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Gabriel Rene featuring J. Soul "Spirit" (SoulFuric Records CD Promo)

Image SoulFuric return with a terrific release by Gabriel Rene. Featuring a heartfelt vocal by J. Soul, "Spirit" is soulful house at its best, with Guy Robin turning out a classic styled remix loaded with lovely strings, melodic keys and jazzy sax, all perfectly arranged over a funk oozing backing. Doruk Ozlen takes the track to deeper grounds, turning out a wonderful interpretation on a laidback tip, while Ray Jones serves a deep hypnotic affair featuring mesmerizing chords over a thumpin' groove. Completing the package is John 'Julius' Knight who turns out a stompin' peak time monster loaded with catchy synths.


Ralf GUM "Kissing strangers" / "If no harm" (Remixes)(GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

Image The latest offering from GoGo Music brings you not to be missed remixes of two of their previous releases. Swiss DJ Le Roi takes on "Kissing strangers" by Ralf GUM (featuring singer Monique Bingham) and turns it into a soulfully groovin' affair featuring lovely jazz-funky flavors. For the dub, he teamed up with Ray Jones, with the result being a deep captivating affair featuring phat keys and chords. Ralf GUM's "If no harm" (featuring singer Rachel Claudio) comes in a great variety of remixes, with German Roed Svensk turning out a smoothly groovin', soulful yet funky version, while Ralf GUM teams up with South American team RyB to deliver a deep laidback interpretation. Rafael Yapudjian 's (one half of RyB) goes as deep as it gets while keeping it silky and smooth. Also included is an eclectic broken beat version by Devo Shun.

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Exclusive Review: DJ Jaycee does it again and takes on another wonderful song from Conya Doss. "The one" is lifted from her "Love rain down" album and is on a soulful, funk drenched down tempo tip. DJ Jaycee keeps the feel of the original alive while adding a subtle yet captivating groove underneath the original to create an uplifting interpretation (CD-R).

Alton Miller's "Higher" is a hypnotic affair with an organic touch that is built around a deep, relentless drum groove, wicked vocal chants and mesmerizing synth chords. Bradford James' 'Seed in the City Space Edit' takes it to the next level, further intensifying the vibe - highly recommended (Seed Records CD Promo). With the "Foul Tracks EP (Memoirs from the Bay)" by Groove Victim (aka Jay Brown), Soul Oasis present a slammin' release featuring four not to be missed tracks coming from the deepest underground, all guaranteed to send the crowd into a frenzy with their old skool flavored grooves and phat keys and chords, altogether spreading a resistless vibe on the dance floor (CyberJamz Records CD Promo). Joe Rizla presents his brand new label Seeds of Rhythm Records which starts off with a bang with their premiere release. "Seeds of rhythm" is pure deep house madness, using an absolutely irresistible percussion enriched afro tribal groove as foundation for lush keys and wicked vocal chants. The 'Percussion Tek Chant Mix' features spaced-out synths , while the 'Tribal Beat It Mix' afro-tribal groove and percussion elements (Seeds Of Rhythm Records CD Promo).

The "Rass Out EP" by Altered Native (aka Danny Yorke) brings you two massive tracks. First up is "Rass out", a rather simple track that nevertheless creates a hypnotic feel through the heavy funk soaked groove and percussion elements. "Bullet blade knuckle slap" is a deep, twisted broken beat track topped with spacy synths, remixed by Souled who turn it into a smooth deep house track with sweet chords (Fresh Minute Music Records CD Promo). "Give it to me" by Rasmus Faber features a sensitive vocal by Dyanna Fearon over a funk oozing backdrop that is enriched with classic strings and wicked synths. The 'Smoother Mix' relaxes the vibe to give it a laidback touch, while the 'Dub Mix' is a gritty electronic affair perfect for the main room. Wamdue Project rework the track into a captivating deep house affair featuring melodic spaced-out synth chords, while Spiritchaser use bubbling synths and a stompin' groove to create a peak time favorite (Farplane Records CD Promo).

"Twin street" by David Crops is soulful and laidback, featuring lush synth chords alongside jazzy piano and sublime vocals by Marina Claire. Spiritual Blessings rework the track into a deep yet soulful affair, while Mr. Fuzz is firing things up with his funk injected version. For a deep, underground-ish vibe check N'Dinga lovely remix. The bonus track "Feel my deep" is a deep jazzy track spreading a hypnotic vibe (Nu Deep Music Records CD Promo). Andy Holder teams up with An-Tonic for "Pleasure dome", a feel-good anthem guaranteed to take dance floors by storm thanks to the uplifting spoken words by An-Tonic, wicked synths and fierce backing. The 'Pleasure Dub' goes deeper and adds jazzy organ stabbs, with the stompin' 'Deep Dub' being even deeper to give the track a moody feel. Richard Earnshaw's remix is a deeply bumpin' affair built around an infectious groove (Guess Records CD Promo).

Glenn Gregory and Kinsella team up once more to present "Your love" as the A&G Project, the follow up to their previous smash "Love has gone". "Your love" is a smooth yet fierce production based around a relentless percussion enriched groove that is topped with Kinsella's passionate vocals, classic strings and jazzy keys (iMusic Underground Records CD Promo). Marissa G presents the beautiful "Head to the sky", a gorgeous production where Marissa G's passionate vocals are accompanied by an intoxicating rhythms (with drums courtesy of Jason 'Jaycee' Fergusion) and captivating melodies from the hands of Jere McAllister. Demarkus Lewis contributes the remix, turning the track into a deep electrofied affair, with a wicked robotic effect added to the vocals that intensifies the vibe to the max (Juicy Lucy Records CD Promo). DJ Dealer's "Is you is..." comes your way as an infectious slice of funked-up jackin' house with a jazzy edge, with Typhanie Monique providing uplifting vocals. Included in the package is also a super cool scat vocal and two dub versions (Look-At-You Records CD Promo).

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