the sandy beaches of new south wales, australia, give way to dusty beats of aussie producer shinji in this funky seven inch single on cold busted. taken from his forthcoming album in colour (coming in april 2018), this single features two retro-tastic tracks that will send the beatheads swinging across the floor. “second wind” opens up with heavy rhodes piano chords accompanied by a crucial rhythm and streetwise horns. evoking the soundtrack to a tv detective series from the ‘70s, the cut unloads serious action in a 45-slinger’s dj set. flip the record for “grand mash,” which begins in the hip hop zone before soundtracking a movie scene of the pimp-mobile once again in pursuit. groovy horns, tough beats, and a way-cool-for-school spoken interlude move this one to the top of the crate-digging charts. shinji strongly delivers the goods, queuing things up nicely for his sure-to-be essential long-player.
chicago’s carington pierre, also known as lanzo, has bestowed evidence of his cosmic hip hop beatology to the cold busted label in the form of a new album, omnipotent. previously recording for blvnt records and the natural selection label, lanzo specializes in a style of experimental hip hop that draws from boom-bap, soulful downtempo, and atmospheres that lean toward the celestial. lanzo and his trusty mpc 1000 have been actively producing since 2008 and omnipotent confrms his upward trajectory, presenting ffteen tasty sonic morsels that groove in a confdent but abstract fashion. highlights include “comfort zone” which envelopes a swinging rhythm in dreamy strings, distant voices, and rolling bass, and the odd but appealing “gutter balls”, featuring some deliciously drunken synths. there’s also the melancholy quiet storm of “colours”, “against the wall” and its heavily processed beat magic, and the loping sci-f jazz of “between friends”. omnipotent is a heady listen, displaying textures and swirls that accentuate the sturdiness of its drum beats. lanzo has provided a distinctive soundtrack that’s ready-made for day blazing or night groovin’.
transmitting crucial beats from burlington, the vermont-based producers es-k and loupo have crafted a smooth, introspective long-player for the cold busted label titled symbiosis. holland-born es-k (essential knowledge) is known for his monthly spontaneous grooves series (where a collection of tracks are created in one sitting) and his vital 2016 album passages. fellow vt rhythm- wrangler loupo is also on the rise, with a recent album on the melody soul label named good company. this new collaborative release, symbiosis, is a brilliant meeting-of-the-minds, blending the styles of these two talents over the course of ten tracks. the result is deep and meaningful as well as groovy and headz approved, showcasing the duos penchant for envelope pushing in terms of atmosphere, melody, and rhythm.
in 1999, the duo of dj t-rock & squashy nice formed in atlanta. squashy nice is an accomplished beats producer, and dj t-rock is a scratch-master responsible for battle records on the likes of bomb hip-hop records, stereo-type, and replicant music trading corp. together they released three party-ready instrumental hip hop albums for new zealand’s why records label. now based from coast-to-coast (squashy nice in new york and dj t-rock in los angeles), the duo has joined the cold busted family for their fourth album, the satisfying seventeen track back to the essence. showcasing the variety and breadth that squashy nices beats and samples and dj t-rocks scratches can provide, the tracks on back to the essence swerve from party rockers to soulful, thoughtful numbers featuring vocals from new zealand vocalist miss glue. among the standouts are the opening hit the breaks, combining harmonica, 60s style fuzz guitar, heavy beats, and some crucial vocal scratches, let them be, with miss glues lovely vocals providing a counterpoint to acoustic guitar cut-ups, and watch the clouds, featuring gentle piano, a loungey string section breakdown, and wistful vocals from squashy nice. back to the essence should be ingested whole, as its plentiful tracks radiate fun, funk, and good vibes. its like a virtual block party dropping down wherever its cuts are playing.
under the glow of moonlight, zak damundo has arrived on the cold busted label scene with his fantastic debut album 3am. the alias of san francisco dj / producer zach devincent, zak damundo presents eighteen original and sampled beats that are mixed continuously in the physical realm (cd and vinyl), but also available digitally as individual cuts. an underground dance music veteran, devincent is the host of swim on digitally imported radio, an affiliate of the bay area’s independent hip hop tv program distortion 2 static, and has released tunes for the likes of 5 and dime recordings, acryl music, looq records, and open bar music.
