Inner Sauce is the latest label venture from Tribe Records frontman Zepherin Saint. The North Londoner who first defected to Berlin, eventually settling down under in the musical treasure trove that is Melbourne. An accomplished DJ and Producer in his own right, Zepherin’ s Tribe Records has hosted artists that sit within the deep house, warm techno, and tribal genres. The engaging city of Melbourne possesses a vibrant night life and thriving live house scene which he has fully immersed himself in over the course of six years he’s been there. Inner Sauce Recordings has been created with this scene in mind with pure focus on this emerging live house scene coming out this intensely creative city and in particular, the area of Naarm, Melbourne.
For its third release Inner Sauce welcomes On-Ly to the carefully curated roster for his own full release after he appeared on the Inner Sauce Compilation volume 1 compiled by Horatio Luna. On-Ly is the outfit of pianist, producer, and composer Joshua Smeltink. On-Ly is about hard-hitting groove music that crosses nu-jazz, psychedelic, house, spiritual-funk and hip-hop fused with long-form composition and wild improvisations. It’s a balance between the sound of Melbourne’s eclectic underground scene and those of Deodato, Azymuth, Joe Zawinul/Weather Report and Miles Davis, showcased beautifully on the ‘Anthochaera EP’ – PRE ORDER / LISTEN NOW VIA TRAXSOURCE
Please introduce yourself to our readers..
Hey! My name is Joshua Smeltink aka On-Ly.
Tell us where you are based and where you are from?
I am based in Carlton Nth, Melbourne, Australia and I’m from Canberra, Australia.
There is clearly a sound that is On-Ly. How would you define that sound?
Where jazz and sub-genres of jazz/disco/fusion – house, hip-hop, psychedelic – reconnect.
Who are the artists that have inspired you over time?
Joe Zawinul, Kaidi Tatham, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Kiefer, Mndsgn, Shostakovich, Glenn Underground, St Germain, John Scofield, Azymuth, Dilla.
If you had to a pick a genre to ‘listen to’ over everything else, what would it be?
A certain brand of Jazz – heavy-hitting, swing-monsters from when the great players are in their prime.
Why did you chose to work with Zepherin Saint and Inner Saucer to host your new release?
The start of a new label, in Melbourne, amongst amazing talent, by a house and dance music don, who is not only legendary but happens to be a total legend… I was left with very little choice haha!
Talk us through the EP a little.
‘That One’ was written in 2018. I remember being inspired by Tenderlonius at the writing of that track. ‘Flush’ was one of the last to be written. I was super inspired by the Tribe Records catalogue at that time, and I think it came out here. ‘How’s That’ is the quintessential rainforest music: reminiscent of drives to the coast from my home in Canberra as a kid. ‘Funky Isolation’, kind of exactly what it’s called. I was isolated at home, I was feeling funky, plus I wanted to shake off the isolation funk – boom. Total flow.
This release is for lovers of ..
St Germain – Tourist, Glenn Underground, Tenderlonius + Dennis Ayler – 8rick City, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock
If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?
Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters
Where should we listen to this EP and what should we be drinking?
On the dance floor, drinking something colourful.
What you got coming up in 2022?
On-Ly is currently finishing off a residency, where the band will launch the EP, then a string of gigs; got a festival booked and recording two new albums!