Music Reviews

Soulpersona starring Princess Freesia - Sunset cityWhat a phenomenal musical treat we have here... "Sunset city" by Soulpersona is a truly breathtaking masterly crafted and orchestrated album starring the one and only Princess Freesia whose unrivaled vibrant sultry vocals are the icing on the cake. The musical backdrop is inspired heavily by the disco, jazz funk, rare groove and soul of the late 70's and early 80's and features guest musicians Terry Lewis on guitar and Andy Tolman on bass. Most definitely, "Sunset city" is taking you on a blissful verily enthralling musical excursion where the grooves are infectious and feature a mainly up-tempo score, with a couple of mid-tempo groovers and a slow burner thrown in for good measure.

Anderson Soares featuring Luiza Caspary - You make me highUrbano Records return to Spirit of House with the expertly crafted "You make me high" by Brazil's very own DJ/producer Anderson Soares and singer/songwriter Luiza Caspary. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this outstanding soulful production featuring the fabulous haunting vocals Luiza Caspary alongside delectable keys, soothing chords and relentless yet smoothly stompin' rhythms is guaranteed to make you yearn for more. By no means to be missed.

JayClectic featuring Nina Simone - The blacknessThe dynamic duo of Jay and Mr.Eclectic, collectively known as JayClectic, take Nina Simone's momentous words on black culture and identity and fuse them with deep compelling rhythms and inebriant moody melodies to create a sure-fire dance floor weapon. JayClectic's 'Black Power Remix' is a fervid rework built around enthralling rhythms and glorious keys, while man of the moment Doug Gomez contributes a mind-blowing afro house workout laced with illustrious keys and inexorable afrocentric rhythms. Undeniably, "The blackness" is an absolutely dope release...

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Sir LSG featuring Kafele & Jaidene Veda - MemoriesFinally the wait is over and our favorite song from Sir LSG's phenomenal "Moving circles" album is getting a full single release. To cut right to the chase, "Memories" is a phantasmagorical production fusing the one-of-a-kind vocals of Kafele and Jaidene Veda with classy horns, grand piano, glamorous rhodes and dulcet rhythms; undeniably this uber soulful jewel will make you yearn for more... Not to forget to mention the preeminent truly ingenious afro tinged remixes by Osunlade taking the song to a whole new spiritual dimension guaranteed to cast a spell on you. By no means to be missed...

Namy featuring Tracy Hamlin - Love yourself (Remixes)In September of last year, Japanese DJ/producer Namy launched his new label Spirit Soul Records in proper style with "Love yourself", now this paramount slice of timeless soulful bliss oozing with the amazing emotive vocals of Tracy Hamlin returns in brand new absolutely breathtaking truly fabulous remixes by Chicago's own Terry Hunter and renowned Booker T both delivering sure-fire dance floor weapons that are soulful and melodious yet uplifting and enthralling. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, these new interpretations of "Love yourself" will send shivers down your spine...

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4 to the Floor presents Nu GrooveOriginally started in 1988 by Frank and Karen Mendez as an outlet for some of Rheji and Ronald Burrell's more experimental musical adventures, Nu Groove was fast becoming the hippest house music label. The label defied to be synonymous to a certain sound, rather it was very much a reflection of New York's verily multifarious house music sound. The latest installment in the prestigious "4 to the Floor" series(as usual compiled by Luke Solomon) showcases the early releases from the label, opening a time capsule to the underground sound of downtown New York between 1988-1991. Remastered and sounding better than ever, the compilation still retains its glorious original analogue quality, featuring some of the labels most memorable releases, including the vocal classics "My love is magic" and "I'm glad you came to me" by the much-loved New Jersey vocal group Bas Noir which are among our favorites from the label.

The Jam Files Volume 3In June of 2011 we introduced you to the verily eclectic truly outstanding "The Jam Files (Past - Present - Future)" compilation by Peppermint Jam Records, volume two in the series followed in summer of 2015. Now volume three is here, once again compiled by Mousse T and loaded with brilliant compositions from an illustrious list of artists such as Omar, Boris Dlugosch featuring Rosin Murphy, Studioheist featuring Andre Espeut, Sy Sez featuring Phoenix Pearle, Raw Instinct and Ben Gomori to name just a few. Not to forget to mention Scott Diaz' ingenious gospel house rework of Mousse T's all-time classic "Horny" and the brand new truly splendorous "Pleasure" by Mousse T and Peven Everett.

Golden Bridge - I can prove itGolden Bridge aka Yuki 'Monolo'' Kanesaka and Yuki 'T-Groove' Takahashi present the follow up to their excellent "T.B.C. EP" released last year on Spirit Soul Records, a phenomenal remake of "I can prove it" by Tony Etoria (a song made famous by Phil Fearon in the mid 1980's) that features a masterly orchestration including real strings and live brass section which give the 'Original Version 77 Style' featuring Lee Wilson on lead vocals an arresting orchestral Philly-Soul feel, while the 'Remix Version 86 Style' with Leon Beal on lead vocals is a scintillating boogie-tastic affair sure to make you yearn for more. This single will be released on limited edition 12" clear vinyl only.

Busi Mhlongo - We baba omncane (Rocco Underground Mix)Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this offering by MoBlack Records will cast a spell on you... To make it short, French DJ/producer Rocco has added his magical touch to "We baba omncane" by Busi Mhlongo (taken for 1999 album "Urban Zulu"), transforming this truly unique song into a sure-fire dance floor weapon oozing with Busi Mhlongo's incomparable vocals, celestial melodies and inexorable afro-tribal rhythms. By no means to be missed...

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