Last Update   January  30, 2012

January  2012

VARIOUS ARTISTS "GoGo Music 10th Anniversary Collections Vol. 1-4" (GoGo Music) 

GoGo Music celebrates 10 years in the business, releasing 4 awesome compilations including some of the best tunes over that period. "Soul for the floors" provides 10 beautiful soulful/deep vocal tracks, including classic GoGo gems like Ralf GUM Feat. Monique Bingham "Kissing strangers", Inaya Day's "Loose my worries", King Club's "You were singing" and Raw Artistic Soul feat. Ursula Rucker "The light". "Dubs for the clubs" is a more Underground dancefloor addicted selection featuring tracks like the classic "Little W 12th St" and Black Coffee's "Trip to Lyon" just to name a few, while "Track for the heads" is a deeper affair with cuts from Raw Artistic Soul, Rocco, Bucie, Black Coffee, Hood Natives and Ralf GUM himself. Finally "Visions of musicians" offers an eclectic selection of alternative mixes and productions from the GoGo Music's artists family.  (Franco Martinelli)

DAWN TALLMAN "U turn" (Diva Down Ent.) 

Gospel house superstar Dawn Tallman is back with a brand new release titled "U turn" which includes hot remixes for the dancefloors provided by Davidson Ospina, Josh Milian and MenaKeys. Davidson Ospina delivers a powerful deep influenced remix with pumpin' bassline and great keys to support the sublime vocal performance by Dawn Tallman, Josh Milian provides a smoother soulful rework, while MenaKeys offers a solid classy workout enriched with beautiful piano and guitar parts. Instrumental versions of all the 3 mixes are included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

SIR IVAN "Hare Krishna" RMXS (Peaceman Music) 

Sir Ivan's decision to record the track had nothing at all to do with any religious beliefs, he simply likes the melody, so he had re-written the lyrics to focus on spreading universal love. The 7 version remix package includes some powerful reworks from top producers and remixers like Sir Ivan's producer Ford, Hoxton Whores, Tony Moran & Warren Rigg, King & White, DJ Praveen Nair, Flash Brothers and CR n' Sugarman. The new remixes are setup to give to the track an infectious dancefloor vibe, combining house beats and trance elements to support the catchy and famous riff.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Fabric 62 : DJ Sneak" Album (Fabric)

With over 20 years of DJing, one of the world's most talented house hero's, DJ Sneak, selects and mixes the new Fabric 62 compilation. Sneak's mixed set is composed of 18 super-hot contemporary house nuggets with echoes of Chicago and Jackin' house sound he loves, drizzled with elements of techno. The set is an infectious crescendo, from the minimal techy sounds of the early tracks to the powerful funky-house of the second part of the set, Sneak selects hot house music from some of the very best Nu Cool house artists. DJ Sneak and Fabric collaboration seems to be very successful, an open window on the present and the future of house music.  (Franco Martinelli)

SUNLIGHTSQUARE Feat. tasita D'Mour "Heaven only knows" (Sunlightsquare Records)

Sunlightsquare is back with a new, beautiful soulful release done in collaboration with NY DJ Hippie Torrales. "Heaven only knows" is an infectious soulful track with wonderful vocals provided by soul diva Tasita D'Mour. This hot package also includes some stellar remixes, Jose Burgos & George Mena delivers a solid groovy and deeper rework for the dancfloor, while Dave Doyle serves an awesome soulful house masterpiece, adding funky elements, infectious keys and warm strings that gives the track an irresistible uplifting vibe, and finally Mustafa offers a beautiful jazzy and groovy rework. Soulful house the way I like it !  (Franco Martinelli)

KNEE DEEP "All nite" (The Brothers) 

Kicking off 2012 with a fresh bag of sounds, the next in the Knee Deep remixed series is "All night" which gets rework from top UK DJ/Producer Aaron Ross. Aaron's "Main Mix" is a solid dancefloor bomb with pumpin' beats, great bassline and infectious vocal hooks. The "Systematik Deep Mix" is a different but equally powerful affair, Aaron chops the vocals, refreshes the groove, adds an infectious synth bass and the second bomb is served. The package also include a hot 80's tinged funky rework from The Brothers themselves.  (Franco Martinelli) 

DOM NAVARRA Feat. Cairo "Like rain" (Gotta Keep Faith) 

Mr. Sueno Soul (Dom Navarra) is back on Gotta Keep Faith with another soulful gem feauturing Cairo on vocals. The Main mix of "Like rain" is a beautiful slice of smooth and infectious soulful house enriched with Cairo's intense soulful vocals. Dom Navarra is also responsable for the deeper and solid "Spaced out mix". On remix duty we have Alex Senna who provides an essential funky-house rework, while DJ Umbi goes deeper in his late night flavoured remix. Marco Finotello provides a very cool smoothly funk inspired version and finally Mr. Fuzz delivers a pumpin' deep and techy rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

GROOVE JUNKIES & STUTTERING MUNX Ft. Indeya "Addicted to the rise" RMXS (MoHo) 

The new release on MoHo is the remixes package of "Addicted to rise" by Groove Junkies & Suttering feat. Indeya, originally included in the "Stories of an addict" EP. This bundle of remixes includes new reworks from Piers Kirwan, Evan Landes & Tim Davies and Tim Nice. UK's Piers Kirwan delivers a powerful, bumpin' remix for the dancefloor, with solid beats, driven bassline and lush stab keys. Evan Landes & Tim Davies provides a deeper and atmospheric rework whose is a perfect backtop for Indeya's beautiful vocal performance. Fianlly Tim Nice serves a powerful deep and techy remix using throbbing bass, deep chord stabs, rolling tuned percussions and some infectious fx.  (Franco Martinelli)

RICHARD EARNSHAW "iCulture" (DuffNote)

The new release of Richard Earnshaw on DuffNote is a deep, underground jam featuring James Vargas on sax. The Main mix is a pumpin' deep track with solid beats, wicked keys and an impressive jazzy flavoured sax solo. The "Dubtool mix" is not so different, just a more groovy affair with less sax and great energy.  (Franco Martinelli)

November 2011

MK "House Masters" 2xCD (Defected) 

For the latest release in the "House Masters" series, Defected presents one of the most influential producers on the house scene, MK aka Marc Kinchen. From the early '90s MK became one of the genre’s most respected producers and remixers, a pioneer and a legend in the early house music scene. Many of his productions and remixes became house-music classics and for this reason this 2xCD release is a little shining gem in house music history. Twenty of his most influential of recordings are collected and made available completely unedited and unmixed for the very first time on CD and Digital. Tracks like "Burning", "Always", "You Brought Me Love", Chez Damier's classics like "Can You Feel It" and 4th Measure Men's gems like "4 You", "Given" and "The need" are available on this stellar compilation, as well as great remixes of tracks from Masters At Work "Can't get no sleep", The Reese Project "The Colour Of Love", Byron Stingily, Studio Apartment and many others.  (Franco Martinelli) 

KNEE DEEP Feat. Shena "Mysterious" Remixes (The Brothers)

Soulful house the way I love it !!! US house legend Bobby D'Ambrosio remixes this beautiful old track by Knee Deep Faeturing Shena titled "Mysterious". Bobby provides some fantastic soulful remixes and the same does Swiss DJ/Producer Mirco Esposito. Out on Swiss The Brothers label, this track will be part of a compilation that will include brand new remixes provided by well known artists in the house music scene including the likes of Bobby D'Ambrosio, Louis Benedetti, Aaron Ross, Kort and The Brothers themselves, of some of the hottest tracks from the label's back catalouge.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Bargrooves - DeepSoulDisco Deluxe" 3xCD (Bargrooves)

"DeepSoulDisco Deluxe" is the latest collection of the winning series Bargrooves, and it's another super compilation featuring 30 hot cuts and classic tracks in full lenght, DJ friendly format. CD 1 is called "Disco deluxe" and includes 10 fresh and uplifting disco-house tracks, featuring Roy Davis Jr's "Enjoy the ride", a powerful remix by Olav Basoski of Jean Jaques Smoothie's "2 People" and the beautiful "Ride" by Something Good, just to name a few. CD2 "Deep deluxe" is a deeper affair, featuring tracks by Quentin Harris, Ben Westbeech, Osunlade, Âme and Tom de Neef, while CD 3 "Soul deluxe" offers a beautiful selection of soulful influenced tracks including Kings Of Tomorrow's "I need to love me", Key To Life's "Find our way", Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle's superclassic "Your love", the MK remix of Studio Apartment's "Sun will shine" as well as the Original mix of the classic Phase II track "Reachin" and many other soulful gems.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Beach Clubbing - Pacific" 2xCD (Defected)

Following the Beach Clubbing philosophy, Defected moves to the southern hemisphere and continues the journey with an intoxicating mix of deep, oceanic grooves, tribal beats and sun-drenched melodies. "Beach Clubbing - Pacific" is the second chapter of the series and it's another awesome compilation of fresh house tracks selected and mixed by Andy Daniels. Both the sets express the essence of the Beach Clubbing philosophy, combining beautiful funky/soulful tracks, infectious deep tunes and hot latin influenced cuts, as well as a few remixed classic house tracks. The solid and completely enjoyable selction includes some real gems like King of Tomorrow's "I need to love me", Roy Davis Jr's "Enjoy the ride", Copyright's "Story of my life" and beautiful remixes of hose superclassics like Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle's "Your love", MD X-Press's "God made me funky", MK's "Burning", Jean Jaques Smoothie's "2 People" and Soul Central's "Strings of life, just to name a few. This album is pure pleasure, house music for a decidedly exotic clubbing escape.  (Franco Martinelli) 

NAMY Feat. Monday Michiru "There she stands" (King Street) 

King Street returns with another superb Japan house music production from Namy Faet. Monday Michiru titled "There she stands". The Original Mix is a nice soulful influenced house track with great vocals and nice piano, but it's the Frankie Feliciano remixes that really makes the difference. The legendary US Producer/Remixer delivers an essential smooth and soulful gem provided in Vocal, Instrumental and Dub Reprise mixes. Soulful house at its best.  (Franco Martinelli) 

BEN WESTBEECH "There's more to life than this" Album (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm)

Ben Westbeech's new album is a real nice one, all the tracks are really enjoyable, Ben's soulful vocals reminds me of Jamiroquai, and the music is a perfect combination of pop influenced melodies with a jazzy touch, house rhythms, electronic elements and live instrumentation. The fresh and uplifting "Something for the week end" is one of the peaks of the album, but all the tracks are really good, some of my favourite includes "The book", "Falling", "Same thing" and "Justice". Probably this album is a little bit too pop to be an house music favourite and it's a little too house to be a pop number, but all in all it's a pleasure to listen to it.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Azuli Presents Amsterdam '11" 2xCD (Azuli)

Azuli celebrates the Amsterdam 2011 ADE event with a powerful compilation mixed by two of the Netherlands brightest young talents, Franky Rizzardo and Roul & Doors. The album features some of the biggest records of the summer plus a selection of Azuli killer productions, well mixed by the two Dutch talented djs. Franky Rizzardo provides a solid house set offering an infectious selection of club friendly funky and deep tracks including hot cuts from Steffi, Copyright, Chocolate Puma, X-Press 2, Hardsoul, Michael Gray, Studio Apartment and many others, some of which remixed from Franky himself. Roul & Doors delivers a more latin influenced and sun drenched set including tracks from The Good Men, Kings Of Tomorrow, D Ramirez, DJ Meme, Soul Cartel, Copyright and many others, including some tracks from the duo themselves.  (Franco Martinelli) 

FRED FALKE "Part IV" Album (Work It Baby)

Do you remember Fred Falke ? Well, the French house music genious returns to business with his debut artist album entitled "Part IV". 12 tracks of pure French Touch style in a perfect Fred Falke signature flavor, made of nervous sample cuttings, filtered melodies and effective basslines. "Back to stay" reminds of some classic Daft Punk tracks, "Bare knuckle" is a thoug groovy track driven by a rock influenced electric guitar, "Chicago" is a beautiful old school infected house track, while "Look into your eyes" is an uplifting filtered house track with a catchy vocal hook. Welcome back Fred.  (Franco Martinelli) 

PETE TONG "Wardance" (Toolroom) 

Pete Tong returns with a new release on Toolroom, "Wardance" is an irresitible driving house cut with percussive grooves, rolling bassline, wiked synth and infectious tribal infused chant that really works on the dancefloor. Remixes comes from Matthias Tanzmann who delivers a stripped down, more minimal rework, while Tom Flynn provides more groove laden beats with added drive.  (Franco Martinelli) 

October  2011

DJ CHRISTOS Pres. Ree Morris "Inside of me" (GoGo)

GoGo returns with another South Africa's Soulful-House gem, "Inside of me" by DJ Christos Pres. Ree Morris is a fantastic soulful track provided with powerful remixes by Ralf GUM, Rocco and DJ Christos himself. The "Main mix" is an awesome soulful affair, with infectious keys, warm percussions, and funky bassline, enriched with an intense vocal performance by talented singer and multi-instrumentalist Ree Morris. Ralf GUM provides a beautiful remix, adding afro-house percussions and cool jazzy elements, while French house master Rocco delivers a deeper and more minimal remix, with clean solid beats and infectious piano chords. DJ Christos remix is a deeper rework of the Main mix with extra atmospheric pads that creates an infectious nighttime mood, and finally The Hood Natives offers a nice Afro-soul, groovy remix.  (Franco Martinelli) 

GRUPO X "As hills go by" Album (Loft Recordings)

"As hills go by" is the exciting new album from UK cross cultural groovers - Grupo X. Having previously been famed for their special blend of Soulful Latin Jazz fusions, "As hills go by" marks a change in direction for the band as they delve into their musical roots. The result is a hip-swaying, foot stomping, 9 track long player, oozing with Funk, Soul, Jazz and Grupo X's trademark crowd-pleasing grooves, heavy horns and soulful vocals produced by Simon Edwards, Jonny Enright and Pete Eckford. "As hills go by" features the stunning vocals of Lisa Millett. The first single release from the album and heavily supported by BBC 6 Music's Lauren Laverne, is the outstanding ‘Waiting all day’, a slow retro-tinged slice of heartfelt soul, featuring a hammond slaying Northern Soul remix from old pal Johnny Machin on the full release. (S.F.)

SIR IVAN "Live for today" (Peaceman Music)

Taken from the album "I am peaceman" here comes the new single of Sir Ivan titled "Live for today". This nice track with catchy vocals and positive message has been reworked for the dancefloor by some top remixers, including DJs From Mars, Chris Cox, Tony Moran & Warren Rigg and Smoke & Mirrors who provides 4 powerful techy influenced remixes for the dancefloor, adding pumpin' beats and wicked synths. The package also includes remixes by Ford who  delivers an infectious 80's synth-pop influenced remix that really makes the difference, and finally, for the more underground situations, a tougher "F. Tampa Dirty Electro dub".  (Franco Martinelli)  

BEN WESTBEECH "Something for the week end" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm)

"Something for the week end" is the second single taken from Ben Westbeech's new beautiful album "There's more to life than this". The "Original mix" is a fresh and uplifting disco-house track that perfectly fits with Ben's soulful vocals. The package also includes a lot of awesome remixes, including the beautiful "Joey Negro Z mix", as well as the deeper and intense "Lee Foss & Robert James Spirit remix", the groovy "The revenge keep up dub", an old-school infected remix by Breach, a minmal techy and groovy rework by Roska and finally a very cool jazzy remix by Gerry Read.  (Franco Martinelli)  

DEEP STREET SOUL "Look out watch out" LP (Freestyle Records) 

If you love the classic Funky stuff, you will love this album ! Hailing from Melbourne, Deep Street Soul are the local kings of Australian raw funk. For their new album, the band welcome on board the talented new vocalist May Johnston and the result is awesome. The album is a deep dive into funky music and includes some beautiful gems like the instrumental "Soul loco suite", "Sweetback", "What she said", the album title track "Look out watch out" and the mellow and dreamy final cut "Falling".  (Franco Martinelli) 

MARCO FINOTELLO & MAGGIE SMILE "People get together" (Favouritizm) 

Italian duo Marco Finotello & Maggie Smile debuts on Favouritizm with a solid disco-house track titled "People get together". This track is builded on a solid funky groove, enriched with infectious piano hook, disco guitar licks, pumpin' bassline and the catchy, uplifting vocal performance by Maggie. Beside the powerful vocal mix, the package also includes a nice Instrumental mix as well as an edited Radio mix.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Subliminal Invasion mixed by Erick Morillo" 2xCD (d:vision/Subliminal) 

After a stellar summer season at Pacha Ibiza, Erick Morillo provides the powerful "Subliminal Invasion" compilation. In this 2xCD mixed album, Morillo re-creates the magic vibe of his Pacha nights, mixing 2 killer sets for all the house music lovers. In CD1, Morillo delivers an awesome classic/vocal house set, including hot tracks like "Stronger" by Morillo himself, "Spirituality" by Eddie Amador, "Freakin" by Jason Herd, as well as great tracks and mixes by artists like Harry Choo Choo Romero, Jose Nunez, Olav Basoski, and Rony Seikaly, just to name a few. The CD2 is a more deep and groovy affair, an irresistible pumpin' set including tracks by Green Velvet, Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, Harry Choo Choo Romero, DJ Dove, Jose Nunez, Dave Spoon, Michael Woods and more.  (Franco Martinelli) 

TIMMY REGISFORD Ft. Lynn Lockamy "At the club" (Tribe Records)

"At the club" is the title track and one of the best tracks from Timmy Regisford's album released at the beginning of the year. The single release offers some very hot remixes, including a powerful and hypnotic rework laced with sexy haunting synth stabs and a driving key hook from top French producer Rocco. Other remixes comes from South African producer Da Capo who delivers a deeper and underground rework, while South Africa music pioneer DJ Mbuso provides an hot afrocentric groovy remix.  (Franco Martinelli)  

MR. MOON & Angel D Feat. Michael Fleming "Soulmate" (Duff Note)

Mr Moon returns to Duffnote with "Soulmate", a beautiful soulful track made in collaboration with Angel D and Michael Flaming who provides a wonderful vocal performance. The "Original mix" is an intense soulful-house affair, with solid beats, great jazz guitar parts and and warm keys. The package also includes 2 fresh remixes from up and coming Dutch producers, Mike Scot provides an alternative rework, adding filtered vocals and sax parts, while Eric Jadi delivers an awesome and uplifting jazzy influenced remix that really makes the difference.  (Franco Martinelli) 

MAURITZIO "Mama Kumba" (Cabana)

Mauritzio's new release on Cabana is an intense afro-jazzy affair titled "Mama Kumba". The Original mix is an infectious version based on a superb percussive groove enriched with well used vocal samples, jazzy keys and afro tinged horns. Justin Imperiale provides a more pumpin' Afrobeat remix, adding solid and hypnotic beats, as well as a funky bassline and infectious jazz instrumentation to support the cool sax solo, and finally, the Jungle Dub is a deep percussive track enriched with hypnotic bassline and African jungle effects.  (Franco Martinelli) 

GROOVE ADDIX Ft. Kardri Anne "On your side" (Gotta Keep Faith) 

The new release of NYC production duo Groove Addix on Gotta Keep Faith is a solid vocal-house track titled "On your side". The Original mix is a classic vocal-house affair with solid beats, pumpin' bass and funky guitars to support the uplifting vocals of Kradri Anne. The remixes are more club addicted affairs, with DJ Umbi that provides a deeper and underground rework, while Junior White delivers a nice peak-time remix. The package also includes an intense, deep and minimal rework by Mr. Fuzz, as well as a techy infected, groovy remix by Nima's Groove.  (Franco Martinelli) 

