Last week in London we shook things up on Rinse.FM and played a bunch of album cuts with songs that directly influenced them. We also talked too much so you can beam up to the mothership and get hip to our funky feelings.
Soul Clap – Future 4 Love ft. Billy Bass Nelson & Nick Monaco
Digable Planets – Where I’m From
Eddie Hazel – I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Island Life – Pussy
Soul Clap – Shine ft. Nona Hendryx
M – Transformation
Maze – Twilight
Goldie – A Sense Of Rage (Sensual VIP Mix)
Soul Clap – Timespent ft. Phil Celeste
Lou 2 – Freaky (The Zanzibar Mix)
G.O.D. Limited – One
Life On Planets – Fork In The Path
Soul Clap – F Sorrow
S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right)
Lonely C & Baby Prince – Remember Those Days
Soul Clap – Funk Bomb
Soul Clap, No Regular Play & John Camp – Weekend At Barnies
Midnight Magic – I Gotta Feeling
The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with
Soul Clap – Future 4 Love
It’s the first track on our new album. It’s a welcoming to the listener, to the dancer, to everyone. “Good morning, Good afternoon. Good evening. How you been?”
The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
Morris Day & The Time – Jungle Love
If you LOVE prince, and you LOVE the funk, you gotta love Morris Day & The Time. They’re also from Minneapolis and have such an incredible sound, so tight and larger than life. Jungle Love might be their most famous song, but there are really so many to choose from. We almost got to see them live in Coney Island this summer, but then had to go to a gig, but the tickets were in hand! Oh well, this is the jam…
The track that currently gets the most rewinds
Craig David – Re-Rewind
The track I wish I’d signed to my label
A Band Called Flash – Sliph
This band was created by Chicago deep house maestro Ron Trent and we were literally offered the EP to release on Soul Clap Records, but we took too long and Rush Hour picked it up. It’s some of the best music from last winter, funked up disco that works on the dancefloor and we cry a little everytime we play it.
The track that’s been unfairly slept on this year
PillowTalk – Booty Rang
This is an absolute heater from our Crew Love fam. Booty house meets R&B in the way that only PillowTalk can do. Not sure how this wasn’t a summer dancefloor anthem.
The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
Shy FX – Original Nuttah
You probably didn’t know that Boston had a vibrant drum & bass scene in the early 2000’s. There was a night called The Rinse on Wednesdays that got 300+ people out every week for big UK DJs, and Elements on Thursdays is still going 15+ years on! Eli even worked at the D&B record shop called 4Front for a few years, and we both love our jungle/d&b
The track that got me out of bed this morning
Mick Jenkins – Communicate
After a decade of wackness hip-hop has finally made a come back. Buoyed by Kendrick Lamar, there’s a whole generation of new exciting MCs like Chance The Rapper, Anderson Paak and Joey Bada$$ who are doing new creative things. I just found Mick Jenkins when he dropped his The Healing Component album. This jam is produced by Kaytranda (more on him later).
The track I wish I’d never played
Lil Jon – Get Low
Still a little embarrassed we had to play Lil John at a bar mitzvah however many years ago. The kids were begging for it… “To The WINDOW, To the WALL!, Till the…” I mean you know the rest… these were 13 year olds for petes sake!
The track that should have been a crossover hit
Baby Prince – I Wanna Squeeze You
In an alternate reality this was the biggest hit of 2011. Gadi from Wolf + Lamb aka Baby Prince wrote this at the end of our DJ Kicks tour when we were all feeling so inspired and excited about music. It’s still one of the best songs from our Crew Love collective, but even die hard fans don’t know it.
The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
The O’Jays – Love Train
I just DJed my friend’s brother’s wedding last weekend and while Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al gets people crazy, this jam is a deeper cut that has such an amazing message and closed out the party with a giant dance circle.
The best track by my favourite new artist
Kaytranada – You’re The One ft. SYD
This is a tough one, because Kaytra’s entire 99.9% album that dropped earlier this year is just next level, incredible, creative music. But I gotta go with this one because I love SYD!
