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Sandy Spady "Million to one" (Daddy Funk Records CD Promo)

Sandy Spady - Million to one Since Sandy Spady's "Million to one" landed on our desk, we must have been listening to it a million times... and we still couldn't pick our favorite mix as they are all simply outstanding. Sandy Spady blesses us with her heartfelt unmistakable vocals on this marvelous production - make no mistake this highly talented lady is going to be a future diva. Jonny Montana & Craig Stewart provide sheer musical bliss with their trademark organic jazzy rework, while Black Sonix (Justin Stride) contributes both a relentlessly deep Afro flavored tech-soul journey and a timeless old skool interpretation. Filin Brake delivers two uber cool mixes taking the song to deepest grounds, while Tony Loreto serves a peak time favorite destined to destroy the dance floors with killer keys and a resistless groove.

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Exclusive Preview: Vick Lavender featuring Nicole Mitchell "So lonely" (Sophisticado Records CD Promo)

Frequent readers and listeners of Spirit of House will be familiar with Vick Lavender, his talent and passion for music... not to forget to mention the versatility that can be heard in all of his vintage productions released over the years. "So lonely" shows us a more funky side of Vick Lavender, with the lively jazz-funk orchestration and inspiring vocals by Nicole Mitchell creating a timeless musical gem that is not to be missed.

'The Wizard' Brian Coxx featuring Manchildblack "Swagga" (Soulgasm Music CD Promo)

"Swagga" by 'The Wizard' Brian Coxx is a slice of pure underground house that is guaranteed to set the dance floors on fire thanks to the charismatic spoken word vocals by Manchildblack, phat keys and a deep mesmerizing groove. The 'Dub Mix' intensifies the afrocentric touch of the track, while the fiery' 'Soulgasm Dub' adds infectious jazzy keys to the game. Alias Rhythm contribute an electronic main room rework to the package.

DJ Hypnosis & ChrisIDH featuring Nickson "Something like this" (Consortium Muzik CD Promo)

Back in February, Consortium Muzik presented the wonderful "Make me love you" by DJ Hypnosis, now the follow up "Something like this" is here. For this production, DJ Hypnosis and ChrisIDH team up with singer Nickson whose impressive sensual vocals are combined with a deep laidback percussion enriched groove, luscious chords and grand piano. The package includes signature mixes from both DJ Hypnosis and ChrisIDH as well as two mixes they've done together. In addition, there is a splendid jazzed-up afrocentric instrumental by Kid Robbin taking you on a journey through deepest afro house vibes.

Avi Elman & Danny J featuring Mani Hoffman "Love is not for hire" (soWHAT Records CD Promo)

With "Love is not for hire", Avi Elman and Danny J continue their fruitful collaboration, featuring the incomparable Mani Hoffman on vocals. The funky as hell feel good 'Main Mix' will put a spell on you with its unequalled uplifting feel, while Black Coffee takes you on a mesmeric deep yet minimal Afro ride. UPZ deliver both a laidback groovy remix as well as a deeply thumpin' old school tinged version. Finally, there is DJN Project's percussively jackin' take oozing with glorious melodies.

White Soul Project "Ever love" (Duffnote Records CD Promo)

White Soul Project follow up last years smash hit "Give in" with "Ever love", featuring vocals courtesy of Wendy D. Lewis. The original version is a feel good affair built around a summery funk soaked backing that is enriched with sultry vocals and warm melodic keys. The 'Deep Voice Mix' and 'Deep Dub' take the track to deeper jazz oozing grounds, followed by Massimo Pelosi's pumpin' Disco-fied and laidback down tempo versions. Also included is the 'Soft Drink Mix', a celestial musical-pella.

