Here we go with the final update for 2014 - enjoy !
DJ Punch & Flip Entertainment "The way" (Digital Generation Records CD Promo)
From the minds of DJ Punch and Flip Entertainment comes this ingenious re-imagination of The Jackson's seminal all-time classic "Show you the way to go" from their self-titled 1976 album (the song was written and produced by the legendary Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff). DJ Punch and Flip Entertainment keep the vibe and spirit of the original alive on their smoothly thumpin' unadulterated underground-esque four-to-the-floor interpretation featuring a grandiose live saxophone by Larry P Rauson. Sheer musical bliss...
Various "Soulful Evolution 2014 mixed by Scott Whichello" (Soulful Evolution Records CD Promo)
Ever since Soulful Evolution Records presented their inaugural release "Feel the rhythm" by Uber Harmonics & OneDee featuring Ms H back in January of this year, the label has been blessing us with nothing but the best in soulful house music from an illustrious list of artists such as Darian Crouse, DJ Le Baron, Ondagroove, Mr. Boogie, Raw Siqnal, Mikey G, Distant People and Natasha Watts to name just a few. To celebrate a fantastic year and the first anniversary, Soulful Evolution Records have put together a formidable twelve track selection of some of the labels finest moments, and a gorgeous continuous mix by label owner Scott Whichello is included too.
Soule "The makings of you EP" (In the Zone Records CD Promo)
Soule's remake of Gladys Knight's version of Curtis Mayfield's "The makings of you" could be first heard on her "Soule Remix EP" released in July of this year, now this mind-blowing re-imagination featuring fantastic guitar solos by Marshall Booze and luxurious piano solos by Paul Onheiser gets a well deserved full single release. Included are the dazzling original down tempo version alongside an outstanding truly eclectic soul/funk/afro/latin infused selection of timeless up-tempo mixes by Neal Conway and Ant B guaranteed to put a spell on you through the masterly orchestration.
Frankstar & Lotus Bloom "Brother" (4th Quarter Music CD Promo)
4th Quarter Music's latest offering is "Brother" by Frankstar (Frank Blythe) and Lotus Bloom, a rousing deep house banger using pulsating rhythms as playground for the haunting melodic vocals of James Cain of Lotus Bloom, catchy jazzy piano and lush chords - jam-packed floors guaranteed. On remix duty are Da Boyze (Graham Boyes) who deepens the vibe and introduces a sublime organ to give the track an ethereal feel, and DJ Mismatch who contributes a driving old school inspired rework sure to set the floor on fire.
Various "Metro Trax - The Best of 2014" (Metro Trax CD Promo)
Metro Trax have been going from strength to strength this year, establishing a defined jackin' Funk/Disco influenced sound that found many lovers and took over dance floors globally. This amazing compilation is loaded with nothing but the most striking tunes the label released in 2014 (some of which have been reviewed here on Spirit of House) from artists such as Alex Millet, Brooklyn Classic, Demarkus Lewis, DJ Pepper, DJ Romain, DJ Smash, Doc Link & Trackie Chan, The Playerz and The Wizard Brian Cox.
Deep House Pick #1: Bai-ee "How deep" (AudioJazz Music CD Promo)
Bryan 'Bai-ee' Balli graces us with "How deep", a glamorous slice of stripped-down utterly melodious late night goodness built around deeper-than-deep rhythms, luscious chords and uber cool male vocals asking the all important question: 'How deep is your love?'. For the purists, an instrumental version is included, not to forget to mention the remix by Johnny Fiasco who delivers an exhilarating synth soaked rework, keeping the vibe deep and melodious. To be commercially released as a vinyl-only 300 pressing limited run in January 2015.
Deep House Pick #2: Tom Conrad "Withstanding time" (Adaptation Music CD Promo)
Adaptation Music label honcho Tom Conrad returns in grand style with "Withstanding time", a super smooth and melodious yet utterly mesmerizing slice of late night house bliss - in other words, the gentle rhythms together with the dreamy synth melodies spread an enticing vibe guaranteed to send the floor into a frenzy. The stellar remixes are courtesy of Datakestra, Alvaro Hylander and Choopie & Segall all adding their distinctive deep inebriant touch, giving you plenty of choices to work the floor at any time.