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Doctor M "Park Jam" (Dancers DelightSeries)(Needs Records One-Sided 12")

Behind Doctor M is Needs' very own Marek Bartkuhn who presents this fantastic production that cleverly injects parts of the Montana Sextett classic "Who needs enemies" to create a boogie-esque disco-house extravaganza that features a funky groove, crunchy beats, bubbling bassline, spheric keys and hot guitar licks. The result is an absolutely outstanding track with reminisces to the good old days of disco that will make your feet move.

 

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Anané "Amazing love" (Vega Records 12")

Louie Vega produced and mixed this Blaze co-written track, that is on laidback vibe featuring copious jazz solos from the musicicans that include Josh Milan, Joe Claussell and Selan among others. Latin perussion, warm chords and smooth beats take you on a nearly twelve minute journey. The instrumental is on a dreamy latin jazz house tip, with the dub intensifying the latin flavor.
 

Amel Larrieux "For real" (Bootlegg 12")

Beautiful mixes of Amel Larrieux's "For real" courtesy of Jason B can be found on this booty, giving the song a deep feeling through the mellow bumpin' groove and melodic keys used. Four variations can be found, all equally good and paying justice to the soulful vibe of the original.
 

83 West presents Kenny Bobien "When" (Home Records 12")

The follow up to the successful "A new day" by Stephanie Cooke is another great 83 West production featuring the legendary Kenny Bobien on vocals over a smoothly stompin' groove added with a deep bubbling bassline and warm keys. Karizma provides a tougher dub with a funky edge and catchy keys, while Jon Cutler turns out a driving garage interpretation with melodic keys.
 

Marlon D "Taste" (NY Soul Records CD Promo)

NY Soul has established itself as a label focussing on soulful house music, with only a handful of releases so far, but these have given them lots of recognition all over the world. With "Taste" by New York producer and DJ Marlon D, they continue this tradition with a deep production featuring a strong vocal over a bubbling groove that comes complete with a rumbling bassline, melodic keys and an oustanding organ ride on the 'UC Deep Smooth Mix', with the 'UC Tough Mix' spicing the groove up with crisp beats, giving the track a more powerful and sharp edge. Also included is the 'UC Organ Dub' taking that organ ride to the limit.
 

SE:SA featuring Erin "In my life" (Do The Hip Records CD Promo)

Se:Sa aka Serhat Sakin is one half of Syke'N'Sugarstarr. "In my life" is the long awaited follow up to "All together" and features an amazing vocal performed by Erin (tragically, she passed away recently). The original vocal and dub mixes feature stompin' beats and both warm and spacey keys together with a soulful vocal, creating an uplifting feeling. The Syke'N'Sugarstarr mix is a pumpier affair with funky bassline and rock guitar, destined for the bigger rooms.
 

Shik Stylkö & D'Stephanie featuring Melissa "We won't fall" (RealBasic Records CD Promo)

RealBasic artists Shik Stylkö and D'Stephanie team up for "We won't fall" featuring the sexy and soulful voice of Melissa. D'Stephanie's mix comes with a funky edge thanks to the bassline and guitar, added with thumpin' beats and jazzy keys. In contract, Shik Stylkö delivers a powered up dub version with a driving groove, wicked keys and cool effects that is perfect for peaktime play. Swiss production team MoD use a fierce groove with smoothly stomping beats, lovely guitar and both jazzy and melodic keys to create a more laidback affair.
 

DJ Kawasaki featuring Karin "Blazin'" (NiteGrooves Records 12")

KingStreet continue their tradition of releasing soulful house music coming out of Japan. "Blazin'" by DJ Kawasaki is their latest discovery, a jazzy and deep production featuring a lively piano line, stellar organ riff and cool guitar together with the wonderful vocals by Karin. The instrumental strips the vocal to let the music do the talking, while the dub edit features an extra organ ride.
 

DJ Circle "This love is real" (RealBasic Records CD Promo)

DJ Circle is out of Munich/Germany and is just 19 years old. With "This love is real", he drops a groovy production with a catchy vocal hook, smooth beats, funky bassline and warm keys. There is a tougher dub version with sharp beats and spaced-out keys. Hardsoul provide the remix, featuring a bouncey groove and phat bassline together with lots of filtering effects and catchy keys, with the result being perfect for peak time play.
 

Tyken featuring Darryl D'Bonneau "Don't ever stop dancing" (Trunkfunk Records CD Promo)

Trunkfunk Records is a brand new label out of Sweden presenting their first release courtesy of Tyken aka Fredrik Nyberg and Carl Ryden. "Don't ever stop dancing" features the soulful voice of Darryl D'Bonneau over a stompin' house groove added with a hot piano line and funky bassline, that together with the breakdowns create an irresistible feeling on the dancefloor.
 

Rue 5 "Two times" (Look-At-You Records CD Promo)

"Two times" is written and produced by Olivier Loubieres and features the voice of Yvonne Brown. His original mix features jazzy keys over a smoothly thumpin' groove that together with the wonderful vocal spread a laidback feeling. The remix is courtesy of Juke Joint (aka DJ Dealer and DJ Sense) and gives the track a different outfit based on a phat groove with a funky edge and added with wicked keys.
 

Tiger Stripes "The vulture" (Main Mix)(ROCit Records One-Sided 10" Test Pressing)

Sweden's Mikael Nordgren is on a move at the moment with yet another phat production that shoul be available soon including remixes by Ray Roc and Kevin Graves. With "The vulture", he brings us a bangin' afro house track with a pure tribal groove topped with wicked keys and male chants, that takes on where the Africanism releases left off. One to set the dancefloor on fire.
 

Yves La Rock "Zookey (lift your leg up)" (Yellow Records 12")

Finally this great track has been given a full release with new mixes courtesy of Bob Sinclar under the Africanisam series on Yellow Records (for more mixes, check out the release on the swiss Map Dance label). These new mixes intensify the vibe of the original and come complete with a brand new vocal and gutiar, supporting the irresistible steel drums that are layed over a tribalish beat.
 

Various "Heartbeat: Julius Papp" (Loveslap Records CD)

Hot on the heels of the first volume mixed by David Harness comes volume two mixed by Julius Papp. This mixed compilation is equally at home on the dancefloor, in the car or on your mobile player so you can have house music with you everywhere you go. Featuring tracks from Marlon D, Passiornardor, Movido, Quentin Harris, Deep Sensation, Blaze, Connie Harvey and more, this CD showcases Julius Papp's talents as a programmer and gives you an idea what you can expect at his residency, the monthly Foundation party in San Francisco.
 

Classic Reviews

Ebony Soul "I can hardly wait" (EightBall Records 12", 1993)

Victor Simonelli with a classic underground production, featuring an irresistible deep groove and wicked keys.

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