Premiere: J Boogie drops Egyptian Lover remix of 'Magik'
J Boogie lays it bare in his name. Justin Boland wants to make you dance, and dance music isn't always supposed to be subtle. Of course, taste is always crucial, and throughout his 20-year career, the San Francisco DJ has dropped sumptuous but tasteful platters of downtempo, dub, hip-hop, soul, reggae, funk, African, Latin, bhangra, disco, tropical, dubstep and house.
Presumably, the only thing he hasn't done is polka.
This genre-hopping is corroborated in the Om Records-signed artist's resume. Recent remixes to his name include work with Bassnectar, Quantic and Widespread Panic. In layman's terms, this is sort of like being an architect who specializes in Grecian, Gothic and Bauhaus revival.
But only one man can specialize in Egyptian design, namely the Egyptian Lover, who has remixed Boogie's "Magik."
Born Greg Broussard, the local legend played a pivotal role in the development of L.A. hip-hop. The sleek electronic grooves of the Lover's highwater mark, "On the Nile," remain futuristic 2½ decades later, while his remix channels the ghost of sequin suits past.
Striking a balance between Whodini's "5 Minutes of Funk" and "Egypt Egypt," this is the pyramid funk of 1984 returning in full force. Boogie's latest project is called Dubtronic Science, but there's nothing soothing or scientific about the remix of "Magik." Egyptian Lover turns it into a jittery roller rink-ready burner.
The jam is being released in conjunction with tonight's Little Temple release party for Boogie's "Undercover." The Kangol-capped turntablist will be spinning a DJ set and playing alongside a live band fleshing out his deep dub and Latin-inflected grooves. Unlike his past efforts, Boogie's latest record is largely sample free, continuing his ever-present quest for more thoroughly organic sonics. Bring your dancing shoes, or at least your best skates.
-- Jeff Weiss
Photo: J-Boogie. Credit: JBoogie.com