GROOVELAND SESSIONS VOLUME TWO

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GROOVELAND SESSIONS VOLUME TWO – MIXED BY BRAZILIAN SOUL CREW

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.

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What Ya Gonna Do – Taliwa, Circle of Funk

What Ya Gonna Do  – Circle of Funk, Taliwa

Circle of Funk are a production team who are ever evolving, unafraid to try new sounds, and bringing new and interesting vibes to the fore with every release. Circle of Funk’s origins 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. Lee and Paul have since moved to London where they are regulars on the London club circuit. Over the years they have teamed up with many great artists including Natasha Watts, Lifford, Mr V, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, and they have also been in great demand for their remixes. The Circle of Funk sound blends the best of old style disco, funk, soul and house genres with a touch of jazz, and melodic electronica, built on strong deep and soulful foundations.

Taliwa is a petite lady who has a huge vocal range, with a depth of maturity and richness that conveys the emotion of every lyric. Taliwa has performed at Beat Players and Deep Into Soul, and is in regular demand around the UK where she is always a favourite with the crowd. She has worked with Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk (from Rhemi), Mangesto, Sy Sez, Sonny Fodera, Sean McCabe, Wipe The Needle and Souldynamic, and was the voice behind the much celebrated House classic ‘Music For My Sun’. This is her first collaboration with Circle of Funk.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, Circle of Funk’s own label which supports 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 , Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille, True2Life, An-Tonic, Louise Golbey and Mr V, the label continues to gain momentum with every new track.

The lyrics of “What Ya Gonna Do” are about having the courage to embrace a relationship rather than holding back through fear of the unknown. Taliwa expresses the notion with passion, her rich sultry voice challenging and encouraging her admirer to take things to the next level. It’s a catchy tune, Circle of Funk’s production maintains a soulful quality while featuring lush piano, stylish percussion and gorgeous melodies over a four to the floor dance beat.

This superb release from Circle of Funk and Taliwa is a wonderful blend of alluring vocals teamed with quality production. An infectious sweet tune that will captivate the listener and instil them with the notion that anything is possible if they take the first step forward. What Ya Gonna Do with this tune in your selection, is warm the heart of the dancing crowd – it is a track that will have them singing and dancing along until the closing bars.

SUS028 What Ya Gonna Do – Circle of Funk, Taliwa – released on Slapped Up Soul November 2017

Like You Do – JC Unique

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JC Unique, one of the many aliases of Chris Woods, is an accomplished producer, DJ, radio station owner, and label owner, having had many releases as James Unique and Unique2Rhythm. Producing tracks that are a blend of Classic House, Deep House, Tech House, Soulful House and UK Garage, he is a man who likes to make us dance, and his skilful touches ooze quality in every beat of his productions. Chris owns and runs ForTheLoveOfHouse Radio on http://www.fortheloveofhouse.org bringing a wide network of DJs to the fore, and it is clear that he loves what he does, music being an obvious joy in his life. He can regularly be found on the decks in his local Suffolk area, and he runs the Unique 2 Rhythm label with Richard Kersey. Chris has worked with many talented musicians including Steve Silk Hurley, Gregory Gibbs, Jay Funk, Macca D, Oski DJ, Tommie Cotton, Soul Jacka, Steve Lucas, Timmy Thomas and Kym Sims to name a few.

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Like You Do is a deep and luscious track with smooth vocals that will have your body moving from the opening bars. It has a sultry late night vibe that will keep the club dancers grooving until the sun comes up. Bristol based Richard Pring brings us the True2Life version with all of its glitz and live band feel – a classic soulful vibe, that will please the Soulful House die-hards. Amsterdam’s very own Lombard Street nails the brief with his groovy deep shuffle and thumping bassline, an alternative sexy night time flavour that will have the club bumping.

All three mixes complement each other to make this an outstanding package and must for every summer DJ set. Like You Do is a track where we definitely like what it does – it takes us on a deep soulful journey to a balmy heady place, where we can dance all of our cares away.

Like You Do – JC Unique released on Unique2Rhythm on 30 Jun 2017.

