To those in the know, Chris Keys was a beloved figure in the South African deep house scene. He was known both as a highly respected spinner, a DJ’s DJ if you will, and a talented visual artist who contributed artwork for several record labels. His style was key in developing the noteworthy graphic identity of Just Move Records, where he also played an integral creative role. Unfortunately during the planning of their latest release Chris passed away and the EP, titled Parts Of Us, has been dedicated to his memory.
Sporting a blacked out cover with 3 original collaborations from Jude Brown (FKA Da Brownie) and Thorne Miller, the release is both melancholy and celebratory. Every Part Of Me opens the listing with a slow groove that has a hauntingly beautiful set of pads behind it, invoking imagery of a set of horns paying homage to a lost soldier. Ethereal Dreams opts for a slightly more upbeat tone but still feels drenched in the kind of emotion that is the central point of the EP, an energy also found in closer What You Give which features a wholly deeper vibe.
In the landscape of SA’s deep scene both of these artists have built a name on an uncompromising dedication to their craft, as evidenced by the quality of their discographies. While the release was conceived and produced prior to Chris’ passing, its dedication stands as a fitting tribute to a man whose memory and legacy will forever live on in his art.
RIP Christopher ‘The Sad Ghost’ Keys
Editor’s Favourite: What You Give