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House Of Riviera 1991-1993

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Over 25 years of digging, and more than 2 years in curation. Nick V’s debut compilation pays homage to forgotten gems of the classic Italian House scene, circa 1991-1993.In the early 1990s, Italy hosted one of the most flourishing scenes in the burgeoning world of House music. Whilst the majority of Europe was only just beginning to digest the arrival of this new musical genre born in the US, Italian clubs, DJs and labels were hot on the heels of their counterparts in the already established scenes of New York and London. The clubs of the Adriatic coast – also known as the Italian Riviera –were full every weekend. The soundtrack was provided by the major US and UK acts from the day but also local resident DJs that had been honing their trade since the early 80s. By the early 90s, Italian House music was regularly exported around the world with labels such as UMM, Zippy, D-Vision, MBG, Flying, Palmares, DFC and Irma releasing tracks inspired by the original New York House and Garage sound, but with a very different, unique and emotional take. Distinct from both Italo-Disco and Italo-House, this was the specific aesthetic that was to become the House sound of the Riviera, the soundtrack of the golden era of Italian House music. Nick V’s compilation on Mona Musique brings together 8 iconic tracks from this specific period, covering the whole spectrum of the riviera sound. From the powerful vocal tracks by Korda and Be Noir to the dubbier cuts by Syncopate and Underground Ghosts, without forgetting of course the characteristic Riviera deepness with tracks from Subway Ground Master, Centric House, Groove Sense and Optik. Artists featured include legendary DJs and producers from the day Ricky Montanari, Alex Neri, Enrico Mantini, MBG and Ivan Iacobucci.The compilation comes in a double gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Nick V illustrated by flyers and photos from the original Riviera days. This is a DJ friendly 45 RPM vinyl only release, all tracks have been remastered with the sound staying true to the dynamics of early 90s production.

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Side 1
1. Groove Sense - A Day With My Heart
2. Centric House - Alright Alright (Daydream mix)
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1. Underground Ghosts - Really
2. Subway Ground Master - Queensway
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1. Syncopate - Why? (Underground)
2. Korda - Move Your Body (club remix)
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1. Be Noir - Give Me Your Love (New York mix)
2. Optik - Music, Harmony & Rhythm

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A Quest Called Tribe

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A Quest Called Tribe begins with a series of portraits drawn by Stéphane Carricondo in 2017 dedicated to Hip-Hop legends. As close partner in art Medline proposed to create a soundtrack for them, and first interpreting ATCQ's classics with elements of the past, present and future. The best way to materialize this multidimensional tribute was obviously a vinyl. And it's the one we unveil today.On the visual side, ATCQ's portraits are composing the front cover and, assembled into a great scene, are printed on a colorful A2 poster. Stéphane Carricondo's natural lines are highlighting each member's soul map. The alchemy of the dark ink on emptiness gives to them an impressive sparkle of life.On the musical side, the classic themes are transformed into a polymorphic fusion, were jazz, funk and soul from the original sample sources converse with Tribe's characteristic beats. Medline added a hint of his magic, unique rhythms, improvisations, arrangements, original orchestration and inspired melodies.The album is an ode to the band that marked both artist's life and mind. A cultural print and school of sound that designed Hip-Hop foundations. With a blooming expression Medline and Stéphane Carricondo are going to the roots of ATCQ in a quest for the tribe.

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1. Relaxation Electrique
2. Le Scenario
3. Jazz (On A Du)
4. Tournee D'Honneur
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1. Trouver Une Voie
2. Continue A Rouler
3. Tiens Le En Mouvement
4. Le Hop

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Tu Mens Devant Moi

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Voilaaa is one of the many projects led and produced by Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart, who’s proven over the past 15 years, his place amongst the finest producers of groove music in all genres.This time exploring the wide spectrum of the African and Tropical Disco scene, he received a massive international support for Voilaaa’s two first album, On te l’avait dit, and Des Promesses.Following to that success and pursuing the same direction combining of the festive, yet sometime futile nature of Disco, and the instinctive, deep, sometimes rough nature of African music, Voilaaa’s now presenting a new 4 tracks EP, which will be followed later this year by a new LP.Another killer package where Patchworks teams up again with longtime partner Pat Kalla, but also with newcomers to the project, like here Ramatou Traore and Ayuune Sule, both bringing great African languages vocals to “Tu mens devant moi” and “Woman Can Do”.

