Nite Til Dawn – Circle of Funk, Mike City


Nite Til Dawn – Circle of Funk, Mike City

Circle of Funk continue to push the envelope with their innovative sounds that blend jazz, disco, electronica, funk, soul and house with a deep and soulful background. Their roots go back to the 90’s where Bristol based Lee and Paul formed a DJ Duo called Culture Shock. Andy joined the group in 2000 and the first ever Circle of Funk release came to fruition in 2006 – a track called Games with Mandy Senior. Never shy to try new sounds, the team have various projects on the go, and they continue to add to their catalogue of quality deep and soulful vibes featuring a variety of accomplished artists. Collaborations include Natasha Watts, Lifford, Mr V, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Taliwa, Charlene Samms, and they have also been in great demand for their remixes. This is their second partnership with Mike City, following on from the release of Rain or Shine last year.

US based Mike City is a singer-songwriter and producer from Philadelphia. He has been active in the music industry for more than two decades and is one of the most prolific artists on the House Music scene. Mike has produced some huge releases including Sunshine Anderson’s Heard It All Before and Brandy’s Full Moon. He is equally at home providing vocals, and has worked with several names including DJ Able, Ezel, Booker T, Soulfunktion, Adam Rios, Sean McCabe, Ian Friday, Dwele, Carl Thomas, Usher, Dave Hollister and many more. Mike was the vocalist on Just 2 C U Smile with Booker T in 2013, and he continues to go from strength to strength as one of the most respected names in the music industry.
This release is on Circle of Funk’s Slapped Up Soul, a label that really invests in its artists and showcases them to the world. With more than 30 releases under the Slapped Up Soul banner, the label continues to bring quality to the dance music industry. Past releases include contributions from Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Soulista, Tai Malone, Cleveland P Jones, Sterling Void, Dawn Tallman, Circle of Funk, Taliwa, Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille, True2Life, An-Tonic, Louise Golbey and Mr V.

Nite Til Dawn has a relatively straightforward message – the lyrics are about going out, having fun, relaxing and dancing. It epitomises everything that the dance crowd like to do and Mike City’s signature lyrics take the listener right to the middle of the dance floor, helping them to get lost in the rich and soulful vibe.

Circle of Funk’s production with a strong bassline and is reminiscent of the original COF feel, deep and ethereal with a subtle touch of 80’s style keys, a late-night club feel and a general carefree ambience. With Nite Til Dawn it doesn’t take long to become spellbound by its effortless charm. The audience will find it irresistible to move to the infectious beat, and the vibe will transport us all to the warm and joyful nightlife that we live and breathe – from night until dawn.

 SUS032 Nite Til Dawn – Circle of Funk, Mike City – released on Slapped Up Soul – June 2018


Help Me (Michele Chiavarini & DJ Spen Remixes) – Beat Rivals, Lifford


Help Me (Michele Chiavarini & Dj Spen remix) – Beat Rivals, Lifford

Formerly mentored by Karl ‘TuffEnuff’ Brown, Beat Rivals are a hard working and inventive production duo from London. KrazyK and Soulshy came up with the name Beat Rivals due to their tendency to create individual interpretations of their work as well as collaborative releases, and this friendly competitive approach to their productions results in numerous contrasting and complementary elements to every release package.

Beat Rivals have previously worked with Lifford on ‘(Gotta Be) Free’ and ‘If I Could’, and have collaborated with several polished performers including Xavier, Flexie Muiso, Natasha Watts, and Tony Lindsay.

Lifford shot to fame when he featured on Artful Dodger’s ‘It’s all about the Stragglers’ album in 2000, as the vocalist on two tracks – ‘Something’ and the top ten hit ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’.  Since then he has released and written songs covering a variety of genres which makes him one of the most versatile performers on the circuit. He has worked with Rhemi, The Checkup, Wipe The Needle, Circle of Funk, Mark Radford, Luciano Giola, Teebone, Glenn Gregory, Matt Jam Lamont, and Brian Keys Tharme to name a few. One of the most in demand artists in London, Lifford regularly performs live as part of a group and a duo, entertaining crowds throughout the UK.

The original release of Help Me in 2016 was the fifteenth release on the Rival Beat Label, a label which promotes quality House music for a range of talented artists.

This release is a stunning five track remix package, a collaboration between classically trained and inventive composer Michele Chiavarini and legendary Baltimore House specialist DJ Spen.

