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The Broken Keys - The Witch

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The Broken Keys - The Witch
(12") Tru Thoughts TRU114, 2006-11-03

Review :
UK Supa-duo uniting Natural Self and Nostalgia 77 over some heavy soul-rock/hip hop mashing up, The Broken Keys have been releasing STUNNING singles, starting with a smashing 'Slingshot' last april (on a limited 7 inch), and followed in November by this 'The Witch/Flow', a dancefloor destroyer in 5 parts. Things start with the hot'n'funky white soul rock of 'The Witch', fuelled by b-boying beats, heavy horns, soulful vocals, even ending on a DaftPunky break! You also get an instrumental take to play with, but the gem of this crown of an EP is the 'live in the studio' cover of the same track by Australian deep funk favorites The Bamboos, with soul jazz organ choruses filling with class the lack of vocals. Of course, breaks galore... Closing the EP is 'The Flow (parts 1 & 2)', James Brown-style, two more reasons to go and fetch this vinyl before it's too late. (Djouls)

Tracklisting :
A1. The Witch (album version)
A2. The Witch (instrumental)
A3. The Witch (The Bamboos Remix)
B1. Flow (part 1)
B2. Flow (part 2)

Press Release :
The Broken Keys (aka Nostalgia 77 and Natural Self) release the second single from their debut LP, 'Gravity'.

Capturing everything we know and love about the classic funk, soul, rock and hip hop records of the past four decades, the duo have created an arresting fusion of fuzz-box blues and ragged b-boy rhythms.

On an album bursting with standout tracks, 'The Witch' has proven itself to be a firm favourite with DJs and listeners alike - prompting Tru Thoughts to release it on 12" vinyl.

It appears here in both vocal and instrumental form, backed by two previously unreleased tracks as well as an exclusive cover version by label-mates The Bamboos.

The two new cuts, parts 1 & 2 of 'Flow', are certified dancefloor destroyers - their heavy beats, rhytlic handclaps and distorted sax betray a fondness for the production values of The Bomb Squad or James Brown era funk, without ever compromising the freshness and immediacy of The Broken Keys' sound.

The Bamboos version of 'The Witch' was first performed live during their UK summer tour, prompting a deluge of letters and emails from people desperate to get their hands on a copy.

The Australian six-piece raise the tempo of The Broken Keys' original; whipping up a maelstrom of raw breaks and tight grooves - transforming 'The Witch' into a high-octane instrumental deep funk workout, worthy of any club sound-system.

Listening to it, it isn't hard to see why The Bamboos have built up a huge following since thier debut album was released on Tru Thoughts.

As for The Broken Keys, they continue to resist easy categorisation - delivering genre-defying records built on solid beats, accomplished musicianship, a passion for the classics and an insatiable desire to push things forward.
Includes a brand new remix of "The Witch" by The Bamboos & two unreleased tracks.


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