Episode 137: Agents Of Vibe

You know we have a soft spot for our home town. From our annual Dancing On The Charles compilation of Boston producers, to the now 10 year running Dancing On The Charles party that gave the comp its name, to Thanksgiving eve at The Phoenix Landing, we always make sure to stay connected to our roots. So when new a new crew of artists starts making waves we pay attention and make sure to give our full support. Enter Agents Of Vibe.

The Agents Of Vibe originated as a production duo comprised of core members, Wiggz Caro and Zachary (Mr Don) Fochi. They were then joined by Boston producer, multi-instrumentalist and incredible vocalist, Matt Carey and often features friends/musicians from their extended Boston family. Their track Baluum was included on this year’s D.O.T.C. comp and they’re sitting on a vault of unreleased music, but their “live” experience is what you really need to see. Wiggz is a multi-instrumentalist Berklee Graduate and Ableton Live teacher/wizard at MMMMAVEN school in Boston. Zak, holds down the 1’s and 2’s and Matt Carey adds live vocals, synths, percussion and whatever new gadget he’s got his hands on.

This is their “Summer hang-out mix”, recorded live with Zak mixing, Matt Carey on vocals and synth, and Wiggz on guitar and ableton push. Enjoy 🙂

Tracklist:
Work To Do – Matt Carey (unreleased)
Colibria – Nicola Cruz
Abendrot – N/um
Yae – Agents of VIbe (unreleased)
Symphonic – Wareika *Featuring improv vocals layered on top from Matt Carey)
Perenial Love – Agents of Vibe, Smeed & Suspence +Dan Rourke(unreleased)
Flavors – Agents of Vibe (unreleased)
Hercules (Alkalino Re-Edit) Aaron Neville
Love Unrestrained – Matt Carey, Dan Rourke
Style (Agents of Vibe remix) – David Paglia + Jay Prouty
Feeling you (Henrick Schwarz mix) – Stevie Wonder
Purple – Agents of Vibe ft Hien (unreleased)

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Episode 122: K Civ’s Soul Cast

Last month we dropped a beautiful edit EP from one of our favorite Boston DJs, K Civ. Now we bring you a podcast so you can hear why we love him so much! A nice little smooth out soul cast mix. An eclectic soul tickler mix, full of unreleased edits/mixes along with some serious dance floor grooves.

Here’s a little more from his bio:

For nearly 20 years K Civ (aka DJ KC Hallett) has brought healing, empowerment and joy to many lives through music. K Civ’s passion with music began as a dance enthusiast who traveled hundreds of miles from all over New England and NY frequenting many venues including “The Loft” in Boston and “Shelter” in New York City. However an injury which could have been perceived as a misfortune actually was the opportunity for a transition that allowed him to manifest his love of music by bringing it to others. He started collecting and mixing records to keep him involved with the music he loved. It started with just Deep House music but has branched out into many genres of music. As he stays true to the House music sound he also has a love for Jazz, R&B soul, D&B, Techno, Reggae, Disco Classics, Global Soul, etc.

K Civ moved to Boston from New Hampshire in 1998 and started focusing on his DJ career. To help with his initiation into the craft of being a DJ, K Civ worked in three record stores in Boston (Biscuithead, Boston Beat and Satellite records) and spun at numerous venues from Boston to New York. K Civ is well known for being a resident DJ at Soul Revival, which was Boston’s longest running dance party. Soul Revival was noted by both Rolling Stone and Urb Magazine as one of the hottest dance parties in the US. He has also spun with plenty big name DJs in the business (see shared bookings).

Tracklist
1. Charles Earland “Coming To You Live” (intro)
2. Bosq feat. Nicole Willis “Bad For Me” (late night dub)
3. D’Angelo “Betray My Heart” (k civ mix)
4. Eddie Palmieri “Yoruba Chant” (k civ edit)
5. Sampha “Without” (k civ mix)
6. Ancient Deep “The Dancing Balafon”
7. D.Y.A “Horace”
8. Bjork “Stonemilker” (k civ mix)
9. Guy Gerber & Dixon “No Distance”
10. David Anthony & Beverlei Brown “I Don’t Know Why” (manoo remix)
11. Dee Dee Sharp Gamble “Nobody Could Take Your Place” (k civ extended edit)

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Crew Love at Boston’s Together Festival

Crew Love Hit Up Boston's Together Fest

there’s nothing like playing to our hometown crowd and bringing some of the Crew along for the journey. we’re excited to be involved with Boston’s own Together Festival via this party at Cambridge’s The Sinclair. So come floss with Tanner Ross the Boss & celebrate the album release for PillowTalk’s Je Ne Sais Quoi.

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Episode 81: 7L Steps Into The AM

If you’ve ever been to a good party in Boston our man 7L needs no introduction. if you’ve ever been into underground hip-hop you already know him as one half of 7L & Esoteric. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to get your hands one of the amazing Bladerunners mixes, than you also know who 7L is. If you’ve ever asked the question: who is Boston’s mixtape king? Then you’d know the answer is 7L. Here at Soul Clap HQ we don’t throw the word legend around lightly, but when it comes to 7L there’s no better word to describe the combination of skills, creativity, positivity and work ethic that has kept him at the top of Boston’s DJ world for well over a decade (this is where we also have to shout out DJ Kon and DJ Bruno for also being amazing!). So of course when the man himself handed me a stack of 5 (or was it 6?) new mix CDs on one of my last nights out in The Bean, I couldn’t wait to pop them in the deck. Luckily for me we had to drive to Montreal the next day so we got to hear all the sounds on the way (including Music To Be Murdered By, which is a whole other story), but the one that really jumped out was this genius mix-up of some of our favorite (and forgotten) soft rock jams of all time.

