The first update in May brings you lots of gems to discover - enjoy !!
DaSouL & Monique featuring Carla Prather "Forever" (Room Control CD Promo)
To spoil our review, what we have here is soulful house music at its best, a timeless gem guaranteed to cast a spell on you... DaSouL and Monique join forces with house music diva Carla Prather for "Forever", an uplifting truly and spell binding production with an organic funk soaked backdrop leading the way for sweet guitars, glamorous keys and Carla Prather's one-of-a-kind deeply rooted vocals - sheer musical bliss. The mind-blowing 'UnModern Disco' interpretation gives the track a classy old school Disco/Boogie inspired feel and comes loaded with enticing symphonic melodies reminiscent of the heyday of Disco - pure class. Essential, and by no means to be missed.
Aspire Sound "I'll be out" (Tony Records CD Promo)
In March of this year, we were celebrating the 2015 edition of the unequaled and impeccable annual "Miami Uncuts" compilation by Tony Records, now "I'll be out", one of our favorite cuts, is about to get a full single release, complete with superb remixes. "I'll be out" by Aspire Sound (aka DJ/producer Demarkus Lewis and songstress Jacqueline Jaquez) is built around pulsating rhythms, luscious keys and sophisticated saxophone, not to forget to mention the inimitable sultry vocals of Jacqueline Jaquez. The remixes take the track to the next level, with Luis Radio contributing a superb rework laced with illustrious keys, killer organ solo and a smoothly thumpin' backdrop, while Paul Adam offers a deepened rendition which combines the vocals with dramatic strings, glorious keys and deeply thumpin' rhythms.
Lenny Fontana "Chocolate sensation" (2015 Vocal Mix)(Cr2 Records CD Promo)
Back in 1999, "Chocolate sensation" by Lenny Fontana & DJ Shorty took over dance floors by storm, and ever since this track has been a favorite with DJ's globally thanks to the hypnotizing fusion of ruthlessly stormin' rhythms with tantalizing melodies and cleverly used vocal samples of Loleatta Holloway's all-time dance anthem "Love sensation". Fast forward to 2015, and Lenny Fontana presents an utterly fierce rework staying true to the original yet giving the track an enchanting contemporary feel. Jam-packed floors guaranteed...
Soulbridge featuring Elan Noelle "Bring on the night" (HSR Records CD Promo)
The next release on HSR Records is a grandiose and respectful remake of The Police classic "Bring on the night" (originally released back in 1979 on the "Reggatta de blanc" album) by Soulbridge and vocalist Elan Noelle. The organic truly fervid soul/funk infused backing together with the sublime jazzy saxophone, splendiferous keys, lovely guitars and Elan Noelle's paramount emotive vocals make this something truly special. The 'Soulbridge Remix' is a fantastic alteration turning the track into a sure-fire prime time weapon.
Various "A Long Hot Summer: DJ Spen Sampler EP" (NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)
The newest edition in the highly acclaimed "Long Hot Summer" compilation series comes courtesy of Baltimore's DJ Spen. Ahead of the release of the compilation comes this stellar five track sampler featuring previously unreleased edits and remixes from DJ Spen: Blaze presents UDAUFL featuring Byron Stingily "Spread love" (DJ Spen & Soulfuledge Remix), Kimara Lovelace "Misery" (DJ Spen's Freedom Edit of MuthaFunkin Remix), Kiko Navarro featuring Isis 'Apache' Montero "Shining" (DJ Spen Reprise Dub Edit), Rhythm Staircase "Black man jump" (DJ Spen Re-Edit) and Namy featuring Josh Milan "From now on" (DJ Spen & N'Dinga Gaba Unreleased Mix). To make it short, an amazing truly jaw-dropping EP loaded with nothing but dance floor bombs...
Various "DJ Oji - Unreleased EP" (POJI Records CD Promo)
From POJI Records comes the blazin hot truly breathtaking "DJ Oji - Unreleased EP" loaded with four equally massive previously unreleased tracks, each one guaranteed to set the floor on fire. First up is "AfroSkies", a mesmerizing afro-tribal workout inspired and reminiscent of the DJ Oji & DJ Buzzard 2007 classic "The Afronauts". Next is the unreleased absolutely wicked organ and sax driven 'Organic Saxsoul Mix' of "Put yo body in it", the current tribaltastic club smash by DJ Oji aka Original Man. Following are the DJ Spen remastered original version of the 2003 classic "I'm feelin U" by Carolyn Victorian, and finally the uber cool "Spiritual 'love' journey" mash-up of "A spiritual love" by DJ Spen presents Marc Evans (2012) with "Spiritual journey" by DJ Oji featuring Sheila Ford (2006).
Zepherin Saint "Canima EP" (Tribe Records CD Promo)
Enigmatic DJ and producer Zepherin Saint graces us with the marvelous "Canima EP" where he teams up with Adama from Mali and Makumba from Gambia. The first two tracks featuring the vocal talents of Adama are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine: The title track "Canima" is a soulful gem fusing Adama's fabulous vocals with grand horns, precious keys and gentle yet thrilling percussive rhythms, while "Obanla" is all about the infectious afrotastic rhythms, phat rhythm guitar, juicy synths and Adama's captivating vocals. The third track "Makumba" is an utterly hypnotizing afro-tribal banger oozing with a tempting tech-soul feel.
Deep House Pick: Andy Compton "Smoking Soul EP" (Peng Records CD Promo)
From the mind of Andy Compton comes the mind-boggling "Smokin Soul EP" geared towards the deeper dance floors. The techy title track "Smokin soul" is deep'n'tantalizing yet keeping the overall vibe soulful, with relentlessly thumpin' rhythms leading the way for spaced-out synth melodies and cool vocal sprinkles. The raw hard hitting dub gives the track an even more underground-esque feel complete with acidic overtones. "Earth's mother" keeps the vibe deep yet is on a much smoother organic tip, oozing with warm melodies and groovy vocals.
Afro Deep Pick: MR KG "The return EP" (Lilac Jeans Music CD Promo)
From the motherland comes the truly delectable and eclectic "The return EP" by MR KG, the follow-up to las years massive "No more hiding EP". Five tracks are included here, spanning different deep house genres from laidback and soulful over afro-deep to ancestral tribal house - in other words, "The return EP" is fueled with five equally brilliant unadulterated tracks guaranteed to cause a stir...