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Ferry Ultra featuring Ann Sexton "Rising up" (Peppermint Jam Records CD Promo)

Ferry Ultra featuring Ann Sexton - Rising up Ferry Ultra teams up with soul legend Ann Sexton to present "Rising up", the follow up to last years gorgeous "Let me do my thang" (which featured another legend - Gwen McCrae). The feel good "Rising up" is an old skool styled soul-funk masterpiece in its original form, taken to deepest mesmeric tech-soul grounds by AtJazz. Soul Minority turn the track into a luscious late night house favorite, while Trancemicsoul's laidback interpretation oozes with sweet percussion, sounds of the sea and glorious melodies.

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Wil Milton & Rodney Carter "Make everything alright" Blak Ink Records CD Promo)

With "Make everything alright", the unstoppable duo of Wil Milton and Rodney Carter presents an inspirational production featuring spiritually uplifting vocals that give the track a distinct gospel touch, while the smooth backdrop and melodious keys and chords give the track a wonderful laidback feeling. As usual, you can choose between a variety of different versions, all of them showcasing the musicianship of the duo.

Steven Stone featuring Simon Green " Live my life" (Soul Deluxe Records CD Promo)

Steven Stone's slightly electronic "Live my life" brings a summery feel to the dance floor, featuring heartfelt vocals by the highly talented Simon Green and lush keys over a funk drenched backing. Both Gregory Del Piero and Shane D contribute exquisite remixes that keep the feel funky and captivating thanks to magnificent keys and resistless grooves. Hypnotically deep techy dub mixes perfect for late night/early morning play complete the package.

Miguel Migs featuring Sonny J Mason "Burnin' up" (Salted Music Records CD Promo)

Miguel Migs teams up with singer Sonny J Mason for the massive 80's inspired, funk soaked "Burnin' up" featuring outstanding vocals, jazzy horn stabs and phat keys over a remorseless backdrop. The 'Deep and Spacey Dub' gets deeper and takes the track into an atmospheric direction, while Dario D'Attis delivers an infectious slice of tech-soul peak time heaven on his remixes. Inland Knights' late night dub injects a heavy dose of Disco, while Fabio Tosti gives track a classic funky house feel on his versions.

Exclusive Preview: Osunlade "Umakemesmile" (Diephuis Soul Edit)(CD-R)

Diephuis (aka Marty and BjazZ) take on Osunlade's "wonderful Umakemesmile" (the original version of the song can be found on the marvelous neo soul/jazz/world music album "Rebirth" released end of 2009), with their deliciously smooth yet contaminous four-to-the-floor interpretation always staying respectful to the original.

Carlos Vargas & Danny "Party people" (Look At You Records CD Promo)

After having the pleasure to introduce you to unreleased exclusives from Carlos Vargas in recent weeks, we are happy to bring you his upcoming funktified Disco-licious "Party people" featuring uplifting vocals by Danny and a fantastic orchestration that includes outstanding vibraphone by George Esteves and jazzy piano. The 'Original Mix' is spreading a feel good vibe you can't resist to dance to, and the varied instrumentals and dubs included in the package are the perfect complement.

Jazzmattik "Transitions" (CD-R)

"Transitions" by Jazzmattik is a wonderful slice of laidback deep house featuring gorgeous keys and jazzy piano over a sweet percussion enriched backing, altogether creating a luxurious feel you just can't get enough of it. More music can be discovered on the Jazzmattik website.

Deep Grounder featuring Virag "Supermodel" (Audio Lounge Records CD)
Deep Grounder featuring Virag "Supermodel" (Remixed)(Audio Lounge Records CD)

With "Stand up" released on Panevino Music, Deep Grounder (Urs Diethelm and Ralph Grieco) had a considerable club hit recently, but the duo has much more to offer as their album "Supermodel" (released earlier this year through Audio Lounge) proves. Virag Keszthelyi is the featured vocalist on the album, impressing with her sexy vocals, while the twelve featured tracks highlight the diversity and production skills of Deep Grounder. Also available is a huge package of remixes from the likes of Jerry Dee, Mirco Esposito, DJ Nermin, Pad Beryll, Costa Martinez and more which take selected album tracks to new territory.

The Jinks "Jinks Inc Remixed" (Jinks Inc CD  Promo)

The Jinks present a huge remix package of selected 2009 releases. Hardsoul's Greg van Bueren takes on "Dynamite muzik" (which features the inimitable Johnny Dangerous) and turns the track into a hypnotic stomper, while Jose Carretas adds his musical magic to "Wake up running" (features songstress Lady Alma); an unreleased dub from The Jinks is also included. Lastly, N'Dinga Gaba reworks "Make this work" (vocals courtesy of Pete Simpson) into a melodious laidback affair.

Uncle James featuring Tony Marino "The godfather" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

The original version of this stompin' funky jam by Raf DJ and Steve Paradise which features uplifting spoken words and vocals by Tony Marino, jazzy sax by Gerardo Vitale and groovy guitar licks by Sergio Bonura was included in last years "GKF Records - Miami Sampler 2009". The official release of this tribute to James Brown is slightly different from the one we've reviewed back in February, but with the likes of Steve Paradise, Spiritual Blessings, Dee C’Rell,
QuestionmarQ, DJ Umbi
and Steve Frisco contributing the remixes, you have to check it out.

Random Soul and Vincent Kwok "San Francisco to Sydney" (Eight Fifteen Records CD Promo)

Here we have the second part of the collaboration between Random Soul and Vincent Kwok (the first one was released in late 2009). "Kicking off is Vincent Kwok's summery 'Brasileiro Mix' of "Don't tell me it's over", a track featuring smooth vocals over a latin infused fierce backing. Random Soul's dubby 'Deep Wash Mix' features wicked synths over a bumpin' groove, while their 'Vocal Bump Mix' is an 80's inspired funked-up affair oozing with sleek keys. "Tomorrow is all we have" is included in a relentlessly jackin' mix by Random Soul and Vincent Kwok's likewise catching rework that keeps the overall vibe jackin'.

D-tRix featuring Teddy B "Come back home" (Club Music Elements Records CD Promo)

Behind D-tRix are Alex Dimitri (South Soul) and Willy Washington, and with "Come back home" they present a not to be missed debut single on newly formed label Club Music Elements. Featuring incredible gospel tinged vocals form the legendary Teddy B, "Come back home" is available in a great selection of mixes. Alex Dimitri's 'SouleKtro Vox' mixes are deep and remorseless and feature slick keys, while his 'Gotta Deep' version is pure soulful deepness. Next he teams up with Davide Fiorese for a funk drenched workout, while Claude Monnet & Torre Bros go deep and hypnotic on their techy edged set of remixes. Finally Q-Boyz (Alfred Azzetto & Walterino) take the track to the main room with their electronic dub.

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