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Exclusive Preview: Vick Lavender featuring Nicole Mitchell & Carlos Gallegos "Music is life" (Sophisticado Records CD  Promo)

Vick Lavender featuring Nicole Mitchell & Carlos Gallegos - Music is life Some of you might remember the marvelous "Heaven" by BeBe & CeCe Winans released back in 1988, a timeless song that stands the test of time (and is one of my all time soul/r&b favorites). With "Music is life", Vick Lavender presents a masterly interpretation of this classic, with the lyrics reworked and performed by Nicole Mitchell and Carlos Gallegos while Mike Logan does his magic on the keys - the result is a musical gem oozing with the vintage sound Vick Lavender and his Sophisticado family are celebrated for.

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Exclusive Preview: Justin Imperiale featuring Diviniti "Love can heal the world" (Part Two)(Cabana Records CD Promo)

Justin Imperiale's exquisite "Love can heal the world" returns with a fresh package of deliciously soulful remixes taking this beauty featuring deeply felt vocals by Diviniti to the next level. Jihad Muhammad gives the song a warm organic feel, while Abicah Soul injects his beloved atmospheric sounds. Marcelo Cruz goes deep and percussive on his take, followed by the Brazilian Soul Crew who present an uplifting rework featuring a stellar organ ride. Lastly, there is Mauritzio's re-edit that adds a subtle underground touch to the original.

D3 "Blessing the sun" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

Croatian producer/composer/guitarist D3 aka Davor Devcic Daga presents the summery "Blessing the sun" featuring a magnificent guitar solo alongside glorious melodies over a funk drenched backdrop. The remixes are courtesy of Krispaglia, Mr. Mama, Steve Paradise, Victor Da Silva and Roger Lim who all keep the vibe soulful and laidback while adding their distinctive touch.

Dennis Ferrer featuring Bola Belo "Dem people go" (Kruse & Nuernberg Remix)(NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)

Dennis Ferrer's 2002 afro-beat ridden classic "Dem people go" is given a 2010 makeover by Kruse & Nuernberg who deliver a truly deep and contaminous remix based around a funktified backdrop, laced with luscious melodies and those grand afro chants courtesy of Bola Belo. The full package will also include Dennis Ferrer's original mix.

Exclusive Preview: Astrid Suryanto "Flexxx" (Regroove Edit)(CD-R)

"Flexxx" was released a couple of weeks back on Todd Terry's Inhouse label, featuring mixes that are guaranteed to rock the main rooms. The label just has put out a promo with Matthias Heilbronn remixes, but the real delight is this 'Regroove Edit' by Reg who turns the track into a smoothly stompin' affair, with melodious keys accompanying the sublime vocals by Astrid Suryanto.

Benji Candelario presents Charo Velecio "Drums of Auluya" (Transitori Music CD Promo)

"Drums of Auluya" by Charo Velecio features spoken words courtesy of Abi Holiday alongside mesmeric chants and jazzy keys over an afrotastic percussive groove. Benji Candelario intensifies the afro vibe and adds a wicked sax, while Joeski gets deep and hypnotic on his tribal-esque workout. Duce Martinez deeper than deep mixes feature intoxicating spacy synth melodies over a moody backdrop . Also included is an electro mix courtesy of DJ ALX.

Ospina & Oscar P featuring Sammy Rosa "G.D.B.D (morning song)" (Open Bar Music CD Promo)

Here we have a seriously deep production built around a relentless afro-tribal groove and wicked vocals courtesy of Sammy Rosa - its so simple yet truly hypnotic and effective on the dance floor, a sure fire prime time anthem. The package comes complete with a selection of massive remixes courtesy of DeepCitySoul, Local Instruments, Hugh Cleal, Max Martinez and Victor John Junior all keeping the feel deep and captivating.

Terry Lex "Do it" (Original Club Mix)(Push On Music Records CD Promo)

Terry Lex presents "Do it", an infectious production perfect for peak time play featuring phat pianos, rhodes, sax and organ over a funk soaked back drop which altogether create an uplifting hands-in-the-air feeling you can't resist to dance to.