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Feet "Cool Summer EP" (FEET Records CD Promo)

Right in time for summer, Feet Productions are back with an EP full of wonderful productions. Kicking off the EP is "Cool summer", a track that brings back memories of 70's music. Featuring vocalists Michelle and Fil Straughan alongside classic horns and strings over a smooth'n'funky groove - this is soulful disco-house at its best. "So voce", an incredible fusion of house, funk and latin, features percussionist Christian Paoli alongside sweet and sexy female vocals - a piece of irresisitible disco-funk madness that will rock any dancefloor. The EP also includes "I'll think of oyu" and "Excesso", previously only availabe as digital download as part of "FEET Your Soul Vol. 1". Definitely a relase that is not to be missed, perfect for those coming warm summer nights.

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Various "Blueprints #01" (DNM Records Promo CD)

Dealers of Nordic Music (DNM) have established themselves as a platform for scandinavian contemporary music. The "Blueprints #01" sampler is a taster for the forthcoming album release with the same name hat will feature many new talents. The first track "Things we do" is courtesy of jazz duo Soular Sound, here featured in a groovy uptempo Nils Krogh edit that is all about the jazzy elements and passionate vocals. Next up is "The shadow" by Quant that opens as a electro broken beat track before turning into a dark house track. This is followed with "Alone" by Tennis Hero, a warm electro house track. Lastly there is "Running low" by Hird, an athmospheric ambient house track with a jazzy edge.

Miami Aftermath: Isoul8 featuring Diamondancer "Just the way I like it" (Sonar Kollektiv Records CD Promo)
Miami Aftermath: Jimpster featuring Diamondancer "A love like this" (Freerange Records CD-Promo)

Carolyn Ferrari aka Diamondancer is a spoken word artist who writes and performs her own poetry. While she is currently writing poetry for her first spoken word album, look out for two collaborations that will be released in the next weeks. "Just the way I like it" is a collaboration with Isoul8 that is produced by Enrico Crivellaro. It is a warm and mellow track featuring melodic keys alongside the spoken words and sweet guitar courtesy of Pirahnahead. On "A lovel ike this", she teams up with Jimpster for a deeply thumpin' track that features techy keys which give it a ambient-ish Detroit feeling. Can't wait to hear more of these lovely poetry by Diamondancer.

Raw Artistic Soul "Zaab" (GoGo Music Records CD Promo)

"Zaab" is the frist single from the forthcoming Raw Artistic Soul longplayer "You got rhythm too". This organic track features Patrick Wieland who provides an incredible scat vocal and wonderful guitar that is reminiscent of George Benson over an uplifting, deep and funky house groove. The 'Minimal Dub' is all about the beats, bassline and guitar. As a contrast, the 'Vocal Dub' highlights the scat vocals. Ralf GUM provides the 'History Goes By Mix' that is based on a funked-up groove that partly is on a broken beat tip, having a raw and dirty vibe to it that make this a sure shot winner.

Yam Who? featuring Noel McKoy "Summertime" (Papa Records 12")

In early 2003, the first Yam Who? release appeared - a rework of N'Dambia's "Call me". Since then, they've been busy working for some of the best black music labels and artists. Now they present an interpretation of the Leroy Burgess produced High Frequency classic "Summertime" that features soul legend Noel McKoy on vocals. It is a soulful house production featuring lovely strings, a great jazzy piano and wonderful organ alongside passionate vocals that altogether create an uplifting feeling, perfect for the coming summer season.

JoVonn featuring Dawn Nicole "Music made love 2 me" (NextMoov Records 12")

JoVonn's latest offering features up and coming singer Dawn Nicole on vocals who provides a sexy and sultry spoken vocal over a deeply stormin' groove featuring JoVonn's trademark running baseline and hypnotic chords, creating a sensual and laidback deep house vibe that has a slight jazzy edge. The flipside features simpler, stripped down versions that intensify the hypnotic vibes. Two dubbier versions are included that let the music do the talk.

Jon Cutler featuring Pete Simpson "Living" (Distant Music Records 12")

Jon Cutler returns on his own Distant Music label after being very successful with productions and remixes for other labels. "Living" is a soulful production featuring a magnificant vocal performance by Pete Simpson over a thumpin' backing track that has a nice old school flavor to it, featuring wicked keys that craete an uplifting vibe. Karizma provdes the remix, reworking the beats and drums, giving the track a tougher, more driving outfit.

Miami Aftermath: Sybil "Don't give up" (Code Red Records CD Promo)

The Code Red crew took the chance to work with the legendary Sybil (she had many hits in the late 80's including "Let yourself go", "My love is guaranteed", "Falling in love" and more), with "Don't give up" being the first release from the studio sessions. It is an uplifting production that is based on a thumpin' groove that is enriched with wicked keys, jazzy flute and Sybil's incomparable vocals. The dub is the choice for peaktime play with an intensified groove that gives the track an irresistible feeling.

Miami Aftermath: Nite & Day "Meditate" (WOT Recordings CD Promo)

WOT Recordings is a label based in South Africa that presented a demo sampler in Miami that features several lovely tracks including "Meditate" by Nite & Day. "Meditate" is a smooth production featuring wonderful laminar keys, lovely guitar and soulful male vocals over a deeply stormin' groove that is spreading a laidback feeling.

Kid Massive featuring Tiger Lily "Friends" (Map Dance Records CD Promo)

"Friends" by Kid Massive is the second track from the "Spring Sampler" by the Swiss Map Dance label we are proud to bring to your attention. It is an uplifting production that uses a thumpin' groove that is full of funky flavors as base for an irresistible jazzy piano line and sultry vocals by Tiger Lily. With "Friends", you get a sexy house track that is perfect for peaktime play.

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The Basement Boys "Love don't live here no more" (Jump Street Records 12", 1988)

This is The Basement Boys' debut single that got remixed by none other than Tony Humphries.

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