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V/A-10 Years Of Crosstown Rebels out February 24th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2014 by E.N.

10YearsOfCrosstownRebelsArtworkCrosstown Rebels commemorate 10 years of historical releases with a three CD collection spanning over thirty of their best records from the vaults. Named label of the year 2013 in the Ibiza DJ Awards and Resident Advisor’s No 1 label in 2011, the Rebels also encompass innovative global events, a festival series and a worldwide artist network. Arguably the most established and renowned house and techno label of our time, this collection is laced with nostalgia and documents its brightest and boldest moments.

‘10 Years’ revisits some classic and early releases from the scene’s biggest stars including Maceo Plex, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Tiga, Soul Clap and Art Department alongside more obscure yet still unforgettable material from Andre Kraml, Pier Bucci, Minilogue and Deniz Kurtel. These are the sounds that made Crosstown Rebels the label of the past decade and document some historical moments that have shaped the current musical landscape.

Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD035
Web: www.crosstownrebels.com
Distribution: !K7 / Above Board
Released: Monday February 24th, 2014

Tracklist

  1. Amirali – Beautiful World
  2. Fur Coat feat. Cari Golden – You And I
  3. Ali Love feat. Kali – Emperor
  4. Kiki & Silversurfer feat. Captain Comatose – Shake Off
  5. Andre Kraml feat. Schad Privat – Safari
  6. Maceo Plex – Can’t Leave You
  7. Jamie Jones feat. Ost & Kjex – Summertime
  8. Pier Bucci – Hay Consuelo (Samin Remix)
  9. Tiga – Pleasure From The Bass (Subb-an Remix)
  10. Deniz Kurtel feat. Jada – The L Word
  11. N/A Feat Rosina – Fables & Fairytales (Deniz Kurtel Remix)
  12. Art Department – Without You
  13. Seth Troxler – Love Never Sleeps
  14. Dyed Soundorom feat. Aaron Carl – Naked
  15. Guti & Dubshape – Every Cow Has A Bird
  16. Russ Yallop – Rock Me
  17. Jamie Jones – You!
  18. The Royal We – Party Guilt
  19. Art Department feat. Soul Clap & Osunlade – We Call Love
  20. Maceo Plex – Frisky
  21. Jamie Jones – Moan & Groan
  22. Deniz Kurtel featuring Guests Of Nature – Yeah
  23. Soul Clap – Break 4 Life
  24. Maceo Plex – Vibe Your Love
  25. Francesca Lombardo – Sofiel
  26. Chic Miniature – Escandalo
  27. Mathew Jonson – Dayz
  28. Sis – Faces
  29. Mlle Caro & Franck Garcia – Far Away (Jennifer Cardini & Shonky Remix)
  30. Minilogue – Hitchhikers Choice
  31. Inxec vs. Droog – Westbound
  32. Jennifer Cardini & Shonky – Tuesday Paranoia
  33. Hiem – She’s The One (Mathew Jonson Circles In Time Remix)

Guy Gerber -fabric 64 out June 25th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2012 by E.N.

Guy Gerber takes an exceptional approach to the latest edition of the fabric series, producing sixteen new tracks, including collaborations with some other talented producers, to carefully craft his own story.

Guy Gerber is notorious in electronic music for being a maverick. Both within genres and musical collectives, the Israeli likes to keep his toes in many musical worlds. From his mysterious 11:11 project to his adventurous and high kudos Supplement Facts label, Gerber’s greatest fear would be to be pigeonholed. Equipped with a sound that is dreamy and layered with emotion, his productions take in his early rock influences such as Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine and his live set was voted one of Resident Advisor´s top 10 acts of the year. Since albums on Cocoonand Bedrock his own productions have become rarer as his tour schedule fills up. So this collection of new material is much anticipated and freshly made over the past two months exclusively for fabric.

“The first time I played fabric was around 10 years ago. The nature of the room make you play much deeper that you would play in any other place. For me it´s a club with one of the best sound systems and it’s run by people that really make an effort to keep the best line ups for so many years, every single week. I´m proud to be part of this legacy.”

