“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.
Check out what they have to say:
Enne (Electunes / Karmaloft Music): enigma is really nice. thx for sending cheers ENNE
Rory Hoy (Howlin' Records / Super Hi-Fi / BigBeatTastic Radio Show): Amazing album - Thank you so much for sending this!
Bruno From Ibiza (Ibiza Global Radio): cool stuff
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show / Radio X / Play.FM / Soulsender.de): Ok, nice mellow tunes, but no rocker in here.
Igor Marijuan (ibiza Sonica FM): great release to be supported at ibiza sonica platforms..
Tim (Tummy Touch / East Village Radio NYC): love it !
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music Radio Show / Radio 42.com
/ Ibiza Global Radio): "Need somebody" and "Enigma" are the ones for me. The other songs are not really for me.
Belabouche (Midnight Riot / DiscoDat / FKR Records / Spare Change Disco / Magic Wand / JDP Disco / Paper Disco): Very cool tune! full support
Mr. Bristow (Subtek / Detox / BBP / Tru:Funk / Funk Blasters): Really feeling this - lovely!
BMD (XLNT / Tru:Funk / Timewarp Music): The artist has described the release perfectly. Good stuff.
Kid Loco (Flor / Tromolo Records): really great tracks and moody vibes
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s / Unherd Radio Show (Digital DAB Radio / Colourful Radio)): Jungle Law is a BANGER!
Green Street (Cold Busted / Nocturnal Recordings / Str8 Busted Podcast): Love it! Killer...
SimonG (Deep South Audio) (Volcano Radio / 0fm / MyHouseYourHouse Radio): Cold Busted .. yet again you touch me deep in the heart ,, More excentric antixs for the floors and turntables .. Remids me of a cross between DJ Food and Cold cut .. very nice .. look forward to the whole release Summer is on the way .. NZ
Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke) (Hardkiss Music): i likee +++
DJ Kid Stretch (Warriorz Records / Goodgroove): Seriously dope!
jim8track (8trackmusicsolutions): Very cool... funky on the first listen
Antoine Manesse (DLoaw & Co.): Great work from Oswald and his band! I have opportunity to listen full album, it's nice release. My favorite on the full album are Volta. Cheers. DLoaw
Ohmega Watts (Ubiquity Records / Mellow Orange Collective): This album captures the essence of boogie & break beat funk with atmospherics that definitely take you on an auditory journey! A well conceived program!!!
Alejandro Ramirez (Stereo 77) (Plimsoll Records): Perhaps my favorite, and most interesting Cold Busted release.
DJ Wash (Funk the System / Butter Music): Tracks are nice. Album must be even better!
ALTZ (Altzmusica /Bear Funk / DFA): emotional jazzy boogie tr Jungle Law!
DJ Nova (Rodon FM 95 / Nova Planet Radio Show): Boogie Belgique steps away for a while from his strictly smoked bar sounds, moves his garden and to the most cosy cafes places during the daytime and offer us his ‘’Volta’’. A simply, semi-lazy volta soundtrack in the city without any taboo (my fave tune of the album) to follow strictly his previous works…
Andy Riley (Inland Knights) (Toka Project / Drop Music): cool release ....
DJ Nartak (Nightflight & Klassik Lounge - radio show on Klassik Radio + Sceen.FM ("Schlaflos..." show)): Belgians can boogie! Fun listening cause this is intelligently made with style & charme
Herbert Bachhofer (Shantisan) (Salted Soul / One Note Samba Radio Show on superfly.fm): A very eclectic album sampler that shows the producer's taste in music! Nice.
Jose Padilla (Ibiza Sonica 95.2FM): Thanks
Richie Hartness (untitledmusic - syndicated radio show / label / blog): Stunning this! One for the Deep Beats shows for sure - superb - thanks
Amrisha Prashar (IAMRISHA / A Worldwide Thing radio show (weekly on Radio 79 New Delhi)): Love - esp Jungle Law
Marc Lacasse (sHIFT Radio on UMFM 101.5 / Urbnet (Jackhouse Reviewer)): there's alot of love poured into all these tracks. each one has an exciting glimpse into the next soulful enriching characteristics.
couple of these are have 'soundtrack' written all over them.
