J-BOOGIE Rocking the hiphop exotic.
by Aaron Miles

J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science

Thurs May 29

The New Medicine Hat

Have you ever been out totally art hopping, hardcore style, in the Alberta arts district, when you get the urge to show off your fancy pants and perhaps do a little dance? Don't worry, it happens all the time, and tonight you'll be satisfied. FYI, the B-Organization, the people responsible for the B-Complex, have totally revamped the old Medicine Hat and temporarily dubbed it The New Medicine Hat, or B-Annex. Tonight they celebrate with a sampler of their weekly events and a performance by funky San Francisco beatmasters J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science. Rhythmic interventions will be provided by area DJs Rafa & Tom K and the modern salsa band The Drum, headed up by Dave Parks (of Hungry Mob & Love Jonz).

J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science features Vancouver, Washington-born, San Francisco-based superstar J-Boogie on decks, and rotating live guests. Mr. Boogie's DJ sets can run the groove gamut--for years he's DJ'd SF's best hiphop mix show, 90.3 FM's Beatsauce--but usually he rocks exotic sounds and rhythms anchored by a hiphop backbone. His self-titled debut album was just released on San Francisco-based "future dance" label OM Records. The record's a bit mellower than his booty-shaking live sets, but it's still full of textures, trippy-hop dubs, and good guest spots, like Goapele, People Under the Stairs, and Soulstice's seductive Gina Rene. The Dubtronic Science live sound is also captured on a couple songs. It's "beats for the sheets," as J-Boogie describes it.

J-Boogie's regular Portland guests, including Bobby Torres on congas, Romy Benton on flutes, and members of The Drum ensemble, complete tonight's dub-alicious scientific equation. Torres's solid, traditional Latin-style congas fill the gaps in Boogie's cuts, while Benton drops melodies and solos on various bamboo flutes and woodwinds. With the ability to improvise over J-Boogie's beat mix, the contributors add a spontaneous element that's rare in a lot of electronic-based music. And after tonight, art hopping will never be the same again.