Armand Tomorrow!

Just wanted to remind all you New England residents that tomorrow there’s a huge outdoor electronic music extravaganza at the Marina Bay Beach Club, just south of Boston. Soul Clap’s opening for all-time house luminaries Junior Sanchez & Armand Van Helden and in honor of this momentous occasion it seemed appropriate to repost some of our favorite Armand moments from the Soul Clap Blog. Listening to these jams again got us fired up for tomorrow and hopefully you will be too, so go get your discount advance tickets now!

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Armand Van Helden – CHA-CHA (The Loft Mix) DOWNLOAD

Originally posted 5/30/07

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Tonja Dantzler – In And Out Of My Life (AV8 Mix) DOWNLOAD

Originally posted 5/31/07

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Kim English – Nite Life (Retail Mix) DOWNLOAD

Originally posted 6/7/07

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Tori Amos – Professional Widow (Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix) DOWNLOAD
Originally posted 6/14/07

After going through these old posts I realize how much more old Armand vinyl must be shared, so expect more treats soon 🙂

Song Of The Summer X Siedah Garrett

If you don’ know. “I Want Your Soul” by Armand is probably the song of summer ’07 (it killed France for us). And now there’s a video that takes it back to 1992.


Armand Van Helden – I Want Your Soul

But, the song it sampled has an even better video. Shit is from 1985 and was on the soundtrack to Fast Forward so the dance moves are crazzz. The chick Siedah Garrett is seriously/prolific dope too. She wrote a grip of Michael Jackson songs and other hits, was in The Brand New Heavies and most importantly wrote and featured on Dennis Edwards‘ seminal garage classic “Don’t Look Any Further”. But the best part? This one is produced and mixed by the one and only Jellybean Benitez. Yowza!


Siedah Garrett – Do You Want It Right Now

Shout outs to Ligz for the heads up on the O.G. video!

THE NINETIES 6: Armand Part 4 – Speed Garage

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Ok, it’s time to jump forward 2 years. As I said in Part 2, the swinging beats and vocal stabs on Mr. Van Helden’s mid 90’s productions defined the new garage house sound of NYC and ultimately shaped UK’s “Sunday Scene”, but it was in ’96 that he really kicked it into high gear by speeding up the tracks, adding jungle/d&b style basslines, huge breakdowns and chopped and stretched vocals to the mix. The UK DJs had basically been playing the NYC style pitched up and with the bass jacked up, so Armand’s new work just packaged it, made it better and blew it up. There’s no denying that 1997 was the year of speed garage and here are 3 of the tracks that made it possible.

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Tori Amos – Professional Widow (Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix) DOWNLOAD
This was the first of Armand’s bass heavy remixes in ’96 and set the tone for what was to come. It hit number one on the UK single chart and the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the U.S. by utilizing a live funk bass and the vocal hook of Tori Amos saying “it’s gotta be big” to massive effect. An absolute classic that still does it today.

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Nuyorican Soul – Runaway (Mongoloids In Space) DOWNLOAD
First of all you should know that Nuyorican Soul was Masters at Work’s acid jazz/latin side project that featured a slew of a amazing musicians and vocals and is to this day my ultimate summertime album, that you should buy here. Second of all, this is my favorite of Armand’s speed garage remixes. The energy is through the roof and the time stretched vocals do serious damage. Serious bounce.

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Sneaker Pimps – Spin Spin Sugar (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix) DOWNLOAD
On this late ’96 remix Armand took his sound into the darkness by adding a ripping drum&bass style bassline, that helped take the sound in completely different directions.

This is the final post (for now) in the Armand series so if you want to hear new music from the dude then MAKE SURE TO BUY THE NEW ALBUM ON CD HERE OR DIGITAL HERE!

THE NINETIES 5: Armand Part 3 – Strictly / Nervous

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Ok, just woke up from a week long blog coma. Sorry to keep all the Armand fanatics at bay. So next up we’ve got Armand’s first releases on Strictly Rhythm and Nervous Recs, both of which ironically are back in buisness. For those that didn’t know, Strictly partnered with Defected UK for a 2007 relaunch with new mixes of Wink’s Higher State of Conciousness and a new single from Todd Terry.

Anyways, back to AVH, who’s so rediculously diverse that we’re giving you a taste of deep, tribal and garage from ’94-’95.

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Kim English – Nite Life (Retail Mix) DOWNLOAD
Ok first up, hot fire from 1994. Armands pass at Kim English‘s classic vocal anthem, which went even so far as to get picked up on Polydor UK. This tune is epic, rave stabs, resonating b-line and New Jersey garage shuffle. After Nervous Records closed down, Kenny Dope remixed and put out a version on Dopewax in 2006 as Nitelife(Encore), but this one’s the O.G!

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Armand Van Helden – Nrongo Ra Morongo DOWNLOAD
Do you want to dance and be happy? Hell yeah, 1994 Strictly Rhythm Nrongo Ra Morongo is the tribal banana boat. I don’t know what language this is, but I know that Armand was feeling samples from Indonesia and Africa. It sounds like they’re saying Namaste which would be from India, i dunno fer sure. Anyways, if you peep the breakdown you might notice that its the same sample he used for 1994’s Zulu (Change Mix) under the Circle Children alias. This track totally flips into some naked percussion. So F*cking DOPE, plus there’s crickets homie, crickets!

