Smokesta’s new release is a big one and features the vocal talents of Manchester’s finest Julie Gordon on two of the tracks, including the title track, “You Ain’t Ready”. Julie Gordon, known from her previous work with felow Manx, The Happy Mondays & Backdraft and her solo work with the Digital Orchestra adds a nice bit of soul to Smokesta’s in-your-face breaks style.
The title track of this release, “You Ain’t Ready”, is a jump-around hands-in-the-air tune. Sticking to a great rhythm and chugging bassline, the track is developed by some brilliant production and vocals with some very dub laser sounds and clever use of filtering.
Opening with a calming synthesised melody, “Dreaming” leads you in to an ethereal dreamy meditation. Before Julie’s vocals lead you into another well-constructed drop, the track balances the breakneck speed of its drums against all the bouncy, dreamy soft elements that really give this track a refreshing overall feel.
Finishing up Smokesta goes in with some great organ chords and some dub vocal samples before dropping a big break. He then drops it into a frantic rhythm adding some abrasive high synth sounds just the sound you need to freak out the dance-floor.
• Smokesta – You Ain’t Ready (ft. Julie Gordon)
• Smokesta – Dreaming (ft. Julie Gordon)
• Smokesta – Come Back
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