Band of the Day

2011.12.23

J Boogies Dubtronic Science

An electric mash of dub, disco, house and rhythms from around the world
You know it's magic when we get together.
lyrics from Magik
  1. Boogie's Dubtronic Science is the project of San Francisco, CA based Justin Boland a.k.a. J. Boogie. With over 20 years of experience under his belt, J. Boogie has played festivals from SXSW to Bonnaroo, and clubs from Tokyo to New York playing both headline shows and opening for acts such as Bassnectar, Thievery Corporation, and Parliament/Funkadelic. While primarily known for his DJ sets, Boogie is also a talented producer and remixer. He formed the Dubtronic Science collective which incorporates vocalists, and live musicians such as full horn sections in live performances. Boogie's sound is eclectic, mixing deep house, dub, hip hop, latin rhythms and much more in a fresh and danceable mash. Boogie released a string of albums in the 2000s on Om Records, his latest effort, Undercover was released on October 3rd, 2011. Boogie is also a prolific remixer, lending his skills to artists including Widespread Panic, Alice Russell, View Farka Toure, Karsh Kale, Soulstice and many others.

Think of J. Boogie, a.k.a. Justin Boland as a tour guide. He takes you on an booty-shaking round the world journey making stops at African and Latin percussion, Jamaican dub, and the lands of hip hop, deep house and disco. The San Francisco based DJ/producer is nothing if not eclectic, and hell-bent on making sure whoever's on the receiving end of his tunes is having a good time. His latest album as J. Boogie's Dubtronic Science, Undercover, is a danceable mash of genres that never seems to sit still. “Type of Girl feat. The Mamaz” launches the album into the stratosphere, beginning with a bouncing house beat and dramatic 2001: A Space Odyssey style horns. The rap duo The Mamaz burst onto the track, letting their flow skitter across the beats as animated jazz horns answer and spacey dub synths fill in the rest of the space. With its rich assortment of influences and tones, it's the kind of tune that would work on the dance floor of a club or your living room. The title track “Undercover” rides a chilled out house beat augmented by cowbells, and slides through the speakers with the help of guest singer Chrys Anthony's ultra-smooth vocal delivery. The Dubtronic Science horn section makes another appearance, shimmying along the line between jazz and soul. J Boogie busts through everything from Latin fueled hip hop hybrids (“El Ritmo”) to stoned dub experiments (“Blue Mountain Dub”) before slipping back into dance music on “Magik.” A dub step bass-line battles with an excitingly ADD beat and 80s synths as female MC Aima the Dreamer raps over it all. It takes a lot of skill to juggle this many influences and fuse them into a cohesive product, and that’s just what J. Boogie does.