Review: "Forever Mona" was originally released in 1995 on Prescription Records sub-label Balance Recordings. A collaboration between Detroit legend and label boss (alongside Ron Trent) Chez Damier and the emerging young talent of the Motor City's third wave known as Stacey Pullen who would go on to found Black Flag Records and become a legend in his own right. A timeless classic amongst those that know, the four versions of the track featured here represent a true zeitgeist of the mid nineties Motor City sound in all its, funky, emotive and hi-tech deepness. This re-issue respectfully presents all the four tracks in their original format and not just one side like some of the bootlegs out there.
Review: There's plenty to admire on this tasty new EP from experienced Spaniard Kiko Navarro, a producer whose releases seem to get better with every passing year. He begins with the rolling deep house bounce of "Show You The Way", where a looped vocal sample and squeezable synthesizer motifs rise above a bouncy, classic David Morales style groove, before wrapping kalimba style melodies around a stomping jazz-house groove on "Everything Happens For a Reason". His love of vintage New York house surfaces on the bumpin' bliss of "Black is Back" - all cascading jazz guitar solos and urgent hip-hop vocal samples - whole "La Cosa" is a wonderfully percussive trip into Latin house territory.