Scissor and Thread regular Black Light Smoke returns to the Brooklyn label run by Francis Harris for a mini LP of raw, atmospheric house. The alias of Jordan Lieb, Emmy Award winning composer/producer/musician, Black Light Smoke drops City Life – six tracks of affecting, deep vibes.
‘In Gold’ is rich in analog warmth, a bubbling deep house roller that echoes some of the New York, Detroit and Chicago greats.
Title track ‘City Life’ is a stripped down rhythm track, populated with stabs, melodic flourishes, and beautifully arranged pads – as well as a killer vocal.
‘Make My Piece’ is built around a vocal hook and roughneck drum track, before opening up with crunchy percussion and a sick bassline.
Next one is ‘Up In This’, starting on a dreamy tip, but exploding into life with Lieb’s signature feel for propulsive rhythms and deep, warm tones.
‘Without You’ is a tougher proposition, using heavy compression and distortion to texture the track, while the digital bonus track ‘Every Beat (No Regrets)’ is a fitting end to the release – a woozy, after-hours come down vibe, wrapping up this journey.
A1. In Gold
A2. City Life
B1. Make My Peace
B2. Up In This
B3. Without You
[digital bonus track]:
Every Beat (No Regrets)