icu boy n dread has been making some serious waves of late and when you hear his music, it doesnít take long to understand why. his debut here on smokin sessions is soulful and beautifully engineered. clean crisp highend frequencies tickle your ear drums and the low end cuts through with a weighty punch. all 3 tracks have been supported by the deep heads page and had a very positive response.
numbernin6 is no new comer to the dubstep scene, but this is his first record for london label smokin sessions. the recordings are blissful and floaty, as you would expect from smokin sessions and really shows off what numnernin6 can do when he goes deep. the whole ep is masterfully produced and you can really hear these tracks have been given a lot of attention. i cant pick a favourite, but all 3 are a great listen. sit back, relax and spark it up rude eye!
south africas escapism refuge returns to londons smokin sessions with the on the fence ep, following his previous effort for the label the highly acclaimed vol. 31. a-side and title track on the fence is an understated and subtle effort, carrying with it an introspective and moody set of harmonies and chord progressions. its a quietly uplifting start to the ep, and the tracks lead melody will remain stuck in your head for days. the b1, almost eight does things differently by incorporating elements of classic ruff sqwad-era grime with an updated and crisp set of modern day production techniques. the epís last track, dust, uses a deep and propulsive bass line, which is augmented by escapisms now signature use of fleeting vocal samples. its a powerful ending to a heavyweight and emotionally-charged ep from escapism refuge. escapism refuges previous efforts have gained impressive dj support from across the scene, from figures such as compa (deep medi), synkro, gilles peterson, lefto, joe kay (soulection), don letts, tim parker, n- type, phaeleh and many more.
the magical partnership of versa & rowl is back on smokin sessions! the 3 track ep is packed with soulful beats, pads and melodies that is simply a joy on the ears. >jupiter< is 2 step to the core and has some very cleaver use of sampling presented throughout the production. >solstice< is a 170bpm masterpiece. you can hear the 2 step influence running through the grooves and really shows off how versatile these 2 talents are with their beats. last up is >theory of one< that has been getting a lot of attention on the deep heads soundcloud.
if you are into a bit of dubstep with a jazzy twist, then i m sure lewis b is a name that you are very familiar with. it s a style of dubstep that is really taking shape and lewis is riding that ever increasing moment that surrounds this beautiful sound. lewis has such a deep knowledge of jazz, ranging from the likes of herbie hancock, miles davis and wes montgomery, all the way to the more modern twist on jazz, like jazzanova and quantic. >dark clouds< screams out lewis b and reminds me a little of >pinball<, but in so man ways extremely different and unique. then we have synkro on the remix duties, but a first for smokin sessions, its a d+b remix!
dj support: d bridge, ltj bukem, dfrnt, dj rum reso loxy, alexander nut, 16bit, pathaan, tayo, kissy sell out, shimon, distal, rob booth, freq nasty, dj flight, nerm (bbc radio 1) and akira kiteshi!
synkro is no doubt one of the most talented producers out on the dubstep circuit at the moment and this single here shows us what synkro is all about. his profile has been blowing up no end recently and has had a release on med school (hospital) and has a track signed on d-bridges imprint exit, due for release late on the year.