Thursday, 28 April 2011

Soul Clap Vs Wolf & Lamb + Free Tracks

Soul Clap have jumped into the spotlight of the house music community in recent years – a name eponymous with a slower tempo sexy vibe that has crept into the clubs, the charts and top house labels labels with stunning execution of sound. They made their way into playlists worldwide with remixes of Fleetwood Mac and Jamie Foxx but then slipped their own blends into the mix more recently with original (and unique) tracks like “Lonely C.” Eli (Elyte) Goldstein Charles (Cnyce) Levine certainly understand the music – they have been honing their craft at clubs and parties for over a decade while living in Boston, MA. But they also seem to have their finger on the pulse of the market and have quickly become one of the biggest sensations to hit the world circuit of DJ/Producers in the past year, with releases on Wolf + Lamb, Airdrop and Crosstown Rebels. Those releases helped Eli and Charlie find their way into the biggest sound systems around the globe – playing Fabric, The Marcy Hotel and Watergate in 2010. Next came two dj mixes that were released last month: first a DJ Kicks mixwith Wolf + Lamb that is getting high marks from the journalists. Then came “Social Experiments 002,” a party-centric mix for Toronto tastemaker Johnny White’s No.19 label.

While they’ve become very successful at their craft they also bring a down-to-earth (we’re in it for the music and you are too) vibe. And you immediately get the impression that they take this thing seriously – it’s a job (albeit one of the coolest jobs you can have.) I was interested in hearing about how they got this movement going and what sorts of work it takes to get to the world circuit of dance music.


Latest tracks by Soul Clap

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

This Weekends Activities

Si Tew - When The Clouds Ran Away Album Launch Party @ Favela Chic, Wednesday 27th.

Line Up

Si Tew (with full band live)


Time: 19:30pm - 1:00am
Venue: Favela Chic, 91 - 93 Great Eastern St
Cost: FREE

Streets Of Biege with Black Jazz Consortium @ The Camp Basement.

Line Up

Fred P
James Asquith

Time: 10:00pm - 4:00am
Venue: The Camp, 70-74 City road, EC1Y 2BJ
Cost: £5 / £7

Its A Family Affair @ Brixton Jamm, Saturday 30th.

Line Up

Phil Asher
Aaron Ross
Jose Carretas
Luke McCarty & Craig Whitfield

Shea Soul
Selina Campbell
Baby Sol

Neil Pierce
Martin Lodge
Domonic Jacobson

Time: 10:00pm - 6:00am
Venue: Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road.
Cost: £12

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Trickski Duo Release "Unreality" Album

The first album by Trickski is called Unreality, and is due out in June via Suol.

Made up of Yannick Labbé and Daniel Becker, Trickski is a German house duo with past releases on Sonar Kollektiv, Compost Records and Defected. In the past few years they've honed in on an especially deep and slow style, as heard on tracks like "The Warm Up" and "Pill Collins." According to a press release, this is the sound thatUnreality explores most. The album features guest appearances from Swedish vocalist Ernesto, Irfane Khan-Acito from Paris and fellow Suol artist Fritz Kalkbrenner (brother to Paul), who sings on "Without You." All of the tracks on the album are previously unreleased, except for "Point 0," which came out as a single last September.


01. Slowstens
02. Beginning
03. Basic Tool
04. Good Time to Pray feat. Ernesto
05. Jazzmagazine
06. Wilderness
07. Can't Get Through
08. The Dub Interlude
09. Love's A Beat feat. Irfane Khan-Acito
10. Miami Face Interlude
11. Love Song
12. Point 0
13. Nachtmusik
14. Without You feat. Fritz Kalkbrenner
15. PBK Interlude
16. Unreality
17. The Escape from Mallorca

Suol will release Unreality on June 17th, 2011.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Free Jill Sott Remixes From Jay-J

The guys over @ 5 Magazine spotted this....

/As an interviewer, you can only hope for a story this good. Ten years ago, Jay-J and Chris Lum (aka Your Friends From San Francisco) threw together a remix of Jill Scott's "He Loves Me".

