are an English
band, which blends acid jazz
and trip hop
, borrowing from Brazilian
styles such as samba
or bossa nova
. They are best known for their single "Underwater Love", which was a major hit in 1996
, after being used in a Levi's
jeans TV ad "Mermaids" (directed by Michel Gondry
). The original music video
for the single is notable for predating The Matrix
in its use of bullet time
the band released their first album Flying Away
, which included several hits like "Underwater Love", "Mr. Gorgeous (and Miss Curvaceous)" and "Águas de Março (Joga Bossa Mix)". Whilst Flying Away
was hard to classify because it had everything from light trip-hop to gentle guitar ballads, Smoke City's next album, Heroes of Nature
(released in 2001
), was considered too odd even by fans, combining even more styles and incorporating dance beats in some of the tracks.
An extended version of Heroes of Nature had three more tracks than the original, one of them being a cover of John Lennon's famous song "Imagine".
Underwater Love is also a track on the soundtrack/album "Thicker Than Water." Thicker Than Water is a surf video.
The three musicians no longer play together as Smoke City.
- Nina Miranda (vocals, fx)
- Mark Brown (programming, turntables, keyboards, percussion, vocals, fx)
- Chris Franck (guitar, keyboards, percussion, bass, vocals)
- Flying Away (1997)
- Heroes of Nature (2001)