SIR IVAN "I am Peaceman" Album (Peaceman Music) 

The high energy electro-pop-rock singer and peace activist Sir Ivan presents his new 60's inspired tribute album "I am peaceman". In this 15 songs album, produced by Ford, Sir Ivan performes some of the most famous and inspired peace-songs of the sixties with the taste of modern days, creating an infectious combination of classic rock sounds enriched with electronic rhythms and accents. In many occasions the result is awesome, his remake of the super classic "For what it's worth" is one of the more solid and fresher cover of the song since Buffalo Springfield's original release. All the tracks are revisited with both airplay and dance potential. Some of my favourite includes "Love is all around", Lennon's classic "Imagine", Dylan's anthem "Blowin' in the wind", as well as Byrds' hit "Turn turn turn" and Harrison-Beatles gem "Here comes the sun", but the list should continue, in fact the whole album celebrates love and peace with a modern-days sound and 60's sensibilities.  (Franco Martinelli) 

Sept.  2011

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Most Rated Ibiza 2011" 3xCD (ITH / Defected)

Summer's ending, Ibiza's closing parties are on the way, but you can keep the White Island vibe alive, thanks to some spectacular compilations released on Defected. One of my favourite is "Most Rated Ibiza 2011", a fantastic 3XCD package including 30 full length, unedited, unmixed house hits strictly for the DJ and guaranteed to work on the dancefloor. This awesome selection includes tracks from Kings Of Tomorrow, David Penn, Olav Basoski, Nouveauyorican, Copyright, Tom Middleton, Ray Foxx, ATFC, DJ Meme, Roul & Doors, DJ Gregory, Roy Davis Jr. andy many others. Ibiza season is ending now, but believe me, most of these tracks will rock the dancefloors in the months to come, guaranteed ! Essential collection for all manner of DJ.  (Franco Martinelli)

JOSH MILAN Presents: "Honeycomb Music volume 1" 2xCD (Honeycomb Music)

Legendary producer/songwriter Josh Milan, that we all know as part of soulful super group Blaze, presents his brand new Honeycomb Music project with the release of a fantastic double album on his very own label. "Honeycomb Music volume 1" is an awesome collection of soulful gems provided by stellar artists, a winning combination of amazing soulful pioneers and brand new upcoming talents, alongside Josh's fantastic band. Featured on the album are lots of Josh's friends, including Cassio Ware on "Wake up", the Queen of Gospel Dawn Tallman on "God", the superb lead singer of the legendary band The Family Stand, Sandra St.Victor, who appears on "I'm better" and "Youself", Nu-Soul's diva Angela Johnson, Alex P Suter, T'Zelle, Crystal Johnson, Chinahblac, as well as new NY talents like Cinnamon Brown and Honey Street.  (Franco Martinelli) 

THE RURALS "Ocean" Album (Peng)

For the new awesome album of The Rurals, Andy Compton (the creator and the driving force behind The Rurals) has brought together an all-star cast of singers and musicians including: Ladybird, Diviniti, Jaidene Veda, Magic Soul, Rowan and Irantzu, along with the Rurals regular band of Charlie Hernshaw, Pete Morris, Andy Barton, Jeff Bass and of course Andy Compton himself. "Ocean" is a beautiful 11 tracks album of quality deep-house music that takes the listener on a journey through mind, body and soul. All the tracks are little deep-house gems sharing positive energy vibrations, builded on warm percussive grooves, hot Rhodes keys, infectious sax and great soulful vocals. I listened this album all summer long, and I will listen to it for a long time.  (Franco Martinelli) 

LIQUIDEEP "Angel" (Tribe Records) 

"Angel" is a beautiful soulful track taken from South African duo Liquideep's debut album "Fabrics of the heart". The Original Mix is a sweet and intense soulful affair, feauturing an emotional heart warming vocal performance over shooting melodic rhythms with warm sweeping keys and a tear jerking piano performance. Baltimore house legends DJ Spen and Gary Hudge provides some bouncy house mixes for the dancefloor, whilst UK talent Sean McCabe delivers an intense deep rework and finally, Tribe label boss Zepherin Saint serves a smooth and melodic remix enriched with warm percussions and beautiful keys.  (Franco Martinelli) 

HOOD NATIVES Ft. Mac Z "Sax in the city" (GoGo)

GoGo Music returns with another deep and intense instrumental release titled "Sax in the city". Provided by South African talented producer Sir SLG and featuring the saxophone talents of Mac Z, this track is a sublime soulful house affair with an intense african taste. Raw Artistic Soul goes deeper in his remix, adding his trademark percussive style and keeping the original vibe alive. Finally, rising South African talent Nastee Nev delivers his soulful laidback rework, adding warm percussions and a beautiful jazzy piano that perfectly meets the Mac Z saxophone.  (Franco Martinelli) 

AVI ELMAN & DANNY J Feat. Nuwella "What's the point" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm) 

Avi Ellman and Danny J teams up with talented vocalist Nuwella for this new release on Strictly Rhythm. "What's the point" is a beautiful, classy vocal house track enriched with powerful remixes for the dancefloors. The Original mix is a simple,. well produced and effective house track with catcy vocals and infectious keys, Seamus Haji provides a strong peak-time mix, adding a powerful bassline and pumpin' beats, while Tristan Garner adds deep beats and acoustic guitars for his infectious Sunset mix.   (Franco Martinelli)

COPYRIGHT Feat. Imaani "Nobody" Remix (d:vision)

Italian top house label d:vision releases a powerful remixes package for Copyright's hot track "Nobody". Franky Rizardo adds some extra wicked synths on an infectious and raw percussive groove and gives the track an irresistible deep and underground vibe. Beside the Rizardo's remix and dub versions, the package also includes the "Main mix" as well as the powerful filtered-house, piano driven "Warehouse dub".  (Franco Martinelli)

July  2011

BAH SAMBA presents "Shake the dog" Album (Favouritizm) 

The long awaited new album from Bah Samba titled "Shake the dog" is finally released on Favouritizm. 3 years in the making, this fantastic selection of songs sees band leader Julian Bendall collaborate with heavyweight singing stars and musicians from Brighton to New York and in between. The result is a superb album that weaves between delicious soulful house, ghetto fabulous grooves, hip-swaying jazzy boogathons and sun drenched love songs. Guests on the album feature a gaggle of soul-sista vocalist, including Monique Bingham, Alice Russell, Anna Cavazos, Liv Lykke, Nadira Shakoor and Princess, as well as top NY producers like Quentin Harris, Filsonik, Sting International and Jephte Guillaume, along with UK talents like Ashley Beedle and Phil Asher. Listen to this album is pure pleasure from the beginning to the end. Essential !  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "From the hut" Album (Cabana) 

Usually I'm a bit too lazy to burn on Cd a digital compilation to listen in my car. But this time I made it. "From the hut" on Cabana Recordings is a fantastic soulful-house compilation and I'm pretty sure this will be the soundtrack of my summer. As usual, Cabana Recordings provides a quality selection of smooth, sun drenched, latin and jazz influenced soulful tracks, including some brilliant gems like Justin Imperiale & Corey McCue's "Rhythm of the stars", 60 Hrtz Project's "It's a journey", Freaq Of Sound's "Good times", Ale Recano's "Mediterranea" and Dom Navarra feat, Natasha Watts "Into my life" among others.  (Franco Martinelli) 

GUEST REVIEW :  ASHA EDMUND "What's the figure" (Gotta Keep Faith)

Once again Gotta Keep Faith bless us with a fantastic release, this time courtesy of Asha Edmund whose "What's the figure" is smooth yet fiercely stormin' in the original version which features lush synth melodies alongside her beautiful vocals. Mr. Fuzz (Fred Faupin) contributes a delicious soulful rendition, while QuestionmarQ (Mark Walsh) enters deepest grounds. Blue Deep (Franco Martinelli) gives the track a classic touch full of luscious keys, followed by Steven Stone who takes the track to the main room on his captivating remix. (Mike Fossati from SpiritOfHouse)  

TERISA GRIFFIN "Please don't save me" (Maurice Joshua Digital)

Terisa Griffin teams up with Maurice Joshua to release this beautiful soulful gem on Maurice's own digital label. "Please don't save me" is a classic soulful affair, with smooth funky beats and warm jazzy keys enriched by Terisa Griffin's intense vocal performance. Just two mixes available at the moment for this track, the beautiful Vocal mix and the warm Instrumental version.  (Franco Martinelli)

GROOVE JUNKIES present Louis Hale feat. Peggi Blu "Rhythm talks" (MoreHouse) 

Groove Junkies are back with another house gem, "Rhythm talks" is a beautiful release born from the collaboration of Groove Junkies, spoken words artist Louis Hale and vocalist Peggi Blu. The "Original mix" is a classic Groove Junkies affair, with solid afro laced beats and fresh soulful-jazzy elements enriched by Louis spoken words and Peggi's tasty vocal riffs. The "GJs Deep Afro mix" is another gem, deeper and intense, with infectious atmospheric pads and warm conga/bongo percussions. The "Hump mix" is a more classic house affair with hot piano chords and acid bassline, and finally Angell Vittore & RJ Spinher provides a bouncy and techy rework, while Christopher Wilde delivers a cool afro-flavored remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

ULTRA NATE "Turn it up" (d:vision)

Licensed from Strictly Rhythm, this hot new single by Ultra Nate is provided in CD single format by d:vision that offers a super package including remixes by Paul Oakenfold, Wawa and Muthafunkaz amog others. The "Original mix" is a solid and uplifting vocal-house affair, Paul Oakenfold provides a deeper, techy influenced and hypnotic remix, while Wawa delivers an irresistible groovy rework in their trademark style, as well as a pumpin' electro influenced remix for the main room floors. Finally, the Muthafunkaz remix by DJ Spen is an awesome old school inspired gem.  (Franco Martinelli)

ANDY HOLDER presents UK Underground Frequencies Part 1 "Dancehall funk" (NuWavonic)

Andy Holder returns on NuWavonic with a powerful new release titled "Dancehall funk". This is a brilliant underground gem that conbines Holder's musical influence from house, garage, jazz, drum'n'bass, dubstep and dancehall reggae to create an unique an infectious track. In the 5 mixes, Holder provides various combination of dancehall-reggae and house elements and the result is an awesome, fresh and sun drenched track for the summer.  (Franco Martinelli)

BINGO PLAYERS "Cry (just a little bit)" (d:vision) 

Bingo Player returns with a classic uplifting filtered track in trademark French-style. The ingredients are simple and effective, a catchy vocal hook, pumpin' beats, wicked filtered keys and a good dose of compression. A deeper, groovy and hypnotic Olav Basoski remix is also included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

DJ ROLAND CLARK presents Urban Soul "My soul's alive" (King Street Sounds)

One of the most notable artists on King Street is DJ Roland Clark and his alter-moniker Urban Soul, well, Roland Clark is back on King Street with a new EP titled "My soul's alive" that includes some new twists on recent singles including the superb disco-funkified remixes of “What Do I Gotta Do” by Silver City and master musical craftsman Eric Kupper, re-released mix of “We Alive” by Franck Roger and brand new version by one of New Jersey's super soul men Jihad Muhammad, and lastly “Save My Life,” remixed by the heavy hittin’ Japanese producers with a lite touch, Trans of Life.  (Franco Martinelli) 

BEN WESTBEECH "Falling" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm)

Ben Westbeech's new release "Falling" is a nice and smooth vocal house affair enriched with a couple of pumpin' remixes for the dancfloor. Beside the fresh and pop influenced Original mix, the "Deetron Paradise remix" takes the track to the dancefloor with its infectious soulful-tech atmosphere, while the "2 Bears remix" is a classic funky house affair. The package also includes a powerful "Deetron Acid remix dub" as well as the groovy "Dark sky remix".  (Franco Martinelli) 

JASS "Congosquare" (d:vision)

I don't know much about the Jass team, but their new release on d:vision, titled "Congosquare" is a very interesting deep track. The "Original mix" is an intense deep journey, with warm afro tinged percussions, infectious ethnic vocals and brilliant jazzy influenced keys. The Keemani remix is a more groovy affair, with hypnotic pumpin' beats and extra percussive elements. Finally the "Smoke steady remix" is a completely different rework that pays tribute to ethnic rhythms and early jazz vocals.  (Franco Martinelli)

May  2011

BLAZE "House Masters" 2xCD (Defected)

The last release from the stellar "House Masters" series on Defected is dedicated to the legendary Blaze. Kevin Hedge and Joshua Milan needs no introduction, they're house music top producers from 25 years and they released some unforgettable house music classics with a discography that includes a wealth of seminal dancefloor moments that sound as fresh today as when they were made. In this 2xCd compilation we will find some of the brightedt Blaze's moments, including house's superclassics like "Reaching" ,"Do you remember house", "My beat", "Most precious love", "How deep is your love", "Breathe", "Wishing you were here" and many others, for a total of 20 tracks, all provided in dj friendly, extended and unmixed format.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Pete Tong & Rivastarr pres. Future Underground" 2xCD (Defected)

Pete Tong is back on Defected and this time he has joined forces with one of the most influential stars of the last year, Riva Starr. "Future Underground" is a mix compilation featuring the very freshest underground dance music filling floors around the world today. Tong's set is amazing, fresh and infectious, including tracks and remixes from the present, the past and the future, while Rivastarr follows the same musical line, but provides a more eclectic set. "Future Underground" is the guide to the music that will dominate the finest dancefloors for the rest of 2011 and beyond, featuring tracks and remixes from current stars including Maya Jane Coles, Deniz Kurtel, The Japanese Popstars and Reboot, plus past masters such as N.E.R.D (album exclusive), Cajmere, Steve Bug and Santos. Summer essential !  (Franco Martinelli)

GROOVE JUNKIES Ft. Alexander Sky "See the light Pt.1&2" (MoHo)

"The white light" is the new single taken from the beautiful Groove Junkies album "In the zone" and here's provided in various interesting mixes on 2 different releases. You can find here some solid classic house with the reworks by Christopher Wilde and the Groove Junkies "Down of a new day mix", a brilliant funky remix by Dave Doyle, while Di Pascali goes deeper and underground. The original "Deep afro mix" is also includeed, as well as an infectious african tinged "Gruv & Sol dub".  (Franco Martinelli)

DISTANT PEOPLE Ft. Chappel "If we all can" (Gotta Keep Faith)

"If we all can" is the first single of Distant People Ft. Chappel on Gotta Keep Faith, and what an awesome release is this. The "Main mix" is a beautiful soulful tinged affair with solid funky beats and intense vocals, Reelsoul provides a more minimal and deeper rework, Spiritual Blessing delivers a classic soulful remix as well as an alternative, deeper and darker "Big drama dub", Steve Pardise offers a solid funky mix, while BSoul provides a pumpin' old-school influenced, paino driving version.  (Franco Martinelli) 

STEVEN STONE Ft. Marc Evans "Never give up" (Soul Deluxe) 

Soul Deluxe Recordings is back with another great soulful release titled "Never give up" by Steven Stone featuring on vocals the talented Marc Evans. The "Original mix" is a classic soulful affair with solid beats, great funky bass, hot Rhodes keys and intense vocals. On remix duty we have Central Avenue who provides a deeper and infectious rework, Montana & Stewart that offers a classic house mix and finally Terry Lex who delivers a personal rework mixing old-school piano and organ chords with electronic blips on hot funky beats.  (Franco Martinelli)

APHRODISIAX ft. Tasita D'Mour "Survivor" Rmxs (Seamless)

"Survivor" is an awesome house track highlighted by a stellar vocal performance by Tasita D'Mour, released on Seamless last year. Now is time for the remixes package. Dario M provides a nice funky remix with solid beats, enriched with warm sax & flute parts, while James Vibe delivers a more groovy, deeper and techy influenced rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

TWO MOODS ft. Natasha Watts "Take me" (Soundmen On Wax)

Two Moods are Pino Firmani and Enrico Trentini and for their new release on Soundman On Wax they teamed up with Natasha Watts. "Take me" is a beautiful deep and soulful track with great uplifting vocals, solid beats and infectious arrangements. The "Organ club mix" is a solid deep-house affair, while the "Soulful mix" is a fresh uplifting track enriched with soft pads, warm piano chords and funky elements. The "Deep mix" is a darker, more minimal and electronic influenced mix and finally the "Soundrtack mix" is a kind of downtempo/acoustic rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

SCUMSOUL Ft. Kaysee "New day" (Mutated Music) 

Scumsoul teams up with vocalist Kaysee for this new release titled "New day" on Mutated Music. The "Original mix" is a solid deep tinged track with catchy vocals and infectious synths, 2 Good Souls & Matt Early provides a pumpin' main room mix, while the Joeski's dub is a groovy and techy affair, and finally Si Gordon delivers the beautiful "4am mix", a smoother and deeper remix with grat Rhodes keys and infectious warm pads.  (Franco Martinelli)

SPIRITCHASER "Not far" (Guess) 

"Not far" is a track originally released in 2008 and also included in Spiritchaser album "1440", well, now it gets the remix treatment and a full release. Beside the "Original mix" we will find the powerful "Club mix" with pumpin' beats to support the signature piano, the "Mocha remix" is an irresistible groovy affair for the dancefloors, while Mark Bamford delivers a deeper rework and finally Fulvio Pedrinola (of the legendary Fathers Of Sound) provides an infectious and atmospheric dub.  (Franco Martinelli)

April  2011

DJN PROJECT Feat. Eman "Open your eyes" (Newav Media)

DJN Project joins forces with Eman for their new release on Newav Media and provides another awesome track titled "Open your eyes". The Original mix is a solid groovy track with great vocals and an infectious soulful flavour. The remixes takes the track to the dancefloors, Alfredo Norese and Colin Sales provides two pumpin' and essential mixes, while Doc Link goes deeper with a groovy and hypnotic rework and finally Mojazz delivers a beautiful smoother and soul drenched remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

STEPHANIE COOKE "Beautiful life" (King Street)

Stephanie Cooke returns with a new fantastic single on King Street. "Beautiful life" is a classic soulful track with great vocals on a warm percussive groove, enriched with hot acoustic guitar, intense Rhodes chords, live bass and infectious flute. In the remixes, Manoo and Joe Carretas keeps the soulful vibe alive, but adds some new elements to take the track to the soulful dancefloors.  (Franco Martinelli)

DJN PROJECT "Musiq" (Purple Music)

DJN Project attracts our attention once again this month, with their debuts on Purple Music, "Musiq" is another awesome soulful track in their classic style. The Original mix is a pure soulful affair, with solid beats, great Rhodes chords and uplifting vocals. Soulmagic delivers a beautiful remix, keeping the soulful vibe alive and adding some catchy funky elements that gives the track a dancefloor appeal. In addition, the package also includes the DJ Meme edit with a long beautiful intro.   (Franco Martinelli)

DIVA DOWN ENTETRTAINMENT ft. Susu Bobien "Praise always" (Gotta Keep Faith)

Gotta Keep Faith offers this hot package of remixes of the 2008 Diva Down Entertainment gospel track "Praise always". This rich package of reworks includes some very hot tracks, DJ Rork provides an irresistible funky influenced groovy remix, Mr Fuzz delivers a deeper, jazzy influenced rework, while Gregory Del Piero adds some uplifting soulful elements in his version. The package also includes remixes by Steve Paradise and Spiritual Blessings, as well as 2 useful beats tools.  (Franco Martinelli)

