In the Spotlight: Fanatix "This Thing Of Ours" (BBE Records CD-R)


The wait is over!! Aaron Ross and Neil Pierce finally drop the long awaited full length album of their Fanatix project by the end of April on BBE Records. It features various illustrious guest such as Alex Mills, Sara Divine, Sterling Ensemble, Kadija Kamara, Dionnne Mitchell, Shaun Escoffery, Tonya Renee and Lady Alma that all contribute to this masterpiece. We've already praised "Open your eyes", the first single to be lifted from the album - now after having listened to all tracks for a couple of times, it must be admitted that Aaron Ross and Neil Pierce are at their best here, delivering soulful house of the highest caliber.

Independent if you listen to the vocal or instrumental tracks of the album - they won't get of your mind for a long time to come thanks to the soulful yet resistless grooves, passionate vocals and masterly orchestration, and the spirit and uplifting energy of the tracks are guaranteed to take you to a higher place. One of the best albums in a long, long time, one that has timeless classic stamped all over it.

Reviews March 2, 2008

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Ralf GUM featuring Diamondancer "All this love for you" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

While Ralf GUM's artist album "Uniting Music" has been given a May release date (to be reviewed on Spirit of House soon), we can enjoy his collaboration with Detroit based poetry artist Carolyn Ferrari - better known as Diamondancer - on "All this love for you", a track where she gives us her personal view of her first decade in house music. Ralf GUM's original is a hypnotizing affair featuring fierce chords over a relentlessly swingin' groove that is guaranteed to get the dance floors packed. The remixes are courtesy of Rocco who adds his unique style to the track, turning out a soulful tech-house masterpiece on his 'Main Mix', while his 'Spoken Mix' is on a slightly deeper, more laidback late night / early morning vibe. With various instrumentals and beat versions included, this one is not be missed.

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Reviews February 24, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: Ayro vs Spinna "Bounce" (Groovia Sound Project Records CD Promo)

Right in time for the upcoming Winter Music Conference, Groovia Sound Project have a wicked release by Ayro (aka Jeremy Ellis) ready that first will be available on limited edition vinyl only, with a digital release following later. "Bounce" in its original form is a wonderful broken beat flavored track featuring outstanding vocals alongside phat spaced-out keys that make this something special. DJ Spinna delivers one of his trademark deeper-than-deep interpretations that is absolutely irresistible with its fierce stormin' groove and the marvelous keys that accompany the vocals.

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Reviews February 17, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: Fanatix featuring Dionne Mitchell and Sterling Ensemble "Open your eyes" (BBE Records CD-R)

It has been quiet around Fanatix for some time, but they are ready to return in a big way with a full length album to drop soon on BBE Records. The first single from the album will be "Open your eyes" featuring the Sterling Ensemble and Dionne Mitchell. "Open your eyes" is a powerful yet soulful production based on a deeply thumpin' groove that is enriched with relentless keys and chords alongside an outstanding vocal performance by Dionne Mitchell, altogether creating an uplifting and irresistible vibe you can't resist to dance to.

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Reviews February 10, 2008

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Groove Junkies featuring Wendy Brune "Work it out" (MoreHouse Records CD Promo)

What a way to kick the new year off!! With "Work it out", the Groove Junkies open up 2008 in a truly big way, presenting a sure shot winner that will be a DJ favorite for a long time to come. With Wendy Brune, the Groove Junkies present a highly talented vocalist that you might not yet be familiar with, but we are sure we will much more from her in the future. The 'Main Mix' is a feel good vocal anthem, with Wendy Brune providing passionate vocals over a smooth yet fierce, funk soaked groove that is enriched with some hot keys and horns. The 'Funk Fusion Dub' is all about the funky elements, dropping some of the vocals while adding a wicked organ ride. M-Sol aka Mike Hirsch contributes the remixes, with his 'Afro Vox' using a smoothly thumpin', slightly afro flavored groove as base for the vocals that are accompanied by lush strings and wonderful keys. M-Sol's 'Deep Dub' takes the track to the underground with a deeper, darker edge, with the spacey synths creating a resistless vibe. The package also includes various instrumentals, a reprise and a beats version. One not to be missed.

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Reviews February 3, 2008

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Doobie J featuring Yvonne Yanney "Mellow heart" (Citrus Sound Records CD Promo)

With "Mellow heart", Citrus Sound present a wonderful production by Doobie J that features an outstanding vocal by Yvonne Yanney. The original is beautifully orchestrated, with a smooth yet fierce groove leading the way for a lovely guitar, melodic keys, jazzy horns and the passionate vocals. Domenico Navarra contributes a masterly crafted latinesque interpretation that gives the track a laidback feeling, with the orchestration being top-notch as used from this producer, while Jonny Montana gives the track a timeless reworking featuring jazzy keys, classy chords and a wicked organ ride over a deeply rumblin' groove.

Exclusive Preview: Glenn Underground & Daisy Villa "Rize" (Need 2 Soul Records CD Promo)

Up and rising UK label Need 2 Soul have a beauty in their hands with this production by Chicago legend Glenn Underground that features Los Angeles' lounge soulstress Daisy 'DAI' Villa on vocal duties. "Rize" is a signature Glenn Underground production that is built around a vintage, deep soulful groove that is topped with masterly performed keys and lush vocals courtesy of Daisy Villa. The 'CVO Re-Touch' is an almost ten minute long journey that gives the song more of a mysterious touch with its deepened grooved and eclectic chords and keys.

