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Abstract Jazz Journey: Mixed & Selected by Kyoto Jazz Massive

April 2, 2014 in Aaron Ross, Anna Cavazos, Bah Samba, Barbara Tucker, Blaze, Carolyn Harding, Ceybil Jefferies, Cookie Monsterz, diephuis, Ezel, Fanatix, Groove Assassin, Han Litz, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Milan, Kenny Bobien, Kerri Chandler, KT Brooks, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Lady Alma Project, Michelle Weeks, Namy, Neil Pierce, Reelsoul, Richard Earnshaw, Roland Clark, Sean McCabe, Steal Vybe, Stephanie Cooke, Terry Hunter, Troyetta Knox, UDAUFL, Ultra Nate, Urban Soul

Title: Abstract Jazz Journey: Mixed & Selected by Kyoto Jazz Massive
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: March 31, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KSD 249

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The Hype:

Okino brothers Shuya & Yoshihiro, started out as DJs in the 80′s, then began producing in the 90′s and in the early 2000′s their careers took off when hailed by noted DJ & renowned BBC Radio 1 on-air personality Giles Peterson. Meet Kyoto Jazz Massive. They’ve seen works signed to Composte, Yellow Productions, Toshiba EMI, and many others, with over 84 remixes under their belt, appearing on over 64 compilations, and lending their name to even more production credits. For Nite Groves they were most known for their exceptionally eccentric and esoteric remix of Ananda Project‘s “Bahia” 10″ single off their acclaimed Morning Light album. Here they come back to King Street / Nite Grooves and show a deeper side on the latest Abstract Jazz Journey compilation. Jazzy House Master Rainer Truby (of Truby Trio) compiled and mixed the first one back in 2005 and we felt it was time to bring it back to feature some more great talent, namely KJM. Eighteen House-based songs with sprinkles of Jazz, Afro, Latin and Deep flavors are all thrown in the mix. It starts off with a beautiful exclusive version of Lady Alma Project‘s “Dreams,” and the lovely melodies don’t stop. It continues on with tunes like their own Shuya Okino feat. N’Dea Davenport‘s “Look Ahead” (Kyoto Jazz Massive Recreated Mix), Bah Samba feat. Anna Cavazos‘ “Lost Without  You,” Namy feat. Josh MilanFrom Now On,” Groove AssassinAfrik Bounce,” Kerri Chandler feat. Jennifer MorrisonLet Him In,” and many more. It also includes the Terry Hunter Bang Jazz Main Mix of the recent  Top 10 Billboard Club Hit Namy & Barbara TuckerI Can’t Wait.” All of these and more are here for you to get your mixed bag of grooves on.  Buy the whole comp and get the 76+ minute continuous mix as a free bonus!

Soulful House Journey: Mixed & Selected by Reelsoul

January 15, 2014 in Ananda Project, Blaze, Carolyn Harding, Chris Brann, Cookie Monsterz, Dawn Tallman, Dennis Ferrer, dj spen, Fabio Aurea, Frankie Feliciano, Groovebox, Joi Cardwell, Jovonn, Kerri Chandler, Kimara Lovelace, King Street Sounds, Louie Vega, Lukez, Michelle Weeks, Monique Bingham, Mood II Swing, Mr.V, Prosix, Reelsoul, Roland Clark, Sean McCabe, Souldynamic, Stephanie Cooke, Studio Apartment, Sydney, The MuthaFunkaz, UDAUFL, Urban Soul, Yahya McDougald, Yass

Title: Soulful House Journey: Mixed & Selected by Reelsoul
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat#: KSD 243

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The Hype:

