Music Reviews

Another week, another update loaded with nothing but top-notch soulful house music... enjoy !!

Soulbridge featuring Elan Noelle "Strange play" (HSR Records CD Promo)

"Strange play" which features the vocal talents of songstress Elan Noelle is the second single lifted from the paramount "The Aniversario EP" by Soulbridge (Gigi Frassanito) reviewed here on Spirit of House in late June of this year. Kicking things off is the wonderful original version where an infectious funk soaked backing leads the way for Elan Noelle's inimitable sultry vocals, wicked guitar and luscious keys. The remixes are courtesy of Guido P, Francesco Cofano and Ondagroove all adding their distinctive soulful touch, giving you the thankless task to pick a favorite out of the four equally stellar versions of this beautiful song.

Soulplate featuring Ben James "Back it up" (Soulplate Recordings CD Promo)

Last year in April we introduced you to the magnificent "Soulplate Sessions Vol. 1" sampler loaded with four superb vocal productions. The latest single lifted from the sampler is the is the uplifting funk drenched "Back it up" featuring passionate lead vocals by Ben James (background vocals by Charmaine) alongside live bass by James Claringbold and glorious melodious keys. Distant People (aka Joey Silvero) turn the heat up yet keep the vibe soulful on their sublime relentlessly groovin' dance floor rework, Missoless give the song a contemporary Disco twist, and finally Sub7s lay down something a little different as they drop the tempo to grace us with a novel re-imagination.

Luis Evangelista featuring Rescue Poetix "Adrift" (PhaseShift Entertainment CD Promo)

DJ/producer Luis Evangelista joins forces with spoken word artist Rescue Poetix for "Adrift", a tantalizing utterly glorious production which combines Rescue Poetix one-of-a-kind seductive vocals stylings with enchanting jazzy keys and ruthless pulsating rhythms - beyond the shadow of a doubt this track is guaranteed to set the floor on fire. The 'Unanchored Mix' is a dazzling alternate version which introduces ethereal snyth melodies to intensify the vibe.

Chappell "One 2 another" (Stimulated Soul Recordings CD Promo)

Stimulated Soul Recordings are on a roll at the moment, with their latest offering being the fabulous "One 2 another" produced and arranged by Lewis Ferrier, with the lyrics written and performed by singer Patrick Chappell. Not many words are needed to describe this gem - quite simply, the entrancing "One 2 another" is a beautiful uplifting affair using a rich funked-up backdrop as playground for Chappell's incomparable emotive vocals and warm melodic keys. Nuff said...

Teddy Douglas "Land of love" (Ron Trent & John Lundun Remixes)(Tribe Records CD Promo)

The original version of Teddy Douglas gorgeous love song "Land of love" can be found on the marvelous "Music is My Life EP" released in fall of last year, now Tribe Records bless us with an amazing pair of timeless soul oozing remixes by Ron Trent and John Lundun which take the evocative gospel soul-soaked vocals by Marcell Russell to all new heights. To cut a long story short, it is next to impossible a pick a favorite between Ron Trent's galactical interpretation and John Lundun's timeless classic rendition...

Richard Brooks featuring Tamika Boyce & Ali Black "Painless ways" (Strobe Records CD Promo)

Strobe Records latest offering is "Painless ways" by Richard Brooks (co-produced by Ali Black), a deep and groovey affair built around gently thumpin' rhythms which lead the way for blissful keys and chords, not to forget to mention the sweet vocals by songstress Tamika Boyce. Beside the main vocal version, the package features an alternate 'Sax Mix' which adds a sumptuous saxophone, a delectable broken flavored rework, and finally there is the 'Classic Revolution Mix' which gives the song a delectable laidback percussive feel.

Biblical Jones "Oh my lord" (Face The Bass Records CD Promo)

Next up on Face The Bass Records is "Oh my lord", an uplifting gospel tinged production by Allen 'Speedy' Jackson (co-produced by Mark Gamble) performed in grand style by the one and only Biblical Jones whose unrivaled vocals are accompanied by classy jazzy piano, dulcet chords and a spell binding utterly fierce backdrop. The remixes take the track to deeper territory, with Pistol Pete keeping the vibe gentle and jazzy while Badala B's stripped-back workout is on a darker truly hypnotizing tip. Lastly, there is Panther72's mesmerizing jazz-infused underground-esque dub.

Faith Howard "I have the faith" (Kingdom Records CD Promo)

Courtesy of Kingdom Records comes this top-notch gospel house jewel by Faith Howard. The original version produced by Jerry C King is a feel good affair which combines Faith Howard's inspiring gospel vocals with grand piano and intoxicating rhythms. Steve Miggedy Maestro gives the track a soothing deep feel on his interpretation laced with phantasmagorical melodies, Ondagroove contributes a fervid soul/funk infused rework, and Pablo Angel completes the package with his throbbing utterly hypnotizing dub-alike remix.

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