Anatoly Ice - Still Searching (Anatoly Ice / Symphonic Distribution)

Still Searching is the new album from Anatoly Ice, a Moscow-based DJ who combines a shared love of hip hop, breakbeats, funk, and soul into his musical stew. A love crate digging for rare 45s, obscure rhythms from around the world, and crucial, head-nodding beats fuels Anatoly as he pilots his Funk and Beyond parties and radio show – running for more than ten years – and a distinctive production style. Still Searching transmits this in spades, delivering 17 cool cuts running the gamut from instrumental hip hop, live improvisations, abstract soundscapes, and four key tracks featuring singer, poet, and flute player Iskra.

The album opens with the funky “Happy My Love,” feeling like a jazz-funk radio staple from the ’70s. Iskra’s lovely, soulful vocals are in Russian, adding to the track’s unique vibe. Other highlights include the soaring “Now Is The Time,” “Church” with its chunky drum part and gritty instrumentation, the spaghetti-trip hop style of “My Mind At Play,” and “Real Woman” with its bluesy technique and dope scratches. Anatoly Ice has hit gold with Still Searching, proving he’s a true player on the global beat-maker scene.

Double-D (Radio X) – “Yo – deep down raw soul over there.”
Ben Mono (Undertones Gang) – “Great and outstanding release.”
Danny Masure (Spring Strut) – “Fantastic funky soul with a boom-bap twist.”
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music Radio Show) – Some wicked beats. My favorite is ‘I Know The Way’. Damn funky tune!”
Piiit (Septante Sept) – “Russian Soul? Wtf? Excellent!”
David Bassin (Freefall weekly radio show) – “Meaty and beaty!”
Andreas Kinzl (Aromabar) – “Strong stuff with attitude.”
DJ Soulist (What The Funk) – “Love the mood of this. Soulful beats here!”
Igor Marijuan (Ibiza Sonica FM) – “Amazing release. 5 stars.”
Diesler (A Little Something Radio) – “Sublime grooves from the Moscow maestro.”
DJ Fonetik (Ghettobazaar blog) – “I know the way is great with it’s Russian vocals. It takes me back to old Eastern pop songs and soundtracks.”

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

Camilla Luna - Lost & Found (Cymasonic)

Digging through the archives of one of its most enigmatic artistic figures, Cymasonic have stumbled across an album that’s been hiding in plain sight for the last eleven years. Camilla Luna’s Lost & Found, is exactly as the title suggests, a collection of musical rarities, reimagined in an album where Cymasonic have breathed new life to these undiscovered gems. It features some of the last work Camilla Luna and production partner BHLB might create together, and something of a ‘rescue mission’ for the label, who feared that these tracks might get lost permanently like so many before them, unless they intervened.

Lost & Found is a body of work that consolidates the past, the present, and the future for Camilla Luna as one artistic entity. The shy, reclusive singer catalogues eleven years worth of songs and ideas into a singular body of work with the help of the anonymous BHLB, a mysterious entity in his own right. Re-imagining these scattered moments in a single album has given them a distinct voice in this new context, the tracks finding an unlikely contemporary relationship to each other.

Camilla Luna’s raspy, enigmatic vocals bite and tear at lyrics flirting with concepts of love, friendship, and the realities of a life as a musician, with the technical intent of jazz and the passion of R&B. Finding a happy equilibrium somewhere between Erykah Badu and TLC’s T-Boz, Camilla’s vocals on Lost & Found engage at a literal level, where she draws you into the murky nether world of BHLB’s music. Bold, creeping synth movements orchestrated around restrained beats find that perfect balance between contrast and harmony with Luna’s vocals defining a sound for the creative duo’s extensive career together.

More on Camilla:

Camilla Luna is the versatile voice behind some of the most significant EPs and singles from the Norwegian clubbing world with releases on the likes of Bpitch Control, Eskimo, Bogota, and Cymawax. Born Camilla Molvær Vazquez she is a Norwegian/Uruguayan songstress who was later dubbed Luna, in the Charrúa way by her Uruguayan father. Traversing the worlds of soul, jazz, and R&B through a singular artistic identity, she works comfortably within electronic soundscapes with her strong natural Latin influences often coming to the fore. Hers is a sound that errs on the side of raw, futuristic, wonky, and bumpy with clear references to ’80s funk and hip hop.

Camilla has worked closely with producer BHLB aka Baz (Streetology Studios) since 2006, and although they brought 2016’s seminal Open Up EP to the world, their work together has remained largely hidden with many gems still awaiting release. Some of her previous Camilla’s previous efforts include music on WahWah 45s, People Love Music, and Echorek Records, and she continues to work with established artists like Trulz & Robin, Usmev, and Arildo. Camilla Luna is singular voice for Norwegian club music and beyond.

Azaxx (Tru Thoughts) – “Amazing voice and very inspired musical layout. One of the most exiting things I've heard recently.”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek / Detox) – “Excellent. Really soulful.”
Kid Loco (Flor) – “Great mood. Red Handed is amazing!”
Rory Hoy (Howlin’ Records) – “Amazing album. Reminds me of Macy Gray and Erykah Badu.”
DJ Wash (Funk The System) – “Listened to 2 tracks and that was enough to say that this release is fire!”
Andy (Scandanavian Soul) – “Deep, sensual beats and tones draw you in like a light in the woods. Dark yet hauntingly infectious.”
Simon Harrison (Basic Soul radio show) – “It's been a long time coming but I'm glad Camilla & Baz are back! Lovely vocals and proper heavy weight beats.”
MadameFLY (mmRadio) – “Amazing collection. The ‘sultry’ is on overdrive and this is amazing.”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show) – “I’ve listened to this about 4 times now and it gets more enjoyable with each listen.”
Jon Fugler (XLNT radio show / Fluke) – “Weirdly wonderful & strangely hypnotic. I’m really enjoying this.”

