Mister T. - Black Drop (Cold Busted)

Based out of the funky scene brewing in Athens, Greece, Mister T leads the way with another spell-binding album release on the Cold Busted imprint. With accolades from the likes of Greg Wilson, Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz), and Jose Padilla (Café del Mar), Mister T has become a respected name in the global beat-making scene. The new album — Black Drop — further cements Mister T’s elevated position. Its 12 tracks display an ambitious assembly of creative rhythm construction, crafty sample splicing, and deliciously heavy vibes.

The title track sets the tone, intro’ing with a fat (phat!) beat before a time traveling blues vocal enters the scene. Dusty strings, stabs of filtered guitar, and a pulsing low end lend a feel that’s both wistful and dance-worthy. Album opener “Easy Tiger” also shows Mister T’s imagination, meshing a steady breakbeat with an Asian melody line, hits of dramatic strings, and a somewhat spooky, effected vocal chorus. The result is mesmerizing. Mister T gracefully jumps genres but keeps everything tied to his sound — from the straight-ahead funk of “The Magician,” to the bombast of “Rock Stars,” to the dancehall touches of “Soundboy Burial,” and to the promised big band of “Big Band.” Never a dull moment … Mister T and Black Drop are delightfully all over the place, and always on point.

Eric Tchaikovsky (Night Light Sound System Radio Show) – “Be careful, this might catch you in a music trap from the very first beat! Dangerous but beautiful.”
Joan Ribas (Ibiza Soulstice Music) – “Love it, a bomb!”
Angelos Timewarp Stoumpos (Timewarp) – “Great grooves again from our fellow friend Mister T.”
Danny Ward (Moodymanc) – “Some nice, crisp beats here.”
Shantisan (Salted Soul) – “The Magician is a great party groover. Cool tracks in this package.”
SimonG (Volcano Radio) – “Classy rhymes and beats. Cold Busted always delivers the goods, especially Mister T.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM 95) – “Mister T. continues to cultivate his unique sound behemoth. His solid approach between the art of beat making, funk and breaks is losing no momentum, and reaching new milestones. '’Black Drop’’ demonstrates his musical arrangement abilities as he spans different influences.”
Dr. Best (Radio Z 96.8, Nuremberg) – “Another top release from Mister T. 10/10”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel) – “Perfect LP, love it. Black Drop and Easy Tiger are my favorites, but that’s a photo finish with everything else here.”
MadameFLY (mmRadio) – “There's a masterclass in the Wicked Funky Bottom blues at the center of Black Drop: Rhythm N Blues, Black Drop, Rock Stars are all top-line favorites, and there's no slouching among the rest of the tunes either. Impressive work from Mr. T!”

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Barabass & The Happy Few - Madagascar (Happy Few Records)

Barabass & The Happy Few was a musical collective from Bergen, Norway. Now defunct, the band consisted of a standard DJ-keyboard-drums-bass-guitar line-up, but they could easily be fronted by a bluegrass-guitarist one moment and a jazz trumpet player the next. Barabass & The Happy Few’s aim was to make instrumental music where humor goes along with improvisation, while keeping things funky and focused on the dance floor, especially in their wild live shows.

The Madagascar EP was originally released on very limited vinyl in 2003 and has been unearthed and unleashed digitally for the ears of 2018. The tunes combine laid back instrumentation with cool breakbeat rhythms and heaps of melody. The title cut is a smooth downtempo jam featuring a righteous breakbeat, flute blurts, a snazzy percussion breakdown, and an unexpected detour into reggae territory. “Mumbai” opens with a beguiling vocal that leads to a laid back boom-bap beat and a menagerie of smooth instrumentation. Things get more upbeat and exotic with “Yalla,” as what might be a didgeridoo and hypnotic female vocal groove over bed of electronic funk. The worldly flavor continues with “Mantra,” evoking a morning after at the ashram rave, as curious sounds flutter in and out of earshot. This EP presents a diverse stack, ready to send any DJ set on a peculiar journey.

Floored Capri (Kane FM) – “Sweet Indian flavors with standout tracks Mumbai and Mantra bringing the trippy Bristol vibe of the 90s together with the sounds of a Bollywood love story.”
Shantisan (Salted Soul) – “I really like Madagascar and Mumbai … funky and very groovy.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “A beautiful, eclectic blend of musical goodies … filled with the sound of the world!”
Rory Hoy (Howlin’ Records) – “Beatiful release, especially Mumbai!”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) – “Dubby downbeats with a hypnotic vibe.”
SimonG (Volcano Radio) – “Smooth, dubby ethno vibes … just right for my summery early morning sets.”
Jon Fugler (Fluke / XLNT radio show) – “A thoroughly engaging selection. Very enjoyable.”
Roger Cowell (The Joint Sessions Berlin) – “I remember these guys from back in 90’s. They were great live. These tracks are great, and their album is awesome.”
Aroto (Aroto Hip Hop Radio) – “An interesting blend of sounds with good production.”
MisterG (Green Arrow Radio Show) – “Funky, funny and far out. Try this on for size and you will come away with a smiling groove.”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Juno Download, Apple Music, And Spotify.

Bugseed - Far East Joints (Cold Busted)

Buzzing in from Okinawa, Bugseed has been making a name for himself in hip hop circles with finely constructed beats and clever sample riffs, inspiring a multitude of releases filtering across the globe. Bugseed’s finally traversed the Pacific Ocean to mingle with L.A.’s famed Cold Busted imprint, resulting in the bomb-tastic twelve song album Far East Joints. Dusty rhythms, layered loops, and ringing instrumentation represent Bugseed’s cool new take on a classic old school instrumental hip hop sound.

Dig deep into the aptly titled “Accelerate The Vibes” and its speaker-rattling drum patterns, the jazzy cut-up rhythm and lilting melodica of “Brazilian Wax”, the lounge-tinged boom-bap pressure of “Flow Over”, and the hypnotic dream-groove of “Blastaway”. These are just some of the highlights found within Far East Joints, with Bugseed guiding the listener on a proper journey across the entire album. These Japanese beats are hefty and universal.

Ben Mono (Undertones Gang) – “Nice one. I will drop it on my next radioshow.”
ActRaiser (Fokuz) – “Very nice! Slick grooves, great eastern vibes.”
Azaxx (Tru Thoughts) – “Delicious beats with superb groovy vibes. All the tracks are so good!”
Jay Scarlett (Sounds Supreme Radio Show) – “Great return from Bugseed. Always on point with his selection of beats.”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel Show, Sydney) – “Beautiful and surprising music. I thoroughly enjoyed these magical joints.”
David Bassin (Freefall Radio Show) – “Wow. This is stunning.”
Brewster Brigham (Kiss FM) – “All style! Looking forward to more.”
Dr. Best (Radio Z Nuremberg) – “Hip Hop flavored downbeat. Yummy!”
Lakatos Sandor Suefo (Radio Tilos, Budapest) – “Nice material! Interesting beats with crazy moods. Good for both party and radio.”
Floored Capri (Kane FM) – “Joints a plenty! Beefy beats and sampled treats. If you like your instrumental Hip Hop with a dusty, jazzy, funked up vibe then get this.”

Available Now From Bandcamp, Juno Download, Apple Music, And Spotify.