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." Highlights include the sample-rific "Enjoy" which includes smooth key and saxophone riffs, "Good Old Days" with its appealing old school hip hop flavor, the spacey tones of "Milky Haze" and "Yugen", and the floor-filling breakbeat funk of "What The Funk". Containing moments both dance-oriented and pensive, Seeds, Roots & Fruits rises above the average beats album to reveal the enduring depth of this young producer … Emapea is one to watch.
Emapea's Seeds, Roots & Fruits is available from Cold Busted on 12" vinyl, cassette tape, compact disc, and 24 bit download. Distributed by Fat Beats.
Mark Farina - "Excellent!"
Opolopo (Tokyo Dawn Records / Local Talk) - "Sweet dusty grooves for some serious head nodding."
DJ Moneyshot (Solid Steel Radio / NinjaTune) - "Dope. As soon as I got to 'What the Funk' I knew I was down. Strong Island horns and some Kool Keith. I'm having that."
Kid Loco - "Well done."
Fort Knox Five - "I'm loving this old school Mo'Wax-style vibe!"
Rory Hoy (Howlin' Records) - "An amazing trip-hop masterpiece of a record … I'm absolutely loving this!"
All Good Funk Alliance - "'What The Funk' is the one for me."
Renegades Of Jazz (Agogo Records / Mojo Club) - "Nice one … it's sounds like it's from back in the day."
Stereo 77 (Plimsoll Records) - "I love this! It reminds me of that unmistakable San Francisco downtempo sound from the likes of Ubiquity and Om Records."
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp) - "Dope beats from a hip hop era that I really loved and also some well-known vocal samples and deep jazzy vibes. Damn good … not only for the 'Good Old Days'."
Phat Phil Cooper (NuNorthern Soul) - "Lush sounds, grooves, and beats."
Danny Massure (Spring Strut / Ticklejunk) - "A perfect blend of soul and hip-hop beats."
mister T. (Cold Busted) - " If could give rate this more stars I would. One of the best releases of the year."
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) - "This is all dope!"
DJ Chewy (Alphabeatsoup) - "Beautifully reminiscent of Touché and Regal's best efforts from the golden days, but with a subtle and modern lick."
DJ Tomas (ForwardEver / Umoja HiFi) - "A great take on that jazzy boom-bap sound. These sound fresh and effecting … a real nice contemporary trip hop journey,"
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) - "Cold Busted does it once again with another piece of stunning vibes."