review logoThe final update for 2019 is here, as usual nothing but the best passed our quality control... enjoy !!

Sterling Ensemble featuring Tomas Diaz "Yoruma" (Sterling Blue Music Promo)

Back in 2011, Sterling Ensemble teamed up with vocalist Tomas Diaz for the fantastic "Chanto Africano", now they are back together and bring us "Yoruma" an eminent afro beat influenced production laced with the incredible vocals of Tomas Diaz (with glorious background vocals by Cachita Lopez), sumptuous keys and spell binding rhythms. The cherry on top are the stunning remixes by Manoo and Kelvin Sylvester both adding their landmark touch to the track, making it next to impossible to pick a favorite version...

Marc Brown featuring Kgaogelo "Let it touch" (Salvatore Oppio Remix)(Cultures Records Promo)

Forthcoming to Cultures Records is the superb Salvatore Oppio remix of "Let it touch" by Marc Brown and Kgaogelo. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Salvatore Oppio's blissful interpretation oozing with sublime jazzy keys, dreamful chords, lovely balearic acoustic guitars, sultry female spoken words and gentle yet thrilling afro infused rhythms will make you yearn for more...

Stephanie Jeannot "Breakthrough" (Exemplary Music Makerz Promo)

DJ/producer Muzikman Edition (aka William Bagley) joins forces with vocalist Stephanie Jeannot for the phantasmagorical "Breakthrough", to make a long story this verily soulful and melodious production featuring the amazing deeply felt vocal stylings of Stephanie Jeannot, sweet guitars and mellifluous keys over a captivating funked-up musical backing comes highly recommenced.

Isabel Novella & Hassan Boussou "A night in Morocco" (La Qtee M & Sphiwe Cas-Miz Remix)(HSR Records Promo)

There ain't no stoppin' for HSR Records who have been putting out nothing but top-notch soulful house music all year long. The first of two new releases for this week are the jaw-dropping La Qtee M & Sphiwe Cas-Miz remixes of "A night in Morocco" by Isabel Novella & Hassan Boussou staying true and respectful to the original yet transforming the song into a soulful house jewel that is not to be missed.

Simone C featuring Vincent Bates "Try again" (HSR Records Promo)

DJ/producer Simone Cozzetto teams up with vocalist Vincent Bates for the bodacious "Try again", a verily soulful production oozing with the inimitable heartfelt vocals of Vincent Bates, exquisite jazzy keys, ethereal chords, lovely guitars and a smooth organic backdrop. On remix duty is Soulbridge (Gigi Frassanito) who adds his beloved soulful touch to take the track to the next level.

Deep House Pick: Bob Singh "Keepin' it deep" (Sunclock Records Promo)

Very seldom we review deep house releases these days as we focus on the vocal soulful/afro  house side of things, but "Keepin' it deep" by Bob Singh (a young producer from Jakarta) really blew our mind... The old school inspired "Keepin' it deep" is deep house at its best, with the deeper than deep rhythms, tantalizing synth melodies and cool vocal sprinkles guaranteed to cast a spell on you. Not to forget to mention the fabulous truly eclectic selection of remixes by Mr KG, N'Dinga Gaba, Q Narongwate and Vincent Kwok included in the package.

The Beat-Trayers "Gettin' down" (Miggedy Entertainment Promo)

We are closing 2019 with the verily dope "Gettin' down" by The Beat-Trayers a truly scintillating four-to-the-floor re-imagination of the 1978 soul/funk/disco classic "Keep on gettin' down" by Le Frank 'O ‎(Frank Johnson). Indisputably, this utterly infectious rework which fuses the original instrumentation and vocals with a fervid organic back drop will send the dancers into a frenzy...