Short Reviews October 2, 2008

He we go with Volume 9, the latest edition of our Shorts Reviews and the accompanying mixshow on Spirit of House. Enjoy this deep, mostly tracky selection of house grooves...

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Reviews September 28, 2008

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Dolls Combers "Floating Vibes EP" (ReelGroove Records CD Promo)

The Dolls Combers have impressed us in recent months with their remixes, now they present the "Floating Vibes EP" which is nothing less than a masterpiece. First up is the magnificent "Dreaming of you" featuring the sublime voice of Nicole Dawn and a beautiful piano over a deep laidback groove. "Back to love" is an uplifting and groovy affair featuring passionate vocals by Alec Sun Drae alongside wonderful jazzy keys (an instrumental is also included in the package). "Summer morning" is pure bliss on a mid tempo tip, intoxicating with its mellow jazzy melodies from beginning till the end. Lastly "Jazzy keys" is a delightful broken beat styled jazz house gem that make you feel you witness the Dolls Combers jamming.
 

Random Soul "Liftin' me higher" (Barcoda Records CD Promo)

Australia's Random Soul (aka Yogi & Husky) are sure to make a big impact with their feel good anthem "Liftin' me higher", with the uplifting vocal performance being courtesy of Yogi himself. The 'Original Vocal' is all about a funked-up groove, sexy guitar, phat organ ride and the vocals altogether resulting in a Gospel house gem. The funky vibes are tightened on the 'Random Soul Dub', while the 'Yogi & Husky Synthy Dub' replaces the organ with lush synths for a more electronic feel. Central Avenue rework the track into a smoothly stompin' affair filled with wicked keys and classic horns, while Soularis' take is on a soulful stormin' tip featuring melodic keys and lovely horns alongside a great guitar. Guido Craveiro relaxes the vibe on his groovy Balearic flavored version, while the Dharma Project toughens things on their electronic interpretation.

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Reviews September 21, 2008

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Darryl D'Bonneau "Don't turn your back" (Marlon D. & George Mena Remix)(JellyBean Soul Records CD Promo)

In 1996, JellyBean Soul released the Jellybean Benitez and Hex Hector produced cover of the 1982 classic from Frontline Orchestra, performed by the one and only Darryl D'Bonneau. Now the song gets remixed by the team of Marlon D. and George Mena who turn out an incredible sexy package of mixes, with each and every one of them spreading an uplifting vibe through the funk drenched, bouncy groove that is enriched with old-school horns, masterly performed keys courtesy of George Mena and of course Darryl D'Bonneaus's heartfelt vocal, with the result being a modern interpretation of classic Disco-Funk that is absolutely resistless. The 1996 mixes are included in the package as well.

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In the Spotlight: "House Masters - Louie Vega" (ITH Records CD Promo)

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With House Masters by ITH Records, a brand new not to be missed compilation series sees the light of the day. Four releases a year a scheduled, with each release presenting unmixed tracks and remixes at full length (some of them in digital format for the first time) from one of the worlds most successful house producers.

The first release is looking at the work by none other than the Louie Vega, one half of the legendary Master at Work (with fellow partner Kenny Dope). His work spans various musical genres such as House, Latin, Disco, Afro-Beat and Jazz to name just a few, including influences from many of dance music greatest such as Afrika Bambaata, Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Tony Humphries and many more. The double CD release includes twenty of his productions and remixes in unmixed form, including such gems as "To be in love" by Masters at Work, "Beautiful people" by Barbara Tucker, "Love & happiness" by River Ocean, "We can make it" by Sole Fusion, "Freaky" by Lou 2, "Divine love" by Ultra Naté and many more. An essential purchase - nuff said.

Short Reviews September 18, 2008

He we go with Volume 8, the latest edition of our Shorts Reviews and the accompanying mixshow on Spirit of House. Enjoy this fresh'n'deep selection of house grooves...

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Reviews September 14, 2008

Picks of the Week

Nassau featuring Krista "Rebound" (Mutated Music Records CD Promo)

French based Thomas Deschamps and Didier Limone (aka Naussau) get together with singer Krista to follow up their massive remix of Rachel Claudio's "Gotcha" with a production on their own titled "Rebound". The original version a musical gem that features a passionate vocal by Krista, classic strings and wicked chords over an old-school styled, funk drenched backing that is absolutely resistless. The 'New York Vibe Mix' is twisting the bits around for a monster Jazz-Funk live jam starting off on a broken beat tip before a fierce 4/4 beat comes in. The Stereo Mutants take the track to deeper grounds, using a stompin' groove and captivating keys and chords to create an irresistible vibe, with their dub featuring extra acid tinged synths. Keith Thompson takes the main parts from the original and combines them with a fierce yet smooth house backing to create a groovy rendition.

