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artworks-000087207137-tzrex1-t500x500.jpgLabel: 2020 VisionScore: 8/10

K.O.T. stands for Kings Of Tomorrow, nom de house for veteran New York producer Sandy Rivera, who first made his mark in the 90s on labels such as Strictly Rhythm, NRK, Defected and Slip ‘n’ Slide. Gems such as ‘Set My Spirit Free’ on Strictly cemented hi rich seam of simple but soulful house.

Here he revisits one of his classics, first released in 1995 on his Blackwiz Records imprint as ‘Flute’, whose distinctive synth-wind motif should ring a few bells. For 2014, Sandy replants the hypnotic main melody in a pulsing garden of deep pads, muted acidics and resonant hippo cod-piece bassatronics. As warm as meeting an old friend in a jacuzzi.

The flip sees Audiojack inject the groove with tribal beef, while hotwiring the flute into an alien signal guaranteed to cause havoc under the right conditions. Great to see Sandy still out there bringing a touch of class and experience to the overcrowded house arena – and on 2020 vinyl!

Words: Kris Needs

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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