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Kenny Bobien "Set them free" (SoundMen on Wax Records 2x12" Promo)

We haven't heard from SoundMen on Wax in a while, but now they are back with fantastic Jephte Guillaume remixes of Kenny Bobien's "Set them free", a beautiful cover version of this timeless Sting written song. Jephte Guillaume takes the song to a whole new level with afro beats giving a smooth tribal edge to the song, percussion, melodic keys that create warm melodies and a jazzy saxophone, everything perfectly underlining Kenny Bobien's unsmistakable voice. There is a wonderful instrumental version featuring just the chorus and the marvellous saxophone solo that will take you on a journey. Also included are bonus beats, acapella and an alternate vocal version that got stripped of the beats.


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Erik Moliere featuring Dennis Beganovic "Cantante" (Tribal Winds Records 12")

"Cantante" by slovenian Erik Moliere features Dennis Beganovic on vocals and piano and is a spiritual jazz house production featuring latin percussion and a wandering bassline, spreading a sunny feeling. Antonio Ocasio provides the remix coming with a smoother groove, deepr bassline and additonal keys giving the song an even warmer feeling.

Juan Hoerni & Phil Sheeran "J'attends" (Cha Cha Project Records 12")

Juan Hoerni and Phil Sheeran present the laidback and groovy "J'attends" that features two jazzy piano lines together with french spoken vocals courtesy Irantzu Pujadas over a smoothly stormin' groove. The remix is courtesy of Ron Trent who takes it to deeper grounds using his trademark moody beats and spacey keys. Finally there is a beats version of the Ron Trent remix included.

Ruffneck featuring Yavahn "Get it right" (Soul Groove Records 12")

Backroom Productions bring us "Get it right" featuring the amazing vocals of Joanne 'Yavahn' Thomas, a jazz influenced and soul filled prodcution that combines classic garage vibes with different jazz elements to create amellow bumpin' and groovy track that is spreading an uplifting feeling. There are both vocal and instrumental version included that let you enjoy all the finesses included.

Mindreaders featuring Malik Hart "Living my life underground" (S.U.M.O. Rebounces)(HEYA HIFI CD Promo)

This is gonna be on the "Rebounces Album Sampler Part 2" by S.U.M.O. to be released in late may, with the album following at the end of may. This track was originally released back in 1993 on the Detroit based 430 West label and comes here in different flavas. First up is a take coming both as vocal and dub that keeps it deep and moody with wicked organ stabs, conserving the old school sound. Next is a groovy reworking including a brand new instrumentation as backing for vocalist Malik Hart that includes wonderful strings and a lovely guitar alongside jazzy keys. Finally there is a broken beat tool with a funky edge for the serious DJ to play around with.

Roni Size featuring Jocelyn Brown "Sing" (V Records 2x12" Test Pressing)

Lifted from Roni Size's current longplayer "Return to V", "Sing" which features the voice of Jocelyn Brown has been given the remix treatment by Kenny Dope. While the original is a drum & bass track, the Kenny Dope reworkings are based on a four-to-the-floor groove coming with sharp beats and slammin' drums that are topped with wicked keys and the incredible Jocelyn Brown, creating an irresistible vibe. A variety of mixes (vocal, dub, keyapella, acapella, beats) is included for your pleasure.

Snoop Dogg featuring Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson "Signs" (Dirtdiggers Remix)(12" Promo)

"Signs" is Snoop Dogg's follow up to the worldwide smash "Let's get blown" and comes with a somewhat similar groove. Dirtdiggers add their magical touch to it to turn it into a funky house jam with a rumblin' groove that will keep your feet moving. There are two vocal versions to choose from, with the second being a 'clean' version that is also present as a radio edit.

SuSu Bobien "Call him up" (SoundMen on Wax Records 12" Promo)

This is the second new release for the relaunched SoundMen on Wax label produced by BOP aka Paul Scott & Brian 'Shank' Thompson. "Call him up" is a gospel house production featuring a spiritual vocal performance by SuSu Bobien over a powerful New Jersey styled garage groove coming complete with melodic keys and an organ, creating an uplifting feeling.

K Klass featuring Rosie Gaines "Dance with me" (SuSu Records CD Promo)

K Klass are back featuring the vocal talents of Rosie Gaines. Their own mixes are based on stompin' beats that are topped with spheric keys, spreading a drivin' funky vibe. Mauve provides both vocal and dub remixes, adding some chunky beats and filters, keeping the funky vibe alive. In contrast, DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz twist it into a fierce garage affair with a stormin groove, warm jazzy keys and wonderful strings.

Sueno Soul featuring Raymond Saint-Ville "You don't know what love is" (Newlite Records Promo CD)

Sueno Soul have lots of goodies ready to drop, with this one to be released in late may. Their original mix is on a soulful tip with a funkily stompin' groove, topped with melodic keys, jazzy saxophone and the soulful vocals by Raymond Saint-Ville, spreading a feel good vibe. You then can choose between two alternate versions. The first one is based on sharp broken beats, giving the funky bass guitar and the keys place to grow while the second one courtesy of Robert Hayes comes with a soulfully stompin' groove and melodic keys, that give the song a laidback vibe while keeping it powerful.

Benji Candelario featuring Leslie Carter "Gotta have love" (Transitori Music Records CD Promo)

Benji Candelario, best known for his classic Swing 52 productions, is back with his own record label Transitori Music. The first release features Leslie Carter on vocals over a driving, discofied house groove that is spreading an irresistible vibe on the dancefloor with its stormin' groove and the melodic keys. Two versions two choose from are included, with the 'Latenite Boogie Mix' being the choice one for peak time play.

Danny Krivit "In the House" (ITH/Defected Records 3xCD)

Image  This is the 13th release in Defected's "In the House" series, compiled and mixed by the one and only Danny Krivit, one of the legendary Paradise Garage and Body & Soul DJs who is in business for over 30 years. In recent years, Danny Krivit has also become well known and respected for his famous re-edits of which you can find some brand new ones on this mixed compilation, including "Stay this way" by The Brand New Heavies, "It's your life" by Soul Creation featuring Tyrah and "How deep is your love" by Blaze.

Over the two CDs, Danny Krivit mixes together classic cuts with current club hits as only he can do, bringing the vibe from New York City right to your CD player. Selected cuts are also available on three unmixed double pack vinyls.

Classic Reviews

Sabrynaah Pope "It works for me" (KingStreet Records 2x12", 1993)

One of the earliest releases on KingStreet, produced by Blaze and released over two separate 12" including mixes by Blaze, Nick Jones and Victor Simonelli.

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