Lo Creed - Hope (Cold Busted)

The prolific Cold Busted label reaches into Athens, Greece to expose the funky sound of Apollo Neopoulos, also known as Lo Creed. He debuts his style of ‘Mediterranean hop’ on the eleven track album titled Hope, showcasing funky flavorings, punchy beats, and gritty instrumentation. Highlights include the late night strut of “Stay United,” the sensual bedtime funk of “Remind,” “Join The L.U.V. Club” with its lush strings and piano over crisp drums, and the album’s title track with its appealing bounce and layers of sampled freshness. It will quickly become evident that Lo Creed’s Hope is indeed ‘dope’ … grab hold and get down. 

Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music) - “Damn cool. I love this mixture of disco, slow house grooves, and the hip hop touch.”
Basement Freaks - “Yeah … this sounds fresh.”
Ohmega Watts - “Diggin’ the down- to mid-tempo vibe of the joints here. I especially dig ‘Remind’ and I will definitely be giving that special play=out attention.”
Doc Proof (Funkanomics) - “I totally love these dope beats.”
Phat Phil Cooper - “Nice package. I love the beat workout on ‘Remind.’”
Irregular Disco Workers - “Style as always with this package … sun and summer is coming!”
Danny Massure (Spring Strut) - “Sexy grooves!”
All Good Funk Alliance - “It’s a toss up between ‘Stay United’ and ‘Remind.’ Both are excellent.”
Nutritious (SpinSpinNYC) - “A bit of genius behind the wheels here. I love it.”
Robin Parris (Parris & Vanucci / Dancefloor Outlaws) - “Cold Busted brings it non-stop! Such quality beats.”
Flashbaxx - “Very nice cut ‘n’ paste beat science stuff flavored with old school ‘70s funk-soul vibes. It’s like Cut Chemist traveling on the Love Boat and watching ‘Rocky’ in his cabin.“
Hippie Torrales - ”Slammin’ downtempo grooves.”
Fingerman (Disco Deviant) - “Really nice vibes here. Loving the classic cut up work on ‘Remind.’ Lovely stuff.”
DJ BMF (Eighth Dimension / Phat N’ Jazzy) - “Awesome! Cold Busted is quickly becoming my favorite label.”
DJ Nartak (Nightflight / Klassik Lounge) - “Sun-flavoured funkiness shines through finely arranged grooves. Cool.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) - “I’m loving the rework of Patrice Rushen’s ‘Remind Me!’”
Brandon Bass (Hub City Music) - “Perfect spring time jams!”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) - “Easy and lovely … some minimal funk in here. Smoothy groovy!”

Available now from Beatport and The Cold Busted Shop.

Eddie Shinn - The Sketches Of Scratches (Cold Busted)

A label many downtempo fans are familiar with, Cold Busted is back with a new album, using their standing to release music from a mysterious artist from a distant locale. The Sketches Of Scratches album is the second release on the label for Eddie Shinn, a 20 year old artist from Ulyanovsk, Russia. That’s about all the information available on the young producer and that’s okay because the music can speak for itself. The mantra for this release is dusty downtempo cuts with so much soul and melodic application of the ‘scratches’ hinted at in the title.

The album contains many highlights. Classy pianos, keys, and brass with plenty of drum rolls, make the breezy “Disco Stu” a great sign of what’s to come. A sort of funk fusion, “Far and Away” is much more cut up with bursts of beat repeats and some great use of samples and sound effects. “Dead Night" features a lazy, low-down disco vibe with stuttering vocal bits. Coming through with an infectious breakbeat and party ready cheers, “Look Like” could beckon even the most discerning dancers to get up and get down. “Work All Night And All Day” and “Next Point” both use horns to differing effect, while at the same time continuing to carry the tone of the album. Eddie Shinn’s The Sketches Of Scratches puts Ulyanovsk solidly on the Cold Busted map, seducing global headz with its infectious ‘Volga beats.’

