After a steady run of acclaimed beat tape transmissions, the multi-faceted instrumental hip hop producer known as B0nds joins the Cold Busted fam for the 14-track album Phantom Versions. Inspired by the likes of J Dilla, Madlib, and Flying Lotus, the DC-area adjacent B0nds has been making beats for 15 years, developing a style that’s vibey and deep, characterized by down-low rhythms and layers of obscure samples and funky synth flavors. Recently B0nds co-produced “Park Closes at Dusk” with Fushou, and the track grabbed over 7 million plays on Spotify. B0nds is clearly on the rise.
Phantom Versions brings together all the essential elements in the B0nds toolkit. There’s loping after-hours rhythms and space-funk synthology in the dream-like “Elsewhere.” Jazz drums and pulsating R&B vibrations intermingle in “Lonely Afternoon.” “African Groove” assembles a team of loose percussion, funky guitar riffs, and snatches of lost-in-time vocals. And “On The Late Night Tip,” with its delicate construction and moonlit tones, epitomizes the feel of Phantom Versions. These are tracks that channel a mood felt in the latest and loneliest of hours, no matter the time of day. Let B0nds be your sonic guide through the shadowy night.
Ohmega Watts (Ubiquity Records) – “Smooth blend of tracks and flavors on this B0nds release. Will have a few in rotation.”
Renegades of Jazz (Agogo Records) – “That’s fresh sounding!”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek) – “Wonky, Soulful, and beautiful.”
Floored Capri (Kane FM) – “Seriously dope, rhythmic, and exquisitely produced. I’m all over this.”
Salah Sadeq (The Crate Radio Show) – “Love it. This will definitely be on The Crate Radio Show.”
Jeff Fellows (JEF DAM) – “On The Late Night Tip and African Groove are my favorites. Bomb tunes.”
Simon Harrison (Basic Soul Radio Show) – “Elsewhere and 80’s Droptop Coupe are fantastic tracks!”
Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica) – “Some wicked late night grooves on here.”
Jay Scarlett (Sounds Supreme Radio Show) – “This LP hits heavy! Great harmonies and all-round vibe.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “Sophisticated deep beats with a beautiful jazzy & soulful heart.”