In the Spotlight: Alex Finkin & Reverend P featuring Jocelyn Mathieu "Gone away" (Animal House Records CD Promo)

Animal House Logo ** Exclusive Preview ** With their previous production "These days are gone" (released through Vega Records) still rockin' dance floors worldwide, Alex Finkin & Reverend P are about to drop their next bomb titled "Gone away" featuring the unmistakable Jocelyn Mathieu on vocals. The 'Club Mix' is soulful yet infectious, with a relentlessly thumpin' groove leading the way for jazzy keys and lush chords. The 'Deep Mix' gives the track a deeper, more laidback yet captivating feel, while the 'Disco Mix' combines the sultry vocals with a Disco-Funk flavored organic orchestration including a wonderful guitar solo and off the chain piano.

Reviews September 20, 2009


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Shane D featuring Donna Hidalgo "Inside out" (Look At You Records CD  Promo)

Shane D featuring Donna Hidalgo - Inside out For the past few weeks, South Africa's Shane D has been amazing us with his stellar productions and remixes, and his latest one is no exception. The Jesse Rae written "Inside out" is a timeless Disco-Funk classic by Odyssey dating back to 1982, here given a subtle new interpretation using a soulful funk soaked backing, sweet funky guitar, old school styled keys and classic strings alongside heartfelt vocals by Donna Hidalgo. The 'Ds Refunked Dub' is a peak time gem thanks to the added keys which intensify the vibe to the max. The 'Lucius Lowe Extra Saxiness Mix' adds a jazzy sax and slightly deepens the vibe, while Anthony Weeling's 'Sunset ReDub' is a deep tech-soul rework.

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In the Spotlight: BSC presents Daniel Reis "Monjolinho EP" (Grooveland Music Records CD Promo)

BSC presents Daniel Reis - Monjolinho EP With the "Monjolinho EP", Daniel Reis, Brazilian Soul Crew's session musician, presents two marvelous jazz fueled tracks. "Monjolinho Jazz" oozes with a smooth yet resistless broken beat flavored groove and luscious keys, reworked by the Brazilian Soul Crew into a delicious deep house gem, while Trancemicsoul deepen the vibe to the max and use lush atmospheric synth melodies to give the track an outer space feel. Rounding the release off is "Afro blues", a ruthless afro drenched tribal stomper featuring freaky keys, with the 'Piano Mix' featuring an extra jazz-tastic piano.

Reviews September 13, 2009

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Various Artists "LIberate Recordings Sampler" (Liberate Records CD Promo)

Liberate Logo LIberate Records was founded by Doc Link and EMan back in 2006 and has been going from strength to strength since then. This sampler features selected tracks from current and future releases from the label. Kicking things off is the melodic Jon Cutler remix of Angel-A's "Escape" featuring sensitive vocals and warm keys over a deeply thumpin' backing. "Flipscapes" by EMan and Doc Link gets remixed by Mr. V who fuses the spoken word with cosmic keys and an insisted rhythm. MSRS (Mike Sarkus & Ralph Session) team up with EMan for the emotional "Soul liberation" featuring pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs, reworked by Demarkus Lewis into a deep yet jazzy, truly mesmerizing gem. Lastly there is "Lady from Islay" by Single Matt Syndicate, remixed by Todd Terry into a dark synth driven main room favorite.

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In the Spotlight: DaSouL & Fabry Diglio featuring Nadine Navarre "Direction" (SOLE Channel Records CD Promo)

Sole Channel logo Italy's DaSouL and Fabry Diglio present serious deepness with "Direction", featuring sensitive vocals and spoken word poetry courtesy of Nadine Navarre. The original is a gorgeous laidback affair featuring lovely guitar and sweet keys, with the 'Hypnotic Rhythms Dub' deepening the vibe for a more intense feel. The wonderful 'Nu Jazz live Reprise' is perfect for chillin', while Mr. V turns the track into a deep relentless tech-soul stomper. Will 'ReelSoul' Rodriguez delivers one of his trademark smooth remixes fueled with lush keys and chords, followed by Boddhi Satva's deep afro-tech rework. Lastly Martino gives the track a deep outer space sounding.

