Pour le Connaisseur: Hipnotic "Are you lonely" (Remixes)(Street-Level Records Promo)

Hipnotic - Are you lonely (Remixes)Turn back the clock to 1983 when Canadian label Street-Level Records released "Are you lonely" by Hipnotic, a classic slab of rare funk/soul/boogie whose original 12" pressing is hard to get hold off (don't get fooled by the various bootlegs/re-issues floating around). Now this dateless gem produced and co-written by the legendary Philly soul maestro Allan Felder (who has written unforgettable songs for the O'Jays, Delfonics and others) returns in a jaw-dropping selection of re-imaginations by the likes of SanFranDisko, John Julius Knight, Greg Wilson & Che Wilson, Opolopo, Yam Who? and The Revenge all adding their magical touch. The original version is also included, making this an amazing trip down memory lane...

Pick of the Week: Emmaculate featuring Kaye Fox "Gold" (Remixes)(T's Box Records Promo)

Emmaculate featuring Kaye Fox - Gold (Remixes)In October of last year, we were celebrating the lively truly masterly orchestrated "Gold" by Emmaculate which combines the incredible sultry vocals of Kaye Fox with a fabulous horn section, luxurious keys, lovely guitar and an infectious rich organic backdrop. Now this timeless soulful jewel returns in paramount remixes by Terry Hunter, Glenn Underground and Shannon Chambers who keep the soulful and inspiring vibe of the original alive while adding their beloved distinctive touch, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version.

In the Spotlight: Angel-A "I can't help it" (Movement Soul Records Promo)

Angel-A - I can't help itIndisputably, Movement Soul Records truly bless us with "I can't help it" a phenomenal collaboration by songstress Angel-A with DJ/producer Jihad Muhammad that has timeless written all over. This classic verily soulful jewel with a smooth yet enthralling organic musical backing leading the way for Angel A's unrivaled sultry vocals, illustrious jazzy keys and heavenly chords is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. By no means to be missed...

Reviews January 20, 2019

review logoWe are only a few weeks into the new year but are on fire already with lots of soulful/afro gems to discover... enjoy !!

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Pick of the Week: Deepconsoul "The Goodies Volume 4" (Deepconsoul Sounds Promo)

Deepconsoul - The Goodies Volume 4Celebrated South African ensemble Deepconsoul follow up their paramount long player "Intuition" released in fall of last year with the fourth installment in their highly acclaimed "The Goodies" series. Not less than eight masterly crafted soul infused gems are included in this jaw-dropping release (two of which are collaborations which Skinnydeep and Thabiso, and two are remixes for Shazmicsoul and Sipho Ngubane) featuring incredible vocal performances by the likes of Dindy, Komplexity, Maq D, Mthandazo Gatya, Nozipho, Ngasii, Sabrina Findlay and Kenney Love. Unquestionably, "The Goodies Volume 4" is a truly outstanding release...

In the Spotlight: Kennedy Simone "He loves me" (Jerry C King's Virgo ESP Mix)(Kingdom Records Promo)

Kennedy Simone - He loves me (Jerry C King's Virgo ESP Mix)Indisputably, this breathtaking Jerry C. King produced four-to-the-floor remake of Jill Scott's timeless "He loves me" by 17 year old Kennedy Simone (who hails straight from the house music birthplace Chicago) is guaranteed to make you yearn for more... Kennedy Simone's inimitable haunting vocals truly shine on this uber soulful yet intriguing interpretation laced with sublime jazzy keys, heavenly chords and a gentle yet spell binding organic musical backing. By no means to be missed.

Reviews January 13, 2019

review logoOnly the very best and latest in soulful and afro house made the cut for this weeks verily eclectic update... enjoy !!

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Pick of the Week: Paris Cesvette & Brutha Basil featuring Will Downing "Sisters" (OPOM Promo)

Paris Cesvette & Brutha Basil featuring Will Downing - SistersOur first Pick of he Week for 2019 is courtesy of Paris Cesvette and Brutha Basil who join forces with legendary Will Downing to  bless us with the paramount "Sisters", a dedication and ode to mothers, sisters and women all over the world. Indisputably, this masterly crafted production with a smooth yet spell binding organic backdrop leading the way for illustrious keys, celestial strings, the incomparable heartfelt spoken words of Brutha Basil and the one-of-a-kind ad libs and vocals by Will Downing will send shivers down your spine...

In the Spotlight: Soulbridge & The Gruv Manics Project featuring Angela Gooden "Are you the one" (HSR Records Promo)

Soulbridge & The Gruv Manics Project featuring Angela Gooden - Are you the oneIn memoriam: Eddie 'EAZE' Coleman (rip) who wrote the lyrics of this timeless song. Italy's Soulbridge (Gigi Frassanito) and South Africa's The Gruv Manics Project (Molefi Choab) team up with vocalist Angela Gooden for the glamorous "Are you the one", to cut a long story short this splendiferous production fusing the unmistakable powerhouse vocals of Angela Gooden with luxurious keys, heavenly chords and an infectious funked-up musical backing is guaranteed to make you yearn for more...

Reviews January 6, 2019

review logoWe are back for the new year with a fully loaded update with the latest and best in soulful/afro house music... enjoy !!

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Album Review: Various "Abstract Afro Vibes" (Nite Grooves 25 Years Essentials)(NiteGrooves Records Promo)

Abstract Afro Vibes (Nite Grooves 25 Years Essentials)The twenty-five year anniversary celebration for the celebrated KingStreet family continues with the truly chameleonic "25 Years Essential" edition of their acclaimed "Abstract Afro Vibes" compilation series. Without doubt, this release perfectly showcases the rich tradition of afro inspired house music released over the past quarter century, featuring twenty-five handpicked classics from their evidently inexhaustible back catalogue. The illustrious list of artists includes Dennis Ferrer, Osunlade, Francois K, Joe Claussell, Kiko Navaroo, DJ Spinna, Ananda Project, Mateo & Matos, DJ Spen, Kerri Chandler, DJ Hiro, Groove Assassin, Fish Go Deep and many many more. This compilation truly is an inspiring journey through the various shades of afro house music...

Pick of the Week: Wipe The Needle & Sheree Hicks "Love of my life" (Vibe Boutique Records Promo)

Wipe The Needle & Sheree Hicks - Love of my lifeLee Gomez, under his Wipe The Needle disguise, teams up with songstress Sheree Hicks for "Love of my life", and what a musical treat this is... To make it short, "Love of my life" is an expertly crafted soulful jewel having timeless written all over, with Sheree Hick's unmatched heartfelt vocals harmonizing perfectly with the illustrious jazzed-up keys, heavenly chords and gentle yet compelling rhythms. Beyond doubt, "Love of my life" is by no means to be missed...

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