The project features collaborations with artists that share Gerber’s poignant spirit such as Deniz Kurtel (ahead of her album on Wolf + Lambthis summer) and Clarian North from the band Footprintz (ahead of their album on Visionquest later this year). These labels and artists are weaved into Gerber’s own current story as his closest peers and co-conspirators. The mix itself is in many ways what you expect from Gerber – driving and emotive – yet in others it builds a new dimension to his style. His use of ethereal vocals in tracks like ‘The Rhythm’ and ‘The Golden Sun and The Silver Moon’ create more resonance and the subtle builds climb higher that he has gone before, soul searching in rolling melodies and echoing drums.

“I always wanted to make an album that is one long composition, kind of like what Steve Reich was doing, and this was an opportunity for me to make the effort and actually try to create it. During this time I´ve been going through some personal changes in my life and I just transferred everything that I felt into this mix. The most important thing to me was to try and create something unique, and to show that sometimes with a change of only one note in the harmony, the whole mood changes. Hopefully I achieved it.”

Label: Fabric
Cat no: fabric126
Web: www.fabriclondon.com
Distribution: PIAS
Released: Monday June 25th, 2012

Tracklist

  1. Store-House Consciousness
  2. The Golden Sun And The Silver Moon
  3. Shady Triangle
  4. The Naked Hairdresser
  5. Ribbons Turn To Chains
  6. The Rhythm
  7. A Blade Through My Piano
  8. One Day In May
  9. Howling Moon feat. Clarian North
  10. Running Through The Night feat. Clarian North
  11. Lady Falkor feat. Lady Falkor
  12. The Money Shot
  13. Moon Blur
  14. My Medicine
  15. Human Raft
  16. Just Wanna See You Happy feat. Deniz Kurtel

Guy Gerber will appear at the launch party for fabric 64 at fabric on Saturday, 21st July

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Deniz Kurtel Announces New Album “The Way We Live” (Wolf + Lamb)& Cross Country LED Tour+Teaser

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2012 by E.N.

Deniz Kurtel Crosses America for ‘Double Exposure’ Tour
Visual Artist and Producer Will Unveil Her New LED Installation
‘The Introspectacular’ While Previewing Tracks From
Her Forthcoming Album “The Way We Live” (Wolf + Lamb)

Last year Deniz Kurtel burst into the popular consciousness with her debut album “Music Watching Over Me” on trendsetting label Crosstown Rebels, earning critical praise for her totally fresh take on house music, and bewitching live audio visual club shows. 2012 will see her once again captivating audiences with her musical

productions and visual art, as her April road tour, ‘Double Exposure’ takes her across the US.

A two pronged tour, ‘Double Exposur
“Double Exposure” is the second time Kurtel has paired a piece of LED art directly with her music, but marks the first time where the audience will be able to affect the experience. ‘The Introspectacular’, like much of Kurtel’s LED work, establishes an isolated space where the infinite reflections and layers of depth, achieved through her use of mirrors and LEDs, create a stimulus for inner-reflection and introspection. Housed in a 6×12 enclosed trailer, participants can control some of the LED lights via the keys of a midi controller, which simultaneously produces sounds, creating a visual mapping of what the participant is hearing and vice-versa.e’ will see Deniz will unveil her new LED sculpture ‘The Introspectacular’ while premiering her album ‘The Way We Live’ at 15 club shows in 12 cities around the country including Miami, Washington DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The tour kicks off in Washington DC on April 7 and concludes in San Francisco on April 29. ‘The Way We Live’ will be released on Wolf + Lamb June 4th, 2012.

With the ability to generate a sound and a light with the same key, I wanted to facilitate a deeper connection with the basic senses of the participants while also engaging their sense of creativity,” said Kurtel of The Introspectacular.

