What an impressive way to kick off this brand new series as Reel People Music continue to push their love and passion for all things soulful... The first installment in this new compilation series aptly titled "Soulful, Deep & Dope" is selected and mixed by label boss Reel People (aka Oli Lazarus) and features a stunning selection of songs from both Reel People Music and other renowned labels such as GoGo Music, Peppermint Jam, Rhemi Music alongside others, crossing the many different genres soulful dance music has to offer. The illustrious list of artists includes Portia Monique, Ferry Ultra featuring Gwen McCrae, Rhemi featuring Hanlei, Cunnie Williams, Steven Stone & LT Brown, DJ Spinna featuring Selan, Ralf GUM featuring Monique Bingham, AAries, Reel People featuring Tony Momrelle and Jon Cutler to name just a few. The digital version includes not less than twenty-nine songs and is complimented by an outstanding continuous mix by Reel People. There will also be a limited edition CD release with twelve songs.
Purebliss Recordings truly bless us with this truly mind-blowing and masterly crafted EP by BlackJean and CavoDeep who join forces with keyboardist Afrique Essence and vocalist Komplexity. To cut right to the chase, the EP features three equally dazzling productions, each one taking you on a blissful and enticing journey through the best in deep soulful house music the motherland has to offer, oozing with the unrivaled emotive vocals of Komplexity and the keyboard wizardry of Afrique Essence. In other words, each of these three fabulous masterpieces is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine and make you yearn for more... Essential.
"Sleepwalkers" is taken from Jarrod Lawson's highly acclaimed self-titled debut album and got the remix treatment from mighty Scandinavian producer Opolopo (the first in a series of remixes forthcoming for this soul-jazz genius). Opolopo takes the marvelous latin fused original and adds his magical touch to the song, delivering an ingenious truly breathtaking re-imagination spreading a feel-good summery feel through the jazzed-up instrumentation and smooth yet thrilling rhythms which harmonize perfectly with Jarrod Lawson's incredible voice. By no means to be missed... Nuff said.
Brazil's renowned Grooveland Music launch their new "The Collection Series" in grand style with the first volume being selected and mixed by esteemed UK DJ/producer Andy Ward. A total of thirteen songs are included, with the genres ranging from deep over latin and soulful to tech house, featuring music from an illustrious list of artists such as Brazilian Soul Crew featuring Andre / Jessi Colasante, Domenico Navarra featuring Monique Henry, Jarrier Modrow, Tarek, Matthew Bandy featuring Johnathan Houston, SoulBasics featuring Kyla Sexton, Jay Tripwire featuring Boddhi Satva and Nayre Wiclef featuring Jamon to name just a few. The continuous mix by Andy Ward takes you on a entrancing musical journey you wish would never end, effortlessly moving from one genre to the next. Not to forget to mention this compilation gives you an early glimpse at "Children of the sun" by Anto Vitale to be released on Grooveland Music sometime next year.
Following the highly acclaimed "House To Jazz Experience" EP's and the phenomenal "Reflections" album which features vocalist Darian Crouse comes the next superb release by Deepconsoul on Soulful Sentiments Records. The "Goodies EP" is loaded with four equally brilliant vocal productions on which Deepconsoul collaborates with Sacred Soul, Footsounds and Mr. Boogie, enlisting the vocal talents of Philadi N, Siya, Dindy and Swazi Qabazi. Not much needs to be said or written about this paramount release other than each of the four included songs is top-notch soulful house music guaranteed to make you yearn for more, oozing with gentle yet spell binding rhythms, tempting melodies and excellent vocals. Undoubtedly it is next to impossible to pick a favorite out of these four timeless soulful gems... An essential release by no means to be missed.
The next release on Original Drum HSI is a tribute to Sylvia Robinson's timeless classic "Pillow talk" originally released back in 1973 (for those who don't know, she is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in Hip Hop history: "Rapper's delight" by the Sugarhill Gang and "The message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five). "Pillow hawk" by Cosmic Asset (aka Neter Supreme) is sheer musical bliss, with the masterly orchestrated 'Dreamlands' mixes honoring the original musical concept of "Pillow talk" yet oozing with Neter Supreme's beloved truly precious spiritual house music sound. Next are the 'Stardust' mixes which feature the enchanting vocals of Nee-Tah Link, taking the track into a completely different direction, spreading an utterly hypnotizing vibe through the verily cosmic orchestration and merciless percussive rhythms.