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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Love Again – Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille

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Love Again  – Wipe the Needle ft Gary Bardouille

Lee Gomez is the accomplished producer behind Wipe the Needle – a name that is synonymous with quality productions across a variety of genres, and showcasing some of the best vocal talents in the business. Wipe the Needle emerged on the scene in 2005, producing a diverse blend of House music sounds including vibes of soulful, deep, dark, and tech. Over the years, with more than fifty tracks released, Wipe the Needle is a name that unfailingly creates a buzz with the dance crowd, eagerly awaiting each new cut.

Wipe The Needle tracks have featured on various labels including Defected, 4th Floor, Restless Soul, Deeply Rooted House, Raw Fusion, Groove Odyssey, Solid Ground, Broadcite, Slip n Slide, and Soundmen on Wax. 2016 is already shaping up to be a stellar year for Lee with dance floor hits including Silky and Rise Up with Lifford, and Found You with Taliwa, plus the afro-influenced spoken word Listen Different with Tshaka Campbell. Lee has worked many other artists including Michael Proctor, Eddie Stockley, CT Martin, Pauline Henry, Xavier, Gregory Purnell, Circle of Funk, Soulful Session, Dawn Tallman, Fred Triplett, Alex Lattimore and Foremost Poets to name a few.

Gary Bardouille is a vocalist from the UK who has been gracing the dance music scene with his luscious vocals since 2000. He previously worked with Wipe The Needle in 2011 releasing the Love Is EP on the Soundmen on Wax label. He has also collaborated with talented artists including Luca Ricci, Tom Gianelli, the JTE Project, Leggz, Tommy Marcus and Villanova.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, a Bristol based label who support and promote the very best in new music. With a wide range of artists in their repertoire including Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Charlene Samms, Circle of Funk , Louise Golbey and Mr V, the label continues to gain momentum with each new release.

The lyrics of “Love Again” are about somebody who has emerged through the emotion and pain of a failed relationship and is now ready to try again. Gary’s beautiful soothing and soulful delivery depicts the hope and anticipation of a new connection that could be something really special, and he brings raw emotion to the track in an understated way that fits perfectly with the ambience of the song.

Wipe The Needle’s production with its trademark exquisite keys and well balanced percussion, draws on influences from the seventies, brought right up to date with every touch and sound carefully placed and measured. Lee and Gary have brought us another classic tune that everybody can identify with whether they are listening quietly, or grooving to the beat on the dance floor. Love Again – the perfect autumn sound to bring joy to our hearts.

SUS026 Love Again – Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille – released on Slapped Up Soul October 2016

10 Years of Soulful House – Grooveland

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TEN YEARS OF SOULFUL HOUSE – GROOVELAND

Brazilian House Music Label Grooveland is the brainchild of producers eDeep, Edground and Wagner Dalcin, and the label was formed in 2006. Grooveland is a name that is synonymous with quality Brazilian dance music, showcasing a wide range of artists and producers, and focusing on the unique Brazilian House sound. This compilation highlights the last decade of Grooveland’s Soulful House genre and is a fine collection of work.

The opening two tracks come from Ars Domini – consisting of vocalist and producer Ricardo Cassal, and DJ and producer Glauco Antonioli. On the scene for more a decade, DJeff Afrozila has Portuguese, Angolan and Cape Verde heritage which shines through in his unique afro-latin production style, and his remix of Take It Back with its lilting beat and gentle percussive touches is a memorable summer tune. Rob Hayes’ take on The Real Life changes up the ambience with a moody dance beat and soft keys.

The next trio of tracks are the creation of BSC (Brazilian Soul Crew) starting with You & Me featuring Jessi Colasante with Martyn Thompson (aka Jack Fresh/Kula) on production. This features sultry vocals and an ethereal ambience. Then comes the pumping beat of the Eddie Valdez mix of Jump featuring Allegra. The last of the trio is the mesmerising and minimal afro cut Eu Soul featuring the spoken word vocals of Andre with Nastee Nev on remix duties.

