Reviews December 29, 2006

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Dom Navarra featuring Antonio "A thousand words" (Stalwart Records CD Promo)

"A thousand words" is the third collaboration of Dom Navarra with his brother Antonio Navarra who delivers a passionate and emotional vocal performance over a mellow latinesque groove that features a wonderful guitar and harmonic keys that give it a laidback feeling. H&H spice it up by adding funky ingredients and accelerating the groove, making it a definite pick for peaktime play, while DJ Rocco takes it deeper on his interpretation which has a techy feel to it.

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Reviews December 10, 2006

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George Mena & Franke Estevez "Lose control (The Album)" (Fuzion Records Digital Download)

Image George Mena & Franke Estevez have been taking the dance music scene by storm with both their original productions as well as remixes for various artists in the last few years, thanks to their musicianship and love for the music. Earlier this year at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, some of the songs from their debut longplayer "Lose control" have been live performed, building anticipation among the attending music lovers. Now the album has been releaed, including both instrumental and vocal productions featuring a variety of dance community's best known artists such as Arnold Jarvis, K.T. Brooks and Temple Dynasty to name just a few. All the songs on the album showcase the versatility and skills of George Mena and Franke Estevez as they bless us with their uplifting and top quality productions that include influences from various musical genres. Digital Downloads available at Dancetracks Digital.

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Reviews December 3, 2006

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Mr. V "Welcome home" (Vega/Defected Records CD / Digital Download)

Image Victor Font - better known as Mr. V - has become a household name in the house music scene in recent years as DJ, producer, remixer and also as MC. On his debut album, he showcases his talents, drawing on his influences and inspirations to create songs that are full of heart and soul, fusing house beats with street flavors such as r&b and hip hop. The tracks feature social lyrics (listen to "Make peace" to get an idea), infectious grooves and beats (listen to "Put your drink down" or "Wind ya body"), with some laidback moments to be found as well. Digital Downloads available at Dancetracks Digital.

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Reviews November 26, 2006

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Phil Hooton "When you think your all alone" (Rapture Trax Records CD Promo)
Phil Hooton "Hard Times EP" (Rapture Trax Records CD Promo)

Phil Hooton and his partner in crime Mr. Gamble continue to release musical masterpieces on the Rapture Trax label. This are just two of four new releases he will release in the upcoming weeks and month. "When you think your all alone" features that unmistakable hook form Herbie Hancock's "Stars", backed up with a wonderful instrumentation composed of lovely strings, jazzy keys, hammond organ, dreamy flute and a subtle bassline that altogether create a musical bliss. The second version features an additional brass section, adding some more more jazz flavors. The "Hard Times EP" features the laidback, old-school tinged deep houser "Everythings gonna be alright" and the uplifting "Don't take love for granted" featuring a marvellous piano over a thumpin' groove.

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Reviews November 19, 2006

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Dennis Ferrer "The world as I see it" (KingStreet/Defected Records CD / Digital Download)

Dennis Ferrer has been one of the driving forces in soulful house music in the past 15 years, with many of his productions and remixes becoming classics. With "The world as I see it", he releases his debut albom that features a selection of recent single releases as well as brand new material, having written and produced (with the help of Selan on "I can't imagine" and Mia Tuttavilla on "Touched the sky") all the songs. The album covers a wide range of genres of house music flavors, ranging from r&b inspired tunes like "I can't imagine", "Touched the sky" and "How do I let go" to deep underground grooves such as "Underground is my home" or the afro-beat ridden "Run free" and "Change the world". But that is not all, there are also the tracks that took the world by storm: "Church lady" and "Son of raw", with "Transitions" and "P 2 Da J" being the next possible crossover monsters. A wonderful album not to be missed. Digital downloads available at Dancetracks Digital.

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Reviews November 12, 2006

Michael Procter "Rise up" (MyChan Records CD Promo)

Image Michael Procter, one of the true legends of house music returns with a slammin' release that he wrote, arranged and produced by himself. And of course, this exceptionally gifted singer does bless us with his unmistakable voice that is full of emotion and soul. "Rise up" is an uplifting song full of energy, with Fabio Bacchini delivering an incredibly funky interpretation that features a marvellous interpretation. On the dub, he is firing things up, creating an absolutely relentless vibe that will take dancefloors by storm. Santiago Cortes delivers a deepeer and smoother interpretation that is spreading a more laidback vibe while keeping the uplifting feeling alive. This track is exclusively available over the internet for the time being.