Part of the beloved Sole Channel music camp, spearheaded by the renowned Mr. V, West Coast House producer William “Reelsoul” Rodriguez has already seen a fair share of remixes for us at King Street. From Kimara Lovelace‘s “How Much I Love You,” to Urban Soul‘s “Love Is So Nice” to Ananda Project‘s “A Second,” to jams like Stephanie Cooke‘s “It’s Like Nothing,” and Cookie Monsters ft Michelle Weeks‘ “Spread Love” and more, his mixes have all hit the global soulful dance floors with great appeal. He now brings some of his sweet flavor to the East Coast with his first full length mixed comp. Now fifth in line following past compilers Frankie Feliciano, Hector Romero, Groove Assassin and Sean McCabe, Reelsoul seamlessly blends over 2 dozen cuts to bring you the latest installment of Soulful House Journey. On it you’ll hear the above-mentioned Bonus Cuts and deep-in-the-well tunes like Groove Box‘s “The More You Want,” Mood II Swing feat. Carol SylvanCloser,” LY‘s “Back 2 Zanzibar,” and Kimara Lovelace‘s “Misery,” to the more recent Prosix‘s “My Deep Dream,”Yass & Fabio Aurea‘s “Popovka Morning,” Sydney & Lukez‘s “The Only Thing We Are” and others. He caresses the hearing with melodic peaks and rhythmic valleys far and near on this deep and soulful 80 minute journey. Of course it wouldn’t be a King St comp if it didn’t include a track by Kerri Chandler, Dennis Ferrer, Blaze & Joi Cardwell, or Studio Apt ft Monique Bingham, but he does his due soulful diligence to include them all here. Mr Reelsoul weaves all of these eras and styles into his rich musical tapestry with ease, keeping an even flow and a beautiful energy throughout. Strap yourselves in but not too tight; You’ll need some room to wiggle.

Abstract Afro Vibes (Nite Grooves 20 Years Essentials)

January 8, 2014 in Ananda Project, Anthony Nicholson, Basil, Blaze, Bongi Mvuyana, Chris Brann, Dennis Ferrer, DJ Hiro, DJ Oji, DJ Romain, Esteban, Groove Assassin, Jephte Guillaume, Joe Claussell, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Lips, Masabumi Kikuchi, Mateo and Matos, Matt Keyz Echols, Matthias Heilbronn, New African Orchestra, Nite Grooves, Palmer Brown, Peven Everett, Romatt, Ron Trent, Samble Orchestra, Tet Kale Orkestra, Tettris, The II Deep Allstars, Tuccillo

Title: Abstract Afro Vibes (Nite Grooves 20 Years Essentials)
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: January 6, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KSD 242

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The Hype:

Paying homage to the influences that sounds from mother Africa has had on Dance music, Nite Grooves is releasing a special 20-year essential volume of the Abstract Afro Vibes series. Twenty of the most hypnotic 4/4, melodic & conga-driven cuts culled from deep in the vault have come together with a purpose; to embark the listener on a native-beat-filled journey. From New African Orchestra‘s “Village Dance” (USG Village Dance Mix) to Romatt presents Afro Centric Vibe‘s “Deep In Africa” and “Let’s Be Free” to Blaze & Palmer BrownJump 4 Luv,” Mateo & Matos‘ “Deep Afro Roots,” Dennis Ferrer‘s “Dem People Go!Samble OrchestraInner Spirit” (Love Spirits Mix – Afro Lounge) Tet Kale Orkestra‘s “Kouzen” and many many more. Kupata tayari kwa jasho (that’s Swahili for Get ready to sweat!).

Soulful House Journey: Reelsoul Sampler EP

December 18, 2013 in Blaze, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Fabio Aurea, Frankie Feliciano, Joi Cardwell, King Street Sounds, Monique Bingham, Mr.V, Prosix, Reelsoul, Souldynamic, Studio Apartment, UDAUFL, Yass

Title: Soulful House Journey: Reelsoul Sampler EP
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: December 16, 2013
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat#: KSS 1433

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The Hype:

No soulful house journey should be taken lightly, which is why we here at King Street only ask the “best of the best” to compile and mix some of the most influential soulful house out there. The man taking control of our next “Soulful House Journey” edition is both a fixture and game changer in the genre. A natural born musician since the early 80s, Los Angeles based Reelsoul has been DJing and producing music for the likes of such legendary labels as Ricanstruction, Sole Channel, and Home Recordings. With that type of experience, this Soulful House Journey will be one for the books with all Six tracks being brand new or unreleased mixes! Blaze aka Kevin Hedge & Josh Milan and vocalist Joi Cardwell start the momentum off right with “Be Yourself“. Reelsoul continues by breathing some new life into the classic track “Flight” from Studio Apartment. Bucharest based Prosix stretches his vocal sampling chops with “My Deep Dream“.  Delivering and un-released original mix, Souldynamic brings the groove with this soulful, dance floor crusher. DJ Roland Clark had huge success this year with his original mix “Have a Good Time“. Mr. V and Reelsoul revisited the hit for their “5 beats mute pass” rework. Finally, our favorite Frenchman, Yass and Fabio Aurea combine forces for their club hit “Popovka Morning“.

