Dutch masters Kraak and Smaak are getting ready to close out yet another banner year by releasing Boogie Angst Edition Two. It’s an eclectic and highly impressive 16-track collection of funky and soulful downtempo tracks — many of which are exclusive — culled from the trio’s venerable Boogie Angst imprint.
We’re pleased to world premiere “Comfortable” by Rotterdam’s Moods feat. New Zealand-based vocalist HIGH HØØPS. It’s a simmering head nodder that’s lovingly crafted with a dollop of analog goodness and deep R&B vibes. Hit the play button below and get comfortable.
Nearly two decades into their career, Soul Clap’s list of professional feats are many. Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine have collectively poured their blood, sweat and tears into realizing a soulful sound that has one foot in the past, the other in the future. Their dedication, vision and unwavering attention to quality has won them a faithful fanbase that’s allowed them to rock international dance floors, produce and remix movement-inducing jams, collaborate with the likes of Nona Hendryx to Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton, and run a label that exists to shine the spotlight on their coterie of talented friends.
Having faced his share of challenges and lived to tell, the timing couldn’t be more right for Levine to explore his Lonely C alias, a project in which he plays guitar and keyboards, drum programming and handles arrangements. The result of more than five years of work is his heartfelt debut solo album, Charles & Tribulations, an introspective collection of songs in which he throws down like you’ve never heard him before.
We’re honored to world premiere the album’s opening track “Class of ’99,” a kinetic booty shaker featuring skittering 8-bit sounding synths, clacking percussion, deep chords and a sultry female vocal. Hit the play button below for an exclusive taste, pick up the album on November 27 on Soul Clap Records and catch Charlie on the road in 2019.
After presenting their acclaimed Juno-nominated full-length debut in 2016 and subsequent Kingfisher EP, Concubine, a collaborative project comprised of Thoughtless label boss Noah Pred and Rick Bull (a.k.a. Deepchild), have outdone themselves with their new full-length, 2018.
The pair met at a studio in Berlin earlier in the year and reflected on the treacherous path the world is slowly going down. Together, they channeled their collective angst into an elegant pastiche of dub techno and electro-driven soundscapes. The result is a cosmic work of sheer sonic beauty.
Ahead of 2018‘s release on November 15, we’re pleased to world premiere the music video of the album’s closing track “Decenter” directed by Pred.
“Steeped in the familiar hypnogogia of post-rave Berlin, ‘Decenter’ was the first tune started in Concubine’s latest album sessions,” Pred tells us. “It closes the record with quirky but euphoric Juno leads and a titular nod to rhizomatic influences, alluding to recent fascinations with decentralized exchange (and perhaps even consciousness).”
On his upcoming Shuffle Mode EP for the Cumba Mela imprint, NYC-based producer Atropolis (a.k.a. Adam Partridge) touches on immigration, a topic that’s been in the news a lot lately. Instead of venturing into the political debate, his simply titled “Immigrant” explores the human side of moving to a new land. He’s joined by Ani Challa on vocals on the percussive, hypnotic song. Together, they bridge electronic vibes with an understated flourish of Indian-inspired vibes.
Atropolis says, “‘Immigrant’ began with a mantra Ani’s mother taught him when he was a child. The production accompanies Ani’s dual identify as a first generation Indian immigrant who migrated to the south at the age of 6. The sentiment behind Ani’s lyric’s resonates deeply to me as a second generation Cypriot American. The fabric of this country is deeply rooted in migration. It’s important to celebrate being an immigrant as its value sometimes feels forgotten with today’s political climate.”
Ani Challa adds that the song is “a reflection on how any immigrant must feel leaving their old lives behind for a dream. The constant reassurance of oneself on who they are, why they are here, and how hard are you willing to push yourself to that dream to come true … being proud and remembering who you are is what we get to tap into. Spreading the love of our culture in sharing a different perspective on the American dream is what we get to start talking about!
Get a first listen below, and be sure to check the full EP on September 28.