Picks of the Week

Roberto de Carlo featuring Joshua "Magic star" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

A favorite with many DJs since the release of the original version on the GoGo Music's "Spring Collection 06" sampler, "Magic star" by uprising producer Roberto de Carlo gets a full 12" release including the soulful original version that features classic strings and has a funky touch it. Simon Grey adds two remixes, with the vocal version being a wonderful broken beat interpretation that highlights the marvellous vocals by Johsua and the jazz-funk instrumentation. His dub is a jazz-funk fueled four-to-the-floor masterpiece with an incredible breakdown in the middle. Completing the package is Dom Navarra (one half of Sueno Soul) with a smoothed down version that is on a laidback and spiritual latin vibe. All in all, this is a fantastic package not to be missed.

Ron Hall and The Muthafunkaz featuring Mark Evans "The way you love me" (Defected Records 2x12" / Ditigal Download)

Since the release of the original by Hustle Music about a year ago, this has been one of the most played vocal tunes. Then in march of this year, the Dimitri from Paris remix was unleashed to the world and took dancefloor in storm, coming completely re-done in a disco-soul style with strings and vibes from the legendary Vince Montana Jr., giving it a classic philly feeling. Now Defected have released an incredible remix package that includes even more great interpretations that stand up with its predecessors. Another legend has been called in to lay his hands on this future classic and he blesses us with a wonderful reworking: Tom Moulton takes the Dimitri from Paris remix and takes it to another level by changing a few bits here and there, while keeping the overall vibe alive. And with an instrumental also included, you can enjoy the musical bliss to the max. Sergio Flores gives it a tougher edge, providing to pumpy dub mixes for the bigger rooms, while David Penn gives it a groovy re-rerub. Digital downloads are available at Dancetracks Digital.

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SoulBasics "The Phusion EP" (SoulTonic Mono Records CD Promo)

In january of this year, we brought you an exclusive review of the bands "City lite" (that has been released by SoulFunk Digital in the meantime). Now more of the bands marvellous productions are to be released by SoulTonic Mono Records. "The Phusion EP" brings you four tracks, all showcasing the bands love for jazz and soulful orientated sounds, presented in various flavors. Kicking off is the mellow "Jazzelle" that features sweet female chants over a warm laidback backing groove. Next is "Bonilla", a piece of exquisite jazz-funk grooves not to be missed. This is followed by "Drop Chicago", a lovely afterhours track with wicked keys. Closing down the EP is "Nite tine", a deep and fierce track featuring wonderful laminar keys and a great jazzy piano line. This EP is a perfect choice for those chilled and laidback moments.

Image This track was originally released in 1988 on Columbia Records and was a big club hit back then, thanks to Shep Pettibone who remixed the track for the dancefloor in an irresistibly stompin' way, featuring wicked pecussion and electronic keys. Now this classic has been given a re-release by the german Compost label that features all the mixes from the original release. And for the first time, this track is available as digital download at Dancetracks Digital.
Image Finally this wonderful album got a European release (a US release is to follow shortly) after it has only been available as an expensive japanese import in the past. Percussionist Luisito Quintero has been an influential part of Louie Vega's "Elements of Life" project (that combined afro-latin rhythms with jazz ans bossa nova sounds), and he is also a member of the Elements of Life Band  that has been touring around the world.

Picks of the Week

Jersey Katz featuring Phil Hooton "Hoots house" (Rapture Records CD Promo)

With "Hoots house", Phil Hooton (one half of Jersey Katz) presents a track that takes you on a journey into the deep underground of house music. Phil Hooton himself provides the spiritual spoken words over the hypnotic rhythms created by deeply rumblin' drums, a driving bassline, organic percussion and an evocative hammond organ that is absolutely outstanding. This is an incredible track is spreading an irresitible vibe that should not be missed.