King Street Sounds Reformed Classics 2013

December 4, 2013 in Alessandro Bacci, Alex Kenji, Ananda Project, Andre Laos, Barbara Tucker, Big Moses, Bill Williams, Blaze, Carol Sylvan, Cevin Fisher, Chris Brann, Chris Perez, Claude Monnet, Crazibiza, Danell Dixon, Dennis Ferrer, DJ E-Clyps, DJ Mes, DJ Pierre, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, DJ Romain, DJ Slider, Frankie Feliciano, IlySantana, Jeannie Hopper, Jihad Muhammed, jOHNNYDANGEROUs, Jon Cutler, Julius Papp, Kenny Bobien, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, KT Brooks, Less Hate, Louie Gorbea, Martin Solveig, Metodi Hristov, MINDSKAP, Miss Patty, Monday Michiru, Mood II Swing, Mr.V, Nick Jones, Phillip Damien, Robosonic, Romanthony, Sasha, Satoshi Fumi, Sean McCabe, Silver City, Stephanie Cooke, Street King, Suges, Sunshine Jones, Supernova, Technique, Terrance Downs, Tiger Stripes, UDAUFL, Ultra Nate, Will Monotone

Title: King Street Sounds Reformed Classics 2013
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: December 2, 2013
Label: Street King
Cat#: KSD 238

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The Hype:

For the past 20 years King Street Sounds has worked with some of the world’s most respected producers and released some of the most historic dance floor House Music smashers to ever come out of club stacks. On this 3rd volume of the Reformed Classics collection, we’ve taken many of those classics and soon-to-be-classics and re-worked, re-tweeked and re-rubbed them onto one cohesive comp. Twenty seven smokin’ tunes like the house-y DJ Slider remix of Dennis Ferrer feat. K.T. Brooks‘ “How Do I Let Go,” DJ Pierre feat. Felicia‘s “Come Together” (What Is House?) with supreme house mix by Supernova, Nick Jones Experience feat. Colonel Abrams’As I Take You Back” with 4/4 classic house mix by US producer DJ E-Clyps, Ananda Project‘s renowned “Falling For You” with a mind-blowing digital house interpretation by one of Portugal’s finest producers, Mindskap, and finally Big Moses feat. Michelle Ayers’s classic “Joy” with smoothy vibey remix by serious Deep House producer, Suges. jOHNNYDANGEROUs‘ “Beat That Bitch” with funky darker mix by Italian producers Less Hate, Mood 2 Swing‘s “Closer” with low down remix by tech house producer Andre Laos, Ananda Project‘s renowned “Falling For You” with tech mix by US producer Will Monotone and lastly Dubtribe front man Sunshine Jones’ “If You Wouldn’t Mind” with tech house mix by EU producer Metodi Hristov Remix and many, many more. A great throwback to future sounds.

Amsterdam 2013

October 30, 2013 in Aaron Ross, Aki Bergen, Alex Ander, Alex Gomez, Ananda Project, Aninha, Antonela Giampietro, Benjamin Shock, Blaze, Byron Stingily, Cash Back, Cevin Fisher, Chris Brann, Conga Squad, Craig Stewart, Criminal Vibes, Dainty Doll, Daniel Jaze, Danny Clark, David Labeij, Demarkus Lewis, DJ PP, DJ Spinna, Fabio Aurea, Fabio Ricciuti, Gabriel Rocha, Gary Caos, Groovebox, Jacek Janiki, Juan Pacifico, Kai Martin, Kasbah Zoo, Kathy Brown, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Kimara Lovelace, Less Hate, Level Groove, Love & Logic, Marcelo Vak, Mikee, Milty Evans, Mr. Kavalicious, Namy, Neverdogs, Nicko Vee, Oscar Barila, P'Taah, Piem, Qubiko, Raul Sanchez, Real Nice, riCkY inCh, Roland Nights, Street King, Supernova, Tiombe Lockhart, UDAUFL, Valentina Black, Vanilla Ace, Vidaloca, Wiosna, Wonderklubb, Yass

