Ivan Iacouccis Smoke Joke Records returns with a new single from this much respected producer. Iacobucci has a long history as a producer, Dj and label boss having recorded for the likes of Nite Grooves, King Street and Flying Records as well as his own Hole Records. Now for his first release in 2010 he follows up his Te Adoro single with a stunning new EP on his Smoke Joke Records imprint. Lazy Sheep EP kicks off with Back Up a solid, percussive house cut built around a rollin bassline and tight vocal edits. This is a classic Iacobucci production drawing on simple themes and phrases to create a warm and engaging track that is bound to have broad appeal. Next up we have Chronic, a tough yet accessible slab of brilliant tech edged house. Tribal drums create a deep groove that provides the perfect bed for subtle vocal snippets and a rich organic bassline, quality stuff. The penultimate cut sees Anthea and Celler (Cecille, Tuning Spork, Freak N' Chic) take the remix toolbox to Chronic, stripping things down and producing a rough and rugged version that is set to test soundsystems everywhere. Beaustifully understated, this mix provides a superb alternative to the excellent original. Finally we have the uptempo Heaven, a glorious slab of bass bumpin house that is an instant floorfiller. Iacobuccis production talents shine through once again on this wonderfully hypnotic track and show why he has remained at the top of his game for so long. Smoke Joke Records is not the most prolific label in the world, but with quality like this it is certainly worth the wait!
Ivan Iacobuccis Lazy Sheep EP is released on Smoke Joke Records in February 2010.