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Hear No Evil Vol. 1

Bastard Jazz Recordings

Released: 25th March 2013 | 4 track downtempo ep

Bastard Jazz once again returns with a delicious, extra value 12 platter featuring six exclusive, unreleased tracks from our friends + family around the world. Entitled Hear No Evil: Volume 1 – the release is special not simply because of the stellar talent involved, but because it's the milestone tenth 12 (not counting countless bootleg releases and their popular 7 series) from this Brooklyn based label started in 2001 by partners DJ DRM and Mr. Marley. Over these last six years Bastard Jazz has slowly and steadily evolved into a stylized boutique label that's known world-wide for tasteful and eclectic vinyl selections that straddle the line between the dancefloor and the headphone set.

Starting out Hear No Evil is I Can Hear The Clock by Bastard Jazz / Tru Thoughts artist Mawglee, who starts the record on a quirky tip with an easy skanking, lo-fi dub sound, a big downtempo drum break, and Mawglee's signature golden era vocal chops. Skittery!

Next up is longtime Bastard Jazz artist Jugoe, with Twiddle, a tune that's been garnering rave reviews and much dancefloor action coast-to-coast for a number of years in live sets. Twiddle is a massive 95BPM dancefloor killer with a heavy dub-infected bassline, monster drums, and an insanely catchy hook to it.

Rounding off the A-Side is Austria's Ed Royal + DJ Enne with Rhodes Scream – a bouncy, uptempo funk heavy breakbeat number that is sure to please all fans of Fort Knox, All Good Funk Alliance, etc...

Rhythm & Culture / True Grooves artist KidGusto starts things off on the flip with some heavy B-Side action – The Squelch is a dubstep-cum-broken-beat tune with live drums, ragga vocal samples, and a nasty nasty bassline. Next up is Left Coast Skank from San Francisco's Double Identity (of Voltage Music fame) – turning the heat up with a reggae-oriented midtempo breakbeat tune with cabinet shattering bass, rugged!

Rounding out the EP is a tune from Bastard Jazz founder DJ DRM – Chin Up is a funky, choppy sample driven boomin' instrumental hip-hop joint that flips into psychedelia midway through...