Boomkat Product Review:
Behold the sickest dancehall mix you might hear in 2020, as Tom Boogizm shells down the 2nd volume in his vital and highly collectible Shotta Tapes series.
In case you don’t know, Wigan urchin Tom Boogizm is well known as Greater Manchester’s rudest DJ, and arguably one of the baddest in the UK. Dancehall has long been a key touchstone for Tom, and now following the rapidly sold-out, 4hr-long live evidence of his DJ tekkers recorded ‘@ La Cheetah’ in Glasgow, he takes it to the studio (a Didsbronx bedroom) for this meticulous arrangement of modern and classic bashment pressures.
With impeccable sequencing and CDJ sleight-of-hand, he blends runs of top shelf riddims in nano-tight transitions, firstly holding it down slow and heavy on the A-side, then stepping up the voltage and pace on the B-side. As Tom well knows, dancehall (and its precedents) has been the life-blood of UK dance music since the late ‘80s, and he spends the A-side at a c.80bpm tempo that’s at the root of jungle, highlighting their mutuality with flashes of the ‘80s soul, rolling breaks and ragga chat that link Kingston to his one time ‘hood, Moss Side. In logical progression, an exclusive dub of Riko Dan’s bark opens the B-side, triggering a 100bpm slew of bolshy, upfront excitement crammed with bashment bullets.
We guarantee it’s seriously strong stuff, done with an effortlessness that masks its intricate construction, and supplying a much needed dose of summer vibes in the midst of low pressure season. 100% mint. Don’t sleep!