Episode 127: Bamboozle’s BBQ Jamz Volume 3

Happy Holidaze everyone! Whatever it is that you celebrate, we hope that this live recording of Eli’s 45 set from our BBQ at TV Lounge, Detroit back in September will get you in that festive spirit…

“I think I really started playing 45s by accident. Sure I had some reggae riddims on 7” from back in the day, but it wasn’t something I was integrating into Soul Clap sets. Then there was a dope edit I picked up at Turntable Lab back in 2009 that I used to play at The Marcy during warmups. Soon after we started touring Europe and getting to check out amazing record shops like OYE, Phonica and Rush Hour. These shops all had sections dedicated to 45s and I started finding amazing new and re-issued funk that was only available on 7”. Labels like PPU and … became essential purchases, but I also started finding old favorites and weird stuff on 7”. I remember finding a bunch of amazing R&B and soft rock jams at Gramaphone in Chicago and playing a really awkward after party set of only 45s later that night.

“The thing about 45s is that they’re much harder to mix then 12”s. The centers are loose and records are light so you really can’t touch them to adjust the speed. Plus I was playing really eclectic music, so the BPMs didn’t usually match up. 7” mini-sets were great for opening or closing the party, but not when we had to keep it moving. So it wasn’t until our DJ Kicks tour in 2011 when we started playing all night sets, open to close, that 45s became a regular part of our performances. I closed many of those nights with 45s and did a special 7”s of Pleasure set on Beats In Space Radio that’s worth checking.

“Over the next 4 years I kept growing my 7” collection. 45s are a great way to bring a diverse range of records on the road with out breaking my back. I can throw a bag of a hundred 45s over my shoulder and drop a set of funk, disco, hip-hop and reggae on vinyl, which is way more fun than playing classics digitally. But, I still hadn’t figured out how to really hold down my mixes. Then JT Donaldson invited me to play his 45 party in Dallas in March and everything changed! JT and his crew were mixing 45s seamlessly! He showed me Butter Rug 45 slipmats and extra heavy center weights which made mixing 7”s feel just like 12”s. As soon as I got home ordered my own slipmats and weighs and set about BPMing my entire 45 collection, the way I used to have my 12”s when we played open format clubs in the 2000’s. Finally I could confidently play a 45 set and rock the party.

“So for Bamboozle’s BBQ Jam 3 I present a LIVE recording from a real BBQ! The Soul Clap and Paxahau BBQ at TV Lounge in Detroit back in September. Sure there are still some skips and a little sloppiness, but it’s all mixed and it’s as diverse as my previous BBQ Jams. So weather your chilly up north and need to warm up by the fire or heading for summer down south and firing up your grill, this mix is for you.”

Thanks for listening,
-Bamboozle aka Eli Soul Clap

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Episode 126: Baronhawk’s Phantom Soul Booth

Baronhawk Poitier is a strong name. And since we met a few years back in DC we’ve come to know him as a strong character. A young cat who is fun to hang with, holds it down on the dancefloor, has a deep understanding of the history and represents his own DJ style. Originally from PG County, Maryland we hear the Baltimore club influences, but also DC go-go. hip-hop, and of course house. He’s been trained as a dancer and it shows in his selections that move the floor. But he’s also super creative, and the themed mixes on his soundcloud are all perfect for the headphones.

This mix is no exception. Influenced by The Phantom Tollbooth, a movie Baronhawk loved as a kid, he’s created a mix that’s “totally a nod to Madlib and the way he approaches beat tapes. More of a theatrical audio show rather than just loops of beats.” It’s a special one and we’re so honored to feature it here on The Adventures Of Soul Clap.

Here’s how it all started in Baronhawk’s words:
“While working on “Whether The Weather Man” I was chopping up Lamont Dozier’s “Groovin On A Natural Rain” and I wanted to play on the “Making rain-..” lyric. The scene about weather and rain between Milo and the “Whether Man” instantly jumped in my head as a fun reference. I started remembering all the scenes/ quotes/ characters and decided to go through the beats/ samples I was working on and start piecing similar references together until I could tell the story (an abridged version) through beats.”

Tracklist:

– SCARY LION INTRO –

01: DNA
02: The Milo Joint
03: Whether The Weatherman
04: Dull Drums
05: Tock’s Theme
06: One Sane Man Left
07: Dr Noise
08: Judges (Who Are They?)

