The Brooklyn-based beatsmith has signed to Pinch's Tectonic label for her forthcoming mini-album, which is due in April.
Real name Vanese Smith, the New Yorker has been pushing her hip-hop beats since 2006, putting out three full-lengths on her own What Rules Records label and also getting a track signed to Rush Hour's Beat Dimensions compilation. Red Bull Music Academy's Barcelona edition then beckoned, where Smith was able to share studio time with legendary Detroit-born guitarist Dennis Coffey amongst others, and the pair even finished a tune for the Academy's promo-only compilation series.
The addition of Pursuit Grooves to the Tectonic roster marks quite a stylistic shift from the darkened dubstep that we're used to hearing from the label, and Foxtrot Mannerisms is sure to surprise quite a few of its ardent fans. The album flows through cosmic soul, smooth tropical house, and even a bit of hip-hop proper on "Pressure" and the dubstep-tinged "Start Somethin", with Smith herself contributing vocals throughout.
02. Start Somethin
03. Mister Softee
Tectonic Recordings will release Foxtrot Mannerisms on April 5th, 2010.