Enjoy this weeks eclectic update loaded with nothing but the best in soulful house...
Soulfuledge featuring Johanna Jordan "Forgive me" (Soulfuledge Recordings CD Promo)
We proudly introduce you to the inaugural release from Soulfuledge Recordings, the marvelous sun drenched "Forgive me" by Soulfuledge featuring the vocal talents of up and rising Johanna Jordan. To cut right to the chase, the spell binding rhythms together with the enchanting dreamy melodies and Johanna Jordan's stunning emotive vocals are guaranteed to make you yearn for more. Next is the laidback broken beat flavored 'Sunset Skippin Mix' which introduces lustrous keys and grand sax - beyond doubt, this is top-notch soulful dance music oozing with a gorgeous summery vibe...
Vittorio Santorelli "Haven't you heard" (Double Cheese Records CD Promo)
There ain't no stoppin' for Double Cheese Records, with their latest offering being a mind-blowing re-imaginations of Patrice Rushen's all-time classic "Haven't you heard" which dates back to 1980. Vittorio Santorelli has been pulling out all the stops, staying true and respectful to the original yet giving it a glamorous contemporary feel, with Wendy Lewis adding her exquisite vocal interpretation. Included are stellar soul drenched remixes courtesy of Argentina's Serg Szysz and France's Expanded People, giving you a really tough choice which version to play...
Johana "Caminando" (Bounce Muzik CD Promo)
Summer has come early as Bounce Muzik bless us with the beautiful latin/soul/jazz infused "Caminando" produced by Gabriel Horizon and Tony Powell where laidback percussive rhythms lead the way for blissful melodious keys, classy strings, illustrious saxophone and the amazing sultry vocals of Johana. Beside the original version there is a slightly groovier version which replaces the strings and saxophone with cool chords, and an alternate take of the original which features a breathtaking beat-less intro which strips the beats, putting the emphasis on Johana's awe-inspiring vocals.
JoioDJ featuring Chanelle "My heart's not free" (Dejavoo Records CD Promo)
JoioDJ and Chanelle grace us with "My heart's not free", a gorgeous old school inspired gem built around a gentle yet vibrant backing and grand jazzy keys, not to forget to mention Chanelle's unmistakable haunting vocals. On remix duty are Domenico Albanese, Earl TuTu & John Khan and Eddie 'Eaze' Coleman all adding their distinctive soulful touch, while Rampus gives the track a progressive edge destined for the main room.
Various "Remixed & Revisited" (Grooveboy Music CD Promo)
Grooveboy Music are about to celebrate their second birthday (remember the very first release "Can't stop" from label owners Grooveboy?) with this super dope truly eclectic compilation entitled "Remixed & Revisited". J&M Brothers, Maff Boothroyd, Miss Luna, Jayceel, Allan Zax and Grooveboy themselves have taken on not less than nine of the most popular tracks from the label, each one masterly remixed, re-rubbed or re-mastered. The result is truly spectacular and gives you plenty of choices to work the floor.Go check it out and pick your favorite(s)...
Bobby Jones featuring Faith Evans "Rejoice" (Gifted Souls Chitown Mix)(Echopark JDI Entertainment CD Promo)
Legendary BET host and Grammy award winner Bobby Jones joins forces with vocalist extraordinaire Faith Evans (herself a Grammy award winner) and the NSC ensemble (formerly the Nashville Super Choir) for the paramount utterly uplifting and inspiring gospel gem "Rejoice". The duo of Joe Smooth and Jerry C King rework the song into an exhilarating soul oozing four-to-the-floor jewel which takes church straight to the club. Gospel house at its best...
Left Hand Shake "Underground" (MoreHouse Records CD Promo)
MoreHouse Records continue their journey to the deep with this jaw-dropping offering by mysterious DJ/production duo Left Hand Shake whose formidable "Underground" is an ingenious atmospheric somewhat dark and moody slice of deep house music. To make it short, he ethereal synth melodies combined with psychedelic pads, acidic overtones, wicked vocals and deeper than deep rhythms take you on a mind-boggling excursion to the underground you wish would never end.
Exclusive Preview: Various "Sound of Soul ReTouch" (CD-R)
It has been a while since Mark Jordan graced us with his delightful edits, but gladly the wait is over and he is back, letting us enjoy a choice selection of his subtle 'ReTouch' interpretations which give the songs an utterly soulful four-to-the-floor direction whilst keeping the original vibe alive. This time around, he has re-touched "Life your life" by Afro Elements, "Harriett Jones" by Eric Benet, "A place for us" by Julie Dexter, "Feel good" by Lira, "Good love" by Natasha Watts and last but not least "Better than this" by Paul Johnson.
Best of the Rest
We are getting so many promos sent each and every week that many of them never get reviewed here on Spirit of House (for various reasons nota bene). However, as we want to make sure you are well informed what is happening, we have introduced this section where, every now and then, we will highlight other noteworthy releases...
To cut a long story short, the Latin infused "Herencia Latina" by Pablo Fierro & Cristian Vinci is sheer musical bliss, with the percussive tribalesque rhythms and the mesmerizing vocals spreading an infectious vibe you can't resist to dance to (Vida Records CD Promo). The "The Next Drop EP" by Deeplomatik (aka Seb Skalski) is a truly eclectic affair, offering four tracks ranging from deep over tribal to Nu-Disco, each one guaranteed to set the floor on fire( Salted Music CD Promo).
South Africa's Lilac Jeans join forces with upcoming DJ/producer Xoli on the "Take a ride" EP which features two equally brilliant tracks. Both the rather laidback title track "Take a ride" and the intoxicating "Generations to come" are guaranteed to put a spell on you thanks to heavenly truly enticing melodies and gentle yet spell binding rhythms( Lilac Jeans Music CD Promo). Staying with the beautiful sounds from South Africa, Philani Zuma with his "Voices EP" is next. "Voices" is all about the entrancing atmospheric melodies and enthralling rhythms, with the 'Midnight Mix' giving the track a moodier feel prefect for late night play. "Blue Diesel" is on a more relaxed tip, featuring lush melodious keys over deep organic rhythms( Atal Music CD Promo).
Chicago's David 'Storm' Ruffin graces us with the "Dirty rhodes" EP loaded with three fierce deep house tracks. "Dirty rhodes" features a sublime rhodes piano over a smooth tribal groove, "In motion" is built around relentlessly pulsating rhythms and inebriant keys, and finally "Stoned" uses latinesque rhythms as playground for seductive jazzy keys (Smooth Agent Tracks CD Promo). Finest deep house comes from the minds of Toronto Hustle (aka Mark Kufner and Jeff Graham) whose old school inspired "East West EP" is guaranteed to jam-pack floors thanks to resistless utterly deep rhythms, cool vocals and enchanting keys and chords (Strobe Records CD Promo).
From Japan's Yusuke Hiraoka comes the luscious "Looking Up EP" which features four wonderfully crafted deep house tracks, each one oozing with deep'n'gentle yet thrilling rhythms and ethereal truly phantasmagorial melodies. Quite simply perfect for late night, early morning play...( Toupee Records CD Promo). UK production outfit Ethnic Soul Warriors give us "Culture", a summery truly exhilarating fusion of Afro/Balearic sounds with fervid smoothly bumpin' rhythms. Andy Holder contributes both a very musical jazzed-up main mix and a deeper old school inspired dub sure to send the floor into a frenzy (Nuwavonic Records CD Promo).