by Colm K

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Bastard Jazz returns to the basics for a spring fling with a beautiful & soulful 12” by recent signing Colm K - chock full of remixes and vibes from some of our favorite producers! Hailing from the town of Cork, Colm is one of Ireland’s most respected DJs and garnered a whole host of international attention from his track “Dancing Skulls” , released last year on a BSTRD Boots 10”.

On his debut single for Bastard Jazz, Colm offers up “Basics”, a heavy, bumping down tempo cut. The low squelching synths, delayed guitar licks, dusty pianos and boom-bap drums compliment the lovely vocals of Elaine Dowling perfectly. Up next, Colm reworks the tune for the dancefloor with his “Uptown Dub”, taking things into a sexier, cosmic boogie direction with just a swirl of the original vocals intact. Toronto’s Alister Johnson aka DJ Catalist gives up a stripped down, darker version of “Basics” with a sparse drum break, icy synth work and a pulsing bassline that somehow manages to sound warm and isolated simultaneously.

On the flip, Ross Wakefield of the UK’s Part Time Heros teams up with Alex Stevenson of Patchwork Pirates for an absolutely gorgeous & atmospheric drum’n’bass re-working of the tune – a total standout & must-listen. Up next, Bastard Jazz’s own Jugoe heads into familiar territory with a dub mix, giving basics a signature rub of uptempo crushing drums, arpeggiating synths, vocal manipulations and deep deep bass. Finishing off the 12” is a bonus cut, “Love Loving You” – a perfectly pined piece of instrumental hip-hop originally released on the “Hear No Evil vol. 2” digi-compilation that we really thought should be put on a piece of wax.

Also included as a special digital-only bonus is a dark slow burner of a remix from Brooklyn's Dhundee, Colm's own Organic remix of the tune, as well as Jugoe's vocal remix.


released May 21, 2011



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Sonically varied and well-curated, Bastard Jazz has drawn from the tidepools of Electronic Music, Disco, Hip-Hop, House, Dub and Global music – all the while maintaining a feel that is uniquely their own.

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