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Smoke City - Underwater Love

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Added by Ahmet Voltran in Downtempo


Smoke City is a British band. Their music blends modern styles like acid jazz and trip hop, and borrows a lot from Brazilian styles like samba and bossa nova. They are best known for their single PlayUnderwater Love, which was a major hit in 1996. The video to that song is notable for predating movie picture The Matrix in its use of bullet time motion.

In 1997 the band released their first album, Flying Away, which included several hits like PlayUnderwater Love and Mr. Gorgeous (and Miss Curvaceous). While Flying Away was hard to classify because it had everything from light trip-hop to gentle guitar ballads, Smoke City’s next album, Heroes of Nature (released in 2001), was considered too odd even by fans, combining even more styles and incorporating dance beats in some of the tracks.

An extended version of Heroes of Nature had three more tracks than the original, one of them being a cover of John Lennon’s famous song PlayImagine.

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