Picks of the Week

The Brooklyn Knightz "He'll give you shelter" (Rapture Trax Records CD Promo)

"He'll give you shelter" by The Brooklyn Knightz is a timeless gospel house production featuring both marvellous instrumentation and vocals. Produced by Phil Hooton and Rob Noize Temple , "He'll give you shelter" features wonderful keys, horns and guitar that together with the masterly performed vocals by Temple Dynasty create a feel good vibe every time you're gonna hear this uplifting and spiritual journey into house music. With a variety of instrumental versions included, this one is not to be missed.

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Various "Dreamgirls: Remixed" (Sony Records CD)

Currently only available through Walmart in the USA as part of a special DVD bundle, this CD features seven remixes of the original soundtrack, including one of the standout tunes from this years Winter Music Conference: the Blaze interpretation of "Family" performed by Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Keith Robinson & Anika Noni Rose that is all about the outstanding vocals and beautiful chords arranged nicely over a smooth groove. Then there is "Move" performed by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles & Anika Noni Rose that is given an uplifting reworking with wicked keys over a fierce groove.

Ananda Project "Into the sunrise" / "Let love fly" / "Where the music takes you" (NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)

NiteGrooves follow up the slammin' Blaze mixes of "Fireworks" with the Frankie Feliciano reworkings of "Into the sunrise", the title track from Ananda Project's current longplayer. Frankie Feliciano takes the track to the deep house territory with a deeply rumblin' groove that is topped with melodic keys and lovely strings. Also included are the downtempo "Let love fly" that is perfect for chilling and "Where the music takes you", a laidback groover with a beautiful jazz-funky instrumentation.

Aquatique Records presents "Soulfully yours" (Parts One and Two)(Aquatique Records CD Promo)

Frederic Dinca (aka DJ Nemo aka Pashaa) presents a lovely two part release on Aquatique Records. The first part is titled "Little thingz" and features the smooth and silky voice Taisha Grant (the niece of Donna Summer) over a soulful and groovily thumpin' musical backrop. The 'Soulfully Yours Mix' smoothes things down to a sweet percussion enriched groove, while the 'Tribapella Bonus Dub' is a percussion driven, smooth tribal affair. The second part is titled "Sweet love" and features singer Aiardo who provides an inspirital r&b styled vocal performance over a smooth backing groove that is enriched with warm melodic keys, lovely guitars and sweet percussion. Beside the vocal and instrumental versions, there is the 'On the Rhodes Mix' which replaces the vocals with a wicked organ ride.

Monday Michiru "The right time" (KingStreet Records CD Promo)

Jephte Guillaume takes on Monday Michiru's "The right time" and turns it into a masterfully crafted musical journey into sweet and smooth house grooves on an afro-funk tip, flavored with lovely jazzy ingredients and featuring an inspirational vocal performance by Monday Michiru. The dub places the emphasis on the beats and drums, giving it a more groovy feeling.

Exclusive Review: SuSu Bobien "You brought me a brighter day" (Tyron Dixon Remix)(SoundMen on Wax Records CD-R)

"You brought me a brighter day" by SuSu Bobien, one of the true and legendary divas of house music, gets a splendid reworking by Tyron Dixon who uses a percussion enriched, smoothy stompin' backing groove as base for the incomparable vocals by SuSu Bobien and sweet keys that give it a laidback feeling.

Justin Michael featuring Jason Lent "Play house" (Swank Records CD Promo)

"Play house" is the first single taken from Justin Michael's upcoming debut artist album which is slated for a release in early july. "Play house" features the smooth and silky voice from Jason Lent over a soulful and very melodic backing groove. Blake Reary spices things up, adding balearic flavors to give it a summery vibe while Jon Cutler reworks it into a relentless tech-soul affair with wicked keys. Finally Kid Massive gives it a dirty electro interpretation.

Stereo Mutants "I love soul" (TriCircle Records CD Promo)

"I love soul" by the Stereo Mutants is a lovely deep house track which features wicked keys and sexy female vocals in its original form. Lots of remixes to choose from, with Danny Clark providing a mellow and laidback affair with a warm instrumentation, while Ruben Alvarez gives it an uplifting summery re-rub. The 'Treasure Room Piano Jazz Remix' by BK Duke from Diamonhouse transforms the track into jazz-flavored deep house affair, while Roed Svensk comes up with a groovy jazz-funky dub version. Two DJ tools - the 'Danny Clark Reprise' and 'Treasure Room Piano Pella' - round of the package.

FTL presents Char Delvaille "Love So Amazing" (Fuzion Records CD Promo)

FTL aka For The Love aka Jeremias Santiago present the uplifting "Love so amazing" which features a sensual vocal performance by Char Delvaille. The original version is a smoothly thumpin' affair featuring warm melodic keys and a jazzy piano, while Blvd East (Chris Perez & James Rivera) provide a deeper rendition with melodic keys leading the way for the vocals. Fuzion (George Mena & Franke Estevez) rework the track into a percussion enriched, deeply groovin' affair with wicked keys that create an intense vibe. Available exclusively through Traxsource.

