Picks of the Week
Various "The Jaffa Music EP" (Jaffa Music Records CD Promo)
Jaffa Music present this wonderful EP perfect for the summer with its uplifting vibes. Its an eight track selection of past and upcoming releases kicked off with "Gotcha" by Rachel Claudio. The 'Nassau Remix' is a fiercely stormin', funk drenched affair featuring wicked keys and classic strings alongside passionate vocals, while the 'Deep Inc Discofied Mix' goes deeper and relaxes the vibe for a groovier take on a Disco tinged tip, with a beautiful piano accompanying the vocals. Next is the Dolls Combers' 'Intergalactic Mix' of "Miscommunicate" by Rachel Claudio & Nicolas Vautier, a soulful interpretation that is beautiful instrumentated, with the keys and chords giving it a timeless outer-space-jazz touch. "These times" by Soul Harmonics & Rachel Claudio is included in the 'Edmund Remix', a funk soaked rework featuring captivating synth hooks that together with the infective vocals create a mesmerizing feel. The other (previously released) tracks in the package are: Rachel Claudio "Freedom" (Raw Artistic Soul Remix), Rachel Claudio & Nicolas Vautier "Miscommunicate" (Yass Main Remix), Nicolas Vautier featuring Blick "Sala" (Ralf Gum GoGo Vocal Remix) and (Dom Navarra Latin Instrumental).
Doobie J featuring Yvonne Yanney "High time" (Citrus Sound Records CD Promo)
UK based producer Doobie J and vocalist Yvonne Yanney continue their successful relationship and present a new release titled "High time", a fierce production built around a funk drenched groove that is enriched with a funky as hell bass guitar, classic strings, hot guitar licks and wicked keys (you can choose between vocal, instrumental and radio edit versions) while Yvonne Yanney provides the passionate vocals. The first remix is courtesy of the Soulseekers who turn track into a thumpin' deep house affair featuring lush synths, while Soulchild's remix has a groovy deep house outfit, with great keys and chords leading the way for the vocals.
Thomas Toccafondi featuring Robina "Keep the faith" (Gordon and Cardell Records CD Promo)
With "Keep the faith", Frenchman Thomas Toccafondi presents a powerful yet soulful production that is spreading an uplifting feeling through the catchy piano and sultry vocals by Robina that are nicely arranger over a funktified backing groove. DJ Floy gives the track more of a Balearic feel on his remix that intensifies the vibe while not letting the down the overall soulful feel. Ralf GUM together with CrisP delivers an amazing remix built around an incredibly groovy backdrop that lets the lush chords, classy strings and sultry vocals create an irresistible vibe.
DJ Spinna featuring Tricia Angus "Living my life" (Papa Records CD Promo)
"Living my life" was the first single lifted from DJ Spinna's magnificent album "Intergalactic Soul", and now this wonderful song gets remixed by in-demand producers and remixers The Layabouts. Their remix comes in no less than five versions which are pure class, taking the track to deep soul-tech grounds with a deeper than deep groove leading the way for the resistless chords and outstanding vocals by Tricia Agnus that altogether create a mesmerizing vibe. Completing the package are DJ Spinna's 'Club Mix' and the remixes by The Realm (Toni Economides & Oli Lazarus) released last summer.
Alex Finkin & Reverend P featuring Jocelyn Mathieu "Can't get enough" (Animal House Records CD Promo)
The uplifting "Can't get enough" was first featured on the "WMC 2008 Sampler" from Animal House given out in Miami earlier this year, now this wonderful tune gets a full release. The Alex Finkin and Reverend P produced song features a passionate vocal by songstress Jocelyn Mathieu over a funkily groovin' backdrop that is enriched with a beautiful piano and great chords (an instrumental and alternate vocal version stripped of the piano are included too). The remix courtesy of DJ Pope takes the song to deeper grounds, turning into a deep yet soulful, old school flavored underground anthem that features phat keys and chords.
dunnEASY featuring Monique Bingham "Won't stop" (JellyBean Soul Records CD Promo)
dunnEASY aka Ed Dunn and Ethan White follow up last years club smash "Ready to love" with "Won't stop" which features the incomparable voice of Monique Bingham over a soulful yet fierce backing groove that is topped with lovely summery melodies created by wonderful keys and chords, while Monique Bingham's sensual vocal adds a little sexiness to the song. Nothing more needs to be said about this marvelous release that will catch you instantly with its summery uplifting vibe.
Steve Paradise featuring Vera Medina "Um belo dia de sol" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)
With "Um belo dia del sol", Steve Paradise presents a Brasil flavored production featuring a sultry vocal courtesy of Vera Medina. In its original form, the track is spreading a groovy yet laidback feeling, with the remixes by the likes of Fabrizio Marra & Paul Wiltshire, House Device, DJ Rico, Ronny Magic (aka Jonny Partridge) and Victor Da Silva all adding their unique touch to the track while always keep the vibe laidback and soulful. Whether you like it deep, funky, groovy or uplifting - these remixes will give you just that.
Deep Y'All a.k.a. DJ Rico "Gotta Keep Deeper Sound Factory Project 2" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)
DJ Rico (aka Eric Pazouda) presents a slamming funked-up EP featuring three new tracks, coming your way complete with some top notch remixes. The main track "Electronic love" is a deep'n'dirty, funk soaked track featuring a wicked male vocal that creates a mesmerizing vibe. Melchyor A reworks the track into an absolutely irresistible, afro-funk flavored dub that you can't resist to dance to. The Brazilian Soul Crew serve a melodic interpretation that takes the track to groovy, laidback grounds, while Low Tchoon Jazz go deep on their jazz fueled take that is truly something special. Next are Spiritual Blessings who present a deep atmospheric, slightly electronic version. Finally there are the two bonus tracks "Vibes" and "Time for idkle Deep" bringing you more of DJ Rico's relentless funky grooves.
Studio Apartment "Siarre" (Defected Records CD Promo)
The celebrated Japanese production team Studio Apartment unleash another bomb with "Siarre" which is guaranteed to take dance floor by storms with its resistless piano line, lush synth layers and the phat male vocals that are perfectly arranged over a smooth yet relentless tribal groove. Sergio Flores is heating things up with his 'Afro Tek Remix' that intensifies the tribal feel while at the same time giving the track a slight techy feel, with the cleverly used, captivating synths creating a hypnotic vibe.