Reviews January 29, 2009

Here we have more reviews of fresh music we recently got, taking care of the trackier side of things.

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Vick Lavender featuring Carla Prather "First kiss" (Sophisticado Records CD-R)

Image ** Exclusive Preview ** Finally the full package of this musical gem is here!! With Carla Prather providing outstanding vocals on this masterly orchestrated production featuring marvelous keys and fantastic horns over a smooth groove oozing with its funky flavors, Vick Lavender has pulled all the stops on "First kiss" to deliver a timeless masterpiece. Abicah Soul turns out one of his best remixes to date, adding his unique touch to the track by adding those resistless synths and a kicking groove he is known for, never letting down the original vibe of the track. Lastly Jihad Muhammad contributes a wonderful rendition based on a deep yet smooth percussion enriched backing, sweet guitar, beautiful piano and classy synth chords. Finally there is a delightful reprise by DJ Celeste Alexander on a laidback percussive tip perfect for dreaming. A release not to be missed.

Reviews January 25, 2009

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Stephanie Cooke "I thank you 2009" (Dolls Combers Remix)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)

Image Stephanie Cooke's 2002 club smash "I thank you" gets reworked by Italy's Dolls Combers who turn out two masterful interpretations. Their vocal version is a soulful affair built around a funk soaked, percussion enriched backing, with Stephanie Cooke's incomparable vocals being accompanied by phat hammond organ solos and lush synth chords. On the dubbish 'Element Mix', the Dolls Combers take the song to deeper hypnotic grounds on a slight dark edge, letting spacy synth sounds do most of the talking.


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In the Spotlight: Steal Vybe feat Alexis Simmons "Selene" (Phuture Sole Records CD Promo)

Image Phuture Sole is one of those (few) labels that put quality over quantity - and with "Selene (the goddess of the moon)" by Steal Vybe (Chris Forman & Damon Bennett) they have a gem in their hands, featuring the sultry voice of Alexis Simmons. It's all about the captivating vocals, the resistless synth chords and the deep percussion enriched groove that together create a hypnotic feeling. The 'Dubprise puts the emphasis on the synth chords, while Jonny Montana relaxes the vibe on his interpretation using a groovy backdrop alongside wonderful jazzed-up keys and a wicked organ solo by Bennett Holland. Completing the package is Damon Benett's 'Abstract Mix' which is based on a slightly broken beat tinged groove and features warm melodic keys and a lovely flute.

Reviews January 18, 2009

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Exclusive Preview: Scott Grooves "Coco brown" (Modified Suede Records CD Promo)

Scott Grooves has a full length project in the works titled "The Riddum" which will be released around march on his new Modified Suede imprint. This new label will focus more on the deep percussion vibe, in contrast to his Natural Midi label that is home to the more techy sounds. "Coco brown" is one of the album tracks, giving us a first impression on what we can expect from the album, showcasing Scott Grooves' more organic, acoustic rhythm side, with his background of being a percussionist shining through all over. "Coco brown" is a laidback yet captivating track built around a truly deep, resistless backdrop, featuring wonderful atmospheric chords and sweet percussion elements, altogether spreading an infectious vibe on the dance floor.

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In the Spotlight: Blackcoffee featuring Bucie "Turn me on" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)


Image GoGo Music impressed us all through 2008, and their first release for the new year is no exception. "Turn me on" is courtesy of South Africa's Blackcoffee and features sweet vocals by Bucie over a deep and soulful yet fierce afro tinged groove that is enriched with marvelous chords - simply wonderful. On his remix, Blackcoffee takes the track to deeper grounds, giving it a slightly minimal feel, with the synth chords creating a mesmerizing vibe. The Raw Artistic Soul mixes go even deeper, spreading a hypnotic vibe created by a relentless groove and captivating synths, with the original African vibe of the track always shining through.


