Greetings From Riviera is a Double Vinyl Compilation set under the Riviera label, and at 8 tracks, it is some of the funkiest French House I've ever heard. Coming from the 1999 French house scene, you'll find these tracks sound extraordinarily similar to Vertigo records. They are a bit funkier, however, which is always a good thing.
Instead of posting the whole set, I'll post my four favorites, because in all honesty - the other four are practically elevator music. But they're good for the background. The following stood out the most for me.
Let's kick things off with some Paul Johnson. Known more under the Crydamoure label, PJ really let loose on Greetings From Riviera, finally giving me a song that I didn't want to skip immediately. What Ever You Do is light, fun, and just a break of fresh air.
Paul Johnson - What Ever You Do [right click to download]
I wish I knew where the title of this next track came from, but I don't really care all that much. It happens to be my favorite on the album because to me, this track most exemplifies the French House style. It cuts up, has a sweet funk sample, which I'm almost positive is from an old Zapp & Roger jam, and has a great structure. This one aims to please.
Kamaro - A Little Touch Of Fat [right click to download]
Mike 303 delivers more of a Pop sound with this next track, and makes great use of the classic French House vacuum-pump-through-a-straw filter. While this one can be a bit repetitive, I found the drum beat to quite balancing, and the samples were pretty well placed. You'll find the song develops more towards the 1:30 mark.
Mike 303 - Things Never Change [right click to download]
And lastly, we'll finish off with some exotic sounding French House. To me, this really doesn't sound French, but it's still pretty good. It doesn't have traditional FH drum beats, nor the constant cutting of a traditional French House track. I could just be rambling here, but it's overall a pretty great track. Not too much I can say about it, but the sample was pretty relaxing, but still energetic and positive-sounding.
Louis Botella - Sundays [right click to download]
So Greetings From Riviera is straight up amazing, and I recommend you all order the set, or try and track down some mp3s (good luck :P). Hope you enjoyed, and I hope you look forward to more of my French House posts to come.