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.
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.