Title: Amsterdam 2013
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Label: Street King
Cat#: KSD 235

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The Hype:

We’d like to dedicate this comp to the European city that’s not only known for its progressive coffee shops, windmills, and red light district, but one that’s been the home of ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) for a few years now. This consistently sold-out dance music conference is where the industry and artists from all over the world come to meet, exchange music and ideas, and showcase well known or amazing upcoming talent – and its only gotten better as years have passed. Here we have a great number of EU artists that have produced, remixed or written these 35 tracks. Some brand new and unreleased like Real Nice & Cash BackReal Nice Get Cash Back,” NeverdogsDauphiness World,” Aninha vs. Antonela Giampietro Le Poeme Pt. 1” (Wonderklubb Remix), Craig StewartEta Corvi,” and Yass & Fabio AureaZ Tribute,” to more recent releases Aaron RossNo More Lies” (Stars On King Street Mix), Conga SquadTech Vibes,” DJ PP, Gabriel RochaAl Capone” (Original Mix), Kasbah ZooDance Alone” (Original Mix) and Juan PacificoStay Tonight” (Alex Ander Remix), to more choice classic catalog cuts given a modern twist like Blaze feat. Byron StingilySpread Love” (riCkY inCh Trumpy Mix), Kimara LovelaceThese Times” (Danny Clark Solid Ground Mix), Kerri ChandlerHallelujah” (Demarkus Lewis Remix), P’taahDance Until We Die” (DJ Spinna Re-Edit of Kenny Dope), and many more. Be sure to catch the conference if you can and don’t forget to bring along this special comp to get you in the festive mood!

Mix The Vibe: Danny Krivit

October 23, 2013 in 95 North, Ananda Project, Arnold Jarvis, Basil, Big Moses, Blaze, Carlton, Chris Brann, Danny Krivit, DJ Hiro, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Eric Kupper, Frankie Feliciano, Harry Choo Choo Romero, Joe Claussell, Kenny Bobien, Kerri Chandler, Kimara Lovelace, King Street Classics, Masabumi Kikuchi, Mood II Swing, Nick Jones, Romatt Project, Soul Movement, Stephanie Cooke, Terrance Downs, Timmy Regisford

Title: Mix the Vibe: Danny Krivit
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: October 21, 2013
Label: King Street Classics
Cat#: KSD 234

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The Hype:

Danny Krivit, best known for his world-renowned parties Body & Soul and 718 Sessions, is also “a teacher, a musicologist, and real special person” as said by Kevin Hedge, whose own part in the brilliant production duo Blaze lends a credible weight to those words. “Music Is My Sanctuary”, the title of this collection, aptly reflects Danny’s enduring love of music.  The two smooth-as-butter continuous mixes include a brilliant selection of tracks from the King Street / Nite Grooves catalog which range from the sensual Latin percussion of “Passions” (Romatt Project) to the classic garage vocals of “Heal My Heart” (Kerri Chandler featuring Treasa “Diva” Fennie), and from the lush jazzy flavor of “Everything(Stephanie Cooke, remixed by 95 North) to the gorgeous smooth vocal house track “When Can Our Love Begin” (Kimara Lovelace, remixed by Timmy Regisford), as well as from the glorious vocal track “Special Kind Of Love” (Arnold Jarvis, remixed by Ben Candelario) to one of the vocal house master pieces “What Do I Gotta Do” (Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, remixed by Eric Kupper).

Blaze presents UDAUFL feat. Joi Cardwell – Be Yourself

October 17, 2013 in Agora Rhythm, Blaze, Joi Cardwell, King Street Sounds, Reelsoul, Satoshi Fumi, UDAUFL

Title: Be Yourself
Artist: Blaze presents UDAUFL feat. Joi Cardwell
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat#: KSS 1423

Available at Traxsource

The Hype:

One of the most notable songs to come out of the 2005 Keep Hope Alive LIFEbeat benefit compilation, was the teaming up of legendary songstress Joi Cardwell with Blaze (aka Josh Milan and Kevin Hedge). It quickly became a fan fave and now has returned with some extra sweet & sexy groove provided by soul amazing West Coast house-producer Reelsoul. He provides a main mix and breakdown dub that are guaranteed to make you relive the single with new life. Also included here is the synthy-funky Satoshi Fumi mix, the more progressive Agora-Rhythm Mix, and the original Shrine Vocal mix. This is inspirational vocal soulful House music at it’s finest.

