Picks of the Week
Exclusive Preview: Man-X featuring Albert Menendez & Carolyn Harding "Heaven" (ReelSoul Remix)(DeepHaven Music Records CD Promo)
In June we gave you an exclusive preview of "Heaven" (we featured the 'Sunset Nights Dub'), one of the songs to be featured on Man-X's upcoming full length album featuring songstress Carolyn Harding and keyboard wizard Albert Menendez. "Heaven" is to drop any day now and will include remixes by William 'ReelSoul' Rodriguez who delivers a masterly interpretation with his distinct touch that combines Carolyn Harding's sexy vocals with a deep'n'soulful yet fierce groove and marvelous keys and chords that altogether create an uplifting yet captivating feeling. One not to be missed!!
Keith Thompson "6 O'clock" (Waking Monster Records CD Promo)
"6 O'clock" comes your way as a massive package offering a diversity of mixes that will satisfy most musical moods. From Jack Smeraglia's and David C's big room mixes, Stereo Mutants' hypnotic deep soul-tech dub, RYB's Latin tinged deep'n'mellow interpretation, George Neufeld's deeper than deep dub, Classy Menace's deeply rumblin' affair, H&H's smooth tribal flavored take to BSC's atmospheric deep house take, its all included here, giving you plenty of choices to work this beautiful track on the dance floor.
Exclusive Preview: E.S.P. vs Reel People "Second guess" (Mark Mendoza Edit)(CD-R)
Here we've got a cool mash-up by Mark Mendoza of the 1988 house classic "It's you" by E.S.P. (released through Underground Records) with Reel People's "Second guess" that results in a jazz-funk drenched, old-school flavored deep house track destined for the soulful orientated dance floors.
Robin Thicke "Magic" (Movement Soul Mix)(CD-R)
The original version of Robin Thicke's "Magic" is a masterpiece that is taking neo-soul to a new level. There are a couple of house mixes out there, but so far it is Jihad Muhammad's interpretation that is our favorite thanks for the deeply stormin' groove and the lush chords and keys that turns the song into a soulful dance track that stays true to the original.
John Crockett "Equal in love" (Haus'Flor Records CD Promo)
John Crockett's "Equal in love" is deep house at its best, featuring sexy female vocals. The 'Street Mix' is a hypnotic affair featuring dramatic synths and lovely chords over a deeply thumpin' groove, while the 'Jersey Mix' is on a classic New Jersey house tip featuring phat organ rides over a swingin' backdrop. Lastly the 'Original Mix' relaxes the vibe for a laidback take that features warm melodic chords and synths over a smooth yet deep groove.
JedSet featuring Robina "Destiny" (SoulHeat Records CD Promo)
After their success with "Never enough", JedSet (aka Eddy Joncoux) and Robina team up again for "Destiny", a fiercely stompin' yet soulful production featuring a sexy vocal performance by Robina over a funktified groove that is enriched with melodic synths and jazzy keys. The dub is a great alteration featuring slightly varied synhts, while the reprise strips the beats and drums to let the vocals and melodies do all the talk. Audio Affinity rework the track into a powerful, piano driven affair that keeps the overall vibe soulful. Lastly the more laidback 'Zoulactive Deepstiny' remix takes the track to way deeper grounds.
Salvatore Agrosi "Elsewhere EP" (CyberJamz Records CD Promo)
After blessing us with his remix of Patrick Green's "Que tanka", Salvatore Agrosi presents his own productions through CyberJamz Records. The "Elsewhere EP" features two tracks. First up is "The fate", a melodic and laidback yet mesmerizing track featuring beautiful keys and chords over a deeply rumblin' groove. Second is "Type a word" that features sexy female ad-libs and lush keys over a percussion enriched, deeply thumpin' groove.
John Crockett "(You) shine" (TwirlSpace Records CD Promo)
With "(You) shine", John Crockett takes you on a journey into captivating deep house with a spacey twist thanks to the lush synth layers used. The 'Main Mix' is a slightly dark affair built around a deep, rough groove, while the 'Modern Mix' makes use of a broken-beat styled groove and lovely melodies to give the track a warm feel. Next is the 'Deep Mix', a deep house gem featuring wicked synths and chords to create a hypnotizing vibe. Lastly there is the 'Deep Mix (Sleazy Edit)' that intensifies the vibe with extra percussion and a powered up groove.
Filta Freqz "If there's love" (CD-R)
Our beloved masters of resistless funky house grooves - Simon Cortez and Marco Manrique aka Filta Freqz - return with another slammin' track titled "If there's love" that reworks a disco classic (to my shame I must admit I'm not remembering the artist or title although its sounds familiar), turning out a mesmerizing track that creates an intense vibe on the dance floor through the funk tinged backing groove and the vintage disco instrumentation sitting on top.
The Jinks feat Alma Horton "Up to you" (MuthaFunkaz Remixes)(Jinks Inc Records CD Promo)
Last years raw and gritty funked-up smash "Up to you" by The Jinks gets remixed by none other than DJ Spen who gives it a MuthaFunkaz twist that is absolutely irresistible, with a relentlessly stormin' groove leading the way for the phat keys and chords, beautiful horns and Alma Horton's incomparable vocals. Beside the instrumental, there are two dub mixes (with/without vocals) included in the package that further intensify the vibe by giving the track a hypnotic feel.
Exclusive Preview: First Choice "The player" (Mark Mendoza Remix)(CD-R)
Mark Mendoza takes on the timeless "The player" by First Choice, a timeless disco classic that has been reworked quite often in the past, but only a few of those remixes actually are worth to be heard. But you must add these brand new remixes by Mark Mendoza to the list of the ones worth hunting down as they take the classic to a whole new level, with a funk soaked, hypnotic groove serving as playground for the unmistakable vocals and captivating synths.