We head to Ireland, the town of Derry to be precise for this somewhat special release on Stripped Recordings ,this is a collaboration between a couple of Ireland’s true rising stars Smak (aka Steve McCready) and vocalist Ryan Vail.The track is a epic 10 minute journey featuring the ethereal vocals of Ryan accompanied by Smak’s sublime musicianship to make this a truly not to be missed future classic for anyone thats into real progressive house and music in general.This is the 94th release on Stripped Recordings.
SMAK (aka Steve McCready) featuring RYAN VAIL | IN THE BEGINNING
01. Original Mix | 02. Ambient Vox Version | 03. Instrumental Version
094-SR | STRIPPED RECORDINGS
Available Exclusively @ Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/release/in-the-beginning/895423
“Has been working a treat for me,gets a huge reaction” – NICK WARREN
“This is really really good thank you” – HERNAN CATTANEO
ARMIN VAN BUUREN,DEMI [SOS COLLECTIVE],KAZELL,CID INC,TINI TUN,IAN O’DONOVAN,ALEC ARAJUO,TRIUMPH,GAVYN MYTCHELL [MOS RADIO] and many more
Smak (aka Steve McCready)
Emerging from his home studio in the autumn of 2010 young Irishman Smak (aka Steve McCready) from Derry / Donegal has set about carving himself a niche in the very large and saturated world of Electronic Dance Music.But here we have a talent ,a true talent a producer who seems to be able to turn on that style everytime he enters his studio.He has never failed to surprise with his undoubted skill in crafting an Original tune or a Remix.His first release came in September 2010 on Ritual Music followed swiftly by the next on LA based Android Cartel’s Sketchbook label and at the end of 2010 he contributed to a Various Artist EP on petFood at the end of 2010.2011 arrived and so did Smak as he served up many a tasty dancefloor treat for Stripped Recordings, Stripped Digital, Hype Muzik, Baroque, Riff Raff, Babylon Records,Endemic Digital, Mirabilis,Gl1tched, Unrivaled Music and Dance Through Life Records too name a few. He also managed to release his first full artist album on the aforementioned Hype Muzik aptly entitled “Addicted To…”
His style if asked is multifaceted, House, Deep House ,Tech House ,Techno , Nu Disco / Indie Dance have all been touched on with remarkable results.He is a young and still emerging producer who certainly has a future in Dance Music and with a slew of new projects lined up and ready to go in 2012 and beyond Smak (aka Steve MCCready) is certainly a name to be followed very closely indeed.
Since the age of 13 Ryan Vail has been tinkering and experimenting with music. He cut his teeth at the tender age of 16 in the city’s groundbreaking turntablist scene, where his love of hip hop and drum and bass, and also the crackly, analogue charms and possibilities of vinyl and synths, found root.
After working for a few years on melodic, instrumental tracks, Ryan hooked up with multi-instrumentalist and singer Katie Cosgrove,and the two began to sing and play live together, Starting small at local gigs, they incorporated Katie’s flute and guitar, bringing an organic balance to Ryan’s synthesized, propulsive beats. The pair have recently gone on to support acts such as Jon Hopkins, David Kitt, Boxcutter and Luke Vibert among others.
No stranger to breathing fresh life into battered old machinery (check his old school MK1 Golf for proof – Ryan is one of those annoying, polymath people who can also add vintage car restorer, surfer, DJ and father to his CV…), he and Katie are defiantly hardware-focused in their music production as well, and you can hear the warmth of all those old synths in every track. Glitched electronics and analogue, drum-machine beats mingle with intimate, breathed vocals and pastoral, uplifting, naive melodies. His vocal chops have not gone unnoticed on the electronic music scene, and have recently been featured on tech-house releases by Dharma (on the legendary Renaissance records label), and local upstart Smak (StrippedMuzikClub – Stripped Recordings, Stripped Digital, Hype Muzik)
Comparisons to New Order, James Blake, Steve Mason, Q Lazzarus and The XX are more than justified, and go some way to describing his sound, but to get a real feel for his output, catch one of his live shows, or check out his ‘These Words’ E.P., released on Only Records in mid-2011 and available on Beatport. with another E.P. to follow in the next few weeks, and more in the pipeline, Ryan is the one to watch in 2012.