Reviews September 6, 2009

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Mustafa featuring Natalia "Circles 2009" (The Remixes)(Tony Records CD Promo)

Mustafa - Circles Mustafa Shabbar's classic "Circles" was originally released back in 1998 on YellOrange Records, and its safe to say this timeless production featuring an outstanding vocal by Natalia was light-years ahead of its time - who could predict afro-tech would become so hip one day? Back to present day, we have a slammin' remix package in front of us, with Boddhi Satva delivering a deep soul-tech interpretation as only he can do, combining Natalia's haunting vocals with celestial key stabs and a deep contaminous groove (a tougher dub is included too). Next are Tony Loreto and Jacko as TJ Inc, serving a deeply pounding vocal version featuring atmospheric synths and jerky keys. Their vocal and instrumental dub versions are raw and chunky, featuring killer chords over heavily stompin beats (think of Sandee's "Notice me" and you know what we talk about here).

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Reelgroove Presents: "The Sound of Reelgroove - The House Collection" (Reelgroove Records 2xCD)

The Sound of Reelgroove - The House Collection ReelGroove gave us a taste of what to expect from this mixed compilation when they released a sampler of selected tunes back in early July. Beginning of this week the 2xCD found its way to our desk, and we've been groovin' to it since then. Selected and mixed by label head Greg Dorban, each CD has its own theme: CD1 is titled "Soulful Sophistication" while CD 2 is titled "Cultured Clubroom". The first CD takes you on a smooth journey through the best soulful house has to offer, before the second CD makes you dance and sweat to the relentless deep house grooves currently rocking dance floors around the globe. Highly recommended.

In the Spotlight: Grooveland apresenta "Grooves de uma Nação" (Grooveland Music Records CD Promo)

Grooveland apresenta - Grooves de uma Nação ** Exclusive Preview ** Since Edground launched Grooveland Music back in July 2006 with the now classic "Afrika" by e.deep, Brazil's leading house music label has put out fifteen timeless releases, placing themselves among the most respected house labels on the planet. With "Grooves de uma Nação" ("Grooves of a Nation"), the label presents their first ever compilation including past, present and future releases selected by label honcho Edground. From their first release "Afrika" by e.deep over KC Jackson's "All things praise", Dom Navarra's "So lonely", BSC's "Eu soul" to "Dema" by Jay Tripwire, this is a fantastic retrospective of the labels back catalogue. But as mentioned introductory, you also get a glimpse into the future: "Have to talk" by Jon Silva is classic soulful house with a funky touch, "Monjolinho Jazz" by BSC presents Daniel Reis is a delicious deep house gem, the percussion driven "Jump" by BSC featuring Allegra is fierce and groovy, and finally Abicah Soul's mix of "Afroxe" by Azee Project takes you on a deep soul-tech journey.

Reviews August 30, 2009

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Ricky Nelson and Praise Report "With out you" (Ace Beat Records CD Promo)

Ace Beat Logo Ace Beat Records, one of the legendary New Jersey Garage labels, blesses us with an exquisite uplifting Gospel House anthem produced by Tyrone 'Intense' Payton,  featuring heartfelt vocals by Ricky Nelson and Praise Report over a soulful yet relentless percussion driven backing enriched with beautiful guitars, lush melodic keys and jazzy piano. The dub version strips the vocals down, putting the stellar instrumentation center stage. A classic in the making.

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Reviews August 25, 2009

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In the Spotlight: Suges "All over my body" (10th Anniversary Edition)(Soulstream Records CD Promo)

Suges - All over my body The seminal all-time classic "All over my body" launched Suges career about ten years ago, first appearing on the "Suges Wrex Shop" EP (Gemma Records) before getting a full 12" release (Jinxx Records). Now this timeless piece of music returns, making all the classic versions from back in the day available in digital format, and new mixes by Jason B, Martino and Suges himself are included to. "All over my body" was created with a synthesizer with 15 seconds of sampling time, a vocoder and vocals from Suges then girlfriend (who actually couldn't thing, thus the vocoder) only, and it soon became an underground anthem. Martino's historic 'Caramel Remix' is all about a two-bar loop and filter effects, while the 'Nu Vocal' features re-sung vocals by Limore. Fast-forward to the present: Jason B reworks the track into a deep groovy affair fueled with gorgeous melodies, while Martino presents a silky chill-out interpretation. But then there also are Suges' own remixes: "All over my body II" recorded in 2004 and "All over my body III" recorded in 2009. Completing the package is the yet unreleased 1998 demo version.

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