The latest in Cold Busted’s 7″ series – featuring previously digitalonly cuts now enshrined on wax – comes from accomplished Polish beat-maker Emapea. Known for his contributions to the IWYMI and Bust Free compilations as well as his widely lauded album Seeds, Roots & Fruits, Emapea has been recently selected for inclusion in Mark Farina’s next Mushroom Jazz installment. So the time is ripe to get funky and fresh with this prime beat-maker’s new 7″ single. This one goes out to the B-Boys, as “B-Boy Stance” grooves with its ’70s-style car chase guitar, feet-shuffling rhythms, horn splashes, and energetic vocal drops. Every B-Boy needs a solid B-side, and here you’ll find “B-Boy Theme”. This one transports the floor to a raucous block party complete with breakneck scratches and energetic drum loops, alongside ’70s funk flourishes that’ll get any private dick – who’s a sex machine to all the chicks – quickly moving his hips.
“Jungle Law” gives a glimpse into Boogie Belgique’s sonic palette. Tough hip hop beats and funky live guitar follow an intro of jungle ambience as a trumpet presents the melody. Soon some swingy big band jazz enters the song in an almost ghostly manner, while the insistent beat keeps the dance floor moving. Album opener “Go Slow” shows a different side to the coin giving the listener an uptempo broken beat rhythm, some bouncy bass guitar, snippets of string loops, and a lovely, forlorn vocal line that echoes the past. It’s a beautiful concoction, and Boogie Belgique delivers on many aspects of this style throughout his eleven track album. Volta is a satisfying trip in an aural time machine.
Passages is Es-K’s latest release for Cold Busted and it shows his growth as a rhythm-obsessed music producer. With guitar and occasional keys by friend Max Bronstein-Paritz and a couple of crucial studio collaborations with fellow Vermont beat-maker Loupo, Passages adds extra depth and musicality to Es-K’s drum mechanics. The album opens wistfully with “IEV”, offering a minute and a half of instrument textures and snatches of percussion before the full beat kicks in. “Monastic” showcases Max’s funky guitar contribution, “Elevation” features some deep bass line play, and “Mistakes Made” is filled with melodic layers and melancholic moods. These are just some of the highlights from this twelve track album … Es-K satisfyingly goes beyond the beats throughout.
More Is Less collects eleven top notch beat-heavy jams from the young producer, now in his early twenties but involved in music making since the beginning of his teens. His artist name is apt, as Chop Juggler is adept at taking loops and samples and melding, twisting, and – yes – chopping them into intricate compositions.
CD also shipping on Tuesday.