Soul Clap, the Boston, Mass. duo who’ve been producing a unique blend of reggae, soul, funk-infused house since 2001 and operate Soul Clap Records and the vinyl-only label Gator Boots, just released their newest mixtape, Watergate 19. Earlier releases include the 2012 debut full-length, EFUNK, and remixes for Little Dragon, Guy Gerber + P. Diddy, Joakim, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, and more.
Before they head to Brooklyn, NY for this weekend’s Electronic Music Festival, Eli Goldstein aka Bamboozle aka Elyte and Charles Levine aka Lonely C aka Cnyce shared a highly grooveable playlist of favorites with EW. Check them out below.
Black Magic, “Freedom (Make It Funky) (MAW Club Version)”
“Originally released on Strictly Rhythm this record falls nothing short of a house music anthem!” Goldstein says. “Black Magic is the combined super forces of Masters At Work and Lil’ Louis. At the time this song was released back in 1995 it was huge record, remixed by many but its the MAW Club Version that still stands the test of time today sounding just as deep and fresh as it did back then.”
Earth Wind & Fire, “Can’t Hide Love (MAW Album Mix)”
“I remember hearing Kerri Chandler play this record at the Paradiso in Amsterdam back in 2002,” Levine tells EW. “I was about 20 years old and working as an intern for MN2S in London, who represent Kerri’s bookings. So that weekend I flew to the Dam just to see Kerri play for the first time. The room was packed and the energy was insane. But when the MAQ remix of Earth Wind & Fire came on the place went even more bananas, especially because Kerri kept freaking the volume on the mixer in time with the horn section blasts, bap bap bap ba-dap! What a night!”
Mafikizolo, “Loot (Afrikan Mix)”
“Another classic that never gets old, this is pure deep house with a Multi-Culti twist,” Goldstein says. “The “Afrikan Mix” is a remix of the song Loot by the South African duo Mafikizolo and was recorded and produced in Johannesburg. South Africa is a huge territory for MAW as deep house is tremendously popular over there.”
Afro Celt Sound System, “Release (Masters At Work Dub 2)”
“Afro Celt Sound System is a group which fuses modern electronic dance rhythms with traditional Irish and West African music. Back in 1995 ‘Release’ came out with a hand full of MAW remixes,” Goldstein remembers. “The Main mix had an infectious vocal, but it was the hypnotic tribal groove of Dub #2 that has stuck with us all these years. Tell the lighting guy to go take a smoke break, fade to black and let this track WORK!”
Kenlou, “Gimmie Groove”
“The B-side of the 3rd release on MAW Records (before they came up with the iconic Kenny and Louie outlined heads logo) this track is the perfect 90’s sample based house jam. But that BEAT though!” Goldstein tells EW. It’s a slow nine-and-a-half minute burner that patiently unfolds into moments of magic.”
Masters At Work, “Alright Alright”
“Most people don’t realize it but the first few records that came out under the name Masters At Work were actually produced by Todd Terry,” Goldstein tells EW. “Back in 1987 Kenny loaned out the name ‘Masters At Work’(a street party alias he was using with Mike Delgado) to Todd Terry for two singles ‘Alright Alright’ and ‘Dum Dum Cry.’ Todd Terry returned the favor a year later by introducing Kenny Dope to Louie Vega, they combined forces, took the ball and RAN reeaaaaal f—ing far!”