Classics: PM Dawn – Paper Doll (Club Mix) (Gee Street)
Could it be that PM Dawn managed to embody the softer/sweeter side of Hip-Hop? The undoubtedly showed how they had a real sense of harmony, both lyrically speakin’ as in terms of arrangements. Of course, most of us should still remember ‘Set Adrift On Memory Bliss’ that saw them sampling Spandau Ballet‘s ‘True’. But ‘Paper Doll’ may be even more illustrative as to what the twosome were about.
Quite a pity, they didn’t really pushed forward in that direction apart from a couple of exceptions in the following years. This probably being for much in the progressive disappearance from the radar…
Prince Be and DJ Minute Mix gave birth to PM Dawn back in 1988. As a matter of fact, here we had no one else but two brothers, Attrell and Jarrett Cordes. They most likely scored their biggest successes in the early 90’s. While blending Soul and Pop flavors with Hip-Hop. Eventually considered as embedding romantism in the scene. The fact they built the memorable ‘Set Adrift On A Memory Bliss’ on a sample of Spandau Ballet‘s classic ‘True’ being probably for much on their reputation.
From the same album – ‘The Utopian Experience’ – which marked their debut back in 1991, the atmospheric ‘Paper Doll’ stands among their signature cuts. This, along with ‘I’d Die Without You’ and ‘Looking Through Patient Eyes’ which saw the day 2 years after.
PM Dawn kept on releasing albums until the end of the 90’s. Beginning with ‘Jesus Swept’ in 1995 and ‘Dearest Christian’ 3 years later. But although they included gems such as ‘I’ll Be Waiting For You’ and the floating ‘Misery In Utero’, the twosome never managed to repeat the same chart status again.
Even worse, the two brothers broke up with Attrell firing Jarrett, eventually replacing him with his cousin, Dr. Giggles aka Doc G, in 2005.
Attrell Cordes who suffered from a few strokes ended up ceasing his contribution to the band. Therefore leavin’ his cousin wearin’ the PM Dawn flag.
He sadly died on June 17 2016, due to his diabetes, aged 46.
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