Short Reviews November 30, 2008

Here we go with Volume 12, the latest edition of our Shorts Reviews and the accompanying mixshow on Spirit of House. We hope you enjoy this truly deep selection of fresh tracks...

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Reviews November 23, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: Jon B "They don't know" (Martin Faltin Re-Touch)(CD-R)

"They don't know" is from Jon B's 1997 album "Cool, relax", and in its original form this is a timeless r&b/soul production full of heartfelt emotions. Martin Faltin delivers his best remix to date, taking the song to the soulful house dance floors by adding a smooth yet fierce, deeply thumpin' groove beneath the sweet original orchestration, with the lovely guitar and the atmospheric chords together with the outstanding vocals creating a captivating feel.

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Reviews November 16, 2008

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Mustafa "Ginga Brasileira" (Staff Productions Records CD Promo)

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Previously only available in Japan, Mustafa's wonderful album "Ginga Brasileira" is finally available around the globe. The album not just offers house - there is much more to discover: a marvelous blend of latin, jazz, house and even hip hop, both down-tempo and up-tempo. All of the songs showcase Mustafa's musical taste and production skills, with many of them including influences from his Brazilian roots and being very inspirational. And with people like Dom Navarra, Groove Assassin, MJ Cole, Anto Vitale and others contributing to this release, its one not to be missed. 

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Short Reviews November 12, 2008

He we go with Volume 11, the latest edition of our Shorts Reviews and the accompanying mixshow on Spirit of House. Enjoy this cool selection of house grooves...

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Reviews November 9, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: Paris Brightledge & OGC " Michelangelo" / "(Love) complicated" (CD-R)

Here we have two currently unsigned exclusives for you, courtesy of Chicago based production team Organic Groove Continuum (Adrian Roberts and Brett Owsley) and legendary singer and songwriter Paris Brightledge (he co-wrote and performed the timeless classic "It's alright" released back in 1987 on DJ International Records). "Michelangelo" uses a smoothly stompin', funk drenched backdrop as playground for Paris' sultry vocals and warm melodic chords to create an uplifting feeling. On a more intense tip comes the relentless "(Love) complicated" which is built around a fiercely thumpin' groove that is topped with Paris' unmistakable vocals and lush synths. It's just a matter of time until these two beauties will find a home.

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Reviews November 2, 2008

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Carolyn Victorian "I'm back" (Consortium Muzik Records CD Promo)

What a marvelous package this is!! A wonderful vocal performance by Carolyn Victorian coupled with a beautiful deep yet laidback instrumentation on Alan Smithee's original version create a mellow feeling. Then you have excellent remixes by the likes of Beppe Gioia who serves a jazz-funk drenched bumpin' vocal alongside a deeper dub, whereas Abicah Soul goes deep and organic with great keys and chords accompanying the vocals. And finally there is an over eleven minute long anthemic rework by Tony Loreto and Jacko that goes as deep as it gets, with an irresistible yet smooth groove leading the way for lush keys and strings, with a killer organ coming in half way through. Not to be missed!!

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In the Spotlight: "House Masters - Bob Sinclar" (ITH Records CD Promo)

Image A couple of weeks ago, the brand new House Masters compilation series was launched by ITH Records, looking at the work of Louie Vega, one half of the legendary Masters at Work. Now volume two sees the light of the day, showcasing the Parisian DJ and producer Bob Sinclar. Ever since he created "Gym tonic" in 1997 (which became a number one hit single), he had worldwide hits on a constant base such as "My only love", "Feel for your", "The beat goes one" or "Kiss my eyes". And then in 2005 came "Love generation" featuring Gary 'Nesta' Pine on vocals, probably his biggest hit today that sold in excess of 1.2 million copies worldwide. But there is much more from Bob Sinclar, for instance slammin' remixes such as the one of "Do you remember House" by Blaze or productions for the likes of Salomé De Bahia. The double-CD release features a selection of twenty of the most memorable tracks and remixes from his huge catalog at full length, some of them available in digital format for the first time.