Kurtel will drive across America towing ‘The Introspectacular”. The piece will be exhibited in twelve cities she visits on her journey, outside galleries and public spaces. Kurtel will also be playing live club shows in each of the cities, where she will debut music from her new album ‘The Way We Live’, which will be released on Wolf + Lamb in May. The LED piece will also be exhibited outside these music venues.

 

 

 

When discussing her debut album Kurtel noted that she want Her sophomore LP builds on the soulful mystical house of her debut, taking audiences on a narrative journey through the slower tempo spectrum of electronic music. From the hip-hop front and pacing of The Way We Live and Right On, to the haunting vocal strains of Art Department’s Kenny Glasgow on ‘Don’t Wanna Be’ to the Prince like funk of ‘Thunder Clap’, Kurtel keeps her listeners guessing, and most definitely excited.ed to “constantly grow and evolve, and make music that excites [her], hoping it excites others too.” It’s clear that on ‘The Way We Live’ she has followed through on that philosophy. A collaborative album, she is joined on every track a selection of the Marcy All Stars, including Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, Tanner Ross, Thugfucker, Pillow Talk, Voices of Black and more.


Track list for ‘The Way We Live’:

1. I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN with Tanner Ross feat. PillowTalk
2. YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE with Gadi Mizrahi
3. LOVE TRIANGLE (Instrumental) with Wolf + Lamb
4. THE WAY WE LIVE with Gadi Mizrahi
5. HYPOCRITE with Gadi Mizrahi
6. RIGHT ON with Gadi Mizrahi feat. Michael Franti
7. DON’T WANNA BE with Kenny Glasgow
8. SAFE WORD with Soul Clap feat. Navid Izadi
9. WAKE ME UP with PillowTalk & Thugfucker
10. BLACKNESS with PillowTalk & Thugfucker
11. THUNDER CLAP with Voices of Black
12. THE BEAT DROPS with Tanner Ross feat. Jules Born

Double Exposure US tour dates:

March 22 @ W+L Showcase, Electric Pickle, Miami
March 23 @ Bohemian Yacht Club, Miami
March 25 @ Ultra Festival, Miami
April 7 – Washington DC, venue TBA
April 8 – Philadelphia – PTY Backroom
April 14 – Marcy Hotel, New York
April 18 – Boston
April 20 – Detroit – The Works
April 21 – Chicago – Smart Bar
April 25 – Communikey Festival – Boulder, Colorado
April 27 – San Diego – Analog Bar
April 28 – Los Angeles, venue TBA
April 29 – San Francisco, venue TBA

Amirali – In Time ,May 14th on Crosstown Rebels

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by E.N.

How do you follow up a year of delivering some of the best music on the planet? Find some thats even better. Crosstown Rebels do it again and discover a true talent in Amirali unleashing his longplayer ‘in Time’ as their first entry into 2012.

Amirali goes beyond your average dance music producer. A musician at heart, every instrument heard on ‘In Time’ was played by the Iranian-come-Canadian producer. He shapes his songs in mysterious patterns and subtly hypnotises with his dexterity. The album passes swiftly and stops time in its path, leaving a deep longing to hear it again and yearning to unravel its secrets

Amirali’s voice is mysterious and evocative, a futuristic hybrid of indie idols (think a sombre Ian Brown or intoxicated Radiohead) while tainted with the auras of favourite 80s synth heroes Depeche Mode amidst the current energy of dance enigmas Art Department and Underworld. Forging a strong element of surprise in his tactics, he takes a bold course, daring to create subtle complexities in house music.

The pensive buds of ‘The Harmonious Song’ softly open this quiet masterpiece. Tinkering on weightless pads, Amirali expresses a need to be taken seriously. In ‘Missing’ he spins out swirls of instrumentation and throbbing basslines while his singing curls and smoulders within its light textures.

‘Just An Illusion’ skips with the heartbeat of house music as Amirali fiirts with a higher tempo. But soon enough ‘Painting On A Canvas’ and its successor ‘Last Words’ revives the buoyant space of before, sketching bright skies and pregnant moods within Amirali’s sunken gothic bells, charged guitar strums and reflective keys.

