soul clap kamen zum ersten mal mit nona hendryx durch ihre arbeit mit george clinton, sa’d the hourchild ali und chuck da fonk fishman zusammen. nona schrieb und sang die single “shine” von ihrem letzten album. diese erfahrung ließ alle mehr zusammenarbeiten, also haben soul clap mit morgan wiley von midnight magic zusammengetan und sind allesamt ins studio gegangen, um eine neues album für soul clap records zu produzieren, vier tracks von house, soul, jazz und natürlich the funk.
soul clap records new directions in funk is back with a double a-side 7” of that electronic funk to get you ridin. after selling out of 500 records of the first edition, round two is another 500 record limited run on purple vinyl.
these 4 tracks bring pieces of emotions and take you all the way to sao paulo, brazil. davis, a pillar in the brazilian housemusic scene is know for marathon dj sets. these tracks are written with two-fold intention, both an invitation to connect within and an opportunity to escape.
it’s not every day you find a keyboard player with chops like john camp. plucked from the same minneapolis jazz vine that grew such deliciously ripened talents as no regular play s greg paulus and aaron james (gregory porter band), we met camp for the first time at the marcy hotel. initially adding his signature touch to other’s crew love records and last year dropping an incredi- ble ep on have a killer time, the mistral ep marks his first official crew love release!
cosmic disco ensemble midnight magic find their way on to the ever adaptive soul clap imprint for their next release. -viscous love- is a 5 track ep which see the magic ones explore the more spaced out corners of the disco universe. the ep starts with the funked out, slap-bass heavy, night flight before weaving its way to the more slo-mo pitched down viscous love and pick up , the later showcasing some synth work that parliment would be proud of. trouble t and electic shock finish the ep with aplomb, electric shock being one of the stand outs of the release with its driving italo-disco bass line.
for the 3rd edition of our new directions in funk 7- series on soul clap records we re keeping it close to home with special versions of two of the funkiest cuts off the recent soul clap and midnight magic albums. the latest in the double artist, double a side, split 7inch series follows up two funky slices of wax from funkadelic & soul clap / brian ellis ft. howard johnson on volume 1 and zopelar ft. serge erege / the nephrok all-stars on volume 2.
fall of 2016 sees midnight magic ready to enchant us once more with the much-anticipated birth of their 2nd studio album, the wondrously eclectic free from your spell. going back to their roots in los angeles, morgan wiley, and tiffany roth, alongside the rest of the boogie nonet, have prepared a refined feast of genre-bending songs. the ever so diverse moods of free from your spell make it a seductive journey. with each song mixed seamlessly into the next, the record coalesces into one long disco odyssey, reminiscing giorgio moroder and donna summer s concept albums four seasons of love and a love trilogy. moods, genres, and styles intertwine like an aural kaleidoscope, the album electrifying with its striking harmony. whilst exuberantly borrowing from past decades, free from your spell more than holds its own as a self-assured, innovative body of work. midnight magics free from your spell is an offer one can t refuse. an attractive deal in the form of disco escapism, traveling through its various shades, emotions, and incarnations, a comprehensive revival of the genre for modern ears. it s studio 54, it s moroder,amanda lear, gino soccio, and grace jones. its a whole palette of 1980 s r n b and cosmic funk. despite all the music references of past eras free from your spell is very much a current album, a mature demonstration of genuine skills in songwriting, a multi-instrumental banquet of sounds, a coherent collection of ambitious dance tracks and a beautiful celebration of eclecticism. add to this some of tiffany roth s most memorable vocals to date and you arrive at one of the year s most exciting releases. there is a strong reason for both midnight and magic in the name of the band after all.
san francisco-based dj/producer nick monaco has long been part of the soul clap family, releasing his first 12- on the label back in 2012. mating call, a double 12- set running at album length, is easily his most expansive release yet. it s typically eccentric, delivering a range of songs - featuring his own distinctive vocals - that blend numerous styles whilst retaining a loose, funky and altogether rather kaleidoscopic feel. it s rooted in balearic pop, but also touches on dub, deep house, boogie, dub disco and a strangely deep and contemporary take on the triple-beat rhythms of glam rock. it s hard to accurately describe, but is really rather good, certainly, it s one of soul clap s strongest releases of recent times.
finally the moment has arrived for us to release new original music on our own label! this monster release has a history that takes us back more than four years to a 48 hour studio session at our beloved marcy hotel in brooklyn, ny. the original collaborative effort came from a laundry list of familiar crew love players including soul clap s charlie and eli, wolf + lamb s gadi mizrahi, no regular play s greg paulus, the lovely deniz kurtel and even mr. fantastic himself, lee curtiss. after all was said and done the body and inspiration of the record was there but what was lacking was a strong vocal. enter robert owens, arguably one of the most prolific and sonically recognizable singers in house music period
occasionally jay haze will take some time away from his productions on contexterrior to release music with other labels like leftroom and desolate, or he ll provide a mix for fabric. here, in 2014, jay haze debuts on soul clap - and brings some friends with him. these friends are signor andreoni, an italian producer that s not released a solo record since 2010 (his last was with haze) and the unknown jordy lockruf. -take a dip- is a new-school cut of retrospective italo with those moaning synths perfect for a rimini dancefloor, while the two joints with lockruf provide one clunky, slide guitar twanging disco jam and a shuffling house cut that ever so lightly verges on electro swing - but not too much!
block rocking, pop locking lonely c and baby prince are at it again with their latest fraiche ep on soul clap records. the troublemaking two-some take us back to 2011. it was a weekend in late august and new york city was practically under martial law. news tickers warned frightened citizens that a hurricane called irene would strike at any minute, flooding most of manhattan and williamsburg where the boys sat gleefully snacking and talking shit inside the world famous marcy hotel. with all airplanes grounded and the trains halted it became clear that lc & bp were going nowhere. it began to rain, the wind picked up and as the skies darkened, nyc declared a state of emergency.
bay area wonder kid nick monaco makes his shining debut on soul clap records with this very limited 7inch release. the a side butterfly is a slo-mo, 808 laden, melodic piece of postmodern psychedelic e-funk. on the flip side my babys back (cant wait) delivers a response to 80s icon cameos single life. an innocent yet poignant and hopeful breakup- to-makeup love song, its clear that monaco isnt too shy to reveal his romantic side.
theres plenty of fresh faces in dance music and theres plenty of legends, but how often do you come across a legendary fresh face? christian taylor aka dj kon is about as fresh as it gets and yet has been doing it since before most of us knew how to cue a record.
written in an outdoor studio overlooking the mallorcan countryside, baby prince (wolf + lambs gadi mizrahi) and crew love newcomer navid izadi portray a moment of sun drenched inspiration on the last dance ep.as if one mind-boggling new collaboration wasnt enough, the last dance ep features a remix by fellow crew love members tanner ross and deniz kurtel who turn out an efunk meets hip-hop in outer space version of the title track.
san francisco-based dj/producer nick monaco has long been part of the soul clap family, releasing his first 12inch on the label back in 2012. mating call, a double 12inch set running at album length, is easily his most expansive release yet. its typically eccentric, delivering a range of songs - featuring his own distinctive vocals - that blend numerous styles whilst retaining a loose, funky and altogether rather kaleidoscopic feel. its rooted in balearic pop, but also touches on dub, deep house, boogie, dub disco and a strangely deep and contemporary take on the triple-beat rhythms of glam rock. its hard to accurately describe, but is really rather good certainly, it s one of soul clap s strongest releases of recent times.