Over the last two years, Brighton-based Black Key Records has proved a reliable source of high-grade deep house. Proper deep house, too - the kind you can get lost in while dancing like a lunatic at four in the morning. This EP features three more reasons to be cheerful. There's the tumbling electronics, tipsy chords, moody atmospherics and clattering drum machine rhythms of Ethyl & Flori's "Technology Pavilion", the deep, dubby and delightfully spacious groovery of BLM's "Tough Times", and the multicoloured boogie synths and filter-heavy rhythms of Pawas' liquid house gem "Nokickfunk". All three tracks are strong in their own right, making this one very tempting EP.
They may sound like the main characters of a forgotten kids TV show from the 80s, but British deep house types Ethyl & Flori are definitely letting their productions do the talking. Their EP for Freerange last year was a late night trip into low slung house territory which was stamped with their love of Detroit techno. Quintessentials Recordings, one of 2010's finest imprints for deep house business, have secured three more cuts of smooth warm house from the duo on this Paisley Riffs EP. "Malmoe" will get the plaudits here, deep jackin house for the early hours with what sounds like a cheeky K Dixon Jnr sample. "Those Eyes" is compelled along by an entrancing raw chord melody underpinned by simple drums. "Lenox Ave" gives Ethyl the chance to delve into his love for jazz, with a skittering percussion pattern playing off perfectly against warm pads and a deep piano melody.