Picks of the Week

Smith Hall featuring Veronique "Love's call" (Mixmode Records CD Promo)

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Detroit based Mixmode Records presents the adorable "Love's call" produced by Delano Smith and Derwin Hall, featuring an uplifting vocal by songstress Veronique over a truly deep yet soulful backing that is enriched with sweet percussion elements, wonderful synth melodies and jazzy keys. Pirahnahead smoothes down the vibe a bit and injects the track with infectious funky flavas, which together with the jazzy keys and atmospheric melodies create a resistless feeling.

Image Anto Vitale presents "Broken wings", a superb production featuring a marvelous organic orchestration and outstanding vocals courtesy of the highly talented Tamara Wellons who sings her heart out, with the result being simply wonderful. Ian Friday takes the song to deeper grounds, turning out an absolutely hypnotic interpretation you can't resist to dance to, while John Beltran's beautiful remix is a latinesque affair oozing with sweet mellow vibes. A future classic - miss it at your own risk.

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Brazilian Soul Crew "Tema do Brazil" (Iwanai Music Records CD Promo)

Image With "Tema do Brazil", the Brazilian Soul Crew (Claudio Mansur, Edground & AZee) presents a wonderful production full of uplifting emotions oozing with soulful vibes created by a marvelous orchestration that includes lush atmospheric synth melodies, beautiful piano and flutes alongside gorgeous xylophones over a smooth groove.  The 'Espritual Dub' is heating the vibe up with its sweet tribal groove. The remixes are courtesy of Anto Vitale who injects the track with mesmerizing synth chords and a fierce drum driven groove to create a more intense yet very soulful feel.

Image In the past, there was once a track called "Track 1" by house music legend Kerri Chandler released as part of the "Atmosphere EP" through Shelter Records (later also known as "Atmosphere" as dubs were released by Ibadan Records, and you might also remember further remixes which sampled the vocals of "You are in my system" by The System to full effect) that keeps on rockin' dance floors around the globe since then... Now today we've got "Track 1 Revisited" which transforms this timeless house anthem into a classic for the 21st century. Five mixes to choose from, either featuring amazing keys, jazzy saxophone by Nadir Simon or both in a hot combination, with the subjacent musical backings being absolutely ruthless. Get back in time with the 'New Old School Mix', keep on jammin' to the 'Jazz Mix' or choose one of the other three mixes for a deep house extravaganza seldom heard. Simply Kerri Chandler at his best. And the man  himself talks about more mixes coming soon... can't wait to hear them !!

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Wil Milton & Rodney Carter "Fly away" (Blak Ink Records CD Promo)

Image Wil Milton and Rodney Carter are unstoppable at the moment as they unleash another bomb titled "Fly away" featuring Rodney Carter at the top of his game, delivering an inspirational vocal performance. The 'Gravity NYC Mix' is a deep mesmerizing affair featuring superb keys and lush synth chords over a funk drenched groove, followed by the delightful uplifting 'Latin Soul Vocal' that is all about the jazzy instrumentation and sweet synth melodies. The 'Dub Away' deepens the vibe for a hypnotic jazzed-up journey through the underground, while 'Beat the Bass' emphasizes bass, beats and vocals. Completing the package are beat and instrumental versions.

The Realm featuring Tony Momrelle "Time" (Remixes)(Papa Records CD Promo)

Image Hot on the heels of the original soulful mixes comes a massive remix package by Phil Asher (under his Restless Soul disguise) and The Layabouts (Leigh Darlow, Alex Paschali and Ben Logan). First up is Phil Asher who keeps the vibe soulful while reworking the track into a groovy deep house gem featuring gorgeous synth chords and keys that perfectly harmonize with Tony Momrelle's inspirational vocals. The Layabouts go slightly deeper on their take, giving the track more of late night, early morning appeal thanks to the wonderful melodies created by atmospheric synths.

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Groove Junkies featuring Wendy Brune' "Shut up n' dance" (MoreHouse Records CD Promo)

Image Right in time for Miami, the Groove Junkies (Evan Landes and Parrish Wintersmith) drop a bomb that is guaranteed to rock the dance floors for months if not years to come. "Shut up n' dance" is the second single from their upcoming album "In the zone" and features marvelous vocals by Wendy Brune'. The original is absolutely irresistible, with a funk drenched groove leading the way for mesmerizing chords and Wendy Brune's sexy powerful vocals. The 'Old Skool Rub' slightly relaxes the groove, with the wicked keys adding a late 80s/early 90s feel to the track, while the 'NYC Deep Dub' goes as deep as it gets, making it an after hours essential. Richard Earnshaw contributes a slammin' remix, reworking the track into a relentless, punchy affair. With instrumentals and an acapella tool included, this is a must have for your collection.