– INTERMISSION –

09: Love In The Game
10: One Day (Monday)
11: Mathematicians (a.k.a. Wanna Be MAD So Bad)
12: Sunrise
13: Foolish
14: The Demons of Ignorance
15: Don’t Let Em Hurt You
16: Rhyme & Reason

– CREDITS –

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Episode 123: Till Von Sein’s Precious Podcast

Till Von Sein is one of our favorite Germans. We’ve been friends since 2008 when we brought him to Boston and he’s helped us along ever since our first euro tour in 2009. It’s hard to believe it’s 5 years since our first podcast from Till, but here we are. Till is celebrating the release of his second album, Precious. I asked him to describe the album and he said: “So the idea was to do an album in the way we grew up with the classic LP format. 45 minutes and i wanted it to be like a soul album, in our world though slow jams,floor jams, and everything in between. Timeless soulful music for the car, the sofa and a mature dancefloor.” It’s dope you should go get it!

For the mix he went super deep and soulful and funky. His dream if he were ever asked to do a mix for the classic radio station, KDAY in LA. Perfect for summer vibing.

Tracklist
Silk Rhodes.The System
Kalimist.VSOP
Curtis Hairston.Dreamer
Brick.Dazz
Phony PpL.End of the niGht
The Gap Band.Disrespect
Above the Law.Why must i feel like date
Jade.Dont Walk away
LL Cool J. Around the way girl
Lilo Thomas.You´re a good girl
Wadz.Attack
Jodeci.Room 454
Comptons Most Wanted.U´s a bitch
Scarface.Now i feel ya
Curtis Mayfield.Hard Times
Grand Puba. A little of this
D´Angelo. Back to the future ( Part1)
BJ The Chicago Kid.Sex x Money x Sneakers
Prince. Breakfast can wait
DJ Quik. Pitch in on a Party
SOS Band. No one´s gonna love you
Sade.Mermaid

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Episode 118: C.love – Les Larmes De Crocodiles


Artwork by Ashley Hayward

It was just about two years ago that we heard a C.love mix for the first time and immediately fell in love with her unique style of music collage. One of her mixes is not your average listening experience, but a journey through many styles of music all twisted together to make new compositions. Take for example, Amour et Venin, which we posted here on the Adventures Of Soul Clap early last year. 25 tracks, in 2 parts, over only 40 or so minutes. It’s not just music to your ears it’s actually a meditative listening experience.

Over the last two years we’ve gotten to know the special talent that is C.love on a more intimate level. Playing and signing her edits to our Gator Boots label, hearing her original music develop, and most importantly hanging out as homies. We can’t get enough of her good vibes and musical ideas, so we’re back already with another super special DJ collage to celebrate her upcoming tour in Europe. So close your eyes and get ready for a journey.

C.love on tour in Europe!
Sept. 5 – Sie und Sie, Club Kiste Baden, Switzerland
Sept. 10 – Anita Berber, Berlin
Sept. 19-21 – Magik Forest Festival, Secret Location near Reading, England
Sept. 27-28 – Grizzly Nation, Berlin
Oct. 3 – About:Blank, Berlin

Tracklist:
Folkways Science Series – Sounds of the American Southwest
Nina Simone – Plain Gold Ring
C.love – Interlude 2 – The Asp
Erykah Badu – Want You (Rancido’s Deepersoul Edit)
Cocaine Blues (Reverend Gary Davis Cover) – Nick Drake
Oceanvs Orientalis – It’s All About Six Days War
Beat Electrics – 6bpm99
Andy Benz – Ms Dub
Umm Kulthum – Alf Layla We Layla
C&V – All Grow’d Up
The Budapest Hungarian Orchestra – There’s but One Girl
Ani Difranco – Nicotine
Albert Brothers Sing Songs from the American Frontier – Wayfaring Stranger
18+ Sis – Shy [ft. Butchy Fuego]
Call to Prayer & dog friend – Istanbul
Thunder and Rain – Berlin
Timbre Timbre – Bad Ritual
tomemitsu – easy 3.19.13
Johnny Cash – God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Grabo’sky Edit
Ofrah Haza – Tzur Menati
Marika Papagika – Smyrneiko Minore
Mark Lanegan – Death Don’t Have No Mercy
Anja Schneider – Beyond the Valley
Field Recording – North Africa circa 1901
C.love vs Bill Withers – Rail Road Main
De La Montagne – You Sexy Thing
Dolly Parton – Closing thoughts

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Episode 111: William Saint’s Soulsonic Summermix

