Music Reviews

Right in time for the Winter Music Conference which just started we bring you the perfect soulful soundtrack... enjoy !!

DJ Roland Clark "I won't be there" (Delete Records CD Promo)

Hot on the heels of his worldwide smash hit "All of me", a collaboration with the legendary Robin S, comes the next dance floor bomb from Roland Clark titled "I won't be there". This production is guaranteed to set the floor on fire thanks to a relentless funktified backing sampling Chaka Khan's timeless classic "Any love" to full effect, wicked strings and Roland Clark's inimitable vocals.

Mauritzio featuring Levern "Wanna be" (Remixes Part 2)(Black Vinyl Records CD Promo)

Black Vinyl Records grace us with part two of the remixes of the soulful underground favorite "Wanna be" by Italian producer Mauritzio 'Old Bastard' Baiocchi featuring stirring vocals by American born vocalist Orlando Levern Johnson. First up we have Luyo turning up the heat, keeping the overall feel deep and contaminous - perfect for prime time. Next is DJ Ermi who smoothes the vibe down on his truly deep interpretation laced with gorgeous keys, and finally we have Mauritzio himself serving an irresistibly thumpin' dub oozing with a classy old school vibe.

Luyo & DJ Ermi "My king" (Double Cheese Records CD Promo)

Lets welcome new independent recording label Double Cheese Records which is kicking off strong with the marvelous soulful vocal production "My king" by Luyo & DJ Ermi, a summery production featuring the unmistakable vocals of Wendy Lewis, lovely guitar by Stefano Malatesta and melodious keys by Peter De Girolamo over a captivating funk soaked backdrop. M&S (Ricky Morrison & Fran Sidoli) and DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins contribute the remixes, each adding their distinctive touch to take the song to the next level.

Exclusive Preview: Jill Scott "So gone" (Nasty Man Neal Conway WMC Re-Work)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" (Nasty Man Neal Conway Tribute Re-Work)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" (Nasty Boozie Geee-tar Re-Work)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Whitney Houston "Love will save the day" (Nasty Man Neal Conway Full Re-Work)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Whitney Houston "Love will save the day" (Neal Conway Classic DOG-PAW Piano Re-Work)(CD-R)

We are proud to introduce you to a couple of exclusive reworkings by Neal Conway, the legendary composer and musician behind many of the timeless Basement Boys classics. First up, there is his masterly orchestrated four-to-the-floor interpretation of Jill Scott's beautiful "So gone" which is simply breathtaking and must be considered one of the all-time best house remixes of Jill Scott. Next he pays tribute to "Billie Jean", one of Michael Jackson's (rip) most memorable classics and to "Love will save the day", one of Whitney Houston's (rip) many legendary songs, each of them available in two equally fantastic versions which let you experience the artists unrivaled vocal performances as well as Neal Conway's extraordinary musicianship to the max. These heavenly reworkings are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

Moodswings "Genes" (Iklwa Brothers Records CD Promo)

Mzandile Nxasana, head and co-founder of Iklwa Brothers, delivers a stellar deep house track aptly titled "Genes" under his Moodswings disguise that - without any doubt - will cause a stir on dance floors all around the globe thanks to deeper than deep rhythms and luscious keys and chords which create a truly spell binding feel you can't resist to dance to.

DJ Minx featuring Eva Soul "Suffer" (Women on Wax Records CD Promo)

Not to many words are needed to describe this timeless gem by DJ Minx... "Suffer" is simply mind-blowing, featuring heartfelt vocals by Eva Soul alongside exquisite keys over deep infectious rhythms. Pirahnahead contributes a subtle hip-thrashing edit of the original, and Charles Webster takes the track to deepest territory on his mesmerizing remixes sure to jam pack floors. In other words: sheer musical bliss.

Exclusive Preview: Cassius featuring Steve Edwards "The sound of violence" (The Soulplate Remix)(CD-R)

Soulplate rework the unforgettable 2002 classic from Cassius, turning out a delightful deep interpretation built around a smooth funk drenched backing, with delectable keys accompanying Steve Edwards deeply felt vocals. For the purists, an instrumental version is included too. Sorry to say but it looks like this nugget won't be available for sale...

Foremost Poets "Moonraker" (Remixes Part 2)(SoundMen on Wax Records CD Promo)

Back in the day, to be exact in 1998, Johnny Dangerous (under his Foremost Poets disguise) released the seminal "Moonraker", narrated by his own striking vocals which set a new standard for DJ's around the world. In fall of last year, SoundMen on Wax Records gave us slammin remixes by Oscar P & C. Scott, now they offer more' fresh mixes of this classic by the likes of Salvatore Agrosi, Thomas Toccafondi, Tyron Dixon & Toni Torino and Kevin Julien, offering something for everyone. And best of all, the Oscar P & C. Scott remix is included as well.

Exclusive Preview: Jose Gonzales "Killing for love" (Peavey Manyoora Edit)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Kenny Lattimore "Weekend" (Alex Dimitri South Soul ReTouch)(CD-R)

Its that time of the year again where the Music Conference in Miami takes place, and as we all know this is the perfect time to showcase previously hidden gems... Swedish-based Argentinian musician Jose Gonzalez released his second album "In our nature" in 2007, including the flamenco affected "Killing for love" which has been reworked by Peavey into a hypnotizing four-to-the-floor thumper guaranteed to send you into a frenzy. In 2001, Kenny Lattimore released his third album "Weekend", with the title track having a decidedly retro-80's feel owing to a sample from Blondie's "Rapture", which shines through in its full glory on Alex Dimitri's fiercely stompin' funk soaked rework.

Natasha Watts "Look inside" (Slaag Records CD Promo)

Slaag Records are on a roll at the moment, blessing us with the beautiful "Look inside" by Natasha Watts which is produced by label head Glenn Thornton whose original version oozes with a timeless classic feel created by sublime strings, lush keys and Natasha Watt's incomparable vocals. Ondagrove (Giles Hirst) keeps the vibe soulful while giving the track an organic feel, Matthias Heilbronn injects his unique fusion of garage/tech/dub to turn the track into an underground anthem and last but not least Chris Udoh serves a deep tech flavored rerub.

Exclusive Preview: Various "Oscar P - WMC Mixes" (CD-R)

Oscar P is presenting some of the tunes he will drop in his sets at this years Winter Music Conference, and believe us they are sure to set the floor on fire... Some of them are already available (such as the DJ Ouder and Ocean Deep remixes of "Make me over" by Distant People featuring singer Nicole Mitchell, or his remix of "Mariboyeh" by Benji Candelario featuring Charo Velecio), some are as of yet unreleased. Our favorite are the brand new remixes of "The more I get" by Davidson Ospina and singer David Walker courtesy of Oscar P and partner C. Scott who turn the track into a deep mesmerizing affair driven by remorseless deep rhythms - as we said above, they are sure to set the floor on fire...

DJ Cupid "The Creadle of World EP" (Nu Deep Music CD Promo)

Shortly after the wicked "Daughter Of The Earth Wind EP" by Miz-Dee Penelope comes the next afro-deep bomb on Nu Deep Music. This time we have DJ Cupid from Pretoria, South Africa and his "The Creadle of World EP" which includes three tracks, each of them featuring seductive female spoken words and luxurious keys and chords over deep afrocentric rhythms. Watch the dance floor erupt when when you play any of these tracks...

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