Smoove & Turrell have never been scared of a gamble or two and over the course of their career, and their latest album – ‘Stratos Bleu’ marked some of the biggest stylistic changes to date. Though long lauded as one of the UK’s top bands in funk and soul circles, their album was a decidedly rawer analogue affair drawing on influences as diverse as Detroit techno, Bristol bass as well as the party starting breakbeat funk they are so well known for.

Hitting #1 position in the Official UK Dance Charts on release week, and grabbing the Album of the Day accolade from BBC 6 Music proved the band were entirely right. Given the strength of the source material it was only right to issue a remixes album on the project and there was no shortage of producers lining up to get involved.

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Dance luminaries including Hot Toddy, Ray Mang, Ashley Beedle, Steve Cobby and Dutch electronic powerhouses Fouk all signed on immediately. But giving the album a more home grown flavour there’s also a slew of North East acts including hot rising talents Sorley, Rayka, Vandebilt, and Twin Beam, finishing off this talented crew are DMC finalist – DJ Krash Slaughta, Smoove & Turrell’s label mate and fine funk purveyor – Dr Rubberfunk, and of course the man himself Smoove.

Genre-wise it’s an eclectic mix – spanning dancefloor heaters, breakbeat, downtempo, lounge, and hip hop, which is testament not only to the strength of the producers but also the source material to inspire the new mixes.