Picture The Scene.......
A chance meeting, two English guys strike up conversation early one morning at a tiny airport somewhere in Romania, initially under the guise of gate number small-talk, but more likely due to the pairs equally record-sized hand luggage. Scott (Boca 45) and Lee (DJ Woody) happened to be DJ'ing different events the night before, as the conversation spilled onto the plane miraculously the pair found they were seated next to each other on their next two flights back to 'Blighty'(U.K). It turns out that the pair have mutual friends & acquaintances, as well as a mutual respect for each others works. From a chance meeting, to coincidental seating, this was the birth of the BocaWoody NW/SW collaboration.
Boca 45 is a Bristolian legend, who’s earned a mighty rep for his work with Andy Smith as “Dynamo Productions”, with Gee Ealey as Malachai (Domino Records) plus other collaborative projects alongside his many solo records on various record labels. Banksy requested Scott Boca to DJ the opening party at Dismal Land in 2015 & has 'A' List fans such as Serge from Kasabian & Huey Morgan at BBC 6 Music.
Native Lancastrian DJ Woody is a twice World Champion Scratch DJ and hailed as one of the most creative turntablists of his generation, counting Mixmaster Mike and DJ Qbert amongst his fans. His musical approach to turntablism has led to his skills being sought for tours and recordings with the likes of Tim Simenon, Madlib, Oli Teeba, DJ Vadim and Grammy Award winner Mala Rodriguez. Vestax also recruited Woody to co-design the worlds first and only turntable to play musical scales, which he uses extensively in the BocaWoody recordings.
With no fixed agenda the pair decided to have fun with the project and let it take shape organically. They set about playing to each of their strengths, jamming with vintage synths and classic drum machines and reworking found sounds in their own signature way. The sound they arrived at undeniably stems from the pairs deep hip hop roots but is something fresh, musically diverse and playful. The NW/SW EP delivers 6 tracks ranging from B-Boy breaks, electro workouts, scratched up dusty funk to eery eastern soundtracks.
The EP drops in the form of a killer physical package. This includes a limited green vinyl 7" with the banging uptempo B-Boy break 'Ready 2 Rock' on the A side and bass-driven club-friendly neck-snapper 'Hard Core' on the B side. As a bonus treat for the turntablists there is also a 'skip-proof' scratch sentence on each side of the 7". The record comes with 2 CDs, one containing the full EP, the other an exclusive 1 hour mix from the boys.
Also included is a limited edition high quality art print of the EP artwork, ‘The Hands’ illustration, inspired by the music and created especially by the incredible British artist Mike Winnard. Add to this full a quality digital download of the EP and instrumentals and it's a bumper package.
A chance meeting in Romania has brought us this collection of 6 fantastic tracks & an on going project which the pair plan to tour further into 2016 & beyond. Long live chance meetings!