mixTAPE time1 – DJ Garth Break It Down

Check it out! Old DJ Garth mixtape, courtesy of the EZESKANKIN time machine… This one made my day…

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Garth – Break It Down – Side A DOWNLOAD

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Garth – Break It Down – Side B DOWNLOAD

ROOTS&FUTURE1: Fingers Inc. / Larry Heard / Mr. White X WMC

Fingers Inc.
Larry Heard is a don. There’s not really any other way to describe the man behind Fingers Inc., Mr. Fingers and now Mr. White (pictured here with fellow Fingers Inc. Ron Wilson & Robert Owens in London 1989).

A Chicago native and the producer for Fingers Inc. Heard released a string of classics beginning in 1986 with “Bring Down The Walls” & “Mystery Of Love” a track that basically invented the deep house sound by adding blues, funk and jazz inluences to the house music spectrum. In 1988 he dropped his biggest hit “Can You Feel It”, which is still considered one of the best house tracks of all time.

Into the late 80’s Heard produced for Kym Mazelle (“Treat Me Right”) & Lil’ Louis (“Touch Me”) and remixed Adamski, Massive Attack & Electribe 101, before releasing a critically acclaimed album with poet Harry Dennis as The It (“On Top Of The World”). In 1992, as Mr. Fingers he released an album called “Introduction” on MCA records (the highlight track is “Closer” with Robert Owens), but the label never put out his follow up LP. From the mid 90’s on Heard helped shape today’s sound of deep house, with releases on Chicago deep label Guidance (“Calm & Chaos EP” – yes that’s an R. Kelly sample on Freaky!) and French imprint Distance (Dance 2000 parts 1+2) and his own Alleviated imprint.

Fast forward to the Get Physical Music party at WMC ’07 and Dixon playing insanely deep drug music at 7am. First of all Larry Heard’s deep 909 chicago acid sound is all over most of the tracks played at the party. Second of all Heard’s newest track (which actualy dropped last October on Alleviated) comes in with a deep acid bassline and the best vocal of the conference and everyone hits the roof. Amazing.

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Fingers Inc. – Mystery Of Love DOWNLOAD

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Fingers Inc. – Can You Feel It DOWNLOAD

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Larry Heard – Freaky (Guidance Recordings) DOWNLOAD

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Larry Heard presents: Mr. White – The Sun Can’t Compare (Long Version) DOWNLOAD

Cnyce’s BLACKBERRY photo tour of WMC 2007!

Dude, I don’t have a camera… I know, I suck, but I did the best I could with my blackberry to capture the moment. So here is what i’ve got for a photo documentary of Soul Clap’s trip to Winter Music in SOUTH BEACH!

This years theme was definitely my busted foot. I don’t even want to go into too much detail about how this happened, but one minute I was fine, and then I was on crutches all week. Oh, yeah, it happened in Boston too… Pathetic…

Tuesday

Danny Tenaglia

We stayed at the WMC hotel, which was real far up Collins. Good and Bad: Bad, cuz it was far from the action… good, cuz it was far from spring break AND because of a LINE UP of DJs and events that, just like the rest of WMC, was non-stop. Our first night, Tuesday, Danny Tenaglia was on the 18th floor. You could hear the Subwoofers from our room! Dopeness… What a performer, Danny got crazy with the spotlights and dropped an exclusive re-edit of some original Gorgio Moroder track – ENERGY EQUALS… MC SQUAAAARED…

Later that night we ended up at James Holden @ B.E.D. – That party was nutz, hes a maniac, didn’t know he was only 23… Place was packed, music was jumpin,

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but I don’t think Holden was all there… probably because his heart was set on a DJ set in El Salvador the next night with Soul Clap family member Fernando, Istmo Music label owner.

