Bastard Jazz Recordings is very proud to present our latest EP, coming from long-standing artist Jude Goergen (aka Jugoe), hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. The Rust Belt EP is a musical tribute to a gritty, industrial stretch of land in the North-Central and Northeast United States once known for its heavy industry and manufacturing plants. It’s a part of the country that stretches from Detroit to Buffalo, and an area which is rapidly shrinking and rusting over with the advent of free trade and a global economy – it’s an area that Jugoe knows best.
Despite the despondency and starkness of this area, it’s still a part of the country where the sun still shines and culture still thrives – and Jugoe manages to capture, and combine both the grit and the humanity of this area on The Rust Belt EP.
Kicking off the EP is “Ohio City”, named after the urban neighborhood Jugoe lives in. The joint starts off with deep dub vibes, breathy cut’n’paste flutes and a dense breakbeat at 103BPM, before exploding straight into huge Latin percussion and horns, and then skillfully weaves the dub and Latin sounds into one another. Next is “Devil Woman”, a snug instrumental hip-hop joint, with chopped up guitar and vocal bits circa 1960’s Americana AM radio.
Onto the flip side, “90 West” is a hard-hitting track with an infectious bassline, organic chops + cuts skittering endlessly in the background, and a mid-song changeup to a mellow, Rhodes driven 4/4 sound. The “90 West Detour Beats” is strictly bonus breaks for DJs, taking the original in a bouncier, infectious direction.
As always, Bastard Jazz brings the heat with the remixes. Wonderwheel Recordings & Turntables on the Hudson honcho Nickodemus teams up with our good friend Zeb of Organic Grooves/Irma Records to flip Jugoe’s “Gooseme” (original forthcoming on Bastard Jazz) into a dubby, part-broken, part-afrobeat track that’s a perfect DJ transition track from downtempo-into-broken-beat, and back again. UK artist Beatphreak, from Jack to Phono Records, brings “90 West” into strictly jazz bidness broken beat, with live keys and a live bassline – one for discerning dancefloors.