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Hot Picks: Getting Down With Rising Finnish Artist Smok


Born and raised in Oulu, Northern Finland, Smok, originally Juha Moisala, began his DJing career in 2002 and has become a key figure in the region’s deep house music scene. Not just a DJ, Smok’s journey includes evolving into a music producer, showcasing his refined auditory and production skills. 

Smok’s deep house style is evident in his work across various labels, including standout singles’ Dance Tonight’ and ‘Helix’. His releases have succeeded on Traxsource Deep House charts and have been supported by notable artists. Moreover, his sought-after remixes are the result of collaborations with various artists. Smok’s tracks have also been featured in prominent collections like Toolroom’s Ibiza 2019, Deep House, and Poolside Croatia 2016. 

Smok’s latest work is an enslaving new single, ‘Desire’ featuring the talented UK-based singer/songwriter SOPHIE MARIE, released on Finnish independent dance label Youth Control Records. Download/stream here:

Check out Smok’s Hot Picks feature below: 

Sophie Lloyd feat. Dames Brown - Calling Out

Very Timeless house song with a fantastic singer and beautiful piano chords!

Jungle - Keep Moving (Dave Lee Remix)

Dave Lee brought this Jungle’s track to the dancefloors! Groovy bassline, beautiful strings and vocals, what else can one need?

Jacques Renault - No Strings Attached

Hearing this one first time on the dancefloor was somehow a very special moment and it gave me goosebumps. Since then this one has been on heavy rotation on my gigs.

Serot - Konto (feat. Verneri Pohjola)

Very nice collaboration from Serot and jazz musician Verneri Pohjola. Very lovely deep house tune which builds slowly and makes me hope the song would be at least double the length!

Eric Kupper Presents K-Scope - Latin Blues Part 1

Classic house tune with nice percussive drums and organ lead. Makes me instantly imagine people dancing by the beach watching the sunset on a warm summer evening!

Glenn Underground - May Datroit

Kind of raw 90s house vibe with a captivating synth line and bass. Hearing this for the on the dance floor played by the man himself made me lose myself!

Themba - The Wolf

Loving the afro house vibe. Interesting drums, bassline and simple yet intriguing synths.

KiNK - Yom Thorke

If I would have to pick one word to describe this it would be hypnotic. Just a perfect techno track!

Number One Ensemble - Back to Heaven

Classic disco tune I didn’t even remember existed. I bumped into this one very recently and since then I have been playing it on repeat! I’m pretty sure you will be hearing this one on my gigs in the future!

Netsky - Everybody Loves the Sunshine (feat. Chantal Kashala & Daddy Waku)

When I heard this one last summer for the first time I remembered how much I like drum’n’bass as well. Such a nice version of an old classic!

Smok’s ‘Desire’ (feat. SOPHIE MARIE) is available to download/stream via Youth Control:


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