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Groove Junkies & ReelSoul present Nichelle Monroe "My truth" (The Remixes)(MoreHouse Records Promo)

The glamorous truly mind-boggling "My truth" by Groove Junkies and Will 'ReelSoul' Rodriquez (which features the amazing spirited vocals of Nichelle Monroe) returns in phantasmagorical remixes. First up, Paris Cesvette teams up with Luis 'LooweeR' Rivera for a paramount uber soulful yet vibrant interpretation that has timeless written all over. Next up, Westbank (aka Munk Julious, Sean Ali and Brad Foote) with a little help from Groove Junkies' Evan Landes transform the song into an energetic peak hour favorite guaranteed to send the dancers into a frenzy.

Soulbridge featuring Chantal "Love" (HSR Records Promo)

Coming soon to HSR Records is "Love", the seventh single taken from the forthcoming long player by Italian DJ/producer Soulbridge (Gigi Frassanito). To make it short, "Love" is an uplifting sun drenched production using a smooth yet irresistibly stompin' funked-up backdrop as foundation for luscious keys and celestial chords, not to forget to mention the beautiful passionate vocals of Chantal.

KingSfiso featuring Mbuso Khoza "Ilanga" (Manoo Remix)(MoBlack Records Promo)

Back in December of last year, MoBlack Records gave us a stellar remix package of KingSfiso's superb "Ilanga" which features the fabulous vocal stylings of Mbuso Khoza, now they present a stunning verily hypnotizing rework by Manoo laced with enchanting synth melodies and absolutely relentless afrotastic rhythms. Indisputably, this is another killer remix by Manoo by no means to be missed.

Marc Cotterell featuring Keith Sibley "Need more love" (Plastik People Digital Promo)

Unquestionably, Plastik People Digital take us on an exhilarating trip down memory lane with the fantastic "Need more love" by label head Marc Cotterell and Keith Sibley, an uber cool old school garage influenced production featuring Keith Sibley's unmistakable emotive vocals alongside sublime jazzy keys, grandiose organ and infectious organic backdrop. Highly recommended.

Cee ElAssaad featuring Jackie Queens "All on you" (Merecumbe Recordings Promo)

Morocco's afro house maestro Cee ElAssaad joins forces with Zimbabwean born vocalist Jackie Queens for "All on you", to make a long story short this verily mesmerizing production oozing with Cee ElAssaad's signature afro-deep sound is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine through the mercilessly pulsating rhythms, inebriant atmospheric synth melodies and the inimitable haunting vocals of Jackie Queens.

Carmen Brown "Oh how I want you" (TyRick Music Promo)

Last year, legendary Carmen Brown (she was the lead vocalist on Simphonia's late 1980's classics "You and me", "It ain't right (whatcha do)" and "Can't get over your love") returned in proper style with the glorious "You are", now the magnificent Derrick Ricky Nelson produced follow-up single is here. Undeniably, "Oh how I want you" which comes in three equally dazzling interpretations is sheer musical bliss, with Carmen Brown's incomparable gospel inspired vocals being accompanied by sumptuous keys, sweet guitars and a smooth yet compelling organic backing.

Bunny Mack "Let me love you" (4 to the Floor Records Promo)

Bunny Mack's afro-disco/funk/calypso anthem "Let me love you" certainly has stood the test of time since being released in 1980 on Rokel. 4 to the Floor Records revive this unforgettable classic with brand new scintillating re-imaginations from Italian DJ/producer Moplen which stay true to the original yet give the song a summery contemporary feel. Also included in the package are the DJ Gregory and Grand High Priest remixes released in 2008 on Defected Records.

Lena Soul "Beautiful" (POJI Records Promo)

This wonderful song by Lena Soul was released through B.O.N.E. Entertainment last summer but sadly did not get the recognition it deserves, thankfully POJI Records have picked it up for a re-release. To cut right to the chase, the Franklin Brown (Stix Bones) produced "Love" which combines the unique sultry vocals of Lena Soul with dreamy melodies and a spell binding yet gently thumpin' backdrop is sheer musical bliss.

Crescendo "Chapter one" (Mantree Records Promo)

The next release on Mantree Records will be the ingenious "Chapter one" by Crescendo which is produced by label head Rasmir Mantree. This gorgeous production which features the landmark spoken words of Crescendo, wonderful background vocals by Ms. Tia and grandiose saxophone by the one and only Larry P. Rauson comes in three distinct truly brilliant versions: a verily soulful interpretation fueled with melodious keys and dulcet rhythms, a down-tempo rendition oozing with a charming laidback feel, and last but not least a mesmeric tech flavored workout.

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