Submerged

Kings of Tomorrow plumb the depths of deep house

Sandy Rivera, the man behind Kings of Tomorrow, epitomizes New Jersey deep. He came to international attention in 2000 with "Finally," a classic love number featuring the svelte vocals of Julie McKnight. "Finally" was a massive house anthem that was inescapable for months in discotheques around the world and was remixed by countless artists, including Danny Tenaglia and Danny Krivit, and reissued as a double twelve-inch on Atlantic Records. "A lot of people thought that, after öFinally,' I would pretty much die and go six feet under," says Rivera, who tends to speak confidently. "I mean, how do you follow up a track like that?"

Rivera produced two more breakout singles, 2002's "Changes" and 2003's "Thru," both of which are included on Trouble. Taking a cue from the starkly honest sentiments expressed on those songs -- "Changes" reflects a life left in disarray by a broken relationship, while "Thru" marks the end of a romance --much of Trouble is about emotional disorder, from the depression triggered by "London Fog" to the up-tempo "Civil Unrest." It gives new meaning to the phrase "deep house." "The album is banging. Go get it!" effuses Rivera.

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