Smokey Joe & The Kid present their first release LP “Nasty Tricks” on French record label Banzaï Lab. A dangerously efficient mix of hip hop, electro and old Swing, that even 2Pac and Al Capone couldn’t say no to… In this project, Smokey Joe and The Kid, transport us back in time gangsters run streets of 1930’s Chicago. After a 1st EP released in June 2012 and of which 2 tracks been on Beatport HipHop Top 100 during 3 months, the duet comes back in March 2013 to confirm that try with their 1st LP “Nasty Tricks”. Great collaborations enhance that first opus: Puppetmastaz, R-Wan (Java), Lateef the Truthspeaker, Nomadic Massive, Youthstar (Chinese Man), Random Recipe, Sugaray.
Banzai was along with Machiavel one of the symphonic progressive rock bands to come from Belgium in the 70's. Their only album consisted of complex 70's symphonic progressive rock as typical and traditional as it possibly can get. Main influences were clearly Yes, Genesis, Focus andsome Gentle Giant. Three of the five tracks are pure instrumentals,while "Try" and "Three Magicians" features vocals. Especially "Try" hassome convincing Yes-like vocal-harmonies. Personally I feel that"Obelisk" and "Hattrick" are the best tracks. Both have a great degree of complexity, and the melodic guitar-playing reminds a lot of Jan Akkerman.But the whole band sounded like accomplished musicians. A few passages also include some orchestration. "Hora Nata" is derivative and not very original in any way, but it's still quite solid stuff if you can't get enough of that classic 70's symphonic progressive rock sound.