The lyrics of Help Me are about reaching out for assistance when you need it, and the importance of physical and emotional support from your friends and family. Lifford’s lyrics are generally based on experiences which are very personal to him, and he has previously spoken of a long term battle with depression. His rich and honey-toned voice delivers the vocals with passion and poignancy, making this a song which will resonate with anybody who has travelled a lost and lonely path only to find comfort in warm and loving friendships.

Beat Rivals original production had a classic jazz-funk feel, with its jazz piano and laid back bass, reminiscent of an early eighties Shakatak vibe, featuring Brian Keys Tharme on keys and Gene Perez on bass guitar.

The DJ Spen and Michele Chiavarini remixes bring a melange of numerous sweet and soulful influences. With an orchestral backdrop, divine strings, luscious keys and an overall sound that is evocative of a carefree Aswad vibe, you can’t help but move your feet to this incredible track.  In the true spirit of House Music togetherness, Help Me is a track that can encourage us all to comfort each other through hard times, and will bring joy to the heart as it reminds us to freely offer our love and support to those who need it.

RBR031 Help Me (Michele Chiavarini & Dj Spen remix) – Beat Rivals, Lifford – release date 30 April 2018 (on promo from 13 April 2018)

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The Last Time – Sterling Void, Cleveland P Jones

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The Last Time – Sterling Void ft. Cleveland P. Jones

Sterling Void aka Duane Pelt is one of Chicago’s original House music artists, having produced House classic It’s Alright back in 1987 with Marshall Jefferson and Paris Brightledge on vocals. With such a long pedigree he has produced several artists over the years, and hits have included Let Loose The Light, Vibes, Rize, Serve It Up, Don’t Wanna Go and Runaway Girl to name a few.

Cleveland P. Jones is a vocalist from South Carolina, whose singing gift was discovered in church. His love of music grew, and he studied music and theatre at Morehouse College, Atlanta and Berklee College in Boston. He has a unique soulful jazzy sound, that came to real prominence in 2013 with his debut album Ace of Hearts. He has opened for Chaka Khan, and his original music has featured in the movies. The future looks very bright for this man who sings every note with his heart and soul.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, a label which showcases a variety of artists from talented musicians on the soulful dance music scene. Past releases include contributions from Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Circle of Funk , Taliwa, Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille, True2Life, An-Tonic, Louise Golbey and Mr V, and the label continues to go from strength to strength with every new track.

The lyrics of “The Last Time” are about living every day as if it’s your last and making the most of every moment. Cleveland delivers the vocals with his trademark passionate soulful sound, really bringing the audience into the carefree mindset that by dancing your troubles away, you can forget the pressures of life and let the music take over. With the original mix, Sterling Void’s production gives the song a timeless classic feel with its grand piano focus and four to the floor beat.

From the UK’s North East, Frank Star brings a more chilled and jazzy flavour to the track, featuring a bumping bassline and percussion touches that will have the listener foot tapping from the opening bars, while Chicago House maestro Joe Smooth takes us to soulful heaven with his enchanting piano focused rendition.

 Talented UK DJ and producer Distant People (aka Joey Silvero) mixes it up with a warm gospel vibe, keeping the classic feel, but giving his mix a late night groove sensation that will melt the hearts of the club faithful.

This track brings together a wealth of talent and flair to give four distinct but complementary vibes that will enhance any DJ set this season. Enchanted by the message from Sterling Void and Cleveland P. Jones, we can let the music play, and dance the night away like it’s the last time – even though we know deep inside that we’ll be hearing this track for many years to come.

SUS031 The Last Time – Sterling Void ft. Cleveland P. Jones  – released on Slapped Up Soul – April 2018

Complex Emotions – Soulista, Tai Malone


Complex Emotions – Soulista, Tai Malone

Italian based Soulista aka Sebastiano Di Filippo is a songwriter, composer, producer and remixer with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Recent releases include Jackpot Love and The Foundation, both released on the Double Cheese Label.

From the UK, Tai Malone is a vocalist, songwriter and producer who started singing in 2008. Tai is a master of many genres including Lovers Rock, Soul, House and UK Garage, and he has collaborated with several acts including Anita K, Ross Couch, Booker T, Steve Paradise, Quest and the Ragga Twins. He has performed live sets at premier London clubs including Ministry of Sound, Pache, O2 and Egg. Tai’s voice has graced many hit dance tracks – Make Me Say with Vittorio Santorelli, Taken Over with Booker T, and Reverie with Ross Couch to name a few. His signature soulful sound and versatility is quickly making Tai a significant name on the UK club scene.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, a label which now has more than 30 releases under its belt, and a label that is known for championing quality artists and talented musicians on the soulful dance music scene. Past releases include contributions from Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Circle of Funk , Taliwa, Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille, True2Life, An-Tonic, Louise Golbey and Mr V, and the label continues to make its mark in the music industry with every new release.

