Reviews

Shamrock - African Music by African PeopleShamrock grew up in Johannesburg (South Africa) and has been crazy for music since being a young little boy (for example he sang as the soloist in the choir at his primary school), while growing up he explored his African roots to come up with his own style of music. In 2014, his first release came out on a South African label, shortly after he met Andy Compton who was impressed by this exceptionally gifted guitarist and songwriter. Ultimately Shamrock became the main writing contributor to Andy Compton's fabulous Sowetan Onesteps project, now he presents his phenomenal "African Music by African People" album which features local and international artists such as Bongani Mazibuko, Thabiso Paul Mogotsi, Asali Msanii, Han Litz, Jimmy Gabriel and Peng Records label head Andy Compton to name just a few. To make it short, this truly eclectic and inspiring album perfectly showcasing the unique ingenious African rhythms and sounds of Shamrock is by no means to be missed...

Various - MoBlack Base Vol. 1 + 2Right on time for the upcoming ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event), MoBlack Records present volume one and two of their brand new "MoBlack Base" series, each one loaded with ten fresh tracks from an illustrious list of artists including Spellband featuring Jade Lovedale, Sciorty, Blaq Tribe Zxvi, M. Caporale, Joe Valentin, Rhythm Staircase, DJ Oats, Lesmatiq, Oja Soulman, Costa Vaya, Savio De Simone, Rob Hollywood, DJ Bonnie, Hypnotik (Ashley Ngobeni), Deepo, Wiseone, Leandro P., DJ Ndo-C, DJ Thes-Man and last but not least label head MoBlack. With these two packages, MoBlack Records continue to bless us with nothing but the best in afro house music, with the eclectic selection of tracks representing the many different flavors afro house music has to offer.

Fuminori Kagajo & Sheree Hicks - No place like homeJapanese DJ/producer Fuminori Kagajo makes his debut on Makin' Moves with the expertly crafted "No place like home", a phenomenal slice of timeless soulful house music featuring the unrivaled haunting vocals of Chicago's own vocalist extraordinaire Sheree Hicks alongside formidable keys, sublime trumpet, sweet guitars and a gentle yet compelling backdrop. The remix is courtesy of Wipe The Needle (Lee Gomez) who takes the song to a whole new level on his dazzling interpretation which features glorious jazzy keys, celestial chords and enthralling percussive rhythms.

The Carlos Sanchez Movement featuring Lorenzo Tyler - Spirit of the dance (Kenny Carpenter 2016 Rework)Back in 2003, Slaag Records released the marvelous "Spirit of the dance" by Carlos Sanchez, an uplifting production featuring the sweet soulful vocals of Lorenzo Tylor alongside luxurious keys, jazzy organ and beautiful flute solos over smooth yet spell binding rhythms. Ten years later, CyberJamz Records re-released this gem complete with a stellar remix by Kenny Carpenter, fast forward to the present time and we are graced with a truly blissful rework by Kenny Carpenter of his mind-boggling 2013 remix laced with illustrious keys and utterly thrilling yet smooth rhythms.

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4 to the Floor Volume 01Defected Records present the first volume in their brand new "4 to the Floor" series which features more than fifty 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 (for those looking for a proper definition: "A 4/4 syncopated rhythmic drum pattern used in disco and electronic music in which the bass drum is hit on every beat."). Music from an illustrious list of artists such as Essence, After Hours, Cassio Ware, Black Riot, Fallout, Louie Vega & Jay 'Sinister' Sealee, DJ Pierre, The DangerFeel Newbies, Dennis Ferrer, Chez Damier, Tom Middleton, Mr. G, Ben Westbeech, Black Magic, Afefe Iku and many more is included, spanning across the various shades house music has to offer.

Demuir - TruSkoolHouse music truly evolved since its birth in the early 1980's, expanding into various genres such as soulful, afro, deep, minimal, jackin' and many more... Today we take a look at the full length album of Toronto's own Demuir, an artist who is undoubtedly one of the most influential and industrious house music producers on the scene right now, notably he is considered a driving force in the evolvement of jackin' house, one of the freshest currently flourishing genres. To get down to the nitty-gritty, "TruSkool" is crammed with a melting pot of fused genres, it is an ingenious and seminal yet eclectic album taking you on a mind-blowing journey through the various flavors jackin' house has to offer. Put differently, "TruSkool" is destined to take the unstoppable jackin' movement to the next level...

Ultra Tone Selected CutsSouth Africa's Ultra Tone Records truly bless us with this marvelous three track sampler of their soon to be released debut compilation. First up, V.Underground presents the sublime "The times we had" oozing with the heartfelt vocals of Cookham, formidable jazzy keys, ethereal chords and gentle rhythms. Next up we have the inspirational "Sepe sepe" by Genvee featuring the passionate vocals of Kayode Dele-Ojo, enchanting guitars and luscious keys over a thrillingly thumpin' backdrop, and last but not least Ultra Tone and Dr Duda join forces to grace us with "Me, myself and I" which combines the beautiful sultry vocals of Lerato with heavenly melodies and intriguing deeply groovin' rhythms.