||Brothers Of Peace ft. Latasha Jordon|
Praise Him 2 Nite
(12" Soundmen On Wax)
With a title like this what else would one expect than a good four to the floor gospel house song? And B.O.P. (Brothers Of Peace) give us just that with yet another female singer with a great voice...how come I've never heard of Latasha Jordon before? This comes in two mixes only, the B.O.P. Soul Delicious Vocal Mix and the instrumental version. If you liked Soundmen On Wax' recent sacred relase by Trispirit ft. Tonni Smith than you'll certainly love this one as well.
It's You, It's Me (remixes)
Unfortunately there are no information available on this white label about who did the remixes of Kaskade's It's You, It's Me. So I can just do what I should do everytime and that is let the music speak for itself. The A1 mix is a very good soulful house mix that comes with a fine tingling piano solo. The A2 mix sounds more like a mixture of house meets broken beats and is alright but lacks something for my taste to make it really good. On the flipside there's another pleasant deep house version but it's still the A1 mix that has all the right ingredients for my ears.
||Julius Papp ft. Jessica Marquez|
(12" Nite Grooves)
Labelled by Nite Grooves as their summer anthem there are good chances that this nice ditty will become Nite Groove's top tune this summer. With a solid latin vibe with guitars (by Bill Walker), percussion and Jessica Marquez on the Vocal Excursion this has written summer all over it. There's also a nice Dub Excursion with less of Jessica's voice but even more summer feeling...would've been nice if this have come along with some tasty cocktails :-)
||Ageha ft. Jocelyn Brown & Loleatta Holloway|
A Better World
(12" King Street)
It looks like it's anthem alert time...with two divas (Jocelyn Brown and Loleatta Holloway) singing together on one record and remixes by Blaze this will certainly be a hit record for King Street. And of course there's nothing wrong with going back to the days when house was all about wishing for peace, love, unity and A Better World. If Julius Papp's Your Life is Nite Grooves summer anthem then this will be certainly King Street's summer anthem. There's also a remix by Malawi Rocks but in my opinion it pales compared to Blaze's rework.
||Audiowhores ft. Blu|
After The Party
(12" Soulfuric Deep)
Blu on this record is a female singer and not the (male) Blu who did an whole album (Out Of The Blu) for Motown in 1995. Lyricwise After The Party is -like you may expect- not as meaningful the aforemetioned A Better World, but it's a good and solid uptempo house song that should work well on dancefloors everywhere. And if you like to play with your records there's also an a capella and a dub version for that purpose.
I'll Be There 4 U
(12" Poji Records)
Like Carolyn Victorian's I'm Feeling U on Poji Records Una's new single also has that nice underground vibe deephouse heads love DJ Poji for. I must admit that I liked I'll Be There 4 U at an instant whereas it took me some listenings to get into Carolyn's release. There are two great versions here, the Sanctuary Original Friday Night Mix and the B-Soul's Live Session, that gives this song a nice and funky live atmosphere. And of course there's Una's unique voice on both versions. A must-have for deep house fans!
Bringin' Me Down
(12" Freerange Records)
That's a nice record from a label I haven't recognized so far although this is already Freerange Records' 34rd relase. The Desha Remix of Bringin' Me Down reminds me in some ways of the soulfunk-grooves of Cooly's Hot Box. With vocals by Jonatan Bäckelie and background vocals by Elsa Hedberg and Vanessa Liftig this is a fine soulful uptempo song. There's also an Agent K Remix and instrumental that takes this song into some deeper territory. Highly recommendable.
||Miguel Migs ft. Ledisi|
Since her first collaboration with Miguel Migs and his Petalpusher moniker Ledisi has really made an impact on the music scene with her two albums Soulsinger and Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue but this release sees her teaming up with Miguel again for a pleasant Frisco kind of house groove. As fan of Ledisi's voice I favour the Original Vocal version with a maximum of Ledisi. The two dub versions (Migs Petalpusher Dub and Migs Dubpusher Rub) are alright but when you've got a singer like Ledisi you should really let us hear her voice like on the original.
||Claude Monnet presents Monica Noguaira|
Ken Goes Brazil Part I
Like the titel Ken Goes To Brazil suggests this is a nice swinging latin house offer with Monica Noguaira singing in Portuguese. There are two good mixes available, the Latin Vibe Mix and Bibi Expensive Mix (plus two short beat mixes of these two mixes). My favourite mix is the Latin Vibe Mix that features a nice piano solo and percussions and makes the sun shine even on the cloudiest day. I'm curious about what Part II has to offer. And there's also a forthcoming album Le Monde Change.
