Known to many as one half of both the Mobilee duo Safeword and minimal misfits Coalition of the Killing, Marc Smith finally emerges with his new solo identity here on Thoughtless. Combining analog hardware with mutant sensibilities, Settle Down Na embodies the Lock Smith sound, warm low end propelling a dynamic arrangement highlighted by jazz-inflected synth excursions and a skewed chord progression that meshes perfectly with the bass. Circus Company artist Dave Aju makes his Thoughtless debut with an extended dub that merges noisy percussion and throbbing subs with an organic approach designed to keep things humming at maximum intensity without ever getting stale. Following their stellar Absolution release, Canadian duo Auk show off their deep and dubby side with an impressively executed remix that underscores their versatility in the studio. Space Bucks picks up where the title track leaves off, eerie pads and glistening synths combining for a gleefully queasy romp, while New Sequence wraps things up with a tidy yet sprawling jaunt through spidery arpeggios and extra-wide pads that are carried aloft by a pace-keeping bass and chord combination. Venturing out on his own, Lock Smith makes an auspicious debut that’s likely to inspire more or less anything other than settling down.


Artist:  Lock Smith
Title:  Settle Down Na
Label:  Thoughtless Music
Catalog No.:  TLM098