The end of the year is here, but not before one last DJ chart! This time we get physical with Juno for our Best of 2014 Vinyl & Cassette Chart. Have fun and be safe, clappers!
It’s that time again… time to make like a goose and get cooking in the Miami sun! This is our 12th annual pilgrimage to WMC… and these are the records we’ll be spinnin’ 🙂
in the middle of our Asia Tour, we were interviewed by Wasabeat, Japan’s finest digital house & techno store! with loads of music to listen while you read, you can check it out here (and in japanese right here).
plus, since we’ve come such a long way we’d thought we’d share our first chart of 2014 with Wasabeat! see the chart here
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.
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)
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.
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…
And if vinyl isn’t your thing, than here are 5 of the best tracks from the vinyls for your listening pleasure…
Check it out with links to listen on Resident Advisor. You can also check the chart at our favorite record shops with slight variations: Phonica Records (London), Technique Records (Tokyo) and Beatport for digital.
Hot diggety, it sure has been awhile since we’ve posted anything on this here blog. As you probably figured out we got lost in the vortex that is WMC, but it’s OK, because we are finally back and of course, better then ever!
The Podcast: The next couple episodes of the podcast feature Boston heroes DJ Bruno and Matty Dimond and will be coming to your iTunes over the next week (hopefully Bruno will be up today).
New Releases: We have a bunch of new music out on Beatport and in honor of all the new releases the folks over there hooked us up with a DJ chart. Check it out to hear all the jams we were rocking at WMC and a few of our own 🙂 After selling out on vinyl, Puppy Crack is finally available for digital download as well as our remix of Crazy Larry’s Gargiulo’s Scarf and AirDrop’s Extraction US comp, which features our track called Astroturfing.
Events: The next couple weeks are going to be full of springtime excitement in Boston! Tuesday 4/7 is YoYoYo 90’s Jam, Wednesday 4/8 the ITALOBOYZ are back at Midweek Techno, Saturday, 4/11 is Snakes On A Rave at a never before used Boston venue (yeh we can do events on weekends!) and then Wednesday 4/15 PACO OSUNA returns to Midweek Techno. Oh yeah and don’t forget that Dancing On The Charles kicksoff in May (more details on that soon ;)!