Lost but not least! TZ – I Got The Hots For You (Vocal Version) (Street Sounds)
Who’s this female artist singin’ her heart out? Hard to not instantly think of Chaka Khan as a matter of fact. Although it’s definitely not her but Toni Smith. A singer who highlighted Tom Browne‘s memorable ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ with her powerful vocals. But also delivered the highly sought after ‘(Ooh!) I Like The Way It Feels’ on her own.
We catch her for another infectious round back in 1983. Responsible for both the writing (with Matt Noble) and the vocal delivery of TZ‘s ‘I Got The Hots For You’. This at a time when Disco had already mutated with the ongoing incorporation of Electronic sounds. With Shelter Don Timmy Regisford together with Boyd Jarvis turnin’ it into a firing gem. Then S-Express borrowing its vocal hook 5 years after on the memorable ‘Theme From S-Express’…
– The initials of Tukuca Zakamaya, TZ ended up among those countless one off projects that paved the history of Underground Music. TZ saw the light back in 1983 from the reunion between producer Matt Noble and Toni Smith. Thus resulting in the delivery of ‘I Got The Hots For You’. This with remixing work courtesy of Timmy Regisford and Boyd Jarvis. Their boiing gem reachin’ a higher audience 5 years later. Thius with Mark Moore of the S-Express fame sampling its vocal hook along with Rose Royce’s classic ‘Is It Love You’re After’ on the ‘Theme From S-Express’.
– Despite an undeniable talent as a songwriter and vocal arranger, Toni Smith never managed to get the recognition she truly deserved as a singer, only offered to release a handful of singles on her own. Beginning with the highly sought after ‘(Ooh!) I Like The Way It Feels’.
Quite ironical though in regards to an artist who started to sing professionnaly at the age of 12. And even more, remembering the ones she worked with as a vocal arranger, including Stephanie Mills and Meli’sa Morgan. Not to mention her presence on Tom Browne‘s ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’. The twosome teamin’ up once again 14 years after on a cover version of George Benson‘s classic ‘Give Me The Night’.
Toni Smith also contributed to TZ‘s bouncing Electro Funk fuelled ‘I Got The Hots For You’. A track which S-Express sampled back in 1988 on the anthemic ‘Theme From S-Express’.