Born To Be Blue - a funky solo album from Mr Echo of Greek hip hop duo Q Funktion. Not that Mr Echo is totally on his own here … Born To Be Blue still features many collaborators, from Cold Busted regulars like Jenova 7, Es-K, My Neighbour Is, and mister T., to new names for the label such as Mononome, Padma Purana, and King Shi. Throughout the album there’s a common thread of downbeat American music styles, but it’s heavily frayed and pulled tight across world music influences. At times – such as on album highlights “Moonchild”, “Chrysanthemum”, and “Nothing Gonna Change” – Mr Echo finds himself pulling off Moby-level sampling, but in his own foggier and more heady way. Steadily creeping into the mood, the blues is ever present among the beats. Mr Echo and his Cold Busted companions have outdone themselves with this cohesive, but diverse, collaboration-filled album.
Alejandro Ramirez (Stereo 77) (Plimsoll Records / UrbanWorld Records): Love it! Mr Echo is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show / Radio X / Play.FM
/ Soulsender.de): once again some nice and easy
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s / Unherd Radio Show (Digital DAB Radio / Colourful Radio)): Love this album! Hard to chose a favourite!
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music Radio Show / Radio 42.com
/ Ibiza Global Radio): good downtempo music as usual from Cold Busted. This will be in my car for the next months
Jaymz Nylon (Nylon Recordings / Adult Selections Radio Show): Great cinematic album! Does not work for my DJ sets but it's an amazing listening experience. I immediately put up in our family's iCloud for all to access over our home's sound system. So the audience will range from 11 yrs. of age to early 40s... To many hot tracks to pick a favorite!
Kid Loco (Flor / Tromolo Records): Great downtempo tracks.
DJ Enne (Electunes / Karmaloft Music): this is not really the music i´m using in my dj sets. anyway its groovy and a really good album. i like it much for listening. thx for sending cheers dj.enne
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show - weekly on The Coast Radio, Samurai FM, RP Radio, others): Stunning simple as that people
Slim (Goodgroove) (Goodgroove Records / Ghetto Funk): very nice sounds
Stickybuds (Goodgroove Records / Baffin Island Beat Brigade / Big M Bootie / Pop N' Lock): I love trip hop and down tempo! Keep em coming!
Mojo Rising (Cold Busted / Journees Music / F.A.M.I.L.Y.): Auditory bliss. All these hit that sweet spot. Hard pressed to pick a fav here, I'll go with Moonchild.
Abicah Soul (Abicah Soul Recodings): Love it..
Mason Rothert (Below Zero Radio Show / NuDIsco Indie Dance & Jet Set Radio on iHeartRadio): Wow, this is just great. I love this. Entire selection, will promote on Below Zero as Exclusive feature!
Phat Phil Cooper (NuNorthern Soul / KAT Records / Sick Trumpet): Lovely stuff, proper chilled vibes...
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe / Treehouse Muzique): Pretty amazing. Haven't really heard this sort of hippie break beat sound since the early 90's. Sounds immediately familiar, and a little dated. But it's surprisingly wonderful to hear this headspace again. Thank you.
Bruno Lepretre (Ibiza Global Radio): cool chilled tracks
Ross Wakefield (Part-Time Heroes / Hideout Sessions Podcast / Wah Wah 45s): Some tidy beats here!
Pathaan (Globetronica / BBC / Songlines Music Reviewers): NICE !
DJ Nartak (Nightflight & Klassik Lounge - radio show on Klassik Radio + Sceen.FM
("Schlaflos..." show)): quality Cold Busted release! Like the variety of instrumentation and influencial styles. Will support!
Laurent N. (12 Monthly Radio Shows: Nice 102.3 FM, House Nation Radio, Westradio.gr
, Buddha-Bar Podcast): 10/10 I love this Release ! & GREAT Stuff by Mr Echo. Will play & ALL MY SUPPORT !!!
Jamie Topham (CD Pool | JT Music Media Man | Summer Soulstice): Some very sweet chilled out beats here. Most of it is 'all back to mine' material. The exception being That's All Folks, which is the sole contender for my kind of dance floors.
SimonG (Deep South Audio) (Volcano Radio / 0fm / MyHouseYourHouse Radio): Interesting beats .. Emotive
Herbert Bachhofer (Shantisan) (Salted Soul / One Note Samba Radio Show on superfly.fm): Really beautiul downbeat album!
