semi cheesy sounding keyboard, but the MCs carry the track with their hectic, but smooth deliveries. It is a radio friendly tune with a RnB edge, which could do OK in a pop way.
As seems to be their thing, there is a remix on the CD by New York mixtape DJ, Big Mike, which admittedly is quite different from the original, but they aren't different tracks and I would prefer to hear more tunes rather than the same one several ways. This Big Mike mix give us an old skool more electro vibe, replacing the drums for an 808 and other instrumentation for mostly a bassline and keyboard riff that appears in the chorus.
Next on the CD is the Real track without the intro, and is probably a better way to judge the group. Also included on the CD is more mixes of Always, which got enough remixes the first time around, however the Hip Hop mix is less commercial and has a harder edge and lyrics, shows they guys are versatile and that they have deliberately chosen to come out the way they have done. This could be a different track and should be called London's Finest as that is what is repeated in the chorus. Sandwiched between the Real and Always tracks is an intermission with Robert De Niro. For the tracks they have put out you certainly get all angles covered, and maybe they are saving up tracks for their LP. The LP is provisionally entitled Hip Hop INTROspective and is planned to feature 12 tracks all featuring vocal introductions from famous personalities including the likes of David Beckham and Trevor McDonald.
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