"Nostalgic, soulful and, of course, boogie-woogie." That's how Belgian DJ producer Boogie Belgique (AKA Oswald Cromheecke) describes the enticing combination of styles and sources from different decades that make up his music. Taking vintage inspirations, most notably from swing and jazz eras, and merging them with contemporary beats and textures is the young producer's forte. This is pleasingly evident on Volta, the latest Boogie Belgique album for the Cold Busted label.
"Jungle Law" gives a glimpse into Boogie Belgique's sonic palette. Tough hip hop beats and funky live guitar follow an intro of jungle ambience as a trumpet presents the melody. Soon some swingy big band jazz enters the song in an almost ghostly manner, while the insistent beat keeps the dance floor moving. Album opener "Go Slow" shows a different side to the coin giving the listener an uptempo broken beat rhythm, some bouncy bass guitar, snippets of string loops, and a lovely, forlorn vocal line that echoes the past. It's a beautiful concoction, and Boogie Belgique delivers on many aspects of this style throughout his eleven track album. Volta is a satisfying trip in an aural time machine.
Kid Loco - “Really great tracks and moody vibes.”
Tim ‘Love’ Lee (Tummy Touch) – “I love it!”
Ohmega Watts (Ubiquity Records) - "This album captures the essence of boogie and breakbeat funk with atmospherics that definitely take you on an auditory journey.”
Dr Rubberfunk (Jalapeno Records) - "Good solid collection of grooves and dance floor movers! 'Need Somebody' is probably the stand out for me … nice St. Germain vibes.”
Dogu (Ancient Astronauts / Switchstance) - "Some nice grooves here."
Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke) – “I likee!”
Stereo 77 (Plimsoll Records) – “Perhaps my favorite Cold Busted release.”
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s) – “’Jungle Law’ is a banger.”
Jeannie Hopper (WBAI FM (New York) - “Beautiful!”
Enne (Electunes / Karmaloft Music) – “’Enigma’ is really nice.”
DJ Kid Stretch (Warriorz Records / Goodgroove) – “This is seriously dope.”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek / Detox) – “Really feeling this, it’s lovely!”
Bruno From Ibiza (Ibiza Global Radio) – “Cool stuff!”
Richie Hartness (untitledmusic) – “Stunning and superb! One for the Deep Beats shows for sure.”
Igor Marijuan (Ibiza Sonica FM) – “Great release to be supported at Ibiza Sonica.”
SimonG (Deep South Audio, New Zealand) - "More eccentric antics for the floors and turntables … reminds me of a cross between DJ Food and Coldcut. Very nice."
DJ Nartak (Klassik Lounge Radio Show) - "Belgians can boogie! Fun listening … intelligently made with style and charm."