(12" Elephunk Records)
Elephunk is a new label to me although this must be already their second relase since it's labelled ELFK002. Tomorrow is a great afro-inspired King Britt/Oba Funke like house song with nice vocals by a male singer (I suppose it's Vinx although there is no information who's behind this song) on one side and two instrumental/dub versions on the flipside. Really worth hunting for.
Everything I Do (Martin Solveig Remixes)
From Cunnie Williams album Night Time In Paris comes this song, Everything I Do, that gets the Martin Solveig treatment to be reborn as a house track but it's still Cunnie's deep voice that makes this song so special and thus the Main Vocal Mix is the one to go for for vocal lovers. There's also a Radio Mix and a Vocal Dub but despite the name there's too less of Cunnie's vocals for my liking.
This is the second Glenn Underground release on Shelter after his Black Action 12" in a relative short time considering the fact that Shelter only release a new single every few months or so. Look Inside is a pleasant deep house groove with vocals by Cei-Bei although I think the vocoder use to alter the voice towards the end of the song is a little bit annoying.
||3 Generations Walking|
(12" Spiritual Life)
I always thought singles are being released to promote an album...and although 3 Generations Walking have just released a good album the song Midnight Bustling isn't featured on the album. And that's such a pity since this 12" offers a fine Francois Kevorkian mix called Midnight Rockers that has a nice dub/reggae feeling to it with vocals by Zapology. The Groundation Version digs deep into dub territory, too deep for my taste. The Akete Drum version are just some congas over a slow dub like groove...sounds a little like you've been taken to another state of mind.
Find A Place
(12" Easy Street)
With 20 years in the music biz as an independent dance label Easy Street has achieved a remarkable success and there's still no sign for my ears that they may not be with us for the years to come. Find A Place is just another great deep house song Easy Street is famous for. Produced in its original Vocal Mix by Domenico Navarra and Alex Wheeler in Nottingham, England, this song has all the right ingredients and a competent singer in the shape of Rachel Harris. And the Big Moses' Garage Vocal Mix is just another reason to get this release if deep vocal house is your kind of music!
Believe (Brighter Days)
Although I'm always a sucker for a record that features Dawn Tallman on vocal duty, I must admit that Believe (Brighter Days) misses something of the magic other tracks sung by Dawn have. Or maybe it's just the music provided by Ron Carroll that lacks some originality and a real hook...the result is alright but nothing special indeed. Maybe Slaag Records should've invest a few more dollars to get this track remixed and improved. Get it if you're a fan of Dawn like me, otherwise you better listen to it carefully and make up your own mind.
(12" Art Of Disco)
Art Of Disco is a new sublabel from French label Yellow and their first release is Carolyn Harding on a great disco house song. Strength makes the mirror ball rotate all by itself with the first notes of this string and percussion laden song that takes you back to the halcyon of disco. By the way the strings are played by the London Telefilmonic Orchestra.
||Herald ft. Gee|
You Know/Crazy/Midnight Sun
Herald Nicolas teams up with Gee on vocal duties and brings us the soulful house song You Know that has all the right stuff, some Fender Rhodes and a fine male vocalist in the shape of Gee. There's an Extended Mix and a Short Edit Mix available of You Know. On the flipside there are two more songs Crazy, using some vocal samples, and Midnight Sun with a nice saxophone by Demon Ritchie but as a vocal fan I still favour You Know.
A Journey Man's Guide To The Finer Things In Life
(12" Red Beard Records)
The debut release from Red Beard Records comes with a strange title A Journey Man's Guide To The Finer Things In Life and four tracks from Chris Cags. The Return Of The Velvet Elvis is a deep, jazzy and moody lounge track. Yo Quiero is a fine instrumental latin house track with lots of percussion. Dog is the spoken story narrated by a male about his barking dog over some ethereal keylayers. 3V is a nice tribal/percussion ladden house groover with a darker athmosphere. Really a good and diverse offering for a debut release.
Out Of The Jungle 2003
Records like these make me feel really old since I already was there when the original was released in 1990 on Easy Street. But apart from that Out Of The Jungle was always one of my favourite house records and it's good to hear two remixes made in 2003. Buck's Remix is more a nice dub inspired kind of groove (not unlike some of the stuff 3 Generations Walking did on their album). Joeski's Remix turns Out Of The Jungle into a modern afro-house groove with some added chants and it's my favourite version here. If you've missed it in 1990 you should get it this time, although some of the lyrics are obviously obsolet 'but have no fear they've just freed Mandela' for example.
