Been obsessed with "Forever" since the first time I heard it played at Motor in Detroit. This is one of those timeless records that fits well into any type of set, and it's the perfect fusion of sounds from Chicago and Detroit. Snagged my copy from a friend when he sold off his collection in bulk. Don't think he realized some of the gems he had in there.
The first time I heard about Chez Damier was on a gorgeous compilation called "X-Mix 4: Beyond The Heavens" mixed by Dave Angel, years ago. The tune in question, "Help Myself", was made by Chez in partnership with Carl Craig, and had a very unique approach, with a funky bassline & vocal sample combination, and (suddenly) a huge transformation on its drop out including beautiful pianos and atmospheric strings, in a sense of pure emotion - a kind of ensemble you would say 'a step further'.
Not long after that, I discovered on another compilation ("Trance Lunar Paradise") by the same author (Dave Angel); the tune in question, "Serious Groove", was mixed with "Help Myself" (Chez gotta thank Dave Angel for being such a great supporter of his music to helping to make his name well-known on several places on the quality-dance music scene from Europe back then). "Serious Groove" was in fact the name of the label through where the tune in question was released on the year of 1993; its true name was actually "Forever Mix" on Classic EP, which gave place a couple of years after to "Forever Monna" - the same moment when I found out it was made by Chez Damier with Stacey Pullen's collaboration, another of his huge partnerships. Just like "Help Myself", "Forever Monna" was all emotion (and at the same time) got that Detroit spirit with Soulful strings chords made by futuristic hi-tech synthesized timbres. There was a tiny difference on the tune's arrangements on the "Classic EP" and on "Forever Monna"'s, the previous one being a little better.
Absolutely quintessential tune.
This is one of the most important releases to ever come out of Detroit in the house spectrum. "A Dedication To Joss" was way ahead of it's time. A groundbreaking co-production of a Detroit legend and Tech House Master. The percussion is a nice skippy breakbeat style, tribal and catchy. A deep funky baseline comes in at all the right moments. A great analog acid drops in later to steal the show, while the echoed vocal sample ever haunts in the background of the track.
Who hasn't played this track in the past 15 years? I have heard countless decknitions throw this track into the mix over the years, only to make the audience scream and the train spotter's race to the decks for a glimpse. Pure genius!
Wonderful record, especially courtesy of 'Forever', one of the purest, simplest and most beautiful house tunes of all times to my opinion. The presence of Stacey Pullen in the production makes it one of the most accomplished hybrid between (Chicago-inspired) house's subtle cheerfullness (Chez, who would later go on founding the Prescription and Balance labels with partner Ron Trent ; thus becoming himself part of the deepest Chicago house legacy) and Detroit techno' deep melancholia (Stacey), transcended into pure groovy bliss. 'Forever' was later slightly reworked and reissued on Balance with more mixes, both records nowadays equally rare unfortunately.