2020 Mar 24     
2 Bit Thugs

Midlands lad Steve Kelley serves up two contrasting house cuts

What we have here is only the fifth release from Sublease Music, the Poker Flat label that launched last year and that, in their words, "indulges Steve Bug‘s love for the deeper, more club-ready, tracky cuts than the main label".

Midlands-based Steve Kelley is the man at the controls, and he delivers two contrasting house cuts. On the A, In My House is a midpaced deep house groover, all warm, muted kicks, garage-y keys, treated looping female "in my house" vocal and pads that just don't stop… it's a simple affair, yes, but it's also 6 minutes and 40 seconds of deep house bliss so what are you grumbling about?

Bruneck on the B is a quite different proposition. Taking its name from the city in northern Italy where Kelley holds a club residency, it's an altogether more contemplative and atmospheric affair coming from that nebulous zone where 'deep' and 'progressive' house blur into one, complete with the kind of shimmering, fluttering chords that always remind yours truly of Western movie soundtracks.

In the current climate, I suspect it's actually the broody, meandering Brudeck that'll get the most club plays, but In My House is the one for me. So much so that we'll be having a little chat with Mr Kelley very soon, so watch this space…

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 20 March



Review Score: 8




Tags: Steve Kelley, Sublease Music, deep house, progressive house, melodic house, Steve Bug, Poker Flat