Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a PC game partly-influenced by the movie Drive with a surreal storytelling and some apparently, extreme violence.
Dublin producer Ross Fortune aka Benny Smiles has two songs on the soundtrack to the game, which is out on March 10th on fancy vinyl. In the meantime, Smiles has put his two compositions up for sale on Bandcamp after unmastered versions received 60,000 plays on Youtube.
The Loud Mouth Collective’s regular Bandcamp compilations are less definitive compilations than snapshots of where the collected artists are at.
Number six in the series is heavy on the beat scene and hip-hop with tracks from Rusty Child, edit:erase, Blake, Eleanor, DJ M-1, Calzone Kelly and Luke B while the world of electronica is represented on tracks from Archetype, Plastic Rhythm, Benny Smiles and Haüer. 16 tracks well worth an exploration and a free download too.
There’ll be a launch next week in Twisted Pepper with live sets from Calzone Kelly, Lüke B & Kali, Redahan, Mangetout and Eamonn Doyle and DJ sets from KIKI aka Cian, The Archetype, Daire Carolan (First Second), Sam Kay & Costelloe (Signal Code Records) B2B and Handsome Paddy.
Ross Fortune aka Benny Smiles is back with a considerable wallop of ’80s synth and guitar solo nostalgia pop on ‘Somehow Yours Do’, featuring Sorca Lou of Ships on backing vocals and Sorcha played in Benny’s live band since. They met at the Nialler9 Minimum Maximum gigs in Monster Truck Gallery last year, Irish Music DB fans!
After last year’s Sunshine / Moonlight EP , this track will appear on an Autumn released EP Manos Frias which promises a more “aggressive style”. For its part, ‘Somehow Yours Do’ has been described as a “Miami Vice love song” and that’s because the song has a suspended-in-the-air synth line and some effect-heavy guitar solos that hark back to the era. It still retains that Benny Smiles jaunty bounce.
He’s the guy who brought you ‘NCAD Girl’ but a man cannot exist on novelty hits about art college students forever so Ross Fortune aka Benny Smiles has put together his first formal release, the Sunshine / Moonlight EP.
The EP features four very different songs, you may know ‘Sunday Morning’, the jaunty Adebisi Shank-esque instrumental from our Podcast, but there’s also the dreamy chillwave intro ‘Sunshine’, ‘Not So Far’ which samples 1900 Mississippi slave field recordings and quirky highlight ‘Moonlight’ featuring the vocal talents of Ham Sandwich singer Niamh Farrell and instrumentation sourced from ripped strips of paper (Solar Bears’ Rian Trench engineered the track). Watch the video for that song by Marc Corrigan:
Fortune has put together a live band featuring Come On Live Long‘s Louise Gaffney, Soundblob blogger Robert McComish and John Rooney and show are happening this weekend at Castlepalooza and the EP launch on August 23rd in the Workman’s Club.
In which I invent a new word, Aoife and I talk about Azealia Banks (that’s her above drawn by 400 Facts), why Grimes reminds me of Opus III, why Chairlift are great, Twitter fights with Zomby, Icelandic intentions and pronunciations, a load of brilliant Irish electronica and some Shangaan electro.
Benny Smiles has given me one of my favourite tracks of the last month already with ‘Sunday Morning’ (below) but here in a turn into Rubberbandits territory, the Loud Mouth Collective producer combines with Ballz Deep (who wrote the lyrics and sings the tune) and goes for the art heads with an R&B jam about an NCAD Girl, that’s guaranteed to have Thomas Street buzzing.
“The afterparty is in Andrew’s Lane… Oh my god, the music is so amazing. There’ll be jizz and crunkstep, UK garage toolbox, grime, retro future cyberwave and a new minimalist techno from Berlin. It’s so minimal it’s actually silent… it’s so coooool..”
Benny Smiles is Ross Fortune from Wicklow and he was in the Gorgeous Colours at some point. He display his live looping live show at State vs. Loud Mouth Collective alongside The Notas and Mick. E Rawk on Feb 17th.