Afro Week: Top 10 Multi Culti Jams of 2013 Pt 2

All this week we’re paying tribute to Nelson Mandela here on the Soul Clap blog by celebrating the music of his home continent and beyond. 2013 was an amazing year for Afro and Afro influenced music, in fact, it’s the year of Multi-Culti and in Mandela’s honor we’ll be exploring this budding genre.

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Part 1 of our Multi Culti Top 10 covered Afro sounds. Now part 2 picks up around July in Montreal. We were hanging with Thomas Von Party (who runs Turbo Records) at a secret gig after we played Osheaga Festival. Then I played African Shakedown and he freaked out! There’s something so special about that record that forces me to share it and I’ve given away four copies this year (and we’re giving away another one right here on this blog on Monday!), one of those was to Thomas after our set. Then he told me about the new label he was about to launch called a href=”https://soundcloud.com/multiculti”>Multi Culti and we ended up back at his place listening to his collection of modern electronic music from all over the world. From that moment on I started exploring more Latin and Arab sounds and they feature here on Part 2 of our Multi Culti Top 10.

MKRNI – Pongi Pongi EP

This is the second release on Thomas’ Multi Culti label and boy is it a banger. MKRNI are from Santiago, Chile and The whole EP is dope so make sure to check it on soundcloud.

Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu

We originally found this via Fact mag who were all over it because it’s Four Tet produced. As soon as we heard this one we copped it on iTunes and have played it over and over again. It’s a little heavy for our sets but so unique and emotional with such a powerful beat. This has been a great intro to contemporary Arab music for us and the Syrian Souleyman has been a leading light for awhile. His entire new album is produced by Four Tet and it’s required listening.

Analog Players Society – Coule’Ba

We’ve loved Analog Players Society ever since their cover of “I Can’t Wait” became our anthem last summer. So we were overjoyed to receive their latest red 7″ vinyl in the mail from awesome Brooklyn label Discovery a few months back. This is probably the band and labels best music yet and the low key, lo-fi Afro vibes took us straight through the summer.

Matias Aguayo – Aonde

My favorite song (Rrrrr is a close 2nd) off of Aguayo’s awesome album, “The Visitor”. It was released earlier this year on his label calledCómeme, which has been a leader in the Multi Culti sounds for a few years now. If you’re looking for proof or just inspiration, make sure to check their amazing broadcast called Radio Cómeme.

Juan Soto – Mágica Música Mística

A Mexican cosmic disco journey that was unearthed by Nick Monaco and led to many a mysterious dancefloor moment this year.

Episode 112: Bosq’s Multi Culti Vibe 4 Afro Week

All this week we’re paying tribute to Nelson Mandela here on the Soul Clap blog by celebrating the music of his home continent and beyond. 2013 was an amazing year for Afro and Afro influenced music, in fact, it’s the year of Multi Culti and in Mandela’s honor we’ll be exploring this budding genre.

At this point your probably tired of hearing us talk about Bosq, but if 2013 was the year of Multi Culti than Bosq was definately our artist of the year. Not only was “More Heavy” our number one dancefloor bomb, but over the course of the year we dropped almost every track from his “Bosq Y Orquestra De Madera” album at some party or other and that doesn’t even do justice to how wonderful the album is to listen to at home or on your headphones. By taking classic Afro and Latin ideas and mixing them with modern drums and production he embodied the Multi Culti sound of 2013 like no one else. And while many of the Multi Culti jams we’ve been playing are edits, Bosq provided the spark of original music that we hope other producers continue into 2014. Sure it helps that he’s from Boston and we love to rep our home city. It also helps that he’s a super tight DJ with a unique sound and a rad dude on top of that. So with all these things going for him, it was only fitting to end the year with a podcast by the man himself…

Words from Bosq:
“I was kind of surprised when Eli told me that the Afro funk sound was starting to gain momentum in dance music, probably cause I’m cut off from the world here in boston doing whatever weird shit pops into my head. I really hope it’s true though! Either way I thought it’d be cool to put together a mix of homies who have been doing it for a while (heavily littered with my own joints, both old new and unreleased) of course while including some of the originators who inspire my music. All in all though, it’s just a bunch of funky shit that happens to have heavy Afro Latin currents throughout. Hope y’all enjoy! Then go buy my album after.”

