4BeatClub, Replika (Deso,Long Weekend Records), Nathaniel Jay, Mike W - Kolour LTD, GUYNAMUKAT Production, Sccucci Manucci, OWAIN(124 RECORDINGS/124 BLACK), Illyus, The Unity Agency, Waze & Odyssey, Desos, Kick Douglas, Steve Huerta
The Los Angeles based Steve Huerta popped up on the Sccucci Manucci radar via his releases on the formidable Amadeus Records and Dirt Crew Recordings, we tracked his progress and liked what we heard. A couple of months back we handed over the keys to Mr. Manucci's penthouse apartment and SL 230 Pagoda to the young Angeleno, and in-between being fitted for smoking jackets and hand made brogues he managed to get some productions complete with the results pressed up for the fifth release on Manucci's Mistress. Kicking off the EP is the title track 'Smoky', a real late night house jam with sombre piano chords that weave their way round the track like hazy smoke in dimly lit room. Melancholic vocal snippets add a hefty slab of soul to the production. On the flip side is 'Adrift', deep pads are the order of the day here. Stretching across the track like a warm blanket, only briefly changing to climb up the scale. The bass line is a masterpiece in simplicity, 3 deep chugs of the sub are juxtaposed by a brief arpeggiated refrain."
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