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The Mole People – Break Night DOWNLOAD
The Mole People, I definitely relate since Soul Clap has been living in the studio with no windows. I can’t really put my finger on exactly this sound but its deep, dubby, tribal and so freshly phasered out. Released on Strictly in 1995, can’t tell if its sampled or original, but anyone that knows get at us and set the record straight!

THE NINETIES 4: Armand Part 2 – Cutting / Henry St.

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armand van helden old skool junkies on soul clap house music blog

So I was gunna do all Armand’s ’94 house works in one post, but there are too many tunes and the 4 labels he was on are too long to fit in one line of the post title. So I’m breaking into 2 parts, but here’s a little info that applies to this post and the one coming tomorrow. 1994 was the year that Armand broke out and defined the hard edged new garage sound that carried him and NYC’s house labels through the mid ’90s and ultimately played a huge role in the creation of the entire UK garage movement (actually wikipedia’s entry has a ton of errors so maybe someday I’ll have time to update it).

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Tonja Dantzler – In And Out Of My Life (AV8 Mix) DOWNLOAD
This remix was actually released in 1993 on ‘tique Records a sub-label of Woburn, MA based Critique Records, which also released albums from early ’90s acts 2 Unlimited and Digital Underground! The chopped up vocals and tough swing beats on Armand’s mix laid out the framework for his ’94 releases and the new garage house sound.

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Armand & The Banana Spliffs – Crusty The Caveman (Land Of The Lost Mix) DOWNLOAD
This EP came out on Cutting Records Traxx in ’94 and has 2 all-time Soul Clap secret weapons on it so I gotta post my least favorite on it. If you are dieing to get your hands on 2 of the best ska/dancehall/house tracks ever then you will buy my second copy of this vinyl.

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Old School Junkies – Heh Baby –
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Armand’s first Old Skool Junkies EP came out in 1994 on Henry Street and has 3 top choice party cuts PLUS beat tools for all of ’em. All 3 tracks are necessary, but this one is often overlooked in favor of voguing anthem Work Me! (Gadamit). It’s disco house looper that samples Tata Vega’s “Get It Up For Love” (edited to perfection by Dimitri From Paris in 2002).

Once again…if you like this music then you will LOVE the new album so…MAKE SURE TO BUY THE NEW ALBUM ON CD HERE OR DIGITAL HERE!

THE NINETIES 3: Armand Part 1 – AV8 Records

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I’m a little late on this, but the often mentioned D. Day had an interview with dance music legend (and one time Boston representative) Armand Van Helden last week in the Phoenix. It’s a great piece, with some choice Boston history (including the roots of the Loft and shouts to DJ Bruno) and some reflections on the new album Ghetto Blaster, which brings Armand as close to his hip-hop roots as he’s been since 1997’s often overlooked Sampleslaya album. Remember, this dude’s first releases were on party break institution AV8 Records. So in honor of the new album and also because I need to rip all my old vinyl, I think it’s time for an Armand Van Helden series, beginning right here, right now.

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Armand Van Helden – CHA-CHA (The Loft Mix) DOWNLOAD
This is definitely one of my favorite Armand tracks of all time, partly because it was one of the first records I ever bought when it was reissued on Logic Records in 1996. This mix is off one of Armand’s first records, the Pirates of the Caribbean EP, which was released in 1992 and also has the distinction of being the first release on AV8. I love it, because it’s called The Loft Mix and it just breathes old-school Boston flavor. I have doubles of this EP so get at me if you want it.

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Armand Van Helden – Spin The Bottle (Axis Mix) DOWNLOAD
Another mix named after a Boston club that’s also a Boston flavored banger. This was on the second Pirates of the Caribbean EP, which was also released in on AV8 after The Funky Shell Toes EP and The Buddha Baboons EP in 1993 (gota love all the crazy names – more on that in the next post). There are better tracks on this record, but I had to put the one named after a Boston landmark up. I have doubles of this EP too so if anyone wants a copy of the vinyl SHOUT!

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Gator Boots’ Armand On AV8 Megamix DOWNLOAD
Between the 2 Pirates of the Caribbean EPs and The Funky Shell Toes EP (which is all hip-hop breaks) there are 7 Armand party breaks. The problem is that you just can’t really play most of them because they don’t hit quick enough and I never can decide which is better than the others. So I made a megamix.

Here is the trackslist:
I Can’t Wait (House Head & B-Boy Collaboration Mix)
I’m Searchin (Pass the Peace Mix)
Hurts A Little (Dorchester Bounce-Hall Mix)
You Won’t Getaway (Caps To Back Mix)
Stick-Em (That’s Fresh Mix)
Say Yeah (Shake & Break Mix)
A Deep Hip Hop Kinda Love (After Hours Mix)

MAKE SURE TO BUY THE NEW ALBUM ON CD HERE OR DIGITAL HERE!