Reviews

4 to the Floor Volume 02In September of last year, Defected Records launched their brand new "4 to the Floor" series which is all about timeless vocal and instrumental gems ranging from the early days of house music to the contemporary (with each of the tracks representing the mantra of the genre: the unmistakable 4/4 rhythm). The second volume will be released later this month, once again spanning across the various shades house music has to offer, featuring music from an illustrious list of artists such as legends Kerri Chandler, 'Little' Louie Vega, Danny Tenaglia, Robert Owens, Charles Dockins, Mijan, Dee Dee Brave, 95 North and George Morel as well as producers operating at the scene's cutting edge. Not less than fifty tracks are included in their original, full-length unmixed format.

Soulbridge & Dawn Souluvn Williams - JoyWe proudly introduce you to the glamorous truly uplifting and inspiring "Joy" produced by Italy's up and rising Soulbridge (Gigi Frassanito) and performed in grand style by songstress Dawn Souluvn Williams. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this smooth and soulful yet enthralling production oozing with the unmistakable haunting vocals of Dawn Souluvn Williams, grand jazzy keys and a lively organic backdrop will make you yearn for more... On remix duty are Guido P who turns the heat up on his classy rework laced with glorious keys, sweet guitar and irresistibly thumpin' rhythms, and Reggie Steele whose utterly vibrant interpretation loaded with luscious chords and paramount jazzy keys is spreading a truly hypnotic vibe guaranteed to cast a spell on you.

We kick of the new year with the very best and latest in soulful house music - and some surprises... enjoy !!

Alton Miller - Now is the time EPRenowned DJ/producer Alton Miller returns to Fatsouls Records with the phenomenal "Now is the time EP" loaded with two mind-blowing instrumental productions and a timeless slice of vocal bliss. The two instrumentals "For you" and "Move me" are truly glamorous, oozing with Alton Miller's signature tantalizing melodies and enthralling rhythms, while the hypnotizing vocal gem "Rise" features the unmistakable deeply rooted vocals of songstress Rachel Claudio and stellar ethereal keys over a spell binding funked-up backing. South Africa's V.Underground and Genvee contribute a pair of splendid remixes which give "Rise" a deeper truly melodious and soulful yet enticing feel. All in all, a superb release guaranteed to make you yearn for more...

Groove Junkies featuring Solara - Perception (Richard Earnshaw Remix)Mid-October we introduced you to "Perception" by Groove Junkies, a breathtaking masterly crafted production which features the unrivaled haunting vocals of Solara, now we are being blessed with a dazzling re-imagination by Richard Earnshaw taking this gem to a whole new level. To cut right to the chase, Richard Earnshaw has been pulling out all the stops on his truly hypnotic yet soulful deepened rework which combines the enchanting vocals with ruthlessly bouncin' rhythms and inebriant melodies. Not to be missed...

The final update of the year is truly eclectic and features lots of upfront music... enjoy !!

 Guri Guri Boys featuring Carolyn Harding - UnityJapanese DJ/production duo Guri Guri Boys follow up last years soulful bomb "Touch the sky" with the incredibly soulful yet enticing and inspiring "Unity" featuring the unrivaled sultry vocals of legendary Carolyn Harding alongside illustrious jazzed-up keys, grand saxophone, wicked guitar and a vibrant organic backdrop. DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins take the song to the next level, adding their signature truly beloved Baltimore house touch, with their compelling dub being a sure-fire dance floor weapon, and finally Namy delivers a grandiose piano driven interpretation on a fervid yet soulful tip.

 M. Caporale featuring Pietro Nicosia - One of usWith the masterly crafted "One of us", Italian DJ/producer M. Caporale presents his debut release for up and rising Soulstice Music. "One of us" is a collaboration with Italian musician Pietro Nicosia, beyond the shadow of a doubt this phenomenal jazz house jewel oozing with a grandiose live orchestration and gentle yet enthralling percussive rhythms having timeless written all over is guaranteed to make you yearn for more... Pablo Martinez and Mark Di Meo contribute the remixes, both keeping the jazzy spirit of the original alive yet adding their distinctive touch.