Picks of the Week
Ruben Mancias featuring Michelle Weeks "My change (is gonna come)" (Devotion Records CD Promo)
|"My change (is gonna come)" by Ruben Mancias is fierce yet soulful, featuring passionate vocals by Michelle Weeks and a beautiful jazzy piano over a stompin' funk drenched backdrop, with the vocals giving the track an enchanting gospel feel. The package features massive remixes by the Groove Junkies who relax the vibe and give the track a classic touch, while DJ Dealer intensifies the funky flavors on his take, turning out a resistless dance floor gem.|
Exclusive Preview: Real Deep featuring Stephanie Cooke "More" (Consortium Muzik Records CD Promo)
"More" could first be heard back in December 2008 on the compilation album "The Gift", now this marvelous production by Real Deep aka Marc Tilley gets a full single release. Songstress Stephanie Cooke contributes a deeply felt vocal that harmonizes perfectly with the sweet guitar, lush synths, jazzy piano and percussive backing. Both the 'Remastered Vocal Dub' and instrumental 'Deep Dub' take the song to deeper grounds, giving it a mesmerizing feel. The remix is courtesy of South Africa's DJ Hypnosis who serves a deep yet hypnotic version featuring phat atmospheric synth melodies over a laidback afro drenched groove.
Jonny Montana featuring Stephanie Cooke "I owe U" (Soul Heaven Records CD Promo)
"I owe U" is the latest chapter in the saga of outstanding, not to be missed Jonny Montana and Stephanie Cooke collaborations, and we can't think of a better way to kick the new year off. In its original form, "I owe U" is smooth as silk, featuring deeply felt vocals by the incomparable Stephanie Cooke alongside luscious keys by Bennett Holland and Jonny Montana, all perfectly arranged over a laidback organic groove. The alternate mixes fire things up with a soulfully stompin' funk drenched backing and varied key, keeping the overall feel soulful.
Vick Lavender & DJ Man-X feat Carla Prather "City high" (Deep Haven Records CD Promo)
What a gem we have here !! "City high" is courtesy of two of our favorite producers, Vick Lavender and DJ Man-X, featuring out of this world vocals by songstress Carla Prather alongside celestial keys by Mike Logan and Scott Wozniak. Together they deliver a soulful anthem that has timeless written all over it, with all the mixes included making you yearning for more as both Vick Lavender and DJ Man-X add their vintage touch to the song. Miss it at your own risk.
Vick Lavender "The Sophisticado Unreleased Vaults EP" (Sophisticado Records CD Promo)
Vick Lavender continues to amaze us with his latest release "The Sophisticado Unreleased Vaults EP". His take on "I love it" by BSTC is masterly orchestrated, with an infectious, percussively swingin' backdrop leading the way for the sensitive vocals by J.L, jazzy keys and trombone. Then there is his marv§elous new jazz-funk soaked interpretation of "Best of friends" taking the afro cuban flavored jewel from 2006 to the next level. This is a must have for your CD wallet !!
DJ Rico aka Deep Y'all "Philadelphia" (Cabana Records CD Promo)
With "Philadelphia", DJ Rico (under his Deep Y'all moniker) presents a laidback gem that is oozing with delicious jazz-funk vibes, with the deep contaminous backing creating a relentless feel. The 'Trumpet Mix' replaces the vocals with a magnificent trumpet solo, while Justin Imperiale adds rhodes and sweet percussion elements on his tasty remix.
Micky More "A touch of Jazz" (Street of Soul Records CD Promo)
Now that his sought after remixes of Angela Johnson's "Better" are finally available, Micky More presents "A touch of Jazz", a classic tinged production featuring a wonderful live instrumentation including piano, guitar, sax and flute which give the track an exquisite jazzy touch. Beside the 'Main Mix' there are the 'Piano Dub and 'Organ Dub', a deep peak time rework by The Groove Junkies, a stormin' interpretation by Alex Dimitri, a fiercely thumpin' take by Scott Wozniak and lastly main room remixes by Andy & Dave.
Haldo & DJ David Dee "Miami Vice Project" (Proceed Records CD Promo)
Haldo and DJ David Dee join forces to present "Miami Vice Project", a production that will take you back in time with its gorgeous old skool vibes that is offered in a great variety of mixes. The original is melodious and groovy, followed by Haldo's 'Deep Def' mix which is deep and captivating. Both Ettore Rossi and the Harlem Hustlers contribute slammin' remixes to the package.
12 Shades Of Fantasy "Eastern promise" (iMusic Underground Records CD Promo)
With "Eastern promise", UK outfit 12 Shades of Fantasy present a deep'n'smooth track on an underground-ish tip that creates a mesmeric feel through the remorseless percussion fueled backing and compelling synths, but what makes this track stand out of all the others are the dulcet Eastern musical influences.
Lap Dance "It's like that" (Love House Records CD Promo)
An exclusive review back in May 2009, "It's like that" finally gets a full release, coming your way in a variety of mixes. The original is a hypnotic tech house track featuring cool spoken words and phat synth chords over a deep resistless groove, reworked into a feel good bumpin' affair on the 'Bumpy London' mixes. The 'Funky Skool' mixes give the track an old skool funky house feel, while the 'Cheap Trick' roughen things up.