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Reviews October 28, 2012

First cold weekend here in Switzerland, thankfully we have the soulful sounds of house music keeping us warm... enjoy !!

Exclusive Preview: The Sunchasers featuring MJ White "Say yes" (Original Mix)(H2 Production CD-R)

We are proud to introduce you to "Say yes" by The Sunchasers (Scott Watson & Luk Follin) and singer MJ White, to be released in November through H2 Production out of Japan. The wicked "Say yes" is built around deep impulsive rhythms and heavenly synth melodies which together with MJ White's enticing vocals spread a mesmerizing feel you can't resist to dance to. The release will come complete with remixes by Grooveboy and Zulumafia. Don't miss out on this one...

Andrea Carissimi Soul Project "A good thing" (Remix)(Just4Funk Records CD Promo)

Only a few weeks back, we were celebrating the original version of "A good thing" by the Andrea Carissimi Soul Project, a timeless soulful gem featuring the inimitable vocals of Wendy Lewis. Now Just4Funk Records present an absolutely massive remix by Piers Kirwan who takes this this wonderful song to the next level on his energetic yet truly soulful and melodious workout which combines the sultry vocals with celestial synth melodies and deep infectious rhythms. Nuff said.

Exclusive Preview: Neal Conway "Unreleased Gems" (CD-R)

There ain't no stoppin' for legendary producer Neal Conway as these unreleased gems undoubtedly prove. The release of his previously reviewed masterpieces "Like magic" featuring Dana Weaver and "Choices" featuring Taihisha on Dagostar Records is imminent, but there is much more you can except to hear from Neal Conway in the future. For example there is his masterly unreleased interpretation of Dana Weaver's "Heavenly", his reworks of "Holding on" by DJ Speedy & Joe Flame featuring D and "Hot" by PhatFrank featuring Dana Weaver or brand new productions such as "Move your body (clap your hands)" and "Hold on" both featuring Kaira Cooper, and not to forget to mention "Don't want to loose" featuring Taihisha. What all of these gems have in common is the unmistakable soulful underground flavored sound Neal Conway is famous for, each one of these is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine...

Submantra & DJ Umbi featuring Jo Di Risio "So good" (Soul Departure Records CD Promo)

Let us welcome brand new Italian label Soul Departure to Spirit of House with their debut release "So good" by label founders Submantra & DJ Umbi and singer Jo Di Risio. "So good" is a fiery uplifting production featuring lush keys, classic strings and sublime horns alongside Jo Di Risio's heartfelt vocals over a captivating funk drenched backing - simply beautiful soulful house music. The dulcet 'Deep Side Mix' takes the track to deeper grounds, the relentlessly stompin' 'Oh my God Mix' sends shock waves to the floor and last but not least there is the laidback 'Massivan Ocean Beach Mix' oozing with delectable melodies and smooth rhythms.

Kimara Lovelace "Circles" (2012 Remixes)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)

Kimara Lovelace's gorgeous cover version of the unforgettable Atlantic Starr classic "Circles" which features background vocals from none other than Kenny Bobien and Shawnee Taylor was originally released back in 1997 in mixes by Hex Hector, Phillip Damien, Hippie Torrales and Hiroshi Watanabe. Now this KingStreet classic returns in fresh mixes by Tony Loreto whose deeply thumpin' rework gives the track a mesmerizing truly melodious feel, Ricky Inch who contributes marvelous soul/funk inspired interpretations oozing with nothing but soul and Soneec who turns up the heat for peak time play on his hypnotizing soul-tech flavored rework.

Exclusive Preview: Keys Snow Remixes Sampler 2012 (CD-R)

Let us introduce you to South Africa's Keys Snow whose "You and me" which features vocals by S-Tone took dance floors when released earlier this year on House Afrika Records. Here he presents a truly versatile selection of his unofficial (bootleg) remixes, adding his beloved soulful South African touch to songs such as "Love never fails" by Kem, "O meu  melhor amigo" by Anselmo Ralph, "See the world (through the eyes of a child)" by Stimela, "Vela" by Simphiwe Dana and "Mandombanzan" by BWG. Not much needs must be said about these interpretations other than they are simply brilliant and stay respectful to the original while transforming the songs into soulful dance floor anthems.

Exclusive Preview: Christos Kedras featuring Imagination "Illusion" (Christos Kedras Dub)(CD-R)

Who could forget the timeless Imagination classic "Illusion" dating back to 1982 with its memorable vocals by Leee John, keys and hooks? This uber cool dubby rework by Christian Kedras brings back memories of the 80's and this 80's anthem, with a deep groovy backdrop leading the way for utterly hot samples and spacey keys. One guaranteed to set the floor on fire...

Luis Radio "The Tim Track EP" (Wonderwax Records CD Promo)

Here we have a little something for those looking for simple yet effective dance floor shattering vibes and rhythms... The title track "The tim track" is all about ruthless drums and percussions enriched with freaky synths - the result is a remorseless slice of pure dance floor heaven guaranteed to send the crowd into a frenzy. Then we have the deeper than deep "The edas track" where Luis Radio teams up with DJ Jacko to serve a hypnotizing piece of minimalistic four-to-the-floor laced with lush keys - a monster of a track...

DJ Aguy presents Black Silk "Floating" (2012 Remixes)(Part Two)(Black Vinyl CD Promo)

Back in September, part one of the 2012 remixes of the Black Vinyl classic "Floating" by Portuguese-Angolan DJ/producer Aguinaldo Ferreira aka DJ Aguy was reviewed here on Spirit of House, now part two is here. First up is the DJ Aguy's 'Black Silk Mainstream Remix' which is a sure-fire weapon for the main room thanks to contaminous rhythms and dramatic synth melodies. Next is his stripped-back underground-ish 'Beat & Vox 2012' workout built around tribal-esque percussive rhythms which puts the sexy female vocals center stage. Finally, label head Alan Russell delivers a mesmerizing organic rendition featuring a gorgeous balearic guitar and phat keys over a groovy backdrop.

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