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Pepita Project featuring Paris Brightledge "The way we were" (Pep Sounds Records CD Promo)

Pepita Project featuring Paris Brightledge - The way we were Pepita Project's "The way we were" will take you back in time thanks to emotional vocals by Paris Brightlege (the legendary voice on the timeless "It's all right" by Sterling Void), atmospheric synth melodies and an old school flavored groove which altogether spread a gorgeous laidback vibe. Wayne Gardiner delivers a deep and groovy remix full of exquisite keys and chords, while Tomson & Benedict turn out a ruthless dance floor bomb with their deep mesmerizing remixes that are somewhat reminiscent of the unmistakable Marc Kinchen sound.

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Exclusive Preview: Michele McCain presents Marivent Soul "All I can do" (John Mateo NYC Deep Mix)(Marivent Music International CD Promo)

Hot on the heels of the Brazilian Soul Crew and Andy Ward mixes comes this marvelous interpretation by John Mateo who takes the wonderful "All I can do" by Michele McCain to deepest grounds, combining the fabulous vocals with jazzy keys and luscious chords, all perfectly arranged over a relentlessly thumpin' backing. One to be added to the top of your must have list.

Exclusive Preview: Rasmir Mantree "Just because I'm positive" (Mantree Records CD Promo)
Exclusive Preview: Rasmir Mantree "I can't forget" (Mantree Records CD Promo)

Rasmir Mantree is about to drop two fresh releases, both of which feature lyrics talking about living with HIV. "Just because I'm positive" is deep and truly funky, oozing with an organic live feel created by an infectious backdrop built around a massive bassline, wicked keys and funky guitar riffs. The more laidback "I can't forget" goes deeper and features stylish synth melodies over an old school flavored slightly broken groove, with the 'Got Hope Mix' adding that distinct Mantree four-to-the-floor touch to the track.

Martin East Project featuring Jared Douglas "Forever more" (Kapa Music Records CD Promo)

Martin East and Jared Douglas follow up their previous club smash "Release" with "Forever more", a delicious slice of deep house featuring passionate vocals by Jared Douglas. The original by Martin East & Theo Zanos is deep and compelling, with the lush keys giving the track a moody touch. Martin East's 'Deepah Dub' adds a techy twist to the track, while MSRS (aka Mike Sarkus & Ralph Session) go laidback and old school, adding a beautiful piano. Scott Wozniak reworks the track into punchy electro tinged main room favorites, while South African producer Snow serves a contagious afrocentric dance floor gem.

Various Artists "Liberate Sampler 2" (Liberate Records CD Promo)

Two months after blessing us with their first sampler, Liberate Records come up with the 2nd installment in the series, presenting a great four track selection of deep captivating underground house vibes. "Lifts me higher" is a forcefully thumpin', soulful and melodic collaboration between vocalist Angel-A and Doc Link, followed by Eman's evocative spoken word "New reality" in a sweeter than sweet percussion driven mix by Alton Miller. Next, Eman and Boddhi Satva collaborate on "Brown sugar" which is included here in the deep hypnotic 'Synth Mix' by DJ Romain. Lastly, the previously released "Tongue twisted" by the team of Lorie Caval & Doc Link gets remixed by DJ Fudge into an absolutely irresistible peak time gem with a tech-funky twist.

Soulscience featuring Dennis Baker "Hypnotize you" (Part 2)(Deeper Shades Records CD Promo)

Deeper Shades Records drop part two of "Hypnotize you" by Soulscience, a wonderful production featuring heartfelt vocals by Dennis Baker. Ezel kicks things off with a deep and groovy yet infectious, afro rhythms driven remix fueled with melodious keys and chords. Next, Christo smoothes the vibe down for a mellow yet mesmeric journey with a dreamy touch. His hypnotic dub roughens the vibe with a vibrant tech-soul groove and moody chords. Finally, Jay Tripwire reworks the 'DKMA Remix' into a nine minute epic that puts the contaminous synths center stage.

Andrea Carissimi featuring Brent St. Clair "Straight up" (Just 4 Funk Records CD Promo)

Andrea Carissimi returns with the energy laden yet soulful old skool styled stomper "Straight up", featuring uplifting vocals by Brent St. Clair and Wendy D. Lewis alongside an intriguing piano and lush chords over a relentlessly stormin' funk soaked backing. The 'Funk Dub' turns the heat up for peak time action with cool spoken words. An instrumental for the purists completes the package.

Galaxy Group featuring Capitol A and Carla Prather "Out of control" (Part 2)(Loveslap! Records CD Promo)

Galaxy Group's super cool "Out of control" returns with brand new sparkling remixes that take Carla Prather's sublime vocals and Capitol A's spoken words to the next level. The 1200 Warriors give the track a remorseless chunky feel on their take, using a funky as hell bassline you can't resist to dance to. Domu (aka Dominic Stanton) offers a selection of slammin' mixes that add a truly fresh touch to the track, ranging from dirty broken beat styled groovers to melodious beach house favorites.

Scope "Glow EP" (OneThirty Records CD Promo)

Belfast's deep house master Scope presents the lovely three track release "Glow EP" which is all about refreshing melodious deep house grooves for those dreamy late nite moments. Each of the three tracks uses a resistless backdrop which gets topped with flowing synth melodies, phat chords and sparse vocal to create a frenzy on the dance floor.

Armbar "Love Tap EP" (Look At You Records CD Promo)

Denver based Mike Paolo under his Armbar disguise presents the five track "Love Tap EP" which is guaranteed to create a stir on the dance floor thanks to the delicious funk soaked grooves and the uplifting keys and chords which altogether create a ruthless feel good vibe. Whether you like it more laidback, slightly dirty or peak hour alike, it all can be found here.

Fromwood "Drive" (Submantra Remix)(Irma Records CD Promo)

This lovely deep'n'mellow tech-soul extravaganza courtesy of Filippo Mistretta is part a massive 15 track remix package released by Irma Records. His galactic 'Submantra Remix' is full of warm synth melodies and chords which are nicely arranged over a smooth yet contaminous backdrop, perfect for late night / early  morning play.

Masterbuilders "Future Licks EP" (Masterbuilders Records CD Promo)

We haven't heard from the Masterbuilders for quite some time, but now they return with a preview of things to come in early 2010. "Can't stop" is remixed by Benny Beatz into a bouncing, broken beat styled dance floor pleaser featuring passionate vocals by MX. "Broke" is a gorgeous down tempo boogie tune remixed by KM3, featuring the highly talented Georgia Anne Muldrow on vocals. Finally, "Never never" gets reworked by Christo who turns the track into a moody, Detroit-esque deep house jewel.

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