discObeta - Rare Formz (Super Hi-Fi Recordings)

Childhood friends Scotty Marz and Erin Paul bust forth from The Big Apple with DiscObeta and the jam-tastic new single “Rare Formz.” Previously releasing on the likes of Breakbeat Paradise and Left Hand Lucy Recordings, DiscObeta has landed on Super Hi-Fi Recordings with one of their strongest cuts yet. Flaunting a boom-bap beat, some Bootsy-filtered bass lines, a jubilant horn section, and a stick-in-yer-head keyboard melody, “Rare Formz” is ready to delight on all fronts — from the DJ set to crash pad listening sessions.

A trio a solid remixes round out the single. Jayl Funk (Timewarp Music, Bombastic Jam) is up first, delivering the party vibes with summer breeze guitars, cool vinyl scratches and hip hop drops, and an overall good-times feel. The duo of Jack & Jointz (Chinchin Records, Timewarp) is up next, adding some electronic flavors to the mix including bass synch squelches and cool vocal cut-ups. Suddenly a cranking saxophone enters and takes this one home. The single closes out with a killer rework by the Minsk-based Funky Boogie Brothers. The tune opens in a ‘70s pimp-mobile fashion before the beats slam in and the tracks takes off on a swinging b-boy romp. The vibe is truly alive on “Rare Formz.”

Azaxx (Tru Thoughts) – “Soooo Groovy. Explosive!”
Shantisan (Salted Soul) – “Very nice package of remixes. Jayl Funk is the winner for me!”
DJ Wash (Butter Music) – “These tracks are HOT!”
Mat Gostelow (tOtALcULt) (Cult Music) – “Killer material, tough to pick a favorite here.”
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “All 4 mixes are fantastic – this is one incredible release.”
Jon Fugler (XLNT) – “Solid summer sounds. Each one is a delight.”
Phoole (The Chewb Radio Station) – “Heavily dig the whole release.”
BMD (XLNT) – “The original is simply great.”
Clairvo (Tilos Radio FM 90.3) – “Oh yeah! I’m going to play each version, a lot!”
DJ One (Breakbeat Paradise Recordings) – “All of the remixes are funky, but the Funky Boogie Brothers hit the nail on the head!”

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

Es-K - ReCollection (Cold Busted)

Es-K (Essential Knowledge) was born in Holland, raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and currently lives in Burlington, Vermont. He made waves with his monthly Spontaneous Grooves releases, where a set of instrumental tracks are created in one sitting — 24 editions were released. Since then, Es-K has remained prolific with a plethora of self-released beat-constructions and albums for Cold Busted, including 2016’s acclaimed Passages. Es-K has a workman-like ethos of beat-making, with creative and top notch hip hop soundscapes constantly pouring out of his Vermont studio.

ReCollection, Es-K’s latest offering on Cold Busted, ups the ante with 24 evocative beat-based compositions representing a variety of moods and contexts. From the sparse, slightly ominous opener “Hydrgn” the listener knows this is a different kind of beats record. “Flrn,” for example, is deep and textural, owing influence to futuristic ambient as well as boom bap hip hop. There are also nostalgic, dream-like moments, such as the loping and exotic “Ptssm” and the mutant quiet storm funk of “Mngns.” The titles are indeed code for the elements, and the elements of Es-K’s production are just as varied. ReCollection is a chemistry course of smooth beat concoctions.

Azaxx (Tru Thoughts) – “Really good vibes. Like a meeting between Mo Wax, DJ Cam and Flying Lotus.”
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “Really lovely instrumental Hip-Hop beats here.”
Spike Deep (Rocka Fobic Music) – “Chilled trip hop mood with breaks. Loving it, will be using it.”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek) – “Some really nice dusty grooves here.”
Rusty – All Good Funk Alliance (Super Hi-Fi) – “Nice selection of beats. “TN” spoke to me the most.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “A magnificent selection of beats!”
Simon Harrison (Basic Soul Radio Show) – “Some heavy tracks here. Loving “Ptssm” & “Mngns”.
Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica FM) – “Nice nodders for late night listening. Smokers delights!”
David Bassin (Freefall – KUSF in Exile) – “Mesmerizing.”
MadameFLY (mmRadio) – “These musical fantasies swirl and flow, bumping gently in your consciousness, getting your attention. This collection rewards the vibe-conscious listener.”

