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Exclusive Preview: Various "VIP Sampler" (DeeCeeEss Records CD Promo)

Christmas came early this year, to be exact past Friday when this VIP promo package landed in my inbox. Lots of exclusive DeepCitySoul music to be discovered here, including the deep remorseless "2 day" featuring captivating female spoken words and lush keys, the intriguing Fanatix remix of "Groove school" giving the track a deep moody edge, "Love for now" by Nicc Johnson which features outstanding vocals by LT Brown and comes in a supa soulful jazz-funk drenched version by DeepCitySoul and an organic jazzy rework by Jonny Montana & Craig Stewart, the reckless underground-ish track "Mirror" and finally "Let the music", a feel good production featuring uplifting vocals and classy keys over a smooth funk drenched backing.

UPZ featuring Rick Coffey - Hangin' on a dream "Hangin' on a dream" is one of the hidden treasures from UPZ's "United People of Zion" long player released back in October 2007 through soWHAT Records, but gladly this wonderful song has been picked up by Tony Records and will be given a proper release complete with a classy selection of remixes. Rick Coffey is the featured vocalist, contributing a deeply felt, one of a kind Seal-esque performance. The soulful yet organic 'Original Mix' features enchanting keys and organ over a laidback backing, followed by the luscious 'soWHAT Mix' which oozes with exquisite keys and lovely guitars. On remix duty we have Conan Liquid whose remorselessly kickin' remix is fueled with atmospheric synth melodies and electronic keys stabs, with this 'TIG Dub' going one step further and turning the track into a monstrous electronica adventure. Next are Tony Loreto & Jacko who deliver a seductive interpretation built around a deep smooth backdrop, with the warm keys and jazzy rhodes giving the track a sublime feel.

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Junior White featuring Noelle "Wake up" (Sounds of the Booth Records CD Promo)

Junior White featuring Noelle - Wake up This is reportedly one of the tunes of the recent Southport Weekender, and once you listen to this production by Junior White you understand why: it spreads an uplifting and soulful yet infectious feel, features heartfelt vocals by Noelle alongside classic strings and luscious keys over an old school tinged truly relentless backing. Nothing more needs to be said then "a classic in the making".

Gene King presents Darnell Kendricks -Jones in my bones The deep soulful "Jones in my bones" features excellent vocals by Darnell Kendricks alongside Gene King's trademark warm keys and chords over a percussively bumpin' groove, altogether creating an exciting feel you can't resist to dance to. The 'Shines Dub' gets hypnotic thanks to lush synths and a relentlessly stormin' groove, while the 'Stalker Dub' is a vigorous stompin' affair oozing with slick melodies.

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Tortured Soul "In my fantasy" (Tortured Soul Records CD Promo)

Tortured Soul - In my fantasy "In my fantasy" is the latest single release lifted from Tortured Soul's highly acclaimed long player "Did you miss" me, coming your way as a tasty package full of excellent interpretations. DJ Spinna pulls out all the stops and blesses us with an eclectic remix as only he can do, taking his signature sound to the next level. Jask serves a dreamy rework that is all about beautiful atmospheric sounds, while Tom Moulton turns back the clock of time with his classic remix. Ezel goes deep and laidback on his take, followed by Tortured Soul's own JKriv and Ethan White who round the package off with their distinctive styles. Not to be missed.

Vick Lavender featuring David Glenn - Another girl (Remixes) ** Exclusive Preview **Here we've got an excellent remix package of Vick Lavender's marvelous "Another girl" which impressed us first time around with outstanding vocals by David Glenn and a masterly orchestration. Man of the moment Jose Carretas gets smooth as silk on his interpretations, combining the vocals with celestial keys and chords and a mellow yet captivating backing. Next are Vick Lavender's wonderful 'All Soul' mixes that keep the musical bliss of the original versions alive while turning the heat up with an intensified yet still soulful groove. Another Sophisticado release not to be missed.

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Pepita Project featuring Paris Brightledge "The way we were" (Pep Sounds Records CD Promo)

Pepita Project featuring Paris Brightledge - The way we were Pepita Project's "The way we were" will take you back in time thanks to emotional vocals by Paris Brightlege (the legendary voice on the timeless "It's all right" by Sterling Void), atmospheric synth melodies and an old school flavored groove which altogether spread a gorgeous laidback vibe. Wayne Gardiner delivers a deep and groovy remix full of exquisite keys and chords, while Tomson & Benedict turn out a ruthless dance floor bomb with their deep mesmerizing remixes that are somewhat reminiscent of the unmistakable Marc Kinchen sound.

DJ Spinna presents The Boogie Back The almighty DJ Spinna has put together an eclectic collection of soul/funk/disco "Post Disco Club Jams", and I have to admit I'm not familiar with many of them, but on the other hand isn't it amazing to see how much quality music has been released back in the day? Thanks to DJ Spinna and BBE Records, many of these past and almost forgotten gems are now available again, making this an essential compilation to own unless you're among those who own the original releases. The first CD is a continuous DJ mix by DJ Spinna, while the second CD includes twelve rare unmixed gems. To make things even better, the digital downloads feature bonus tracks, including exclusive DJ Spinna remixes of "I'm your superman" by Jan Leslie Holmes. Highly recommended.
Matthew Bandy featuring Johnathan Houston - Goin' nowhere ** Exclusive Preview ** Brazil's Grooveland Music label won't give us any rest as they drop another bomb in form of Matthew Bandy's "Goin' nowhere", a wonderful production featuring deeply felt vocals by Johnathan Houston over an exquisite musical backing oozing with sweet funky flavas. Limestone relaxes the vibe for a dreamy journey, while Guy Robin is firing things up on his groovy jazz-funk fueled take. Next is Hernan Cronner's tasty deep interpretation full of lush melodies, followed by a sweeter than sweet remix by Luife making you yearning for more. Completing the package is Douglas Marques' smooth remix which combines the vocals with sublime keys.
Andy Compton featuring Kafele and Sofia Loren Coffee - I don't want to see the sun Andy Compton follows up his smash hit "Above the sky" with the deep house jewel "I don't want to see the sun" where he joins forces with Kafele and Sofia Loren Coffee. The original is spreading an incredible laidback feeling through the jazzy instrumentation and the outstanding vocals, taken to the next level by Ralf GUM who uses a smooth yet fierce percussive groove, fender rhodes, organ and sweet guitar to create a contaminous feel. The Rurals contribute a sweet deep house remix that adds a luxurious organic touch to the track.

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Jose Carretas featuring Dani "Take your time" (Tribe Records CD Promo)

Jose Carretas featuring Dani - Take your time Tribe Records are going from strength to strength, with their latest release "Take your time" by Jose Carretas being no exception. "Take your time" is a glamorous song featuring delicious keys and passionate vocals by Dani Bates over a funk drenched backing driven by heavy beats and a massive bassline. Zepherin Saint injects the song with his unique deep percussive sounds and gentle synth melodies, while Raw Artistic Soul go hypnotic on their deeply stormin' remix, with their dub versions further intensifying the vibe by adding a dark twist.

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I'm struggling getting all the reviews done due to lots of things going on at the moment, so this one will be rather short...

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