We made it! Winter’s officially done and spring isn’t long for this world either. We can know this for sure because the regular-as-the-seasons Technique Summer LP is just appearing over the horizon.
Our first taste of Summer comes courtesy of Smooth. The last decade has seen this artist show off a panoramic range of production styles, releasing on a string of the biggest labels in the scene including Get Hype, Viper, and RAM. And, of course, he’s a highly sought-after remixer for artists as disparate as Matrix & Futurebound, Slander & Sullivan King, and Seven Lions. With this tune marking his debut on Technique Recordings, it’s bound to be something special.
Right from the opening chords of “All Over the World”, we know we’re in safe hands. There’s a bright, uplifting, Balearic dawn flavour to the intro, and the house influence becomes ever more evident as a filtered break gives way to a call-to-rave dialogue sample.
And then there’s the explosive euphoria of the drop. A pitch-twisted vocal riff layered over rock-solid bass and beats sets the tone, while warm enveloping strings draw the dance deeper. Smooth’s musicality comes to the fore as he delivers us into a lighters-up breakdown, reconfiguring chords into arpeggios which lift us back into the bassline.
This tune is summertime raving encapsulated in a few minutes. Classy and sophisticated and, at the same time, packing pure dancefloor punch, Smooth has set summer off with a bang. And there’s a lot more to come.