Smith & Mighty are a Dub/Drum and bass/Trip hop group from Bristol, consisting of Rob Smith and Ray Mighty. Their first releases, in the late 1980s, were breakbeat covers of “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “Walk on By”. They went on to produce “Wishing on a Star” for Fresh Four and Massive Attack’s first single, “Any Love”
Long before Bristol had become a recognized stronghold for downtempo trip-hop and spy-soundtrack dubs, the duo of Rob Smith and Ray Mighty teamed in the late ’80s for two early breakbeat tracks, “Walk on By” and “Anyone Who Had a Heart.” The anachronistic fusion of sophisticated Burt Bacharach productions with laidback hip-hop prefigured trip-hop’s later fascination with the more polished end of ’60s adult-pop. The pair also produced the Top Ten hit “Wishing on a Star” for the Fresh Fours, then signed with ffrr Records (who were looking for a production team with crossover abilities similar to Soul II Soul).
The label later rejected both Smith & Mighty’s debut album and several subsequent recordings — claiming they were unsuitable for release — so the duo formed their own label, More Rockers. Five years after their initial brush with major-label shenanigans, they released Bass Is Maternal. Smith & Mighty also worked on production for More Rockers signee Marxman, and released a volume in the DJ Kicks series in 1998. Big World, Small World followed two years later. Smith has also recorded with the trip-hop trio Jaz Klash.