Jaymz Nylon "(A) side" (Nylon Records CD Promo)

With "(A) side", Jaymz Nylon presents a wonderful production that features blazin' beats and marvellous keys alongside sweet and soulful vocals that alltogether create a an emotional and passionate feeling to the listener. The 'Hornstrumental' is pure musical bliss thanks to the horn solo. DJ Spinna is responsible for the remix that perfectly showcases his versatility as he enters new grounds, creating an unequalled piece of quality music that encompasses an irresistible and unique vibe. This release is available at Dancetracks Digital.

Picks of the Week

Frankie Knuckles "The whistle song revisited" / "Gimme gimme (disco shimmy)" (NOICE!music Records CD Promo)

Frankie 'The Godfather of House' Knuckles launches his new label NOICE!music with a bing bang. First up is a revisited version of his timeless "The whistle song" that he co-produced with Eric Kupper that comes with a new bassline and add rhythms, making it suitable for todays dancefloors while keeping the magic of the original alive. Second is "Gimme gimme (disco shimmy) featuring Nicki Richards on vocals over a fierce groove that is driven by an irresistible, absolutely infectious piano that will drive people crazy. Watch out for a new Frankie Knuckles album to be released soon.

Image This is a brand new series by the label that brought us all the Salsoul reissues that will focus on underground disco rarities and future club classics. This series is not about the well known classics you can still hear on radio and easily find as they have been released on many compilation - this series is all about rare and esoteric underground sounds from the glorious era nowadays referred as 'Disco' (to get rid of any confusion: that's the era of the late 70's, early 80's when clubs like Studio 54 and Paradise Garage in New York were hip). A weird and wonderful selection can be found here, including "Won't you try" by Udell, "So much for love" by Moment of Truth (the rare instrumental is featured here!), "Make it last forever" by Donna McGhee (yes, that's the original), "It's so good to know" by Best Friend Around, "Moon maiden" by Luv You Madly Orchestra, and many many more. Get this CD, let it take you back in time and explore the underground of Disco. And don't miss to read the liner notes as they offer lots of interesting information.

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Feet "Cool Summer EP" (FEET Records CD Promo)

Right in time for summer, Feet Productions are back with an EP full of wonderful productions. Kicking off the EP is "Cool summer", a track that brings back memories of 70's music. Featuring vocalists Michelle and Fil Straughan alongside classic horns and strings over a smooth'n'funky groove - this is soulful disco-house at its best. "So voce", an incredible fusion of house, funk and latin, features percussionist Christian Paoli alongside sweet and sexy female vocals - a piece of irresisitible disco-funk madness that will rock any dancefloor. The EP also includes "I'll think of oyu" and "Excesso", previously only availabe as digital download as part of "FEET Your Soul Vol. 1". Definitely a relase that is not to be missed, perfect for those coming warm summer nights.

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Miami Aftermath: FSB featuring Diane Carter "Dr. feelgood" (MoreHouse Records CD Promo)

"Dr. feelgood" by FSB (Funky Soul Bros) was one of those secret weapons in Miami this year that took the crowd in storm anytime it got played . The Groove Junkies take us on an irresistible journey into soulful funked-up house grooves that are created by chunky beats and a heavy bassline that get enriched with a killer piano line, wicked organ solo and great strings. And then there is the incredible vocal performance by Diane Carter that is full of emotion and passion, not to forget to mention the sexy spoken word message by the Doctor himself that is absolutely resistless and certain to drive the ladies crazy. With vocal, dub and acapella mixes included in the package, this soulful'n'funky bomb is not to be missed.


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Tom Moulton "A Tom Moulton Mix" (Soul Jazz Records 2xCD)

Image If you talk about the people that are of most importance in the history of dance music, Tom Moulton will be among those named in first place. He was the one that invented the remix and 12" single, and he is the one that showed the whole industry who to extend the time of a song by taking out the musical parts and solely use the drums for a break, after that he brought the musical parts back in to let the song start again. Now, 30 years after his first landmark mix, Tom Moulton can look back to over 4'000 remixes , of which this double-CD only can bring you a selection of 16 of his reconstructions, but they all perfectly represent his "A Tom Moulton Mix" trademark. Included is a wonderful booklet telling the story of Tom Moulton and giving you a detailed insight who the 12" was invented.


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