Hyp 377: Rob Smith (RSD)

Hyp 377: Rob Smith (RSD)

The Bristol scene today is symbolised by murky dubstep bellowing out of venues such as The Black Swan and The Trinity Centre, soothing reggae ringing out of Cosies, dynamic drum’n’bass spewing out of Lakota and Blue Mountain, superstar DJs gathering at Motion, trembling techno filling The Island, and, of course, a mosaic of bands strumming guitars at the likes of The Louisiana, The Crofters Rights and Rough Trade. There’s no doubt that the Bristol soundscape’s greatest influence can be found in (Rob) Smith & (Ray) Mighty. Wielding together dub, ambient and hip-hop, the epochal duo’s impact extends to “just about every British dance record since 1988” (Gary Mulholland), and remains a factor in contemporary production in the UK.

First teaming up in the band Sweat, it was there the two realised a mutual curiosity in linking beat machines, synthesizers and sequencers, a relatively new concept during the 1980s. Over the decade that followed, Smith & Mighty built up a legendary discography via their Three stripe label, produced albums for Carlton and Massive Attack, and made countless edits of popular singles that landed them a regular home in the UK’s indie charts.

Their new vinyl compilation, Ashley Road Sessions, celebrates the 30 years of unmistakable influence Smith & Mighty have had over the UK since their earliest release. Made up of ten riddims that cross the worlds of breakbeat, jungle, dubstep and hardcore, the release was put together by Pinch’s Tectonic and Peverelist’s Punch Drunk labels as a homage to their Bristol forefathers.

In celebration of the record, we’re honoured to present you a mix from the one the UK originator Rob Smith. Channeling his dubstep alias RSD, Smith blazes his way through an hour of cranky bassweight, scattered rhythms and dub signals aplenty. Lock in below!


Smith & Mighty – Latent Energy
RSD – Temple Gate
Joy – Real Roots
Got To Move The Barrier – RSD mix (Jack Ruby Audition)
Reaction – Drone
Likkle Mai – Victory (RSD rmx)
Numa Crew – TUFF!
RSD – What Dub Is
BunZer0 – The Light Of That Truth
Dvorakk – Mashiyach
PINCH – Tropical Fever
S E E N – Find The Dub
Hebbe Ft Nosa – M1
Scratcha DVA x Gage – Flytnurse (Darqmix)
Noclu – MK31
Joy – Murdah Bounce
J Kenzo – Kingston Hot
Stagga – Time Check
Muttley – No Time (TMSV Remix)
Sukh Knight – Moon (Kromestar rmx)
Portishead – Glory Box (6Blocc Jungle flex)
Danger – Tenebre
Resykle – 9V
Mentha – All Or Nothing
Om Unit – Righteousness
Smith & Mighty – Film Score
Dillard – From Rain

Ashley Road Sessions 88​-​94 is out now via Tectonic Recordings and Punch Drunk.

Buy it here.

Words: Jens Berring

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