Following on from volumes by Ewan Pearson
, Scottish label Soma looks to local homeboy Alex Smoke
for the third installment in its Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi mix CD series.
Alex is more known to RA as a producer and a live act than a DJ. This year his debut album ‘Paradolia’
was acclaimed for its take on the difficult long player format, while he’s also been busy remixing the likes of Steve Reich, Junior Boys and Depeche Mode.
Alex recorded his ‘Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi’ volume live in one take using mostly vinyl and a smattering of his own unreleased tracks on CD. As for the mood, it looks like he’s opted to dig deep into his crates rather than selecting the latest and hottest, which a big nod to Detroit (Juan Atkins, Robert Hood) and the Detroit-inspired (2000 & One, Aril Brikha). Elsewhere there is the dubstep of Burial, two dub techno cuts by Basic Channel and, from the depths of his collection, obscurities by the likes of Thomas Brinkmann and Stewart Walker.
The next Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi experiment will be conducted by Andrew Weatherall.
Alex Smoke ‘Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi Volume 3’ Tracklist
1. Porn Sword Tobacco - Najat Library Card (City Centre Offices)
2. Burial - Gutted (Hyperdub)
3. Basic Channel - Radiance (Basic Channel)
4. Model 500 - M69 Starlight (R&S)
5. Rhythm & Sound - See Mi Version (Basic Reshape) (Burial Mix)
6. Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches (Gaiser Remix) (minus)
7. Stewart Walker Vs Theorem - Minor Explosions (Minus)
8. Add Noise - Loose Wire (AC Version) (Earsugar)
9. Aril Brikha - Aqua (Transmat)
10. The Vision - Detroit: One Circle (Metroplex)
11. Thomas Brinkmann - Xenia (Max Ernst)
12. Claro Intelecto - Peace Of Mind (Claro Intelecto)
13. Musica Charlista - Juan & Alex (Apnea)
14. EPY - Faktum (Trust)
15. Alex Smoke - Pingu (Vakant)
16. Quixote - Squat (Unreleased)
17. Alex Smoke - Always & Forever (Vapid Mix) (Seventh Sign)
18. 2000 & One - Fokuz (Eevolute)
‘Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi Volume 3’ mixed by Alex Smoke is out on Soma Records on October 30th, 2006.