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.

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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.

Enjoy the latest batch of reviews full of the deep and soulful yet trackier stuff...

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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MuSol & Central Avenue featuring Pete Simpson & Natasha Watts "I believe" (Barcoda Records CD Promo)

MuSol and Central Avenue - I believe "I believe" is a massive collaboration between MuSol and Central Avenue featuring outstanding vocals by Pete Simpson and Natasha Watts. The original version is on a magnificent Disco-Funk soaked tip, reworked by Central Avenue into a fierce yet smoothly thumpin' affair on the 'Soulful Remix', while the 'Club Mix' powers the vibe up for peak time action. Dutchican Soul deepens the vibe on his atmospheric version, while Roed Svensk relaxes the feel on his groovy take. Next is DJ Rork's super cool funk fueled interpretation oozing with classy keys and organ rides. Lastly White Caviare turn the track into a big room favorite.

Andy Ward presents Rainy Payne - Unspoken Sounds of the Booth Records (a partnership between ReelGroove Records and DJ/producer Andy Ward) debuts with "Unspoken", a hypnotic production by Andy Ward featuring sultry spoken words courtesy of Rainy Payne alongside phat synth chords and acid sprinkles over an old skool underground groove. Park Street's groovylicious rework is built around a contaminous funk soaked groove and features gorgeous synth melodies. Also included is an unreleased spoken word verse from Rainy Payne.

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Vick Lavender featuring Michele Thomas "Ella" (Sophisticado Records CD Promo)

sophisticado Another week, another outstanding not to be missed release from Vick Lavender and his Sophisticado family... They pay tribute to one of the great pioneers of Jazz, Miss Ella Fitzgerald, with "Ella", a production that oozes with marvelous jazzy keys courtesy of Mike Logan, vocal scats performed by Michele Thomas and beautiful trombone courtesy of Craig Sunkin, all perfectly arranged over a smoothly stormin' backing. Two equally fantastic versions to choose from, with the 'Chicago Fusion Mix' being all about the keys, while the 'V.L.E Mix Big Easy Re-Edit' puts the trombone center stage.

Various Artists - Tropicalismo Vol. 1 With "Tropicalismo Vol. 1", Sobra Records present an eclectic album featuring a gorgeous selection of musical gems that cover many genres and styles including jazz, funk, bossa, broken beat and house from artists such as Steve Paradise, Melchyor A, Spiritual Blessings, Sonic Warriors, Georg Neufeld, Fabrizio Marra or Deymare to just name a few. This is one of those albums that doesn't need much writing as the music does all the talking. Go and get yourself a copy, then grab a drink and chill to these wonderful vibes...
Various - Duck "Duck" is a concept album featuring 13 pieces of original music spanning house, downbeat and hip hop from the minds of dance music producers from Derby/UK, presented by both well established names such as AtJazz, Clyde, Christo, YSE and Bleep District as well as a selection of up and coming producers showcasing their talents. A truly unique album for both dance floors and lounges, with all sales revenues to be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and QUAD, Derby ’s visual arts centre. Visit www.derbyduck.co.uk for more information on the artists as well as the artwork as noteworthy as the music.
Restless Soul presents Lady Alma - Call him "Call him" is produced by Phil Asher, one of the founding members of the Restless Soul production team, and features the incomparable Lady Alma on vocals. From the very first second, the seriously infectious funk soaked groove, Lady Alma's celestial vocals and the luscious keys courtesy of Mark de  Clive-Lowe will grab your attention, and then there is this incredible funky break in the middle of the track. The 'Deep Dub' intensifies the vibe with enchanting percussion, a hypnotically stormin' backing and seductive melodies. The package comes complete with instrumentals, bonus grooves and an accapella version.
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Exclusive Preview: ChrisIDH & zOGRi featuring Amera Light "Summer in Greece" (Consortium Muzik Records CD Promo)

ChrisIDH & zOGRi featuring Amera Light - Summer in Greece The 'Deep Dub' of "Summer in Greece" has been included in the marvelous "The Gift" collection released on Consortium Muzik back in December, now the label graces us with the full single release. ChrisIDH and zOGRi team up with singer Amera Light for a delicious slice of deep soulful house featuring sensual vocals, beautiful piano and great atmospheric melodies over a laidback groove. Abicah Soul goes deeper and gives the track a distinct moody touch complete with techy bleeps. On the deeply rumblin' 'Distant Mix', DJ Hypnosis extends the atmospheres for an ambient-ish sounding, while his 'Tone Down' remixes a pure deep tech-soul bliss.

Danny Clark & Jay Benham featuring Dawn Tallman - Conqueror ** Exclusive Preview ** "Wondrous", Danny Clark & Jay Benham's debut as a production duo, took the dance floors by storm last year and has been a favorite with many DJ's to this day. Now they are about to launch their own label Solid Ground Records, and the first release on the label is nothing less than a masterpiece. On "Conqueror", Danny Clark & Jay Benham team up with the one and only Dawn Tallmann who contributes an outstanding heartfelt vocal on the funk soaked, fierce yet smooth production that oozes with jazzy piano and marvelous organs. Alix Alvarez reworks the track into a deep remorselessly thumpin' affair featuring lush keys and chords, while Frankie Feliciano delivers a relentless bouncy version full of delicious melodies and killer jazzy keys. Next you have the organic, jazz-funk fueled interpretation by Guy Robin, followed by the deep contaminous late night 'Deepah ReVamp Dub'.

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