Reviews January 27, 2008

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KT Brooks and Libby Jones "You are wonderful" (D#Sharp Records CD Promo)

Joe Flame and his D#Sharp label kick 2008 off in a big way with the incredible "You are wonderful", a masterly produced vocal production featuring outstanding vocal performances by both KT Brooks and Libby Jones. Coming in none less than six equally brilliant versions (including remixes by Jaysun and Louie Balo), "You are wonderful" is all about the spiritual vocals and the infectious grooves that create an uplifting and resistless feeling that will catch you with every listen.
 

Joe Rizla featuring Natasha Koss "Just one night" (Black Keys Music Records CD Promo)

Joe Rizla follows up the wonderful deep house vocal production "Sunday afternoon" with the next bomb titled "Just one night", again featuring Natasha Koss who delivers a beautiful sweet vocal over a deeply stormin' backing groove that is enriched with marvelous jazzy keys and chords, altogether creating an irresistible vibe. Beside vocal and instrumental versions, there is a magnificent reprise (the 'Bassapella') included in the package.

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In the Spotlight: Justin Imperiale "Stereophonic" (Cabana Records CD Promo)

Image Previously only available in Japan, Justin Imperiale's full length album "Stereophonic" will finally be available all over the world soon through Cabana Records, his own label. The album continues what the two previous single releases (the "Deeper than EP" and "Piano Daze", both included on the album) started: bringing you intelligent deep and jazzy house music by a gifted musician, with all ten included tracks being soaked with influences from soul, afro, jazz and latin, with various talented guest musicians contributing to the project that oozes with its versatility. The result is a timeless, wonderfully crafted album that should not be missed.

Reviews January 20, 2008

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Reel People featuring Tony Momrelle & Imaani "Amazing" (Papa Records CD Promo)

"Amazing" is the second single taken from Reel People's forthcoming "Seven ways to wonder" long player. In its original form, "Amazing" is an updated take on the beloved, classic 80's soul sound, featuring outstanding vocal performances by Tony Momrelle and Imaani. Jon Cutler contributes a marvelous New York styled deep house interpretation, adding his distinct style to the song. Tarantulaz (Sir Piers and Tony Economides) are next, delivering a powerful yet soulful interpretation that is wonderfully orchestrated, with beautiful chords leading the way for the vocals, all nicely arranged over a fierce funktified groove. A classy remix package that manages to keep the magic of the original alive while transforming it for the soulful dance floors.

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Reviews January 13, 2008

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The Temple Dynasty "Keep rising" (DeepHaven Music Records CD Promo)

Undoubtedly, "Keep rising" is a future classic!! Listen for yourself and you will agree with us. The positive energy spread by the uplifting vocals and the beautiful orchestration will catch you in an instant, with the melodies and rhymes not to be let gone from your mind. The Temple Dynasty (Diamond Temple, Rob 'Da Noize' Temple, Felicia Temple) teamed up on this release with Louie 'Lou' Gorbea and Chris Perez to deliver one of the best gospel house songs in years - nothing more needs to be said beside that the package offers a variety of mixes for different occasions - such as an alternate vocal, two dubs and the 'Sunday Morning Mix' that takes you straight to church with just a piano accompanying the vocals . Listen and enjoy.
 

Exclusive Preview: Riverside Soul featuring Chuck Love and De'Monica "That party feelin'" (Vino Records CD Promo)

Monte Hillemann and De'Monica are behind the massive "That party feelin'" which features Chuck Love on synth and saxophone play courtesy of Jeff Horowich. "That party feelin'" is a feel good anthem built around a stormin' funktified groove that is absolutely resistless, with the synths and beautiful vocals by De'Monica further intensifying the vibe. The 'Sax Dub' replaces the vocals with a saxophone that adds a jazzy touch to it. Packed dance floors with hands in the air guaranteed.

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Reviews December 30, 2007

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Ralf GUM featuring Monique Bingham "Kissing strangers" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

With "Kissing strangers", Ralf GUM presents a fabulous production that has timeless stamped all over it thanks to the delightful organic live orchestration as well as to the unmistakable vocals provided by the one and only Monique Bingham. The differently arranged 'Alternate Club Mix' intensifies the funk flavors and puts the emphasis to the groove while not letting loose anything from the magical orchestration. Frankie Feliciano's take on the song is a masterpiece in its own right thanks to the relentless soulful groove and beautiful melodies that will instantly make you move. Phil Kullmann under his Raw Artistic Soul guise adds another dope remix to the package that takes the song to way deeper grounds by giving it a definite early morning sound. "Kissing strangers" is taken from Ralf GUM's forthcoming album "Uniting music" expected for release around April 2008.