GROOVE DELIVERS Ft. Keysee "In you" (MoD Recordings)

It's nice to see MoD Recordings back with a new beautiful soulful release from Groove Delivers. "In you" is a classic soulful track with soid beats, funky bassline, warm keys and infectious, uplifting vocals by Keysee. The MoD & Staffan Thorsell remix is a pumpin' dubby rework for the dancefloor, while Steven Stone provides a tougher soulful remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

RURALS ft. LadyBird "Now and then" (Peng) 

The Rurals teams up with LadyBird for their new release on Peng. "Now and then" is a smooth and intense soulful track with great instrumentation, from the warm Rhodes chords to the funky bass, the soft guitar licks and the infectious vocals, everything contributes to create a soulful gem. The package also includes several remixes to please various audiences.  (Franco Martinelli)

BASEMENT FREAKS "Get down boogie" (Jalapeno)

It's funky time ! Basement Freaks presents this irresistible funky track titled "Get down boogie" on Jalapeno. The Original mix is an hot funky bomb, with powerful beats enriched by super hot funky guitar and driving bassline. The package also includes remixes by Funkanomics, Fab Samperi and The Uptown Felaz, who offers their personal rework of this hot funky track.  (Franco Martinelli)

JARED DIETCH "Get away" + "I want to fly" (d:vision)

This EP by Jared Dietch, licensed on d:vision, includes two powerful vocal-house tracks. The first one is "Get away" made with Mark Alston and featuring Christina Lauren on vocals, it is a pumpin' funky-house track for the dancefloor, with solid beats and catchy vocals. The "James Talk remix" is a powerful techy influenced affair, while Michael Anthony provides a darker and deeper dub mix. The second track is "I want to fly" and features Adrienne Mack-Davis on vocals, it is a driving and techy tune with pop influenced vocals and it is provided in both Original and dub mixes.  (Franco Martinelli)

March  2011

BAH SAMBA "Have you got your bootz on?" (Favouritizm)

The new Bah Samba single "Have you got your bootz on?" taken from their forthcoming digital album "Shake the dog" on Favouritizm, is another awesome discofied dancefloor bomb. This old Bah Samba gem featuring Alice Russell on vocals is reworked for today's dancfloors by some top remixer, Brazilian house giant DJ Meme provides an uplifting and irresistible disco fused remix, Tortured Soul's JKriv delivers an infectious 80's boogie rework and finally Steve Luxe slow down the tempo and adds some infectious synths for an awesome 80's fused synth pop gem.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Azuli presents Global Guide '11" 2xCD (Azuli)

Azuli presents the next volume in their Global Guide series, the 2011 release is selected and mixed by Dutch DJ Ricky Rivaro. This is a razor-sharp selection of upfront cuts and remixes from some of the biggest artists at the forefront of the dance scene including Kings Of Tomorrow featuring April, Chris Lake, the Shapeshifters, Bass Kleph & Filthy Rich, Chocolate Puma, Gregor Salto, ATFC, Olav Basoski, Sandy Rivera, Nouveau Yorican, Ian Pooley & Spencer Parker, Bingo Players and many others. Both the CDs are well mixed and very enjoyable and re-creates the vibe of today's dancefloors.  (Franco Martinelli)

DJN PROJECT Ft. Arnold Jarvis & Stephanie Cooke "Get close" (Newav Media)

"Get close" is the first release for Newav Music and what a big one it is. It brings together the talent of the DJN Project enriched by Arnold Jarvis & Stephanie Cooke on vocals for a stellar soulful house release. The Original mix is an awesome soulful/funky house gem, Bacanito provides a smoother and jazzy influenced rework, Seedadian delivers an infectious deeper remix, DeepTrouble goes also deep and a bit electronic in his remix, while Juan Sanchez serves a powerful funky-house mix for the main room. Instrumental and Dub mixes are also included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

JONNY MONTANA "Maybe we could be free" (Stalwart)

Here comes another soulful gem from Stalwart, Jonny Montana teams up with legendary vocalist Pete Simpson and the result is this beautiful soulful release titled "Maybe we could be free".The "Original mix" is an infectious, intense and sophisticated soulful affair, while the "House mix" is a more pumpin' but still soulful track. Remixes comes from Italian top soulful producers Doll Combers who provides a classic soulful rework in their trademark style and finally Chicago's producer Vick Lavender from Sophisticado provides a deeper and bouncy remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

HARLEY & MUSCLE Feat. India "Then came you" Jamie Lewis Rmx (Purple Music) 

Simply awesome ! Purple Music # 100 is a collaboration between italy's top deep-house producers Harley & Muscle and Purple Music boss, producer and DJ Jamie Lewis. "Then came you" is a classic slice of soulful funky house, with solid beats, funky bass, warm keys, hot guitar licks, uplifting strings and wicked horn stabs, enriched by the unmistakable great voice of India.  (Franco Martinelli) 

MUSTAFA Ft. Elisangela "Sina" (Staff Productions)

What would it be the summer without a new release from Mustafa ? Don't worry, Mustafa is back with a new sun-drenched gem titled "Sina". Featuring Elisangela on vocals, Mustafa provides another fresh latin influenced soulful track for the summer. The package includes a wide range of remixes, from soulful to deep to peak time, provided from the likes of Mustafa himself, Charles Spencer, Rafael Yapudjian, Mateo & Rafix and others.  (Franco Martinelli)

REDROCHE vs. ARMSTRONG "Make your move" (d:vision)

Originally produced by Redroche and Dave Armstrong, this powerful filtered-house floorfiller is released on d:vision in a big package including some terrific remixes for the peak time moments. Tristan Gardner provides an irresistible remix for the main room, Antonie Clamaran delivers a pumpin' filtered rework in classic French house style, with great filtered sounds and heavy compression, Olav Basoski offers an awesome driven and groovy remix, while the "Timofey mix" is a more electronic affair. The package also includes the Original and Radio mixes.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Gotta Keep Faith Miami 2011sampler" (Gotta Keep Faith) 

The classic Gotta Keep Faith WMC Miami sampler is an anticipation of some of the hottest music to come on the label later in the year. If you love the soulful and deep house atmospheres this sampler is very rich of interesting stuff, including tracks from Mr Fuzz, Groove Assasin, Donald Sheffiley, Dom Navarra, Spiritual Blessings, Groove Addix and Distant People. It's truly hard to pick a favorite, but judging from this sampler, 2011 will be a great year for Gotta Keep Faith.  (Franco Martinelli)

PEPPER MASHAY "Things U do" (3345 Music)

"Things U do" is the new single by Pepper Mashay on 3345 Music. The track, provided in 4 hot mixes is a powerful funky house affair. Jonny Montana & Craig Stewart offers an infectious gospel-house influenced rework, while Chuck Love delivers an uplifting funky-house mix. The "Ill Castle remix" is a nice old school influenced funky affair and finally the "Funky house remix" is a pumpin' dubby rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

MILK & SUGAR vs. VAYA CON DIOS "Hey (nah nah nah)" (d:vision)

This is a party track for the summer ! Milk & Sugar reworks the Vaya Con Dios 90's tracks "Nah nah nah" and provides some fresh remixes for the 2011 summer, adding pumpin' beats and new elements but keeping the original vibe alive. The d:vision package also offers some extra remixes of this catchy guitar-driven track, including new versions by Alex Kenji, Wawa, Lissat & Voltaxx and Niels Van Gogh.  (Franco Martinelli)

February  2011

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Defected In The House - Brazil '11" 2xCD (Defected) 

The new "Defected In The House - Brazil '11" release is another amazing mixed compilation for all the house music lovers. Featuring 25 great tracks selected and mixed by superstar DJ/Producer Sandy Rivera and Brazilian top house music hero DJ Meme, this 2xCD compilation is an exciting journey into today's best house music. Sandy Rivera provides an infectious mixed set that starts with some hot soulful influenced tracks, goes deeper and comes back to sunshine with the latin influenced closing track "Verao" by D-Rashis Ft.Lex Empress. The Rivera set also includes cuts from Noveau Yorican, Quentin Harris, Copyright, Tom Middleton, as well as tracks and remixes from Rivera himself, including "Take me back", "Hide u" and a powerful remix of the classic "Finally" by Kings Of Tomorrow. DJ Meme delivers a stellar Funky/Sopulful set enriched with fresh latin influences, including tracks and mixes from Havana Funk, Studio Apartment, Grant Nelson, Copyright, Sergio Flores, DJ Chus, Fabio Bacchini, DJ Fopp, The Boss, Hanna Hais, as well as some great remixes from DJ Meme himself, who reworks tracks of Frankie Knuckles, Joey Negro and Fish Go Deep. Essential !!!  (Franco Martinelli) 

REEL PEOPLE "Golden lady" CD (Reel People)

So, after 2 awesome singles, here comes the new Reel People's long player titled "Golden lady". This beautiful LP offers a brilliant collection of soulful songs including new and exclusive material from Real People featuring vocals by Tony Momrelle, Darien and Shezar as well as tracks from Reel People Music's label artists like Chokolate, Simon Grey, Renn, BSTC and Phil Asher's new project Restless soul Fun Band. The album is simply fantastic, a perfect combination of warm house rhythms, uplifting soulful vocals, latin tinged grooves and hot jazzy elements. Listening to this CD is pure pleasure from the beginning to the end, I love expecially Reel People's "Sure", "Star", "Tell me why" and their cover of Stevie Wonder's song "Golden lady", BSTC's "Love it", Phil Asher's "It's hard" and Chokolate's "The tea", but all the 10 tracks would deserve a mention.  (Franco Martinelli)  

INAYA DAY & Ralf GUM "Lose my worries" (GoGo)

"Lose my worries" by Inaya Day and Ralf GUM was one of the hottest GoGo's releases last year, well, now the song is back for another round, including hot remixes from Louis Benedetti and South Africa's rising producer/remixer Trancemicsoul. Louis Benedetti, co-writer of the song, provides a stellar set of remixes in his classic soulful style, with brand new live bass and infectious keys added to a solid funky groove. Benedetti delivers some bright soulful gems. Trancemicsoul explores some deeper territories in his rework, with rolling sub-bass, subtle percussions and dark pads he provides a very different and alternative version of this beautiful track.  (Franco Martinelli) 

ALTON MILLER "Light years away" CD (Mixed Signals Music)

Alton Miller's new album "Light years away" is an explosive combination of deep and house sounds enriched with electronic elements, soulful vocals and smooth soul and jazzy parts. The album spreads an intense and infectious night vibe, tracks like "Ever wonder", "Beautiful", "Light years away" and "I can feel you all around" are beautiful underground gems, "Give it up" is an awesome soulful-deep affair and "Stars in your eyes" is a hot r'n'b influenced winner. Guests includes Amp Fiddler, Lotus, Abacus, Angel-A, Stephane Vera & Angelique and more. Vinyl format is also available !  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Poolside Sessions 2011" (Open Bar Music) 

The 2011 WMC in Miami is around the corner and Open Bar Music celebrates its famous Poolside Sessions events in Miami with the release of this beautiful compilation titled "Poolside Sessions 2011". 10 awesome soulful and deep sexy tracks from artists like Kings Of Soul, Booker T, Jaime Woods, Maurice Joshua, Davidson Ospina, MJ White, DJ Ouder, Oscar P, Joeski, Lelo Ft Samke, Ocean Deep, DJ Romain, Nedelka, Mustafa ft Tasita DMour, Jae Vynel ft Scott Wozniak, Berardino & Sonatare, and Dragonfly. If you love the soulful sounds you won't be dissapointed. Summer's here !  (Franco Martinelli) 

ANTHONY ROMENO Feat. Natasha Watts "Chocolate samba" (Purple Music)

Anothony Romeno returns with a nice sun-drenched summer infected track titled "Chocolate samba" featuring Natasha Watts on vocals. The Original and Main mixes are fresh and uplifting funky house tracks with an infectious summer vibe, Nightrhymes provides a deeper and darker remix, adding hypnotic grooves and bassline as well as driving piano chords. The package also includes several nice mixes, including a smoother "Sax Mix" and a wicked "Special Rocket mix".  (Franco Martinelli)  

LADY BIRD & FRIENDS "After rain comes the sun" (Gotta Keep Faith)

Gotta Keep Faith is back with another beautiful soulful release titled "After rain comes the sun" featruing the talent vocals of Franco-Australian singer Lady Bird. The project is born from a collaboration of French DJ/Producer DJ Rork, Spiritual Blessings and Steve Paradise. In the main mixes, DJ Rork reworks the old instrumental Doll Combers track, adding the new jazzy and sexy vocals performed by Lady Bird. Spiritual Blessings provides 2 great remixes, a smoother and infectious soulful "Twisted mix" and a deeper, minimal ad raw "Minimal deep mix". Finally Steve Paradise delivers an intense alternative soulful rework.  (Franco Martinelli)  

FROOTFUL "Colours" Album (Freestyle Records) 

"Colours" is the debut album of guitarist Nick Radford aka Frootful. This album is an interesting combination of different music styles perfectly dosed to create a very enjoyable work. The title album "Colours" reflects the wide range of moods and grooves found on the album, influences include 60's soul jazz, latin, ska, funky, hip-hop and R'n'B. While most of the instruments are played by Nick Radford and Adam Gibbons, a few very special guests feature Angeline Morrison on vocals, Damon Minchella on bass and Pete Judd on sax & flute. "Colours" with its ability to combine past and present reflects the creative process of looking back to move forward.  (Franco Martinelli) 

MORISSON "New day" (Eight 15)

The new Morrison release on Eight 15 Records is another solid deep track with great vocals, The Vincent Kwok mix is a powerful deep version with pumpin' beats and wicked keys that perfectly fits with the soulful and intense vocal performance by Morrison. Benji Candelario provides a smoother remix with extra organ chords and hot piano on a warm percussive groove, while Haldo offers an awesome soulful rework. The package also includes nice remixes by Bulletz and Tom Conrad.  (Franco Martinelli) 

REEL PEOPLE Ft. Tony Momrelle "Tell me why" (Reel People Music) 

Reel People are back with another awesome single taken from their brilliant forthcoming "Golden Lady" album. This beautiful soul track features Tony Momrelle on vocals, who provides an irresitible smooth and intense soulful performance that perfectly fits with the seductive urban jam arrangements.  (Franco Martinelli) 

SANDY RIVERA & RAE "Hide u" (d:vision / Defected)

Sandy Rivera needs no introduction, he's one of the most loved and influential house music producers of the last decade. Here's Rivera's new single "Hide u", a powerful, deep and energetic track featuring Rae on vocals. The "Club mix" is a simple and effective deep cut for the the dancefloor, the "Rivera & Castel's remix" is a pumpin' rework enriched with wicked synth keys and extra percussions for the peak time moments. The package also includes the techy "Norman Doray remix" as well as a deeper and underground rework by Quentin Harris.  (Franco Martinelli)

GREG STAINER "Nirvam" (Seamless Twelves)

The new release by Greg Stainer on Seamless is titled "Nirvam" and it's a powerful peak-time main room track, with driving bassline, solid beats and catchy vocal snippets. Remixes are provided by David Herrero who delivers a more funky rework, adding a rolling sub bass and sax, while the "Treiti Hammond & Juste remix" is a nice alternative of the Original track for a more commercial dancefloor.  (Franco Martinelli)

SONNY FODERA Ft. Bru Brave & Ron E "Lose myself" (She Recordings)

She Recordings from "Down Under" Australia, returns with a new awesome soulful release from Australian artists Sonny Fodera, Bru Fave and Ron E. "Lose myself" is a beautiful soulful track provided in various mixes and remixes, the "Classic mix" is a full classic soulful affair with warm percussive groove, funky bassline, smooth Rhodes chords and intense vocals, Tikki Trembo provides a smoother rework, while DJ Jory delivers an infectious funky influenced remix, adding extra percussions an a powerful funky bassline. The package also includes a solid deep mix as well as a couple of hot Instrumental versions.  (Franco Martinelli)

LEFT MINDED "Right is wrong EP" (Look Ahead Records) 

L.A. duo Left Minded presents their new 3 tracks EP titled "Right is wrong". The opening track "Fly away" is an intense and hypnotic groovy and deep cut that perfectly combines percussive elements, hypnotic vocals, infectious keys and atmospheric chords, the Karol XVII & MB Valence remix of the same track is a deeper and underground affair, while "Let it go" is another nice percussive and groovy deep track in classic Left Minded style.  (Franco Martinelli)

DAVE STORM "Airlounge" (Seamless Black)

Long time producer Dave Storm releases his new track on Seamless Twelve. "Airlounge" is a powerful and hypnotic deep track with punchy beats, atmospheric sounds and infectious pads, the "Cabrio mix" is a heavier rework with powerful driving beats and extra synths to push along the groove. Finally the "Direktor & Dave Storm remix" is a groovy affair with lots of percussive elements combining with the atmospheric sounds.  (Franco Martinelli)

MISHAL MOORE "It ain't over" (dvision)

"It ain't over" by Mishal Moore is a fresh and catchy house track produced by Kenny Dope. The Dope mixes are nice combination of melodic vocals and pumpin' house beats, while the Wideboys provides 2 groovy and sun drenched remixes, adding extra percussive elements and catchy French accordion parts.  (Franco Martinelli)

January  2011

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Most rated 2010" 3xCD (Defected) 

"Most rated 2010" is a fantastic compilation that brought together the biggest credible house records of 2010 and more. Forty of the hottest house records of the year feature here. Superhits like Copyright’s "Nobody", Dennis Ferrer's "Hey hey" are obviously included in the compilation, as well as Frankie Knuckles awesome re-working of Quentin Harris & Ultra Nate’s "Give It 2 U", the Round Table Knights mix of Tensnake's "Coma Cat" and Riva Starr’s remix of the underground cut ‘Enjoy Music’ by Reboot. The album also offers music from Steve Angello, Sandy Rivera, The Shapeshifters, Osunlade, Rasmus Faber, Louie Vega, ATFC and more, including brand new and exclusive tracks from Dennis Ferrer "Red room", DJ Gregory & Gregor Salto "Paris Luanda" and Chocolate Puma "Tonco tone".  (Franco Martinelli)

REEL PEOPLE Ft. Darien "Sure" (Reel People) 

Summer is already here ! Maybe not for the weather but this new awesome track from Reel Peopla Feat. Darien titled "Sure" brings the summer sunshine into the winter months. Taken from Reel People's forthcoming long player "Golden lady", "Sure" a fantastic sun-drenched, latin infused soulful track with intense vocals and great instrumentation. Frankie Feliciano provides a stunning soulful remix, adding deep beats and warm keys, while The Layabouts delivers a deeper, underground rework.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Purple Music Anthology - Chapter 2" 2xCD (Purple Music)

After the big success of "Purple Music Anthology -Chapter 1", here's Chapter 2 and it's another awesome selection of fresh funky, soulful and deep house music. The 20 tracks are beautiful and confirms that Purple Music is one of the hottest house-music recording labels of the moment. The release includes hot upfront tracks and powerful remixes from the likes of Jamie Lewis, Paolo Barbato, Soulmagic, Roland Clark, Luca Cassani, Dario D'Attis, Anthony Romeno, Belocca,Tanja Danker, Ann Nesby, Nightrhymes, MoD and many others, including a brand new remix of the 80's hit from the Tracks "Long train running". All the tracks are provided in dj friendly, unmixed and extended version.  (Franco Martinelli)

