Music Reviews

Hi-Lite Scan - ComebackDouble Cheese Records present something truly special with "Comeback" by Hi-Lite Scan, a (deep) house project formed in 1998 by Frank Stertkamp and Sudad Ghadaban (Sudad G) who have been using nothing else but Atari 1040, Ensoniq EPS sampler, Kurzweil, Roland synths, a Mackie mixer and a Sony DAT recorder to create a very unique uber cool sound they nowadays are famous for. To make it short, "Comeback" which features guest vocalists Boysie White and James Wilson is a phantasmagorical truly eclectic collection of their music that sounds classic yet contemporary at the same time, without doubt (deep) house enthusiasts will love this release...

Various - Back in Time (25 Years Essentials)Renowned KingStreet Records continue their twenty-five year anniversary celebration with the splendorous truly chameleonic "25 Years Essential" edition of their highly acclaimed "Back in Time" compilation series which fittingly includes twenty-five handpicked classics from their evidently inexhaustible back catalogue. The illustrious list of artists includes 95 North, Dennis Ferrer, Man Friday featuring Larry Levan, Mateo & Matos, Big Moses, urban Soul, Johnny Dangerous, Kerri Chandler, DJ Pierre, Masters at Work, Mike Delgado, Mood II Swing, Stephanie Cooke, Tears of Velva, Pal Joey, Rhythms Section, Mentalinstrum and Carlton (to name just a few); indisputably, this compilation is an inspiring journey back to the glory days of house music that lets you relive the diverse truly seminal house music sounds from yesteryear.

Giulio Bonaccio & Federico d'Alessio featuring Cinnamon Brown - Give to meDJ/producers Giulio Bonaccio and Federico d'Alessio join forces with vocalist Cinnamon Brown for "Give it to me", to cut right to the chase this soulful yet enthralling production using a lively organic backdrop as foundation for the inimitable sultry vocals of Cinnamon Brown, sublime jazzy keys and celestial chords is guaranteed to cast a spell on you. Not to forget to mention the energetic funked-up remix by Federico d'Alessio destined to jam-pack the dance floor. By no means to be missed.

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MAQman featuring Selina Campbell - Vibe onSwiss born (now Vietnam based) DJ/producer MAQman joins forces with Selina Campbell for "Vibe on", without doubt this paramount soulful jewel featuring the incomparable sultry vocals of Selina Campbell alongside illustrious jazzed-up  keys, grand saxophone and an infectious organic backdrop has timeless written all over and will make you yearn for more... The grandiose remixes are courtesy of Kelvin Sylvester and Will 'ReelSoul' Rodriquez both adding their signature verily soulful yet compelling touch, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version....

Groove Junkies, Opolopo, Solara - We rise (The Remixes)Beginning of March, MoreHouse Records blessed us with "We rise", an inspiring collaboration by Groove Junkies (Evan Landes) with Opolopo (Peter Major) featuring the unrivaled haunting vocals of songstress Solara. Now the remixes are here, and they are by no means to be missed... First up we have Mikki Afflick who delivers a killer afro-deep interpretation that is enthralling yet soulful and oozes with here landmark sound; most definitely this is Mikki Afflick on top of her game. Next is Opolopo who strips things back on his absolutely irresistible rework sprinkled with his trademark quirkiness, undeniably this deep and soulful rendition will cast a spell on you.

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Kelvin Sylvester featuring Natasha Watts - Fly awayComing to Vibe Boutique Records in a couple of weeks is the phenomenal "Fly way" produced by Kelvin Sylvester and performed in grand style by songstress Natasha Watts. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this soulful gem having timeless written all over will send shivers down your spine through the unrivaled haunting vocals of Natasha Watts, the illustrious jazzed-up keys, the heavenly chords and the gentle yet intriguing organic backdrop. Next to Kelvin Sylvester's fabulous original mixes, the release features superb truly eclectic remixes by Opolopo, Josh Milan and Mr. Eclectic all adding their signature touch, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version.

Distant People & Kholi - GreaterDistant People aka DJ/producer Joey Silvero returns to TR Records with "Greater", to cut a long story short this phantasmagorical truly soulful production using deep'n'smooth yet verily spell binding rhythms as foundation for glorious jazzy keys by Brian Thame and the paramount passionate vocals of South African songstress Kholi is guaranteed to make you yearn for more. Next to the vocal version, the single features an instrumental and pumped-up dub sure to send the dancers into a frenzy.

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Paris Cesvette - Celestial (my journey among stars)Beyond the shadow of a doubt, musician/producer/DJ Paris Cesvette has been pulling out all the stops on her phenomenal absolutely mind-boggling and truly ingenious debut album "Celestial (my journey among stars)" which features an illustrious list of guest artists, namely Will Downing, Mikie Blak (AudioDope), TL Cross, Dawn Tallman, Omar, Darryl Walker, Josh Milan, Mike City, Junior Giscombe, Robert Carvalho and Brutha Basil. Each of the featured songs oozing with Paris Cesvette's landmark neo soul and smooth influenced sound is masterly orchestrated and guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Indisputably,"Celestial (my journey among stars)" will stand the test of time. By no means to be missed.

Vanco - Reflections EPComing soon to Afrocentric Records is the paramount "Reflections EP" by South African DJ/producer Vanco which includes two equally fabulous afro house collaborations with vocalists Njabulo Seh on "Lutho" and Thandi Draai on "Walls". The utterly enticing "Lutho" fuses the amazing deep-rooted vocals of Njabulo Seh with celestial synth melodies and downright enthralling rhythms, while "Walls" is verily hypnotizing and features the fantastic haunting vocals of Thandi Draai alongside enchanting synthscapes and inexorable afro-deep rhythms. The icing on the cake are the superb remixes of "Lutho" by John Tejada and of "Walls" by Cory Centric and Pablo Martinez all adding their magical touch, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version.