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Junior White featuring Noelle "Wake up" (Sounds of the Booth Records CD Promo)

Junior White featuring Noelle - Wake up This is reportedly one of the tunes of the recent Southport Weekender, and once you listen to this production by Junior White you understand why: it spreads an uplifting and soulful yet infectious feel, features heartfelt vocals by Noelle alongside classic strings and luscious keys over an old school tinged truly relentless backing. Nothing more needs to be said then "a classic in the making".

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Anto Vitale "Deep batida" (Seasons Limited Records CD Promo)

This treat by Anto Vitale is kinda hard to describe, but rest assured its fresh, eclectic - and not to be missed... "Deep batida" is Anto Vitale at his best, fusing influences from jazz, afro, house and tech into a soulful dance floor gem featuring Anto's unmistakable synth work. The 'Original Demo' is sweet and mellow, with the 'Shabu Music Mix' intensifying the vibe for a deep hypnotic journey. Jose Carretas's contaminous interpretation adds some organic warmth, while Abicah Soul adds atmospheric synth layers to give the track his trademark mesmeric feel.

Exclusive Preview: R. Kelly featuring Tyrese, Robin Thicke & The Dream "Pregnant" (Martin 'SuperSoul' Faltin Late Night Mix)(CD-R)

"Pregnant" by R. Kelly is a wonderful love in its original form, featuring guest artists Tyrese, Robin Thicke and The Dream, respectfully reworked by Martin Faltin for the soulful dance floors by combining the original instrumentation and marvelous lyrics with a smoothly thumpin' percussion enriched backing groove, giving the track a laidback feel.

Steven Stone featuring Robina "Saturday" (Soul Deluxe Records CD Promo)

Swiss DJ and producer Steven Stone teams up with singer Robina for "Saturday", an uplifting production on a soulful funk oozing tip featuring deeply felt vocals alongside gorgeous keys and funky guitar riffs. H&H SoulSurvivors power things up for main room action, while U-Ness & Jedset use delicious synth melodies over a funk drenched backing. Lewis Ferrier's heavily stompin' interpretation fueled with wicked chords is perfect for peak time play, while Alfredo Norese deepens the vibe on his percussion enriched laidback contribution.

Igor Krajina featuring Sandy Spady "Your heart is calling" (Fresh Deep Mix)(Daddy Funk Records CD Promo)

The original version of "You heart is calling" by Croatian producer Igor Krajina is a feel good affair featuring passionate vocals by Sandy Spady alongside classy keys over a stompin' backdrop. The remixes are courtesy of Fresh who serves a groovy yet melodic 'Deep Mix' alongside the deeper mesmerizing 'Minimo Remix' and 'Minimo Dub', Colin Sales whose take is a bit more laidback, Soul Cartel's thumpin' version featuring a great piano breakdown, Jojo DJ's somewhat electronic yet hypnotizing dub and the main room rework by Alias Rhythm.

Matteo Malavasi featuring Ronnie Canada "Lets make a joyful noise" (Daddy Funk Records CD Promo)

Back in September, we gave you an exclusive preview of Shane D's version of Matteo Malavasi's "Make a joyful noise", an organic, ruthless and funky as hell remix featuring incredible vocals by Ronnie Canada somewhat reminiscent of the legendary James Brown, classy horns and an off the chain organ ride. Now the full promo package is here, including remixes by Fresh who adds his unique deep touch and injects the track with new sounds, while The Groove Technicians take the track to the main room with their piano driven dirty rub.

New Mondo "Total control" (Transport Records CD Promo)

The title track of New Mondo's (aka DJ MFR and Vincent Kwok) "Total control" album gets a welcome single release, with Italian duo Haldo & Mascaro giving the track a rough yet funky edge on their fiercely stompin' rework, letting the smooth vocals by Morrisson shine. DJ MFR supplies the 'Bonus Dub', a stormin' take using an insistent chord motif and parts of the vocals. Finally, LEFT's sleek 'Mysterious Mix' is the choice for those late night moments thanks to its deep melodious feel.

DJ Spen presents LaShay "All by myself" (Code Red Records CD Promo)

"All by myself" is vintage DJ Spen, bringing you a fresh slice of his notorious soulful underground house vibes - slammin' beats, killer keys and riff, not to forget to mention outstanding the vocals by LaShay. In other words: this is an absolutely remorseless track that is guaranteed to take dance floors by storm, with hands in the air guaranteed.

Deep Zone featuring Ceybil Jefferies "It's gonna be alright (help is on the way)" (Matthias Heilbronn & Sean McCabe Remix)(Defected Records CD Promo)

Here we have the return of a timeless classic, originally released on Sub-Urban Records back in 1995 - a soulful gem by Mike Delgado and Matthias Heilbronn that stands the test of time, featuring the pure power of songstress Ceybil Jeffries. These brand new mixes are courtesy of Matthias Heilbronn (they are dedicated to Sub-Urban co-owner Silvio Tancredi who sadly passed away earlier this year - r.i.p.) who gives the track a deep resistless old skool feel, while Sean McCabe turns out a future classic with his soulfully stompin' uplifting interpretation.

Matthias Heilbronn & Joeski "Sabrosito" (Pata De Perro Music CD Promo)

Matthias Heilbronn and Joeski follow up their groundbreaking collaboration "Stuck in a dream" with another massive production by titled "Sabrosito", a track that again enters new territories by combining ruthless, percussion driven tribal rhythms with elements from Afro and Cuban Jazz, with some techy synths thrown in for good measure. The result speaks for itself, and we might repeat ourselves here, but this is "a slice of ingenious house music that is a refreshing blend of different musical genres into a dance floor gem". For those deeper moments, don't miss to check out the dub.

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