Listen: Savant – Up In Smoke

savant up in smoke

Knowing how rapid Savant’s creative process is, when we saw he’d posted a new track yesterday we thought it might be the first real sign of his next – and 12th – studio album VEX.

It isn’t. But that doesn’t matter… It’s still sick, has a potty-mothed drop and comes with a little enlightenment on some rather weird scholarly LOLs in Savant’s native stomping ground Norway: Russ tracks.

Russefeiring: To celebrate completing their high school studies, groups of graduates will buy a bus, pimp the dickens out of it to create the ultimate party on wheels and, as their theme tune, commission a track from a well known artist (Skrillex has done one in the past).

These crews will then spend three to four weeks celebrating in their vehicles, traditionally wearing coloured clothes and, most likely, causing disturbances in city centres until Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17.

From a UK perspective, it all sounds a bit weird and smacks of over-privileged frat boy behaviour. That said, it’s got its benefits: russ tracks have helped to bankroll Savant during his early years… To the point he now represents with a russ track once a year as a tradition. (There’s a few more below)

If you’re a Norwegian graduate who wants to explain more about it, there’s a comment box below, please do your thing. And if you’re a member of Up In Smoke this year – high five. You’ve got an awesome theme tune.

Final high five (literally) goes to Savant himself. Check the track duration. Nice touch.

Some older Savant russ tracks:

3 thoughts on “Listen: Savant – Up In Smoke”

  • Thank you, this is a really good track! Love from the Up in Smoke boys!!!

    Russ graduation is were all of Norway’s graduate students dress up in red, blue, black etc pants, suits and party in insane 250.000$++ buses for a month to celebrate that we are now done with school. So the buses and vans got a theme. Thats the short verson! Awesome article.

  • the time as Russ in Norway is planned years ahead and young people look forward to it for a long time. there’s usually around 25 people on a bus who is indeed pimped the fuck out, but the expenses are divided 25 ways and people have been working for years to save up for it. When the party is over at May 17th they sell the bus and often times come out with a profit.

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