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Reviews December 23, 2007

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Exclusive Preview: Heather Headley "I wish I wasn't" (Tony Loreto Spirit Sound Remix)(Consortium Muzik CD Promo)

Here we have a magnificent remix of Heather Headley's "I wish I wasn't" - yes we know there exist almost countless remixes of this track already, but this fresh one by Italian DJ and producer Tony Loreto will blow you away once you hear it. It's deep and groovy while keeping things soulful from beginning to the end, and it features marvelous keys and an organ ride that will bring tears to your eyes. This is the kind of r&b meets house that keeps soulful house alive forever. Watch out for Tony Loreto's upcoming release "The Spirit EP" on Tony Records as well as other remixes he did - we've heard some of them, they are absolutely slammin'.

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Reviews December 16, 2007

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Exclusive Preview: Park Street featuring Diana Waite "That feelin'" (MoD Records CD Promo)

Park Street are on a roll at the moment as they follow up their current club hit "Sometimes" with the equally compelling "That feelin'", again featuring the duties of Diana Waite who provides an outstanding vocal performance on this powerful production based on a fierce groove that is enriched with catchy keys that give the track a relentless feeling. The 'Go Deep Mix' takes the track to deeper grounds, with the captivating chords creating an incredibly intense feeling that will take dance floors by storm. Lastly MoD provide the 'Feelin Dub Mix', a groovy take on the track with a funky edge that features wicked synths and chords.

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Reviews December 9, 2007

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Exclusive Preview: Boddhi Satva & Abel Tabu "Moina ya mokili" (ATAL Records CD Promo)

Boddhia Satva and Abel Tabu team up with Congolese guitarist Danny Mpiana to present their interpretation of African music. The result is titled "Moina ya mokili" and features African styled vocals which together with the wonderful orchestration create an authentic soulful African vibe. The 'Original Mix' is a beautiful laidback affair perfect for chillin', with the 'Funky Mix' firing up the pace and adding some extra funky flavors. The 'Hi Life Mix' lays the focus on the drums, percussion and vocals to create a groovy feeling, while the 'Ancestral Mix' takes the track to deep house territory, with the African influences shining through. Abicah Soul fuses the African vibes with his distinct style of deep grooves to create a unique interpretation.

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Reviews December 2, 2007

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Various "Christmas in the House" (KingStreet Records CD Promo)

Image KingStreet Records have put together something really special for the most joyous season of the year as they present a compilation where an all-star line-up of soulful house artists and producers presents songs written and performed especially for the holidays. Stephanie Cooke, Kenny Bobien, Diviniti and Pirahnahead, DJ Oji & Joi Cardwell, DJ Spen and the Muthafunkaz, Ananda Project featuring Terrance Downs and Heather Johnson and Frankie Feliciano featuring Monique Bingham - they are all featured on this wonderful album, presenting their view on christmas in a soulful and laidback, sometimes funky and uplifting way. And with Eric Kupper taking on the solemn classic "Silent night" and Jihad Muhammad's "It's holiday time", there are two beautiful instrumentals included as well.. Truly chtristmas came early this year!!

 

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Reviews November 25, 2007

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Exclusive Preview: Martino "Cultured girl" (Remixes)(Iwanai Music Records CD Promo)

The classic "Cultured girl" from Martino gets the long awaited remix treatment - it definitely has been worth the wait. Martino teams up with Karizma for the 'Kartino Suite Mix', a deep and melodic reworking that sees both of them adding their unique style to the beats and keys, resulting in an absolute beauty that is smooth, resistless and hypnotic at the same time, taking you on a journey into the deepest imaginable grounds of house. Not to forget the sexy vocals courtesy of Syreeta Neal that add that little something extra. The second remix is courtesy of David Harness who comes up with a fantastic interpretation on his own, giving the track a deep and hypnotic reworking featuring a catchy hook and stellar chords.

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Reviews November 18, 2007

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Kenny Bobien "Set them free" (Rocco Remixes)(Soundmen On Wax Records CD Promo)

Kenny Bobien did the cover of this classing Sting song for his album "Blessed - A Gospel Dance Theory" back in 2000, and it has been a favorite with many DJs since then thanks to the spirituality the song is spreading through the incomparable voice of Kenny Bobien. Now Rocco takes on the song, taking things as deep as it gets, with the wonderful chords intensifying the spiritual nature of the track. Its pure magic, taking you on a joyous journey into spiritual house music that you wish would never end.

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Reviews November 11, 2007

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Rhody & Kaydee "Release the beauty" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

Behind this project are Swedish producer Martin 'Rhody' Eriksson and Nigerian songwriter and singer Kevin David 'Kaydee' Ichekor. Their "Release the beauty" is a wonderful production with a summery vibe that should bring warmth to your heart even in ice cold wintertime thanks to the uplifting vocals, lovely stings and jazzy piano. D3 provides a wonderful retro flavored funky reworking, while Melchyor A comes up with a deep'n'groovy interpretation. OGC give the track deeply rumblin' outfit, followed by Georg Neufeld who serves a sweet chill-house take. Carl Michael comes up with some serious old-school deep house, while Spiritual Blessings relax things on their jazz spiced deep house remix. Be warned, once you listen to it, you'll be addicted!

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