Pigeondust - Way Back When

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“For me, sampling is like a collaboration,” says DJ Yuta Yamaoka, better known to global beatheads as Pigeondust. Residing in Chiba, Japan, Pigeondust spends his days either vinyl-digging or sourcing samples — that is, creating sonic collaborations — from his discoveries. Pigeondust is also a member of the EN TOKYO crew, representing a new generation of Japanese beat-makers who draw from a large variety of genres. In 2015, Pigeondust joined Cold Busted with his fantastic album Moon, Wisdom & Slackness. He now follows up with an ambitious double album titled Way Back When.


Way Back When explores a galaxy of hip hop styles throughout its whopping 36 cuts. The vibe is gritty and street-smart, samples from jazz, funk, world music, and other pathways poured into one groovable stew. “Chienowa” sets the tone with its tough beat, funk bass pops, and fly-by musical riffs. “Spiral Beat” is also notable for its arpeggiated jazz loop that shifts into gentle ‘70s piano soul. And the collaborations aren’t exclusive with samples — Turkish producer Ozoyo joins Pigeondust for the drum-twisting nature walk of “Magicnight,” and Swiss producer DRWN. appears on cut-up jazz jam “Intense.” There’s much to explore here.

The album is available from Cold Busted on double vinyl, its packaging a loving homage to Yo! MTV Raps and its sought-after trading cards. Each album comes with a Pigeondust trading card complete with artist photo and vital stats. Represent.

CASSETTE TRACKLISTING IS DIFFERENT DUE TO 60 MINUTE LIMIT & DOES NOT CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING SONGS:

Class
Skit
Altona
Home
B-Boy Blue (Long Version)
1973

1. Pigeondust - Intro (1:51)
2. Pigeondust - Chienowa (2:46)
3. Pigeondust - Class (2:29)
4. Pigeondust - Dummies (1:34)
5. Pigeondust - Kan-nana Street (2:52)
6. Pigeondust & Ozoyo - Magicnight (1:56)
7. Pigeondust - Cuttape (1:15)
8. Pigeondust - Spiral Beat (3:14)
9. Pigeondust - Skit (2:01)
10. Pigeondust - Intro 2 (1:21)
11. Pigeondust - Sky (1:50)
12. Pigeondust - Altona (2:12)
13. Pigeondust - Maze (2:04)
14. Pigeondust - Jazzloop A (1:33)
15. Pigeondust - M-v-g-i (1:52)
16. Pigeondust - Jazzloop B (1:08)
17. Pigeondust - Reminiscence (1:38)
18. Pigeondust - Home (3:00)
19. Pigeondust - Mektup (3:06)
20. Pigeondust & DRWN. - Intense (1:33)
21. Pigeondust - Nothing But Jazz Loops (1:51)
22. Pigeondust - Wave (2:57)
23. Pigeondust - Jazzloop C (0:28)
24. Pigeondust - Sunnyday (3:57)
25. Pigeondust - Jazzloop D (1:51)
26. Pigeondust - Rain (3:36)
27. Pigeondust - Jazzloop E (1:32)
28. Pigeondust - Jazzloop F (0:54)
29. Pigeondust - Struggle (1:06)
30. Pigeondust - Back In The Days (2:51)
31. Pigeondust - B-Boy Blue (Long Version) (4:34)
32. Pigeondust - Numero 3 (1:06)
33. Pigeondust - Skaters (1:48)
34. Pigeondust - Keep On (2:19)
35. Pigeondust - Fiesta (2:12)
36. Pigeondust - 1973 (5:03)

Listen & Buy: https://beats.coldbusted.org/waybackwhen

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