MONIQUE BINGHAM "You.Me.World" (Bigga Sounds)

The new Bigga Sounds release is Monique Bingham's "You.Me.World". This intense, jazz infused house track takes inspiration by Malcolm McLaren's spirit and music. The Original mix fuses the classic 80's elements in a brilliant and infectious version, while the remixes are house addicted affairs. Ralf GUM provides a super-cool rework, adding afro-influenced elements and warm horns, John Cutler delivers a deeper and groovy remix, while Leighton Moody offers a nice soulful rework with warm sax and hot keys. Finally DJ Christos serves another deep and underground remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

ROMANTHONY "B 2 nite" (d:vision) 

Romanthony returns with a powerful new single titled "B 2 nite". The Original mix is a pumpin' house track with solid beats and driving bassline, enriched with catchy vocals and infectious synths. On remix duty DJ Sniper provides 2 brilliant club remixes, adding wicked percussive elements on deeper beats.  (Franco Martinelli) 

YOHAN ESPRADA Ft. Lorèna "L'ebullition d'amour" (Cabana) 

The new year begins with another awesome soulful influenced relese from Cabana Records, "L'ebullition d'amour" by Yohan Esprada Ft. Lorèna is a latin tinged soulful affair with soild beats and intense sexy vocals. The package includes beside the Original mix a rich set of remixes, Justin Imperiale provides a beutiful smoother rework with an infectious latin flavour, adding warm percussions, soft guitars and great keys, Aphreme delivers a very hot remix adding some electronic elements, including a 303 bassline that perfectly fits the soulful atmosphere of the track, while Fiso DaCosta goes deeper and dreamy in his rework. Other interesting mixes comes from Soletek, Yal and Logan Dataspirit.  (Franco Martinelli)

ONIONZ "Peel pressure EP" (Seamless Black Label)

Seamless Black Label begins 2011 with the new EP from Onionz "Peel pressure EP". The release consists of 2 powerful tracks, "Join the future" has solid drums, bouncing bassline, driving synth and warm strings and pads combined with the dreaming vocals from Beatriz Rodriquez. "All the time" is another driving deep synth track, it spreads big energy with its pumpin' beats and hypnotic synths.  (Franco Martinelli)

December  2010

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Defected in the House - Tokyo '11" (Defected)

Defected moves to the far east with this outstanding 2xCD compilation of the acclaimed "Defected in the house" series, selected and mixed by 2 of the top Japan's djs Rae and DJ Masa of Studio Apartment. Both sets are awesome combinations of upfront tracks, classic favourites and cuts that have become anthems in the clubs of Tokyo. CD 1 is mixed by DJ Masa of Studio Apartment who provides an infectious set, including brand new releases from Gregor Salto, DJ Gregory and Andre Torquato Project, as well as tracks from Copyright, Studio Apartment, Hideo Kobayashi and a few Tokyo's club favourites like Martjin Ten Velden’s ‘Cowbell’, DJ T’s ‘Dis’ and ATFC’s ‘Guru’. On CD 2 Rae provides an awesome set, moving from past to present to future, including Tensnake’s ‘Coma Cat’, the Daddy’s Groove mix of Louie Vega’s ‘Diamond Life’ , Riva Starr’s smash cut up of Butch’s ‘XTC’ as well as some of her own productions and classic favourites like G Club’s ‘Guitarra G’.  (Franco Martinelli)

SuSu BOBIEN "I got my pride" (Diva Down Ent) 

Legendary Gospel House diva Susu Bobien returns with a monstrous club anthem titled "I got my pride" on Dewey Andrew's brand new label Diva Down Entertainment. Mixes and remixes comes courtesy of top house producers, Davidson Ospina presents a solid deep mix with infectious beats and underground atmospheres to support the sublime vocal performance of Susu Bobien, Sean Grasty provides an awesome and uplifting funky-house mix, while John Mateo delivers a cool rework, putting together deep beats and smooth keys treated with an infectious old-school vibe.  (Franco Martinelli)

MARTIN SOLVEIG Feat. Dragonette "Hello" (d:vision)

No doubt, "Hello" is the Main room anthem of this winter. Martin Solveig delivers another stunning release putting together catchy vocals, pop influenced sounds and dancefloor addicted beats. "Hello" is a top radio cut and a floorfiller too! Besides the Original mix, the package provides a rich series of remixes for many kind of dancefloor. Michael Wood offers a pumpin' remix for the main room, Sidney Samson delivers a techy rework with pumpin' beats and infectious blips for the peak-time moments, while the "Dada life remix" and "Bassjackers remix" are both wicked rework for the late-night or alternative selections.  (Franco Martinelli)

DJ GREGORY "House Masters" (Defected)

The 10th edition of the House Masters series presents DJ Gregory. The French top dj is one of the most charismatic and eclectic producer of our times, tribally influenced, dancefloor minded, Gregory's style is unique and this hot 2xCD compilation offers 20 of his hottest tracks in unmixed DJ friendly format. From the newest cuts like "Paris Luanda" and "Canoa" to the classics like "The Joburg theme", "Tropical soundclash", "Elle" and "Don't panic" just to name a few, including remixes by K-Dope, DJ Chus, Yass and others.  (Franco Martinelli)

BLACK POWDER Ft. Adeola Shyllon "One chance" (Tone Control)

Tone Control Music's new release is a collaboration between Blackwax and Powdersoul (Black Powder) featuring Adeola Shyllon (previously Renson) on vocals. "One chance" is a solid house track with echo's of 80's soul and classic house production, Love Over Money (aka Nathan Thomas & Si Finnegan) provides a more 80's influenced rework, while Matthew Bandy delivers a beautiful soulful infected remix.   (Franco Martinelli)

OSUNLADE Pres. NADIRAH SHAKOOR "Pride" Rmxs (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm)

Osunlade is back with another supercool release, the brand new remixes of the 2002 classic "Pride" featuring Nadirah Shakoor on vocals. The brilliant "Main mix" is still fresh and smooth at the same time, Osunlade provides 2 mixes, the intense and sophisticated "Yoruba soul mix" and the more percussive and minimal "Back to Africa remix". Finally Johnny D reworks the track for the dancfloors and delivers 2 powerful deep and pumpin' remixes.  (Franco Martinelli)

SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS Feat. Jay Rags "Deep not deep" (Gotta Keep Faith) 

Nice to see Spiritual Blessings back on Gotta Keep Faith Records with another great deep-house release featuring Baltimore artist John "Jay Rags" Johnson on vocals."Deep not deep" is a smooth and infectious deep-house nugget with great keys, jazzy guitar and the superb spoken words vocals by Jay Rags. The full package includes beside the Original mix, 2 slamming and dancefloor friendly remixes by Spiritual Blessings as well as hot reworks from Gaty Lopez who delivers an intense "Miami Sunshine remix", Yohan Esprada who serves an hot groovy rework and Mark Di Meo. A cool and useful "Keypella" mix is also includes in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

DJ DEALER & GROOVE JUNKIES Ft. Chezere "My day has come" (Look At You)

Look At You Records head honcho DJ Dealer and MoreHouse Records Evan Landes from Groove Junkies team up with singer/songwriter Chezere and together provides this hot release titled "My day has come". DJ Dealer mix is a powerful version with infectious grooves and great vocals enriched with hot piano chords, while the Groove Junkies mixes are more deep and electronic influenced affairs. Dub and Instrumental mixes are also included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

QUENTIN HARRIS & ULTRA NATE "Give it 2 u" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm)

Taken from Quentin Harris long player "Sacrifice" and featuring Ultra Nate on vocals, "Give it 2 u" is a solid house track provided in various versions reworked by top house producers. Beside the Quentin Harris mixes, Sandy Rivera delivers a powerful synth driven remix, Stonebridge serves a fresher and uplifting rework, Chicago house legend Derrick Carter provides an intense groovy dub and Azari & III offers a deeper and underground remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

November  2010

TIMMY REGISFORD "At the club" LP (Tribe Records) 

Legendary New York DJ/Producer Timmy Regisford returns with his long awaited new album titled "At the club" on Tribe Records. This exciting project is a perfect combination of various music influences, from afrobeat, to soulful, deep and gospel house, the entire album is a celebration of the classic house music sound. Some of the tracks are really awesome, the title track "At the club" and "Someone like you" are pure house gems, "How does it feel", "Makes me love you" and "Special one" are beautiful soulful cuts, while "Sorrow tears and blood" and "Beats of no nation" bot featuring Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti are superb afro tinged tracks. Timmy team-up with a large number of excellent singers for this album, from heavyweight vocalists like Kenny Bobien, Arnold Jervis and Fela Kuti to blazing vocal talents like Jaidene Veda, Georgia Cee, Nickson & Amera Light and Lynn Lockamy. Coming with the new year, this is a great house music album !  (Franco Martinelli)   

INAYA DAY & DAVID ESSE "The beginning" (Soultrenz)

Soultrenz bring together the talents of David Esse, one of the newest and hottest producer from Paris (France) and the legendary New York City vocalist and house music diva Inaya Day. The result is an explosive slice of soulful power-house titled "The beginning". The Original mix is a solid and catchy house track with infectious synths and driving beats, while Brian Coxx delivers a more techy influenced and punchy Remix as well as a powerful Dubstramental.  (Franco Martinelli)   

JAMES TALK & RIDNEY "Forever" (d:vision)

Here's another classic revisited for today's dancefloor, "Forever" is an adaptation of Earth Wind And Fire's "Fantasy". James Talk & Ridney uses only a small part of EW&F's original vocal line and put it on pumpin' house beats, funky synth-bass line, wicked pads and lot of filters to transform this superclassic in an irresitible filtered-house track for the dancefloor. The package also includes powerful remixes from Chris Lake who provides a more techy version, Ramon Tapia who delivers a groovy rework and Ghost Of Venice that offers a deeper remix.  (Franco Martinelli)   

PETE MOSS "Top of the trees EP" (Seamless Black)

DJ/Producer Pete Moss returns with an interesting 3 tracks deep-house EP on Seamless Black. The first cut is "Top of the trees" a percussive, deep and hypnotic track with infectious percussions and dark synh drops. "Decoded soul" is a smoother affair, with soft pads, hot bassline and great arrangements, and finally "Wisdom" is a solid deep track with dark filtered synths on a nice percussive groove.  (Franco Martinelli)   

dEEP DJOE Ft. Veronica Larenne "Sing 4 everyday" (Stalwart)

Portuguese DJ/Producer dEEp DJoe teams up with Portuguese talented singer Veronica Larenne for his new single on Stalwart. "Sing 4 everyday" is a fresh soulful/funky house track with an infectious summer vibe. The "Club mix" is solid funky-house cut with great piano chords, funky guitar, hot bassline and catchy singalong vocals. The "Summer mix" is more sun drenched affair, while the remixes takes the track straight to the dancfloors, Thomas Toccafondi delivers a deep, minimal rework, DJ Fudge provides a pumpin' and groovy remix for the peak time moments, Aaron Ross adds some warm and soulful elements on solid, deep beats and finally DJ Rork offers an awesome and groovy rework of the Original mix.  (Franco Martinelli)   

DFP Presents ELECTRA 80 "Rock this town" (d:vision)

Dimitri From Paris provides another masterpiece ! His capacity to combine the 70's and 80's sound with today's mood is awesome. Dimitri's "Little Italy remake" of "Rock this town" is stellar work, the track has an infectious 80's flavour with old school rap drops and catchy vocal hooks on 80's influenced grooves and bassline. This mix takes you instantly back to the 80's but sounds also so modern. Beside this masterpiece the other mixes looks so normal, they are provided by Mousse T who delivers a pumpin' funky rework and Ajello who offers a nice 80's influnced groovy remix.  (Franco Martinelli)   

GANGA "Gaia" LP (Flinc Music) 

Ganga aka Christian Ronn is a danish Chillout producer and "Gaia" is his new interesting album. The 8 tracks LP is an inspired and intense music journey with infectious electronic sounds combined with fresh Balearic guitars, soft pads, Asian infused strings and sensual vocals. This album is perfect for the lounge/bar selections, all the tracks are so hot and useful but a few are really awesome. "Lights" is a fantastic, smooth, delicate and intense track with an infectious late night mood, "Phenix" is a sophisticated uptempo track and "Gaia" is a cool downtempo cut where electronic sounds, deep spoken words vocals and asiatic influences perfectly meets.  (Franco Martinelli)   

MARCELO CRUZ Feat. Natasha Koss "Soulomatik" (Cabana)

Cabana Records returns with another awesome release from Marcelo Cruz Feat. Natasha Koss. "Soulomatik" is a deep and infectious track provided in 2 hot versions. The "Original mix" is an excellent deep-house affair, with a warm percussive groove, infectious pads, hot organ chords and intense vocals. Label's boss Justin Imperiale provides a fantastic remix, cutting the atmospheric pads and adding lots of african flavored percussions and effects, as well as warm organ and african flutes.  (Franco Martinelli)   

GROOVE ASSASIN Ft. Tantra Zawadi "Love seeker" (Gotta Keep Faith) 

Gotta Keep Faith Records returns with a new powerful release from UK's most in demand DJ/Producer Groove Assasin. "Love seeker" is a pumpin' deep track featuring Tantra Zawdi who provides intense and sexy spoken words vocals. Beside the Original mixes, the package offers a rich series of remixes, including a couple of beautiful Spiritual Blessing reworks that brings the track to a deeper level, as well as excellent remixes from Georg Neufeld, QuestionmarkQ, Steve Paradise, Ku-Ninjas and G-Spice & DJ Dimkal.  (Franco Martinelli)   

OSUNLADE Presents NADIRAH SHAKOOR "Pride" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm) 

Osunlade is back with another awesome release titled "Pride" and featuring sensual vocals from Nadirah Shakoor. The "Main mix" is a smooth and intense groovy track with infectious percussions and warm Rhodes chords. The "Yoruba Soul mix" is a more jazzy influenced affair with extra keys and warm synths, while the "Back to Africa mix" has extra percussive elements and a deeper vibe. On remix duty we have Johnny D who provides a more pumpin' darker and deeper rework for the dancfloor.  (Franco Martinelli)   

VIANA & MIGUEL GARJI "The black mountain" (Seamless Black)

Ibiza natives Miguel Garji & Viana releases their new single on Seamless Black Recordins. "The black mountain" is a powerful deep track with pumpin' beats, dark stabs and infectious vocal hooks. The package also includes an amazing remix from Soul Minority who adds uplifting jazzy piano and trumpet on infectious deep beats.  (Franco Martinelli)  

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Afribiza - The Afro sound of Ibiza" DJ Sampler (New World Africa Records)

Afroibiza is a unique and exciting compilation featuring new and upcoming talents from South, West and Central Africa regions. The music here is an unique and infectious combination of African tinged beats and voices, mixed with classic house elements, spacey Balearic synths and contemporary dance grooves.This DJ Sampler includes 5 powerful tracks that represents the new house sound fo Africa.   (Franco Martinelli)  

BENEDETTO & FARINA Ft. L. T. Brown "I'm so grateful" (Reelgroove) 

Benedetto & Farina's new single on Reelgroove features a stellar vocal performance of LT Brown. "I'm so grateful" is a solid deep track with pumpin' beats and awesome ulifting vocals. On the remixes Clemens Rumpf provides a sun drenched, soulful rework, while Ray Jones delivers a smoother and sophisticated deep and underground version.  (Franco Martinelli)  

MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE "Hello" (d:vision)

Martin Soulveig teams up with Dragonette for his new release titled "Hello". The original mixes reflects the classic Martin Solveig style, where house music meets pop influenced elemnts and vocals. The remixes brings the track straight to the dancefloors, Sydney Samson provides an irresitible techy rework, Bassjackers adds even more fierce synths and techy blips, while Michael Woods delivers a more classic electro rework.  (Franco Martinelli)   

DEEPSWING & TONY NUCCIO "Glory" (Generate)

Deepswing returns with a new release, this time teaming up with Los Angeles DJ/Producer Tony Nuccio. "Glory" is a classic Deepswing affair, with solid funky beats, great keys and ulifting vocals performed by Shemika. Eric Wickman provides 2 Deepswing classic mixes, while Tony Nuccio delivers 3 deeper and electronic influenced reworks. The package also includes the nice Andrew Deloza's FunkHouser remix.  (Franco Martinelli)  

October  2010

THE LAYABOUTS ft. Shea Soul "Perfectly" (Reel People Music)

The Layabouts returns with a fantastic new single on Reel People Music, "Perfectly" is a simple yet beautiful love song, an awesome soulful track featuring a stellar performance of UK's soulful vocal talent Shea Soul. The Main mix has infectious afro flavoured beats, warm keybords and superb, distinctive vocals, while the "Acoustic mix" is a delicate gem, with Alex on acoustic guitar and Shea delivering a heartfelt vocal on an absolutely stunning live acoustic version.  (Franco Martinelli)  

DJ ROLAND CLARK "Tambor love" + "You lie" feat. Dawn McClain (Delete Global)

Top DJ/Producer/Vocalist Roland Clark delivers 2 new releases on his own Delete Global label. The first one is "Tambor love", a deep and infectious soulful track with warm afrocentric grooves laced with acoustic guitar. Beside the beautiful "Original mix", the package also includes some hot remixes for the dancefloor. For the second release, that will be out one week later, Roland Clark teams up with talented US vocalist Dawn McClain. "You lie" is a solid house track, a nice combination of new school music and classic flavoured vocals. This package also features the irresistible "RC Brown Eyed Buddhist remix" a peak-time groover set up to rock the dancefloor.  (Franco Martinelli) 

SOULMAGIC & EBONY SOUL ft. Ann Nesby "Get your thing together" (Purple Music) 

The long awaited "Get your thing together" by Soulmagic & Ebony Soul is finally released on Purple Music. This beautiful Victor Simonelli's classic is now revamped and retwisted by Soulmagic in collaboration with Ebony Soul and Victor Simonelli and enriched with a stellar vocal performance of house diva Ann Nesby. The 3 original Soulmagic mixes are solid funky-house cuts, while Jamie Lewis provides a deeper and groovy rework. Other superb mixes comes courtesy of Souldynamic, Davide Fiorese and Mr Root.  (Franco Martinelli) 

RALPHY ROSARIO and ABEL AGUILERA vs. TaMara Wallace "C'mon get funky" (d:vision)

It's nice to see Ralphy Rosario back with a powerful funky-house release, "C'mon get funky" is a pumpin' funky groover with an infectious old-school vibe, driving bassline, hot funky guitars and uplifting vocals. The package also includes some hot remixes, Mark Picchiotti provides a pumpin' synth driving funky mix, while Rosabel (Rosario+Aguilera) delivers a deeper, darker and electronic influenced rework.  (Franco Martinelli) 

BARBARA TUCKER "One desire" 2010 RMXS (King Street) 

King Street Sounds releases this powerful remixes package for Barbara Tucker's "One desire" track. These new 2010 remixes are made to rock the dancefloor, including powerful Tuccillo and Angelo Posito reworks. Tuccillo provides an energetic and driving mix with hypnotic groove laced with fierce percussions, while Angelo Posito delivers a deeper and underground remix with a darker vibe, solid beats and great work on percussions.  (Franco Martinelli) 

ORANGE MUSE ft. Ania "Psychedelic behaviour" (Colourful Recordings)

Swedish producer Tobias Linden a.k.a. Orange Muse presents his first release on his brand new label Colorful Recordings. "Psychedelic behaviour" is a deep and hypnotic affair featuring an infectious spoken-words vocal performance from French vocalist Ania. On remix duty we have Rocco who delivers a pumpin' deep rework adding thumping kick and quirky effects, while NY's Quentin Harris & Honey Dijon delivers a superb and irresitible deep and groovy remix.  (Franco Martinelli) 

OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL "Jackson's last stand" (d:vision)

"Jackson's last stand" is the new single by Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and it is taken from the group's forthcoming full lenght album "The golden years". "Jackson's last stand" is a powerful 80's influenced synth-pop track provided in several mixes. Beside the 80's nostalgic Original mix we can find some powerful techy remixes for today's danceflors provided by David Tort and Dynamikk and a couple of alternative broken beats mixes.  (Franco Martinelli) 

DJEFF & SILYVI ft. Mili "Nawe" (Soulgasm Music)

Directly from the West Coast of Africa, here comes Angolan duo Djeff & Silyvi with their debut release "Nawe" featuring African native vocalist Mili, who sings "Nawe" (which means "With you") in Zulu. The Original mix is a passinonate afrocentric affair, while the remixes are more dancefloor addicted tracks, with Wizard Brian Coxx who provides a solid dancefloor friendly rework, while "house maestro" Ian Friday delivers an emotional and deep Tea Party remix as well as an awesome Libation mix  (Franco Martinelli) .

