Various – We Are Smiley Vol 10

August 23, 2014 in Singles

We Are Smiley Vol 10 Smiley FingersLastly for tonight, we have this seven-track sampler from London’s ever-prolific Smiley Fingers.

Some of the names involved (Larry Cadge, Adam Helder, Dave Storm, DJ Linus, Da Fresh, Rick Sanders) will be familiar to TIWWD readers, and especially to fans of the label; others (Daniele Stella, Kisch, TrockenSaft) perhaps less so. Similarly, there’s a mix of label faves and new material… and with seven tracks in total I’m not going into each one individually.

Storm’s pulsing, midtempo, acid-flecked Surrounded with its “this is a house break” vocal is one highlight, DJ Linus’s big bass throbber Behind Myself another, Da Fresh’s stripped-down afterhours jacker Someone with its haunting Xenia Beliayeva vocal and dubwise FX yet another. But overall, suffice to say if Smiley Fingers’ trademark brand of groovy, rollin’ tech-house and big-assed deep house vibes floats your boat generally – as it certainly does mine – then this collection is a bit of a no-brainer.

Out: Tomorrow (24 Aug)

About: You can find Smiley Fingers here, here and here.

Dave Storm – Surrounded

June 2, 2014 in Singles

Dave Storm Surrounded Smiley FingersMore very classy vibes on this latest from Estonian house veteran Dave Storm, which is brought to you by Smiley Fingers, a label who seem to be getting deeper and deeper as they go along!

In its original form, Surrounded is a smooth, paddy ride with a megaphone-y “this is a house break” vocal and female “woahs” atop crisp, unhurried beats and some pleasingly understated synth wibblings. Karol XVII & MB Valence’s Loco Remix is dubbier, more afterhours-ish and every bit as good as we’ve come to expect from the Polish duo, while finally Storm’s own Cabrio Mix is a comedown-friendly trip with Afro-tinged percussion, more of those luxuriant pads and some sci-fi synth sounds.

I think the Karol XVII & MB Valence rub just nudges it for me, but it’s the pick of a very fine crop.

Out: Last week

About: Find Smiley Fingers here, here and here.