Picks of the Week
DJ Meme featuring Rachel Claudio "Any love" (Part 1)(SoulFuric Records CD Promo)
|Take a timeless Disco anthem such as Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Any love" and have DJ Meme - one of today's most talented and sought after producers and remixers - create his own interpretation full of classic strings, beautiful flutes and the fantastic voice of the incomparable Rachel Claudio. The result is an amazing piece of 21st century Disco that stays true to the roots of this sound. Then have DJ Spen add a little twist by adding his infectious flava that is guaranteed to cause a stir on the dance floors. Finally Alfred Azzetto rounds the package off with his deep, relentlessly stormin' tech-soul tinged dub and instrumental versions.|
Dele Sosimi "Wahala Identity Mix" (Sosue Soulkomplex Remixes)(Raw Artistic Records CD Promo)
|Dele Sosimi is a well respected afro beat artist whose "Identity" album was released in 2007 through Helico Records. The album's magnificent "Wahala" has been licensed to Raw Artistic Records who present a package of not to be missed remixes by Sosue. The 'Soulkomplex Main' mixes are on a laidback yet captivating tip that lets the original orchestration shine all over, with fierce drums and percussion added that create a resistless feel. The 'Soulkompley Alternate' mixes intensify the vibe to the max with a spiced up groove that is absolutely hypnotic. The also included dub and beat versions are great DJ tools that give you plenty of options to play around.|
Exclusive Reviews: If you liked the Tom Moulton mixes of Cool Million's "Give me love" and "Lift me up to the sky", you should also check out the 'Old Skool Slide Remix' of "Musiq" which features an uplifting vocal by Jahah over a funk enriched backdrop that has a definite old school touch to it (CD-R). Soul Kitchen (aka Scottish based Scott Mochar and Scott Wilson) sent us their currently unsigned "It's yours", a track that is guaranteed to rock the dance floors thanks to the irresistibly stompin' funktified groove that is leading the way for a wicked guitar, great synth chords and jazzy piano, not to forget to mention the incredibly sexy male spoken words (CD-R).
Camio continue to bless us with wonderful releases, with their last one "You are the one" by Logicalgroove & Dolls Combers being no exception, featuring heartfelt vocals courtesy of Leon Beal. The original version is a marvelous slice of soul, showcasing Leon Beal's vocal talents. The Dolls Combers serve two remixes. First up is their 'Jazzy Mix' which uses a laidback yet fierce percussion enriched groove as base for jazzy keys and the vocals, while their 'Dub Mix' is a relentless, deeply thumpin' affair featuring gorgeous synths and keys. DJ Pablo's 'Soulful Mix' oozes with its magnificent jazz-funk flavored instrumentation, while his 'Live in Coco Palm Beach Mix' is a fabulous reprise (Camio Records CD Promo). Phil Hooton and Rob Da Noize Temple team up to present "Believe" as The Brooklyn Knightz, an exquisite production that is masterly orchestrated, including lush keys, jazzy flute and a cool guitar that altogether create an inspiring, uplifting feeling. The dub takes the song to way deeper grounds, giving it a slightly dark underground-ish feel. The full vocal version - a gospel gem featuring Temple Dynasty - will follow later this year (a full length project is also in the works)(Rapture Trax Records CD Promo).
"Soul muzeek" by DJ Aphreme features passionate vocals by Donald Sheffey alongside noble synths and keys over a fiercely groovin', funk drenched backing, with the result being an uplifting affair spreading a feel good vibe on the dance floor. The 'Smooth Dub' relaxes the vibe and takes the track to deeper grounds, with the lush synths creating a lovely after hours feel (Soundmen on Wax Records CD Promo). On "I'm still here", Wil Milton teams up with vocalists Rodney Cartner, Rico and Lauren to deliver a magnificent production full of emotion (simply listen to the lyrics and you know what we mean), with the vocals being accompanied by dramatic strings and jazzy piano, all perfectly arranged over a simple yet very effective backing. "I'm still here" is melancholic while at the same time being absolutely compelling (Blak Ink Records CD Promo).
With "Good love", Swiss DJ and producer Steven Stone continues to drop soulful bombs, this time featuring Andrea Love who provides a heartfelt vocal over a fiercely stompin' funked-up backing, with lovely classic styled strings included as well. ElektroOrganik smooth things down a bit, adding their trademark synths and guitars, while Richard Earnshaw reworks the track into a peak time favorite driven by a bumpin' groove and mesmerizing keys (Duffnote Records CD Promo). The original concept of "Carry me over" by Asha Edmund is a laidback latinesque affair featuring a gorgeous jazzy instrumentation alongside sensitive vocals by Asha Edmund. Nassau (Thomas Deschamps & Didier Limonet) get groovy and funky on their uplifting remix, while House Device serve a deeply thumpin' take with a funky twist featuring warm synth chords and jazzy keys. Lastly there is Georg Neufeld's deeply rumblin' tech flavored dub (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo).
Christos Kedras presents "Sweet temptation" which comes your way in various tasty versions. The original is built around a bouncy groove and features keys from legendary Jazz maestro Marconi De Morais alongside sexy spoken words by Scott Rucker and female vocals by D. Booker. Richard Earnshaw delivers a slice of deeply bumpin discofied loveliness, while Random Soul (aka Yogi & Husky) deliver a stylish vocal and a deeper dub. Martin East goes atmospheric on his deepened vocal, while on the dub he teams up with Theo Zanos for a deep tech-soul journey (Kapa Music Records CD Promo). The latest offering by SoulHeat Records is courtesy of Wumm who present the excellent "My roots of House". This is deep house at its best, with a deeper than deep groove, phat synth chords, jazzy keys and sexy vocals by Marlene Rodrigues creating an infectious vibe. Jedset, U-Ness, Deeper People and Logan Dataspirit contribute the remixes to the release, all adding their unique touch while keeping the vibe deep and mesmerizing (SoulHeat Records CD Promo).
The original instrumental version of Alfred Azzetto "Near the ocean (no turning back)" first saw the light of the day at last years Winter Music Conference, now almost a year later the track is finally out, complete with brand new vocals by the unmistakable Robin S. Beside the instrumental and new vocal versions, there are eight remixes by the likes of Luca Cassani, Nightrhymes, DJ Meme, Panevino, DJ Fopp, Vincent Valler, Keller and Blacksoul covering the different flavors of house included in the package (Purple Music Records CD Promo). The Audiowhores kick the new year off strong with "All you need" featuring a sultry vocal by Radhika and phat synths over a relentless tribal rhythm, altogether creating a hypnotic feeling you can't resist to dance to. The 'Club Mix' uses a thumpin' groove as playground for catchy synth melodies, while the dub is a pumped up proggy dub (Tempogroove Records CD Promo).