Track six is Summer Nights from Carlos Vargas featuring Danny. One for the lovers, this is a sweet song with nice sax touches and gorgeous piano. This is followed by the atmospheric and haunting vibe of Sweet Ebony from Deep Soul which features Robert Carvalho on vocals and guitar.

Track eight, Take Me Home from DJ Garphie and George Sida has a classic feel that the listener will want to sing along to. So Lonely from Domenico Navarra features the sweet and sensual vocals of Monique Henry, and London maestro Booker T treats us to the Kings of Soul vox mix with its catchy beat and skilfully placed keys. In contrasting style, Have To Talk from Jon Silva has 60 Hertz Project performing a swinging afro-influenced remix.

Hernan Cronner‘s mix provides the deep dance groove of Going Nowhere from Matthew Bandy and Johnathan Houston. This track is one of the album’s real highlights with its bouncy uplifting beat, strong vocals and captivating lyrical story. Next up, Michele McCain brings us Ocean Breeze (Monodeluxe Sunlight Remix) which has a dreamy, intoxicating late night feel.

Track thirteen is the Aphrodisiax Vocal Mix of Wishy Washy Guy from Nick Doe feat. Shereen Shabana. Aphrodisiax are the talented duo Sy Sez and Gavin Peters, and they bring a lively and addictive club vibe with deep keyboard touches. This is followed by another dancefloor triumph from SoulBasics featuring the mellow vocals of Kyla Sexton, entitled Rest Your Mind (Douglas Marques Soulwerk Mix). Next in the mix is Steven Stone with the unique vocals of Elisangela, a track entitled Alucinada de Prazer (Stereo Mutants Club Mix). The title means ‘Hallucinated Pleasure’ and it certainly evokes a dreamy and carefree feel which will relax the mind of every listener.

Track sixteen is a hypnotic hip-rocking afro vibe from Sugar House and is called Hotel Piano. Next in the sequence with its gorgeous piano intro is a superb latin treat entitled Samba of Love (Flash´N´Fox Soulful Mix) from Sam Qs featuring Taylor Jackson. Bringing us more sultry, soulful vocals and atmospheric deepness, we have the Deepo Deep House remix of Wondering from Citysounds! featuring award winning UK songstress Natasha Watts. This is followed by another from Deepo, a jazzy instrumental entitled Get out (Original Mix).

Number twenty on the album comes from Needless – the silky and mesmerising Unnamed Fellings. This is followed by a contribution from talented female UK producer Paris Cesvette –  Come Back (Club Mix) is another track which features Robert Carvalho and has a warm sexy club vibe. The album closes with an instrumental laid back jazzy sax cut from Saliva Commandos called Push That Jazz.

This album showcases many different performances and production styles and is a treat for all lovers of Brazilian House music. Passionate, warm and inviting, this album will encourage you to dance and sway, taking you on a journey of Brazilian summer sunshine.

My Way EP – Michele Chiavarini

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My Way EP – Michele Chiavarini

Michele Chiavarini (pronounced key-ava-ree-knee) is a rare breed of producer, accomplished in so many musical fields that every production oozes quality and it is easy to see why. Michele has been creating music for over twenty years, he plays numerous instruments including bass, violin, trumpet and vibraphone, and he is classically trained in piano and guitar. His keys have graced many a production and he has deservedly become the favourite keyboard player of numerous UK producers. He is also a songwriter, arranger, composer, remixer, sound designer and session musician, and because of his multitalented approach, there is nothing synthetic about any of Michele’s creations – he plays all of the instruments and strives for absolute perfection in every release. He has written music for TV and film, worked with Ennio Morricone, and won several awards for his work. He established Nova Fronteira in 2002 and wrote and produced the Full Fronteira EP as well as many other releases including the awesome cover of Everybody Loves The Sunshine. In 2014 he had major success with the House classic Let Me See You (Clap Your Hands) and has gone on to release several club favourites including Naomi’s Song, Get On Out There, Staring At The Sun, Tenderness, Something About Your Love…the list goes on and on. This man has worked with everybody in the business and is possibly one of the most respected artists out there. A native Italian, he now lives in England and has been adopted as an honorary Englishman by everybody who knows him – humble, respectful, kind and with a keen sense of humour, Michele is one of those amazing people with a heart of gold and is a pleasure to know.