One of the best things about running The Adventures Of Soul Clap Podcast is finding new DJs I’ve never heard of before and shining a light on undiscovered talent. Our podcast is definitely not about hype, it’s about music, so when my friend Salathiel from the Bay sent me a smoothed out slow jam mix by his cousin William a few months back, I reached out to William to get him to bring his smooth sounds to mothership. The mix William turned in went beyond expectations and features a wide array of soulful new music from many artists I haven’t even heard of before. It’s summer time music for your heart and your head, so close your eyes, kick back and let the groove take you away…

William is originally from Boston (Mattapan), but he left in ’91 to go to college in Atlanta, where he began DJing, now he lives in Memphis where he’s getting his doctorate in philosophy. Here’s how describes his style: “Coming up in the ’80s and early ’90s (Golden Age of Hip-Hop) I have an old school approach to DJing. It was common for hip-hop DJs back then to play a little bit of everything, as long as it was hot (hip-hop, r&b, dancehall, house, rock, disco etc.). Hence, I played everything from hip-hop to rave/techno (depending on the crowd) and still spin a little bit of everything.” And about this mix: “The mixes I make now for Sala or otherwise usually depend on my mood. There was a lot of good new music I came across recently, so this mix is primarily some newer stuff.”

Playlist
1. ayah and slakah – keep up
2. ATU – way I feel
3. dwele – lady (sango & lakim edit)
4. robin thicke – wanna love you girl (sango remix)
5. maryann – I could give a
6. little dragon – ritual union (abjo refix)
7. mar – her past
8. adjoici – march
9. jesse futureman – the sleepwalker
10. debilorithmicos – loser for you
11. jill scott – crown royal (record breakin & sun circle re-edit)
12. dotmatic – the city
13. I-ced – gone by now
14. point d’orgue – diurne (koloah remix)
15. cornish –walking
16. tall black guy – fantastic race
17. soia – say hi
18. kissi b – hooked
19. anthony valdez – b side philly
20. la melodia – working on it
21. foreign exchange – all the kisses (ahmed sirour remix)
22. jeremih – all the time + benji b’s string ensemble (ahmed’s thr3mix)

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Listen To Evans Pyramid Joint

A few

months back we were contacted by Cultures Of Soul Records, a Boston based label specializing in re-releasing lost and forgotten soul jams. Their latest album release is Evans Pyramid Joint, a collection of music by Andre Evans, a seasoned performer and session player in Boston throughout the ’70s. I checked it out

and fell in love with the smooth out disco sounds. Seeing as they’re from Boston and a vinyl only label we’re showing our support by sharing this beautiful music with you.

If you enjoy it please buy the album or other Cultures Of Soul music here.

Episode 90: Tanner Ross In The Shady Shores

Tanner Ross, Tanner Black, T-Rex, the list goes on and on, but nicknames only begin to describe our love affair with our favorite person to ever be born in New Jersey. So it’s hard to believe that the last time Mr. Ross graced the Adventures of Soul Clap was all the way back in December 2007, but it really has been almost 4 years since he turned out this deep, dark mix of techno and house jams. Just compare the tracklist of that mix with this one and it’s obvious how much has changed. Way back then we didn’t even have a record out, but Tanner already had a ton of releases under his belt and that was even before his Voodeux project blew up on Mothership Records. We basically spent the next 2 years trying to catch up and finally got on the level to work on music together in 2009, which became our S.E.C.T. project. The last year has seen us take our game to the next level, but as we’ve spread our wings, it’s always been important for us to bring our homies up too and we’ve been lucky enough do just that with Tanner as he signed to Wolf + Lamb and tours Europe with us on Geist Agency.

Now, the whole story comes full circle with a Tanner Ross & Soul Clap EP due out on Wolf + Lamb this month. It’s called the Shady Shores EP because we wrote or finished the music together during our retreat last winter in Miami Shores, which became known as Shady Shores for reasons that will go unmentioned 😉 While Tanner didn’t make this mix there, it’s a mix inspired by our time together in different places. From years in Boston, to sessions in Miami, to the last month of mayhem at the Michelberger Hotel in Berlin, this is music that we listen to when we’re just hanging out, playing ping-pong or J’n-Oh. It’s the soundtrack to life, love and family being together worked together by a DJ at the top of his game. Welcome to Tanner’s world…

