Back On Track – DOTC Recap


I don’t think there could be a more appropriate title for this post.

First of all, DOTC returned to the Marsh Post after a brief hiatus, complete with the added visual stimulation of VJ Zebbler on 3 screens (see video above) and more than enough port-o-potties and beer outside to last the night. Pictures are up here (thanks Iris) and here (thanks JK) and as always a super-mega thank you goes out to everyone that came out and danced their asses off. You make us so proud to be able to throw these parties, there is no DOTC without your support!

Second of all, for our next DOTC on July 12th, we’re joined by Boston’s undisputed king of digging and BBE recording artist, DJ Kon of the On Track mixtape series fame. Kon will be playing deep dance music of all kinds from 8-10pm to setup the vibe just right and we’ll be posting some exclusive Kon mixes to get you in the mood the next couple weeks, so stay tuned.

7/12/08: Dancing On The Charles w/DJ KON

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***LIMITED ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ON GOING.COM. Buying your DOTC ticket in advance guarantees you admission AND it’s at the pre 9pm price regardless of when you arrive! But you still don’t want to miss the BBQ, sunset and chillout beats from 7-9!***

RAIN OR SHINE – CASH ONLY BAR

Saturday, July 12th, Dancing on the Charles is in full effect with the forth installment of the 2008 summer event series. Headlining this event with a very special BBQ SET from 8-10p, is internationally acclaimed “King of Digging”, BBE recording artist and lifetime Boston resident DJ KON. KON is known for his mind-blowing technique and impeccable selection of funk, soul, disco, house, boogie and WAY MORE. Also performing will be DJs Randy Deshaies, Sergio Santos and a closing set from Soulclap.

Dancing On The Charles is a deliberate reaction to the people’s desire for a return to grassroots nightlife. Big sound system, great DJs, electronic music, BBQ, dancing outdoors and affordable prices. Thanks to the City Of Cambridge, DOTC returns on June 28th as a benefit for the American Legion and the Charles River Watershed Association!

Click here for more info, upcoming dates, tickets, video & pics.

Episode 32: Italoboyz Return To Phoenix Landing

Ah Italoboyz What can we say? Thank you for beating the sound system so sweetly. Thank you for dropping the exclusive edit bombs. Thank you for making us go crazy with two tracktor scratches simultaneously. Thank you for washing reverb over almost everything, and pounding of the jacking house music like the super stars you are!

If you were there to see Italoboyz beat the Phoenix Landing to pieces on for Midweek Techno 6/11/08 (Elyte’s B-day!) you know the of the dance music destruction that we speak of. Following their recent success of anthems like “Zinga “on Get Physical and “Bahia” on Mothership Music, The Boyz aka Marco and Fede have jumped feet first into a touring schedule made of dreams. We wish them the best for the summer months and can’t wait until they return.

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mixTape Time 12: Taimur & Fahad at Love NYC

Tonight at our Midweek Techno residency at Phoenix Landing we welcome good friend and one of the main people responsible for New York City’s techno resurgence, Taimur from Blk|Market Membership. With his partner Fahad they throw parties on boats, at awesome spots in NYC, like Bar13 and Love, and also were responsible for the Cheap Sunglasses Afterhours at WMC and Temporary Tattos party at Detroit Techno Fest. He’s opened for everyone from Jamie Jones to Italoboyz to Martin Landsky to Craig Richards and has been pushing all our music. This Wednesday we have the honor of a headline slot from him at the Phonix, so come join us!

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Taimur & Fahad opening for Craig Richards at Love NYC on 5/10/08
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7/15/08 – Yoyoyo 90’s Jam Moves To Middlesex

Yoyoyo, July 15th, our 2+ year running 90’s Jam moves to one of our favorite venues, Middlesex! It’s also the only place you can get your hands on the first official YOYOYO 90’S JAM Mixtape called “Party At Screech’s”, cause we’re giving copies away at the party and nowhere else. And like all that wasn’t enough we got Adidas to give away 2 gift certificates to the best 90’s outfitted dude and dudette. Plus we got VJ eKa$h with the 90’s visuals. WOAH!


