It’s just one brilliant track after another with this guy. Delano Smith is dropping records like they’re hot and the BeNeath EP on Mixmode is the next one to hit. None of his eruption of output can be casually called filler — these are quality tracks, scattered across a handful of labels, though saving the best for Norm Talley’s Upstairs Asylum and, after the two volume Deeper Fundamentals, one back here on his own.

“This Music Here” starts with a nodding pulse, with a clap, a moody synth sway and a kinky bassline coming in one after another, the way a jazz band starts to swing. These minimal elements combine for devastating effect — the track that will get your ass up and your head down at the same time. “The Gutter” isn’t made up of many more elements but couldn’t be more different — this is a stomper from beginning to end. “Euphoric” closes with 7 minutes of warm, harmonic bliss. Everything comes together here. There are very few records that every DJ could use, much less need; this is one that checks both boxes.

Delano Smith: BeNeath EP (Mixmode Recordings / 12″ Vinyl)
A1. Delano Smith: “This Music Here” (6:15)
A2. Delano Smith: “The Gutter” (6:18)
B1. Delano Smith: “Euphoric” (7:06)

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was not submitted as a promo.


#JACKED: This was originally published in 5 Mag Issue #196 featuring Demuir, Ralphi Rosario, London Vibes and more. Support 5 Mag by becoming a member for as little as $1 per issue and get every issue in your inbox right away!



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