Groove Invaderz featuring Nicole Tyler "Keep risin" (Parts 1 + 2)(DoubleShock Records CD Promo)

DoubleShock Records follow up the success of "Pressure" by Park Street with another massive release, this time by the Groove Invaderz featuring the sweet voice of Nicole Tyler. The release comes as a two part release, with the first part including the fierce, disco-flavored original version that is spreading a feel-good vibe. Also to be found on the first part are a more laidback, piano-driven reworking by Kid Massive and the irresistible uplifting remixes by Central Avenue that feature wicked keys and lovely funky ingredients. The second part holds the tougher mixes by Playmaker and Lil Devious that are destined for the bigger rooms, alongside the hypnotic underground-ish 'Big City Dog 6am Bumpin Dub'.

Jason AJ Summers "Garden city groove" (CD Promo)

With "Garden city groove", Jason AJ Summers presents a mellow and laidback production perfect for chilling and relaxing thanks to the warm instrumentation that includes melodic keys, lovely horns and a jazzy piano over a smooth yet deep backing groove. This track is available as digital download here.

Formation Soul "Bossa Sun Groove" (Centric Records CD Promo)

From Formation Soul comes "Bossa sun groove", a beautiful brazilian house production featuring a great instrumentation which give it a unique live feeling. Bruno Banner keeps it on a latinesque side on his rendition, while taking it to deeper grounds. DJ Rocco goes one step further by taking it to even deeper grounds, giving it a smooth laidback feeling perfect for late nite play.

Look Brown featuring Holly "Without you" (Spiritual Blessings Remix)(Next Dimension Music Records CD Promo)

Taken from the "Without You Remixed #02", this Spiritual Blessings remix of "Without you" by Look Brown (aka Kayasswhy, a polish DJ and producer) features a beautiful instrumentation including warm melodic chords and a wicked organ solo that accompany nicely the sweet and soulful vocals by Holly aka Hania Garbocz.

Tyron Dixon meets Judita "La vida" (Original Mix)(R2T Records CD P romo)

Tyron Dixon kicks off his brand new R2T label with a sweet latin house production titled "La vida" that features a sexy vocal performance by Judita over a smoothly stormin' funktified groove that is enriched with lovely horns and a funky guitar alongside warm melodic keys.

Tiger Stripes "Song for edit" / "Rasmus Faber plays the Marimba" (NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)

Swedish producer Tiger Stripes (aka D'Malicious and 12th Floor) will unleash his debut artist album "Safari" soon, with this double a-side single presenting collaborations with Kerri Chandler and Rasmus Faber, both lifted from the album. "Song for edit" with Kerri Chandler is an uplifting track featuring lovely strings and keys over a deeply stormin' groove, while "Rasmus Faber plays the marimba" is a smooth tribal house track with hypnotic synth lines and wicked marimba played by Rasmus Faber.

Darren Campbell "Headz up" (SOS Groove Mix)(Sounds of Subway Recordings Records CD Promo)

With "Headz up", Darren Campbell presents a deeply thumpin' track on an old-school underground tip that features lush keys and wicked chords over a relentless groove created by a rollin' bassline and kicking beats, the result being an irresstible track that will get the crowd into a frenzy.

Exclusive Review: Redsoul & D'Layna "Believin' in love" (Enrico Mantini Classic Mix)(CD-R)

Currently unsigned, this project by Redsoul features singer D'Layna who provides a soulful vocal performance over a funktified, smoothly thumpin' backing groove created by Enrico Mantini that is enriched with lovely keys and disco-ish strings that give it a classic sounding.

Soulright presents "The Getting There Project"(Reversoul Music Records CD Promo)

The second release on John 'Julius' Knights' Reversoul Music imprint sees Miami based Soulright providing two great tracks. First off is "Searching", a track driven by eclectic synth lines that are placed over an energetic backing groove, while th second track "The path" features orchestral strings and laminar keys over a deeply rumblin' backing groove.

Exclusive Review: Mr. Mama "Unfixed" (Dreamin NYC Spiritual Reconceipt)(CD-R)

While his slammin' "Snake shake" just got released by Equal Records, Mr. Mama keeps himself busy in the studio working on new material, of which "Unfixed" found its way to our desk, a track featuring a lovely old-school piano and warm chords over deeply thumpin' beats and drums that are enriched with sweet percussion, creating a laidback vibe.

Exclusive Review: Davidson Ospina & D'Layna "Ladadi (Dada)" (Enrico Mantini Morning Dub)(Ospina Digital Records CD-R)

Since "Ladadi (dada)" first saw the light of the day at this years Winter Music Conference, it has been getting huge support. Now this Davidson Ospina produced track that features an inspiratinal vocal performance by D'Layna gets taken to deeper grounds by Enrio Mantini on his dub version that is built around a heavily stompin' groove and features wicked keys.

Deep 6 Syndicate "The Depth EP" (Strobe Records CD Promo)

Deep 6 Syndicate (aka Ron Allen) follows up the successful "On and on" with "The Depth EP" that includes a remix of the afore mentioned. The title track "Depth" is a bangin' deep house cut featuring sexy male vocals and wicked keys over deeply thumpin' beats, with some techy elements added around the middle. Ron Allen's remix of "On and on" takes it to moody grounds, with rollin' synth lines accompanying the female vocals.

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