Archive for Electro Funk
In true ‘Punx’ style – mashing up genres and tearing up the production rule book – the act created this track by writing and performing their own take on the virtuoso horn-funk and jazz of 1970s New York. Performed by the punx and their regular live band, the music was recorded entirely on vintage 70s recording equipment for that authentic retro dirt. Then, back at base camp The Young Punx remixed and mashed up their own recording to build a filthy electro stomp like Daft Punk on Tequila and steroids.
For the DJ who prefers a straighter club track, Rocoe from Italian party crew Reset! and Body Heat Records gives the track his trademark disco-house turbofunk restyling.
Before today there was yesterday and after tomoSoulrrow is the future, but what happened in-between? The dark age of lost-cool, a time of dimensional imbalance when music was devoured by a black-hole of wackness. Now, marked by a solar-flare in the funky constellations, Soul Clap delivers a galactic renaissance to fill our ears with interplanetary consciousness and emancipate our booties from the androids of dancefloor repetition. The days of EFUNK are upon us, restoring dopeness in the universe, as we groove on and move on together in intergalactic harmony.
EFUNK: The Album is not just the culmination of two musical lives, it´s Soul Clap´s statement about the sound of now. After years spent traveling planet earth with only a turntable as transportation and a crate of records as a guide, Soul Clap settled on Earth´s tropical Art-Deco paradise of Miami as the perfect spot to build the EFUNK mothership. Limited to 13 songs over 45 minutes to fit on one 12″ record and operate the mothership control panel, EFUNK: The Album also tells the story of Soul Clap´s journey so far in a concise musical statement that could only be accomplished with the skills of master DJs.
Along their path returning from the outer-reaches to save dance music from the eclipse of darkness, Soul Clap’s pop sensibility captured the hearts of many earthlings. A series of game changing edits, originals and remixes, a 2010 summer anthem ‘Extravaganza’ and edition of the legendary DJ Kicks series saw their reputation reach intergalactic levels. By harnessing the past, they look to the future and their timeless reworks and original formula has led to remixing legends Laid Back, Robert Owens and DJ Harvey as well as modern pop stars like Metronomy and Little Dragon. With summers spent touring the world and winters in Miami training at ping-pong and charting new musical territory, Soul Clap continues their quest to be the hardest working duo in the game.
Time stands still, but traverses great distances on the EFUNK transmission. Eli Goldstein AKA Elyte and Charles Levine AKA Cnyce have locked secrets from the outer realms into its design, only to be deciphered through careful attention to its soul. Help in the transformational process is obliged from their close knit Wolf + Lamb family, who have shared and shaped their journey into the consciousness of the terrestrial. The young Jules Born of Voices Of Black duo injects his raw funk stamp into ‘Let’s Groove On’. Baby Prince AKA Gadi Mizrahi of Wolf + Lamb features alongside other members of the family on ‘The Clapping Song’. “We were just hanging out in Charlie´s bed when this one came together. We all just sang our own versions of the lyrics,” says Eli who contributes the saxophone to the jam. Charlie also plays Kazoo, guitar and keys. Greg Paulus of No Regular Play beams in his magnificent trumpet on the serene closing broadcast, ‘Islands in Space’ as Charlie sings in cosmic frequencies and Eli’s fatherGary Goldstein strums the bass. Charlie’s vocals play a big part of the appeal of the Soul Clap sound. Their ‘Lonely C’ anthem of last year made it onto BBC Radio 1 daytime and 6Music rotation and EFUNK’s‘TroubleTroubleTrouble’ shares a similar vibe – wholly connected and real.
Goddess deities lead EFUNK’s transmission further into the light.Franceska unveils her Janet Jackson like powers on ´Take It Slow´ and Mel Blatt of All Saints fame wrote and sang the lyrics for ‘Ecstasy’ – a typical slow jam from Soul Clap, defined as a record that pulls the body low to the floor and slows down the energy vibrations. Hijacked by a UFO to study the effects of the spotlight over a decade, Mel recently returned with divine powers. “We met Mel at DC10 closing,” explained Charlie,“Her vibe is incredible and the fact that she´s seen it through a pop stars eyes is an added bonus.” Her lucid voice returns for ‘Need Your Lovin’. Originally an edit Charlie created from an intense love for the original, when they shared it with Mel over stargazing, her mutual feelings led to them recording her vocal and replaying all the parts, becoming a reinvigorated fresh interpretation of the rave classic.
