Reviews November 3, 2019

review logoThe heat is on with this weeks update loaded with the latest and greatest in soulful and afro house music... enjoy !!

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Album Review: Various "The Jam Files Vol. 4 by Mousse T" (Peppermint Jam Records Promo)

The Jam Files Vol. 4 by Mousse TIndisputably, Peppermint Jam bless us with the fourth volume in their critically acclaimed "The James Files" series launched back in June 2011 with "The Jam Files (Past - Present - Future)", with volume two following in summer of 2015 and volume three released in February of last year. "The Jam Files Vol. 4" compiled by the one and only Mousse T is truly chameleonic and features not less than twenty handpicked tracks, introducing you the very best in soulful, deep and funky dance music from an illustrious list of artists. Many of the included tracks are brand new and/or exclusive to this compilation such as the Dr. Packer rework of "Happy" by Ferry Ultra featuring Gwen Mc Crae, "I thought it was you" by Ciappy DJ featuring Brian  Lucas or the Louis Botella remix of "I like it" by Funkstars Sisters (to name just a few of our favorites).

Pick of the Week: Keisha Hall "Feel alive" (AquaSol Recordings Promo)

Keisha Hall - Feel aliveComing soon to AquaSol Recordings is the Keisha Hall written and performed "Feel alive" a paramount soulful jewel produced by Dave Lalla and Big Logan guaranteed to make you yearn for more... The unrivaled haunting vocal stylings of Keisha Hall truly shine on this towering release featuring a soulful and melodious yet truly spell binding interpretation from Dave Lalla, a downright tantalizing afro influenced rendition by Big Logan enriched with a dazzling organ ride, and finally a  we have Todd Gardner adding his signature touch to deliver an enthralling rework. By no means to be missed...

In the Spotlight: Casamena presents "Mzansi love" (Ocha Mzansi Promo)

Casamena presents - Mzansi loveLong awaited and now finally here is "Mzansi love" the first South African compilation from Ocha Records selected and skillfully mixed by label head Carlos Mena (Casamena). Without a doubt, this verily eclectic compilation featuring music from the likes of TekniQ, DJ Kabila featuring WendySoni, Myazisto, DJ CMI featuring Lady V, Red AFRIKa featuring Katz, DJ Bonnie, TriGo featuring T-Man, Skindeep & Felo Morez, Ivory Grey, Blade SA and Lemon & Herb featuring LJ Pepper is taking you on a blissful verily intriguing musical journey through the various shades afro house music has to offer.

Reviews October 27, 2019

review logoEnjoy another jam-packed weekly update with the latest and greatest in vocal soulful/afro house music...

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Album Review: Tasha LaRae "Tasha" (Quantize Recordings Promo)

Tasha LaRae - TashaAfter blessing us with numerous timeless soulful gems over the past few years (it all started with "Find my way" back in 2016), the wait is finally over and Tasha LaRae presents her long anticipated absolutely stunning debut artist album "Tasha" which perfectly showcases her versatile talent, featuring beautifully penned songs ranging from r&b to soulful house. "Tasha" is loaded with both her previous hit singles as well as nine brand new songs, featuringcollaborations with the likes of DJ Spen, Jay Kutz, Rhemi, Spencer Morales (DJ Spen & John Morales), Master Mello, DJ Kemit, Sebb Junior, Soulfuledge, Jihad Muhammad, Beat Rivals, LaShonda Schofield, Earl Tutu & John Khan, Lauray Him, Juan Chousa and Arrested Development's own Speech. Beyond question this marvelous album is not to be missed...

Pick of the Week: Change Request featuring Lailah Reich "Shatter proof" (Fresh Meat Records Promo)

Change Request featuring Lailah Reich - Shatter proofComing to Fresh Meat Records in a couple of weeks is the paramount "Shatter proof" by Chicago artists Change Request (aka Andrew Emil) and Lailah Reich. The original version is a fantastic down tempo affair featuring the incredible haunting vocals of Lailah Reich, luxurious piano and heavenly chords over deeply rumblin' rhythms. This timeless gem is taken to a whole different level by Anthony Nicholson whose ingenious re-imagination stays true to the original yet oozes with his beloved cosmic touch; quite simply this late night masterpiece is guaranteed to make you yearn for more...

In the Spotlight: Louie 'Balo' Guzman, Darren Sains, Mikki Afflick featuring Janine 'Sugah Lyrics' Lyons "In the middle" (Soul Sun Soul Music Promo)

Louie 'Balo' Guzman, Darren Sains, Mikki Afflick featuring Janine - Sugah Lyrics' Lyons "In the middleNext up on celebrated Soul Sun Soul Music is the phenomenal "In the middle" by Louie 'Balo' Guzman, Darren Sains, Mikki Afflick and poet, spoken word artist and performer Janine Lyons. First up we have the truly soulful yet captivating 'NYC Original' mixes by Louie 'Balo Guzman & Darren Sains which feature Janine 'Sugah Lyrics' Lyons one-of-a-kind spoken words alongside grand saxophone, sumptuous jazzy keys and a groovey rich organic backdrop. Following are Mikki Afflick's verily entrancing afro infused interpretations fusing the fabulous vocals with tantalizing synths and spell binding rhythms.

In the Spotlight: Situation featuring Andre Espeut "Beyond compare" (Sean McCabe Remixes)(Situationism Promo)

 Situation featuring Andre Espeut - Beyond compare (Sean McCabe Remixes)Forthcoming to Situationism are these downright dope remixes by renowned UK DJ/producer Sean McCabe of "Beyond compare" by Situation featuring the vocal talents of Andre Espeut. Beyond doubt, Sean McCabe has been pulling out all the stops to deliver an uber soulful yet thrilling interpretation using enthralling rhythms as foundation for Andre Espeut's inimitable deeply rooted vocals, illustrious jazzed-up keys and dreamful chords. Next to the vocal, instrumental and reprise versions, the release features a stunning dub giving the track a deeper veritably chunky late night feel. Essential.

Reviews October 20, 2019

review logoIn celebration of the annual ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) extravaganza we bring you an extra large update... enjoy !!

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Pick of the Week: Sunlightsquare "Oyelo" (AtJazz Remixes)(Sunlightsquare Records Promo)

Sunlightsquare - Oyelo (AtJazz Remixes)In summer of 2017 we were celebrating "Oyelo" by latin-soul band Sunlightsquare (whose mastermind and creative force is Claudio Passavanti) a paramount fusion of Jazz with Cuban and House Music featuring the unrivaled vocals of  legendary Cuban singer Rene Alvarez. Now this timeless jewel returns in ingenious truly eminent re-imaginations by AtJazz (Martin Iveson) which stay true to the spirit of the original yet give the song a fresh and vibrant feel guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Quite simply, these dazzling remixes are by no means to be missed...

In the Spotlight: Randy Peterson featuring Andre Espeut "No better" (Sean Ali & Munk Julious Remix)(Makin' Moves Promo)

Randy Peterson featuring Andre Espeut - No better (Sean Ali & Munk Julious Remix)In late 2018, Makin' Moves graced us with "No better" by UK producer Randy Peterson, an inspiring and truly groovey track laced with the one-of-a-kind tempting vocals of Andre Espeut. Now Sean Ali & Munk Julious add their landmark verily soulful and melodious yet captivating touch to take the track to a whole new level, without doubt this breathtaking truly timeless re-imagination is not to be missed...

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