Music Reviews

This weeks update is truly massive and loaded with nothing but the best and latest in soulful house music... enjoy !!

Tony Humphries & Junior White featuring Aaron K. Gray "Wonder why" (Tony Records CD Promo)

Tony Records are on a roll recently, pushing out timeless soulful gems one after another as legendary Tony Humphries teams up with Junior White and gospel singer Aaron K. Gray for "Wonder why" - quite simply this is a phenomenal slice of old school infused soulful heaven guaranteed to make you yearn for more thanks to gentle yet spell binding rhythms and grand jazzed-up keys, not to forget to mention Aaron K. Gray's uplifting and spirit felt vocals. The 'Thank you Lord Dub' gives the song a deeper truly tantalizing feel, and an instrumental of the main vocal version completing the package.

Bon featuring Lousie Spiteri "Stay" (Edit Records CD Promo)

From Edit Records comes "Stay", a wonderful summery production by Bon featuring songstress Louise Spiteri guaranteed to put a spell on you thanks to smoothly thumpin' rhythms, glorious keys, celestial chords and Louise Spiteri's amazing deeply felt vocals. On remix duty are Groove Assassin and Andy Edit who add their signature soulful touch, and Nickleson who gives the track a wicked deep tech-soul feel.

Oded Nir featuring Chappell "Again & again" (Suntree Records CD Promo)

Summer is in full effect, so is Oded Nir who joins forces with vocalist Chappell for a slice of charming sun drenched house music entitled "Again & again". A mellow funk soaked backdrop is leading the way for exquisite key, subtle saxophone and Chappell's inimitable sensitive vocals - sheer musical bliss. In other words, "Again & again" is a beautiful soul oozing gem not to be missed.

DJ Fudge & Eman "Kings of Brooklyn" (Part 2)(Liberate Recordings CD Promo)

About a year ago, we were celebrating the release of "Kings of Brooklyn" by DJ Fudge and Eman, a paramount soulful gem. This time around Liberate Recordings grace us with an absolutely stellar package of truly eclectic remixes from the likes of Mr. V, Mike 'Agent X' Clark, Oscar P, Bradford James and Quiteboy. Not much needs to be said or written other than these mind-boggling remixes take the track to a whole new level, giving you plenty of options to work the floor. Not to be missed.

Souxsoul "I'm warning you" (2014 Mixes)(Part 1)(Deeptown Music CD Promo)

In 2001, Souxsoul (Mario Held & Mirco Esposito) together with songstress Sybille released a stunning cover version of the 1984 classic "I'm warning you" by Gayle Adams, now the time has come for fresh remixes which will be released a cross separate parts. The first part features remixes by Samson Lewis who adds his beloved deep melodious touch, Steven Stone who contributes a fervid soul oozing re-imagination laced with glamorous keys, and last but not least Mark Faermont & DJ Le Baron who give the track a contemporary hands-in-the-air feel sure to take over the bigger rooms.

Ondagroove featuring Marie Pinto "I'll never fall in love again" (Soulful Evolution Records CD Promo)

The next release on Soulful Evolution will be this superb cover version of the 70's classic "I'll never fall in love again" (a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David) by Ondagroove. Quite simply the infectious funked-up boogie-esque rhythms alongside glittering keys, classy saxophone and the angelic vocals of Marie Pinto spread a feel good vibe you can't resist to dance to. Earl TuTu & John Khan, Soulbridge and Steve Miggedy Maestro are the chosen ones entrusted with remixing the song - to make it short the result is simply breath-taking, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite...

Opolopo "Be enough" / "Feel it" (Tone Control Music CD Promo)

Producer extraordinaire Opolopo and talented chanteuse Shea Soul team up to bless us with "Be enough", a fabulous slice of pristine soulful deep house built around a deep urban house groove, luscious keys and Shea Soul's seductive vocals. Beside vocal and instrumental versions, a dub version giving the track a deeper and darker feel is included in the package. Also included is the bonus cut "Feel it", a deeper than deep utterly hypnotizing track fueled with enticing melodies.