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Touch The Spirit – True2Life, An-Tonic

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Touch The Spirit – True2Life, An-tonic

True2Life aka Richard Pring is a producer from Bristol, who has been around since 1999. Starting out as part of Triplicity and the Park Street team with Ceri Howe, John Revelle, and Kai Jolly, Richard was involved in several releases and worked with talented singers including Rainy Payne and Diana Waite. In recent years as True2Life he has been prolific, producing Classic House, Soulful House and UK Garage vibes, working with artists including Phillip Ramirez, Lady Bunny, Dennis Wonder and Pat Bedeau. He is also very much in demand for his bumping remixes, having had success with Circle of Funk’s Feelin It, featuring Lifford on vocals, and One House Plus with Jazzloungerz and An-tonic.

An-Tonic has been a huge fan of dance music since the age of seven when he got into Funkadelic, having had the good fortune to meet George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. Once he was old enough, he travelled the world featuring in various films as an extra, and was then recruited as a member of the New York Guardian Angels. Working through the night, he was able to pursue his love of music and featured in open jam sessions where he featured with the likes of Funkadelic, Bobby McFerrin, LL Cool J and Terminator X. Anton fell in love with House music and started to collaborate with various producers, his spoken word vocals adding richness to many releases. He has featured on several productions including Pleasuredome with Andy Holder, Freerider with Jamie Anderson and Owain-K, Sunshine Getdown with Shane D and Dean Saunders, and Televized! with Louis Ferrier.

This package is being released on the rapidly rising Slapped Up Soul label which features quality soulful artists from around the globe.

Touch the Spirit is a track which delivers a poetic message about the spiritual nature of House music that many lovers of the genre will relate to. Anton delivers the vocals with an authoritative and heartfelt passion that will resonate with the mindset of the audience.

The Original Mix is animated with elements of House, Soulful House, UK Garage and Techno, amongst a dazzling synth backdrop. Definitely a dance floor favourite, it is a track that skilfully mingles genres and will stimulate the senses of the club faithful. The Raw Mix crosses genres again with its blend of broken beat and UK garage vibes, the percussive rhythms, organ stabs and driving beat delivering an alternative mood. Bristol boys Circle of Funk deliver a mix that is a predominant blend of deep, ethereal and minimal, with enchanting keys and delicate percussion that weaves its way through a bouncing beat, while up and coming young UK producer Jordan Trove brings us a quality mesmerising and almost anthem-like flavour with a pulsating backbeat that keeps the momentum high throughout.

A worthy addition to DJ sets around the world, each version has a captivating quality, making this an exciting package that will lift and touch everybody’s spirit as the balmy summer rooftop evenings approach.

SUS027  ‘Touch The Spirit’ released on Slapped Up Soul June 2017

Touch The Sky – Chris Rob

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Touch The Sky – Chris Rob

Chris Rob hails from Chicago and currently resides in New York. He is an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter who has been making quality sounds for more than a decade. He has been a fundamental contributor to the success of many major artists – a classically trained pianist, he featured on Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’”, and for John Legend’s “Get Lifted” tour he took on the role as musical director in addition to performing keys and back up vocals. He performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration, and with DJ Spinna he co-wrote “Right On Brotha”, a gorgeous track which features Stevie Wonder and appears on Robert Glasper’s Miles Davis tribute album. The list of great artists that have worked with Chris is very impressive, he is certainly a well-respected performer, having supported the likes of Prince, Elton John, Common, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Peven Everett, Roberta Flack, and Ashford & Simpson, to name a few. A very versatile man, he can work with any genre, and excels in a fusion of Funk, Soul, Hip hop and House. In the Soulful House world he has featured on many successful releases with Ian Friday including Found Myself, and a cover of Lionel Richie’s Love Will Find A Way, and he has recently toured worldwide with funk band the Nasty Delicious which features his elder brother Craig Robinson. Chris is one of those performers where music is at the very core of his existence, in every performance he is unassumingly superb, and with his long pedigree of world-class appearances, he has proved that he has the skills and passion to make any project stand out.

Darryl James, a Bronx native, is a man who has been on the scene for many years. A talented DJ, producer and remixer, he came to the fore in the booths of New York’s finest clubs including Bentley’s, The Silver Shadow and The Red Parrot.  He was soon in demand by radio stations who were keen to showcase his turntable skills, and he has become a valued presenter on Kiss FM and WBLS. Darryl’s collaborations are extensive – he has worked with Robin S, Kem, Janet Jackson, Heather Headley, Ugochi, Mousse T, Will Reelsoul Rodriquez, David Anthony and House legend Todd Terry. He released You Make Me Happy and Where Do We Go on Todd’s prestigious Freeze label.

