Picks of the Week
Dino and Terry "Music EP" (Crash Records 12")
Dino and Terry Demopoulos return in fine form with the "Music EP" that features the two tracks "Music" and "Liberty". "Music" is as deep as it gets, featuring a deeply rumblin' groove that is topped with a spoken word message by Kingdom and melodic chords, with a jazzy piano line coming in half way through. The dub mixes replace the chords and piano with jazzy keys and stripps the vocals. "Liberty" is on a sligthly rougher edge, featuring a deeply stormin' groove and jazzy xylophone together with spheric keys. Both tracks take you on a journey into deep house music.
FM Groove featuring Steve Wallace "Living in rhythm EP" (Fuzion Groove Records CD Promo)
FM Groove aka Franke Estevez, Anthony Zalez & George Mena return with the "Living in rhythm EP" that features two lovely tracks. "Uncertainties" is a dope track that features the soulful voice of Steve Wallace together with dreamy keys and a deeply rumblin' bassline, creating a laidback feeling . "The chase" is beautiful instrumental track based on a deeply rumblin' groove that is enriched with sweet percussion and warm melodic keys, perfect for after hours play.
Glenn Underground "Cresendo" / "Urban ensemble" (Vega Records 12")
Glenn Underground returns with a slammin' two tracker for Vega Records. On "Cresendo" he blends sublime guitars, stellar analog keys, flute and jazzy piano over a laidback groove consisting of gentle percussion and shuffling beats, while "Urban ensemble" sees himg going funky with sweet percussion, keys stabs and electric piano laid over a funktified, smoothly bouncin' groove.
Pattie Labelle featuring Carlos Sanchez "When U smile" (DFA Remix)(FallOut Records 12")
Darryl James & Fred McFarlane return as DFA with a soulful re-rub of "When U smile" by Pattie Labelle featuring Carlos Sanchez, creating a mellow bumpin' track for the dancefloor featuring a wonderful duet by Pattie Labelle & Carlos Sanchez together with warm melodic keys and a lovely guitar. Soulful vocal house grooves at its best.
Jamie Principle "Waiting on my angel" (2005 Remix)(D'lectable Records 12")
Originally produced by Frankie Knuckles back in 1985 and released on Persona Records, it is given a rebirth by D'lectable with brand new mixes by Mark Grant who turns it into a great deep house track with a funky edge, using a rich bassline and shuffling beats together with spacious chords as playground for Jamie Principle's soulful vocal that includes sexy spoken words..
Untitled Orchestra "It's never forever" (Seasons Records 12")
Untitled Orchestra are JT Donaldson and Cpen, offering "It's never forever" as one-sided release on Seasons Records. "it's never forever" is a sublime track based on a funky bassline and smoothly thumpin' beats, topped with a vocal loop, lush chords and vibrant rhodes. The result is a groovy affair that is spreding a funky feeling.
Mr. A.L.I. & Glenn Underground "About us" (UnifiedRecords 12")
"About us" is a soulful house production with a live sounding backing music featuring great chords and a lovely guitar together with a jazzy piano line that serve as playground for Carla Prather & Reggie Hall who deliver a wonderful vocal performance. Glenn Underground reworks it into a mellow deep house journey that has a jazzy edge to it.
P-funkateers "Final fling" (Look-At-You Records CD Promo)
Behind P-funkateers are Groove Assassin (Nick Moss) and BackRoomSounds (Sam Gibbons), bringing you a pure slice of funk on their "Final fling", a modern disco extravaganza reminiscent to the funky sounds of the 70's (just listen to the infectious strings), featuring a male vocal and wicked female background chorus. Groove Assassins' version is a funky groover, that gets some twists and turns and a tougher groove on the BackRoomsSounds mixes.
Sunchasers featuring Victoria Pope "Sunshine in London" (Sancola Music Records CD Promo)
"Sunshine in London" by the Sunchasers is a powerful production featuring a strong vocal performance by Victoria Pope over a driving groove with a funky bassline that is enriched with a wicked guitar riff and warm melodic keys, creating an unplifting feeling, sure to spread a feel good vibe everywhere it gets played.
Clifton King "Family prayer" (Remix)(Black Rain Records 12",
Lifted from the EP "Robinson Wall Project Vol. 1", this release features slammin' club and dub mixes together with the timeless original.