Larry Heard seems to be building up his Alleviated label again, serving up material from friends and collaborators as well as his own tracks. Here, he has offered old pal
Lee Pearson Junior a chance to strike out on his own. Vocalist K LaDawn makes an appearance on "The Real Deal", a rich, warm and hazy deep out cut full of drifting Rhodes chords and toasty live bass. "Love's A Secret Attitude" is a similarly deep and soulful number featuring the vocal talents of Aki Dawson, plus pads and pianos reminiscent of some of Heard's greatest moments. That track is accompanied by a fantastic Mi Chiba remix that adds a little Latin shuffle to proceedings, as well as a superb, Herbie Hancock style synth solo.
It would be fair to say that Mr Fingers 2016 is something of an event release, at least for those who love deep house. While Larry Heard has kept busy - largely with remixes and reissues - this marks the first 12" release under his most famous moniker for over a decade. He begins in contemplative mood, fusing tumbling music box melodies, creepy electronics and nagging 303 lines on "Outar Acid", before laying down some typically blissful, atmospheric deep house on the wondrous "Qwazars". Flip for "Nodyahead", an effortless mixture of heavy dub-house bottom end, African-influenced percussion and moody late night refrains, and the ultra-deep, piano-laden bliss of "Aether".