Bosco Delrey is at once a thick combination of influences and a totally unique voice in current music. Diplo describes him as “a sort of garbage can Elvis from New Jersey… teaspoon craziness, a pinch of rockabilly, and full cup of soul dressed in a leather jacket. He can’t be topped as far as song writing… he’s doin the music I wish I could if I had bought a guitar”; The Fader called his song “Round N Round” “hillbillyhall”; and Bosco’s own MySpace says “Jerry Lee Lewis Carol King of pop”. But whatever you call him, Bosco Delrey is making music that is instantly accessible, totally cool, and unlike anything else on our wide-sweeping Mad Decent radar.
This split single is a good introduction to the Bosco Delrey sound – upbeat and vintage referencing “Wild One” on the a-side, fully up to date and menacing “Evil Lives” on the b-side. You can hear a selected bit of his influences here with the dirty south drum programming and church organ chorus on “Evil Lives”; then a 60s-era motorcycle intro, big tom drums keeping rhythm and twangy guitar holding it down on “Wild One.” The beauty is that these influences never overshadow his sound or turn the tracks into parody – Bosco remains the real deal through and through.
Originally released on Jun 22, 2010.