Picks of the Week
Haldo featuring Melanie Gerren "The sky" (Adaptation Music CD Promo)
Italy's Haldo returns to Adaptation Music with "The sky", a wonderful production featuring outstanding vocals by Melanie Gerren alongside delicious keys and chords over a smooth yet captivating backing. Haldo's own three mixes alone make this a sure fire dance floor favorite - with an added selection of versatile remixes by hot New York duo Louie Gorbea & Chris Perez, rising stars Pablo Fierro, Trancemicsoul and BlackSonix, this must be considered one of the finest soulful house releases of recent months. An essential release not to be missed.
Exclusive Preview: Adam Cruz and Eddie Nicholas "Time marches on" (John Crockett Remix)(Mixtape Sessions CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Eddie Nicholas "Gimme dat love" (Willy & Reloaded Sculptured Mix)(Slaag Records CD-R)
Eddie Nicholas is back on Spirit of House with two incredible new tracks to be released in the coming weeks. First we have John Crockett's marvelous remix of the Adam Cruz produced "Time marches on", a cover of the timeless Jungle Wonz classic from 1987, where Eddie Nicholas impresses with a respectful vocal interpretation while John Crockett does his thing on the keys. Second is "Gimme dat love" remixed by Willy & Reloaded into a delectable slice of deep house featuring Eddie Nichoals unmistakable vocals and exquisite keys over a soulful yet spell binding backing.
Various Artists "Liberate Recordings Sampler 4" (Liberate Records CD Promo)
Almost a year has passed since Liberate blessed us with a sampler of things to come, gladly the wait is now over and they present a slammin' five track selection with the fourth installment in the series. First up is the deeply hypnotizing Master Kev & Tony Loreto remix of "Music in my head" by Angel-A, followed by the luscious 70's inspired "The meaning of living" by Eman & Doc Link featuring the inimitable vocals of Eman. Stephanie Cooke, Angel-A and Doc Link team up for the grandiose "Shine", while Demarkus Lewis takes us on a journey to deepest grounds with his version of "Ndimamele" by NativElement. Lastly, "As is" by Lorie Caval, Eman, Doc Link is included in a funky workout by Jay West.
Groove Junkies featuring Alexander Sky "The white light" (The Remixes Part 2)(MoreHouse Records CD Promo)
Part two of the remixes of "The white light", one of our all time Groove Junkies favorites, has dropped - and similar to part one, it has classic written all over it so make not mistake and put it on top of your shopping list. Included are the vocal version of Christopher Wilde's deep hypnotic afro-tribal rework, a classy soul-funk oozing interpretation by Dave Doyle, Di Pascali's truly melodious deeper-than-deep old-school flavored dub, and a deep'n'funky yet somewhat dirty dub by IOSUPASTAR aka DJ Miguel Serra. And best of all, the masterly 'GJ Deep Afro Mix' is included in remastered form as well. Both parts together make this a timeless piece of music...
Boddhi Satva & Abel Tabu "Moina ya mokili" (Jaso Remixes)(Atal Records CD Promo)
"Moina ya mokili" by Boddhi Satva, Abel Tabu and Congolese guitarist Dany Mpiana was originally released end of 2007, now this celestial production returns in fresh mixes by South African newcomer Jaso. On the main vocal remix, Jaso stays true to the original while adding his own distinctive touch, turning out an absolute beauty. His contaminous dub takes the track to deepest Afro territory thanks to mesmerizing keys and cool vocals.
DJ Fudge featuring Mani Hoffman "Nightglows" (Remixes)(Tejal Records CD Promo)
French maestro DJ Fudge revisits "Nightglows", an utterly soulful production featuring deeply felt vocals by Mani Hoffman originally released back in 2006 on the "Tejal EP". DJ Fudge himself contributes two gorgeous fresh interpretations oozing with a delightful summery afrotastic vibe, while New York's Jon Cutler delivers an infectiously deep workout laced with lush keys, and Spain's Nacho Marco gets old school with a techy twist on his take. The original version from 2006 completes the package.
Steven Stone featuring Marc Evans "Never give up" (Soul Deluxe Records CD Promo)
On "Never give up", Swiss DJ/producer Steven Stone and singer extraordinaire Marc Evans team up to present a soulful gem built around a funk soaked backdrop, passionate vocals and warm melodies. Once more, Jonny Montana & Craig Stewart pull out all the stops and wow with their beloved jazz flavored organic touch. Terry Lex turns the heat up for peak time play, while Central Avenue takes the track straight to the main floor.
Kiko Navarro featuring Concha Buika "Up to the sky (I'm getting high)" (Groovefinder Records CD Promo)
Kiko Navarro and Concha Buika can look back at a long lasting fruitful collaboration, now they return with the uplifting and fiery yet soulful "Up to the sky" which impresses with incredible vocals by Concha Buika and a gorgeous latinesque feel. The remixes are courtesy of Ralf GUM, Michi Lange, Richard Earnshaw and Groovefinder all adding their unique touch to the track, taking it to the next level.
Exclusive Preview: Various "Now thats what I call a Bootleg Volume 1" (MuSol Records CD-R)
MuSol Records follow-up their "Motown House - The Album" promo-only release from February with another massive selection of cheeky edits/mash-ups destined to cause a stir on the dance floors. There should be something for everyone here, each of the eleven included tracks guarantees jam pack floors. Just note that - similar to its predecessor - this release won't be available in download stores, it's a "strictly for the DJ's release"...
Sensei feat Dovie Cote "The path" (CyberJamz Records CD Promo)
In 1986, "A path" by Fingers Inc. (Larry Heard, Ron Wilson, Robert Owens) was released through DJ International, now 25 years later Sensai and Dovie Cote take on this timeless classic to present a fresh interpretation. Deep and infectious rhythms, wicked keys and chords, thrilling vocals and not to forget to mention a classy old school touch make this a sure fire winner. The remix by C.O.D is reminiscent of the early house music sound, while Quad adds a charming twist on his beautifully instrumentated laidback version.
JerzPeach aka O.J Pepsi "Baby powder & whistles" (CyberJamz Records CD Promo)
"Baby powder & whistles" is a fantastic spoken word production featuring the sultry poetry by JerzPeach and luscious keys over an organic laidback backing in our favorite mix by Tim Sound Science. But it was a hard pick as the other mixes provided by Tayo Wink and Soul Oasis are equally great and perfectly capture the spirit of the lyrics, giving you plenty of choices to work the track on the dance floor.