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Jonny Montana featuring Stephanie Cooke "Our love" (Soulfulbeats Records CD Promo)

Jonny Montana featuring Stephanie Cooke - Our love One of the highlights from this years WMC in Miami is now available in its full glory, including additional mixes, making this an essential purchase. Jonny Montana and Stephanie Cooke collaborated in the past on masterpieces such as "One 4 me", "Love again" and "I owe U", and now for the debut release for UK based Soulfulbeats Records they team up again to present "Our love" - and what can we say, when these two come together, the result is always magic! Matt Hughes combines the deeply felt vocals by Stephanie Cooke with delectable keys and jazzy sax, all perfectly arranged over a deeply groovin' backdrop (vocal, instrumental and beatless 'Ambient Mix' available). Neil MacLean uses an infectious 80's flavored groove (think of "Specialize in love") as basis for the vocals and mesmeric keys, while Powdersoul deepens the vibe on his remix laced with cool keys and chords. Jonny Montana contributes groovy, jazz drenched vocal and dub mixes, and Soul Renegades (Craig Smith & Ricky Reid) complete the package with their deep melodious take.

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Just4Funk featuring Orlando Johnson "State of mind" (Just4Funk Records CD Promo)

"State of mind" by Just4Funk features passionate vocals and spoken words by Orlando Johnson and comes in a variety of slammin' versions to choose from. Andrea Carissimi's fiery 'Tube Remix' is funky as hell and features killer keys and organ play, with the 'Funk Remix' somewhat relaxing the vibe. Jonny Montana & Craig Stewart inject their unmistakable organic jazzy sounds, while D-Reflection serve a funk infused stomper guaranteed to get the crowd moving.

Exclusive Preview: Carlos Vargas "Disco rouge" (Feel Good Rework)(CD-R)

We are proud to present you this exclusive from Carlos Vargas (from the Deep & Soul Project) titled "Disco rouge", a funktified yet jazzy Disco fueled production built around a smoothly stompin' groove that is enriched with lovely guitar, warm keys and a marvelous saxophone which altogether create a laidback summery feeling.

Gene_Leone_Mix "Summer groove" (Gene Leone Music CD Promo)

When you listen to Gene Leone's "Summer groove" and close your eyes, you will imagine being on a beach, having a drink and enjoy live... The laidback "Summer groove" uses a sweet percussion driven groove as playground for balearic guitar, gorgeous keys and chords and sublime male vocals to create this feeling, a feeling you wish would never end...

Simon Grey & Dave Storm featuring Nathalie Dorra "Signs" (Ceremony Records CD Promo)

Australian producer and keyboard player Simon Grey teams up with DJ and producer Dave Storm and singer Nathalie Dorra to present to wonderful organic soulful anthem "Signs" which oozes with heartfelt vocals and luscious keys over a funk drenched backing. The remixes are courtesy of Pete Gust & Lefthander who give the track a lovely Balearic touch, Deep Josh who fires things up on his bass heavy dub and Ricky Inch who serves an uplifting funked-up rework.

Exclusive Preview: SoulBasics featuring Kyla Sexton "Rest your mind" (Grooveland Music Records CD Promo)

An exclusive preview back in January, the label now has sent us a copy of the full release. This is something a little bit different from Grooveland Music, but once you hear this beauty by SoulBasics you'll understand why the label signed it - "Rest your mind" is a wonderful piece of music that will stand the test of time. Featuring a masterly orchestration and outstanding vocals by Kyla Sexton, "Rest your mind" is available in a marvelous neo soul version, as splendid jazzy jam and an up-tempo jazzy groover as well as remixes by DJ Kull and DJ Nayre Wyclef who both contribute magnificent interpretations. Pure musical bliss - don't miss to check it out.

Exclusive Preview: Gianni Junior "Edits & Mixes" (CD-R)

"The game of love" by Carlos Santana featuring Michelle Branch, "Wanna be loved" by Jill Scott, "Good morning" by John Legend and our favorite "Be lonely" by Mario Biondi all get reworked Italy's Gianni Junior who stays respectful to the original songs when transforming them for the soulful house floors using smooth 4/4 backdrops which lead the way for the original vocals and instrumentation.

