Vanilla’s beats are anything but. This master of rhythm and sample construction hails from the UK, crafting tracks with distinction and funkiness that reveal an assortment of flavors. Vanilla’s Bandcamp-released albums have garnered hundreds of thousands of downloads and fans and earned him a wide-ranging fanbase. And his appearance on Cold Busted’s Only On Vinyl 2 LP helped fuel its ‘instant sell-out’ status. Now, Vanilla reveals Pointbreak, his debut EP for Cold Busted that brings together all the elements that confirm this rising producer as a true artist of beats. It’s also the latest installment of the Jet Set series, showcasing sonic travels to exciting, soothing places.
“Pointbreak” opens the EP with syncopated keys over a strutting rhythm, conveying the listener’s arrival to an ultra-hip, neon-splattered hotel lobby. The leisure vibes continue with “Surfin' Summer,” a soundtrack for cocktails on the beach while watching the boogie boards go by. “Remember” combines a phat break with loungey bossa nova, a reassuring timewarp to simpler days. The EP closes with “Breeze,” finishing things on a jazzy, quiet storm tip that would make Lonnie Liston Smith swoon.
released January 29, 2021
Recorded in Japan
Produced and Arranged by Vanilla
All Tracks Written by H. Harrison
Mastered by Misjah@24Mastering
Metal Processing at RTI
Manufactured by Mobineko
Photo by Hugo Harrison
Design by Vitamin D
Executive Producer, Derrick Daisey
All Works Registered with Some Cutz Up (ASCAP)
Dj Halabi (Dj Halabi): Breeze of fresh air, Vanilla has brought together a perfect release to usher in the summer vibe
Rolf Aeschimann (Openbroadcast Radio): Happy New Year ;) Cool one - like "Surfin' Summer" and "Breeze". I'll play in minimum one track regularly on Openbroadcast. All the best - Rolf
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show - Impact Radio, Cruise FM, The Jazz UK, others): An outstanding EP,with "Breeze" as the outstanding track!
Rory Hoy (Howlin' Records / Super Hi-Fi / BigBeatTastic Radio Show): Excellent release - Thanks for sending my way! Rory Hoy
Floored Capri (Kane FM): Classic stuff, get ready to be transported to a secret hideaway, on a beach somewhere with an epic swell.
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music Radio Show / Radio 42.com
/ Ibiza Global Radio): nice chilled beats
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show / Radio X / Play.FM / Soulsender.de): Fresh
Frank (All Good Funk Alliance) (Funk Weapons / Super Hi-Fi / Fort Knox Recordings): Big fan of Vanilla!
Michael Moebus (Meem / Back To Funk radio show): Nice! Sweet soul funk lounge vibes.
Mr. Bristow (Subtek / Detox / BBP / Tru:Funk / Funk Blasters): Lovely stuff!
Lakatos Sandor Suefo (Radio Tilos FM 90,3 / Savages y Suefo): I love this easy-listening-hop EP. Full support.
Salvo Borrelli (Garam Masala Radioshow / Radio Etna Espresso): good sample
Soul of Man (Finger Lickin' Records): Surfin & Breeze conjure up great images of the holidays we never had! Nice tight beats and atmospheric temptations..
Danny Ward (Moodymanc / Dubble D / 2020:Vision): Love Pointbreak here...thanks! :)
Andreas Kinzl (Aromabar / INFRACom! / Play.FM): sweet bundle
Stickybuds (Goodgroove Records / Baffin Island Beat Brigade / Big M Bootie / Pop N' Lock): Breeze is a JAM!
Wilbour Craddock (Groovewest): This is a fantastic sample of funky lounge music at its best. Breeze is an excellent example with a tremendous baseline and layers of soulfulness
Frank McWeeny (D.I.Y. Radio / French Radio London / Shoreditch Radio): Tip top!
Ket Shah (Mucho Soul) (Mucho Soul / weekly radio show on TWR London): interesting grooves
Andrew Emil (Broadway & Wilson / Four Play Music / Glenview Records / 5Magazine): pretty lovely1
Sasha Perera (Marketing Melodies (music licensing)): Cool tracks
Robert Lochmann (The Jazzmadass Radio Show on Radio X / soulsender.de): nice one
Sandro Bianchi (Ibiza Sonica / Loca FM / Radio Circulo): magic beatz!
Dan Wilcox (KCRW FM): dig
David Bassin (Freefall weekly radio show - KUSF in Exile / RadioPellenera / Space Invader Radio / Live1.FM): jaunty!
Andy Wilson (ibiza Sonica FM (Program Director) / Balearia): cool sunshine vibes , will sound great on the beach in ibiza
Kiss FM Ukraine (Kiss FM Ukraine): Cool stuff. Will play!
Brandon Bass / Luv Boutique (Hub City Music Group / Aspect Ratios on KMET Radio Denver): Breeze could easily be a classic west coast hip hop instrumental. great job!
MGiK (Sofa Surfing): On air
Boxout.FM (Boxout.FM (internet radio station)): Boom!