Guido P & Soulbridge featuring Green Tea "Touch me" (HSR Records CD Promo)

Next from HSR Records comes "Touch me", a phantasmagorial collaboration by Guido P, Soulbridge and singer Grean Tea. The marvelous original version uses a contaminous funktified backing as playground for heavenly keys, grand saxophone and Grean Tea's incomparable haunting vocals - without any doubt this is a slice of top-notch soulful house. The 'Soulbridge Aniversario Mix' relaxes the vibe to give the song a gorgeous summery feel, and finally Tracebeatz & Bob contribute a mesmerizing utterly melodious deepened interpretation.

Neal Conway featuring Taihisha "Don't want to lose" (The Remix Edition)(In The Zone Records CD Promo)

Last year in October, In The Zone Records dropped the magnificent  "Don't want to lose" by Neal Conway and Taihisha Grant, now the time has come and the label presents a grandiose package of remixes. All you have to do is look at the list of names of enlisted remixers - Neal Conway himself, DJ Ant B, MixMaster Steve and Union Effect - and you know you are in for a special musical treat as only In The Zone Records can deliver.

Dana Weaver "Finding away" (House Remixes)(In The Zone Records CD Promo)

The original soul/r&b version of "Fading away" was released beginning of the year on the "Urban Retropolitan Movement - Vol. 2 Sampler", now this beautiful song produced by Neal Conway which is performed in grand style by Dana Weaver has been reworked for the soul oriented house music floors. Neal Conway himself delivers a jaw-dropping 'Afro-Latin Funk Mix' oozing with his inimitable one-of-a-kind sound, Guido P & Soulbridge add their beloved soul/funk infused touch, Hakeem Syrbram delivers both a tantalizing old school inspired workout and a delightful up-tempo re-imagination of the original version, and finally King D the DJ serves a glorious jazzed-up deeply groovin' rendition.

Geneva "Uncomplicated" (Remixes)(Strobe Records CD Promo)

Originally released on Strobe Records in summer of 2011, the Ron Allen produced "Uncomplicated" by songstress Geneva makes a welcome return to the dance floor in brand new stellar interpretations. From Deep Roger & Rightside comes a super smooth yet thrilling deep melodious version guaranteed to cause a stir, Ron Allen gives the track an unadulterated underground-esque feel on his ethereal tribal-ish workout, and Alix Ali drops an inebriant old school inspired dub.

King P Soul featuring Rescue Poetix "Grows" (Face The Bass Records CD Promo)

South African DJ/producer/remixer King P Soul joins forces with spoken word artist Rescue Poetix for "Grows", an incredibly enthralling production going as deep as it gets, with utterly infectious afro-tribal rhythms leading the way for entrancing synth melodies and Rescue Poetix unmatched spoken word poetry, altogether spreading a hypnotizing vibe sure to set the floor on fire.

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...

The Sunchasers are back with "Confused emotions" featuring Bryzey, an ingenious deep house gem oozing with glamorous melodies, cool seductive vocals and gentle yet thrilling rhythms. In other words, a tune perfect for late night, early morning play... (Rhemi Music CD Promo). "Various People Vol.2" features three brilliant tracks from the likes of William 'ReelSoul' Rodriguez, Marc Cotterell and C&M Productions taking you on a journey to deepest imaginable grounds with deep'n'ruff rhythms and exhilarating melodies. To be released on vinyl first, with details for a digital to be confirmed (Plastik People CD Promo).

Production duo The Checkup drop the "In your Soul EP" featuring two truly amazing deep house tracks guaranteed to send the floor into a frenzy thanks to relentlessly pulsating rhythms and enchanting chords and keys (Large Music CD Promo). "Heartbreak" by Chunnk is a wicked slice of classic sounding garage - if hard hitting basslines are our thing, then this is for you. Remixes are courtesy of Fresh Musik and Groove Riddim (Plastik People CD Promo).

Quite simply, the "Ozmiks Vol. 1" by up and coming South African group Ozmiks features four distinct tracks of finest afro-deep vibes and rhythms from the motherland guaranteed to set the floor on fire. Nuff said (Smooth Agent Africa CD Promo). Timmy Regisford's new studio album "Umoya" will drop in a couple of weeks, the three tracks featured on the sampler promo makes you wish for more. Lookout for an innovative album that showcases an afro styling that brings a new edge to Timmy Regisford's beloved signature sound (Tribe Records CD Promo).

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