Robert Jan Meyer (Minus 8) (Compost / Stereo Deluxe / Radio 1): Nice Downtempo
DJ Ricardo (Inside Out Magazine / Farris Wheel / Gourmand Music / Frequency Spectrum / Herbal Essence): great album!!
Clairvo (Tilos Radio FM90.3 / Freelance Reviewer): simply soo great!!
Nickodemus (Turntables on the Hudson NYC): Really nice release! Good moody sampling & cracking beats.
DJ Junior (Eavesdrop Radio WKDU 91.7FM (Philadelphia)): Intoxicating!
Carlitos Corcho (Chang) (Red Bull Music Academy, Chang Bang): nice and bubbly, nothing but sweet.
Roger Cowell (The Joint Sessions Berlin): Nice warm downbeats, I'll probably spin the 'Last Trumpet' in my Nu-Jazz sets...
Sam Hopkins (AccuRadio (Head of Programming)): Love the album. This is the kind of instrumental hiphop that keeps me coming back for more.
John P. (WestRadio (manager) / Adult Radio Mix show): great album! will support on west radio! thanks
DJ Tomas (Friday Night Session / Google Play / ForwardEver Blog / Umoja HiFi): It was hard to pick a favorite track -- they're all solid! Like the best releases from Ninja, MoWax, Cup of Tea and other respected downtempo imprints, this album impresses with its consistency and production quality.
Adam Warped (Whiskey Pickle / Strange Days on Hypersonic Radio): Outstanding stuff here!
DJ Jazzy L (Jazzy Lounge Radio (Live365) / WNUR FM): Steady beats throughout. Sweetly done.
Robert Lochmann (The Jazzmadass Radio Show on Radio X / soulsender.de): fine relaxed album, breezy sounds. all tracks nice
DJ Doubles (Freestyle Fusion - weekly radio show on Urgent FM): very nice melancholic and chilled out trip into the unknown..
Marco (Radio 105 "In Da Klub" / Tendenzia Radio Network / Gold Paradise Milano): nice downbeat sounds will be played
David Bassin (Freefall weekly radio show - KUSF in Exile / RadioPellenera / Space Invader Radio / Live1.FM): some nice beats..not massive
Andy Wilson (ibiza Sonica FM (Program Director) / Balearia): splendid head nodding grooves , will play some on my radio show
Rusty (All Good Funk Alliance) (Funk Weapons / Super Hi-Fi): Really digging the vibes on Chrysanthemum and Nothing Gonna Change, Moonchild has a really deep thing going on as well. Nice stuff
Niksa Dragolin (Eurostar Radio 101.7 FM): some interesting stuff hear....will play it
Hippie Torrales (Cyberjamz Radio / What Is Hip): Great LP.
Sandro Bianchi (Ibiza Sonica / Loca FM / Radio Circulo): glorious!!
Brewster Brigham (Kiss FM - Hip Replacement Show (weekly)): stunning
Ket Shah (Mucho Soul) (Mucho Soul / weekly radio show on Back2Back FM): Interesting....will need a few listens to get my head around the groove
Marc Lacasse (sHIFT Radio on UMFM 101.5 / Urbnet (Jackhouse Reviewer)): this is like a funky wes anderson soundtrack to life. creative textures throughout keep you locked and excited for more.
Raúl Alonso (.RauSlow.) (Alma Soul Music / Alma Dreams (radio show + podcast) / Ibiza Global Radio): Tracks for me, I will play it on Alma Dreams Radio Show. Thanks!
riccicomoto (Ibiza Global Radio / Irma Records): ...thanx for sending...very nice sounds with a lot of soul...! is worth for a deeper listen !
Sven Thomschke (Dr. Best) (Radio Z ('Headz' & 'Limbo Rhythm' shows) / Club: 'Rockit!'): Nice Downtempo-Blends!
Frank McWeeny (D.I.Y. Radio / French Radio London / Shoreditch Radio): TOP WORK
Brandon Bass / Luv Boutique (Hub City Music Group / Aspect Ratios on KMET Radio Denver): Great release. Will be jamming it on this snowy weekend here in Denver for sure :)
Markus Schaper (Byte.FM): chillig.
Fine Cut Bodies / Biscuit Real (Chi Recordings / MR2 Hungarian National Radio): loving the whole release, nice chilled 90s vibes!
