On my short list of house music heroes, Murk’s Oscar G ranks near the top. Miami’s bearded beatmeister has always had a unique spin on four-to-the floor goodness; you’ll get groovin’ house, slow thumpin’ tribal-tech, a little Latin spice, and even some New York underground all rolled up in drums and delivered in a way that only the real OG can. But Oscar’s DJ sets are more than just a diverse collection of tunes; he makes the songs his own. Anyone can be a human jukebox, but this guy really understands the art behind DJing. Oscar is one of those rare jocks able to throw down a bumpin’ set that can impress the most jaded long-time house heads but still be fun for fresh-faced first-timers. He’s underground, yet accessible.
So you can imagine my giddiness when I got my hands on the promo for Beep My Boom, Oscar G’s newest double-disc project on the legendary Nervous Records label. Disc 1 opens with the Oscar’s signature sound on “La Voz” feat. Oba Frank Lords, namely heavy kicks and island percussions. It rolls into the crushing title track before dripping into the sensually sad musings of “Rain” fronted by Seri. Up next is the perfect dance floor burner “March of Noise,” and the mix continues to roll out the housey beats with highpoints like the warm and uplifting “Happiness” feat. Stryke before closing with “Feeling High” feat. Katiahshe & Oba Frank Lords. Disc 2 takes a more clubby turn but doesn’t lose the OG attitude. The tropical “Hanueando” feat. Pablo Fierro opens things nicely, followed up by Kenny Dope’s reflections on keepin’ things real with the uber saxy “Stay True.” Other standouts include “Azucar” feat. DJ Sneak, “Flavorish,” “Chusma” and “Take That.” All in all, I got exactly what I wanted from Beep My Boom. A little of this, a little of that, and a lot of sweaty dance floor action.