Label: Wolf + Lamb
Cat no: WLMCD002
Released: Friday April 20th, 2012
- EFunk Intro
- Take It Slow feat Franceska
- The Alezby Inn feat The Genevan Heathen
- Let It Go feat Roldy Cezaire
- When The Soul Claps feat Lazarus Man
- Lets Groove On feat Jules Born
- Ecstacy feat Mel Blatt
- Clapping Song ft. Baby Prince & The Fam
- Trouble Trouble Trouble
- Walk With A Clap
- Need Your Lovin feat Mel Blatt
- Islands In Space Part 1
- Islands In Space Part 2 feat. Greg Paulus
Further into un-charted territory ‘The Alezby Inn’ a cover of legendary west-coast electro don Egyptian Lover, features the humorous genius Genevan Heathen, who shares a Boston connection and unleashes an EFUNK masterpiece, a mischievious jam that speaks its own truth, “its strange but I like it!” ‘Let It Go’ was resurrected from an early demo Roldy Cezaire gave to the guys during their legendary midweek parties in Boston. It became a staple in their car cd player, never forgot it due to Roldy´s vibe and innocence, and finally resurrected it for the EFUNK voyage. South African Lazarus Man’s epic ‘When The Soul Claps’ is a staple accapella in Soul Clap performances since he shared it with them. The EFUNK formula beams a mysterious and powerful skyrocket to the stars.
EFUNK´s intermissions flash back to the days of the duo´s childhood in Boston, USA, where they were beamed to earth to begin their journey to master the strange new worlds of dance music. The last decades before the millennium still loom large in their style. As children of the 90s, the sound never leaves their crates and they traverse the globe resurrecting their memories in the form of the infamous 90s Jam events. Soul Clap´s training goes beyond history lessons to mastering all the elements of the DJ: knowledge, mixing, programming, performance and experience. As true conquerers of all earth territory, their EFUNK mission shares a magnum of wisdom, its timeless frequencies bringing new levels of consciousness through time and space to be shared for many moons to come.
11.02.12 lima, pe inti fest @ playa pasamayito
17.02.12 sao paulo, br d-edge
19.02.12 rio de janeiro, br rmc @ marina da gloria mon
20.02.12 itajai, br warung beach club
06.04.12 rome, it goa
07.04.12 paris, fr sound p festival @ red light
08.04.12 zürich, ch zukunft
09.04.12 mayrhofen, at snowbombing
13.04.12 amsterdam, nl trouw
14.04.12 london, uk plan b
19.04.12 Milan, IT, Elita Festival @ Plastic
21.04.12 leeds, uk louche @ mint club
25.04.12 tel aviv, il the block club
28.04.12 barcelona, es becool
30.04.12 berlin, Germany, Watergate
10.06.12 Manchester, UK Parklife
29.06.12 Island of Pag, HR Hideout Festival @ Zrce Beach
Releases New Mixtape Track/Viral Video,
and Plays CMJ
Click HERE to Stream/Download Free MP3 of “MalcomXXXMcLaren” and
Click HERE to Watch the Accompanying Viral Video
“…might be the biggest break out of 2011 for any male solo artist this year.”
“…en route to giving Prince a run for his money.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“The dude’s hook’s are insanely catchy”
Download Gordon Voidwell -MalcolmXXXMcLaren
Bronx-born 80’s baby, Gordon Voidwell has appropriately named his debut album, Leap Into The Void, which was inspired from the Yves Klein photomontage, “Le Saut Dans Le Vide.” Gordon’s highly anticipated first full-length is due for release in early Spring 2012. Expect the signature soaring harmonies, analog synths, indie-rocking guitars, and obligatory blips and bleeps from this Harlem Boys Choir alumnus. Ever the multi-tasker, GV has produced every track, sang every vocal nuance, and played every instrument, except for a Vernon Reid (of the legendary Living Colour) guitar solo on a track called “New Number Old Trick.”
When he wasn’t busy collaborating with Chiddy Bang, The Morning Benders, and Das Racist, or sharing bills with Theophilus London, Marina & The Diamonds, and Bear Hands, Gordon also found time to record a mixtape of non-album tracks and remixes. Sporting provocative song titles like “MalcolmXXXMclaren,” “ID-EGO-SUPEREGO,” and “Black on Black Murder,” the free MalcomXMclaren mixtape aims to be an eclectic blend of No Wave, Electro-Funk, Disco, Rap, and Post-Punk. GV will unleash the project on December 1st. Here is a sneak peak of the track, “MalcomXXXMcLaren,” which Voidwell says “is meant to suggest a possibility for more hybridized art that speaks multiple languages and narratives at once.” But mostly, it’s just super dance-y. Click HERE to stream/download it.