The ideal festival track
Ultra Nate – Free
Wanna make every one on a dance floor lose their minds simultaneously? Look no further!
The track I’d play at sunset in Ibiza
Mark Barrott – Cirrus & Cumulus
There are so many amazing Balearic songs we could mention here, but this is a brand new beautiful one. It’s off of the second installment in Barrott’s Sketches From An Island series, which deserves all the attention in the world.
The track I’d play at my funeral
Armand Van Helden – Floherz
Armand is one of our favorites from the 90’s house days. This epic deep vocal bomb with the unforgettable Donald Byrd sample STILL sets every dance floor on fire. And hey, if its a funeral, then there’s GOT to be Flowerzzzz.
Lebanese-born and living in Montreal for the past 10 years, we met Karim Haydar at one of our parties up north a few years back and stayed in touch. Then he sent us this dope mix of Crew Love jams awhile back and asked us if he could ever appear on The Adventures of Soul Clap. We always support up and coming DJs and Crew Love is True Love, so we said “give it a shot”. The first mix he turned in had a great early summer vibe, but we were really busy finishing our album and didn’t have time to post it. Then he opened for us at the Love Train party in Lebanon and we got to talking about his Arabic disco roots. That really intrigued me, so I asked him to try a mix of the jams that influenced him growing up. Part of the point of The Adventures is to push DJs out of their comfort zone and this is a perfect example of magic coming from exploration!
Some words from Karim:
In this episode, I fly you through a journey of carefully selected Disco/Funk tracks produced by some of the best musicians in the Arab, Turkish and French world such as Omar Souleyman, Elias Rahbani & his Orchestra,etc… This mix represents the domination of the Ottoman Empire in Lebanon and the Arab world between the year 1516 until the end of World War 1 in 1918. The colonization was followed by the French until 1943. Lebanon has been “Free” since. Midway through 2016 and we are still witnessing useless conflicts around the world, caused by a handful who seeks power and money. We should focus less on our political differences and shift that focus to what unites us as humans. Music has always been a universal language.
Ikimiz Bir Fidaniz feat. Metin Alatli (Baris K Edit) – Kamuran Akkor
Mawal Menzal (Original Mix) – Omar Souleyman
La Dance De Nadia (Original Mix) – Elias Rahbani
Ana Ouna – Maurice El Médioni meets Roberto Rodriguez
Donme Dolap (Baris K Edit) – Modern Folk Uclusu
Instrumental – Elias Rahbani
Tawwalt El Gheba feat. Gilles Peterson (Original Mix) – Omar Souleyman
Y’a du blues (Tans Pis C’est La Vie) – Marché Noir
Liza Liza – Elias Rahbani & his Orchestra
Summer Love – Elias Rahbani & His Orchestra
Laure Ohoubouki – Feiruz
House Of EFUNK Detroit is just 2 days away and to celebrate here’s the second episode of the new House Of EFUNK Podcast. Episode 2 is Till Von Sein recorded live on the patio of The Electric Pickle at House Of EFUNK Miami in March. Till is one of our favorite DJs and Germans all rolled into one funky package and he’s a Soul Clap podcast regular (Till Von Swizzle & Till’s Precious Podcast). It’s a pleasure to welcome him back especially with this extra special 3 hours set. The sun was setting and the party was just getting going and Till set it off perfectly.
The first House of EFUNK party in 2014 was one of the best days/nights/days of our short lives. We started the Saturday morning in New York City, drove upstate to Mystery Land, played an all vinyl set and then drove almost back to the city to the Westchester airport, where we met George Clinton and his crew and jumped on a private jet to Detroit. We rolled into TV Lounge for the party around 11am and warmed up until George was ready. Then he stepped on stage with us in the courtyard, the Detroit skyline behind us and he performed some of our favorite classic P-Funk jams while Eli DJed and Charlie sang backup. Our day finally ended at noon on Sunday, after Stacey Pullen’s life affirming 5 hour set in the alley.