- Release Date 2015-04-16
- Label Studio Rockers
- Catalog STUDR028
John Stuckley and Sam Moss aka Redpine & Solo are a Leeds, UK based duo relatively new to most on the production scene but have been holding up residencies in their thriving hometowns clubbing scene for quite some time. Playing alongside the likes of Addison Groove, Tessela, South London Ordnance and Mosca whose styles have clearly filtered through to theirs. Here we see the pair join the Studio Rockers roster, a label founded by legendary Dubstep pioneer and XL Recordings artist The Moody Boyz, slotting them alongside the likes of Hackman, EVM128 and Eskmo in the catalogue.
Title cut â€˜Smoke Cityâ€™ opens up proceedings and sees Redpine & Solo offer up a brooding broken beat led composition, laid out over five minutes with airy textural pads, weighty amen breaks, heavy doses of sub bass and an amalgamation of vocal chops. â€˜Stay Trueâ€™ follows and retains a similar broken aesthetic but drops the tempo, bringing shuffled rhythms to the forefront while bright Rhodes licks, stabbing bass hook and vocal chops meander around the percussive foundation of the record.
Opening the flip side we have â€˜I Am Someoneâ€™ which takes things in a more straight 4/4 direction rhythmically, yet remains socially stunning and rugged at the same time with warbling drawn out bass tones and emotive strings. Closing piece â€˜The Love ft. Franceskahâ€™ then rounds off the package on a down tempo tip with low slung drums, smoky atmospherics, growling bass and smooth vocal stylingâ€™s from Franceskah.
Redpine & Soloâ€™s â€˜Smoke Cityâ€™ EP is out on 16th April 2015.