Kevin Lyttle

Kevin Lyttle

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St. Vincent native Kevin Lyttle has brought the first soca hit to U.S. attention since the Baha-Men's inescapable "Who Let the Dogs Out." Lyttle's singnature song, delivered in a croon that's been compared to that of Beres Hammond, "Turn Me On," has been kicking around for a while. A big hit in St. Vincent's 2001 carnival, it was released in the U.K. in 2003, and now,… See more details below

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St. Vincent native Kevin Lyttle has brought the first soca hit to U.S. attention since the Baha-Men's inescapable "Who Let the Dogs Out." Lyttle's singnature song, delivered in a croon that's been compared to that of Beres Hammond, "Turn Me On," has been kicking around for a while. A big hit in St. Vincent's 2001 carnival, it was released in the U.K. in 2003, and now, with Lyttle's American debut, has become an unlikely TRL hit.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The travel bureau of St. Vincent -- the island soca singer Kevin Lyttle hails from -- claims their paradise has "More Fun! More Flair! More Fantasy!" Same could be said of Kevin Lyttle's debut; just put a couple extra exclamation points after "Fantasy." Lyttle's breezy and dreamy voice supplies the flair, lilting lightly over a musical background that is as sparkling as it is limited. That's the biggest mistake the debut makes; it takes five tracks to get to anything that doesn't try to repeat the big hit single, "Turn Me On," and there's not enough variety to give the singer a full-fledged personality. His version of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name" is a welcome breather from all the seduction, as is the jazzy and semi-organic "So High." Wish there was more of it, but there's a great soundtrack to a perfect-weather, sensual vacation in here if you program the tracks right. "Turn Me On" is such a perfect grind jam it's no surprise the album tries to recapture it. It almost does with "Never Wanna Make U Cry," "I Got It," and "My Lady," but tracks like the Ricky Martin wannabe "Mama Mia" and the goes-nowhere "Ya Kiss" don't deserve their company. Luckily, 13 tracks means you can skip the filler and still be left with a decent amount of good material. Lyttle's been introduced as soca to the core, but his version is heavily influenced by pillow-talk R&B, and don't be surprised when he drops a dancehall riddim. This lovers-soca style doesn't feel forced on Lyttle by some record company executive; it really seems like it comes from his heart. Recording a song at a humble studio in St. Vincent, watching it take Europe and America by storm, and being crowned the new king of the bedroom must have been a whirlwind. Who can blame the singer for going with what he knows? A little less formula next time would be nice but Lyttle has a voice that can make paint and undergarments peel off, plus an instant classic with "Turn Me On." Not a bad start to a career -- not bad at all.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678373015
catalogNumber:
83730

Tracks

  1. Turn Me On  - Kevin Lyttle
  2. Last Drop  - Kevin Lyttle
  3. Never Wanna Make U Cry  - Kevin Lyttle
  4. Call Me  - Kevin Lyttle
  5. I Got It  - Kevin Lyttle
  6. Sign Your Name  - Kevin Lyttle
  7. Screaming Out My Name  - Kevin Lyttle
  8. My Lady  - Kevin Lyttle
  9. Ya Kiss  - Kevin Lyttle
  10. Dance With Me  - Kevin Lyttle
  11. Dancing Like Making Love  - Kevin Lyttle
  12. My Love  - Kevin Lyttle
  13. Drive Me Crazy  - Kevin Lyttle
  14. Mama Mia  - Kevin Lyttle
  15. Turn Me On  - Kevin Lyttle
  16. [Untitled Hidden Track]  - Kevin Lyttle
  17. Turn Me On  - Kevin Lyttle

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Lyttle   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Chuck Treece   Bass,Guitar
Troy Taylor   Background Vocals
Calibe Thompson   Background Vocals
Ezekiel Lewis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bernard Edwards   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
Ian Dyer   Composer
Nicholas Brancker   Composer,Producer
Terence Trent D'Arby   Composer
Craig Derry   Vocal Producer
Anastas Hackett   Composer,Producer
Arnold Hennings   Composer
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Michael Keith   Composer
Salaam Remi   Composer,Executive Producer
Scott Spencer Storch   Producer
Troy Taylor   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Ryan Toby   Composer,Vocal Producer
Jeremy Wheatley   Producer
Winston Riley   Composer
Lynn Kowalewski   Art Direction
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Quinnes Parker   Composer
Marvin Scandrick   Composer
Daron Jones   Composer
Pete Karam   Engineer
Adrian Bailey   Composer,Producer
Jason Stasium   Engineer
Jeremy Harding   Producer
Nathan Malki   Engineer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Cherry Ince   Producer
Ezekiel Lewis   Composer
Troyton Rami   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya   Engineer
Kameron Houff   Engineer
Brandon Howard   Composer
Kevin Lyttle   Composer

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