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Friday, Sep 02 2016 | 04:16
Image: 1605930 Crew Love present the brand new self titled album from Soul Clap.

1. The Hourchild Introduces
2. Future 4 Love ft. Nick Monaco & Billy “Bass” Nelson
3. Synthesizer Girlfriend ft. Ntem & HazMat Talkbox
4. F#@k Sorrow
5. Shine (This Is It) ft. Nona Hendryx
6. Numb ft. Ebony Houston
7. Dirty Leslie ft. Wolf + Lamb
8. Elevation ft. Dayonne Rollins, Ricky Tan & Freeky Neek
9. Timespent ft Phill Celeste
10. B.O.G.
11. Funk Bomb ft. Billy “Bass” Nelson

The spirit of the album was born during their first trip to Tallahassee, Florida to meet George
Clinton, which resulted in a collaborative 2015 EP that also featured Sly Stone, as well as
production on Funkadelic’s 2015 critically acclaimed album. For their own album Soul Clap
returned to Tallahassee to record at Clinton’s What? Studios, collaborating with fresh local
talent, working day and night in P-Funk's creative space. Between there, Miami, Red Bull
Studios Manhattan, Midnight Magic’s studio in Greenpoint and Charlie Levine’s Rad Pad in
Williamsburg, this body of music took shape.
In ‘Soul Clap’ we can hear four years of maturing technique since their first album, carefully
crafted and supported by a whole community of musical talent. In the words of Charles Levine,
one half of the duo, “it digs deep into our funky souls and turns our wildest dreams into sound.
If ‘EFUNK’ [their first album] was an attempt to create a blueprint using our past inspirations,
then “Soul Clap” is the beautiful skyscraper, standing tall as it looks to the future.”
This is music from an eclectic universe, where creativity and mystery are the guides. Lead
single ‘Shine’ is an anthemic wonder featuring the legendary Nona Hendryx, founding member
of the group Labelle, and collaborator with George Clinton & P-Funk, Talking Heads and Peter
Gabriel to name a few. ‘Elevation’ and ‘Numb’ feature Tallahassee locals Ebony Houston, Ricky
Tan, Dayonne Rollins and Freeky Neek, while original member of Funkadelic, Billy “Bass”
Nelson brings his low-slung flavor to ‘Funk Bomb’ and ‘Future4Love’. Members of Soul Clap’s
core Crew Love family, Wolf + Lamb, Nick Monaco and Greg Paulus of No Regular Play also
play integral roles on this eleven track album, a truly collaborative endeavor that echoes its
message through the soul.
Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine have a rare and insightful take on electronic music that
breaks through the limitations that often cages others and as DJs they have held residencies
everywhere from Circo Loco at DC10 Ibiza, to Output in New York. “Long ago our mentor Caril
Mitro from Vinyl Connection [a record store in their hometown of Boston] taught us that
“House wears many hats”. That means that the music that we love so much comes in many
shapes and sizes,’ explains Goldstein. ‘We are children of the 80’s and 90’s so funk and hip
hop were our early influences, but discovering the rave and being led into house and disco,
these genres feel very organic and homegrown to us. We carry these influences in our
attitudes and beings. Music has the incredible power to shape a personality and it has molded
us into the artists we have become.”
Starting out cutting their teeth in the 90’s Boston rave scene, they soon found fame through a
series of house edits and became household names through notable releases, including a DJ
Kicks alongside close allies Wolf + Lamb and their electric first album called EFUNK. The title,
which stands for Everybody’s Freaky Under Nature’s Kingdom, and sounds like modern
electronic funk, became their calling card, and led to their collaboration with George Clinton
and honorary entry into the P-Funk family. EFUNK is a bridge between the discerning futurism
of underground dance and the charisma and boldness of funk and pop culture. For Charlie funk
is his foundation, for Eli it’s jazz, and as their infamous Yoyoyo 90’s Jam parties testified
(playing only classics from the era), they have the ability to transform and lead in more than
one movement.
“Back in the day at the Warehouse in Chicago with Frankie Knuckles or The Paradise Garage
with Larry Levan there was no one sound that dominated musically. It was all about diversity
and eclecticism. This was the ethos then and it is a very large philosophy behind us
individually and as Soul Clap. In fact it is diversity in sound that initially brought us together
back in the 90's and it is the yin-yang nature of us today that pushes us forward into the
FUTURE!” Available from 14.10.2016
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