ODD TOOT PRESENTS
OddToot (AKA Simon Smith) started out in 1995 as the classic bedroom studio experiment with lots of old and creaky equipment, which rather randomly got signed the London label Hydrogen Dukebox within a few months of working out how the damn stuff worked. A mutual friend played the label a ropey old demo and somehow it went from there...
The first album, Bampot was released in 1996 and got ace reviews such as "stunning" Musicweek and "One to watch" NME. Simon also signed up as the drummer for label-mate James Hardway, playing festivals all over the world in the jazz/drum and bass outfit The James Hardway Quartet, featuring Theo Gordon (Roots Manuva) and Amanda Ghost.
In 2000 he followed up with Mental Money, an evolution from raw sample-tastic nonsense to an ever wider-ranging mashup of musical ideas.
Since 2000, Simon has been very busy, working as a studio bod, scoring films, moving his studio to Spain and learning to swear like a true Spaniard - "joder tio, me cago en la leche"
...but now he's back. And has a nice wee collection of tunes for you to enjoy...
What the press have said...
"One to watch..."
"The kind of acid-funk that Norman Cook would sell his grandmother for...annoyingly addictive"
"One for the astronauts..."
"his maverick junglism sounds so fresh"
Martin James, Melody Maker
"One of the most cheekily inventive, genre-skipping, boundary pushing space oddities to have escaped the funny farm...maverick, futurist jazz lunacy of the highest order, Niiice"
Jonas Stone, Jockey Slut
"hits the spot nicely"
James Masters, Jockey Slut
"A schizoid backdrop to a stoned afternoon....strangely enchanting"
Nick Jones, Update
"A virtuoso mix which sweeps through breathtakingly pretty ambience, jungle and be-bop railing a colour of tinkling pianos, violins and accordians in its wake"
Tim Bar, The Scotsman
"Mental Money is an excellently recorded album of trip-hop and jungle indebted to the tongue-in-cheek lewd fantasies of Aphex Twin. Inventive drum manipulation makes "Moo Says" a highlight, and "Shoddy Rudder" includes brass and saxes, plus the High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan on guitar."
John Bush, All Music Guide