Babies Makin' Babies
Record label: Urban Theory/BBE (UK)
Format: CD
Release date: June 2002

Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson has grown to be much more than the drummer for The Roots. He's a producer, arranger, and remixer as well. He's lent his Soulquarian hand to many projects, tweaking the mix for Macy Gray, Blackalicious, and countless others. And from what I hear, his DJ sets are a real treat. Even though this compilation is strictly slow jam fare, it certainly shows that the brother knows his music. First clue: he starts the whole thing off with Smokey Robinson's "Quiet Storm," a staple of after hours radio slots and your Music To Make Love By mix tape. Then there's "Gotta Find A Lover" by Roy Ayers, a perfect mix of vibes, horns, and vocals. If this song was never used for a love scene in a '70s flick, it should've been. And hearing "Sensuality" by the Isley Brothers will put anyone in a romantic mood - smoother than silk. Today's love songs (particularly within R&B) don't even compare. Add soul gems by Earth Wind & Fire, Patrice Rushen, New Birth, Minnie Riperton, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, as well as others and you've got the quintessential mood music compilation. Possibly even an audio aphrodisiac. But hey, what you do with it is up to you…

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