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Exclusive Review: Riverside Soul featuring De'Monica "Not the one" (Part One)(Vino Records CD Promo)

It has almost been a year since the last release on Vino Records, but gladly they now return with "Not the one" by Riverside Soul featuring singer De'Monica. This is part one featuring label head Monte Hilleman's mixes, part two will follow in a few weeks. "Not the one" is a beautiful organic production with a true live feel that is build around a funky bouncin' groove that is enriched with a deep bassline, lovely guitar and magnificent keys alongside sensitive vocals by De'Monica, with a great saxophone coming in later. The dub version is a great addition to the vocal, giving extra room to the instrumentation.

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Alton Miller & Boddhi Satva "See the day" (ATAL Recors CD Promo)

Three month after we brought you an exclusive preview of "See the day", this wonderful track now is on promo stage on ATAL Records. It is a smoothly yet deeply rumblin' production featuring slammin' beats and drums that are topped with sensual male vocals courtesy of Alton Miller and various layers of keys that give this track a unique soulful sound. Beside the original vocal, the package now includes an instrumental as well as the deeper 'Faithless Bass Mix' that stripps some of the keys and the vocals, while the 'Vanilla Chocolate Mix' is a sweetened laidback affair.

Exclusive Review: Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" (Souljerz House Remix)(CD-R)

Gnarls Barkley's worldwide smash hit "Crazy" has been given a beautiful house interpretation by Souljerz (aka Jason AJ Summers and Daryl Yelverton). Using a deep yet smoothly thumpin' groove, sweet percussion elements and spheric keys, they create a mellow and very melodic reworking for the soulful heads.

Reel Soul faturing EL "Walk away" Stingily Music Records CD Promo)

Byron Stingily signed with Home Records to create his own label Stingly Music. The first release is produced by Will 'Reel Soul' Rodriguez and features an emotional vocal performance by EL. The original Reel Soul mixes are on a laidback tip, featuring wam melodic keys over a deeply storming groove. Ron Carroll spices it up slightly, with a jazzy piano line leading the way over a bumpin' groove. Terry Hunter comes with a funkily groovin' interpretation that features wicked keys.

Varoius "The Flavor Saver EP Vol 1" (Salted Music Records Digital Download)

"The Flavor Saver EP" is a new serires of unreleased mixes and goodies from Salted Music, with volume one offering a lovely selecton fo funky soul vibes. Kicking off is Jay-J's smooth'n'tight remix of the labels premier release "Do it for you" by Miguel Migs featuring Li'Sha that is followed with Chuck Love's "Dream deep", a lush track going deep. Next up is "Feel" by Li'Sha Project in a funked-up vocal version by Chuck Love. Lastly there is the deep and moody JT Donaldson dub of "Sunrise" by Joomsa. Digital downloads available at Dancetracks Digital.

Gregory Del Piero featuring Billy Love "Visions" (Loveslap! Records 12")

"Visions" features as soothing vocal courtesy of Billy Love (aka William Beaver) over cool and breezy backing music that features fantastic jazzy piano and saxophone play alongside sweet percussion and lovely guitar, with the arrangement having a definite old school feel. Charles Spencer is firing things up on his remix, giving it a raw vibe that is perfect for peaktime play with its moodier groove and sublime keys.

Gregory Del Piero featuring Kenny Bobien "Wonderful" (Loveslap! Records CD Promo)

Ron Carroll on remix duty here for Gregory Del Piero's "Wonderful" that features the incomparable Kenny Bobien on vocals. His vocal mix is a sure-shot winner for peaktime play with its powerful groove that is enriched with a lovely guitar and the passionate vocal performance by Kenny Bobien. The dub is taking it to the next level, with looped vocals and guitar riffs together with an old-school jazzy piano line over stompin' beats.

MoD "Funky drive" (M.o.D Records CD Promo)

MoD deliver a groovy gem for the dancefloor featuring great keys by Daniel Rieser and lovely guitar by Gee K that is full of funky flavors. Fabio Bacchini provides a great remix that gives the track a more relaxed feeling, featuring Patrick Lindeen on bass (the bassline is reminiscent of GQ's classic "Disco nights" from 1978).

Harness and Spencer featuring Tonee Green "Work" (Loveslap! Records CD Promo)

David Harness and Charles Spencer team up with Tonee Green for the spoken word track "Work", an ode to how it used to be done in the past. "Work" is the kind of track that will get the crowd moving thanks to the fiercely stormin', percussion enhanced groove that is topped with wonderful keys and spoken words courtesy of Tonee Green. The instrumental leaves it to the music to entertain the crowd.

Exclusive Review: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z & Beyonce "I think she knows" (M&P's Dub)(CD-R)

"I think she knows" is taken from Justin Timberlake's brand new longplayer "FutureSex/LoveSounds" and is an infectious jewel that is set to rock the r&b orientated dancefloors. This exclusive 'M&P Dub' takes it straight to the house dancefloors with added vocals by Jay-Z & Beyonce (taken from their current "Deja vu" smash) and additional keys, with the driving four-to-the-floor groove giving it an irresistible vibe.

Bangana "Skrik" (HEYA HIFI CD Promo)

This track is inspired by Norway's greatest artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944), an expressive painter who is famous for his painting "Skriet (the scream)". It took a while for Bangana to get the follow up to their debut release together, but now they are aready to present it to the world. "Skrik" is a mellow techno-house track with spheric keys and acidic tones that give the track an old-school feeling, and as the title suggests, there are vocal screams as well.

Classic Reviews

Jody Watley "When a man loves a woman" (Darryl Jammes Remixes)(MCA Records 12" Promo, 1994)

There have been so many promo 12" of this song, but this is by far the best one with Darryl James delivering one of his best ever remixes here.

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