As one of the most highly regarded producers of his or any other generation, Sandy Rivera’s place in house music history is already assured. Recording under both his own name and his legendary Kings of Tomorrow moniker, Rivera will always be best known for the seminal ‘Finally’, a record that stands as one of the finest vocal house tunes ever produced. Released on Defected Records, with whom Rivera has enjoyed a close and fruitful relationship over the years, the super soulful track still resonates more than a decade later.
As well as that seminal hit, albums including The Calling (1997), It’s In The Lifestyle (2000) and Trouble (2005) roundly demonstrate Rivera’s wide-ranging talents and ability to incorporate a vast array of stylistic influences into his music. Elements from soul, funk, disco, techno, pop and everything in between are commonplace in his records, Rivera drawing on the myriad influences Puerto Rican heritage and New York upbringing to craft records that are at once familiar and utterly unique. Collaboration has always been a key part of Rivera’s recording career, and as such he has had numerous hits alongside the likes of Roger Sanchez, Man Without A Clue, Hector Couto and Noir as well as with star studded vocalist like Haze (on ‘Changes’), Robert Owens (on ‘Just Won’t Do’) and Elzi Hall (on ‘Show Me’). As a remixer he has tackled the likes of Jennifer Hudson & R-Kelly’s release “It’s Your World”, as label boss he has steered his Deep Vision through the finest sounds of the day and as such Sandy Rivera will be looked back on as one of the true greats to the scene; a pioneering artist whose passion for house music is continually realised in the music he creates.
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