September  2010

GROOVE JUNKIES "In the zone" LP (MoreHouse Records) 

After two years in the making, Evan Landes finally releases his Groove Junkies (re-designed) full lenght album on Morehouse Records."In the mix" is an awesome soulful-house masterpiece, 13 superb tracks in the classic Groove Junkies trademark style, a perfect combination of intense funky house grooves enriched by infectious soul, jazzy, afro, gospel and tech-house elements. Evan provides new music and classic Groove Junkies tracks in an irresistible non-stop set that totally captures the listener from the first note to the end. All the tracks futures fantastic vocals from some of the biggest artists in today's soulful-house scene, names like Solara, Diane Carter, Inedya, Chappell, Joy Cardwell, TC Moses and Alexander Sky, to name just a few. A 16 tracks, DJ friendly unmixed album is also available, it includes extended mixes of all the tracks as well as 3 hot new cuts. Essential release !!!  (Franco Martinelli) 

TONE CONTROL Ft. James B Coleman "Without your love" (Tone Control) 

For their new single Tone Control (aka Si Finnegan and Marcus Harris) teams up with vocalist James D. Coleman and provides an excellent deep track titled "Without your love". The "Original mix" is a solid and intense bass-heavy groove track, while DJ Spinna delivers an epic funky moog driven remix in his inimitable Galactic Soul style. The Thompson & Benedict remixes are deeper and darker affairs, while Love Over Money offers an awesome 80's influenced electronic boogie rework.  (Franco Martinelli) 

MILESART ORCHESTRA "A love Xtreme" (Seamless)

Joan Ribas aka Milesart Orchestra brings you the last taste of summer with this awesome latin flavoured release titled "A love Xtreme" on Seamless Twelve. The "Original mix" is a smooth and intense balearic influenced track with warm percussions and great live guitar played by Manuel Diaz. Remixes comes from Pacha Ibiza resident Graham Sahara who takes the track on the dancefloor, adding pumpin' beats and rolling bassline, while the second remix is from Yann Lebreuilly who provides a deeper lounge-house rework. Finally Japan producer DJ Hakuei delivers an excellent soulful and jazzy infected funky-house remix.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Toolroom Knights 3.0" mixed by Mark Knight 2xCD (Toolroom) 

The new release of the acclaimed series "Toolroom Knights" is selected and mixed by label's boss and top UK DJ/Producer Mark Knight who provides one of the best compilations of the series to date. CD1 is deep and infectious, featuring great tracks like Sergio Martinez's "Baloncesto femenino", George Andrews exclusive track "Bad bread", Mark's own "Natural instinct" as well as great cuts from artists like Faithless, King Britt, Chris Special, Die & Interface, Sabb feat. Dark Beat and others. CD 2 is the natural continuation, it developes in an irresitible crescendo from underground-deep tracks to powerful peak time cuts. CD starts off with the excellent "To get down" by George Andrews and includes some very powerful tracks like Axia & Eric Borgo's "Plastic bed"; Nic Fanciulli's remix of Loco Dice's "Definition", Alex Tepper's "In, out, life" as well as a few Mark Knights tracks, "Shogun" made with Funkagenda, "Headers & volleys" made with Drew Scott & Hollywood Hills, "Crescendo" in collaboration with Wolfgang Gartner and the classic "Downpipe" by Mark Knight & D. Ramirez vs. Underworld.  (Franco Martinelli) 

QUENTIN HARRIS & ULTRA NATE "Give it 2 U" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm) 

This time Quentin Harris teams up with dance diva Ultra Nate and releases an awesome new single titled "Give it 2 U". Taken from Quentin Harris new album "Sac*ri*fice" this track combines hot disco inspired dramactic strings with a superb vocal performance and filtered house beats. The result is amazing, this track is intense and unique. The package also includes beside the "Album version" a dancefloor friendly "Extended mix" as well as an Instrumental mix with super-hot extra synth solo.  (Franco Martinelli) 

HANNA HAIS "Elle" (Atal) 

Produced by Ralf GUM, "Elle" is the new single taken from Anna Hais beautiful album "Love Paradise". The track is provided in various mixes, including the awesome Ralf GUM mix with afro tinged percussions, deep bassline and hypnotic synth line. Doc Link & Eman delivers an intense deep and percussive rework, while Amorhouse & Fennel and Alton Miller offers powerful peak-time mixes.  (Franco Martinelli)  

JUSTIN IMPERIALE feat. Diviniti "Love can heal the world" Part Two (Cabana)

Justin Imperiale returns with a fresh package of remixes of his beautiful single "Love can heal the world" featuring Diviniti on vocals. For those like us, who loved the first release, this Part 2 is the natural follow up and it is another awesome package. Jihad Muhammad provides a warm, solulful and organic remix in his classic style, Abicah Soul delivers an intense and atmospheric rework, Marcelo Cruz offers a fresh and percussive mix, Brazilian Soul Crew presents an uplifting rework enriched with cool organ parts and finally the "Mauritzio's re-edit" is an underground edit of the original track.  (Franco Martinelli) 

APHRODISIAX Ft. Tasita DMour "Survivor" (Seamless) 

After quality releases on such labels as Soul Heaven and Sound Of The Booth, AphroDisiax (aka Sy Sez) debuts on Seamless with a powerful deep and percussive track titled "Survivor" and featuring legendary singer Tasita D'Mour on vocals. Beside the uplifting Original Mix and the solid dancefloor friendly Dub Mix, this package includes remixes from Marc Poppcke who delivers a powerful groovy rework and Thomas Toccafondi who offers a pumpin' deep mix.  (Franco Martinelli) 

CHARO VELECIO "Drums of auluya" (Transistori Music)

New York DJ/Producer Benji Candelario unleashes the second release from Charo Velecio on his Transistori label. The Original mix is a percussive afro influenced track with hot jazzy keys, hypnotic chant and African spoken words. The several remixes included in the package takes the track to the dancefloor, DJ Alx's "Bellyhouse electro mix" is a pumpin' electro influenced rework, Benji Candelario's "Strut mix" is a classy afrocentric workout with catchy sax hook, Joeski delivers a deeper and hypnotic remix and finally Duce Martinez provides another infectious deep rework enriched with sublime key solo.  (Franco Martinelli) 

GYPSYMEN "Hear the music" (Naughty Boy Music) 

The Todd Terry's superclassic "Hear the music" has been released on Naughty Boy Music and enriched with some hot remixes for today's dancefloors. The "David Ospina & Oscar P. NYC Mix" is simply amazing, deep and underground, with great percussive groove and infectious pads that perfectly fits with the famous vocal hook. Norty Cotto and Angel Manuel provides some pumpin' remixes for the peak time moments, and finally the powerful "Todd terry Classic mix" is also available in the package.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "d:vision Club Sessions" 3xCD (d.vision) 

Here comes the Autumn and it's time for a new chapter of the "d:vision Club Sessions" compilation. This 3xCD package includes some of the hottest tracks of the moment in extended dj-friendly format plus some hot extras. CD1 is a rich selection of dance tracks including Ultra Natè's "Free 2010"" remixed by Samuele Sartini, Reel 2 Reel's classic "I like to move it" remixed by Nicola Fasano as well as the new 2010 remix of the italo-dance classic "I say yeah" by Orlando Johnson, and new tracks from Samatha vs. Sabrina, In-grid, Ives Larock and the powerful "Spaceship" by Benny Benassi remixed by Rivaz. CD2 presents a very hot house selection that includes tracks from Quentin Harris, Sharam, Osunlade, Chris Lake and others, while the CD 3 is a collection of classic italian (non-dance) tracks remixed or re-recorded in dance/house style by some of the hottest italian DJ/Producers of the moment.  (Franco Martinelli) 

ROY AYERS & BAH SAMBA "Positive vibe" (Favouritizm) 

Bah Samba teams up with soul/jazz legend Roy Ayers and the result is "Positive vibe", an amazing uplifting soulful groove dominated by Roy's lyrical genius. The Original mix is an awesome soulful track with an intense funky flavour, warm keys, infectious bassline, hot funky guitar licks and fresh backing vocals. This fantastic package also includes some great remixes, Ashley Beedle provides a cosmic afro-latin inspired workout, Andy Ward delivers a solid funky-house rework, Sean McCabe offers a classy soulful house gem and finally the Super-Phonics remix is an awesome 80's disco inspired bomb.  (Franco Martinelli) 

INAYA DAY & RALF GUM "Lose my worries" (GoGo)

Inaya Day and Ralf Gum teams up again and provides another soulful gem titled "Lose my worries" on Ralf's own label GoGo Music. The "Original mix" ia an awesome, uplifting soulful tune, while Ralf's Alternative Vocal and Dub are deeper affairs. On remix duty we have Roberto DeCarlo who turns out an intense old school influenced rework and DJ Spen who provides an irresistible funky flavoured remix.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Top of...." series 3xCD (d:vision) 

Italian top house label d:vision launches a new, stellar compilation series titled "Top of ..." . "Top of Tribal house", "Top of Chill house", "Top of Lounge bar" and "Top of Ibiza chill" are already released. Every package includes 40 unmixed top tracks of its genere for the joy of every DJ or music selector. The music has been careful selected to create an high quality and useful compilation series. Too many top artists and producers are included in the project to be mentioned one by one, but giving a fast look at the tracklist of the 4 packages you can find names like Dennis Ferrer, Quentin Harris, Martin Solveig, Osunlade, ATFC, Harry ChooChoo Romero, Copyright, Julien Jabre, DJ Gregory, River Ocean, Byron Stingily, Ame, Hardrive, Fish Go Deep, Afterlife, Bah Samba, DJ Pippi, G Club, Ultra Natè, Bent, Monodeluxe and many many others.   (Franco Martinelli)

RICHARD EARNSHAW Ft. Eric Dillard & Roy Ayers "In time" (Groovefinder)

British multi-talented musician, producer and DJ Richard Earnshaw reveals the title track single from his beautiful album released this summer. "In time" is a fresh and uplifting soulful track featuring US talent Eric Dillard and jazz legend Roy Ayers on vocals. Beside the beautiful Original Club Mix, the package is enriched with some hot remixes, including a stellar soulful rework from Grant Nelson, an irresitible punchy dub from Rasmus Faber and a deep and bouncy dub from Groovefinder.  (Franco Martinelli)

KOSMONIQ "Then I woke up on this satellite..." LP (Tribe Of Magic)

Kosmoniq aka Jomai Etu releases his new spectacular album on Tribe Of magic Records. "Then I woke up on this satellite..." is an awesome example of new space-funk house, from the first track to the last one, this music really makes you fly. It's an fantastic combination of house grooves, funky basses, hot keys, acid basslines, spacey pads and effects plus infectious spoken word vocals. Tracks like "At first there was nothing", "Music is the only way", "Freighter 759", "Walk the jetway", "You don't even know" and the epic "The stuff of stars" really makes the difference with their simple structure and enveloping atmosphere. My advice is: listen to the entire album and enjoy the trip ... ops .... the space trip. One last note, this CD is a GREEN product, 100% recycled materials are used.  (Franco Martinelli) 

DAVE MAYER "The groove" (Barcoda) 

The new Barcoda release "The groove" by Dutch DJ and producer Dave Mayer is a powerful deep track with solid beats, hot keys and infectious vocal parts. Central Avenue adds some warm and soulful influenced keys in his remix, as well as fresh latin percussions for a more uplifting rework, while Piers Kirwan (Stereo Mutants) delivers another awesome deep and groovy version.  (Franco Martinelli)

THE FUNK ENSAMBLE "Afrodisco" (Purple Music)

The Funk Ensamble presents an awesome funky-house release titled "Afrodisco" on Purple Tracks. Dario D'Attis provides 4 different but equally hot versions of this track, the "Main cut" is a solid and uplifting disco influenced house winner, the "Funk cut" is an irresitible pure-funky affair, while the "Afrodisiac mix" is an infectious groovy track where afro elements perfectly fits with the original funky vibe. An "Afro drums mix" tool is also included in the package.   (Franco Martinelli) 

THE UNFORGATTABLES "Agua De Marcos" (d:vision)

"Agua De Marcos" by The Unforgettables" is a solid groovy track provided in 4 versions, the "Keemani mix" is a powerful rolling track with solid beats, fierce percussions and a fresh vocal hooks, the "Suonho tropical dub" is a deeper and stripped down affair, while the "Moko dub" is another solid, deep rework with filtered vocal added. Finally the "Ivan Kay dub" is a pumpin' remix for the main dancefloor.  (Franco Martinelli)

July  2010

CHRIS MALINCHAK "Beiji-me" (Launch Entertainment)

New York producer Chris Malinchak presents one of the freshest tunes of the summer, "Beiji-me" is a beautiful feel-good Latin house track with sunshine beats, latin piano, hot synths and an infectious sing along vocal hook. The original mix is a peak time summer monster, while the "Mallorca sunset mix" is a smoother version with warm percussions, latin guitars and an infectious Balearic vibe.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "So, Happy In Paris?" 2xCD (Defected) 

Luxury house music mixed by Michael Canitrot in a luxury boxset released on Defecrted Records. 2 CDs of sophisticated beats and treats, 'exporting' the high glamour sounds of Paris’s most luxurious clubbing hot spot. Michael's style is an eclectic, rhythmic and melodic blend of House, Deep, Afros, Latinos, Classics, Disco. CD 1 is a brilliant downtempo, electronic influenced set including great tracks from Mujava, Julien Jabre, Aeroplane, Lifelike, Sebastian Tellier, Simian Mobile Disco, Ame and Knee Deep. Disc 2 is a reflection of peak time set with tracks from Pryda, Dennis Ferrer, Audiowhores, DJ Gregory, Barbara Tucker, Rasmus Faber and many others.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Club Sessions 18" 3xCD (d:vision)

d:vision presents "Club Sessions 18", another essential compilation for the summer. This hot 3xCD package includes 35 unmixed tracks in Extended DJ format. You can find some of the hottest summer's anthems like Quentin Harris & Inaya Day's "Do the right thing", Monè's "Love don't pay the rent", Soul Avangerz "Respect" just to name a few, as well as exclusive remixes of Dennis Ferrer's "Hery hey", Bob Sinclar ft. Shaggy's "I wanna", ATFC ft. Lisa Millett's "Bad habit 2010" and again, super house classics in original version like Ultra Natè's "Free", Wamdue Project "King of my castle", Byron Singily's "Get up", Aly-Us "Follow me", plus some fresh dance tracks from R.I.O., B-Fonic, Jeroenski, Romathony and may more.  (Franco Martinelli)

GROOVE ASSASIN Ft. Mina Jackson "Feel good muzik" (Seamless) 

Groove Assasin (Aka Nick Moss) returns with a new awesome soulful track titled "Feel good muzik" on Seamless Twelve. The "Original mix" is a beautiful uplifting soulful track with solid beats, great keys and an intense vocal performance by Mina Jackson. The remixes comes courtesy of italian duo Souldynamic who provides a solid peak-time rework, adding kick-ass beats and bouncing chords. Dub, Instrumental and Accapella mixes are included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

JUSTIN IMPERIALE ft. Diviniti "Love can heal the world" (Cabana)

Justin Imperiale is back with an awesome new single featuring beautiful vocals from Diviniti on Cabana Records. "Love can heal the world" is an amazing soulful track with great percussions, hot bass, warm chords and intense vocals. The "Pirahnahead remix" is a more pumpin' rework for the dancefloor, with solid beats, powerful funky bassline and nice synths, while Johnny Montana & Craig Stewart provides a smoother, soulful remix with warm Rhodes, atmospheric pads and super hot piano and organ solos.  (Franco Martinelli)

DENNIS FERRER "Hey hey" Remixes (d:Vision / Defected) 

Dennis Ferrer's "Hey hey" has been one of the hottest track of last Spring, now, the Remixes package complete the work for the summer. This fat package includes, beside the Dennis Ferrer Attention Mix, hot remixes from Deepah One (DJ Spen & Karizma), Tom DeNeef, Crookers, Dim Chris, Vandalism and Kaytronik (aka Karizma). From the deepest undeground grooves to the dancefloor friendly remixes, everything is available in this super-hot package.   (Franco Martinelli)

VILLA GOMBAO INC "Welcome EP" (Seamless Black)

Spanish producers Alvaso Villa and Alex Gombao aka Villa Gombao Inc presents a very solid deep EP on Seamless Black. "Welcome" is an irresistible deep groover with plenty of percussive elements combined with wicked synth riffs, "Oguaya" is a deeper and darker affair, enriched with spoken words Spanish vocals. "Oguaya" also comes with a Dub which removes the main vocal. Finally "Sunday rostrum" is a smoother affair with tight beats and hot floating synth pads.  (Franco Martinelli)

ORLANDO JOHNSON "I say Yeah" (d:vision) 

Orlando Johnson's "I say yeah" was a supr hit back in 1990 and now, 20 years later, d:vision releases a nice remixes package for summer 2010. Samuele Sartini and Rivaz provides some hot new versions of this classic, adding today's sound but keeping the feshness of the original version, Gui Seph delivers a powerful groovy remix, while Jean Delafoy adds wicked electro elements in his Dub and finally Max Riolo provides a "Classic remix" very similar to the Original one, for all the nostalgic freaks.  (Franco Martinelli)

June  2010

JAMIE LEWIS "Flashback" The Album 3xCD (Purple Music)

Jamie Lewis celebrates 20 years "in the House" with a fantastic 3xCD album that collects his classic tracks as well as some hot unreleased remixes and new cuts. "Flashback" features 30 unmixed, full length tracks, all produced & remixed by Jamie Lewis and originally released on top house recording labels like his own Purple Music as well as Defected, MN2S, Milk and Sugar, Ministry of Sound, Universal and other. This stellar collection features some timeless house classics like "The light" feat. Michelle Weeks, Jamie's awesome remixes of Cerrone's "You are the one" and "Hooked on you" as well as his remixes of Bob Sinclar's "Champs Elysees Theme", and Kings Of Tomorrow's "So alive", plus other great tracks he made with top house artists like Michael Watford, Jocelyn Brown, Shawn Christopher, Hanna Hais, Lisa Millett, DJ Pippi, Chance, Kim Cooper and more. If you love House Music you'll love this album and I'm sure you love Jamie Lewis.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Defected In The House - Ibiza '10" 2xCD (Defected)