At Middlesex – 315 Massachusetts Ave. – Cambridge – NO COVER – 21+ – Here’s a map

mixTape Time 11: Catching (Up With) The Clap

Sure seems like we’ve been getting a ton of great recordings of our sets and super guest mixes recently. In fact we’ve event had too many to include just on The Podcast so they’ve been getting posted in other places. So now, just in time for a beautiful weekend we give you some beautiful new Soulclap DJ sets, live in the clubs. Let us know if you like them.

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Soulclap @ AirDrop QuackParty (Bar13) 5/30/08 – DOWNLOAD

Originally posted as AirPod Nº8 on AirDrop.com, this was the only set that survived the nite after our recorder over-heated and we actually lost the last 30 minutes which is when it got really crazy. But it’s still a very exciting mix of techno/house/garage for our “die Ente” release party in NYC.

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Elyte/Soulclap Bday Set @ Midweek Techno (Phoenix Landing) 6/11/08 – DOWNLOAD
Originally posted on the Midweek Techno Podcast, this was my set warming up for Italoboyz a couple weeks back. One of the CDJs was busted so I ended up playing mostly vinyl. Italoboyz set coming to the Soulclap Podcast next week…

Mr. Techno’s Basement (R&F-018)

For the latest edition of Roots & Future, we turn to Boston based DJ/Producer, former Satellite Records (closed) owner and total Techno brainiac, Pat Fontes. He chose three tunes from his enormous collection (which is partially the back catalogue from the store) that seemed to jump out and say “oooh Pattttt”.

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Ian Pooley – Untitled (B2) [Force Inc Music Works – 1995] DOWNLOAD / BUY

In his words… “K, first the Iam Pooley Jam … [I chose this] one cause i was randomly digging thru crates, and the fact that it was one of my earliest records I ever came to own in the borderline house and techno spectrum. I use to wear that track out, probably played it at every gig from 1996 to 1998.”

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Dave Angel – Tokyo Stealth Fighers (Slam Disfigurated Mix) [Forth & Broadway – 1997] DOWNLOAD / BUY

“The Dave Angel joint was just another addition to piles, I think I brought all his records home from Satellite [Records] just on the fact that it was Dave Angel, at the point that record was released he was a household name in underground [world of] funky house and techno.

Island (Forth and Broadway is a subsidiary of Island U.K.) Records was a big label to be on and he saw many releases back then and gained a great rep with us connoisseurs. [This track is] funky dirty grooving goodness on wax.”

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Paul MacInfluenced One (Side A) [Influenced – 2004] DOWNLOAD / BUY

Paul Mac‘s, Influenced One is a limited edition 10 inch that is basically his interpetation of his Influences [but] one track … Side A… is like heaven to me. The start with the bassline hitting this pattern that I just feel in love with the 1st time, and believe i could hear it looped forever, yet he puts his signature touch of dirty grinding hi hats and shuffle all over it and adds a preacher in the song that actually states many things of interest or things many don’t think of… that state of our society and religion, etc…”

We thank Pat Fontes for his dope contribution, deep knowledge, and efforts to keep dance music alive in Boston. Pat Fontes only plays vinyl (still!) and you can see him whip out his 12 inches at Rise this Friday with us, Tanner Ross and Matty Dimond from 2a-7a… wa wa wee wa…

Episode 31: Melee, King Of Tech-Funk

DJ Melee is a phenomenon amongst men, whose unlimited enthusiasm and funkyass DJ sets have made him one of the most important people to the New England dance music landscape over the last decade. From his Shadows of Society raves in the late 90’s, to his Friday residency at Avalon Boston (before they tore it down), to his work for Redbull Music Academy bringing legendary artists like Bernard Purdie to Boston, to his excellent selections as a buyer at Satellite Records and now as founding member of LAB Boston, Melee puts in serious work to make our home base a better place for electronic beats.

