Reviews October 30, 2005

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Ralf Gum vs Dennis Legree & Inaya Day "Try me" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

"Try me" is a duet by Dennis Legree & Inaya Day produced by the hands of Ralf Gum and Benny Pecoraio for whom it is the first production after several great remixes. Their original version is an uplifting and catchy affair featuring slammin' beats and warm melodic keys that create wonderful harmonies, while giving the song an irresistible feeling. Roberto De Carlo provides the remixes, delivering a timeless soulful reworking on the vocal version that has a jazzy-funky flavor to it, being driven by a smooth yet fierce groove. On the dub, he intensifies the funky feeling, turning out a steadily grooving and totally irresistible track that will keep the dancefloors moving.
 

Aaron Ross presents Graceland "Call me" (Remixes)(Stalwart Records CD Promo)

"Call me" by Graceland (aka Aaron Roos & Andy Kremer) was originally released on Osiris Records back in december last year, however it didn't get the exposure it deserves. Gladly the french labl Stalwart give this song a second life with DJ Rork being responsible for the new interpretations. His 'Essential Mix' underlines the soulful vibes of the original and the sweet vocals by Lauren David by using jazzy keys alongside a smoothly stormin' groove and funky bassline, while the 'Fusional Mix' is a pumped up dub with a funky edge destined to devastate the dancefloors. Also included is a brand new dub by Aaron Ross that is reminiscent of Todd Terry's style, adding a New York flavor to the song. This new package should ensure that this great song is now getting the attention it deserves.

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Reviews October 23, 2005

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GU & Black Mamba "Your nativity" (Philosophie Music CD Promo)

After this young Detroit based label kicked off strong with the first release "Small minds" by Soul Tempo feat Lafayette Parker earlier this year, the follow up "Your nativity" produced by Glenn Underground and DJ Pap is guaranteed help the label build a reputation for wonderfully crafted, soulful house music. "Your nativity" features spoken female vocals over a deep and fiercely stompin' groove that is enriched with melodic keys and sweet percussion. Flip it around for a fantastic instrumental version that features an incredible jazz piano. Late night house music at its best.

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Reviews October 16, 2005

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DJ Pope featuring Lynette Smith "Addicted" (Hustle Music CD Promo)

'Addicted' to sing and dance to it is what this track will make you when you listen to it. Produced by DJ Pope, "Addicted" features an emotional and soulful vocal performance by Lynette Smith over a fierce backing music courtesy of Kerri Chandler that is absolutely irresistible, spreading the deep and soulful vibes Kerri Chandler is famous for, featuring sweet percussion and melodic keys together with a smoothly stompin' groove. An instant classic that will be around for a long time.

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Reviews October 9, 2005

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Blvd East & Louie 'Lou' Gorbea "A journey into..." (Coco Soul Records 12")

After the sucessful release of "Luv 4 money" on Vega Records, Blvd East & Louie 'Lou' Gorbea return with "A journey into..." featuring Osualdo 'Bembesito' Lora on vocals over a percussion loaded afro-latin backing track that has a funky vibe to it, coming complete with wonderful horns and laminar keys. The 'Organ Mix' on the flipside smoothes things down, featuring an outstanding organ by Christian Perez over a deepened groove. A brilliant track once you hear it in its full glory that is spreading an irresistible feeling.

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Reviews January 9, 2005

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Exclusive Review / Lost Grooves 2004: Vernessa Mitchell "Took my life" (Marlon D's UC Mix)(JVM Records CD-R)

An underground club hit in New York and other cities but unfortunately not released by her label as they decided to go for mixes appealing to a different crowd. This mix by Marlon D is built around a fiercely stompin' groove that is added with absolutely wicked keys and irresistible drums, not to forget Vernessa's powerful yet soulful vocals that give the song an uplifting feeling.
 

Exclusive Review / Lost Grooves 2004: Vivian Green "Emotional rollercoaster" (Osunlade Remix)(Sony Records CD-R)

As with the above, the label went for mixes that appeal to a different crowd when they released the song back in 2003. Here we have Osunlade taking care of it and serving a wonderful version for the soulful heads that makes full use of the marvellous vocal performance by Vivian Green. He underlays the sexy vocals with a smoothly bumpin' groove with sweet percussion and wicked keys, creating a laidback vibe.

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Reviews January 16, 2005

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Donna Allen "He is the joy" (The Unreleased Mixes)(SoulFuric Records CD Promo)

SoulFuric are returning to their roots by resurrecting this 1999 lassic and giving it an update for 2005. Brian Tappert, who together with Marc Pomeroy produced the song, provides a phat re-edit of this gospel stomper featuring all the bells and whistles from the original. This is followed by the Rawsoul Orchestra and MoD remixes that are fireing things up with cool effects and new instrumentation including wicked keys, phat basslines and groovy beats. Both these new interpretations keep the gospelish vibe of the original alive.
 

Marlon D featuring J.R. Morrison "Affection" (Jellybean Soul Records 12")

Underground Collective DJ and producer Marlon D presents "Affection", a fierce and driving garage production with an irresistible groove based on kicking drums and featuring an outstanding key section and organ solo courtesy of Scott Wozniak while J.R. Morrison provides an uplifting vocal performance.

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Reviews January 23, 2005

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Tanja Dankner "Will I ever" (Jamie Lewis Remix)(Purple Music Records CD Promo)

This track was released back in 2000 and is originally produced by Stefan Raab, a very successfull german TV showmaster. Jamie Lewis licensed the track for his label and gives it a lovely reworking that will rock the dancefloors with its smoothly stompin' beat, funky bassline, wicked guitar riff and jazzy piano that harmonise perfectly with the sweet vocals by Tanja Dankner. The dub is all about the funky elements, giving the guitar riff lots of place to grow.

