Cold Busted returns to familiar label artist Poldoore (born Tom Schillebeeckx) to release his new album, The Day Off. It features some talented guests, including the mysterious Maverick, emcee duo The 49ers, American blues singer Bodhilynn, and trumpeter Will Magid.
Based out of Belgium, Poldoore started producing at an early age and eventually his potential was realized by Cold Busted’s offer to release his debut L.A.X. EP . From there the pairing has only grown stronger. Poldoore’s sound is about good vibes, creating warm atmospheres that blend funk, soul, lounge, and reggae with punchy drum breaks.
Among the album’s many highlights is “Morning Glory,” featuring a rocksteady beat with bright arpeggiated synths at select moments, with the bulk of the track carried by wailing guitars and chopped up blues vocals. “Ahhh Yeah” enters like a walk in the park with bright keys, lovely strings, and funky rhythms, the results of rearranging an original sample into suitable bits and pieces with a little help from Maverick. “Heard It All Before” has Bodhilynn’s soulful vocal hook accompanied by The 49ers’ rhymes and a key-based beat with soaring highs. “Natural High” elicits psychedelic vibes with plenty of effects, a sporadic, low electric shock, and interwoven, layered guitar play. “Unconditional” uses a Motown-like backing track beefed up by a strong kick and slow, sizzling hats, cymbals, and snares. Midway through “Unconditional” Poldoore is joined by Will Magid’s saucy, bayou-evoking horn solo. “Call It A Day” is a dreamy funk affair full of shimmery, echoing melodies, teetering guitars, forward-staggering key stabs, and a stand out bass line.
The Day Off is full of sonic sunshine, exactly the kind of sonic weather fit for enjoying what little time there is for leisure and much appreciated in today’s musical climate.
DJ Moneyshot (Solid Steel Radio / NinjaTune) - “The moods are lush, the production sheen next level. On that Gramatik tip, but with a richer sub. Very classy, chaps.”
Tim “Love” Lee (Tummy Touch) - “Good stuff!”
Irregular Disco Workers - “Magic moments here … will be played for sure!”
Danny Massure (Spring Strut) - “Dope! I love the soulful vibes, and the trumpet sounds great!”
All Good Funk Alliance - “Nice grooves.”
Dogu (Ancient Astronauts / Switchstance) - “‘Morning Glory’ is really cool!”
Flashbaxx - “I love the positive, optimistic vibe of the tracks. Nice cut’n’paste work, too.”
DJ Kid Stretch (Warriorz Records / Goodgroove) - “Nice beats … I love this release.”
Zamali (Timewarp Music) - “All tracks are good, warm, phat, and groovy. Just what I need now. Respect.”
Clive Craske (RadioReverb) - “Hyper-cool trip-hop with a genuine hip-hop vibe. Very ‘Big Chill.’”
Basement Freaks - “Yeah! Sweet beats …”
Djouls (Paris DJs / T.I.M.E.C.) - “With each new release Poldoore gets more soulful and more funky.”
SimonG (Deep South Audio) - “Dope beats as ever … I always love to have Cold Busted in my DJ sets.”
DJ BMF (Phat N Jazzy) - “Jazzy grooves live! Bunch of great tracks here and the vocalist is on point, too.”
DJ Chicken George (Swedish Brandy) - “Always quality … Poldoore never disappoints!”
DJ Tomas (Friday Night Session / ForwardEver) - “A really strong release with each track showing consistency and diversity at the same time. ‘Heard It All’ has a fantastic vocal performance and production, and the instrumentals all sound strong too. Great work.”
Marc Lacasse (sHIFT Radio, Canada) - “Chilled to the right degree … sounds like a glimpse into the summer.”