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review logoThe heat goes on with this weeks loaded with the latest in soulful/afro house music - enjoy !!

Blast from the Past: Jose Burgos featuring Kenny Bobien "For your love" (4 to the Floor Records Promo)

4 to the Floor Records revive the seminal masterly orchestrated soulful gem "For your love" produced by Jose Burgos and performed in grand style by the one and only Kenny Bobien, a song originally released on Deepa Grooves Records back in 2008. Next to the timeless original version, the package features a scintillating re-imagination by South Africa's Cuebur who adds his signature touch, giving the song a deep atmospheric feel sure to cast a spell on you (taken from the 2014 Soul Heaven Records release). Also included are the previously unreleased instrumental and accapella versions by Cuebur.

TAKANORI featuring Stephanie Cooke "Your place" (Spirit Soul Promo)

Up and rising label Spirit Soul have a beauty in their hands with  this wonderful collaboration by Takanori Iwasaki and house music diva Stephanie Cooke. Indisputably, "Your place" is top-notch soulful house music, with a smooth yet infectious funked-up backdrop leading the way for sweet guitar, heavenly keys, dreanful saxophone and the one-of-a-kind vocals of Stephanie Cooke. On remix duty are DJ Fudge who celebrates summer with his superb laidback latin flavored interpretation, and Full Intention who transform the song into a sure-fire rpime time anthem.

Marc Cotterell featuring Keith Sibley "Need more love" (The Remixes)(Plastik People Digital Promo)

In mid-May of this year, Plastik People Digital took us on an exhilarating trip down memory lane with the fantastic "Need more love" by label head Marc Cotterell, an uber cool old school garage influenced production oozing with Keith Sibley's unmistakable emotive vocals. Now this gem returns in fresh truly varied remixes by Johan S and Tuff Vibes (Marc Cotterell & Dominic Balchin) who take the track to the next level; without doubt these dope absolutely irresistible interpretations will send the dancers into a frenzy.

Vanessa L. Smith "You promised me" (Capital Soul Music Promo)

We welcome Capital Soul Music to Spirit of House with the Tim Wayne aka DJ SoundScience produced "You promised me", beyond the shadow of a doubt this marvelous production oozing with the unrivaled haunting vocals of Vanessa L. Smith, luxurious jazzed-up keys, dreamy chords, glamorous organ solo and an intriguing organic musical backing will make you yearn for more. By no means to be missed.

Seychelle Elise "Blessed" (TyRick Music Promo)

The latest offering from TyRick Music is the inspiring "Blessed" by Seychelle Elise, a phantasmagorical soulful gem written by Omar Ramon Winston and produced by James Capture. To keep it sweet and short, "Blessed" is all about Seychelle Elise incomparable uplifting gospel/r&b tinged vocals, exquisite melodic keys, ethereal chords and the thrilling organic backdrop. Essential.

Vanco featuring Zano "Ms Jailer" (Tribe Records Promo)

South Africa's Vanco (Kudzai Mawoyo) and Zano (Thokozani Nzima) join forces for "Ms Jailer", an expertly crafted production laced with gentle yet compelling percussive rhythms, sweet guitars, grandiose saxophone, lush keys and the inimitable deep-rooted vocals of Zano. Zepherin Saint contributes a dazzling re-imagination that is all about his landmark verily soulful yet enthralling afro house sound.

Angelo Draetta featuring Curtis Clark & Sandra Bullet "Love comes" (Leda Music Promo)

Right in time for summer Leda Music present the absolutely gorgeous "Love comes" by Angelo Draetta, to cut right to the chase this soulful sun drenched production featuring a fabulous duet by Curtis Clark and Sandra Bullet alongside charming melodious keys, lovely guitar and a smooth yet vibrant organic backdrop is the perfect soundtrack for those hot summer nights... Nuff said.

Gino Love "No stopping us" (Veksler Records Promo)

Veksler Records label head Gino Love returns to Spirit of House with a verily entrancing production entitled "No stopping us". Unquestionably, this is a truly splendorous slice of soulful house music fueled with luscious keys, celestial chords and fervid truly mesmerizing underground-esque rhythms, not to forget to mention the incredible vocals by Geoffrey B. In other words, "No stopping us" comes highly recommended.

Master Fale featuring K9 "Malumuni" (FOMP Promo)

Our weekly update wouldn't be complete without a serious afro house dance floor weapon... "Malumuni" by South Africa's Master Fale (Simphiwe Falensizwa Nkosi) is an utterly hypnotizing afro-deep production built around relentlessly thumpin' rhythms, tantalizing synth melodies and the amazing vocals of K9. This downright wicked release comes complete with instrumental and dub versions for the creative minds.

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