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Blvd East & Louie 'Lou' Gorbea "A journey into..." (Coco Soul Records 12")

After the sucessful release of "Luv 4 money" on Vega Records, Blvd East & Louie 'Lou' Gorbea return with "A journey into..." featuring Osualdo 'Bembesito' Lora on vocals over a percussion loaded afro-latin backing track that has a funky vibe to it, coming complete with wonderful horns and laminar keys. The 'Organ Mix' on the flipside smoothes things down, featuring an outstanding organ by Christian Perez over a deepened groove. A brilliant track once you hear it in its full glory that is spreading an irresistible feeling.

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Siji "Irinajo" (Sole Channel Music Records 12")

This mellow afro house track is produced by Alix Alvarez and includes Puerto Rican styled overtones over a laidback bumpin' groove on the original version, while the accompanying dub is pure deepness, being based on a percussion driven, deeply rumblin' groove that creates an irresistible vibe. Osunlade gives it the Yoruba Soul treatment with an added string backing thtat adds a subtler feeling to the track.

Dwele "I think I love U" (Serge Negri Remix)(CD-R)

In its original form, "I think I love U" is soulful r&b at its best, being lifted from Dwele's just released longplayer "Some kinda...". This downtempo song is reworked for the dancefloor by Serge Negri whose interpretation is very tasty, keeping the smooth vibe of the original alive, by adding a mellow thumpin' groove, jazzy xylophone and warm melodic keys to it, creating a laidback vibe.

Anthony Nicholson "Celestial journey" (Infinite Audio Records 12")

Infinite Audio follow up their debut release "Tribes of chant" with this deeply layered production by Anthony Nicholson. "Celestial journey" is a spiritual house composition with an afrocentric groove as playground for wonderful jazzy keys and sweet percussion that give the track a lush feeling. The dub version takes it deeper, focussing on the groove, bringing the tribal rhythms to full effect.

Roy Davis Jr. "Love's light" (Live Guitar Remix) / Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra "Mister sinister" (Word of Mouth Remix)(Jamayka Records 12")

Two of Jamayka Records previous releases get a welcome reworking here. Word of Mouth (aka Graham from the Audiowhores) looks after "Mister sinister" by Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra and turns it into an irresistible funked-up afro house groover that comes complete with a superb sax line. Roy Davis Jr. takes his "Love's light" track and enriches it with a live guitar courtesy of Jimmy Deer that replaces the horn line of the original version.

Raul Midon "State of mind" (Marco Rizzo Re-Edit)(CD-R)

"State of mind" is an acoustic track featuring just the marvellous voice and guitar play by Raul Midon in its original form. Marco Rizzo reworks it for the dancefloors by using a broken beat groove underneath the wonderful vocal, harmonizing perfectly with the accoustic guitar. An eclectic intepretation of a wonderful song.

Scott Wozniak "Soho sessions EP" (Large Records 12")

Scott Wozniak, one of New York City's house veterans, delivers this phat three tracker titled "Soho sessions EP". "Feelin' the music" is a discofied peak hour track (just can't remember what disco classic is used here) that features a catchy female vocal hook over a chunky feel-good groove. The title track "Soho sessions" is a jazzy late nite houser featuring great keyboard work, while "Gotcha movin'" features vocoded vocals over a soulfully thumpin' groove.

Andre Harris "Get down africa" (Large Records 12")

Andre Harris makes his Large debut with this organic house groover. The main mix features a soaring trumpet over the funked-up groove that is layered with jazzy keys, horns and male vocal snippets. Both the 'House Mix' and 'Dub Mix' are straighter jazzy version featuring a lovely rhodes solo, with the latter having a late night feeling to it.

Jada "If you should ever be lonely" / "Change your mind" (12" Vocal)(CodeRed Records 12")

Produced by DJ Spen & the MuthaFunkaz, "If you should ever be lonely" is an uplifting production based on a deeply stompin' groove that is enriched with jazzy melodic keys and a lovely guitar, with Jada providing a sensual vocal performance. The 'Vocal Dub' toughens things up, replacing the keys and only using the chorus from the vocals, while the 'Hump Mix' stripps all of the vocals. "Change your mind" is produced by DJ Karizma and is a smoothly' stompin' affair featuring a soulful vocal performance by Jada together with melodic keys.

Giattino "Released pressure" (Hardsoul Pressings CD Promo)

After the very impressive first release "Bounson", Hardsoul Pressings present the follow up "Released pressure" by Giattino, reworked by Hardsaoul into an infectious lantinesque track based on a fierce groove that is enhanced with powerful percussion and irresistible keys alongside a lovely string section. Gregor Salto provides the remix, changing the groove and keys, keeping the energy and vibe of the track alive. As a bonus, the 'Hardsoul String Overture' is included in the package.

Classic Reviews

Sabrynaah Pope "It works for me" (KingStreet Records 2x12", 1993)

Sadly, Sabrynaah Pope passed away on September 24. She was the featured artist on my classic house recordings, including "It works for me", one of the earliest releases on KingStreet, produced by Blaze and released over two separate 12" including mixes by Blaze, Nick Jones and Victor Simonelli.

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