As usual, we bring you only on the best and latest in soulful house music... enjoy !!
Hardsoul "All there is" (Tribe Records CD Promo)
Netherlands house music veterans DJ Roog and Greg Van Bueren, collectively known as Hardsoul, make their debut on Tribe Records with "All there is", a fervid production featuring the emotive vocal stylings by Simon Grey and Mitch Crown alongside tempting synth melodies and jazzy piano over a fiercely pulsating backdrop. South Africa's John Lundun contributes a superb soul oozing remix which combines the beautiful vocals with classy horns, sublime jazzed-up keys, lush chords and lively truly captivating rhythms.
Marc Cotterell featuring Karl The Voice "The land" (Plastik People CD Promo)
Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Plastik People grace us with yet another masterly collaboration from Marc Cotterell and vocalist Karl The Voice entitled "The land". Thrilling afrotastic rhythms lead the way for luscious keys, grand live saxophone by Johnny Vasquez and the unmistakable deeply felt vocals by Karl the Voice - quite simply "The land" is a marvelous slice of soulful house music having timeless written all over... Andy Soul gives the song a deeper feel on this stunning dub version enriched with entrancing keys and chords.
Those Boys "Adaptation" (Do It Now Recordings CD Promo)
Only a few weeks after we introduced you to the wonderful "Proud and free", South Africa's Those Boys return with "Adaptation", a magnificent organic production using gentle yet infectious rhythms as playground for exquisite keys, sweet guitar and inspiring vocals - sheer musical bliss. M60 and Big Al both contribute wicked deep house workouts spreading a mesmerizing feel guaranteed to cause a frenzy on the dance floor, and last but not least there is a beautiful lounge mix by Marco Finotello.
Luka featuring Mz Jay "Part of me" (FOMP CD Promo)
South Africa's DJ/producer Luka and songstress Mz Jay are back with "Part of me", a super delicious deep house gem guaranteed to put a spell on you thanks to relentlessly thumpin' tribal-percussive rhythms, Mz Jay's spirited lyricism and inebriant melodies. On remix duty are At One who deepens the vibe on his stripped back utterly hypnotizing dub workout, and Yusuke Hiraoka who adds his signature deep'n'melodious touch.
Hanna Hais "J'en reve" (Atal Music CD Promo)
It has been a while since we introduced you to new music from Hanna Hais, but thankfully the wait is over and she is back with the Alex Finkin produced "J'en reve", the first single from her forthcoming third solo album. To cut a long story short, "J'en reve" is an ingenious truly lascivious journey to deepest imaginable grounds, with deeper than deep utterly spell binding rhythms in combination with enchanting melodies and Hanna Hais one-of-a-kind sultry vocals spreading a mesmerizing feel you can't resist to dance to.
Exclusive Preview: Soule "The makings of you" / "Midnight at the oasis" (In the Zone Entertainment CD Promo)
Coming soon to a download store near you are these superb unreleased Neal Conway remixes of mind-blowing re-imaginations of unforgettable classics which are performed in grand style by up-and-coming vocalist Soule. First we have a remake of Gladys Knight's version of Curtis Mayfield's "The makings of you", second a remake of Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the oasis". What else can we say than these remixes are truly phenomenal, oozing with Neal Conway's beloved and unrivaled eclectic underground flavored sound, featuring an impressive orchestration including fantastic guitar solos by Marshall Booze and luxurious piano solos by Paul Onheiser. By no means to be missed.
Mind Street featuring Andrea Love "Celebrate" (Remixes)(Stereo Flava Records CD Promo)
Stereo Flava Records present fresh remixes of "Celebrate" by French production outfit Mind Street and songstress Andrea Love, a feel-good production originally released last year in June. Mind Street's 'Funky Mix' is one hell of a funky gem, with an irresistible funk soaked backdrop leading the way for Andrea Love's uplifting vocals and warm melodious keys. Shane D serves a lively re-rub fueled with lush keys perfect for peak time play, Mark Di Meo delivers a smooth interpretation oozing with dulcet melodies, and finally there is Mind Street's beautiful 'Loving Piano Mix' perfect for chilling out.