Reviews October 26, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: Vick Lavender "From Chicago to New York" (Sophisticado Records CD Promo)
Exclusive Preview: Vick Lavender "Vaporizer" (Abicah Soul Mix)(Sophisticado Records CD Promo)

Now that Vick Lavender has got his label Sophisticado Records up and running, he is starting to release all those wonderful productions we are waiting for. "From Chicago to New York" is a wonderfully orchestrated, laidback production featuring great jazzy keys and horns alongside sultry male vocals courtesy of Peter Jericho over a mellow groove - pure class. "Vaporizer" got remixed by Abicah Soul who adds his unique touch to the song, with those beloved atmospheric chords, classy strings and the deep, percussion enriched groove perfectly harmonizing with the sexy male vocals (again by the talented Peter Jericho) to create a resistless vibe.

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Reviews October 19, 2008

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Ralf GUM featuring Wunmi "Brother like no other" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

The broken beat gem "Brother like no other" (lifted from Ralf GUM's highly acclaimed "Uniting Music" album) gets a full release, including a great variety of mixes to choose from. Featuring a passionate vocal by Wunmi, "Brother like no other" in its original form is all about the resistless, percussion driven broken beat and the marvelous horns. Ralf GUM himself provides two delightful deep house dubs built around an irresistible groove, with the 'Horn Dub' flipping the horns around and combining them with captivating chords, while the 'Minimized Dub' reduces the instrumentation for a more intense vibe. Joyful Noise goes deep and slightly techie for some serious late night / early morning action, while Rufuss gives the track an organic live feel complete with Italo western hook breaks. Finally we have Benny Pecoraio who presents a wonderful inspiring deep house interpretation.

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Short Reviews October 14, 2008

He we go with Volume 10, the latest edition of our Shorts Reviews and the accompanying mixshow on Spirit of House. Enjoy this deep versatile selection of house grooves...

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Reviews October 12, 2008

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Soul Oasis presents DJ Aakmael "Darker Moments EP" (CyberJamz Records CD Promo)

Now this is what we call serious deepness!! DJ Aakmael's "Darker Moments EP" (the follow up to his "Deeper Moments EP") takes you on a journey into deep house as it is not heard often these days, with "Afrosohl" being a wonderful vocal production featuring outstanding vocals by Rob Clark alongside jazzy keys and lush synths over a deep yet smoothly rumblin' groove. The dub drops the vocal to let the keys and synths create a captivating deep house vibe. Both "I dunno" and "13th mood" are heavily influenced by the unmistakable and legendary Detroit house sound, with the deep resistless grooves coupled with mesmerizing keys and synths creating a hypnotic feeling.

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Reviews October 5, 2008

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Karltone "Love me proper" (Stellar Records CD Promo)

If you're familiar with the timeless and unparalleled sounds of Disco-Funk, listening to this incredible track by newcomer Karltone will without doubt take you back (at least in memories) to the time when this sound was ruling the dance floors (and the world was a better place). Karltone's heartfelt vocal, paired with a masterly orchestration reminiscent to this era and the legendary Tom Moulton behind the mixing console make this a masterpiece not to be missed.
 

Exclusive Preview: ReelSoul featuring Stephanie Cooke "1000 ways" (Man-X's Sunset Nights Vocal)(DeepHaven Music Records CD-R)

If you have read our blog post Upcoming DeepHaven Music gems… from last weekend, you know that this one here is not to be missed. Produced by William 'ReelSoul' Rodriguez and remixed by Man-X, "1000 ways" is a musical gem thanks to passionate vocals by of Stephanie Cooke and marvelous keys that are perfectly arranged over an infectious funk soaked groove. Simply this is one of those songs that will not just get played for a few weeks, but for years to come - a sure shot classic. The final release will also include the original ReelSoul version as well as a remix by Groove Assassin.

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