Throwback: Smith & Mighty feat. Niji 40 – B Line Fi Blow

West country legends Smith & Mighty bring in the low-end with this classic piece of Bristol bass. Originally released 2002, it received a repress in 2010, from the ‘Punch Drunk Unearthed’ imprint of Peverlist’s accomplished ‘Punch Drunk’ label.

Vocals are executed with unerring precision by Niji 40, his lyrics skip effortlessly over the track – incredibly catchy, despite being delivered in an ultra laid-back monotone. The beat combines a weighty elastic baseline with skittering drums fervently pulling at the reins, applied with impeccable taste by Rob Smith and Ray Mighty. Bristolian icons, Smith & Mighty themselves have an impressive catalogue, including contributions the early work of Massive Attack and a Radio 1 Essential Mix in 1996. They were an important influence in the developing ‘Bristol bass’ sound, which burst into national renown following the explosion of dubstep, propelling the likes of Pinch and Kahn into your collection today.

Take heed of the title and don’t let it blow your speaker box…

Release: 2002

Re-release: 2010

-Bert Coyle


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