Thanks Tanner! We love you 🙂

Tracklist:
Willie Hutch – Hospital Prelude Of Love Theme [ Foxy Brown: Music From The Original Soundtrack ]
Bluewave Edits – What My Last Girl Put Me Through [ Wolf + Lamb Black ]
Hype Williams – Your Girl Smells Chung When She Wears Dior
Slick Rick – Teenage Love [ The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick ]
Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness
Fugees – Fu-Gee-La ( Sly & Robbie Mix )
Tonto Irie – It A Ring
Rampi , Miss Bee – Feel It Burn
Tiger & Woods – Curb Your Heart
Dam Funk – The Sky Is Ours [ Stones Throw ]
Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love [Dub]
Catz N Dogz – A Long Way [ Tanner Ross E-Funk mix ]
Prince – 17 Days

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Episode 67: Demi’s Tribute To Jonny

Life sure is full of coincidences, so i guess it makes sense that we got an email from UK dance music veteran Demi asking us to air a very special mix on our podcast while we were in London in January. While he’s been a major name in the game for a long time many of our listeners might not know Demi, because we’re from different musical worlds, but his SOS crew, which also includes, Omid16B and Desyn Masiello, has always been a guiding light in the world of tech/prog house. For us SOS first came to our attention with Desyn’s superb 2004 Bedrock compilation, which led us to check out an amazing SOS performance at WMC the following year. While their sound might not line up exactly with where we’re at these days, there’s no doubt these guys are DJ’s DJs, with impeccable selection and skill that shine through no matter what your taste.

So now you’re probably wondering how we ended up with a Demi mix on The Adventures Of Soul Clap. Apparently he’s been following our podcast for awhile now and felt it was the perfect home for this awesomely eclectic masterpiece of a mix. What makes this episode even more special is that the mix is a tribute to his friend and influential Londoner Jonny Rhythm who recently passed away and who’s memory lives on through this music.

Here’s what Demi says: “The mix is a reflection of some very special and personal moments shared with him and the eclectic tastes we shared. The mix was a labor of love and ended up being a work in progress for a year because of the varied sounds and samples/snips spliced and put together.”

Tracklist
dexter wensel – life on mars
james brown – (leon roberts tribute)
roy haynes – quiet fire (demdrumZ solo edit)
house of whacks – sister’s daughter vs ignam sabrina (demedit)
scientist – plague of zombies
unknown – on a thursday
soul 2 soul – back to life
chaka khan – ain’t nobody (hallugenic mix)
the doors vs blondie – riders of the storm vs rapture
the doors – roadhouse blues & studio extracts
outside – eagle peak
marsha hunt – oh no (demedit)
jimi hendrix – foxy lady (remix)
herb alpert – rise (demedit)
bob marley – could you be love (demdub edit)
doug wood band – drag racer
ellen Mcllwaine – bon under
spiritual experience – messenger of god
t-coy – carino 90
dirty germain – illusion
womak & womak – strange & funny

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A Tribute To M.L.K.Jr. (R&F-013)


A picture taken by a friend on his recent journeys in the southern U.S.

So we should have had this post up this morning, but we had a busy day reflecting. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an amazingly important man to the history of the U.S. and without his massive contributions to the country’s civil rights movement there would probably be no such thing as disco/funk/house/techno/any underground dance music that we listen to, blog about, make and play. Furthermore, Dr. King’s speeches were sampled on tons of house and techno tracks in the 80’s & 90’s, partly because of the importance of his words to the early producers in Chicago and Detroit and partly because his messages of unity and inclusiveness fit so perfectly with the idealism of the early rave movement. The most famous of these tracks is Fingers Inc.‘s “Can You Feel It,” which had a spoken word version that sampled Dr. King’s famous I have a dream speech (this track has already been posted all over the place if you want it). If you were around in the rave days then you probably remember throwing up your hands and feeling like everything was amazing as you heard the words of Dr. King fill the room, it was a powerful experience and we hope you feel what we’re talking about when you hear these tracks today.

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Reese & SantonioTruth Of Self Evidence [KMS 1988]
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No one can do it quite like Kevin “Master Reese” Saunderson, who along with Derrick “Rhythm is Rhythm” May and “Magic” Juan Atkins is one of the creators of techno music. The one they call Reese started his KMS imprint in 1987 and released this early underground techno anthem on KMS 017 just before his first release as Inner City, the all-time classic “Big Fun” (which will get posted here, along with more on the godfathers eventually).

