Premiere: 'Smoked Out' (Crackazat Remix)
Sydney’s underground nightlife has had its fair share of hardships in recent years, but despite the local government’s best efforts, the city’s community continues to find ways to thrive. Sondrio is one of many producers and deejays on the frontlines working to keep the city’s vibe alive and well, injecting a steady stream of forward thinking jazz and funk inspired house music into the local scene through his own productions and sets. His upcoming release ‘Night Music V’ features a collaboration with the English-born, and now Sweden based Crackazat in the form of a rework of the EP’s first track, ‘Smoked Out’.
Crackazat’s own reputation well and truly proceeds him, with a number of releases on Local Talk, the esteemed Swedish imprint responsible for releasing a number of highly regarded 12-inches from artists like HNNY and Art of Tones. His compositions reveal a passion for the tasteful cheesiness of 80’s synthesiser, as well as an informed enthusiasm for the jazzier tones of house music that have regained popularity in recent years. Anything from his output would sit nicely in a collection next to releases on Fouk’s label, Outplay – or Detroit Swindle’s popular Heist imprint.
The yield of Sandrio and Crackazat’s collaboration is an epic journey that begins with a deep sonic palette, and over six minutes subtly transforms itself into synth driven euphoria featuring lead tones that could make Kamaal Williams weak at the knees. The opening bars introduce a number of the track’s driving motifs; tasteful piano stabs are joined by a vocal sample drenched in delay, while the track’s muffled bass line inspires some serious toe tapping. An impression of the lead synth lurks in the background of the track for the first half, while the percussion gradually begins to jack a bit harder and filtered chords begin to stab through the midrange. The track does a fantastic job of creating a sense of anticipation throughout, and as it enters the final two minutes the payoff is a jam of the most jubilant nature imaginable, a signature of Crackazat’s productions that is sure to ignite even the most discerning dance floors.
To purchase the release follow the link here.
Words: Brenton Lowes