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In the Spotlight: Tortured Soul "Introducing" (R2 Records CD / Digital Download)

Image Tortured Soul had their first success with the release "I might do something wrong" back in 2001 when the bands only member was John-Christian Urich. Ethan White (keys & backing vocals) and JKriv (bass & backing vocals) joined John-Christian Urich (drums & lead vocals) and the success continued with the singles "Fall in love" and "How's your life". The release of their debut longplayer "Introducing" was just a question of time, and it is a shame it did not get the recognition it deserved upon its initial release in 2004 (on the rather unknown Purupose label) as Tortured Soul showcase their experienced musicianship, blessing us with their soulful music that has influences from soul, afro, samba, house and more. Thanks to UK based R2 Records this gem just got re-released, for the first time not only on vinyl, but also on CD and as Digital Downloads available at Dancetracks Digital.

Reviews November 5, 2006

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Claude Monnet presents Torre "Panache" (Purple Music Tracks Records CD Promo)

French producer and DJ Claude Monnet presents "Panache" by Torre, their debut for Purple Music. "Panache" is a piece of modern cosmic disco that combines a funktified groove with a hypnotic bassline and electronic elements to create an infectious, 70's styled disco-house track that is absolutley relentless. The dub takes the track to a slightly more elecrtronic level. A second dub will be available digital download only. With all the hype around electro house going on at the moment , this one clearly stands out and takes the genre to a new level.

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Reviews October 29, 2006

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SUMO featuring Clarisse Muvemba "Lovebeat" (HEYA Hifi CD Promo)

"Lovebeat" is taken from SUMO's brilliant album "The danceband" and features a magnificent vocal performance by Clarisse Muvemba. The groove on the main version is nothing than just resistless, enriched with wonderful keys and a vocal performance that adds a touch of jazz to the song. Innocent Sorcerers rework the song into a soulful piano driven broken beat groover, while Karizma adds his trademark beats and some wicked keys to create a deep and moody dub. SUMO themselves deliver an outstanding dub that takes you back to the good old days of disco, being full of percussive elements and effects, with the keys adding the flavours of the new millenium. Not to be missed.

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In the Spotlight: "Pleasure Club's Finest Two" mixed by Andreas Thiessen (CKP Records CD)

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DJ Andreas Thiessen is the host of the Pleasure Club events and has also released a couple of successful singles under the aliases Pleasure Bar (on the highly acclaimed german dance label Milk & Sugar Records) and Timbalestics.

For the second time, he presents the mixed compilation "Pleasure Club's Finest", a selection that describes the vibe and athmosphere he creates in his sets by combining soulful deep house with balearic grooves, enriching them with some sligthly darker and tribalistic tracks to create a soulful and twisted flow of melodies and grooves.

Reviews October 22, 2006

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KC Jackson "All things praise" (Grooveland Music Records CD Promo)

With only two releases out yet, Grooveland Music has already gained lots of respect in the community thanks to their addiction to quality music. Their third release is courtesy of young producer KC Jackson who presents a beautiful song with preacher vocals over a percussion loaded, funktified groove. e.deep delivers a soulful interpretation that uses phat beats and a rumbling bassline topped with jazzy keys and a magnificent saxophone. The Beat Brothers (J Wagner & Wander A) use great guitar licks and spacey keys to give the track an old school funky and laidback feeling, while Bradford James' reworking is on a deep and moody tip featuring jazzy keys that give it a relaxed feeling.
 

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In the Spotlight: Markus Enochson "Night games" (Sonar Kollektiv Records CD / Digital Download)

Image Markus Enochson has made himself a name over the past few years for being a very versatile producer who crosses the boundaries of traditional genre distinctions to create his own unique sound with both his own releases on various labels (MAW, Ricanstruction, Crash and Flamingo Disco to name just a few) and remixes for other artists such as Kenny Bobien, Charles Webster and not to forget  his massive remix of Koop's "Summer sun". After releasing the 12" "Got to let you know" a couple of year ago on Sonar Kollekiv, the same label brings us his longawaited debut album "Night games" where Markus takes us on a musical journey that proves that the boundaries within dance music have become increasingly eroded and are merging with each other - think of a fusion of broken beats, electro and traditional house to name just a few of the album's influences. Various vocalists such as Demetreus, Masaya, Caroline and also the legendary James Ingram are featured. An inspiring album that invites you to discover the broad range of today's dance music. Digital downloads of the album are available at Dancetracks Digital.

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