Conceived out of a mutual love for the Tascam 238 multitrack cassette machine, members of the Bay Area’s M-Tet and Kansas City’s Boogaloo 7 come together to form The 238s on this hardhitting debut 45. The A-Side, “The Itch”, is a dance floor burner featuring vocalist Julia Haile, sure to give listeners a case of itchy feet. The B-Side, “The Scratch”, is the sweet relief featuring fat and sampler-ready drum breaks, as well as funky horn stabs and a McGriff-esque Hammond organ solo.
Plane Jane is back with another proper 2-sider. This time by way of Miles Bonny, we heard Hello Jesus a few years back on an EP Miles had put out and Lepse has been playing it to dancefloors ever since. The tune gets such a heavy response we wanted to get it on a 7, so here it is. Side A is Bonny’s version of a song that isn’t called Hello Jesus, with production by Canadian duo Circle Research. The bass and drums alone catch you from the first beat, add the gritty synth lines and Miles’ smooth but rough vocals and we have a hit. Sure to set the dance on fire for all the DJs that play this kind of thing. Side B find Bonny’s version of a song that is not called High Enough, again with the strong production lead by punchy drums and a very recognizable bassline. Another Plane Jane classic sure to be getting heavy play across the world.
With the full length, Return To The 37th Chamber dropping April 14th, El Michels Affair releases another flawless two sider to hold us over. Side A’s cover of Tearz is as much an homage to the Wendy Rene sample as it is to the Wu-Tang Clan track. The song starts as a glazed over cover of "after laughter, comes tears" with Shannon Wise of The Shacks singing Wendy Rene's timeless mantra. Halfway through, the mood dramatically shifts and the drums and organ that drive the original RZA sample, take over. A dubbed out Lee Fields taps in like only he can, and the song spirals into outer space. Side B finds EMA dipping into the deeper side of the Wu catalog with Raekwon’s Verbal Intercourse. Mixing the grimy, gritty production aesthetic of the original with elements of dubbed out reggae, El Michels Affair once again pushes the definition of a “cover” and truly makes it a tune of their own.
Crucial heavyweights Poldoore and Emapea each take on a side of this Cold Busted 7“ single, the latest in a bi-monthly series of dub / reggae cuts exhumed from the label’s golden vault. Belgium’s Poldoore commandeers the A-side with an instrumental version of ”This Road“, a track originally found on his acclaimed 2016 album The Day After. Stirringly dubwise, the cut is wet with atmosphere and the ping of spring reverb, as a tuneful horn section carries the main melody. Flip the wax for accomplished Polish beat-maker Emapea and his delightfully skankin’ ”Rudeboy“. Previously appearing on the In Dub 3 compilation, ”Rudeboy” showcases Emapea’s knack for combining samples from multiple genres into one cohesive, steamy gumbo. With either track, B-boys and natty dreads alike will give the dance floor a serious workout as the needle meets the vinyl.
Limited to 300. Over the past years Dave Dar has come from behind the boards & has been making an imprint as an Artist & an MC. As one half of the Bamboo Bros with his partner Kurious they released American Jibaro in 2011. Dave continued collaborating on projects with the likes of Blu , Kool Keith , AG & many others. As an essential part of the LUVNY Collective & the Red Apples 45 movement his time has come full circle. ‘The Sun Don’t Chill’ is his first solo effort entirely produced by Ray West & features Prince Po, Percee P and Red Apples’ own AG . Released on 7 inch black vinyl, contains 4 full songs plus 1 interlude.
A bunch of musicians decide to jam together. Some were seasoned veterans while others barely ever touched an instrument. Using the proverb “Each One, Teach One “, knowledge has been passed along to various generations breaking barriers such as language, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and age. The result is musical journey open for your own interpretation. The beautiful beaches of Salvador Bahia Brazil have left a lasting impression on this group of musicians. Daily adventures to these beaches for spectacular scenery, perfect temperatures to take a dip, quality time with friends and breathtaking sunsets left enduring memories. As night fell upon the city, the rich musical culture of this region of Brazil came to life. Rhythmic vibes from daily jam sessions in a packed recording studio with pulsating dance moves from uninhibited friends would carry on to the wee hours of the next morning. Little did we know these sessions were being recorded...this is the result of some of the sessions. Be warned this is not for the faint at heart.
Pat Van Dyke is a drummer, composer, producer, and band leader. Equally comfortable behind the drum kit, as he is penning compositions at the Fender Rhodes, PVD balances the rhythmic intensity of true-school hip hop with the rich harmony & refreshing subtlety of jazz. Drawing from a diverse palette of sounds, Pat’s music features live instrumentation alongside analog synthesizers, lush horns, and vintage keyboards, straddling the boundaries of electronic music, jazz, and golden era hip-hop. Pat’s music has been praised by tastemakers and DJs around the globe such as Gilles Peterson, Bobbito Garcia, & DJ Spinna.
