Scott “Boca 45” Hendy is the Bristol UK beatsmith who’s been at the forefront of funky breakbeat music for well over a decade. With three solo artist albums in the bag (Pitch Sounds, Vertigo Sounds and Bombonera Sounds) dancefloor devastating collabos with DJ Andy Smith as “Dynamo Productions”, and the recent “Beekeepers” project with rising star Parker, now has never been a better time to catch Boca 45 fever.
His love of funk, soul, psych, and hip-hop jumps out of anything he touches, and it’s easy to make comparisons to fellow sample-slayers like RJD2, DJ Format and DJ Shadow. This type of deep, crate-digging mentality and heavy sound arranging are heavily showcased in Scott Boca’s other group, “Malachai”. Along with vocalist, Gee, “Scott Boca” has released two full-length albums as Malachai on “Domino Records” (Artic Monkeys, Animal Collective etc). Earning mainstream radio rotation and live support slots with Groove Armada and Mr. Hudson. The pair even clocked up the feted “hottest record in the world” accolade on tastemaker “Zane Lowe’s Radio 1” show.
Also on the plate is that buzzing “Beekeepers” project. Early singles have caused a stir, and making their way into top DJs record boxes. As usual, “Boca” brings the fly beats, strings and sounds, sourced from the dustiest crates and freshest musicians. Young buck and fellow Bristolite, Parker, adds his trademark bass-heavy wobble and touch of delicate groove.
With so many releases over the years on labels such as “Island”, “Domino”, “Grand Central”, “Illicit”, “Jalapeno”, “Unique” and “Jack To Phono”, under a slew of aliases, it’s always tricky to pin the man down. As he says himself, the best way to soak up the “Boca 45” experience is to catch one his blistering live DJ sets.
“Boca 45” is always ready to hit the clubs, armed with a heaving box of 7” vinyl. His aim? As it has been on all his global travels and international DJ shows, to whip crowds into a frenzy with his crazy collection of vintage vinyl gems. His hugely popular ‘Boca Plays his 45s’ mix series comes close to capturing this magic, and a DJ in his element. Playing 45x45s in under an hour, he touches on vintage breaks and grooves from the history of funky music with a deft blend of disco, early rap, soul, and of course, all that goodtime funk!
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