Smoke Screen – Barry Blanco (produced by The Kickrums)

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The new Smoke Screen single produced by The Kickdrums! Artwork by legendary Cleveland artist John G. Live bass by Jeff DiLorenzo. FREE DOWNLOAD through Alloy-X Here: alloyx.bandcamp.com/track/barry-bla…d-the-kickdrums

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Imagination Beyond Illustration is 4 Years Old

Four years ago today we dropped our sophomore release Imagination Beyond Illustration which spawned one official music video directed by Turnstyle Films and featured guest appearances by Keyel, and many others. We had a CD Release party at The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights where we had physical copies of the album and T-Shirts with the album’s logo on it for sale.

The artwork for the project was done by Jeremy Backo and you can purchase the album off of iTunes HERE. Below you’ll find the Music Video for “Melodies Of A Silhouette”, the original artwork from the project, and a stream of the album. Thanks for all the support over the years!

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Broken Keys – Snow Caps Single + Cantina EP Tracklist (Out 3/25 on Alloy-X)

CANTINABROKEN KEYS “CANTINA EP” OUT 3/25

We are proud to announce that the newest EP from Broken Keys, Cantina EP, will be released Tuesday, March 25th via Alloy-X. When he’s not artfully bringing his skills as an MC / producer as Chemist of the Smoke Screen / Smoke Noises camp, Cleveland native Tommy Sheridan thrives in a world of playful electronic music as Broken Keys. On his first official release since 2013’s Black Sand Beach, Sheridan mixes an appreciation for the wide-open spaces of house & beat music with the any-sound-goes production sense of classic hip-hop. The three track EP will be available for download 3/25. Artwork design by Broken Keys & Ghost Noises. Full tracklist and lead single “Snow Caps” below:

01. Cantina
02. Snow Caps
03. Sativa 1.6

http://www.alloy-x.com

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Smoke Screen – Morado [Official Music Video]

Composed of over 1,000 individual still photos without a single frame of live video footage, this is the official stop-frame music video for “Morado” by Cleveland hip hop duo, Smoke Screen.

Produced by Urbindex off of the Smoke Screen x Urbindex Turquoise EP
Directed/Edited by Michael Campanizzi
Photography by Joe Alven

Special thanks to Abydos Productions!

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Smoke Noises / Do$e Money / Corey Grand @ The Grog Shop

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Smoke Noises live at The Grog Shop with support from Corey+Grand and Do$e Money.

Also Another Enemy x Smoke Noises Capsule Collection Release which can purchased at the show.

Also available at the show will be the limited edition Smoke Noises CD + Album Cover Sticker combo. Only 50 pressed!

Fri, Jan 10, 2014 | 9:00 PM (8:00 Door) + $8 | Grog Shop | All ages

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All Fired Up: Local Hip-Hop Outfit Smoke Noises Makes an Impressive Debut

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In the video for the new Smoke Noises’ Tune “2000 Pounds,” three rappers in fat suits come into frame. Images of cake, pizza and hot dogs appear as an insanely dope track plays. The video is as heavy as the title implies. The track is from Smoke Noises, the self-titled debut from a local hip-hop collaboration between the duo Smoke Screen and the solo artist Ghost Noises.

“What happened was Smoke Screen consists of Chemist [Tommy Sheridan] and Mooke [Rodney Mynatt] and Ghost Noises is a solo act, this dude Eric [Sarley],” rapper Tommy Sheridan explains in an interview. “So we’d kinda been in the same group of friends. We had worked with each other in the past and we came up with the idea to do a project together. It originally started as [Sarley] was going to do the beats and we were going to do the raps over it. As we were working on the project, [we realized] Sarley’s also a rapper, so we wanted him also on the project. It turned into a full-length project with all three of us rapping on it. And that’s pretty much how it happened.”

Read the rest of the article HERE!

