Boomkat Product Review:
A name we've not seen round these parts for some time now, the reliably excellent Alex Smoke makes his return kicking off his very own imprint Hum haw. 'Vaporub' definitely signals a slight shift in direction for Smoke, shorn of previous minimal tech house afflictions he approaches the production from a tougher minimal angle, stripped and toned pulses replace the presets, while a refined pallette of tonal experimentation provides an interesting counterpoint. 'Blackbody' further reinforces this fresher sound, on the surface appearing to be a stripped version of his previous work, but on closer inspection revealing subtly shifting techno percussion and yet again a harsher style of pleasingly unmelodic experimentation almost in thrall to the work of Autechre rather than the majority of house or minimal techno producers Mr Smoke is generally associated with. Covering the whole of the b-side 'Clapface' finally dispenses with any niceties and heads straight for the jugular with a prime techno number sounding something like Funckarma clashing with Marco Bernardi for a storming final cut. Ace.