The My Way EP is a collection of 6 versions of Doing Things My Way which features Cinnamon Brown on vocals, plus Gifted featuring Dana Weaver. Remixers on this EP include DJ Spen, Reelsoul and Namy. The package is released on DJ Spen’s Quantize Recordings, a label that is synonymous with excellence in Soulful House production, showcasing the very best that the dance music scene has to offer.

Cinnamon Brown hails from New York where she began singing in the Harlem Girls Choir and trained at the Fiorello H La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Classically trained in musical composition, she is a lover of primarily Soulful House, RnB, Gospel and Jazz. She has worked with many respected artists on the dance music scene including Josh Milan, Alex Millet, Mark Stone, Benji Candelero, Giulio Bonaccio, and Federico d’Alessio to name a few.

Dana Weaver is from Baltimore and was recognised as a gifted musician at the age of four when her parents noticed that she could play piano by ear. She went on to become a classically trained pianist, a talented singer, composer, and choir director. She has worked with many quality dance music artists including the late Vesta Williams, Neal Conway (founder Basement Boys member), DJ Spen, Thommy Davis, and Montana & Stewart.

Doing Things My Way is a big bold song, and showcases Michele’s trademark fusion of old and new where he hints at old school jazz funk and disco vibes, with an overall classic orchestral sound, expertly constructed. Cinnamon Brown’s powerful and controlled vocals resonate through the track making this a glorious dance floor future classic. House Music royalty, Baltimore’s DJ Spen  and Californian wonder Will Reelsoul Rodriquez add three remixes to the package including a Hump Mix and a Str8 Rockin’ Xtra. The Spen and Reelsoul remixes are subtle variations on a classic thumping  House version which features cleverly placed keys  and a pulsating bassline that will have the dancers up and bustin moves from the outset. Japanese producer Namy (Yutaka Takanami) pleases the dancers further with a bouncy funky disco vibe that has hints of Nile Rodgers style guitar and a captivating vocal arrangement .

Written by Jill Scott, Gifted is a deeper and more subtle track graced with Dana Weaver’s beautiful vocals. The mesmerising bassline and mystic keys seduce the listener with their exquisite sensual vibe, making this track a nice bonus and a sweet complement to the bold vibrancy of the rest of the EP.

The My Way EP is a stunning collection of music for the feet and the soul. It has deepness, disco, jazz and a shining aura that will thrill and enchant the audience. Certainly one of the best releases of the year, and one that will be remembered for many years to come.

QTZ106 – My Way EP  – Michele Chiavarini  – Quantize Label released on Traxsource promo on 3 June 2016, and on general release 17  June 2016.

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Mask Off – Rhemi, HanLei, Lifford

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Mask Off – Rhemi, HanLei, Lifford

Rhemi is the talented production duo of Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk. Before Rhemi was formed, Ziggy had success with releases including Everyday and What You Afraid Of with Taliwa, and Neil formed part of Fanatix who produced hits including Happiness with Heather Johnson and Call On Me with Sara Devine and Sterling Ensemble. Both are accomplished DJs and when they got together in 2013 they formed an innovative and pioneering partnership that took London by storm. Rhemi have drawn upon all of their influences and teamed up with some of the best artists in the business to produce hit after hit including Let Me Be with Nicole Mitchell, Diamond with HanLei, Warning with Lynn Lockamy,  Beat Within with Cassius Henry, and Everything Is Good with Carmichael MusicLover. The quality and passion for their craft shines through in every release.

