With a pioneering catalogue that boasts releases from artists such as Kenny Dope, Frankie Bones & Lennie Dee, Joey Negro and Joey Beltram, Nu Groove records was one of the key labels in establishing the NYC house sound. However, it was the brothers Rhano and Rheji Burrell who were by far the most prolific to release on Nu Groove. The Utopia Project is another alias from producer and creative genius Rheji, whose four track EP ‘Intuition’ makes the latest release on the revamped Nu Groove imprint. A sublime house package spread over four unique tracks, ‘Intuition’ kicks off with joyous, 1980s inspired ‘A Better Day’, followed by the slick groove of ‘You Don’t Know What To Do’. On the flip we’re greeted with the boogie-filled ‘With You (Anytime, Anyplace)’, before Rheji takes us underground for closing track ‘La La Land’, a guaranteed dancefloor mover. A masterclass in classic house from one of NYC’s most heralded names, ‘Intuition’ is another record collection essential from the Nu Groove camp.
Published: 5th July 2021