Record Of The Day… David Keno & Dalson – Black Betty













Artists – David Keno & Dalson

Title – Black Betty

Label – Formatik

Release Date – OUT NOW

And here we go again, bringing you another massive dancefloor smash on Formatik Records, this time crafted and well polished in the studio of Berlin’s only David Keno, who has amassed an impressive catalogue of releases and remixes throughout the past decade from early 12“es on i220 to singles on Trapez LTD, Mother, URSL, his very own Keno Recordings and way beyond.

The title track „Black Betty“ delivers a fascinating electronic take on a prominent and well-known vocal sample from the Rock’n’Roll era, transfers it to a modernistic, octane-fueled TechHouse context and comes across as perfect crossover tune amalgamating underground and mass appeal within 269 seconds of madness.

As a bonus we see Robosonic, also responsible for a large remix of Format: B’s uber-hit „Chunky“ on Formatik Records in early 2k15, at the remix controls, delivering a massive warehouse rave stomper built on a rock-solid foundation of banging drums, dirty signals, hoovers and – of course – the trademark vocals works for the laser, fog and glowstick massive. If you need to get 3000 ppl go absolute bonkers within a few bars this is a remix for you.


Describe the record in five words.

Ambitious, Beloved, energetic, trendsetting & Berlin! ;-)

What is it about the record that will appeal to the fans?

It’s hard to describe why but you will see a lot of smiling faces when you play it out. The dj police will probably hate this track but the people will love it.

It’s definitely a record that stands out. If you love it or hate it, you will remember it. Everytime I played it the last months I received a massive feedback from the crowd.

How does it differ from your last release?

My last releases on Mother Recordings and Lapsus Music were much more reduced and functional than Black Betty. It was straight up tech house, but this one has more pop appeal because of the vocal sample. But of course it has a lot of the Keno groove in it ;)

What was the inspiration for this release?

I was in the studio with the Dalson guys and we were having a little pre-party. One of us was on Youtube and stumbled upon this great version of this classic track from 1939. We started to jam with it and we had a really good time. We didn’t think about releasing it at first but a couple of days later I listened to the recording from that night and that’s when I first thought that this might really be worth releasing. Fortunately the guys from Format:B thought the same and wanted it for their label.

If you had the chance to play this in any club, which would it be?

This is a record that needs to be prepared in a set I think. In the wrong context it can be pretty cheesy but I think it would destroy the Panorama Bar in Berlin pretty well ;)

Black Betty is out now and available to buy here.

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