Boomkat Product Review:
As the dust starts to settle on the impact crater caused by Alex Smoke's 'Paradolia' album, it's usually about now that the initial praise which greeted a given record starts to wane as people's critical faculties come fully online. Yet in the case of Smoke, it just seems to get better - with this new 12" a case in point. Undoubtedly one of the LP's highlights, 'Make My Day' was melancholic to the point of becoming noir - but rather than translate into a dour track that sparked a gloom, it was in fact beautiful in it's simplicity; with Smoke morphing his own vocals to genuinely haunting effect. Handed over to the capable hands of Lusine (aka Jeff McIlwain) and Darren J Cunningham (aka Actress), 'Make My Day' is reinterpreted in the respective scalpel-wielders own image - starting with Lusine's cavernous techno reading, wherein Smoke's vocal is distorted gleefully to produce a distinct melody that was there all along but we just hadn't noticed. Dicing the original into a funk sauté, Cunningham's version is a far brisker affair and ups the pace considerably to draw out the fiercer side of the source, whilst the EP is topped off with Smoke's own 'Snider' - a shimmering homage to classic Detroit Techno. Ace.