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Ricky Nelson and Praise Report "With out you" (Ace Beat Records CD Promo)

Ace Beat Logo Ace Beat Records, one of the legendary New Jersey Garage labels, blesses us with an exquisite uplifting Gospel House anthem produced by Tyrone 'Intense' Payton,  featuring heartfelt vocals by Ricky Nelson and Praise Report over a soulful yet relentless percussion driven backing enriched with beautiful guitars, lush melodic keys and jazzy piano. The dub version strips the vocals down, putting the stellar instrumentation center stage. A classic in the making.

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Exclusive Preview: Vick Lavender featuring Michelle Thomas "Superwoman" (Sophisticado Records CD Promo)

We brought you Vick Lavender's "Superwoman" as an exclusive back in March 2007, and now we proudly present you the final version as another exclusive. Featuring outstanding vocals from the highly talented Michelle Thomas, "Superwoman" comes your way as luscious blend of a deeply stormin' yet smooth house groove with an orchestral instrumentation oozing with marvelous jazz-funk flavors. Beside the vocal version, there is a masterly crafted instrumental included in the release too. Pure timeless quality.

Exclusive Preview: Soulato featuring Chellena Black "Love don't hit" (Paradax Records CD Promo)

"Love don't hit" is written and performed by Chellena Black, with all the offered mixes being deep and mesmeric. Aaron Arce combines the passionate vocals with a deeply groovin' funk drenched backing and lush melodies, while Soulato deepen the vibe to the max on their old school styled stripped down version. DJ Rico and Tony Largo team up for a deep laidback dub perfect for late night play, while Eddie Amador pumps the vibe up for slightly electrofied peak time action.

jOHNNYDANGEROUs featuring Kenny Bobien "Callin' you lord" (KingStreet Records CD Promo)

The DJ Yass remixed "Callin' you lord" is taken from Johnny Dangerous' debut long player "Problem 13" and features the one and only Kenny Bobien. The remixes are smooth yet infectious, with Kenny Bobien's incomparable vocals being accompanied by intoxating synth hooks and classy jazzy piano, all perfectly arranged over a deeply thumpin' groove.

The Freddy Turner Project featuring The Three Kings "Spread love" (NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)

The original concept for the instrumental "Spread love" is courtesy of Freddy Turner and Dino Constantinidis, and what they present is best described as a slice of contaminous funky house clocking in at 14 minutes, with the bouncing bassline, soothing rhodes, jazzy piano and wicked keys creating an uplifting feeling. And if that wasn't enough, Danny Krivit delivers a wonderful edit, spicing the vibe up for a more traditional 4/4 feel.

Various "Code Red Summer Madness Sampler '09" (Code Red Records CD Promo)

Code Red let us enjoy summer time to its full glory with their "Summer Madness Sampler '09", a selection of slick house gems. The uplifting "Summershine" by Souldynamic & Leslie Carter is included in the sleek original version, a sun drenched piano fueled remix by Groove Assassin and a groovy re-edit by Leslie Carter. Next is part two of Klement Bonelli's proggy tech house bullet "Revival", followed by DJ Spen's captivating remix of Neal Conway's "Release the anger". Finally Aaron Ross drops the sax driven, truly underground-ish "Planet sax".

Filin Brake & David Maranello "Black magic pearl" (ReelGroove Records CD Promo)

Initially featured on the "The Sound Of Reelgroove Sampler" back in July, "Black magic pearl" by Filin Brake & David Maranello is about to get a well deserved full release. Filin Brake's '2009 Deep Mix' is deep and hypnotic, with the sexy spoken words being accompanied by phat synth hooks, while his 'Hausbrigade Underground Mix' is a remorseless big room rework. Alfred Azzetto turns the track into a deep soul-tech anthem, while Rafael Yapudjian & RyB relax the vibe for a laidback summery feel, with a glamorous reprise included too. Lastly DJ Tekin contributes a funk soaked interpretation built around a fierce percussion driven backdrop.

Exclusive Preview: Filta Freqz "Futurepast EP" (Seventy Four CD-R)

Once again Filta Freqz hit hard on the dance floor with their latest offering titled "Futurepast EP". The title track is somewhat tougher than their previous works, featuring mesmerizing synths and clever hooks over an irresistibly stompin' funk enriched groove. Then with "Non stop" they provide a funky monster gem for the dance floor which oozes with a captivating old school tinged funky feel you can't resist to dance to.

Audio Affinity featuring Gemma Roe "All for me" (Daddy Funk Records CD Promo)

"All for me" by Audio Affinity is a resistless yet soulful production featuring sultry vocals courtesy of Gemma Roe alongside cool synths and jazzy piano over a stompin' backdrop. Various remixes to choose from, with Shane D reworking the track into a soulful feel good anthem, while Soul Cartel give it a peak time main room makeover. Colin Sales' vocal and dub versions are blissful deepness, while DJ Fresh's deep funktified take is a cheeky affair. Lastly you get a stylish funked-up interpretation by the Groove Technicians.

Alvaro Ernesto "Deep for you" (Chillin' Music Records CD Promo)

Deep house is a global phenomena as this production by Alvaro Ernesto from Lima, Peru emphasizes. As you'd imagine, "Deep for you" is on a deep tip, filled with airy percussion and gentle melodies which together with the smoothly thumpin' backing create a dreamy feel. Q-Burns Abstract Message gives the track a remorseless chunky twist, while Alland Byallo injects the track with driving techy flavors. Last but not least, Cates&dpL go all atmospheric on their subtle rework.

Mauritzio "Anima Mundi EP" (Music Plan Tracks Records CD Promo)

With the "Anima Mundi EP", Italy's Mauritzio presents a selection of seriously deep dance floor gems. "Dense" is a contaminous affair using a thumpin' groove as playground for wicked keys, off the hook organ ride and cool guitar, while the heavily stompin' "Lets cold" keeps the vibe deep and compelling - a perfect choice for late nite / early morning play. Completing the package is the mid tempo "On this way", a laidback production oozing with sweet melodies and funky flavas.

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