Smok – My Way EP

August 1, 2015 in Singles

Smok My Way EP Something DifferentDeep n’ groovy house vibes from Finland’s Smok on this latest from Something Different.

Three mixes of My Way to choose from. The original’s a lo-slung and sultry affair with a nice squelchy bassline and sparse atmospheric keys, that gets a lil’ more head-fried as it goes on. The Marcus Sur Vox Mix is even sparser and trippier, but adds a ranting vocal section in the middle, and is accompanied by a Marcus Sur Dub, presumably for those who DO like scratchy FX and cavernous production, but DON’T like being shouted at about “motherfuckers standing on my feet”. It’s a niche market, admittedly, but it’s good to see they’re being catered for. Completing the package is Floating Away, a lazy, late-night gem with some gorgeous Hammond-y sounds later on.

So, smooth grooves or freaky-deaky weirdness? You get a choice of both, here…

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Something For Miami Vol 2

March 15, 2015 in Singles

Something For Miami Vol 2 Something DfiferentMust admit I’m getting a bit confused with the sheer amount of Miami samplers/EPs/albums coming from the Something Different camp this year! This is the second in a three-EP series from Something Different itself, and there’s also a Different Attitudes For Miami collection as well as two volumes of Attitudes Remixed For Miami (also on Different Attitudes), and who’s to say that Something Else and Something Different Again won’t be getting in on the act too?! You definitely can’t accuse the Bootle crew of resting on their laurels…

Anyway, right now we’re talking about this EP, which has eight tracks from as many different arists. As such, a range of house styles are represented, from Ange Siddhar & Illan Nicciani’s dark n’ techy A Night At The Club House to the contemporary ‘big room deep’ of Mastercris’s Poseidon, so I’d strongly recommend you check this EP for yourself. But when you do, I’d also humbly suggest that Justin Harris’s jazzy, disco-tinged Change The Game, Harlem Knights’ understated roller Deep Sea and Smok’s laidback, organ- and sax-flecked Southern Side would be good places to start…

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Smok – Ah Aah

April 5, 2014 in Singles

Smok Ah Aah Manifesto RecordingsLast one for this evening, and I needn’t keep you long cos there’s just the one mix!

I can’t say I’ve got huge amounts to say about Ah Aah, either, except to tell you that it’s the brainchild of Finnish producer Smok… and that if trad-style, funk-fuelled deep house with soulful vocal snips but also just a hint of a more contemporary, techy edge sounds like it’d float your boat, then you’re probably gonna like this record as much as I do!

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of fledgling UK deep house label Manifesto (not to be confused with the 90s commercial house/trance label of the same name), who are based just outside Middlesborough and who can be found on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Smok – Still EP

March 31, 2013 in Singles

Smok Still EP Phat ElephantSome very fine house grooves in a variety of styles here courtesy of Finnish producer Smok – not to be confused, of course, with Slok or Smak. As if you would…

Feel Me is up first, an unhurried synth-led deep house affair with a stuttery main hook and a solid bassline propelling the track along underneath. It’s Still itself that’s the killer for me, though: a beefier, techier cut than Feel Me, its combination of throbby, proggy bass and deeper synth sounds is irresistible. Rounding out the EP, Midnight Highway then takes us into tuffer territory still with its fierce technoid rhythms and urgent main synth/bass riff.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Dutch label Phat Elephant, who I don’t believe have featured on TIWWD before…

Smok – Sure Thing

July 24, 2012 in Singles

Smok Sure Thing Artizan Music

Seems like a bit since we had anything from Jafar & Poussez’s Artizan Music on here… but now here they come again with a rather splendid three-tracker from Finland’s Smok.

“Deep house in the classic Chicago style but with contemporary production values” is pretty much the order of the day, generally speaking. For me, the bouncy Back To Basics and more dreamy, driftaway Sure Thing battle it out for top honours but Light Of Day is cool too, making this a very solid bet for those in search of classic-style house vibes rendered in 100% fromage-free fashion.

Out: Thursday (July 26)

About: Find Artizan Music at their website or on Facebook