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Octave OneBlackwater (TP‘s Spirit Of Detroit Mix) [Concept Music 2002]
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Originally released on their own long-running Detroit imprint 430 West in 2000 to widespread acclaim, Blackwater became one of the songs of 2001 after Concept picked it up for distribution. But it wasn’t until Detroit 2nd waver and early 430 West releaser Terrence Parker did this remix in 2002 that Dr. King’s voice turned this already powerfully positive track into an even more uplifting party shaker. Both Octave One and TP are hugely important figures in the history of Detroit dance music so expect pieces on both soon…

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Bobby WomackAmerican Dream [Motown 1981]
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Even though it’s not electronic dance music, an old school soul track seems like it fits here. I’d never heard this track until we started our research on tracks that sample MLK so this is actually an exciting find, first because it’s such powerful song, but also because it’s gotta be a one of the very first tracks to use sampling (if anyone knows more about the history of sampling please let us know)!

ROOTS&FUTURE10: A Night With Stevie Wonder


This image taken in 1974 by Al Satterwhite. Available in limited edition prints at Morrison Hotel Gallery.

This story goes all the way back to the middle of Boston’s unofficial Techno week (last Thursday), on September 20th. It was a very special day for a few reasons, namely because my girlfriend finally turned 18, so we could actually have sex legally and secondly and most importantly, it marked the day that I, Professor Chazshabaz Nizzle III saw Stevie Wonder LIVE in concert. The process by which I came upon these tickets is a combination of a heated last minute bidding war on Ebay and yours truely on his hands and knees begging Mom and Dad. I know, its low, but whatever I saw the man, and who knows, it could be the LAST TIME (gulp!!!).

The Boston show at Bank of America Pavillion (formally Harbor Lights) marked the end of Stevie “A Wonder Summer’s Night” tour. For a while there it seemed like Stevie was done with life on the road, but after his mom passed away last year, it seemed like a tour to commemorate her life and life in general was a good thing to do. Well, it WAS a good thing, in fact probably the BEST concert I have ever seen EVER, even better than SVEN AND RICHIE. Even a few hundred feet away, being in Stevies presence immediately brought tears to my eyes and once he starting to sing, man… FUCKING STEVIE WONDER!

I didnt know how to share the experience with all of you, so I figured the best thing to do would be to copy the set list since DJ’s tend to go gaga over lists of songs anyways… Oh, some of the tunes i didnt recognize, so I just wrote down some lyrics, if anyone wants to comment and fill in the blanks, please do so.

Here it goes:
1. Loves In Need of Love Today
2. Too High
3. Vision In My Mind
4. Living For The City
5. Jammin’ (Master Blaster)
6. cover of P-Funks Mothership Connection performed with a Talk Box
7. Higher Ground
8. Golden Lady
9. Ribbon In The Sky (Duet with his daughter)
10. Overjoyed
11. All Is Fair In Love And War
12. Lately (ya, like the one Jodeci stole)
13. ??? (I think it was What The Fuss, but not sure)
14. ??? “true love forever mine”
15. ridiculously dope percussion break, so funk, so Africa, so Techno
16. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
17. Sign Sealed Delivered (the Stevie pretended to do it a country westen jam… such a comedian)
18. My Cherie Amour
19. For Once In My Life
20. ??? “time and time again”
21. All I Do
22. Boogie On Reggae Woman
23. Sir Duke
24. I Wish
25. Isn’t She Lovely
26. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
27. Superstition
28. Until

WHEW!!! What a show.. so, how does this translate to Soul Clap? Well, here’s some fresh remixes/adaptations that shaped us and one attempt we made to shape Stevie!

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Roy Davis Jr – All I Do DOWNLOAD
Absolute classic release from 1996 on Force Inc Records US. This one took FOREVER for me to find. First heard it on Roy Davis Jr’sFuture Experience” mixtape that I bought at Gramaphone Records while passing thru Chicago on my way to College in Los Angeles. Finally found a copy in Dallas, TX at Bill’s Records, what a crazy place that was…

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Stevie Wonder – Too High (Bootleg Remix) DOWNLOAD
DJ Heather played this record sometime a million years ago at a Tropical party back when I was living in L.A. Thought it was the jam then, and I’d still play it under the right circumstances now. Dope, funky and best of all totally Stevie! I can’t figure out who’s mix this is, but the record is a white label with “S W” in red stamp.

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Stevie Wonder – Love Light In Flight (Gator Boots’ Fuel Injected Dub)
Lastly an edit we did a few months back. Love Light In Flight is such a dope jam. First heard this when Bomshot sampled it for his Bomb Johnson project. It was my home girl Booty Balls Bounce that pointed out that this jam was off the Woman in Red soundtrack which was written and produced entirely by Stevie himself. Still have yet to see this movie and I suppose so has Stevie (I know, I know, I love you Stevie more than life!)