Music Reviews

review logoA plethora of new music was sent our way this week, only the best made it into this weeks extra-large update... enjoy !!

Steal Vybe featuring Shota "Memories" (Ocha Records Promo)

Forthcoming to Ocha Records is this incredible slice soulful deepness by Steal Vybe (Chris Forman & Damon Bennett) entitled "Memories". Indisputably, "Memories" using verily intriguing deep rhythms as foundation for the unique vocal stylings of South Africa's Shota (Mnqobi Mdabe) and downright mesmerizing celestial synth melodies is guaranteed to send the dancers into a frenzy.

ReelSoul, Groove Junkies, Solara "For those who know" (MoreHouse Records Promo)

Unquestionably, MoreHouse Records deliver the goods with "For those who know" by ReelSoul (William Rodriquez), Groove Junkies (Evan Landes) and Solara. Quite simply, this unadulterated slice of underground house music oozing with Solara's unrivaled alluring vocals, sublime jazzy keys, mellifluous chords reminiscent of Kool & The Gang's all-time classic "Summer madness" and gentle yet enthralling deeply bouncin' rhythms is sheer musical bliss...

Ambrosia "Happy" (Remixes)(Shelter Records Promo)

Back in summer of 2016, Shelter Records gave us  "Happy" by songstress extraordinaire Ambrosia, a phantasmagorical soulful track produced by Freddy Sanon and Tyron Payton. Now this timeless soulful gem returns in brilliant remixes by Doug Gomez, Tyrone Francis, John Crockett and Mike Gainous & Tyrone Payton all adding their signature soulful touch, thereby taking the track to next level and making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version.

Distant People featuring Mpho "Fight" (Slapped Up Soul Promo)

To be released soon on Slapped Up Soul is "Fight" by Distant People (aka Joey Silvero) and South African songstress Mpho. To cut right to the chase, "Fight" is a truly glamorous slice of soulful bliss oozing with Mpho's incomparable emotive vocals, luxurious keys, ethereal chords and a compelling organic backdrop. The 'Magic Soul Mix' which introduces catchy jazzy keys and arresting thumpin' rhythms is a sure-fire prime-time favorite.

Blue Magic "Your love is magic" (AceBeat Music Promo)

Legendary Blue Magic (one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970's) are back in proper style with the Derrick Ricky Nelson produced "Your love is magic", beyond the shadow of a doubt this inspiring verily soulful yet spell binding production fusing Blue Magic's one-of-a-kind r&b tinged vocals with grand jazzed-up keys and a fervid funked-up musical backing will cast a spell on you.

DJ Pope presents "Sound of Baltimore Vol. II" (POJI Records Promo)

In summer of 2016, we were celebrating "Sound of Baltimore Vol. I", finally the wait is over and the second installment has arrived. Included in this dope package are fresh and blazin' hot remixes of tracks previously released on the label: First up we have DJ Pope's intriguing 'Sound of Baltimore' re-imagination of "Beautiful people" by Glass Slipper, next is Andrea Curato's glorious soulful take on "Intentions" by Cortney LaFloy, and last but not least Kasper Burnstein transforms "Show ya" by Smok into fierce dance floor weapon.

Soulbridge featuring Emily Coy "Nothing wasted" (HSR Records Promo)

"Nothing wasted" is the eleventh track taken from the highly anticipated forthcoming album by Italian DJ/producer Soulbridge (Gigi Frassanito). Most definitely, "Nothing wasted" which features the inimitable sultry vocals of Emily Coy, melodious keys, lovely guitar riffs, precious horns and glamorous chord progressions over a captivating funktified backdrop is top-notch soulful house music.

Lee Wilson "Go to love" (Part 1)(Check It Out Records Promo)

After many successful collaborations with the likes of Kelvin Sylvester, Sterling Ensemble and Kenny Dope (to name just a few), Lee Wilson is presenting his debut solo release "Go to love" produced by U-Key aka Yuki Kanesaka. Most certainly, "Go to love" is an expertly crafted soulful gem featuring Lee Wilson's unmistakable haunting vocals alongside exquisite keys, classy horns and a contaminous organic backdrop. Watch out for remixes by Richard Earnshaw to be included on part two.

Thamza & Mr Rantsho featuring Blax "Skips a bit" (Organized Noize Recordings Promo)

We welcome Organized Noize Recordings to Spirit of House with "Skips a bit" by Thamza and Mr Rantsho, an uber cool production built around a lively organic backing groove, delectable jazzed-up keys and the distinctive tempting vocals of Blax and Sabrina. Next to the main vocal version, the release includes a wicked 'ONR Dub' that is stripping back on the vocals while introducing enchanting synth melodies.

Bonus Review #1: DJ Said "No solution" (Remixes)(Fatsouls Records Promo)

Ten years ago, Fatsouls Records released "No solution" by DJ Said, an excitatory afro house track featuring spoken words by DJ Said and Capitol A. Now the track returns in fresh remixes by Hideo Kobayashi who serves an energetic afro workout, Capitol A who delivers a beautiful laidback latinesque rendition, Coflo who contributes both a fierce afrobeat influenced rendition as well as a mesmerizing afro-deep remix, and lastly an entrancing afro-tech flavored reprise by DJ Said.

Bonus Review #2: DJ Bluetooth "On you" (Exemplary Music Makerz Promo)

We are closing this weeks update with the splendorous "On you" by South African DJ/producer DJ Bluetooth released through Exemplary Music Makerz. Not much needs to be said or written about this gorgeous release other than "On you" which combines heartfelt male vocals with delightful keys and smooth yet irresistibly thumpin' organic rhythms comes highly recommended.

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