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Been a while since we heard from the small but perfectly formed Dome Records, but, at last, they get into their 2019 stride with a lovely new single from the oddly named LASPERANZA.

Lasperanza (the name is something to do with “hope”) is the the brainchild of UK producer/musician Rico Garofalo who is lining up an album., ‘Seeds’, for May release. A sax player by profession, Mr G has always wanted to make an album of his versions of soul and dance classics – the kind of music that inspired him through the 80s – and that’s what he’s promising on ‘Seeds’.

Now that new single – it’s the album’s lead off track and it’s a gorgeous, lazy, brassy, rolling version of Gwen Guthrie’s ‘It Should Have Been You’ with a sweet, sweet vocal from Izzy Chase. We’re told that other vocalists on the upcoming album include Keni Stevens and DeCosta Boyce and the chosen songs vary from the well-known to the more obscure.

Rico says; “I didn’t want to do straightforward covers. I wanted to change the arrangements, be it from a rhythmic or harmonic aspect, sometimes both, while always keeping a soul/jazz flavour. Give the songs a new lease of life rather than just a fresh lick of paint.”

See if he’s right by checking out ‘It Should Have Been You’… available from today.