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Montana & Stewart featuring Sofia Rubina "I need U back" (Universe Media CD Promo)

Montana & Stewart featuring Sofia Rubina - I need U back Two weeks ago, we gave you an exclusive preview of the Dolls Combers remix (an exquisite laidback interpretation oozing with wonderful jazzy keys and melodies) of the first ever original material by Jonny Montana and Craig Stewart titled "I need U back", featuring amazing deeply felt vocals by Sofia Rubina. Finally this week, the original version and D-Reflection mixes landed on our desk. On the original, Jonny Montana and Craig Stewart bless us with their inimitable, beloved organic jazzy sounds - this is sheer musical bliss. Next D-Reflection give the song a deeply groovin' outfit on their remix and combine the vocals with incredible jazzy piano and sax. The vinyl will be released next week, with a digital release including more mixes to follow end of January 2011.

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Quentin Harris featuring Margaret Grace "My joy" (DJ Slider Private Mix)(CD-R)
Richard Earnshaw & Giles vs. Jocelyn Brown "That's how good your love is" (DJ Slider Mashizz)(CD-R)
MoD vs. Copyright "He is funky" (DJ Slider Mashizz)(CD-R)

Here we have a couple of lovely mixes and mash-up by Russia's DJ Slider. First up is his jazz-funk flavored take on the Quentin Harris' "My joy" featuring the unmistakable vocals of Margaret Grace. Next is a stormin' mash-up of the dub of Richard Earnshaw & Giles' "Deja vu" with the accapella of "That's how good your love is" by IL Padrinos featuring Jocelyn Brown, followed by the funky as hell mash-up of MoD's "Funky drive" (the Fabio Bacchini mix) with the accapella of "He is" by Copyright featuring Song Williamson. Make sure you check out his page at Soundcloud.

Steven Stone featuring Andrea Love "Just can't stop" (Soul Deluxe Records CD Promo)

DJ and producer Steven Stone follows up his recent smash "Lay your hands" with a another bomb titled "Just can't stop", featuring heartfelt vocals by Andrea Love. Beside the original which is a soulfully stompin' affair featuring lush keys, the package features lots of slammin' remixes by the likes of Richard Earnshaw, Juan Sunshine (MoD) & Staffan Thorsell, Drexmeister & Robert Rivera and Spiritual Blessings (Jean Paul Francois & Ezio Centanni) all adding their distinctive touch to the track, delivering a juicy portion of soul for the discerning house floors.

Tomo Inoue featuring Stephanie Cooke "Better" (KingStreet Records CD Promo)

With "Better", Tomo Inoue presents a celestial production featuring sensitive vocals from house music diva Stephanie Cooke alongside grand piano and warm melodic synths over a smooth yet captivating percussive groove. On the dub, he turns the heat up with pumped-up beats and mesmerizing melodies. Frankie Feliciano contributes the remix, giving the track a seductive organic touch, with dreamy piano and chords accompanying the vocals.

Dolls Combers "Spring corner" (Sophisticado Records CD Promo)

What a musical treat by the Dolls Combers this is !! "Spring corner" is a lively slice of modern jazz-funk featuring outstanding keyboard play over an exciting broken beat flavored backing. Label head Vick Lavender injects his beloved musicianship to deliver a masterful four-to-the-floor interpretation built around smooth yet thrilling rhythms. Essential and timeless.

Roby Arduini & Pagany featuring Joy Malcolm "Love what you feel 2011" (Distar Records CD Promo)

Roby Arduini & Pagany rework their own "Love what you feel" (originally released end of 2007) into an uplifting soulful affair featuring inspiring vocals by Joy Malcolm alongside beautiful jazzy piano and lush chords over a funk enriched smoothly stompin' backdrop. Just one mix is finished at this time, with more to come soon.

Various Artists "King Street Sounds Reformed Classics" (StreetKing Records CD Promo)

The vaults at KingStreet are full of timeless classics and anthems, so who not having sister label StreetKing select a few of the best and have them refined for todays dance floors? Supernova take on "Brighter days" by Big Moses featuring Kenny Bobien, while Spencer Parker blesses "Closer" by Mood II Swing featuring Carol Sylvan with his magical touch. Tomo Inoue revisits Blaze featuring Kenny Bobien "Hiya luv", then we have Dazzle Drums giving "President house" by Urban Soul a twist. On the tougher side we have Tom De Neef's remix of "Where were you" by Urban Soul and Abel Ramos' version of Ultra Nate's "Party girl (turn me loose)".

Jorge Spania "Smoked Out EP" (74 Records CD Promo)

The "Smoked Out EP" by Jorge Spania is a wicked package for those who like their music funky and spiced with cool samples and effects. But it doesn't stop here as Jorge Spania presents a varied selection of tracks on this release that let you discover the various flavors of funky house. All of the tracks are guaranteed to cause a stir on the dance floor with their remorseless backdrops and gorgeous melodies.

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