Summer is over here in Switzerland, but we are sure this weeks selection of the latest in soulful house music will bring warmth to your heart... enjoy !!
Feet "Nightlife" (RaFa Music CD Promo)
Back in 2004, we exclusively introduced you to "Nighlife" by Feet (the official released followed a year later on Farplane Records), an uplifting production built around a fierce funked-up groove topped with jazzy keys, lovely strings and lush sexy female vocals, altogether spreading a discofied feel-good vibe. Now this timeless classic returns on brand new label RaFa Music in incredible remixes by Dutchican Soul, eEsa and David Doyle all adding their distinctive soulful touch to take the song to a whole new level. The original 'Ultimate Mix' completes the package.
Kenny Thomas "Miss me" (Room Control Records CD Promo)
Back in May of this year, Xakosa (aka Matthew Bandy and Toni Economides) and vocalist Kenny Thomas joint forces for an impressive cover of the Aly-Us classic "Follow me", now they return with a phenomenal cover of the unforgettable Turntable Orchestra classic "You're gonna miss me" released through Music Village Records in 1988. Their seminal original version oozes with infectiously deep rhythms, grand keys and not to forget to mention Kenny Thomas' inimitable sultry rendition of the vocals. On remix duty we have Jonny Montana who injects his signature organic jazz drenched touch and Dave C who turns up the heat on his relentlessly stormin' workout laced with glorious jazzy keys and celestial synth melodies.
Steven Stone & Marc Evans "Who's to blame" (Soul Deluxe Records CD Promo)
Attention please as we're about to issue a soulful house music alert any second now... "Who's to blame" is a seminal soulful production by Swiss maestro Steven Stone featuring phenomenal emotive vocals by the one and only Marc Evans which harmonize perfectly with the sublime keys and smooth yet spell binding rhythms - in other words, "Who's to blame" is a timeless soulful gem guaranteed to send shivers down your spine... By no means to be missed. Nuff said.
Soulfuledge "Took for granted" (Swings and Roundabouts CD Promo)
"Took for granted" by Soulfuledge is guaranteed to set floors on fire for years to come, spreading a feel good vibe you can't resist to dance to through infectious Disco inspired rhythms, gorgeous melodies and sweet vocals. But this is not all as DJ Spen contributes a truly amazing remix bringing back memories from those magic days in the past when house music was raw and unpolished (as the label says "warehouse vibe with a nod towards the classic Todd Terry and Armando hits back in '88" - we leave it up to you to identify the respective classics) - those unforgettable hooks and rhythms most definitely stand the test of time…
Exclusive Preview: Little Dragon "Ritual union" (Tony Loreto Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Donna Summer "Looking up" (Tony Loreto Remix)(CD-R)
Besides doing official remixes on his own and with partners such as Master Kev and Mark Di Meo, Tony Loreto from time to time does some unofficial remixes as well, two of which we present here. First up his is superb interpretation of "Ritual union" by Swedish electronic band Little Dragon which combines songstress Yukimi Nagano's sweet vocals with dreamy melodies and smooth yet contaminous rhythms. Next up his is respectful rendition of Donna Summer's disco-tastic "Looking up" (from her 1980 album "The wanderer") staying true to the original while giving the song a fierce 4/4 feel.
Exclusive Preview: Arnold Jarvis "Stronger than U think U are" (CJ Giovanni Edit)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Barry White "Love will find us" (CJ Giovanni Lovebath Mix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Mary J. Blige, Q-Tip & Alfredo Rodriguez "Betcha wouldn't hurt me" (CJ Giovanni Edit)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Yes "Owner of a lonely heart" (CJ Giovanni Remix)(CD-R)
Over the past few years, CJ Giovanni (Giovanni Charisi) has been a regular guest on Spirit of House with his magnificent unofficial remixes and re-edits. As it has been a while since we last featured some of his wonderful works, we felt its time to bring him back... CJ Giovanni is renowned for his subtle four-to-the-floor interpretations which stay true to the original while at the same time transforming the songs for the soulful dance floors. Whether he takes on such classics as "Owner of a lonely heart" by Yes or "Love will find us" by Barry White, he reworks r&b gems such as "Betcha wouldn't hurt me" by Mary J. Blige Q-Tip & Alfredo Rodriguez or he tweaks a song such as "Stronger than U think U are" by Arnold Jarvis, his work is always sheer musical bliss...
Exclusive Preview: Angie Stone "Why is it" (Soul'n'Vibes & Hgm Re-Touch)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Ganesh "We are ganesh" (Soul'n'Vibes Edit)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Jocelyn Brown "Sweet fine baby" (Hgm & Soul'n'Vibes Re-Touch)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Peven Everett "Help me (Soul'n'Vibes & Hgm Re-Touch)(CD-R)
Regular readers of Spirit of House will be familiar with Italy's Soul'N'Vibes (Alessandro Cavalli) and the incredible remixes and re-edits he either does himself or with the help of friends such as Hgm or Alex Mattei. Alessandro Cavalli doesn't limit himself and takes on songs from a wide area of genres, giving them a resistless yet truly soulful four-to-the-floor feel guaranteed to cause a stir on the floor, always keeping the vibe of the original alive yet adding his distinct touch. A few days ago, we received a package with some of his recent interpretations including Angie Stone, Ganesh, Jocelyn Brown and Peven Everett, and what can we say other than we were delighted by these submissions...