introducing ideaz, two skilled beat-makers discovered by cold busted, hailing from within the funky heart of russia. marat and nicolay make their ideaz debut with motion capture, a fantastic 15-track album that showcases the laid-back, blunted flavor of the duos rhythmic constructions. jazzy samples, vinyl pops, and crafty scratches abound as the album speaks the universal language of the instrumental hip-hop head-nod. “every day” hypnotizes with its funky handclap stomp, quick guitar riffs, and fleeting splashes of vocal. a gentle approach is revealed on “blossom fell”, featuring a dreamy female vocal hook, slowly tremolo’ed electric piano chords, and an overall air of wistfulness. “lines” brings ideaz into futuristic funk territory as its loping cut-up beat, abstract synth melodies, and ascending bass line imagine a robot dance-off on a year 2054 episode of soul train. those are just a few of the highlights to be found on motion capture.
the stunningly prolific manchester-based beat-monger my neighbour is has returned to the cold busted label for his eighth album of head nodding delights. elegantly titled moons reflection on a quiet lake, this set of funky dance floor nuggets showcases the producers acumen for punchy, rolling rhythms, smooth melodic textures,and cleverly woven sample tapestries. moons reflection on a quiet lake is perhaps the most accomplished effort yet from my neighbour is, evidencing an innovative producer on the rise. dont miss it.
singularis, the talented young beat-wrangler from the netherlands, first appeared on the cold busted label at the age of 16 with his impressive debut album evening hours. since then hes grown both as a producer and in age, now unveiling what a time, his third fulllength for the prestigious downtempo imprint.
distorted dreams, released by cold busted, is an instrumental album by swedish beatmaker mac dusty. this beat tape, produced on the mpc3000, is full of bass-driven hip hop instrumentals and is strictly limited to 100 copies
austin hip-hop beatrepreneur the deli made serious waves with previous cold busted album vibes 3, featuring the song “flowers.” this track shook up the spotify world with over 14 million plays and inclusion on at least 500 playlists. anticipation is strong for a follow-up from the deli and, with his new album jazz cat, he delivers with gusto. filled with the smoked-out, laid-back cut-and-paste rhythmology that the deli is known for, jazz cat contains 15 enticing beat compositions. the title cut shows where he’s at, transmitting an old-is-new-again feel through scratchy snare snaps, looping piano chords, and faraway — both in time and place — city sounds. other highlights include the dreamy lounge pressure of “virgo flip,” “fractals” and its shimmering vibraphone atmospheres co-produced by lungfulls, the ‘hip-hop party happening down the street’ vibe of “spring,” and the crucial, jazzy beat construction of “going home.” dig in ... with jazz cat, the deli trips the night fantastic.
cold busted’s acclaimed iwymi series makes the jump to vinyl with a four song iwymi intnl 7” (it’s what you make it international)” focusing on japanese beatmakers. curated by es-k and vitamin d, the single aims to expose a quartet of worthy producers from the land of the rising sun to turntables worldwide. en tokyo’s pigeondust launches the wax with his smooth and sexy “bboy blue,” filled with glistening keys and guitar chops over intricate rhythms. the lilting “inheritance” comes next via utsunomiya’s axion117 (collective resonance), easing the listener into a quiet storm mentality. the mesmerizing vibes continue as tokyobased beat-slinger bugseed drops the dreamy “mindless” straight to the platter. tajima hal (hermit city recordings) closes out the single in style with “all day,” featuring cut-up beats, looped guitar and vocals, and an otherworldly flavor. the iwymi intnl: japan 7” is a prime sampler of the innovative sounds coming from japan’s instrumental hip-hop scene.
emapea, the renowned beat-maker from poland, burst upon the scene with multiple compilation appearances on cold busted, an inclusion on mark farina’s mushroom jazz 8, and his stunning debut album seeds, roots & fruits. fans and headz worldwide have been clamoring for a follow-up, but all emapea wanted to do was just zone out. and that’s what happened, with the release of emapea’s twenty song album zoning out, volume 1.
