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Groove Assassin featuring Jean "Too special" (Deep Haven Music Records CD Promo)

Image Groove Assassin (aka Nick Moss) presents the wonderful "Too special", a truly soulful old school styled production built around a smooth yet captivating funk oozing groove which together with the marvelous jazzy keys, lush chords, lovely guitar and outstanding vocals courtesy of Jean creates an uplifting feeling. One not to be missed. And before we forget, be on the lookout for more soulful gems from the Deep Haven Music family dropping soon.

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Steven Stone featuring Kaysee "Identity" (Soul Deluxe Records CD Promo)

Steven Stone follows up the highly successful "Makes you high" with "Identity" featuring songstress Kaysee. The original version is full of energy yet keeps the feel soulful, with catchy synths accompanying the passionate vocals by Kaysee. Born to Funk's hypnotizing remix is on a deeper tip, while Andrea Carissimi reworks the track into a beautiful jazz-funk drenched affair. Completing the package is Mustafa who smoothes the vibe down for a broken beat styled interpretation on a laidback tip.

Exclusive Preview: Joe Rizla "Hope" (Black Keys Music Records CD Promo)

With "Hope", Black Keys Music present more unreleased material from their vaults. On the 'Deep Mix', Joe Rizla delivers one of his trademark mesmeric percussion driven grooves and goes as deep as it gets, topped with a speech of America's president Barack Obama alongside warm synth melodies and a trumpet coming in towards the end. The 'Main Mix' keeps the vibe deep while being on a groovier tip. For the purists, instrumental versions are included as well.

Beppe Gioia & Sal "Yes sir" (SofiTone Records CD Promo)

Beppe Gioia teams up with Sal for "Yes sir", a deeper than deep production that is spreading a hypnotic feeling through the thumpin' beats, sweet percussion elements and contaminous keys. The 'Deep Organ Dub' is all about a wicked organ ride, while the moodier 'Dub Mix' is twisting things slightly around and has got a more ruff feel to it.

Psoul featuring Peter Panic "Time is coming" (Remixes)(Zoma Records CD Promo)

Four years ago, Zoma Records released their debut single, now this release courtesy of Psoul returns with brand new slammin' remixes. "Time is coming" features vocals from the incomparable Peter Panic (known for his 1992 classic "A blackman and a blackman") and gets reworked by Miss Eleonora Cutaia into a resistless broken beat flavored affair, while Deep88 takes the track to deepest grounds with dreamy chords and a sweet jazzy flute. Next is the unreleased instrumental of Osunlade's 'Yoruba Dub' which then gets mashed up with the timeless "Can you feel it" vocal by Chuck Roberts. As a bonus, the full acapella is included. Expect more remixes later this year.

Hornbostel & Azzetto "84 King Street" (Purple Tracks Records CD Promo)

"84 King Street" (the title of the track stands for the location of the legendary Paradise Garage) is Christian Hornbostel & Alfred Azzetto's tribute to the one and only Larry Levan. Their original version is an homage to the good old funk soaked grooves (I leave it to you to identify what classic they sampled), while Walterino & DJ Fopp give the track a more classic, jazz flavored Disco sounding. Souldynamic & Fiorese rework the into a relentless deep house gem featuring an outstanding organ ride, followed by Vincent Valler who goes deep and hypnotic on his spacey take. Lastly Nic Lerner's remix is the choice for the main room.

K. Joy "Lover's dance" (CyberJamz Records CD Promo)

K. Joy returns on CyberJamz Records with the sexy "Lovers dance", a soulful production featuring sultry vocals by K. Joy alongside sweet synth melodies and warm keys over a deeply thumpin' yet smooth backdrop courtesy of DJ Quad, altogether creating a captivating feeling you can't resist to dance to.

So What featuring Kenny Bobien "Let me apologize" (Remixes Part 2)(Del Records CD Promo)

"Let me apologize" by So What (Gregory Del Piero & Charles Spencer), which features the one and only Kenny Bobien with his incomparable falsetto voice, is back with the second batch of remixes. Spiritual Blessings rework the track into a stompin' affair featuring lush synth melodies over a fierce funked-up groove, wile DeejayKul deepens the vibe on his rework that is enriched with phat keys and great synth chords. Finally Gregory Del Piero serves an uplifting interpretation featuring a lovely guitar and jazzy sax and keys over a groovy backing.

Wil Milton featuring Terry Billy "Raindrops" (Blak Ink Records CD Promo)

Wil Milton continues to bless us with his marvelous productions, this time teaming up with singer Terry Billy on "Raindrops", a song lifted from his upcoming long player "Mental Photograph". Terry Billy provides a heartfelt vocal on this song that comes in various different flavors, with the 'Original' featuring beautiful synth melodies over smoothly thumpin' backing, while the 'Gravity NYC Mix' is a bit more laidback and features jazzy keys. Next is 'Wils Solod Out' deepened version that intensifies the vibe for hypnotizing madness on the dance floor thanks to resistless keys and synth chords.

Exclusive Preview: Art of Fresh "Out this world" (Home Records CD Promo)

Art of Fresh (D.O. aka Defy the Odds and Slakah the Beatchild) is a Canadian hip hop combo whose "Out this world" has been given a makeover for the soulful house floors. Vikter Duplaix uses atmospheric synths and a wicked broken beat styled groove which together with the cool vocals create a captivating feel, followed by DJ Garphie who gives the track a thumpin' feel and lets the lush keys and dope chords create a deeper vibe. Next is Groove Assassin who uses a smooth yet relentless bouncing backdrop as playground for phat keys and an off the chain organ.

Charles Dockins "I gotcha back" (MoreHouse Records CD Promo)

MoreHouse can do now wrong as they present yet another massive release that has already started to take over dance floors across the globe. "I gotcha back" by Baltimore based Charles 'CDock' Dockins is absolutely irresistible, featuring a killer jazzy piano riff, electrifying synth melodies and hotter than hot spoken words over a resistless funk soaked groove. The 'CDock Raw Dub' darkens the vibe for a hypnotic journey thanks to the dramatic snyths and spacey effects used, while the 'CDock Style Mix' flips the original around for more devastating dance floor action. The Groove Junkies contribute an absolutely fierce edit to the package that takes the original to the next level.

Various "Miami Nights Sampler 2009" (Waking Monster Records CD Promo)

Waking Monster give us a taste of things to come in the near future with this three track sampler. "Only you" by the Keith Thompson Project is included in the powerful yet soulful 'Classic Vocal Remix' by DJ Circle that is loaded with jazzy horns and keys, while the mesmerizing Central Avenue remix of "Truly" by Keith Thompson & Maria ILieva is a heavily stompin' affair. Lastly "Pretoria Funk" by Teesquared (aka DJ Ninja) and Thabiso is a slightly dark tech-funk monster perfect for peak time action.

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