Another week, another selection of fresh soulful house reviews - check them out...
Ananda Project featuring AK "Heaven is right here" (NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)
What a wonderful song Ananda Project and Japanese songstress AK present with the summery "Heaven is right here"... Angelic vocals combined with a smooth backing, sweet guitars and warm melodies will take you to paradise... Kiko Navarro contributes both an uplifting sun drenched 'Classic Mix' that stays true to the original as well as a pair of irresistible deep tech-soul reworkings laced with phat synth melodies and classy hooks, while Abfhart & Erich Logan take the song to the big room on their remix.
Basil "City streets" (2011 Remixes)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)
End of July we introduced you to DJ Oji's incredibly infectious yet sexy remixes of Basil's 1998 classic "City streets" built around remorseless Brazilian/Carnival flavored tribal-esque rhythms, now only two weeks later this already massive release gets even stronger with the addition of Tomoki Tamura's deeper than deep mixes taking the track to yet another level... not to forget to mention the timeless Kerri Chandler mixes from back in the day.
Seb Skalski featuring Donna Hidalgo "Crossroads of love" (Purple Music CD Promo)
Up and rising polish producer Seb Skalski teams up with singer Donna Hidalgo for "Crossroads of love", an uplifting production featuring Donna Hidalgo's unmistakable powerful vocals alongside warm melodious keys over a disco-funk flavored backing. Ray Paxon adds his beloved deep touch to the track, while Carlos Vargas' fiery funked-up version features a killer organ. Finally Groove Cocktail serve an uber cool deeply thumpin' workout fueled with delicious keys and chords.
TnT Inc. featuring Diamondancer "Shimmy shake" (Purple Tracks CD Promo)
The duo of Fabio Tosti and Francesco Tarantini return under their TNT Inc. disguise with "Shimmy shake", a merciless afro-tribal stomper featuring a catchy piano, jazzy saxophone and inspirational spoken words by Detroit based poet/songwriter/artist Carolyn Ferrari, better known as Diamondancer. The package features five equally great variations guaranteed to rock the floor.
Ben Westbeech "Something for the weekend" (Part 1)(Strictly Rhythm CD Promo)
The Enzyme Black (Danny J Lewis) produced "Something for the weekend" is a taster for what's to come on Ben Westbeech's second long player "There's more to life than this" in a couple of weeks. The original version is simply beautiful and oozes with a gorgeous timeless vibe, reworked into a brilliant jazzed-out broken beat affair by Gerry Read. Next are a dub step remix by Roska and an old school UK-Garage tinged remix by Ben Westbeech's alter ego Breach. Watch out for part two which will include remixes by Joey Negro.
Andy Holder presents UK Underground Frequencies "Dancehall funk" (Part 2)(Nuwavonic Records CD Promo)
Here we have part two of label head Andy Holder's "Dancehall funk" which marked the return for Nuwavonic Records after a four and a half year hiatus in early July. Both the remixes by Ed Melconian (under his Undertone and DJ $ki guises) and Andy Holder himself will guarantee jam-packed floors thanks to their raw underground-esque feel and relentless rhythms.