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Matthew Bandy featuring Know "Time me" (Soul Heaven Records CD Promo)

Matthew Bandy featuring Know - Time me Right in time for summer, Soul Heaven unleash "Time me", a soulful bomb by Matthew Bandy and singer Venus Cruz. The original features exquisite synth melodies and luxurious keys alongside deeply felt vocals by Venus Cruz over an infectious funk soaked groove. The 'Classic Limestone' mixes deepen the vibe and bring vintage keys into play, whilst the 'Jack II Jazz' mixes (produced by Paris Cesvette) ooze with a jazz-funk live feel created by an organic backdrop and beautiful saxophone. One not to be missed.

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Andy Compton featuring Rowan "Reach for you" (Peng Records CD Promo)

"Reach for you" is a special project for both Andy Compton and Peng as they collaborate with some of South Africa's most amazing talents. The original version is classic deep house (think Larry Heard to get the idea) full of gorgeous melodies and incredible heartfelt vocals by Rowan. The Invaders inject the beloved Afro-Deep sound into the track, while Sbonza enters deepest hypnotic grounds on his 'Spiritual Mix'. DJ Bullet contributes a truly deep organic rework of the original, followed by Luka's eclectic 'Jazzdup Mix' laced with funky guitar and jazzy sax. Finally the 'Strictly Acid Jam' is an ode to the classic acid era from back in the day.

Exclusive Preview: Carolyn Victorian "Tears" (Consortium Muzik Records CD Promo)

It took a while, but finally this fantastic song by Carolyn Victorian is getting a release thanks to our friends at Consortium Muzik. The mixes are courtesy of Carlos Vargas, Johnny Montana and DJ Quad who bless us with their timeless truly soulful interpretations. Carlos Vargas' delightful 'Alternate Soul Mix' is fueled with marvelous keys perfectly arranged over a laidback groove, while Jonny Montana delivers another one of his precious smooth organic workouts. Lastly, DJ Quad adds his unique deepness to the track to turn the song into something truly special.

Stephanie Cooke "Old friend" (Unreleased Mixes)(Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

The superb "Old friend" by Stephanie Cooke returns with a phat package of previously unreleased mixes. You get the instrumental versions of the Gregory Del Piero, Will Milton, Nef Nunez, Island Groove and Mark Di Meo remixes, a deep and laidback yet groovy remix by Phil R full of wonderful melodies and finally the deep and hypnotic tribal-esque Licksamba remix with contaminous atmospheric synths accompanying the unmistakable vocals by the one and only Stephanie Cooke.

Terry Lex & Mark Stone featuring Deepvoice "Come my way" (Push on Music Records CD Promo)

"Come my way" by Swiss DJs and producers Terry Lex (Push On Music) and Mark Stone (UDM Show) is an uplifting affair featuring captivating vocals by rising star Deepvoice. Three mixes to choose from, with the 'Classic Main Mix' being on a groovy tip built around a funktified groove, featuring luscious keys and melodious chords. The 'Pump-N-Dub' intensifies the funky flavas to turn the track into a prime time favorite, while the 'Smooth Violin Dub' relaxes the vibe and adds a sweet violin and latinesque bassline.

Exclusive Preview: Baffa Jones "The Sandstorm EP" (Guerilla Muzik Records CD Promo)

Guerilla Muzik kick off their label strong with the massive "The Sandstorm EP" by Baffa Jones which is certain to become a favorite among deep house lovers. The title track takes you on a deep mesmeric journey into Afro-Deep territory with neat chants, wicked synths and a resistless groove. "Leeu-Gamka" further intensifies the vibe, taking you deep down to the jungle where there is no rescue from the remorseless afro beats and drums, chants and keys. "Leeu-Gamka" comes complete with slammin' remixes by the V.O.S Brothers and Francesco Chiocci.

Fabio Bacchini "Days Gone By EP" (Look At You Records CD Promo)

Fabio Bacchini debuts on Look At You Records with the "Days Gone By EP" which includes four truly infectious tracks destined to take over dance floors by storm whenever they are dropped thanks to the blissful jazz-funky grooviness and the uplifting feel they are spreading. As if that wasn't enough, there is the killer "Refugees of love" featuring spoken words by Rainy Payne.

Kenny Dope & Terry Hunter present Mass Destruction featuring Byron Stingily "No more mind games" (Ill Friction Records CD Promo)

On "No more mind games", house music legends Kenny Dope, Terry Hunter, Marshall Jefferson and Byron Stingily team up to present an old school flavored feel good anthem built around a funk drenched backing, intoxicating keys and outstanding vocals by the incomparable Byron Stingily. Close your eyes and let yourself be taken back in time...

Wil Milton "21 Divination EP" (Blak Ink Records CD Promo)

Hot on the heels of the marvelous "Recarnation" album comes the next bomb from Wil Milton, the "21 Divination EP". Fist up is the contagious "Mi ede" featuring lush synths, lovely flutes and calming string layers of a contagious tribalistic backdrop. Next is the mesmeric "One mystery" oozing with jazzy flute and exquisite keys over an organic funk soaked groove.

Soul Purpose "Key Issues Vol. 3" (Soul Purpose Records CD Promo)

Martin Ikin returns under his Soul Purpose moniker to follow up last years first two installments in the "Key Issues" series. The third release picks up where the previous ones left, featuring the old skool underground nugget "Aquarius" in two equally stunning, deeper than deep versions that are guaranteed to set the dance floor on fire with wicked keys, cool vocal hooks and relentless backings.

Phil Marwood featuring Kellylee Evans "Stay" (Soundtrack Records CD Promo)

"Stay" by Phil Marwood is a deep and infectious yet smooth production featuring sultry vocals courtesy of Kellylee Evans alongside luscious keys and an out of this world jazzy organ solo over a contaminous percussion enriched groove. The instrumental version puts the keys and organ center stage, letting them do all the talking. Late night house at its best...

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