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Black Motion "Banane mavoko" (Remixes)(Tribe Records CD Promo)

Black Motion - Banane mavoko (Remixes)

"Banane mavoko" by South Africa's Black Motion was released last summer on FaiMos Entertainment and was in heavy rotation at this years Winter Music Conference in its original version thanks to hypnotic percussion driven afro-tribal rhythms and wicked vocals by Jah Rich (R.I.P). Tribe Records are about to release an eclectic set of remixes by the likes of Justin Imperiale who relaxes the vibe on his masterly orchestrated interpretation, Jose Marquez who delivers an intriguingly deep'n'sexy percussion heavy afro-soul workout and Josh Milan (Blaze) whose afro-beat version reminiscent to the one and only Fela Kuti. A wonderful song remixed to perfection...

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You know the drill... Many producers and DJ's create their own edits to play them in radio shows, podcasts or in clubs. There are plenty of them out there, not all are good, but every now and then one of these edits stands out and deserves to be heard. These carefully selected edits by CJ Giovanni, Rightside & Max Scatti, Manoli Manousakis and Mark Jordan fall into the latter category, showcasing the talent and love for music of each of these producers/DJ's, staying respectful to the original while successfully transforming the songs for the soulful dance floors.

Balage "How did we get to here" (Remixes)(Solid Ground Records CD Promo)

"How did we get to here" was originally released on the "Love We Left Behind EP" end of 2006 through Hermosa, with a remix EP to follow in early 2007. Now the choice track from this EP is back with brand new remixes by Will 'ReelSoul' Rodriguez, N'Dinga Gaba and Danny Clark & Jay Benham, all of them adding their distinctive touch the track. Also included are the 2007 remixes by Richard Earnshaw, Kemal and Roberto De Carlo and a previously unreleased 'Balage Chill Mix'. A soulful gem not to be missed.

DJ Vivona & Newland vs. Impact featuring Daria B. "Holdin' on" (Pablo Martinez Remixes)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)

"Holdin' on" by Italian producers DJ Vivona & Newland vs. Impact was featured here on Spirit of House just recently in organic NuYorican inspired mixes by Louie Balo, now this release gets even stronger with these freshly added mixes by Pablo Martinez who takes the track to deeper grounds, with a wonderful jazzy saxophone, lovely guitar and luscious keys accompanying the deeply felt vocals by Daria B. The dub  further deepens the vibe for a mesmeric late night experience.

Alex Millet featuring SuSu Bobien "Reach" (ReelSoul Remix)(Underground Collective Records CD Promo)

Italian producer Alex Millet and the one and only SuSu Bobien come together to present the spiritual and uplifting "Reach", with Will 'ReelSoul' Rodriguez adding his magic to make this a timeless slice of soulful music oozing with his signature sound. This one will have you sign, dance and praise within' an instant. Nuff said.

Wil Milton featuring Eric Scott "Didn't know love then" (Blak Ink Music CD Promo)

The Wil Milton produced "Didn't know love then" is all about the meaningful vocals performed by Eric Scott in a truly evocative way, underpinned by classy strings and sublime keys and chords, perfectly arranged over a fierce yet smoothly thumpin' four-to-the-floor backing making this a thrilling yet touching love song for every soulful oriented dance floor.

Hanna Hais "Kimayo" (Atal Music CD Promo)

Hanna Hais follows up her recent smash "Ka donke" with "Kimayo", a deep infectious afro house production where she once more impresses with her unmistakable vocal stylings. The release comes with a versatile selection of mixes courtesy of 17 year old South African sensation Jaso who contributes both a vocal and dub version, Young August from St. Petersburg, French DJ and producer Fred Bee and last but not least Pupa Nas T.

H. Emerson Project featuring Steve (Baby Boy) Williams "Can't wait" (Soundmen on Wax Records CD Promo)

Soundmen on Wax go from strength to strength, with their latest offering by Herschel Emerson being a wonderfully instrumentated production featuring sensitive vocals by Steve (Baby Boy) Williams, guitar by Donald Bolding and illustrious keys by Herschel Emerson over a laidback yet contaminous funk drenched backing. The 'Trenton Sessions Bassappella Dub' is on a different tip, giving the track a deep'n'rough, hypnotic edge.

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