Midnight in a Perfect World: Smoko Ono

Midnight In A Perfect World
Sean Morrow
Photo by Nolis

A key behind-the-scenes player in Chicago's contemporary hip-hop scene, producer Smoko Ono’s beatmaking prowess has led to an ever-expanding list of high-profile collaborations including breakthrough work alongside fellow Windy City artists Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper, Grammy-nominated production work on Cordae’s 2019 record 'The Lost Boy,' and 2021 production work on the soundtrack to Space Jam: A New Legacy and Burna Boy and Polo G's collaborative hit "Want It All." The past couple years have seen Smoko Ono increasingly bubble up into the spotlight with his own genre-blurring sound across a fresh run of singles that have featured vocal assists from old friends Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, as well as Samm Henshaww, Joey Purp, Yxng Bane, Corinne Bailey Rae, UMI, and more.

Thanks to Smoko Ono for this fun 'n' funky soundtrack to our weekend.

Artist Title
Midnight in a Perfect World Intro
Smoko Ono Pull Up (feat. Sam Henshaw)
Frankie Knuckles Rain Falls (DJDS x Smoko Ono Edit)
Hall & Oates I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) [Pomo Remix]
Billy Ocean Nights
Late Nite Tuff Guy Feelin Good (Tuff Cut #6)
The Funk District Disco Dynamite
Supershy Take My Time (feat. Vula)
Mark Lower Where's the Party At (Original Mix)
Mark Lower Feel It in Our Bones (Original Mix)
Mike Dunn If I Can't Get Down (Mousse T Edit)
Supershy Happy Music
Mark Lower All Eyes on You (Edit)
Fuzzy Hair Searching for Love (Original Mix)
Dam Swindle Body Control
Cavi Don't Stop
Birds of Paradise Original Mix
Beyoncé Break My Soul (Terry Hunter Remix)
Antonio Santana Go to Do It
Stardust Music Sounds Better With You (Bibi x Dimi Edit)
Paul Johnson She Got Me
Kramder Neo Lane (Original Mix)
Armand Van Helden & Mark Knight The Music Began to Play


Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP's weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ's, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World  is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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