Picks of the Week

The Kolai Krew "Take it back" (Thaisoul Music Records CD Promo)

DJ and producer Jask is kicking off his brand new label Thaisoul with this production by The Kolai Krew (Nicolas Laget & Taha Elroubi) that has been released back in late 2003 as part of "EPiology Vol. 2" on Sahara Records. "Take it back" is bringing back the music from the disco era with its combination of oldschool disco, funk, soul and jazz grooves that get topped with Maria Rochelle's sultry vocals and freestyle vibes by MC Krayola. The result is a ultra cool flashback of the past that will make your feet move with its uplifting feeling. Don't miss to check the bonus 'Tribut Shout Out DJ Tool' and the 'DJ Tool-A-Pella' that pay tribute to the DJ community. Jask remixes will be available soon.


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Kings of Tomorrow "Another day" (Defected Records CD Promo)

Being one of the picks from the "Trouble" longplayer, the album version is a deeply thumpin' and melodic affair with co-writer Leedia Urtega providing a sexy vocal performance. Fanatix, the UK's hottest production and remix team of the moment are responsible for the new versions (vocal, dub, beats) and give it a groovy outfit with wicked keys added that give the song an uplifting feeling.

Hardsoul featuring New Cool Collective "Bounson" (Hardsoul Pressings CD Promo)

The long awaited debut releas for Hardsoul's label is finally here, courtesy of the Hardsoul twins themselves who team up with the New Cool Collective for "Bounson", an exiting and fresh slice of latin house vibes featuring a great instrumentation over a fierce groove in the 'Latin Directions Original' that gets turned into a more relaxed affair by DJ Jeroenski on his take. DJ Pippi uses a deeply stompin' groove as base for his interpreation that also makes use of additional sounds and effects.

Connie Harvey "Thank you lord" (Jask Remix)(SoulFuric Records CD Promo)

After the Jazz'N'Grovoe and Audiowhores remixes from last year of this 1994 classic, there are now fresh mixes by Jask exclusively available as online download at Traxsource. Jask is adding his Thaisoul formula to the song, creating a soulful and groovy affair with laminar keys over a fiercely stormin' groove.

Whiteside "I got the music" (Club Music)(Milk & Sugar Records CD Promo)

This track by DJ and producer Whiteside is taken from the "Limited VIP CD Ibiza 2005" sampler CD from Milk & Sugar Records. It is spreading an uplifting feeling through a fierce groove driven by a funky bassline that is topped with a powerful vocal and wicked piano line.

Breakpoint featuring Jon Banfield "Whenever you want me" (Danism Remix)(ZooGroove Stereo Records CD Promo)

For the fifth release on Zoo Groove Stereo, Bobby & Steve haven choosen to give their classic 1997 production "Whenever you want me" a new life. Danism are responsible for the reworking that is using rolling beats, stabbing jazzy chords and a kicking groove to create an funktified garage feeling.

Exclusive Preview: Nikos "Bright like a star" (Stealth Records CD Promo)

Nikos Mavrommatis signed with Roger Sanchez' label Stealth Records that will give "Bright like a star" a full 12" release later this year, at the moment it is only availalbe on the mixed "Release Yourself Vol. 4" compilation. Starting off with a jazzy flute and sexy female spoken words over a smoothly thumpin', percussion enhanced groove, before the melodic keys, soulful vocals and saxophone come in, this song is the perfect companion for warm summer nights with its sunny vibe.

Sterling Ensemble featuring Juliet Malsha "Believe" (Ricanstruction Records 12")

Smooth and jazzy vibes courtesy of Albert 'Sterlin' Menendez & Rico Suarez, featuring delicate vocals by Juliet Maisha. The original 'Sterling Mix' is a deep and laidback serving, spreading a sultry summer feeling with a strong influence from Blue 6 (just remember their "Music and wine"). The 'Aural Dub' heats things up with a latinesque groove and wicked organ solo.

The Backroom Bandits featuring Kurt Elling "One day" (SoulGroove Records 12" Promo)

The Backroom Bandits (aka Backroom Productions) take for the second time on a classic by the groundbraking jazz composer and lyricist Kurt Elling whose melancholic "One day" gets perfectly acccentuated by a mellow bumpin' house groove and melodic keys, creating a modern art jazz house piece.

