Reviews October 7, 2007

Picks of the Week

Exclusive Preview: Alfredo Norese featuring Kaysee "Gettin' down" (CD-R)

Argentinean producer Alfredo Norese teams up with Kaysee, a young British singer on the rise. "Gettin' down" is a feel-good production on a funky edge that features an amazing vocal performance by Kaysee over a fierce yet smooth backing groove that is enriched with a lovely flute, classy horns, wicked guitar and melodic keys that altogether create an uplifting feeling that will bring sunshine to your heart. Simply beautiful.

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Reviews September 30, 2007

Picks of the Week

Patrick Green featuring Nimba Burr "Qua tanka" (Sofitone Records CD Promo)

It took some time for this beauty to finally see the light of the day (Spirit of House did review the rough original back in Mach 2005), but it definitely has been worth the wait. Patrick Green teams up with Liberian diva Nimba Burr for the powerful yet soulful "Qua tanka" that is on an afro-house vibe featuring a lovely orchestration including an outstanding saxophone solo, lovely guitar and wicked organ ride, with Nimba Burr providing a passionate vocal performance. Beside the main 'Grass Roots Mix', there is the 'Organ Ride' which puts the organ center stage and a dub that slightly smoothes things down for a deeper take perfect for late night play. Mr. Cubanix goes even deeper, turning out a wicked reworking featuring catchy synths that make this a winner. Completing the package is very useful acapella version.

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Pour Le Connaisseur: Bitter:Sweet "The Remix Game" (Quango Music Group CD)

Image There are times when you come across something special that you need to share with others. This is the case with this beautiful album by Bitter:Sweet (who is Kiran Shahani and singer Shana Halligan) titled "The Remix Game" that features reworkings of tracks from their captivating debut album "The Mating Game" (even if you haven't heard of them before, you might have heard of their music as it was featured in TV series and movies such as "Grey's Anatomy", "Nip/Tuck", "Desperate Housewives" or "The Devil Wears Prada"). Mixmasters such as Nicola Conte, Thievery Corporation, AtJazz, Skeewiff - to name just a few - create an eclectic soundtrack ranging from deep house to funky breakbeats that confirms their supremacy as electronic lounge masters they are acclaimed for both by their fans as well as by the critics.

Pour Le Connaisseur: Domu presents Pete Simpson "Look A Little Further" (Papa Records CD Promo)

Image Both Domu (aka Dominic Stanton) and Pete Simpson need no introduction as they are household names with all the lovers for soulful music. Together they have created a wonderful soul album titled "Look A Little Further" that features ten wonderful songs produced by Domu with the help of Mike Patto (Reel People) and Pete Kuzma (Jill Scott). Domu's tight drum production together with Pete Simpson's incomparable voice result in an seminal and inspiring style of soul that make this album to stand out from the rest. The future of soul is right here. Highly recommended.

Reviews September 23, 2007

Picks of the Week

UPZ "United People of Zion" (SoWhat Records CD Promo)

Image After having several highly successful single releases, UPZ (the project of producer and DJ Avi Elman) drop their self titled "United People of Zion" album which features some of their previous releases as well as unreleased tracks and forthcoming singles. The album continues where the singles left off, bringing you soulful dance grooves that fuse house with latin, afro, caribbean an urban sounds. Even some wonderful down tempo songs are included on this album. All of the track are beautifully crafted, showcasing the class and talent of Avi Elman. Watch out for the Abicah Soul remix of the massive "NoIZ" coming soon on Objektivity Records.

 

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In the Spotlight: Joe Rizla "World Harmony" (Black Keys Music CD Promo)

Image Joe Rizla has been putting out some of the most respectable deep house releases in recent months on his own Black Keys Music label. Now, with "World Harmony", he serves a full twelve track album that takes you on a journey through various genres of deep house, melting various styles to create irresistible grooves. This album takes of where the previous 12" releases left off, giving you the choice between twelve fantastic tracks. Deep house music not just for the serious heads, but for everyone who loves it.

Reviews September 16, 2007

Picks of the Week

Jozana featuring CeiBei "I told you so" (Unified Records CD Promo)

Unified Records finally give the wonderful "I told you so" by Jozana a full release - including 12" vinyl for all the collectors out there. Featuring a stellar vocal by CeiBei, "I told you so" is a beautifully orchestrated production that will keep your feet movin' with its soulful rhythmic vibes. Glenn Underground delivers a marvelous rendition with his unique, unmistakable touch added that gives the song a timeless feeling - a sure shot classic.

