Sandman & Riverside - It's Too Late (FastFWD)

FastFWD releases its ninth excursion into bold deep house and broken beat sounds with “It’s Too Late,” the latest single from in-house production duo Sandman & Riverside. The pair are known for their fine previous work for the label, embracing originality and creative expression through soulful, jazz-influenced sounds for the dance floor. Here Sandman & Riverside collaborate with Kymberli Wright, lead vocalist of Detroit jazz band Straight Ahead. Together they take us back to deeper days of house music, featuring dirty, punchy, percussive rhythms with uplifting strings and Wright’s conscious vocals raising the vibe. Legendary DJ/producer and Prescription Records don Ron Trent, coming off his brilliant FastFWD rework of John Beltran and Jeremy Ellis’ “A Golden Night with You,” takes the reigns on the first remix in this package. Trent’s rendition is a sensual blend of tribal soul as the vibes and keys provide an uplifting layer that dances through a tapestry of intricate rhythms and Wright’s spirited vocals. There’s also an enticing dub of Ron Trent’s vocal mix for the DJs to drop at any time of the morning, day, or night. Next up, KZR aka Atlanta’s Kai Alce delves deeper with a stripped-down version that raises the jazz quotient with Wright’s vocals brought to a punctuated, improvised scat. Sprinkled keys and warbled chords playfully interact creating sonic bliss. An instrumental KZR mix is included as well as a special Reprise Mix that works beautifully as a DJ tool or a late-night treat for the dance-floor massive. Prime goods here from the always reliable FastFWD!

Laurent Garnier (F Communications) - “Ron as great as ever … I’m loving this.”
Marques Wyatt (Vanguard / Deep L.A.) - “Solid! I’m liking this.”
Robert Owens (Compost Records) - “‘It’s Too Late (Ron Trent Vocal Remix)’ is a great track.”
Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In The Attic) - “Some real classy remixes here from Ron & Kai…”
Rainer Trueby (Root Down / Compost Records) - “Cool package … The ‘KZR Late Night Dub’ & ‘Ron Trent Vocal Remix’ are for me.”
Trus’me (Prime Numbers Records / Fat City) - “Ron Trent showing us why he is Ron Trent … Superb!”
Joan Ribas (Ibiza Soulstice Music / Cafe del Mar) - “Nice work with great remix by Ron Trent.”
Nacho Marco (Om Records / Pacha Recordings) - “Top remixers here. Both dubs from Ron Trent and Kai Alce for me … Full support!”
Tyree Cooper (Groove Baby / Supa Dupa) - “I’m really diggin’ the ‘Ron Trent Vocal Remix’. Great work fellas.”
DJ BMF (Eighth Dimension Records / Phat N’ Jazzy)- “Nice soulful track. All mixes are good, but the ‘Ron Trent Vocal Remix’ will receive the most personal play.”
Deepshizzol (Deepshizzol Saturday Sessions / Houseproud TV) - “Nice deepness from the man Ron Trent! I’m lovin’ the ‘Ron Trent Dub’ & ‘KZR Late Night’ mix.”
Rees Urban (5 Magazine / 5 Mag Radio Show) - “It’s hard to pick a favorite here … All mixes are really top-notch! I Like this almost as much as ‘Golden Night’, which was one of my favorite tunes last year … Great job!”

Also supported by Roger Sanchez, Tom Findlay, Joey Negro, Lars Behrenroth, Mr. V, and Joey Silvero.

Available now from Traxsource