Waking Windows and Nectar's present
Boulevards with Grundlefunk and DJ Disco Phantom
Thursday, March 1, 2018
18+ $10 ADV // $10 DOS
Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risqué to soulful on his debut LP Groove!
From an early age, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth. In his teens, he embraced the punk and metal scene in his hometown of Raleigh, NC; genres that would later go on to influence Rashad’s songwriting by way of their tight technical precision and power. After an art school education and several stints in local bands, Jamil rediscovered and returned to his first true love: funk.
Boulevards evokes a spirit from a time that combined intricate production with a focus on rhythm and getting people back on the dance floor. With Groove!, Boulevards does just that. On tracks like “Patience,” Rashad melds pop with vintage hip-hop elements — think Eddie Murphy meets The Sugarhill Gang — and it just works. “Cold Call” introduces a slow hypnotic groove before a symphony of synths, creating a rhythmic cadence that stays with you even after the party is over. However, to give Groove! merit solely based on nostalgia would be a mistake. Groove! is not just a rework of a classic sound — it is an intelligent collection, an evolution to reign in a new era of funk – heard via the disco pulses on tracks like “Weekend Love” and “Up On Your Love,” nodding to industry giants like Pharrell and Breakbot.
Bringing back producers Roller Girl! and Taste Nasa, who helped craft his critically received self-titled EP. Groove! delivers catchy songwriting, infectious bass lines, and plenty of hooks to keep you grooving until dawn, a clear indicator that there is still room for funk in 2016 – and that room will be occupied by Boulevards.
Jazzy casserole fresh from the funk oven.
DJ Disco Phantom (Brian Nagle) comes from Burlington, Vermont and has been blowing up local venues for the past five years. Disco Phantom is one of the busiest men in Burlington’s music scene. He is the DJ for every and all indie rock events in the Burlington area and a man with undeniable style and excitement.
A master of all things disco and champion of indie remixes, Disco Phantom’s crates are deeper than deep. His sets are beyond catchy and accessible and his track record is proof enough that he is the type of DJ that surgically implants a permagrin on his audience. Every performance guarantees flawless mixing, great track selection and making people dance.