Review: Parisian groove sculptor Hugo Lascoux returns to his spiritual stomping ground to continue where he left us on the Nick V's label launch release. Gilded instrumentation, fluttering in pace and feel but still popping with a strong kick, there's a strong US twang deep in the blend which Karizma really brings to the fore in his own Kaytronik Mo' Bounce dub. Finally fellow Paris artiste Ambrose concludes the jam with a new hazier, smoochier twist on Hugo's previous Mona slaying session "Drifting Away". Just like their parties, Mona ain't messing.
Review: Welcome to the small-but-perfectly-formed vaults of Italian early house imprint Antima's cult "Riviera Traxx" series. Almost all released between '91 - '93 (although there was one last outing in '97) the tracks by the collective capture the crystalline essence of original deep house. Post-Italo, pre-piano, these uncut Italian house gems have been curated by Mona Musique bossman Nick V for a forthcoming mix compilation. For now, we're treated to the sampler where the concrete chugs of the '97-released of "I Have Got It" set the jacking pace before "Tribal Love" whisks us away on a magic carpet made of pads, before the dreamy organs of Subway Ground Master's only ever single "Queensway" bring us back to terra firma... and leave us wanting more. Bring on the full collection.