With a bizzare mention of the recording equipment used on the session on the back cover of Katy Lied, rumour was the two main men of the band were not happy with the finished product. I was and still am today. This may not be the best album from the band but neither is this a poor effort as this album contains the songs Black Friday, Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More,Doctor Wu,Chain Lightning and Bad Sneakers. Not a bad list and there are even some more worth a mention but as the backing band had basically fractured with the departure of all the members bar Denny Dias.
Smokey Joe & The Kid present their first release LP “Nasty Tricks” on French record label Banzaï Lab. A dangerously efficient mix of hip hop, electro and old Swing, that even 2Pac and Al Capone couldn’t say no to… In this project, Smokey Joe and The Kid, transport us back in time gangsters run streets of 1930’s Chicago. After a 1st EP released in June 2012 and of which 2 tracks been on Beatport HipHop Top 100 during 3 months, the duet comes back in March 2013 to confirm that try with their 1st LP “Nasty Tricks”. Great collaborations enhance that first opus: Puppetmastaz, R-Wan (Java), Lateef the Truthspeaker, Nomadic Massive, Youthstar (Chinese Man), Random Recipe, Sugaray.
These two Bordeaux-born beatmakers mix electronic-infused hip-hop with the groove and melodies of 1930’s swing. Percussion solos played with scratches, beats, and melodies banged out on the MPC, everything is performed live, often incorporating guitars, brass sections, and drum sets. Currently the duo released their second album, ‘Running to the Moon’ in 2016, featuring the voices of Ua Tea, Blake Worrell, ASM among others.