South Africa's Sphesihle Ndlovu is the man doing the honours for Black Vinyl's 100th release
It seems incredible to think that Black Vinyl, having launched in 1996, are only just now hitting the 100-release mark… in today's much faster-moving climate, some labels do that in a couple of years! But then Black Vinyl always did favour a quality over quantity approach.
The man selected to do the honours for BVRDD100, as it's known in the trade, is Sphesihle Ndlovu, a producer who hails from Pietermartizburg in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, and who made his debut on Black Vinyl a couple of years back with the Sabela Africa EP. He brings us three instrumental SA-style deep housers: opener The Hesitant comes laden with delicate piano and horns, and could cross over to find favour with playa house-type jocks, Going Down is an interesting fusion of lilting, Balearic-like sweetness and synths that hint at a darker mood, while finally title track Tinted Windows itself is a little spacier and rides a gentle rhythm that leans ever so sligthly to the bruk beat side of the street.
Those digging the organic, ultra-deep South African house sound will find plenty to enjoy here.
Words: Russell Deeks
Review Score: 7