(photo: Kyle Normandin)
Benjamin Woods, creating under the name Bosq, has been tirelessly exploring the intersections of Afro-Latin music with Disco, Funk, Reggae, House and Hip Hop for years. Since the release of his first album of entirely original music, Bosq Y Orquesta De Madera (2013, Ubiquity Records) he has only increased the pace. The result is 2 more full length albums on Ubiquity: Celestial Strut (2015) and Love & Resistance (2018), a full length album recorded entirely in Puerto Rico. Bosq y La Candela All-Stars - San Jose 51 (2016, Candela Records) and an EP for Soul Clap Records entitled Tumblalá (2015).
Bosq first gained notoriety as one half of the whiskey barons, churning out a continuous stream of edits and remixes, as well as being the sole producer on the now highly sought after, out of print Whiskey Barons x Bastard Jazz releases (Tumbao EP & Enferma Nocturna). The unofficial mixes led to a slew of official remix work for heavy hitters like Fania Records, Nickodemus, Cosmo Baker, and many more.
In the fall of 2013 is when Bosq truly stepped out on his own with his first entirely original full-length album. Dance floors and critics both responded well, with Beat Swap Meet saying “it’s a beautiful mixture of afro beats, latin rhythms, soulful house, disco, with subtle dancehall and hip hop influences”. Critical acclaim has continued with Mixmag rating the lead single “Can’t Seem to Hide” off his fourth album a perfect 10/10 and granting it tune of the month. Amidst the onslaught of original music Bosq has found time to churn out official remixes for Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, Son Palenque, Jeffrey Paradise (Poolside), Renegades of Jazz and many more. His latest endeavor sees Bosq producing gospel & jazz infused disco & house alongside “The Rapture” co-founder and drummer Vito Roccoforte. Also, Bosq recently launched his own record label, "Bacalao" in 2019. He's released his own projects such as, "Backstrokin' b/w Goin' To See My Baby" and "Rumbero b/w Corazón".
Bosq’s music has seen consistent play from the likes of Gilles Peterson & Craig Charles on the BBC, KCRW, Rinse FM & countless others, while DJ’s like Poolside, Nancy Whang, Soul Clap, Laurent Garnier & Jeremy Soul give his tunes constant rotation in clubs and at festivals. Gigs have taken Bosq across North & South America & Europe, sharing stages with Joe Claussell, Bobbito, Quantic, J Rocc & Tony Touch to name a few.
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