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Steven Stone & Pete Simpson "Time to change" (Soulbridge Remix)(Soul Deluxe Recordings Promo)

In June of last year, we were celebrating "Time to change" by Swiss DJ/producer Steven Stone, a marvelous soulful production featuring the distinctive heartfelt vocals of Pete Simpson. Now this gem returns in a superb interpretation by Soulbridge (Gigi Frassanito) who combines Pete Simpson's beautiful vocals with lush keys, celestial chords, classy saxophone and an intriguing yet smooth organic musical backing.

Unqle Chriz "This must be love" (Vibe Boutique Records Promo)

South Africa's Unqle Chriz returns to Vibe Boutique Records with the wonderful "This must be love", beyond the shadow of a doubt this is a truly glamorous slice of soulful bliss sure to send shivers down your spine through the gentle organic rhythms, melodious keys, dreamy chords and the deeply rooted vocals of Unqle Chriz. The alternate 'Soul Mix' is a truly charming reprise of the song.

Randy Peterson featuring Andre Espeut "No better" (Makin' Moves Promo)

To be released in the next couple of days through Makin' Moves is "No better" by UK producer Randy Peterson, to cut right to the chase this inspiring and truly groovey track using an utterly contaminous funktified backdrop as foundation for enchanting keys and the one-of-a-kind tempting vocals of Andre Espeut is guaranteed to cast a spell on you. Comes highly recommended.

The Rhythm Sessions featuring S-tone "Dance with me" (OPOM Promo)

South Africa's The Rhythm Sessions (Edsoul & Fang DaRhythm) make their debut on OPOM with the phantasmagorical "Dance with me" taken from their self-titled debut album released in summer of last year. Unquestionably, "Dance with me" featuring the incredible vocals of S-tone is a heavenly uber soulful gem having timeless written all over, included on this release is the remastered original version alongside mesmerizing tech-soul flavored afro-deep remixes by Zulumafia guaranteed to send the dancers into a frenzy.

Ohyea Muziq presents "Summer Sampler Vol. 4" (Ohyea Muziq Promo)

Right in time for South African summer (which runs from around mid-October to mid-February), Ohyea Muziq present the latest installment in their highly acclaimed "Summer Sampler" series. Similar to its predecessors, volume four is truly chameleonic and features a mixture of previously released as well as unreleased vocal and instrumental tracks from the likes of Abel Daizer, Black Candy, Daniele Baldi, DJ Thes-Man, Lilac Jeans featuring LaVeda, OU, Tobetsa Lamola, Trevor Gordon featuring Anthony Carey & Urvin June and Viwe The Don presents The Maxx Family. In other words, this undoubtedly dope compilation exploring the various shades of soulful and afro house music is highly recommended.

Dennis Ferrer featuring K.T. Brooks "How do I let go" (Remixes)(KingStreet Records Promo)

Back in 2007, renowned DJ/producer Dennis Ferrer graced us with "How do I let go" a  truly mellifluous and verily soulful production laced with the unmistakable deep-rooted vocals of K.T. Brooks (rip). Now this gem returns in stellar remixes by Doug Gomez whose respectful re-imagination oozes with his signature afro-percussive influenced soulful sound, and Di Saronno who delivers a tech house workout.

ElementicSoul featuring Lionel & Andileh "End of time" (Gruv Manic Digital Promo)

The latest offering from Gruv Manic Digital is "End of time" by Siyabonga Ndlovu aka ElementicSoul, indisputably this is a truly splendiferous afro house production with smooth yet irresistibly thumpin' rhythms leading the way for tantalizing synth melodies and the glorious vocals of Lionel (Lionel Chamane) and Andileh (Andile Dlamini), altogether spreading a verily entrancing feel.

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