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George Smeddles – ‘Hard to Find’ EP Review

George Smeddles – ‘Hard to Find’ EP review by Daniel G Hammond

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Though summer has come to an end, you can still embrace the essence of those searing summer sessions along with you all year long thanks to George Smeddles‘ Hard to Find EP.

George Smeddles’ Hard To Find Ep drops on Resonance Records on September 29. Pre-order your copy now on Beatport!

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This is the feeling you get upon listening to ‘Hard to Find,’ the first track on the latest release by George Smeddles. The listener is hit instantly with a medley of percussion, leaving them short of breath as punchy snares and hats fall neatly into place.

The listener is then eased back into consciousness through a rolling bassline that oscillates amongst a selection of cropped vocals. This all paves the way for the star of the show: a selection of sultry vocals work well in increasing intensity in what is an already energetic opening track.

George Smeddles’ artistic combination of hard-hitting basslines and carefully crafted melodies has gained him a signature sound, one that ignites dance floors from London to Bora Bora Beach.

There is an element of class about ‘Hard to Find.’ As far as innovative tech-house goes in 2017, the name of this track couldn’t be more fitting. Enter the man responsible – George Smeddles – the DJ and producer with previous features on Toolroom and Erase Records, alongside a phalanx of admiration from some of the weightiest names in the House world including Jamie Jones and Darius Syrossian.

George Smeddles’ artistic combination of hard-hitting basslines and carefully crafted melodies has gained him a signature sound, one that ignites dance floors from London to Bora Bora Beach. Smeddles uses London as the headquarters for his musical production. The city acts as a locus of inspiration for Smeddles, where he previously enjoyed residency at the infamous club Egg.

Track two of this EP is ‘Club Controll,’ which almost makes you book a flight to Ibiza for the closing parties. But you’re more than likely at work, so do what you can, and allow this track to transport you through it’s sun tinged aura.

It is in this city, that London newcomer Ying Yang has been given his time to shine, collaborating with Smeddles on next track. Track two of this EP is ‘Club Controll,’ which almost makes you book a flight to Ibiza for the closing parties. But you’re more than likely at work, so do what you can, and allow this track to transport you through it’s sun tinged aura. The percussive elements of the track are enough to get you moving, even if it’s in the office, ranging from bongo to machine like tech hats. Club Controll is driving, building in intensity and using sharp vocals and subtle synth samples to give the track greater space and trip-like atmosphere.

The label behind this release is Resonance, which George Smeddles co-owns. The head honcho however, is label founder Max Chapman. Chapman runs the label alongside Hot Creations whilst producing for Elrow, which goes some way in explaining Chapman’s flair for beefing up ‘Hard to Find’ in a remix alongside Jimmy D. The remix is the final track of the EP, but it shows no signs of slowing down. Instead, this reinterpretation adds greater torque and sun-kissed vibes alongside an accentuation of the instantly catchy vocals that make this EP destined for repeated plays across beaches, commutes and Clubdom at large.

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