Christos Kedras "Lets funky" (Kapa Music Records CD Promo)

The uber cool "Lets funky" is taken from Christos Kedra's upcoming "Full Spectrum" long player, and what you get here are finest jazz-funk vibes. The lively 'Jammin Session Mix' is as funky as it gets, while the 'Broken Mix' pays tribute to old school breaks. Diesler adds a happy piano hook and discofied beats, while DJ Reeplee blesses us with a jazz-funk soaked four-to-the-floor thumper. Lastly, Simeon Belle contributes a delicious deep house workout with a funky twist.

Orienta-Rhythm featuring Joi Cardwell "Happy" (2010 Remixes)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)

"Happy" by Japanese production trio Orienta Rhythm was originally released in June 2008 and features songstress Joi Cardwell, being a feel good production guaranteed to have the people raise their hands and sing along in its original form. Right in time for the upcoming summer, KingStreet presents uplifting remixes by Timmy Vegas who uses strings and horns together with an infectious Disco-Funk soaked groove to create sure fire dance floor winners. Next there is a killer dub by the team of Timmy Vegas and DeepCitySoul taking the track to deepest grounds, with moody keys creating a mesmeric feel you can't resist to dance to.

Yass featuring Francine E Murphy "Secret" (Code Red Records CD Promo)

Already a favorite with many DJ's when included on the "Code Red Miami Sampler 2010", the uplifting "Secret" by Frenchman Yass features outstanding vocals by Francine E Murphy alongside classy keys over a funked-up groove in the 'Classic Mix'. The 'Main Mix' and 'Dub Mix' take the track to the main room, while DJ Slider relaxes the vibe on his deepened take. Rocco injects the track with his unmistakable warmth and deepness, while finally DJ Spen & Irvin Madden serve a relentless slice of Baltimore tech-soul.

Souldynamic featuring L.T. Brown "Body music" (Part 1)(Purple Music Records CD Promo)

Three decades after the timeless "Body music" by the Strikers took dance floors all over the world by storm (lucky you who got the original 12" release on Cesaree Records), Souldynamic present a fresh interpretation with vocals by L.T. 'The Voice' Brown over a funky as hell, old skool flavored backing reminiscent of the original. Their 'Bigga Mix' gives the track a modern 4/4 twist, while Alfredo Azzetto, Davide Fiorese & Sisco and Mark Grant each add their unique touch.

Nightrhymes featuring Tasita D'Mour "Keep on pushing" (Part 1)(Purple Music Records CD Promo)

Nightrhymes' "Keep on pushing" is energetic yet soulful, featuring captivating vocals by Tasita D'Mour alongside wicked synth hooks over a contaminous backdrop. Aaron Ross goes seriously deep on his remix, while Deep Josh's 'In The Lounge Remix' is a wonderful laidback acid-jazz rework. Also included are a main room remix by Justin Michael and an electronic version by Gabri Corona.

Aphreme "Underground Society EP" (Octave Moods Records CD Promo)

Beside producing timeless vocal productions, Aphreme also is a master of resistless deep house grooves as this EP proves. Each of the three included tracks takes you on a journey into old school tinged deep house, featuring gorgeous melodies created by lush chords, with some acid elements thrown in for good measure. Quality from beginning to the end.

Various "Chicago EP 2" (Smooth Agent Records CD Promo)

Smooth Agent Records present the "Chicago EP 2", and as its predecessor this release features tracks from different producers, showcasing the different flavors of Chicago house. "A space" by Gene Hunt featuring D Griff is a s splendid conga driven late night thumper, while Sean Smith serves a slice of deep hypnotic tech-soul with "Left 4 dead". South of Roosevelt get raw and gritty on the deep "To be somebody", while "Colorflash" by Mel Hammond is a 135 bpm fusion of acid with soca - its unique and novel. Bai-ee teams up with Dirty Turk for the melodious yet laidback "Yeah yeah", with Bruce Ivery's Disco infused "OMDSMS" rounding the package off.

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