Picks of the Week
Kenny Carvajal featuring Carla Prather "First time" (Crash Records CD Promo)
Chicago based Kenny Carvajal has established himself both a producer and remixer over the past two years, and he is responsible for two of this years highlights from the Winter Music Conference. With "First time", Kenny Carvajal has another original production ready to conquer the hearts of soulful house music lovers. "First time" features the wonderful voice of Carla Prather who delivers an outstanding emotional performance over an irresistible groove that is added with a lovely guitar and exceptional organ ride alongside laminar keys and a deeply groovin' bassline, the result being a timeless piece of soulful dance music not to be missed.
Arnold Jarvis "Take good care of me" (Sole Channel Music Records 12")
Two of the most interesting producers of the moment - Alix Alvarez and Franck Roger - team up with the legendary Arnold Jarvis. This release features the Alix Alvarez mixes (more mixes to follow soon on RealTone Records) taking the song into the deep house territory with moody beats and spacey keys creating an irresistible feeling.
Exclusive Preview: John Crockett "Full Immersion EP" (Unsigned/CD Promo)
John Crockett, one half of Working Underneath, has put together a four track EP featuring instrumental deep house productions. Kicking off is the title track "Full immersion", a smoothly stompin' track featuring melodic keys and a jazzy piano. "Shy life" is based on a deeply stompin' groove that comes topped with a jazzy piano line and spheric keys. "Siempres" takes it deeper with a moody groove and laminar keys that give the track an ambientesque feeling. The final track "Where the wind goes" is a lovely afterhours, early morning styled track with both jazzy and melodic keys over a warm groove.
Exclusive Preview: Working Underneath featuring Libby Jones "Merriment of being" (Unsigned/CD Promo)
John Crockett and Charles Gatling present their upcoming release featuring the sweet and soulful voice of Libby Jones. There is a nice variation of mixes to choose from included. The original demo is on a laidback vibe, based on a deeply stormin' groove and added with wicked keys. The 'Undearneath Mix' gives the song a garage outfit with a jazzy piano line and smoothly thumpin' groove, while the 'Testify Mix' features an organ ride together with a jazzy piano line over a fierce groove. B-Soul give the song a twist and use a bumpin' groove together with jazzy keys, strings and and a touch of Detroit house that give it a soulful techy edge.
Justin Michael featuring Ian Fisher "Cabana Theme" (Cabana Records CD Promo)
Justin Michael is a producer to follow closely, and with some hot tracks on the "Cabana Recordings WMC 2005 Sampler", including "Cabana Theme", a laidback affair featuring a lovely guitar by Ian Fisher and spheric keys over a percussive driven, deeply stormin groove.
Sueno Soul "Tempo da solo" (Stealth Records CD Promo)
In its original form, Sueno Soul's "Tempo da solo" kicks off with a spanish guitar solo before the mellow broken-beat styled groove comes in to give the song a laidback and sunny feeling. Dennis Ferrer provides the remix for this release, and as on his other recent reworkings ("Most precious love" by Barbara Tucker and "Live everlasting" by Glen Lewis featuring Mjojo and Bongani), he keeps the vibe of the original alive and adds a fierce, smoothly stompin' groove and jazzy keys to the original instrumentation.
Franky Boissy featuring Roland Clark "Black music" (Pascali Vintage Mix)(CD-R)
Pascali is a DJ and producer hailing from Greece who has taken care of the popular "Black music" by Franky Boissy, featuring a spoken word vocal by Roland Clark. His reworking is on a jazzy-funky tip, starting off with a percussively bumpin' groove before getting funky thanks to the deep bassline, with a jazzy xylophone and flute coming in half way through the song.
Chris Dockins "Spread love" (SoulShine Records 12")
Taken from the "SoulShine Sampler 2005 EP Part 1", Spread love" by Chris Dockins is a lovely piece of jazzed-up house with a serious r&b styled vocal in its original Soul Dhamma versions. Louis Benedetti is responsible for the remixes, using a fiercely bouncin' groove as base for Chris Dockins's wonderful vocal peroformance and the wicked keys, creating a sultry late nite houser.
Nikos "My crooked soul" (CD-R)
Nikos, who's cover version of the Al Green classic "Let's stay together" is on heavy rotation all over the world - comes back from the studio with this funky house track reminiscent of Prince as it comes with a similar raw funky edge in the groove, featuring a great guitar play that is accompanied by a wicked male scat vocal.
Terry Hunter presents Papo Sanchez "Loco loco (crazy love)" (T's Box Records 12")
Terry Hunter's latest production sees him join forces with Papa Sanchez for a grooving peaktime latin house track that is blending percussion, latin keys, a wandering bassline behind authentic latin vocals. Beside the voal mix, there is an instrumental letting the keys tell the story, a tribal-ish dub and two chantapellas.
Bamboola Prod "Bahia" (Slip'N'Slide Records CD Promo)
Behind Bamboola Prod are Murvin Jay, Mr. Suave and singer Philip Morgan Lewis from Belgium. Their "Bahia" first appeared on a limited tastemaker EP and has been in demand since then. "Bahia" is a slice of cool latin house with a lovely guitar leading the way, together with sweet percussion, a jazzy saxophone and soulful vocal. "Trip to Bahia" is an instrumental version that gives the percussion more place to grow, coming with laminar keys giving it a chill out vibe. Dr. Kucho provides the remixes, replacing the guitar with techy keys.
Jill Scott "Golden" / "Not like crazy" (Kenny Dope Remixes)(DopeWax Records 12")
These Kenny Dope remixes have been floating around on CD-R for quite some time now, and surprisingly they get a full legal release rather than ending on a bootleg. "Golden" has been around in lots of different versions, but Kenny Dope manages to deliver a fresh four-to-the-floor bumper. On "Not like crazy", he uses wicked keys together with his trademark beats to create an uplifting groover.
Charles Dockins featuring Sheila Ford "Higher love" (Shelter Records 2x12", 1995)
A classic Charles Dockins production featuring the wonderful voice of Sheila Ford spread over two hot platters of vinyl featuring a variety of mixes including the legendary 'C Dock Dub' and 'Paradox Dub'.