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Reviews September 9, 2007

Picks of the Week

Underground Ministries featuring Kenny Bobien "I shall not be moved" (Remixes)(SoulFuric Records CD Promo)

The wait is over!! One of the definite gospel house classics finally returns with fantastic remixes (available to a very few selected people only for quite some time). Originally released on Flatline Records back in 1999, the Holland Tunnel Project & James Perry produced "I shall not be moved" features an inspiring vocal by the one and only Kenny Bobien alongside incredible background vocals that give this song an incomparable uplifting feeling. The original is pure timeless New Jersey garage that is taken to new grounds by DJ Meme who gives it an irresistibly stompin' reworking that is beautifully orchestrated, with a reprise that will bring tears to your eyes. Brian Tappert provides a pumpin' edit of the original version alongside a relentless peak time dub with killer chords, while Soul Creation come up with a deeply thumpin' interpretation with resistless keys leading the ways for the unmistakable vocals. Their dub takes things even deeper, with hypnotic keys adding an underground touch.
 

Domenico Navarra featuring Monique Henry "So lonely" (Part Two)(GrooveLand Music Records CD Promo)

Part one of this release is a former "Pick of the Week" here at Spirit of House, and part two gets the same honors as these news mixes take "So lonely" to the next level. Whether it is Kings of Soul, Haldo or eDeep, what this package offers is blissful deep house reworkings, with Monique's heartfelt vocals shining on each and every interpretation. Whether it is the deeply thumpin' take by Kings of Soul, the deeply groovin' Haldo reworking or eDeep's funk spiced deeply rumblin' affair, there is no bad choice here. As a bonus, the full length version of the 'Original Mix' is included in the package.

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Reviews September 2, 2007

Picks of the Week

Groove Assasin featuring Pete Simpson "Like what U do (girl)" (Camio Records CD Promo)

With "Like what U do (girl)", Camio present an outstanding release that has timeless classic stamped all over it. Produced by Groove Assasin and featuring the incomparable Pete Simpson on vocals, this is a beautifull orchestrated, absolutely resistless and soulful gem that will be rocking the dancefloors for years to come. Dom Navarra contributes a laidback, percussion driven latin house interpretation, while M-Sol delivers a deeply rumblin' reworking that is spreading an uplifting feeling through the beautiful keys and chords. H&H provide a laidback reworking featuring a great jazzy sax and lovely guitar riff. Closing the package is a wonderful, live instrumentated mid-tempo reprise by label head Jonny Montana.
 

Exclusive Preview: Chaka Khan featuring Mary J. Blige "Disrespectful" (Matthias Heilbronn Mixes)(Burgundy/Sony Records CD Promo)

Chaka Khan returns with the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced "Funk this" album this month, with "Disrespectful" being one of the first singles to be released. The song is a duet with Mary J. Blige, and its pure funk bliss with the two divas providing strong inspirational vocals. Matthias 'Matty' Heilbronn reworks the song in a wonderful way, with his 'SoulFlower Mix' being a smooth and soulful funky jam on a midtempo tip, while his 'PDP Mix' is an uptempo house take that nicely blends the funky vibes with wicked keys and a relentless groove. The 'Disrespected Dub' is a great addition to the 'PDP Mix' that puts the keys centerstage.

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Reviews August 26, 2007

So much great music this week... It would have been unfair to choose just one or two picks, so its your turn to pick your favorites. Enjoy !!

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Reviews August 19, 2007

Picks of the Week

Exclusive Preview: Mario Biondi "This is what you are" (Alex Dimitri South Soul Re-Touch)(CD-R)

Alex Dimitri takes on the wonderful jazz-soul-funky "This is what you are" from Mario Biondi & the High Five Quintet's longplayer "Handful of soul" (an album which we highly recommend, with the High Five Quintet consisting of some of Italy's best jazz musicians). This 'South Soul Re-Touch' keeps the vibe of the original alive, with a soulful yet fierce backing groove being nicely layed under the original orchestration, turning the track into a timeless jazz house anthem.

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Reviews August 12, 2007

Picks of the Week

Jihad Muhammad featuring Lorraine Reid "Open your eyes" (Camio Records CD Promo)

With "Open your eyes", Camio present a smooth production by Jihad Muhammad featuring a wonderful vocal performance by Lorraine Reid (who also wrote the lyrics) alongside a lovely guitar by Kelton Cooper and jazzy piano by Vincent Jeffries that is spreading a laidback feeling. Eddy G takes it to deeper grounds while keeping it soulful, with melodic chords leading the way for the vocals and jazzy piano. M-Sol power things up on their take, using a stormin' groove alongside spheric synths and wicked keys to give it an irresistible vibe. Lastly UPZ deliver a deep and groovy interpretation that keeps it laidback with warm keys and a lovely guitar.

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