Short Reviews July 28, 2008

Welcome to Volume 6 of our new format called Short Reviews on Spirit of House. Enjoy this fresh'n'deep selection of house...

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Reviews July 26, 2008

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Exclusive Preview: BSC featuring Andre "Eu soul" (Grooveland Music CD-R)

Grooveland Music follow up the worldwide success of Tarek's "Desabafo" with another banger by the Brazilian Soul Crew (Edground, Claudio Mansur, Alexandre Zee) titled "Eu soul" which is guaranteed to become an instant classic, featuring a heartfelt vocal courtesy of Andre. The original is on a deep laidback tip, with phat keys and synth chords accompanying the vocals while the resistless groove is guaranteed to keep your feet movin'. Various slammin' remixes are included, with Abicah Soul adding his trademark warm and deep, percussive touch to the track, while Anto Vitale is spicing the vibe up with a raw'n'gritty bassline, jazzy keys and spacey synth chords. Next is Dave Lynam who turns the track into a heavily thumpin' tech-soul affair that goes as deep as it gets, followed by Hernan Cronner who smoothes the vibe down for a ten minute plus journey into mellow jazzy deepness. Lastly Bradford James and Trinidadian Deep team up for a hypnotic afro-tribal interpretation. There is word that remixes by BSC, Daniel D, Eddie Valdez, Fernando Ribeiro, Jarrier Modrow, RyB and Tarek will follow in another package.

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Reviews July 19, 2008

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Stacey Mallory featuring Gerideau "Changes" (Iwanai Music Records CD Promo)

In May 2007, we gave you an exclusive preview of this uplifting production by Stacey Mallory which now has been picked up by Iwanai Music who release it complete with brand new remixes. "Changes" features a marvelous vocal by the legendary Gerideau over a deep'n'smooth backing groove that is enriched with a lovely piano, lush keys and great strings. The 'Underground Mix' toughens things up, taking it straight to way deeper grounds, with moody keys leading the way for the soulful vocals. On remix duty we have Fanatix and 83 West who both deliver awesome interpretations. Fanatix rework the track into a fierce, funk soaking garage gem that is spiced with phat keys and chords while 83 West smooth the vibe down a bit for a deep and laidback journey into melodious vibes.

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Reviews July 12, 2008

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Panevino & O-Jam "Contigo O Sin Ti" (Panevino Music Records CD Promo)

With "Contigo O Sin Ti", Panevino presents the perfect vibes for the summer, combining a hot and sexy spanish vocal courtesy of O-Jam with a smooth yet fierce groove that is enriched with wonderful jazzy keys and masterly performed vibraphone, altogether creating an uplifting feeling. The hypnotic, dub-alike 'PV Sin Ti In Space Mix' toughens things up for an electrofied feel perfect for peak time play, while Alix Alvarez contributes a laidback yet deeply rumblin' interpretation featuring wonderful synth chords and an even deeper, mesmerizing dub that puts the synth chords center stage to the package.

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Short Reviews July 7, 2008

Welcome to Volume 5 of our new format called Short Reviews on Spirit of House. Enjoy this deep, partly instrumental mixshow that will take you on a hypnotic journey...

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Reviews July 5, 2008

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Ananda Project featuring Heather Johnson "Let love fly" (Joe Claussell Remix)(NiteGroove Records CD Promo)

The magnificent "Let love fly" by Ananda Project gets a majestic reworking by the one and only Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell who turns out an eleven minute epic masterpiece. The angelic voice of Heather Johnson combined with Joe's unique and incomparable orchestration and arrangement are a match made in heaven, resulting in an unrivaled journey through spiritual house grooves. The 'Simulacrum Dub' with its added funky flavors is creating a mesmerizing vibe that won't let loose.

