Review: Presenting a fully legit, remastered and repackaged reissue of this legendary afro-house classic for 2018. The classic "Koro Koro" should need no introduction. It gained fame in London in the late '80s as an anthem of the acid house scene of the time. Released via London's Warriors Dance label, it was subsequently picked up and licensed by labels in the USA where it fell into the hands of tastemakers such as Tony Humphries, Masters At Work and many more - and rapidly rose to prominence in the states too. Essentially "Koro Koro" birthed a new style of house and techno, fusing together tribal, African and percussive elements with analogue synths, street-style drum programming and warehouse attitude.
International Smoke Signal (feat Manu Dibango) (6:06)
Oh Yes (Freedom) (5:08)
Ai Shi Temasu (Japanese Love) (4:28)
Show Them (4:00)
Review: Tony 'Addis', the man behind the Warriors Dance label and No Smoke project (amongst many other things) is undeniably one of British dance music's unsung heroes. That much is proved by this re-mastered reissue of 1990 LP "International Smoke Signal", an album so ahead of the game at the time of its release that it still sounds like the future. Most will know acid house anthem "Koro Koro" (here in altered, slightly more downtempo form), but it's the quality of the lesser-known cuts - the sub-heavy, UK steppas-influenced Afro-house of "East of Eden", the bleep-meets-Dream II Science deep house bliss of "OAU In Music", acid-fired "Anti Galactic Devotion" and "Pacific State" style E-rush of "Oh Yes (Freedom)" - that makes it such an impressive and essential set.