Grand Reserve - Thoughts on Romanthony (DingBat Records)

The Kentucky house music DJ trio of Trevor Lamont, Mutt, and Reverend T make up the promising new studio project Grand Reserve. Named after their state’s sought after liquid libation, Grand Reserve specialize in a classic mash of old and new that’s likewise blended and aged for impeccable taste. DingBat Records has snatched up their debut EP, Thoughts on Romanthony, an inspired and moving tribute to the late house music legend Romanthony. Included are three dance floor gems, each with a modern arrangement and an old school shine. The first cut, “All You Need,” is an intoxicating little number with pounding rhythms, climbing techno stabs, and deep vocal stylings. “Leftover Lover” is a darker tune with melodic voices drowning in pools of deep pads and strings. Ending on a meaningful note, “RomanthonE” features euphoric synth washes over Trevor Lamont’s ode of remembrance, painting a picture of deep respect and admiration for the much-missed Romanthony, an enormous talent that was tragically lost earlier this year.

Tensnake - “Clever house music with some nice, dubby elements.”
Tyree Cooper - “This is really nice.”
Hippie Torrales - “Nice, deep grooves.”
Spettro - “I love the chord progressions on ‘Leftover Lover’ and the great vibe on ‘RomanthonE.’”
Tony D’Onghia (Radio Koper-Capodistria, Italy) - “A classy, respectful, and, as it seems, heartfelt homage.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - “Grand Reserve provide three high quality house tracks with a retro-future-soul-tech sound that has the magic of the unjustly departed producer. I love this tribute.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - “Groovy deep tracks oozing with beautiful, luscious melodies.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - “Tight sounds and nice retro bumpin vibes.”
Alkalino (Estimativa / Audaz Recordings) - “Nice set of tracks. ‘Leftover Lover’ is my favorite.”
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - “A cool three track tribute to the great man of house. ‘RomanthonE’ is an energetic effort with definite trademarks of the man himself.”
Kadabra (House Hookup) - “‘RomanthonE’ is beautiful. You can feel the soul in that track.”
Dr. Best (Headz Radio Show, Germany) - “I love the warm and soulful vibe here.”
LavaLava (Subcity Radio, Scotland) - “Pretty solid EP … really nice deep vibes with a summer flair to them.”
Acid Ted (music blog) - “Lovely set of tunes. Proper house music.”

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