Music Reviews

House Masters: Jazz-N-GrooveDefected Records present the latest installment in the critically acclaimed "House Masters" series, looking at the illustrious career and awe-inspiring musical heritage of Brian Tappert and Marc Pomeroy who are best known as Jazz-N-Groove but also recorded individually and collaboratively under aliases such as Urban Blues Project, Soulsearcher (whose "Can't get enough" was the first ever single release on Defected Records) and Cleptomaniacs (together with longtime friend John Julius Knight). Their seminal productions and remixes were released on famous labels such as Bassline, Suburban, Strictly Rhythm and AM:PM, as well as their own label family Soulfuric, many of which can be found on this compilation: the bonafide house music anthems "Deliver me" by Urban Blues Project present Michael Proctor, "Can't get enough" by Soulsearcher, "We can make it" by Mone (created together with regular collaborator Roy Grant), as well as many of their highly esteemed remixes for Loleatta Holloway, Donna Allen, Louie Vega, Michelle Weeks, Frankie Knuckles and Shakedown.

New Generation Records WMC Miami 2017 SamplerLegendary New Generation Records truly hit the mark with the fully loaded 2017 edition of their highly acclaimed "WMC Miami Sampler" series which features a stunning mixture of four-to-the-floor re-imaginations r&b/soul favorites (think Solange "Don't ouch my hair", Chaka Khan "Any love", Bee Gees "Love you inside out", Raheem DeVaughn "You"  and Johnny Gill featuring Usher "The mood"), remixes of favorite releases on the label (such as the paramount Kev Dot Kruz interpretation of "Butterfly" by Vangela Crowe), and brand new vocal and instrumental productions guaranteed to send the dancers into a frenzy. With artists such as Shino Blackk, Vangela Crowe, Sheba Jordan, Ricci Melillo, DJ Punch, Steve Oh Traxxx, Mike Labirt  & Reality Theory, Pako Di Rocco and Corey Holmes featured, this is a release not to be missed...

Ananda Project - Remix CollectionEver since the very first release back in 1998, Ananda Project aka Atlanta based DJ/producer Chris Brann have blessed us with timeless soulful jewels, without doubt their awe-inspiring back catalogue includes some of the most iconic house music classics in history. The cherry on top are the superb truly varied remixes included in many of their unforgettable releases, not less than twenty-two thereof by Morten Trust, Doug Gomez, Cee ElAssaad, King Britt, Frankie Feliciano, Demarkus Lewis, Blaze, Kiko Navarro, Sean McCabe, Antonello Ferrari & Aldo Bergamasco and Rasmus Faber (to name just a few) are featured on this stunning "Remix Collection". Highly recommended.

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4 to the Floor presents Fourth Floor RecordsThe "4 to the Floor" series continues to delve into the history of house music, looking at some of the must influential labels in house music history. The latest offering in the series is looking at legendary New York based Fourth Floor Records (rebranded in 1997 as 4th Floor Records), with the featured tracks selected and compiled by Luke Solomon. The label's impressive catalogue features very early releases from Todd Terry using the aliases Black Riot and Masters at Work (a name he later passed on to Louie Vega and Kenny Dope) like "A day in the life", "Alright alright" and "Dum dum cry", seminal classics such as "The morning after" by Fallout and "Take some time out" by Arnold Jarvis, as well as many forgotten gems from the likes of Bamboo, Royal Orchestra, M.O.D.E. or Love Root, all of which are included in this release.

Steal Vybe featuring Alexis Simmons - Yesterday (I'll never change)Legendary label Seasons Limited (Seasons Recordings) yet again truly bless us with an expertly crafted timeless soulful gem, for the time being exclusively available on 12" vinyl. Renowned Steal Vybe (Chris Forman & Damon Bennett) join forces with songstress Alix Simmons on "Yesterday (I'll never change)", a verily soulful yet enthralling production featuring the inimitable sultry vocals of Alex Simmons alongside lush keys, heavenly chords and an infectious lively backdrop. The 'So Seductive Mix' enriched with sublime jazzy keys oozes with an enchanting laidback truly melodious feel, not to forget to mention the stunning remixes by Jose Carretas who adds his beloved signature touch, combining the amazing vocals with illustrious keys and a rich organic musical backing.

Davide Fiorese & The Grimace featuring Natasha Watts - HumansCourtesy of Italy's Davide Fiorese and The Grimace and UK songstress Natasha Watts comes "Humans", a splendiferous soulful gem that first appeared on the "Unity through Sound ADE 2016" compilation last November. The original version is as soulful as it gets, using an intriguing yet smooth funktified backdrop as foundation for glorious jazzed-up keys, luxurious chords and the unrivaled haunting vocals of Natasha Watts. The remixes are courtesy of Peppe Citarella who delivers a laidback yet captivating afro inspired interpretation, and N'Dinga Gaba who contributes an ingenious truly inexorable Baltimore-Club flavored workout guaranteed to make you yearn for more.

Enjoy the Easter update with nothing but the best and latest in soulful house music...