Summer's here and as usual, "Defected In The House" celebrates Ibiza with the classic summer compilation dedicated to the hottest Defeceted night on the White Island, on Saturday night at Pacha. This 2xCD album is an upfront selection of guaranteed summer floorfillers mixed by Simon Dunmore. 30 quality house tracks, including cuts and remixes from Dennis Ferrer, ATFC, Rasmus faber & Alf Tumble, DJ Gregory & Gregor Salto, Copyright, Arthur Baker, Shapeshifters, Blaze, Quentin Harris, Chocolate Puma, MK, Fanatix, DJ Chus Riva Starr just to name a few. Summer's essential compilation !  (Franco Martinelli)

BOB SINCLAR Vs. SLY & ROBBIE "Made in Jamaica" Album (d:vision) 

"Made in Jamaica" is one of the fresher releases of the summer, mainstream dance hits revisited in pure Jamaican reggae style. Sly & Robbie meets Bob Sinclar and the result is hotter than the July sun ! All the biggest Bob Sinclar's hits are completly reworked by Sly & Robbie who takes these famous tracks to another level. Just listen to the new version of "Love generation", "World hold on" and "Beat goes on", it seems the pure spirit of Jamaica and the ghost of Bob Marley is behind these tracks. Other gems from this album are the awesome reggae ballad created by Sly & Robbie of one of the biggest Sinclar's dance hits "I feel for you", as well as the sweet rework of "Give a little love". Super HOT release !!!!  (Franco Martinelli)

HAWABIZA PROJECT ft. Rudy Love & Gretchen Rhodes "Animal" (Seamless)

What a fresh and quality release is this, HawaBiza Project (aka Pio Marasco and Tuccillo) teams up with legendary singers Rudy Love & Gretchen Rhodes for their new release on Seamless titled "Animal". The "Original mix" is a beautiful soulful track with great chords, bouncin' beats and awesome uplifting vocals, while the "HawaBiza deep dub" is a stripped down, deeper rework. On remix duty we have Uner, who provides a powerful, tech-house rework and New York stalwarts Master Kev & Tony Loreto who delivers a solid deep and funky remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

RENN "Nights in Africa" (Reel People)

London producer/singer Renn debuts on Reel People Music with a superb afro-house track titled "Nights in Africa". The "Original mix" is a beautiful afro tinged track with warm percussions, infectious melodies, powerful moody bassline and spoken words vocals by Renn. Reel People provides an awesome remix, adding percussive elements, warm piano chords and cool guitar licks, while the Layabouts delivers a lush house remix for the dancefloor.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Sunset Sessions - Sunny Treats & Sweet Beats" 3xCD (Defected) 

"Sunny Treats & Sweet Beats", well, the title of this compilation says it all. This beautiful 3xCD package spreads pure summer vibe with an awesome selection of soulful, deep and chill-out influenced tracks, good enough to make you dance in the long summer's nights and mellow enough to be the perfect soundtrack for chilling on the beach. There are lot of beautiful, fresh, sophisticated, sun drenched, quality tracks and remixes on the 3 CD's, including classics like Fish Go Deep's "The cure and the cause", Soul Central's "Strings of life", Julien Jabre's "Swimming place", Johnny Corporate's "Sunday shoutin" in addition of great tracks from Blaze, Osunlade, Reel People, Copyright, Quentin Harris, Marc Evans, Afterlife, Dennis Ferrer, Sandi Rivera, Mike Dunn, Photon Inc, Dubtribe Sound System and many others.  (Franco Martinelli)

GROOVE JUNKIES Feat. Indeya & Titus Fotoso "Unified (as one)" (MoreHouse)

Taken from the forthcoming full lenght Groove Junkies album "In the zone", here's the new single titled "Unified (as one)". This awesome soulful track perfectly combines a warm soulful vibe with hot african percussions, horns, cool jazzy elements and funky bassline, enriched by an intense  vocal performance by Indeya and Titus Fotoso accompained by an infectious African chant. There are 7 mixes in the package, from the beautiful soulful vocal versions to the more pumpin' tribal-house dubs.  (Franco Martinelli)

QUENTIN HARRIS & INAYA DAY " Do the right thing" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm)

Quentin Harris teams up with house diva Inaya Day and provides an awesome deep track titled "Do the right thing". The Original mix is a solid deep groover with an infectious underground vibe, great vocals, dark pads and warm synths that creates an intense late night atmosphere. The "Illfonics remix" is an excellent groovy rework with extra percussions and infectious bassline, while the "Oh just do right dub" is a pumpin' , electronic influenced remix for the tougher dancefloors.  (Franco Martinelli)

CENTRAL AVENUE Ft Laura Estrada "I'll be there" (Barcoda) 

Barcoda returns with a powerful funky-house track titled "I'll be there", the "Original mix" is a pumpin' and uplifting affair with solid beats, infectious bassline, great vocals from Laura Estrada and hot sax drops. The remixes are also very hot, Central Avenue provides a beautiful deeper and groovy dub for the dancefloors, while Silvano Da Silva delivers a very interesting rework, creating a powerful new groove and adding some hot electronic elements.  (Franco Martinelli)

GIANLUCA PIGHI "Pigtylus / Mango Parliament" (Mint Condition Records)

Italian DJ/Producer Gianluca Pighi launches his brand new Mint Condition label with a monstrous 2 tracks EP. "Pigtylus" is provided in 2 versions, the Original mix is a beautiful deep and jazzy influenced track with funky beats and infectious keys, while the "Session mix" is a lounge favourite, with hot bossa flavoured beats and infectious Hammond tones. Fianlly "Mango parliament" is a pure disco-house affair with solid beats, funky bassline, hot guitar licks and great synth hooks.  (Franco Martinelli)

RICHARD EARNSHAW "In time"  Album  (Groovefinder Records)

Yes, I'm a fan of Richard Earnshaw and it is a real pleasure to me to review this fantastic and long awaited album titled "In time". Richard Earnshaw is a British multi-talented musician, producer and DJ, well known by all the soulful-funky house lovers. This album sees Richard reach far beyond the contemporary house productions he is well known for, delivering a fantastic selection of songs that covers the whole musical spectrum from jazz, soul, funk.house and beyond. The collaborators list is very long and qualified, including heavyweight musicians and vocalists like Jocelyn Brown, Carleen Anderson, Roy Ayers, Ursula Rucher and Kenny Thomas, as well as hot newcomers and previous collaborators like Erick Dillard, Imogen Ryall, Nina Jayne and Natasha Bridge. All the 10 tracks on the LP would deserve a mention, so my advice is to buy the album and enjoy the music of Richard Earnshaw. Album of the summer !!!  (Franco Martinelli)

JELLYBEAN Ft. Susu Bobien "When I fall in love"  (Jellybean Soul)

Jellybean Benitez teams up with house diva Susu Bobien and keyboard wizard Mena Keys for this new release on Jellybean Soul Records. "When I fall in love" is the beautiful cover of the well known Blaze's soulful anthem. The Jellybean /Mena Keys mix is an uplifting, gospel influnced soulful gem, with infectious percussions and great keys, enriched with an intense vocal performance by Susu Bobien. Scott Wozniak offers an alternative and solid remix for the dancefloor, adding pumpin' beats and an irresitible driving bassline.   (Franco Martinelli)

THOMAS DeLORENZO ft. Natasha Watts  "Nite time" (ReelGroove) 

ReelGroove Records returns with another awesome soulful track from Thomas Lorenzo ft. Natasha Watts. The Original mix of "Nite time" is a classic soulful affair with hot keyboards, great vocals and an infectious funky vibe. The "Silverlake remix" is a beautiful alternative rework, with its old-school house bouncin' bassline and great piano chords, the "Dutchican remix" is a jazzy influenced soulful gem, while Distant People provides a more pumpin' remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "d:vision Club Session 17"  3xCD  (d:vision)

D:vision presents the new chapter of its acclaimed series "d:vision Club Session" and this time it is a big 3xCD package including 37 essential summer tracks in DJ friendly extended and unmixed format. CD1 (Vocal) offers 13 fresh vocal house tracks, including the new Bob Sinclar single "I wanna", the awesome "Tear down the walls" by Arthur Baker feat. Nona Hendrix & Ladonna remixed by Riva Starr, as well as cool summer tracks by Grum, Mood Velvet, Rivaz ft. Laurent N, RIO ft. Liz Kay and many others. CD2 (Traxx) is a more pumpin' and dancefloor addicted affair, with cuts of John Dahlback, Dirty South & Bob Sinclar, Daltonic, Wez Clarke and Francesco Rossi, just to name a few. CD3 (Remixes) is the "extra deal", this disk includes beside some of the hottest remixes of today's hits line Dennis Ferrer's "Hey hey" or "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool "Dance the way I feel", some hot remixes of classic cuts like Benni Benassi's "Satisfection", Reel 2 Reel's "I like to move it", Guru Josh's "Eternety" and many others.  (Franco Martinelli)

DJN Project "Feelings" (Fuzion) + "Take you away" (Vega Records)

Lately I received a few promos from DJN Project and these guys are really hot, they provides top quality soulful house enriched with great vocals. "Take you away", released on Vega Records is an awesome soulful gem with infectious Rhodes chords, solid beats, funky bassline and fantastic vocals. The package also includes some hot remixes, Brian Coxx provides a pumpèin' rework for the danfloor, while the "LV latin mix" is a super-cool jazzy influenced rework. "Feelings" on Fuzion Records is another soulful nugget, the great instrumentation perfectly fits with the funky groove and once again, the great vocals really makes the differnce.   (Franco Martinelli)

STEVEN STONE ft. Simon Green "Live my life" (Soul DeLuxe)

Steven Stone teams up with Simon Green for this new release on Soul Deluxe. "Live my life" is a calssic soulful track enriched with some hot synths that fits nice with the warm Rhodes keys. Gregory Del Piero provides a fresh and intense rework with differnt bassline and extra keys, while Shane D delivers a funky remix, and finally the "Techy dub" is an electronic/techy influenced track for the tougher dancfloors.  (Franco Martinelli)

SUPAFLY INC "Catch me when I'm falling"  (d:vision)

"Catch me when I'm falling" is a fresh, pop influenced, sun drenched track with catchy vocals and an infectious summer vibe. The package also includes several remixes for the dancefloors, Full Intention provides a powerful rework, with pumpin' beats, driving percussions and hot synth stabs that perfectly fits with the warm vocals, Denzal Park delivers a more essential filtered house remix, while the "Criminal Vibe remix" is a techy influenced, tougher rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

May  2010

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Strictly Bob Sinclar" 2xCD (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm) 

Bob Sinclar's new compilation on d:vision / Strictly Rhythm "Strictly Bob Sinclar" is one of toady's freshest and powerful albums around. Sinclar mixes 2 awesome sets, selecting some of the hottest tracks of the season with his eclectic and unique taste. The 2 cds includes tracks and remixes from artists like Ultra Natè, Barbara Tucker, ATFC, Armand Van Helden, DJ Pierre, Riva Starr, Robbie Rivera, River Ocean, DJ Gregory, Mr V, South Street Player, Wink, Dennis Ferrer and Hardrive, just to name a few, in addition of several Sinclar's tracks and remixes. No doubt, this is a summer's essential compilation !  (Franco Martinelli)

BLACK COFFEE "Gardens of Eden / Trip to Lyon" (GoGo) 

Once again GoGo Music collaborates with a top South Africa's house scene artist (Black Coffee) and once again the result is an excellent deep and soulful release. The Ralf Gum mix of Gardens of Eden is an awesome deep and groovy track where the african inspired percussive elements perfectly fits with the beautiful soulful vocals by Zonke. Sai & Ribatone provides a very cool Broken Beats remix of the same track, adding warm pads and hot keys on infectious broken-beats groove. Finally "Trip to Lyon" is an intense deep and underground trip.  (Franco Martinelli)

CHRISTOS KEDRAS "Full Spectrum" LP (Kapa Music)

L.A.producer/DJ Christos Kedras presents his debut album "Full spectrum" on Kapa Music. Kedras provides an awesome combination of soulful house, funky and jazzy elements, helped by some very talented musicians from around the world, including Marconi De Morias (Sax), Grecco Buratto (Strings), Just To Almario (Sax), Nelson Rios (Bass), Tiago D'Errico, Adam Zimmon (Guitar) and Fernando Ebano (Percussions). The album features unreleased original cuts from a selection of Christos' singles, including "Sweet Temptation" feat. D. Booker & Scott Rucker, "Fly me away" feat. Mela, "Little dark spot" feat. Aya Larkin, "Choice" feat. D. Booker & David Skulski and the spectacular funky bomb "Let's funky" feat. Krishna Booker.  (Franco Martinelli)

TORTURED SOUL "Did you miss me" (Dome)

I love Tortured Soul's music and this new single is another awesome release. "Did you miss me" is an intense funky track with great vocals and solid beats, enriched with a super hot guitar solo. Mark de Clive remixes the track for the soulful dancefloors, adding warm Rhodes keys, hot pads, house beats and funky bassline, while Pistol Puma provides a pumpin' rework for the main floor, adding some wicked and electronic elements on a powerful and irresitible grooveline. Dub and instrumental mixes are also included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

JAZZLOUNGERZ Feat. Natasha Watts "Hold on" (Seamless)

Jazzloungerz returns with a new, fantastic soulful release titled "Hold on" on Seamless. The "Original mix" is a beautiful soulful affair with, smooth chords and pads, solid beats and funky bassline, enriched by Natasha Watts fantastic vocals. Central Avenue provides a pumpin' funky remix for the dancefloor, adding sexy funky guitar licks and a driving bassline. Finally the Rafael Yupudjian aka RyB remix is another hot soulful rework with beautiful chords and keys, hot bass and sweet sax solo. RyB instrumental and Reprise mixes are also included in this great package.  (Franco Martinelli)

ANDY WARD & NICA BROOKE "Find my way" (Sounds Of The Booth)

Andy Ward teams up with Nica Brooke for his new beautiful single titled "Find my way" on Sounds Of The Booth, and what a great release is this ! The "Original mix" is a super-cool soulful affair with smooth chords and infectious bassline to support the awesome vocal performance by Nica Brooke. Ramdom Soul provides an electrified rework that perfectly combines electronic elements with the warm soulful vocals, while Shane D delivers a powerful funky influenced rework. Dub and Instrumental mixes of the track are also included in the package, as well as a useful Accapella.   (Franco Martinelli)

FUELED BY SOUND Feat. Kristy "Don't disappoint me" (Deep Sound Records)

Fueled By Sound are Nico Di Iorio and Leonardo Masetti aka Ferrari and their new release on Deep Sound Records is a powerful dancefloor killer track titled "Don't disappoint me". The "Original mix" is a solid and pumpin' electro influenced house track with catchy uplifting vocals, the "Addex remix" is a deeper and darker rework, while Fred Groulx and Max Julien provides two energetic remixes for the main room dancefloor.  (Franco Martinelli)

JAMIE LEWIS & CYNTHIA MANLEY "Give" (Purple Music)

For his new single, Jamie Lewis teams up with singer Cynthia Manley and provides an awesome funky-house track titled "Give". The "Jamie Lewis goes disco mix" is a very hot piece of modern funky with cool 70's disco influences and great vocals that perfectly fits the situation. The "Darkroom mix" is a solid and deeper affair, enriched with hypnotic synth lines and deep bass. The package also includes the "Original mix" that is a nice 80's electronic influenced track, as well as Radio and Video mixes.  (Franco Martinelli)

April  2010

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Mezzanine De L'Alcazar Volume 9" CD (ITH)

The new release of the "Mezzanine De L'Alcazar" series is another beautiful compilation that combines awesome downtempo tracks on one CD and infectious club friendly cuts on another. CD 1 "Dinner" compiled by Michael Besmond is an amazing and eclectic selection of cool downtempo tracks from the likes of Nightmares on Wax, Marc Evans, Osunlade, X-Press2, Alice Russell, The Ballistic Brothers, Reboot, 4 Hero and Amp Fiddler just to name a few. This CD is perfect for the Lounge/Bar and early eavening sets. Disc 2 "Dance" Mixed by Michael Canitrot is an infectious deep and soulful set for the dancefloors, including some of the hottest tracks of the moment, like Dennis Ferrer's "Hey hey", Reboot's "Enjoy music", Barbara Tucker's "I get lifted" as well as less known gems from Filsonik, Bucie and Christian Smith.  (Franco Martinelli)

CHRISTOS KEDRAS "Let's funky" (Kapa Music) 

L.A. Producer/DJ Christos Kedras debut album "Full spectrum" is going to be released very soon and "Let's funky" is the first killer single taken from the album. This super cool funky track is provided in various versions, including the fantastic "Jammin session mix", the solid "Broken mix", as well as some powerful funky-house remixes for the dancefloor, delivered by DJ Reeplee, Diesler and Simeon Belle.  (Franco Martinelli) 

ARTHUR BAKER ft. Nona Hendrix & Ladonna "Tear down the walls" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm)

Legendary producer Arthur Baker teams up with equally legendary singer Nona Hendrix and young talent Ladonna for this hot new single titled "Tear down the walls". Arthur Baker's "Return To Chi-Town mix" is an excellent old-school piano house track, but it's the awesome remix by Riva Starr that makes the difference, his remix is an irrestible piece of modern house, with pumpin' beats, wicked piano loop, killer bassline and a kick-ass vocal hook. The package also includes Deadbots and Zed Bias techy remixes.  (Franco Martinelli)

ZANO "My story" (GoGo Digital)

GoGo Music digital sublabel presents this new release by South Africa's talent Zano. "My story" is a deep and intense gospel inspired tune in its Original mix, but Ralf GUM's magic touch transformed it in one of the fresher and uplifting tunes of this spring, Ralf's Organic Mix is a perfect combination of warm and soulful atmospheres, funky elements and Africa tinged rhythms, while the "Deeper mix" is a deeper, bouncy and dubby rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

COOKIE MONSTERZ & MICHELLE WEEKS "Spread love" (King Street) 

Cookie Monsterz teams up with house diva Michelle Weeks for this new single on King Street Sounds. "Spread love" is an awesome, uplifting house track with solid funky beats and driving piano chords, enriched by the superb, soulful vocal performance by Michelle Weeks. Audiowhores provides a solid techy influenced remix, with wicked synths and spacey pads. Dub mixes are also included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

ANDY COMPTON Feat. Diviniti "Where I want to be" (Peng) 

Andy Compton teams up again with Diviniti and provides the follow up of the duo's imprssive first single "In love again". "Where I want to be" is another awesome soulful influenced deep track enriched with hot remixes from some Deep House music talents like Matt Bandy, Bittersuite and Bazil. The "Original mix" is a sophisticated, dreamy, smooth and sexy deep track featuring an intense vocal performance by Diviniti and awesome jazzy sax and guitar solos. Matt Bandy provides a solid rework adding warm Organ chords and funky bass, while Bittersuite and Bazil delivers 2 more minimal and groovy remixes.  (Franco Martinelli)

DEEPSWING "We make the grooves" (Generate)

Deepswing returns with a new funky-house release titled "We make the grooves" featuring Lance Drisdale on vocals. The package includes 2 mixes each by Eric Wikman, Andrew D. and Tony Nuccio. Wickman's mixes are poweful funky-house tracks in classic Deepswing style, with solid beats, powerful basslines, infectious organ chords and sax parts. Andrew D. and Tony Nuccio provides some deeper and underground reworks of the track  (Franco Martinelli).

