No stranger to the house scene, Kiko Navarro is a DJ and producer whose productions, remixes and edits have appeared on an impressive list of labels for many years. Being a good friend of ours and always making us impressed with his productions we thought it was about time Kiko got a 12" to himself on Local Talk. We are thrilled to be sharing the first Kiko Navarro EP on Local Talk, ”New Life”.
First up is Dope High, a raw, funked up and full of percussion that gets your head nodding, feet tapping and body moving. You could play this track on any sound system in the world and within 90 seconds Kenny Dope would be there smiling and making moves. On the flip there’s two versions of Nea Kameni. First up is the Chicago house champ Glenn Underground. Glenn’s early musical atmosphere was soaked in jazz, soul, funk and disco and this remix proves all that. His ”GU’s Dance Fusion” remix is incredibly tight, soulful and uplifting. Music you’d expect from a true genious. Finishing the 12” is the original mix of Nea Kameni - in it’s original form perhaps best described as a end of the night track with it’s dramatic build up, warm bassline, percussions and beautiful synth lines. Kiko has created something that’s both atmospheric and haunting at the same time. If you’ve ever searched for a track to play when the sun goes down, here it is.
As digital bonus tracks there’s a vocal version of Dope High with vocals provided by Derrick Burrows aka D7 and to finish things off a slighty shorter version of Nea Kameni with a beatless intro.
Remembrance - wow... each part. Utterly, utterly perfect. Inspiring drums...
Strings Of Light pulls you in from the start, letting you know you're in for a great trip.
Joint 17 is another great track, smooth and funky and exploring around the edges of the groove.
Black Focus is a great opener and Yo Chavez is really nice.
Lowrider... mmm, the theme is bit retro for me, which is fitting - and brilliant playing, of course.
Favourite track: Remembrance Peter Jones