Boogieman Dela | photo by Makena Duffy for WXPN
The Key Studio Sessions: Boogieman Dela
Think you know Boogieman Dela? Think again. The Philadelphia artist has spent the past few years blurring genre lines, as we heard on his projects like last year’s Broken Watch series and 2017’s Feels Different. He can spit over hard-hitting trap rhythms just as easily as he can sing suave melodies, his love songs can be blunt and his raps can be sweet.
For this week’s Key Studio Session, Boogie stretches that musical grey area even further. Joined in the studio by Philly producer and multi-instrumentalist Harry “Rolled Gold” Metz on nylon string acoustic guitar, Boogie re-imagines a handful of Broken Watch cuts, plus two new songs, as jazz-tinged parlor folk cuts, with his voice landing strongly in the Raphael Saadiq / Anderson .Paak zone.
Clad in sharp suit jackets — and a punchy necktie, on Rolled’s part — the duo cuts a stylish and striking figure, and mixed with the inviting music, there’s potential here for an entire Boogieman Dela re-invention. Or it could also be just another look and feel in a multifaceted artist’s burgeoning career.
Watch / listen below, and see Boogieman Dela and Rolled Gold play Stereotype Sound Sessions’ Operation FLOW benefit at the North Kensington Community Development Corporation Garden on 1825 Frankford Avenue. Attendees are asked to bring backpacks and school supplies to donate; more information here.
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