This Sunday, we hand the reins over to one of our favourite London-based imprints, as Smiley Fingers take hold. Pick up any of the label’s releases and you’ll usually find a batch of stripped-back tech house produced by underground champions like Ray Okpara (who also joins us this Sunday), but as label founder Larry Cadge shows in his mix for us, behind the decks their sound takes in a broader scope: expect classy deep house via psychedelic, dubby techno the whole way through.
Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy – Parola [Spectrum Spools]
Andrea Arcangeli – Funkelectric (Larry Cadge Remix) [Smiley Fingers]
Beesmunt Soundsystem – Body Shape [Pets Recordings]
Tommy Four Seven – OX2 [CLR]
RUR – Tempting [Natural Behave]
Museum – Pole [MDR]
Randomer – Cadans Anchor (Len Faki Hardspace Mix) [Lf Rmx]
Mooz – Oxygen [Hidden Suite]
Black Jazz Consortium – Mystery of Fantasy (Mr. G's Fantasy Mix) [Perpetual Sound]
Samuel L. Session – Sizzler [SYXT]
Truncate – Switch [50 Weapons]
Qindek – Come Closer [Dreiklang]
Onyvaa – 008 B1 [Passeport]
Mattias Fridell – Coveled (Part 1) [Affin]
Can you talk about some of your early musical inspirations?
My mother used to make me listen to My Favorite Things by John Coltrane or stuff like Bill Evans, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Later on, I found Herbie Hancock, Manuel Göttsching, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder. They changed my life.
How did you start out producing, what was your first set-up?
I used to work as a DJ for birthday parties to buy the NS-10M Studio speakers, Akai S1100 sampler, M-Audio Midi interface and Cubase Sequencer. I used this prehistoric gear to record my first tracks.
What’s the meaning behind the name “Smiley Fingers”?
I’m a “think positive” person, and “smiley” is a word that I have always loved, so I try to transmit good vibes and make people smile with our sound, brand and artwork.
Can you let us know what’s coming up on the horizon for the label?
We’ll release some new stuff from my friends Ray Okpara, Basti Grub, Sergio Parrado and Jee Bear. We’re also planning a few other label showcases, and in March 20 we’ll have a big surprise to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.