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1. Tu Mens Devant Moi (feat Ramatou Traore)
2. Faut Pas (dub 2000)
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1. Faut Pas Dire Des Choses Comme Ca (feat Pat Kalla)
2. Women Can Do (feat Ayuune Sule)

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Atemporal

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Born in 1949 in Recife (Brazil), Roberto De Melo Santos, despite a very light discography, is among the true icons of the Brazilian Soul music under his artist alias, Di Melo. He’s indeed only needed an eponymous album, released in 1975 on Odeon, to assert himself as a star in his native country, but also as a legend for all collectors and connoisseurs of the world. More than 40 years after its release, this famous album sells for several hundred euros in its original version, and even for the few reissues that were offered. Not very active since then, Di Melo however returned in 2016 with the album O Imorrível, released on the Brazilian label Casona Produções.It is then that a year later, came a meeting with the French group Cotonete, that Florian Pellissier, founding member and keyboard within the band tells us about: “On tour in Brazil with Cotonete, we had a few days off in Sao Paulo and I really hoped to make a collaboration with an important artist or band from the Brazilian funk scene. We had thought of Marcos Valle, Meta Meta or Ed Motta... but Rafaela Prestes our Brazilian "sound ingineer/genious" told me she’d worked with Di Melo for his recent comeback and gave me his number. No sooner said than done, as I'm a huge fan of Di Melo. The next day he arrived at our house with Jo, his wife, and Gabi, his daughter. He takes the guitar in front of us and gives us a private show of 3 hours… we cried the tears of joy. He had 400 original songs never recorded, a gold mine. On the same night, we started working the arrangements for 2 days, followed by a rehearsal and two small gigs in Sao Paulo. Immediately after, we recorded in the magical Epsilon B studio. This album is the summary of this moment, of these 5 days of madness spent together between “the best band in the world” and the legend Roberto Di Melo… Simple, beautiful, Brazilian-French, human music…”Today, Atemporal found its final version in collaboration with Favorite Recordings and is proudly presented as what we believe will become the genuine long-awaited follow-up to the classic Di Melo’s LP.

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1. Papos Desconexos (part 1)
2. Papos Desconexos (part 2)
3. AEIOU (album mix)
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1. Muhler Instrumento (part 1)
2. Muhler Instrumento (part 2)
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1. Canto Da Yara
2. Kilario (2019 version)
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1. Linhas De Alinhar
2. Verso E Prosa

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Propriete Privee

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There have been ups and downs in the long career of Congolese musician Sammy Massamba, but nothing as gruesome as what happened a certain Friday night of the year 1992 at Sammy’s Parisian house.It all started with a mysterious phone call. At the other end of the line, a voice with a strong Japanese accent introduced herself as the nephew of Akio Morito, the renowned cofounder of Sony. His uncle was the man who invented the Walkman, the transistor television, and was running possibly the most powerful music corporation the world had to offer back then. The Japanese heir mentioned he was a fan of ‘Propriété Privée’, a record Sammy had produced himself, pressed in small quantity and barely distributed in 1987. He was in fact so keen on the record that he wanted to sign Sammy Massamba to Sony right away. He added that Prince himself had been influenced by the eponym track’s intro for one of his songs, and that there were potential judicial remedies that could help, amongst other things, to propulse Sammy Massamba to global stardom in no time. He was coming to Paris with his uncle this very monday, and wanted to meet straight away to sign a contract. Sammy Massamba had been a famous musician in Africa and the European diasporas for 2 decades at that time, however he had always kept a cold head towards the glitz and glamour of show business. His wife on the opposite started getting massively excited by the prospect. The week-end passed, and Monday came. Sammy showed up at the meeting point, and waited for hours. Nobody came. A few days went by, without any news. Sammy ended up calling the Sony French office, and after a few unsuccessful attempts, the truth emerged: Akio Morito’s nephew had died in a car accident in central Paris the day before the meeting was due. Sammy was stunned by the news, and spent the next three months on the verge of mental breakdown, unable to write music. He moved on, with a long-lasting feeling that his Propriété Privée album, which had been so painful to release, was cursed.The story continues. The record keeps circulating in France, Italy, Germany and Spain thanks to people making bootleg cassettes. A decade later, youtube arrives. Somebody uploads the album, cementing cult status amongst djs and African music lovers. In 2015, Fred Martin, manager of label / blog Les Mains Noires, meet Sammy Massamba at his home. Sammy has found a full box of mint Propriété Privée vinyl copies, and Fred offers to sell them to his network of buyers for a good price. They sell out in a few days and a new generation of DJs start spreading the gospel. Which brings me to the time I discovered this music. In 2016, invited by the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva, Switzerland to DJ at an exhibition opening, I decide to keep the party going and hit the Gravière club around 3am, where local DJ Jean Toussaint is hosting a vinyl party with the acclaimed German DJ Hans ‘Nomad’ as a guest. When I enter the club those 2 killer DJs are playing back to back a heavy selection of soukous and afro funk. Jean drops the Propriété Privée tune and the sky falls on me. I rush to the booth, asking him what the hell that was. He generously tells me, and I spend the rest of the night obsessing about it. Come back to the hotel at 6am, go online as soon as I hit my room. A copy of the record is for sale on Discogs, its expensive but a no brainer for a 6am inebriated vinyl junkie. When I receive the vinyl a few days after, the reward outlast my expectations: there’s not one but three killer tracks on this 4 songs EP. A deep soukous cut (Mizele Ngue, the second version Sammy has recorded of this great tune) and a slow electrofunk burner called Sala Keba. What a treasure to behold…Propriété Privée is the pinnacle of Sammy Massamba’s style, a successful fusion of African and American music heritage, halfway between Franco and Otis Redding, Fela and Wilson Picket, King Sunny Ade and Aretha Franklin. A one man band army, exploding with charisma and adventure. I am very grateful to present it today in a carefully restored and remastered format, and would like to thank Sammy for his trust, my team and the numerous friends who helped along the way. Let’s hope the curse on the record is ancient history, I have a meeting in Central Paris soon… Etienne ‘DJ’ Tron, Marseille, February 2019.

