Picks of the Week
Jalal Johnson and Drew Lockhart "What about Jersey?" (Trakwyze Records CD Promo)
|Trakwyze Records is the brand new label formed by Jalal Johnson, and the label kicks off super strong with "What about Jersey?", a collaboration with Drew Lockhart. The underground-esque "What about Jersey?" is a deeply groovin' poem to the classic NJ sound and legends (more precisely to the huge influences that New Jersey based DJ's and producers have had over the underground dance music genre known as 'house music' today) full of lovely guitars, melodious keys and spoken words. Much more to come including a full album and many more singles.|
Exclusive Preview: Erykah Badu "Bag lady" (DSF Remix)(CD-R)
Erykah Badu's "Bag lady" had been bootlegged quite a few times already since its release in 2001, but only a few were are actually worth listening or buying (something that is similar to most of the unauthorized remixes floating around these days). Here we have a gorgeous edit courtesy of DSF that breathes new life into this beautiful song, using a fiercely stompin' percussive groove as playground for a wicked guitar by Steve Jazz, lush keys and the unmistakable vocals by Erykah Badu.
Da Capo & Punk "Afrolyptic EP" (Lembe Sounds CD Promo)
The "Afrolyptic EP" sees Da Capo and Punk - two young uprising producers from South Africa - join forces to present six afrotastic tracks taking you on a journey as deep as it gets, with relentless tribal-esque grooves leading the way for enchanting percussion, mesmerizing chants and celestial synths and chords, altogether creating a hypnotic feel you can't resist to dance to. Essential for all the Afro house aficionados...
Christos Kedras "Full Spectrum Remixed" (Kapa Music CD Promo)
Christos Kedras' debut album "Full Spectrum" was released earlier this year through Kapa Music, now the label drops a tasty package full of previously unreleased mixes. "Little dark spot" gets taken to deepest old school flavored grounds by JT Donaldson & Tim K, while Jazzy Eyewear give "One night a V2" a cool funky edge. Next is Dario D'Attis' forcefully stompin' piano fueled rework of "Fly me away", followed by a bouncey instrumental take of "You can do what you want" by Leggz & Femi B. Lastly, EOTL serve a deep'n'dirty dub re-rub of "Going to prevail".
BC Groovin Society featuring A. Salih "City lights" (Transitori Music CD Promo)
Legendary New York DJ/producer Benji Candelario collaborates with Italy's DJ Andrea 'Groovin' Fabrizio and singer A. Salih on "City lights", a feel good production featuring sultry vocals by A. Salih and wicked keys and chords over a drivin' groove perfect for prime time play. The remixes are courtesy of Andy Ward who delivers a warm smoothly stompin' groover and Vincent Kwok who serves both main room mixes on a techy tip and his signature soulful San Francisco sound on the 'Classic Mix'.
Dwayne Minard featuring Billy Newton Davis "When you're this big" (Daddy Funk Records CD Promo)
Daddy Funk go from strength to strength, with their latest one "When you're this big" by Dwayne Minard sure to become a peak time favorite thanks to the pumping backing, catchy synth hooks and sublime vocals by Billy Newton Davis. The package includes slammin' main room remixes by Soul Cartel and Temprano & 2 Good Souls, but the real delight are Mojito's soulful 'Back to NY Mix' oozing with warm melodic keys and hot guitar licks and Rob Hayes' laidback funk drenched workout.
Exclusive Preview: Fabrizio Marra and Flora Cruz "Move for you" (Mixtape Sessions CD Promo)
Fabrizio Marra teams up with Flora Cruz to present "Move for you", an uplifting production featuring deeply felt vocals by Flora Cruz alongside jazzy keys and phat chords over an infectious deeply thumpin' backdrop enriched with sweet percussion. The 'Old Skool Mix' deepens the vibe to give the track a classy old school feel taking you back in time.
Galaxy Group "Ease back" (Loveslap! Records CD Promo)
Hot on the heels of the masterful "Afrodiziak" comes the next bomb from the Galaxy Group (Antoine Green and Charles Spencer) titled "Ease back", a marvelous soulful production on a laidback tip featuring delicious keys and glorious vocals over a captivating broken beat groove. The Brazilian Soul Crew contribute a stellar latinesque interpretation, while 1200 Warriors give the track a chunky jazz-funky touch.
Hard Mix! "Music" (Mercado Paralelo Music CD Promo)
Brazilian producer Hard Mix! drops the groovy "Music" featuring sexy female vocals and luscious keys and celestial chords over a deeply stormin' yet smooth backdrop - perfect for those moody late night and early morning sets to take the dancers on a journey to the melodious grounds of house music.
Jay-J "Getting a rise" (Remixes Part 2)(Shifted Music Records CD Promo)
Here we have fresh mixes of Jay-J's "Getting a rise" (originally released in September of last year including remixes by Pete Moss and Jevne). This time Spain's Deep Josh takes on the track, taking it to new heights by combining the passionate vocals by Brian 'Bam Morgan' with a funk soaked backing and exquisite chords. Comes complete with instrumental and dub versions.