Miquifaye "Tribes of chant Part II (The Spirit World)" (Infinite Audio Records 12")

Anthony Nicholson returns on the new Chicago label Infinite Audio with an afro house fusion track featuring african chants over a deep, percussively thumpin' groove added with warm melodic keys, creating a sublime piece of late night dance grooves.

Diviniti "Love will stay" (Women on Wax Records 12")

Afte the massive 2004 club hit "Find a way", Diviniti returns with the Pirahnahead co-produced "Love will stay". The original version is based on a mellow and deep groove that comes complete with wicked keys, spreading a laidback feeling. The 'Ever After Mix' builds on the vibe of the original, adding extra instrumentation and deepness to it while the DJ Minx is creating a broken beat styled groover.

Stacey Mallory "What is housemusic..." (Jellybean Records CD Promo)

"What is housemusic...", a simple and deep track driven by a percussion loaded tribalistic groove added with wicked keys and a spoken word message, has been picked by Jellybean Soul Records who will soon release this production by New Jersey based producer Stacey Mallory, complete with a remix by DJ Pope who turns it into a deeply rumblin' track featuring laminar keys that is spreading a hypnotic vibe.

Steal Vybe "Passion (in me)" (KingStreet Records 12")

The ever busy Steal Vybe present "Passion (in me)", another cracking production featuring a soulful vocal peformance by Stephanie Renee over a steadily grooving backing track, featuring stellar analog keys, sultry sax and shuffling beats together with a wandering bassline. This is a surefire late nite pleaser coming in a nice variation of mixes.

Jerome Sydenham & Mikael Nordgren "Stockholm - go bang!" (Ibadan Records 12" Promo)

Ibadan label head Jerome Sydenham and swedens Mikael Nordgren team up for "Stockholm - go bang!", a track riffing on the "Jaguar" / "Sandcastles" sound, featuring a superb guitar line together with great chords and strings over a deeply stormin', tribal percussion driven groove.

Jazztronik "Froro" / "Phoenix" (Pantone Music Records 12")

Both "Froro" and "Phoenix" are taken from Jazztronik's current album "Samurai", with "Froro" coming here in brand new mixes by S.U.M.O. (vocal and dub) who give the tribal vibes of the original an afro house edge. "Phoenix" is a piano-driven, string filled Detroit-ish tech house cut on a deep tip, included here in an extended version.

Exclusive Preview: Masterbuilders "Man cannot rise" (Club Classic Mix)(CD-R)

After their debut on Soulfuric with "Blend" (out on the "Soulfuric Miami 2005 Sampler Part 2"), the Masterbuilders work on various other projects including their upcoming album that will include "Man cannot rise", a driving and uplifting production based on a stompin' groove that comes complete with wicked keys and a powerful male vocal on top, spreading a feel good vibe.

Niyaz "Dilruba" (Deepswing Persian Primetime Remix)(CD-R)

Niyaz is project to create a globe-spanning sound that the group calls 'folk music for the 21st century'. Their debut album combines traditional world music with electronic music. Deepswing selected "Dilruba" and take the orientalic sounds directly to the dancefloors with a smoothly stompin' groove and nicely aligned filtering effects.

Salome de Bahia "Quisiera" / Copacabana" (Yellow Records 12")

Yellow Records present the return of the brazilian house diva Salome de Bahia with a cover version of the Barry Manilow classic "Copacabana", given a driving latin house outfit by none other than Bob Sinclar. "Quisiera" is a fired up, tribal-ish latin cut that is creating an irresistible vibe on the dancefloor.

Jamie Lewis presents "My girlfriend is out of town" (Purple Music Records CD)

Image  Jamie Lewis has got himself a worldwide reputation for both his production work as well as his DJ skills. His style is unique, combining various styles such as soulful, deep, vocal, groovy and tribal, taking the crowd to a journey into dance music. This mixed CD showcases both his talents, featuring current hits as well as exclusive, brand new tracks. Kicked off by "Be thankful", his latest collaboration with Michelle Weeks, you'll be taken into Jamie's world of dance music like the thousands of people that enjoy his DJ sets live.


Classic Reviews

95 North featuring Sabrynaah Pope "Hold on" (Remixes)(KingStreet Records 12"/2x12", 1994)

A classic featuring the wonderful voice of Sabrynaah Pope that got remixed in various ways by Masters at Work, DJ Disciples, JoVonn, Blaze and Ashley Beedle.

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