I'm Feelin' U
(12" Poji Records)
From DJ Oji's forthcoming album Underground X-Perience comes this nice 12" single with Carolyn Victorian on vocals. For me this works best in the Sanctuary Vocal Remix, that has a nice underground deep house athmosphere. If you liked the original versions of We Lift Our Hands At The Sanctuary than this is the record for you this month. There's also an instrumental version and the Original Red Vocal Mix and Redstrumental version to choose from.
|Tashan After Hours|
Sheree-Monique Because Of You
(12" Café De Soul)
One of the finest songs from Tashan's last album Life Goez On was licensed by Café De Soul and sees a release as 12" single. After Hours has all the right ingredients Tashan fans love from his releases for Columbia and is a fine mid-tempo groover.
Sheree-Monique offers another good mid-tempo song in the shape of Because Of You, never ever heard of Sheree-Monique before but it would be nice if there would be a whole album available. Nice double 12" and a fine taster for Café De Souls new compilation.
Dennis Ferrer's Sfere label is always a guarantor for quality house releases and Mood Rotation's Deep Water is no exception. Licensed from UK's Melodius Records we get a remix by the Blak Beat Niks that has a nice disco house feeling to it...but than all BBN remixes I know have this slight retro feeling to them :-) Of course, I prefer the BBN Interpretation that features the vocals of Paula but for those who are not into vocals there's also a Bbnstrumental and Bbn Drums version.
No One Else
(12" King Street)
AK is a Japanese songstress and I'm not so sure if she sings all the lyrics in English but to me it sounds more like a mixture of Japanese and English. With Jon Cutler doing the remixes here, we get some nice deep house beats that features Brian Jackson (of Midnight Band fame) on flute (on the Distant Music Flute Mix...but it's also available with a sax by Aodeji Cocker as replacement of the flute)...not as catchy as other King Street releases but quite intersting to hear a song sung in another language than English.
||Louie Vega ft. Raúl Midón|
Cerca De Mi
(12" Vega Records)
The debut release on Little Louie Vega's label Vega Records finally sees the light of the day. Cerca De Mi comes in two mixes of epic proportions, the 10 minutes long Nico's Mix and as almost 9 minutes of Shelter Ritual. Nico's Mix is a great latin-influenced song with a lot of percussion and Raúl Midón's vocals while the Shelter Ritual goes a little deeper and uses less of the original vocals. Cerca De Mi is a really great start for a record label and we certainly can expect much more quality tunes from Louie on Vega Records.
Happy Birthday Baby
(12" Black House Funkysoul)
The man that brought us Baby Love and Funky People amongst others is finally back with a new release and sounds like there hasn't been such a long hiatus (at least on the Reuben Toro/Big Moises Remix or the Athmosphere Mix that's a little more funkier than the deep house sound of the afore-mentioned remix)...there's also a downtempo version of Cassio's message of congratulation...and two other not so memorable remixes. But with two great versions this is certainly a must have for deep house fans!
(12" Def Soul)
Like with Terri Walker's first single Guess You Didn't Love Me and its Ben Watt's Lazy Dog and Kaskade remixes this aims straight to the dancefloor this time with a nice remix by Phil Asher for Restless Soul and - surprise, surprise - another Lazy Dog remix this time by Jay Hannan. The title Ching Ching is a little wishy-washy but it's the subtitle Lovin' You Still that's more rememorable anyway. Personally I prefer Phil Asher's rework since it has more depth and soul to it.
||Reel People ft. Angela Johnson|
(12" Papa Records)
It seems like ages that I've heard something from Angela Johnson since the release of her debut album They Don't Know. But thanks to Reel People we hear her voice again, this time on a funky groove in the RP's Club Mix, that wouldn't have been out of place on Angela's own album or on a Cooly's Hot Box album. Plus we get an excellent house mix by Dennis Ferrer in the shape of the Falling 4 U Mix. There's also an a cappella version and Dennis F's Runaway Drums that are actually just some beats. My favourite soul and house 12" in May 2003.
||Liquid People ft. Heidi Vogel|
Don't You Go Away
That's an interesting record with quite a different sound of what's usually available today. The Main Mix sounds like a mixture of some house, African beats and Cape Verdean influences creating an guitar ridden groove with Miss Vogel begging someone not to go away. And all fans of Tom & Joyce shouldn't miss the Reprise Mix since this is mainly just the guitar with the vocals and a great version to be heard on a long, hot summer night.
I Can't Take It
(12" Funky Chocolate)
This is a nice three track 12" from Rick Wade. I Can't Take It is a pumping house groove with a male vocal sample telling us that he can't take it. I Do Believe digs a little deeper musicwise and is build around a female vocal sample. The third track, Your Love, here is the deepest one with a nice jazz-house feeling, some vibes, an organ and another sampled male voice. Maybe a little too deep for the dancefloor but sounds great at home!
Another record that samples excerpt from a Martin Luther King speech, this time it's a more darker and deeper house groove that really hits the spot after the middle of the track when Arthur Green's saxophone kicks in. Nice to hear yesterday's civil rights messages still being relevant today!
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