The pro-Obama musical onslaught has finally found it’s way into the realm of house music. As those of you who have been scanning the Beatport home page already know, House Music United’s ‘Yes We Can’ is (at the time of blogging) the site’s second most downloaded track. The track features snippets of Barack’s ‘Yes We Can’ speech on the night of the New Hampshire Primary back in Februrary.
‘Yes We Can’ is the latest of a slew of pro-Obama tracks. Notably, reggae musician Coco Tea has been chanting the candidate’s last name over his track, and Will.I.Am & Friends made their black and white tribute, also titled ‘Yes We Can’, in sync with the Senator’s speech itself.
Yes We Can was Released on Reinvent Music, a generic electronic dance music label sporting glamour DJs like Antoine Clamaran and Roger Sanchez. Not much is known about the producer(s) behind the moniker House Music United. Is this just an opportunistic record label’s attempt to make a quick buck of off current events, or a genuine commemoration of what just might go down as one of the most historic speeches of our century? Clappers and Clappettes, that judgement is yours to make.
Hot damn, I can’t believe we haven’t done a mixTAPE Time since last year. But hey, we’re finally back and boy do we have a treat for you. If you ask anyone who was there they’ll tell you that the CheapSunglasses afterhours at PS-14 was the highlight of WMC ’08 (shout out to The BLK|Market Membership and Udder Madness). I mean how can you go wrong when you have two rooms of underground beats, well actually one room and one super chill sunlit back patio, in a super intimate venue with only real music-heads (not the Space/Nocturnal meat-heads) from 8am-10pm. Basically you can’t, and to top it all off Italoboyz absolutely killed it with a old-school New York influenced minimal/house/garage set in the sunshine, and now we have a recording of it for you!
Nuyorican Soul – Runaway[Talkin’ Loud – 1997]BUY
Once upon a time, way back when DJs were gathering underground popularity by extending and remixing the pop stars of the time, DJ of DJs Larry Levan had a unique concept. He dreamed of creating a studio album in which the DJ is the maestro. This album would consist of DJ-produced tracks featuring the voices and elements of that DJ’s favorite singers and musicians. In the 1997 album titled Nuyorican Soul by Masters at Work fulfilled that dream. On Nuyorican Soul, MAW celebrate both their Puerto Rican and disco roots and summon the talents of musicians George Benson, Vince Montana, Jocelyn Brown, Roy Ayers, and Tito Puente to create an album that pays tribute to the artists they love. Looking back more than 10 years later it’s more clear than ever that rather than sagging with the overburdening stink of excess stardom, Nuyorican Soul has established itself as one of the greatest dance albums of all time.
So, clearly a lot going on in the world of Soulclap! As you may already know, our first vinyl (The Giraffe b/w Franco Cinelli Remix) came out last month on AirDrop Records and we’re DOUBLE celebrating first with a listening party early at The LAB in Allston, and then at night with the official release party at our Midweek Techno residency at Phoenix Landing in Cambridge.
The listening party at LAB (113 Brighton Ave) is 7:30-9:30p. First 50 people to ask get a free copy of our Great White Hope vol. III mixtape, which features 15 tracks of Soul Clap originals and remixes!
The official record release at Wednesdays @ Phoenix Landing (512 Mass Ave) is from 10p-1a. We’ve got special guest DJ Die Young (Basstown) opening with a minimal set from 10-11:30 and then Soul Clap closing out. A lucky few might also get a copy the Great White Hope vol. III, MAYBE if they’re luck, REAL lucky…
The homey Judd aka big ballin in the M.I.A. has been yelling about The Genevan Heathen for awhile now and it’s hard not to feel that Heathen Swagger once you check Rambo’s music and musings. But it wasn’t until we linked up last month on his Fairtilizer project that the family could really sit down and have a feast. What’s Fairtilizer? Oh it’s just “Amplified Word of Mouth”, a website created by some of Geneva’s top musical movers (also including the head of Mental Groove Records) to share, listen and promote music, and Soul Clap are now the official Boston representatives. So far we’ve posted our tracks there and gotten an overwhelming response and also some great exposure for other Boston artists too (so if you have music and you’re from Boston then get at us). In fact we’ve gotten along so well with those swiss guys that they asked us to contribute a playlist to the site, so we did, and now it’s online for your listening pleasure. You can listen to it on the player below or just goto Fairtilizer and check it in person.
Finally its happening, after 2 years of being washed up by a wave of minimal, techno and electro, HOUSE music begins its triumphant return. Ah yes, a return to the organic drums, organ hits, garage shuffle, jacking Chicago and maybe even (gasp) a vocal or two! How amazing is dance music in 2008? SO amazing.
One of the signs that really caught my attention was back in July 2007 when Spectral Sound‘s Ryan Elliot performed in Cambridge @ the Phoenix Landing. He brought the dopest flavors to his mix. It was like this bouncy techno sound that was littered with House music and Garage accents. Like, one minute he’s playing a brand new release and the next he’s mixing Master’s At Work “The Bounce”, or K.O.T’s “Simon Says Bounce” (wait thats weird, they both have bounce in title… go figure). The point is, in context suddenly these old tunes sounded like they could be new releases.
In 2008 house music was all over WMC. At the underground parties and the after-hours, house didnt dominate like the sounds of tech and minimal (how could it when the headliners are Magda, Anja Schneider and Konrad Black) but at all the right moments, it poked its head out as if to say “hi, remember me, I’m house music, and I’m so damn refreshing right now its not even funny”.
So who’s playing what and what did we hear?
Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do. Encounters with neighbors and other friends over the course of the day and night, and their ensuing antics, make up the rest of the movie.
At Redline – 59 JFK St. – Cambridge – 10p-2a – NO COVER – Here’s a map