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show (Monthly on WestRadio, Deepvibes UK, Safari Radio, Tunnel FM, Ibiza Sonica & more / Distrikt (Leeds)): As usual the beats are really smart here; some lovely pieces. How Long, Found (which has a wicked Portishead feel to it) & the energetic That's All Folks all are class, but the whole release works well :)
Mr. Goju (Migrations Radio Show (weekly, syndicated)): One of the best releases that I heard lately!
Gianluca Peruzzi (Social Kids / Less Conv Records / Presslab Records/ Nite Groove): Really like Moonchild.. is my fav thanks
DJ Emskee (WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC): My favorite tracks are the first 7, and the last one.. Not really feeling "Found". Good stuff!! Emskee - NYC
Graham Mandroules (Catalyst Recordings): Trippy downbeat grooves.....Lovely!! Thank you
DJ Bonehead (93.5 KNCE www.truetaosradio.com): Full support!
Edward Bigland (Auracle Sound (music licensing)): Heavy but good, especially Last Trumpet in Las Palmas.
High On Beats (High On Beats (music blog)): very smooth!
ForQuarters Collective (Yours Truly Podcast / Red Maple / SOULFULL): love this low fi!
Piiit (Septante Sept / So Watt): Excellent album full of nice guests. Bravo!
Myxzlplix (Subdivisions Global Radio Show (syndicated)): I love these tracks. Excellent soul and downtempo vibes.
James Canning (Respect Music): Nice Hip Hop Vibes will support!
Art-D-Fact (Art-D-Fact Online Web-Zine / Reviewer): good
Eric Tchaikovsky (Night Light Sound System): Excellent!
Trio (Bocca Grande) (Rebirth / Four Roses / Mathematics): Thanks for the promo.Found'is good!will use at my dj.
Mark Farina (Great Lakes Recordings / Mushroom Jazz / Om Records): like these
Zack Hill (VinylTribe LA / TribeRadio Podcast / $5DollahFunk$): Dope chillout biz!
Matt Densham (Greta Cottage Workshop weekly show on My House-Your House + Soundart Radio FM): Reviewer : Daisy Densham [MTDD] Torquay Girls Grammar School - age 11 "I really like this! Sounds jazzy, like summer!"
Richard E (Further Out Recordings): Great set of moods and grooves!
Mr. Moon (Duffnote Recordings / Mr. Moon Records / Salted): really nice lounge vibes. Support
Adrian Lugo (RPM DIrector) (WEFT 90.1 FM (Champaign, IL)): Quality beats in a wide range of styles. A nice reminder of why downtempo instrumental hip hop was so dope in the first place.
Luca Micheloni (Thenetwork Radio): good
Johnny Luv (Across The Board Radio Show - weekly on KANE.FM
(103.7FM)): fooonky !!...nice beats !!
Marc dB / Iron Horse (Die Trying Records / Pawn Shop Records): Beauty
Velanche (Club 91 Radio Show / Velanche's Playtime / KCPR 91.3 FM): Not too chill, not too heavy. Nice!
Nick Concklin (The Orator) (High On Beats (music blog) / Mushpost Radio Show on Sub.FM
/ Tigermilk NYC): smooth reminder that its getting warmer outside.. excellent vibe
Tony Le Runigo (Radio Prun' 92 FM): Just perfect beats!!!
Oded Nir (Suntree Records / Sceen.FM
(biweekly Suntree Records Show)): love this LP, full support
OpenTempoFM (OpenTempoFM - online + 105.1FM): F**k this is good, tasty beats and musical treats this album packs a punch,summer vibes galore
Jonas Kolbe (Mos Eisley Music (blog)): Crispy and original Beats - just a great release!
Joan Ribas * (Ibiza Soulstice Music / Hotel Pacha / Cafe del Mar): great one!! love it
Jon Barnes (KZSU 90.1 FM / 8tracks.com): Top grade stuff. First and last cuts especially. Love the dubby elements.
Andy Riley (Inland Knights) (Toka Project / Drop Music): all good
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns / BBE / Urban Torque): This is a great LP- really lovely stuff!
Sean Cantos (DJ Cantos) (Sunday Jumpoff on Deep House Lounge Radio / Selekta / LTHM / Mizumo Music): nice
Coers (Armada Music (compilation A&R) / Fresh FM): Lovely music
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit Recordings / Balance Alliance / DeepWit Sessions (monthly radio show)): Cold Busted always on point. Great release and collaborations making this a delightful album. Thanks!
Stefan Lange (Das schöne Leben (music blog)): nice sound