This week we have an extra-large update for you - enjoy !!
ChiProfess featuring Cortney LaFloy "Dance 4 you" (Tambor Music CD Promo)
DJ/producer ChiProfess who hails from Chicago and now lives in Atlanta makes his debut on Tambor Music with "Dance 4 you", a soulful yet spell binding organic gem using gentle percussive rhythms as playground for dazzling keys, not to forget to mention the amazing deeply rooted vocals by Cortney LaFloy. The remixes are courtesy of Terry Hunter who adds his magical soulful jazzed-up touch and C-Major SA who contributes a deep afrocentric workout guaranteed to set the floor on fire.
Soulmagic featuring J-Sun "I wonder" (Soulmagic Recordings CD Promo)
Danish production duo Soulmagic (Morten Trust & Mikkel Wendelboe) are back with "Wonder", the long awaited follow-up to their dance music anthem "Someone like you". Not much needs to be said about this future classic: an absolutely irresistible funked-up backdrop together with classy piano hooks, illustrious chords and J-Sun's unmistakable vocals spread a contaminous vibe you can't resist to dance to. Feel good house music at its best. Nuff said.
Distant People featuring Natasha Watts "Stronger" (Soulful Evolution Records CD Promo)
Distant People (Joey Silvero) and songstress Natasha Watts are pulling out all the stops on the fervid "Stronger" coming your way on up and rising Soulful Evolution Records. The infectious funk soaked organic backing together with grand jazzy keys and Natasha Watts inimitable passionate vocals create an uplifting vibe guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. On remix duty are Ondagroove, Earl TuTu & John Khan and DJ Garphie all add their distinctive soulful/deep touch to the song, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version...
Exclusive Preview: Jennifer Hudson "Spotlight" (NostiQsoul's 'Untruly Yours' Mix)(CD-R)
Courtesy of South Africa's NostiQsoul comes this marvelous four-to-the-floor re-imagination of Jennifer Hudson's hit single "Spotlight" (taken from her self-titled debut album released in 2008). Deeper than deep utterly spell binding tribalesque rhythms lead the way for heavenly melodies and the unmistakable emotive vocals of Jennifer Hudson - a soulful gem guaranteed to make you yearn for more...
Steven Stone & Pete Simpson "I found my way" (Oded Nir Lounge Mix)(Soul Deluxe Recordings CD Promo)
We've reviewed the original version of "I found my way" by Swiss producer/DJ Steven Stone and vocalist Pete Simpson back in September of last year, now this timeless slice of soulful house music returns in a fresh interpretation by Oded Nir who combines Pete Simpson's signature heartfelt vocals with a smooth organic backdrop and warm melodious keys to give the song a glamorous relaxed feel. In other words, Oded Nir's remix is sheer musical bliss...
DJ Thes-Man presents "Various Deep Selections Vol. 1" (OhYea MuZiQ CD Promo)
OhYea MuZiQ is the brand new label by South Africa's DJ Thes-Man (Thesele Moshoeshoe), the inaugural release on the label is the impressive "Various Deep Selections Vol. 1" EP jam-packed with ten brand new fabulous deep house productions guaranteed to put a spell on you. First up is DJ Thes-Man who contributes three tracks, two of which feature amazing vocals from guest artists Kimicoh and Darian Crouse, and then we have the likes of Patrick Bo, Tobetsa Lamola, Serenaded Soul, JayMoss Crew and Abel Daizer gracing us with their vision of mesmerizing yet soulful deep house music. Undoubtedly, OhYea MuZiQ can look forward to a bright future...
Various "MAP Dance Records Miami 2014 Sampler" (MAP Dance Records CD Promo)
The "MAP Dance Records Miami 2014 Sampler" gives us a glimpse of whats to come on the label in the coming weeks and months. Kicking things off is the mind-blowing truly resistless old school inspired Ricky Morrison remix of the Mr. Mike & Deep Bros classic "Let's do it again". Next DD King with Dorian Smith on vocals delivers an uplifting slice of afrotastic blissfulness entitled "Know you're alive", Divided Souls, Samuri & Le Alen together with songstress Gina Dunn follow with the soulful feel good anthem "Joy", and last but not least the package includes the Marcus Ullmarker remix of "Live as one" by Brian Lucas which is destined to take over the big rooms.
