Episode 23: Tanner Ross Tales From The Darkside

Tanner Ross
Tanner Ross at D.O.T.C. – Photo by Yubi

Merry Xmas! We hope Santa brought you just what you wanted. What did we wake up to find under our Hanukkah bush? A brand spankin’ new podcast from our homie Tanner Ross. If you’re not familiar with Boston’s golden child of electronic music production you can catch up on what we’ve written on him here and here. But if you’re too lazy for that, here’s a brief explanation of why we talk about T. Ross all the time. First, dude started doing his thing with fellow Jerseyer Killowatts (who has an insane xmas song on his myspace). Then he started, producing with Matty D. as The Bald & The Beautiful. Next, he caught the attention of none other than Claude VonStroke who signed him on to do a remix of “Who’s Afraid Of Detroit“. Tanner flipped it serious on a 12” that also included mixes by Audion and Kevin Saunderson and the rest is history. Now he has bigbig tunes like “Facemelt” & “Krueger Fingers” (with Kilowatts) on VonStroke’s Dirtybird and “The Curse” (as Voodeux) on Mothership as well as a remix of Blaze’s classic “Lovelee Dae” that dropped on OM and a genre bending broken beat mix of Jahcoozi‘s “Double Barrel Name” (by The Bald & The Beautiful). And the best is obviously yet to come, with a soon forthcoming EP on longtime house staple/stable Freerange and almost daily announcements of pending megadeals shouted from his room on Aldie Street (also home to Cnyce & Sergio Santos, what a house house).

You can buy Tanner’s latest release “The Curse” here. And for you digital onlys here’s Tanner on Beatport.

1. Audion – Freds Bells
2. Alex Smoke – Rotwag
3. Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts – Mederico
4. Trentemoller – Kink
5. Martin Buttrich – Hunted
6. 3 Channels – Getting Kinda Hectic
7. Shlomi Aber – Sekur
8. Roman Flugel presents Soylent Green – La Forza Del Destino (Radio Slave Remix)
9. Marshall Jefferson & Nooseheads – Mushrooms (Justin Martin Mix)
10. Lusine – The Stop (Robag Wruhme Remix)
11. Samuel L Session – Smoke Stack
12. Todd Bodine – The Secret Edge
13. Voodeux – The Curse

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The Adventures of Soul Clap Episode 23
Tanner Ross’ Tales From The Darkside

Bollinger Champagne Party @ RumBa

If you haven’t been to one of the champagne events at RumBa yet, this next party is a perfect introduction. The first Saturday of each month, this already posh lounge is transformed into bubbly bliss and the Bollinger event will be no exception. With the nod from 007 himself (James Bond has drunk Bollinger Grande Année and R.D. since 1973’s Live and Let Die) our theme is 100% secret agent. So if you’ve been holding on to lazer gun wristwatches, exploding bubble gum, or x-ray specs now is the time to bust them out!

The music starts around 10p, at midnight expect complimentary treats (chocolate strawberries and all that good shtuff), so come party, relax, listen to tunes and check out the always fresh visuals from VJ KashMoney!

And A Happy New Year

While the year’s not quite over and you can expect a couple more posts and podcasts before all is said and done, right now seems as good a time as any to look back on the year that was 2007. It was a big year for us and we hope you were there to share some of the memories, but in case you missed out or forgot, here’s how it went in the first (almost) year of the Soul Clap blog:

We’ll be back so soon with our top tunes of ’07 chart and podcast plus a look ahead to 2008.

NEWS&NOTES: An Eruption For The Ages

Snoop does house on his new single: Sexual Eruption

Hope you enjoyed the fresh dose of 90’s house/technoness last week. Things are crazy busy on the mothership these days, so posts and podcasts have been tough to come by, but don’t worry we’ll keep the goodies (and there are alot of ’em in the works) coming just as fast as we can. For now here’s a quick update on what’s going on in our galaxy.

But before we get to the official transmission let’s start with that Snoop Dogg video up there. If you had asked me my thoughts about Snoop a couple months back I already would have told you that the Doggfather is probably the most underrated musician of the 00’s. It seems that just because he is such a pop icon people totally underestimate his music, but check 04’s R&G or 06’s Blue Carpet Treatment and you’ll find a unique sound that bridges the gap between 80’s funk and r&b and future hip-hop, soul and electronic and sets Snoop apart from any other artists of today. Like those albums weren’t enough, his new single explores unexplored territories for Snoop with it’s balearic house strings while taking the funk/r&b throwback to the next level (especially in the video) and the result is an absolute masterpiece. Now back to our regularly scheduled program:

THE NINETIES 8: Relief Records pt. 1

Green Velvet in Muzik Magazine from 1997
Green Velvet in UK’s now defunct Muzik Mag in 1997

Awhile back we posted one of our favorite tracks ever on Relief Records. It was DJ Sneak’s banging remix Green Velvet’s most famous song Flash and it was thrown in as a footnote to our report on DOTC4 & U.B.H/T.W. because it totally re-captured the energy of that party/week (aka the energy of mid 90’s rave parties). Looking back now I realize that that track and the amazing label it’s on can never really be a footnote to anything and seeing as December’s O.P.P. edition of 90’s Jam is tonight and we haven’t done a proper post in months, it’s probably as good a time as any to begin our series on Curtis Jones’ (aka Green Velvet aka Cajmere) legendary Chicago house/techno stable.