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1. Yamina
2. Mizele Ngue
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1. Sala Keba
2. Propriete Privee

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The Healing

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BCUC aka BANTU CONTINUA UHURU CONSCIOUSNESS

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1. The Journey With Mr Van Der Merwe
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1. Sikhulekile (feat Femi Kuti)
2. Isivunguvungu (feat Saul Williams)

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Do Your Thang

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For their 8th release Alélah Records teams up for a family affair.After releasing tape albums and mixtapes since two years now, the label offers a debut record from the ‘’ Organic means ‘’ featuring boss label LB aka LABAT & Polow along side Mr.Fries from Dortmund and Kamoony in Paris. Presenting a four track record freshly demonstrating each artists vibe for the dance floor. «Do your Thang EP « deli-vers a good balance between massive banger like “ No-words“ and a more deep house side with “ Nu Dreamz “. On the other hand , side b of the record features a debut release on wax for Polow with “ Darious “ a late night joint with dreamy vocals.To conclude the various Kamoony presents us a soulful and spiritual piece of music influenced by the 3 chairs vibes andthe Rotating Assembly.Definitely a record that will stay in bags for a while... watch-out !

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1. LB Aka LABAT - Nu Dreamz
2. Mr Fries - Nowords
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1. Polow - Darious
2. Kamoony - Abbaz

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A New Birth EP

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Bedrock Whiskey Disco contributor and deep house veteran, YSE, returns with his next EP, and it’s destined to follow in the same steps as previous hits like his Beards, Swimwear and Ladykillers EPs.The funk is on fire again!

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1. Just As Bad As You
2. The Prison
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1. I Know I've Been Changed
2. New York Paris

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Synthétiseurs, Samplers & Polarweiss

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Unheard tracks of french musician Patrick Michaud. A journey from synth to computer, a sequence of the New Wave mutation in between two decades. 1988 - 1992.

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1. Wild Kingdom
2. Crazy
3. The Way
4. Andromeda
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1. Memory
2. Lamentations (intro - live)
3. Lamentations
4. Computer (intro - live)
5. Computer

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A.E.I.O.U. (Dimitri From Paris remix)

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Released in summer 2018, “A.E.I.O.U.” is the first single from upcoming album by legendary Brazilian singer DI MELO, 40 years after his classic self-titled Samba-Soul LP. Performed and produced by French brilliant combo COTONETE, it has received great support from DJs and media internationally, with amongst them DIMITRI FROM PARIS, who also honored us with a banging remix!!Cotonete & Di Melo new album titled Atemporal, will soon follow up!!

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1. AEIOU (Dimitri From Paris remix)
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1. AEIOU (Dimitri From Paris Super Disco dub)

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