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P'Taah "The cosmic laws" / "Fade away" (Street King Records CD Promo)

P'Taah - The cosmic laws - Fade away Here we've got a masterly double header release by Chris Brann's (Wamdue Project, Ananda Project) brainchild P'Taah, featuring the previously released Silver City remixes of "Fade away" featuring Tiombe Lockhart and "The cosmic laws" featuring Monday Michiru which got reworked by none other than Phil Asher who injects his signature style, bringing the celestial poetry of Monday Michiru to full effect on his soulful yet infectious interpretations. Not to be missed.

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DJ Oji "Watch dem swing" (NiteGrooves Records CD Promo)

DJ Oji returns with the deeper than deep absolutely relentless "Watch dem swing" featuring cool vocals and wicked keys over hypnotizing afro-tribal rhythms - so simple yet so effective, just watch the dancers go crazy on the dance floors... Also included are a previously unreleased instrumental version of "Non-believers" and the 'Unreleased Sax Mix' of DJ Oji's timeless collaboration with songstress Carolyn Victorian on "Everything U want".

Wil Milton & Rodney Carter "Love won't make it" (Blak Ink Music CD Promo)

What a successful year it was for Wil Milton and partner Rodney Carter, and they conclude it in style with their latest offering "Love won't make it", a laidback production featuring gorgeous melodic keys and heartfelt vocals over a smoothly thumpin' backdrop - just like their previous releases, this production is sheer musical bliss. What makes this one special is the classic retro feel that takes you back in time.

Exclusive Preview: M.L. Factor featuring Monique "City streets" (iMusicUnderground Records CD-R)

Hot on the heels of the massive "Paradise lost", Charles (Chill OO) Mitchell and Drew Lockhart present their next bomb titled "City streets", a truly deep underground-esque production featuring a killer organ solo alongside delicious keys and sensual female vocals by Monique over a fiercely stompin' backing, altogether creating a mesmeric feel you can't resist to dance to.

Spiritual Blessings featuring Jay Rags "Deep not deep" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

"Deep not deep" by Spiritual Blessings (aka Jean Paul Francois & Ezio Centanni) first saw the light of the day on "Miami Sampler 2009" by Gotta Keep Faith Records, a former "Pick of the Week" here on Spirit of House. The track features soulful vocals by Jay Rags, exquisite keys and lovely guitar over a laidback funk drenched backdrop. The package includes a summery remix from Gaty Lopez and deeper takes by Mark Di Meo, Yohan Esprada and Spiritual Blessings themselves.

Blast from the Past: Jamiroquai "Little L" (Spirit of  House Shelter Edit)(CD-R)

This is my own edit done in October 2001, based on the mixes by Blaze that had been put out by Epic Records US on a limited promo 12" in fall of 2001 (good luck finding the promo nowadays - all copies were gone in a matter of days; later these mixes became available again on bootleg). There is a simple reason I spent a some time doing the edit: I never quite liked the Blaze mixes as they missed a proper intro and simply faded out at the end, also I felt it would be good to include some instrumental parts between the vocal parts.

Blast from the Past: Michael Jackson "Don't stop till you get enough" (Spirit of House Edit)(CD-R)

Here we have another edit I did back in fall of 2004 (done exclusively for my "Classic Grooves Volume 14" mix which still available for download on the Mix Archive site). This edit is based on the three mixes available on a bootleg which is pressed on clear vinyl (the catalog number is 'SWEET 02'). Unfortunately I don't remember when I bought that vinyl, also there is absolutely no information on who did the remixes etc.

Blast from the Past: DJ Andrez "Muertos ride" (Spirit of House Re-Edit)(CD-R)

Last but not least, lets bring back "Muertos ride" by DJ Andrez who gave me the demo mix of his relentless afro-tribal production beginning of 2003. I did a re-edit of it one year later to breathe new life into it and make it a bit more club friendly. Still sounds as fresh as it did back eight years ago, it truly stands the test of time - unfortunately the track is yet to released.

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