Boohgaloo Zoo – Boohgaloo Zoo (CD) LMNK34

Boohgaloo Zoo (CD) LMNK34If a big bass line is tickling your loins, a pounding beat is shaking your hips, a whirlwind of words is making your ears ring and you can’t stop your right or left hand from waving in the air while making a horn sign, chances are you are dancing to the sounds of Boohgaloo Zoo. Two fellas from the Lowlands who created a heavy heavy monster sound: a touch of (nu-)disco and house, stomping hip-hop beats, smooth vocals and blistering rhymes and a whooooole lotta funk spelled with a rather large “P”. Think Arthur Russell, think Chromeo, think Amp Fiddler, think, yes, George Clinton.

K’bonus and U-Gene collaborate with a host of musicians like Cleveland rapper and Gilles Peterson & co.’s favourite Replife, who shows his skills on “Found It”, “Watch It”, (single) “No Joke” and “Tonight”, the García brothers Martín and Josué aka two thirds of Spanish funk ensemble Speak Low’s brass section (“No Joke”, “Dead Wood”) and Belgian turntablist Grazzhoppa (“No Joke”), who will also be part of the outfit when the Boohgaloo Zoo is taken to the stage.

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Boohgaloo Zoo are K’bonus and U-Gene, two veterans of the Belgian and Dutch music scenes respectively. After meeting at the 10 Days Off festival in Ghent the duo started sending each other beats and tracks and soon enough a full album was in the making. K’bonus’ beats and samples and U-Gene’s vocals and keys are a match made in P-funk heaven, as you can hear on this, their debut album following the 12” of “No Joke” (which featured remixes of Juju & Jordash and Seiji).

K’bonus
K’bonus, or Bruno Truyens as his mama calls him, comes from Antwerp, where he has been strutting his stuff on the many stages scattered all over the diamond city for ages. As a drummer in the band Dedos, with which he released a couple of 12”s on the Eighttrack label, as a DJ playing each and every funk-boogie-breaks-soul-techno-hip-hop-house party ever held in Belgium and some more in Europe and the USA, and as a producer having released an album and several singles on Wha?Roots, Pulver, Eighttrack and his own N.I.C.E. imprint. This man’s got funk flowing through his veins.

U-Gene
If a band’s from The Netherlands and plays music that’s remotely funky, don’t be surprised to find U-Gene among their ranks. The man has played with everyone from Kraak & Smaak, Liquid Spirits, Seven Eleven, Eboman and Urban Dance Squad to Rednose Distrikt, Kid Sublime and Aardvarck, either as a band member or as a guest vocalist/keyboard player. By the end of the nineties he enjoyed quite a status in his home country as one half of U-Gene & O-Jay.

Tracklisting
1/ Intro
2/ Found It
3/ Testify
4/ I Got
5/ Watch It
6/ Come To This
7/ No Joke
8/ Dead Wood
9/ Tonight

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Si un beat machacante te está haciendo mover las caderas, un bajo gordo te está haciendo cosquillas en las entrañas, un torbellino de palabras hace que te zumben los oídos y no puedes parar de mover la mano cornuta de un lado a otro. Seguramente estarás bailando la música de Boohgaloo Zoo. Dos chavales de Bélgica y Holanda que crearon un sonido monstruoso (en el sentido más positivo): un poco de (nu-)disco y house, poderosos beats de hip-hop, vocales suaves y rimas devastadoras y muuuuucho funk escrito con una “P” bastante grande. Piensa en Arthur Russell, piensa en Plantlife, piensa en Amp Fiddler, piensa, sí, en George Clinton.

K’bonus y U-Gene colaboran con un puñado de musicazos como el rapero de Cleveland (y favorito de Gilles Peterson & Co.) Replife, que rima en los temas “Found It”, “Watch It”, (el single) “No Joke” y “Tonight”, los hermanos Martín y Josué García, a.k.a. dos de los vientos del conjunto madrileño Speak Low (“No Joke”, “Dead Wood”) y el turntablista belga Grazzhoppa (“No Joke”), que formará parte de la banda en directo también.

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Boohgaloo Zoo son K’bonus y U-Gene, dos veteranos de las escenas belga y holandesa. Después de conocerse en el festival 10 Days Off en Gante, Bélgica, los dos empezaron a intercambiar temas y beats, y pronto se encontraron grabando un álbum entero. Los beats y samples de K’bonus y los vocales y teclas de U-Gene hacen un conjunto perfecto, una mezcla explosiva de P-funk, hip-hop, soul, disco y house que recuerda a la música de Amp Fiddler, Plantlife, Arthur Russell y Funkadelic. A la vez!

K’bonus
K’bonus, o Bruno Truyens, como le llama su mamá, viene de Amberes, Bélgica, donde lleva subiéndose a los escenarios desde hace muchos años. Como baterista del grupo Dedos (también conocido como Dedos De Mantequilla), con el que sacó varios singles en el sello Eighttrack, como DJ pinchando en absolutamente todas las fiestas de funk-boogie-breaks-soul-techno-hip-hop-house jamás hechas en Bélgica y unas cuantas más en Europa y Estados Unidos, y como productor con un álbum y varios singles en los sellos Wha?Roots, Pulver, Eighttrack y su propio N.I.C.E.

U-Gene
Si una banda es holandesa y toca música que tiene aunque sea una pizquita de funk, U-Gene habrá tocado o colaborado con ella fijo. El hombre trabajó con todo el mundo desde Kraak & Smaak, Liquid Spirits, Seven Eleven, Eboman y Urban Dance Squad hasta Rednose Distrikt, Kid Sublime y Aardvarck, ya sea como miembro del grupo o como vocalista/teclista invitado. A finales de los noventa tuvo mucho éxito en Holanda con su dúo U-Gene & O-Jay.

Tracklisting
1/ Intro
2/ Found It
3/ Testify
4/ I Got
5/ Watch It
6/ Come To This
7/ No Joke
8/ Dead Wood
9/ Tonight

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