Picks of the Week
WMC Fallout: Studio Apartment featuring Monique Bingham "Found him" (New World Records Japan CD-R)
WMC Fallout: Studio Apartment featuring Deborah Bond "Something between" (New World Records Japan CD-R)
When talking to people in Miami during the WMC, many mentioned "Found him" as their tune of the conference. This song sees Studio Apartment and Monique Bingham in top form, delivering a beautiful piece of music. "Found him" feastures a brilliant jazz piano over a percussion enriched funktified groove that is nothing less than relntless, with Monique Bingham's vocal performance being simply outstanding, adding a magical touch to the song. Another hot production from Studio Apartment is "Something between" featuring a passionate vocal by Deborah Bond over an ireesistibly stormin' groove that is topped with great keys and a lovely piano, letting it spread a feel good vibe.
Various "SoulTonic Miami Sampler" (SoulTonic Mono Records CD Promo)
There is no doubt that SoulTonic will score big this year as their "Summer Sampler" (reviewed last week) and "Miami Sampler" demonstrate. Anto Vitale takes on Soulbasics' "Jazzelle" and turns it into a laidback affair perfect for chillin'. Mustafa sees his "Por causa de voce menina (Leo Cuenca Remix)" released, backed with two more great tracks. "Salvador" is a piece of laidback latinesque house with sexy female vocals, while "Ara" is on a jazz-funk vein featuring broken beat styled beats and male vocals. The Rhythm Kings present "Twisted", a deep'n'funky track featuring soulful male vocals and lovely keys alongisde a wicked organ ride. Richie Robinson gives it a darker feeling on his take.
Exclusive Review: Mista "Blackberry molasses" (J-ME vs Jason B Remix)(CD-R)
The older ones amongst us might remember this souful r&btrack from the 1996 released self-titled Mista album. J-ME and Jason B present a beautiful working that preserves the mellow feeling of the original while taking it straight to the dancefloor by adding a smoothly thumpin' tribal house beat, deeply rumblin' bassline and lovely keys.
Exclusive Review: Scott Wozniak featuring Dirty Turk "My light" (Sterlin Blu + Man-X Remix)(DeepHaven Music Records CD-R)
Exclusive Review: Carolyn Harding "Be with U" (Man-X + GA Rub)(DeepHaven Music Records CD-R)
The DeepHaven Music camp is on a roll at the moment, with many great releases to look out for in the coming months. Exlusively and directly from their studio we bring you two great reworkings. First Sterlin Blu and Man-X take on "My light" by Scott Wozniak featuring Drity Turk and use a deeply thumpin' groove that is enriched with classic strings and wicked keys to turn it into a laidback groover that features a brilliant percussion break in the middle. The next Carloyn Harding release "Be with U" gets the makeover from Man-X and Groove Assassin that takes it to deeper grounds, with stormin' beats leading the way for the soulful vocals and marvellous keys that give it a relentless vibe.
Steven Stone featuring Sybille "Don't get confused" (SoulFunk Digital Records CD Promo)
With "Don't get confused", Steven Stone presents a great production featuring a passionate vocal performance by Sybille over a smoothly stompin' backing groove that is enriched with lots of funky ingredients and warm melodic keys. The dub pumps things up, making it the choice for the bigger rooms, while the reprise drops the beats for the most time. The 'Terra Mia Remix' takes the track deeper, letting it spread a laidback feeling through the wonderful instrumentation, while Dom Navarra gives it a mellow vibe on his latin tinged interpretation.
WMC Fallout: Masterbuilders "Everything is" (Enrico Mantini's New Yorker Mix)(CD Promo)
This remix by Enrico Mantini was handed out in Miami as part of the "Miami Magic" CD sampler (by Open Bar Music and Baldeelox Records). The Masterbuilder's "Everything is" taken to new grounds here as Enrco Mantini gives it a powerful interpretation that keeps on funkin' from the beginning to the end, with stompin' beats leading the way for the sexy vocals and melodic keys.
Rasmir Mantree "I Feel Eclectic EP" (Mantree Records CD Promo)
Rasmir Mantree with yet another release exclusively available on digital download through various different stores (Stompy, AFROdesiaMP3 and Wasabeat in Japan). This EP includes the previously reviewed "X2C" andd "DaDa Mu Sa" as well as two new tracks: "Barefoot in the forest" is a deep tribalish house track featuring sweet percusison and a techy keys, while "Floorplay" is a deeply rumblin' funktified affair featuring male vocals along great strings.
Spin Science & Nighteyes "Flotsam & jetsam" (Cabrio Records CD Promo)
Spin Science & Nighteyes present a track perfect for the big rooms with "Flotsam & jetsam" as their original version comes with heavy basslines and and massive chords. Dave Storm gives it a shaper sounding with a techy edge, while Santi Touch smoothes it down to give it a deeper touch.
Protection "Deep drive" (Groove Sense Records CD Promo)
Behind Protection is Denis Gurgutsa who presents "Deep drive", a production combining a moody deep house groove with a jazzy saxophone and laminar keys in its original form. The 'Night Street Remix' powers up the groove to give it a more aggressive feeling. The 'Omen Remix' is on a progressive tip, while the 'Notea Project Remix' takes it to deeper, more laidback grounds.
Ronnie Ron "Diablo EP" (NY Soul Records CD Promo)
Ronnie Ron follows up his debut release "King Kong" for the label with the "Diablo EP" which features two different tracks. The title track "Diablo" is a deeply rumblin', tribalish affair that is spreading a hypnotic vibe through the male adlibs and relentless beat. The alternate 'Tribalish Mix' puts the percussion centerstage. The second track "Sleazy music" is on a deep tip, featuring spacey keys over a smooth percussion enriched groove. The 'NuBang Mix' reworks the beats by giving them a bangin' sound and gives the keys a smoother sound. Lastly the 'Sensai Style' version adds an old-school touch to it.