Review: Purple Horizon marks the debut vinyl release for South Coast producer Sam Smith, an artist who has been immersed in the UK house and techno scene for more than ten years. As a founding member of the Delete events collective he has played alongside the likes of Akufen, Mike Shannon, Portable and Move D in London, Bristol, Brighton and Bournemouth, while continually working in the studio alongside his DJ activities. This first release for his own Nothing Odd Recordings showcases the sound Smith has been honing for years, with a focus on experimental textures and disorientating samples set amongst crisp, rock-solid rhythms operating on the axis between house and techno. With this stylistic approach in mind Baby Ford made for a logical choice of remixer, particularly considering the veteran producer's later forays into dark, hypnotic minimal house and techno as seen on his releases for Perlon, amongst others.
When It's Alright (Tomcraft radio edit) - (3:15) 125 BPM
When It's Alright (Tomcraft remix) - (5:55) 125 BPM
Review: This is a digital re-issue of the London-based singer-songwriter's single from a few years back. It boasts six different versions that all still sound pretty fresh despite dance music's notoriously short attention span. The two big mixes here are Tom Novy's smooth and synthy commercial version and Kid Massive's classic hands-in-the-air electro-house gem. Also featured are Kinky Rowland's proggy Eurotrance effort and Per QX's slightly edgier electro-ish stomper.