esbe is an multi-genre music producer from los angeles, california. he is known for his atmospheric instrumental production which incorporates sound elements from extensive use of jazz and soul samples. his latest release, bloomsday, is a collection of 19 essential instrumentals.
cold busted has navigated the smooth seas to unearth sailing, the new album from moroccan guitarist and beat-flinger saib. the casablanca- based producer has steered his sound into warmer waters. mixing tempered hip-hop beats with jazzy vibes and a lounge sensibility, saib. touches on a style thats both chill and opulent. the albums opener, archipelago, sets the scene with gentle piano, swirling strings, and beachside sounds that would make martin denny proud. tropics pushes the agenda further, featuring delightful vibraphone lines, stand-up bass, and boom bap beats, providing the perfect soundtrack for poolside cocktails. the sleepy crooning of blue memories, the future-retro sing-a-long of mermaid dreams, and the guitar/vibes interplay of pastel provide other highlights. sailings twelve songs show saib. as an artist capable of bringing a sunny climate to any listening environment
going one above todays current wild wild west landscape of digital sampling and officially licensing a legendary 60s-era song thats made its rounds in the golden era of sample based hip-hop. akshin alizadeh, the man from azerbaijan, is the lucky one tapped from the label’s roster to remix marlena shaws woman of the ghetto. the producers strong funk and nu-jazz influences, as well as his ability to combine funky grooves with punchy hip-hop beats, are on full display once again. rightfully dramatic orchestral strings give way to bluesy rhythmic wah-wah guitar plucking, slightly cabaret-ish piano, pitch bending keys, and a totally sultry sax. the percussion sounds like signature alizadeh with a flickering hat pattern, well placed snare rolls, and punchy interplay with the kick. for the djs needing to spice things up, an instrumental is included.
the greek beat-head massive is represented once again on the cold busted label with beatbop street. it’s an album from the cool new project andyfellaz, a collaboration of athens-based producer billa qause (beatquick) and percussionist nikos martziokas (wolfy funk).
the cold busted label unearths more funky nuggets from the fertile russian soil with this brilliant 7“ single from moscow’s anatoly ice. dj, producer, and host of the funk and beyond parties and radio show (running for nearly ten years), anatoly ice has been drawn to the swing of a phat beat for a long while. this single bursts with old school funk and new school attitude, beginning with ”something happened (2me)“. a vintage drum kit and melodic horns are joined by a big hip hop rhythm as the vocals and horn section are expertly cut up and rearranged. the song’s catchy hook – also the title – is left nearly intact and should playfully dance around any b-boy’s head as he does his thing. flip the record for ”light”, which exhibits a strutting breakbeat and some g-funk sauce in its prominent synth line. funky piano, guitar, and bass provide the backdrop, soundtracking a midnight cruise through the bad (as in good) part of town. hold tight … anatoly ice is at the wheel.
crucial heavyweights poldoore and emapea each take on a side of this cold busted 7“ single, the latest in a bi-monthly series of dub / reggae cuts exhumed from the label’s golden vault. belgium’s poldoore commandeers the a-side with an instrumental version of ”this road“, a track originally found on his acclaimed 2016 album the day after. stirringly dubwise, the cut is wet with atmosphere and the ping of spring reverb, as a tuneful horn section carries the main melody. flip the wax for accomplished polish beat-maker emapea and his delightfully skankin’ ”rudeboy“. previously appearing on the in dub 3 compilation, ”rudeboy” showcases emapea’s knack for combining samples from multiple genres into one cohesive, steamy gumbo. with either track, b-boys and natty dreads alike will give the dance floor a serious workout as the needle meets the vinyl.
hailing from within the heat of florida, brandon* is a gifted producer whose musical style is an eclectic blend of hip hop, jazz, lounge, and latin flavors. tough beats move alongside swirling strings, soundtrack-ish atmospheres, and nostalgic orchestral arrangements, all seemingly lifted from obscure vinyl thrift store finds in the sunny retirement capitol. it’s a refreshingly perfect mix of elements, resulting in ‘beats music’ that is amorous and enchanting. this is even more apparent on brandon*’s latest long-player on the cold busted imprint, titled dreamscape: part 4*. the producer’s other dreamscape releases explored his distinct sound, and this latest brings brandon*’s m.o. to further maturity and acclaim. from the bombastic bossa of “cabana chat” to “oasis”’s gentle acoustic guitars to the tropical jazz vibe of “rio dio”, dreamscape: part 4* will delight and captivate, and nicely compliments an exotic cocktail.
