An Honest Review Of Smoke’s New EP ‘EXTRADITE’

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An Honest Review Of Smoke’s New EP ‘EXTRADITE’

Melbourne is a techno city, with a wide range of producers putting out a variety of takes on the electronic genre. Two known associates of the local scene, SFBM and Alter-Mind, have combined forces to form Smoke – and they’ve presented us with their Extradite EP, recently released on Hungarian label Switch Off Records.

The offering in question consists of two original tracks, and contains remixes from local talents Lateral and D-REX. The EP has a focus on the hard, driving, and gritty side of Techno. You won’t see the tempo dropping below 130 BPM on this release. To set the scene further, you could easily picture the tracks being played in a Dax J DJ set

Repetitive Strain is first up on the EP. Instantly you’re thrown into a world of coarse synth sounds and a growling bassline that sounds like a deep, bellowing monster. As the song progresses, it builds tension with acid bleeps and sweeping sounds which culminate together to form an intense experience.

Lateral’s remix of Repetitive Strain is a continuation on the themes found in the original, but with a more industrial flavour. Metallic sounds pan around your ears while the driving bass, kicks, and percussion bring energy.

The second original track on the EP is Speed Hands. It takes a stripped back approach compared to Repetitive Strain. Smoke capitalises on the use of the vocal: stripping back most of the track, giving it room to resonate through your mind over the throbbing bassline.

D-REX’s remix of Speed Hands makes the rest of the EP sound relaxed. He brings the tempo and grittiness up to another level over the original, exercising a sound that he is well known for. It brings a good variation to the EP – as things really are turned all the way up to 11.

Overall, it’s an excellent effort by the Melbourne duo – as they’ve managed to encapsulate the sound they desired to present with technical production skill. The remixes from both Lateral and D-REX back this up and make it a well rounded EP for those who like their techno on the charred side of the spectrum.

Below you can find a 12 minute preview of the EP so you can experience the sonic blast. Smoke’s ‘Extradite EP’ is currently available for purchase on beatport here:



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