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Exclusive Preview: Femi Kuti "You better ask yourself" (Mauritzio Baiocchi Remix)(CD-R)

Image At the beginning of the year, a remix contest was launched for Femi Kuti's "You better ask yourself" (lifted from his new album "Day by Day"), with the chosen remix to be featured next to other great remixes in a special CD & Vinyl limited edition. The song is a wonderful mellow afro beat track loaded with great horns and featuring Femi Kuti's incomparable voice, taken to the next level by Mauritzio Baiocchi who transforms the song into a fierce yet smooth afro house track that keeps the vibe and spirit of the original alive while adding enough punch to guarantee jam-packed dance floors.

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Mauritzio featuring Ady Thioune "JAAL" (Remixes)(Cabana Records CD Promo)

Mauritzio Baiocchi's irresistible afro-tribal track "Jaal" which features outstanding vocals by Ady Thioune gets the remix treatment by Marcelo Cruz and Justin Imperiale. Marcelo Cruz serves a deep laidback remix full of beautiful atmospheric melodies and jazzy keys, while Justin Imperiale's remix is all about the infectious drums and percussion elements that create a hypnotic feeling.

DJ Floy "Malimba" (Cabana Records CD Promo)

"Malimba" by DJ Floy is a stompin' afro-tribal track featuring male vocal chants and wicked synth melodies over a mesmerizing percussion driven groove. Logan Data Spirit reworks the track into a deep hypnotic affair featuring freaky synth chords, while Justin Imperiale gives the track a more laidback and deep afro feel spiced with sweet melodies.

DJ Aphreme "Faith" (Unified Records CD Promo)

"Faith" by DJ Aphreme (Martin Mamzer) is a great instrumental production featuring magnificent keys and contaminous snyth melodies over a laidback yet resistless backdrop - in other words, this is one of those tracks that will immediately catch you and bring a smile to your face.

Jay Tripwire featuring Boddhi Satva "Dema" (Grooveland Music Records CD Promo)

Jay Tripwire and Boddhi Satva team up for "Dema", an infectious deep house production on a techy edge featuring African chants courtesy of Boddhi Satva and wicked synth chords by Jay Tripwire over a relentlessly bouncin' backdrop, altogether creating a mesmerizing feeling. Watch out for remixes following later this year.

FCKS featuring Manchildblack "Magic" (KingStreet Records CD Promo)

New York based Japanese production team FCKS (Naotake Gunji & Go Kiryu) team up with Manchildblack for "Magic", a gorgeous tune featuring outstanding vocals by Manchildblack and killer keys by Alexi Marcelo, perfectly arranged over a deep laidback, funk drenched groove. Don't miss to check the 'Key Dub' which puts the blissful keys center stage to them create a captivating feeling. Simply wonderful.

DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul "Until we meet again" (Dolls Combers Remixes)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)

The 1996 Urban Soul classic "Until we meet again" which features the unmistakable voice of Roland Clark gets a second life in form of these beautiful remixes by Italy's Dolls Combers. Their 'Vocal Mix' is a funk soaked affair built around a fiercely groovin' backing that is enriched with warm melodic keys, while with the 'E-Expression Mix' they present a mesmeric journey into the darker side of deep house.

Danism featuring Heidi Vogel "From the Vaults EP" (Bargrooves Records CD Promo)

Danism (Dan Gresham & Dan Liquid) present an EP featuring unreleased material from their vaults, featuring up and coming vocalist Heidi Vogel. "Try" is an uplifting production on a classic tip featuring soulful vocals, jazzy keys and horns over a funk oozing backing, with David Harness taking the track to deeper hypnotic grounds while keeping the jazzy flavas alive. "Just let it happen" has a summery Balearic touch to it, again featuring beautiful soulful vocals, while "La la" is a simple yet effective feel good track topped with catchy "la la" chants.

Exclusive Preview: DJN Project featuring Nina B, Scott Wozniak & John Crockett "Tip it up" (CD-R)

In last weeks Spotlight Review, we had featured the DJN Project (Ruben 'Swift' Vidal & Rick 'Galactik' Wilkinson) with two of their recent productions, but didn't include "Tip it up" as we felt this uplifting gem deserves to be mentioned on its own. The track features soulful sexy vocals by DJN Project and Nina B. alongside lush keys and wicked organ play by Scott Wozniak and John Crockett over an infectious yet smooth backdrop, altogether spreading a feel good vibe.

Passionardor "Just thinking of you" (DEL Records CD Promo)

Passionardor (Mark Moore) follows his recent smash "There's a candle" with "Just thinking of you", a contaminous hands-in-the-air production on a retroesque Disco-Funk tip featuring funky bass and guitar, classic strings, jazzy flute and soulful vocals by Nicolette Street. The dub version gives the track a funked-up stompin' house outfit and drops the vocals, while Gregory Del Piero takes the track to deep house territory, giving it a somewhat techy edge.

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