Other highlights in Amirali’s maiden voyage include his first single, ‘Beautiful World’, unleashed on Lazarus’ own Crosstown Rebels label in early 2012. Apop-infused bomb that captivated the dancefloor, it was an apt introduction for this multifaceted talent and powerful signal of the swells and surges of ‘In Time’ and of the great new talent in our midst.

“Making this album was a period of self discovery in which I got to know myself aa deeper level. ´In Time´, the year and a half journey into an experimentation of myself and my sound consists of 13 tracks. Each track has a different story to tell and is a reflection of my past. It’s the most honest and personal I have ever been with my music, like I´m giving a part of my soul to the listener. I hope they enjoy.” Amirali 2012

Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD017
Web: www.crosstownrebels.com
Distribution: Above Board Distribution
Released: Monday May 14th, 2012

Tracklist

  1. The Harmonious Song
  2. Missing
  3. Just An Illusion
  4. Painting On A Canvas
  5. Last Words
  6. Midnight Train
  7. My Way
  8. Beautiful World
  9. Whisper
  10. No Doubt
  11. Hear Me
  12. Story Of Us
  13. The Sounds Of My Life

Damian Lazarus has a sharp ear and talent for A&R and he illustrates this with great clarity through his latest introduction. He went on a scouting mission for something more alternative for the label, and uncovered the Iranian music maker. Amirali’s heritage from Iran hangs heavy in the atmospheres of ‘In Time’ but Toronto is where he evoked the spirits of dance music into his style. Currently residing in London, Amirali will tour his new and exclusive live set this year to mark the launch of the album including vocals, live keys and a visual exploration into his weird and wonderful mind.

Following a year that the label was crowned the leader of the pack, spawning albums from the biggest artists of the year such as Art Department, Deniz Kurtel and Maceo Plex and coming top of the charts in many end of year charts, Crosstown Rebels dare to introduce another raw talent with unique dimensions. Later this year they have aligned new album material from their homegrown team including Resident Advisor’s no 1 DJ of the year, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex plus new collaborations and signings Fur Coat, Mother Of Seven and more.

TOUR DATES
Feb 25          Nest, Leeds
March 2        Rebel Rave, Melbourne
March 3        Rebel Rave, Sydney
March 24      Get Lost, Miami
March 31      Calypso, Tunisia
April 7           Fabric, London
April 14         Watergate, Berlin
June 16        Lovebox festival, London

Crosstown Rebels presents Rebel Rave 2 mixed by Droog

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2011 by E.N.

 

2011 has been the best year so far for arguably the world’s best underground dance label, Crosstown Rebels. Having released incredible artist albums by Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel & Art Department and the sublime ‘Get Lost 4’ mixed by Damian Lazarus, they now release Rebel Rave 2 as a compendium to their most prolific year to date. The album showcases highlights from the year over two discs and features a stunning DJ mix on CD3 mixed by high flying LA threepiece collective Droog.

Rebel Rave returns with another three discs of upfront material from the Crosstown Rebels recent catalogue, in a similar format to the first edition. Featuring some of the most ground-breaking, critically acclaimed and widely loved singles from the Crosstown stable this year; from label stalwarts Jamie Jones, Glimpse, Deniz Kurtel, Dan Berkson and head honcho Damian Lazarus, to a sea of new faces in Russ Yallop, Fur Coat and Subb-an, and outstanding contributions from two of this year biggest artists Maceo Plex and Art Department plus huge releases from Guti & Dubshape, Solomun, James What, Inxec & Droog.

The collection is a great barometer to Crosstown’s triumphant year. The first two discs are unmixed and span buried B-sides, reedits and remixes from some of this year’s biggest releases, featuring work by some inspirational producers such as DJ Harvey, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles, Dixon, Ewan Pearson, Ivan Smagghe, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Zev (Wolf + Lamb) and many more. Disc three is a superb mix of highlights and fresh material from the imprint sonically sculptured together by LA’s Droog. Hypnotic and alluring, vibrant and exciting, this timeless journey cements a victorious year for both the imprint, and its expanding family of artists.

Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD016
Web: www.crosstownrebels.com
Distribution: Above Board Distribution
Released: Monday November 28th, 2011

Tracklist

  1. Deniz Kurtel – Music Watching Over Me Feat. Leza Boyland
  2. Art Department Feat. Seth Troxler – Living The Life (ABA Therapy Version)
  3. Maceo Plex – Your Style (Maya Jane Coles Remix) w/ James What – About Love
  4. Riz MC – Radar (Loco In A Box Remix)
  5. Solomun – Daddy’s Jam w/ Fur Coat – Space Ballad feat. Argenis Brito (Acapella)
  6. Russ Yallop – I Can’t Wait
  7. Russ Yallop – Crossroads (Fur Coat Remix)
  8. Art Department Feat. Soul Clap & Osunlade – We Call Love (DJ Harvey Remix)
  9. Damian Lazarus – Different Now (Art Department Remix)
  10. Jimmy Maheras – Space Jam (Matt Tolfrey Remix)
  11. Inxec v. Droog – Westbound
  12. Subb-an – Positive Expression (Dub) w/ Dan Berkson – Anything For You
  13. Deniz Kurtel feat. Mykle Anthony – Best Of (Dixon Remix)
  14. Maceo Plex – Can’t Leave You
  15. Quenum – My Baby Face w/ The Model feat. My Favorite Robot – Still In My Heart (Acapella)
  16. Martin Dawson & Glimpse – No One Belongs Here More Than You (Ewan Pearson Remix)

Born in 2008 as a prolific film series that follows some of the most charismatic and formidable characters of the underground dance music scene as their career takes them around the globe (www.rebelrave.tv), Rebel Rave has become a benchmark for a new coming of age for house and techno music. Put together by global pioneers of the industry, Crosstown Rebels, Rebel Rave is a beacon of kudos, keeping a foot firmly in the underground while carving its own path into the mainstream.

The first compilation came from Clive Henry and for the second episode we meet Droog, a unique three piece collective from Lazarus’ new home in Los Angeles. Droog are Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin and Justin Sloe, a dynamic trio of producers, DJs and music lovers that have set about instilling their passion into their beat hungry West Coast environment. Droog are behind the infamous rooftop soirees at LA’s Standard hotel that brought the elite of house and techno to the city for the first time.

Now regularly showcasing the best talent and with Steve Bug, Magda, Dixon and Soul Clap all big fans of the series, Culprit sessions are undoubtedly the superior event in LA for cutting edge music. In 2009, Droog started their Culprit label, initiated with the debut release from Hot Natured. Since then it has supported the careers of local talent such as Kenneth James Gibson and Lee Foss (before his relocation to London) and brought early releases from Matt Tolfrey & Inxec and Ovum star M A N I K.

Damian Lazarus established Crosstown Rebels 8 years ago and has created a covert force of nature that continues to dig up new talent and future heroes. Rebel Rave is the label’s flagship calling card and an annual celebration of its achievements to date. Rebel Rave marks the close of 2011 for Crosstown Rebels, while next year promises to be an yet more prolific, with new albums from Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Art Department & Deniz Kurtel, as well as debut albums from Fur Coat, Amirali and many other exciting new projects.

Watch Rebel Rave TV: http://www.rebelrave.tv

Red Dot Relief – rebuilding Japan Together

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The current situation of the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear plants is in a way the most severe crisis in the 65 years since World War II.” Naoto Kan, Japanese Prime Minister

What is Red Dot Relief?
It is a group of artists and supporters of the dance music community who are asking YOU to compare those factors mentioned above and to make magic happen!! Red Dot Relief is a call to action across the dance music community in a bid to raise money and spread awareness of the disaster stricken regions of Japan. Spearheaded by Visionquest (Seth Troxler) & Friends alongside the Tuning Spork Efforts Team we are trying to influence others to follow and donate whatever they can to the disaster fund by involving not only artists but the wider community in this cause including event organisers, promoters, club owners, clubbers, agencies, music labels and the supporting press.

