Review: Way back in 1992, John Mateo and Eddie Matos - then in the flush of youth and still establishing themselves as top-drawer deep house producers - donned the Raw Elements alias and released Back 2 Bay Six. 25 years on, the EP has been given the reissue treatment by the on-point Flash Forward camp. Musically, it remains one of the deepest, dubbiest and most alluring EPs in the duo's epic back catalogue. For proof, check the rolling organs, stripped-back percussion, huggable bass and impassioned vocal samples of "Back 2 Day Six", the jazzy swing of "Sax 5th Avenue" and the breezy basement bounce of standout closer "On The Train", whose off-kilter rhythm is particularly inviting.
Review: Absolute Italian gold from 1990. Peeping right over into the house canyon while retaining all of Italo's sophistication, Ricky Montanari's Key Tronics Ensemble was a driving force in the sound during the early 90s. "House Of Calypso" was their debut, and it came with finessed, emotional key-stroking hook that lifts relentlessly. The remix version features a dizzying solo on the peak, the softhouse version is a little more spacious and lighter in the drums. For most, though, it's straight to the Paradise version - an out-and-out Balearic anthem that's still enraptures 27 years later. Its first repress in 10 years, this is long overdue.
Review: Neapolitan reissue label Flash Forward are back, following up a terrific reissue of legendary countryman Don Carlos with this one by The Anixus. Comprised of Dario Fimiani, Giuseppe Zanin, Gianfranco Stuppia and Jamie Lewis: this originally came out in 1993 on seminal Naples imprint Underground Music Movement (UMM). From the classic stateside bounce of soulful jams like "Everybody" or the vocal-led "Let Me Down", to the Cajmere sounding/second-wave Chicago referencing swing attack of "Just Nothing" - this really is a zeitgeist of the glory days of house music that was impressively reinterpreted across the Atlantic.