Cosmic Love (Sophisticado Time Traveler instrumental mix) (5:00)
Review: Vick Lavender is best known as a member of Glenn Underground's Strictly Jaz Unit, but he's also a respected house producer in his own right. Following releases from Reekee, emergent label Wrong Notes welcomes Lavender into the fold for this stunning 12" of deep rooted soulful house, leading in with the full vocal mix of "Cosmic Love," where loose and limber instrumentation is lifted even higher by Angela A's honey-coated vocals. "Vick's Underground Dub" pushes the densely packed rhythms to the fore for a headier dancefloor brew, and then the final "Sophisticado Time Traveler" instrumental version gives the keys and chords space to shine.
Review: Fully tapped into the true US tradition of soulful house music, Riccardo Masi has been delivering the goods for the past couple of years to labels like Uzuri and his own Wrong Notes Records. On this new single the good vibes just keep on flowing, kicking off with Erik Rico's on-point vocal draped over "Reaching". Rico also forms the centre point of "No One Else", another masterclass in pattering drums and honey-coated keys. "Tortellini Jazz" shores up on the B-side, drafting in Paolo Campani to lay down some sultry sax tones over the mellow chords and playful Rhodes trills.
Wurli Things (feat Jacopo Moschetto - original mix)
Review: Having previously appeared on Roots Underground, Reekee kicks off Wrong Notes with yet more grooves that tap into the spirit of truly passionate soulful house. The aptly named Billy Love's vocals aim straight for the heart on "Love Is", with the original mix being especially moving with its lingering jazz chords, string licks and stuttering beat. The "Bluesy" mix has a more traditional deep house feel to it, while "Wurli Things" heads off into expressive Rhodes territory thanks to limber keys work from Jacopo Moschetto. For classically informed house music from the heart, look no further.
Italian deep house producer Reekee returns to his own Wrong Notes label with another trip through beautifully rendered, highly musical soulful house. It's little wonder he has been snapped up by labels like Uzuri in the past. "It's Alright" is a track with huge crossover appeal, tapping into the kind of expressive keys that should sit right with soul heads as much as house devotees. The vocals add to the soaring melodic content, making this a life-affirming jam perfect for creating unforgettable, unifying dancefloor moments. Otwo gets busy with the track on the B-side, turning out a daring remix that spaces the core ingredients out with more than a little guidance from the Theo Parrish school of deep-rooted experimentation.