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Exclusive Preview: Black Sauce featuring Selina Campbell "The love of you" (Soul Free Records CD Promo)

Black Sauce featuring Selina Campbell - The love of you About four month ago, we reviewed "Abigail" by Black Sauce (Peter Oakden, Julian Bendall and Ricky Reid) on promo which as become one of our 2010 favorites, now they present the follow up "The love of you" featuring songstress Selina Campbell who impresses with an incredible emotional vocal performance on this masterly orchestrated production featuring keys by Julian Bendall and Ricky Reid, guitar and bass by Mark Ralph, trumpet by Dominic Glover and trombone by Nichol Thompson. "The love of you" is soulful and laidback yet contaminous, as its predecessor it has timeless written all over it.

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Nomzamo Dlamini "Lobola" (The House Mixes)(Bomba Records CD Promo)

Bomba Records present a slammin' release not to be missed by any lover of both deep house and afro deep. Nomzamo Dlamini's "Lobola" has been reworked by the likes of Mistosoul, DJ Bullet, DJ Micks, DJ Harris, Fiso da Costa, Mogrigo and Sbonza who take us on a journey through the full spectrum of afro deep on their interpretations. These spiritual remixes will touch your soul and have you dancin' instantly. This is afro deep at its best, this is sheer musical bliss. Essential.

Exclusive Preview: Drake "Find your love" (Mark Di Meo Remix)(CD-R)

With "Find your love" from his debut album "Thank me later", Drake presents his first full song with only singing and no rapping. Mark Di Meo takes this mid tempo song to the soulful dance floors with his four-to-the-floor interpretation combining the meaningful, masterly performed vocals with a smoothly stompin' backdrop and melodious keys.

Suges "Suges' jam" (Soulstream Records CD Promo)

Adam 'Suges' Sugar puts the funk back into house with his latest offering in the Sugestramentals series - this is what the hype sheets says, and we couldn't agree more. "Suges' jam" oozes with a fantastic instrumentation including analog synths, wah-wah guitar, violins and a harmonium - this is an uplifting funky jam you can't resist to dance to. The remixes are courtesy of Gene King, Martino Lozej, James 'Blakstar' John and At One who all add their own touch to the track, always keeping that relentless funky feel alive.

Groove Assassin featuring Tantra Zawadi "Love seeker" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

In demand producer/DJ Groove Assassin makes his debut on Gotta Keep Faith Records with the massive "Love seeker" featuring freaky keys and chords alongside mean spoken words by Tantra Zawadi over a resistless funktified groove. Lots of remixes by the likes of Spiritual Blessings, Steve Paradise, Georg Neufeld, QuestionmarQ, Kuningans and G Spice & DJ Dimkal to choose from, ranging from laidback over melodious to deep and dirty.

Imaani Brown featuring Jamal Marquis "Loose my mind" (Ospina Digital CD Promo)

Imaani Brown presents the deep laidback "Loose my mind" featuring luscious melodies and soulful vocals by Jamal Marquis in its original version, taken to the next level by the various included remixes. Davidson Ospina is firing things up on his groovy rework, while Max Martinez serves a tribal-esque remix featuring a cool sax. David Wikes takes the track to moody grounds, while lastly Kimozaki's remix is the choice for peak time play.

Shannon Renee "Trust" (Trower Music Group CD Promo)

What a beauty this is... The DJ J'Shon and DJ Savoy produced "Trust" is uplifting, full of inspiration and comes complete with a touch of old school, not to forget the outstanding expressive vocals by newcomer Shannon Renee. DJ J'Shon turns the heat up on his 'Jack Mix' and gives the track a jackin' edge, while Michael Alan delivers a deep stripped-back version putting the emphasis on the vocals.

Benedetto & Farina featuring L.T. Brown "I'm so grateful" (ReelGroove Records CD Promo)

With "I'm so grateful", Benedetto & Farina present an deeply groovin' production featuring lush synths and the unmistakable vocals of the one and only L.T. Brown over an irresistible chunky backdrop. Ray Jones keeps the vibe deep and truly contaminous on his smoothed down remix laced with delicious keys, while Clemens Rumpf turns the track into a supa soulful funk drenched gem with a killer breakdown.

Exclusive Preview: Crescendo "Ode to muzik" (CyberJamz Records CD Promo)

"Ode to muzik" is an infectious slice of underground house featuring spoken poetry by Suprena Millet over a ruff somewhat dirty backing in the 'Soul Oasis Original Mix', while DJ Buzzard's melodious 'Power Chute Remix' is reminiscent of the beloved 'Red Zone' sound invented by David Morales. DJ DM reworks the track into a disco-funk flavored stomper, while Jaysun Merced goes as deep as it gets on his uber cool mixes.

Exclusive Preview: Rasmir Mantree featuring MSD "Luv is EP" (Mantree Records CD Promo)

With the "Luv is EP", Rasmir Mantree returns to Spirit of House with a release that is full of his inimitable sounds and rhythms, featuring spirited vocals courtesy of MSD. The title track "Luv is" is funky as hell and features thrilling keys over a remorseless backdrop which is followed by "Fred-a-square" which showcases Rasmir's deeper side. Finally, the moody "Sub consciously House" features spacy keys over a ruff ruthless groove.

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