My new disco project infused with jazz, funk, gospel and house influences was just released this past week on Razor-n-Tape records out of Brooklyn, NY. Body Music is myself along with Vito Roccoforte, drummer / co-founder of The Rapture and 1/2 of Vito&Druzzi. If you want more info on how we linked up head to our facebook page, or just check out the lead video titled "Just One".
At a hotel just outside of San Juan Puerto Rico, a chance meeting in the winter of 2015 between Bosq and the legendary Tempo Alomar (Apollo Sound, Orchestra Rytmo Africa Cubana), resulted in an off the cuff next day collaboration on Soul Clap Records titled “Tumbalá”. When local label head / bar owner Pablo Rodriguez (Candela Records, La factoria, Don Pablo, La Cubanita) heard the results he quickly invited Bosq back to record more extensively with some of the many local musicians he knew and had longstanding friendships with. This included many of the legends from classic Salsa Records (Horn Players & Vocalists from Roberto Roenas Apollo Sound - as well as the man himself) local Plena legends like Tito Matos and Luis Lagarto Figueroa, as well as the up and coming next generation such as Luis De La Rosa Solá of Orquesta Macabeo.
With a few weeks to prepare Bosq sketched out skeletons and progressions for the songs from his studio in Jamaica Plain, MA and then headed down to Old San Juan with the hopes of recording the entire album in just 10 days. Upon arrival, the reality of the situation (including the lack of a studio) quickly set in. The first few days disappeared into the construction of a makeshift work space and walled off corner to record in. The next few days were eaten just as quickly trying to track down musicians. Finally on the 6th day Tempo Alomar and his infectious positive energy arrived with a storm of Timbales, Congas, and words setting the tone for the remaining days in which Bosq camped out in the middle of Old San Juan and greeted a cast of visiting musicians that included even a surprise visit from Tomasa Rivera, the sister of the islands most beloved singer, the late Ismael Rivera.
The results of that whirlwind are now presented to you as San Jose Cincuenta y Uno - an exploration of the various intersections of Puerto Rican music with African styles, Reggae, Classic Funk, House music and much more. The concept was to highlight the influence Puerto Rico has had on music around world, as well as the influence the rest of the world has had on Puerto Rico. From the very African Plenas to the crossover Latin Funk in 70’s New York to the musical dialogue between dancehall & reggaeton and how that intersects with salsa. Nothing on this record is traditional per se but it is all very much filled with and inspired by the Puerto Rican spirit.
The sun drenched funky afro latin disco EP "Tumbalá" on Soul Clap Records is out now on vinyl! Pressed on absolutely beautiful marble green vinyl & accompanied by hard hitting remixes by Auntie Flo (Tumbalá) and Caserta (Because you) on yellow vinyl.
Cop them both at any of the fine retailers below!
The video is a slightly psychedelic journey through the beautiful mountains of Colombia that I captured mostly from bus, jeep & car windows between La Eje Cafetera & Medellin. I became obsessed with the smooth panning visuals & the simplicity of pressing a phone to the window and hitting record during my first trip to South America a few years back when visiting the homeland of my wonderful girlfriend in Chile. Since then it's become somewhat of a habit and the expansive bus systems in most of South America make it the perfect place for it. We handed over the footage to friend GM from Ce Con De Chat for final editing and here we are! Certainly not a narrative but more of a tribute to my favorite country in the world and a visual companion to a track that fully owes it's lineage to Colombia!
Also to grab a free download of the track, check out my interview over at DripFM !
It's been a long time coming for my second full length on Ubiquity Records but hopefully y'all have been held over with the EP's, remixes & mixtapes. This record, like the first, is journey through a lot of the different styles of music I love. It ranges from Cumbia, Salsa & Afrobeat to Disco, Soul & House, and in most cases there's a little bit of it all. I'm extremely honored to work with the collaborators I was able to on this record - Jimmy Riley from legendary rocksteady group the Uniques, Kaleta from the Egypt 80, Nicole Willis, Angeline Morrison, Jesus Pagan y Conjunto Barrio, Evan Laflamme, Kuyen from Chile, Jacobo Velez from Colombia, Steve Haney of Jungle Fire and local homies like Yuki Kanesaka, Mark Usher, Serge Gamesbourg and Caserta. Did I forget anyone?!
I hope y'all enjoy the record!
My new EP on Soul Clap Records is available now exclusively on Beatport with full release in 2 weeks. I'll update purchasing options here as they pop up!
The EP is a mix of Afro / Latin / Disco / Funk & House influences and features some mighty collaborations. Vocalists Tempo Alomar & Danielle Moore (from crazy p) lend there beautiful voices to tracks, horn genius Evan Laflamme handles all of the sax work on Tumbalá and Serge Gamesbourg kills the live bass on "Because you". The whole thing is mixed and mastered by Caserta and the artwork by Medellin's Lucas Piedrahita.
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/VGmd9
Spotfiy: Bosq – Tumbalá - EP or http://bit.ly/1Kzl74H
Redbull Panamerika is premiering the title track off my new EP on Soul Clap Records. The track features the legendary Tempo Alomar on vocals, homie and frequent collaborator Evan Laflamme on sax, and Caserta with the mix & master. They asked me some questions about the project, and I'll add the translation here;
Prince Klassen over at the legendary Turntable Lab had me over for a quick live mix of entirely original material last time I was in NYC. Afterwards he asked me some questions about coming up, going from edits to OG's, studio set ups, boston & more. Check out the mix and give the interview a look and enjoy!
The long delayed / awaited collaboration on Ubiquity Records with legendary soul singer Nicole Willis is finally out! Features the original version, my "late night dub" version and a remix from the legendary Soul Clap. Collected a few of the links on where to buy for you here:
Buy on bandcamp (digital & vinyl)