It’s out! We got some tasty remixes taken from our Tempo Dreams Vol. 3 compilation for you to gobble up. XL Middleton, FSQ & David Marston have all delivered efunky remixes, plus our own club version of “So Sedated” featuring Dayonne Rollins is out now on these fine digital stores!
The magnificent FSQ burst out not one, but TWO amazing remixes of Nick Monaco’s “BabyFace”! Mixmag showed some S.C. Records love on their site with the DISCO MIX, and Jay Z’s Life+Times premiered the CARIBBEAN DUB.
Nick Monaco’s debut album Mating Call is out on September 8 on Soul Clap Records.
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
The Adventures Of Soul Clap Podcast Episode 115: FSQ – Best of 80s 12 inches Vol. 1 SUBSCRIBE / DOWNLOAD
Ready for take-off from Soul Clap Records mission control is a very unique release beaming directly from the mothership itself. On our recent journey flying alongside George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, we’ve had the distinct privilege of meeting some of the many insiders who oil the multi-faceted funk machine. An incredible example is Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman, who along Clinton’s nephew Sa’D “The Hourchild” Ali have became our liaisons to Dr. Funkenstein himself! It is no surprise that these gentlemen have explored their own musical directions outside of P-Funk and it is with great honor that we present FSQ!
FSQ is a production team led by Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman featuring contributions from Sa’D “The Hourchild” Ali, G Koop (part of George Clinton’s production team), Chas Bronz (Bostonian and friend of Soul Clap Records) and One Era. The name is an acronym for “Funk Style Quality” – three elements that make up the core ethos of FSQ’s sound.
Just as FSQ derives from deep musical history, so does the latest record called “Zulu Congo Call”.
In Fishman’s words:
“In about 2005, [we] started working a lot with members of the free jazz movement, John Coltrane acolytes and the like. We were introduced to saxophonist / flautist Prince Lasha who was living in Oakland via Philadelphia based saxophonist / flautist Byard Lancaster who previously joined [us] on several releases. Both legends have since passed on, which emphasizes our passion to try and record with members of the greatest generations of musicians. I was happy with what myself and G Koop did with Prince Lasha, reinventing his 1962 song with Sonny Simmons, “Congo Call” from a straight ahead jazz number to a disco funk song, “Zulu Congo Call” but the song never saw a proper release.”
This EP features a reworked original by Chas Bronz plus remixes from One Era, AbJo (from the Soulection crew) and Mr CV, all curated by Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman. Lastly as a musical bonus we’ve included FSQ’s superb remix of Nick Monaco’s “Naked Is My Nature”, which takes a total bath in Northern Soul and throwback psychedelic feeling!
The next release on Soul Clap Records is called Zulu Congo Call and it’s by FSQ, a production team led by Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman. It also is an acronym for “Funk Style Quality” – three elements that make up the core ethos of FSQ’s sound.
“The Funk part comes easily to us,” says Chuck. I’ve been bonzo about funk music to the point of telling George Clinton in 1993 I was going to join P-Funk. (Dr. George Clinton’s own words about that here)”. In the late 90’s, Chuck started a funk band called fONKSQUISh that included original Funkadelic bassist Billy Bass Nelson. “We even recorded our debut album at Bill Laswell’s Greenpoint Studios with other members of P-Funk. Making a record was very different then, big budgets, big talent, pressing and mailing CDs. fONKSQUISh is still going today and we’ve got several releases coming out in 2014, but FSQ is something new to address what’s going on in dance music today,” says Chuck.
The second element of FSQ is “Style”. “I keep hearing interesting disco and house songs that I’d like to revise into different styles”. “Part of the reason I started FSQ was to get remix work and collaborate with other artists, and to have the ability to produce in different specific musical styles.” “For instance working with the talented G Koop, FSQ completely recast Nick Monaco’s song ‘Naked is My Nature’ into a Northern Soul song. “Another sound style working we are working in Caribbean Disco – imagine the sound Sly & Robbie’s work for many major artists in the early eighties, mainly recorded at Compass Point Studios. That time when new wave, reggae and funk where all mixed together”
The third element is “Quality”. “It’s pretty easy to make a nice sounding disco record out of the box using Ableton, and I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with that,” Chuck says. “But I want to take the sound further, so an FSQ record is always going to have a stamp of quality on it, with lush analog instrumentation”. There’s Chuck and FSQ members One Era, G Koop and Chas Bronz. These guys are talented multi instrumentalists, with Koop and Bronz both being Berklee College of Music grads. “I’ll work for hours with Koop to get a particular percussion, guitar sound, or analog synth just right.”
FSQ also includes Sa’d “The Hourchild” Ali, from P-Funk. “Sa’d and I would geek out on records while touring with P-Funk and driving between cities.” “Like oh, who did the bass solo on Donny Hathaway’s “Everything is Everything (Live)”. We would quiz each other, “oh that’s Willie Weeks”. Expect to hear The Hourchild, Chas Bronz, and Chuck Da Fonk also out DJing as FSQ playing their own records and quality records of others.