Blaze presents UDAUFL – Hiya Luv / Spread Love

September 25, 2013 in Blaze, Byron Stingily, Kenny Bobien, Kiko Navarro, King Street Sounds, Mark Di Meo, Phil Hooten, riCkY inCh, Tony Loreto, UDAUFL

Title: Hiya Luv / Spread Love
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat#: KSS 1416

Available at Traxsource

The Hype:

Just under a decade after they were first released on Keep Hope Alive, the LIFEbeat AIDS awareness benefit compilation produced by the almighty Blaze featuring Underground Dance Artists United For Life, two of its more memorable songs get a nice rerub by a couple of notable remixers; and who doesn’t like a rerub? Soulful punters Tony Loreto & Mark Di Meo crank up the funky acoustic baseline, percussion and live sounding piano, brass sections for a full-bodied remix of the sweet “Hiya Luv” sung by Kenny Bobien. UK’s DJ Phil Hooten also gives a nice Latin-y percussive and savory unplugged Disco version, with Blaze‘s original version included. Another legend, Byron Stingily, graces us again with his vox on “Spread Love,” with rerubs by eastern EU’s riCkY inCh, who gives us a fast & funky Main Mix and more jazzed out horned up version on his Trumpety Mix. Balaeric master man Kiko Navarro also submits his version of this tune with his Keep On Dancing Mix and it’s a lovely clap-happy, funky guitar riffed, plucky baseline wonder. It’s like coming home to open arms.
 

Mix The Vibe: David Morales (Digital Edition)

September 4, 2013 in Ananda Project, Angel Moraes, Arnold Jarvis, Big Moses, Blaze, Bobby D'Ambrosio, Brian Tappert, Brooklyn Friends, Cevin Fisher, Chris Brann, David Morales, Dennis Ferrer, DJ Pierre, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Groovylizer, Harry Choo Choo Romero, Hott 22, Jackie Cohen, Jamico, Julius Papp, Kenny Bobien, Kerri Chandler, Kimara Lovelace, King Street Sounds, Licia, Marc Pomeroy, Mateo and Matos, Terrance Downs, Todd Gardner

Title: Mix The Vibe: David Morales (Digital Edition)
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: September 2, 2013
Label: King Street Classics
Cat#: KSD 230

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

In the world of house music, David Morales is like an Armani suit: He never goes out of style. The guy’s been making records for more than two decades now – creating countless remixes, original tracks and vocal anthems – and if you heard any one of them in a club this weekend, chances are it wouldn’t sound out of date. You can bet it ripped the dance floor, too! If you’re holding this collection in your hand, it’s also likely that at least one part of your life has been defined, informed or even changed by David Morales’ music. Then again, maybe you bought this set because you’re new to the scene, and you want an education. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Not only does this collection catch Morales in one of his truest elements – behind the decks – it also commemorates of King Street Sounds, a label that, together with its sister imprint, Nite Grooves, has continually served some of the purest, finest music New York has to offer. Many of landmarks from King Street’s history are included here, from fierce ruling dubs (Angel Moraes’ remix of Jamico’s “Sometimes”) and full-out vocals (Kimara Lovelace’s “I Luv You More”), to Kerri Chandler’s “I Never Knew Her” and stone-cold classics (7’s eternal “House Music”). Also exclusively included in this set are three legendary songs, “Philadelphia” (Original Demo & D.M. Experience) by Brooklyn Friends, that David produced, “Show Me” (Him & Her Mix & Def Club Mix) by Urban Soul as well as “Glory Glory” (Def Club Mix) Ananda Project feat. Terrance Downs, which he remixed. It’s all woven into a soul-quenching, mind-expanding tale, as only David Morales could tell it. Partially taken from liner notes written by Smith Galtney.