Available Now From Bandcamp, Juno Download, iTunes, And Spotify.

Poldoore - Hard To Forget / Midnight In Saigon Remixes (Cold Busted)

Poldoore’s The Day After, his brilliant second album for the Cold Busted label, garnered heaps of praise, loads of play, and a multitude of heads nodding to its crafty beats. The next step is to revisit these songs with a collection of delicious remix treatments, contained in the upcoming The Day After Remixes. For an advance taste, Cold Busted has gathered two of these cool versions for a special 7“ single. Rotterdam’s rising production talent Moods, already well-known for his remixes on SoundCloud, tackles ”Hard To Forget“ in a dreamy, unforgettable style. The vocal hook is filtered and accented against boom bap rhythms while a lovely, cut-up string section adds emotional gravitas. ”Midnight In Saigon", featuring vocalist Astrid, is the single’s next selection, and here it’s remixed by Los Angeles producer extraordinaire B. Bravo. He gives the track a cool FM soul vibe, adding G-funk melodies, chunky guitar, and a bubbling R&B bass line that wonderfully compliments the source material. DJs and true funk fans rejoice … this whole record is on point.

Rusty (All Good Funk Alliance / Super Hi-Fi Recordings) – “Nice R&B vibes here. Great remixes.”
Jon Fugler (XLNT Radio Show / Fluke) – “Lovely to hear some tracks that make me excited for the summer to come. Good vibes!”
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi Recordings) – “Incredible release with some beautiful vocals.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “A real soulful banger!”
DJ Sabo (Sol Selectas) – “The B. Bravo Remix of Midnight in Saigon feat. Astrid is tight!”
Shantisan (Salted Soul) – “The Moods Remix of Hard To Forget is killer.”
Dogu (Ancient Astronauts) – “Very nice groove here.”
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s) – “Great soul music.”
Dr. Best (Radio Z) – “Two nice reworks on this release, the B. Bravo Remix is my favorite.”
Morphosis (The Hong Kong Ping Pong Club) – “I love the Moods Remix of Hard To Forget. Very tasty indeed.”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Junodownload, iTunes, And Spotify.

Captain Supernova - Doors of Perception (Cold Busted)

Captain Supernova has re-entered the atmosphere from out of nowhere with a fantastic new album, titled Doors Of Perception. An 'American astronaut' sent to interact with extraterrestrials using synthesizers, but also a multi-instrumentalist with high profile appearances at San Jose Jazz Festival, Rendezvous LA, and Loftsess under his belt, Captain Supernova has developed a unique and confident sound that draws upon equal portions of jazz, hip hop, funk, and synthy trip hop to complete his vision. After the acclaim and success of his self-released debut Visions of the Unknown – which made its way on many 'best of 2014' lists – Captain Supernova has adjusted his flight plan to orbit the Cold Busted label. Doors Of Perception builds on his stunning musicality and deft stylistic fusions to reveal seven tracks of smooth and uncompromisingly funky jazz-influenced music.

The secret weapons in the Captain's arsenal are an amazing crew of guest vocalists. Jackie Gage, who was heard on Visions of the Unknown, contributes her soulful tones to "Only One", with the lovely music providing an ample showcase for the Bay Area singer. "Without Gravity" is a smooth, jazzy wonder that dreamily incorporates the voice of Notown Sound's Angela Muhwezi … the result is a fine sonic approximation of 'floating.' Globally active Los Angeles-based vocalist Laura Mace waxes wistfully with "Leaving The Past Behind", capturing a feeling of psychedelic balladry when mixed with Captain Supernova's flowing music-field. Also from Los Angeles, Natasha Agrama collaborates on two very different songs: the late night waltz "Searching Forever" and the pensive but upbeat groover "Free Fall (Of Your Soul)". Despite the variety of vocal contributors, Doors Of Perception has a cohesive, story-telling sequence, glued together by Captain Supernova's smart and melodic arrangements.

So, have a seat in the smoking lounge of Captain Supernova's star cruiser, grab a glass of galactic libation, and have a deep listen to Doors Of Perception. You will be blissfully floating in no time at all.

Abicah Soul - "This whole project is tops. Each tune speaks quality in volume."
Ohmega Watts (Ubiquity Records / Mellow Orange Collective) - "What's in a name? The ability to embody it and if a Supernova had a soundscape, 'Door of Perception' would be it. A completely solid release!"
Kid Loco - "Nice and trippy."
DJ Moneyshot (Solid Steel) - "Cool soul with that modern twist. Deffo makes me prick up my ears and open my eyes."
Jaymz Nylon - "Amazing!"
All Good Funk Alliance - "'Door Into Doors' reminds us of Alan Parson Project. Really cool."
Tommy D Funk (DJ Times Magazine) - "Wow … some top class jams on this wonderful and well produced and very sexy album."
Mojo Rising (F.A.M.I.L.Y.) - "Delicious, intelligent, psychedelic, soulful downtempo. Many layers to explore."
riccicomoto (Ibiza Global Radio) - "Cool grooves with a mighty jazzy atmosphere and great vocalists … really marvelous."
DJ Zach (Subtronic End Radio Show) - "Cold Busted is absolutely killing it. Lots of soul here."
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - "This has a real soul touch, and even jazz vibes, and the compositions have a unique sound … a delight."
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) - "Super soulful jazzy vibes throughout … welcome back from the outer reaches of your space-filled mind, Captain!"

Available now from Bandcamp, Beatport, iTunes, Juno Download, and Spotify.