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Massive update this week loaded with nothing but the latest in soulful and underground house music... enjoy !!

Various "Tony's Traxxx ADE Edition" (Tony Records CD Promo)

ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) is in full effect now, and right in time for this unrivaled event Tony Records have prepared the multifaceted "Tony's Traxxx ADE Edition" loaded with twelve sure-fire dance floor weapons from the likes of Dazzle Drums, Me and the Gang, DJ Vivona, 86 Deep, Urbe Deep Connection, Doctormusic Project, Mr. Mama and Shotdown. A real DJ's delight featuring a wide range of tracks guaranteed to set the dance floor on fire...

Max Marinacci featuring Carla Prather "More" (Double Cheese Records CD Promo)

The latest offering on Double Cheese Records is the brand new single from Max Marinacci entitled "More", featuring the one and only Carla Prather on vocals. "More" is an amazing soul/funk infused production featuring a grand orchestration including exquisite brass, wicked funky live bass and glorious jazzy keys alongside Carla Prather's inimitable vocals. On remix duty are label head Luyo who contributes a funked-up feel good interpretation, Quietboy who serves a mesmerizing afro-deep workout, and last but not least Red Room who intensify the vibe on their underground-esque rework.

Blade Deep & DJ Fale featuring Eman "Controlled confusion" (JusVibe Records CD Promo)

Not much needs to be said about "Controlled confusion" besides this tune is an enticing collaboration by Blade Deep and DJ Fale with legendary spoken word artist Eman guaranteed to put a spell on you through the deep thrilling rhythms, heavenly keys and chords, and not to forget to mention the thought provoking lyricism by Eman. This is the first part featuring main, instrumental, radio and reprise versions. Part two will feature remixes from 4matiq, Khenzo-Lee and LiftedSoul, and part three will feature remixes from DJ Sqwayi, Blade Deep and DJ Fale.

Vick Lavender featuring Carla Prather "First kiss" (Sterling Ensemble Mix)(Sophisticado Records CD Promo)

Back in 2009, Vick Lavender and his Sophisticado family graced us with the masterly orchestrated "First kiss" featuring the one-of-a-kind vocals of Carla Prather, complete with superb remixes by Abicah Soul, Jihad Muhammad and DJ Celeste Alexander (in 2010, remixes by Dolls Combers and Vick Lavender himself followed). Now this timeless gem returns in a breathtaking brand new interpretation by Albert Menendez who gives the song a refreshing and different touch on a deep exhilarating tip, with Carla Prather's inimitable vocals being coupled with tantalizing keys and spell binding rhythms.

Frankstar featuring Darian Crouse "Your love affair" (Remixes)(4th Quarter Music CD Promo)

One week after we introduced you to "Your love affair" by Frankstar, a glamorous slice of timeless soulful house featuring up and rising vocalist Darian Crouse guaranteed to send shivers down your spine, we proudly present you the remixes. First up is Frankstar himself who contributes a classy old school inspired deep house rework. Next up is label partner Da Boyze who goes even deeper, turning the song into a hypnotizing underground-esque affair. Finally, Dany Cohiba delivers a driving workout laced with scintillating keys.

Darque & N'Dinga Gaba featuring Zano "Show me" (DeepforestSA CD Promo)

In February of this year, we were celebrating the fabulous debut artist album "Rare Earth Elements" by Darque (Molapo Malatji), now this highly talented producer is back with the magnificent "Show me" a collaboration with N'Dinga Gaba and vocalist Zano. "Show me" is deep and utterly mesmerizing, with relentlessly thumpin' rhythms leading the way for Zano's unmistakable deeply rooted vocals and luscious melodies. In other words, a gorgeous deep house tune sure to send the floor into a frenzy...

Various "ADE Sampler 2014" (HSR Records CD Promo)

Like many other labels, HSR Records celebrate this years ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) with a special release. The labels "ADE Sampler 2014" is a prime selection of soulful gems taken from the labels impressive catalogue, not to forget to mention UTS Recordings contribute a song to this wonderful compilation as well. With artists such as Kimicoh & Friends, Soulbridge, Rescue Poetix, Quentin Adams, Earl Tutu & John Khan, Guido P, Emma Diva, Green Tea, Krenadean, Alex Politi, Dr Feelx, Ciro Morelli and Alex Millet featured, this release is sheer musical bliss...