With the late R&B superproducer Fred McFarlane, Darryl founded the Altra Music Inc label. Altra is a label which promotes quality dance music including R&B and Jazz, and it continues to gain momentum with great releases including Voices from Leroy Burgess, Life, So Amazing from Ugochi, and Swingin’ from Reelsoul.

Touch The Sky is co-written by Chris and Darryl, with Chris performing keys and vocals, and Darryl providing his first-class production skills. This package includes an extended and radio version of the Darryl James Vocal Mix as well as an Instrumental Mix.

It is an inspirational song with a positive vibe that stirs the heart and mind of the listener from the opening bars. The smooth and silky vocals are delivered by Chris with the emotion of a man who longs for a better world. The lyrical storyboard echoes the feelings of many who have encountered a life of inequality, conflict, and oppression, and yet foretells of a beautiful existence that can be attained by coming together as one and changing perceptions to demonstrate that we can all live happily and respectfully with peace, love and unity. The production reflects the hope in the song’s message with its upbeat feel, energetic percussion, exquisite keys and heart-warming strings. As one dances to this superb composition, it is easy to get entwined in its beauty, feeling the faith of every beat, and as we move and sway, and reach high with our hands, we know that anything is possible – we can touch each other’s lives, and we can really touch the sky.

AMI009 – Touch The Sky – Chris Rob release date 11 May 2017 on Altra Music Inc

Life So Amazing (Reelsoul Remix) – Ugochi

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Life So Amazing (Reelsoul Remix) – Ugochi

Ugochi Nwaogwugwu is a versatile afro-soul vocalist from Nigeria. Her honey-smooth soulful voice has earned her worldwide recognition and she has shared a stage with many renowned artists including Maxi Priest, Eric Benet, Common, John Legend, Shaggy and Toots and the Maytals. An accomplished singer-songwriter, Ugochi also delivers poetic spoken word vocals, and in 2005 was awarded “Best African Entertainer” at the Chicago Music Awards. She regularly performs with the Afro Soul Ensemble, and has released two albums African Buttafly and A.S.E. (Afro Soul Effect). Ugochi has travelled the world, receiving rave reviews wherever she performs, and is fast becoming a significant name in the world of music with her unique fusion of genres and refreshing artistic style of delivery. Certainly a name that we will be hearing much more of.

Life So Amazing was originally released in November 2016, a collaboration between Ugochi, Darryl James and Chris Rob. This release features accomplished producer Reelsoul on remix duties

Darryl James is from The Bronx, New York, and is a seasoned DJ, producer and remixer, having graced the booths at three of New York’s hottest clubs of recent decades – Bentleys, The Red Parrot and The Silver Shadow. His talent was noticed by radio stations and record companies and Darryl is now an accomplished radio DJ, having presented shows on Kiss FM and WBLS. He has collaborated with many heavyweights of the dance music scene, and released You Make Me Happy and Where Do We Go on house legend Todd Terry’s Freeze label. He has also worked with Robin S, Kem, Janet Jackson and Heather Headley. Darryl heads up the Altra Music Inc label, a label which he founded with the late R&B superproducer Fred McFarlane. Altra is a label which highlights many different genres including R&B and Jazz, as well as the regular wide range of dance music flavours. Altra continues to go from strength to strength with several quality releases including Voices from Leroy Burgess.

Chris Rob is a musician and singer-songwriter from Chicago who has been making quality soulful cuts for over a decade. His music is a fusion of many styles encompassing Funk, Hip hop and House and Chris has performed with many greats including Stevie Wonder, Prince, Elton John, The Black Eyed Peas, Common, Jill Scott, Peven Everett, and Roberta Flack. This release features his superb keyboard skills, and Chris has recently toured worldwide with funk band the Nasty Delicious.

Will ‘Reelsoul’ Rodriquez is one of the most prolific and well-respected producers in dance music. Entirely self-taught, he has developed and perfected his signature soulful sound which epitomises the carefree sunny vibe of his native California. He regularly embraces different genres, not afraid to push the boundaries of world dance music. He has collaborated with every big name in Soulful House including Frankie Feliciano, Mr V, DJ Spinna, Pauline Henry, Rob Hayes, Kimara Lovelace, Monique Bingham, Typheni, Distant People, Chappell, Dawn Tallman, Kenny Summit, Blaze, Eric Benèt, Miss Patty, Nicole Mitchell, Stephanie Cooke, Leroy Burgess, Mark di Meo, Rona Ray, AG Thomas and Pete Simpson. In partnership with DJ Spen and Gary Hudgins, and with Sheila Ford on vocals, he produced one of the best tracks of 2016, a cover of La Costa – which started as his very own special tribute to the late Natalie Cole. Will’s catalogue of work is huge, and it is clear that this is a man who lives and breathes music, drawing on influences from every facet of his life.

