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City People / 20 Below

It's All In The Groove / A Lil' Tribute To The Moody Black Keys

Motor City Drum Ensemble raids the 1990s Mancunian house vaults for this 2016 reissue of this 1996 Rainy City EP.

Massive round these parts back in the day, City People's 'It's All In The Groove' is just that: a jazz-funk infused house groover with syncopated toms, bumpin' bassline and keyboard flares. On the flip 20 Below's 'A Lil' Tribute To The Moody Black Keys' pays homage to Kenny Dixon Jr with its funky Detroit garage sound, while 'Jus' Nite Groovin'' offers some jazzy chords over funky house beats.

MCDE says "We are happy to announce our first reissue 12" on MCDE Recordings, a record from Manchester deep house label Rainy City Music (written by Irfan Rainy & Rex Leon in 1995), that we have been working on licensing for over a year now; a record that had been a secret weapon of DJs such as Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittmann, Mike Huckaby, Jeremy Underground and myself - arguably one of the finest house music 12"s to ever come out of the UK. To mark the 20th anniversary of the original release, we have carefully remastered the tracks from the original DAT tapes and only slightly modified the original cover artwork. Its All in the Groove baby! "

The Black Keys’ long-awaited ninth studio album, “Let’s Rock”, their first in five years, is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney’s early days as a band. Auerbach says, “When we’re together we are The Black Keys, that’s where that real magic is, and always has been since we were sixteen.” 

“Let’s Rock” was written, tracked live, and produced by Auerbach and Carney at Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville and features backing vocals from Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson. “The record is like a homage to electric guitar,” says Carney. “We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to.”

Rolling Stone named ‘Lo/Hi’ a “Song You Need to Know” and said, ‘the Keys have officially returned, louder than ever’ and the New York Times calls the song ‘the kind of garage-boogie stomp that the band never left behind.’ In the words of the NME, ‘It’s the soundtrack to the type of party that doesn’t exist anymore, but one you still wish you were cool enough to get the invite to.’

Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys have released eight studio albums: their debut The Big Come Up (2002), followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004), along with their releases on Nonesuch Records, Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011), and, most recently, Turn Blue (2014). The band has won six Grammy Awards and headlined festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Governors Ball.

Since their last album together, both Auerbach and Carney have been creative forces behind a number of wide-ranging artists:
Dan Auerbach formed the Easy Eye Sound record label, named after his Nashville studio, in 2017, with the release of his second solo album, Waiting on a Song. Since its launch, Easy Eye Sound has become home to a wide range of artists including Yola, Shannon & The Clams, Dee White, Shannon Shaw, Sonny Smith, Robert Finley, and The Gibson Brothers; it also has released the posthumous album by Leo Bud Welch as well as previously unreleased material by Link Wray.

Patrick Carney has produced and recorded new music with artists such as Calvin Johnson, Michelle Branch, Damns of the West, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Jessy Wilson, Tennis, *repeat repeat, Wild Belle, Sad Planets, Turbo Fruits, and more. He also created the theme music for the Netflix TV show BoJack Horseman with his late uncle, Ralph Carney.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Having always epitomised the fuzzy groove-led party vibe, it's no surprise that their latest is the most danceable and head-nodding instalment yet, but here it is. Bluesy, sleazy and heavy but crisp and beautifully presented. Black Keys do it again!

The Black Keys

Chulahoma

    The Black Keys need no introduction; taking the world by storm in recent years and delivering some of the finest music around with releases like "Rubber Factory", "Thickfreakness" and "The Big Come Up". Recorded by the band in their own Akron, OH studio The Black Keys epitomize DIY. "Chulahoma" is a collection of songs that were originally written by the late Junior Kimbrough, reworked and recorded. The Keys capture the very essence of Junior's style better than any other musician today. Roomy and sparse in production the drums/guitar duo fill out every inch of these songs with distorted guitar, drums, and Dan's soulful vocals.

    The Black Keys

    Rubber Factory

      Fantastic album from the acclaimed guitar and drum, Delta blues-infused rock duo from Akron, Ohio, The Black Keys. The album takes a few listens to get into - mainly down to the fact that the songs are, in general, quite understated rather than big catchy blues numbers, that grab you on first listen, but you're bored of within a week. You imagine that if Jack White could possibly get himself off the rock 'n' roll treadmill he'd love to kick back and make albums like this!!! A swaggering blues rock masterpiece!!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

      The Black Keys

      Thickfreakness

        Raw, soulful blues-rock from this duo from Akron, Ohio. This is the awesome second album (their first in the UK) from Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. With a stripped back guitar, drums and vocal line up this is top notch blues, set apart by Auerbach's distinctive fuzz guitar. Recommended.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: 180g vinyl pressing.

        Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, 'Turn Blue' features 11 new tracks including the first single, ‘Fever’, which can now be heard at theblackkeys.com, YouTube and Soundcloud.

        'Turn Blue' was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014.

        Carney comments, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record – not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.”

        This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum. Internationally, El Camino is Gold in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Holland; Platinum in Ireland, France and the U.K.; and double Platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The record also resulted in three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards – Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards including three in 2010 for their breakout, RIAA Platinum album, Brothers.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        David says: What happens when a blues man separates from his wife whilst recording his new album? The answer, 'Turn Blue', is their darkest, most melancholic album to date. It finds the band taking a detour from their traditional blues rock, heading down a psychedelic, swamp of a side road, to great effect.

        In early 2006, The Black Keys returned to their basement to record "Magic Potion", their fourth full-length album. Despite its title, "Magic Potion" is ironically the sound of The Black Keys getting their signature sound down to a science — it's the band at their heaviest, grittiest and most powerfully stripped down. From the nasty, sweaty strut of "Your Touch" to the sublimely narcotic devotional ballad "You're The One" on down to the stomping, house-rocking call to arms "Modern Times" The Black Keys have made another fantastic album.


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