Wednesday

Man Parrish

Early to rise on Wednesday, the day was jam packed with panels about music marketing, digital distribution and star studded discussion about remix techniques featuring Kaskade, Albert Cabrera, Maurice Joshua and 80’s electro DON

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Lunch, a poolside chill-out, and off to big up our boys Sergio Santos and Pat Fontes at “we’re all friends here”. Unfortunately, after about an hour, we had no friends there… haha SORRY GUYS… So it was off to feel that Detroit vibe at Hi-Tek Soul @ Pearl (Nikki Beach upstairs) with a monster line up – Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Stacey Pullen and Lee Burridge! Dispite a small crowd, a promoter who was M.I.A. and a busted turntable, these guys beat the place up for what felt like a private party… Boston, look out for Derrick May most likely in June, believe we’re working on it…

Thursday

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Ok, word, met George Clinton, I know crazy… I promise he wouldn’t remember anything, but amazing… He was sitting on a panel about artist management and told a story about how in the 70’s, he tried to buy a spaceship and then they brought it to the gig, but the roof collapsed and so he got a crane for the other side of town and drove it to the show, where 40,000 people awaited him and Bootsy… I’m like, woah, hell yeah Starchild…

I had enough of the panels, so it was off to show some love to our boy Tanner Ross, who remixed “Who’s afraid of Detroit”

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and was playing the Dirty Bird records party on a rooftop in the thick of it. SICK party… Music was JUMPIN, Tanner murdered it with a Wu-Tang bootleg, the place was full of sexyness, of course Cnyce had to sit it out… All i know is that Justin Martin is a maniac and Claude Von Stroke delivered a set that sounded like synths made of whirring table saws and the attack of the killer bees

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. Respect. Total Respect.

The Dirty Bird girls came with us to Jerry’s Dinner, it was comedy, except they called me “Gimpy”. WTF?

From there on out, Thursday pretty much sucked until around 3a when we rolled up to Studio A (Funktion 1 soundsystem, sickness) for the GET PHYSICAL party. Definitely the highlight of the week. Missed Heidi and another set from Claude Von Stroke, but after a 30 min wait on line (they let Steve Lawler in before Soul Clap, weak!) we got to see Booka Shade live!. Wow, crowd was WAY into it. Then came Jesse Rose followed by the DEEPNESS of Dixon and finally M.A.N.D.Y. until 10a. Soul Clap was there, crutches and all, steady thizzin and feeling the vibes. SO FUTURE, so PHYSICAL! Loved it loved it loved it! Oh, and by this point, my foot was done!

Friday

Paulo

ARG, couldn’t sleep! Shook it off and stumbled our way to the DELANO where Giant Step was holding some afternoon deepness courtesy of Jazzanova, Ame (is it pronounced Amei or Ahm, they kept saying ahm, sounds wack… I say Amei) and Turntables on the Hudson. We met our boy Paulo and chilled with his peoples on a bed, where we drank pink champagne and maxed out SO HARD!

The day went by quick, no suprise and soon it was time pack it up, cuz our flight to Boston was at 7:30a. I know its weak, but if Soul Clap’s gotta gig, Soul Clap’s gotta work!

Inspiration, Planet Earth, is the best present we could bring home to you. Can’t wait to get in the studio and spill all this goodness onto my computer!

Till next year Miami, peace out!

DJ Sun X ColdKrushCuts

DJ Sun X ColdKrushCuts

We got the debut EP from Houston’s DJ Sun from the good folks at Giant Step (who killed it with their Sunset Soirees at The Delano during WMC) right before we left for conference, but when I finally got a listen this morning there were 2 tracks that jumped right out at me…

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DJ Sun ft. Mark Sound – Marks On The Keys

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DJ Sun ft. Jessica Zweback – Ten

It was perfect timing when I put these on because they sound so much like the CD I’ve been bumping in the whip: Ninja Tune‘s classic mix called ColdKrushCuts. There’s a story behind this CD for me, because when it came out in ’97 I was listening to a ton of Ninja Tune beats. The label’s style of chilled-out-cut-up-experimental-jazz-hip-hop was a perfect mix of my jazz/hip-hop roots with the house/jungle sounds I was DJing at the time. Bottom line: I love sample based music and no one does it better than the Ninjas. Unfortunately I lost the CD and didn’t get my hands on a copy until I stumbled on one at TTLab on a recent trip to NYC. I scooped it up and had been listening to the Coldcut/DJ Food mix for awhile, but just got to the DJ Krush mix last night and it is so dope…

Which brings us to DJ Sun’s tracks. Both of these tunes could have been on the Krush mix. “Mark’s On The Keys” heavy breakbeats with live keys and percussion is like some next level Herbaliser shit. I can’t wait to kick it to this one when the sun finally comes out in Boston. The other track “Ten” is even deeper and keeps the breaks going while adding more live instrumentation for a seriously mysterious vibe. Both these tracks bring out the serious nostalgia factor for me while also pushing forward in new directions, I’ll def be keeping my eye out for the dude Sun.