Einstein "Just a little help" (Lilac Jeans Music CD Promo)
The first of two brand new releases from Lilac Jeans Music comes courtesy of Einstein, the duo of producer Robb Fitzgibbons and songwriter and vocalist LaVeda Davis. "Just a little help" is a wonderful soul oozing production which features LaVeda Davis incomparable seductive vocals alongside luscious melodies over deep thrilling rhythms. The remix is contributed by Lilac Jeans who add their magical melodious touch to take the track to the next level.
Lilac Jeans featuring Lee "Rise" (Lilac Jeans Music CD Promo)
The second new release on Lilac Jeans Music for this week is "Rise" by South African duo Lilac Jeans aka Linda Sikhosana (Menu) and Floyd Nkonyane (Floyd). The original version is a gorgeous broken bat flavored affair fueled with glamorous chords and grand jazzy piano, not to forget to mention Lee's spirited deeply rooted vocals. The 'Deep Edit' stays close to the original yet gives the track a proper deep house feel, making the track a sure-fire late night weapon.
Maurice Joshua featuring Joyce Hurley "We fall down" (Maurice Joshua Digital CD Promo)
Chicago's own Maurice Joshua and singer Joyce Hurley bring us a fantastic remake of Donnie McClurkin's "We fall down". The exquisite keys, the heavenly chords and the gentle four-to-the-floor rhythms together with Joyce Hurley's outstanding heartfelt vocals create an uplifting feeling guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Soulful house at its best. Nuff said.
Tristan "Keep on" (D-Reflection Remix)(Isolde Records CD Promo)
Uplifting summery vibes and rhythms is what you get with Dennis 'D-Reflection' Molema's grandiose remix of "Keep on" by Dutch band Tristan. Not much needs to be said or written besides the smooth yet spell binding funk drenched backing together with the classy horns, delectable keys and the passionate vocals creates a feel-good vibe guaranteed to make you yearn for more.
Exclusive Preview: Louie Vega & Jay 'Sinister' Sealee starring Julie McKnight "Diamond life" (Ibitaly Remix)(CD-R)
Ibitaly (Franco De Mulero & Alex Laviano) have been creating quite a buzz lately with their ingenious remixes and incomparable sound. Undeniably, their re-imagination of the 2002 house music all time classic "Diamond life" by Louie Vega & Jay 'Sinister' Sealee is going to become a classic itself as the combination of Julie McKnight's sultry vocals with the old school piano and sick bassline is truly amazing. Drop this and watch the dance floor erupt...
Best of the Rest
We are getting so many promos sent each and every week that many of them never get reviewed here on Spirit of House (for various reasons nota bene). However, as we want to make sure you are well informed what is happening, we have introduced this section where, every now and then, we will highlight other noteworthy releases...
Music Basket, the brand new sub-label of Do It Now Recordings, presents its inaugural release the formidable "Africa at Peace". Featured are six masterly productions by Those Boys, Shamrock, Koulz, Pete Gust featuring Sweet Anna, Tumi Mogorosi featuring Gabisile Motoba and K. Marchi. If you are looking for mellow and inspiring soul/jazz/nu-jazz inspired sounds on a lounge/chill-out tip, we highly recommend to check out this release (Music Basket CD Promo).
To make it short, the "Inception EP" by South African DJ/producer Raw Siqnal is a jaw-dropping truly eclectic deep house release guaranteed to put a spell on you, it is next to impossible to pick a favorite out of the four included tracks. Make no mistake and don't miss out on this serious deep house EP (Soulful Evolution Records CD Promo). We continue our journey through the deep with "Misfortunate", a silky smooth afro-deep production laced with ethereal pads and jazz tinged sax riff by DJ Shimmy Boy, a young talented producer hailing from South Africa. QuestionmarQ's remix takes the track into a deep tech-soul direction, giving it a slightly darker feel (Grooveboy Music CD Promo).
We are closing this weeks update with the first single taken from DJ Spen's upcoming long player, a track titled "Stranger" being supported by tastemakers around the globe. "Stranger" is a ruthlessly thumpin' track featuring wicked vocals from DJ Spen himself alongside a killer harmonica by Anthony 'Swamp Dog' Clark. Todd Terry adds his signature old school style, Damond Ramsey turns the heat up on his blazin' hot rework, and last but not least Todd Terry, DJ Spen & Thommy Davis bring us the old school inspired 'Gypsy Mix' (Unquantize Records CD Promo).