DJ San Gabriel (HipHop Don't Stop / liveDEMO / Jam FM / YAAM / Data MC): cool
Manfred Lackmaier (Musicpark (compilation A&R)): .. wow... great tracks... thx
Parachute Radio Show (Parachute Radio Show (Radio Campus Pau, CFM Radio, Radio MNE)): great great great best charles prcht.wordpress.com
Mark Devlin (The Sound Of Now (weekly show on OX105FM) / Black Sheep Magazine (editor)): A useful set.
Clairvo (Tilos Radio FM90.3 / Freelance Reviewer): so refreshing. each minutes taste like something new while constantly being familiar at the same time!! incredible!!
Aroto (Aroto - Instrumental Hip-Hop Radio 24/7): A great album. I personally prefer their older more relaxed sound, although it's a great release nonetheless.
DJ Love (Stellar Music / Red Light Lounge / TTTRadio.net
/ KutThroat DJs): Nice grooves and unique production.
Robert Lochmann (The Jazzmadass Radio Show on Radio X / soulsender.de): deep n easy
Sasha Perera (Marketing Melodies (music licensing)): Cool grooves
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel (weekly on 2SER 107.3 FM, Sydney)): Loving Enigma and Need Somebody, great vibe on this one, killer sampling too. Thanks :)
Abe Borgman (Pure Sonica Radio / Global Lounge): nice tracks Need Somebody and Enigman, thanks!
ADAM WARPED (Whiskey Pickle / STRANGE DAYS / Hypersonic Radio): Wow! Hard to pick a particular favorite as they're all so good. 'Taboo' and 'Enigma' are really resonating with me upon first listen.
DJ Rahdu (BamaLoveSoul / AB+L Radio / Hot107.7 FM (Birmingham, AL)): I like it !
Bahia Deluxe (Cold Busted): wow, great mix down and production!!
DJ Jazzy L (Jazzy Lounge Radio (Radionomy.com)): Keeps the beat throughout. Great effort! Perfect tracks for Jazzy Lounge's playlist.
DJ Junior (Eavesdrop Radio WKDU 91.7FM (Philadelphia)): Action hero soundtrack through and through!
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show (RTR 92.1 FM - weekly) / Liquorice.tv): I keep listening to this release trying to find fault with it. I could be a while..... Excellent stuff
Mr. Goju (Migrations Radio Show (weekly, syndicated)): Nice crossover beatween swing, beat and deep one music.
Robert Jan Meyer (Minus 8) (Compost / Stereo Deluxe / Radio 1): very cool
Black Mighty Wax (Irma Records / weekly radio shows on Gru Radio 93.3 FM + Radio Città Fujiko 103.1 FM): Not bad, I'll check with my crew
Jon Fugler (XLNT radio show (Radio Pays de Guéret 96.5 FM) / Fluke): what a lovely variety of tracks, tricky to choose a favourite and i am sure my choice will change the more i listen... very musical and very accomplished...a pleasure to listen to..many thanks.
Simon Ward (Dr Rubberfunk) (Jalapeno Records / Funkydown): Good solid collection of grooves and dance floor movers! Need Somebody is probably the stand out for me - nice St Germain vibes - and Old Song a close second. Cheers! Simon R'Funk
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show - weekly on The Coast Radio, Samurai FM, RP Radio, others): Decidedly very very tasty yum yum !!!!!
Nutritious (SpinSpinNYC): Excellent!!!
Jon Paul Green (The Blend radio show - Sunday evenings on 6towns.co.uk): Seriously funfky grooves, look forward to warming up many a dancefloor with these tracks.
Mason Rothert (Below Zero Radio Show / NuDIsco Indie Dance & Jet Set Radio on iHeartRadio): awesome!
Stickybuds (Goodgroove Records / Baffin Island Beat Brigade / Big M Bootie / Pop N' Lock): Sick, love jungle law
Dado Funky Poetz (MC2 / Radio Monte Carlo (Music Programmer & Sound Designer)): In many respects it is a fantastic album. Real compliments. Maximum support!
Jon Wesley (Music Goes On Radio Show (weekly on KNSJ FM) / Insomniac / Machine Friends): I like all of these. Jungle Law is extra-heavy and I'll be playing that on my show and in my sets.
Raoul Lambert (FikFak / We Play House Recordings / Swirl People): Full support. Can't wait to hear the full album.
