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DJ Man-X featuring Sara Devine "All I need is you" (Deep Haven Music CD Promo)

DJ Man-X featuring Sara Devine - All I need is you Deep Haven Music, one of our favorite labels, returns with "All I need is you", a soulful gem courtesy of label honcho DJ Man-X and songstress Sara Devine. The song features deeply felt vocals by Sara Devine, delightful keys by Selan Lerner, lovely guitar by Mike Ciro and bass by Gene Perez - together they have created an amazing piece of soulful house music. For the purists there are both instrumental and dub versions that put the instrumentation center stage. Essential, miss at your own risk.

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Suges featuring Deon Nathan "Your body" (Soulstream Records CD Promo)

Suges and Soulstream go back to their roots with the precious deep house production "You body" which features sensual vocals by UK soul singer Deon Nathan. The original is a gorgeous broken beat affair, with each of the included remixes by Suges, Martino, Jazzmattrik and Blakstar injecting serious deep house flavors and making this an inimitable deep house release not to be missed.

Exclusive Preview: AphroDisiax featuring Tiger S "Killing time" (Universal Media CD Promo)

With "Killing time", AphroDisiax present a gorgeous production featuring incredible vocals by Tiger S alongside warm melodious keys and chords over a deeply groovin' backing. Booker T (under his Kings of Soul disguise) gives the track a lovely old school twist, while Craig Stewart takes the track to deeper grounds on his mesmeric remix.

Nkhagy "Life" (Baainar Remixes)(Baainar Records CD Promo)

This must be the biggest package of remixes we've seen in a while - you can choose from none less than fifteen versions all keeping the vibe soulful and deep yet being truly diversified... We talk about Nkhagy's "Life" which got remixed by many illustrious names from the South African and global house music community such as Nkokhi & Pex Africah, Eltonnick, Thozot, Jesus Gonsev Remix, Kaygee Pitsong, Bluelle, Dub Natives, DJ Kuchi, La Shad, Willy and Reloaded and Point 5. Go and check all of the mixes out, you will not regret it...

Exclusive Preview: David Moore "The way back" (PirateBrain WMC 2011 CD Promo)

Those that attended the Winter Music Conference in the past might have been lucky enough to get their hands on the legendary Piratebrain / Liquidbrain vinyl releases...  For this year they are back with a brand new David Moore production titled "The way back" (with additional sexy vocals by Monica), an ode to house music and its heydays...  Beside the glorious original, there is a fierce remix by Geoffrey C and a percussively thumpin' truly hypnotic remix by Negro-Rican.

Exclusive Preview: Kenny Bobien "You're gonna make it" (UDM Show Records CD Promo)

Swiss DJ's/producers Mark Stone and Terry Lex join forces with the legendary Kenny Bobien, and the result is simply outstanding. The main 'Live Session Mix' of "You're gonna make it" features Kenny Bobien's incomparable vocals alongside a masterly orchestration, while the 'Every Day Dub' takes you back in time with its old school flavored melodies and rhythms. A future classic.

Bah Samba "Have you got your bootz on?" (Favouritizm Records CD Promo)

If you're looking for uplifting discofied boogie vibes, then this one is for you. "Have you got your bootz on?" is taken from Bah Samba's forthcoming digital album "Shake the dog" - originally released on their 2005 album "4", the track (which features Alice Russell on vocals) returns with fresh remixes for 2011. DJ Meme's take is a smoothly stompin' disco fused affair, while Tortured Soul's JKriv delivers a charming 80's boogie interpretation. More retro flavas can be found on Steve Luxe's 80's tinged synth pop version.

Asymmetric Soul featuring Meital De Razon "Running around" (Adaptation Music CD Promo)

With "Running aournd", Asymmetric Soul present their seconds release for Adaption Music, and what a beauty it is. The original version features sultry vocals by Meital De Razon and warm keys over soulful funktified groove. The slammin' remixes from the likes of Husky (one half of Random Soul), Tovar, Trancemicsoul, Lonya and Tom Conrad & Andre Bonsor take the track to the next level, giving you plenty of choices to work the floors.

