Rivera Rotation - Sunrise & Rainbow
Rivera Rotation's debut is one of those records made for summer. Listening now, as the October nights draw in, Sunrise & Rainbow sounds like a good antidote to the winter blues. You'll immediately find yourself transported back to longer, hotter days.
Opener On The Beach (Intrada) (nothing to do with Chris Rea, fortunately) features waves lapping and Flamenco instrumentation. This sets the mood nicely for what's to come, whether it be the deep house leanings of Deep Inside, the chilled Weledi, or - album highlight - the irresistable electro-soul-house of Another Man. Moment A Paris, with its saxophone part, may pass for the more uptempo continental partner to Groove Armada's At the River.
Although the air of laziness is no doubt intentional, some may find Sunshine & Rainbow outstays its welcome at 70 minutes. The cod cocktail rhythms of Can You Feel It could definitely have gone. Otherwise this is a breezy blend of sunshiney tunes, more for wine sippers than beer guzzlers, that may just make you want to fast forward the clocks to next June.