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

Snack Pack Jack Attack 17: New Records & Old

We’re baaaack! After some weeks out of town forced us to miss the show we’re back on it with an all vinyl edition in preparation for House Party 2: The Pajama Jam.

Mr. Fingers – Missing You
Jus-Ed – CT Beat Down
Brother’s Vibe – Bongoso
Geoffrey Williams – Free Your Mind (MK Dub)
Lou 2 – Freaky
Alcatraz – Give Me Beats
Jus-Ed – Teckno Minimal
Biotrans – Freedom1
Cevin Fisher – Pump The Beats
Rick Wilhite – Can You Feel Me?
NYC Peach Boy’s – Stay With Me (Lenny Fontana Funky Dub)
DJ Shorty & Todd Edwards – The Track
Muzique Tropique presents: Glasgow Underground – Jus’ Livin
Anton Zap – PM Please
Kerri Chandler – Get Up
Dilo – Post Vendaval – AirDrop Records 005
Esser – Forces (Carl Craig’s Mix)
The People Movers – C Lime Woman (The Stickmen Mix)
Green Velvet – Off The Hook

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Episode 42: Eddie Neal Brings It Back To 88

Eddie Neal is a super old school Boston DJ who we were lucky enough to meet through Ross The Boss. Eddie gave Ross a CD for us to check out and we were just totally blown away and had to podcast it for you. Here’s what Eddie had to say. Respect.

When did you start DJing?
I started DJing in 1976. I was a sophomore at Boston University holding down a course load, enrolled in the School of Management and dividing my free time between martial arts and the gym, doing a radio show on the student run radio station and doing Disco and Funk dormitory parties on the weekends. I actually taught myself BPM mixing on two standard non-variable speed turntables.

Why did you start DJing?
I started DJing because it was fun to get a crowd of heads movin to the beat. I was on the cutting edge when new music was introduced. As a member of the New England DJ Association I was able to listen and make a determination regarding what would work on the dance floor and what would not. Call it “research of sound”. It was love at first spin and I was into it pretty bad.

What was Boston like back then (music, clubs, record stores etc)?

Back then the Boston club scene was not as open as it is now. Club managers and owners were very closed minded regarding patronage. There was a lot of prejudgements made about people around race and ethnicity. To put it bluntly; most club managers and owners liked to control what jocks played to keep the dance floor as “undiverse” as possible. This served as a deterrent for minority patronage and allowed very few opportunities for jocks of color like myself. I taught myself how to become multi-dimensional when it came to rockin a dance floor. This meant I could be successful regardless of the format. I spun dance rock, progressive rock, top 40, disco, funk, hi-energy, reggae and merengue. I also worked at the now extinct Strawberries Records for a few years in the early 80’s. This opened doors for me and I was one of very few black jocks to spin in the major Boston clubs including on Landsdowne Street. I also enjoyed a successful mobile DJ business for several years after college. Then I found my niche…

It was the music coming out of Chicago and New York in the early to mid 80’s that secured my interest and motivated me to built my proficiency in the art we call house music. Sure in the past 20 years house music has been put through many stages and branched off in a multitude of forms and factions. But when everything is said and done, progressive underground house will always be the original form, created from the soul and still powerful to this day and back in the day.

What’s this mix all about?
The “mystery” mix takes you on a journey through Chi-town and Uptown on a Friday night. I was going for soulful impact selections and basic masterful effects with three tables before the emergence of “push button” DJ technology. It was 1988.

What music are you into now?
House is in my blood and is here to stay. Occasionally I still do come out to lay it down the way it should be done. Cease to create and you will cease to exist. These days I’m feeling house, smooth jazz, neo-soul. I will forward a picture within the hour.

Pressure – Hunter Hayes
Mystery – Phase 2
Devotion – Ten City
The Opera House – Jack E Makossa
Do It Properly – 2 Puerto Ricans, A Black Man & a Dominican
Move Your Body – Marshall Jefferson
I’m Strong – Robert Owens
Easier Said than Done – Vanilla
You Usta Hold Me – Ralphie Rosario w/ Xavier Gold
Can’t Get Enough – Liz Torres
How Soon We Forget – Colonel Abrams
For So Long – Mr. Fingers
Movin On – Carol Harding
Mind Games – Quest
Like This – K-Joy
Good To The Last Drop – C-Bank w/ Eleanor Mills
Feels So Good – Najee

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Episode 42: Eddie Neal Brings It Back To 88


Snack Pack Jack Attack 6: Late Summer Soul

It was such a beautiful day in Boston today that we had to take it back with some eclectic late summer classics.

Robert Strauss – Rhythm Of Life (Yoruba Soul Mix)
Jennifer Lara – I’m In Love
Lil Louis – Nice & Slo (Tony Humphries wildlife mix)
Endgames – Ecstacy
Andres ft. Lady – El Ritmo De mi Gente!
Beatconducter – I Wouldn’t Wanna Be Like You
Imagination – Just An Illusion
Zap Mama – Bandy Bandy (Carl Craig Remix)
Le Pamplemousse – Le Spank
Pilgrims Of The Mind – Nothing Can Tear Us Apart
Astrud Gilberto – Black Magic (Tangoterje Edit)
Denroy Morgan – Happy Feeling
Morris Day – Fishnet
Chemise – She Can’t Love You
The Innocent – Triad
RSP – Wesley Music (Danny Krivit Edit)
Subkekt – Dunky Frummer
The Surgery – More Weed
Sticky ft. Ms Dynamite – Booo!
Zoom + D.B.X. – Commin Again
B-15 Project ft. Lady Saw – Freak Break
Nude vs. El-B – Reality
Dem 2 – Destiny
MJ Cole – Sincere

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