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Eddie Shinn – The Sketches of Scratches

The Sketches of ScratchesThe Sketches Of Scratches album is the second release on the label for Eddie Shinn, a 20 year old artist from Ulyanovsk, Russia. That’s about all the information available on the young producer and that’s okay because the music can speak for itself. The mantra for this release is dusty downtempo cuts with so much soul and melodic application of the ‘scratches’ hinted at in the title.

The album contains many highlights. Classy pianos, keys, and brass with plenty of drum rolls, make the breezy “Disco Stu” a great sign of what’s to come. A sort of funk fusion, “Far and Away” is much more cut up with bursts of beat repeats and some great use of samples and sound effects. “Dead Night” features a lazy, low-down disco vibe with stuttering vocal bits. Coming through with an infectious breakbeat and party ready cheers, “Look Like” could beckon even the most discerning dancers to get up and get down. “Work All Night And All Day” and “Next Point” both use horns to differing effect, while at the same time continuing to carry the tone of the album. Eddie Shinn’s The Sketches Of Scratches puts Ulyanovsk solidly on the Cold Busted map, seducing global headz with its infectious ‘Volga beats.’

1. Eddie Shinn – Disco Stu (4:51)
2. Eddie Shinn – Far and Away (4:01)
3. Eddie Shinn – Work All Night and All Day (3:13)
4. Eddie Shinn – Sing My Song (3:03)
5. Eddie Shinn – I Say (3:43)
6. Eddie Shinn – Dead Night (4:11)
7. Eddie Shinn – Mysterious Flight of the Bumblebee (4:29)
8. Eddie Shinn – Look Like (3:57)
9. Eddie Shinn – Lost (2:41)
10. Eddie Shinn – Santa Cruz (4:16)
11. Eddie Shinn – Next Point (3:27)


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Lo Creed – Hope

HopeWe reach into Athens, Greece to expose the funky sound of Apollo Neopoulos, also known as Lo Creed. He debuts his style of ‘Mediterranean hop’ on the eleven track album titled Hope, showcasing funky flavorings, punchy beats, and gritty instrumentation. Highlights include the late night strut of “Stay United,” the sensual bedtime funk of “Remind,” “Join The L.U.V. Club” with its lush strings and piano over crisp drums, and the album’s title track with its appealing bounce and layers of sampled freshness. It will quickly become evident that Lo Creed’s Hope is indeed ‘dope’ … grab hold and get down.

1. Lo Creed – Hope (2:47)
2. Lo Creed – Corruption City Pitch Bends (2:11)
3. Lo Creed – Fun-place (1:49)
4. Lo Creed – It’s Not the End (2:16)
5. Lo Creed – Join The L.U.V. Club (2:33)
6. Lo Creed – Streetwise (2:47)
7. Lo Creed – Remind (2:37)
8. Lo Creed – Stay United (3:46)
9. Lo Creed – Error (2:21)
10. Lo Creed – Time To Dig (2:17)
11. Lo Creed – Night Vision (2:13)


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Poldoore – The Day Off

The Day OffCold Busted returns to familiar label artist Poldoore 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.

1. Poldoore – Morning Glory (3:38)
2. Poldoore – Sweet Memories Feat. Awon & DJ Damented (3:49)
3. Poldoore – Faithful Man (3:07)
4. Poldoore – Same Number, Same Hood (3:05)
5. Poldoore – Ahhh Yeah Feat. Maverick (3:25)
6. Poldoore – Sunny Side Up (2:03)
7. Poldoore – Heard It All Before Feat. The 49ers & Bodhilynn (3:13)
8. Poldoore – Natural High (2:25)
9. Poldoore – Unconditional Feat. Will Magid (4:34)
10. Poldoore – Nothing Left To Say (Remix) (3:16)
11. Poldoore – Call It A Day (4:35)


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