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Mustafa featuring Natalia "Circles 2009" (The Remixes)(Tony Records CD Promo)

Mustafa - Circles Mustafa Shabbar's classic "Circles" was originally released back in 1998 on YellOrange Records, and its safe to say this timeless production featuring an outstanding vocal by Natalia was light-years ahead of its time - who could predict afro-tech would become so hip one day? Back to present day, we have a slammin' remix package in front of us, with Boddhi Satva delivering a deep soul-tech interpretation as only he can do, combining Natalia's haunting vocals with celestial key stabs and a deep contaminous groove (a tougher dub is included too). Next are Tony Loreto and Jacko as TJ Inc, serving a deeply pounding vocal version featuring atmospheric synths and jerky keys. Their vocal and instrumental dub versions are raw and chunky, featuring killer chords over heavily stompin beats (think of Sandee's "Notice me" and you know what we talk about here).

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Held & Esposito featuring Concha Buika "Everyday" (2Delicious Records CD  Promo)

Originally released back in 2002 through Flamingo Disco, "Everyday" by Rawsoul Orchestra aka Mario Held & Mirco Esposito gets a new life thanks to the great people at 2Delicious Records. Ralf Gum combines Concha Buika's heartfelt vocals with a masterly instrumentated, resistless old school Disco-Funk soaked musical backing, Aston Martinez & Mario Held smooth the vibe down to give the track a laidback jazz-funky feel on a summery tip, and both Deep Grounder and Krist Summer deliver beautiful groovy reworks. And then you also get the yet unreleased 'Bootleg Mix'.

Exclusive Preview: Stacey Mallory "Everybody work" (4 Real Records CD Promo)

We haven't heard from 4 Real Records in a while (two and a half years to be exact), but now the label is back and ready to take over dance floors by storm with "Everybody work" by label head Stacey Mallory. "Everybody work" is an infectious deep house track on an old school underground tip, built around a remorseless backdrop, cool vocals by Stacey Mallory, lush chords and keys, and not to forget a killer organ ride. A must for the headz...

TJ Cases presents A-Jam featuring Natalie Broomes "You lift me up" (Cut House Records CD Promo)

After contributing massive remixes to previous releases on Cut House Records, it is time for A-Jam to step up and present his own productions. The first of two releases for the label is the powerful "You lift me up" featuring passionate vocals by Natalie Broomes and captivating keys over a deeply thumpin' groove that is absolutely irresistible. The 'Full Vocal Mix' is for the main room, the 'UK Funky Mix' injects funky flavas, 'TJ Cases on the Deepside' takes the track to deepened grounds, the 'On the Soul Groove Mix' relaxes the vibe, Divided Souls get deep and tribal-ish, and finally 'Original Part 3' is an alternate main room take.

Exclusive Preview: Manoo vs. Sean Grant "Hear (Joe) calling" (Joe DiPadova & JoJo Flores ONE Edit)(CD-R)

Here we've got an exclusive mash-up of the Kings of Tomorrow produced Sean Grant classic "Hear my calling" from 1996 (released by Zestland Music) with Manoo's "Joe" (from the self titled EP released in June 2008 on Earthrumental Music). The result is a ruthless tech-soul dance floor gem featuring uplifting vocals over a deep atmospheric backing.

Jeremy Sylvester "So addicted" / "Move your body" (Love House Records CD Promo)

Jeremy Sylvester follows up his recent "Deep house headz" smash with another captivating old school styled deep house production titled "So addicted", featuring catchy vocals alongside uplifting keys and chords over a funked-up, relentlessly bumpin' groove. "Move your body" is spiced with an extra dose of deepness, spreading a mesmerizing feel through phat techified synths and a deeply thumpin' backing.

Michael Jackson "Butterflies" (MCM Remix)(CD-R)

MCM aka Monte Carlo Method pay tribute to the king of pop with their laidback interpretation of the wonderful "Butterflies", using a deeply stormin' yet smooth groove and warm synth melodies as playground for Michael Jackson's unmistakable vocals. Truly his legacy will live forever...

Exclusive Preview: Rasmir "What r U doin here" (Mantree Records CD Promo)

With "What r U doin here", Rasmir returns in fine form, presenting another one of his deep resistless productions. The track is built around a deeply rumblin' percussion enriched groove and features sultry French male and female vocals alongside warm melodic keys, altogether creating a captivating feel. "What r U doin here again" adds an extra dose of funk to the track, while "What r U doin here alone" strips the vocals down to the female chorus and adds a lovely jazzy piano. Lastly the 'Uprooted Mix' is more hypnotic thanks to the wicked synth hooks and intriguing backing.

Castlebed featuring Duran Ross "Save the last dance" (Ospina Digital Records CD Promo)

"Save the last dance" by Rustin Davis (aka Castlebed) features passionate vocals by Duran Ross alongside wicked synths and chords over a funk drenched old school tinged backdrop. The 'Elevation Mix' gives the track a somewhat techy edge, while the 'Soul de Marin Remix' adds jazzy keys and deepens the feel. Davidson Ospina pumps up the vibe to guarantee jam packed peak time action.

Shane D "The Refunked EP" (SoulHeat Records CD Promo)

Hot on the heels of slammin' remixes for various labels, South African producer Shane D presents "The Refunked EP" featuring four contaminous funky house tracks guaranteed to send the crowd into a frenzy. Its all about infectious funk soaked grooves, funky as hell bassline, lush chords and phat keys on the tracks, with each of them spreading a feel good vibe.

Bangana "Straight lines" (Slip'N'Slide Records CD Promo)

With "Straight lines", Bangana present a deep percussion driven afro-tech flavored thumper featuring cool jazzy piano and atmospheric synth melodies which altogether create a hypnotizing feel. Their dub is a slightly deeper yet even more hypnotic alteration with some nice twists and turns. Kruse & Nurnberg give the track a groovier outfit on their remix, keeping the vibe deep and mesmeric.

Iva & Small "Moody EP" (Next Dimension Music Records CD Promo)

"Moody" goes as deep as it gets, taking you on a dreamy journey with a deeply thumpin' funktified groove, lovely guitar riffs, luscious synth melodies and sounds of the ocean breeze, and when you hear the children play you actually think you are at the beach... The 'Calm Mix' relaxes the vibe to give the track a more mellow feel yet not letting down the deepness.

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