brightons boutique house label black key recordskicks off 2017 with a fantastic ep from label newcomer cinthie. cinthie is a well established force in berlin: as well as being a resident at key spots ipse and humboldthain club-where she spins heady vinyl only sets-she runs three much loved labels and collectives in beste modus, unison wax and beste freunde. as such, she is a true leader of the underground house scene who also runs a studio complex in berlin, and so is very much at the heart of the house conversation. kicking things off is the excellent house rhythms , a rugged, bass driven, deep house cut with flabby drums and snares and icy hi hats all sounding informed by classic deep house greats like ron trent. warm, soul infused pads emanate from the core and the whole unhurried affair really sucks you in with its cosy and romantic atmosphere. the second splendid offering is liberty, a much rawerand direct cut designed for peak time sets. again it is riddled with jazzy chords that have real soul, but the drums are exposed and banging and the whole thing barrels along at a sweat inducing pace. this is a typically classy offering from both artist and label that kicks off 2017 in real style.
black key records continues an excellent run with its third deep house release, >metacoma< by chamboche which is backed by two remixes from underground quality/tsuba ltd artist blm.
following tracks and remixes from andy ash, ethyl, jonny cade and ugly drums, this is another must-check from one of londons newest imprints.
after years of releasing quality house eps, brighton based black key records scores something of a coop: its first full length is a sixth album from tom ellis, a core member and resident of the esteemed freerotation festival who is already well known to those in the know. his beautifully titled, eight track lp from the cabin above the clouds is due on april 4th and comes ahead of him launching his own new label.
finally, leftback s own dudley strangeways rounds off the ep is his usual style, which cannot be described as anything less than true quality. as ever, black key have excelled in delivering a package which ticks all the right boxes, this is a release which will undoubtedly appeal to a diverse range of house music fans who appreciate a rather large nod to the underground. vinyl only.
brightons black key records has won many underground house fans thanks to superb releases from iron curtis, tom ellis, ethyl & flori and others, and is now back with another tasteful offering from cecil. the ep is supported by a remix from berlins matthew burton and kate rathod.
brighton s ever-cultured black key label pushes on with another house connoisseur for its next release, namely the venerated scotland-based deep house producer brad peterson. opening up the ep is -monsoon- a nice and propulsive house jam that journeys through deep space with infectious drum hits and radiant synths fleshing out the rubbery groove. -sit back- is a more reflective and sombre cut, with wallowing, liquid chords draped over a ponderous, snaking bassline. the classy, cultured work continues on closer -cloud remedy- with its reverb coated hits, decisive drums and carefully spraying, ever shifting synth patterns. classic but not overly reverential of the past, it s a beautifully musical bit of deep house with gently tumbling, starry night sky melodies to die for.
the black key team step up once again, this time with the third in their limited, vinyl-only series, with freerotation resident and established producer, tom ellis, delivering 4 sublime tracks of subtle and hypnotic house music, in the form of the simply titled -limited volume 3-. now undoubtedly an established and respected label, brighton (uk) based black key records are approaching their third year in the business, having released records from the likes of blm, iron curtis, pawas, flori and ugly drums, all of which have gained attention for all the right reasons. here, tom ellis delivers an excellent and intelligent ep, with all 4 tracks displaying the talent this man posses for creating a unique and instantly likeable take on deep house music... the right kind. there is no question that this limited release will appeal to the real heads among us - quality stuff. this ep is yet another statement from the black key camp, proving their worth in true style.
black key records continue their run of top-notch releases, this time in the form of the well establish, and highly sort after james johnston. this 4-track ep features 3 stunning originals, plus a sterling remix from back to you records boss, dudely strangeways.
the black key team return with the second in their limited, vinyl-only series, with cologne based producer, pawas, delivering a truly excellent and diverse 4 track ep, which oozes quality from start to finish.
boutique beat outlet black key records return with an eighth release, welcoming the smpl pairing of german deep house don iron curtis, and leaves into the fold for the hello ada! ep which comes brandishing a remix from aus and secretsundaze talent youandewan.
the excellent black key records returns with its first multi artist release, the eponymously titled black key ep featuring blm, flori & james johnston.
brighton based black key records has built a strong following for its individual take on deep, underground house music. releases from jonny cade, andy ash & chamboche, backed with remixes from ethyl, ugly drums and blm have given black key an instant kudos. now the black key team look to the release of their first multi artist ep featuring three superb cuts, from three outstanding producers.