Viva Recordings welcomes the Finnish producer Smok to the fold with My Soul, a stunning trio of deep house gems. Otherwise known as Juha Moisala, Smok hails from the exotic-sounding far north city of Oulu and has been active in Finland’s house music scene since 2002. From clubber to DJ to producer, Smok’s journey has found him recording for labels like Salted Music, DeepClass Records, Artizan Music, and Phat Elephant Recordings. Viva Recordings is just the latest stop on this emerging talent’s ascent.
“My Soul” opens the EP, announcing itself with a swinging, crisp four-on-the-floor rhythm. Gentle chords, a percolating bass line, and string swells plant the seed for the filtered and arpeggiated melody that drives this lovely tune. The following track, “Chasing,” features dramatic piano splashes and a chunkier balance of beat and bass. It’s here to add a pensive but flowing flair to late night dance sessions. “With the Stars” closes the release on an even deeper note, hypnotizing with pulsing pads, deep subs, and a drum pattern accentuated with a clap that warmly hugs the stereo field. Smok’s My Soul is exceptional, a deep EP for thoughtful floors.
Andrew Emil (Broadway and Wilson) – “This whole EP is FIRE! ‘My Soul’ IS the ONE!”
Demarkus Lewis (Grin Music) – “Classic deep vibe on these. ‘With The Stars’ is my favorite on here.”
Jay Hill (Superfreq) – “Soul rising music here! Loving these vibes.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Sweet, summery sounds.”
Ivan Garci (Vlosfer Records) – “What a release! Love it.”
Phonogenic (Moodmusic) – “Nice, Smok with those summer groovers. ‘Chasing’ is the one to beat here.”
Lee Jones (Country Gents / Buslife) – “Crikey! The first two tracks are so good.”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex) – “This is so wonderful. It’s hard to pick a favorite here, excellent release by Smok!”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show, Perth) – “Wow, this is absolute class. Exquisite.”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective on Stafford FM) – “All 3 tracks are spot on for me. Loving the vibes.”