Microworld (2) ‎– Signals / Smile

Transmat ‎– MS-22
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

Tracklist Hide Credits

A Signals
Written-By, Producer – Microworld (2)
B Smile
Written-By, Producer – P. McGarva*

Companies, etc.


  • Mastered ByRCE*


Labels say 1998 but was most likely released circa March–April 1999, per discussion on the 313 mailing list.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: MS-22 A F/W RCE
  • Matrix / Runout: MS-22 B

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PETITE 1.5 Microworld (2) Signals / Smile(12", Ltd, RE, RM, Cya) Curle Recordings PETITE 1.5 Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
PETITE1.5D Microworld (2) Signals / Smile(2xFile, FLAC, RE, RM) Curle Recordings PETITE1.5D Belgium 2016
MS-22 Microworld (2) Signals / Smile(12", RE) Transmat MS-22 US Unknown Sell This Version
MS-22 Microworld (2) Signals / Smile(12", TP) Transmat MS-22 US 1999 Sell This Version
MS-22 Microworld (2) Signals / Smile(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Transmat MS-22 US 1999 Sell This Version


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June 7, 2016
You can get a clean WAV from his bandcamp page of Signals



July 9, 2010
edited over 5 years ago

"Signals" is very gradually building track with many layers of hypnotic percussion and somewhat Tangerine Dream-like looping synth sequences. It would fit right in with early (1991-1993) trance music, but is very much techno at the same time. It's very similar to the mid-2000s "neo-trance" music of Kaito. "Smile" is much different. An homage to Larry Heard's brand of dreamy house music, it has a slower and much warmer feel, with chimey keyboards, gently programmed TR-909 percussion, and a prominent, housey bassline. Again, it's still part-techno, despite the deep housey vibe.

Both tracks are well worth the price, but the vinyl on my copy, purchased new, is less than ideal: uncleanable pops in some places, and warpage & center-hole placement result in the stylus making a slight figure-eight as it plays. The physical defects don't ruin the experience, but I hope these tracks are re-released on better media someday. Update: Both songs are available digitally on BandCamp for $3.


September 17, 2003

This release nestles perfectly within the Transmat family yet the profile of the artist says he resides in Australia, it's good to see the the inspiration of Detroit permeates alot further than it's city limits, a testament to it's influence.

'Smile' is awash with an amazingly emotional synth line, new sounds come in towards the end that suggest this track could go alot further; as is common with superlative records such as this, you just don't want it to end. If you have any other mixes Mr.Microworld please let's hear 'em!

'Signals' is the better known track, hypnotic and entrancing it draws you in to a subtle and gentle crescendo of simple and sparse yet perfectly balanced sound.