You only need to glance at the European pop charts to see that the sounds of the '90s are back in a big way. British artists like Disclosure, Jessie Ware, AlunaGeorge, MNEK, and Duke Dumont have all clocked up hits this year using either '90s R&B, '90s house, or a combination of the two, and now the K-pop world's getting in on the act, too.
Smells --a South Korean DJ-turned-producer-turned-artist who came to commercial attention last year thanks to two brilliant SISTAR remixes and a Tiger JK production-- dropped a perfectly old-school handbag house anthem this week titled "Up and Down". Featuring soul diva vocals from The Voice Korea season one winner, Son Seung Yeon, "Up and Down" mixes old NYC club beats with Ibiza-sized synths for a sound that's both classic and distinctly modern all at once.
Look for Smells' Up and Down EP, which also features collaborations with fellow DJ Demicat and K-indie chanteuse Neon Bunny, on iTunes now.