Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Soul Lounge 8 is the eighth volume in the attractively-priced 3-CD Soul Lounge series containing a plethora of outstanding soulful groovers by some of the best contemporary singers, groups and producers. This release compiles recent material and timeless numbers from earlier in the 2000’s by a diverse, international roster. The format's the same as the previous seven – that's to say this is a 3- CD set offering over three hours of music – with that music being a mix of the Dome back catalogue and outside-sourced material. More importantly is the quality here is every bit as good as anything that has gone before, so anyone wanting a snapshot of the current modern soul scene has it's right here – stylishly packaged and at an attractive price. The lineup is excellent – featuring Incognito, Reel People, Anthony David, Hill St Soul, Adriana Evans, Eric Roberson, Down To The Bone, and many more. 40 tracks on 3-CDs – and a heck of a bargain for so much quality modern soul! Includes "Greatest Lover (CB Remix)" by Heston, "Picture Perfect (Radio Edit)" by Eric Roberson, "Bags Packed" by Avery Sunshine, "Lose Your Friends" by Cooly's Hot Box,, "Baby Your Lovin'" by Electric Empire, "6AM" by Rahsaan Patterson, "We Don't Talk" by Hill St Soul, "That Tree" by Makeda, "The Tea (Reel People Rework)" by Chokolate, "Home To You (Quentin Harris Remix)" by Tortured Soul, "1975 (Ski Oakenfull Remix)" by Incognito, "After The Dance" by James Taylor Quintet feat Omar, "Can't Stop" by Conya Doss and many more. Many tracks are released for the first time on CD here including Heston‘s ‘Ooh La La’, Avery Sunshine‘s ‘Ugly Part of Me’ (Terry Hunter house remix), Incognito‘s ’1975′ (Ski Oakenfull Remix) and ‘Put A Little Lovin’ In Your Heart’ (Bluey Remix), Drizabone Soul Family‘s ‘Never Gonna Stop The Groove’ (Family Remix) and Tortured Soul’s ‘Home To You’ (Quentin Harris Remix).

The first CD in the set kicks off with a real corker – Chris Bangs' re-mix of Heston's 'Greatest Lover'. The original was always a highlight on the man's Dome set and here it's re-born with Bangs giving it an almost 'Soulful Strut' feel. The CD also offers cuts from (amongst others) Anthony David, Eric Roberson, Cooly's Hot Box, Martha Redbone and Down To The Bone. Highlights on the second CD include Electric Empire's 'Baby Your Loving' and the Chaka Khan-vocalised Incognito track 'The Song' and there's also the album's oldest cut – Beverly Knight's 1995 'So Happy'. It still sounds good. The third CD has a real soulful house feel about it, boasting loads and loads of brand new remixes. These include Terry Hunter's tweak on Avery Sunshine's 'Ugly Part Of Me' and Ski Oakenfull's look at Incognito's '1975' – both of which appear on CD for the first time. Therein lies the appeal of the Soul Lounge series. There's lots of quality newness amongst the pleasingly familiar and 'cos it's pitched at a great price, it really is unmissable

Track listing - Disc 1
01. Heston - Greatest Lover (CB Remix)
02. Anthony David feat Algebra - 4 Evermore (Radio Edit)
03. Eric Roberson - Picture Perfect (Radio Edit)
04. Drizabone Soul Family - Girlfriendz
05. Don-E - Drive
06. Reel People feat Tony Momrelle - Golden Lady
07. Down To The Bone feat Imaani - Watch Me Fly
08. Cooly's Hot Box - Lose Your Friends
09. Domu presents Pete Simpson - Ain't No Fool
10. Angela Johnson feat Darien - All In Me
11. Avani - Without Love
12. Conya Doss - Can't Stop
13. Martha Redbone - Atlas
14. Avery Sunshine - Bags Packed

Track listing - Disc 2
01. Electric Empire - Baby Your Lovin'
02. Rahsaan Patterson - 6AM
03. Adriana Evans - Weatherman
04. Heston - Ooh La La
05. Incognito feat Chaka Khan - The Song
06. Maysa - My Destiny
07. Beverley Knight - So Happy
08. Beverlei Brown feat Dennis Taylor - Could Be You
09. Mike Stevens feat Meli'sa Morgan - Tell Me (How It Feels)
10. James Taylor Quartet feat Omar - After The Dance
11. Full Flava feat Alison Limerick - I'm Not Giving Up (This Feeling)
12. Hil St Soul - We Don't Talk
13. Rosie Gaines - It's Been A Long Time (You're On My Mind)
14. Makeda - That Tree
15. Dennis Taylor feat India T - Should I

Track listing - Disc 3
01. Avery Sunshine - Ugly Part Of Me (Terry Hunter Remix)
02. Incognito - Put A Little Lovin' In Your Heart (Bluey Remix)
03. Tortured Soul - Home To You (Quentin Harris Remix)
04. Choklate - The Tea (Reel People Rework)
05. Drizabone Soul Family - Never Gonna Stop The Groove (Family Remix)
06. Cool Million feat Laura Jackson - Lift Me Up (To The Sky)
07. Full Flava feat Beverlei Brown - I Specialise In Love
08. Reel People feat Darien - Alibi
09. Angela Johnson - Better (Micky More Classic Mix)
10. Down To The Bone - Uptown Hustle
11. Incognito - 1975 (Ski Oakenfull Remix)

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