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Published on March 10, 2008
Review by Jesse Mann, BPM Magazine
They sometimes call it “fidgit house.” The likes of Switch and Sinden take it to the extreme, churning out wonky A.D.D.-ridden beats for the rave-revival set. Leave it to the Frontroom label to pick up the pieces and bring the sound back down to its funky, jackin’ roots.
Deadset are a duo out of Europe that know what needs to be done to make a dancefloor house album worthy: shorter, pop-length songs, hidden Justin Timberlake samples and just enough changeups to fit into a set of weirdo house without inducing seizures. Keys Open Doors, their debut album, accomplishes that in spades, and will likely be heard in clubs from San Fran to Berlin. “Same Great Taste” features some rubbery, bouncing bass and a familiar vocalist jacked and cut up. “Tick Tock” does what you might expect, taking your Grandfather’s clock and morphing it into a quirky house banger. In the end, Keys Open Doors perfectly bridges the gap between all of the segmented house sounds of now—equal parts Jesse Rose, Claude Von Stroke and the classics from Chicago.