Wii like to make beats…

Wii remote

Nerds are killing it right now. This dude The Amazing Rolo has created a loop machine that controls loops in Garage Band using a Nintendo Wii remote. Check the video and if you think you have the skills you can actually download the software here. Unfortunately for me (or do I mean fortunately?) I don’t have a Wii and I haven’t even played regular games on one, but if this software is any indication, Nintendo has done a lot more than just revolutionize the gaming industry.

Soul Clap presents: SWEAT @ GoodLife

The Soul Clap Mothership is touching down again. This time in a new place and it’s happening twice a month. It’s called SWEAT because we make girls shake their butts and dudes say “ooooooh”. It’s at GoodLife, because everyone on earth knows that that’s the spot. Sometimes it’s just Soul Clap, other times it’s other people too. It’s always about DANCE MUSIC like house, techno, garage, breaks, electro, funk, disco, hardcore, jungle and classic whatever.

April 12th is the first time and it’s with Soul Clap & Mistaker. Mistaker runs the Brilliant Mistake. He plays uptempo dance and electronic music, especially baile funk, baltimore club, electro and BIG BEAT.

On April 26th we welcome back J-BOOGIE as guest pilot on the Mothership. J-Boogie is from The Yay Area. He makes dope future soul and funk music with a twist of house. He’s a major player at OM Records, The United Nations of Future Music. He manned the controls for us at The Zoo last August and at Legends of Style last October. We hope you’re glad to have him back too. There will be a $5 cover tonight.

SWEAT is twice a month on Thursday. SWEAT is 21+. There is NO COVER when it is just Soul Clap. There will be a cover when we have special guest pilots. SWEAT is at GoodLife. GoodLife is at 28 Kingston Street, in the financial district, Boston, MA, USA, Earth. Here is a map. All are welcome as long as you’re ready to SWEAT.

SWEAT w/J-Boogie @ Good Life

The Soul Clap Mothership is touching down again. This time in a new place and it’s happening twice a month. It’s called SWEAT because we make girls shake their butts and dudes say “ooooooh”. It’s at GoodLife, because everyone on earth knows that that’s the spot. Sometimes it’s just Soul Clap, other times it’s other people people too. It’s always about DANCE MUSIC like house, techno, garage, breaks, funk, disco, hardcore, jungle and classic whatever.

RSVP for reduced list.

On April 26th we welcome back J-BOOGIE as guest pilot on the Mothership. J-Boogie is from The Yay Area. He makes dope future soul and funk music with a twist of house. He’s a major player at OM Records, The United Nations of Future Music. He manned the controls for us at The Zoo last August and at Legends of Style last October. We hope you’re glad to have him back too. There will be a $5 cover tonight.

On May 10th it will happen again…

SWEAT is twice a month on Thursday. SWEAT is 21+. There is NO COVER when it is just Soul Clap. There will be a cover when we have special guest pilots. SWEAT is at GoodLife. GoodLife is at 28 Kingston Street, in the financial district, Boston, MA, USA, Earth. Here is a map. All are welcome as long as you’re ready to SWEAT.

minifunk @ Umbria

minifunk

One nation under a groove getting down just for the funk of MINIMAL.

Boston, this Saturday @ Umbria (3rd floor enter through the alley door), Soul Clap, Sergio Santos, Paul Windsor and Tamer Malki give you a chance to dance your way out of your constriction.

Forget House music for a moment, we’re headed to the FUTURE, The sound of MIMIMAL that dominated this year’s WMC in Miami and is killing dancefloors all across Europe and all over the world with DJs like Damian Lazarus and record labels like m_nus leading the way.

Our party is from 10p-2a, Peroni is in the building and will be handing out beers to the cool kids.

CLICK HERE FOR SPACE VIP (ONLY $5)! Not bad for a SATURDAY. Come support so we can make this a regular thing!

You must enter through Umbria’s back door…

WELCOME, BIENVENIDOS, WELKOMMEN, SHALOM!

im an earthling

Planet Earth! Soul Clap’s brand spanking new blog is now active. Here we will post all things dope, all things fresh, all things Soul Clap… Expect the strange, the twisted, lots of music, lots of thangs to blow your little minds!

We love dope shit, if you love it too, you’re on the right blog.

For the old blog, with some wacky posts click here!

Aight, we off to WMC in Miami for the week, be sure to keep you up to date with all the nizeness…