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Smoke Screen 2013: A Year In Review

2013: The Year of the Collab

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Photo by Rayfield Benton

2013 for us in some way or another turned out to be “The Year of the Collaboration”. We ended up releasing over 10 collaborative projects/singles/features this year. With 2013 officially over we wanted to take a minute to reflect on this past years highlights and standout moments.

To kick things off the “Alloy-X Vol. 1 Compilation” was released in January and featured both a brand new Broken Keys tune “Demote Control” and “Oops All Berries” by Smoke Noises. We then played a Smoke Screen show with Two Fresh to cap off the month.

The collaborative EP with Urbindex “Turquoise” was released in February and had the songs “Fuss Wit It“, “Buju Banton” and “Morado” on it, all of which we went on to perform at pretty much every show since then.  Also released in February was the Crucial Taunt x Smoke Screen “Stickup Kids” single, which garnered mildviral” success.

The Smoke Screen collab with UK beatsmith Swarthy Soul “You Gets No Love” was released in March, as well as the Broken Keys produced “Hallucinating” by Alloy-X/Smoke Noises member Ghost Noises off of his “Psychedelics” LP. To close the month out, Smoke Screen opened for Redman at The Grog Shop. In April we did the first Smoke Noises headlining show at the Beachland along with A/V and Broken Keys.

May saw the release of the Broken Keys album “Black Sand Beach” on Alloy-X, which spawned the singles “Missed The Bus” and “Moonlight“. Also in May was the release of the stellar “Pasquale” album by Keyel/C.C.C member Twizz which included another big summer tune in “Grab The Gems” featuring Mooke. The Danny Brown Old & Reckless Tour came through Cleveland and Smoke Screen opened the show and hosted the official after party @ The B-Side with a Broken Keys b2b Urbindex set as well.

In June we got to play a private party with Broccoli Samurai at NLQP, and in July we got to go up to Detroit for a Broken Keys b2b Urbindex set at the On Deck Detroit day party with DJ Skeez and DJ Dez. It was really nice to be able to be a part of such a great party in such a legendary city.

We kicked August off with our first official appearance on a Nelson’s Ledges Festival lineup playing the second day of EST Fest. We played with Crucial Taunt and DJ Craze at Skully’s in Columbus at the LeBoom, and opened for Eliot Lipp, Talib Kweli and The Promise Hero that month also.

September started out with us right back on the main stage at Nelson’s Ledges for our second official NLQP Festival appearance as part of the Summerdance 2013 lineup. The “Smoke Noises – 2000 Pounds Music Video” was filmed and released by Turnstyle Films along with an official premier and Q+A at the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival. Also performing at the Fest was Broken Keys, Hokes & A/V (as a part of the Alloy-X curated DJ area) and Smoke Noises and Urbindex. We did a Smoke Noises Interview with Cellar Door CLE and then the last day of September saw the release of the 4-track Smoke Screen x Crucial Taunt “Vices EP“.

An Eastcoast trip and short string of dates took place the following month. The run started with a Broken Keys and Urbindex show at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. The next stop was Boston, MA for a Smoke Noises appearance on the Berklee Internet Radio Network and a Smoke Noises x Urbindex show. The official “Smoke Noises” LP saw a late October release on Alloy-X and a self shot (while in Boston) music video for the Urbindex produced “Snakes On A Plane” was released shortly after. Also released in the month of October was the Broccoli Samurai feat. Smoke Screen single for “Backwards Logic” which saw an official music video release.

November and December have consisted of a pair of mixes from Mooke in “Orbit Grooves Vol. 1” and “Orbit Grooves Vol. II“, a Smoke Screen show with The Kickdrums, a Smoke Noises set at the 2013 Genghis Con hand selected by legendary Cleveland artist John G, and Broken Keys appearances with Anamanaguchi at the Beachland Ballroom, and at Heart & Sole for the Doja Powerplay release party.

We want to thank everyone that held us down this year and for the past 6 years. We couldn’t imagine doing anything else and we’re extremely lucky to be able to do this with everyone’s support. We now leave you with our 2013 highlight recap video featuring many of the things mentioned above. Welcome to 2014.

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