HanLei is a singing and songwriting collaboration between lifelong friends and vocalists Hannah Khemoh and Aleysha (Lei) Gordon. They have performed in worldwide locations including Russia, the USA and Croatia, and have shared a stage with the likes of Don E, Omar and Mica Paris. The girls have collaborated with Rhemi before on Diamond – one of the most successful tracks of 2015, and more recently with the vibrant Keep Dancing.

Lifford came to the fore in 2000 with Artful Dodger singing Please Don’t Turn Me On and since then has carved out a successful solo career, collaborating with several producers on the dance music scene. He is versatile and hard-working, having the ability to grace any genre with his silky and impassioned vocals, and his voice has a rare quality that makes it instantly identifiable as belonging to Lifford.

The lyrics tell the story of a couple who want to fall in love but are finding it difficult to state their feelings honestly for fear of exposing their emotional vulnerability, hence the need to ‘take the mask off’. Lifford, Hannah and Aleysha deliver the vocals with an intensity that places the listener right there in the middle of the scene, watching the analysis of the relationship unfold. All three singers are masters of their craft, giving a solid and credible performance.

The Rhemi Main Mix has the trademark Rhemi four to the floor beat which will have everybody’s feet tapping from the opening bars. The exhilarating pace is complemented by a sublime grand piano, luscious keys and subtle notes of excellence that captivate the audience throughout.  Rhemi are famous for producing great dubs and the Rhemi Vox Dub is no exception with its more laid back feel, gorgeous keys, and aura of gentle mystery. Thailand’s Q Narongwate provides an alternative dub which has a carefree vibe and a warmth that feels like a summer day in paradise. DJ Q is Phuket’s most exciting House DJ, and it is testament to his skill that Rhemi have invited him to be part of this release.

Every Rhemi release is a winner, but this one in particular has a special something that will make it one of the seminal sounds of the summer of 2016. The skilful production where Neil and Ziggy have perfectly placed every note, every sound, every beat coupled with the vocals of three amazing singers, gives Mask Off a wow factor that makes it pure sweet candy for the ears and the feet.

RHEMI027 – Mask Off – Rhemi, HanLei, Lifford  – due for release on June 10th 2016.

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Somethin Wit Jazz (10 year anniversary remixes) – Mr V

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Somethin Wit Jazz (Ten Year Anniversary Remixes) – Mr V

Mr V is a Nuyorican producer, DJ and vocalist who lives every day with dance music in his heart and soul. Growing up in New York, and heavily influenced by genres such as Hip Hop, House, Latin, Garage, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Disco he immersed himself in the nightlife, and soon joined Louie Vega as an assistant at the world renowned Masters At Work label. Since then he has gone on to produce several hundred tracks, create his own label, and is in hot demand as a DJ, remixer and vocalist. When Mr V is on the decks he takes the audience through a wonderful journey of dance and rhythm, and has the rare gift of giving the dancer a sensory and physical experience with the magical sets that he creates.

Somethin Wit Jazz was first released in 2005 as part of the Dance Ritual Project on the Sole Channel label , and subsequently appeared on Mr V’s Welcome Home album as well as the Bargrooves Bar Anthems album. The original version features a mesmerising and minimal jazzy vibe. Mr V’s signature rhythmic rap-style vocals are confident, uplifting and intimate, encouraging the dancers to move their bodies and shake their booty. Anybody who has felt intoxicated by the vibes of a special tune will identify with the lyrics which are all about the joy of dancing and becoming one with the music.

The ten year anniversary remix package includes remixes from Man Without A Clue Jay Kutz and Reelsoul.

Dutch producer Man Without A Clue (real name – Alex van Der Meijden) has more than a decade’s experience in the music business and has previously worked with the likes of Roger Sanchez and Kenny Dope. His remix complements the original with a heavier tech feel that is deeply hypnotic but still retains the four to the floor pulse of the track.