cold busted is digging deep into their extensive catalog to issue choice cuts – previously digital-only – onto wonderful 7” wax. this latest offering collects two of the label’s biggest tracks on a split single that’s sure to get the djs salivating. first, the cool downtempo beats and breezy latin flavor of “fiesta” by british producer 80s casual. flip the vinyl for yuri petrovski and his fun take on “true”. also a hit on the beatport downtempo chart.
the latest in cold busted’s 7” series – featuring previously digital-only cuts now enshrined on wax – comes from accomplished polish beat-maker emapea. known for his contributions to the iwymi and bust free compilations as well as his widely lauded album seeds, roots & fruits, emapea has been recently selected for inclusion in mark farina’s next mushroom jazz installment. so the time is ripe to get funky and fresh with this prime beat-maker’s new 7” single. this one goes out to the b-boys, as “b-boy stance” grooves with its ‘70s-style car chase guitar, feet-shuffling rhythms, horn splashes, and energetic vocal drops. every b-boy needs a solid b-side, and here you’ll find “b-boy theme”. this one transports the floor to a raucous block party complete with breakneck scratches and energetic drum loops, alongside ‘70s funk flourishes that’ll get any private dick – who’s a sex machine to all the chicks – quickly moving his hips.
the return of the classic is the return of greek beat-master mister t. to the cold busted label, and he certainly explores a classic sound. based in athens, mister t. has long been transmitting the jazzier side of downtempo hip hop, with top notch jams that are soulful, swinging, and undeniably funky. this album is the latest in a string of mister t. collections on cold busted … as prolific as mister t. is, his quality never falters and the tunes don’t disappoint. the return of the classic contains a multitude of magical dance floor moments, including the bluesy skank of “break my back”, the breakdance funk of “put the needle on”, the high energy horn section groove of “elephant”, and the title track’s shuffling big beat and stew of crafty samples. the return of the classic has beats and funk for days, with mister t. delivering a beloved old school sound to today’s jazzbos.
the big 20 is here. 26 tracks from 26 different artists. we’ve been releasing this free series since march 2010. each compilation is handpicked featuring tracks from forthcoming releases. limited to 250 numbered copies on translucent, multi-colour splattered vinyl.
nostalgic, soulful and, of course, boogie-woogie. thats how belgian dj producer boogie belgique (aka oswald cromheecke) describes the enticing combination of styles and sources from different decades that make up his music. taking vintage inspirations, most notably from swing and jazz eras, and merging them with contemporary beats and textures is the young producers forte. this is pleasingly evident on volta, the latest boogie belgique album for the cold busted label. jungle law gives a glimpse into boogie belgiques sonic palette. tough hip hop beats and funky live guitar follow an intro of jungle ambience as a trumpet presents the melody. soon some swingy big band jazz enters the song in an almost ghostly manner, while the insistent beat keeps the dance floor moving. album opener go slow shows a different side to the coin giving the listener an uptempo broken beat rhythm, some bouncy bass guitar, snippets of string loops, and a lovely, forlorn vocal line that echoes the past. its a beautiful concoction, and boogie belgique delivers on many aspects of this style throughout his eleven track album. volta is a satisfying trip in an aural time machine.
