We hope you enjoy this weeks selection of the latest in soulful house music...
Glenn Gregory featuring Lifford Shillingford "Enjoy you, feel you" (Korner Gruve Records CD Promo)
Hot on the heels of the fabulous "Poem in my soul" comes the next soulful gem from Glenn Gregory. On the smooth and soulful yet entrancing "Enjoy you, feel you" he joins forces with Lifford Shillingford - to cut a long story short, the result is sheer musical bliss. Gently thumpin' rhythms lead the way for grand jazzy keys and Lifford Shillingford's inimitable deeply rooted vocals, altogether spreading an uplifting vibe guaranteed to put a spell on you. Nuff said...
Stones & Bones "Wrong U" (FOMP CD Promo)
Stones & Bones, the team South African multi-instrumental artists KG Bones and CJ Stone, grace us with a mind-blowing slice of afro-deepness entitled "Wrong U". Groovylicious afro-tribal rhythms combined with sublime jazzy sax, lush keys and sultry r&b style vocals spread an enthralling vibe you can't resist to dance. The remixes are courtesy of Manoo and Luka both adding their signature deep truly mesmerizing touch, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version...
Boyd Jarvis featuring Lisa Rudolph "Don't deny love" (2014 Remixes)(KingStreet Records CD Promo)
Back in 2002, KingStreet Records released "Don't deny love" by Boyd Jarvis, a delectable underground-esque production featuring the sweet vocals of Lisa Rudolph alongside warm melodious keys over a fervid organic backdrop. Now the track returns to the dance floor in fresh truly breathtaking remixes by Souldynamic whose relentlessly pulsating 'Club Mix' fueled with mesmerizing synth melodies is the perfect choice for prime time play, while their more laidback sun drenched 'Balearic Mix' weaves a gorgeous tapestry of acoustic and electronic timbres. The package comes complete with the original 2002 version and the Mondo Grosso (Shinichi Osawa) edit released on the "Mix The Vibe - Street King EP Part 2" in 2004.
Leigh D Oliver "Sordid details" (Large Music CD Promo)
Late last year, Large Music released the highly praised "Patchwork EP" by Leigh D Oliver, now this highly talented producer returns to the label with the superb "Sordid details" EP. The title track and "Cenotaph" are two enchanting deep house tracks featuring glorious melodies and cleverly used vocal sprinkles over deep truly spell binding rhythms, while the beautiful "Heat" features the seductive vocals of Detroit-based vocalist and composer Rai and glamorous keys and chords over a deep thrilling backdrop.
Alex Millet featuring Krenadean "Closer" (Remixes)(HSR Records CD Promo)
Back in February, we introduced you to "Closer" by Alex Millet, a magnificent soulful production featuring Krenadean's passionate rendition of the lyrics. This time around we proudly present you the remixes of this gem. Alliance DC (aka Bob Povey) contributes an uplifting remix sure to set the floor on fire with its melodious feel good vibe, Guido P relaxes the vibe on his dreamlike rework oozing with heavenly melodies, Andy Soul serves a fiercely thumpin' yet soulful interpretation laced with classy keys, DJ Funky T delivers a hypnotizing deep funktified dub version, and finally there is Jako Diaz energetic workout perfect for peak time play.
Playin' 4 The City "Playin' EP" (Plastik People Recordings CD Promo)
It has been a very very long time since we've last heard from Olivier Portal aka Playin' 4 The City, but finally he is back with a new release on up and rising Plastik People Recordings. The "Playin' EP" features three equally stellar tracks (two of which feature live bass by Slikk Tim), each of them bringing back the beloved Playin' 4 The City sound from back in the day: soulful, funky, deep, groovey. Hopefully we'll here more from Olivier Portal in the future...
Anita Baker "Caught up in the rapture" (CJ Giovanni Edit)(CD-R)
There is a ton of DJ edits floating around on the Internet (Soundclould is a good place to start looking), every so often there is an edit which stands out. A prime example is this edit by CJ Giovanni of Anita Baker's r&b/soul classic "Caught up in the rapture" from 1986 (from here second album "Rapture" which also includes the unforgettable "Sweet love") which stays true and respectful to the original yet transforms the song into a contemporary soul oozing four-to-the-floor gem.
Kym Sims featuring Unique2rhythm "Won't do that" (Unique2Rhythm CD Promo)
Legendary house music songstress Kym Sims is back for more dance floor heat, teaming up with Unique2rhythm to bring us the delightful "Won't do that", an old school inspired production built around a ruthlessly bumpin' backing, lush synths and big piano hook, not to forget to mention Kym Sims unmistakable deeply rooted vocals. Jam-packed dance floors guaranteed...
Instant Funk "It ain't Reggae (but it's funky)" (The Groovin Beats Ensemble ReWork)(CD-R)
In 1976, Instant Funk released their first independent album "Get down with the Philly jump" on TSOP Records which includes the funk infused Philly-Disco/Philly-Soul classic "It ain't Reaggae (but it's funky)". The Groovin Beats Ensemble (Lello Cacciola, Tony Maione, DaSouL) breathe new life into the song, keeping the spirit and vibe of the original alive yet giving it a modern truly glamorous and captivating 4/4 twist.