LadyMarySound "Live your life" (The Rebirth)(LadyMarySound International CD Promo)

In summer of last year, we were dancing to the uplifting "Live your life" by LadyMarySound which features touching vocals by Wendy Lewis, now this soulful jewel returns in fresh interpretations by Guitardalex & E-Mil who contribute a delightful funked-up feel good rework laced with grand piano, Pax The Pianist serves a smoth'n'delightful afro deep version, and DJ Ritchie transforms the song into a glittering broken beat affair. Also included are an accapella version and a big room banger by Frankie Volo.

Deep House Pick: Leandro P & Deepconsoul "Jazz U Up" (Part 2)(Sophisticado Recordings CD Promo)

The first part of this timeless gem by Leandro Pereira and Deepconsoul has been released just a few weeks ago, now we are being blessed with part two which features Vick Lavender's phantasmagorical interpretations. Beyond doubt, Vick Lavender's 'Sophisticado Chicago Fusion Mixes' take the track to a whole new level, keeping the vibe soulful and gentle yet oozing with a deep hypnotizing feel, with the masterly jazz/soul/funk infused orchestration casting a spell on you...

The best of the rest...

We are getting so many promos sent each and every week that many of them never get reviewed here on Spirit of House (for various reasons nota bene). However, as we want to make sure you are well informed what is happening, we have introduced this section where, every now and then, we will highlight other noteworthy releases...

Kerri Chandler's "Bar a thym", one of the definitive house tracks of all time originally released back in 2005, is back for more dance floor action in brand new stellar remixes by Dbow, Osbourne & Anderson (O&A), Lewis Lastella, Asle and The Deepshakerz. Also included are the original version and previously released remixes by Dzeta N'Basile & Ivo Toscano and Supernova (NiteGrooves Records CD Promo). "I can never get enough" by Rhemi (the duo of Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk) is a dizzying deep house track laced with enchanting atmospheric synth melodies over deeply groovin' utterly infectious rhythms. The track is taken to the next level on the 'Future Acid Mix', a truly mind-blowing slice of acid infused, old school inspired deep house music (Rhemi Music CD Promo).

Next we have Justin Imperiale's fabulous remix of "Sum Funk in Jazz" by TekniQ (the original was released on the "The Journey Continues" EP released earlier this year), a masterly crafted deep'n'gentle re-imagination built around sweet percussive rhythms and luxurious keys and chords which give track a beautiful dreamy feel (Cabana Recordings CD Promo). South African DJ/producer Bongani Bongzin Mbatha presents "It starts here", a truly eclectic EP which features six equally wonderful afro-deep productions perfectly showcasing the many different styles and the unique sound of this up and rising producer hailing from the motherland (Smooth Agent Africa CD Promo).

We stay in South Africa with the "Punk Carnival EP" by the JayMoss Crew which features two brilliant seductive deep house productions. Both tracks feature glamorous melodious keys over deep dulcet yet captivating rhythms, altogether spreading a ladiback feel perfect for late night, early morning play (Ohyea Muziq CD Promo). Zimbabwe's Skaiva graces us with the "No Vocal EP" loaded with not less than seven mind-boggling afro deep tracks, each one fueled with inebriant melodies over enthralling rhythms. To cut a long story short, each of the tracks is a sure-fire late night bomb... (Khaya Lyf Records CD Promo).

Tamashi and Frankie J join forces for "Blow your mind", a track that will do exactly what its title suggests... Quite simply, the deeper than deep utterly hypnotizing afro-percussive rhythms together with the killer jazzy organ and empyreal synth melodies are guaranteed to jam-pack the floor... Beside the 'Afro Key Mix' and 'Afro Dub Mix', the release features the 'Dark Mix' and 'Dark Trumpet Mix' which give the track a moodier somewhat dark feel perfect for late night play (Toupee Records CD Promo).

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