For our Red Dot Relief proposal and full details please click here

How can you help?
If you are an artist
- Help us promote this effort via your social networking websites, mailing lists and most importantly word of mouth (talking has been proven to still be the most effective way to exchange ideas and turn them into reality).
- We would then ask you to donate a part of your artist fee from a particular event (to take part in this effort we suggest a minimum donation of 10% of your average fee).

If you are a promoter or venue/club/lounge…
- We would like to ask you to allow a team of volunteers to spread fund collection buckets around your venue/party.
- Clearly display the Red Dot around your venue to show that you support this effort.
-Suggest to your artists and their agents prior to the event participating and donating to the cause (minimum of 10% as previously suggested).
- All promotional material related to the event should bear the red dot for this cause to spread awareness about this project and maximise exposure to your audience which is key to making the project more successful.

If you are a label/agency/clubber
- There are many ways of getting involved such as making a direct donation as a business or as a civilian; influence your friends and family to do the same and get involved by helping spread the word via all communication means available to you.

Music is life and love is the answer. Let’s make this happen!!

Current participating members of the dance music community

Jay Haze, Visionquest, Cesar Merveille, Mr.C, Leif, Chris Lattner, Julietta,Claus Voigtmann, Clive Henry, Dan Ghenacia, Damian Lazarus, Deniz Kurtel, Craig Richards, Droog, Dyed Soundorom, Tiefschwarz, Kiki, Guti, Dubshape Jamie Jones, jozif, Konrad Black, Lee Foss, Maceo Plex, Matt Tolfrey, Move D,Richy Ahmed, Robert James, Russ Yallop, Solomun, Soul Clap, Subb-an, Superfreq,Sud Electronic, Tuning Spork, Toi.Toi.Musik,

Crosstown Rebels, lo*kee, Fabric, Exstatic Sounds, Colourful Sessions, Freak Farm,Simmer London, Colours In Music, maouris pr, Bullitt Bookings, Elysium Lounge, Flawless Sound, Verboten, Autobrennt, Plexi pr, Rythmism.com, Feelbookings

DJ Kicks: Wolf + Lamb VS Soul Clap, March 28th on !K7

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2011 by E.N.

There’s evil abroad in the world of dance music and the Wolf + Lamb/Soul Clap Justice League are the last line of defence. This coalition of glitterball superheroes and 4AM villains has come together to fight the forces of too dark, too loud dance music. The League’s mission statement: “We want to bring the sexiness back to the dancefloor.”

OK, so it’s a daft scenario, but Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap, two of the most exciting DJ duos of recent times, don’t believe in taking themselves too seriously — at a recent press shoot they really did dress up as superheroes. Meanwhile, their DJ-Kicks mix is diametrically opposed to the banging soul-less beats that have dominated the club scene for, well, far too long. A 27-track journey full of emotion and changes of tempo and mood, it ebbs and flows like a moonlit summer tide, from gorgeous downtempo grooves such as ‘Can’t See What Is Burning There’ by Nicolas Jaar to the slinky disco-house of ‘South Aphrika’ by Lee Curtiss. It has more in common with Metro Area or even a disco icon like David Mancuso than anything else. Eli Goldstein from Soul Clap sums it up perfectly when he describes it as “gentle and deep”.

Label: !K7
Cat no: K7283CD
Web: www.k7.com
Distribution: !K7
Released: Monday March 28th, 2011