Life So Amazing is an upbeat and inspirational song about taking control of your own destiny, standing up against injustice, and embracing the beauty of our human existence. Ugochi’s thought-provoking lyrics and sultry vocal illustrates the spirit of an accomplished performer, and will resonate with the conscience of the typically passionate and warm-hearted Soulful House crowd. Reelsoul’s signature bouncy vibe prompts head bobbing and foot tapping from the opening bars, and his skilfully placed keys, percussion and beats complement the energy of the track. The whole package is a combination which will bring positivity, love and hope to the dance floors of the world. Life is amazing, especially when our ears are blessed with performances like this.

AMI008 – Life So Amazing (Reelsoul Remix) – Ugochi, Darryl James, Chris Rob – Altra Music Inc release date 13 April 2017

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Swingin – Reelsoul

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Swingin – Reelsoul

 Will ‘Reelsoul’ Rodriquez was born in 1980, and grew up at a time when dance music was gaining increasing popularity worldwide. Many new genres and subgenres were being created, and young Will absorbed every shred of musical knowledge. Encouraged by his father he started his collection of 45’s at the age of four, he also fell in love with the keyboard and taught himself how to play by ear, and by the age of twelve, Will was making beats with two tape decks and a keyboard. Soaking up the sounds of Rare Groove, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Disco, Soul, and House to name a few, he quickly became a genius on the turntables, securing his first DJ gig at the age of eleven. Reelsoul has developed and perfected his signature soulful sound over the years, really making a name for himself in the world of Soulful House music. His productions tend to be upbeat and bouncy, carefree and sunny like his native California, with many subtle touches that pay homage to his influential heroes of the last fifty years. Always pushing boundaries, he often surprises us with departures from his usual style, venturing into minimal, electronica, techno, and sometimes providing the vocals for his own tracks. Reelsoul has a talent for choosing just the right elements to complement each musical creation, and he has recorded insightful videos to demonstrate how he builds up the layers of sound in each production. Very much in demand for his unique production talent, he has collaborated with Frankie Feliciano, Mr V, DJ Spinna, DJ Spen, Kimara Lovelace, Monique Bingham, Typheni, Distant People, Chappell, Dawn Tallman, Kenny Summit, Blaze, Eric Benèt, Miss Patty, Nicole Mitchell, Stephanie Cooke, Leroy Burgess, Mark di Meo, Rona Ray, AG Thomas and Pete Simpson to name a few, building up a huge catalogue of successful releases and remixes. He is very much an integral member of Mr V’s Sole Channel family and regularly travels around the world enchanting audiences with his quality DJ sets.

Swingin is a release which includes an instrumental and an extended mix courtesy of Darryl James. The package is released on Darryl’s Altra Music Inc label, a label which he founded with the late R&B superproducer Fred McFarlane. Altra is a label which highlights many different genres including R&B and Jazz, as well as the regular wide range of dance music flavours.

Darryl James is from New York, and is a seasoned DJ, producer and remixer, having graced the booths at three of New York’s hottest clubs of recent decades – Bentleys, The Red Parrot and The Silver Shadow. Darryl is an accomplished radio DJ, having presented shows on Kiss fm and WBLS, and he has collaborated with many heavyweights of the dance music scene including Todd Terry, Robin S, Kem, Janet Jackson and Heather Headley.

Swingin is big and bold with a beat that resonates from the opening bars. With a backdrop vocal sample of Marvin Gaye ‘Got to give it up’, the listener can hear elements of eighties Technotronic-esque keys along with the hallmark Reelsoul bouncing beat. Mesmerising and enchanting, this track immerses the dancer into world of mystery and classic video game style techno, along with shimmering soulful touches – it is as intoxicating as it is joyful and definitely a track that will move your mind and your body, and have you longing to go to Marvin’s party.

Darryl’s extended mix has an intensified beat and builds further on the effects of Reelsoul’s original, giving extended pleasure for the clubgoers.

This is a release that delivers on all levels – it is contemporary but familiar, beguiling and magical, a track that picks you up and carries you to the dancefloor where you definitely will not want the party to end.

AMI007 – Swingin’  – Reelsoul  – Altra Music Inc release date 19 Jan 2017

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