Kings Of Tomorrow is the alter ego of New York house DJ Sandy Rivera renowned for producing one of the biggest club anthems of 2002, "Finally". 3 years on and Sandy Rivera has delivered enough tunes to compile his new album Trouble - an interesting choice for a title considering all the trouble he's encountered recently. His third album and the follow up to 2002's "It's In the Lifestyle", Trouble is an album which he states is 100% sample free showcasing the vocals of new artists including Haze and LT Brown and live musicians such as the Philippines Symphony Orchestra.
Sticking to the 60s ideals of the Jimi Hendrix era outfit Sandy wore for the cover photo is the opening tune Make Believe which begins with a Hendrix style guitar intro before getting right into a deep house groove with soulful and uplifting disco vocals. Changes is quite possibly the most positive post-break up tune to ever hit the clubs and became the follow up anthem to Finally - easy to see why though with that unmistakable Azzido Da Bass style bassline and the sing-along vocals provided by vocalist Haze.
Another Day is a tune for those laidback moments with a deep bassline, mellow synth lines and a subtle beat providing a sweet backdrop for the female vocalist. On a contrasting note are the darker tones of London Fog delving into the realm of deep tech-house with a laidback synth melody, gritty bass and techy arpeggios. Dreams combines a charged up house beat featuring a dirty bass tone with a gruff male vocal and a highly familiar Eastern string melody.
The Philippines Symphony Orchestra show their true colours on the string-infused No Problem which combines a full string ensemble with a steppy house beat and soul-led house vocals. So Alive is a journey into percussive latin house which feels at home on a sunset beach with dancers surrounded by warm fires.
Trouble is a good release and one that will transport the sounds of house to the loungeroom, rather than just restricting it to the clubs. It features some good vocal tunes and what's more important is that they're easy to relate to and sing along to. It's good to see that some producers are willing to produce original music with original lyrics made with real musicians at the same time.
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