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Exclusive Preview: Sacha "I can't pretend" (Shines Records CD Promo)

About a year ago, Shines released the Sacha Williamson and Dave Campbell produced "I can't pretend" featuring sensual vocals by Sacha Williamson. Finally, the eagerly awaited remixes are ready to drop, with the versions by label head Gene King being on a deep tip, featuring lush synth melodies and lovely keys over a contaminous groove. Joe DiPadova and Shea Marshall contribute two remixes: the first one uses deeply thumpin' beats that are enriched with sweet percussion, wicked synths and phat chords, with their second remix going even deeper, using wonderful laminar keys to give it a more laidback feeling. Black Keys Music (Joe Rizla) goes deep and hypnotic on his percussion fueled take, while Dos Alamas serve the deepest mixes of the package, giving the track a moody feeling.

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John 'Julius' Knight & Roland Clark "This is house" (Jask Remixes)(SoulFuric Trax Records CD Promo)

The already massive "This is house" by JJK aka John 'Julius' Knight and Roland Clark gets even bigger with these freshly added Jask Remixes. Jask takes the track as deep as it gets, using a smooth groove as playground for warm synth melodies and captivating chords which together with Roland Clark's wicked spoken words create a mesmeric feel.

John Oudo featuring Dionne Mitchell "It's alright" (Bigspin Music London CD Promo)

Songwriter, producer, remixer & artist John Oudo launches his own label Bigspin Music London with a gem not to be missed. "It's alright", his first ever release, features Dionne Mitchell who delivers an outstanding gospel vocal which together with jazzy keys and lush chords and the old-school tinged funk soaked groove create an infectious vibe. The 'Classic' mixes relax the vibe for a slightly deeper feeling. Simply wonderful music.

Exclusive Preview: Eddie Nicholas "Come n2 my" (Mantree Records CD Promo)

Rasmir Mantree and Eddie Nicholas team up for "Come n2 my", combining their skills to turn out something truly unique. The distinctive vocals by Eddie Nicholas, cool background chants, spacy chords and the groovy backdrop altogether create a hypnotic feeling. The 'Deep Mix' gives the track more underground-ish feel, while Adam Cruz contributes a deeply groovin' remix driven by an irresistible synth hook, with a slight electronic touch thrown in as well.

Michelle Weeks & Dawn Tallman featuring Laquana Jones "We're gonna make it" (Code Red Records CD Promo)

House music divas Dawn Tallmann and Michelle Weeks team up with Laquana Jones to deliver an uplifting gospel house stomper titled "We're gonna make it". The mixes by Ben 'Benzo' Lodwidge are pure soulful bliss based around a stompin' groove and featuring off the chain piano and organ rides. DJ Spen's mix is a stripped down affair using that unmistakable bassline from the Patrice Rushen classic "Haven't you heard", while the MuthaFunkaz add their distinctive touch to turn the track - jam packed floors guaranteed.

Exclusive Preview: Destiny's Child "Bugaboo" (Darren Campbell's 'Quit Buggin' Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Keyshia Cole "Shoulda let U go" (Darren Campbell's 'Make Up Ya Mind' Remix)(CD-R)

That unmistakable sound from the mid 90's is back. Not just that one of the original driving forces of that sound - Nice'N'Ripe Records - relaunched, also producers like Darren Campbell bring the ruff'n'tuff sound with its wicked keys and bumpin' beats back to the dance floors. Darren takes on the 1999 hit "Bug a boo" by Destiny's Child and Keysha Cole's "Shoulda let U go" from 2007 and turns them into irresistible dance floor gems reminiscent of that beloved mid 90's sound.

Exclusive Preview: Down To The Bone featuring Roy Ayers "Good to me" (MJ SOS Edit)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Lisa McClendon "Heaven" (MJ SOS Edit)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Satya Project "Bora's bounce" (MJ SOS Edit)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Trish Andrews "Already" (MJ SOS Edit)(CD-R)

Mark Jordan, who started his DJ career 17 years ago and currently has a weekly radio show on Starpoint Radio (one of the biggest Soul biased stations in the UK), just got into doing edits. Unlike most other producers and DJ's, he has chosen tracks that are lesser known to the masses but are favorites amongst the real Soul lovers such as "Already" by Trish Andrews (from her brand new album "Reality") or "Heaven" by Lisa McClendon (from her 2008 album "These five words"). His credo is to give them a new direction while keeping the original vibe intact - and he surely succeeds with his smooth housed-up interpretations. Next is a wonderful rework of the jazz-funk monster "Good to me" by Down to the Bone featuring Roy Ayers (from their "Future boogie" long player), and finally there is his take on "Bora's bounce" by Satya Project (from the groups 2008 album "Shine a light").

Born To Funk & Justin Michael featuring Maiya "Change is on the way" (Purple Music Records CD Promo)

One of our favorites from the "Purple Music Miami Sampler 2009" gets its well deserved full single release. Justin Michael and Born to Funk team up with singer Maiya Sykes for the feel good "Change is on the way" featuring passionate vocals, cool jazzy piano and phat keys over a relentless funk drenched groove. The groovy remixes by Born to Funk take the track to deeper grounds, while Justin Michael's remorseless remixes are the pick for the main room.

Exclusive Preview: Alfredo Norese feat Kaysee - Lift me up (Original Mix)(Unsigned CD-R)

Back in December 2008, we gave you an exclusive preview of the 'Funk To The Punk Mix' of this beautiful track produced by Alfredo Norese. Now finally the original version found its way to your CD players, an what a treat it is. Combining Kaysee's heartfelt vocals with a smoothly stormin' funk drenched groove, cool guitar hook and sweet synth melodies, this one is guaranteed to spread a feel good vibe.

Richard Earnshaw & Angie Brown "Unbelievable" (Duffnote Records CD Promo)

Duffnote's "Miami WMC 2008 Sampler" featured the original version of "Unbelievable" by label head Richard Earnshaw and songstress Angie Brown, but it took until now for this anthemic production featuring uplifting vocals and wicked keys over a stormin' groove to get a proper release. Beside the original (included in vocal, instrumental, reprise and radio versions), various fresh remixes are included. Richard Earnshaw himself reworks the track into a relentlessly bumpin' affair featuring infectious keys, while Justin Michael & Adam Auburn go deep and use atmospheric synths to create a fierce feel. Finally Jay Vegas' take is the pick for the main rooms thanks to the dramatic synth melodies and heavy backing. Also included is the acapella.

Gregory Del Piero featuring Billy Love "D.E.T.R.O.I.T (keep the party free)" (DEL Records CD Promo)

Produced by Gregory Del Piero, "D.E.T.R.O.I.T (keep the party free)" features Billy Love who tells us all how it is in the big "D" - of course he talks about 'Motor City' Detroit. The main mixes are full of uplifting energy, with a fiercely thumpin' backdrop leading the way for Billy Love's wicked vocals and Alfredo Norese's cool guitar and keys. The remix is courtesy of DeejayKul who deepens the vibe and gives the track a much more laidback feel perfect for late night, early morning play.

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