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Stacey Mallory featuring Gerideau "Changes" (Iwanai Music Records CD Promo)

In May 2007, we gave you an exclusive preview of this uplifting production by Stacey Mallory which now has been picked up by Iwanai Music who release it complete with brand new remixes. "Changes" features a marvelous vocal by the legendary Gerideau over a deep'n'smooth backing groove that is enriched with a lovely piano, lush keys and great strings. The 'Underground Mix' toughens things up, taking it straight to way deeper grounds, with moody keys leading the way for the soulful vocals. On remix duty we have Fanatix and 83 West who both deliver awesome interpretations. Fanatix rework the track into a fierce, funk soaking garage gem that is spiced with phat keys and chords while 83 West smooth the vibe down a bit for a deep and laidback journey into melodious vibes.

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Sven Waschinski presents Lo Profundo Del Alma "Amazonas" (Zebra Zoo Records CD Promo)

Zebra Zoo Records follow up last years successful "Ipanema groove" with "Amazonas", a production by Sven Waschinski under the name of Lo Profundo Del Alma. The original version is a wonderful down tempo track perfect for chilling with its laidback tropical-latin flavors, with the 'Munich Suite Mix' being a sweet up-tempo house take on the track. Next is the 'UEBERFLUR Kayapo Edit', a stripped down tribal-ish reworking that creates a hypnotizing feeling, followed by Filta Freqz who turn the track into a funk drenched affair that keeps the tropical flavors intact.

Souled "Dancing on Holiday EP" (Fresh Minute Music Records CD Promo)

Souled are Ben Tidy and Adam Cooke who present the fresh and summery "Dancing on Holiday EP" which features four tasty productions. The title track is a funk soaked affair built around a somewhat dirty groove that is enriched with sweet percussion, melodic chords and a wicked Afro sample. "Rockeez" is a fierce track using a deeply thumpin' funktified groove as base for lush synth chords and wicked effects that make it a choice for the bigger rooms, while "Tilt" is a smooth yet powerful Latin house track which has a beautiful orchestral touch to it. Lastly there is" Bike chain", a mesmerizing tech-funk fusion that gets deep.

Various "Summer Vibes Sampler" (CodeRed Records CD Promo)

Now this is what we call a burnin' hot release!! This five track sampler of things to come from the CodeRed camp later this year is jam packed with tracks that are guaranteed to rock the dance floors. JoVonn goes deep and hypnotic on "Take a chance" which is pure underground house at its best, while Jamie Lewis reworks "It's so easy" by DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz featuring Ann Nesby into a deep late night masterpiece. "Life's so much better" by Sheila Ford comes in a fierce Abicah Soul version full of his trademark beats, strings and chords. Thommy Davis presents "Mars needs woman", a tough resistless track on a techy edge that will send the crowd into a frenzy. Lastly there is the unreleased 'DJ Spen's Wild West Xtra' "Whatcha gonna do" by Teddy Douglas featuring Margaret Grace.

280 West featuring Diamond Temple "I never knew" (Abicah Soul & Tony Loreto Remixes)(Phuture Sole Records CD Promo)

After the success with the remixes of "You remind me" (Kenny Carvajal featuring Swaylo), Phuture Sole once more commissioned Abicah Soul and Tony Loreto to remix one of their previous hits. This time its "I never knew" by 280 West which features Diamond Temple (with background vocals courtesy of Ray, Goodman & Brown) that has been given a wonderful makeover featuring classy strings and magnificent piano that harmonize perfectly with the incomparable vocals, all masterly arranged over a smooth yet deep and fierce, percussion enriched groove.

Melchyor A & Deep Y'All "Mind" (Razana Productions CD Promo)

Jean Yves Andrianirina (aka Melchyor A) and Eric Pazouda (aka Deep Y'all) team up for the relentless "Mind" which features a hot'n'sexy female spoken word over an irresistible Afro tribal beat that is enriched with sweet percussion and lovely chords and keys. Beside the main vocal version there are a slightly stripped down dub and a beats version, as well as the 'Melchyor A Hmida Dub Spoken" which is a groovy deep house reworking featuring lush synths.

