Benjamin Woods, creating under the name Bosq, has been tirelessly exploring the intersectionsof Afro-Latin music with Disco, Funk, Reggae, House and Hip Hop for years. With two full albums released on Ubiquity Records, bosq y orquesta de madera (2013) & celestial strut (2015), an EP on Soul Clap Records Tumbalá (2015), and a full length album recorded in the spring of 2015 with the Candela All-Stars in Puerto Rico, the fruits of those labors are beginning to show in abundance.
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. Fellow Boston native Kon tapped bosq to handle the technical end of the production for all of the “Kon & The Gang” releases, and many of the now famed multi-track edits (including the Hooked on You and Feel Reel 12”s on basic fingers). The collaborations led to a release by the two under the name “Nitetime” on the prestigious AU imprint Future Classic.
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 beatswapmeet saying “it’s a beautiful mixture of afro beats, latin rhythms, soulful house, disco, with subtle dancehall and hip hop influences” and dates in Boston, NYC, DC, LA & SF to support the release. Since then, more remixes for Soul Clap, Fania, The Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Cultures of soul, and many others are being juggled alongside the constant writing and production of new material.
Bosq’s music has seen consistent play from the likes of Gilles Peterson & Craig Chariles on the BBC, KCRW, RinseFM & countless others, while Dj’s like Poolside, Nancy Whang, Soul Clap, Elijah Wood & 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 Claussel, Bobbito, Quantic, J Rocc & Tony Touch to name a few.