Mannix featuring Rainy Payne "Breathless" (Duffnote Records CD Promo)
Manfred 'Mannix' Kling together with long time studio collaborator Albert Koler and spoken word artist Rainy Payne present "Breathless", a sun drenched feel good production featuring classic strings and luscious keys alongside the unrivaled spoken word poetry of Rainy Payne over a lively smoothly stompin' backing. Label head Richard Earnshaw's signature bouncey rework introduces gorgeous synth melodies, while the 'REDJ Remix' by the team of Richard Earnshaw and Daniel Jones turns up the heat for prime time-play.
Peete Dibabes featuring Karabo "Love sad" (Hats Off Records CD Promo)
Hats Off Records grace us with the beautiful "Love sad" by South African rising star Peete Dibabes, an uber soulful production built around deep dulcet rhythms and sublime melodious keys, and not to forget to mention the silky smooth vocals of Karabo. On remix duty is Echofusion whose deep'n'gentle interpretation is simply breathtaking, with the vocals being accompanied by entrancing melodies.
Drula featuring Prince T "Tshigombela" (Audio Out Records CD Promo)
A month ago, we introduced you to the Deep Elementz remix of "Tshigombela" by Drula featuring Prince T, now we proudly bring you the review of the full release. The original is a prime example of soulful South African house music, fusing laidback afrocentric rhythms with the velvety voice of Prince T and empyreal melodies. Moodorama, Nteeze and Andy, Thamza, AtomicElectrolab and Deep Elementz are the chosen ones to add their magical soulful/afro touch to the song, giving you plenty of choices to work the floor.
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...
We had to wait a long time but now finally "The melody", a laidback deep house production by South African producers Nteeze & Andy which combines deep gentle rhythms with seductive synth melodies and a sublime jazzy piano, has arrived. Quite simply, this gem is not to be missed.... (Deeper Shades Recordings CD Promo).
Rhemi (aka Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk) present the mind-boggling "Land of promise" EP which is loaded with two sure-fire dance floor bombs: the energetically bouncin' "Freedom" is laced with rousing synths and stabs, while the mesmerizing late night jewel "Just believe" features enchanting melodies over deeply thumpin' rhythms( Rhemi Music CD Promo).
Courtesy of FOMP come two wicked instrumental releases from up and coming South African producers: first up is Xerophytic Soul who presents "Ocean life", an eclectic six track EP taking you on an exhilarating and truly hypnotizing journey to deepest South African house music grounds, second we have Mthi Wa Afrika whose "Deep Within EP" features three beautiful deep laidback tracks perfect for late night play (FOMP CD Promo).
"The Insomniac EP" by Gene King & Demuir is a must-have for any deep house music lover. Gene King's "4am" features delectable jazzy keys over soulful yet stimulating rhythms, with IDP (Thomas Gregorski) giving the track a wicked old school feel on his remix. In contrast, the Chicago House influenced "3.33am" by Demuir features heavenly melodies over deep'n'groovey organic rhythms (Shines Records CD Promo).
Canadian artist Paolo Rocco brings us "Move body, move forward", a deep somewhat moody late night gem featuring mesmeric dreamy chords alongside pitched down vocals over a groovey backdrop. Nathan Barato darkens the vibe on his heady rework, and then we have Osunlade reconstructing the track into a deep hypnotizing gem oozing with his beloved truly unique Yoruba Soul sound (Defected Records CD Promo).
Legendary Quark Records bring us something special and different with this release by Hillbilly House. Both featured tracks "Sleezy lemonade" and "Chicago in my soul" combine super funky grooves with a wicked jazzed-up orchestration, the result is truly novel and refreshing and set to move the boundaries of house music (Quark Records CD Promo).