Picks of the Week
Tiger Stripes "Missing you" (Slip'N'Slide Records CD Promo)
Mikael Nordgren under his Tiger Stripes disguise delivers another fantastic track that features seductive female vocals over a smooth afro tribal groove that is enriched with a beautiful instrumentation that gives the song a summery feeling. Mr. V delivers a set of incredible remixes that feature his trademark deep bassline grooves, wonderful keys and organ lines that create a great melodic vibe. These pumped up mixes will have everybody shakin' their limbs, with a dub that no one can resist to dance to as it is absolutely irresistible and groundbreaking.
Exclusive Review: Kirk Franklin "Looking for you" (JK Edit)(CD-R)
Kirk Franlin's "Looking for you" is a brilliant gospel cover of the timeless classic "Haven't you heard" by Patrice Rushen that is a spreading an inspirational feeling through the funktified stompin' groove and wonderfully performed vocals, currently being championed all over the world by the lovers of soulful grooves. Jacko delivers a beautifully arranged extended edit that takes the song new heights on the dancefloors.
Praise Report featuring Ricky Nelson "Goodness and mercy" (AceBeat Records CD Promo)
With "Goodness and mercy", AceBeat Records continue their tradition of releasing inspirational garage productions that feature marvellous singers, in this case it is Ricky Nelson who provides a passionate gospel vocal performance over a deeply thumpin' backing groove that is enriched with melodic keys. The result is a timeless garage production only New Jersey can bring out.
The Isley Brothers "Harvest for the world" (Restricted Access Records 12")
After having reworked REM and Jose Feliciano recently, Timmy Regisford takes on the anthemic "Harvest for the world" by the incomparable Isley Brothers and delivers a respectful interpretation that adds swingin' beats, synths and strings to the song that turn it into a bumpin' Shelter favorite.
Beyonce featuring Jay Z "Deja vu" (Pedro London's Money Dub)(CD-R)
The brand new single from Beyonce which features Jay Z might become one of this summer favorites r&b tunes, and it has already been given the workover for the dancefloors by Pedro London who turn it into a fiercely stompin' house track which features nice breakdowns, and it also samples the Simply Red classic "Money's too tight (to mention)".
Edzy "Do it 'til you burn" (Remixes)(Look-At-You Records CD Promo)
"Do it 'til you burn", the standout track from Edzy's "Retrofective EP", gets a well deserved release on its own. Edzy himself provides a dub of the EP version as well as a twisted 'Gotta Get Up Mix' and the 'Funk Lab' remixes that give the track more of a laidback feeling. Completing the package is a remix by Marshall Jefferson coming on a moody techy edge with lots of acid drops.
Ferry B & Franco De Mulero "Balearico" (SoulFuric Deep Records CD Promo)
Ibiza veterans Ferry B and Franco De Mulero present their debut for SoulFuric with "Balearico", a summer anthem full of positives vibes and energy that is guaranteed to take Ibiza by storm thanks to the powerful groove and the uplifting keys that will are spreading a feel-good vibe. A great selection of mixes is included, including a slightly tougher dub perfect for peaktime play.
Lenny Fontana & Joi Cardwell "Make it alright" (Stalwart Records CD Promo)
Two house music legends team up on "Make it alright" - DJ and producer Lenny Fontana and singer Joi Cardwell. They bring us a funky monster jam that is grooving from the beginning to the end and features an amazing vocal performance by Joi Cardwell over tough funky beats that and a wicked funky loop. A simple yet irresistible track that is extremely effective and has got all it needs to become of one this years anthems. With vocal, dub and acapella versions to choose from, this is gonna become a DJ's favorite.
David Penn & Sebastian Gamboa "La vida" (Purple Tracks Records CD Promo)
"La vida" is the work of David Penn from Madrid (Spain) and Sebastian Gamboa from Ibiza who present a groovy track perfect for the summer that features a sexy female vocal and wicked keys on top of a stormin' funked-up groove. The dub mix is the choice for the bigger rooms thanks to the extra synth lines. A lovely reprise is completing the package.
Afromento "Midnight train" (SoulFuric Trax Records CD Promo)
DJ Fudge and Hedi Benromdan aks Afromento return to SoulFuric to follow the success of "Human wave" with "Midnight train". The original is a deep driving affair featuring electronic keys on top that lead the way The 'Afromento Remix' turns it into an afro-house affair, with african chants added. Lastly there is Ryan Mishkin's 'Space Terrace 6AM Mix' that relaxes the groove somewhat to give it a more laidback feeling.
Rasmir "SU-B-B-DO-BA" (CD-R)
Rasmir has been featured on Spirit of House many times in the recent past, and he truly deserves respect for his skills and the music he produces. One of the latest offerings is "SU-B-B-DO-BA", a track that might sound a bit weird the first time you listen to it as it uses quite a complex arrangement, but don't let yourself get fooled as this track will grow on you and your crowd - and it has already been tried and tested and has been getting a overwhelming crowd response. Rasmir's production are now available as Digital Downloads at Soulful Downloads.