Music Reviews

Enjoy this weeks massive update featuring nothing but the best in soulful house music...

Andy Holder featuring Carl Stanley & Lone Catalysts "Uncivilised people" (Nuwavonic Records CD Promo)

In fall of 2006, Nuwavonic Records took dance floor by storm with their inaugural release "Uncivilised people", now this wicked track by Andy Holder which features fabulous saxophone and rhodes solos by jazz musician Carl Stanley alongside spoken word vocals by J. Sands (of the Lone Catalysts) returns in fresh interpretations by Ed Melconian (aka Undertone & DJ $ki) who gives the track a resistless bumpin' feel and Andy Holder himself whose 'Mid Central City' mixes are on a fervid old school tip. Also included are a remastered version of the original version and the Carl Stanley's 'Spirit Mix' from the 2006 release.

Eman & Doc Link "Would you flaunt it" (Liberate Recordings CD Promo)

Turn the clock back to 2001, and everybody was dancing to "It's yours" by Jon Cutler, a track that features the unmistakable spoken word poetry by Eman. Fast forward to 2014, and Doc Link together with Eman revisits the vocal that catapulted Eman to the top of house music artists. Eman re-cuts his vocal to a slower more deliberate delivery that perfectly harmonizes with Doc Link's signature funked-up relentlessly pulsating rhythms, grand jazzy keys, sweet guitar and delightful vocal ad-libs.

Rescue Poetix & Doc Link "Carrier" (Liberate Recordings CD Promo)

Liberate Recordings truly grace us this week as they unleashed not only one but two soulful gems. Besides above reviewed magnificent "Would you flaunt it" by Eman & Doc Link, they present the superb "Carrier" a collaboration by Doc Link with spoken word artist Rescue Poetix. Ruthlessly thumpin' rhythms lead the way for Rescue Poetix' one-of-a-kind poetry and enchanting melodies, altogether spreading a captivating feel you can't resist to dance to. The 'Alternate Mix' gives the track a darker even more intense feel.

Max Marinacci featuring Hazel "Superlove" (Double Cheese Records CD Promo)

Double Cheese Records continue their success streak with the exotic "Superlove" by up and rising Max Marinacci, a sexy deep house production featuring the sensual vocal stylings by songstress Hazel alongside inebriant keys and chords over deeply pulsating truly irresistible rhythms. On remix duty are N'Dinga Gaba who delivers a deeper than deep truly hypnotizing afro-tech rework, and by Max Marinacci himself who teams up with label head Luyo for an inexorable stompin' workout laced with enthralling keys.

Luyo featuring Niki Saletta "Dissolution" (Double Cheese Records CD Promo)

Here we have something a little bit different from the usual outings on Double Cheese Records. Label head Luyo presents "Dissolution", a track with a lot of crossover/pop potential as Nikki Saletta's sultry vocals together with catchy melodies and a fierce funked-up backdrop create an enticing summery vibe. The remix is courtesy of J&M Brothers & Vicmoren who give the track a glamorous contemporary funk soaked Nu Disco feel.

Alfred Azzetto & Carlos Vargas featuring Nicinha "Danco balanco" (Solid Ground Recordings CD-R)

Summer is here, so is this gorgeous production by Alfred Azzetto and Carlos Vargas. The sun drenched "Danco balanco" features the seductive vocals of Nicinha alongside warm sublime keys by Vincent Valler and sweet guitars over a smooth yet infectiously bouncin' funked-up backing. DJ Fopp & Paolo Visnadi give the track a much funkier feel on their remix reminiscent of the Patrice Rushen all-time classic "Haven't you heard" - beyond the shadow of a doubt, this remix will set the floor on fire...

Dawn Souluvn Williams & FrankStar "Higher" (Souluvn Entertainment CD Promo)

Dawn Souluvn Williams launches her Souluvn Entertainment label in grand style with the FrankStar (aka Frank Blythe) producer "Higher", an utterly uplifting feel-good anthem. To make it short, Dawn Souluvn Williams unrivaled inspiring vocals together with the luscious keys, delightful guitars licks and the contaminous funk drenched backdrop are guaranteed to put a spell on you. Drop this uplifting gem at peak time and see the dance floor erupt...

Exclusive Preview: Joe feat Kelly Roland "Love & sex (part 2)" (Spellband & Jacko Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Ledisi "Rock with you" (Spellband Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake "Love never felt so good" (various remixes/edits)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Alicia Keys "It's on again" (Alex Mattei & Soul'n'Vibes Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: R. Kelly "What I feel/Issues" (Manousos Remix)(CD-R)

It is time again to bring you our choice selection of edits and (bootleg) remixes we got in the past few days and weeks... First up Spellband and Jacko take on "Love & sex (part 2)" by Joe featuring Kelly Rowland, next Spellband rework Ledisi's "Rock with you", following is a selection of of makeovers of Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake's "Love never felt so good" by the likes of Alex Mattei & Soul'n'Vibes, Nassau and DJ Fudge. We are not done yet as we have Alex Mattei & Soul'n'Vibes rework of Alicia Keys "It's on again", and finally Manousos takes on "What I feel/Issues" by R. Kelly. Common to all of these remixes and edits is that they stay true and respectful to the original yet they give the songs a thrilling soulful four-to-the-floor feel.

Best of the Rest

We are getting so many promos sent each and every week that many of them never get reviewed here on Spirit of House (for various reasons nota bene). However, as we want to make sure you are well informed what is happening, we have introduced this section where, every now and then, we will highlight other noteworthy releases...

TAM Digital make their debut on Spirit of House with two equally beautiful releases... First up we have "What is underground" by Lex De Angelo & Soul K, an incredibly laidback jazz infused production taking you to deepest territory, coming complete with superb remixes by NtsakoSoul, Blaq Bone Bushy, Marvin Soul and Antique Tee all keeping the vibe deep and truly soulful. Second up is "Journey into your soul (TAM Digital Winter Album Sampler)" by DJ Robby which features three equally wonderful jazz-house tracks, letting you choose between up-tempo and mid-tempo renditions (TAM Digital CD Promos).

We stay on the jazzy inspired side of house music with the delectable "Life & Patience EP" by Gruv Basement which includes three masterly crafted sun drenched productions oozing with glorious melodies - the influence of jazz legends such as Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock is unmistakable (Adaptation Music CD Promo). Italy's Submantra & DJ Umbi are next with their top-notch "Deeper & Deeper EP" loaded with two glamorous deep house tracks perfect for late night, early morning play thanks to gentle yet thrilling rhythms and seductive keys and chords (Solid Ground Recordings CD Promo).

Neter Supreme's "Ka maat ankh seneb" five track EP is a truly remarkable release taking you on an exhilarating journey to galactical deep house grounds you didn't know they exist before... The deep utterly spell binding rhythms combined with mesmerizing atmospheric synth melodies, sublime jazzy keys and enticing vocal and chants are guaranteed to cause a stir...( Original Drum HSI CD Promo). We continue our journey through the deep with the mind-blowing "The Minutes of Time EP" by South Africa's Tobetsa Lamola - to cut a long story short, what you get are four stellar deep house cuts destined to jam-pack the floor with relentless rhythms and intoxicating melodies( Ohyea Muziq CD Promo).

We are closing this weeks update with a glorious remix by Soul Fleva of Saufalia's "Ova my head" originally released back in October of last year. Smooth yet deeply kickin' rhythms lead the way for Saufalia's sultry vocals, dulcet jazzy keys and heavenly synth melodies altogether spreading a mesmerizing feel guaranteed to cause a stir( Mantree Records CD Promo).

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