Broken Keys – ‘All I’m Saying’ EP

To pigeonhole a producer is to limit their sound and style to an audience. It’s fantastic to hear a fresh take on house music, especially coming from someone so ingrained in the forward-thinking hip-hop scene in Cleveland, OH. When you compare the methodology of the two mediums, however, you get a similar workflow and expressiveness. It’s all about groove and feeling, and Broken Keys does a great job at conveying both while moving out of his own comfort zone.

‘What’s The Answer?’ is a monster track with heavy, cut-off sub bass contrasted with bright, washed out synths. A thick groove & dubbed-out vocal chops carry the track along.

‘All I’m Saying’ is the deep house cut from Broken Keys we’ve all been waiting for. It’s simply and sturdy arrangement produces a well-built system for club purposes, however, its slick and matte sound design create a track that’s cerebral enough to zone out to. This is a safe bet for the DJs.

‘Late Nite Ride’ proves to be a slow roller with classic-house inspired rhodes chords, while straight-from-fingers instrumentation man Broken Keys lays it down with a fat, un-quantized bassline. FUNK.

‘4-11’ changes up the groove and finishes the collection of tracks on a softer, more garage-tinged thought. A rhodes chord rides in the back while the drums skitter along and sawtooth synths provide movement. Towards the middle of the track, we break into a soulful drum break complimented by emotive synths, adding a perfect nightcap onto this great EP.

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