This is the story of how a "teaching tool, not intended to be released" turned into a Grammy nominated remix.

The story goes like this. One late night at the studio, I was taking a break and chatting with a graphic artist friend of mine in the office next door. He always wanted to learn how to make music. So I decided to quickly show him how the concepts behind music making software are similar to those of photoshop. I took him into my studio and explained how a track in a music sequencer is like a 'layer'. The 'filters and effects' are like plug-in eq's, compressors and delays etc.
I grabbed a piece of audio from my hard drive, which just happened to be a cut from Jill Scott's debut album, and told him to think of it as an 'image'. Then I changed the tempo of the song, 'image resize'. Then I grabbed a drum beat to drop under the re-tempo'd original track and made it another 'layer'. He got the analogy and went back to work. I re-listened to the 'graphic design to music production' demo I created and thought to myself, this is actually kinda dope!"

There's more to the story, which you can read at Jay-J's site, Oh, and he's also giving away two new mixes of "He Loves Me": a new version with updated drum patterns (embedded below) and a new remix, "Jay-J's Spread The Powder Mix". Both can be downloaded on the spot.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Motor City Drum Ensemble mixes the new DJ-Kicks....

Motor City Drum Ensemble has mixed the next edition of DJ-Kicks, due out this summer on !K7. The release will be Danilo Plessow's first official mix CD. Known for his bass-heavy, soul-inspired sound, the Stuttgart-based artist put out a string of records between 2007 and 2009 that made him a favorite among DJs and house music fans, most notably the Raw Cuts 12-inch series. The mix looks to be a particularly diverse affair, with plenty of nods to Plessow's influences, starting off with experimental jazz gods Sun Ra and moving through selections from Aphex Twin, Rhythm & Sound, Tony Allen and Loose Joints. Classic house fare comes in the form of Mr. Fingers and Recloose, while Fred P (AKA Black Jazz Consortium) brings the ethereal touch with "On This Vibe." An exclusive Motor City Drum Ensemble track is included as well, entitled "L.O.V.E."


01. Sun Ra - Door To The Cosmos
02. Electric Wire Hustle - Again (Scratch 22 Remix)
03. Rhythm & Sound - Mango Drive
04. Tony Allen - Ariya
05. Peven Everett - Stuck
06. Bad Jazz Troupe - Breakdown Treat (Dusty Rework) (MCDE Edit)
07. Mr. Fingers - The Juice
08. Rick "Poppa" Howard - Can Your Love Find Its Way (Club Vocal)
09. Stone - Girl I Like the Way That You Move (Dub)
10. Fred P - On This Vibe
11. Creative Swing Alliance - Don't Forget Your Keyz
12. Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - Black Woman Experience
13. Philippe Sarde - Le Cortège Et Course
14. Robert Hood - The Pace
15. Loose Joints - Pop Your Funk (Vocal Version)
16. Arts & Crafts - I've Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12-inch Mix)
17. Motor City Drum Ensemble - L.O.V.E.
18. Aphex Twin - Actium
19. Recloose - Cardiology (Isolée Mix)
20. Latecomer - Cosmic Cart
21. Timo Lassy - African Rumble
22. James Mason - Sweet Power, Your Embrace

!K7 will release Motor City Drum Ensemble's DJ-Kicks in July 2011.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

This Weekends Activities

SoulBrew 9th Birthday Party @ East Village, Thursday 21st.

Line Up

Keb Darge (Funk 45s set)
Nick The Record
Kyri R2
Andy Bird & DJ Spin Doctor
Chris P Cuts
Tom Pepper

Time: 9:00pm - 3:00am
Venue: East Village, Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX
Cost: £5 adv / £8 otd

Pappa Records & Reel People Present: Messages @ East Village, Saturday 23.

Line Up

Dj Spinna
Oli Lazarus
Matthew Bandy

Aki Bergen
The Layabouts

Time: 9:00pm - 4:00am
Venue: East Village, Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX
Cost: £8/£11/£12

Soulganic Sundays: Official Launch Party @ Anaya, Sunday 24th.

