J Boogie brings his dub-infused world of hip-hop beats, soul grooves, and relaxed reggae riddims to the masses with his Om debut.
J Boogie brings his dub-infused world of hip-hop beats, soul grooves, and relaxed reggae riddims to the masses with his Om debut. A San Francisco-based radio and club DJ, J Boogie (né Justin Boland) crafted J Boogie's Dubtronic Science—a rotating troupe of instrumentalists, singers, and rappers led by the DJ on the turntables—in 1997. The result is an amalgam of different sounds, with hip-hop serving as the backdrop. On "Try Me," the DJ/producer enlists the help of vocalists Capitol A and Goapele. J Boogie's infectious production is perfectly tempered by Goapele, who sweetly croons the song's hook. On the instrumental "Golden Nectar," J Boogie shows that he can also let the music speak for itself. The track is complemented by a beautiful flute solo, courtesy of Carlos Araiza, who also plays conga on the song. Though J Boogie's Dubtronic Science gets repetitive toward the end, its laid-back lounge vibe wins out.—RH