Reviews December 1, 2019

review logoOnly the very best in vocal soulful and afro house music made the cuts for this week's update... enjoy !!

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Pick of the Week: Bassekou Kouyate & Hamza Rahimtula "Bamako calling" (Wind Horse Records Promo)

Bassekou Kouyate &  Hamza Rahimtula - Bamako callingIndisputably, Wind Horse Records commander-in-chief Hamza Rahimtula along with legendary Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate (from the band Ngoni Ba) bless us with the paramount "Bamako calling" EP featuring two downright fabulous productions. Without doubt, both "Ben kadi" and "Tolon" oozing with eminent vocals and a masterly orchestration are guaranteed to make you yearn for more and send shivers down your spine... The cherry on top is the dazzling truly eclectic selection of remixes of "Ben kadi" by Farhan Rahman & Stalvart John, Jose Marquez and Unnayanaa and of "Tolon" by Oscar P. A paramount release by no means to be missed...

In the Spotlight: Julius Jordan featuring Eric Roberson "Real good time" (Mirror Ball Recordings Promo)

Julius Jordan featuring Eric Roberson - Real good timeThe debut release for just launched Mirror Ball Recordings is the outstanding "Real good time" by Julius Jordan (aka the duo of James Poyser and Terry Hunter) and vocalist Eric Roberson. In short, the uplifting soul/funk infused "Real good time" laced with the incomparable vocals of Eric Roberson, luxurious keys, lovely guitar and a compelling organic backdrop is not to be missed. Not to forget to mention the alternate truly excellent 'Post Disco' mixes oozing with a housier feel destined to take over dance floors by storm.

Reviews November 24, 2019

review logoDon't miss out on this week's update loaded with the latest in vocal soulful and afro house music...

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Pick of the Week: Joseph Junior & MAQman "The waiting is over" (GoGo Music Promo)

Joseph Junior & MAQman - The waiting is overSoul singer Joseph Junior and DJ/producer MAQman are back with "The waiting is over", indisputably they have been pulling out all the stops and present a towering slice of soulful bliss having timeless written all over. Without doubt, the masterly crafted "The waiting is over" oozing with Joseph Junior's eminent haunting vocals, sweet guitars, mellifluous keys and a smooth organic musical backing will make you yearn for more... The cherry on top are the 'Deeper' mixes with bouncing basslines leading the way for the fantastic vocals and tempting melodies. By no means to be missed...

In the Spotlight: Harold Matthews Jr featuring Symone "One body" (Good Vibrations Music Promo)

Harold Matthews Jr featuring Symone - One body (Remixes)In fall of 2016, Harold Matthews Jr of the Blak Beatniks blessed us with the marvelous "One Word: Peace" EP released through Melodious Recordings, now the EP's standout track the undeniably glamorous "One body" returns in a paramount re-imagined version enriched with a fabulous vocal performancefrom Symone. The cherry on top are the phenomenal remixes by Sean McCabe who contributes both a verily soulful truly melodious interpretation and a deeper downright enthralling rendition, not to forget to mention the 'Deepa Dub' giving the track an even deeper feel.

Reviews November 17, 2019

review logoWe picked the best out of the plethora of new music we got for this week's update - enjoy this packed and eclectic update...

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Pick of the Week: Toshi & Timmy Regisford "Life music" (Quantize Recordings Promo)

Toshi & Timmy Regisford  - Life musicNew York dance music legend Timmy Regisford joins forces with afro house vocal queen Toshi Tikolo for "Life music", without any doubt this indisputably phenomenal album will send shivers down your spine... To make it short, "Life music" is afro house at its best, most definitely the absolutely intriguing organic afrotastic rhythms, atmospheric soundscapes and the one-of-a-kind truly eminent vocal stylings of Toshi are guaranteed to cast a spell on you. In other words, "Life music" is by no  means to be missed...

In the Spotlight: guri guri boys featuring Josh Milan "Be yourself" (2019 Remixes)(KingStreet Records Promo)

 guri guri boys featuring Josh Milan - Be yourself (2019 Remixes)Back in spring of last year, we were celebrating "Be yourself" by Japan based purveyors of soulful house guri guri boys and legendary Blaze vocalist Josh Milan (complete with remixes by Manoo and DJ Gomi), then a couple of months later remixes by Michele Chiavarini, Namy & Fuminori Kagajo and Monolog & Fuminori Kagajo were released. Earlier this year the SoulLab remixes followed, and now we are blessed with downright stunning new re-imaginations by Elbert Phillips who contributes an enthralling yet soulful and truly heavenly interpretation, Kelvin Sylvester who injects his signature soulful touch, and finally Conway Kasey who delivers a glamorous slice of groovey soulfulness.

Reviews November 10, 2019

review logoA truly jam-packed update with lots of fantastic new releases awaits you this week... enjoy !!

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Pick of the Week: Chance Packer featuring Terry Dexter "Rectify" (Cha Cha Project Recordings Promo)

Chance Packer featuring Terry Dexter - RectifyForthcoming to Cha Cha Project Recordings is the paramount "Rectify" by Bay area-based Chance Packer and Detroit born singer and songwriter Terry Dexter, an inspiring and vibrant yet verily soulful production oozing with the beautiful heartfelt vocals of Terry Dexter, warm melodious keys and resistless deeply groovin' rhythms. The cherry on top are the breathtaking remixes by underground house music legend JoVonn who adds his landmark magical touch to take the track to a whole new level (his dub stripping back the vocals is truly outstanding). By no means to be missed...

In the Spotlight: Arnold Jarvis & Alix Alvarez "Rising into joy" (2020 Mannix Remix)(Black Vinyl Records Promo)

Arnold Jarvis & Alix Alvarez - Rising into joy (2020 Mannix Remix)Back in spring of 2002, DJ/producer Alix Alvarez and legendary house music vocalist Arnold Jarvis took over the world with the phenomenal truly uplifting "Rising into joy", with stellar remixes by Jay-J to follow in fall of 2003. Now this timeless soulful jewel returns in stunning re-imaginations by Mannix who combines the one-of-a-kind haunting vocals of Arnold Jarvis with grandiose jazzy piano and a smooth yet compelling funked-up musical backing.

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