We know what you’re saying, “soft rock, has the Clap lost their minds?!” But fear not loyal listeners, we promise this is the perfect mix to get you in the holiday spirit. No matter what holiday it is that you’re celebrating and whoever it is that you’re spending it with, Grandmaster 7L is going to Step you Into The AM in ways your pretty little ears never imagined. In the end we couldn’t imagine a better way to end such a magical year than with such a magical mix by one of our most magical friends from our magical home of Boston. So happy holidaze and a massive thank you for all the love in 2010 and here’s to many more adventures together, in 2011 and beyond.

Tracklist
Kenny Loggins – This is It
Samantha Sang – Emotions
Seals & Crofts – Get Closer
Maria Muldaur – Midnight at the Oasis
Ambrosia – How Much I Feel
Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do for Love
Toto – Rossana
Benny Mardones – Into the Night
Hall & Oats – When the Morning Comes
Beer Break
Carole King – Its too Late
Carly Simon – You Belong to Me
Pointer Sisters – Slow Hand
Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes
Snif n Tears – Drivers Seat
Steely Dan – Time out of Mind
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
Jan Hammer – Don’t You Know

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Weekend Update & Free Music!

2NITE (4/16/10) BOSTON GET’S EFUNKY @ CAPRICE!!

TUESDAY (4/20/10) YOYOYO 90’S JAM 420 EDITION @ MIDDLESEX!!

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Episode 68: Eddie Neal Housemaster B

Way back in November 2008 we posted a mix from 1988 by old school Boston house legend Eddie Neal with a whole back story (which proves how small the world is) and interview (which includes a major Boston dance music history lesson). Now, Eddie has hit us up again with some new recordings from the vault. This time around we travel to 1990 for a Chicago style house jackup that perfectly contextualizes the current Chicago house sound revival. Here’s what Eddie had to say:

This mix came about in the Summer of 1990. Four months prior to the mix, I left the HUB CLUB in Boston where I had served as one of the resident DJs and Promotions Manager for about two years. “The Decade Dance” was the clubs welcoming in 1990 New Year’s Eve Party. It was a big production I had planned with attention to every detail. The best club and house music from each year from 1980 to 1990 was showcased every 30 minutes in spectacular fashion with special celebrity introductions, sound effects, remixes. For me, it was about the music and the heads on the dance floor. After New Year’s the club started to veer away from its rep as an underground house music venue. It was time to go.In the months that followed, I returned to the private mobile sector, continued working in radio and helped kick-off the short-lived “Underground” in the South End. However I missed the wild Hub Club Friday and Saturday nights where I could tell a story with the music. Housemaster B is a throwback to the earlier era of underground house with a few influences of hip hop and acid.

In the months that followed, I returned to the private mobile sector, continued working in radio and helped kick-off the short-lived “Underground” in the South End. However I missed the wild Hub Club Friday and Saturday nights where I could tell a story with the music. Housemaster B is a throwback to the earlier era of underground house with a few influences of hip hop and acid.

Tracklist:
Bass Lives On – Farley Jackmaster Funk
Dog A Bassline – Intense
Make Your Body Move – Jomanda
After The Storm – Nemesis
I’m Glad You Came To Me – Bas Noir
You Used To beat Me – Ralphi Rosario
French Kiss – Big Louis
Shadows Of Your Love – J.M. Silk
Grandpa’s Party – Monie love
Ride The Rhythm – This Aint Chicago
Acid Trip – Farley Jackmaster Funk
Open Our Eyes – Marshall Jefferson w/ Truth

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Cassy, Berlin’s Voice Of House This Wednesday

On Wednesday, May 13th, Midweek Techno proudly presents another Boston first time appearance and one of our most anticipated bookings of 2009.

From Berlin we welcome Panorama Bar resident DJ extraordinaire Cassy. As a DJ / producer in the vast cosmos that is electronic music, to have a unique sound is an artists greatest strength.  Cassy has that sound and it sounds like deep hypnotic analogue magic, finished off with one of the most recognizable voices in dance music today.  Almost always repetitive and sometimes even incomprehensible, her subliminal crooning and flawlessly programmed VINYL ONLY DJ sets have propelled Cassy to the top of undergrounds most wanted list. Deeply inspired by electronic music and the club scene of Austria and England, as a young adult Cassy wanted a piece of the action. Her first instinct was to use her background as singer to provide vocals on other artists records, which worked for her first musical release, but she was soon convinced that if she could not only involve herself as a singer but to learn how to mix records she would get much further.  This philosophy worked extremely well for her and by 2003 she made the pilgrimage to Berlin and proceeded to build a reputation as a talented house and minimal DJ. Cassy’s first real big break was when she secured a residency at the legendary Panorama Bar and had the honor of mixing “Panorama Bar 01” on Ostgut Tonträger, the record label of Berlin’s Berghain club.  This was the doorway that lead to collaborations with some of the big boys of modern dance music such as Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano and Steve Bug. With a start on Geneva’s Mental Groove Records to date Cassy has released original tracks and remixes on labels such as M_nus, Playhouse, Get Physical, Perlon, Dessous, Cocoon and her own label appropriately named Cassy.

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Check out this recent promo DJ set to see what we’re talking about!

Advance tix are available here. We will open early at 9pm for this special performance with a warm up set from DJ Sergio Santos.  Cassy’s set time will be from 10p-1a. Midweek Techno takes place every Wednesday at Pheonix Landing, 512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. Midweek Techno is 19+.

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