With the Winter Music Conference just around the corner, the heat is on and lots of soulful goodies landed on our desk - enjoy !!
Heather Johnson "Happiness" (2016 Remixes)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)
In early 2010, the title track of Heather Johnson's highly acclaimed "Happiness" long player got a well deserved single release, now this iconic song returns in a stunning blazin' hot re-imagination by ReelSoul & Larry E who fuse Heather Johnson's incomparable angelic vocals with smooth yet vibrant rhythms, glorious jazzed-up keys and dreamy chords. Also included in the package are the superb Fanatix remixes from the original 2010 release.
Promonova featuring Donald Sheffey "The only one for me" (KingStreet Records CD Promo)
Russia's Promonova teams up with vocalist Donald Sheffey for "The only one for me", an energetic yet soul laden production using a ruthlessly stompin' backdrop as playground for delectable keys, catchy synth hooks and Donald Sheffey's distinctive heartfelt vocals - one perfect for peak time play. The remix is courtesy of Russian DJ/producer Pasha NoFrost who somewhat relaxes the vibe on his old school flavored interpretation laced with enticing melodies and relentlessly groovin' rhythms.
Karen Bernod "Spirit" (Remixes)(SoundMen on Wax Records CD Promo)
SoundMen on Wax grace us with an excellent selection of remixes of "Spirit" by Karen Bernod, a beautiful r&b/soul song taken from her 2000 long player "Some othaness for U". The likes of Mario Bianco, Bizio Cool (Fabrizio Colasanti) and Q Narongwate add their distinctive soulful touch to the song, the result are three magical four-to-the-floor interpretations not to be missed by any lover of timeless soulful house music.
Various "Gotta Keep Faith - WMC 2016 Miami Session" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)
It's that time of the year again where Gotta Keep Faith Records bless us with their immaculate WMC sampler. This years sampler is truly special as the focus is on the beloved sound of Italian duo Spiritual Blessings (aka Ezio Centanni and Jean Paul Francois), introducing nine previously unreleased exclusive remixes from the duo of renowned artists such as NYC Peech Boys, Roy Davis Jr, Dom Navarra and SuSu Bobien to name just a few, on top of this you get four re-mastered tracks. There are so many gems included here that it is next to impossible to pick a favorite... Quite simply this is top-notch soulful house music...
Lisa Shaw "I can see it" (Salted Music CD Promo)
Hot on the heels of his massive collaboration with Martin Luther comes the next dazzling vocal production by Miguel Migs, performed in grand style by the one and only Lisa Shaw. The underground-esque smooth yet spell binding "I can see it" is all about the truly inimitable combination of Miguel Migs unmistakable sound with Lisa Shaw's unrivaled sultry vocals. The wicked 'Deluxe Dub' flips the arrangement and gives the track an utterly intoxicating feel guaranteed to cause a stir on the dance floor.
The DangerFeel Newbies "What am I here for" (Kai Alce's NDATL Mixes)(Defected Records CD Promo)
The amazing Kai Alce remixes of "What am I here for" by Atlanta based trio The DangerFeel Newbies were originally released in June of last year on a highly limited Japan only 12" white label vinyl release (which includes exclusive instrumental versions not available elsewhere), now for the first time there will be a digital release which features Kai Alce's magnificent classic soulful house rendition fueled with grand jazzy piano, glorious saxophone and organic rhythms (not to forget to mention the beautiful velvety vocals), a stripped-back version of his utterly melodious deliciously deep 'Late Night Mix', and lastly there is "Swingin' with the new jacks" a rolling deep house groover oozing with fantastic vibraphone solos and battling jazz horns.
Alicia Myers "Right here right now" (Remixes)(AceBeat Music CD Promo)
2015 saw the return of Alicia Myers with the formidable "Right here right now", a classic sounding r&b tinged and truly inspiring soulful gem that is soothing yet enthralling, perfectly showcasing Alicia Myers unrivaled soul haunting vocals. Now AceBeat Music present a truly mind-blowing remix project which features exquisite truly eclectic new interpretations by DJ Sir Charles Dixon, DJ Tyrone 'Intense' Payton, Derrick Ricky Nelson and Ace Mungin which are masterly orchestrated and spread a soulful yet spirited feel guaranteed to make you yearn for more.
Da Hit Makers "The Classic Reworks EP Vol #1" (Toupee Records CD Promo)
Da Hit Makers aka DJ T-Smooth and Salik Scott follow up with their smash reworkings of "Shame" by Tyrese and "Just say hello" by Adele with the brilliant "The Classic Reworks EP Vol #1" which is loaded with no-nonsense 4/4 re-imaginations of classics such as "Loving you" by Minnie Riperton, "Your love is a life saver" by Gayle Adams, "Native New Yorker" by Odyssey, "Relight my fire" by Dan Hartman and finally "Standing right here" by Melba Moore. Drop any of these tunes and watch the dancer fall into a trance...
Da Hit Makers "Mr. Luther EP" (CyberJamz Records CD Promo)
Second new release from up and rising Da Hit Makers aka DJ T-Smooth and Salik Scott for this week where they pay tribute to Luther Vandross (rip) with their unique and refreshing utterly spell binding four-to-the-floor interpretations of some of his unforgettable songs: "Any love", "A house is not a home" and "Superstar". Most definitely these cuts will set the floor on fire...
Mr. G featuring Blondewearingblack "Precious cargo" (Defected Records CD Promo)
To make it short, "Precious cargo" by Mr G (Colin McBean) is a fabulous deep house production perfect for late night play thanks to deeper than deep relentlessly pounding somewhat gritty deep house rhythms, entrancing atmospheric synth melodies and the glorious sassy vocals from Blondewearingblack. Put differently, a first-grade deep house release having essential written all over.
Guido P featuring Josiah Ruff "Happy land" (Remixes Part 1)(HSR Records CD Promo)
Last years collaboration "Happy land" by DJ/producer Guido P and singer Josiah Ruff returns in brand new remixes to once again take over dance floors globally. First up, Guido P revisits his original version and delivers a pumped-up organic remix sure to send the dancers into a frenzy. Roy Ananda serves an irresistibly thumpin' truly inebriant deepened rework laced with heavenly synth melodies, while DJ Hakuei drops a catchy piano driven workout oozing with a more relaxed vibe.
Bootleg Pick: London Grammar "Wicked game" (Mus Threee Ocean Drive Mix)(CD-R)
In 2014, British trio London Grammar (Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman, Dominic 'Dot' Major) performed a marvelous interpretation of Chris Isaak's all-time classic "Wicked game" which got lots of attention due to the remarkable vocals of Hanna Reid. Courtesy of Mus Three (Piero Napolitano, Marco Bellavia, Lino Baccaro) comes a stunning, smooth as silk sun drenched 4/4 re-imagination which combines Hanna Reid's paramount vocals with a classy saxophone by Salvatore Pasca, sublime jazzy keys and a gentle backdrop. Sheer musical bliss...