LABELS: Tronic / Systematic / Suara / 100% Pure / Drumcode
Christian Smith is one of the world’s leading exponents of techno, both as a DJ and producer he is always bold and innovative, leading rather than following. With his output in recent years it is hard to imagine a list of prolific producers without his name towards the top.
He has consistently dominated charts and DJs playlists with a steady flow of releases on high profile labels like Plus 8/Minus, Cocoon, Bedrock, Mobilee, and his own Tronic imprint. Christian Smith has operated at the top of his game for over a decade now, with his trademark blend of high impact tech-house and groovy techno. His latest album „Stranger Than Paradise“ (Tronic 2014), the follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Omakase”(Tronic, 2013), has secured worldwide praise with a superb dancefloor orientated selection of tracks that explore and showcase his various styles within the techno genre: musical, peak-time and minimal.
Christian’s Tronic label is also one of the top 3 selling techno labels in the world according to Beatport and Christian has also recently celebrated the landmark of Tronic’s 100th release. Another success story has been the launch of Tronic Radio, a weekly show now syndicated to over 100 stations around the globe. Christian’s touring schedule is busier than ever, including regular Tronic parties in London, Miami, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Amsterdam, New York, Madrid. With yearly guest spots at Richie Hawtin’s “Enter” parties @ Space, Ibiza, and many Festivals around the world it is certain that Christian will maintain his relevance and position at the very pinnacle of electronic music.
Christian Smith – INPUT-OUTPUT ALBUM – OUT NOW!
Christian Smith releases his third solo album titled “Input-Output” on his own Tronic imprint. Consisting of 11 original tracks, each one embodies Christians message of creating “real” techno, with powerful percussions and melodic basslines throughout.
A more than fitting entrance, ‘Destination Unknown’ provides the listener with a masterfully constructed synth melody perfectly complimented by a haunting vocal sample that is certain to sound out across the world’s dance floors. Fusing together sounds from a number of sub-genres, Christian’s minimal masterpiece ‘Explanation’ is sure to be a favourite for those who prefer a lighter shade of techno, whereas ‘Input/Output’s’ fierce kick drums are reminiscent of his stellar releases on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode.
‘Input/Output’ is an impeccable offering from one of techno’s most talismanic figures holding within it a different blend of sounds to suit everyone’s musical palate. Each production wonderfully weaves in and out of one another yet never straying too far away from the trademark Christian Smith sound. ‘Air Castle’s’ electro esque synthesizers flutter throughout yet listeners are treated to contrasting sounds from ‘Release (Stringz)’ dark and atmospheric harmonies.
Christian’s remarkable ability to conjure varying sounds from an array of different influences is unique to say the least. A talent that eludes many within his field, it is this exact trait that has elevated Christian to mesmeric heights and in turn making him one of the most sought after acts in house and techno.
Staying completely humble in his approach to each and every project that he embarks on, ‘Input/Output’ is set to further reiterate Christian’s unquestionable stature as one of underground music’s most influential characters.
Christian Smith – Bells of Odin
Rr – Start Of Madness
Christian Smith – Blast Off
Laurent Garnier – FLASHBACK
Rr – Terre Firma
Christian Smith, Wehbba – Second Life
Oxia – Domino
Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Humano
Christian Smith – Release
Noir – Reste
Christian Smith – Force Majeure