David Bassin (Freefall weekly radio show - KUSF in Exile / RadioPellenera / Space Invader Radio / Live1.FM): Got that bam-bam-to-the-boogie!
Andy Wilson (ibiza Sonica FM (Program Director) / Balearia): taboo is a lovely track for my sunset sets
Marco (Radio 105 "In Da Klub" / Tendenzia Radio Network / Gold Paradise Milano): nice soul boogie production by this label always nice productions ,In my sunset sets for sure
Basement Freaks (Jalapeno Records): digging to the max
DJ Krimi / Radio Krimi (Radio Krimi / Le Cabanon (Pub Dancefloor @ Chamonix)): Funky !! Respect.
Sven Thomschke (Dr. Best) (Radio Z ('Headz' & 'Limbo Rhythm' shows) / Club: 'Rockit!'): Sorry, not really my cup of tea... ;) But "Jungle Law" is my favourite one here.
Jamie Topham (CD Pool | JT Music Media Man | Summer Soulstice): Another classy CB sampler, nice mix of quirky jazzy/soul breaks & electronic sounds. Good work from Boogie Belgique.
Morphosis (The Hong Kong Ping Pong Club / NSB Radio / Ghetto Funk): Awesome stuff!
Tom Strauch / Dogu (Ancient Astronauts / Switchstance Recordings / ESL Music): Some nice grooves here!
Pathaan (Globetronica / BBC / Songlines Music Reviewers): Thanks !
Mountain Chill Radio / KRKQ (Mountain Chill Radio -KRKQ- 95.5 FM - Telluride, CO): Love the nostalgic vibes of every cut, but especially the downtempo slow burn of Enigma.
Jason Brown (Qdup) (Qdup Foundation / Fort Knox Recordings / Goodgroove / Bombstrikes): Another Cold Busted Sure Shot... Nice laid back head nodding tunes!
Acid Ted (Acid Ted Blog (reviews)): pleasant but a bit too retro for me
Cyprien Rose (Houz-Motik (music blog) / Lui Magazine / Sounds Like You (SLY)): Enigma is a nice piece of soul yy
Tariq Ziyad (Planet Rave / Dark Horse / Sonic Zoo Radio / New Urban ERA Music Blog): music to boogie on down to!!! so much soul!!
Jeannie Hopper (WBAI FM (New York) / Art Radio WPS1 / Norwood Club / Starvue / Nublu / Studio 151 / Cielo): beautiful. Diggin' Taboo also.
DJ Huwston (Niche Productions / Guvera): i'm a sucker but somewhat dubious for the ol' jazz-house and this sounds pretty good
Martin Welzer (DJ Friction) (Bodymovin / Four Music / Complex): Volta has a great sense for song structure, melodies & chords. Well produced. Thanks
DJ Emskee (WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC): Jungle Law, Need Somebody, Enigma, and Old Song are my favorites on this promo. Great stuff. Thank you!!! Emskee - NYC
Piiit (Septante Sept / So Watt): Happy to hear Belgium represented on Cold Busted! Even better: this seems to be great album!
DJ T-Bird (Los Chicos Altos / Something Else! on Barcelona City FM / WTNR Radio): Nice grooves with a cinematic element!
Zach Van Lue (DJ Zach) (KNDD (107.7 FM - The End) / Subtronic End radio show (weekly)): Grooving, Cold Busted always delivers
DJ Bonehead (Heads Up Music / 93.5 KNCE): Full support!
DJ Russo (Night Strut/Family Affair): nice smooth tracks here.
misterG (Green Arrow Radio Show (weekly on 91.7fm WSUM, Madison WI)): I practice Jungle Law Monday - Friday.
Michael Elves (Program Director - CJUM-FM - UMFM 101.5 FM - Winnipeg, MB): So nice.
Carlitos Corcho (Chang) (Red Bull Music Academy / Chang Bang): like downtempo vibe! keep them a coming!
Eric Tchaikovsky (Night Light Sound System): Excellent! xx
Troy Lemberg (Music Director) (CFUV 101.9FM): Downloaded for submission review to CFUV
Matt Coogan (Solus) (One Era / Upstairs Recordings): Love it
Peter Reyes (Havana-Soul / Hells Kitchen / Records LTD): Super!!!