Marcelo Tavares (Deep Space Podcast): Super nice!
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show (RTR 92.1 FM - weekly) / Liquorice.tv): Classy release. For some reason I find myself going down nostalgic trains of thought and reminiscing about fond times. Thanks!
Jon Fugler (XLNT radio show (Radio Pays de Guéret 96.5 FM) / Fluke): Always a pleasure to hear a wonky take on a classic style. Makes me want to take a trip to the Cote d'Azure for a lost weekend. lovely. many thanks
Ohmega Watts (Ubiquity Records / Mellow Orange Collective): Vanilla always come correct with fly tracks from the mellow to 80s based flips.
Snooba (Radio Panik / Rif Raf Magazine / Contrebande Radio (syndicated)): Beautiful pieces ! haunted jazzistic slow tempo
DJ Junior (Eavesdrop Radio WKDU 91.7FM (Philadelphia)): This is lovely!
Dr.Best (Sven Thomschke) (Radio Z 95.8 Nuernberg/Germany): "Breeze" is my favourite here.
DJ Wash (Funk the System / Butter Music): some cool chill beats!
Hippie Torrales (Cyberjamz Radio / What Is Hip): Lovely grooves
Nori (Posivision mag / clubberia / Wax Poetics Japan / bnana.jp): moody！
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel (weekly on 2SER 107.3 FM, Sydney)): Playful and joyful sounds. Big thumbs up here, really enjoy this. Thank you :)
DJ Sabo (Sol*Selectas): nice vibes here
Steve (Fort Knox Five) (Fort Knox Recordings): Groovy sample heavy laid back retro vibes
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s / Unherd Radio Show (Digital DAB Radio / Colourful Radio)): Enjoying the La Costa twist!
Black Mighty Wax (Irma Records / weekly radio shows on Gru Radio 93.3 FM + Radio Città Fujiko 103.1 FM): a pleasant 'Breeze' caresses my ears
Danny Massure (Spring Strut / Ticklejunk / Podcasts): fresh new take on chillin
Crate Invader (point blank fm london): Already going to be one of the best releases of the year so far without a doubt and because it's still only Jan we get to enjoy it for longer - brilliant & sublime! Please tell me this is getting released on a 45?
Apostolos Argyris (The Zuzu Club): smooth and chilled, lovely
juSt b (juSt b): Super smooth, thx!
Jamie Topham (CD Pool UK | JT MusicMedia | Summer Soulstice): Sunshine beats.
misterG (Green Arrow Radio Show (weekly on 91.7fm WSUM, Madison WI)): Too Damn COOL!
Edward Bigland (Auracle Sound (music licensing)): Blissfully unaware of Covid now. Tranquility
Alejandro Ramirez (Stereo 77) (Plimsoll Records): Nice beats.
++ Alejandro Ramirez (Stereo 77) (Plimsoll Records): Cool EP.
Duserock (Duserock): Pretty stuff here!
Dean Chew (Funk Bast*rd) (Darker Than Wax): Nice and chill
Manfred Lackmaier (Musicpark (compilation A&R)): nice tracks... thx
Michael Elves (Program Director - CJUM-FM - UMFM 101.5 FM - Winnipeg, MB): Solid start
DJMarkCooper (Bedford Falls Players / Cosmic Moonbase / Solid Gold / Bloxbox Records / Endemic Digital): This is great! Support.
Dimitris Tentinis (Mister T.) (Cold Busted Records): This is masterpiece!Hard to pick a fav...if I had to that would be Surfin' Summer. Looking forward to listen the whole package.
DJ T-Bird (Los Chicos Altos / Something Else! on Barcelona City FM / WTNR Radio): Definite head nodding happening! Serious grooves here and nice arrangements.
Tim (Tummy Touch / East Village Radio NYC): ace
spaceotter (Camp Conception/SCOHM): Adorable little collection. Pointbreak is my jam, but they're all quite cheery to be honest.
DJ Seano (Soundwaves Radio (weekly on 90.7FM KPFK) / The Treehouse (monthly on dublab)): chillin'
Trio (Bocca Grande) (Rebirth / Four Roses / Mathematics): Thanks for the promo. cool works!
Jonny Layton (The Saturday Soulmine (weekly on Cheeky Radio) / Caister Soul Weekend / Margate Soul Weekend): Loveing the Bossa!
Joey Webb (HouseMen, PASSAGE): Very nice, hip hop/downtempo(ish) beats.
J. Caprice (High Maintenance / Juiced Music / H.A.R.D. / ChicagoHouse.FM): Loving this one guys! Thanks for the promos
DJ Harv (The Feeling Good Show - weekly on Pointblank.FM): Refreshing!
Thilo Perach (Silenta) (Roca Records): Great chillout Music, feels a bit like a time travel to the late 90s
Coers (Armada Music (compilation A&R) / Fresh FM): Nice ones
Rob Paine (Worship Recordings/ Shakedown Events/ goodie Events): heavy style