EXAMPLE "Won't go quietly" (d:vision)

Example's "Won't go quietly" is essentialy a modern pop track, useful for radio playing and also useful on the dancfloor, thaks to a wicked arrangement and powerful remixes included in this rich pacakge. The "Original mix" is a brilliant and catcy track which combines a memorable pop hook with pumpin' beats, powerful bassline and wicked synths, while the remixes are made for the dancefloors, from the techy remixes to the deeper ones, this is for sure a big room, peaktime winner.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Most Rated Miami 2010" 2xCD (Defected) 

Defected celebrates Miami's WMC 2010 with a very hot compilation titled "Most Rated Miami 2010". This 2xCD is a powerful collection of 20 of the biggest tracks from the conference, unmixed and DJ ready. The album includes some of today's hottest Defected tracks, as well as several guaranteed future floorfillers. All the 20 tracks would deserve a mention, but in particular I been impressed by Arthur Baker featuring Nona Hendrix & Ladonna 'Tear Down The Walls' (Riva Starr Remix), Quentin Harris & Inaya Day 'Do The Right Thing' (Extended Mix), Rasmus Faber & Alf Tumble featuring Candi Staton 'Wilder Side' (Original Mix), Osunlade 'Butterfly' (Phil Asher Remix), Copyright Feat. Tasita D'Mour 'Someday', Reboot 'Enjoy Music' (Riva Starr Remix) and Ridney 'At Night', just to name a few. These will be the records that you will cheer to over the summer for sure.  (Franco Martinelli)

ROCCO & C ROBERT WALKER "Hard time for lovers" (GoGo) 

GoGo Music is back with another awesome deep and soulful vocal track from Rocco & C Robert Walker. The Original mix of "Hard time for lovers" is an infectious deep track with great soulful vocals, Ralf GUM provides a more uplifting rework, adding his trademark afro tinged percussive elements and beautiful keys, while Soulistic Music delivers a smoother and deeper rework with an intense late night vibe and finally Kikko Navarro offers a pumpin' rework for the summer dancefloors.  (Franco Martinelli)

BAH SAMBA "Don't let them get you down" (Favouritizm) 

This is pure funky dope !! Bah Samba returns with this beautiful disco influenced gem titled "Don't let them get you down". This track, taken from their acclaimed Bah Samba 4 album features Alice Russell on vocals and it is completely remixed and re-vamped for Spring 2010. The Super-Phonic mix is a fantastic "disco meets house" bomb, Phil Asher provides 2 awesome remixes that oozes the authentic 1976 dancefloor vibes, while Bah Samba and label's boss Sarah join forces and provides an awesome bumpin' house groover to complete this superb package.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Strictly Miami" 2xCD (Strictly Rhythm) 

For all lovers of the US House sound this is the mix to check, Strictly Rhythm once again delivers its tribute to the WMC with this powerful "Strictly Miami" compilation. This year it is the turn of house legend Karizma and new blood Eddie Thoneick to select the tracks and skillfully join the beats that will ultimately reflect the sound of the conference. CD 1 is mixed by Karizma who provides an awesome soulful influenced deep set with an infectious nightime flavour, including fantastic tracks from artists like Timmy Vegas, Erick "More" Morillo, Hardrive, DJ Chus & Rob Mirage, DJ Gregory & Sidney Samson, Gel Abril, SuSu Bobien, Dennis Ferrer and Karizma himself. On CD 2, Eddie Thoneick delivers a more pumpin' , funky and electronic influenced peak-time set, including tracks from Rasmus Faber & Alf Tumble ft. Candi Staton, John Dahlbäck, Ridney, Underground Solution, Saeed Younan, South St Player and many others, including Eddie Thoneick himself.  (Franco Martinelli)

STEPHANIE COOKE "Old friends" (Gotta Keep Faith)

Top soulful singer/songwriter Stephanie Cooke makes her debut on Italy's finest soulful house label Gotta Keep Faith with a beautiful new track titled "Old friends". Stephanie delivers an awesome soulful nuggett enriched with her silky smooth vocals and provided in several mixes, including versions reworked by Gregory Del Piero, Will Milton, Spiritual Blessings, Def Nunez, Island Groove, Tony Loreto, Mark Di Meo, Phil R and Steve Paradise. The package has been tailored to suit many different dancefloors, keeping the soulful vibe alive.  (Franco Martinelli)

RASMUS FABER & ALF TUMBLE Feat. Candi Staton "Wilder side" (Defected)

One of Defected hottest releases for this Spring is "Wilder side" from Rasmus Faber & Alf Tumble Feat. Candi Staton. The "Original mix" is a powerful synth driven bomb for the dancefloors, with solid funky beats and awesome vocals. Alf Tumble completely reworks the track in his remix, combining electronic and disco elements, sure inspired by the classic "Funkytown", that takes us back to the glourious disco days. Dub mixes of both the versions are included in this great package.  (Franco Martinelli)

FAMA "Ring my bell" (Soul-Fi Records)

Soul-Fi Records returns with this beautiful house remake of the disco classic "Ring my bell" provided in various hot mixes. Richard Earnshaw delivers a fantastic soulful mix, with infectious keys that perfectly fits with the superb soulful vocal performance. Richie Jones offers a funkier rework, combining today's house elements with an infectious old school falvour, while John Morales serves a powerful groovy rework, adding percussive elements and hot synths parts. Deep City Soul provides another infectious and uplifting funky remix and finally, Ramsey & Ty Devin goes deeper and underground in their rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

SUSU BOBIEN "You don't know" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm)

Here's another funky house bomb from SuSu Bobien and DJ Spen, "You don't know" is a powerful funky-house affair featuring a stellar gospel-style vocal performance by SuSu Bobien and super production by DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz who provides 5 irresitible mixes full of positive energy. The Tribute Mix is an awesome uplifting affair, while the Mash Factor mixes are deeper reworks for the clubs and the Dub Mixes are powerful versions for the peak time moments.  (Franco Martinelli)

REDSOUL Feat. Rashan Houston "Love is a miracle" + MARCO SOUNDEE "Music first" (Playmore) 

Lately I received these 2 hot soulful promos from Palymore and even if I don't have the coplete packages I would like to introduce them to all the soulful house lovers, because in both cases these are quality soulful releases. "Love is a miracle" by RedSoul & Rashan Houston is a classic soulful affair with solid beats, great Rhodes chords, infectious strings and intense vocals. "Music first" by Marco Sundee is a funkier track with an infectious soulful flavour, with nice keys, hot strings and that great vocals on a warm percussive groove, this will be for sure a summer winner.   (Franco Martinelli)

GREG STAINER "Sax is back EP" (Seamless) 

Greg Stainer is back with another hot EP on Seamless, titled "Sax is back". This 3 tracks EP starts with "Sax is back" an excellent percussive house tracks with slices of sax to warm up the atmosphere, "Peek a boo" is a tougher one, with solid beats, wicked synths and tribal chants, this one is a solid peak-time affair. Finally "End of drop" is an euphoric progressive track with infectious synth and tight beats.  (Franco Martinelli)

FULL INTENTION Vs. MARCO DEMARK & DAVE MANNA "America" (Full Intention Records)

"America" has been the first world hit by Full Intention about 15 years ago, now the 2010 remixes package is going to be released on their own label. With the collaboration of Marco Demark and Dave Manna, Full Intention provides an impressively diverse remix package to please today's clubbers. The four mixes are guaranteed dancefloor bombs, solid and pumpin' tracks enriched with wicked synths and techy elements.  (Franco Martinelli)

SANDY RIVERA "Cosmo bar" (Blackwiz Records) 

The new Sandy Rivera release titled "Cosmo bar" is a lesson in delicate techno finesse. It is an hypnotic, dark and deep track with solid beats, powerful bassline, pizzicato strings and hot synths that creates an infectious underground vibe. "Cosmo bar" is the second single taken from Sandy Rivera's forthcoming album.  (Franco Martinelli)

March  2010

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Defected in the House Miami '10 Riva Starr" 2xCD (Defected) 

The Miami 2010 cd of the stellar "Defected In The House" series is selected and mixed by Riva Starr, who provides 2 powerful mixed sets, choosing an excellent selection of tracks that gives to the compilation an eclectic and unique flavour, combining rolling basslines, twisted synths and pounding drums, all drenched with some classic accapellas. The result is awesome, CD 1 presents a pumpin' funky house set, while CD 2 is a more eclectic affair that flows from deeper tracks to infectious ethnic influenced cuts. Both sets includes several remixes from Riva Starr himself as well tracks from artists like The Crooker, Dennis Ferrer, DJ Gregory, Michael Cleis, River Ocean ft. India, Steve Angello and many others. This is one of the fresher compiltions around !  (Franco Martinelli)

DENNIS FERRER "Hey hey" (d:vision / Defected) 

Dennis Ferrer returns with one of the hottest tracks this spring, "Hey hey" is a perfect combination of underground grooves, deep elements and uplifting vocals. The package includes beside the Vocal Mix and the Radio Edit a deeper, darker and trippy "DF's attention dub". Can't wait for the remixes package of this awesome track.  (Franco Martinelli)

ULTRA NATE "Free" 2010 remixes (d:vison / Strictly Rhythm) 

Ultra Natè's "Free" has been one of the classic house tracks of the 90's, now this hot package presents beside the beautiful original mixes by Mood II Swing the brand new 2010 remixes by Bob Sinclar and Teo Moss & Daniel Shems. The Bob Sinclar mix is awesome, fresh and uplifting, full of positive energy, built on a sun drenched guitar line, this will be big next summer, while Teo Moss & Daniel Shems provides a deeper and groovy remix for the club floors.  (Franco Martinelli)

MICHAEL BURIAN & NIPP "New York City Sound ep" (Bohemian Recordings)

Czech's top DJ and Producer Michael Burian teams up with Nipp and together releases this hot 3 tracks ep titled "New York City Sound ep". The first cut is "Time Square" a poweful groovy track for the club dancefloor, with pumpin beats, driving bassline and trance influenced synths. "Fifth Avenue" is a deeper affair with an intense late night flavour, while "Tribeca" is an infectious underground track that builds and drops, with a powerful funky bass, hot pads, and wicked synths.  (Franco Martinelli)

Mr NUGGETT feat. Natasha Watts "A little fire" (Barcoda) 
Barcoda Recordings presents a new awesome soulful release. "A little fire" by Mr Nuggett feat. Natasha Watts is a fresh and intense mid-tempo soulful track enriched with an hot set of remixes. Both "Central Avenue club remix" and "Remmy Style remix" are pumpin' and deeper tracks for the clubs, while Craig Stewart and Jonny Montana provides a smoother remix for the soulful sets.  (Franco Martinelli)

DR. RUBBERFUNK ft. John Turrell "Northen confort" (Jalapeno)

Dr, Rubberfunk returns with a new piece of classic soul music, featuring John Turrell on vocals, "Northen confort" is a beautiful downtempo soul track with a smooth funky flavour, featuring great soulful vocals. Beside the Original mix, Australian nu-funk producer Slynk provides an awesome remix for the soulful dancefloors, adding great Rhodes and nu-funky beats. The package also includes the psycedelic "Bombay bossa mix" with sitar and clarinet on funky beats.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Toolroom Knights mixed by Fedde LeGrand" 2xCD (Toolroom)

The new Toolroom Knights compilation is selected and mixed by Fedde LeGrand who provides 2 powerful mixed sets that reflects the music and the atmospheres of his DJ gigs. CD 1 starts with some deep and smooth tracks and evolves into tougher tech-house atmospheres, including tracks from Solomun, Joey Negro, Ramon Tapia, Noir, Saeed Younan, Mark Mendes, Fedde Le Grand himself and others. CD 2 is a more underground affair, with wicked deep sounds and hypnotic tribal/percussive grooves. The tracklist includes his remix of Fatboy Slim's "Praise you" as well as tracks from Steve Bug, Mark Knight & Kroen Groeneveld, Johnstar, D-Formation and Nicky Romero, just to name a few.  (Franco Martinelli)

OSCAR P Ft. Marcus Pearson "Violet" (Open Bar Music)

Oscar P teams up with Davidson Ospina and vocalist Marcus Pearson for his new release, a cover of the Seal's classic track "Violet". The Original mix is an intense soulful affair with great vocals, soft pads and percussive groove, Abicah Soul adds their distinctive deeper toouch in their remix, while Gianluca Motta provides a powerful and more minimal rework, adding pumpin bass and heavy beats. The package also includes deep and underground remixes from Maurice Joshua and FreshSol.  (Franco Martinelli) 

KENNY DOPE "House masters" 2xCD (Defected)

The legendary Kenny Dope Gonzales is the man behind the new "House Masters" series release on Defected. This awesome 2XCD compilation provides 20 of his greatest works unmixed, including some house classics he made as one half of Masters At Work, Nuyorikan Soul and his recent endeavours with Mass Destruction, as well as some great remixes he made for top house artists. All of the 20 tracks would deserve a mention, expecially some unforgettable house gems like "I can't get no sleep", "The ha dance" and "When you touch me" by Masters At Work feat. India , "The nervous track" by Nuyorikan Soul, "No hook" by Mass Destruction, and the awesome remixes of Ruffneck's "Everybody's be somebody", DJ Gregory's "Tropical soundclsh", Sunkids feat. Chance's "Rescue me", Manzel's "It's over now", Kim English's "Nitelife" and many others. This album not only includes some of Kenny Dope's best works, this is a precious slice of house music history.  (Franco Martinelli)

GROOVE JUNKIES "In the zone" Album Sampler 1 (MoreHouse)

This is the 1st of two album samplers from the forthcoming re-designed Groove Junkies artist album "In the zone". The first track "In the zone" is an infectious afro-tech groover with a deep flavour, "Far away" is an uplifting soulful gem, with great vocals by TC Moses and emotional arrangements, while "The white light" is another soulful influenced beautiful track with Alexander Sky providing an intense vocal performance that fits perfectly with the infectious afro drums and atmospheric pads. Finally "Inside my soul", the first MoHo release from 2002 has now received a fresh funky-house treatment, with solid beats, beautiful Chic inspired rhythm guitar and the amazing Solomon Henderson on vocals. Honestly I must say I love this music ... and I can't wait for the full album release !  (Franco Martinelli)

OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL "Dance the way I feel" (d.Vision)

"Dance the way I feel" is a catchy synth pop track with an infectious 80's flavour, but the real deal is the amazing Armand Van Helden remix. Van Helden reworks completely the track and provides an irresitible dancefloor bomb, adding solid funky beats, wicked synths, driving bassline and filtered effects. Other mixes comes from The Drill who delivers another 80's influenced synth driven rework, while the "Blue Eyed Boy remix" is an effective euro-house affair. Dub and Edit mixes are also included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

DALTONIC "Kiss of rain" (Launch Entertainment)

Daltonic are NY producer Mark Alston and russian born singer Polina. Their new release on Launch Entertainment is a fresh and catchy Latin-house bomb titled "Kiss of rain". The "Original mix" is a sun drenched, uplifting track with feel good piano on a fresh latin groove, while Conan Liquid provides 3 hot and pumpin' remixes for the clubs, including a driving and groovy Vocal mix, as well as a deeper and bouncy dub. The package also includes various dub and edit versions.  (Franco Martinelli)

TONY VASS "Fly me higher" (Duff Note)

The new Duffnote release is Tony Vass "Fly me higher", a solid vocal-house track with an intense soulful flavour, enriched by a great vocal performance by Roxane Lebrasse. On remix duties, Richard Earnshaw & Danny Jones provides an infectious "80's remode mix" with uplifting synths and great Moog hooks, while Richard Earnshaw delivers a classic soulful remix as well as a solid mainroom Dub. Finally, the "T's boogie mix" is a killer funky rework  (Franco Martinelli).

SMASHING SEBASTIAN + DA MONGOLOIDS "Come with it / Spark da meth" (d:Vision/Strictly Rhythm)

This EP really rocks the dancefloors. Smashing Seabastian's "Come with it" is a powerful hip-house track that receives the remix treatment from ATFC who adds wicked club elements and provides a sure dancefloor bomb. Other mixes includes "ATFC motherlode instrumental", the "Original mix" and a solid club remix by Andy Daniel. The package also offers the ATFC remix of Armand Van Helden's classic "Spark da meth", another killer track for the dancefloors, as well as the "Bangin like a benzi mix" taken from the original 1996 Strictly Rhythm release.  (Franco Martinelli)

CLEMENS RUMPFS & DAVID A TOBIN "Fire" (Reelgroove) 

Clemens Rumps and David A Tobin returns on Reelgroove with "Fire", the first single taken from their forthcoming album "Ain't nothing but house music" due for release later this year. The "Original NY mix" is a solid deep and underground affair with groovy bassline and intense vocals, while the "Bar groove mix" is an awesome chilled and sophisticated rework. Groove Assasin provides a pumpin' clubroom smasher and Abicah Soul offers an infectious underground rework. The package is supported by various Instrumentals and alternative mixes.  (Franco Martinelli) 

ANDY COMPTON "Acid Andy's soul EP" (Peng Digital)

Andy Compton explores deep & acid territories and provides this interesting 4 tracks EP titled "Acid Andy's soul". The EP starts with "The acid track" a powerful, simple and very effective acid groover for the dancefloor, "Samba" is a chilled-out and soulful influenced affair, "Loving you" is a smooth track with intense arrangements, while "Expand" offers a perfect combination of old school beats, acid bassline and infectious pads.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "10 years Soul Heaven" Mixed by Louie Vega - 3xCD (Ministry Of Sound) 

Soul Heaven celebrates their 10th Anniversary with an essential 3 Disc CD release, selected and mixed by Louie Vega, who provides 2 awesome mixed sets that re-creates the magic vibe of the club. Disc One is essentially about the cutting edge, with fresh new sounds that are popular with Soul Heaven, while Disc Two reflects the classic vocal house sound that Soul Heaven is famous for. A total of 49 tracks, including cuts from top house artists and producers like Dennis Ferrer, Anane, Jovonn, Jay ‘Sinister’ Sealee & Louie Vega Feat. Julie McKnight, Mr. V, Elements Of Life, Ralf GUM & Monique Bingham, Johnnydangerous, Lil’ Louis, Louie Vega himself and many others. Finally, Disc 3 is a useful 10 tracks unmixed selection of classic Soul Heaven tracks from the last ten years, including unforgettable soulful and vocal-house gems from Elements Of Life, Kimara Lovelace, Barbara Tucker, Mood II Swing Feat. Carol Sylvan, Sara Devine, Luoie Vega Feat. Arnold Jarvis andSoul Central, just to name a few.  (Franco Martinelli)

CHOKLATE "The tea" (Reel People Music)

This release is simply awesome ! "The tea" is a fantanstic soulful track featuring Choklate's stellar vocals and enriched with beautiful mixes from heavyweight producers including Reel People, The Layabouts and Manoo. The Reel People mix is an irresistible soulful / funky gem, drenched with infectious "disco" elements, sweeping strings and intense vocals on solid funky beats. The Layabouts goes deeper and provides a solid, groovy, dark and hypnotic rework, while Manoo delivers a classic soulful remix with warm piano chords and fresh funky beats.  (Franco Martinelli)

