Review: These days, Rheji Burrell and his twin brother Ronald are very successful songwriters and producers working in the pop, rap and R&B fields, but back in the late 80s/early 90s they were helping to establish the deep house/deep garage blueprint with releases on Nu Groove and other labels under a bewildering array of aliases, of which NY House'N Authority was merely the best known. Now, Gerd Janson's Running Back serve up seven unreleased nuggets from the Burrell archives, and for lovers of deep electronic grooves it's pretty much an essential purchase - the bleeps n' bass vibes of '5th Time' would justify the price of admission on their own!
Review: A literal legend of the scene, Rheji Burrell, aka The Utopian Project, is a house music pioneer outta New York whose work for Nu Groove Records from back in the day has earned him most notoriety. The Utopian Project's last new music was released a staggering 30 years ago, with Gerd Janson's Running Back the one to coax five fresh hits/numbers/rhythm tracks from the storied artist today. "Destiny" and "Karma" go hand in hand to supply V with its sweet melodies and lighter piano motifs, with straight up '90s keys, chords and strings dominating "Euphoria". With "Destiny" and "Gifted" shimmering in a new age candescence of percussive notation, throbbing basslines and slamming drums too, The Utopian Project lives!