Picks of the Week
Fast Vision Soul "Babatunde" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)
|Italy native Francesco Briganti aka Fast Vision Soul presents "Babatunde", a deep yet irresistible afro house production based around a smooth tribal-ish groove that is topped with enchanting strings and infectious synth melodies. Ralf GUM's main interpretation is simply wonderful, using a relentlessly kickin' backing, organic guitar licks, luscious keys and jazzy sax to create an infectious vibe. On the 'No Solo Mix', Ralf GUM drops the sax to further intensify the vibe. Also included are two wicked DJ tools.|
Exclusive Preview: Jamie Foxx "Love brings change" (Serge Negri Remix)(CD-R)
Serge Negri takes on the beautiful ballad "Love brings change" by Jamie Foxx (taken from the "Intuition" album released end of last year), turning out a soulful house interpretation that keeps the vibe of the original alive while taking the track straight to the dance floor with a fiercely bumpin' groove and wicked synth melodies.
Exclusive Preview: Jeff Hendrick "What's the deal" (Martin Faltin 'SuperSoul' Remix)(CD-R)
"What's the deal" is a wonderful funkily groovin' r&b song to be found on Jeff Hendrick's 2003 debut album "Bout' time", reworked by Martin Faltin who stays true to the original, letting the vocals and warm instrumentation shine while the smoothly stompin' backing creates a captivating feel you can't resist to dance to.
Suges & Martino present Eminence featuring Amy Lee Owens "Single woman" (SoulStar Records CD Promo)
SoulStar have picked up the superb "Single woman" (originally released late last year by SoulStream) by Adam 'Suges' Sugar & Martino Lozej whose original is a gorgeous production featuring sultry vocals by Amy Lee Owens alongside sweet chords and jazzy keys over a laidback groove. Remixes are courtesy of DJ Romain who gives the track a thumpin' feel, Harley & Muscle who deliver one of their delicious deep interpretations and finally Karu's deeper than deep dreamy take.
Bliss featuring Juju "Begin" (Tomo Inoue Remix)(NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)
"Begin" by Bliss was originally released back in 2007 and has been given the remix treatment by Tomo Inoue who turns out an exquisite interpretation that combines the sensual vocals of Juju with jazzy piano chords, lush synth melodies and a deep mellow groove. The dub is much more energetic, using a bass heavy backing as playground for the vocals, piano and synths.
Tarantulaz featuring Courtney Dennie "Handle it" (Part 1)(Curious Records CD Promo)
Sir Piers and Toni Economides are Tarantulaz who team up with singer Courtney Dennie for "Handle it", a fierce yet soulful production featuring outstanding r&b styled vocals by Courtney Dennie over a bouncey, funk drenched groove that is enriched with old skool tinged synths. The 'Club Mix' is turning the heat up for peak time play with freaky synths, while Scott Wozniak uses a thumpinn' backing and captivating synths to create a feel good vibe. JoJo Flores & Joe Di Padova team up to go deep and slightly techy on their atmospheric remix.
Steven Stone featuring Tasha "Get up" (Soul Deluxe Records CD Promo)
Swiss DJ and producer Steven Stone teams up with Natasha 'Tasha' Watts for "Get up", a funky house gem guaranteed to send the dancers into a frenzy thanks to the remorseless funk soaked groove, powerful sexy vocals by Tasha, jazzy sax and spacy keys. The dub gets a bit dirty on the groove and intensifies the funky flavas, while Andy Lee under his Central Avenue moniker turns out both a fiercely thumpin' somewhat dark remix as well as a deep mesmeric dub, both of which are peak time favorites.
Cool Million featuring Jahah "Musiq" (SoulMagic Records CD Promo)
You might remember our review of "Musiq" by Cool Million beginning of March of this year. Now SoulMagic have licensed the track to give it a full single release complete with Morten Trust remixes. "Musiq" features an uplifting vocal by Jahah over an old-school disco-funk-soul-boogie tinged backdrop in its original version, reworked by Morten Trust into a feel good anthem featuring catchy piano and cool synths over a contaminous groove. The dub mixes go deeper and are on a more hypnotic tip thanks to the phat synths and chords used.
Souldynamic featuring SuSu Bobien "99 & half" (Purple Music Records CD Promo)
"99 & half" by Souldynamic comes your way as a massive package with none less of eleven versions. Featuring the unmistakable voice of SuSu Bobien, "99 & half" is full of energy yet keeping the vibe soulful on the original mix which oozes with jazzy keys, wicked synths and cool funky guitar licks. The 'Club Mix' goes deeper, while the hypnotic 'Organ Dub' is all about... well, the organ of course. The Dolls Combers relax the vibe to serve a sweet laidback interpretation featuring great instrumentation, while Davide Fiorese and Sisco give the track a modern Disco-Funk sounding. Born to Funk deliver a deep mesmeric remix using cool synths, while lastly the remixes by M&S are the pick for the main room.
Julius Papp featuring Gina Rene "A thousand years" (2009 Remix)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)
This rendition of an old Sting song by Julius Papp first saw the light of the day in 2002, now brand new mixes by Julius Papp himself are ready to drop. Alongside smooth emotional vocals by Gina Rene, the '2009 Main Mix' features soul-filled guitar riffs and phat synth chords over a mesmeric percussion heavy backing, while the '2009 Deeper Mix' relaxes the vibe for a deeper slightly moody feel. A great addition to the original batch of mixes.
Random Soul featuring Kristen Pearson "Better place" (Barcoda Records CD Promo)
With "Better place", Random Soul present an uplifting summery production featuring the vocal talents of Kristen Pearson alongside a lovely Balearic guitar and sweet synth melodies over a funked-up groove. The 'Synthetic Mix' puts the emphasis on the synths and strengthens the groove, while the 'Deep Wash Mix' goes deeper and makes use of freaky synths. Vincent Kwok delivers another one of his relentless bumpy reworks, while Central Avenue serve two deep hypnotic versions and one stormin' slightly dark take for the main room.
Audiowhores featuring Nica Brooke "Another place" (TempoGroove Records CD Promo)
Audiowhores' latest offering features powerful vocals by Nica Brooke and lets you choose between two sets of mixes that are both guaranteed to rock the dance floors. The 'Original' mixes are deep yet dark, with contaminous synths leading the way for the vocals, while the 'Club' mixes are on a pumpin' tip and feature hypnotic melodies, making this as essential for the bigger rooms.