The lyrical storyboard of “Complex Emotions” tells the story of a man asking for love, support, and inspiration to help him deal with the challenging emotions that he is experiencing. Tai’s impassioned vocals draw the listener right in to the heart of the song, embracing the view that together we can inspire each other, and give each other strength both mentally and physically. Soulista’s skilful production provides a sublime backdrop, that mixes soulful and jazzy keys to give a beautiful and mesmerising texture to this heartwarming composition. The bonus Funkstramental mix brings an 80’s funky Chic-style vibe to the party that you can’t help but shimmy along with.

Complex Emotions is a song that will inspire us all to lift each other up, both in life and on the dance floor, a wonderful vision of togetherness that will harmonize deeply with the hearts of House Music lovers worldwide.

 SUS030 Complex Emotions – Soulista, Tai Malone – released on Slapped Up SoulMarch 2018

Make Music – Mista Nugget, Timmy Vegas


Make Music  –  Mista Nugget, Timmy Vegas

Mista Nugget hails from Birmingham, and now resides in London. His long pedigree includes a very varied music career. Starting out as a Hip Hop DJ, and progressing to an MC, producer, events promoter and a radio presenter, he has been referred to among his peers as the ‘renaissance man’.
Mista Nugget revived his DJ career in 2003, and successfully secured guest slots at top clubs across the UK and Asia, playing alongside world premier House and Hip Hop DJs, promoting his ‘Hot Yoga Music’ brand. He can also be found gracing the decks at celebrity event parties.
In 2008 he ventured into production, scoring major success with his first track “Free” featuring Brooke Bailey. He has since released further tracks with Natasha Watts, Pete Simpson and Amadar which have earned him respect from his peers in the House music industry.

Fellow Midlander Timmy Vegas is best known as one half of Soul Central, alongside Andy Ward, he produced the smash re-edit of Derrick May’s Strings of Life in 2005 with accomplished artist Kathy Brown on vocals. He has released several eclectic dance tracks with collaborations including Deepcitysoul, Demarkus Lewis, Groove Junkies, Tweek, Seamus Haji, Jennifer Wallace, and Joi Cardwell to name a few.

This is the first release on the new Chooon Music label, which is planning to showcase the best in electronic beats and breaks from contemporary artists in the UK.

Make Music has a mesmerising beat, and a ‘Percolator’ vibe of a bassline, with Mista Nugget’s commanding vocals giving it the hallmark of an old skool meets new skool classic. The Piano Mix adds a layer of luscious classic House style keys and both versions will have the dance floor bouncing. With plenty of cowbell and anthem-worthy keys to please the club faithful, this is a superb tune that will resonate with the crowd, and take them firmly to the House zone.

CM001 Make Music – Mista Nugget, Timmy Vegas – released on Chooon Music

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Love Warriors – Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille


Love Warriors  – Wipe the Needle ft Gary Bardouille

Wipe The Needle is the production brainchild of Lee Gomez and a name that keeps growing in stature in the dance music industry. Lee started the brand in 2005, and has gone from strength to strength over the years, combining quality vocalists with beautiful keys, mesmerising percussion and strong basslines to bring us the wonderful compositions that we have come to know and love. With more than fifty releases to his name, including touches of soulful, deep, dark and tech, every track brings a different Wipe the Needle vibe to the dance floor.

Wipe The Needle collaborations include vocalists Sheree Hicks, Dawn Tallman, Gregory Purnell, Xavier, Lifford, Alex Lattimore, and Taliwa to name a few. Also featuring on various labels including Defected, 4th Floor, Makin Moves, Chic Soul Music, Restless Soul, Deeply Rooted House, Raw Fusion, Groove Odyssey, Solid Ground, Broadcite, Slip n Slide, and Soundmen on Wax, it is clear that Wipe the Needle is an act that is very much in demand worldwide. Recent releases include Love and Experimental with Sheree Hicks, Kissing You with Lifford, and remixes of Come Over with Kelvin Sylvester and Al Copeland, and Raindance with Gershon Jackson and Rona Ray.

UK vocalist Gary Bardouille has been involved in the dance music scene with since 2000. This is his third collaboration with Wipe The Needle, previous releases include the Love Is EP on the Soundmen on Wax label and Love Again, also on Slapped Up Soul. Gary has created beautiful music with several talented artists including Luca Ricci, Tom Gianelli, the JTE Project, Leggz, Tommy Marcus and Villanova.

