Here at Conscious Electronic, we love all things bass — breakbeat, downtempo, left-field, experimental, dubstep in all its forms, you name it. As the underground bass movement has begun its full ascendancy in the US, we’ve been keeping a finger on the pulse of up-and-coming bass artists the country over. As such, CE’s Rising Bass Spotlight seeks to turn a focus onto those rising producers who’re developing their craft, garnering their audiences, and turning eyes, ears, heads, and bodies with their commitment to all things low end.
Hailing from Columbia, Missouri, sMITH. is one underground bass talent that CE has been eyeing for some time. Known to his close friends and followers as Justin Smith, the ThazDope Records co-founder and Sub.mission artist first leaped onto the scene four years ago with his dub-heavy experimental bass track, “Off The Block.” He hasn’t looked back since. With past appearances at Backwoods, Imagine, Sub Octave, The Untz, and too many underground events to list, there just seems to be no stopping sMITH.
Armed with a love of all things sub bass, along with a penchant for whompy beats, gooey bass lines, and extreme low ends, sMITH. has built quite the sizable catalog over the years. He’s remixed everyone from Gucci Mane to The Widdler and his recent collaborations with G-Space and MeSo for Spicybois have garnered much attention over the past couple of months.
Now sMITH. has released a slippery low-tempo remix of Prophet‘s “Limitless” that we can’t stop listening to. sMITH. does well to hold onto Prophet’s ragga/jungle flavors on the remix, while layering in his signature elements. With vocal samples of Shaggy’s “Wasn’t Me” propelling sMITH’s whomp-ridden remix forward, it’s easy to get lost into submission with the treatment’s provocative low ends, sedated tempos, and crunchy bass lines. This is one remix treatment that will leave the ears dripping and the body moving along with the beats in slow motion.