Turrell / Smoove & Turrell / Smoove Stratos Bleu Remixed Smoove & Turrell have never been scared of a gamble or two and over the course of their career, and their latest album - 'Stratos Bleu' marked some of the biggest stylistic changes to date. Though long lauded as one of the UK's top bands in funk and soul circles, their album was a decidedly rawer analogue affair drawing on influences as diverse as Detroit techno, Bristol bass as well as the party starting breakbeat funk they are so well known for. Hitting #1 position in the Official UK Dance Charts on release week and grabbing the Album of the Day accolade from BBC 6 Music proved the band were entirely right. Given the strength of the source material it was only right to issue a remixes album on the project and there was no shortage of producers lining up to get involved. Dance luminaries including Ray Mang, Ashley Beedle, Steve Cobby and Fouk all signed on immediately. So it, made sense to put together their fine interpretations on a disco house focused vinyl. This 4-track ep also includes the outstanding acid house rework of the band's album favorite 'E.P.' by newcomers Rayka. Jalapeno Records 12"
Smoove Queensbridge vs Brooklyn Big week for Jonathan 'Smoove' Watson this week, with a reissue of his 2009 classic 'Beggerman' he created with regular partner in crime John Turrell, with whom since 2007 he has headed up a funk/soul/jazz band from North East England. Now he serves up this wicked funk edit on UK label Wack Records, a label he's very much synonymous with. On the A side we have the strong lyrical delivery of Biz Markie on 'Queensbridge', followed on the flip with the block rocking beats of Herma Puma's 'Brooklyn' (Smoove mix). Wack 7"
Smoove Dead Men's Shirts Smoove from Newcastle / UK seems to be the shooting star of today’s electronic freestyle music scene. He crosses all musical boarders in his own tracks and his DJ sets by mixing Funk, Northern Soul, Hip Hop, Breakbeats and Jazz to an organic union. His presence in the UK and Europe expanded with tours promoting the late 2005 release of his debut album “Dead Men’s Shirts” on Acid Jazz Records. Performing at the Berlin, Fusion Festival to attendees of 60,000 and a live performance alongside DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist at the Sage Gateshead were two highlights of this busy time. Acid Jazz CD
Emma Noble / Smoove Emma Noble EP There’s no turning back for Emma Noble with the release of her blistering self-titled debut EP – not least of the reasons for which is uptempo fortune-seeking anthem and opener No Turning Back. Out now on digital with the double vinyl 7″ format dropping at the start of March, the release also finds the UK soul chanteuse provide three other excellent reasons why the only way is forward. The first of these is Women Of The World, Noble’s loose n funky version of a Marvin Gaye rarity and tribute to the female empowerment while the last and best two are alternate versions of good-time anthem Table Dancers. In its original form, this latter is a bongo-tastic, 144 bpm mod-soul heater with crowd friendly lyrics and a hands-in-the-air refrain sure to encourage precisely the sort of behaviour being sung about. Besting even this though, is the Smoove remix which does all of the above with bells on (literally) along with extended sections and his trademark heavyweight drum breaks. Emma Noble 7"
Smoove / Dr Rubberfunk Sunny Juice / Skeelo Wonder Smoove returns to the label with another couple of skillfully worked mashups. Side A pairs the vocals of Lizzo’s Juice with Boney M’s Sunny with added drums played by label mate Dr Rubberfunk – Oooooo Weeeeee! On the flip sees Skee-lo’s anthem, “I Wish” flipped with Stevie Wonder’s classic of the same name – genius!! You know the drill – doubles required – snooze you lose! Fridays Funky 45 7"
Smoove De La Smooth (Lesson 1) / Hall & Soul Volume 10 of this great series sees Smoove return to the Daisy Age and pay tribute to De La Soul with his cut & paste mix, utilising some of greatest samples ever used! Flip to the B side for his fusion of De La’s Say No Go with the Hall and Oates sample. Quality and very limited – don’t sleep! Fridays Funky 45 7"
Smoove A Quest Called Tribe Smoove returns with one of the most exciting and ambitious multi layered cut and paste mixes that Wack Records have ever released. Over a year in the making, Smoove has meticulously sifted through hundreds of original samples spanning over 6 albums. Behold a tribute to one of the greatest rap groups of all time! Wack Records 7"
Smoove Recorded Delivery You may already be familiar with the tall haired, north-eastern gentleman - Smoove as one of the founding members, producer, and resident bongo player with Geordie soul outfit – Smoove & Turrell. But the man has got many strings to his bow and in case you didn't already know, he's a jolly good remixer, DJ, and selector too… After cutting his teeth and honing his chops on the respected Acid Jazz record label as well as his own - Wack Records imprint he's since found a permanent home in Jalapeno Records where he releases the bulk of his musical output. Apart from Smoove & Turrell, his first solo outing on the label was a compilation of some of his finest remixes all collated together in one very DJ friendly package entitled 'First Class'. As it was well-received, for the next instalment he's sticking with the theme, and stamping his authority on postage-based names, dubbing this batch 'Recorded Delivery'. Jalapeno Records LP
Smoove Big Bird Whilst previous Wack bumpers have come from Smov, The Breakbeat Junkie, DJ Rebel, Daytoner, and more, this 14th edition of tightly wrapped straight up party funk from the label is less forthcoming in the credit department. "Big Bird" is suitably named as it comes packing big drums, big hooks and a big build that's hugely reminiscent of Sly and his fam. Flip for "Heartbreaker" where The Allergies throw down a tweeter-tight rhythm and blues vibe. Super sweaty and highly charged with big claps and bigger riffs. Big indeed. Wack 7" Out of Stock