Episode 115: FSQ – Best of 80s 12 inches Vol. 1

Over the last few months, all you loyal clappers have probably heard about the biggest news of our career. That’s right we’ve got an upcoming release with Dr. Funkenstein himself, George Clinton. And if you’ve really been paying attention then you’ve heard or read the story of the collaboration coming together. A big part of that story has been Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman and Sa’d “The Hourchild” Ali, two men whose lives were brought together by the power of Funkadelic and we now consider our uncles.

We’ll tell the whole story another day, because what’s important right now is their musical project called FSQ or Funk Style Quality a collaboration between them, Boston homie Chas Bronz and Bay Area studio wiz G Koop. We released their debut single Zulu Congo Call on Soul Clap Records a few months back, and now we’re presenting to you a mix that they’ve crafted especially for the Adventures of Soul Clap podcast. A special collection of Chuck’s favorite 80’s dubs. Turn it on and get funky!

Words from Chuck “Da Fonk”
When I think about it – I was really oblivious to the idea of music genres when I first started buying vinyl records in 1983. Everything was just dubbed “New Wave”. I started buying 12″ dance mixes because they had rare B sides and other mixes that were not on the tape cassettes I was previously buying, and plus I could tape them anyways. And all the records sounded like what “new wave” was supposed to sound like – for instance, I didn’t know “Atomic Dog” was a George Clinton, P-Funk record, considered R&B by radio. That jam to me just sounded like another Thomas Dolby record and anyways I heard it during a new wave radio show on WXPN.

I would cut out ads from The Face magazine during the summer camp and send them to my dad so I could have a stack of fresh 12″ waiting for me when I got home. I bought 12″ on the strength of the artwork mainly, we didn’t always have access to reviews or a way to preview records.

This hour long mix from FSQ takes you through some of my favorite dub versions from my 80s 12″ collection. Is this house? Is it disco? Some people even called these versions “Hi-NRG” mixes. This dub mix sound we integrate into our new FSQ productions today; our production sound is highly influenced by the B sides of these 12″ records from the 1980s.

Selections: Chuck Da Fonk Fishman
Mix: Chas Bronz and Chuck Da Fonk Fishman

1. Eddy Grant – Romancing The Stone (Extended Version)
2. Art of Noise – Paranoimia (Extended Mix)
3. Yello – Tied Up (In Africa Part II) (Junior Vasquez production)
4. Sly and Robbie – Move A Little More
5. Talking Heads – Blind [Deaf Dub/Blind Mix] (Arthur Baker production)
6. Devo – Disco Dancer (Bonus Beats)
7. B52s – Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland (Dub) (Latin Rascals production)
8. Scritti Politti feat. Roger Troutman – Boom! There She Was (Dub)
9. Cabaret Voltaire – Don’t Argue (Dub) (B) (Adrian Sherwood production)
10. All She Wants Is (Euro House Dub I) (Shep Pettibone production)
11. Jerry Harrison – Worlds in Collision
12. Bootsy Collins – Party on Plastic A Creative Nuisance (Nobody Understands) (Party Mix)
13. Nile Rodgers – The Land Of The Good Groove (12” instrumental)
14. Ron Ford – Bubble Gum Gangster (Poppin P Mix)
15. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – War (Hidden)
16. Mico Wave – Misunderstood (Dub)
17. Propoganda – Laughed!
18. Grace Jones – Party Girl (Dub)
19. Talk Talk – Happiness Is Easy (Dub)
20. Blancmange – Blind Vision (Dub Version)
21. Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente (Meet El Beat)
22. Warren Zevon – Leave My Monkey Alone (Latin Rascals Dub)
23. Belouis Some – Imagination (Dub Mix)
24. Ron Rogers – Ya Ya

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The Adventures Of Soul Clap Podcast Episode 115: FSQ – Best of 80s 12 inches Vol. 1

Roots & Future: Aurra – Satisfaction

Been loving this 80’s boogie/funk re-issue since I grabbed it on 7″ a few months back. Then, when I was in Berlin last week I found the whole Aurra LP at the new OYE Records branch in Neükolln. The album is called “Satisfaction” and it’s a previously unreleased 1984 masterpiece that Family Groove Records unearthed and released almost 20 years later! Led by the amazing Peoples Potential Unlimited (PPU) label, The last few years have seen a slew of reissues of forgotten and unreleased boogie/funk gems from the 80’s and I love to start the morning out by putting one of these positive vibe splashed albums on the turntable and cooking breakfast with my wife. If you’re into funky music with feeling about love, dancing, friendship and sometimes heartbreak check this album out.


Episode 105: Monsieur M. Soul Survivor

Sometimes the most rewarding part of running The Adventures of Soul Clap is finding that new DJ that no one has heard of yet, but has that special something that makes us NEED to

include them in our podcast series. That was the case with Monsieur M, who I met after our first set in Athens and proceeded to talk to for hours about music and life. He told me about his disco edit oriented Modernism project with our buddy Thodoris Triantafillou, his love of r&b and deep music, and of course life in Greece. After he sent me a bunch of dope edits and mixes i asked him to contribute a podcast and boy did he deliver!

It took awhile to fit it into the schedule, but his mix, Soul Survivor pt. 1 is actually perfect for the holiday season. It’s as smooth a mix of 80’s and 90’s r&b as you’re going to here anywhere and it includes some of our all time favorite jams. So put it in on, pour yourself a glass of eggnog (or Manischewitz) and get yo groove on…

I think there must be, in every music collector or music lover, the need to make a mixture with few of his favorite tracks and maybe a sequel and a prequel and anyway you know how it goes… This is a journey through verry few of my most beloving tracks of the past decades, well… mostly of 80s and a bit of 90s & 00s! Joints of Soul – RnB – Funk and Pop, smooth enough to make you jump on you car and cruise or get you in the groove…

1. Soul For Real – Candy Rain (1995 – MCA Records)
2. Joy Enriquez – Tell Me How You Feel (2000 – LaFace Records)
3. Mtume – Juicy Fruit (1982 – Epic Records)
4. Crazy – Lady T (Hot Toddy Mix) – (2005 Shiva Records)
5. The Gap Band – Outstanding – (1982 – Total Experience Records)
6. Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long – (1983 – Motown Records)
7. Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done – (1981 – Polydor)
8. George Benson – Never Too Far to Fall (1983 – Warner Bros. Records)
9. Jean Carne – Don’t let it go to your head (1978 – Philadelphia International)
10. Sade – Give It Up (1988 – Epic Records)
11. Simply Red – Something Got Me Started (1991 – East West Records)
12. Richard Earshaw feat’ Carleen Anderson My Door

Is Open (2010 – Groovefinder Records)
13. Brandy – I wanna be down (Ezel Remix) (2011 – Unreleased)

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The Adventures of Soul Clap Episode 105: Monsieur M. Soul Survivor