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After releasing his semi-autobiographical album ‘Forty-Five’ in 2019, Bristol’s Boca 45, AKA DJ Scott Hendy is about to embark on a brand-new project, starting with a new release on the 1st February 2020. His new Donuts series will see 5 limited edition (300 stamped & numbered) coloured vinyl 45s released throughout the year, and he’s kicking things off with the very aptly titled ‘Powerful,’ co-written by and featuring Hannah Williams on vocals.
Delving deep within the world of soul, breakbeat, hip-hop and everything in between, ‘Powerful’ is a real statement of intent from Boca 45, who plans on going in at full pelt from the get-go in 2020. Flexing his studio muscle as of late, the Bristol multi-instrumentalist and producer is demonstrating his unique ability to blend song writing and production in some of freshest sounds around. Featuring gnarly horn lines, percussive stabs and overflowing with groove, the foundations are perfectly laid for Hannah Williams’ undeniably explosive vocals to take charge. It’s no surprise Hannah’s work has been sampled by Jay Z on the Grammy-nominated track ‘4:44,’ or the fact that she’s also worked alongside Tyler The Creator, Guy Chambers and Pete Rock to name a few. On creating ‘Powerful’ with Boca 45, Hannah Williams added:
“When Scott/Boca 45 reached out to ask if I would like to collaborate on this exciting new collection, I jumped at the chance. He presented some tracks and gave me the freedom to play around. I was immediately tantalised by one track with the working title of “No Borders.” This provocative title took my thoughts straight to the news articles I had just been reading that morning about certain frightening behaviours demonstrated by both Bo-Jo and Trump. Particularly the “Walls,” both physical and figurative, being built to prevent the freedom of movement. What became the chorus paved the way for the rest of the lyrics. The over-arching themes of the lyrics are the abuse of power/privilege/wealth and general deceitful conduct which any person with half a brain cell can see straight through like cellophane. These are not exactly new themes, but I am hopeful this track will bring some soothing solidarity to those who are frustrated with the apparent breakdown of democracy we are now experiencing. “You may be powerful but that doesn’t make you right!”
Joining ‘Powerful’ on the AA side is ‘Sparky Evans,’ an effortlessly cool vintage hip-hop triumph that will have you moving your feet and nodding your head in no time. With another infectious vocal hook and breaks at their best, this is the perfect package to eliminate those January blues.
It’s now something of the norm for Boca 45 to be working with some of the biggest names in the business. His last album was released on Mass Appeal (home of Nas, J Dilla, DJ Shadow, Run the Jewels amongst many others), and his versatile sound often results in collaborating with a range of talent from across the globe. More recently those artists include; Sergio Pizzorno (Kasabian), MC Emskee and Louis Baker on his critically acclaimed single ‘Soul On Top.’ Bringing the studio to the stage, Boca’s eccentric and eclectic jukebox of sounds and styles has graced some of most prestigious venues in the world too, including Glastonbury, Boardmasters and a personal request from Banksy to play at the opening night of his Dismal Land Show.
A true testament to Boca 45’s vision, ‘Powerful’ destroys genre boundaries and showcases his need for all things MCing, graffiti-ing, breakdancing and DJing. A perfect blend of creativity that only ever has one outcome; straight from the heart, to the heart tracks made for dancefloors across the world. Whether it be in your bedroom or at the main stage of a festival, this is music for the people. On creating the Donuts project, Boca 45 added:
“With “2020 Donuts” my aim is to create a whole record from the 2 tracks released every other month throughout the year but keeping everything close nit (& limited) for my loyal wax customers. With music streaming things can get lost and slip through the net, but I like to think that people still appreciate tangible vinyl releases and the fact that each one of these Donuts are LTD strictly to 300 copies and numbered hopefully make them extra special. As with all of my collaborations in the past it has to be an organic collaborative process of working with likeminded vocalists and musicians, where there’s a mutual respect for each other’s art and all parties want the best for the track or project. It’s a quick follow on from the “Forty Five” LP for me, but I feel I’m moving in slightly different musical territories for Boca and some tracks have a strong message in these political testing times, but as always with one ear (& eye) fully on the dance floor for the Disc Jocks!”
Music with a message, Boca 45 will be releasing a music video for ‘Powerful,’ mainly consisting of an image painted by Felix ‘FLX’ Braun and Jack Dones (AKA Paintsmiths) called ‘The Kiss Of Death.’ An image that truly matches the themes of ‘Powerful,’ this is one message you do not want to miss.
‘Powerful’ is out now