SHARAM "Get wild" 3xCD (d:vision) 

"Get wild" by Sharam (one half of Deep Dish) is an excellent album, and this d:vision release is extremely interesting because they adds a powerful unmixed bonus CD with 9 of the best tracks provided in extended or remixed version. DJs will love this package because they will find hot remixes of "She came along", "Get wild", "The one" and extended versions of "I love the way", "Texi", "Don't say a word" and "Crazi" just to name a few. The full album is an eclectic journey into club and house music, from the minimal techy cuts to the big room peaktime tracks, from the solid vocal house songs to the spagetti-western influenced cuts that really adds an unique flavour to this excellent release.  (Franco Martinelli)

3 AMIGOS ft. Susu Bobien "You bring me joy" (Jellybean Soul)

The 3 Amigos (Jellybean Benitez, Marlon D and George Mena) returns with another monster house track featuring the gospel diva Susu Bobien on vocals. "You bring me joy" is a solid and uplifting track with pumpin' beats, essential arrangement and that fantastic vocal performance that makes the differnce. Guy Robin provides an awesome old-school rework adding classic 90's house elements and the result is a "nostalgic" dancefloor bomb, finally The Layabouts delivers a deeper, dark and hypnotic rework for the underground floors.  (Franco Martinelli)

JUSTIN MICHAEL & PHONIK FUNK Feat. Maiya "My destination" (Seamless)

Justin Michael and Phonic Funk teams up for their new release on Seamless. "My destination" is a solid synth driven house track enriched with hot vocals from Maiya. The "Word of mouth mix" is another synth influenced house monster, while M-Sol provides an uplifting soulful remix with live bass, great keys and a superb arrangement on a solid funky groove. Finally Dave Mayer delivers an intense deeper remix.  (Franco Martinelli) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Villa Delle Rose presents Gambafreaks" LP (d:vision) 

The second "Villa Delle Rose" compilation is once again selected and mixed by Gambafreaks aka Stefano Gambarelli. Villa Delle Rose is one of Italy's top and influential clubs and Gambafreaks provides a cool mixed-set that represents the music and the atmpsphere of the club. 18 tracks of solid funky and vocal house selected with stylish italian taste, including cuts of international house monsters like Dennis Ferrer, Martin Solveig, Photon Inc, Bob Sinclar, Bingo Player, Michael Cleis, Steve Angello, Sharam etc... along with italian top house artists and producers. The album also includes 3 unmixed bonus tracks, the unreleased versions of Freak Jam's "In the jungle, Mood Velvet's "Every 1's a winner" and Sharam's "She came along".  (Franco Martinelli)

BLAZE "We are one" Kiko Navarro Rmx (King Street)

Spanish top DJ/Producer Kiko Navarro reworks the classic Blaze production "We are one" single, taken from the Keep Hope Alive compilation. The "New life remix" is solid and deep, with an infectious driving groove and powerful bassline. The "Look inside dub" is a different affair, with less vocals, tribal percussions and wicked stabs, while the "Viva UR dub" is essentially an instrumental version of the "Nu life remix".  (Franco Martinelli)

TONE CONTROL ft. Adeola Ranson "Take me away" (Tone Control Music)

Tone Control (Simon Finnegan & Marcus Harris) returns for the 7th release on Tone Control Music with a beautiful mid-tempo soul track titled "Take me away". Featuring Adeola Ranson on vocals, the Original mix is an intense soulful affair with warm pads, electronic bass and hot trumpets. Joe Carreta takes the track to rhe dancefloor, providing an awesome soulful remix, adding a driven house groove and warm, infectious keys. Fianally, the  6th Borough Project reworks elements from the Original to create a very cool and moody rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

CONAN LIQUID "Disko suks" (MN2S) 

Conan Liquid's new release is a solid 2 tracks EP on MN2S. "Disko suks" is a simple and effective work created to make damage on the dancefloor. "The real deal" is powerful filtered house cut with pumpin' beats, funky bassline, an irresitible filtered sample and a nice vintage "disco" flavour, while "Sondo sax" is a solid and hypnotic funky track with rolling bassline and sax hooks.  (Franco Martinelli) 

FRANCESCO ROSSI "Princesa" (d:vision)

Francesco Rossi is back with a new hot release on d:vision, "Princesa" is an intense groovy track with an infectious summer vibe and a fresh Balearic flavour. The "Evissa main dub" has solid beats, warm percussive groove, driving bassline and nice vocal hook, while the "Sorrento terrace mix" is a more minimal and techy affair. Finally the "Music in your eyes mix" is a beautiful downtempo lounge/bar rework with warm pads and an intense atmosphere.  (Franco Martinelli) 

RACHEL CLAUDIO & BABAS D "Butterflies" (Jaffa)

Rachel Claudio teams up with Babas D for this new release titled "Butterflies". The "Original mix" is a perfect combination of afro beats and soulful atmospheres, Ralf GUM provides a classy and uplifting soulful remix, while Soleteck goes deeper in his rework and Dom Navarra delivers a smooth and intense remix in his classic trademark style. Finally, the "Jaffers remix" is a solid peak time version.  (Franco Martinelli)

February  2010

VARIOUS ARTISTS "ATFC in the House - London '10" 2xCD (Defected)

The new chapter of the stellar Defected compilation series "In the house" features top DJ ATFC, who provides an impressive mixed set that reflects the best of today's house music, complete with exclusive tracks and classic cuts. CD1 includes the brand new ATFC release "Computer Love", as well as the fantastic Dennis Ferrer's future house anthem "Hey hey", the exclusive new Copyright's track "Someday", the massive ATFC 2009 Ibiza smash "I called you" and other powerful tracks from Martijn Ten Velden & Afroboogie, Steve Angello and Eric Morillo, just to name a few. CD2 kicks off with an exclusive new remix of Reboot’s 2009 hit "Enjoy Music" remixed by Riva Starr and also includes the brand new cut from DJ Gregory, as well as Osunlade’s "Mirror dance", Mark Knight and Underworld's superhit "Downpipe", Barbara Tucker's "I get lifted" remixed by David Tort, ATFC remix of "Spark Da Meth" by Da Mongoloids and the classic Basement Jaxx 1997 bomb "Fly life". The compilation will also include a very interesting Defected Guide to London, a comprehensive guide to the best clubs, bars, hotels, galleries and more.  (Franco Martinelli)

JELLYBEAN ft. Carla Prather "Secrets & lies" (Jellybean Soul) 

Jellybean Benitez joins forces with Carla Prather and provides an awesome soulful house release titled "Secrets & lies". The Original Benitez mixes are beautiful solulful affairs, with warm percussions and infectious keys enriched by the superb vocal performance of Carla Prather. Scott Wozniak delivers a deeper rework, adding an hypnotic electrofied synth on a solid deep groove. Finally Guy Robin goes back to the soulful vibe and offers a smooth and sexy remix with great Rhodes chords and warm key washes. Various dub, instrumental and beats versions are also included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

VARIOUS ARTISTS "Strictly Rhythm Est.1989 - 20 Years Remixed" 2xCD (Strictly Rhythm)

Strictly Rhythm celebrates the first 20 years in the House with a powerful compilation of classic Strictly Rhythm tracks remixed by some of the best house music producers around. The remixers list includes artists like Michel Cleis, Mark Knight, ATFC, Bob Sinclar, Dirty South, Fred Everything, MuthaFunkaz, Jimpster, Harry Choo Choo Romero, Tiefschwarz and Claude Monnet, just to name a few. This compilation is a true house-music essential selection, with 20 Strictly Rhythm classic tracks remixed for today's dancefloors and provided in dj friendly, extended version. All the 20 tracks would deserve a mention, but I just want to higlight some of my favourites that includes the new remixes of River Ocean's "Love & happyness", Photon Inc's "Generate power, Hardrive's "Deep inside", Armand Van Helden's "Witch doctor", Ultra nate's "Free", "Who dares to believe in me?" by The Berlievers, Phuture's "Raise from the ground", Barbara Tucker's "I get lifted", Da Mongoloids "Spark da meth" and Aly Us "Follow me". If you love House music, you will love this compilation.  (Franco Martinelli) 

LOGIC "The warning EP 2010" (d:vision / Strictly Rhythm) 

This is an awesome EP that collects 3 of the classic singles from Logic, released on Strictly Rhythm in the early '90s. The 1990 "The warning" receives the remix treatment by Claude Monnet & Torre, that provides a solid deep rework for today's underground dancefloors, in addition to the original mixes that are also included in this awesome package. The 1994 "Blues for you" and "The flavor of love" are offered here in their Original mixes, that take us back to the magic atmospheres of the early house years. If you love the classic old school house, this package is just for you.  (Franco Martinelli)

SUNLIGHTSQUARE LATIN COMBO "I believe in miracles" (Sunlightsquare) 

Sunlightsquare launch their brand new Latin Combo project with this super-hot single taken from their forthcomong "Havana central" album. The "Original Havana mix" is an impressive sun-drenched cover of the Jackson Sisters classic "I believe in miracles", reworkded with a fresh latin vibe. The package also includes some hot remixes, Claudio Passavanti provides a solid house groover featuring guest vocals from Tasita D'Mour and a laid back afrocentric "Tribalectro mix". Top Brazilian/French producer Mustafa delivers a broken-beats and jazzy influenced "Broken party animal mix" as well as a solid and deep "Club mix". Finally, Louisubsole serves an explosive Soca-house bomb.  (Franco Martinelli)

MUSTAFA "Sao Salvador" (Stalwart)

Top Brazilian/French producer Mustafa returns on Stalwart with another sun-drenched gem titled "Sao Salvador". This is a fresh latin-house track in Mustafa trademark style, with warm live elements and melodic vocals. The package also includes some very hot remixes from UPZ, that provides a solid funky rework with an infectious soulful vibe and Deep Josh that delivers a pumpin' , elecrtified remix for the clubs dancefloor.  (Franco Martinelli) 

THOMPSON - OSPINA - OSCAR P "At midnight" (Thompsonic)

Keith Thompson teams up with Davidson Ospina and Oscar P for this new single on Thompsonic. "At midnight" is the solid funky-house remake of the classic disco hit by T-Connection. The Original mix re-introduces the song to a new geration, it is deep and a bit dark, with solid beats and a great funky bassline. The Greg Stainer remix is a powerful dubbed-out rework for the peak time moments.  (Franco Martinelli)

THOMAS GOLD "The button" (Toolroom) 

"The button" by Thomas Gold is another dancefloor bomb coming from Toolroom Records. This powerful techy track has heavy kick, high pitched synth stabs, noise effects and simple but effective vocal loops. Slovenian Techno legend Umek provides an irrestible rolling techno rework, while A/D/S/R delivers a nice skippy and bouncy remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

GAMBAFREAKS ft. Nicole "Hits Remix EP 2010" (d.vision) 

The "Hits Remix EP 2010" by Gambafreaks ft. Nicole is a very interesting package that includes some of the hottest tracks from this team in remixed format. "Never say never" is the most represented track here, with remixes from Luca Cassani, Holly vs Mappa and Lori D, just to name few. The record also includes hot remixes of "Everybody love"and "Freedom" as well as a killer remix of "Natural woman" provided by Alle & Benny Benassi.  (Franco Martinelli) 

TORTURED SOUL "In my fantasy" (Dome Records) 

Tortured Soul returns with a new single taken from their highly acclaimed "Did you miss me" album. "In my fantasy" is a fresh and soulful funky track enriched with several brilliant remixes. DJ Spinna provides an infectious neo-soul rework, with buzzing beats and great key solo, Tom Moulton delivers a solid funky remix with an hot 70's flavour that takes us back to the "disco" days, Jask offers a powerful house version, while the Ethan White and JKriv remixes are full of 80's elements, including vocoder, spacey pads and sweeping synths.   (Franco Martinelli)

RALF GUM Ft. Kafele "Complicated" (GoGo Music) 

Back from the South Africa's tour, Ralf GUM returns on vinyl (and digital) with another soulful gem. "Complicated" by Ralf GUM Feat. Kafele is an intense track, where the soulful atmospheres are fused with warm afro influenced rhythms and enriched by the brilliant trumpet by Kafele, that also provides an infectious vocal performance. The Raw Artistic Soul remix is a minimal and hypnotic affair with hot blips and spacey pads, while the South Africa's DJ/Producer DJ Christos provides 2 excellent remixes, the first one in classic funky/soulful stile, while the second one is a deeper and trippy rework enriched with great afro percussions.  (Franco Martinelli)

HARRY Choo Choo ROMERO "Night @ the black" (d: vision)

Harry "Choo Choo" Romero is back in full effect with this powerful remixes package of his classic "Night @ the black". The Romero remix is pure dope, simple and effective, with pumpin' beats, filtered sounds and that infectious electric guitar solo. Jerry Ropero provides a techy remix, adding electronic elements and catchy blips, while Jose Nunez delivers two powerful groovy remixes. Finally Dean Coleman serves an irresitible filtered-house rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

DISTANT PEOLE ft. Chappell "Always for you" (Seamless)

Distant People (AKA John Silvero) returns with a new single on Seamless Recordings. This time he teams up with vocalist Chappell and provides an excellent soulful track titled "Always for you". The "Original mix" is a classic soulful affair with solid beats, great electric piano chords, warm synths and the intense soulful vocals by Chappell. Greg Stainer provides 2 solid remixes for the dancefloors (Vocal and Dub), adding pumpin' beats, extra percussions and wicked sounds, but not losing any of the tracks soul.  (Franco Martinelli)

RUBEN MANCIAS Ft. Michelle Weeks "My change" (Devotion) 

If you love the soulful-funky music you will love this track. "My change" is a great cut with stellar vocals provided by house diva Michelle Week and enriched with a couple of brilliant remixes. The original "Ruben Mancias Devotion mix" is an uplifting gospel style influenced affair with funky bass, great piano and fantastic vocals. Groove Junkies provides an awesome funky-soul rework, while DJ Dealer delivers another excellent funky-house remix. Instrumental and Dub mixes are also included in this beautiful package.  (Franco Martinelli)

ROBERTO DE CARLO Ft. Colin Coverz "Electric soul power" (Purple Music) 

Roberto De Carlo teams up with Colin Coverz for his new single on Purple Music. "Electric soul power" is a solid funky track influenced by early 80's elements that gives the track an unique flavour that perfectly fits with the soulful vocal performance by Colin Coverz. Dario D'Attis provides a powerful remix, adding wicked and deeper sounds but keeping the funky vibe alive, while Simon Gray reworks the track completely, providing a jazzy, soulful remix in his personal trademark style.  (Franco Martinelli)

PHOTON INC. "Generate power" 2010 Remixes (d:Vision / Strictly Rhythm) 

The classic "Generate power" by Photon Inc. has been a floorfiller back in 1991 and this excellent remixes package has the right numbers to fill the floors once again. The "Soul Avangerz Soda remix" is powerful and groovy, with its irresistible driving groove and that familiar vocals, while Jimpster provides a deeper rework with funky bass and driving keys. Dub versions of both the remixes are included in the package, as well as the glorious 1991 "Original mix", the infectious "Wild Pitch mix" and Acappella.  (Franco Martinelli)

ARMBAR "Soul submission EP" (Look At You)

Armbar is back with his secon release on Look At You Records, the "Soul submission EP". 4 slamming tracks that combines pumpin' beats, funky elements and soul vocals, plus an awesome remix of one of the EP's best track "You will never know me" remixed by DJ Homewrecker. If you're looking for something different, but extremely hot, take a listen.  (Franco Martinelli)

January  2010

HARDRIVE "Deep inside" (d:vision/Strictly Rhythm)

Hardrive's super classic "Deep inside" has been a #1 floorfiller back in 1993, and the new mixes seems to be destined to rock the dancefloors once again. The Herry "Choo Choo" Romero mixes are powerful, with pumpin' beats, driving groove, hot synths ant that infectious "deep, deep inside" vocal hook. Mr V provides a beautiful soulful influenced remix, with deeper beats and warm keys, while Jesse Rose delivers 2 darker, underground mixes, adding an irresistible rolling bassline, old school funky elements and an infectious percussive groove. The classic Original and Dub mixes are also included in the package.  (Franco Martinelli)

JOHNNY DANGEROUS "War With The Devil" (Nite Grooves) 

Nite Grooves returns with another awesome rework of one of the classic Johnny Dangerous tracks. Originally released in 1998, "War With The Devil" receives Mr V remix tratment for this 2010 release. Mr V adds warm synths, a deep percussive groove and infectious bassline to the original spoken words vocals in his "Main mix". The "Dirty dub" is a deeper and rougher affair, filled with raw electronic elements and an infectious underground vibe.  (Franco Martinelli)

FUNKY SOLDIERS & ROBERT OWENS "Silence" (MN2S)

Funky Soldiers teams up with Robert Owens for this new release on MN2S. "Silence" is a solid funky track with pumpin' beats, wicked synths, saxophone parts and the briòòiant vocal performance of Robert Owens. JoVonn provides a beautiful, deeper remix, adding his own trademark sound into the production, with lots of old school elements and that fantastic synth bass that really makes the difference. The package also includes JoVonn Instrumental mix as well as a groovy "MN2S Dub".  (Franco Martinelli)

GROOVE JUNKIES ft. Diane Carter "Midnight" 2010 (Morehouse)

Groove Junkies returns with the 2010 remixes package of their classic "Midnight". Their own 2010 remix is a solid funky affair enriched with the uplifting vocals by Diane Carter, while their "Media noche re-touch" is a fresher and intense rework, filled with warm percussions and jazzy elements. Stuttering Munx provides a deepr remix, as well as a powerful dub for the peak-time moments, and DJ Pascali delivers a powerful funky/disco rework.  (Franco Martinelli)

GREG DORBAN & ANDY BUNNEY Ft. Chappell "All around" rmxs (Reel Groove)

The Part 2 of the Greg Dorban & Andy Bunney single "All around" is a deeper affair. Pet Gust provides a solid, deep and dark rework, with pumpin' beats and filtered synths that fits so good with the intense vocals by Chappell. Jazzloungerz delivers a more uplifting funky/soulful rework, while Filin Brake offers another powerful deep mix. Finally, Greg Dorban keeps the deep vibe alive in his solid, dancefloor friendly remix.  (Franco Martinelli)

DJ RICO aka Deep Y'all "Philadelphia" (Cabana)

The new DJ Rico aka Deep Y'all release on Cabana Recordings is an awesome funky affair with an infectious jazzy flavour, the smooth groove and funky bass perfectly fits with the warm Rhodes chords and sexy vocals. The "Trumpet mix" is a more jazzy cut, with the trumpet replacing the vocals. Finally Justin Imperiale provides an alternative remix, adding Rhodes solos and extra percussions.  (Franco Martinelli)

R.I.O. "Serenade EP" (d:vision) 

R.I.O returns with a very large EP including 3 tracks provided in various mixes. The EP starts with the cover of an old classic from the Steve Miller Band titled "Serenade" reworked for taday's main rooms. It's a dancefloor friendly track with pumpin' beats and wicked elecrto synths combined with fresh acoustic guitars and the original catchy vocals. The second track is "When the sun comes down", provided in 5 different mixes, including the powerful DiskoMachine & MarcoJ Remix. Finally, the EP closes with 2 unreleased mixes of last year's "After the love", including the funky "Mowgli & Baghera remix" and the energetic "Dan Winter remix".  (Franco Martinelli)

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