Reviews January 11, 2009

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Various "Unreleased Grooves Vol. 01" (Grooveland Music Records CD Promo)


The beloved Brazilian Grooveland Music record label presents their 10th release which is a selection of previously unreleased materiel. Kicking off is a beautiful deep remix perfect for late nite play of the label's debut release "Afrika" by eDeep courtesy of BitterSuite, followed up by Jarrier Modrow's "Rare soul" re-touched by Julian Bendall who gives it a wonderful laidback yet jazzy and uplifting feel. Next is the Steve 'SoulBasics' Fox remix of "All things praise" by KC Jackson, a deeply stormin' affair built around a resistless funk drenched bassline. Hernan Cronner takes on Domenico Navarra's "So lonely", reworking the track (that features Monique Henry on vocals) into a deeply rumblin' affair featuring captivating keys and synths. Rounding things off is Abicah Soul's jazz-latin flavored take on "Eu soul" by BSC featuring Karina Campos.

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Reviews December 28, 2008

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Jonny Montana featuring Stephanie Cooke "One 4 me" (Camio Records CD Promo)

What an excellent release to be our last Pick of the Week for 2008 this is!! Jonna Montana teams up with Stephanie Cooke to bless us with "One 4 me", a groovy yet smooth production that impresses with heartfelt emotive vocals by Stephanie Cooke and a brilliant orchestration including wonderful keys by Bennett Holland and sax by Martin Seaman, not to forget to mention that out of this world organ solo. Speaking of that organ, there is a deeper take by Jonny Montana & Rob Redford that is all about the organ and vocals over a deeply rumblin' groove. Remixes are courtesy of Bittersuite who take the song to way deeper laidback grounds that has a distinct old-school touch to it, while Marlon Sadler delivers dance floor madness with his synths fueled, fiercely thumpin' version. An additional mix by Abicah Soul will be added to the package soon.

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In the Spotlight: Rogiers "The Remix/Reject" (Fibby Music Records CD Promo)

Image Rogiers is a rising r&b/soul star who presents his brand new album "The Remix/Reject" which features reworked versions of selected tracks from his debut album, turning them into extended up-tempo house, electronic and afro beat tracks destined to rock the dance floors, no matter what style they cover. Beside these remixes, his brand new single "Good 2 U" and for previously unreleased songs are included as well. The featured house tracks are the Demarkus Lewis remix of "Hollywood story" and the Soularis remix of "My gift".

Reviews December 21, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: Alfredo Norese featuring Maxyne Ryan "Come on over" (Soulful Mix)(Unsigned CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Alfredo Norese & Kaysee "Lift me up" (Funk To The Punk Mix)(Unsigned CD-R)

We are proud to bring two currently unsigned productions by Alfredo Norese to your attention. First up is "Come on over" featuring sensitive vocals by Maxyne Ryan alongside classic strings and horns, lovely guitar and melodic keys over a smooth yet fierce, funk drenched groove, altogether spreading a laidback vibe. Second is "Lift me up" which is built around a relentlessly stompin' funk soaked groove, featuring Kaysee who blesses us with her heartfelt vocal performance, while the lush synth chords and wicked guitar riff intensify the vibe to the climax.

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Short Reviews December 18, 2008

Here we go with Volume 13, the last edition of our Shorts Reviews and the accompanying mixshow on Spirit of House in 2008. We hope you enjoy this truly deep selection of fresh tracks...

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Reviews December 14, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: Various "The Gift" (Consortium Muzik Records CD Promo)

This twelve track album by Consortium Muzik can only be described as an early Christmas gift. So much beautiful music - selected from upcoming releases - is featured on it... Its all top-notch stuff from beginning to the end, including artists such as Carolyn Victorian, Nadine Navarre, Jannae Jordan, Amera Light, Tmajaa, Miss Yvonne, Real Deep and Stephanie Cooke. And with producers and remixes from the likes of Jonny Montana, Beppe Gioia, Tony Loreto, Gene King, DJ Aphreme, MCM, Jersey Soul, ChrisIDH & zOGRi and Abicah Soul involved, this is a must have in your collection.

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