press

August 24th, 2002 – Billboard Magazine

Continental Drift by Larry Flick

…ELECTRONIC DELUXE: As the chasm dividing mainstream-minded electronic music and more esoteric ambient/chill-out fare widens, Vertigo Deluxe arrives with an appealing, deftly crafted sound that incorporates elements of both sectors.

The brainchild of composer/producers Matthew Ferry and Roger Wade, the Los Angeles act mostly sticks to a recipe of dreamy, often ethereal keyboards, anchoring each track with a firm, usually funk-fortified beat. The ingredients that render each song a treat are sticky melodies and vocals by alternating lead vocalists Michelle Crispin and Carissa Mondavi. Both bring a smokey quality to the material that is reminiscent of Dido. Crispin is particularly effective on the single-worthy “My Time to Fly.”

The act recently issued a fine, full-length eponymous set. For additional details or to buy the album, go to vertigodeluxe.com.