The Cold Busted label unearths more funky nuggets from the fertile Russian soil with this brilliant 7“ single from Moscow’s Anatoly Ice. DJ, producer, and host of the Funk and Beyond parties and radio show (running for nearly ten years), Anatoly Ice has been drawn to the swing of a phat beat for a long while. This single bursts with old school funk and new school attitude, beginning with ”Something Happened (2Me)“. A vintage drum kit and melodic horns are joined by a big hip hop rhythm as the vocals and horn section are expertly cut up and rearranged. The song’s catchy hook – also the title – is left nearly intact and should playfully dance around any b-boy’s head as he does his thing. Flip the record for ”Light”, which exhibits a strutting breakbeat and some G-funk sauce in its prominent synth line. Funky piano, guitar, and bass provide the backdrop, soundtracking a midnight cruise through the bad (as in good) part of town. Hold tight … Anatoly Ice is at the wheel.
Donté the Gr8 brings us conscious lyrics, spitting about real life struggles and current issues over hard-hitting 808 bass with blues influenced live guitars. Upbeat, feel-good groove, with uncompromising lyrics and a smooth hook tied together to bring a solid and uplifting track.
The second release from Will Sessions’ newly launched record label Sessions Sounds. This is the first collaboration between Will Sessions and Elzhi since the critically acclaimed mixtape, Elmatic. The A side features an explosive extended verse from Elzhi, on top of an anthemic beat performed and produced by Will Sessions. The B side is an instrumental edit that takes you deeper into the production of Will Sessions.
Produced and recorded in 1965 during a time when Chicago soul was one of the most influential sounds in R&B.The Dontells entered the studio and cut two tracks that put that sound on full display. The session was led by producer Calvin Carter, world famous Arranger Johnny Pate-along with the cities top musicians. These tracks were never released and have only been heard by a few people until now. The A side “Move On Down the Line” grabs you from the first second the needle drops. A mid tempo love song with a trademark arrangement from Pate and a vocal melody and approach in the style of Chicago’s king of soul, Curtis Mayfield. “There Goes A Fool” is the B side and is a reminder why The Dontells were one of the best groups out of the Windy City. Another brilliant production with a top notch arrangement . Horns, strings, a swinging backbeat and that signature Chicago vocal sound lead by the sweet harmonies of Nate, Leroy, Manuel & Ralph. This is no doubt a 60’s soul classic in 2017!
After a strong debut in 2016, Durand Jones & The Indications are hitting the road this spring with a new 45 from their debut LP. The lead album cut, “Make A Change” is powerful message soul at its finest! Never more powerful and never more relevant! Meanwhile, the B-side is a cookin’ lowrider soul jam featuring the sweet falsetto of drummer Aaron Frazer. A two-sided burner.
As a cutting-edge remixer, King Most’s releases on Soundcloud have logged over 230,000 plays by listeners worldwide. When he is not sharing the decks with favorites like Jazzy Jeff, Flosstradamus, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Odd Future, and RichMedina, luninaries like Giles Peterson (UK/Radio One), DJ Spinna (NYC), Mike Boogie (Roc-Nation), Sammy Bananas (Fool’s Gold) and Anthony Valadez (KCRW/Los Angeles) are sharing his tracks in their own sets.
DJ Platurn has built a reputation as a tastemaker with vision and a sense of community and in turn preserving crucial aspects of DJ and music culture. Founder of the Oakland Faders and The 45 Sessions. Best known as one-half of soul duo Myron & E, Newark native Eric ‘E’ Cooke aka E Da Boss is the definition of a multifaceted artist. It began with DJing and a love of hip-hop, which eventually turned into producing, and ultimately brought him to singing and songwriting both alongside Myron and on his own. Since then Myron & E have toured the world and released their own music (Stones Throw) as well as collaborated with c with The Soul Investigators (Timmion Records) , The Soul Surfers (Ubiquity Records), in the meantime E has contributed vocals to a track for UK sensation The Gene Dudley Group’s sophomore album on Wah Wah 45s, as well as releasing material under the moniker Lucid Paradise alongside Ishtar on The Whole Truth Records and a few 45s as part of The Pendletons on his own independent label Slept On Records. It’s an exciting time for fans of E’s music, as it appears new sounds are on the horizon, starting with this limited edition 45!
Cold Busted has hit the big one-double-0 (that’s one hundred) release mark. How does a label celebrate such a milestone? By going one above today’s current wild wild west landscape of digital sampling and officially licensing a legendary ‘60s-era song that’s made its rounds in the golden era of sample based hip-hop. Akshin Alizadeh, the man from Azerbaijan, is the lucky one tapped from the label’s roster to remix Marlena Shaw’s “Woman of the Ghetto.”The producer’s strong funk and nu-jazz influences, as well as his ability to combine funky grooves with punchy hip-hop beats, are on full display once again. Rightfully dramatic orchestral strings give way to bluesy rhythmic wah-wah guitar plucking, slightly cabaret-ish piano, pitch bending keys, and a totally sultry sax. The percussion sounds like signature Alizadeh with a flickering hat pattern, well placed snare rolls, and punchy interplay with the kick. For the DJs needing to spice things up, an instrumental is included. If this achievement is any indication of the new century of releases from Cold Busted then bring on one hundred more!
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