Melee’s style has evolved from an early love of breakbeats into what he likes to call tech-funk, which he describes as “a term that covers an open-minded combination of breaks, house, techno & electro.” All we know is that Melee always comes funky and banging and this is a perfect mix to get you fired up for the festival season! Here’s some final words from the man himself: “I made this mix especially for my buddy’s at the Soulclap. It’s a blend of the finest tech-funk out there. I spit hot fiya, blast ya speakers and tickle ya fannys.”

Tracklist
Emjae “Can You Handle It” *AudioJack Rmx*
Andre Crom “Tomographie” (Spektre_remix)
Phil Kieran “Missp” (Original_Mix)
Harvey Mckay “Reflex” (Zodiac Cartel Remix)
Dopamine “Ah_Baby” (Elite_Force_Remix)
Lee_Coombs_and_Nick_Thayer “TechFunkMonster” (original_mix)
Break the Box ”My Brothas Spring” (Philipe_De_Boyar_Remix)
Missy Elliot “She’s a bitch” (Stupid Fresh Mix)
D Ramirez and James Mowbray “Time Fades Away”
Jacob London “The First Chapter” (Original_Mix)
DJulz “Just_So_You_Know” (Original_Mix)
Moguai “Kick Out The Jams” (Style of Eye remix) melee edit*

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Soulclap in XLR8R June/July ’08 Issue

Our first music review from XLR8R’s Nick Chacona and some solid national press for “die Ente” and “The Giraffe“. Can you believe a “Bronx-born New Yorker” is saying “Boston is representin'”?

Here’s the full write-up:

“As a Bronx-born New Yorker, it’s not really in my blood to say that Boston is representin’ in any way, but considering the magnitude of the first releases from the new AirDrop imprint, it looks like they’re in the midst of a real (tea) party. Both releases come from Soulclap, the duo of Cnyce and DJ Elyte. The label’s inaugural release, “The Giraffe,” is a limited-edition colored-vinyl 10″ that features a mix from Franco Cinelli that’s straight out of Lee Curtis‘ twisted tech-house playbook. The second single, “die Ente,” also keeps things on the deep-tech tip initially, then launches into some serious early ’90s-style synth-sax house business that could fit easily into Luciano‘s and Quentin Harris‘ sets. Boston’s hero of the moment, dirtybirds’s Tanner Ross, is enlisted here on mix duties, and utilizes some highly reverbed crystalline synth tones and thunderous bass growls to full modern-rave effect.”
-En Tu Casa, p. 100, XLR8R #118 June/July 2008

There’s also a PDF of the whole issue if you’re interested.

6/20/08: AirDrop Boston Division at Rise Afterhours

From the AirDrop Blog:

For those that were not fortunate enough to come to NYC for the AirDrop Records release party or fly to El Salvador last week-end for Soulclap’s monsoon-like performance, this time we will do it up a bit different, since it is back to home territory and like our beloved Celtics they just always kill at home!

Soulclap and Tanner Ross are all fresh with some new productions that have successfully transported their names and the Boston rep around the world from Claude Vonstroke’s Turntables to Josh Wink’s world tour. Pat Fontes keeps his King of Techno’s crown well screwed on the top of his head. With some releases out on labels like Thoughtless music and currently launching his own label, that is sure to showcase some top talent, including his own productions which are turning the court’s heads.

So come bring the local support for the fresh fruit party with Soulclap, Tanner Ross, Pat Fontes who will be playing the upstairs and Matt Dimond in the lounge below who will take the evening deeper underground (not in the Jamiroquai way- duh!)

PLUS one of our favorite Boston DJs Matty Dimond is in the lounge.

FIRST 40 PEOPLE TO RSVP GET $10 REDUCED ADMISSION