Jay Kutz (Jason Peralta) hails from New Jersey and focuses on quality House productions but also has an affinity with 90’s Hip Hop, Melodic Trap, and RnB. Another variation on the traditional House backbeat, his version exhibits hints of film noir eeriness and deepness which give it a late night atmospheric vibe.

Talented Californian producer Reelsoul (Will Rodriquez) has been making waves worldwide since he started creating quality cuts back in the 90’s. Will’s 2016 rework is pacey, upbeat and bouncy, giving us a clever fusion of soulful jazz that has a carefree vibe running throughout. The brass elements are highlighted and there are touches of humour interlaced into the warmth of the track. Will also provides a keyapella and instrumental version.

This release of Somethin Wit Jazz is has a flavour to suit every mindset and will embrace every dancer on the floor, creating feelings and memories that will continue long after the music has ended.

SCM052 – Somethin Wit Jazz (Ten Year Anniversary Remixes) – Mr V – Sole Channel released May 2016 on Bandcamp.

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Turn You Up – Kenny Dope presents Lee Wilson

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Turn You Up – Kenny Dope presents Lee Wilson

Brooklyn man and 4 time Grammy nominee Kenny Dope Gonzalez is one of the biggest names in House Music, having initiated the Masters At Work brand in the early 1980’s. He has worked with just about everybody in the business and is most famously associated with Louie Vega, collaborating on the seminal Nuyorican Soul album in 1993, and wowing crowds with their DJ sets at world famous venues like Southport Weekender, 51st State, Suncebeat, Groove Odyssey, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, ADE, Chosen Few, and Pure Pacha to name a few. Kenny is known as a production trailblazer, having set the standard for many others with his syncopated beat style, and he has achieved worldwide fame with releases such as The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) (under the alias of The Bucketheads). He founded the Kay Dee and Dope Wax labels and is currently one of the most hard working and prolific remixers, producers and DJs on the circuit.

Lee Wilson  is a versatile singer and songwriter from Boston who has a rich and soulful voice that effortlessly crosses genre boundaries. He has spent a lot of time in Puerto Rico absorbing the lifestyle and culture as well as independently releasing four albums, opening for John Legend, and achieving success with his R&B, Reggaeton, Pop, and Latin sounds. Lee is a man who is always up for a challenge, not one who follows the crowd, and not somebody who can be easily categorised. Concentrating on what feels right musically, Lee continues to go from strength to strength and is a name to be watched.

The Dope Wax Label founded in 2004 is Kenny’s label showcasing his own work as well as a variety of House artists and musical styles.

The lyrics of Turn You Up are about the pure joy of being at one with the music in the room. “Give me music, let it use me, fill me up till I’m complete”. Lee perfectly expresses the feelings that every dancer and music lover has when listening to a song that resonates through to their very soul, intoxicating them with the beat.

Fellow Brooklyn legend Todd Terry teams up with Kenny on three of the remixes. The first remix has Kenny and Todd’s signature all over it with a broken feel and big full-on House sound.  The O’Gutta Dub takes us on an atmospheric futuristic journey with its hypnotic and spaced out vibe while The Brooklyn Bridge Dubb has a mysterious and intense leftfield feel while retaining an underlying jacking beat.

Kelvin Sylvester brings us the remix that is the pick of the bunch. The quality of his smooth production is evident in this warm, soulful and harmonic version. Perfect subtle touches and effects give the track a certain something that will appeal to every listener. Kelvin’s mix fully embraces Lee’s passion for the music that is his lifeblood, bringing out the best in his superb vocals, while retaining the four to the floor beat that will make this remix a dance floor classic.

Turn You Up – a song that everybody who loves music can identify with – the love is transported through every note by Lee and the uber talented team of producers who have contributed to this masterpiece.

DW115 Turn You Up – Kenny Dope Presents Lee Wilson –  Dope Wax Label released 6 May 2016.

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