Pre-WMC Goodies

It’s been way to long since we’ve posted, but that’s because we’ve been busy getting ready for the WMC. What with The Giraffe vinyls arriving, new tunes to finish and a mix of all original material to throw together we haven’t really had much time for posting. We do however, have some articles, interviews and mixes that we’ve been spreading around the planetary interweb the last couple weeks and provide links to below for your enjoyment while we’re busy soaking up some rays, babes, house and techno in the M.I.A.

  • A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing legendary Detroit musician Amp Fiddler before his performance at the Middle East in Cambridge. The interview was published last week in the Weekly Dig and you can read it online here.
  • We’ve also been getting a ton of great guests through to the Phoenix Landing on Wednesdays, which is great for all electronic music fans in Boston, but also great for everyone anywhere because we often get the chance to interview our guests for the midweektechno blog before they touchdown and then record and post their sets on the midweektechno podcast afterwards. Recent interviews include: Quarion (who’s playing this week), Chris Fortier & Adultnapper and goto the podcast page to hear live mixes from Derek Plaslaiko, Craig Mitchell, Adultnapper and the all the residents, including us 😉
  • You probably heard the recording on the podcast last month, but our dude DJ Gibbz also made a video of our first live performance at the MIT Museum. He did a great job capturing the spirit of the event so check it.



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Episode 27: Elyte Does Midweek Techno

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Up until last week I had played at Phoenix Wednesdays 3 times since we started our residency there and each time something went wrong with the recording. But I guess the 4th times the charm because the recorder finally worked and it sure was good timing because it was my first chance to play the closing set and I was already feeling Miami mode. Needless to say the recording came out dope and it’s the perfect pre-WMC podcast cause it’s all bouncy house and techno fo dat azz. See you in the sun…

Tracklist
Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi – Albertino [Cadenza]
Soul Clap – Angry On Tuesday [Istmo Music]
Shlomi Aber – Sekur [Be As One]
Steve Mac & Mark Brown – Bells Of Brighton (2000 and One Remix) [C2 Records]
Luke Solomon – Space Invaders (Andomat 3000 Remix) [Rekids]
Soul Clap – die Ente [AirDrop Records]
Tanner Ross – 27 Holton (Unreleased Mix) [Freerange Records]
Luca Ferrari – Deep 666 (Lars Wickinger Remix) [Logical Music]
Ron Carroll – Walking Down The Street (The N… Song)
Ricardo Villalobos – Enfants (Chants) [Sei Es Drum]
Soul Clap – The Giraffe [AirDrop Records]
Andomat 3000 – BND2 [Four:Twenty Recs.]
Poxymusic – War Paint (Claude VonStroke Remix) [Hussle Recs.]
DJinxx & XPansul – Spanish Kebab [Ovum Recs.]
The Juan Maclean – Happy House [DFA]

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The Giraffe Test Press

That, my friends is called a test press or acetate or dubplate. In this case it’s what the vinyl cutting factory makes so we can make sure our record sounds right before they press it up. Yes you read right and if you read the above picture carefully it will confirm that this is the test press for the very first Soul Clap vinyl release. The track is called “The Giraffe” and it’s dropping on 10″ format later this month as the first release on our friends Paulo and Henry’s label AirDrop Records. The B side is a remix by Argentinian minimal maestro Franco Cinelli, who has a grip of releases on serious techno labels. You can check out the tracks on that new little player on the left provided by fairtilizer.com. Needless to say we are extremely proud/excited and really hope that you love it.



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Alan Braxe (R&F-015)

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If Daft Punk can be called supreme rulers of the Kingdom of French Touch, DJ Falcon (of “So Much Love to Give” fame) would be their wise wizard and his cousin, Alan Braxe, would be their solitary knight. Nicknamed after the French region of his upbringing, Brax, Alain Quême has earned himself a place amongst the filter house elite. His discography starts in 1997 with “Vertigo”, which was released under Thomas Bangalter’s Roulé label. A year later, Bangalter, Braxe and French crooner Benjamin Diamond made house history with a little song called “Music Sounds Better With You”, under the moniker Stardust.

At the dawn of the new millennium, Alan Braxe and co-pilot Fred Falke open up the record label Vulture Music and together dropped another French house classic, “Intro”. From here, Alan Braxe along with Fred Falke (and on the occasion Kris Menace) craft their own brand of 80s synth-drenched tracks like “Most Wanted” and “Rubicon”, even as the French house scene deflated in the early 00s.

The last few years have seen Braxe and Falke build their name as remixers, synthing-up & funking-out artists from a range of genres, including Death From Above 1979, Jamiroquai, Kelis, and Justice. As of late, Alan Braxe has been producing a gutter-grime electro tune here and there, exploring a different sound. One of such tracks, “Addicted”, has found itself on French indie label Kitsuné Music’s Kitsuné Maison Compilation 5, which was released earlier this month.

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Alan Braxe – Vertigo [Roulé – 1997] BUY
And so begins Braxe’s transformation from a bumbling musician in Paris to a French touch deity. A track with syncopated percussion and a swirly sequencing, it was then converted into a filtered, high-powered hit by Bangalter himself. Bangalter’s Virgo edit eventually found shine time on some of the BBC Essential Selection Compilations, but Braxe’s original withstands the test of time better.

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B.O.C. Productions – Fall in Love (Alan Braxe Remix) [Chez – 1999] BUY

This pre-Vulture era track is more French touch groove than 80s synth, as evident in the bassline. Essentially a dub of the original mix interspersed with vocal stabs, one can get a sense of the deeper side of French touch popular at the time.

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Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Most Wanted [Vulture – 2000] BUY VINYL | BUY DIGITAL
“Most Wanted” was Intro’s b-side buddy on the Running EP, Vulture Music’s first release. The track samples from “Don’t Stop” by disco-era songwriter, producer, and Guitarist Geoff Barstow. under his K.I.D. project. Braxe and Falke pump a mellow bassline into the sample, filter it, and voila, you’ve got an italo-disco influenced jam for the year 2000.

Soul Clap Blog 1.5

Welcome friends. Welcome strangers. Welcome, to the new improved, uber-organized Soul Clap Blog 1.5. Basically it’s all the goodness that was here before, but we made it look nicer and navigate easier. New features include: tags, category descriptions and a way clearer menu bar and links to other Soul Clap pages on the interweb. Please feel free to explore and stay tuned for much more history of electronic/dance music, podcasts, parties, pictures and pages?

Best,
-Cnyce & Elyte (Soul Clap)

Yoyoyo 90’s Dance Jam March Edition

Yo yo subterranean super heros, just letting yall know that this months 90’s Jam is in collaboration with our favorite ninja turtle himself Steve from SimplyOutstanding.com. If you haven’t checked out S.O. before, its all about art, music, fashion and freshness, so come Thursday and get a taste!

AND Steve Outstanding will be teaching the running man, the cabbage patch, the hammer dance AND the lawnmower to those wearing some official 90’s attire. Cowabunga!