Tracklist:
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Fela – Who are you (bosqs mellow out rework)
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra – Only Now (bosq remix)
Jungle Fire – Comencemos (whiskey barons remix)
Greenwood Rhythm Coalition – Rise Up
Manu Dibango – African Battle (Honest Lee Edit)
Bosq – Movin On
Hamilton Bohannon – Me & The Gang
Nina Simone – See-line woman (Darrel Asbury edit)
Sol Power All-Stars – Catch Monkey Dub
Tony Allen – Afro Disco beat
Stevie Wonder – Another Star (bosq rework)
Fela & Roy Ayers – 2000 black (bosq rework)
Bosq – Up & Down (Nigeria 76 Mix)

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Afro Week: Top 10 Multi Culti Jams of 2013 Pt 1

All this week we’re paying tribute to Nelson Mandela here on the Soul Clap blog by celebrating the music of his home continent and beyond. 2013 was an amazing year for Afro and Afro influenced music, in fact, it’s the year of Multi-Culti and in Mandela’s honor we’ll be exploring this budding genre.

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2013 was a banner year for dance music’s global popularity, something we couldn’t be more excited about. Unfortunately, this rise also means that the music is getting watered down to the point that this year it seemed almost impossible to find new and original dance music that spoke to our souls. For DJs like us who are always trying to take risks and push our audience in new directions this is a problem. The lack of dance music with soul might also have to with the current dominant sounds going either dark (techno), boring (tech-house) or pumpingpumping (EDM). Rather than whine and complain, we got to doing what we do best, DIGGING! We started to explore new genres (and parts of the world) for inspiration on the dancefloor and 2013 became the year that MULTI CULTI was born.

It actually began at the end of 2012 when Boston homie Bosq sent us his first single on Ubiquity Records, “Dem Know” and when we started playing it people went nuts. Bosq put a contemporary twist on Afro-Funk and it was so fresh to hear it going off at party. Then we found this record when we were in Berlin in March, followed by this one and it was clear that there was an Afro-Funk rebirth kicking off.

For part one of our top 10 Multi-Culti jams of 2013 we explore this Afro-Funk revival (in no particular order):

Bosq ft. Kaleta – More Heavy

As we mentioned above Bosq is from Boston and has been turning out dope edits as part of Whiskey Barons (http://whiskeybarons.com/) for a few years, but it’s his new album “Bosq Y Orquestra de Madera” that dropped this year on the legendary Ubiquity Records that really has us moving. Ever since “Dem Know”, we’ve played at least one of the album tracks at every gig and “More Heavy” is probably the best. If you like this one make sure to check the album for more Afro-Latin-Future-Dopeness!

Shaka Bundu – Penny Penny

We found this one via the amazing Awesome Tapes From Africa (http://www.awesometapes.com), who just re-released this through his label. Shaka Bundu is from South Africa and this jam from his ’94 debut tape is on some serious Soul II Soul meets Afro funkiness.

Ata Kak – Daa Nyinaa (Noema’s Tribute Edit)

One of our highlights of the summer was dropping this at the Crew Love party in Barcelona, but that was only one of many magic moments with this track in 2013. It’s on the African Shakedown edits vinyl, which was the first Afro-Edits vinyl we found this year and it’s going for upwards of $40 on discogs these days.

Ajukaja – Benga Benga (edit of Samba Mapangala & Virunga – Yembele)

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The second amazing Afro-Edit record we picked up on our March Soul Clap Records tour, we scooped this mysterious bootleg at the Rush Hour Shop in Amsterdam. This one is probably the deepest and most musical of all the Afro-Edits and always takes the party to really spiritual place. After tons of digging we’ve figured out that this was released on an Estonian label called Porridge Bullet and the original tack is by Samba Mapangala from Congo.

Fela Kuti – Shakara (Ossie’s Bump Edit)

This one came out later in the summer on The Love Below (the homies from somethinksounds‘ edit offshoot) and proceeded to mash up every dancefloor we played it for. The most modern and high energy of these jams, it was definately a secret weapon of 2013.

