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Smith & Mighty celebrate 30 years since their debut with Ashley Road Sessions (1988-1994)

For the release, Bristol veteran labels Tectonic and Punch Drunk team up in a one-off collaboration

Bristol's Smith & Mighty celebrate 30 years since their first release. To mark the occasion they've released a collection from the archives with the album Ashley Road Sessions (1988-1994), on a special one-off double label partnership between Pinch’s Tectonic and Peverelist’s Punch Drunk.

Combining their creative efforts in the now defunct band Sweat, when the group split Rob Smith and Ray Mighty began recording together and launched the label Three Stripe Records. Their first release proper came in 1988 when the pair was introduced to Daddy G and Lloyd at Revolver distribution, releasing a four track 12“ Anyone. That year the duo released three more 12” singles on Three Stripe, including R+R ‘s Acid Off A Way PT 1 & 2, as well as Smith & Mighty's Walk On with Jackie Jackson, and Clash Of The Beats featuring MC Kelz. They also mixed and produced Massive Attack's first release Any Love. Tracks on the Ashley Road Sessions release are taken from recordings made in the pair's studio housed in Ray's flat on Ashley Road in Bristol's St Pauls area.

"Smith & Mighty are true pioneers in music whom I've found deeply inspirational on many levels, explains Tectonic founder Pinch. “Tracks like ”Closer”, “U Dub” and “Same” are some of my all-time favourites. To be putting out these unreleased gems is such an exciting project for both me and Tom. We both took a great deal of influence from Smith & Mighty – especially from Bass Is Maternal – the album and era from which most of this compilation’s source material originates."

Ashley Road Sessions (1988-1994) is released on 16 November. Pre-orders are available on Bandcamp, where you can also pick up a 10” sampler, Love Is The Key / Version (not available for the LP). Listen to “Tumblin' (Death March)” from the release, below.