While some of the releases on Mr. Jones’ first label Cajual Records (which launched in 1992 with seminal house classic “Brighter Days” featuring Dajae) were bigger house hits, it was Relief (launched in 1993 with “Preacher Man”) that fostered Chicago’s second wave of young producers and took the tracky Chicago house sound in down new and distinctly techno influenced path that is still being explored today. This split make sense if you’re familiar with the 2 sides of Mr. Jones himself, as Cajmere he releases his vocal and housey productions on Cajual, while as Green Velvet, he drops tripped out techno creepers on Relief. As you can see I can go on about these labels forever and that’s why we’re doing a multi-part series on each label starting with Relief, because even though Cajual came first, we’ve been ripping and playing a ton of old Relief tunes lately. Enjoy.

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DJ Sneak – The Lights part II (RR707 – 1994) DOWNLOAD
Let me start our reviews wit a disclaimer: unfortunately, we don’t have every release on Relief Records. We wish we did, but given that we didn’t start buying records until after Relief was born it’s damn near impossible to find alot of the early stuff, we may never actually complete the collection. Second most important fact: RR701, Green Velvet’s “Preacher Man” is necessary listening for sure, and you’ve probably heard the track with the evangelist preaching to his congregation about the dangers of “playing house” before, but if you haven’t, go buy it here. So back to this release. It’s one of DJ Sneak‘s really early ones and is totally insane looped out techno music. By 1995 Sneak had gone much more in the disco house direction so it’s a pleasure to here his early experimentations. To hear “The Lights part I” goto Corporate Bloggin’s great Sneak post from a couple months back and read it too if you can read french!

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GU – Smok’en Indo (RR714 – 1994) DOWNLOAD
Here’s another early track from a producer that became very important. GU aka Glenn Underground is often credited for carrying Larry Heard‘s torch through the 90’s with his new brand of disco and soul sample laden deep house, which would be the blueprint for Chicago’s sound in the late 90’s on labels like Guidance and Large. But, back up for a second, because like “The Lights”, “Smok’en Indo” is a crazy techno monkey that makes you do wierd dances and illustrates how important Relief was in the early development of these young producers.

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Green Velvet – Explorer (RR730 – 1995) DOWNLOAD
Alright so this is on the Portamento Tracks EP which also included the more known “Flash” and “I Want To Leave My Body” so it’s pretty much overlooked, which is a HUGE mistake. While the beat is similar to “Flash” Velvet laces explorer with much more aggressive synths that rip open your ears while he talks about the king of the jungle. Wierd, but true.

Oh yeah and if you didn’t know: after a brief hiatus from ’98-’00, Relief is still alive and kicking. You can check ’em on myspace and also purchase many releases on their website. So make sure to support the roots and the future of our dance music!

TECHNO! Wednesdays @ Phoenix Landing

We finally have a TECHNO residency! After playing guest hosts/openers for the Pig & Dan show in September, Boston Techno don Pat Fontes has welcomed us aboard as co-pilots of his spacecruiser. Phoenix Wednesdays is an especially important night for Boston techno, it was first launched in 1997 by Redlight Productions and after a brief hiatus in 2006 Mr. Fontes took the reigns earlier this year and has already featured world class guests performances by Tony Rohr, Someone Else, Geoff White & Dietrich Schoenemann. We are super psyched to be on board and you should be too. See you on Wednesday…

Techno Wednesdays at Phoenix Landing Cambridge with Soulclap! Pat Fontes and Sergio Santos

Techno Wednesdays at Phoenix Landing Cambridge with Soulclap! Pat Fontes and Sergio Santos

TECHNO! at Phoenix Landing goes down every Wednesday Night from 10pm-1am. Phoenix Landing is located at 512 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, MA. TECHNO! Wednesdays is 19+ and it’s FREE to enter before 10:30 and only $5 after that. Be TECHNO! Wednesday’s friend on myspace.

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New Year’s Eve 2008 at RumBa

Soulclap's Intercontinental Nights at RumBa Boston

On New Years Eve, we are proud to announce our friends at the Intercontinental Hotel Boston/RumBa Bar have asked us perform at what will undoubtedly be the most refined event for the close of 2007.

From the nights beginning we’ll use a palette of international music to paint a picture of style and taste without boundaries. Expect ice bars, complimentary fruit souvlakis, macaroons and strawberry chocolate towers, an abundance of champagne and much more from 9p until 2a!

Thanks to the generosity of the IHG, this high-class event will be FREE OF CHARGE, so get there early!

TABLE RESERVATIONS are available in the Champagne Room, which is probably our favorite room in Boston (we’re talking red velvet everywhere). There are ONLY TEN tables available, so please contact us if you’re interested. A minimum of $500 applies. 1 COMPLIMENTARY parking voucher for every 2 guests when you reserve a table.

Soulclap's Intercontinental Nights at RumBa Boston

Soulclap's Intercontinental Nights at RumBa Boston

Soulclap's Intercontinental Nights at RumBa Boston

Soulclap's Intercontinental Nights at RumBa Boston