“Smoke Machine is an album I’ve been working on in bits and pieces for the last year or two. It didn’t start with a mission statement, or a grand thematic concept. But in the process of making music for other artists and helping with their projects, there would always be tracks we made that never quite fit. In a weird way, those oddballs were the songs that felt the most like “me,” and the sound of Smoke Machine started to take shape. A musical island of misfit toys. Cut-n-paste collab club music that wasn’t going to make sense anywhere else.” – Nick Catchdubs
Nick Catchdubs is called “Mr. Do It All” by XXl. He co-founded Fool’s Gold with A-Trak and is a world-renowned DJ who has performed everywhere including sets at Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival to GQ’s invite-only Super Bowl bash. Catchdubs’ latest creation is his debut album Smoke Machine which shines light on his extraordinary skill as a producer. The album features a variety of artists including Chicago’s Show You Suck, Troy Ave, Iamsu!, B.I.C., Heems and more. The cover art is by Niv Bavarsky. Stream above and then cop on iTunes. For more insight into the man that the Chicago Reader calls “tastemaking royalty who can break an act singlehandedly” read Closed Sessions co-founder Alexander Fruchter’s excellent interview with Catchdini.