Cold Busted has navigated the smooth seas to unearth Sailing, the new album from Moroccan guitarist and beat-flinger saib. With acclaimed releases for Cult Classic Records and Japan’s Introducing! label as well as his 2016 long-player Around The World for Cold Busted, 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 that’s both chill and opulent. The album’s 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. Sailing’s twelve songs show saib. as an artist capable of bringing a sunny climate to any listening environment. All hands on decks!
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) – “Another great Down Beat project. Lovely beats and smooth samples.”
Aja Allsop – (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “Music that simply says stop the fk what your doing and just chill people!” Robert Jan Meyer (Minus 8) (Compost) – “Great easy listening!” Rory Hoy (Howlin’ Records) – “Such an incredible release - it's beautiful and soulful and will go far. Highly recommended to all music lovers everywhere.” DJ Nartak (Nightflight & Klassik Lounge) – “Pretty cool sun-flooded tunes. Love it!” DJ Nova (Rodon FM 95) – “Delicate round-the-sea rhythms and beats full of Brazilian drops, cinematic and cosmopolitan jazz. You may call it yacht hip hop.” Renegades Of Jazz (Agogo Records) – “Oh how sweet and mellow!” J. Caprice (Juiced Music) – “Every tune is a hit!” Scrimshire (Wah Wah 45s) – “Plenty of beautiful moments on there. I’m really enjoying this.” Pepe Link** (Pacha Mallorca) – “Amazing album. I love the mix between 50 lounge music and hip hop beats. This is essential for my radio show.”