If I’d Been More Smart M. Vaughan Super Tuff Records

Ahead of his debut album, True Life, landing on Super Tuff on February 5th, Vaughan recruits Tilman (Shall Not Fade, Fine) to impart his signature jazzy house spin onto “If I’d Been More Smart.”

Opening the two track single, Vaughan’s original drips with unsettling melancholy. The track balances a jazzy Bill Evans sample, yearning female vocals, and unsettling synth sirens to create a powerful piece of deep house.

Longtime Super Tuff affiliate Tilman takes the tune in a much more DJ-friendly housey direction. The Fine label head adds warm tape drift to the piano sample and lays it atop a chunky, MPC-driven house groove. This is a straight up, midtempo floor filler for fans of Frits Wentink and Session Victim.

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