funky destination is an exciting retro-styled funk project formed by vladimir sivc, also known as mr. louie. hailing from the town of osijek in eastern croatia, early on louie honed his guitar skills and started developing the funk foundation that would guide his sound. a move across croatia to near the adriatic sea introduced louie to new friends and encounters with turntables and dj’ing. all of this came together to create funky destination, a full-on ‘party time’ project fusing live, organic instrumentation alongside classicsounding beats, sending the dance floor into a nostalgic frenzy. funkadelic stereo adventures is the latest funky destination album for cold busted and it fulfills on the evocative title’s promise. the set includes ten blazing tunes that bubble with choppy, wah-wah guitar, swinging drums and percussion, delicious horns and bass lines, and, occasionally, stirring vocals of the soulful persuasion. the album’s opener, “the ocean of my mind”, is a prime example … lovely island-influenced vocals, disco strings, latin-influenced horns, and booming drums all combine for some serious heat. other highlights include the ’70s soundtrack-worthy “sweet of love”, the hip hop flavor of “the game of shades”, and the gritty high speed chase of “where are the blues brothers”. groove no further … you’ve reached your destination.
cold busted’s famed street bangerz series has reached its tenth installment, continuing to, in the words of the label, “define the street sound of today.” indoctrinating global beatmakers into cold busted’s extended family, the series promises nimble sample archeology and breakbeats both funky and soulful, combining flavors from the new and old schools. the athens, greece, producer moderator has been tasked with number ten, and he delivers in a champion fashion.
belgian producer poldoore (born tom schillebeeckx) has revealed the day after, handily providing a sequel to his well-received previous album on cold busted, the day off. within its eleven distinctive tracks poldoore has further developed his vibe-rich sound, creating deft blends of funk, soul, lounge, and reggae topped with punchy drum breaks.
greek rhythmrustler chop juggler has dropped his debut album – more is less – to follow up the well-received diggasmic ep on cult classic records. released onthe prolific cold busted label, more is less collects eleven top notchbeat-heavy jams from the young producer, now in his early twenties but involved in music making since the beginning of his teens. his artist name is apt, as chop juggler is adept at taking loops and samples and melding, twisting, and – yes – chopping them into intricate compositions. “amethyst” provides convincingevidence, seemingly disparate sources are cut into sonic snatches, layered andbursting in and out of the mix to any beat-head’s delight. there’s also themore uptempo “night travel” which sounds just like that … if one is travelingby moonlight in a ’70s television crime drama. slower, spacey moments like “money can’t buy time” and “brave new world” showcase chop juggler’s depth, but with his ear for striking samples and tough hip hop beats still in full display. more is less follows through in its title’s statement by never overwhelming, but the album’s satisfying flow will indeed find the listener looking for more from this talented producer.
accomplished polish beat-maker emapea has made memorable appearances on many cold busted label compilations – such as in the iwymi and bust free series – and has been selected for inclusion in mark farina’s next mushroom jazz installment. all this activity has mouths watering for the debut full length album from emapea, and the appearance of “seeds, roots & fruits” doesn’t disappoint one bit. featuring sixteen exceptional tracks ranging from hip hop to acid jazz to psychedelic trip hop in the style of mo’wax, emapea’s long player is indeed, as a wise man once said, “a journey into sound.” “seeds, roots & fruits” rises above the average beats album to reveal the enduring depth of this young producer … emapea is one to watch.
the belgian beatsmith and producer boogie belgique drops his debut album on cold busted. from top to bottom ‘blueberry hill’ is filled up with electro swing moods, funky hip-hop rhythms and tasty jazzy samples.
kill emil is a dj and producer based in athens, greece – by way of brazil – who, since 2009, has created a healthy discography of potent beats and sublime atmospheres. with an early inspiration in hip hop and, importantly, gang starr’s daily operation, kill emil has been prolifically chopping up breaks on his mpc and is now up to his third artist album, the intriguingly titled salvation. its twelve tracks introduce dense soundscapes and clever samples over rough, funky rhythms, providing fuel to the djs and head-nodders alike. highlights on this cold busted release include the bouncy and somewhat spacey “when i see your smile”, the wistful yet playful “can’t find it”, and the surprisingly cosmic “such a long time”. kill emil’s constructions contain many twists and turns within the layers ... this imaginative producer keeps things interesting for the full run of his captivating album.
first vinyl release by cold busted label. double a side featuring 2 tracks from gramatik & vitamin d. first 100 come with free 45 rpm yellow adapters. full color cardboard jackets, thick paper sleeves, full color labels, pressed on black vinyl.limited edition - 250 copy limited press.