Guts (Puravida/Heavenly Sweetness/FR) Bosq Captain Planet “We Fight For The Vibes” is a unique night and one-off tour devised by the man himself. Bringing fresh Atlantic vibes to
Guts (Puravida/Heavenly Sweetness/FR)
“We Fight For The Vibes” is a unique night and one-off tour devised by the man himself.
Bringing fresh Atlantic vibes to his decks with BOSQ, who excels from Boston in disco-funk jams inspired by Afrobeat and Latin groove and CAPTAIN PLANET, Renaissance man and purveyor of Gumbo Funk whose sound lies somewhere between Brooklyn, Brazil, Cuba, New Orleans and the Congo.
GUTS has felt many grooves in an almost-30-year career. From his key role as a producer for French hip-hop hitmakers Alliance Ethnik in the ‘90s – Respect! – to his 100% “Pura Vida” compilations mischievously playfully Beach Diggin’, besides many collaborations in the most funky circles of hip-hop (De La Soul, Common, Raggasonic, Svinkels, Les Sages Poètes De La Rue, and even The Roots’ Rahzel), and six albums under his own name, the producer is a true philanthropist when it comes to the tropical regions’ cultures, particularly the Caribbean and Africa.
Fueled by an early love of Hip-Hop music, Charlie B. Wilder (the masked man behind Captain Planet) began DJ-ing and making beats on a Tascam 4-track in his teens. He soon developed an obsession with vinyl records and digging for samples which led to an expanded appreciation of Reggae, Latin and African music as well as a curiosity for other styles from around the world. After being offered a primetime slot playing strictly international music on WNYU’s “Passport” radio show, Wilder began making frequent trips to the World music section of Lincoln Center’s Public Library- eventually acquiring their entire collection. Flipping these same World records the way Hip-Hop producers traditionally sample, these international sounds became the ingredients he used in concocting his trademark “Gumbo Funk” style. His 2005 debut 12” on Bastard Jazz sold thousands of copies and led to remixes for artists like Vieux Farka Toure, Alice Russell, Bibi Tanga and The Pimps of Joytime – not to mention placements on numerous TV shows such as Entourage, CSI:NY & Orange Is The New Black. Since then the Captain has released 2 more successful EP’s and a full-length album (“Cookin Gumbo”) on Bastard Jazz Records, as well as a slew of remixes (both bootleg & official) for the likes of Little Dragon, Erykah Badu, Katy B, Mayer Hawthorne, Mia Doi Todd, and Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura project. His cassette mixtape “Mystery Trip Vol. 1” was included in Sasha Frere-Jones “Best Music of 2012” in the New Yorker.
Wilder’s eclectic music blog MixtapeRiot.com has become a popular go-to for DJ’s, tastemakers, and music lovers worldwide- providing them with a steady stream of underground dance music, exclusive remixes, and DJ mixes. The Captain’s sophomore full-length “Esperanto Slang” is the culmination of his many years constantly producing music and searching for new sounds. Blending a wide range of styles (from NY hip hop, to NOLA funk, to Turkish Psychedelic, to Nigerian Afrobeat and beyond), Captain Planet’s trademark sound has matured into a truly unique form of electronic music- bridging gaps between worldwide music diasporas as well as contemporary dance music sub-genres (house, hip hop, dubstep & breaks). Throughout every Captain Planet song, it’s clear to hear his inspired appreciation for breaking the boundaries between genres and bridging continents through rhythm.
Benjamin Woods, creating under the name Bosq, has been tirelessly exploring the intersections of Afro-Latin music with Disco, Funk, Reggae, House and Hip Hop for years. Since the release of his first album of entirely original music, Bosq y Orquesta de Madera (2013, Ubiquity Records) he has only increased the pace. The result has been 3 more full length albums: Celestial Strut (2015, Ubiquity Records), Love & Resistance (2018, Ubiquity Records), Bosq y La Candela All-Stars – San Jose 51 (2016, Candela / Fania Records) recorded entirely in Puerto Rico, and an EP for Soul Clap Records entitled Tumblalá (2015).
Bosq first gained notoriety as one half of the Whiskey Barons, churning out a continuous stream of edits and remixes, as well as being the sole producer on the now highly sought after, out of print Whiskey Barons x Bastard Jazz releases (Tumbao EP & Enferma Nocturna). His unofficial mixes led to a slew of official remix work for heavy hitters like Fania Records, Orchestre Poly Rhythmo de Cotonou, Poolside, Nickodemus, and many more. Fellow Boston native Kon tapped Bosq to handle the technical end of the production for all of the “Kon & The Gang” releases, and many of the now famed multi-track edits (including the Hooked on You and Feel Reel 12”s on basic fingers). The collaborations led to a release by the two under the name “Nitetime” on the prestigious AU imprint Future Classic.
Dance floors and critics have both responded well to the incredibly consistent output of music. Beatswapmeet commented on the first album, “it’s a beautiful mixture of afro beats, latin rhythms, soulful house, disco, with subtle dancehall and hip hop influences”. The acclaim has continued with Mixmag rating the lead single off his fourth album “Can’t Seem to Hide” a perfect 10/10 and granting it “Tune of the Month”. His latest endeavor sees Bosq producing gospel & jazz infused disco & house alongside “The Rapture” co-founder and drummer Vito Roccoforte as “Body Music”.
Bosq’s music has seen consistent play from the likes of Gilles Peterson & Craig Charles on the BBC, KCRW, RinseFM & countless others, while Dj’s like Kerri Chandler, Poolside, Nancy Whang, Soul Clap, Laurent Garnier & Jeremy Soul give his tunes constant rotation in clubs and at festivals.