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.