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Exclusive Preview: Pape Fall "African salsa" (Timmy Regisford Remix - CCP Inc Edit)(Apt. International CD-R)
In 2009, Timmy Regisford released his "Sun over Water" long player through Apt. International, a hard to get Japanese CD release which includes a lovely interpretation of the afro-cuban spiced "African salsa" by Pape Fall, a musician hailing from Senegal (the original can be found on the album "Conga to Cuba" released through Putumayo World Music - details here). CCP Inc (Bas Heijmans aka Hassie BIJmans) recently took on this version, tweaking and extending it to make it a real DJ delight.
Exclusive Preview: The Jackson 5 "Let's have a party" (Alex Dimitri South Soul Re-Touch)(Motown Records CD-R)
"Let's have a party" was an unreleased Jackson 5 song that finally saw the light of the day on their "Soulsation: 25th Anniversary Collection" put out by Motown Records in 1995 as a 4xCD. Alex Dimitri presents a respectful four-to-the-floor interpretation that stays true to the original, using a smoothly stompin' backdrop as playground for the inimitable vocals and 70's soul-funk flavors.
Exclusive Preview: Deep Xcape "Thank you" (Steve Paradise Remix)(Do It Now Records CD-R)
This new project by Deep Xcape titled "Thank you" featuring heartfelt male vocals (we will add the name of the singer as soon as we know it) is expected to be released in the next few weeks, and it will include these marvelous remixes by Steve Paradise which are all about the masterly orchestration including grand jazzy piano and stellar saxophone over an organic funk drenched backing. The 'Instrumental' takes the track to deeper grounds, replacing the jazzy piano with lush atmospheric synth melodies.
DJ Reeplee featuring Luna "Mingis" (Souvent Records CD Promo)
On "Mingis", DJ/producer DJ Reeplee teams up with Somalian born singer (she now lives in New York) Luna to present an inspiring afro-house stomper featuring incredible vocals by Luna alongside an exquisite instrumentation including wonderful keys by DJ Reeplee and Laurent Rossi, guitar by Stephane Rambaud, percussion by Dragan Urosevic and sax by Ben Flandi. The 'Remix' is a stripped down workout intensifying the feel to the max.
Exclusive Preview: AAries "Don't give it up" (Martin Faltin Classic Vocal Mix)(CD-R)
Philly duo AAries dropped a gem of a r&b/soul joint a while back (don't miss to check the video on YouTube for its reference to the legendary Soul Train show). Martin Faltin reworks the song into a smooth 4/4 affair that keeps the gorgeous old school vibe of the original alive. Don't miss to check their free download of covers they have done here, its a real delight.
Exclusive Preview: Natiruts "Sorri sou rei" (Luis Radio & Spellband Remix)(Unimar Brasil CD-R)
Here we have something a little different... Natiruts is a Brazilian band whose "Sorri sou rei" was released on their album "Racaman" in 2005 (to my knowledge only available as an import from Brazil). Luis Radio and Spellband join forces to present a summery house workout built around a fiery backdrop that keeps the beauty of the original alive.
Exclusive Preview: Vivian Green "Complete" (Union Effect Deep Soul Re-Edit)(Columbia Records CD-R)
Vivian Green's debut long player "A Love Story" dates back to November 2002, with the best known song in the dance community being "Emotional rollercoaster" (thanks to Osunlade's timeless remix). However there are other great songs on the album such as "Complete" which is given a new life by Union Effect who transform the song into a deeply stormin' affair laced with thrilling synth melodies which harmonize perfectly with Vivian Green's unique vocals.
Rojey James "So special" (Audiobite Soulful Records CD Promo)
Released a couple of weeks ago (in May to be precise), Rojey James' "So special" is a wonderful soul-funk flavored production oozing with gorgeous melodies and soothing vocals on the original version, coming complete with a strong remix package by the likes of Groove Technicians, DJ Troby & Francesco Cofano, Anthony Marshall, BBwhite and Roy Misher, all adding their distinctive touch to the track, always keeping the vibe soulful while letting you choose between different styles.
Beverley Knight "Mama used to say" (Dave Doyle Remix)(Hurricane Records CD Promo)
Beverley Knight's 7th studio album "Soul UK" will be released on July 4th, with the first single being "Mama used to say", a fresh interpretation of the Junior classic dating back to 1981. Her take is a delicious slice of UK soul featuring a fantastic horn section, grand keys and infectiously funky bassline. Dave Doyle turns the song into an up-tempo feel good anthem guaranteed to cause a stir on the dance floor thanks to the fiery funk soaked backing, glorious keys and Beverly Knight's passionate vocals.
Geneva B "Uncomplicated" (Strobe Records CD Promo)
This Canadian label was launched twenty years ago by Ron Allen & Hayden Andre Brown and can look back at an illustrious catalog, many of them considered all-time house music classics. Produced by Ron Allen and performed by songstress Geneva B, the labels latest offering "Uncomplicated" features spacy soul-tech keys alongside Geneva B's sultry vocals over a truly deep contaminous backdrop. The 'Bounce Mix' adds warmth to the melodies to give the track a more sun drenched feel.