Smith Inc / Simon Bassline Smith* ‎– Power of Darkness EP

8205 Recordings ‎– 8205-007
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, EP


A Power of Darkness
B1 Diatonic
B2 Power of Daylight

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Produced In 1993 By Simon "Bassline" Smith

Power of Darkness was also known as "Devils" to some people, played by Grooverider throughout 1993



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February 14, 2019

I am so very happy this track "Devils (The Power of Darkness)" finally came out on real vinyl. I have been wanting this record ever since hearing it on the Grooverider|Alive CD in 1999. The track is very simple but ohh so effective. Not much going on other then that breakbeat, a bassline, that sick riff, and the vocal sample. This is what I really like about Simon Smith's productions is that they are stripped down to the bear minimum at a time when tracks were quite crazy with a lot going on. It fit in well and you can tell that your listening to a Simon Smith track right away. I'm happy this record comes with 2 alternate versions. The "Diatonic" version includes a techno 909 kick with a different bassline, no weird synth noises, and a 1970s smooth jazz breakdown (can anyone ID that sample... is it George Benson?). I quite like this version. Then there is "Power of Daylight" which I admit I only skipped the needle around to hear the different bits. I will eventually give this one a full listen but I'm not feeling the "Power of darkness" vocal sample here as the track isn't dark. If it was me I would have maybe had the sample play "The power of..." / *Evil Dead Cheryl's Laugh*. I think this would have been more interesting. At any rate I'm really happy Simon released the two dubplates that he held on to for years. This one and the Tronik House dub. I wish more producers could be like Simon here.... (Raymond Bingham... cough Danny Williamson.... cough). Thank you Simon!