Picks of the Week
Exclusive Preview: Milesart Orchestra "Better Times EP" (Ibiza Soulstice Music CD Promo)
Ibiza Soulstice Music is the brand new label by Joan Ribas Ferrer. The first release is a four track EP by the Milesart Orchestra featuring music inspired by 70's soul, jazz and funk grooves. "Something coloured" comes with a stompin' beat, deeply funkin' bassline (think of "Papa was a rolling stone") and sweet melodies on top. "Funkoff (deep love to Isa)" is a fantastic afterhours track based around a deeply stormin' groove and features a jazzy instrumentation together with a funky guitar. "Gotta make you move" starts with a lovely intro before the drivin' groove kicks in and the jazzy saxophone, funky guitar and soulful vocals create an irresistible feeling. Lastly we've got the title track "Better times", a midtempo groover spreading a laidback feeling through the jazz-funk vibes.
King Britt presents Scuba featuring Lizz Fields "Our time" (Slip'N'Slide Records CD Promo)
Slip'N'Slide Records have just started a new compilation series called "Jazzmental" with King Britt presenting the first selection that includes his own production "Our time" which features r&b singer Lizz Fields. She delivers a soulful vocal performance over a deep bassline and piano driven groove added with sweet percussion, strings and melodic keys on the 'Funke Mix' while the 'Sunrise Mix' is stripped of the beats and percussion. The remix included is courtesy of Mikale Nordgren under his Tiger Stripes moniker and comes with smoothly stompin beats, superb flute and afro elements added to the original instrumentation, giving the track an irresistible feeling.
Martin East Project featuring Lady Sa' "Neverending" (Binary Soul Records 12")
This is the debut release for the brand new Binary Soul imprint produced by Martin East, Jake DeVere and Tom Meredith featuring vocals by Lady Sa'. Their original mix is a downbeat chiller with gentle horns, lazy beats and the sublime female vocals. Jon Cutler delivers a deep and delicious take with a superb piano line, pusling bassline groove, spaced-out keys and shuffling house beats while John Beltran serves a latin rework with John Arnold providing an extra guitar line along the sumoothly bumpin', percussive groove.
Tom * Joy featuring Tony Allen "Antigua" (Yellow Records 12")
Formerly known as Tom & Joyce, they are back with the first single taken from their second longplayer. "Antigua" is a delightful afro-latin jaunt featuring former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen who augments the contemporary brazilian song with his infectious afrobeat drums. Bob Sinclar provides the 'Amour Kefe' remix which is more practical for club play.
JoVonn "Blacque Houze Samplestrumental" (NextMoov Traxx Records 12")
This is the second sampler for the forthcoming "Blacque Houze" album featuring two instrumentals courtesy of the one and only JoVonn. Both tracks are on a deep underground vibe, featuring extended organ solos and wicked keys, creating hypnotic grooves that keep it soulful and are perfect to rock the dancefloors.
Carolyn Harding "Pick it up" (KingStreet Records 12")
The 1995 King Street classic gets updated with some phat new mixes from Distant Music head Jon Cutler. His new mixes come with a thick dubby bassline and and great keyboards courtesy of Martino Lozej, with Carloyn Harding's voice sitting perfectly on top. The dub features extra syncopated keys that create a soulful, tweaked-out organ ride. Also included are the classic Kerri Chandler 'Original Club' and 'Free Fall Reprise' mixes.
Copyright featuring Imaani "Time" (Defected Records CD Promo)
Defected do have a bomb in their hands here that is set to hit big time at this years Winter Music Conference. Copyright team up with female singer Imaani to drop a soulful production coming with a smoothly bumpin' groove full of warm melodies and the sweet and sexy voice of Imaani. The 'Main Mix' is also present as a vocal-reduced 'Take Time Dub', then there is the tougher 'Back in Time Dub' which is perfect for peak time. Jon Cutler injects a classic vibe on his take, giving the track a more laidback, very melodic feeling.
Deep Influence "Pachanga" / "Asi" (deVICE Records CD Promo)
Deep Influence are back on deVICE Records with this two tracker spreading latin flavors onto the danceflloor. The first track is "Pachanga" coming on a tougher edge that is perfect for the bigger floors, featuring a catchy horn riff and aggressive drum patterns. Compared to "Pachanga", the second track "Asi" is much smoother and is loaded with percussion, synth stabs and vocal snippets and comes complete with a smooth bassline. Also included are bonus beats of both tracks.
David Morales with Tamra Keenan "Here I am" (DefMix/Ultra Records 12")
After the massive "How would U feel", David Morales returns with "Here I am" featuring a superb vocal performance from Tamra Keenan that is backed by stabbing synth, warm chords and stellar strings that are all layered over a classic late night groove. Full Intention provide a set of throbbing mixes with deeply storming beats that are on a slightly progressive tip while Kaskade comes up with a pumping mix with spheric keys and a lovely guitar. If you're looking for the David Morales dub, you'll have to buy the italian 2x12" on Airplane Records, while the UK release contains his reprise version.
Barbara Tucker "Beautiful people" (The Unreleased Mixes)(Strictly Rhythm Blue Records 12", 1994)
This must be considered a timeless classic for years to come, here on the Blue imprint that was focussing on vocal releases. This 12" includes mixes by 'Little' Louie Vega, C.J. Mackintosh and Mood II Swing.