In the Spotlight: Studio Apartment "For her, for him, for you" (New World Records CD Promo)

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Studio Apartment (aka Masanori Morita and Noboru Abe) return with their 4th original album, following up the success of the highly acclaimed "People to people" longplayer from 2005. On "For her, for him, for you", they showcase their love for mixing different genres such as house, jazz, latin, afro and brazilian, with the result being innovative dance music full of creative moments. The list of guest artists includes Monique Bingham, Kimara Lovelace, Blaze, Ron Carroll and Deborah Bond who all contribute to this outstanding album.

Reviews June 10, 2007

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Rachel Claudio "Freedom" (Jaffa Music Records CD Promo)

Jaffa Music follow up their massive debut release "Miscommunicate" with "Freedom" by Rachel Claudio which is guaranteed to take dancefloors by storm. "Freedom" features a heartfelt, gospel tinged vocal performance over a ferocious funk flavored house groove that is enriched with wicked keys. Remixes are courtesy of DJ Fudge who reworks the track into a stormin' peaktime affair with an irresistible piano, while Raw Artistic Soul deliver a more laidback, beautifully instrumentated interpretation. Lastly Ralphski takes it to deeper and even more laidback grounds, letting warm melodic chords and a smooth groove create a mellow feeling.

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Reviews June 3, 2007

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Steve Paradise featuring Kiara S. "Carnival" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

"Carnival" is a beautiful samba-flavored latin house production featuring seductive vocals courtesy of jazz singer Kiara S. (aka Chiara Santagiuliana) and wonderful keys over a deeply stormin' groove. Spiritual Blessing give the track a deeply thumpin' tribal-ish outfit on a smooth edge, while Melchyor A. reworks the track into a deep'n'groovy, funky ingredients spiced monster jam (don't miss to check out his sexy bonus beats). Also included is the bonus track "This is house jazz" performed by Kiara S. which features a beautiful jazz piano that is leading the way for the smooth 4/4 beat and sexy vocals.

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Reviews May 27, 2007

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The Brooklyn Knightz "He'll give you shelter" (Rapture Trax Records CD Promo)

"He'll give you shelter" by The Brooklyn Knightz is a timeless gospel house production featuring both marvellous instrumentation and vocals. Produced by Phil Hooton and Rob Noize Temple , "He'll give you shelter" features wonderful keys, horns and guitar that together with the masterly performed vocals by Temple Dynasty create a feel good vibe every time you're gonna hear this uplifting and spiritual journey into house music. With a variety of instrumental versions included, this one is not to be missed.

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Reviews May 20, 2007

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Franky Boissy featuring Michael Watford "Back to my roots" (Purple Music Records CD Promo)

Franky Boissy has taken on the timeless Odyssey classic "Back to my roots" and together with the incomparable Michael Watford he delivers a magnificent cover. His original version is a smoothly stompin' affair full of funky flavors reminiscent of the 1981 classic. The Muthafunkaz rework the track into a resistless gospel house stomper, with their 'Huge Vibe Dub' being all about the vibes and the relentless groove. Italy's Luis Radio completes the package with a lovely reworking that is on a more laidback tip, preserving the classic funky feeling while adding some sweet balearic flavors to it.

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In the Spotlight: "Dennis Ferrer: In the House" (Defected Records 3xCD)

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Dennis Ferrer has been chosen to mix the 20th edition of the mighty "In the House" series by Defected, one of the best selling house mix series available worldwide. He is known first and foremost as a producer and remixer with the midas touch - just remember his timeless reworking of Blaze' "Most precious love" or the defining  Fish Go Deep "The cure & the cause" which still bring the dancefloors to a frenzy. On the other hand, he became one of the most versatile and innovative producers in recent years, and with his debut artist album "The world as I see it" he delivered a masterpiece that deftly linked soulful vocals with stripped down techy flavours. On his two "In the House" mixes, Dennis Ferrer elegantly blends soulful house grooves with deep techy vibes and peak time monsters, illustrating why he is considered one of the most skilled and sublime producers and DJs today. As a bonus, the package includes a third CD with a collection of tracks that inspired Dennis Ferrer.

Reviews May 13, 2007

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Miguel Migs "Those things" (Salted Music Records CD Promo)

"Those things" is the title track from Miguel Migs new artist album, featuring the lovely Lisa Shaw on vocals. On this track, Miguel Migs delivers a slammin' blend of dirty funky house grooves with electrofied flavors, while Lisa Shaw provides a passionate vocal to it. On the dub, the vocals are stripped down to let the music do the talking. Scott Wozniak comes up with stompin' reworking that features wicked snyths and organs that give it a classic NYC tip, while Simon Grey reworks the track into an old school disco-funk monster that is masterly instrumentated and arranged.

