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Cosa Nostra

Cosa Nostra (sg)

Cosa Nostra (DJ Funk Bast*rd and producer/saxophonist Kaye), find their sector in propagating the deep grooves through their sets. Their musical spectrum spans across Boogie, Hip-hop, Afro-beats, Bass, Leftfield House, electronica to other assorted cosmic beats.

The duo have been playing together for a decade now and the energy produced between the two never fails to create an organic and wild variable
in the air, destabilizing dance-floors and cities across the globe. Their experience and dynamic live performances (incorporating DJs, drum machines, live sequencing/instruments, vocoders and more) have been gaining reputation, and they have performed alongside many establised cats in the scene like Jazzanova, Dj Vadim, Reel People, Alex from Tokyo, Todd Terje, Jamie XX, Dåm Funk, Joaquim, Gerd, Danilo Plessow (MCDE), Kerri Chandler, Pearson Sound, Krystal Klear, Iron Curtis, Linkwood and Tevo Howard, just to name a few. They have been consistently featured at Gilles Peterson’s famed Worldwide Festival in Singapore since it’s debut, Zouk’s world famous Zoukout dance music festival, as well as invited to perform at other truly international events like World Expo 2010 and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The duo has also been instrumental in carving out a reputation for Singapore in this part of the world, by carefully curating their own parties and showcasing quality acts like Recloose, Pearson Sound, Basic Soul Unit, Linkwood, Motorcity Drum Ensemble, Kid Swing, Gerd Janson, Souleance and Tiger and Woods.

On the production front, they have been active since 2005, with a string of remixes for various labels. The ball started rolling when they were commissioned by Butti 49 for a remix which was released on Exceptional. They were also approached to remix Italian band Idea6 on the Deja Vu label, alongside Quasimode, Gerardo Frisina and Sunaga T Experience. Another worthy mention was their remix of Kira Neris on the French label, Faces records, that clinched the top-seller spot for a consecutive five weeks on Bagpak online music, with heavyweights like Lefto and Christian Prommer giving huge nods of approval. News quickly caught on and the duo was approached by Ray Soo’s Love-International imprint to release their ‘Editology’ EP, showcasing their ability to move comfortably from a house vibe to hip-hop based edits. The EP won many fans, with figures like Osunlade, Brett Johnson, Tom Demac and Chris Duckenfield supporting in a big way.

Hence, it was natural emergence that they set up their own imprint, Darker Than Wax as a platform to propagate their sounds, but more importantly
to connect and expose up and coming producers from all over the globe. The first release saw Cosa Nostra feature Singaporean soul vocalist Miss Mic, serving out a deep house number which Phil Asher coined as ‘brilliant’ on his radio show, and the next two releases raised the bar even further with individual EPs from rising beatmakers in Ta-Ku and Sport G. With both already gaining notoriety for their works on Brownswood and 4lux, they did not disappoint. The fourth release saw an output by another recent discovery from Singapore, Loki Laredo with a remix by the illustrious beatmaker Fulgeance himself and the release gained a worthy mention in the online platform of MIXMAG. The label has been growing tremendously ever since, garnering an impressive global stable of artists.

With all things set in place, you can expect to hear alot from these groovers. Got soul, will dance.