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Defizit - Growth Spurt (Cold Busted)

Growth Spurt features 16 crucial Central Valley beats from Stockton, California’s Defizit. Released on the Cold Busted label, the album by the self-described ‘beatmaker/producer/taco truck aficionado’ delivers vinyl-poppin’ assemblages of rare samples, smooth loops, and tough drum licks. More developed than a mere beats-album, Growth Spurt simmers and flows through its sixteen cuts, providing a heady jam for late night cruising or musing.

Among the highlights are the lounge-jazz-turned-space-funk cut “Feed Your Head”; “Not The One” with its moody string motifs mixed over hip hop drops and scratches; the dreamy acoustic boom-bap of “Get Busy”; and the intricately arranged samples in the pensive “Money, Greed & Lust”. Laid-back and fresh, Defizit’s Growth Spurt is the gift that keeps on giving.

Danny Massure (Spring Strut) – “Classic soul meets boom-bap downtempo. Great combo.”
ALTZ (Altzmusica) – “Love the jazzy sounds.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “This selection leaves me with a big chilled out smile.”
Danny Ward (Moodymanc) – “Nice easy playin’ beats … like ‘em.”
DJ T-Bird (Los Chicos Altos) – “Tight! Nice grooves & cuts.”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show – Perth) – “I just adore the strings on Not The One. Completely sets the track off in a surprising and pleasantly soothing direction.”
Apostolos Argyris (The Zuzu Club) – “Chilly and cool. Love it.”
Clairvo (Tilos Radio – Hungary) – “This is what I call true and unique instrumental hip-hop!”
DJ Junior (Eavesdrop Radio – Philadelphia) – “Can’t go wrong with this!”
Laurent N. (Buddha-Bar Podcast) – “Always TOP stuff on cold busted. Super job by Defizit.”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Beatport, Spotify, And Apple Music.

Emapea - Zoning Out Volume 2 (Cold Busted)

With his acclaimed debut album Seeds, Roots & Fruits, an inclusion on Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz 8, and notable Cold Busted compilation appearances, the Polish beat-master Emapea has been a producer to watch. Early in 2018 he unveiled Zoning Out, Volume 1, an album intended for chilling while deep in thought, or for getting into that crucial head-nod zone, like when the DJ drops the dopest beat. With listeners ready for more rhythmic brain-food, Emapea provides with the anticipated next installment: Zoning Out, Volume 2.

Developing the theme of Volume 1, Emapea takes his jazzy sensibilities and fresh drum patterns and ups the ante, delivering 18 mandatory cuts that swerve and shimmy while exhibiting pure dopeness. Take “Last Cypher,” which is an infectious funk-hip-hop hybrid that flows with more than a few surprise embellishments. There’s also the low-rider spy-hop of “Big Small Talks”; “Tantra” with its smooth, old school ride; the sensual boom bap of “Blue Almonds”; and the infectious, latin-lounge-tinged “Rainy Day”.

These are no-nonsense beat compositions, perfect for thinking, for grooving, for dreaming, for zoning out. Emapea and Cold Busted come correct once again.

Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “This is a fantastic release. Fans of DJ Cam, DJ Krush and DJ Shadow will be in heaven.”
Green Street (Cold Busted) – “Loving the vibes. Super smooth & dusty grooves. I plan on crushing some parties with these.”
Spostolos Argyris (The Zuzu Club) – “Lovely, cool and refreshing. Really enjoying this.”
Jon Paul (The Blend) – “Simply sublime.”
Danny Ward (Moodymanc) – “Really liking all of the jazzy flavors and dusty production.”
DJ Wash (Funk The System) – “I hear 3 tracks, and that was enough! 5/5”
Crate Invader (Point Blank FM, London) – “Brilliant production on this. Super slick, super sexy, and so good.”
Soul of Man (Finger Lickin’ Records) – “Solid grooves, me likey!”
Aja Allsop (The Jazz UK) – “An amalgamation of all my favorite beats on one superb album!”
Floored Capri (Kane FM) – “Emapea's attention to detail is superb and this release is testament to the producer's dedication to the cause.”

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