Love Warriors is released on Slapped Up Soul, a Bristol based label who are known for their quality diverse catalogue of innovative dance music. Always looking to showcase the best in vocal talent, previous Slapped Up Soul releases feature accomplished artists including Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Charlene Samms, Circle of Funk , Taliwa, Louise Golbey and Mr V, to name a few.

The lyrical storyboard of Love Warriors describes how the world could be a better place by everybody spreading love through friends and family, and by ‘raising an army of love warriors’. The beautiful concept of love being the ammunition to fight evil, and our hearts being the weapons to deliver love, this is a message that Gary conveys with real feeling, his warm, rich and soulful voice clearly perfect for this song.

Wipe The Needle’s funky bassline blended with gorgeous piano and a four to the floor beat, has a delightful carefree vibe. This is a song that you can play in the car with the top down on a balmy summer evening, and yet it is equally at home on a club dance floor. With quality emanating from every touch, Lee and Gary have created a wonderful tune that will touch the heart of listeners worldwide. This is the sweet anthem that can inspire all of us to be Love Warriors.

SUS029 Love Warriors – Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille – released on Slapped Up Soul – December 2017

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Brazilian House Music Label Grooveland is the innovative label formed in 2006 by producers eDeep, Edground and Wagner Dalcin. Grooveland is a brand that oozes quality, showcasing the best in Brazilian dance music, and bringing the unique Brazilian House sound globally to the masses. This compilation is a collection of 14 of the finest tracks that Grooveland has to offer. Originally released in 2012 exclusively for South Africa, this album is now available in digital format worldwide.

The tracks are mixed by Brazilian Soul Crew, a duo consisting of Edground and newcomer to the production scene, Leandro Santana aka Callvin. Callvin’s releases have already featured on Grooveland and the Plastik People Digital label, and he is fast becoming a name on the Brazilian House scene.

The first two tracks both have a heartwarming Latin samba vibe. The Anto Vitale remix of Jazelle  from Soulbasics features carefree organ melodies accompanied by lively percussion. Less Than from Brazilian Soul Crew is enriched by the poetry of Texan spoken word artist Rainy Payne interwoven with raindrop piano keys.

Track three brings in the sassy club beats with Alucinada De Prazer (Movement Soul Vox Mix) from Steven Stone featuring the emotional vocals of Elisangela, followed by the wonderful sounds of Tarek a track entitled Desabafo, skillfully remixed by Guy Robin who performs all of the drums and percussion and adds his own unique sparkle to the tune.

Brazilian Soul Crew bring us the fifth and sixth tracks, starting with an unreleased mix of Brazilian Soul, weaving delicate touches of electronica and strings, and followed up with Eu Soul remixed by Abicah Soul with Andre on vocals, which takes the listener on an ethereal dreamy afro journey through sound.

Next up is the hypnotic and mesmerising The Way I like (BSC Deep Mix) from talented Greek artist Johnny JM, feat. Amera Light and Chicago DJ/Producer Julius the Mad Thinker. This is followed by the deep and wonderful star track of the album, ancestral inspired Dema from Jay Tripwire and Boddhi Satva, the tribal infused pulsating beat resonating with the heartbeat of dancers and listeners everywhere.

Changing it up again, CitySounds! with Walkin brings a UK Garage and Brazilian House fusion to the mix, hotly pursued by more Garage/Soulful vibes from talented UK female producer Paris Cesvette with Come Back, a track featuring the unique voice of Robert Carvalho and remixed by underground Chicago duo South of Roosevelt.

Track Eleven is the magnificent classic Hernan Cronner Soulcom Remix of Going Nowhere from quality producer Matthew Bandy, and Johnathan Houston delivering shimmering honey toned vocals. Twelfth is the classic old skool sound of Deep´n SoulBR featuring Robert, a piano-infused track entitled Sweet Ebony with Deep City Soul on remix duties, a song that is guaranteed to have the dance floor bumping.

Thirteenth and definitely not unlucky, is US talent Stephen Rigmaiden featuring Sam7 with the dreamy and intoxicating bongo vibes of Rising Sun (Main Mix). This wonderful album is completed by the DJ Spinna Main Mix of Brazilian Soul Crew’s summertime groove You & Me which features the sexy sultry vocals of renowned chanteuse Jessi Colasante aka Jesante.

This album takes the listener on a Brazilian House adventure, showcasing a fusion of styles and flavours that complement each other perfectly. An absolute joy for the senses and the feet, this collection is a must for every summer party, and provides a go to selection for DJs worldwide who want to captivate their audiences with the quality Grooveland sound.

GMCD14 Released 27 October 2017 on Traxsource – click here to listen/buy