Afro Week: A Requeim For Mandela

All this week we’re paying tribute to Nelson Mandela here on the Soul Clap blog by celebrating the music of his home continent and beyond. 2013 was an amazing year for Afro and Afro influenced music, in fact, it’s the year of Multi-Culti and in Mandela’s honor we’ll be exploring this budding genre.

It was Saturday morning, I had checked out of my hotel room and I stepped into a taxi to go to the airport. The driver was listening to a Haitian AM radio station, playing a recording of a Nelson Mandela speech. As I daydreamed, the tribute continued in Creole and then through the AM static a magical song floated to my ears. It shouted Mandela’s name and even without understanding the language it was clear that this song was praising this great man with uplifting energy for the world to hear. The tropical vibes overwhelmed me as Miami passed by outside the taxi’s window. Was this music African? Caribbean? I had to know.

Luckily I had Shazam. I was skeptical that it could identify such an obscure song, but a few seconds after holding my phone up to the crackling speaker, there it was: Larose – Mandela. Needless to say the song had touched my soul and I immediately found it on the internet to share with the world. The song began to play through my phone and the driver turned the music down and shook his head in amazement. It turns out the song is Kompa music from is native Haiti. As I held the phone between us, he sang along to the lyrics and began to cry tears of joy, telling me in broken english, how important this song was in his life. He told me that for Haitians, Mandela was the greatest man in the last 100 years and this song told his story.

Peter Rothberg of The Nation compiled a top 10 list of Nelson Mandela songs and said “few towering figures of the twentieth century inspired as many songs as Mandela.” From the most famous one by The Specials, to African music legend, Hugh Maskela, to Eddy Grant, all these songs are heartfelt tributes. But for me, the lesser known Larose tribute that I heard in Etienne’s taxi in Miami has the pure Afro-Caribbean energy that lifts my heart and moves my feet. A fitting tribute to one of the greatest freedom fighters of our time.

Nice ‘N’ Ripe Vinyl Grab Bags

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As you’ve probably heard, we just compiled and mixed a compilation for one of our favorite classic UK Garage labels, Nice ‘N’ Ripe. Getting the mix together we went through all our old records from the label and it’s many sub-labels (In The Air, Deep Trouble, Zest 4 Life, the list goes on forever). Turns out we collected a ton of doubles over the years, so now, in honor of the compilation we’re making those records available to you as two vinyl grab bags on ebay and you still have 3 days to make your bid and own a piece of UK Garage histroy…

Soul Clap’s Nice ‘N’ Ripe Vinyl Grab Bag #1
Soul Clap’s Nice ‘N’ Ripe Vinyl Grab Bag #2

And if vinyl isn’t your thing, than here are 5 of the best tracks from the vinyls for your listening pleasure…

NNR-020 – Total Control Ft. Caroldene Black ?– You Took My Lovin (KC Club Mix)

NNR-023 – Grant Nelson & Richard Purser Sensation 1

NNR-030 – Vinyl Movers – Keep The Love

NNR06 – Jeremy Sylvester – The Best

IN003 – 3 Play – Summer Breezz

Bonus Episode: The Stalker Mixtape with Nick Monaco

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In honor of Nick Monaco’s The Stalker EP, which just dropped on Soul Clap Records, we present to you a creepy selection of stalker jams selected and mixed by Nick and us.

Tracklist:
Soul Clap & Tanner Ross – The Shady Shades
Seth Troxler & Patrick Russell – Dr. Of Romance
Sax – Don’t Turn Your Back On Me (Halloween Mix)
Nick Monaco – The Stalker (Soul Clap’s American Tribal Remix)
Sextravaganza – (I Want To) Take You Home
Green Velvet – The Stalker (Losin My Mind)
Eddy Grant – Time Warp (Instrumental)
Lil Louis & The World – I Called U
George Clinton – R&B Skeletons (In The Closet)
Ministry – Primental
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (Bass Line Mix)
Soul Clap – Twist
Bam Bam – Animal Atraction (Dynamic Guvnors Remix)
The Beat Club – Security
Model 500 – Night Drive (Through Babylon)
The Quick – Zulu (Instrumental Version)
PillowTalk – Meet Me In The Dark
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me

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