Rasmir "Welcome 2 my club" (Mantree Records CD Promo)

The summer is hot as are the releases our man Rasmir is putting out at the moment. "Welcome 2 my club" features a wicked female spoken word by Koffee The Storyteller over a deeply rumblin', percussion enriched groove, with lovely chords and jazzy keys accompanying the vocals to create an intense vibe. The package includes the main vocal version alongside two great dub mixes.

Eternal Sunshine "Beautify me" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

Gotta Keep Faith present UK newcomers Eternal Sunshine and their wonderful "Beautify me" (lifted from the album "Permission to gyrate"). The - unfortunately very short - original is a wonderful blend of old school and new school elements of soul, funk, disco and house, resulting in an uplifting yet captivating vibe. As usual, the label blesses us with a varied package, with D3 delivering an old school tinged, smooth'n'funky rework, while Dee C'Rell goes deep on his Chicago flavored rework. Next are the Dolls Combers who go even deeper on their soulful take that features cleverly used acid elements, followed by Spiritual Blessings' deep melodic interpretation. Thedeepchords give the track a deep tech-soul outfit, while House Device serve a deeply groovin' version. Moscomusic present a funkily stormin', piano driven reworking while lastly Hookmaster Rio adds a stompin version to the package that toughens the vibe slightly.

DJ Kulbir featuring Daniel Thomas "Once I've been there" (Feelin' Music Records CD Promo)

DJ Kulbir and Daniel Thomas team up again to follow up their highly acclaimed "Love will find a way" with "Once I've been there", an incredible song that will catch you with the first listen thanks to the fantastic vocals by Daniel Thomas and the uplifting yet resistless Disco-funk flavored musical backing courtesy of DJ Kulbir and Ian Mckenzie. "Once I've been there" is a timeless production reminiscent of the glory days of Disco with the old-school horns string sections, the funk oozing groove and all the other elements added. The dub version strengthens the groove to further intensify the vibe while not let loose on the resistless Disco edge of the track. A gem with anthem written all over it.

Exclusive Preview: Filta Freqz "Let me know" (Dub Mix)(CD-R)

The Filta Freqz guys (Simon Cortez and Marco Manrique) return to Spirit of House with "Let me know", following up their massive "WMC 2008 Sampler". Here they present another hard hitting funky house gem that will please the crowd with an irresistible, funk soaked groove that is enriched with sweet percussion elements, catchy keys and lovely strings that altogether give the track a fierce, disco flavored funky-house feel.

Sandra Lima "Higher" (Remixes Part 2)(Pesto Records CD Promo)

With the first part of the release currently stormin' the charts, you should be familiar with Sandra Lima's beautiful "Higher". Now part two of the release is here which features more great remixes of the song. First up is Justin Michael who goes deep to deliver an edgy tech-house interpretation featuring captivating synths, followed by Jon Silva who turns "Higher" into a resistless, deeply thumpin' track spiced with mesmerizing synth chords and a massive break down. Last but not least we have Torin Rea (West Coast Collective) serve a fresh and uplifting soul-funk interpretation of the highest caliber. With instrumental and acapella versions included as well, this is a great addition to the first part of the mixes.

K-Bana featuring Orlando Vaughan "True to you" (Guess Records CD Promo)

K-Bana's "True to you" was originally featured on last years "K-Life EP" and now gets revisited for this single release, with passionate vocals provided by Orlando Vaughan. The 'Original Mix' is a groovy affair featuring lush pads and pulsating basslines, while the dub takes the track to the more commercial dance floors with its trancey elements. Pete Gust contributes a deeply stompin' take which features warm melodic chords and a lovely jazzy piano to the package, while George Horn goes spacey and electronic. Lastly Richard Earnshaw adds his trademark bumpin' touch that for once is a bit tech flavored.

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