Picks of the Week

DJN Project and Duo Deep "Have a nice day" (Baldeloox Records CD Promo)

"Have a nice day" is an uplifting production by the DJN Project and Duo Deep (Scott Watson and Brizey) that is lifted from the forthcoming "Baldeloox and 3 Beers" album. It is a deep affair featuring sweet male vocals alongside lovely chords and horns over a bumpy groove that is guaranteed to keep the crowd movin'. The dub drops the vocals while adding some great funky flavors to give the track an even groovier vibe.

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Joe Rizla "Donna di mondo" (Black Keys Music Records CD Promo)

With "Donna di mondo", Joe Rizla presents a wonderful track built around a deep and smooth, percussion loaded backing groove that is enriched with a masterly performed piano, jazzy saxophone and melodic chords that altogether create a laidback yet captivating feeling. With the 'Dub Pass' and 'Percussion Mix' there are two great versions that strip the track of the beats and drums for an even more mellow vibe, while the 'Beat Me Dub' is all about the beats and drums and percussion.

Various "Summer Sampler" (iMusic Underground Records  CD Promo)

iMusic Underground bless us with some great releases this month (to pay tribute to the current season we call it "Summer Sampler"). First there is "Summer haze" by Charles (Chill 00) Mitchell and Drew Lockhart, a wonderful track on a laidback chill-out vibe featuring beautiful melodic keys and chords alongside male spoken vocals and words over a smooth, deeply thumpin' groove. The 'Stripped Down Mix' drops the spoken words, while both the 'L Mix' and 'M Dub' are great alterations with some nice changes added. "New day" by Zarmank is a marvelous deep house track featuring lush atmospheric synths and sweet percussion elements over a deeply rumblin' groove, while "Naive" by David Diginyah Timothy combines a deeply thumpin' groove with Disco tinged strings, lovely horns and warm melodies. Finally we have "Sereno do Brazil" by Sonny Joey Washington, a summery laidback track featuring a magnificent sax, melodic chords and animal noises making you feel you're in the middle of the jungle.

Ralf GUM "Uniting Summer EP" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

The "Uniting Summer EP" includes three tracks from Ralf GUM's highly acclaimed artist album "Uniting music", finally giving you the choice to enjoy these wonderful tracks in their full glory. "Searching" features singer Mike Avery who provides a heartfelt vocal over a smooth'n'soulful tribal groove that is enriched with sweet percussion and lush chords and comes your way in vocal, instrumental and beat versions. "Parabatu" is a fierce Latin house instrumental full of energy created by sweet percussion elements, phat rhodes and moog that together with the stormin' groove create a summery feel good vibe. The beats version is guaranteed to create a hypnotic feel on the dance floor. Lastly there is "Parachute" featuring a beautiful flute by Oliver Leicht over a slightly broken-beat styled groove that is enriched with dreamy keys and chords, with the overall vibe being on a laidback tip.

Mr. Fuzz featuring Jahmark "Don't you want me" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

On "Don't you want me", French Mr. Fuzz teams up with Jamaican Jahmark to present a gem that perfectly blends Jahmark's reggae styled vocals with his funk soaked house vibes, with the result being absolutely uplifting and catchy. Various remixes are included, with Rhody taking the track to deeper grounds, while Gramophonedzie fire things up on their stompin' interpretation. The Insatiables give the track a deeply stormin' outfit which features cool keys, while D3 turns the track into a Latin drenched tribal groover. Graig Steiner's dub is a deep electro tinged affair, followed by Mr. Fuzz' dub that goes as deep as it gets.

Elements of Life featuring Lisa Fischer & Cindy Mizelle "Into my life" (Vega Records Digital Download)

"Into my life" is being hammered by Elements of Life mastermind Louie Vega and a very few of his friends for quite some time now, but it will take some more weeks for the full vocal version to drop (currently there is word of an October release date). In the meantime, the dub mixes have been released, giving you a glimpse of what to expect from the vocal as both Lisa Fischer and Cindy Mizelle sing her heart out on these deeper than deep mixes that create an irresistible feeling. Digital downloads available at DanceTracks Digital.

Soulstar Syndicate featuring Michelle Weeks "Love 4 love" (Peppermint Jam Records CD Promo)

Peppermint Jam present a massive release with "Love 4 love" by the Soulstar Syndicate featuring the legendary Michelle Weeks who provides an uplifting vocal performance. This package includes thirteen mixes, offering something for every occasion, may it be for opening up the party, for peak time, for late night / early morning play or for the deeper moments - with mixes by the likes of Samir Maszlo, Jorge Martin, DJ Tekin, Soul Buddha and Claudio di Carlo to name just a few.

DJ Felix featuring Carol Jiani "Love U so" (Davide Loi Funk Spirit Remix)(Ouzz Productions CD Promo)

French producer DJ Felix teams up with the legendary Disco diva Carol Jiani to present the powerful "Love U so", an ode to Disco music coming your way in slamming ' Funk Spirit' remixes by Davide Loi who turns the track into a resistless dance floor stomper spiced with classic Disco-funk flavors that altogether with the feel-good vocals are guaranteed to have the dancers raise their hands. Go to DJ Felix' MySpace page for details on how to get your copy.

Exclusive Preview: Eddie Nicholas "Carry on" (CD-R)

Here we've got a remake of the 1995 Strictly Rhythm release "You make me carry on" by D.E.K. featuring the unmistakable voice of Eddie Nicholas, with background vocals supplied by Karla Brown. Eddie Nicholas decided to get back to the studio to re-do the song as the first time around it did not get the recognition it deserves. The remake is a fierce affair running at over 130 beats per minute, with beautiful keys accompanying the passionate vocals,  while the deep old-skool flavored groove adds a real underground touch. Japan's Taka Boom provides a great remix that is even more energetic and features great jazz-funky flavors alongside classic strings and wicked synths that give this remix a slight Disco edge.

From the Vault: Dwayne Scott "That girl" (Underground Vocal Mix)(DMS Records 12")

This cover of the Stevie Wonder classic was released back in 1993 on indie label DMS Records and is a pure underground classic that got remixed by Neal Conway and Geard Young. I remember that I couldn't get this release in Switzerland, so I had to pick my copy up at Vinylmania Records in New York (a legendary store that sadly closed it doors last year).

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