After the striking debut release on Nothing Odd Recordings found label owner Sam Smith (not that one!) sitting comfortably alongside Baby Ford for an exploration of subliminal house and techno, NOR002 finds Smith donning the alias Monty The Fly and expanding on his own vision for stripped-down dance music brimming with psychoactive tendencies. Across the three tracks there is a diverse range of moods being drawn on, from the meditative to the mechanical, all fused together by what some might consider an obsessive eye for detail. There’s meditation in the air in places, with mysterious pads and heavy splashes of reverb soaking out into some corners in the time-honoured dubwise spirit of transcendental electronic music. Elsewhere brushed percussion and disembodied vocals shape out a more sinister message, lending themselves to a sound world both immersive and disorientating in one fell swoop. Supported by Paco Osuna, Grego G, Iuly B, Sossa, Steevio & Suzybee, Stacey Pullen, BMO, Brothers’ Vibe, Alexi Delano, Dirty Channels, Nick Curly, Nick Warren, Joseph Capriati, Tim Tor, Sasha, Animal Trainer, Amine Edge & Dance, Franco Bianco, Todd G, Horatio, Horse Meat Disco, Ceri, Chris Fortier, Chris Luzz, DJ Da, DJ Saccao, Exequiel Brandan, Francesco Bonora, JP Chronic, Leix, Markus Mehta, Rambla Boys, Alex Zed, Robbie Akbal, Rotty, S.K.A.M, SLOK, Thallulah, DJ Linus, Markus, Mirco Violi.
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.