“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 Vinyl album comes with a Pigeondust trading card complete with artist photo and vital stats. Represent.
released January 31, 2020
All Songs Produced, Mixed & Arranged by Pigeondust
All Songs Written by Y. Yamaoka Except
6 with O. Sac & 20 with M. Kalt
31 Original Found On IWYMI INTNl: Japan
Mastered & Lacquers Cut by Misjah@24Mastering
Manufactured by Packaged Sounds
Design by Sebastian Fraye
Photo by Berkay Akpolat
Executive Producer, Derrick Daisey
All Works Registered with Some Cutz Up (ASCAP)
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show / Radio X / Play.FM / Soulsender.de): Deep Down Funky Beats ...
Rory Hoy (Howlin' Records / Super Hi-Fi / BigBeatTastic Radio Show): Amazing release - Thanks so much for sending this my way! Rory Hoy
Michael Moebus (Meem / Back To Funk radio show): Love a good sample based record! Hard to choose a fave track, alot of these sound great
jim8track (8trackmusicsolutions): great stuff
Barry King (Starpoint Radio / Nuwave Radio): goood
Fred (KXSF): Spiral Beat is great. Can;t wait to get my hands on this LP. I will be playing these promos on-air at KXSF to drum up some support!!
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show - Impact Radio, Cruise FM, The Jazz UK, others): If this is anything to go by,2020 is going to a good year !
JEF DAM aka Jeff Fellows (DJ / Music Director): love this ep. Takes me back to the early 2000's of instrumental beats
Apostolos Argyris (The Zuzu Club): Spriritual Beat ..lovely !!
Dj Halabi (Dj Halabi/Reversion Records): This is just awesome, nuff said
Vangelis Vlavianos (Radio Producer): Sounds great!
Jeromy Nail (jeromynail.com): Dope cutz, will drop these into my sets. Cheers!
Andreas Kinzl (Aromabar / INFRACom! / Play.FM): great work
Alejandro Ramirez (Stereo 77) (Plimsoll Records): Thanks for the promo. Nice beats.
Salvo Borrelli (Garam Masala Radioshow / Radio Etna Espresso): wow...soul in the air ;)
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music Radio Show / Radio 42.com
/ Ibiza Global Radio): solid release
Frank (All Good Funk Alliance) (Funk Weapons / Super Hi-Fi / Fort Knox Recordings): Solid
Jamie Topham (CD Pool UK | JT MusicMedia | Summer Soulstice): Very cool beats from this guy.
Belabouche (Midnight Riot / DiscoDat / FKR Records / Spare Change Disco / Magic Wand / JDP Disco / Paper Disco): nice one
Luca Trevisi (LTJ X-Perience / Irma / Small World Disco / Super Value): cool jazzy beats !
Floored Capri (Kane FM): Beautiful, warm, fuzzy, dusty, funky..
Andy Riley (Inland Knights) (Toka Project / Drop Music): all good !
Danny Massure (Spring Strut / Ticklejunk / Podcasts): nice
Stickybuds (Goodgroove Records / Baffin Island Beat Brigade / Big M Bootie / Pop N' Lock): Soundin real nice guys.
Kid Loco (Flor / Tromolo Records): Nice beats and samples grooves.
Crate Invader (point blank fm london): 10/10 - class production
Lakatos Sandor Suefo (Radio Tilos FM 90,3 / Savages y Suefo): Wonderful! I like all these tunes. Rain and Wave are my favourites. I will play these in my radio show today.
Herbert Bachhofer (Shantisan) (Salted Soul / One Note Samba Radio Show on superfly.fm): Lovely sampling and editing action going on here! Very creative!
Martin Welzer (DJ Friction) (Bodymovin / Four Music / Complex): B-Boy Blue is the stand out track for me. 1973 is another fave
Robert Lochmann (The Jazzmadass Radio Show on Radio X / soulsender.de): very cool record, thx
Ket Shah (Mucho Soul) (Mucho Soul / weekly radio show on TWR London): Wow cool stuff
Andrew Emil (Broadway & Wilson / Four Play Music / Glenview Records / 5Magazine): Love This Release!
DJ Rahdu (BamaLoveSoul / AB+L Radio / Hot107.7 FM (Birmingham, AL)): Oh Yes!
Clive Craske (RadioReverb 97.2FM, Brighton): The edgy distorted melody, spanners-in-a-bag percussion, skittering kicks, and incessant short-loop feel of "Class" is an object lesson in style.Tasty. "Spiral Beat" is a rotating jazz helter skelter of a tune. Loungey hip hop with looping electric piano, trumpet and beats. Niiice! "Wave" circulates in a sunny all-over-tan kinda way. "Rain" takes us back to the hardcore vibraphone, bongos, and more trumpet garnished with subtle scat vocals. Nice bassline too. My fave cut here. The jangly jazz-funk rhythm guitar, trumpetty background, heart-stopping beat-skip cuts, and rocking bass of "B-Boy Blue (Long Version)" make this another top number. "1973" is much more deeply chilled with almost all the sounds except perhaps the beats coming from the party in the next apartment. One for the dawn... Shame there are none of the collaborations in this sampler package - they look interesting. 8/10 for this expertly produced album.
Sasha Perera (Marketing Melodies (music licensing)): Cool sounds
Hippie Torrales (Cyberjamz Radio / What Is Hip): Loving the funk & jazz
Sandro Bianchi (Ibiza Sonica / Loca FM / Radio Circulo): classy!
Kiss FM Ukraine (Kiss FM Ukraine): Cool stuff. Will play!
David Bassin (Freefall weekly radio show - KUSF in Exile / RadioPellenera / Space Invader Radio / Live1.FM): Crunchy!
DJ Krimi / Radio Krimi (Radio Krimi / Le Cabanon (Pub Dancefloor @ Chamonix)): Dope !
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel (weekly on 2SER 107.3 FM, Sydney)): Happy new year :) As always, this is spot on for me. Im especially into Spiral Beat on this with it's beat and jazzy interludes. Also like the looped out boogie on B-Boy Blue as well. Thanks as always for the great music, very appreciated.
Magnus Asberg (C-Soul) (On The House Records): Yes yes really cool this will play
Daniel Peñacoba (La Captura Del Sonido/The Capture Of Sound Radio Show -): Sounds very good! Full support on the radioshow live from Ibiza. Thanks and keep it up! Can you send the WAV files for playing on air, please? Muchas gracias!!!
Salah Sadeq (The Crate Radioshow / Radio Beirut / Dance FM 97.8): lovely!!!
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show (RTR 92.1 FM - weekly) / Liquorice.tv): These breats and beats are sooo wired! Love the samples, the crackle of vinyl and the overall feel good breakbeat vibe. It's making me nostalgic! haha. Great work.
Eric Tchaikovsky (Night Light Sound System Radio Show): Awesome!
Andy Wilson (ibiza Sonica FM (Program Director) / Balearia): nice smoky vibes really well put together
Dr.Best (Sven Thomschke) (Radio Z 95.8 Nuernberg/Germany): All in all a nice album!