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!
Side A is “I Have Got It” by Ricky Montanari and Davide Ruberto under the alias Riviera Traxx, a moniker shared with various other Riviera producers. Released in 1997, this is the only track that is out of the 1991/1993 time scale that the compilation focuses on, standing alone thanks to its tough hypnotic drum beat and diva vocal stabs that are very reminiscent of the Junior Vasquez NY Sound Factory era. This was initially featured on Riviera Traxx 4 in 1997, the fourth and final release of the cult “Riviera Traxx” series on legendary Italian label Irma records.
On the B side are two cuts that are typical of the deep and emotional vibe of classic Riviera House productions of the early 90s. Firstly Ivan Iacobucci, Fabrizio Cini and Nicola Dragani deliver “Tribal Love” under the name of Anxious. Initially released in 1992 this was the B side cut of the Saxample EP the first release of Hole records one of the first underground House labels in Italy run by Ivan Iacobucci that enjoyed over 30 releases over the 10 following years. Subway Ground Master complete the release with the superb “Queensway” taken from their only ever release in 1992 on Calypso, a sub-label of Irma records.