 

Ralf GUM featuring Daniel Thomas "Higher high" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

Image With "Higher high", Ralf GUM presents a stellar Disco influenced dance floor stomper based around a funk drenched backdrop, featuring outstanding vocals by UK singer Daniel Thomas which together with the old school tinged keys, classic strings and lovely guitars create an intense feeling you can't resist to dance to. Ralf GUM's 'Deeper Deep' mixes are the choice for all the deep house headz loving it deep'n'soulful yet resistless, while The Realm rework the track into a fiercely groovin' affair that oozes with soulful vibes from the beginning to the end. This slice of uplifting dance music is a must have for your collection.

 

Tortured Soul "Home to you" (Remixes Part I)(TSTC Records CD Promo)

Image Tortured Soul launch their brand new label TSTC Records with a bang!! "Home to you" is taken from their upcoming album "Did you miss me" (set to drop late March). The song is wonderfully instrumentated, with a groovy funked-up backdrop leading the way for jazzy keys, wicked guitar and outstanding vocals. Tortured Soul's own JKriv beefs up the groove while staying true to the original, with his partner Ethan White is serving a deepened interpretation built around a smooth groove. Quentin Harris delivers one of his best remixes in recent time, adding his distinctive touch while preserving the vibe of the original.

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DJ Meme featuring Rachel Claudio "Any love" (Part 1)(SoulFuric Records CD Promo)

Image Take a timeless Disco anthem such as Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Any love" and have DJ Meme - one of today's most talented and sought after producers and remixers - create his own interpretation full of classic strings, beautiful flutes and the fantastic voice of the incomparable Rachel Claudio. The result is an amazing piece of 21st century Disco that stays true to the roots of this sound. Then have DJ Spen add a little twist by adding his infectious flava that is guaranteed to cause a stir on the dance floors. Finally Alfred Azzetto rounds the package off with his deep, relentlessly stormin' tech-soul tinged dub and instrumental versions.

Dele Sosimi "Wahala Identity Mix" (Sosue Soulkomplex Remixes)(Raw Artistic Records CD Promo)

Image Dele Sosimi is a well respected afro beat artist whose "Identity" album was released in 2007 through Helico Records. The album's magnificent "Wahala" has been licensed to Raw Artistic Records who present a package of not to be missed remixes by Sosue. The 'Soulkomplex Main' mixes are on a laidback yet captivating tip that lets the original orchestration shine all over, with fierce drums and percussion added that create a resistless feel. The 'Soulkompley Alternate' mixes intensify the vibe to the max with a spiced up groove that is absolutely hypnotic. The also included dub and beat versions are great DJ tools that give you plenty of options to play around.

Image Paris Brightledge, the voice behind the all-time house classic "It's alright", presents the marvelous three track "If It's Love EP" where he blesses us with his passionate vocals. All three track - "If it's love" produced by Marvin Ervin, "Without love" produced by D.J. Kaje and "What Can I do" produced by CZR - impress with their funk soaked grooves, classic tinged strings, gorgeous keys and funky spices that make this something special not to be missed.

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Leo Cuenca featuring Rachel Claudio "If it's right" (Stalwart Records CD Promo)

Image Stalwart go from strength to strength with their releases, with their latest "If it's right" by Parisian Leo Cuenca being a soulful affair based on a powerful organic groove, with a catchy piano and lush synth hooks accompanying the outstanding vocals by Rachel Claudio. The 'Mucho Gusto Dub' gives the track a gritty funked-up feel, while DJ Meme is firing things up on his hypnotic, strings and synths loaded remix. DJ Rork further intensifies the vibe and turns it into a peak time favorite.

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Behind Deep London are Australian Johnny Kaz and French/West Indian Stan-ley who started their own club nights in London in 2007. Now they launch the accompanying record label which gives us an outlook on what to expect in the coming months. "Leaving you" by Candy Apple features a passionate vocal by Anjou over a soulful backing that is enriched with jazzy keys and sax, while "Building of deep" by Deep Y'All (aka DJ Rico) is a deep mesmerizing, afro drenched track featuring vocals by Kathrin alongside wicked synth chords. Africa Got Soul cover the Temptation classic "Papa was a rolling stone", with Stan-ley delivering a hot jazz-funk soaking remix that can't deny its afro roots. Lastly "Love me or leave me" by Stan-ley is featured in a version by DJ Garphie who gives the track a deep raw edge.

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