26/01/2019: “Walk On” by Smith & Mighty

Smith & Mighty are a classic Bristol trip-hop duo. Rob Smith from the aforementioned group is now known as RSD and produces heavy dub music.

The group have produced songs for Massive Attack, and were even in the charts.

“Walk On” is very accessible song, with a sweet, soulful vocal part provided by Jackie Jackson and an outrageously catchy bassline.

The song is a cover of the original 1963 R’n’B track by Dionne Warwick, which was written by the famous duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Obviously, that version is a classic, and a very alluring sort of tune.

However, the Smith & Mighty version brings a distinctive dubby Bristol flavour.

The bass pops and hits almost tentatively, giving the song an Electro vibe, in a very danceable style. The song is really a hip hip one, but it is one of those rare songs that transcends genre, time and place.

There’s a piano vamp that adds a bit of complexity to the melody, and a dissonant string sample.

The song was released in 1988 on Three Stripe Records, as a 4 track E.P.

An effortlessly cool track!


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