Voidwell also whipped up this viral video companion piece, which he explains “employs hip-hop sampling/remixing practices and William S. Burroughs’ cut-up and fold-in method made famous in Naked Lunch.” Click HERE to watch.
Since dropping his Voided Checks Mixtape for free in late 2009, GordonVoidwell has quickly been garnering acclaim for both his own material as well as the tracks he’s crafted for others. Gordon has also won the adorations of everyone from indie darlingsBRAHMS(who remixed Voidwell’s “Ivy League Circus”) to pop music masterminds like Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson(who declared “I love this shit. I play it on my radio show, in my house AND in my sets.”) Mayer Hawthorne, another fan, even invited Gordon to open his tour last Fall along with The Heavy.
Gordon Voidwell Live Dates:
10/19: New York, NY @ Tammany Hall (CMJ Showcase)
10/21: New York, NY @ Santos Party House(CMJ Showcase)
11/26: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (Voidwell Homecoming Dance)
02/11: North Adams, MA @ Mass MoCa
RELEASE DATE: 4TH OCTOBER 2010
‘Bustin’ Out 3’ is the third installment in veteran DJ Mike Maguire’s sparkling, ongoing series chronicling the seismic developments in electronic based music through the often misrepresented 1980s.
By 1983, electronic instruments were no longer a novelty. Musicians, especially drummers and bassists, were getting nervous as drum machines and synthesised basslines made their presence felt in a big way as producers got more familiar with the machines and would-be studio fiends started seeing the day that music could be created in the bedroom. A spirit of adventure ruled in this brave new world, made possible by new technology which meant nothing was sacred as source material anymore; from Saturday morning kids’ TV to movie soundtracks, inspiring either moods, melodies or mischief.
Following the post-punk foragings of volume one and the follow-up capturing the global groundswell of excitement as electronic music came into its own, the microscope now falls on 1983, when the fallout from the previous year’s ‘Planet Rock’ spawned electro funk in tandem with the emerging hip hop and graffiti cultures, while electronic developments started infiltrating many more stratas of new music, whether disco, punk or even mainstream.
Such was the volume of electronic delights raining into the import bins and up from the UK’s own rapidly-adapting scenes, we can only hope to present an exotic snapshot blend of that year’s titanic deluge. To this end, Mike Maguire has done a brilliant job of capturing the panoramic spirit of a year when New York radio‘s ‘mastermixes’ were like gold bullion in clubbing circles while clubs like Danceteria were providing Damascene moments for visiting groups such as New Order, black music was besotted with the drum machine and, most oddly, Kraftwerk were the biggest influence on dance music.
But the collection also steers clear of the obvious route, kicking off with electro-punk poetess Anne Clarke from Croydon, proceeding with an atmospheric mix of legendary film director-composer John Carpenter’s theme to ‘Assault On Precinct 13’, before hitting New York City’s boiling electro scene with Special Request’s ‘Salsa Smurf’ and later the Jonzun Crew’s ‘We Are The Jonzun Crew’, while Downtown is represented by Liquid Liquid‘s ‘Optimo’. New York’s clubs also massively influenced New Order, as beautifully shown on their ‘Power, Corruption And Lies’ album, represented here by the grand melancholy of ‘Your Silent Face’, while San Francisco’s innovative electronic movement is represented by Twilight 22 [formed by Stevie Wonder’s former synth programmer Gordon Bahary].
Rather than focusing entirely on US developments, the set carries on its tradition of exploring Europe’s often darker use of the new technology, including Belgium’s Front 242 and The Neon Judgement, Denmark’s Laid Back with the enigmatic electro of ‘White Horse’, German goth-punks Xmal Deutschland, while Koto’s dub of ‘Chinese Revenge’ spotlights the burgeoning Italo disco movement. Another standout track comes from German synth duo The Unknown Cases fronted by legendary former Traffic percussionist Reebop Kwaku Baah on the rousing Afro-electro of ‘Masimba Bele’. After such a potent, multi-strained hotbed, the UK’s Cocteau Twins make the perfect finale.
1983 was as unpredictable as it was exciting, with musical boundaries falling all the time and clubland on fire with the oddest anthems. At the time the word buzzing around New York summed everything up: fresh. Same goes for the latest gem to appear in this wonderful series, telling the whole story in the celebratory spirit of that amazing era.