Various – Black Key EP Vol 3

September 27, 2015 in Singles

Black Key EP Vol 3 Black Key RecordsOkay, last one for tonight and we end with a fine four-track V/A offering from Brighton’s Black Key Records.

Our old friend Dudley Strangeways is first up to the plate with Talk Back, a dubby, tech-tinged deep houser that’s tailor-made for the small-hours, eyes-down jackin’ zone. Girl Next Door from Iron Curtis & Leaves pres SMPL follows, a slice of deep, stripped-back, funk-fuelled tech-house that gets more trippy and wonkified as it goes on. Laak then gives us Longest Time, thankfully not a Billy Joel cover but instead a meandering, cinematic cut with piercing but muted synths and a vaguely disconcerting air overall, and then finally there’s Stroker from Terrence Pearce, which marries raw, scratchy drums with gently tinkling jazz ivories… if DJ Shadow ever made a record for DeepWit it might sound a little bit like this!

Interesting stuff all round, but to these ears Talk Back and Girl Next Door stand out.

Out: This week

About: You can find Black Key Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Iron Curtis & Leaves pres SMPL – Hello Ada! EP

November 30, 2013 in Singles

Leaves & Iron Curtis pres SMPL Hello Ada Black Key RecordsNew from fledgling Brighton label Black Key Records comes this neat little deep house two-tracker from German duo SMPL, who are known individually as Iron Curtis and Leaves.

In its Original form, Hello Ada! is a midtempo, pad-y shuffler with garage-y overtones, thanks mainly to the chopped-up snippets of heavily treated female vocal and occasional trumpet flourishes. Over on the flip, you’ll find a remix from Youandewan, who takes us into sparse-yet-sumptuous late night territory.

I think the latter rub’s just pipping it for me, but both are eminently checkable.

Out: This week

About: Black Key Records can be found on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. This is the label’s eighth release.

Ugly Drums – Limited Vol 1

April 25, 2013 in Singles

Ugly Drums Limited Vol 1 Black Key LimitedOur second new label of the night. Well, sort of… Brighton’s Black Key Records has been around for a couple of years but this is the first release from their new digital arm, Black Key Limited.

Now, with an artist name like Ugly Drums, you might be expecting something quite percussive, pumping and full-on, but in fact nothing could be further from the truth. A-side Saturn Memories is instead quite a beautiful melodic, dreamy piece that’d work well as an early-doors cut in longer sets or during those late-night smokin’ sessions. B-side 2after11, meanwhile, does have the snares to the fore but is otherwise similarly drifty and meandering.

Saturn Memories is the one, though.

Out: This week

About: Find Black Key Records here, here and here (Facebook, Soundcloud, web)

Milton Jackson – Lessons Learned EP

December 9, 2012 in Singles

Milton Jackson Lessons Learned EP Black Key Records

It’s probably fair to call Barry Christie, AKA Milton Jackson, a ‘scene veteran’ these days… which is a bit scary when I can remember reviewing some of his earliest releases on Tronicsole and Million Dollar Disco back in the early days of X-Fade/iDJ in the late 90s/early 00s.

He’s come a long way since those first soulful/disco house outings, though, as this latest EP for fledgling Brighton label Black Key Records shows. It’s a two-track, three-mix affair, opening with See The Light,  a stripped-back, percussion-led deep house groover with a (sampled and?) treated “come on baby, dim the lights” vocal. Next up is 5 Cities, a deep n’ dubby number with techy overtones and “gonna love you” vocal inserts, while rounding out the EP is a marginally tougher Andy Ash remix of the same.

Cool late-night grooves for discerning ears, in keeping with current styles but with just a little of that classic soulful feel.

Out: This week

About: This is only number five from Black Key Records, who can be found on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Chamboché – Metacoma EP

May 5, 2012 in Singles

Only the third release here from new UK label Black Key Records, coming from Chamboché, AKA Sam Williams, a DJ and producer from Nottingham who recently relocated to the big smoke.

When the label’s debut release from Johnny Cade came out back in Novmeber, yours truly described it on here as “electronic music for the mind as well as the body” and it’s a similar story with this… this is fairly esoteric, forward-thinking stuff, though thankfully it’s not so clever-clever and experimental and arty as to be rubbish. Instead, the grooves contained herein should appeal to any lover of house and techno who likes their tuneage a little more on the ‘sedate and cerebral’ side.

Three tracks, five mixes in total (thanks to two rubs of lead track Mello from BLM) but the above description pretty much works for all of ’em, so I’ll just say that Show It stands out for me and leave it at that, I think.

Out: This week

About: Sam Williams used to run a night called Zleep at Stealth in Nottingham, has had stuff out recently on TSUK Wax and Under The Shade, and is currenly in the throes of hatching his own label, Bricolage Records. Meantime, you can find out more about Black Key Records at their website, Facebook and Soundcloud pages.