Australian rhythm-twister Shinji refers to his music as “eclectic hip hop instrumentals with no regard for genre or tempo” and promises that he’ll “flip even the most obscure samples into soulful beats.” This modus operandi is evident in his debut long-player for the Cold Bustedlabel, In Colour. Twelve captivating beat constructions reveal the breadth of Shinji’s record collection and the absence of stylistic boundaries. This makes for an impeccably cool listen, working both for the beat-heads and in the headphones.
Highlights include the chunky soul groover “For Some Reason,” the spacey Spanish-flavored guitars and percussion of “Pioneer,” “Menace” and its evocative electronic treatments and drum breaks, and the delicious ‘70s soundtrack funk of “Grand Mash.” There’s something juicy for any discerning listener within Shinji’s inventive sample concoctions. In Colour, loud and clear.
Ohmega Watts (Ubiquity Records) – “An eclectic blend of styles with a hip hop backbone. Right up my alley.”
Mister T. (Cold Busted) – “You can hear so many colors on this one. Excellent beats and vibes combined with amazing synths.”
DJ BMF (Eighth Dimension) – “Cool sampladelic jazz biz. Dig it!”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “Stunning beats and rhythms.”
ALTZ (Altzmusica) – “Nice exotic hip hop.”
Floored Capri (Kane FM) – “One of the most exciting artists on the Cold Busted label at the moment.”
Igor Marijuan (Ibiza Sonica FM) – “Awesome release, as usual.”
DJ Jazzy L (Jazzy Lounge Radio) – “We’re talking jazzy cuts and funky grooves. My kind of album.”
Found Sounds (DJ Magazine) – “Solid instrumental beats. Nice artwork too!”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel, Sydney) – “Absolutely fantastic set of tracks. Love the dreamy jazz vibes on these.”