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Reviews September 7, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: Man-X featuring Albert Menendez & Carolyn Harding "Heaven" (ReelSoul Remix)(DeepHaven Music Records CD Promo)

In June we gave you an exclusive preview of "Heaven" (we featured the 'Sunset Nights Dub'), one of the songs to be featured on Man-X's upcoming full length album featuring songstress Carolyn Harding and keyboard wizard Albert Menendez. "Heaven" is to drop any day now and will include remixes by William 'ReelSoul' Rodriguez who delivers a masterly interpretation with his distinct touch that combines Carolyn Harding's sexy vocals with a deep'n'soulful yet fierce groove and marvelous keys and chords that altogether create an uplifting yet captivating feeling. One not to be missed!!

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Reviews August 31, 2008

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Joey Negro "Love hangover" (Z Records CD Promo)

To celebrate the #100 single release on Z Records, Joey Negro (aka Dave Lee) has re-created and re-vamped his classic remix of the Diana Ross disco anthem of "Love hangover" with vocals from Diane Charlemagne. The main version is a slice of sexy disco-funk bliss, with the 'Luv 2 Dub' intensifying the groovy vibe. Next is the 'Rodox Mix' taking the track to deeper grounds with heavy drums and beats leading the way. DJ Spen contributes the remixes to the package, serving a marvelous reworking that fuses the sexy disco-funk flavors with an irresistible soul-tech backing.

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Reviews August 24, 2008

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Soul Oasis presents K. Joy "Butterflyz" (CyberJamz Records CD Promo)

K. Joy (aka Kimberly J. Salter) returns with "Butterflyz" just a few months after the release of the seminal remixes of her 1985 classic "Like this". "Butterflyz" comes in a variety of great mixes, with Chazz (Charles W. Hamilton) serving a deeply rumblin' interpretation featuring phat synth chords that harmonize perfectly with K. Joy's passionate vocals. Next is Peter 'CWB' Mooka who keeps the vibe deep while giving the track a much more laidback feel, with the wonderful melodic keys and chords creating a dreamy atmosphere. Tim McAllister reworks the track into a soulful yet fiercely thumpin' affair that features lush synths and chords, with his instrumental version being on a moodier, deeper vibe.

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Short Reviews August 21, 2008

Yes we are late with bringing this latest volume of the Shorts Reviews and the accompanying mixshow - sorry for that.

Welcome to Volume 7 of our new format called Short Reviews on Spirit of House. Enjoy this fresh'n'deep selection of tracky house...

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In the Spotlight: Steven Stone "Entering my world" (Pino Music Records Mixed-CD)

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With such club hits as "Music sounds so good with you", "Free to go", "All I need is love" and various slammin' remixes for the likes of Mustafa "Vem quente eu estou fervendo", Dom Navarro "New life" and Justin Michael & Secret Soul "Celebration of music" (to name just a few), Steven Stone positioned himself in the top league of soulful house producers with his unique blend of Soul, Jazz, Funk, Latin and Disco that is influenced by some of the music's greatest legends such as Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Incognito, Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies...

With "Entering my world", Steven Stone presents a wonderfully arranged and mixed CD of his past, recent and future productions that underlines his status of being one of the top soulful house producers and remixers, as well as showcasing his DJ talents that he has proven in recent years. Watch out for the future releases of this artist coming through labels such as Barcoda, Grooveland Music, Duffnote and ReelGrooves.

Reviews August 17, 2008

Picks of the Week

DJN Project and Duo Deep "Have a nice day" (Baldeloox Records CD Promo)

"Have a nice day" is an uplifting production by the DJN Project and Duo Deep (Scott Watson and Brizey) that is lifted from the forthcoming "Baldeloox and 3 Beers" album. It is a deep affair featuring sweet male vocals alongside lovely chords and horns over a bumpy groove that is guaranteed to keep the crowd movin'. The dub drops the vocals while adding some great funky flavors to give the track an even groovier vibe.

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