Reviews April 5, 2020

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Pick of the Week: Marche Blu "Circles" (FunkHut Records Promo)

Marche Blu - CirclesChicago house music legend Rick Lenoir joins forces with fellow producer Spike Rebel for a towering remake of the Atlantic Starr 1982 all-time classic "Circles", with the unforgettable lyrics performed in grand style by vocalist extraordinaire Marche Blu. First up we have the mind-blowing 'Pure Soul Mix' which is all about Rick Lenoir's highly acclaimed verily soulful sound, next is the inspiring  'Pure Boss Mix' oozing with the beloved Chicago house sound, and then there is the glamorous mid-tempo boogietastic rendition. Not to forget to mention the downright dazzling, masterly orchestrated disco/funk infused interpretation by DJ Pope. Without doubt, this phenomenal cover version will make you yearn for more...

In the Spotlight: Zepherin Saint "Ascension" (Tribe Records Promo)

Zepherin Saint - AscensionIt is not often that we come across an instrumental that we fall in love with the very first listen... The masterly orchestrated "Ascension" by Zepherin Saint definitely falls in this category, with this paramount production featuring grandiose horns by Will Allen, beautiful flute by Maria Grace, sweet guitars by Brandon Meeks and luxurious keys over a smooth yet compelling rich organic musical backing. Indisputably, Zepherin Saint's "Ascension" is one of the best instrumentals we've heard in a long time...

Reviews March 29, 2020

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Pick of the Week: Guido P & Dana Weaver "I'm ready" (The US Remixes)(HSR Records Promo)

Guido P & Dana Weaver - I'm ready (The US Remixes)Turn back the clock to spring of last year when HSR Records dropped the paramount "I'm ready" by DJ/producer Guido P, a verily uplifting slice of timeless soulful house music featuring the unrivaled emotive vocals of songstress Dana Weaver. Now this gem returns in fresh 'US Remixes' taking this  jewel to a whole new dimension: First up is Rick Lenoir with his glorious soulful and intriguing boogielicious interpretations, next TheFREEZproject delivers an entrancing deepened rendition, and finally Geoffrey C serves an unadulterated truly fervid underground-esque dub rework. By no means to be missed...

In the Spotlight: Deepconsoul & Vuyisile Hlwengu featuring Mimie "Umuntu wam" (Soulstice Music Promo)

Deepconsoul & Vuyisile Hlwengu featuring Mimie - Umuntu wamIn April of last year, we were celebrating Deepconsoul's preeminent album "Crossover", now Soulstice Music licensed "Umuntu wam" (one of the standout tracks on the album) to give it a proper single release complete with stunning remixes. Undeniably, the verily soulful "Umuntu wam" is an expertly crafted collaboration with Vuyisile Hlwengu (Audiology) which features the amazing vocal stylings of Mimie and illustrious dreamy keys over a spell organic backdrop. The cherry on top are the downright jaw-dropping interpretations by Sean Ali & Munk Julious and N'Dinga Gaba adding their beloved signature touch, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version...

Reviews March 22, 2020

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Pick of the Week: DJ Scoob featuring Brutha Basil "The rhythm blues" (Amarrage Recordings Promo)

DJ Scoob featuring Brutha Basil - The rhythm bluesThis smooth'n'melodious yet truly intriguing collaboration by DJ/producer DJ Scoob and DJ/producer/spoken word artist Brutha Basil forthcoming on Amarrage Recordings is nothing short of phenomenal and breathtaking... Indisputably, the downright enthralling broken beat flavored rhythms together with Brutha Basil's unrivaled spoken word poetry, hypnotic stabs and dreamful keys are guaranteed to send the dancers into a frenzy... By no means to be missed.

In the Spotlight: Deepconsoul "Past & Future EP" (Deepconsoul Music Promo)

Deepconsoul - Past & Future EPSouth African ensemble Deepconsoul continue to bless us with nothing but the best in soulful house music with the chameleonic "Past & Future EP" a towering collection of previously released tracks, unreleased mixes and brand new music. This eminent release includes superb collaborations with the likes of Denny Dugg, Neleh, Ngasii, Alpha & Olmega, Cosmiq, Luu, Mthandazo, Mr.Boogie, Swazi and Myazisto as well as stellar remixes of Da'Luk featuring Michelle Fani "Noxolo", Deep'endSoul featuring Donald Sheffey "Get started", Mickey K featuring Chanelle "Never fall in love", Sipho Ngubane & Smiso & Cassnova featuring Faye Wonder "Mandela day" and Thabang Phaleng featuring Komplexity "Where did you go".

Reviews March 15, 2020

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Album Review: Jamie 3:26 presents "A Taste of Chicago" (BBE Music Promo)

Jamie 3:26 presents - A Taste of ChicagoIn summer of 208, BBE Music dropped an ultra dope 12" preview sampler for Jamie 3:26 "A Taste of Chicago" compilation, now finally the wait is over and the full album will be released later this month. Next to "Comin' on strong" by Calendar and "Stomps & shouts" by Braxton Holmes which were featured on the 12", the album features Jamie 3:26 sought after truly breathtaking and masterly crafted personal edits of the classic tracks "Venus & mars" by BTSC, "The lesson" by Mighty Science, "The jungle" by Jungle Wonz, "Mind games" by Quest" and "It's house" by Chip E. Without doubt, "A Taste of Chicago" is a glittering and truly inspiring journey into Chicago's famous house music scene...

Pick of the Week: Mark Francis & Sheldon So Goode "Smoke & mirrors" (Souled Out House Promo)

Mark Francis & Sheldon So Goode - Smoke & mirrorsOne month after dropping the paramount "You are amazing" by Darryl D'Bonneau & TheFREEZproject, up-and-coming Souled Out House are back with the next soulful jewel courtesy of Mark Francis and Sheldon So Goode who give us the mind-blowing "Smoke & mirrors". Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this splendorous production by Mark Francis with smooth yet compelling rhythms leading the way for the eminent vocals of Sheldon So Goode and illustrious jazzed-up keys and heavenly chords by Shawn Lucas is guaranteed to make you yearn for more...

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