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Reviews January 30, 2005

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Yukihiro Fukutomi "EP 1" (Pantone Music Records 12")

Pantone Music is a new label out of the UK that will release the album "Equality" by japanese producer Yukihiro Fukutomi later this year. "EP 1" is a taster for the album and features three selected cuts. "Hooked" featuring Lady Alma is an uplifting production featuring a warm groove and melodic keys together with sweet percussions and Lady Alma's outstanding vocal performance on top. Lady Alma also provides her vocal capabilities on "Peace", a bumpin' house track with broken beats and jazzy keys. "All over the world" is jazz-funk on a broken beat tip at its best, featuring a wicked instrumentation and the soulful voice of Victor Davies.

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Reviews February 6, 2005

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Mr. V "The Dance Ritual Project" (Sole Channel Music Records 12")

Sole Channel Music unleash a beautiful EP of jazzed-up house grooves here, courtesy of Mr. V. "Somethin' with jazz" comes with bumpin' beats and light piano touches, together with Mr. V's half-rapped vocals. This is a great four-to-the-floor groover with a true jazz flava thanks to the jazzy piano line. The flip features "Un dia bonito", a latinesque groover with vocal scats by Miss Patty and a wicked jazzy piano solo by Ben Kohn. Beats of both tracks are featured as an extra bonus.
 

Exclusive Preview: 280 West featuring Diamond Temple "Fly" (Blaze Remix)(PhutureSole Records CD Promo)

One of the defining moments in soulful dance music of 2004 is back in brand new interpretations by Blaze. They rework the song into a complete new direction, using a subtle backing music for the magic voice of Diamond Temple. Smoothly thumpin' beats, sweet percussion, melodic keys and a great piano line let the emotion of Diamond Temple's vocal performance shine all over. The big surprise on this release is the 'Temple Dynasty Mix' which is an interpretation of the song by Felicia Temple (the youngest daughter of Diamond Temple). Just accompanied by piano and cello, Felicia Temple delivers a wonderful interpretation full of soul and emotion where she is showcasing her vocal capabilities. A real delight to listen to.

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Reviews February 13, 2005

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Tiger Stripes featuring Simone Moreno "Vem sambar" (Look-At-You Records CD Promo)

Swedens Mikael Nordgren aka Tiger Stripes presents an absolutely fierce debut release for Look-At-You Records, featuring female singer Simone Moreno. "Ver sambar" is an uplifting, latinesque production spreading a feel good vibe that features a live string section together with funky elements and melodic keys that create an irresistible feeling on the dancefloor through the feel-good rhythms and powerful vocal performance.
 

Abicah Soul featuring Cei-Bei "Love is just a call away" (Jellybean Soul Records 12")

Glenn Underground is on a roll at the moment and releases the wonderful "Love is just a call away" under his Abicah Soul guise. Featuring the sweet and soulful voice of Curtis Harman aka Cei-Bei, "Love is just a call away" is a smooth yet fierce groover based on deeply groovin' percussion and spheric keys giving the song a cosmic edge. With Cei-Bei's wonderful vocal performance on top, this is subtle house music with a heartfelt spirituality.

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Reviews February 20, 2005

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Various "The New Breed EP" (POJI Records 12")

POJI Records keep it real with this extremly hot three track EP that kicks off with "My latin woman" by Sueno Soul featuring Gosando Music which they licensed from Newlite Records for this release.  It is an uplifting latin house track with a bouncey groove, guitar and male spoken words creating an irresistible groove you can't resist dancing to. Next up is "People need people" by Pixel, a laidback production featuring soulful female vocals over a mellow groove with smoothly stompin' beats, topped with spacey keys giving the song a melodic vibe. DJ Pope & Jason Din team up as DenPo and deliver the magical "Oobaye oobaye", coming with african chants over a percussively bumpin' beat, added with jazzy keys and an organ line, creating an absolutely irresistible vibe.

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Reviews February 27, 2005

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Blaze "My beat" (Sumo Remix)(HEYA HIFI CD Promo)

This is the first release for S.U.M.O.'s own label HEYA HIFI that is taken from the forthcoming album "Rebounces". S.U.M.O. take on the Blaze classic "My beat" that features Palmer Brown's preaching lyrics and turn it into an afro beat work out featuring brand new instrumentation including horn section, organ, afro guitar and sweet percussion. The 'Rebounce' version creates an irresistible afro house vibe with Palmer Brown's unmistakable vocal performance while the dub stripps the vocals and features additonal instrumentation instead, enforcing the afro vibe.
 

Raw Artistic Soul "Kana EP" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

After the fantastic "One Cultural Groove EP", Raw Artistic Soul are back with another chapter of inspiring music. The title track of the EP, "Kana" (available in both vocal and dub versions) features the voice of Laygwan Sharkie who sings in the native Zimbabwian language over a smooth yet powerful afro house beat that is topped with melodic keys and a lovely jazzy flute. "Bathanga vibes" features Migrant Souls aka Lyygwan Sharkie & Metaphysics and is inspired by 'Bathanga Jive', a traditional dance of miners of Zimbabwe. Can7 delivers an uplifting interpretation coming with infectious melodies and an irresistible groove, creating a feel-good anthem. Finally there is "Flores para ti", a latin tinged production featuring a broken-beat styled, percussion loaded groove and jazzy vocal ad-libs together with Rafael Cortes on guitar. With this second outstanding EP, I can't wait to hear the forthcoming album "What about love".

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