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Reviews June 29, 2008

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MD X-Spress "God made me phunky" (Remixes)(Defected Records CD Promo)

Mike Dunn's "God made me phunky" is one of those tunes that has stayed a DJ's favorite since its initial release back in 1994. And with this phat remix package (that also includes the original in re-mastered format), this track is guaranteed to continue its success. Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero turns the track into a resistless tribal house stomper with old-skool chords, while Aaron Ross & Alix Alvarez team up for a lush deep house interpretation. Izmabad (aka Simbad and Karizma) stray true to the original while infusing the track with the trademark Karizma sound (and with vocal and dubs included, its an invitation to get creative). Groove Assassin is jackin' up things on his reworking, while the 'Unreleased Remix' is on an old-school deep house tip.

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Reviews June 22, 2008

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Darryl D'Bonneau "Say you're gonna stay" (JellyBean Soul Records CD Promo)

After the success of the Scott Wozniak remixes of "Revenge", Jellybean Soul dig out another Darryl D'Bonneau classic from their vaults: "Say you're gonna stay", a fabulous soulful gem from 1995 featuring heartfelt vocals that got the remix treatment from heavyweights DJ Meme and JoVonn. DJ Meme delivers a feel-good interpretation featuring a gorgeous piano and classic strings that together with the smoothly stormin' groove create an uplifting feeling, while JoVonn goes as deep as it gets and turns out an absolutely relentless gem that is all about the vocals and incredible keys (check the dub which features additional freaky keys that are guaranteed to give you the thrill). As a special treat, the original version is included as well. Watch out for the forthcoming "Remixed & Reimagined" album featuring many more of Darryl D'Bonneau's classic songs reworked.

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Short Reviews June 15, 2008

Welcome to Volume 4 of our new format called Short Reviews on Spirit of House. This one is quite a departure from our usual style as it gets techy, but nevertheless we hope you enjoy it...

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Reviews June 15, 2008

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Hanna Hais "I love America" (ATAL Music Records CD Promo)

The first single taken from Hanna Hais' upcoming album is a cover of the 1978 disco classic "I love America" by Patrick Juvet. With DJ Meme on production and a 14 piece orchestra in the studio, the result is simply stunning, having that distinctive old-school orchestration to it will love those classic disco productions for, while sounding fresh and crisp as if that sound just has been invented. Patick Juvet's timeless classic is back in this magnificent interpretation by Hanna Hais that has anthem written all over it.
 

The Thompson Project featuring Gary L. "Messin' with my mind" (Remixes)(SoulFuric Records CD Promo)

Ten years ago, Keith Thompson teamed up with Gary L. for "Messin' with my mind" which became an instant classic. Now right in time for summer 2008 this anthem returns with a phat remix package. First up are London's The Layabouts who rework the track into an absolutely irresistible, deeply thumpin' affair featuring lush keys and chords that perfectly accompany the vocals. Their dub mixes go even deeper and give the track an intense hypnotic vibe. Up and coming producers Guy Robin contribute a wonderfully orchestrated classic interpretation to the package that is all about a soulful groove, classy strings and jazzy keys, while Phonic Funk fire things up on their take that features catchy synths over a powerful, relentless groove. Completing the package are the classic UBP and Jazz'N'Groove mixes, making this an essential package not to be missed.

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Short Reviews June 8, 2008

Welcome to Volume 3 of our new format called Short Reviews on Spirit of House. There is so much fresh music out there that deserves to be heard, so here we go...

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Reviews June 8, 2008

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

The older one amongst us will surely remember the 1985 house classic "Like this" by Kimberly J. Salter aka K. Joy, back then produced by the legendary Chip E. (if you don't know this classic track yet, check the 'Original 1985 Remix' which is included in this package to experience a real timeless underground house classic). Now, over 20 years later, this track return in the form of these fresh remixes. First we see Peter 'CWB' Mooka teaming up with K. Joy for the 'Deep House Mix', a deeper than deep interpretation featuring marvelous chords that give it an old school touch. Next is Chazz who gives the track a tougher edge on his 'South African Mix', while the 'I wanna see you freak Nwk, NJ Mix' by the team of Cassioware, Chip E. and the O.G.'s features additional vocals by Cassioware and is a slammin' piece of raw underground house with a dirty edge. Closing the package is DJ Kemit's 'ATL Club Mix', a smooth percussion enriched, funk soaked reworking featuring lovely keys and chords.

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