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Exclusive Review: John Legend "Ordinary people" (Original Drum Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Review: Mario "Let me love you" (Original Drum Remix)(CD-R)

Original Drum Productions have been handing out a showreel featuring snippets of their recent work at this years "Winter Music Conference", including these two songs. "Ordinary people" by John Legend has been remixed many times already by the likes of Karizma, Jihad Muhammad and 83 West, but this reworking is my favorite so far. It is based on smoothly stompin groove and features melodic keys that harmonise perfectly with the reminiscent piano of the r&b original. Mario's current smash "Let me love" gets a new interpretation in two different flavors. The 'Bes Scroll' mixes use deeply stompin' beats together with a wicked set of keys and xylophone solo to create an irresistible vibe, while the 'Shetshet File' mixes feature a jazzy piano alongside melodic chords over a fierce groove, creating an intense feeling.

Raw Artistic Soul "What about love EP" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

Raw Artistic Soul follow up the release of their longplayer "What about love" with another hot EP including the album title track and "Felipes dubstyle". "What about love" features Mirta Junco Wambrug on vocals and is included here in an infectious, funktified extended version. S.U.M.O are responsible for the remixes, creating an irresistible groove featuring afro-styled beats and drums, guitar and slammin' keys on their rebounce, while the dub gets electronic with tough keys. "Felipes dubstyle", a driving track featuring rhodes and brass stabs over kicking beats, is included here in an extended version.

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Jeremias Santiago "The Feelin' EP" (Jellybean Soul Records 12" Promo)

After the success with his previous release "Keyzzz" on Jellybean Soul, Jeremias Santiago returns with "The Feelin' EP", a hot three track EP. "Carribean love song" is a smooth and laidback groover with a jazzy piano line and sweet steel drums, while "DHP (Let's talk)" is based on a deeply stompin' groove and features spacey keys on top. "Rising sun" starts off with laminar keys and sweet percussion before the mellow bumpin' beats and a jazzy piano kick in and create an afterhours feeling.

Anthony Nicholson featuring Mr. Ali "Come into my life" (Circular Motion Records 12")

Anthony Nicholson continues the exploration of deep spiritual grooves that stays in the tradition of the classic USG productions. On "Come into my life" he teams up with Mr. Ali (Jere McAllister & Vic Lavender) and singer Carla Prather. The result is a percussively bumpin groove, topped with soulful vocals and warm melodic keys, taking you on a musical journey.

Lefunken featuring Mina "Stand up" (Bingo Soul Records 12")

Duron Tarik & Tyrone Paytone together with Mina once more form a successful team on their latest "Stand up", a wonderful garage production based on a fierce groove, added with an emotional vocal performance by Mina, warm melodic keys and a lovely acoustic guitar.

Jill Scott "Not like crazy" (Quentin Harris Remix)(Restricted Access Records 12")

After Jill Scott's "Golden" got remixed so many times you cannot even count all these remixes, the same might happen to "Not like crazy" as we've already have Charles Spencer and Kenny Dope remixes, and now Quentin Harris is serving his take that takes the song to the underground with a strong bassline that builds and builds, added with lush strings, echod keys and a lovely acoustic guitar.

Karizma "In tha d.e.e.p" (Ricanstruction Records 12")

Karizma getting raw here, with the 'Kohesive Trybed Mix' being on a rugged tribal vibe with sharp beats creating a broken beat styled groove, topped with trippy chants. In contrast, the insrtrumental 'Kris Klayton Dub' takes it way deep featuring uplifting strings over a stormin' groove.

KhaiMar "Music for the people" (Dom's Miami Deep Mix)(CD-R)

Domenico 'Dom' Navarra, one half of Sueno Soul, comes up with this lovely reworking of this classic that features a spoken word vocal by Marcel. Dom's interpretation is combining the spoken words with vibes from the timeless Gil Scott-Heron classic "The bottle", creating a groovily bumpin' affair that is spreading an uplifting feeling.

Scott K vs. O'Jays "I love music" (Box Music Records CD Promo)

"I love music" must be one of those songs that everybody loves to dance to when played in a club. Scott K takes on this timeless classic, adding spoken words, breaks and new intros and outros to the song on his 'True to Old School Mix' while let it sound much like the original. 'The Big Room Mix' is a dub version combining a solid 4/4 groove with the reminiscent bassline groove of the original, featuring nice breakdowns and effects.

Classic Reviews

Candi Staton "Victim" (Warner Bros. Records 12" Promo, 1978)

A true classic of the legendary artist Candi Staton, produced by Dave Craword and remixed by Jimmy Simpson.

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