Exclusive Preview: Montana & Stewart featuring Dawn Tallman "Find strength" (Universe Media CD-R)

I'm sure you will remember our words from last week: "There ain't no stoppin' for up and rising Jonny Montana..." He certainly proves us right with "Find strength" where he teams up with long time partner Craig Stewart and diva Dawn Tallman to deliver a wonderfully orchestrated production oozing with outstanding gospel styled vocals and the soulful jazz drenched sound he is beloved for. The full promo (complete with remixes) should be available in a couple of weeks.

The Brothers featuring Lisa Millett "Breathless" (Panevino Music CD Promo)

"Breathless" by The Brothers is an uplifting funked-up production featuring the unmistakable voice of Lisa Millett alongside phat keys and guitar licks over an intoxicating backing. The remixes are courtesy of Louis Benedetti who deepens the vibe, with the relentlessly thumpin' backdrop and luscious synth melodies turning the track into a peak time favorite.

Pak Jones featuring Nia "For a moment" (Kapa Music CD Promo)

Martin East and Chris Penny team up as Pak Jones to present "For a moment", the first single from the upcoming Pak Jones album. The original version of "For a moment" features sensitive vocals by Indonesian singer Nia and lush keys over a deeply thumpin' groove, with the remixes by Jon Cutler, House Afrika, David Doyle, Snow and Martin East covering different grounds from deep to soulful to afrocentric. More mixes to follow soon.

Peven Everett "Sweetness is" (Bombay Records CD Promo)

Peven Everett has captured the hearts of both soul and house music fans around the globe with his quality soulful music in recent years, and he continues to do so with his latest offering "Sweetness is", an emotional production oozing with his unique beloved vocal stylings. The remixes are courtesy of Koyla and the team of JoJo Flores & Rom Jamsteady, both staying true to the original while transforming the song into a smooth four-to-the-floor affair.

Various "Purple Music Miami Sampler 2011" (Purple Music CD Promo)

The highly anticipated Miami sampler from Purple Music is finally here, and it kicks off in grand style with Jamie Lewis' discofied remix of "Then came you" by Harley & Muscle, featuring the one and only India on vocals (originally this track was released on SoulStar Records last year). Of course there is much more, to exact six other tracks all giving you a glimpse what to expect from the Purple family over the coming months: Dario D'Attis "Meleti's journey", Soulmagic "Talkbox", Chocolate Groove featuring Susy Mirada "Mojito", Loui & Scibi featuring Andrea Love "Dance all night", Alfred Azzetto "4 you" and Ray Paxon & Grooveprofessor "Jacko".

Dan-e-mc featuring Ash & Lady B "Freak your body" (Sound Division Records CD Promo)

We recommend you point your attention directly to the uplifting Bobby & Steve mixes which turn "Freak your body" by Dan-e-mc into an uplifting house stomper sure to spread a feel good vibe on the dance floor thanks to the groovy backdrop, sexy vocals by Ash & Lady B and phat jazzy keys and chords. But make no mistake and don't miss out on the cool funk flavored remix by Alex Dimitri.

Thomas Osaze "The new birth" (Bombay Records CD Promo)

"The new birth" by Thomas Osaze is a prime slice of afrocentric house taking you on a journey to deepest territory, featuring luscious melodies and spell binding chants over hypnotic percussive rhythms. From the peak time original over the warmth of the 'Into the Light Mix' to the lush organic 'Distant Voices Mix' and the mesmerizing 'Tribal Drum and Vocal Mix', this is a DJ's delight guaranteed to rock the floor.

Bliss featuring Masmin "Jungle voyage" (NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)

Groove Assassin transforms "Jungle voyage" by Bliss into a delicious slice of deep house built around hypnotic yet smooth tribal-esque rhythms, gorgeous synth melodies and sultry vocals by Japanese singer Masmin on his 'Tribal' mixes, with his tougher 'Dark' mixes intensifying the feel and giving the track a moodier somewhat dark edge perfect for late night play.

Mariella "Lovesick" (Tru Statement Entertainment CD Promo)

"Lovesick" is the debut single for New York based Mariella who impresses with her distinctive voice and heartfelt performance on this co-production with the Rogue Pop crew which is sure to become a favorite on radio stations. Mark de Clive Lowe gives the track a deep relentless feel on his brilliant remix laced with wicked synths, while the remix by Crisis Kid is strictly for the dubstep heads.

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