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Reviews January 27, 2008

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KT Brooks and Libby Jones "You are wonderful" (D#Sharp Records CD Promo)

Joe Flame and his D#Sharp label kick 2008 off in a big way with the incredible "You are wonderful", a masterly produced vocal production featuring outstanding vocal performances by both KT Brooks and Libby Jones. Coming in none less than six equally brilliant versions (including remixes by Jaysun and Louie Balo), "You are wonderful" is all about the spiritual vocals and the infectious grooves that create an uplifting and resistless feeling that will catch you with every listen.

Joe Rizla featuring Natasha Koss "Just one night" (Black Keys Music Records CD Promo)

Joe Rizla follows up the wonderful deep house vocal production "Sunday afternoon" with the next bomb titled "Just one night", again featuring Natasha Koss who delivers a beautiful sweet vocal over a deeply stormin' backing groove that is enriched with marvelous jazzy keys and chords, altogether creating an irresistible vibe. Beside vocal and instrumental versions, there is a magnificent reprise (the 'Bassapella') included in the package.

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In the Spotlight: Justin Imperiale "Stereophonic" (Cabana Records CD Promo)

Image Previously only available in Japan, Justin Imperiale's full length album "Stereophonic" will finally be available all over the world soon through Cabana Records, his own label. The album continues what the two previous single releases (the "Deeper than EP" and "Piano Daze", both included on the album) started: bringing you intelligent deep and jazzy house music by a gifted musician, with all ten included tracks being soaked with influences from soul, afro, jazz and latin, with various talented guest musicians contributing to the project that oozes with its versatility. The result is a timeless, wonderfully crafted album that should not be missed.

Reviews January 20, 2008

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Reel People featuring Tony Momrelle & Imaani "Amazing" (Papa Records CD Promo)

"Amazing" is the second single taken from Reel People's forthcoming "Seven ways to wonder" long player. In its original form, "Amazing" is an updated take on the beloved, classic 80's soul sound, featuring outstanding vocal performances by Tony Momrelle and Imaani. Jon Cutler contributes a marvelous New York styled deep house interpretation, adding his distinct style to the song. Tarantulaz (Sir Piers and Tony Economides) are next, delivering a powerful yet soulful interpretation that is wonderfully orchestrated, with beautiful chords leading the way for the vocals, all nicely arranged over a fierce funktified groove. A classy remix package that manages to keep the magic of the original alive while transforming it for the soulful dance floors.

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Reviews January 13, 2008

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The Temple Dynasty "Keep rising" (DeepHaven Music Records CD Promo)

Undoubtedly, "Keep rising" is a future classic!! Listen for yourself and you will agree with us. The positive energy spread by the uplifting vocals and the beautiful orchestration will catch you in an instant, with the melodies and rhymes not to be let gone from your mind. The Temple Dynasty (Diamond Temple, Rob 'Da Noize' Temple, Felicia Temple) teamed up on this release with Louie 'Lou' Gorbea and Chris Perez to deliver one of the best gospel house songs in years - nothing more needs to be said beside that the package offers a variety of mixes for different occasions - such as an alternate vocal, two dubs and the 'Sunday Morning Mix' that takes you straight to church with just a piano accompanying the vocals . Listen and enjoy.

Exclusive Preview: Riverside Soul featuring Chuck Love and De'Monica "That party feelin'" (Vino Records CD Promo)

Monte Hillemann and De'Monica are behind the massive "That party feelin'" which features Chuck Love on synth and saxophone play courtesy of Jeff Horowich. "That party feelin'" is a feel good anthem built around a stormin' funktified groove that is absolutely resistless, with the synths and beautiful vocals by De'Monica further intensifying the vibe. The 'Sax Dub' replaces the vocals with a saxophone that adds a jazzy touch to it. Packed dance floors with hands in the air guaranteed.

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Reviews December 30, 2007

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Ralf GUM featuring Monique Bingham "Kissing strangers" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

With "Kissing strangers", Ralf GUM presents a fabulous production that has timeless stamped all over it thanks to the delightful organic live orchestration as well as to the unmistakable vocals provided by the one and only Monique Bingham. The differently arranged 'Alternate Club Mix' intensifies the funk flavors and puts the emphasis to the groove while not letting loose anything from the magical orchestration. Frankie Feliciano's take on the song is a masterpiece in its own right thanks to the relentless soulful groove and beautiful melodies that will instantly make you move. Phil Kullmann under his Raw Artistic Soul guise adds another dope remix to the package that takes the song to way deeper grounds by giving it a definite early morning sound. "Kissing strangers" is taken from Ralf GUM's forthcoming album "Uniting music" expected for release around April 2008.

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Reviews December 23, 2007

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Exclusive Preview: Heather Headley "I wish I wasn't" (Tony Loreto Spirit Sound Remix)(Consortium Muzik CD Promo)

Here we have a magnificent remix of Heather Headley's "I wish I wasn't" - yes we know there exist almost countless remixes of this track already, but this fresh one by Italian DJ and producer Tony Loreto will blow you away once you hear it. It's deep and groovy while keeping things soulful from beginning to the end, and it features marvelous keys and an organ ride that will bring tears to your eyes. This is the kind of r&b meets house that keeps soulful house alive forever. Watch out for Tony Loreto's upcoming release "The Spirit EP" on Tony Records as well as other remixes he did - we've heard some of them, they are absolutely slammin'.

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