review logoFor the Easter weekend, we have prepared a huge update with the best and latest in soulful/afro house music we were send this week. Enjoy !!

Ralf GUM meets Leanne Robinson "Replay" (GoGo Music Promo)

One year ago, we introduced you to "Bad energy", a magnificent afrocentric track produced by Ralf GUM featuring UK singer Leanne Robinson. Now the follow-up single "Replay" is ready, without any doubt the gentle yet intriguing broken beat flavored rhythms together with Leanne Robinson's amazing haunting vocals, bodacious keys and heavenly strings will cast a spell on you. The release also includes the 'Extended Mix' of "Bad energy" for those who missed it when originally released last year.

Divas of Color featuring Evelyn Champagne King "One more time" (DJ Spen & ReelSoul Remixes)(KingStreet Records Promo)

Originally released in 1996, the iconic "One more time" by Divas of Color (Al Mack) featuring the one-of-a-kind vocals of legendary Evelyn 'Champagne' King returns in brand new truly stellar remixes by DJ Spen & William 'ReelSoul' Rodriguez who add their landmark and unquestionably soulful yet enthralling touch to take the track to a whole different level. Completing the package is the classic Danny Krivit edit of the 'Bulldog Funk Dub' from the original 1996 release.

Carlos Yedra & Footsounds & Rhey Osborne "Sparkle" (The Remixes)(Check It Out Records Promo)

In October of last year, we were celebrating the marvelous "Sparkle" by Carlos Yedra and Footsounds featuring the beautiful deeply felt of Rhey Osborne, now this soulful gem returns in superb remixes. First up we have Jose Carretas who delivers an uber soulful yet downright mesmerizing interpretation oozing with tantalizing melodies and smooth deeply groovin rhythms. Next we have DeejayKul who servers a captivating deepened rendition laced with luscious keys, dreamy chords and irresistibly thumpin' rhythms.

Benson featuring Roxiie "Made me happy" (Arima Records Promo)

Out now on promo through Arima Records is the phantasmagorical "Made me happy" by Benson featuring the vocal talents of Roxiie. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, the inspiring "Made me happy" using a relentlessly stompin' funk soaked backdrop as foundation for the beautiful emotive vocals of Roxiie, sublime jazzy keys and enchanting ethereal chords comes highly recommended.

Soulful Delivers featuring Mr Maph "Hold me" (Soulbridge Records Promo)

The first of two new releases on Soulbridge Records is "Hold me" by Soulful Delivers (Gigi Frassanito & Paolo Fedreghini) and singer Mr Maph. To cut right to the chase, "Hold me" is an expertly crafted soulful production featuring the unmistakable heartfelt vocals of Mr. Maph alongside lush keys, celestial chords, sweet guitars and an infectious organic musical backing.

DJ Umbi featuring Ms Onyie "Hit & run" (Soulbridge Records Promo)

The second new release from Soulbridge Records is a remake of Loleatta Holloway's 1977 all-time disco anthem "Hit & run" by DJ Umbi which stays true and respectful to the original yet gives the song an uplifting contemporary feel, with the memorably lyrics performed in grand style by Ms Onyie. Courtesy of FAM Disco comes a sophisticated re-imagination on an uber cool tip.

Kenny Bobien "I believe in love" (New Generation Records Promo)

Legendary New Generation Records are on a roll at the moment, gracing us with yet another soulful gem. The glorious "I believe in love" produced by Francis Scarlino is sheer musical bliss and features the matchless falsetto vocals of Kenny Bobien and entrancing melodies over thrilling deeply groovin' rhythms. Not to forget to mention the excellent remix by Corey Holmes keeping the vibe soulful and organic.

Kenny Bobien "Movin' 0n "(Arnaud D Remix)(Makin' Moves Promo)

Makin' Moves revive the wonderful "Movin' on" by Kenny Bobien originally released beginning of 2016 (the original version was produced by Gianluca Pighi and Massimo Braghieri) with fresh truly awesome remixes by Arnaud D whose vibrant interpretation laced with compelling rhythms. illustrious keys and enticing chords is guaranteed to send the dancers into a frenzy.

Mr Bougx & DJ Toxic featuring Tuks "Star crossed lovers" (YeloShadz Promo)

Nothing else than unadulterated afro house deepness awaits you on the stunning "Star crossed lovers" by Mr Bougx (Pogiso Moeng), DJ Toxic (Tshepo Mopedi) and Tuks (Tumelo Mantu). Most definitely, "Star crossed lovers" oozing with the incomparable vocal stylings of Tuks, luxurious keys, galactical pads and spell binding utterly deep rhythms will send shivers down your spine...

Tapes & Unqle Chriz "Do it again" (Pasqua Records Promo)

Forthcoming to Pasqua Records is the towering "Do it again", a collaboration by DJ/producer Tapes with vocalist Unqle Chriz (both hailing from South Africa). To make it short, "Do it again" is an intriguing old school inspired track featuring the inimitable deep-rooted vocals of Unqle Chriz, grand jazzed-up keys and heavenly chords over smoothly thumpin' rhythms that is not to be missed.

The Gruv Manics Project featuring Tantra Zawadi "There is time" (Gruv Manics Digital SA Promo)

Watch out for this dazzling release coming soon to Gruv Manics Digital SA. Label heads Molefi Choabi and Thapelo Nkala aka The Gruv Manics join forces with Tantra Zawadi for "There is time", a soulful and melodious production oozing with the unrivaled spoken word poetry of Tantra Zawadi, enchanting keys and deeply groovin' rhythms. On remix duty are Sphiwe Cas-Miz & Kgosi Motlhabi who contribute a glorious interpretation on a classic soulful tip.

Traxx Pick: Luis Radio & Stefano Guerra "Bazaar" (Groovebom Records Promo)

We welcome Groovebom Records with their inaugural release "Bazaar" by Luis Radio and Stefano Guerra, a fervid track guaranteed to take over dance floors around the globe thanks to the downright inexorable afro-percussive rhythms, classy keyboards and a killer organ solo by Martino Onorato which adds a churchly feel. The bonus 'Percussions Madness Mix' is a handy tool for the creative minds.