Summer is almost over but we are keeping the heat up with this weeks selection of fresh soulful tunes...
Mustafa featuring Tasita D'Mour "The boss" (Part 2)(Staff Productions CD Promo)
Here we have part two of Mustafa and Tasita D'Mour's masterly cover version of the timeless 1979 classic "The boss", written by legendary duo Nick Ashford (r.i.p.) & Valerie Simpson and performed by the one and only Diana Ross. This package includes fresh mixes by Aaron Ross who reworks the track into a fiery prime time affair, Shane D who delivers a classic disco-funk soaked version, Steven Stone who serves a soulfully stompin' melodious take, Rafael Yapudjian who relaxes the vibe on his deep ethereal version and Supra Nova who drop an intriguing dub sure to set the floors ablaze. And then there are the marvelous acoustic 'Chillin in Ipanema' and bossa-nova 'Groovin in Ipanema' versions which are sheer musical bliss.
John Beltran featuring Jeremy Ellis "Golden night with you" (Fast FWD Records CD Promo)
With "Golden night with you" by John Beltran and singer Jeremy Ellis, Fast FWD present a timeless piece of music not to be missed. This wonderful production is all about Jeremy Ellis' ethereal vocals, moody chords and silky smooth rhythms, taken to the next level by Ron Trent who is pulling out all the stop on his masterly orchestrated afrotastic remix. MKTL (Master Kev & Tony Loreto) rework the track into a spellbinding peak time favorite featuring seductive melodies over mesmerizing rhythms, with their dub adding extra synth hooks to intensify the feel to the max.
Ralph Session (and Friends) "Label Sampler Vol. 1" (Seshified Records CD Promo)
Seshified Records present a killer release with their first ever label sampler where each and every track is a sure-fire floor filler. First up is Mr. V's mind-blowing remix of "Release the demons" by Ralph Session & E-Man, followed by "Take me away" by Ralph Session & Angel-A included both in the pumpin' original version and groovy Doc Link & Scott Wozniak remix. Next we have "Keep it moving by Ralph Session featuring Greg Serenade featured in the funktified main mix and percussive DJN Project remix oozing with delicious melodies. Finally, there is a jackin' re-edit of the classic "Say I really need you" by Ralph Session which beyond doubt will rock the floors.
Mr. Cee featuring Lady X "Lifted" (soWHAT Records CD Promo)
Joburg's own Mr. Cee makes his debut on soWHAT Records with the exquisite "Lifted" featuring deeply felt vocals by Lady X and lush keys and chords over a deeper than deep truly relentless backdrop. P.M Project contribute a top-notch afro-deep rework, while Afrosoul blesses us with his soulful interpretation fueled with jazzy keys. Angelo Cimmino & Giovanni Ikome enter deepest grounds with their celestial hypnotizing workout, and last but not least we have UPZ adding his magical touch, turning the track into a groovey deep house gem laced with sublime keys.
Nathan G & Lisa Shaw "Together" (Large Records CD Promo)
"Together" is the second single from Nathan G's forthcoming long player "The glow" (to be released end of October) and features songstress Lisa Shaw on vocals who impresses with her unmistakable voice on this retro-esque production oozing with an eclectic old school boogie feel guaranteed to put a spell on you. The 'Luvbug Vintage Rub' takes the track to deep hypnotic grounds while the 'Pleasure Seeker Dub' is on a dark'n'gritty tip, making it the choice for late night / early morning play.
Low Deep T "Love is the only gold" (Cut & Play Records CD Promo)
Cut & Play Records present the first single from Low Deep T's upcoming album "Big love" titled "Love is the only gold", an uplifting production featuring strong male vocals and female background vocals, cool synth melodies and a jazzy saxophone over an impulsive yet smooth backdrop. The 'Low Deep T Mix' deepens the vibe to create an even more intense feel sure to rock the floors.
Juan Sanchez "Something" (Newav Media CD Promo)
There ain't no stoppin' for Newav Media as their latest offering by Juan Sanchez proves. The intoxicating "Something" is a sure-fire dance floor favorite thanks to the irresistible rhythms, scintillating synths and here and there used sexy female vocals. DJN Project keep the vibe contaminous on their remix that oozes with a warmer more organic feel, while Danny 'Buddha' Morales delivers a real banger that is destined for the bigger rooms with its remorseless backing, added vocal samples and thrilling hooks an melodies.
Exclusive Preview: Domu "Play this song" (Sounds of Soul Rework)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Peven Everett "I want you at my party" (Sounds of Soul Rework)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Amel Larrieux "Gills & tails" (Manousos Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Jill Scott "I keep" (Manousos Remix)(CD-R)
It has been a while since we've featured edits that producers and DJ's create for their own use in radio shows, podcasts or in clubs. Of course there have been plenty of new ones in recent weeks, as you would guess not all are good but every now and then one of these edits stands out and deserves to be heard. These four edits by Mark Jordan (under his Sounds of Soul disguise) and Manousos (aka Manoli Manousakis) fall into the latter category, showcasing the talent and love for music for both of these producers/DJ's, staying respectful to the original while successfully transforming the songs for the soulful dance floors. More to come in the near future...