Stereo Mutants featuring Neve "Turning around" (Duffnote Records CD Promo)

"Turning around" by the Stereo Mutants was originally featured on Duffnote's "WMC 2009 Sampler", now the label lets us enjoy the full treatment. "Turning around" is a deep relentless production fueled with great atmospheric synth melodies and haunting vocals by Neve that is taken to the next level on the fortified 'Deeper Dub'. The remixes are courtesy of Richard Earnshaw who relaxes the vibe on his sun drenched take and K-Bana whose deep tech-soul rework is simply delicious.

Deep Inc. featuring Rachel Claudio "Surely certainly" (Jaffa Music Records CD Promo)

Deep Inc. team up with the one and only Rachel Claudio for "Surely certainly", an uplifting production featuring deeply felt vocals and wicked keys over an intriguing backdrop. You can choose between various different remixes, ranging from Groove Assassin's bangin' main room version over Bertrand Dupart's deep minimal yet hypnotic take and Nicolas Vautier's fierce electro-funk workout to SoundQuest's seriously deep soul-tech interpretation.

Christian Alvarez featuring JoLeon Davenue "The way" (Salted Music Records CD Promo)

Christian Alvarez returns in fine form on Salted Music with "The way", a production featuring hip hop styled vocals by JoLeon Davenue alongside lush keys and jazzy trumpet on the soulful original take. Dutchican Soul inject an extra dose of funk, while both Deemah and Dave Mayer get deep on their respective remixes, each of them adding his unique touch to the track. A selection of classy dubs completes the package.

Exclusive Preview: Fabio Bacchini vs D-t3ch "Late Night Funk EP" (Mindtravel Records CD Promo)

The latest release on Mintravel Records, the "Late Night Funk EP", features four massive old school styled Disco-House tracks by Fabio Bacchini and D-t3ch. All four tracks are heavy funk hitters guaranteed to send the dance floor into a frenzy with their remorseless grooves and timeless Disco-Funk sounds. Simply drop these tracks to see the dancers go wild...

Exclusive Preview: Sandy Spady "Direct hit" (House Device Classic Remix)(Daddy Funk Records CD-R)

While we can't get enough of Sandy Spady's current "Million to one", we are proud to give you an exclusive preview of "Direct hit" which will be released later in the year. House Device deliver a classic workout of the track, using a smoothly stompin' funk drenched backing as playground for Sandy Spady's unmistakable vocals, jazzy keys, luscious chords and classic strings.

Exclusive Preview: Ellie Goulding "Starry eyed" (Darren Campbell Vox Dub)(CD-R)

Darren Campbell takes on Ellie Goulding's "Starry eyed" (taken from her recently released "Lights" debut album) and turns the track into a fiercely thumpin' yet smooth affair for the soulful house floors that oozes with luscious melodious and Ellie Goulding's captivating vocals, all nicely arranged over a relentless backdrop.

Exclusive Preview: Leigh Jones "Like a diamond" (Martin 'SuperSoul' Faltin Re-Rub)(CD-R)

The original version of "Like a diamond", a beautiful soul production full of emotion, is available through the "United we cure" compilation album (which features different artists paying homage to those who have had breast cancer or have been touched by it). Martin 'SuperSoul' Faltin respectfully reworks the song, with his interpretation being on a mellow 4/4 tip that always stays true to the original.

Various "RedSoul Unleashed and Unreleased Sampler" (Playmore Records CD Promo)

The three tracks on this lovely sampler are lifted from the "RedSoul Unleashed and Unreleased" mix album to be released later this year. You get the previously unreleased RedSoul remixes of Jody Watley's "Candlelight" and Colton Ford's "Losing my religion" as well as the contaminous Charles Dockins remix of the uplifting "It's alright" by RedSoul and singer RaShaan Houston.

Milty Evans featuring Evan Coleman "Purple swirls" (Whitebeard Records CD Promo)

"Purple swirls" by DJ Milty Evans (Uncle Milty) is a truly soulful affair, featuring gorgeous flute and sax solos alongside melodious keys over a deep funk soaked backing, altogether spreading a smooth yet captivating feel guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. The instrumental version drops the flute and sax to put the keys center stage.

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