Picks of the Week

Jonny Montana featuring Stephanie Cooke "One 4 me" (Remixes)(Camio Records CD Promo)

Image The original release was our last Pick of the Week in 2008, and now this remix package ascends the throne as well. Abicah Soul goes as deep as its gets and turns out a hypnotic version on an underground tip, with lush synths accompanying Stephanie Cooke's heartfelt vocals. Hernan Cronner gives the track an old skool touch on his take, letting the warm chord melodies and groovy backdrop create an uplifting feel. Pablo Martinez servers an infectious deep house interpretation featuring gorgeous keys, while Dom Navarra reworks the track into a charming, Latin drenched affair that has got an organic live touch to it.

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Hot on the heels of their wonderful compilation "The gift" comes the first release for Consortium Muzik in 2009: "Look of love" by Miss Yvonne. Gene King provides two deeply stormin' versions featuring neat dramatic synths that harmonize perfectly with the passionate voice of Miss Yvonne, while Andy Tamashi uses a smooth yet deep tribal-ish backdrop and lush keys to create a mesmerizing feel. Abicah Soul adds his distinct touch featuring wicked atmospheric synths to the track, while DJ Aphreme adds some funky ingredients and gives the track a classic touch (Consortium Muzik Records CD Promo).

ReelGroove kick off the new year strong with two massive new releases. First up is "Missing me" by Filin Brake & Andy Bunney featuring sublime vocals by the one and only Diana Waite. "Missing me" is a soulful funk drenched production featuring melodic keys over a smooth groove that is spreading an uplifting feeling. The '4am Remix' by Filin Brake takes the track to deeper grounds, with wicked string hooks creating a mesmerizing feel. Hausbrigade provide two stompin' dubs perfect for peak time action, wile the team of Andy Bunney and Magic Number slightly relax the groove and add wicked strings (ReelGroove Records CD Promo). Next are brand new remixes of last years smash "Change the world" by Filin Brake, Greg Dorban, Eman. Guy Robin turns out a groovy reworking on an uplifting tip featuring great synth hooks and jazzy keys, while Phonic Funk give the track a truly deep resistless touch with a funky twist. Lastly the Dolls Combers keep the vibe deep and smooth while adding a lovely techy edge (ReelGroove Records CD Promo).

Lets continue with two exclusives: Alfredo Norese teams up with the highly talented Medelys for "Hallelujah", an uplifting yet inspiring production featuring an outstanding vocal by Medelys over a funk soaked groove that is enriched with sweet percussion, phat synth and jazzy keys (CD-R). Alex Dimitri takes on "Go bang" by Walterino which features Michael Clifford and Kaysee on vocals, presenting a fierce remix which spreads a captivating feel through the deeply thumpin' groove, acoustic guitar and wicked synths (Purple Music/Q Point CD-R).

On "Caribbean love", Joe Rizla combines his beloved deep yet resistless, percussion led grooves and warm melodies with sounds from the Caribbean, with the result being an infectious and captivating track coming your way in four different version you can choose from, allowing you to play the track at any time in your set (Black Keys Music Records CD Promo).

Hanna Hais returns with the Alfred Azzetto and Vincent Valler produced "Une journee avec toi". Vincent Valler's 'Radio Edit' combines Hanna Hais' sensual vocals with a string led backing, while Alfred Azzetto's 'Sub Sub Mix' is a deep mesmerizing affair on an electronic tip. DJ Fopp & Walterino team up for a Philly Disco inspired feel good version, while II Moods (Pino Firmani & Enrico Trentini) smooth the vibe down on their old school take. Christian Hornbostel serves a deep hypnotic version that strips most of the vocals, while Souldanymic & Fiorese's take uses lush organs and keys over a deep groove. Lastly Blacksoul serve a deep yet laidback version (Atal Records CD Promo).

The Tarantulaz make their debut on Papa Records with the "3 Sides EP". "Lend your ear" features the soulful vocals of Frank McComb alongside acidic synth hooks and sweet melodic chords over a deeply stormin' groove, while on "Step by step" they team up with the legendary Robert Owens for a deeply thumpin' deep house gem which makes uses a resistless groove and phat synths and chords. Finally there is the funk soaking "Listen" featuring spaced-out synth over a deeply groovin' backdrop (Papa Records CD Promo).

"Te amo" by Rosa Morena Russa includes a great selection of mixes, with Phil R getting deep and moody on his take, while Toni Toolz powers things up a tad on his electrofied remix. The Brazilian Soul Crew contribute both a mellow jazz drenched vocal version and a deep thumpin'' dub to the package, while the Groovegetters (Will Alonso & Juan Kato) give the track a funktified feel. Also included is a beautiful down tempo bossa version (Kolonki Records CD Promo).

"Shine a light (the Xtrasolar treatment)" by the Satya Project is a remix album where the likes of Gregory Del Piero, Deejay Kul, Soulfeenix, Black Analog, Alex Martin, DJ Toni Rox, The Rurals and Officer Tek rework songs from the groups 2008 album "Shine a light". Their interpretations range from mid tempo to broken beat, nu jazz, future soul, soulful house and even electro, taking the original track to new sonic territories (Xtrasolar Records CD Promo).

"Domingos ride" by Raw Artistic Soul is a minimal yet hypnotic production featuring infectious flute play by Domingo Patricio over an absolutely resistless soul-tech groove that will send the crowd into a frenzy. Boddhi Satva relaxes the vibe on his deep afro tinged 'Afriki Soul Remix', with his dub further deepening the vibe, while Sosue adds an organic feel to the track on her 'Soulkomplex' remixes which are nothing less than deep and relentless (Raw Artistic Records CD Promo).

The house maniacs among us will surely remember the Roger Sanchez produced "Michael's prayer" from 1994 - and the acapella of this must be one of the hardest to come across ever... Jamie Lewis and Michael Watford decided to re-record this classic for the new millennium, giving it a dirty spaced-out sounding that is guaranteed to rock the dance floors (Purple Music Records CD Promo).

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