Line Up

At One
Nat Wendell
Hardhouse Banton
Danny Ryan
Blake Baker

Time: 10:00pm - 4:00am
Venue: Anaya, 9 Swallow street, W1B 4DE
Cost: £15

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Altered Natives Presents ... The Guild Of Synchronists: OUT NOW



1.Tom Ellis Featuring Lizzy B – Accidental Daydream

2. At One – A Possible Lover

3. Funksta – Arena

4. El Sudor – Hermit

5. At One – Squuaalar

6. Ceramic – The Message

7. Altered Natives – 18 Ghost Hands

8. Misery Peat – The Hyde

9. Altered Natives – Dubskank

10. Grayz – Dubskank

11. DD Black – Charge

12. Slaughter Mob – Heeby Jeebies

Altered Natives Presents ... The Guild Of Synchronists..... Out Now In these Stores:

Monday, 18 April 2011

Live Video: Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano & Moritz Von Oswald @ Versus

Skip ahead to about 30 minutes in, and you'll be treated to the live HD video performance from Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano & Moritz Von Oswald on Thursday 14th.

"Following their grandiose World Premier at Cité de la Musique in Paris in 2008, “Versus”, collaboration of Carl Craig, Moritz von Oswald and Francesco Tristano is back in Paris with a virtual orchestra. For this version 2.0 of the project created especially for the InFiné Week, the trio will be associated with the collective “Scale” for 360° experience of sound and visual all over the wall of la Gaîté Lyrique's main room"

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz Prep "Duo"

Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz have completed their debut album, simply entitled Duo.

The two artists are a likely match. Wesseltoft started out as a jazz pianist on ECM, then moved on to collaborating with electronic luminaries like Laurent Garnier and Francois K. Schwarz, meanwhile, is an electronic artist whose love of jazz has long informed his productions and live performances. The pair have been playing together since 2009, with Wesseltoft on piano and Schwarz on laptop, but have never released any of their music until now.

Much like their live act,
Duo is firmly rooted in improvisation. "We are creating music on the spot, both live and in the studio," Wesseltoft says. "With today's electronic tools you can really improvise, and Henrik is so clever with his stuff–he makes amazing music from scratch." The album features live recordings as well as studio productions, plus new interpretations of old songs by each artist (Wesseltoft's "Dreaming" and Schwarz's "Leave My Head Alone Brain").

"For me this Duo is like the first words in a long conversation," says Schwarz. "The improvisational aspect means freedom, and at the same time improvisation has been one of the greatest limitations and challenges in live electronic music for many years now. For me, this is a dream come true and a big next step."

01. First Track (live from Berlin)
02. Dreaming
03. Leave My Head Alone Brain
04. Dudelange (live from Luxemburg)
05. See You Tomorrow
06. Kammermusik
07. Where Is The Edge?
08. One One (live from Cologne)

Universal Music will release Duo in June 2011.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

This Weekends Activities

Yoruba Records presents Osunlade “Pyrography” Album Launch Party @ Life Bar, Thursday 14th.

Line Up

Osunlade (Yoruba)
Kyri (R2 Records)
Kevin Reynolds

Time: 8:00pm-2:00am
Venue:Life Bar, 2-4 Old St. London EC1V
Cost: FREE

Bleep43 - Osunlade, Patrice Scott & Kevin Reynolds @ Corsica Studios, Friday 15th.

Line Up

Patrice Scott
Kevin Reynolds
Ken Odeluga
Dan Bean
Toby Frith

Time: 11:00pm - 7:00am
Venue:Corsica Studios, 5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB
Cost: £15 otd

Cee Deep Presents Karizma, Atjazz & Wbeeza @ Aquarium, Friday 15th.

Line Up

Cee Deep

Mark Radford
Dominique Danielle

Time: 10:00pm - 5:00am
Venue: The Aquarium, 256 Old Street, EC1
Cost: £12.50