Mark Farina - “I like ‘em.“
Kid Loco - ”Super cool. I love it.“
All Good Funk Alliance - ”Solid release!“
Dogu (Ancient Astronauts) - ”Some good vibes on this one.“
Inland Knights - ”Cool grooves … liking this a lot.“
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music) - ”Wow, what a dope downtempo release. Wanting more!“
Irregular Disco Workers - ”Elegant beats for cool club nights.“
DJ Dialect (Public Transit Recordings) - ”Nice beats … some dope head-nodders.“
The Orator (High On Beats / Mushpost Radio) - ”Cold Busted never fails to deliver.“
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show, Germany) - ”Such a great variety of beats and samples.“
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - ”Dusted downtempo funk under the umbrella of instrumental hip hop … totally soul-inspired with elements even from the sunshine era of reggae. This album is great.“
DJ BMF (Eighth Dimension / Phat N’ Jazzy) - ”I’m really diggin’ this! Very warm and jazzy!”
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - “Ace grooves aplenty … a thoroughly awesome slab of funk.”
Niksa Dragolin (Eurostar Radio, Croatia) - “Cold Busted always delivers massive beats and insane heavy bangers.”
Danuta Kurkowski (Acid Ted music blog) - “Mellow, funky and sweet rhythms! Loved it!”

Available now from Beatport and The Cold Busted Shop.

Ivaylo & Lazy Karma - Like The Sound (Bogota Records)

Bogota Records returns with their second release, titled “Like The Sound”. Featured once again is Ivaylo, a Bulgarian native based in Oslo, but this time in the company of good friend, and part of the Bogota label family, Lazy Karma. The vocals on “Like The Sound” are cool and easygoing repetitions sampled from Renate, an old friend of Ivaylo also heard on his previous Themes EP. The track starts off with a jingly bounce before unearthing a deep acid bass line, at times featuring well-fitted snare breaks. Vancouver’s very own Jay Tripwire (Poker Flat) delivers a remix that starts off with a chugging bass groove run through the low-pass before allowing the original to peep out in a drum solo-like breakdown. Jevne, a mover from Minneapolis known for playing live bass guitar with his sets and running Onethirty Recordings, techs things up a bit with his remix, taking on a totally jacking feel. Fellow Norwegian capital dweller Omar V (Full Pupp) calls to the cosmos for a much more spacey and Italo-influenced disco remix.

As the name suggests, DJs and dance floors both should certainly like the sound from Ivaylo and Bogota Records.

Tensnake - “Some nice deep tunes here.”
Chris Fortier - “Jay Tripwire’s mix all the way.”
Diz (Iz & Diz / Vizual Recordings) - “Super sexy!”
Carlos Sanchez (La Vie En Rose / Supernature) - “The original and the Jay Tripwire remix sound dope!”
diskJokke (Full Pupp / Smalltown Supersound) - “A lovely original and a great remix by Jay Tripwire.”
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - “Good chugging groove on Jay Tripwire’s remix. Heavy!”
Nick Jagger (S.O.U.P / Coyote Cuts) - “Solid release.”
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) - “Absolutely stunning project. Jay Tripwire is a funking genius, and the original and Jevne mixes are also very, very hot!”
Tyler Stadius - “Great tracks and remixes!”
Tom Lown (Savoir Faire / Lost My Dog) - “Nice stuff. I really like the original and Jay Tripwire’s remix.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “Wicked EP all around. The original and Jevne versions both have solid deep vibes, while Jay Tripwire adds a cracking percussive alternate take. The pick for me is Omar V’s version … a superb bleepy groove for the floors.”
Vincent Kwok - “I love the Jevne remix.”
Strakes (Lost My Dog) - “Superbly deep and enticing.”
Murray Richardson (Rebel Waltz) - “I love Jay Tripwire’s mix here … nice vibes.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - “I like the laid back summer bump to the original mix. Jay Tripwire takes it to the next level.”
Marcia Carr (Mi-Soul Radio / Ladyz) - “I like how the original moves along and hits you with something unsuspected … the breaks and bass line work beautifully.”
Lo (Superfreq / Suruba) - “The original is really a beautiful track, and Jay Tripwire’s remix is awesome. I will play this one.”
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - “The dreamy original rub is my pick of the mixes with Jevne’s lush re-rub coming a close second.”
Deepshizzol (MyHouse-YourHouse) - “Jevne and Omar V have created some very good remixes of an already very good release … top work!”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - “This is the perfect example how sexy deep house can be.”

Available now from Beatport, Juno Download, and Traxsource.