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We pity the fool who don't' dig the jams of this retro funk producer from Greece. Here he returns with a new record in a new year, but on an old label - Cold Busted. The album, The Return Of The Classic, boasts 12 new cuts to sink your teeth into, all of which cover the jazzy hip-hop that he's know for, highlights including the swaggering clavinet-lead bluesy funk of "Break My Back", the staccato breaky rock of "Put The Needle On" and the brassy tight funk of ""View From" and the title track's heavy wah-wah head nodding vibes.
Eric Lau is a music producer/DJ/teacher who divides his time between London, Hong Kong and er, Jupiter (his words, not ours!). Here he delivers Examples, his third instrumental album. Boasting a whopping 28 tracks, this long player is a veritable feast of styles and sounds, incorporating elements of soul, funk, jazz and Latin all connected via his trademark hip-hop beats. Understated and elegantly funky, Examples is a captivating record that reveals why he ranks the likes of Gilles Peterson, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Jazzy Jeff, Erykah Badu and Questlove as fans. Essential.
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