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Reviews May 6, 2007

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Various "Da way it should be done EP" (Consortium Muzik Records CD Promo)

Image Consortium Muzik present a wonderful EP here that brings you a variety of artists. Donnell King presents "Galactic pleasure" which features sexy spoken words over a deeply rumblin', funktified groove that is enriched with jazzy keys and a wicked guitar. Jazz legend Nina Simone sees her classic "Black is the color" transformed for the dancefloor by Klearvision who turn it into a driving affair that has a deep and moody vibe to it. The second interpretation of the song is courtesy of Andy Tamashi who takes it even deeper, with a wonderful jazzy piano leading the way.

Andy Tamashi goes solo on "It couldn't rain 4 ever", a true deep house production with magnificent ambient-ish keys anc melodic chords that give the track a laidback feeling perfect for afterhours play. "Strength of a man" is produced by Jalal Johnson and features an outstanding vocal performance by Carolyn Victorian and wonderful jazz piano over a deeply thumpin', slighlty techy backing groove. The 'Acoustic Mix' adds a beautiful acoustic guitar and sweet percussion to give it a sweeter feeling.

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Reviews April 29, 2007

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Groove Junkies featuring Indeya "Music's gotcha jumpin'" (2007 Remixes)(MoreHouse Records CD Promo)

MoreHouse celebrate their 25th release with a stellar remix package of the timeless "Music's gotcha jumpin'" which features a powerful vocal performance by the incomparable Indeya. Jay-J delivers a disco-house reworking with keys provided by Scott Wozniak that is absolutely relentless, with the dub being on a classic Philly-Disco tip that brings back memories of the glory days of disco and its timeless classics. Next there is the 'Liquid People presents Danism Remix' which uses moody chords over a fiercely stormin' backing groove, with additional male vocals amplifying the already intense vibe. One not to be missed!
 

Ananda Project "Fireworks" / "Universal love" (Remixes)(NiteGrooves Records Digital Download)

NiteGrooves present a wonderful double header featuring phat remixes of "Fireworks" and "Universal love", both lifted of Ananda Project's forthcoming album "Fire flower". Blaze take on "Fireworks" and give it a laidback reworking perfect for loungin', with marvellous keys accompanying the incredible voals by Terrence Downs, all beautifully arranged over a smooth percussion driven backing groove. Jay-J's reworking of "Universal love" uses a bouncy groove and warm melodic keys to create an uplifting feeling that is guaranteed to get everybody dancing.

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In the Spotlight: Wunmi "A.L.A." (Documented Records CD Promo)

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In the world of house music, Wunmi is best known for her work with Masters at Work, especiall the tribute to Fela Kuti "MAW expensive" from 1999. Since then, she worked with various renowned artists such as Osunlade, King Britt, Bugz in the Attic, Truby Trio and most recently with Raw Artistic Soul (on "Oya O", a worldwide club hit with mixes by Alix Alvarez) to name a few. But Wunmi ist not limited to just house music, she also is at home in ohter genres.

Now the time has come for Wunmi to unleash her debut solo album "A.L.A." (standing for "Africans Living Abroad") that features productions from the likes of Alix Alvarez, Pastaboys, Fauna Flash, Siji, M'Selem, Seiji and more. The album covers various genres and influences such as funk, soul, afrobeat, house, jazz and broken beat - any categorisation would be inappropriate and could not describe the versatility and uniqueness to be found on this album. It is probably best described as an open minded album by an impressive artist (beside singing, Wunmi is famous for her performances on stage), with the songs addressing serious problems of todays world.

Reviews April 22, 2007

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Karizma "A mind of its own" (R2 Records Digital Download)

Image "A mind of its own", the highly anticipated album of rising star Karizma, finally saw the light of the day a couple of weeks ago. Being a founding member of the Basement Boys, Karizma has been around for quite a while now and has developed his own sound ever since, refusing from be categorized into genres as both his productions and DJ sets prove. The album continues what the previous single releases started, with Karizma exploring new grounds and putting the result together in a way that will rock the party. Digital Download available at Dancetracks Digital.
 

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Reviews April 15, 2007

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WMC Fallout: Studio Apartment featuring Monique Bingham "Found him" (New World Records Japan CD-R)
WMC Fallout: Studio Apartment featuring Deborah Bond "Something between" (New World Records Japan CD-R)

When talking to people in Miami during the WMC, many mentioned "Found him" as their tune of the conference. This song sees Studio Apartment and Monique Bingham in top form, delivering a beautiful piece of music. "Found him" feastures a brilliant jazz piano over a percussion enriched funktified groove that is nothing less than relntless, with Monique Bingham's vocal performance being simply outstanding, adding a magical touch to the song. Another hot production from Studio Apartment is "Something between" featuring a passionate vocal by Deborah Bond over an ireesistibly stormin' groove that is topped with great keys and a lovely piano, letting it spread a feel good vibe.

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