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Kojo Akusa featuring Garth Brown "Thinking about you" (Vibe Boutique Records Promo)

"Thinking about you" is the first single taken from the forthcoming album by South Africa's Kojo Akusa, without doubt this utterly entrancing production fusing the unmistakable deeply felt vocals of Garth Brown with lush keys, galactical chords and intriguing deeply rumblin' rhythms is guaranteed to cast a spell on you. The melodious and organic  'Soulful Mix' is quite simply wonderful, and lastly George Lesley and Soultronix contribute an outstanding uber soulful afro infused interpretation. Kojo Akusa's album is scheduled for a release in the coming weeks. we can't wait to get our hands on it...

Eli Escobar "Nightshade Edits Vol 2" (Night People NYC CD Promo)

"Nightshade Edits Vol 2" by Eli Escobar was released through Night People NYC on vinyl (in very limited quantities) back in July, this hard to find release includes the killer deep house track "Take it from me" oozing with the one-of-a-kind gospel tinged vocals of the late Aretha Franklin (taken from her song "Someday we'll all be free"), inebriant keys and a verily hypnotizing bass-heavy backing groove inspired by Bobby Konders legendary house music anthem "The poem".

Montana, Stewart, Nortier & Kiki Kyte "Breathe" (Remixes Part 2)(Wiggly Worm Records Promo)

In spring of last year, we were graced with the marvelously soulful and truly uplifting "Breathe" by Jonny Montana, Craig Stewart and Dale Nortier performed in grand style by Kiki Kyte, later in October great remixes by FabioLous Barker, Collective Souls, Babis Kotsanis and Bonna followed. Wiggly Worm Records bring this gem back with a second installment of excellent remixes by Nick Power & Mojito who deliver a glorious soulful rendition, Antony Pollak who serves a scintillating afro rework, H@k who drop a sure-fire prime time favorite, and finally there is a super cool deepened workout by Vila included in the package.

FrankStar presents CAMM "This night" (The Remixes)(4th Quarter Music Records Promo)

Coming soon to 4th Quarter Music are truly mind-boggling remixes of "This night" by FrankStar presents CAMM (aka Cynthia McDonald). First up we have FrankStar with his anthemic old skool flavored rework which combines CAMM's beautiful sultry vocals with classy jazzy piano, celestial chords and groovy rhythms. Next are Tracebeatz & Bob with their heavenly verily tantalizing uber cool'n'sexy interpretation, and last but not least Chris Winters transforms the track into an energetic Nu-Disco dance floor weapon.

Doug Gomez featuring Sincerity "Spic, me" (Remixes)(Merecumbe Recordings Promo)

Earlier this year (in May to be precise), Merecumbe Recordings label honcho Doug Gomez dropped the amazing afro/latin influenced "Spic, me", a sophisticated truly splendid production that is masterly orchestrated and features the incredible spoken word poetry of Sincerity. Now this jewel returns in breathtaking remixes from the likes of Fnx Omar, Realm of House and E-jay & Over12 all adding their signature verily mesmerizing afro-house touch, taking the track to a whole new level and making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version.

George Lesley, Doug Gomez "Es felicidad" (Merecumbe Recordings Promo)

"Es felicidad", one of the standout tracks from George Lesley's phenomenal truly eclectic debut album "My journey" gets a well deserved full single release. To make it short, this phantasmagorical latinesque production is sheer musical bliss, with gentle yet compelling percussive rhythms leading the way for luxurious keys, enchanting chords, sweet guitars and seductive female vocals.

Angelo Draetta "When you smile" (Leda Music Promo)

Forthcoming to Leda Music is this splendorous production by Angelo Draetta entitled "When you smile", to cut right to the chase this is a wonderful sun drenched slice of soulful house music featuring tempting female vocals alongside grand jazzy keys and lovely guitar over a contaminous smoothly stompin' organic backdrop. Undeniably Angelo Draetta once again delivers the goods with his latest release.

CalvinSol "The world" (X-Klussive Music Mixes)(Deeper Side of CyberJamz Records Promo)

New Jersey based DJ/producer CalvinSol is back on Deeper Side of CyberJamz Records with "The world" a fantastic package coming highly recommended. Included are CalvinSol's faithful yet glamorous four-to-the-floor re-imaginations of "Best part" by Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R. and "Jahraymecofasola" by Jill Scott as well as the title track "The world" sure to send the dancers into a frenzy through the enticing synth melodies and irresistible rhythms.

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