Tracklist

  1. Greg Paulus – My Mans Gone Now (Intro)
  2. Greg Paulus – Yellow Sky
  3. Tanner Ross – Goodbye, Summer
  4. Deniz Kurtel & Wolf + Lamb – Love Triangle Interlude
  5. Double Hill – Everytime I Go
  6. Charles Levine, Deniz Kurtel & Gadi Mizrahi – Stay Home
  7. Michael J. Collins – You Lose Interlude
  8. Greg Paulus – Suchashame (Soul Clap Remix)  
  9. Deniz Kurtel & Gadi Mizrahi feat. Camburn – Crank It Up
  10. Eli Gold – Throw That Interlude
  11. Soul Clap 3 Wheel E-Motion
  12. Lee Curtiss – South Aphrika
  13. Soul Clap feat. Charles Levine – Lonely C
  14. H-Foundation feat. Aion – Tonight (Wolf + Lamb Remix)
  15. Eli Gold – Slow Down Interlude
  16. Nicolas Jaar – Dont Believe The Hype
  17. SECT feat. Ben Westbeech – In The Park
  18. Slow Hands – Rough Patch
  19. Nicolas Jaar – Cant See What Is Burning There
  20. No Regular Play – Takin U Back
  21. DJ Harvey Presents Locussolus – Next To You (Soul Clap Remix)
  22. Wolf + Lamb feat. Smirk – Therapist
  23. Zev feat. Greg Paulus – We All
  24. Seuil & Le Loup – Nautil Us
  25. Gadi Mizrahi – Ill Set Your House
  26. Benoit & Sergio – Walk and Talk
  27. Voices Of Black – Fridays With Her

Soul Clap (Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine) met Wolf + Lamb (Gadi Mizrahi and Zev Eisenberg) in September 2008 when they travelled from their native Boston to attend Wolf + Lamb’s underground club, the Marcy Hotel in Brooklyn. The four of them hit it off pretty much instantly. “At the time we had made a couple of edits and we gave them to Gadi and Zev,” says Eli. “We released stuff on their label [also called Wolf + Lamb].”

When !K7 approached the four of them to do a  DJ Kicks mix, the initial idea was do it as Wolf + Lamb versus Soul Clap. It wasn’t long before they realised something more collaborative was where their heads were at. Eli explains: “So much of the power of the music we do comes from the idea that we’re a collective, even expanding beyond the four of us to acts like No Regular Play and Nicolas Jaar that come under the Wolf + Lamb label umbrella. Performing together is our strength.” Gadi continues: “Yeah, the concept for this mix was originally that going to be to use our favourite tracks from the last two years —y’know, classic stuff — but then we thought it might be a stronger idea to do something that was about our world. We have such a strong sense of collective about the way we do things at the Marcy Hotel and on the Wolf + Lamb label. It’s very loose and we bring all our artists together and we kind of play it by ear and the vibe is very chilled out and deep. We figured if we could bring that to a mix and keep it in the family, with people who’ve released on the label we would have something special.” 

The collective vibe is reflected in the fact that the entire mix is music from family and friends, with 9 exclusive tracks being released only on this mix. Says Eli: “The two we are the most excited about are ‘Lonely C’ by Soul Clap featuring Charles Levine. It’s a special vocal track, really deep, but still catchy and emotional. There’s also this one by SECT called In The Park with vocals from Ben Westbeech. It’s a really floaty slow track with an incredible pop feel.”

As well as capturing the Wolf + Lamb/Soul Clap sound, the DJ Kicks mix also helped them to define it. “Doing the mix we realised that our vibe has something to do with emotion and I think it has something to do with tempo,” explains Zev. “The music that comes from our camp is slower than a lot of other dance music.” Charlie adds: “Also something that’s totally important is that we’re all American artists at a time when America is lacking in decent dance music. We’re very much trying to take the torch back and this legitimises what we’re doing. For Soul Clap, a lot of what we’ve done that has been hyped over the last couple of years has been edits. Now we’re looking at all original material released on !K7. It’s a timeless label and DJ Kicks is one of the oldest compilation series. It totally legitimises Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap and this new sound.”

Charlie concludes with this thought. “Growing up in America in the ’80s and ’90s we were exposed to funk, disco, R’n’B and black music. This music that we’re making is very much rooted in all of that. People also forget that house and techno came from the States. We’ve grown up studying those artists. There’s this history there that we feel connected with.”   

It’s a lot more than a connection. Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap have written the next chapter.

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