Wednesday, 21 September 2011

PCCP cracks a smile as Smutlee unleashes a slew of edits

Now, anyone who has ever been promised any copy from me knows that speed and productivity are perhaps not my forte, so it makes me feel a whole lot better when I see Smutlee put something up on Soundcloud, as it reminds me that he's one person who could possibly give me a run for my money in in a lazy-bastard off.*

Cheap and utterly unfounded pops aside, I'm glad that my boy Smutlee doesn't flood the moombahton scene, as it allows us to fully savour what he does and maintains his status as the UK's first and finest producer of 108s. As I've mentioned elsewhere, his subtle transplanting of bashy vibes in place of the reggaeton element of Dave Nada's creation has worked a treat, and has been influential on up-and-coming producers - and was always utterly logical given that the UK urban scene landscape is informed more by dancehall vibes than latin ones.

Moombahton suffers from people who are content to try to work with the innovations of others, but Smutlee has never been like that - from the off he's forged his own sound, and his position on the scene shows that people are happy to wait as they know they won't be disappointed. He's actually been sitting on these edits since the start of 2011, since his cracking Mixpak session, don't you know - but the fact that they still sound impeccable and haven't dated in a scene that sprouts genres daily shows that he's on to something. From Majic, Look Pon Me and his Chambacu remix through to this batch, he's shown a ridiculous grasp of melodic hooks and an intuitive production style that searches for freshness and doesn't rely on a small clutch of tried-and-tested-yet-ultimately lazy samples.

He's working on original material at the moment, full of cowbell-handclap-whistle party goodness, so expect that to be released some time in 2017. Till then, drink in these beauties...

Stronger Clap (Smutlee Moombahton Edit) by smutlee

Hoodrat Stuff Hot Wuk (Smutlee Moombahton Edit) by smutlee

Mad Balloon (Smutlee Moombahton Edit) by smutlee

Hey You Driver (Smutlee Moombahton Edit) by smutlee

*This is not true. Smutlee is a highly productive man, who would probably rescue your nan from a burning house - he just doesn't release much.

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